E-Bulletin of June 8, 2007
Commended for NJSTARS Program
Representatives of New Jersey Higher Education Student
Assistance Authority conducted an audit on Mercers NJ Stars Program
June 1. Reggie
Page shared information about financial support, Dr. Khalida Haqq spoke
about academic support, Bernice Gottlieb-Smith spoke about student funding
addition, Debra Tolboom discussed the NJ Stars Club which was formed in
the fall of 2006.
commended Mercer for having a structure in place which provided an orientation
for the Stars students, followed up on their progress, and offered assistance
to those who were not maintaining the required 3.0 average.
Mercer was commended for being the only college with an organized NJ Stars
Wilfrid to Receive Chamber of Commerce "Individual Champion"
On June 21 Vice President
Wilfrid will be honored by the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce with
the "2007 Business and Education Award -- Individual Champion."
The award said the committee unanimously voted to present him with this
recognition. "Your dedication and work on the Mercer County Workforce
Investment Board, your help in advancing opportunities for individuals
and business, and your continued commitment to education, training and
employment in Mercer County warrants this special recognition."
to Heritage Days Volunteers
Many thanks from President
Donohue for all who joined her in volunteering at Trentons Heritage
Days Festival June 2 and 3. This was a wonderful opportunity to make friends
in the community and provide information about MCCC. Our staff gave balloons
to children, pens and fans to teens and adults, and answered many questions.
Our JKC culinary students, under Bill Johnsons leadership, sold
great food both days, including chicken, steak and shrimp on a stick.
They sold out each day and got their photos on page 3 of Mondays
Times newspaper. Staff and faculty members who participated included Latonya
Ashford-Ligon, Diane Campbell, Ha Cao, Terrence Carter, Nicholas Cates,
Linda Ertingu; Bob Estok, Nanci Fasanella, Elizabeth Gordon, Bill Harvey,
William Johnston, Donald Jones; Margarita Leahy; Rose McEady, Joann Mia,
Beverly Richardson, Maria Shamyer, Maria Tazza and Monica Weaver.
School Hosts Ceremony for Career Prep Students
A total of 51 students
from Mercer County high schools who participated in the "Career Prep"
program at MCCC were honored at a closing ceremony on June 6 in the Faculty
Dining Room. Vice President Wilfrid offered opening remarks. The program
enables high school students to take college-level courses and bank up
to 12 credits. Courses are taken in the afternoon as high school graduation
requirements are satisfied.
Programs the students chose at Mercer included Business (5), Computer
Systems/Networking (3), Criminal Justice (7), Professional Cooking (16),
Radio and TV (5) and Fire Science (15). Next year there will be an additional
section of Professional Cooking to accommodate the interested students.
Search 8th Graders Visit WWC
Murray and Bilquis Zaka of the James Kerney Campus Youth College brought
87 eighth graders from Trenton's Hedgepeth Williams Middle School to the
West Windsor Campus on June 6. The students participate in the Educational
Talent Search Program. They learned from administrators and faculty members
about the college's many majors and services. The students were escorted
on a tour by student ambassador Harry Watson, a recent graduate of the
Funeral Service program and part-time staff member in Enrollment Services.
Speaks at American-Hungarian Assoc. Scholarship Dinner
Dean Edwin Martinez
was the guest speaker at the 73rd Anniversary Scholarship Awards dinner
of the American-Hungarian Civic Association on June 1. The association
presented 16 scholarship awards to area high schoolers, including four
who will attend MCCC: Elizabeth Csogi, Thomas Erni, James Slater, and
MCCC Professor Dominick Misciascio, the organization's president, said
he received many compliments on the speech and was pleased that Dean Martinez
"added to the good image of MCCC with the general public." Many
MCCC staff and faculty members participated in the event.
Graduate Wins Cash Prize for Design
Xiomara Serrano, a
May graduate of the Advertising Design program, won a $2,500 cash prize
from the NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma for her logo design.
The competition included submissions from college students throughout
the state. More
Member Ed Carmien Publishes Story
Professor of English, Dr. Edward Carmien, has published a short story
entitled "Before the Wind" in Black
Gate, Issue 10, Spring 2007, a quarterly magazine of epic fantasy
fiction. According to Carmien, an avid sailor, the idea for the story
evolved from a simple, but vivid image of what it would feel like to drive
a land-based cart powered by sails. The story's sequel, "Knives Under
the Spring Moon," is due to appear in Black Gate, Issue 12.
Coach Stan Dlugosz Featured in The Times
MCCC's long-time men's
tennis coach, Stan Dlugosz, has announced his retirement after 35 years.
The Civil Engineering professor, who "retired" in 2000 but still
teaches as an adjunct, coached MCCC soccer as well. He was featured in
a major article in The Times on May 27, available
here. (Click on the article to enlarge or hit the control key and
the + key.)
from the MCCC Holocaust/Genocide Research Center
Saul Goldwasser, who
directs the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Research Center housed in
MCCC's library, just returned from a national convention in Montreal.
He met the famed author and Canadian Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire,
who wrote "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in
Rwanda" (with Major Brent Beardsley).
The book chronicles Dallaire's tour as Force Commander of the United Nations
Assistance Mission for Rwanda in 1993-1994, during which he witnessed
the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The documentary film was inspired by and in
part based on the book. Photo
here is Professor Emeritus Goldwasser with Dallaire.
Locally, Goldwasser said, approximately 60 area teachers attended a training
session recently at the college on the genocide in Darfur. Pediatrician
Jerry Ehrlich spoke about his experience as one of three physicians in
a refugee camp of 10,000 people. The event was sponsored by the Mercer
County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center in cooperation with the NJ Commission
on Holocaust Education and the Mercer County Education Association.
Yoga Classes Meet Mondays Through July
MCCC Yoga classes will
be held Mondays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in PE 225 from June 11 through July
30. All classes are free, and open to all students, faculty, and staff.
Participants are encouraged to wear loose comfortable clothing that is
appropriate for yoga exercises, and bring a mat, water, and a blanket..
The classes are sponsored by Student Activities and the MCCC Wellness
& Fitness Club. Call Student Activities at ext. 3435 if you have any
Adventure and Hurricane Harbor tickets are available through Camp College.
Great Adventure tickets are $26.50. Hurricane Harbor tickets are $23.50.
They also have nine Three-Park Season Passes at $109.99 each and five
Great Adventure Season Passes at $79.99 each. Call Trish Venanzi at ext.
to Kelsey Theatre
9 -- Join Alexander for His "Terrible, Horrible...Day"
9-10 -- Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs
15 -- The Mercer County Community Band Performs Free Concert
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