E-Bulletin of June 8, 2007

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Mercer Commended for NJSTARS Program
Representatives of New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority conducted an audit on Mercer’s 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 issues. In addition, Debra Tolboom discussed the NJ Stars Club which was formed in the fall of 2006.

They 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 Club.

Tom Wilfrid to Receive Chamber of Commerce "Individual Champion" Award
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."

Thanks to Heritage Days Volunteers
Many thanks from President Donohue for all who joined her in volunteering at Trenton’s 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 Johnson’s 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 Monday’s 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.

Technical 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.

Educational Talent Search 8th Graders Visit WWC
Wayne 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. Photos here.

Martinez 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 Jason Zegarski.

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.

May 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 here.

Faculty 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.

Retiring 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.)

News 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.

Summer 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 questions.

Great Adventure/Hurricane Harbor Tickets
Great 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. 3291.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

June 9 -- Join Alexander for His "Terrible, Horrible...Day"

June 9-10 -- Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs

June 15 -- The Mercer County Community Band Performs Free Concert

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