E-Bulletin of July 2, 2008

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MCCC Receives Renewal Challenge Grant; Seeks Donations
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has given the college a second year $50,000 challenge grant for scholarships in the health professions. Donations to the fund will have double the impact.

According to the foundation's press release, "This grant is offered as a challenge to MCCC to match the Foundation’s $50,000 with an equal amount in order to establish an MCCC Newcombe Fund. The newly-established Charlotte Newcombe Endowed Fund is intended to encourage students to pursue careers in nursing and healthcare fields by meeting some of their unmet financial need, and to recruit other donors to build Mercer’s scholarship programs."

The new Newcombe Fund at Mercer would start out with a few $1,000 awards. Over time, as the endowment grows, the college hopes to be able to increase the number of awards. Donations may be made payable to The MCCC Foundation, with a note indicating the Charlotte W. Newcombe grant. Send to the College Advancement Office, AD 114. For more information contact Director of College Advancement Kay Eaton at ext. 3250 or email eatonk@mccc.edu.

Camp College Seeks Baked Goods for Soup Kitchen
Camp College will hold a bake sale on Wednesday July 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center. This year the funds raised will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Donations of baked goods are needed, and will be accepted in the Camp Office, SC147, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Please call Rose Fiorello for more information at ext. 3267.

WWFM Raises Record Dollars From Listeners
WWFM The Classical Network has achieved a milestone that "was truly the product of staff work and the college's willingness to support some new approaches," says General Manager Peter Fretwell. The station closed out the fiscal year with a new record of $502,287.44, not including underwriting revenue, tower revenue, grants, etc.

This record was just slightly more than in 2004, but at that time the station still had a Philadelphia audience via translator. "It's pretty remarkable to break the record without Philly in the mix," Fretwell said. "Perhaps more importantly, that figure does not include foundation grants like the Sunup Foundation, which can go toward expansion instead of daily expenses."

MCCC Volunteers Host Interactive Exhibit at Super Science Weekend
Faculty and students from the MCCC Science Division joined with the American Chemical Society to offer hands-on and demonstration experiments at Super Science Weekend on May 17 and 18. The annual event, held at the New Jersey State Museum, promotes the sciences with a wide range of interactive family activities. Volunteers at Mercer's table focused on key concepts in chemistry by creating fog from dry ice, making slime from a mixture of polyvinyl alcohol, powdered soap and food coloring, and more.

Mercer's participation in Super Science Weekend has been coordinated by Associate Professor Helen Tanzini for the past eight years. This year, an estimated 4,000 people attended the event. "That's a lot of demos!" Tanzini said. For photos, click here.

Community Colleges in the News
Former CC Student Now Neurosurgeon

Community colleges were in the national news recently with the story of Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. After "jumping the fence" illegally back in the 1980s, Quinones-Hinojosa worked many types of jobs and attended a community college. He went on to Harvard Medical School. Click here for the New York Times story.

NJSTARS Story -- Only 42% Graduate in Time
The Atlantic City Press recently published "Data Shows Only 42% of STARS Students Graduate in Time." Click here for the story.

Mercer in the News Online

The TImes, June 27, 2008 -- Generals Joins Brass at Community College

The Times, June 21, 2008 -- MCCC professor honored with Community College Spirit Award

Pennington post, June 25, 2008 -- MCCC Honors Class Presents Poetry to Senior Citizens

Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

Coming Soon to Kelsey Theatre

June 27 -- The Taming of the Shrew (Click here for The Times Review)

July 11-20 -- Oliver

Great Adventure/Hurricane Harbor Tickets Available
Camp College has tickets for sale for Great Adventure ($30) and Hurricane Harbor ($27). For more information contact Trish Venanzi at ext. 3291 or e-mail venanzip@mccc.edu.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

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