E-Bulletin of May 15, 2009

Upcoming Events

Features

Updates/Reminders

Upcoming Events

College Assembly and Staff Recognition May 19
All are invited to the MCCC College Assembly beginning 10 a.m. at Kelsey Theatre, followed by the Staff Recognition Awards, then luncheon in the Student Center.

Event Reminders

May 21: Honors Convocation 2:30 p.m.; Commencement 5:30 p.m.

June 7: MouthWorks, MCCC's Oral Speaking Comedy Troupe, will perform on the West Windsor campus at 8 p.m. in CM 122 - Studio Theatre.

June 7: WWFM's Musical Celebration

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Features

JKC Hosts Inspirational Awards Night
The James Kerney Campus honored students who have completed their programs, both credit and noncredit, at a moving ceremony May 12 at Trenton's War Memorial building. Professor Alvyn Haywood was master of ceremonies, Provost Monica Weaver presented opening remarks, and many staff and faculty members presented awards.

During a special tribute, with the beautiful voice of the late Director of Admissions Don Jones on audio, a group of small children walked down the central aisle to the stage holding international flags and singing "We are the World." Escorted by Weaver, the children joined in thanking the retiring MCCC Vice President Beverly Richardson and Dean Edward Frederick for their combined 58 years of service to the college, especially at the James Kerney campus. Both received awards of appreciation.

The very engaging keynote speaker, Maurice L. Coleman of Bank of America, clearly inspired the large audience. Coleman told the story of his mother, who, after having three children, returned to college at MCCC, continued her education, then taught school for three decades. More here with photos.

Two Named to All State Academic Team
Two Mercer students have been named to the "All-State Academic Team" by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, and were honored May 11. David Hoyt and Ronald Russell, III joined the All-State candidates from New Jersey's other community colleges at the 15th annual Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Day celebration. David Hoyt also received one of six Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarships as part of the All-USA Academic Team competition. More here.

Top Students Honored at Student Activities Banquet
Numerous staff and faculty members joined in presenting awards at the Student Activities Awards Banquet May 8, held at Nottingham Fire House. Categories included Who's Who nominees, Student Volunteers, Outstanding Students, Student Leadership, Special Appreciation, Recognition Awards, and more.

The Advisor of the Year was Lucia Brown-Joseph for her outstanding work with the African-American Student Organization. The Student of the Year award went to Alyssa Ingling, president of the Student Government Association. Club of the Year was the Student Government Association. Photos here.

MCCC Volunteers Bring Science Concepts to Life at Super Science Day
Faculty and students from Science & Health joined with the American Chemical Society to offer hands-on and demonstration experiments at Super Science Day at the New Jersey State Museum April 25. This annual exposition is staffed by scientists, educators and performers who volunteer their time and expertise to spread the excitement of scientific discovery. According to the website, it is the museum's most popular annual event.

Mercer was among dozens of organizations providing information and interactive activities. MCCC volunteers focused on important concepts in chemistry by making fog from dry ice, "slime" from a mixture of polyvinyl alcohol and food coloring, and artificial snow from polyacrylate.

Mercer's participation in the Super Science event has been coordinated by Associate Professor Helen Tanzini for the past nine years. She reports that the Mercer exhibit was busy throughout the day. "These youngsters didn't just read about science, we brought it to life for them," Tanzini said. Photos here.

MCCC Signs Transfer Agreement with Carlow University
Mercer has signed a new agreement with Carlow University of Pittsburgh. A maximum of 65 credits will transfer from an approved program. Interested students must contact Mercer's Transfer Office, and must sign a letter of intent to transfer to Carlow. There are special requirements for Nursing student transfers, and these students should apply to Carlow at the end of their freshman year for an approved plan of study. Details are available in the Transfer Office.

PASS Students Volunteer at KidsAbilities Carnival
On May 2, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Kohl’s co-hosted the KidsAbilities Carnival in Hamilton NJ, and 12 MCCC PASS students gave a full day of volunteer service, assisting with every aspect of the carnival. The experience was described by Donovan McCleese, a freshman, as both rewarding and exciting. The students were accompanied by PASS counselors Al-Lateef Farmer and Charles Weatherspoon. The twelve students were: Carla Baylor, Sade Carmichael, Latifah Collins, Jarrod English, Ishiya Hayes, Tajh Laster, Donovan McCleese, Amara Rahman, Samantha Reddick, Tazwell Salters, Shanique Stoddard and Sillion Willis.

"The carnival offered the students a great experience and we will look to continue working with Children’s Specialized Hospital in the future," says Farmer. Photos here.

MCCC Book Club Meets June 12
The next meeting of the MCCC Book Club will be on Friday, June 12, at, 12 noon in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room. The group will discuss"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Several copies of the book are available at the WWC and JKC libraries. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Struzynski at struzynm@mcc.edu, or call ext. 3554.

Irish Heritage Series Begins June 2
The Center for Continuing studies will offer "The History of Ireland" and "Irish Culture" on Tuesday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m. beginning June 2. More here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
5-7-09: Mercer Goes After Pair of Titles

5-14-09 Sharpen Culinary Skills with Courses at MCCC

US 1:
4-15-09: Mercer College

Lawrence Ledger:
5-7-09 Poetry Chat

TownTopics:
5-6-09: Classical Radio Presenting Benefit Concert

Hamilton Space.com
5-8-09: Revenge Fuels Sweeney Todd

5-12-09: There's Plenty Cooking at MCCC This Summer

Packet Blog:
4-28-09 Suburban Realist (Mel Leipzig)

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 16-17: Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs to Selections From Singer/Songwriter Vanessa Daou

May 29 - June 7: Revenge Fuels "Sweeney Todd"

May 30: Junie B. Jones

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

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


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