E-Bulletin of January 22, 2004

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The Faculty Group Show at The Gallery
Twenty-eight talented Mercer faculty members, including many who are new to the college, are participating in the Faculty Group Show now at The Gallery. The show runs through Feb. 19, with an Opening Reception Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (changed from Jan. 21). Categories are: Ceramics & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing, Computer Generated, and Photography.

Future Teachers Club Alumni Night
Tonight, Jan. 22, the Future Teachers Club is sponsoring Alumni Night. Graduates of Mercer's Education Program will come to talk to current students about their experiences with transfer to various schools such as Rider, TCNJ, Rutgers, Holy Family and others. "This is a nice reunion for the graduates, and our students get some good advice and encouragement," said Marianne Reynolds.

Two Lecturers on Drug Issues Coming to Mercer
As part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series, on Thurs,. Feb. 5, at noon, Yvonne Smith Segars, Esq., the public defender for the State of New Jersey, will lecture on the new drug courts that deal exclusively with drug offenders. She will explain how these courts differ from traditional courts and what the expectations are for them. Ms. Segars is a pioneer in the New Jersey drug court movement and has lectured nationally on policies related to criminal justice and drug treatment. She has appeared as a legal commentator on MS-NBC, Court-TV and various Fox News reports. She has a B.A. in psychology and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law.

On Thurs., Feb. 12, at noon, Mildred Pollner, Ph.D., from Columbia University, will show her documentary entitled “Romance and Addiction,” which addresses peer pressure as it relates to drug and alcohol abuse and sexual mores. She will also address the role the advertising industry plays in representing smoking and alcohol consumption as sexy and glamorous. Dr. Pollner, president of Cinema Verité International Inc., produces and directs educational films. Another of her films, “Comprehensive Health,” is being distributed to all New York City high schools by the Board of Education. She has taught at Hunter College, New York University and Fordham University.

Both lectures take place in the Communications Building, Room 110.

More Awards for the Photography Program
Mercer's Photography program has again been recognized for excellent work through a photography contest sponsored by the Photo Imaging Education Association, a section of Photo Marketing Association International.

Student Teresa Simao was awarded a second place prize in the College/University category for her portfolio series entitled "Leaves." Her photographs are from a series she produced by scanning leaves on a flatbed scanner and then outputting them digitally. To see her work and that of other students, click here.

Faculty member Eric Kunsman was awarded third place in the Faculty/Staff category for his portfolio series entitled "Eastern State Penitentiary." His photographs are from a series he produced while visiting the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. To see his work and that of other faculty award winners, click here.

Kunsman said: "This is an international juried exhibition that has high prestige in the photography education community." Dates for the exhibit's local visit will be announced in the future.

Nursing Program Confers Diplomas
Mercer's Nursing program held a graduation ceremony on Jan. 14 for 14 evening and weekend students who completed the program last month. Each student was awarded a diploma.

Lauren Jones, daughter of Aviation faculty member Joan Jones, was one of the graduates. "I am very proud and it was a wonderful ceremony," Jones said. Photos

Plan Ahead for April Open House
Enrollment Services asks faculty and staff to start thinking about how they want to represent themselves at the college's “Open House” set for April 21 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. "This will be a big event," says Joan Guggenheim, "so please plan ahead." Contact Maria Tazza at ext. 3224 to her her know what special equipment you might need, such as electrical outlets and cords, VCR, or giveaways.

Mercer Faculty and Students are "Hands-on" at Super Science Weekend
Mercer science faculty members and students spent much of their Jan. 10-11 weekend at the New Jersey State Museum, where they participated in the museum's 24th Annual Super Science Weekend. Mercer students conducted hands-on demonstrations for the many young people who attended the event, which included mini-exhibits, "make-and-take" booths, auditorium presentations, planetarium/laser shows, and lectures that focused on natural history and the sciences. Mercer's activities included making "slime" and mixing oil and water to simulate a lava lamp.

Mercer's participation was coordinated by Helen Tanzini in conjunction with the Trenton Section of the American Chemical Society. Tanzini was really pleased with the college's level of participation. "When I put out the call, 19 students responded. I think that says something pretty special about Mercer," she said. Photos

Tutors/Mentors Needed
The Educational Talent Search program is looking for tutors/mentors for part-time positions at $7 per hour. Responsibilities include assisting teachers in the classroom and leading dicussion groups. The prospective candidates must be able to relate to people of various racial, ethnic and cultural backrounds with genuine openess. Bilingual skills a plus. Mentors need to be currently enrolled in college. Hours are 3 to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Call ext. 6684 or 6618 for more information.

Exercise Classes Offer No Excuses
No time to exercise after work? You can still exercise – at work, for free! Mercer exercise classes for staff and faculty are held three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Classes start at approximately 12:05 and end around 12:45 p.m. Even if you can’t make it to every class, you will see positive results even by exercising one or two times per week.

Tuesday's class is with our own faculty member, Helen Tanzini, who offers a challenging aerobic workout. On Thursdays, Jen teaches pilates (which keeps Madonna looking fit), and on Fridays, Rosemary's workout emphasizes toning and weight training.

Classes are held in PE119. Comfortable exercise clothing and appropriate workout shoes are a must. Some mats and hand weights are available. To be notified about any scheduling changes, you can have your name added to the email list by emailing Wendy Humphrey at wendyh@mccc.edu, or calling ext. 3729.

"She Loves Me" is a Valentine's Treat at Kelsey
Romance is in the air at Kelsey Theatre as Stars in the Park presents "She Loves Me" just in time for Valentines Day. Filled with singing, dancing and the timeless search for true love, this charming Tony Award-winning musical will be performed Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Feb. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m. An Opening Night Gala will follow the performance on Feb. 6 to give audience members a chance to enjoy refreshments with the cast and crew.

"She Loves Me" is the story of Georg and Amalia, two feuding clerks in European perfumeries in the 1930s. They secretly find solace in their anonymous romantic pen pals, not knowing they are actually writing to each other. This appealing show, adapted into the popular Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film, “You’ve Got Mail,” was written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and was a Tony Award winner during its first run on Broadway in 1963. The 1993 revival also earned a Tony award. Photo

Retirees to Meet for Lunch
MCCC retirees are set to meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens on Feb. 18 at 1 p.m. Call Mary McCullough at 609-771-9739 to confirm your attendance.

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