E-Bulletin of January 29, 2004

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Retirement Party Honors Seventeen
On Friday, Jan. 23, the college hosted a festive evening to celebrate the retirement of 17 colleagues. President Rose welcomed all, Mercer's vice presidents and deans introduced the honorees, and union representatives contributed plenty of jokes that made the evening fun. Mike Dill drove out on Kelsey's stage in George Warner's golf cart, complete with stuffed animals.

Susan Busch, who chaired the planning committee, said, "It was a really great party. We had a ball." Many past retirees came back to celebrate with staff members, and the party included family members of the retirees. Guests enjoyed a great buffet dinner, decorations, and dancing. According to Vi Gandy, "It was an exceptional event. My family enjoyed everything very much."

Each retiree was presented with a $200 check from the college. The professional staff union gave its members $10 for each year of service. See photos here.

Marie Barnes, 25 years
Don Beach, 30 years
Mary Black, 18 years
W. David Crawford, 33 years
Linda Decker-DeBlois, 22 years
Carolyn Delmonte, 26 years
Garland Freeman, 30 years
Vi Gandy, 27 years
Mike Krowicki, 31 years
Bert Magson, 36 years
Joan Martin, 17 years
Ray Procaccini, 24 years
Delores Staton-Murray, 32 years
Lynn Steill, 25 years
Bob Terrano, 11 years
Larry Urlick, 16 years
George Warner, 21 years

Governor McGreevey at Mercer
The college's conference center hosted Governor McGreevey's press conference about workforce development on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Details can be found in articles published by The Times this week. Click on the links below to read the articles. (For an e-mail or print version e-mail saveria@mccc.edu or call ext. 3736.)
"McGreevey Emphasizes Unified Job-Training Programs" Jan. 28, 2004
"A One-Stop Shop for Job Development" Jan. 29, 2004

Harry Paul and "FISH!" Returning to MCCC
Help us spread the word! Harry Paul, best-selling co-author of "Fish!," "Fish! Tales," and "Fish! Sticks," is returning to Mercer on Thursday, Feb. 26 to lead a one-day conference at the Conference Center entitled "FISH! – A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale, Improve Customer Satisfaction and Impact Results." The program, now geared to customer service, is back by popular demand after its first session last year. See full press release.

Retirees to Meet on Campus
Retired members of the faculty will be meeting on campus Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room. David Levin has invited old friends to stop by to say hello and have a chat with former colleagues.

Images from the Visual Arts Faculty Show
The press release with images from "Altogether Now," the faculty group show, is now online.

Scholarship Gala set for March 20
Raising dollars for student scholarships will again be the focus of MCCC’s annual Scholarship Dinner Dance, set for Saturday, March 20 at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton. This year the committee, chaired by Foundation Board member Rafael Sharon, will honor pharmacist Steven Zagoreos, a 1961 graduate, as “Alumnus of the Year.” Merrill Lynch Corporation will receive the “Distinguished Corporate Friend” award and the Hyatt Regency will receive the “Community Service Award.”

Always an elegant and fun evening, this year's gala will feature a "Motown Madness" theme and a sensational band, "The Soul Cruisers." Staff and faculty members are encouraged to participate through purchasing or salling ads, making a contribution, or buying tickets. Employees receive a discounted rate of $150. The regular ticket price is $200. Contact Elaine Stout at ext. 3607.

Building a Construction Career
Help us spread the word! Mercer's Center for Continuing Studies has become an unparalleled instructional resource for those in the construction field. Noncredit construction courses cover a wide variety of topics and are designed for both experienced construction managers seeking to strengthen their credentials and for hands-on workers interested in assuming managerial and administrative positions. More.

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