E-Bulletin of October 31, 2003


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Remembering Ross Davies
Friends and colleagues remembered and celebrated the life of faculty member and Television Program Coordinator Ross Davies at a ceremony on Oct. 22. Read the full story and article here

Joe Blasenstein Receives FAA Award
Faculty member and Aviation program coordinator Joseph Blasenstein was honored as “Certified Flight Instructor of the Year” on Oct. 22 by the Federal Aviation Authority's Philadelphia office. According to the FAA’s Eileen Iandola, “This award signifies that an instructor is the crème de la crème in the field. Joe is very, very deserving of this honor. He has positively affected so many people in aviation. His time in history has certainly come.”

Blasenstein is in his 20th year at MCCC. Staff and faculty celebrated with him on the morning of his award banquet with a cake and coffee reception. Photo

usiness Practice Firm Awarded
The International Business Practice Firm at Mercer has been awarded the NJ Global Educators International Program of the Year Award. It was presented at the NJ Global Educators conference on Friday, October 24 at Raritan Valley Community College. Carol Weber received the award.

Staff/Students Tour Mexico
Four members of MCCC's Business Division brought home wonderful memories and stories about their culturally enriching trip to Mexico in August. Dean Jacqueline Sanders, faculty member Carol Weber and two students, Melissa Dungao and Maryse Dorvil, joined with eight representatives from Austin Community College in Texas on the study tour. The program was made possible through a FIPSE grant (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) to Mercer's International Business Practice Firm.

The group toured the cities of Tula, Mexico City, Saltillo and Monterrey, visited historical, industrial and cultural sites, educational institutions, and governmental organizations. While visiting the universities they stayed in dorms and met students for cultural exchange workshops.

One goal of the program was to introduce the International Business Practice Firm to colleges in Mexico. "We talked with the deans and directors at many schools," Weber said. "There is a lot of interest in developing the concept there, and what's exciting is that Mercer would be spearheading this in Mexico."

The International Business Practice Firm (IBPF) is a course offered at Mercer that provides students the opportunity to perform simulated business functions (purchasing, accounting, marketing, human resources, etc.) and transact business with other simulated companies throughout the world.

The two student representatives will be giving presentations on their experiences and will become ambassadors to promote the program.

View Mexico photos here

E-Books -- An Exciting New Virtual Library Resource Comes to Mercer
The information below is from Pam Price, director of the MCCC Library:
Have you checked out an eBook before? The MCCC Library is introducing students and faculty to a new way of accessing information by offering a collection of over 1800 eBooks from netLibrary. eBooks are full-text electronic versions of published books that library patrons can search, borrow, read, and return over the Internet.

eBooks are accessible any time of the day or night, a great benefit for staff, faculty (full-time and part-time) and students unable to visit the library during normal business hours.

netLibrary eBook titles are available at terminals in the library and from personal computers via the Internet. eBooks are available for varying checkout periods and are automatically checked back into the library collection when the checkout period expires, making the eBook available for another user. No more late fees!

As an added feature, Houghton Mifflin’s 4th Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language is embedded into netLibrary eBooks and has been enhanced technologically to include graphics and audio pronunciation. You can obtain dictionary definitions simply by clicking on a word in the eBook, or by entering a word in the dictionary search window. Some word definitions are accompanied by audio pronunciation files and color illustrations.

The MCCC Library eBook collection ranges in scope from core academic areas of science, social sciences, and the humanities to collections of specialized study in areas such as business, education, library science, medicine, religion and philosophy, computer science, and engineering. Read about some sample books here

For more information or to create an account, visit the library website

Women’s Tennis Wins!
Mercer Women's Tennis Team won its 7th Consecutive Regional Title recently, ending the season with an impressive 10-0 record, the best record in school history. The team will again be going to the National Tournament, to be held in Texas at College Station May 1-7, 2004.

The Employee Health Fair
The Human Resources staff thanks all who participated in the Employee Health Fair on Oct. 29. "Everyone seemed to benefit from attending, which was the ultimate goal," said HR's Jeff Solimando. In cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in Hamilton, the day featured cholesterol screening, flu shots, body fat analysis, blood pressure checks, massages, and a demonstration of healthy cooking by MCCC's culinary faculty members.

Phi Theta Kappa Donates Halloween Costumes
The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society held a Halloween costume drive for the children served by The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. See photo

Cafeteria Murals
As part of the plan to upgrade the cafeteria, artist Judith Pugliese was commissioned to paint the beautiful murals in the cafeteria. In case you missed them, photos are attached. The same artist painted a Viking logo in the gymnasium above the bleachers and will be doing another painting in the lobby of the PE building. Photos

Military Award for Jeff Callahan
The Mercer County Veterans Office presented a Military Award to Jeff Callahan on Sept. 28 at ceremonies at the Sovereign Bank Arena which honored hundreds of Mercer County veterans. Callahan served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and is also a disabled veteran. See photo

Representative Chris Smith said in his letter to the veterans, "There is no group of people more deserving of our nation's appreciation, respect and resources than the brave men and women who risked their lives to protect and secure our freedom. With deep gratitude in our hearts and with an iron-clad promise 'to never forget,' we present this medal for the invaluable sacrifices you made for peace and liberty for all."

PTK Website
MCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has a new website, designed by students. Check it out at http://www.mccc.edu/ptk/

Theater Named for Jeremy Parry’s Mother
Jeremy Parry's mother, Betty Davis, who was killed by a car in 2001, has been honored by the Langhorne Players. They have renamed the theater section of the playhouse in her honor. Betty was an actress who was instrumental in starting the theater company in 1947, and was one of its leaders for many years. A dedication was held on Oct. 15 at the Spring Garden Mill, Tyler State Park in Newtown, where the theater company now performs.
The Davis family donated more than $1,000 to a memorial fund in her name, which has been used to upgrade the Mill.

At Kelsey Theatre
MCCC Drama Students will present "The Laramie Project" at the MC3 Studio Theatre Nov. 7, 8, 9, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. It's the story of a twenty-one-year-old gay student at the University of Wyoming who was the victim of a fatal beating. Full story

The British farce is alive and wildly funny as "Noises Off" descends in a madcap frenzy onto the stage of Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this riotous production, presented by Pierrot Productions and directed by Ruth Markoe, are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 15, 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Full story

Retirees to Meet for Lunch
Retirees will get together for lunch on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Call Helen Marie Dolton 882-5086 by Nov. 17.

Claire Raimondo Publishes Memoir
Retired Professor of Nursing, Claire Raimondo, had a piece published in The Times on Oct. 5 about life at St. James School in Trenton that she wrote for a classs reunion. If you would like a copy call 586-4800 ext. 3736.

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