E-Bulletin of October 31, 2003
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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
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
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
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.
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
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
-- 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
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 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
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
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
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
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."
MCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has a new website, designed
by students. Check it out at http://www.mccc.edu/ptk/
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
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.
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
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.
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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