E-Bulletin of December 10, 2008

What's Coming



What's Coming

Mercer County Symphonic Band Concert Dec. 17
All are invited to a free concert by the Mercer County Symphonic Band on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. The program includes a variety of seasonal favorites, contemporary selections and traditional marches. Under the direction of Dr. Louis Woodruff, the Mercer County Symphonic Band has gained a reputation for high quality, entertaining performances which routinely draw large audiences.

Three Doctors Foundation to Hold Event at MCCC Dec. 13
The Three Doctors Foundation will host the "Spirit of Giving Holiday Basketball Benefit" at MCCC on Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 p.m. Comedian Alonzo "Hamburger" Jones will host the event. The benefit will serve as the culmination of an ongoing Adopt-A-Family Gift Drive and will feature give-aways, prizes and activities. All guests and participants are encouraged to bring a new gift or accessory for an underprivileged teenager.

The Three Doctors Foundation was established by three men from inner-city Newark who made a pact to finish medical school together. After achieving their goal, the doctors now travel around the country to educate children and teens about the power of persistence and the importance of education. They have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show, and their books have become national best sellers. See The Times story here.

For more information, visit www.threedoctorsfoundation.org.

Charles Smith Keeps Up Good Work
Retired staff member Charles Smith stopped by the college on Dec. 8 to say hello and spread his infectious smile. Smith is continuing the holiday tradition he started years ago as a Mercer employee of providing a Christmas meal with all the trimmings to the homeless of Trenton. According to Smith, "Smitty's Barbecue" will set up on Christmas morning across the street from the Trenton Rescue Mission on Ewing Street. On the menu is turkey, dressing, rice, yams, string beans and cranberry sauce - "the same meal that I have at home," Smith said. As in past years, MCCC's Professional Union will donate hats, gloves and scarves that will be given as gifts, along with toiletry items. Donations are also coming in from other staffers and local businesses. All who wish to participate may contact Rich Miller in the Facilities Department. Photo of Charles here.


MCCC's "Living Report to Community" Draws Hundreds
The college rolled out the red carpet on Dec. 4, when approximately 300 community members came out to celebrate a year of success and learn more about the opportunities available at Mercer. In addition to honoring three of MCCC's special community partners, the event provided a showcase for student achievement and faculty contributions.

Dr. Beverly Richardson and the committee thank the many faculty and staff members who participated in making the event highly successful.
Read the full story here. More photos here.

Festival of Lights Raises Dollars for Charity
The Student Government Association and the International Student Organization hosted a Festival of Lights at the Student Center Dec. 6. The event raised $200 which will be donated to Heifer International to buy a flock of chicks and a llama for a family in Peru.

The cafeteria was elegantly decorated by the Student Activities Office, with each table adorned with a floral arrangement that represented countries and continents of the world, including Ireland, Central America, Italy, Holland, America, Africa, Greece, Asia, and Great Brittan. The Hospitality Club catered the food and set up different food stations of cuisine from around the world. They made a special cake that served as the centerpiece for all the food stations. Photos here.

Bat Cave Spotlight on Jim Kelly
From Debbie Kell: No stranger to the stage and the spotlight, Music Professor Jim Kelly finds himself in a different, more virtual kind of spotlight. Visit his profile at http://teach.mccc.edu, where he discusses his journey into teaching and offers his insights on teaching, music, and life and what makes teaching so exciting for him.

In addition to the video interview, Jim has agreed to share one of his songs with you. So once you’ve watched the video, you can listen to some of his music as well.

Two MCCC Athletes Selected as All-Americans
The National Junior College Athletic Association has selected two MCCC athletes as All-Americans. Men's soccer player Amit Abudmad was selected for the NJCAA first team and women's soccer player Kasey Kenny was selected for the second team.

Read the story and see photos here.

Chemistry Students Attend Analytical Symposium
Thirteen MCCC chemistry students attended the 2008 Eastern Analytical Symposium on Nov. 18 at the Garden State Convention Center. Focusing on green initiatives, the theme of the three-day symposium and exhibition was "Creating a Better Tomorrow." According to faculty member Helen Tanzini, who accompanied them on the field trip, students toured approximately 150 exhibits and talked with vendors about the latest technology and analytical techniques. Job recruiters also talked with students about the job market. Students returned to campus with bags of valuable give-away items. See photo here.

WZBN Now Available on Verizon FIOS
FiOS TV now carries WZBN local cable TV, which often covers MCCC news. The station is on Channel 28 on a full time basis.
Read their press release here.

Goldstein to Lead Discussion of Film
Joan Goldstein, Ph.D., adjunct in sociology, has been invited by the West Windsor Arts Council to introduce and lead the discussion for the public showing of the film, "Everything is Illuminated." It takes place at the West Windsor Library on Saturday evening, Jan. 10, is free and open to the public. Taken from the novel of the same name and written by former Princeton University student Jonathan Safran Foer, the film takes us by way of comedy and pathos, on the Ukrainian adventure of a young Jewish-American writer as he searches for his family's European roots. Because of her own odyssey to Romania in 2004 to find the city of her grandparents, Dr. Goldstein says she will "help explore the deep revelations that occur as we search for our past -- for the people and places that no longer exist."

Business Instructor Publishes Marketing Book
A long time marketing instructor for our Small Business program, Martin Mosho, just had his book, "Jump Start Your Business," published. The book was just reviewed by Biz4NJ here.

Martin Mosho has spent 40 years in advertising sales and marketing management with several major publications and also owned a retail business and franchise. He taught advertising sales at CCNY and currently teaches at Brookdale Community College in addition to MCCC. He also serves as a counselor/consultant for the College of New Jersey Small Business Development Center.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:

12-7-08: GCC Offers Gift of Education

12-3-08: MCCC to Offer Courses in English for Spanish Speakers


12-5-08 Two Selected for All-American Team


What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre/Studio Theatre

Dec. 12-14: New Jersey Youth Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker"

Dec. 20: Dazzling Light Show Combines with Magic in "Lazer Vaudeville"

Jan. 9-18: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

Previously Announced Upcoming Events

Jazz Band Concert Dec. 10
The MCCC Jazz Band will perform its Winter Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. Directed by Professor James Kelly, the band will present a varied and exciting program. Repertoire will include such jazz classics as Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments and Thad Jones' A Child is Born as well as Herbie Hancock's funk romp, Watermelon Man, and Clifford Brown's be-bop gem, Daahoud. All selections will feature standout improvisations by MCCC jazz students, who will be performing in small groups as well as in the full band.

Three Gifted Artists Explore Light at MCCC The Gallery Now Through Dec. 18

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

Sports Update
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