E-Bulletin of February 14, 2006

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Tune in to WIMG Feb. 21
The college's monthly half-hour radio show will air again on WIMG (1300 AM) on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tune in as Dr. Beverly Richardson interviews Kitty Getlik, Doug Fee and culinary graduate Rita Bohlumbaum.

Dr. Edwin Martinez Introduced
Dr. Edwin A. Martinez has joined MCCC as dean for Science and Health Professions. He comes from Louisiana State University at Alexandria, where he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for the past two years.
Dr. Martinez brings many years of experience to Mercer.


One of the principal reasons Dr. Martinez has returned to New Jersey is the huge impact of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated Louisiana and caused major deficits in the state’s budget. Although Alexandria itself was not affected, the storm’s repercussions were felt throughout the region. “My wife and I wanted to come back home to New Jersey,” he said. “We look forward to a good long stay here and to working closely with our colleagues to benefit the students at MCCC.” Full story and photo here.

Job Fair for Hyatt Regency Princeton
Please let your students know about a job fair at the Hyatt Regency Princeton on Feb. 27 in the ballroom, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Hyatt will be offering on-the-spot interviews for Hyatt careers. Learn more about available jobs at their website.

Kickoff for African American History Month
The Student Activities office organized a kickoff celebration for African American History Month on Feb. 1 in the Student Center. Details and photos here.

A list of events for the month is posted on MLink.

Diane Campbell Opens "Africans in the Diaspora" Series
Kerney Hall was packed with an enthusiastic audience of students and guests when Dean Diane Campbell presented the first lecture in the “Africans in the Diaspora” series on Feb. 8.

Campbell discussed the aftermath of slavery, including the different philosophies of African American leaders of the time. She mentioned cultural influences that still have an influence today, such as respecting and honoring elders, using drums and dance during worship services, and preserving an oral history. Black colleges that were established after the abolishment of slavery numbered around 17. Photos

Mercer County Artists Opens March 6
"Mercer County Artists 2006" will open March 6 at The Gallery and continue through April 14. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, March 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s juror will be Julie Mellby, graphic arts curator at the Firestone Library of Princeton University.

Artists may enter up to two original works in any media except photography, and the works must have been executed in the past two years. There is an entry fee of $5 per piece, and the submission deadline is Feb. 25.

Gallery hours for the show are Mondays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.; Thursdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Fridays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Click here for more

Distinguished Lecture Series Begins
On Thursday, Feb. 16 at 12 noon (West Windsor Campus, CM110), Satish Myneni, professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, will present the first lecture of the semester, entitled: "Dealing with Environmental Contamination of Soils." Click here for more.

On Thursday, Feb. 23 at 12 noon (West Windsor Campus, CM110), Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. James McPherson will present a lecture about the Civil War entitled: “When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Failure of Peace Negotiations 1864-65.” Click here for more.

Click here for the full list of upcoming lectures.

Indian Scholar/Dancer Coming to MCCC
On March 28 and 30, and April 1 (note date change), MCCC will offer workshops on Indian classical dance by Baladevi Chandrashekar, a choreographer, artist and research scholar. She is the artistic director of Shree Padma Nrityam Academy of Performing Arts in Princeton. The talks will focus on the history and practice of Indian classical dance theatre. They take place from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m. at the MCCC Studio Theatre/CM122.

Also on April 1, Chandrashekar will present a Bharata Nrityam dance recital at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. The workshops are free and open to the public. Call ext. 3524 for more information or to reserve a seat.
Click here for a writeup about Ms. Chandrashekar and her workshops.

Radiology Students Achieve
According to Sandy Kerr, all the students in MCCC's Radiography class of 2005 passed the American Registry in Radiologic Technologists national certification examination. A total of 14 students took the examination, achieving a mean score of 89.4%. Their mean score exceeded the national mean (84.8%) and the NJ State mean (85.9%). All of the 2005 graduates are employed or are pursuing advanced education in Radiologic Technology.

Based upon the results, the NJ Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners ranked MCCC's Radiography program second out of the 17 accredited Radiography programs in the state. The results represent a 100% pass rate for 12 out of 13 years. The program's overall pass rate on the first attempt is 98.7%, and 100% for all graduates.

Nursing Students Get High Marks
For the period of April 2005 to September 2005, the MCCC student pass rate on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing exam was officially 90%. These students, who graduated in May of 2005, are now licensed as registered nurses in New Jersey.

MCCC Arts Represented at West Windsor Arts Council Event
The arts are thriving at MCCC. That was the message delivered by Kelsey Theatre Artistic Director Kitty Getlik and Gallery Curator Tricia Fagan before a large West Windsor crowd on Feb. 6. The group convened for INTROS ’06, an initiative of the West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) to offer township residents a preview of the local arts scene for the coming year. The first in what is expected to be an annual arts event, the guest list included West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh, other township dignitaries, members of the WWAC Board of Trustees, and the Arts Advisory Board, along with community members.

“It was a great opportunity for us to share all the activities – both in the visual and performing arts – going on at Mercer,” Fagan said. The council’s plans include converting the firehouse on Alexander Road into an arts center. The council’s new executive director is Eduardo Garcia.

Women's Tennis Team Honored with Rings
Members of the 2004-05 Women's Tennis Team were honored as national champs at halftime ceremonies during a Mercer men's basketball game Jan. 24. Acting President Tom Wilfrid and Student Services Director John Simone presented championship rings to the players. Also present were Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla and Assistant Coaches Ralph Bencivengo and Barb Pleva.

The Mercer Women's Tennis Team has soldified a national dynasty, winning its fourth NJCAA title in eight years in 2005. Five players were named All-Americans: Siobham Cahill, Natalia Dabrowska Huff, Krystle Duay, Rachel Hendrickson, and Silvina Wills. Vecchiolla was inducted into the NJCAA Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame.

Six team members returned to play this fall, earning a 7-0 record and a return trip to the nationals in May.

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Dori Seider Nominated for Who's Who
"Who's Who Among America's Teachers" has published Dori Seider's name in their 2005 edition. "Who's Who" selects 5% of America's teachers for this honor, who are nominated by former students. Only students who have been cited themselves in "Who's Who" are eligible to nominate their teachers.

Support Community Colleges
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges has sent a flier announcing upcoming TV ads. They have asked us to post copies on campus, so please put some up in your area.

They also urge the campus community to go to the website www.SupportCommunityColleges.com "and tell your state legislators to make sure New Jersey’s community colleges stay available, accessible and affordable."
Click here for the flier.

Music for Bagpipe and Organ March 26
Edith Silver will perform at the "Music for Bagpipes and Organ" concert on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. at the Pennington Presbyterian Church. Admission is free, but free-will offerings will go to the Christian Children's Fund for programs to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.

The concert will feature traditional Irish and Scottish tunes arranged by Silver and others. Located at 13 South Main Street, Pennington, the church has a rare Casavant pipe organ. In addition to Silver, performers include piper Pam Silver, drummer Doug Clark and organist Michael McCormick, as well as soloist Karen Evanetz. For more information call Michael McCormick at 609-208-9991.

Goldstein Essay Republished
"Active Learning: Sending Students to Observe in the Field
," an article by Joan Goldstein, has been republished by the Hall Institute of Public Policy, and is available here.

Blood Drive April 7
The Community Blood Council of New Jersey will hold a Blood Drive at St. Gregory the Great School Cafeteria, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ on Friday, April 7, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling Barbara at 609-587-2307. Walk-ins are welcome.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through Feb. 17 -- "Corpus Callosum" at The Gallery
Through Feb. 26 -- "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" Whoops It Up
Feb. 25 -- Enjoy Tropical Adventure with T-Bone at Kelsey Theatre

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