E-Bulletin of February 27, 2004

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Governor's Budget Proposal Calls for Free Tuition
In his budget address on Feb. 24 Governor McGreevey proposed a new program, New Jersey STARS. If approved, the program will fully fund a two-year community college education for students from New Jersey's high schools who graduate in the top 20% of their class. More

MCCC Unveils CD for Students
Mercer's new interactive CD is hot off the press. The CD was designed for new and continuing Mercer students to help orient them and provide useful information as they continue their studies. It is not a recruitment tool.

The CD's four main sections include "Applying to Mercer," with information about the placement test, advising and scheduling, majors and courses, ID cards, books, security and parking. The "Affording College" section covers financial aid, the EOF program, and veterans benefits. The "Services" section includes tutoring and support, transfer and career services, special needs, library, bookstore and student activities including sports. "Navigating Mercer" explains advisement and registration, policies, grades and related areas.

Working with a firm called CD Advantage, the CD was written and designed by the staff of the Marketing and Public Information units, with the Admissions office and a steering committee. Committee members included Tony Bruzaitis, Don Davis, Brad Kent, Joan Guggenheim, Lynn Holl, Wendy Humphrey, Laurene Jones, Francis Paixao, Saveria Symons and Carol Tosh.

"Women Take Flight" Is a Soaring Success
The weekend of Feb. 21 and 22 brought ten MCCC students and two faculty members to the Trenton-Mercer Airport for adventure and self discovery. The "Women Take Flight" workshop, led by pilot Linda Castner, focused on self-reliance and risk taking for women and included a flight lesson.

With the wind gusting up to 30 mph Saturday, that day's scheduled flight time had to be postponed. Sunday's weather report also called for wind starting around 9 a.m., so the flight instructors and students agreed to meet at the airport at 6:30 Sunday morning. It worked, and they all got the opportunity to fly between 7 and 9 a.m. Mercer Aviation faculty member Joan Jones, who was present the entire weekend, said the students were just thrilled to have the opportunity to fly. "They got hands-on experience," she said. "They were ecstatic, they had a ball. One was actually cheering and jumping up and down."

Jones said all the feedback was positive and a couple of the women asked a lot of questions about the Aviation Flight Technology program. "It would really be great if some of the participants actually became aviation students," Jones said.

The event was a great opportunity to get out the word about Mercer's Aviation programs. News 12 New Jersey sent a cameraman and reporter, The Times sent a photographer and reporter, and Flight Log Newsletter sent a reporter. The Courier News, Bridgewater is also working on a story. The Times feature should appear this Sunday.

Flight instructors included MCCC's Diane Loving and Tom Gillian. Mercer faculty member Jennifer Dowd and adjunct faculty member Christina Ryan were participants.

Castner, part-owner of Alexandria Field Airport and former faculty member at Bryn Mawr College, is pursuing an answer to the question "Why Don't More Women Learn to Fly?" She offered the workshop as part of a research project she is doing with Sue Stafford, professor at Simmons College in Boston, where they did a similar workshop last October. Castner said of the Mercer women: "The Women Take Flight participants were a wonderful group of women. Their journals are inspiring and their smiles and body language in photos and on tape help tell the story." Photos

Board and Volunteers Appreciated
On February 6 MCCC's Conference Center hosted "An Evening of Appreciation" for external members of the college's Board of Trustees, Foundation Board and Alumni Association (those who are not also members of the staff). With a "Chinese New Year" theme, the food was prepared and served by students from Mercer's Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management program. Photos

Joann Fessler Remembered
The art therapy program at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia has published a 2004 calendar featuring Joann (Jodi) Fessler's artwork on the cover. Fessler had been a patient there before she died in November 2002. Fessler was on the science faculty at Mercer.
On the calendar Magee says "Making artwork offers patients the opportunity to re-establish autonomy and control through their individual creativity and accomplishment." Fessler also won second prize for her artwork at the Philadelphia Flower Show and won awards for her dollhouses.

Why Bother to Vote?
Mercer County Freeholder Keith Hamilton was guest speaker in Joan Goldstein's Intro to Sociology class last week, discussing "Why Bother to Vote." Students asked a lot of questions, Goldstein said. One student said in an email that it was great to hear from "a real politician from the real world."

Hamilton is a Mercer graduate in Electrical Engineering Technology and has taught classes here. He is an Air Force veteran and has been a Mercer County Freeholder since 1996. Photos

JKC Staff Writes to Vets
Mercer's James Kerney Campus organized a campus-wide activity to send notes to veterans at the East Orange VA Hospital in New Jersey. "We are proud to say that professors and students participated and over 200 notes to vets were collected and sent to the VA Hospital," said Linda Ertingu. "Now that's teamwork!"

Mercer County Artists 2004
Get ready for an exciting exhibit featuring the work of Mercer County Artists from March 9 through April 10 at The Gallery. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, March 10 at 5 p.m.

The juried exhibition is open to visual artists 18 years of age or older who live, work or attend school in Mercer County. Artists are invited to submit their work for consideration on Saturday, Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m. to noon. More


Discount on Great Adventure Tickets
Through her Camp College contacts, Sharon Vlasac has been offered discounted prices on Great Adventure tickets. She is offering them to anyone on campus. A one-day ticket including the safari is $23 (vs. $45.99 for regular price). A two-day ticket including safari is $38. Early bird tickets to Hurricane Harbor are $18 (vs. $29.99). The tickets are good for any time during the season.

Reservations with payment must be to Sharon Vlasac by April 22 in MC148. For more information call her at ext. 3267 or email vlasacs@mccc.edu.

Performances at Kelsey Theatre
Sidney Bruhl is a desperate, middle-aged playwright who hasn't had a hit in years. The lengths to which he will go to revive his career form the basis of the suspenseful, wickedly inspired plot of "Deathtrap," to be presented by Pierrot Productions and Theater to Go at Mercer's Kelsey Theatre. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays, Feb. 28, and 29 at 2 p.m. More

The endearing children's classic, "A Little Princess," comes to the Kelsey stage in March. The Pennington Players present this riches-to-rags-to-riches story made forever famous by the 1939 Shirley Temple movie. Fridays, March 5 and 12 at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, March 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

An all new "Music, Maestro, Please!" will introduce the younger set to the joys of vocal and instrumental music. This lively, interactive children's concert is presented by the Mercer County Symphonic Band at Kelsey Theatre on Saturday, March 20 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

Retirees to Meet
MCCC retirees will get together for lunch on Wednesday, March 17, 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Call Helen Marie Dolton by the 15th to respond -- 609-882-5086. Dolton said she has her new knee and is doing well.


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