E-Bulletin of March 26, 2009

New Upcoming Events

Features

Updates/Reminders

New Upcoming Events

IT Seminars Coming Soon
The Information Technology Services department is offering a technology education series this semester. Topics include using the Sun Java electronic calendar and using the new features on the Integrow employee and student services portal. Detailed seminar descriptions and schedule for the month of April can be found on the Technology Services MLink page at: http://mlink.mccc.edu/tech_serv.shtml.

Please contact the ITS Help Desk at ext. 4357 or tech-help@mccc.edu to register.

Faculty vs. Staff Basketball Game April 3
All are welcome to come out and watch an exciting game of basketball -- pitting MCCC faculty against staff members. It happens at 5 p.m. on April 3 in the gym. More players are welcome to participate. To sign up, faculty should call Craig Coenen at ext. 3533 (coenenc@mccc.edu). Staff members should call Ken Hunt at ext. 3734 (huntk@mccc.edu).

Features

Community College Month Activities
We are compiling a list of the major activities on campus during Community College Month in April -- for posting online and on MLink. The events compiled to date are listed here.

If you know of any additional events in April to which the college community is invited, please e-mail Saveria Symons at symonss@mccc.edu.

MCCC Science Programs Well-Represented at Conference for Young Women
Science faculty members and several students participated in the Seventh Annual Young Women's Conference in Science, Mathematics and Technology at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory on March 13. Mercer's representatives manned five tables throughout the day, presenting demonstrations and hands-on activities in chemistry, biology and the health professions. Faculty participants included Laura Becker, Laura Blinderman, Linda Gaylo, Diane Hilker, Jane O'Reilly and Helen Tanzini.

Nearly 300 young women from 28 area middle and high schools attended the conference, whose goals are to foster interest in science careers for women and to provide opportunities for girls to meet women working in these fields. Click here for photos.

Student Susana Sanchez Wins $5,000 Guistwhite Scholarship
MCCC student Susana Sanchez was recently selected as a Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar, one of 20 students chosen from a national pool of 400 applicants. The scholarship includes $5,000 toward baccalaureate studies. She will be recognized during the PTK convention in Dallas, TX, April 16-18.

A liberal arts major and an Honors Program student, Sanchez is currently editor-in-chief of MCCC's student newspaper, the College Voice. More here with photo.

Morgan Stanley Foundation Donates in Recognition of MCCC Volunteer
As an experienced financial advisor, Randy Jones, a member of the MCCC Foundation Board, has given his time and expertise for many years to help guide the college's investment and scholarship committees. In recognition of his efforts, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has made a generous contribution of $1,500 to Mercer's General Scholarship Fund. Scholarships awarded through this fund help a variety of students in need.

Alum Gene Tobia Wins Multiple Ribbons at Philadelphia Flower Show
Gene Tobia, who graduated from Mercer in 2006 with degrees in Nursing, Biology and Plant Science, won two first-place and four third-place ribbons at the Philadelphia Flower Show earlier this month for orchids he has developed and nurtured in the MCCC Greenhouse.
Now a dialysis nurse, Tobia still enjoys his "out of control" hobby. His orchid garden has become a permanent section at the greenhouse, which Gene visits weekly to attend to the fragile plants and field questions from students about orchids and their care. Says Program Coordinator Amy Iseneker, "Gene's passion for orchids has turned into a wonderful teaching opportunity for our students." She invites faculty and staff to visit the orchid garden. For photos of some of the prize-winning orchids at the Flower Show, click here.

Staff/Students Model Dress Barn Fashions
Staff members BethAnn Clayton and Maria Tazza, and several students modeled crisp spring fashions at a luncheon/fashion show on March 24. Part of Women's Month at Mercer, the event was sponsored by the Mercer Chapter of the AAWCC and Student Goverment/Student Activities. Amy Immordino of Enrollment Services served as MC, while fashions were presented by Hamilton Dress Barn manager, Cee Sloan, who also gave away discount coupons. Photos here.

Local Sports Reporter Features MCCC Tennis and Soccer Coaches
Local sports reporter Craig Haley is now writing for a website called playsportstv.com, which provides coaching and instruction tips on a range of sports, and is particularly targeted for parents and coaches involved in youth sports. In one of Haley's first articles for the site, he features MCCC Tennis Coach Marc Vecchiolla, who shares the philosophy that he has used in coaching our highly successful teams: help players develop their skills and have fun at the same time. Read the whole article here.

MCCC women's soccer coach Jodi Ricciardi, who played softball in college, is also featured on the website in softball videos (a 75-video training plan) here.

Cahill Advises Focusing on Strengths in Talk to AAWCC Group
In her talk entitled "Equipping Women for the Workplace," Dr. Teena Cahill presented her personal recipe for success while also entertaining an audience of 50 women from MCCC and other area colleges at a breakfast workshop on March 20. Cahill counsels using adversity as a source of strength, focusing on innate talents, and striving for leadership in both personal and professional situations. "And be a good listener. Good leaders listen," she emphasized.
More here with photos.

History Adjunct Wins Mini-Grant
During a special ceremony March 16, the New Jersey Historical Commission presented a certificate to history adjunct faculty member Sue Kozel to mark her receipt of a 2009 Mini-Grant from the agency to continue researching the history of NJ Quaker abolitionist Richard Waln. The $2,000 grant will enable Kozel to further investigate Waln's work of advocating on behalf of African American slaves who were promised and then denied freedom by owners or their families.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
3-15-09: Delicious Directions: MCCC Gets Cooking

3-16-09: Restaurants Fighting Recessionary Blues

3-20-09: Take a Plane Ride; Help the Flight Team

Packet Group:
3-20-09: Real World View; Mel Leipzig Doesn't Tell Stories, He Creates Epics With His Brush

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

March 27 - April 5: Godspell

March 28: African-American "Songs from the Soul"

Apr. 17-26: MCCC Theatre Students to Present "Angels in America, Part I"

April 25: "The Frog Prince" Seeks His Princess



Updates/Reminders

Event Reminders:
Don Jones Open Mic Night/Poetry Slam March 27, 7 to 10 p.m.

Free event in memory of Don Jones at the Center City Cafe, James Kerney Campus.
Dinner ($5) will be prepared by Cafe chefs. For more information, e-mail cartert@mccc.edu.

Mel Leipzig to Discuss Realist Painters April 2
More here.

Mercer County Artists Show at Gallery Through April 9
More here with photos.

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

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.


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