E-Bulletin of March 30, 2005
Airplane Rides April 9
Come out and see the area from a whole new perspective on Saturday,
April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trenton-Mercer Airport, when the
MCCC Flight Team is sponsoring a "Flight Fair." Cost is 15
cents per pound with a minimum of $5 and a maximum of $15.
Take I-95 North
to I-95 South, exit 3A (Scotch Rd. South, General Aviation). Stay on
the right side of the road, and before the traffic light make the first
right onto Sam Weinroth Road. Go 1/10 mile past Ronson Aviation and
you'll see the MCCC aviation building on the left. Call 609-5430-1272
for more information.
State Penitentiary Explored in Eric Kunsman Exhibit
at ARTWORKS’ Gallery presents “Thou Art…, Will
Give…,” a show of new work by photographer and book
artist Eric T. Kunsman, coordinator of Mercer's Photography program.
The show will run April 8 to 18, with an opening reception on Friday,
April 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. MCCC at ARTWORKS is located on Stockton
Street, Trenton, directly across from the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles.
Practices Conference April 19
the date! The Best Practices Conference of the New Jersey Council of
County Colleges is coming to MCCC's Conference Center Friday, April
29. According to the Council, "The event is packed with informative
sessions for virtually everyone working at or with community colleges.
From sessions targeted toward academic officers and faculty to those
of interest to continuing education officers, student affairs personnel,
foundation employees and more, no other event gives you the opportunity
to learn about so many innovative programs and solutions taking place
on community college campuses throughout the state of New Jersey. This
conference is the premier event for New Jersey’s community college
employees and administration to learn about new and innovative programs
while networking with other community college professionals from throughout
conference brochure and registration form are available on the Council's
Mercer women voted as outstanding by students were honored March 29
at a luncheon hosted by the Student Activities Office and Student Activities
Board. Students were asked for nominations in four categories: Faculty,
Staff, Student and Club Advisor. Winners were kept secret until the
luncheon. They were:
Fran Davidson, Joan Goldstein and Renee Nerish
Staff: Carol Tosh
Club Advisor: Tonia Harrison (Cheer Dance Team)
Student: Liz Sowa and Jennifer Toto
A delicious lunch was prepared by Annie Prizzi and Conference Center
hospitality staff members. Each honoree received flowers. Photos
Glass Influential in Irish Affairs
Dr. Michael Glass recently returned from his fourth fact-finding mission
to the north of Ireland. Glass is a member of the Irish American Unity
Conference, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Northern Aid, and
a special US State Department advisory committee. While in Ireland he
met with and interviewed various elected officials, former political
prisoners released under the Good Friday Agreement, recent US deportees,
and both Protestant and Catholic victims of British collusion.
Glass said he visited
several of the many British army barracks still present in the north
of Ireland, "even though the Good Friday Agreement called for their
removal in 1997." He was also invited to attend Sinn Fein's Ard
Fheis (their annual two-day strategic planning session), as an observer.
"Sinn Fein is the largest nationalist party in the north of Ireland
and the third largest political party in the Republic of Ireland. The
British government dissolved the government in the north of Ireland
over two years ago and has not allowed the elected representatives to
Upon his return to the states, Glass submitted reports of his findings
and recommendations to Mitchell Reiss, the US Special Envoy to Northern
Ireland at the State Department, and to Congressmen Christopher Smith
and Donald Payne of the US Helsinki Commission, which looks into human
rights abuses around the world. Glass said he also attended a Congressional
hearing in Washington on March 16 "dealing with the lack of progress
on judicial-ordered inquiries into the deaths of civil rights lawyers
Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson as well as other cases of British collusion."
Glass said he strongly recommended that the next Congressional hearings
be held in Belfast this spring. "Hopefully,
a date will be set soon," he said.
The Islamic Awareness Club hosted a discussion
in Islam" March 24, with presentations by
student Maissa Chebly and guest Saeeda Shaikh. Students
from many religions expressed much interest in the topic.
Chebly began with
an overview of Islamic teachings on the respect accorded to women by
the prophets. Shaikh based her talk on the writings of Islamic scholar
Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood. She says “Anyone wishing to understand
Islam must first separate the religion from the cultural norms and style
of a society.” Her essay, “Islam,
Culture and Women,” is online. Photo
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