E-Bulletin of March 30, 2005

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Scenic 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.

Eastern State Penitentiary Explored in Eric Kunsman Exhibit
MCCC 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. More, with images.

Best Practices Conference April 19
Save 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 the state."

A conference brochure and registration form are available on the Council's website

Mercer Women Honored
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:

Faculty: 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

Michael 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 serve."

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.

Women in Islam
The Islamic Awareness Club hosted a discussion on "W
omen 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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