E-Bulletin of April 12, 2006

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Women's and Gender Studies to Begin this Fall
Mercer students will be able to pursue an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) beginning this fall. The courses will emphasize comprehension, analysis and writing, according to faculty member Denise Ingram. Details here

Flight Fair April 22
The MCCC Flight Team will raise funds at a Flight Fair on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trenton-Mercer Airport. The rain date is Sunday, April 23. Come out with family and friends to see the area from a whole new perspective. Aviation faculty members will be the pilots. The cost is 20 cents per pound (weights are kept secret), with a minimum charge of $8 and a maximum of $22 per person.

Upcoming Lectures at MCCC
The Africans in the Diaspora series: all are at noon in CM159
April 19 -- MCCC's Bethuel Hunter will lecture on "Discursive Antiphony in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon."
April 26 -- MCCC's Sharmila Sen will lecture on "Post Colonial Tropes -- The Diaspora."


The Distinguished Lecture Series: all are at noon in CM110
April 13 -- Princeton scientist, Dr. Gregory Olsen, will discuss his experience as a non-astronaut in space.
April 20 -- Art historian, painter and teacher Robert Bunkin will discuss "Lesser Known Masterpieces of Portraiture."

Spring Concert Dates Announced
The MCCC Jazz Band will present its Spring Concert at Kelsey Theatre on Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Directed by James Kelly, the performance will include such jazz classics as Dizzy Gillespie's "Groovin High" and Toots Thielman's "Bluesette" as well as Tower of Power's soul-funk excursion, "What is Hip?" The concert will feature the full band in addition to small groups with Mercer's jazz students displaying their outstanding improvisational skills.

The MCCC Chorus will perform on Wednesday, May 3, at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theater. This year's concert theme is "Hymn to Nature." Mozart will be represented in honor of his 250th birthday, and a madrigal by early Renaissance composer Jacques Arcadelt will be performed. Three pieces from Randall Thompson's Frostiana, on nature poems by Robert Frost, will be included, as well as folksongs from America and Africa. Directed by Marjorie Herman, D.M., the chorus is composed of music majors as well as other students.

Medical Lab Technology Wins Awards
Jane O’Reilly, MCCC's coordinator of the Medical Lab Technology (MLT) program, won the Educator of the Year award recently from the New Jersey Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. O'Reilly has been an active participant in the society and serves as treasurer. Additionally, MLT student Susan Buckley received a $500 scholarship.

James Kelly Lecture
Music program coordinator James Kelly delivered a stirring lecture, "Syncretism and Cultural Memory in African American Music," on April 5.
"Slaves were allowed to sing," Kelly said, and that singing -- in the form of street cries, work songs, call and response songs, story-telling songs -- saved an important part of African culture. "For the African, music is a cultural and existential necessity," he said. "American popular music is totally Africanized."

During his lecture Kelly played clips from authentic African songs and modern popular music, and demonstrated musical forms on a guitar and piano. The lecture was so well received he has been asked to do it again so more members of the college community can be there. Maybe next semester, he says. Photos

International Business Panel Discussion
Three experts in international business spoke at MCCC on April 11 to an interested group of students and faculty members. Coordinated by Laura Sosa, the discussion was videoconferenced to Passaic Valley Regional High School, which runs an international business practice class similar to Mercer's. Photo


Camp College Hosts Open House
The final Camp College Open House is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Conference Center. For more information click here, or call 609-586-9446.

Appreciation Dinner Celebrates Adjunct Faculty Members
Students from MCCC's Hospitality Programs put on their annual buffet dinner at the WWC Student Center on April 5, in appreciation for the services of the college's more than 300 adjunct faculty members. (In alternate years, this dinner honors the members of the college's nearly 30 Advisory Commissions.) Hospitality programs director Doug Fee, Prof. Chris dePagnier and Teaching Assistant Frank Benowitz joined several part-time Hospitality instructors, current students, and alumni volunteers in staging what most who attended considered to be the best ever in a long series of successful dinners. Photos

Judy Ehresman Represents MCCC in Jordan
Dean Judy Ehresman will be leaving for Amman, Jordan, on April 14 to attend a special international event. She and her daughter Jessica, a college student at the University of Pittsburgh who is working at the United Nations University International Leadership Institute in Jordan, are invited guests. Judy was also invited to speak to an international student group while in Amman about study opportunities at community colleges in the United States, and Mercer in particular. There is also a potential for a similar invitation to address education leaders in the country of Ghana in the future. She promises more details upon her return.

Photos on Display at Conference Center
The second floor of the Conference Center is now an art gallery of photographs by faculty member Michael Dalton and Director of Facilities and Security Michael Dill.

Dalton said his photos "are part of a project called 'Crossings' which consists of a series of panoramic photographs of every bridge that connects Manhattan to the outer boroughs and New Jersey." He said "The project explores the influence of the bridge on the character of the surrounding neighborhoods." Samples

Financial Aid Workshop at Lawrence High School
Jason Taylor and Alice Chung of the Financial Aid Office conducted a hands-on financial aid workshop for high school seniors and their parents at Lawrence High School on March 30. The workshop was requested by LHS counselor Tonia Moore, who works closely with students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are often the first in their family to apply to college. Photos

MCCC Participates in One Trenton - One Book Events
Monica Weaver was an integral part of Mayor Doug Palmer's press conference on April 4 to kick off the One Trenton - One Book campaign, promoting
education and reading. The book chosen for the city to read is "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. Press conference participants included Classics Used Bookstore, Passage Theatre and the Trenton Public Library. More planned events for One Trenton-One Book include:

Reader's Theatre of Passage Theatre Co. will perform scenes from the book on Saturday, April 15 at 12 noon at Classics Used and Rare Books, 117 South Warren, Trenton.

Scrabble Night will feature "The House on Mango Street" edition of Scrabble at Classics Used and Rare Books on Friday, April 21 from 6:30 p.m. to midnight, at 117 South Warren St., Trenton.

MCCC's James Kerney Campus will host a lecture and book discussion on Friday, May 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with Professor Noreen Duncan, and "A Taste of Mango Street" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Culinary program students will give book readers a taste of the foods featured in the book.

English instructor Eric Maywar will lead a book discussion on Saturday, May 20 at 12 noon at Classics Used and Rare Books, 117 South Warren, Trenton.

The Trenton Public Library Staff will lead a book discussion on Wednesday, May 24 at 12:15 p.m. at the library, 120 Academy Street, Trenton.

Sponsors include The Trenton Downtown Association, The Trenton Downtowner, The ABC Book Club, The First Presbyterian Church, Carmen Melendez Realty, and The Trenton Film Festival.

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Click here for a story in The Times.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through April 14 -- "Mercer County Artists" at The Gallery

April 21 to 29 -- "Godspell" by MCCC's drama students.

May 6 -- "Aesop's Fables"

May 12 to 21 -- “La Cage Aux Folles”

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