E-Bulletin of April 14, 2005

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"Open Mouth Class" to Perform
According to Kathi Paluscio, if you’re feeling out of sorts or edgy, if people see you and run the other way, you can feel better instantly. Just go to see the Oral Interpretation class performance on Monday, May 2, 1:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. In "It’s All About the Toys!” you will enjoy “a twisted and humorous mix of two-minute performances and tongue splitting exercises.”
All are welcome -- bring your class if you have one. It’s free, and you can come for five or 10 minutes or for the whole show.

In the Oral Interpretation course, CMN 212, students research, interpret & perform traditional and nontraditional literary form, and master communication skills, poise, & self confidence. Students develop keener awareness of diversity through literary analysis, performance and discussion.

Students Speak about Race, Diversity and Culture in the Classroom
On Thursday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. students will tell faculty and administrative staff "what they see and want in order to assist them in respecting and understanding the diversity we have on campus and in our world," says Kathi Paluscio. The event is produced by 26 public speaking students, and will include drama, speaking, conversations and question and answer sections.

A very diverse mix of students will be present. The meeting is open to anyone who wants to learn more about how students think. Free coffee and baked goods will be available. For more information call Kathi Paluscio at ext. 3454.

Doo Wop Revival Coming to MCCC June 11
Mark your calendar and call your old friends! Mercer's Foundation Board is hosting "Savor the Memories" at Kelsey Theatre -- a Doo Wop revival featuring "The Quotations," whose hit song "Imagination" topped the charts back in the early 1960s. Also performing will be "Just4," a dynamic all-female barbershop quarter, part of Sweet Adelines International, who will perform favorites such as “Blue Velvet,” “I Can't Give You Anything But Love,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and “When I Fall in Love."

The fun takes place on Saturday, June 11 at 8 p.m., followed by food and beverages with the performers at 9:30 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $100 for front seats; $75 for center seating, and $50 for rear seating. MCCC staff and faculty members can purchase two tickets at a reduced price of $35. Proceeds will benefit the MCCC Student Scholarship Fund.
Make checks payable to the MCCC Foundation and send them to Elaine Stout in AD 250, or call ext. 3607.

Friends paying full price can register online.

Middle States Team Concludes Visit
Mercer administrators breathed a sigh of relief when the Middle States team concluded its visit on April 6 at Kelsey Theatre. A large group of faculty and staff members listened intently as team chair, Dr. Charlene Nunley, president of Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, read the "principal findings." Mercer satisfied all fourteen standards of excellence. The final report will arrive in June.

"The overall feeling was very good," said co-chair Al Leister. "We felt the team was impressed with Mercer. Their opinion reflects the efforts of everyone here. They couldn't have gotten it from one or two -- it came from the entire college. They found a strong spirit of caring. They noticed a lot of people who have been here for a good many years and saw that as positive. The credit really belongs to the entire community."

Leister said he wants to thank everybody. "Two years ago we got up at the assembly and asked for everybody's cooperation, and we received it. I think we did a good job. The euphoria I felt was like when I was athletic director and we won the national championship. We assembled a team to accomplish something, we set goals, and we accomplished it."

One favorite moment of Dr. Nunley's report was her comment: "You know, your students really love this place."

SGA Conducting Drive for Troops
The Student Government Association needs your help. They are conducting a drive to purchase telephone cards for troops overseas. You can help by donating a phone card in any denomination or by donating money to purchase cards. S
end a check made payable to “MCCC” with “SGA” in the memo line to Danielle Garruba, director of Student Activities in SC161, or call ext. 3412 and someone will pick up your donation. You can also stop by the Student Activities Office, SC160, and drop off your donation in the box marked “Calls for Troops.”

Science Faculty and Students Share Wonders
Four faculty members and two students from the Science and Allied Health Division took part in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s fourth annual “Expand Your Horizons Mini-Conference for Young Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology” on March 11.

With two demonstration booths, the group was kept busy for all of its 3 1/2 hour shift, reported Helen Tanzini, who coordinated the visit. Over 200 female students, grades 8 through 12, attended the day-long conference. Among the hands-on/demonstration projects presented by the Mercer representatives were: creating the ever popular “slime” from polyvinyl alcohol; using dry ice to produce fog and inflate a balloon; making “lava lamps” with oil, water and food coloring; displaying and identifying human bones; and dissecting sheep eyes. The high schoolers even got some souvenirs, including UVA detectors, and MCCC key chains, pencils and book marks.

In addition to Tanzini, participants included Interim Dean Diane Hilker and faculty members Laura Blinderman and Linda Falkow. Ping Zhang and Kristen Terrano were the student volunteers. Photos

Radiography Students Participate in Disaster Drill
Many of MCCC's radiography students participated in the statewide "Top-Off 3" Disaster Drill April 5 to 7 at Capital Health System. The statewide biomedical drill involved numerous emergency groups, and health and government agencies. Of the students who participated in the all-day event, most took on the roles of patients with coughs and fevers.

Student Annapurna Chandwani played the part of a ten-month-old baby who needed help. She said she waited a long time, and if the emergency had been real, she would probably have died. Student Richleu Gehyeka said he needed immediate attention yet waited one hour and 45 minutes. Student Janine O'Hearen said, "It was a success in that it showed the hospitals that they are not prepared." Photo

Business Practice Firm Hosts International Meeting
Carol Weber hosted a group of representatives from Europe and Australia this week for a meeting of the EUROPEN group, which oversees business practice firms worldwide. Weber is a member of the group's leadership team. The guests, from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, France, Austria and Australia, enjoyed the hospitality of our conference center. “I am pleased we could host the meeting," Weber said. "The purpose was for each central office to set and assess policies, work on international trade among the students, and to develop programs and set standards."

The International Business Practice Firm began at Mercer ten years ago through a grant, and it continues to thrive. Students conduct simulated business with other practice firms worldwide. In a survey of course graduates, 92 percent said it enhanced their qualifications for employment and 95 percent would recommend the course to other students.

Student TV News Crew Visits NJN Studios
Ten students who serve as volunteer cast and crew for the weekly "MCN News" show enjoyed a trip to New Jersey Network Studios last week with faculty member Steve Voorhees. They saw a live news production, met anchors such as Kent Manahan, and talked with the crew. "They were taken through the steps of how NJN does its news show," Voorhees said. The trip was so successful, he plans to make it a regular part of each semester.

The trip was facilitated by Brad Kent through NJN Director of Marketing Jim Zombeck.

Fourth Grade Visit Teaches Children About TV and Radio Careers
Forty-five fourth graders from Ewing Township toured the facilities of MCCC’s Radio and Television programs on April 8. Faculty members Mitch Canter, Steve Voorhees and Barry Levy, along with five student volunteers, gave the children a chance to try out the equipment and observe the production and editing process. “We wanted to show the kids what it’s like to work in television by giving them a fun, hands-on experience,” Voorhees said.

“This is really cool,” said one fourth grader from the Parkway School, while another said, “After my sports career, maybe I’ll go into radio.”

MCCC student participants included Will Collier, Bruce Duarte, Charlotte Everts, Mike Lovett, and Keith Wharton.

Sculptures by Gallery Staff Member Janis Purcell at ETS
Janis Purcell, now a part-time assistant in Mercer's Gallery, and a former Gallery volunteer, invites everyone to her solo sculpture exhibition at the ETS gallery in Princeton, 660 Rosedale Road. An Opening Reception takes place on Friday, April 29 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and the show runs through May 20. Purcell has an MFA from Brooklyn College and works on her art both in MCCC’s ceramics studio and in her home studio. Samples of her work

Kelsey Theatre Events
When a poor youth receives a cat from his dying father, he is disappointed in such a seemingly useless gift. But this is no ordinary cat. This is The Truly Remarkable Puss-in-Boots,” coming to Kelsey Theatre on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17 at 2 and 4 p.m. The show is presented by The Pennington Players. More

The musical, funny and poignant saga of Charity Hope Valentine is coming to Kelsey Theatre when Pierrot Productions presents “Sweet Charity” Fridays and Saturdays, April 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 24 and May 1 at 2 p.m. An Opening Night Gala follows the performance on April 22 to give audience members a chance to meet the cast and crew. More

Join Peter Rabbit in a larger-than-life world of giant puppets when Bits ’N Pieces Puppet Theatre presents “The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit” at Kelsey Theatre. Two years in the making, this lively children’s show will be presented on Saturday, April 30 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

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