E-Bulletin of April 22, 2005
Arts Student Show
The "MCCC Visual Arts Student Show
2005," exhibiting the work of talented Mercer art students of all
ages, will run through May 13 at the college's Gallery. Details
Music Recital April 27
MCCC faculty members Erik Allesee (piano), and Shalini Sekhar (flute),
will present a joint recital of solo and ensemble works on Wednesday,
April 27 at noon in room CM 156. The recital will consist of works by
Scarlatti, Chopin, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Ibert among others.
Ms. Sekhar received her Bachelor of Music degree from TCNJ and her MA
in performance (flute) from NYU. In addition to her duties at Mercer,
she maintains a studio of private students and teaches at the Princeton
Day School. This will be her first recital for an MCCC audience.
Mr. Allesee received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory
of Music and his MM in performance (piano) at Westminster Choir College.
Erik maintains his own private studio and works at the Westminster Conservatory
of Music. He has been on the adjunct faculty at Mercer since 2001 and
has given several recitals for the college community.
State Project at ARTWORKS
MCCC at ARTWORKS is pleased to present "Garden State Project,"
a collaborative exhibition by Mercer's students and art faculty members.
The show runs from May 3 to 29 at the ARTWORKS gallery on Stockton Street
in Trenton, immediately across from the NJ Division of Motor Vehicles.
An opening reception takes place on Friday, May 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Band to Perform May 4
The MCCC Jazz Band, directed by James Kelly, will present its spring
concert on Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m. in Kelsey Theatre. Admission is
free and open to the public.
The varied and exciting
program will include such jazz classics as Earle Hagen’s sultry
Harlem Nocturne and Duke Ellington’s It don’t
Mean a Thing, as well as Oliver Nelson’s classic Stolen
Moments. The program will also feature Professor Kelly’s
own arrangement of George Gershwin’s perennial favorite, Summertime,
in addition to works by Charlie Parker and Herbie Hancock. All selections
will feature standout improvisations by our jazz students. For more
information, contact the Music Department, 586-4800, ext. 3735.
Day" May 5
The Student Activities office and student clubs and organizations will
host Spring Day with a Hollywood theme on Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. on the Mercer quad. Everyone is invited to come out for food
to Perform May 6
The MCCC Chorus will perform its spring concert on Friday, May 6 at
8 p.m. in Kelsey Theatre. Conducted by Music Director Marjorie Herman,
D.M., the program is entitled "Of The People – An Evening
of Folk Songs." It will feature a varied mix of selections and
arrangements for chorus and soloists. Included is Randall Thompson’s
Testament of Freedom, and arrangements of such favorites as
Turn, Turn, Turn, Erie Canal, Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,
O Danny Boy, as well as songs from the American Civil War and
Ireland. The chorus is made up of college students and singers from
surrounding communities. Admission is free. For more information, contact
the Music Department, 586-4800, ext. 3735.
Awards Night May 10
Dr. Rose and five successful students
will speak at James Kerney Campus "Celebration of Academic Achievement"
on Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 5:45 p.m. at Patriot's Theatre, The
War Memorial. Provost Beverly Richardson will serve as mistress of ceremonies.
Everyone is invited to come out and help recognize students in the academic
credit programs, the Career Training Institute, the English Language
Institute, the General Educational Development (GED) and Adult Basic
Education (ABE) programs. Students from JKC's culinary program will
provide refreshments after the ceremony.
at Mercer Staff Recognition May 17
The College Assembly
on May 17 begins at 10:30 a.m. at Kelsey Theatre, followed at 11:30
by the Employee Recognition Ceremony for staff members who have reached
milestone years of service. The "Human Relations" and "Community
Service" awards will also be presented.
year's "Maui at Mercer" theme was so popular, the committee
is planning its second Hawaiian-themed luncheon at the WWC cafeteria,
immediately following the awards ceremony. All are welcome and the committee
says feel free to wear
your most outlandish tropical attire.
On April 13 Reggie Page received The Arthur E. Richmond Distinguished
Service Award from the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid
Administrators "in recognition of service to NJASFAA and the financial
aid profession." The award was presented at the association's annual
spring conference, where Page was also elected vice president.
"I was chosen primarily because of my efforts in support of NJASFAA's
special project to warn parents about unscrupulous financial aid consultants,
and for a magazine article I wrote called Looking for Mr. Goodpackage
published in 2003," Page said. The project won the National Association
of Student Financial Aid Administrators top award for state program
initiatives at its conference in Minneapolis last July.
House Draws a Crowd
The staff of Enrollment Services organized
a very successful open house on April 13, drawing hundreds of future
students and their parents. Learning about Mercer was an enjoyable experience
as participants watched a clay pot under construction, saw some great
artwork, got a chair massage, reviewed landscape designs and architectural
plans, listened to a jazz band, and got a taste of some fun clubs and
organizations, such as MouthWorks. Speaking of tasting, Mercer's culinary
students and faculty prepared delicious treats. Photos
Capabilities Connect Mercer Students with Middle East
With a “simple” phone call on the morning of April 13, students
in Alvyn Haywood’s “Human Communications” class connected
to a classroom of Palestinian graduate students at the University of
Birzeit in Ramallah on the West Bank.
who provided the “hook-up” for the videoconference noted
that Mercer now has the capability to communicate via Internet2 or digital
telephone lines to universities around the world. “It’s
as easy as placing a phone call. We just need the person, time and place.”
The idea for Haywood’s
videoconference came from a classroom discussion in which students asked
him to address the Mideast conflict. “I didn’t think I could
speak with authenticity about the issues,” Haywood recalled. Instead,
they decided to talk with people who reside in the troubled region.
According to Haywood
the goal of the videoconference was to put a human face on the politics
and passions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The 90-minute discussion
ranged from ways to stop the violence to the devastating impact of occupation.
In closing, both groups expressed gratitude for this initial effort
to approach volatile issues in a constructive way and pledged to speak
again in May. Noted the Palestinian professor, “In learning about
others, we learn about ourselves.”
“A lot of
work and heart went into this event on the part of our students,”
Haywood said. “Through constructive dialogs like this, we emphasize
the human factor and how effective we can be by talking to each other.
This is our challenge: that we connect to each other as part of the
human family. We are a community college that has pushed the envelope.”
in the videoconference were instructor Kathy Paluscio, and students
Aziza Amer, Arafat Mustafa, Shay Sharaby, Amna Pervez, and Diaa Nimer.
The Biotechnology Institute invites teachers from Pennsylvania, New
Jersey and Delaware to apply for a free, one-day program designed to
provide educators with the skills, strategies and curriculum to incorporate
the increasingly popular subject of biotechnology into their classrooms.
Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Day is June 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at
Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Applications are due by
May 3. Teachers are eligible to receive free recertification credits
for attending the program. The Teacher-Leader Day runs in conjunction
with the institute’s 2005 Education Conference, June 16-19.
The institute says
the simple definition of biotechnology is "the use of organisms
by man," or "the use of biological processes to solve problems
or make useful products." They say the subject is increasingly
in demand at high schools and colleges, and that the need for a skilled
biotechnology workforce will continue to increase in the greater Philadelphia
area -- by more than 600% in 10 years. The
website has more information and a registration form.
Administrative Professionals Day
The college treated its administrative staff members to a morning of
appreciation on April 22 at the Conference Center. Workshops were offered
in floral arranging, manicures, massage, healthy cooking, Mary Kay makeup,
rest and relaxation, and more, followed by a delicious lunch.
Committee members included Jennie DeLapo, Danielle Garruba, Lynn Holl,
Barbara Jefferson, Marie Mendez, Elaine Stout, Maria Tazza and Dot Walton.
Other faculty and staff members who contributed were Barbara Behrens,
Margaret Cosentino, Chris dePagnier, Fred Hoffman, Amy Iseneker and
Vanessa Wilson. Students from the Hospitality Club and Physical Therapist
Assistant class volunteered their services. Members of the senior cosmotology
class from Mercer County Technical School provided manicures and hand
Babies for Liberal Arts Faculty
Craig Coenen's wife had a baby boy this month, and Lisette Morales and
Amy Vondrak are both expecting in May. The Liberal Arts division held
a lunchtime drop-in shower for all three on April 13. Congratulations!
to Meet at James Kerney Campus
Provost Beverly Richardson has invited MCCC retirees to have lunch at
the James Kerney Campus on May 18 at 1 p.m.. Come and get an update
on what's happening at our downtown campus. Please RSVP to Helen Marie
Dolton at 882-5086 by May 12.
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