E-Bulletin of April 22, 2005

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Visual 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 here.

Faculty 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.

Garden 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. More

Jazz 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.

"Hollywood 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 and fun.

Chorus 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.

JKC 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.

Assembly/Maui 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.

Last 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.

Reggie Page Awarded
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.

Open 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

Videoconference 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.

Tony Bruzaitis, 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.”

Also participating in the videoconference were instructor Kathy Paluscio, and students Aziza Amer, Arafat Mustafa, Shay Sharaby, Amna Pervez, and Diaa Nimer.


Free Biotechnology Workshop
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.
The Tri-State 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 institute's website has more information and a registration form.

MCCC 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 waxing.


Three 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! Photo

Retirees 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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