E-Bulletin of April 30, 2009

Upcoming Events



Upcoming Events

Spring Day Today
The college celebrates Spring Day today from 11:30 to 3 p.m. at WWC. Food, games and fun.

Event Reminders
Today, April 30: Honors Program Poetry Reading with Lawrence Senior Citizens, 12 - 2 p.m., Lawrence Branch of the Mercer County Library, Rt. 1, Lawrenceville.

May 5 and 12: Chorus and Jazz Band Concerts. Click here for the full story.

Bill McGlaughlin to Host WWFM Concert June 7. Flyer here.

For the full college calendar click here.

Honors Convocation/Graduation Ceremonies Set for May 21
The MCCC Honors Convocation takes place May 21 at 2:30 p.m. Graduation ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m.

Visual Art Student Show Now at The Gallery
The Visual Art Student Show 2009 has opened at the MCCC gallery and continues through May 14. The impressive exhibit of student talent includes paintings, sculptures and photographs. Photos here.

Kelsey Review Accepting Submissions Through May 15
The deadline for submissions to this year's Kelsey Review is May 15. Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible inclusion in the literary and art journal, published by MCCC. The review accepts short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction essays, excerpts of novels, black and white line drawings (suitable for digital scanning), and cartoons. Details here


"Legislative Breakfast" Emphasizes MCCC's Role as Educational Leader
The college hosted a "Legislative Breakfast" on April 24, which focused attention on Mercer's unique role in addressing the needs of the county's workforce during troubled economic times. The approximately 60 guests included MCCC board and foundation members, Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, county freeholders, local mayors, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman, and a representative from the office of Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein. Congressman Rush Holt sent staffer Matt Hall, an MCCC alum who now works as director of outreach in Holt's West Windsor office. More here with photos.

Bob Pugh Wins USTA Tournament
Faculty member Bob Pugh was the winner of the U.S. Tennis Association's G. Nelson Green Memorial Tennis Tournament Indoor Sectional Championships in the men's 65+ division. The tournament was held April 20-23 at the new Mercer County indoor facility located at Mercer County Park.

According to USTA's Mike Ehrenberg, Pugh beat two of the top rated players in the Middle States in the first round and quarterfinals, and one of the top rated players in the East in the finals. Photo here.

Top Students Honored at Board Meeting
MCCC's trustees had the opportunity to learn about some of the college's most accomplished and committed students during the April 24 board meeting. Executive Dean Diane Campbel introduced students from both campuses who have excelled, volunteered, or tutored others in credit and noncredit programs. Each student was congratulated by Board Chair William Coleman and MCCC President Patricia Donohue. Sample photos and a list of honorees here.

If anyone would like a digital copy of an honoree photo, please contact Saveria Symons at symonss@mccc.edu.

Creative High Schoolers Recognized at Aspirations Ceremony
The works of 127 young writers, poets and artists are featured in the recently published 2009 edition of Aspirations, MCCC's literary and art journal for high school students. The college recognized these talented and inspired students in a special ceremony April 21. Selections included in Aspirations were made by a panel of high school teachers, college professors and graphic designers.

MCCC students entertained the audience by reading selected poems from the journal and interpreting them through movement. Full story and photos here.

Mercer Shines at Communiversity Day April 25
The weather this past weekend -- a fast-forward into summer -- created the perfect backdrop for a large turnout at Communiversity Day in Princeton. Mercer was well represented at a table on Nassau Street staffed by college volunteers. Maria Tazza of Enrollment Services, who served as the event coordinator, said the college's booth was busy, as people sought answers to questions about a wide range of topics -- from children's summer camps and shows at Kelsey Theatre, to taking credit classes over the summer, to retraining options for displaced workers through the Center for Continuing Studies. Several alumni stopped by, including Laura Kelly ('06), now a nurse at Princeton Medical Center, and Sandra Orimilikwe ('95), a Medical Lab Tech grad who earned her bachelor's degree at UNC-Charlotte and now works for Johnson & Johnson.

One of the booth's big draws was the display by WWFM staffed by General Manager Peter Fretwell and Jazz on 2 host Winifred Howard. They distributed CDs produced by the station showcasing the talents of local classical performers. For event photos, click here.

More Than 200 "Explore Mercer" at Open House
The April 22 "Explore Mercer" Open House drew a large crowd of very interested future students, as faculty, staff and students displayed their programs in engaging ways. The "carnival" theme drew many to the hot dog, cotton candy and bananas foster tables. All received a free MCCC cup, mug, or CD case after spinning the wheel of chance.

According to Savita Bambhrolia of Enrollment Services,
people asked a lot of questions and the Admissions and Transfer Services tables were very busy. "A big 'Thank You' to all for helping to make this event a success," she said. Photos here.

Administrative Professionals Enjoy Their Day at Conference Center
Mercer's administrative professionals cleared their calendars for a special day at the MCCC Conference Center on April 22. Coordinated by the Human Resources Department, the event began with breakfast, followed by morning workshops: digital camera tips with Mike Dill, a Facebook demo with Terrance Carter, a color and style session with Nina Jamal, a "tree reading" character trait analysis with dentist Janet Crain, a "mood game" with Brenda Mapp, and an art session with Cheryl Z. Manicures were also offered.

Following the morning events, approximately 80 participants enjoyed a buffet luncheon in the Atrium. Observed Eileen Curristine, "The food is always wonderful; the company is always wonderful. We got great feedback on every session."
Photos and more here.

Electronic Construction Students Visit Radwell International
On April 22, Professor Dominick Defino and students from the Electronic Engineering Technology program's Electronic Construction class took a tour of the corporate headquarters of Radwell International Inc. in Lumberton, NJ. The company sells new and used parts and equipment for industrial facilities and repairs industrial electronic and electrical equipment. Students learned the history of the organization and toured the warehouse and repair facilities. They were introduced to Radwell’s system of accessing incoming repairs and were able to observe technicians at work. Photo here.

Students/Staff Raise $1,071 for March of Dimes
Through a benefit breakfast which collected donations and a five-mile walk at Mercer County Park, MCCC students and staff raised $1,071.83 to benefit the March of Dimes. Dubbing themselves The Victorious Vikings, participants included students from many of Mercer's clubs. The Student Activities staff served as event coordinators.

Gerontology Certificate Classes Begin May 16
The Center for Continuing Studies will continue classes toward the "Gerontology" certificate program beginning May 16. The program is designed for healthcare providers, social workers, nursing home administrators, clergy and personal caregivers. More here.

Spring Sports Update
As the regular season winds down, Mercer athletic teams are preparing for tournament play. With a record of 33-6, the women's softball team will begin its quest for a regional title this weekend at Del Tech Stanton. The four-team tournament includes MCCC, Del Tech, Lackawanna and Burlington. Mercer lost to Del Tech by one run in both regular season games and split with Lackawanna and Burlington, so the tournament is expected to be extremely competitive.

After two years in which the Vikings did not qualify, the women's tennis team heads back to nationals in Tucson, AZ, this weekend. The NJCAA tournament continues until May 8. Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla reports that his players have been practicing and preparing since January, but none have yet experienced playing at the national level.

With a record of 26-12, the men's baseball team under Head Coach Matt Wolski has already secured a play-off spot. They will play at Del Tech Owens the weekend of May 8.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
4-23-09 Reception to Honor MCCC Artist/Professor

Star Ledger and Times:
4-23-09: Artist Doubles as Curator

Pennington Post:
4-22-09 MCCC Student Newspaper Wins Six NJCPA Awards

Town Topics:
4-22-09 Chorus, Jazz Band Offering Free Concerts

Mercer Space Lists MCCC Events here. See their full calendar here.

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 1-10: Disney's "High School Musical"

May 16-17: Mercer Dance Ensemble Performs to Selections From Singer/Songwriter Vanessa Daou

Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.


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