E-Bulletin of May
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Genocide Seminar May 17
Everyone is invited to a seminar designed for
teachers: "With Intent to Destroy: Genocide and Mass Violence,"
coming to the Conference Center May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is
co-sponsored by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center.
Registration is free; bring your lunch. Details
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. A "Maui at Mercer" luncheon at the
WWC cafeteria will follow the awards ceremony. Weare your Hawaiian
Community Band to Perform May
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Mercer County
Community Band will perform its spring concert at Kelsey Theatre on May 25
at _____ p.m. The performance is wide-ranging and includes American
composers, selections from films and musicals including "Annie" and "Harry
Potter," classical pieces transcribed for band, and more.
than 300 area musicians have participated in the band over the years.
Although there are no auditions to join, band members must successfully
master their part. Band Director Louis Woodruff, an adjunct faculty member
at Mercer, says "The band captures the essence of the community, involving
generations dedicated to a shared mission." The youngest band member is
14; the oldest is 84.
The band performs winter and spring concerts
to packed houses, and performs at MCCC's graduation, at retirement homes
and at special events, including town functions such as the Cranbury 4th
of July celebration. The band offers two very popular interactive
children's concerts each year at Kelsey Theatre. "One of our missions is music
education," Woodruff said. "We highlight pieces of composition before
playing them to draw the audience in, whether it's adults or
The community band is
a family affair. The marriage of two band members resulted in a son who
also plays in the band. A mother and son participate, as well as a brother
and sister team. Practice is held at MCCC's music studio every Monday
The band in supported by MCCC and the Mercer County
Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Register Now for Doo Wop
A flyer with a registration form
to print out and return is now available online for MCCC's June
11 Doo Wop Revival, "Savor the Memories." This will be a fantastic musical
evening at Kelsey Theatre, so reserve your seat now.
whose hit song "Imagination" topped the charts back in the early 1960s,
will perform all of your favorites from the golden age of rock and roll.
"Just4," a dynamic all-female barbershop quarter, part of Sweet Adelines
International, 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
MCCC staff and faculty
members can purchase two tickets at a reduced price of $35. Prices for the
public range from $100 for front seats; $75 for center seating, and $50
for rear seating. Proceeds will benefit the MCCC Student Scholarship Fund,
so call your friends and come out for a fun event. More
Request for Action
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges asks for
everyone's help in telling legislators how important community colleges
are to the State of New Jersey. Please visit http://www.njccc.org/ and log on to the
Legislative Action Center. Once there, the web site will find your
legislators for you, and you can easily send e-mails asking them to
support community colleges.
Poster Contest Seeks to Combat
The Academic Integrity Committee asked Advertising Design and
Computer Graphics students to come up with compelling posters that
discourage cheating. Poster contest winners were recently selected by the
committee. The posters will be featured at a fall anti-cheating event. See
Funeral Service Graduate Receives
Top Score in Nation
MCCC's Funeral Service program has
a lot to be proud of. Kathryn Radice, who graduated last May, earned one
of the top two scores in the nation for 2004 on the profession's board
exam. She was honored recently by the Funeral Service Examining Boards. Details
Thirteen PASS (Programs for Academic Services and Success)
students who will graduate this year were among the honorees at a PASS
awards ceremony April 29. PASS is the new name for the combined programs
of EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) and SSS (Student Support Services).
According to Director Khalida Haqq, the vision of PASS is to open doors
for students who are disadvantaged by low income and lack of access to a
quality public school education.
Six PASS students earned perfect
4.0 averages and are on the President's List, 46 achieved Dean's List
status, and 78 students were recognized for academic achievement.
PASS offers individual
and group counseling, financial aid assistance, peer tutoring and
counseling, academic advisement, summer classes and summer support,
leadership training, orientation activities, mentoring, transfer
assistance and a freshman seminar. Photos
Aspirations Event Best
High school students got to see their own poems or skits acted
out on stage by MCCC theatre students on April 26, when Kelsey Theatre
hosted an awards night for Aspirations, an annual literary and art
journal published through a partnership between MCCC and area high
schools. Susan Zambrio coordinated the event, described by many as the
best ever. Several other faculty and staff members lent their talents. Details
Alpha Mu Gamma International
The honor society for foreign languages, Alpha Mu Gamma,
inducted 12 new members on April 29 -- students who have earned a 3.25 or
above average in two levels of a foreign language. The evening featured a
multi-national buffet dinner, an international musical tour, and speaker
Paul Smith, a 2001 Mercer graduate and linguist. Smith spoke about the new
language he has created. After Mercer he earned his bachelor's degree at
Rowan University in Spanish and has learned Polish, Russian, Slovak,
Italian and Latin.
Richman is the faculty advisor. Club president is Jilan Elsarha and vice
president is Elizabeth Sowa.
Musicians Rehearse for
Those of you who missed MCCC's recent Jazz Band and Chorus
performances can see the groups in rehearsal here.
Biology/Chemistry Honors Students Present
On May 5 two MCCC honors students who have conducted research at
Princeton and Rider Universities presented their papers to an audience of
fellow students and faculty members. The honors research project is
coordinated by Diane Hilker and Helen Tanzini.
Leah Nagy, who
studied with Dr. Bruce Burnham of Rider, spoke on "Synthesis of
L-Acylcarnitines as Lipid-Lowering Agents." Suzy Yang, who worked at
Princeton under Dr. John Groves and teaching assistant Jyoti Tibrewalli,
spoke on "Porphyrins in the World and in the Lab: Structure,
Characterization and Synthesis." Wilyean Ricks, who worked under Dr. Julie
Drawbridge at Rider, will give her paper another day on "Gremlin
Expression in the Pronephric Ducts of the Xenopus laevis Frog." Photo
Great Price on
Camp College has been able to obtain 200
additional theme park tickets for Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor.
Sharon Vlasac says this is a terrific price and they will sell all of the
remaining tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are valid
any time during the operating season. Great Adventure: $25.; Hurricane
Harbor: $19. Contact Rose Fiorello at ext. 3650 or
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