E-Bulletin of June 30, 2004

Table of Contents

  • Governor Signs NJSTARS Legislation
  • Charles Smith Featured in Times Article
  • New Religion Course Begins July 6
  • Bakers, Buyers and Contributors: Your Help is Needed
  • Make Your Garden Beautiful
  • Faculty/Staff Get Involved in Summer Camps
  • The Other Fish Camp
  • A Celebration for Rosemarie Marano
  • News from Harrison Morson
  • Governor Signs NJSTARS Legislation
    Here is the press release issued by Governor McGreevey on June 29, when he signed the NJSTARS legislation. CBS, ABC, New Jersey Network and many other other major media outlets ran the story yesterday.

    Charles Smith Featured in Times Article
    The Times wrote a feature article about MCCC's Charles Smith which appeared on the front page of the "People" section June 26. Smith, who was honored May 19 with the college's "Community Service Award," was interviewed by reporter Cathie Viksjo on campus. The article is online.

    New Religion Course Begins July 6
    Mercer will begin the first of a series of new courses in nonsectarian religious studies this summer with an innovative course called “Encounters Between Religions.” The course will be offered in day and evening sessions beginning July 6.
    Through novels and videos, students will see how people with different religious backgrounds come into contact, and sometimes conflict, with each other. Readings on world religions will provide a basic background. The course will meet in two time slots: Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 to 9:40 p.m., and on Monday and Wednesday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

    Coming this fall will be two more courses in religious studies: “Introduction to Religious Studies” and “Religion, Politics and Extremism.” Dr. Kenneth I. Rothman, Mercer’s new associate professor of philosophy, is the principal designer of the new courses and will be teaching many of them. He holds degrees in social relations and law, and a Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion.

    For further information call the Liberal Arts Division at ext. 3325 or email zambrios@mccc.edu.

    Bakers, Buyers and Contributors: Your Help Is Needed
    This summer, children in MCCC’s Camp College are helping the needy in our community. You can help too. For the next three weeks, Camp College asks for your donations of baby care items and other baby products, new and used children’s books, and canned soup and “soup partners” such as peanut butter, crackers, nuts, etc. Other canned food items are also welcome. All food items should be non-perishable. Back-to-school supplies will be the theme for the camp’s second session and may be donated throughout the summer.

    Donations will be distributed to: Angels Wings, Mercer Street Friends, Home Front, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen , and Womanspace. Items should be dropped off at the Camp College office, SC 146. For departments donating a significant amount of goods, pick-ups can be arranged by calling the Camp College office at ext. 3773.

    Make Your Garden Beautiful
    The Center for Continuing Studies is offering some unique gardening classes this summer. "Garden Design for Small Spaces" meets on Saturday, July 10, and "Gardening with Ornamental Grasses" meets Saturday, July 24. Both are taught by landscape designer Sheila Blackwell.

    "Designing From Your Cut Flower Garden" meets Wednesday evenings, Aug. 4 to 18, and is taught by Marybeth Moscarello, owner of Lambertville Floral. Check out the noncredit bulletin for the many more noncredit courses starting in July.

    Faculty/Staff Get Involved in Summer Camps
    Doug Fee has been teaching "Kids in the Kitchen," one of the most popular choices for campers. Annie Prizzi has been teaching Friday food prep classes.

    Kristen Callahan led a "Girl Tech" class June 21-25. One of her students said, "This is the best camp I've ever been to," and another said "I'm coming back next week." In addition to creating a television production, the students interviewed women technologists on campus, made PowerPoint presentations, and learned about women pioneers in technology. Valarie Daniels assisted in the TV labs and many other staff members lent their expertise. "I am pleased to have had the support of so many people on campus," Callahan said. Photos

    The Other Fish Camp
    Campers in Camp College's Fishing Camp enjoyed a different scenic location each day last week. Among their destinations were Bay Shore State Park, Allaire Stare Park, Turkey Swamp Park and our own Mercer County Park, where one novice fisherman caught 27 fish! Photo

    A Celebration For Rosemarie Marano
    Friends and colleagues of Rosemarie Marano celebrated her retirement on July 24. Marano has worked for Mercer since 1982 and full-time since 1987. The Accounting unit presented her with an engraved wooden clock with temperature gauge. Marano said she plans to relax for the summer and then think about what comes next.

    News from Harrison Morson
    Harrison Morson participated in this year's conference of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Over the past two years, he has been one of several current and former chief student affairs officers asked to contribute a chapter to a NASPA-sponsored publication entitled "Reflecting Back, Looking Forward: Civil Rights and Student Affairs."

    Morson, who served as the first dean of students at Union County College, Cranford, NJ, during the challenging late '60's and early ''70's, said, "This was a pivotal period for students and college professionals as the college campuses and local communities struggled with the complexities of student learning and management."

    Anyone interested in accessing a copy of the publication should contact the publications department at NASPA - telephone: 301-683-1749 or check the website: http://www.naspa.org/publications.

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