of July 14, 2004
Signs Chapter 12 Law
McGreevey signed Public Law 1971, establishing Chapter 12 as a self-renewing
capital funding program for New Jersey's community colleges.
According to a release
from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges: "Under the program,
counties issue bonds up to a specified cap for new construction, acquisition,
expansion or capital renewal and replacement, and the State pays half
of the debt service for the bonds. As principal is retired, additional
bonds are issues up to the cap.
"By signing the Community College Construction Expansion Bill (A-2049
and S-1234) into law, Governor James E. McGreevey is increasing the
Chapter 12 program by $200 million. The debt service for these new bonds
will be shared by the state and the counties.
will provide expanded higher education capacity for 30,000 students.
It will fund 30 to 40 new classroom and laboratory buildings -- at least
one but more typically two buildings/additions at each of the 19 community
colleges throughout the state.
"The New Jersey
Council of County Colleges Facilities Committee will meet in early August
2004 to recommend the allocation of this new Chapter 12 funding among
the state's 19 community colleges."
for the Star Ledger's coverage.
Mark McCormick, Dean
Mark McCormick, Esq.,
has been named dean of MCCC's Business and Technology Division. McCormick
joined Mercer's faculty last year as coordinator of the Paralegal program.
For the past ten years he has coordinated the Paralegal program at the
Community College of Philadelphia, and he was previously on the faculty
of Peirce College of Philadelphia. Press
release and photo.
Honors for Charles Smith
the college honored Charles Smith with the 2004 Community
Service Award, and The Times did a feature story on him, he was invited
by the executive committee of the AFSME to its executive board dinner
in late June. The group presented him with a $500 check for the Trenton
Area Soup Kitchen. Assemblyman Bill Baroni attended the
event and said some kind words about Smith.
Smith was also honored by the Trenton Thunder at a game on July 9.
Also, Smith said
that MCCC staff members have already offered help and support for his
fall/winter holiday food campaigns.
Behrens Appointed to State Board
In a letter from Governor McGreevey, Barbara Behrens,
coordinator of MCCC's Physical Therapist Assistant program, was confirmed
by the New Jersey State Senate as a member of the State Board of Physical
Therapy Examiners. According to Behrens, she is the first physical therapist
assistant to serve in this capacity in the history of the state. Her
term will continue until 2007.
Schoolers Study Architecture at MCCC
the second summer the college is partnering with MentorPower Inc. and
Njk-12 Architects of New Brunswick to introduce high school students
to architecture as a career. Sixteen students will participate in a
four-week program called "Build and Believe."
Acting Dean Judith Ehresman worked to continue the
partnership from last year.
The majority of the participants are from Lawrence, Trenton and Princeton
high schools and are members of MentorPower, a multi-cultural one-to-one
mentor program that helps high school students reach their educational
and career goals.
In addition to the fundamentals, students will
be learning computer drawing software, building scale models and competing
for contracts. Small
teams of students, each led by an architect from Njk-12, will simulate
architectural firms. At the end of the program the teams will present
proposals to a board of experts who will determine which of the simulated
firms would receive the contract.
A grandson was born to Joan Jones of the Aviation faculty
when her daughter, Lauren, who just graduated from
MCCC's Nursing program, gave birth to Christopher Michael Jones on July
3. The baby was born at midnight and weighed 8 lbs. 12 oz.. Lauren recently
passed her NCLEX Board Exam and will be working as an RN at St. Mary
Medical Center in Langhorne PA, which is where the baby was born. Joan
said "I am hoping Christopher is a future pilot!" Photo
Inspiring Alumni Stories
"Thank you, Alfare, for motivating me to
study hard," said Idalis Sanchez, writing to
Carlo Alfare, coordinator of the Chemistry program. Sanchez graduated
from Rutgers University this spring. "I'm very excited because
I am the first in my family to graduate from high school and college,"
you for the influence you've had on my life," said Abigail
Thomas Watrous, writing to Diane Hilker, coordinator of
the Biology program. Watrous graduated in May from Rice University
with a bachelor's degree in Bioengineering. "Thank you for
not only being a great prof, but a kind and encouraging teacher,
too!" Watrous will remain
at Rice to pursue graduate work in environmental engineering this
If you have an "inspiring alumni story," please send
it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Saveria Symons, AD103. We can
also use some of these stories in future issues of Viking.
Kids at Kelsey
Families looking for a cool activity on a hot summer day will welcome
the "Kool Kids Theatre Series" at Kelsey
Theatre. Shows will be offered twice daily, Fridays and Saturdays, from
July 9 to August 7.
This weekend it's "The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe,"
a heroic tale of love, faith, courage and giving based on the story
from C.S. Lewis. The show takes place Friday and Saturday, July 16 and
17, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and is presented by Youth Stages’
Laurie Hardy and Joey Rizzolo. It's recommended for children in grades
On July 23 and 24,
"Nosing Around With Baked Oranges,"
comes to Kelsey with a performance of classic clowning, magic and juggling
featuring Bolie and Ticki the Clowns. Performances, by Maurer Productions,
are at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Recommended for children of all ages.
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