E-Bulletin of July 14, 2004

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Governor Signs Chapter 12 Law
Yesterday Governor 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.

"The increase 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."

Click here for the Star Ledger's coverage.

Introducing 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.

More Honors for Charles Smith
After 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.

Barbara 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.

High Schoolers Study Architecture at MCCC
For 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 Mercer Baby
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," she said.
  • "Thank 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 fall.

    If you have an "inspiring alumni story," please send it to saveria@mccc.edu or mail to Saveria Symons, AD103. We can also use some of these stories in future issues of Viking.

Kool 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 K-6.

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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