E-Bulletin of September 22, 2005

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Mercer Leads Disaster Relief Effort
Amazing generosity, tireless volunteers pitching in from all corners, and lots of good luck resulted in a huge success for the first phase of MCCC's disaster relief effort. In just five days our college community filled a 40-foot truck with tons of water, soft drinks, food, diapers, paper supplies, toiletries, cleaning supplies and clothing. Our volunteer drivers left Mercer on Saturday morning, Sept. 17 and were home by Wednesday, Sept. 21.

"I can't believe it all happened in a week," said Project Coordinator Susan Zambrio. "Everyone -- our students, committee members, staff members, faculty, adjunct faculty and retirees -- contributed enormously to this effort, which operated so quickly and efficiently. Everyone really wanted to help."
Details and lots of photos here

Mercer Commemorates 9-11
On a clear blue day reminiscent of 9-11-01, the Mercer community joined together to commemorate the tragedy of that day. Tom Wilfrid opened the event by reminding us of this year's theme, "Our Hope is in Our Humanity," and of the recent tragic events on the Gulf Coast.

Faculty member Colleen Courtney opened with a stirring rendition of the national anthem. Students in Kathy Paluscio's Oral Interpretation class read a poem by Maya Angelu entitled "On the Pulse of Morning." Director of Enrollment and Student Services at JKC, Donald Jones, sang a moving "God Bless America." The event concluded with Jones, Courtney and faculty member GuyDeRosa on harmonica, leading all in the song "Lean on Me." Photos

Heart Walk Exceeds Expectations
According to Project Coordinator Amy Iseneker, MCCC's donation to the American Heart Association this year will be the biggest ever, with well more than $6,000 raised through the Heart Walk. Mercer had approximately 100 walkers representing the college on Saturday. "We were very pleased with the fact that we got more support this year from the faculty, staff and students," Iseneker said.

Pediatrician to Speak on Crisis in Darfur
Jerry S. Ehrlich, M.D., will present a lecture enntitled: “A Mission With Doctors Without Borders, the Experiences of an American Pediatrician in Darfur,” as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, CM110. The program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ehrlich will discuss his experiences as a volunteer with “Doctors Without Borders,” focusing on the atrocities that occurred in the Darfur region of the Sudan in 2004 from his perspective as a “hands-on” pediatrician in the refugee camps. Included in the lecture will be slides of children’s artwork reflecting the impact of their experiences that Dr. Ehrlich brought back from the camps. More

Lecture on Returning Veterans
Darryll Johnson, a readjustment counselor for the Veterans Center in Trenton, will discuss the challenges facing the men and women returning from tours of duty in Iraq when he presents a lecture entitled: “Veterans of the Iraq War Come Home.” Part of the college’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the talk will take place Thursday, Oct. 13 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, CM110. More

Kids Helping Kids
Camp College's "Kids Helping Kids" bake sales served up quite a few sweet treats and raised a whopping $575 this summer, according to Camp College Director Sharon Vlasac. The bake sales and other community service projects were led by the children and designed to teach the importance of giving back to the community.

"The money has already been donated to the college's efforts in support of the American Heart Association Walk and the Katrina projects," Vlasac said. "A heartfelt thanks to all of our bakers and participants who have made life just a little bit sweeter for someone else."

Students Contribute to Trenton Relief Drive
Members of the African-American Student Organization joined with students in the PASS/EOF programs to collect clothing and supplies for delivery to relief efforts in Louisiana. Martha Gunning served as coordinator in cooperation with Mothers Against Violence. Trucks left for LA from Samaritan Baptist Church in Trenton. Photos

Leslie Grunes Publishes Article
Mathematics professor Leslie Grunes has published an article, "A Statistics Professor at a Two-Year College," in Amstat News, a magazine of the American Statistical Association. The article discusses the schedule and challenges of teaching statistics at a community college. If you would like a copy, contact saveria@mccc.edu.

Grunes has been with MCCC since 1967. He is a member of the American Statistics Association and the International Association of Statistics Education. He has been a faculty reader for AP statistics in four recent years.

Kelsey Theatre Racks Up Perry Nominations
On Broadway there are the Tony Awards. In New Jersey there are the Perry Awards.
Sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT), this year’s Perry Awards were presented at a gala ceremony on Sept. 18 before a crowd of 775 "theater people" at the Somerset Doubletree Hotel. NJACT reviewers attended 257 performances throughout New Jersey during the 2004-05 theater season. Eleven nominees hailed from theater companies that perform regularly at Kelsey Theatre.

Included among the honorees was Mercer’s own Kitty Getlik, who received three nominations: one for “Outstanding Ensemble Actress in a Play” for her role in Incorruptible, presented by Like 40 Productions; and two for “Outstanding Lighting Design” on The Foreigner, presented by Maurer Productions Onstage, and Seussical, the Musical, presented by Playful Theatre Productions.

Theater companies that perform regularly at Kelsey Theatre were nominated in numerous categories for their work during the 2004-05 theater season. Details

Wedding Bells for Simone Morrow
Our very own Simone Morrow is now Simone Kirchmyer. She was married to Paul Kirchmyer on Sept. 14 in Red Bank, NJ. Please wish her well! Photo

The Columbus Day Parade
Trenton's Columbus Day Parade will take place in Hamilton Township on Sunday, Oct. 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at Audrey Place and proceeding down Nottingham Way to Sayen Gardens. More on this and other events

"Dream Africa" Now at ARTWORKS
"Dream, Africa," a multiple media exhibition, opened at MCCC's ARTWORKS Gallery in Trenton on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The show, to remain on view through Saturday, Oct. 15, features paintings by Nancie Gunkelman, photographs by Diane Levell and sculpture by J.C. Sarpong.
A reception for the artists will be held Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m., coinciding with Trenton’s “Second Friday” events. A gallery talk takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. Details and photos

"The Listening Eye" Opens Monday at The Gallery
“The Listening Eye,” featuring works by artists Ellen Hackl Fagan, Chris Harford and Julian Kernes, will be on exhibition from Monday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Oct. 28 at MCCC's Gallery. An Opening Reception takes place on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. and a Gallery Talk takes place Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

All events held at The Gallery are free and open to the public. Details and photos

Native American Culture Comes to Life at Kelsey
With song, dance and brilliant regalia, a “Native Nations Mini-Powwow” comes to the stage at Kelsey Theatre. This special theatrical event for the whole family takes place Saturday, Oct. 15 at 2 and 4 p.m. Featuring Native American songs and stories, elaborate ceremonial dress, narrated dance numbers, a live drum group, flute playing and native crafts, Native Nations Dance Theatre (NNDT) offers theatergoers a colorful and fascinating introduction to a variety of Native cultures including Arawak, Aztec, Blackfeet, Carib, Cherokee, Chitimacha, Creek, Delaware, Lakota, Lenni Lenape, Nanticoke, Seminole, Shoshone and Six Nations. Details and photos

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