E-Bulletin of September 22, 2005
Leads Disaster Relief Effort
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,
"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
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."
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. Photos
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
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
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.
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."
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
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
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
Theatre Racks Up Perry Nominations
On Broadway there are the Tony Awards. In New Jersey there are the Perry
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.
that perform regularly at Kelsey Theatre were nominated in numerous
categories for their work during the 2004-05 theater season. Details
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!
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
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
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
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
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