E-Bulletin of February 23, 2006

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The Scholarship Dinner Dance
The 2006 Scholarship Dinner Dance committee is putting the finishing touches on MCCC's big fundraising event of the year, set for March 11 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton. Attendance goals have been met. Right now the need is for auction donations. The committee is looking for artwork, wine, china, gift certificates, etc. All ideas are welcome.

It's not too late to come and enjoy this very special evening. Click here for more

Introducing a New Forensics Course for Non-Science Majors
Laura Blinderman and Helen Tanzini have developed a new science course that will be offered for the first time next fall. Designed for non-science majors, it will use forensics as a tool to get students excited about science concepts.

They want to get the word out to faculty and students about the class, which is listed as CHE106. There is one prerequisite: Basic Algebra (MAT034) and a corequisite of English composition (ENG101). For more information, click here.

The Distinguished Teaching Award
As you know, each year the MCCC community is asked to nominate a faculty member for the "Distinguished Teaching Award." This prestigious award is presented annually at the college's graduation ceremonies in May. Nomination forms for the award are online here.

Career Day at JKC March 8
Students are invited to a Career Day at the James Kerney Campus on March 8 at 12 noon. Faculty members from Nursing, Education, TV, Automotive Technology, and Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management will present information about great career possibilities in these fields. Lunch will be served.

Upcoming Lectures
Don't forget the lectures set for early March:
March 2 at noon, CM 110: Vera Goodkin will speak on her new Holocaust Memoir: "In Sunshine and in Shadow: We Remember Them."
March 9 at noon, JKC Auditorium: Dr. Marta Bermudez will speak on "Africa in the Americas."

College Goal Sunday at JKC Scores a Touchdown
MCCC hosted “College Goal Sunday,” part of a national effort, at the James Kerney Campus on Sunday, Feb. 19. More than 20 JKC staff members volunteered their time. Reggie Page and Joann Mia coordinated the event. Maria Rodriguez presented a Spanish language workshop, and Vice President Beverly Richardson and Assistant Provost Monica Weaver lent their support.

The free program helped families learn about financial aid for higher education, and gave assistance in filling out the required form: “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). Joining the Mercer team were counselor volunteers from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, local lenders and other area colleges.

According to College Goal Sunday literature, the program began in Indiana in 1989 with funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc. Research had shown that families often cited high cost as the main barrier to college attendance, even though tens of millions of dollars in various forms of financial aid were available. Too many families — particularly those of color, low income and no tradition of pursuing an education beyond high school — simply were not applying for those funds. It was clear that the mere availability of funds wasn’t enough to push these students over the threshold to higher education. The students and their families needed two more things: receive more information through a variety of channels about the availability of financial aid, and receive expert assistance in filling out the paperwork required to qualify for that aid. Photos

The Times, Feb. 20 story: "College aid form forum helps; Daunting paperwork explained by experts"

Television Students Win Award
A group of MCCC students, under the direction of Steve Voorhees and Valarie Daniels, won an honorable mention from the prestigious "Communicator Awards" for their live news show, "MCN Live." The show was broadcast on MCTV 26, MCCC's cable stationTelevision. Photo and more

The Times Reports on ARTWORKS
The city of Trenton is working with developers to build condominiums in the ARTWORKS building, which has housed MCCC credit and noncredit programs for the past two years. Click here for an article in The Times.

Commit to Lose at Weight Watchers Open House
Since September, MCCC's lunchtime Weight Watchers have lost more than 390 pounds! Potential new members can get in on the success by attending an Open House on Tuesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. in AD107. A new series of 13 weeks will begin March 14. Cost is $144.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through Feb. 26 -- "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" Whoops It Up"
Recent reviews in The Times:
Best Little Whorehouse' is up-tempo, energetic
Kelsey's racy musical provides guilty pleasures

Feb. 25 -- Enjoy Tropical Adventure with T-Bone at Kelsey Theatre

March 8 -- "Mercer County Artists" opens at The Gallery

March 10-12 -- "Charlotte’s Web”

March 18 -- "Strike Up the Band!” Introduces Children To World of Music

Retirees to Meet March 15
The MCCC Retirees group will meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens at 1 p.m. Call Helen Marie Dolton to make your reservation at 882-5086.

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