E-Bulletin of March 7, 2006
Launches e-News@MCCC: Your Help Needed
The college has recently launched a new e-mail publication called e-News@MCCC
to keep our outside constituents informed about college events and news.
Our two lists of e-mail addresses include trustees, advisory commission
members, political leaders, school officials, alumni and other friends
of the college. We are asking for your help in providing e-mail addresses
so we can continue adding to these lists.
If you have any e-mail addresses of MCCC alumni, please send them, with
the person's name, to Wendy Humphrey (email@example.com).
If you suggest adding
any other outside people, please send the address with their name to
Diane Badessa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With your help we can keep more of our community informed about the
many positive things happening at Mercer.
for the link to our first edition.
Fair March 18
MCCC's Aviation Flight Team is hosting a Flight Fair on Saturday, March
18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trenton-Mercer Airport. Cost is 20 cents
per pound, with a minimum charge of $8 and a maximum of $22. More
Review Seeks Lit and Art
Writers and artists -- warm up your pens. It's time to get submissions
ready for Mercer County's literary magazine, the Kelsey Review. Deadline
is May 1. More
Club to Host Brunch March 18
Frank Benowitz invites everyone to enjoy a feast at the MCCC Conference
Center on Saturday, March 18, when the Hospitality Club will host a
special brunch. You'll be treated to a beef carving station, apple cinnamon
croissant French toast, barbecued salmon and spectacular desserts.
Seating time is 11:45 to 12:15, and tickets are $15 per person. Purchase
your ticket at the Accounting window. Call Frank Benowitz with any questions
at ext. 3579.
Wear Different Hat for "Read Across America"
MCCC staffers visited Trenton's Parker School Annex II to read to children
as part of the National Education Association’s “Read Across
America—Building a Nation of Readers” on March 3. The event
celebrates the joy of reading in commemoration of Dr. Seuss's birthday.
Tom Wilfrid and Fred Weiner (photos attached), Tricia Fagan, Kitty Getlik,
Donald Jones, Latonya Ashford Ligon and Chris Pecci. Also reading was
Monifa Harrison, Diane Campbell's daughter, who works for the City of
Trenton and is an adjunct facuty member at Mercer. Michael Glass worked
with Parker’s Physical Education teacher, Christopher Harris,
to coordinate Mercer’s participation.
Deborah Giddens-Green, Vice Principal of Parker, wrote to Dr. Wilfrid
after the event. "It was a great pleasure having you as a guest
reader at Parker Annex II. Ms. Harbison spoke highly of you, how much
her students enjoyed the story you read and the questions you posed...
Thank you and your staff for making our day so special."
Read Across America
has grown into such a popular nationwide initiative, this year the project
was kicked off by NFL superstars. Free "Cat in the Hat" posters
were donated by Saturn retailers, United Auto Workers, and Random House.
With a few scissor snips and some tape, the posters became a three-dimensional
red and white stovepipe hat. See
More info at the
Student Center Game Room and Internet Lounge
Maintenance staff made some exciting renovations recently at the Student
Center, according to Danielle Garruba, director of Student Activities.
The former quiet study room is now a game room (SC146). Maintenance
staff knocked out the wall to the corridor, opening up access to the
room with the goal of attracting students’ attention as they enter
the building. New recreational equipment includes a pool table, and
chess and checkers tables. Students borrow the equipment by handing
in their ID at the Information Booth. “Students have been very
receptive so far,” Garruba reports.
The former game
room, located next door to the new facility, is now an Internet Lounge,
equipped with wireless technology. The renovations came about as staff
members considered ways to give students more options for constructive
activities during their break time. Future plans include showing movies
in the Student Lounge, including popular comedies and life skills-oriented
the DREAM program: Open House March 23
Area educators were the first group to learn about MCCC's new DREAM
program during a recent information session. Operating with a grant
received in September from Laura and Steve Riggio through the National
Down Syndrome Society, DREAM, (Developing Real Expectations for Achieving
Mastery), is for students with intellectual disabilities "who are
looking for an inclusive, challenging educational opportunity with supports
and services to help them achieve success," according to program
literature. MCCC students will be trained to help as peer mentors.
The program will
host an Open House on March 23 for families, professionals and community
members from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center, Faculty Dining Room.
Dr. Susan Onaitis is the DREAM program coordinator.
Press Release here
Firm Conducts Teacher Training
Ten educators from
high schools and colleges as far away as Austin, Texas and Wausau, Wisconsin
came to MCCC Feb. 23 and 24 to learn about the International Business
Practice Firm. Some will be initiating the program at their schools,
while others are new staff members who will take over existing programs.
Faculty Coordinator Carol Weber and Administrative Specialist Mary McCormick
coordinated the visit and training.
In the International Business Practice Firm (IBPF) course, students
operate a simulated business that mirrors the real world. Working in
an authentic office setting, linked by technology, they perform simulated
business transactions with other firms both in the U.S. and abroad.
Joan Jones and Jonathan Rowe are currently teaching the courses. Herb
Spiegel and Josie Miller lend their expertise. The two virtual companies
now operated by students are "B-Gone Travel," and "Switchin'
Tempo Inc." Photos
McPherson Draws a Crowd
large crowd turned out to hear famed Pulitzer Prize winner James McPherson's
Civil War lecture on Feb. 23. He spoke about efforts during the war
to negotiate a peace agreement, and why these efforts were doomed to
failure. The lecture was one of six Distinguished Lectures this semester
coordinated by Susan Zambrio and Winnie Burgess. Photos
Personal Visit from Patrick Henry
The ratification convention for Virginia happened on campus March 1,
with students in Craig Coenen's American History class assuming the
roles of historical characters. Coenen decided to dress his part. "I
wanted to spice things up," he said.
Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Recognizes MCCC
chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has recognized the MCCC chapter for its innovative
method of promoting the organization to potential members. They printed
the following News Brief in their weekly newsletter:
"New Jersey Chapter Is First to Receive
New Membership Award
The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Mercer County Community College in Trenton,
New Jersey, is the first recipient of Phi Theta Kappa's new award for
Innovative Membership Initiatives. According to Helene Plank, advisor,
the chapter has arranged for Phi Theta Kappa's "Good as Gold"
Member Benefits video to be aired several times each week on the local
community education access cable channel, which announces Mercer's upcoming
events, airs television broadcasts for the college credit telecourses,
and broadcasts student-produced news and talk shows. The potential viewing
audience is all Mercer County cable subscribers -- 88,000 households
in the Mercer County and City of Trenton areas. The video will be shown
throughout the month of March. Plank said the chapter hopes the personal
testimonies of members will attract potential inductees and spur interest
in Phi Theta Kappa and the college. Visit the Pinnacle Scholarship Award
Program website for other innovative strategies to enhance your chapter's
Adopted from the Philippines
Alfonso Gonzales of Information and Technology Services, and his wife,
recently returned from the Philippines with their adopted son, Garrett.
Ten-month-old Garrett's adoption was arranged through Wide Horizons
Children, an agency with satellite offices in Plainfield. "It was
a very good experience," Gonzales said. "The agency was excellent
in getting everything organized, and the orphanage was top notch."
College Offers Ticket Discounts
Whether it's the circus or Great Adventure,
Camp College has savings to pass on to everyone at MCCC.
Sharon Vlasac says:
"Come one, come all, the circus is coming to town! The Ringling
Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus will be held at the Sovereign Bank
Arena on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. We want you to save a
few peanuts for the 3 p.m. performance! Hurry and reserve your place
by March 24 and enjoy our group price rates: $7.50, $12.50, and $17.50.
"Summer outdoor fun is just around the corner and one-day tickets
at substantially reduced prices for Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor
Water Park are now available on a first-come, first-served basis. Great
Adventure: $25; Hurricane Harbor: $21."
For more information contact email@example.com
or call Christine Williams at ext. 3650.
Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events
Now Through April 14 at The Gallery -- "Mercer
County Artists" (Opening Reception March 8)
18 -- "Strike
Up the Band!” Introduces Children To World of Music
March 24, 25, 26, 31; April 1, 2
to Meet March 15
The MCCC Retirees group will meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens at 1 p.m.
on March 15. Call Helen Marie Dolton to make your reservation at 882-5086.
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