E-Bulletin of March 7, 2006


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MCCC 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 (humphrew@mccc.edu).

If you suggest adding any other outside people, please send the address with their name to Diane Badessa (badessad@mccc.edu).

With your help we can keep more of our community informed about the many positive things happening at Mercer.

Click here for the link to our first edition.

Flight 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 info

Kelsey 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 here

Hospitality 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.

Staffers 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.

Readers included 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 Photos

More info at the NEA website.

New Student Center Game Room and Internet Lounge
MCCC's 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 films. Photos

Announcing 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

Practice 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

James McPherson Draws a Crowd
A 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

A 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. Photo

National Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Recognizes MCCC
The national 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 membership acceptance."

Baby 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."

Camp 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 campcollege@mccc.edu or call Christine Williams at ext. 3650.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Now Through April 14 at The Gallery -- "Mercer County Artists" (Opening Reception March 8)

March 10-12 -- "Charlotte’s Web”

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

March 24, 25, 26, 31; April 1, 2 -- “Cats”

Retirees 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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