E-Bulletin of April 5, 2006

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Is the World Flat?
Experts on international business will discuss the book "The World is Flat," by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, on April 11 at noon in CM107. Everyone is invited.

According to Laura Sosa, the panelists will give their opinions on the book and talk about their experiences working in international business.
"While this is aimed at business students, anyone interested in international relations will want to attend," Sosa said. Click here for a review of the book.

Open House Reminder -- April 11
MCCC's Open House for prospective students and their parents is set for Tuesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center. Please note that the date was changed to avoid conflicting with Passover. It was originally set for April 12.

April Lectures at MCCC
The Africans in the Diaspora series: all are at noon in CM159
April 12 -- MCCC's John Makonie will lecture on "Africans Reclaim their History."
April 19 -- MCCC's Bethuel Hunter will lecture on "Discursive Antiphony in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon."
April 26 -- MCCC's Sharmila Sen will lecture on "Post Colonial Tropes -- The Diaspora."


The Distinguished Lecture Series: all are at noon in CM110
April 11 -- MCCC's Mel Leipzig lectures on "The History of Still Life Painting."
April 13 -- Princeton scientist, Dr. Gregory Olsen, discusses his experience as a non-astronaut in space.
April 20 -- Art historian, painter and teacher Robert Bunkin will discuss "Lesser Known Masterpieces of Portraiture."

Film "The Power of Good" on April 27
The Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, located in the college library, will sponsor the film "Nicholas Winton, The Power of Good" on April 27 at noon in CM 110. It's free and open to all, including members of the communty.

DREAM Open House a Success
More than 75 people attended an Open House on March 23 at MCCC to learn more about the DREAM program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. "Even parents of children who are still quite young came to learn about the program," said coordinator Sue Onaitis. "If the possibility of college is out there, it raises the standards for these students." Onaitis said one parent, a doctor from Bergen County, said he will move to this area when his child is ready for such a program, since it is not offered where he lives.

The Times sent a reporter and photographer. See their story here. Newsweek magazine has expressed interest in doing a story about the program.


The March Issue of e-News @ MCCC
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Nursing Grads Can Earn B.S. Online
A new agreement with the University of Wisconsin will make it easier for MCCC's Nursing graduates to earn their bachelor's degree online. Click here for details.

WWFM Reports Success of On-Air Spring Campaign
Jeffery R. Sekerka, general manager of WWFM, says, "Thanks to everyone for helping us achieve our membership and financial goals during a very successful March Membership Campaign! We ended the drive on Monday evening prior to the Nightly Symphony Series with over 1000 new and renewing members, which coincided with us breaking through the $120,000 level for the week. We also utilized our ‘pre-drive’ contributions and leveraged them throughout the campaign, a strategy that helped us reach and surpass our goals. The upbeat, positive energy that was projected by our on-air pitching teams is a great tribute to all of you who contributed to a well planned, cohesive team effort.

"Also, the new member event that we promoted ---The WWFM Spring Soiree! --- is something that I have been planning to initiate for quite a while, and it has seemed to be received very well so far, based on anecdotal evidence. I know that many of our supporters who pledged at the designated levels are anxious to meet staff, mingle with fellow members at the wine & cheese reception, and attend the music concert by Mercer County’s own Chatham Wood Duo, on Sunday, June 11 in Princeton. From a listener’s perspective, our team definitely made it sound very exciting on-air."

MCCC Honors Women at Campus Luncheon
The Student Activities Office coordinated a very well-attended luncheon on March 28 in celebration of Women's Month.

Based on nominations, Kathi Paluscio was honored in the Faculty/Staff category and PTK advisor Helene Plank was honored in the Club/Organization Advisor category. For student leaders there was a three-way tie: Johanna Garrison, SGA President; Marcia Ferguson, SGA Parliamentarian; and Sahra Musa, PTK Vice President for Fellowship.

In the words of project coordinator Jessica Harris of Student Activities, "One of the most exciting things about being a woman is having the opportunity to be successful in so many areas because of our metamorphosis into so many roles through our lives. Whether you are in your prime in your role as a faculty or staff member, mother, student, wife, sister, coach, caretaker, friend, or whatever else we as women are asked to become, take the time to acknowledge yourself. There are many other outstanding women on the campus not mentioned on the nominee list, but YOU know who you are; WE know who you are." Photos

PTK Hosts Induction Ceremony
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society hosted an induction ceremony recently for 73 top Mercer students. In addition, the club presented an “honorary membership” to co-advisor, Laura Sosa. Speakers included Acting President Tom Wilfrid and Dean Diane Campbell, club advisors Helene Plank and Laura Sosa, and club president Lynn Rowlands. Photos

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through April 14 -- "Mercer County Artists" at The Gallery

April 7 to 9 -- "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

April 21 to 29 -- "Godspell" by MCCC's drama students.

Retirees to Meet April 19
MCCC retirees will meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens on April 19 at 1 p.m. Call HelenMarie Dolton at 882-5086 by April 17 to make your reservation.

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