E-Bulletin of May 5, 2006

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Acting President Tom Wilfrid begins a new column in this month's e-news @ MCCC.

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TV Student Videos to Star at "The Bernie Awards"
The four top-ranked video creations of MCCC Television students will premier on Friday, May 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Conference Center. The "Bernie Awards" evening will feature refreshments beginning at 6 p.m. with the video show starting at 7.

TV program faculty members Barry Levy and Steve Voorhees invite you to visit a new website which includes information about the students and their work here. You will need Flash 8 to watch all the videos. Admission to the program is free but reservations are requested. Call Barry Levy at ext. 3465 or e-mail here. A dress code specifies no jeans or hats.

Golf Tournament Set for June 13
Help us spread the word to golfers! MCCC's Athletic Department will host its 15th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, June 13 at the Mercer Oaks East Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course located on a beautifully landscaped site adjacent to Mercer County Park. Proceeds go to the Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.
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PASS Program Awards Success
The Programs for Academic Services and Success (PASS) held its awards night April 28 in the college cafeteria. PASS is the combined programs of EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) and SSS (Student Support Services). According to Director Khalida Haqq, PASS is a comprehensive retention services program that fosters academic achievement and persistence.

Nineteen PASS students who will graduate this year were among the honorees. Eight PASS students earned perfect 4.0 averages and are on the President's List, 35 achieved Dean's List status, and 67 were recognized for academic achievement of 3.0.

PASS offers individual and group counseling, financial aid assistance, peer tutoring and counseling, academic advisement, summer classes and summer support, leadership training, orientation activities, mentoring, transfer assistance and a freshman seminar. Photos

Mercer's Phi Theta Kappa All-Stars Honored
On May 4 the NJ Council of County Colleges hosted a full day conference for two PTK students from each New Jersey community college chosen as members of the "All-State Academic Team." The day included a visit to the State House to speak with senators, and a talk by alumna Maureen King, a 2000 MCCC graduate and former Academic Team honoree.

Mercer's two All-State honorees for 2006 are Jessica Harhigh and Marie Luisi. Harhigh is a Communications major who plans to transfer to Rowen University with the goal of becoming a news anchor. Luisi, a Humanities and Social Science major, plans to transfer to Rider and major in Psychology. Her ultimate goal is a law degree. Both are members of PTK and came to Mercer on full NJSTARS scholarships. Photo

Advertising Students Design for Museum
Mercer's second-year Advertising Design students chose the New Jersey State Museum for their end-of-year design project this year. Teams of students designed a full campaign for the museum, which was judged on April 27 by professionals from the community and the college. Photos

Women's Tennis Going to Nationals
The MCCC Women’s Tennis Team is leaving tomorrow (May 6) for the NJCAA national tournament in Tucson, AZ, on May 6. The torunament runs through May 12. According to MCCC Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla, the women have put in a lot of hard work since January, refining the skills that earned them the national title in May 2005 and the Region 19 title in the fall with a record of 7-0. Photo and more here

Tough Ending to Incredible Softball Season
The Mercer Softball Team will contemplate “what ifs” for months to come. The women turned their 12-14 mid-season record into a 27-14 triumphant march to the Region 19 tournament. There they battled with the region’s best. They opened the tournament on April 28 with a loss to Mercyhurst CC, their nemesis from last season, 7-6 in eight innings. They shook off the loss in the next game, defeating Lackawanna 6-3 to stay alive in the tournament, but in need of three consecutive wins to earn the title and a trip to the Northeast District championship. Read the full story here.

Middle School Students Enjoy Hands-on Visit to MCCC Campus
Thirty-five students from Kreps Middle School in East Windsor visited the college on April 28 to learn about television production and digital technology. Television program coordinator Steve Voorhees assigned the students various jobs in the studio and control room as they created their own news broadcast, including news anchor, weather person, cameras, audio, graphics and teleprompter. More here with photos

Boxer Shares Story With MCCC and Rubino Students
Heavyweight boxer Chazz Witherspoon spoke to a packed house in the Communications Building on April 28, sharing his personal story and encouraging the mesmerized students to work hard to follow their dreams. The audience included students from Alvyn Haywood’s public speaking class and high schoolers from Rubino Academy. More here with photos

Student Chosen for St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee Scholarship
The college's Foundation Board has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to MCCC student Amy Martin of Hamilton, chosen for the award by Trenton's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Scholarship Committee. A first-year Humanities major, Martin plans to complete her associate degree, then transfer to Rutgers to major in Finance.
Charlie Schlegel was instrumental in setting up the annual scholarship a few years ago. Photo

Adjunct Prof Seeks Volunteers for Book Commercial
Emmanuel Clarke Gaye, an MCCC alumnus and adjunct instructor, has published a book "In Tears and Blood." Gaye came to the U.S. in 1999 from Freetown, Sierra Leone, where he worked as a reporter. He earned his AAS in Computer Programming from Mercer and a BS in Engineering from NJIT.

Gaye is having an advertisement filmed for his book and is looking for volunteers to take part. He said the volunteers will be featured in a scene dramatizing war-time evacuation in Liberia and Sierra Leone. "Once the commercial is done, I will give each person a souvenir copy. There will be refreshments before and after the filming," he said. The commercial will be shot in Trenton, on Calhoun Street, on Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m.

The book is due out on July 24, 2006 and will be available at bookstores and online through all of the major booksellers such as Amazon, Borders and Barners and Noble.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Gaye at 609-851-4807 (cell); 609-452-2088 (work) or via e-mail.

Retirees to Meet May 17
The retirees will meet for lunch 1 p.m. on May 17 at Sunny Gardens. Please call HelenMarie Dolton at 882-5086 by the 15th to give her your reservation.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through May 12 -- "The Visual Arts Student Show 2006"

May 6 -- "Aesop's Fables"

May 6 and 7 -- "The Mercer Dance Ensemble"

May 12 to 21 -- “La Cage Aux Folles”

May 20 -- "The Little Mermaid"

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