E-Bulletin of May 13, 2005
Tennis Team Wins National Championship
the Mercer Women's Tennis Team for winning its fourth national title
in the last eight years. Under the leadership of Head Coach Marc Vecchiolla
the team traveled to Tucson, Arizona for the playoffs. Five team members
were named All-Americans.
Kerney Campus Celebrates Academic Achievement
The beautiful spring evening at Trenton's War Memorial offered a little
bit of everything -- drama, entertainment, great food, and great feeling.
Enthusiasm was definitely in the air on May 10, when the James Kerney
Campus celebrated its program graduates. Hundreds of students from the
credit side and three noncredit adult programs received honors and certificates.
County Executive Brian Hughes and MCCC President Skip Cimino joined
Provost Beverly Richardson and President Robert Rose on-stage to shake
every hand. The talented Don Jones, who served as MC, led the singing
of "God Bless America." Culinary students of the Career Training
Center provided fantastic food. Details.
Meets Mercer at Spring Day
The crowds turned out, the sun shone brightly, the volunteers cooked
and entertained. The Hollywood-themed Spring Day was a great success
on May 5, as students, faculty and staff celebrated the season.
The Student Activities
office and student clubs and organizations planned many new events this
year. Students had t-shirts customized designed for them, had "bathtub"
races, pie-eating and egg throwing contests, and visited a "soothsayer."
Student-made videos were on display. Clubs enticed students to join,
and, of course, everyone enjoyed lots of great food. Photos
Design Students Impress Judges
Each year faculty member Tina LaPlaca
and her students select a nonprofit or governmental organization as
the recipient of their design work. This
capstone assignment requires the student team
members to make professional presentations of their work and explain
the reasons for their designs. This year's organization was the Mercer
County One-Stop Career Center.
teams of second-year Ad Design students presented their work to Center
representatives and to advertising
design professionals for judging, including MCCC graphic designers Francis
Paixao and Tracy Patterson.
The student campaigns included logos, slogans, posters, flyers, brochures,
print ads, websites, t-shirts, kiosks, and more.
Designer Speaks to Class
Palestinian-American artist and designer Rajie Cook spoke to the students
in Tina LaPlaca's Advertising Design class recently. A member of the
program's Advisory Commission, Cook is best known for the “symbol
signs” he created that hang in airports and train stations throughout
the world. Also
the logo designer for major entities such as Black and Decker, Carnegie
Center and the NJ State Aquarium, Cook now devotes himself to creating
fine art which focuses on the Palestinian conflict. His work has been
displayed at the Whitney Museum and other major museums across the country.
In his lecture he
gave an overview of his life, the advertising design profession of his
time, and advice for beginners. According to LaPlaca, the students were
fascinated by his talk and many asked for his autograph. Photo
Professors Emeriti Raise $8,000 for
The college has received donations from 34 members of the Professors
Emeriti Association, bringing the total amount of scholarship money
donated by the group this year to $8,000. This is the largest amount
they have raised to date.
Every year the association sponsors one Professor Emeriti Association
Scholarship and three College Employee Scholarships which are given
to continuing students who are chosen by the recipients of the Distinguished
Teaching Award, the Employee Human Relations Award and the Employee
Community Service Award. Association president Chuck Prettyman was instrumental
in raising the scholarship dollars.
Ceramics Event Honors Colavita
Arts and Communication division is taking part in “Clay in Mind,”
a ceramics competition involving students from 24 area high schools.
Outstanding work will be on exhibit at the MCCC Fine Arts building now
through May 15, when a closing ceremony takes place from 2 to 3 p.m.
The public is invited.
The event is dedicated to the memory of the late clay sculptor and MCCC
faculty member James J. Colavita. The judging took place in April at
Northern Burlington Regional High School. Eight winning students and
their art teachers will have the opportunity to attend a three-day workshop
at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia.
Annie Prizzi Featured in Times Article
In case you missed it, read the article in The
Times that features Chef Annie Prizzi here.
Story on MCCC Horticulture Student
Princeton University's student newspaper did a feature story about a
staff member who is studying Horticulture at Mercer. Read the article
"Kindergarten" for Adults This Weekend
MCCC Drama students, along with several community actors, will celebrate
the gifts of everyday life when they present “All I Really
Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Dates and show times
are: Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 15
at 2 p.m. Come out and see how much talent is nurtured at MCCC! More
Dancers to Perform May 22
The Mercer Dance Ensemble, a lyrical modern dance company,
performs at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m.
and Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. The company features Mercer’s most
talented dance students and several members of the community in a light-hearted
look at life expressed through movement and music. Details.
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