E-Bulletin of May 13, 2005

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Women's Tennis Team Wins National Championship
Congratulations to 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.

James 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.

Hollywood 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

Ad 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.

F
ive teams of second-year Ad Design students presented their work to Center representatives and to ad
vertising 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.

Renowned 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 Scholarships

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
MCCC’s 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.

Chef Annie Prizzi Featured in Times Article
In case you missed it, read the article in The Times that features Chef Annie Prizzi here.

Feature 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 here.


Enjoy "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

Mercer 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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