E-Bulletin of May 6, 2005
Seminar May 17
Everyone is invited to a seminar designed for
Intent to Destroy: Genocide and Mass Violence," coming to
the Conference Center May 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is co-sponsored
by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center. Registration
is free; bring your lunch. Details
The College Assembly on May 17 begins at 10:30 a.m. at Kelsey Theatre,
followed at 11:30 by the Employee Recognition Ceremony for staff members
who have reached milestone years of service. The "Human Relations"
and "Community Service" awards will also be presented. A "Maui
at Mercer" luncheon at the WWC cafeteria will follow the awards
ceremony. Wear your Hawaiian clothing.
Band to Perform May 25
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Mercer County Community
Band will perform its spring concert at Kelsey Theatre on May 25 at
8 p.m. Admission is free. The performance is wide-ranging and includes
American composers, selections from films and musicals including "Annie"
and "Harry Potter," classical pieces transcribed for band,
More than 300 area musicians have participated in the band over the
years. Although there are no auditions, band members must successfully
master their part. Band Director Louis Woodruff, an adjunct faculty
member at Mercer, says "The band captures the essence of the community,
involving generations dedicated to a shared mission." The youngest
band member is 14; the oldest is 84.
The band performs winter and spring concerts to packed houses, and performs
at MCCC's graduation, at retirement homes and at special events, including
town functions such as the Cranbury 4th of July celebration. The band
offers two very popular interactive children's concerts each year at
Kelsey Theatre. "One
of our missions is music education," Woodruff said. "We highlight
pieces of composition before playing them to draw the audience in, whether
it's adults or children."
The community band
is a family affair. The marriage of two band members resulted in a son
who also plays in the band. A mother and son participate, as well as
a brother and sister team. Practice is held at MCCC's music studio every
The band in supported by MCCC and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage
Now for Doo Wop Revival
A flyer with a registration form to print
out and return is now available online
for MCCC's June 11 Doo Wop Revival, "Savor the Memories."
This will be a fantastic musical evening at Kelsey Theatre, so reserve
your seat now.
whose hit song "Imagination" topped the charts back in the
early 1960s, will perform all of your favorites from the golden age
of rock and roll. "Just4," a dynamic all-female barbershop
quarter, part of Sweet Adelines International, will perform favorites
such as “Blue Velvet,” “I Can't Give You Anything
But Love,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” and “When
I Fall in Love."
MCCC staff and
faculty members can purchase two tickets at a reduced price of $35.
Prices for the public range from $100 for front seats; $75 for center
seating, and $50 for rear seating. Proceeds will benefit the MCCC Student
Scholarship Fund, so call your friends and come out for a fun event.
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges
asks for everyone's help in telling legislators how important community
colleges are to the State of New Jersey. Please visit http://www.njccc.org/
and log on to the Legislative Action Center. Once there, the web site
will find your legislators for you, and you can easily send e-mails
asking them to support community colleges.
Contest Seeks to Combat Cheating
The Academic Integrity Committee asked Advertising Design and Computer
Graphics students to come up with compelling posters that discourage
cheating. Poster contest winners were recently selected by the committee.
The posters will be featured at a fall anti-cheating event. See
Service Graduate Receives Top Score in Nation
MCCC's Funeral Service program has a lot to be proud of. Kathryn Radice,
who graduated last May, earned one of the top two scores in the nation
for 2004 on the profession's board exam. She was honored recently by
the Funeral Service Examining Boards. Details
Thirteen PASS (Programs for Academic Services and Success) students
who will graduate this year were among the honorees at a PASS awards
ceremony April 29. PASS is the new name for the combined programs of
EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund) and SSS (Student Support Services).
According to Director Khalida Haqq, the vision of PASS is to open doors
for students who are disadvantaged by low income and lack of access
to a quality public school education.
Six PASS students earned perfect 4.0 averages and are on the President's
List, 46 achieved Dean's List status, and 78 students were recognized
for academic achievement.
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
Event Best Ever
High school students got to see their own poems or skits acted out on
stage by MCCC theatre students on April 26, when Kelsey Theatre hosted
an awards night for Aspirations, an
annual literary and art journal published through a partnership between
MCCC and area high schools. Susan Zambrio coordinated the event, described
by many as the best ever. Several other faculty and staff members lent
their talents. Details
Mu Gamma International Night
The honor society for foreign languages, Alpha Mu Gamma, inducted 12
new members on April 29 -- students who have earned a 3.25 or above
average in two levels of a foreign language. The evening featured a
multi-national buffet dinner, an international musical tour, and speaker
Paul Smith, a 2001 Mercer graduate and linguist. Smith spoke about the
new language he has created. After Mercer he earned his bachelor's degree
at Rowan University in Spanish and has learned Polish, Russian, Slovak,
Italian and Latin.
Richman is the faculty advisor. Club president is Jilan Elsarha and
vice president is Elizabeth Sowa.
Rehearse for Concerts
Those of you who missed MCCC's recent Jazz Band and Chorus performances
can see the groups in rehearsal here.
Honors Students Present Papers
On May 5 two MCCC
honors students who have conducted research at Princeton and Rider Universities
presented their papers to an audience of fellow students and faculty
members. The honors research project is coordinated by Diane Hilker
and Helen Tanzini.
Leah Nagy, who studied with Dr. Bruce Burnham of Rider, spoke on "Synthesis
of L-Acylcarnitines as Lipid-Lowering Agents." Suzy Yang, who worked
at Princeton under Dr. John Groves and teaching assistant Jyoti Tibrewalli,
spoke on "Porphyrins in the World and in the Lab: Structure, Characterization
and Synthesis." Wilyean Ricks, who worked under Dr. Julie Drawbridge
at Rider, will give her paper another day on "Gremlin Expression
in the Pronephric Ducts of the Xenopus laevis Frog." Photo
Price on Tickets
Camp College has been able to obtain 200 additional theme park tickets
for Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor. Sharon Vlasac says this is
a terrific price and they will sell all of the remaining tickets on
a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are valid any time during the
operating season. Great Adventure: $25.; Hurricane Harbor: $19. Contact
Rose Fiorello at ext. 3650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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