E-Bulletin of May 6, 2005

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Genocide Seminar May 17
Everyone is invited to a seminar designed for teachers: "With 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

Assembly/Staff Recognition Reminder
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.

Community 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, and more.

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 Monday evening.

The band in supported by MCCC and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

Register 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.

"The Quotations," 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. More

Request for Action
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.

Poster 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 photo

Funeral 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

PASS Students Recognized
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 seminar. Photos

Aspirations 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 here
Photos here

Alpha 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.

Professor Steven Richman is the faculty advisor. Club president is Jilan Elsarha and vice president is Elizabeth Sowa.


Musicians Rehearse for Concerts
Those of you who missed MCCC's recent Jazz Band and Chorus performances can see the groups in rehearsal here.

Biology/Chemistry 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."

Great 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 fiorellr@mccc.edu.

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