E-Bulletin of June 1, 2006

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"Something Wonderful" at MCCC's Commencement
Humberto Solis, the student speaker at commencement ceremonies on May 25, wrote a song in the college's honor. His speech and his song "Something Wonderful, Something Good," elicited tears and cheers from the graduates and their family members. Click here for his speech.

This year's "Distinguished Teaching Award" went to Betty Cornelius, a long-time professor of mathematics at Mercer. Click here for her speech.

Christy Stephenson, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, was keynote speaker.

Click here for more on graduation

Staff Recognized for Service
The college celebrated the milestone achievements of staff and faculty on May 16, giving much-deserved recognition to those who have served at MCCC for 10 to 35 years.

Michael Glass received the "Human Relations Award." Click here for a story on Michael.

Charlie Schlegel received the "Community Service Award." Click here for a story on Charlie.

Click here for photos and details

TV Class/MCTV Win Telly Awards
Steve Voorhees' TV3 class won a 2006 Telly Award for a documentary they produced last semester for Storytelling Arts, Inc. The class video has been awarded a statuette. "The Telly’s are well regarded in the industry," said Voorhees. Last year’s winners included HBO, Paramount, A&E, Discovery, etc. Entries do not compete against one another, but rather are judged for their own production value and content. Click here for more info on the Telly Awards.

Voorhees also recently received notice that programming on the student-produced MCTV won another Telly Award for Outstanding Live Sports Coverage for the Mercer County High School Basketball Championship in February. "It was totally student directed," Voorhees said. "This award is the Silver Telly – the highest award given! I can’t tell you how proud I am of the students in the Television Department."

The "Bernie Awards" a Success
The first annual "Bernie Awards," to announce and show the best student-made videos, was sponsored by MCCC's Television program. The event attracted more than 175 people. "Everything went wonderfully for the first time through," said Barry Levy. The preliminary judging for the awards was done by MCCC faculty, who narrowed it down to four top videos. These were then reviewed by a group of outside experts, who made the final selections.

Students Mark Zangara and Mike Marazzo won the top Bernie award for their murder mystery. Wilmar Luna won for best editing; Chris Lopez and Tom Carroll won for best screenplay; Dan Sommer and John Grove won for best cinematography. "Next year Bernie will be back bigger and better than ever!" said Levy. Who's Bernie? Does anyone know?

The Bernie awards website.

Band to Perform June 15
The Mercer County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Lou Woodruff, will hold a Spring Concert on Thursday June 15 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. The concert is free and all are invited.

Get in Shape for Summer
Summer exercise classes for staff and faculty take place twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting at noon in PE119. The classes include aerobics and strength training. If you are thinking about attending and would like to be on the exercise group's e-mail list for schedule changes, write to Wendy Humphrey

How to Lose 500 Pounds
How could 22 participants lose more than 500 pounds since September? Come and find out! Lunchtime classes with Weight Watchers are starting up again. A free open house at 1 p.m. on June 13 in AD107 will give you the basics. Regular classes begin June 20 and are held every Tuesday for 13-weeks at 1 p.m. in AD 107. Cost is $144.

Scholarships Available
The Research and Development Council of New Jersey offers scholarships for community college students majoring in math and science. Please pass the attached information on to students who may be interested. Click here for more.

Nursing Graduates Celebrate, Receive Diplomas
Nursing program graduates celebrated and received their diplomas at a ceremony on May 17 at Kelsey Theatre. Click here for more information and photos.

Garden State Project Exhibits Unique Perspective -- Last Three Days
Mercer County Community College's arts faculty and students present "Garden State Project #2: Security," a collaborative exhibition, open through June 3 at Gallery 125, across from the Trenton Marriot Hotel, at 125 South Warren Street Click here for more, with photos

Peter Horne Speaks on Women in Law Enforcement
On May 24 Dr. Peter Horne was a featured speaker at the first conference of a newly formed organization, New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement. Held at the Cook Campus of Rutgers University, the event attracted nearly 300 policewomen from throughout the state. Professor Horne’s talk focused on some of the recent history of women in policing.

Reduced Price for Tickets
Summer fun is just around the corner and Camp College has substantially reduced the ticket prices for Great Adventure Theme Park with safari ($25) and Hurricane Harbor Water Park ($21). Tickets are valid any day during the operating season. For more information e-mail Sharon Vlasac or call ext. 3267.

Current Kelsey Theatre Events

June 2-11 -- "Lucky Stiff"

June 3 -- "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"

June 30 - July 9 -- "The Comedy of Errors" begins Kelsey's new summer series, presented by Shakespeare '70, Mercer County's only classical theatre company. After a run of 36 summers at The Open Air Theater, Shakespeare '70 is moving to Kelsey. Later this summer look for "The Music Man," to be presented by The Yardley Players from July 14-23, and "Grease," presented by Stars in the Park from July 28 to August 5.

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