E-Bulletin of July 13, 2005

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Viking Summer Newsletter
The summer edition of Viking will soon be delivered to all of our campus offices. Please help us to share good news about Mercer by distributing the newsletters to faculty and staff and putting the rest out in prominent locations where students and visitors can pick up a copy. THANK YOU from Marketing and Public Information.

"Whad'Ya Know"
When National Public Radio's Michael Feldman did his weekend show "Whad'Ya Know" at Trenton's War Memorial on June 25, his producers asked MCCC to provide a poster about ARTWORKS. Designed by Francis Paixao, the poster was prominently displayed on stage during the broadcast. It has been permanently placed in the entranceway at ARTWORKS.

Feldman's unusual show features different areas of the country, and includes local history and lots of comedy. During the "quiz show" portion Feldman interacts with a live audience and call-in contestants. ARTWORKS donated a gift certificate to be used for a workshop there. Photo

You can hear the show online here.

Take it to Heart
Mark your calendar for the 2005 Heart Walk, set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at Mercer County Park.

Dr. Rose is a member of the American Heart Association's Heart Walk committee this year, and Amy Iseneker is again serving as campus leader. "We want to make this year's campaign bigger and better than ever," Amy said. You'll be seeing the college's theme "Take it to Heart" on flyers and posters around the campus, urging you to participate.

There are many ways you can help:

-- You can walk that day, make a donation, or solicit donations.

-- You can help inspire others by sharing a story about your own experiences. Have you had heart problems, a heart attack, or heart surgery? Call Saveria Symons at ext. 3736 if you would share your story for this E-Bulletin.

-- You can offer a service to be auctioned. Some members of the faculty have already offered services. John Kalinowski will donate two hours of personal training; Amy Iseneker will give two hours of gardening assistance. If you have an offer, call Amy at ext. 3372.

Heart Healthy Breakfast
Mark your calendar! Plans are under way for the “Take it to Heart” Healthy Breakfast to kick off Heart Walk activities. It will take place in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room on Thursday, Aug. 25, 8:30 a.m.

Bake Sale
Camp College will host a bake sale to benefit the Heart Association on August 10 in the Student Center, across from the campus eatery. Everyone is invited to donate baked goods. Contact Sharon Vlasac at ext. 3267 or vlasacs@mccc.edu.

Faculty Members Honored
Two faculty members, Renee Walker and Linda Meisel, were honored recently for their outstanding teaching by students who participated in the “Career Ladders” program, which provides training for staff of the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS). The program is conducted by MCCC’s Center for Training and Development (CTD).

According to CTD Director Elaine Weinberg, 35 DYFS staff members recently completed the training at Mercer, which is also available at New Jersey’s other community colleges. The program began in September 2004 and was made possible by the Department of Human Services, in partnership with the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.

After completing the required five noncredit course modules, members of the first cohort of DYFS staffers were awarded a Certificate of Competency in Child Protective Service and received 12 college credits that can be applied to an associate degree or certificate program.

A graduation ceremony for 275 DYFS staffers who completed the program took place on June 22 at Trenton’s War Memorial.

Two Complete Leadership Program
Gianna Durso-Finley and Mark Meara completed a program presented by "The Academy For Leadership Training and Development" in Mesa, Arizona. The program consisted of two five-day residential training sessions and a 12-month practicum experience.

New Baseball Coach
Matt Wolski has been appointed Mercer’s new head baseball coach. A Rutgers University graduate, he was a stand-out player for Steinert High School. Story here

MCCC Spreads Horticulture Expertise
Marie Wszolek and Amy Iseneker took four horticulture students to the residential facility, Project Freedom, in Hamilton on May 31 and June 2 to help the residents start a vegetable garden. Some of the vegetables and herbs were planted in raised containers to help make gardening easier for Project Freedom's residents, who have either a physical or mental handicap. According to Iseneker, the garden has been successful, and was even featured for two weeks on Barbara Bromley’s horticulture spot on WZBN TV. Photos

Camp College's Girl Tech 2005
Girls 10 to 14 honed their television production skills in Kristen Callahan's "Girl Tech" course for Camp College. After a few days in the classroom exploring various technology-based careers, the girls produced their very own news show. They wrote the script, acted as anchors, weather forecasters, camera operators and control room technicians. Women at MCCC who work in technology lent their expertise, including Colleen Courtney, Valarie Daniels, Tonia Harrison, and Sue Holman. Photos

News Online

Article in the Lambertville Beacon and Packet Online about Laura Blinderman and the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Washington Post article about Community Colleges. If it is no longer available online, read it here.

Article in the Star Ledger about community colleges. If it is no longer available online, read it here.

Times article about a Mel Leipzig student. If it is no longer available online, read it here.

Feedback? Your Comments and suggestions for this publication are welcome.

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