E-Bulletin of August 18, 2006

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College Assembly Set for Aug. 23
The campus community is invited to a College Assembly on Wednesday, Aug. 23 at Kelsey Theatre, at 10:30 a.m., with juice, coffee and muffins served from 10 to 10:20 a.m. An outdoor barbecue for all follows the Assembly from noon to 1 p.m.

Professional Development Sampler
MCCC's faculty and staff, as well as guest teachers, will be leading a full series of workshops on Aug. 24 and 25 as part of the Professional Development Sampler coordinated by Debbie Kell. Click here for the course lists and registration.


Report from MCCC Summer Camps
Sports Camps had an active, busy season on MCCC's courts and fields. More than 800 young athletes chose from ten different sports, working on skills and competing in "friendly" competitions. A first this year was the "girls-only" basketball camp, headed by MCCC women's basketball coach Mike Tenaglia. Lacrosse and field hockey (girls only) are also growing in popularity. Basketball and tennis continue to be the biggest draws.

The report from Tomato Patch is that enrollment was up, up, up this year. Attendance in the "Master Class" for theater students in grades eight through twelve almost doubled. Most exciting was a collaboration with Jody Person, MCCC theatre and dance coordinator, who worked with students in the Master Class for three days on performance techniques.

Enrollment was strong for Camp College this summer, which welcomed six-year-olds to the campus for the first time, with much success. They numbered 59 and were kept in self-contained groups. Season highlights included a festive carnival with all the trimmings on August 8 and a performance for families on August 9 that included theater, music and dance. Camp College's fledgling reporters produced another terrific edition of "Camp 'Zine."

Camp coordinators wish to thank the many departments and staff members who assisted in their efforts - cafeteria staff, scheduling staff, maintenance, security and many more. Photos

Beverly Richardson Appointed to College Board
After working with the College Board throughout her career in higher education, Vice President Beverly Richardson has been elected to a four-year term on its regional Board of Trustees.
"I look forward to making a contribution, and to determining even more innovative ways of connecting students to college success and opportunities," she said.

Information from the College Board website says: Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known programs are the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT, and the Advanced Placement Program.

Noncredit Culinary Courses Abound
This fall, the Culinary Center at Mercer opens its doors to cooks of all levels - from novices who want to learn their way around the kitchen to gourmet chefs with a true passion for the culinary arts. Using both demonstration and hands-on instruction, MCCC faculty and guest chefs will teach noncredit workshops in a variety of specialty cuisines, baked goods, and healthy menus. All classes will be held in MCCC's state-of-the-art Culinary Center in the ES building. Learn more here

Learn Something New in a Noncredit Business Course This Fall
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies offers a wide variety of business courses this fall -- bookkeeping, human resources, management, leadership, public speaking, e-commerce, working with Latino families and more. Click here

Craig Coenen Lectures to Men's Group
According to Professor Emeritus Saul Goldwasser, the men's club at his housing development (Riviera in East Windsor) very much enjoyed a lecture by faculty member Craig Coenen in July. More than 70 members attended the lecture, entitled “From Sandlots to the Super Bowl: The National Football League, 1920-1967.”

"His talk gave his audience an understanding of the historical, cultural, sociological and economic forces at work during this historical period," Goldwasser said. Coenen's lecture at this "over 55" community helped to further attendees' awareness of what Mercer has to offer.

Adjunct Faculty Couple Leaves for England
Barry and Sandra McCurdy, both adjunct professors at MCCC for the past three years and both very active in campus affairs, recently moved to England, where Barry has secured a full-time teaching position. Barry taught mathematics and physics and was president of the Adjunct Faculty Federation. Sandra taught English and history and was a member of the Adjunct Support Team. Sandra will continue to teach history online at Mercer from England.

A note from Barry said, "We have both enjoyed immensely our many interactions with our colleagues in Liberal Arts and the Sciences, and it is with affection that we now wish you all farewell and good luck. Without doubt we will be back – Sandra plans to return for pre-class week in 2007, so we have no doubt that this is not a permanent goodbye." Photo

Behrens Publishes Lab Manual
The second edition of "Physical Agents Laboratory Manual" was just published by FA Davis Co. in Philadelphia. Behrens is the sole author of this text, which was designed specifically to accompany the "Physical Agents Theory & Practice" textbook published last year. According to Behrens, "The books explore the concepts of heat, cold, traction, electrical stimulation and therapeutic modalities that can be used to affect a physiologic change to accomplish a treatment goal with a patient. The textbook provides the theory and background information, while the Laboratory Manual is designed to involve the learner in the application of the theory and make the material real."

The first editions of both the text and lab manual have been widely popular in more than 150 Physical Therapist Assistant programs nationwide, and have been translated into more than six languages. "The prospects look bright for the second editions as well," Behrens said.

Susan Busch Celebrates Milestone
Staffers celebrated with Susan Busch on August 14 as she achieved a milestone birthday. She will be leaving Mercer on December 1, after 37 years. "My plans are never to get up at 7a.m. again, and I will wing it after that," she says. She is also happy to say she negotiated her last contract. Photo

Adjunct/Alumnus Publishes Book
Emmanuel Clarke Gaye, a 2003 Mercer graduate in Information Technology who went on to earn a bachelor's degree from NJIT, has published a novel "In Tears and Blood." The book is a fictional account based on true stories about his family's flight from Liberia during civil war. Learn more at his press release here, with a link to his website.

Cancer Care's Walk New Jersey
Mercer County Park is the site for Cancer Care's fundraising walk, on Thursday, Sept. 28. Those interested in participating should e-mail walknj@cancercare.org or call 1-800-813-4673. Their web address is www.walknj.org.

Race for the Cure at Bristol-Myers Squibb
Mark your calendar now for the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" to be held Sunday, Oct. 29 at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Route 206, Princeton. Visit www.komencsnj.org for more information or call 609-896-1203.


Retirees Begin Fall Luncheons
All MCCC retirees are invited to attend the first fall luncheon of the season at Sunny Gardens on Sept. 20, 1 p.m. Call HelenMarie Dolton to reserve your seat by Sept. 18 at 609-882-5086.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre
Join Playful Theatre Productions when they kick off a dazzling new season at Kelsey Theatre with "Honk!", an award-winning musical comedy direct from Britain that makes its area premiere. "Honk" is true family entertainment, offering a universal message about compassion and acceptance -- for ducks and people too! Dates and show times for this London mega-hit are: Fridays, Sept. 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 16 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays, Sept. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. An opening night reception will follow the September 8 performance to give the audience a chance to meet the cast and crew. More here

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