E-Bulletin of September 5, 2006

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MCCC Signs Three-Year Agreement with ETS
On Aug. 29 Mercer became the first institution of higher education to sign an agreement with ETS. MCCC will be working with ETS on developing and pilot-testing assessment and instructional solutions for community colleges. The agreement builds on Mercer's two-year relationship with ETS, when we pilot-tested several instruments for this national organization. Acting President Tom Wilfrid has been a member of ETS's National Community College Advisory Council since 2004. More here

Conference Center to Host Open House for Business Community Sept. 27
In order to introduce potential clients to our facilitiy, the MCCC Conference Center is inviting the business community to a wine and hors d'oeuvre reception on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, music and videos, and learn about the Center's high-tech capabilities for meetings, conferences and training.

Admission is free of charge, but attendees are asked to RSVP by Sept. 22 to ext. 3466 (or 609-570-3466 from outside the college), or register online here. The postcard invitation is online here.

New Acting Classes for Teens
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, in conjunction with Graffiti Productions, will offer acting workshops for teens grades 7 through 12 this fall. "Tomato Patch On-Screen and Off-Screen" is a ten-week session that will be held Saturday mornings from Oct. 7 to Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

This is the first program for teens offered at Kelsey Theatre during the school year. It was conceived as a continuation of the popular Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts summer workshops. More here

Nursing graduates Achieve
Congratulations to MCCC's Nursing program. According to Linda Martin, 97% of MCCC's last graduating class of 32 students passed their exam to become certified as Registered Nurses.

Talent/Humor at Assembly Show
College Assembly Chair Kathi Paluscio must have supernatural abilities. She managed to convince numerous staff and faculty members to perform on-stage in clever mimed skits, as part of a "Fashion Show" at the College Assembly on Aug. 23. Kathi began by entertaining -- and even singing, while Jim Kelly provided guitar accompaniment.

An extravagant performance by Maintenance staff members, posing as "The Village People," was a highlight, along with the administrative staff's basketball extravaganza. The photos say it best.

Cornelius Accepts Award
This year's "Distinguished Teaching Award" winner, Betty Cornelius, received her gold medallion on Aug. 28. She said she plans to cherish the award. Photo

Craig Coenen to Hold Book Signing
The Barnes and Noble bookstore in downtown Philadelphia will host History program coordinator Craig Coenen for a book signing and brief presentation on September 19 at 7 p.m. Last November, Coenen's book "From Sandlots to the Super Bowl" was published by the University of Tennessee Press.

A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Coenen said he has always been interested in football, and did his Ph.D. dissertation on the sport. "It is a labor of love. I have always been a football fan and many people don't know about the early years of pro football."

After years of researching football history, Coenen said more articles and books on the subject may be in his future. "There is so much more I could tell," he said. Some ideas he is thinking about include a study on how U.S. presidents use the terminology of football. Coenen has also co-edited a reference book "American Presidential Campaigns and Elections," available at the MCCC Library.

A review by Michael Oriard of Oregon State University says, "The best history of professional football's first half-century I have read." The book is available at Amazon.com.

TV Ads Produced by Students Now Airing
After seeing the talent and ability of MCCC's Television students, who produced weekly live news broadcasts last semester, the college's Marketing staff asked our top students to produce 30-second TV ads about the college. The ads are now airing on numerous cable television stations, and on MCCC's Channel 26. The purpose of the ads is to introduce potential students to the college and its programs.

Under the expert guidance of faculty member Barry Levy, the students did the interviewing, taping, writing and computer editing. They produced two remarkably professional television spots that use the same theme as the college's print ads: "You're unique, so are we." Both ads use student actors and depict programs creatively, with one program visually "morphing" into another in a seamless flow. For example, as Aviation students look out the front windshield of an airplane at the scene below, the scene becomes a painting being worked on by an art student.

Student participants were Jennifer Joyce, Chris Curto, Wilmar Luna and Andrew Froening.

New "Viewbook" Brochure Available
The college has printed a new brochure designed to appeal to high school students. Called the"Viewbook," it highlights the positive aspects of life at Mercer in a colorful format with lots of photos. The brochures are located in the Admissions office.

Goldstein Featured in Packet
Joan Goldstein, adjunct faculty member, is the author of an article published in The Princeton Packet on Aug 25. The article is autobiographical and covers her reunion in Nova Scotia with a long time friend, not seen for 24 years. The women met at an international conference on Oil and the Environment in Halifax, where Goldstein, the author of "The Politics of Offshore Oil," was a speaker. Read it here.

Faculty/Staff Exercise Classes for Fall
Get in shape this fall at the college's exercise classes for faculty and staff. The new fall schedule is Tuesdays and Fridays at 12 noon in PE 119. The classes include aerobics on Tuesday, taught by faculty member Helen Tanzini, and a general conditioning class on Fridays, taught by Renee Phifer. If you want to be added to the exercise class mailing list for any last minute schedule changes, send an e-mail to Wendy Humphrey at humphrew@mccc.edu.

Retirees Luncheon
All MCCC retirees are invited to attend a luncheon at Sunny Gardens on Sept. 20, 1 p.m. Call HelenMarie Dolton to reserve your seat by Sept. 18 at 882-5086.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

September 8 - 17 -- "Honk!" Trumpets New Season

September 23 -- "Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon" Is First Up for Kids

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 -- Sing Along With Mother Goose in "A Pocketful of Rhymes"

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