E-Bulletin of September 7, 2005

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September 11 Commemoration
On Sept. 12 at noon, all are invited to MCCC's ceremony to commemorate the events of 9-11. Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes will speak, and Rev. William Coleman, a college trustee, will give the invocation. College faculty member Colleen Courtney will sing the national anthem and administrative staff member Donald Jones is set to perform “God Bless America." M
embers of Kathi Paluscio’s Oral Interpretation class plan to present a reading.

The event takes place at the college’s Remembrance Park, adjacent to the Student Center, which was dedicated in 2002 to the area’s victims of 9-11. In the event of rain the ceremonies will move into the Student Center’s Memorial Lounge.

MCCC Receives Grant for Literacy Education
Children’s Futures has granted $210,000 to MCCC to implement the “Parent Education and Early Literary Project” in Trenton beginning this September. The grant will enable the college to bring its expertise directly to families on Saturdays, when faculty members and college students will offer free workshops for parents and young children at two parent-child development centers operated by Children's Futures.

The grant was prepared by Kay Eaton with the assistance of Olfunke Ogunbodede, who will supervise the project. A new staff member, Ellen Tully, is the project manager. More

Rousseau Lends Expertise
Michele Rousseau represented Mercer at two conferences this summer. At the College Board’s 20th National ACCUPLACER/WritePlacer Plus Conference she gave a presentation on uploading ACCUPLACER Online scores to the central campus database. "There were about 200 attendees at this June conference in Las Vegas, Nevada," she said. "My presentation was a collaborative effort of Thor Eyrich from our Tech Services Department and myself in designing a power point that modeled our ACCUPLACER uploading process. This was very beneficial to other institutions where placement test scores are still being entered by hand."

At the National College Testing Association conference in Portland, Oregon this August, Rousseau partnered once again with John Vassiliou, director of testing at Miami Dade College InterAmerican Campus, to give a presentation about cheating and ways to detect, confront and prevent it. If you would like to see the Power Point presentation, e-mail saveria@mccc.edu.

Rousseau said, "I would like to include my gratitude to Dr.Tom Wilfrid for giving me the opportunity to attend these events for staff development and to share the exciting things that Mercer is doing with other institutions across the nation."

Edward Carmien to Publish Story in "Magic Tails"
One of Mercer's new faculty members, Dr. Edward Carmien (English), will have one of his short stories published in September as part of a book called "Magic Tails."

"Magic Tails" contains "fourteen excursions into the fantastic, new twists on well-remembered bedtime stories that will have you looking at the original versions in a whole new light," according to the book jacket. "From a cat genie who seems to have a bit of a problem fulfilling human wishes...to the quest which only Sleeping Beauty's cat can complete...to a feline desperately seeking a way to best the devil..to a cat-assisted solution to the Three Pigs' wolf problem, these ingenious, highly original tales are sure to cast their spell over all cat-loving readers of fantasy."

Carmien has published many works of fiction and nonfiction. Publisher DAW Books is the first publishing company ever devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy.

Career Training Institute Hosts Workshops
The Career Training Institute will host workshops on Friday, Sept. 16 at Kerney Hall. “Your Social Security Account,” with Public Affairs Specialist Dave Delaney, takes place from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Members of the CTI staff will present “What do you know about our Constitution?” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.. The workshops are free and open to the public.

AmeriCorps Programs Need Recruits
You might want to help spread the word about the AmeriCorps Programs operated by the New Jersey Community Development Corporation in Paterson. The group has asked us to let students know about the opportunities they offer. Classes begin this month; however in some instances it may be possible for students to start later than September.

AmeriCorps asks students to spend a year working with people who are disadvantaged. They say the pay is low and the hours long, but the experience will be outstanding and rewarding. There are many different service options.

Students receive a stipent of about $200 per week and full health benefits. They also earn an educational award of $4725. Those interested should call 973-413-1616 or email inbox@njcdc.org. Their website is here.

Pinocchio Comes to Kelsey
Join “Pinocchio” as he embarks on a series of unforgettable adventures in his quest to become a real boy. The award-winning Kaleidoscope Theatre presents this magical classic at Kelsey Theatre Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 and 4 p.m.

Children will feel Pinocchio’s growing pains as he seeks to change from a wooden puppet to a real boy. But will he make good choices? Will he listen to the sage advice of the Blue Fairy and the concerns of the smart little cricket? Or will he give in to temptation and end up as a donkey on the Isle of Joy? It's a show the whole family will enjoy – with no strings attached! More

Cheaper By The Dozen
In a family with 12 children, pandemonium lurks around every corner. Join The Yardley Players as they present the hilarious, heart-warming family classic, “Cheaper by the Dozen,” at Kelsey Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 2, 8, and 9 at 2 p.m. An opening night reception follows the Sept. 30 performance to give theater goers a chance to enjoy refreshments with the cast and crew. More

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