E-Bulletin of October 15, 2005

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Three Upcoming Lectures as part of MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series:

Cancer Research
Ronald Harning, Ph.D., will lecture on “The Biology of Cancer” on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, Room 110. With the aid of slides, Dr. Harning will present an overview of current areas of cancer research including epidemiology, the process of tumor growth and metastasis, the molecular origin of cancer, diagnosis and screening, and treatments. Dr. Harning is executive director of clinical research at Palatin Technologies, Inc., in Cranbury, NJ.

French Painting
Mel Leipzig, artist and MCCC professor of art and art history, will discuss 300 years of French art when he presents “Survey of French Painting 1650 to 1950” on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, Room 110. The talk will be teleconferenced to the James Kerney Campus.

Using a slide presentation, Leipzig will focus on Poussin, Watteau, David, Delacroix, Gericault, Millet, Corot, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne, Gauguin, Matisse and Duchamp.

Photographer Edward Steichen
“Edward Steichen and the Family of Man,” one of the most celebrated photography exhibits of the 20th century, is the subject of a lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 12 noon in the Communication Building, Room 110, also to be teleconferenced to the James Kerney Campus.

With the use of slides, Gary Saretzky, archivist and retired MCCC instructor in the history of photography, will discuss Steichen’s groundbreaking show that was first unveiled 50 years ago at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. More here

Blood Drive Oct. 25
The campus will be participating with the Community Blood Council of New Jersey in our semi-annual blood drive. This year there are critical blood shortages throughout the state, so your help is needed more than ever.

You can donate blood on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Student Center, in room 108, from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. There will be a representative from the Blood Council here on Monday, October 24, 2005 from 11:30 a.m.to 1 p.m. for those who wish to sign up for a specific convenient time on Tuesday and to answer any questions regarding eligibility.

Call Mildred Leckie in Human Resources at ext. 3271 to set up an appointment time and to help us get an estimate of the number of people who will be donating. As in the past, walk-ins will also be welcome.

The Haunted Carnival Oct. 25
The Haunted Carnival - Integra Palooza, a festival about academic integrity and the horrors of cheating, is coming to the Student Center on Oct. 25, noon to 1:25 p.m.

Please help us by spreading the word to your students. They will have a blast and learn important lessons at the same time. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs. Contact Kathy Paluscio at ext. 3454 or Danielle Garruba at ext. 3412.

First Awards Night a Hit
On Oct. 11 the college hosted its first recognition ceremony for continuing students. Held in the Student Center, the event brought together scholarship donors with student recipients. Students were called up individually to accept their certificates from donors, faculty and staff members. Many of the students' family members attended and there was a great turnout. All enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts, and the beautiful yellow potted mums on the tables.

Vice President Thomas Wilfrid served as master of ceremonies. Board member Connie Maglione, Foundation Board Chair Timothy Losch, and Foundation Board member Jim Faridy lent their support.

Susan Zambrio led a committee that put a lot of effort into this event, including Diane Bennett, Jennie DeLapo, Lenore Durfee, Danielle Garruba, Marie Mendez, Barbara Marx, Lucy McElhenny, Reggie Page, Patty Richards, John Simone, Elaine Stout, Cynthia Ventura, and Maria Tazza.


Best Practices Conference Calls for Proposals
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will host its Best Practices Conference here at MCCC on Friday, April 28. In order to streamline the process for receiving proposals this year, the committee is accepting them only in electronic format, as outlined on the form, which is online here. The deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2005. Submit proposals to marsha@thestoltmangroup.com.

MCCC Receives Grant for Down Syndrome Program
Kay Eaton, Arlene Stinson and Sue Oaitis prepared a proposal, resulting in MCCC's receipt of a $50,000 grant from the National Down Syndrome Society to develop a model program for people with Down sydrome and other intellectual disabilities. The College of New Jersey received a similar grant. Both colleges will develop separate programs, which will begin accepting students in the fall of 2006. Details here.

Heart Walk Raises Big Dollars
According to Amy Iseneker, MCCC raised a total of $6,631 for the American Heart Association this year. That total is an $800 increase over last year. The money was raised through walkers who received donations, through staff and faculty members who donated, and through student groups who sold hearts and solicited donations. Participating groups included the Student Activities clubs from both campuses, members of the Phi Theta Kappa organization, and students in the Exercise Science program.

"I am very pleased," Iseneker said. "I was so happy to have passed the $6,000 mark." Look for information in coming weeks about the next heart event called "Go Red Day," set for Feb. 3, which seeks to raise awarness of heart disease among women.

Camp College Needs Teachers
Camp College is looking for teachers for the 2006 summer youth programs. Contact Sharon Vlasac at ext. 3267 or e-mail vlasacs@mccc.edu.

Donations Sought for Juvenile Diabetes Walk on Oct. 30
Wendy Humphrey of Public Information seeks donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) “Walk to Cure Diabetes,” to be held Sunday, Oct. 30 at Cook College. Each year she and her 13-year-old daughter, who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1999, walk with others who have diabetes, their families and friends. The goal is to raise as much money as possible to support diabetes research. JDRF has a great track record for efficient use of funds, with very low administrative overhead. (It’s mostly volunteers!) If you are interested in making a contribution, call Wendy at ext. 3729 or email humphrew@mccc.edu.

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Songwriting Leads to Romance in “They’re Playing Our Song”
Will a highly successful songwriting team be as lucky in love as they are in their professional lives? Stars in the Park presents Neil Simon’s “They’re Playing Our Song” at Kelsey Theatre Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Oct. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. An opening night reception follows the Oct. 14 performance to give theater goers a chance to enjoy refreshments with the cast and crew.

First performed on Broadway in 1979, “They’re Playing Our Song” chronicles the partnership between Vernon Gersch, an established composer, and Sonia Walsk, an eccentric young lyricist. When their professional success leads to romance, life becomes unexpectedly complicated as they attempt to integrate their distinctly different personalities and temperaments. More here

Invisible Rabbit on the Loose in “Harvey”
Eccentricities abound when your best friend is an invisible, six-foot rabbit. Join Pierrot Productions as they present “Harvey” at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for this clever comedy are: Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28, 29, Nov. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. An opening night reception follows the Oct. 28 performance to give theater goers a chance to enjoy refreshments with the cast and crew.

A Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Harvey” became an instant classic with the 1950 film version starring Jimmy Stewart. Elwood Dowd is a kindhearted fellow who is inadvertently damaging his family’s social standing and his niece’s chances for a proper marriage due to his insistence that his closest companion is an invisible 6-foot-3-inch rabbit named Harvey. More here

“Cam Jansen” Solves Big Mystery
Join Cam Jansen, girl sleuth, as she solves the biggest mystery of her career. The award-winning Theatreworks/USA presents “Cam Jansen,” its newest musical, at MCCC on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 and 4 p.m.

Based on the popular children’s books by David Adler, this sparkling musical tells the story of gifted Jennifer “Cam” Jansen, whose photographic memory enables her to tackle even the most baffling mysteries. Investigating The Case of the Emerald Elephant, Cam teams up with her best friend Eric, her Aunt Molly, and Linda, the most popular girl at school, as well as a rajah and Police Officer Bob. As she tracks down clues, she also uncovers valuable lessons about loyalty and friendship. More here

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