E-Bulletin of October 13, 2006
Teens "Scoop into Mercer"
Dean Judy Ehresman has developed an exciting new partnership with Trenton's
after-school recreation program, called SCOOP, and MCCC's own Smile/Gear
Up program. Approximately 22 Trenton teens come to campus each Wednesday
afternoon to experience a taste of college in the " SCOOP Into Mercer"
Mercer's faculty members
have volunteered to offer two-hour sessions in studio photography, ceramics,
horticulture, radio and television, criminal justice, blogging, forensics,
Photoshop, listening and speaking skills, and baking.
After hearing about current after-school programming in Trenton, Ehresman
said, "I thought, why not give the teens activities that will bring
them to our campus and let them experience the many programs we have here
-- let them see their potential options after high school." Teen
reaction to date has been extremely positive. "The students are thrilled,"
Ehresman said. "They demonstrated so much artistic talent in our
ceramics lab, and will be returning to the lab to finish their pieces."
from the photography class here
New Partnership with Lawrence Middle School
The college has developed a working partnership with Lawrence Middle School
that will bring our faculty members there to give 7th and 8th grade enrichment
students a taste of college.
Dr. Craig Coenen, and LMS enrichment teacher, George Smith, will coordinate
the program. Approximately six to eight groups of LMS students, with about
15 in each group, are expected to participate. More
Oct. 26 on "Photography in the Age of Terrorism"
Richard B. Woodward will present "Too Many Cameras or Too Few? Photography
in the Age of Terrorism" at MCCC on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 12 noon.
The free lecture takes place in the Communications Building, Room110.
Practice Firm Students/Staff Travel to Quebec
Three students in MCCC's "Business Practice Firm" class, with
coordinator Carol Weber, faculty member Joan Jones and staff member Mary
McCormick, just returned from a trip to Quebec City for the Canadian Trade
Fair, which included practice firms from throughout Canada and the U.S.
The fair works like an actual trade fair, where vendors "sell"
their products and make contacts. Practice firms worldwide trade with
each other to prepare for the business world.
Many of the 38 "vendors"
at the fair were adult Canadians in job retraining programs, giving the
fair a very professional atmosphere, according to McCormick. "It
was wonderful," she said. "Our students were highly successful."
Fair guests were given fake money to spend, and Mercer's students sold
trips through their simulated travel agency, called "B-Gone Travel."
Groups Help Students Through Rough Patches
is coordinating several support groups for students, including "Chill
and Chat," "Single Parents" and "Living with Loss."
here for details. Contact Cindy at ext. 3596, or e-mail email@example.com).
Get Anti-Smoking Message at Break-The-Habit Awareness Fair
On Oct. 4, Mercer's
Student Activities Office hosted a "Break-the-Habit Awareness Fair"
to emphasize the message that Mercer is actively promoting a smoke-free
campus. According to Student Activities Director Danielle Garruba, "We
want students to know that we are anti-smoking, and this event was designed
to get that message across."
Among the activities
were Trivia Man, who distributed prizes for correct answers on health
related trivia questions, "human" bowling, where students strapped
themselves inside a large metal ball that knocked over giant-sized "cigarette"
pins, blood pressure screenings by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital,
and a free salad bar. Counselors were also on hand to help students begin
the smoking cessation process. Photos
Noncredit Courses For Fall
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies is offering a rich choice of classes
for your enjoyment this fall and holiday season. Here is a sample:
- "Fall Gardening
Activities," Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to noon, $20.
- "Holiday Greens,"
Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon, $65.
Workshop," Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. to noon, $50.
- "Face It:
Skin Maintenance versus Cosmetic Procedures," Wednesday, Dec. 6
and 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., $40.
For those seeking
professional skills, a variety of business classes are offered. The full
catalog is online
here. To sign up call 570-3311 or email ComEd@mccc.edu.
Center Opens Doors To Area Businesses
The Conference Center at Mercer hosted an open house for area businesses
on Sept. 27 to "show off" its services and facilities. Guests
included representatives from corporations, medium and small businesses,
government agencies and nonprofit organizations. According to Conference
Center Manager Frank DiBella, the Center wanted to meet new clients and
remind those who have used the facility in the past of the Center's array
included Debbie Kell, who demonstrated "mind mapping" brainstorming
software, and Tony Bruzaitis, who described videoconferencing capabilities.
Three students from the Physical Therapist Assistant program, accompanied
by Barbara Behrens, performed chair massages for guests, while Kitty Getlik
showcased offerings at Kelsey Theatre with videotaped performances and
brochures. The Television program was represented by Steve Voorhees and
two former students whose award-winning movie, "Run," was played
in the auditorium. Guests enjoyed elegant hors d'oeuvres prepared by the
Conference Center staff and luscious desserts made by members of the MCCC
Hospitality Club. Photos
Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity
Valarie Daniels, teaching assistant in the Televison program, with Kate
Pinner, technical coordinator at Kelsey Theatre, and faculty member Marianne
Reynolds, along with two students and a former student, spent a day working
on three Habitat for Humanity houses on North Clinton Ave in Trenton recently."We
worked at a variety of tasks including roofing, siding, sheetrock, and
cement," Daniels said. The volunteers worked alongside one of the
families that will be moving in.
video producer for Mercers MCN Live News, and TV graduate Mike Marazzo,
taped the days activity for the news show and for a public service
announcement MCTV is producing for Habitat for Humanity.
Daniels says on-site
construction work takes place Tuesday through Saturday, and you can volunteer
as an individual or part of a group. Volunteer opportunities besides construction
are also available. For more information visit the HFH
website or call 393-8009. Photos
Participates in Workforce Investment Board Conference
Acting President Tom Wilfrid served as host, and Vice President Beverly
Richardson led a workshop at the Workforce Investment Board's conference
held at MCCC Oct. 5. All Mercer County employers were invited to attend
the event, which focused on New Jersey's plan for economic growth, looked
at resources for finding and keeping good employees, and opened discussion
on future priorities for the WIB. Photos
School Guidance Counselors Experience Mercer Hospitality
restaurant opened its doors to high school guidance counselors from around
the county on Oct. 4. Approximately 30 counselors enjoyed a soup-to-nuts
luncheon prepared by HRIM students, and learned more about Mercer's programs.
In a presentation
following the meal, Program Coordinator Doug Fee told the counselors about
degree and transfer options, job opportunities, activities of the Hospitality
Club, and the new cooking show, "Dish It Out," that is being
taped by MCCC Television students every Wednesday for airing on Channel
26. He noted that high school students considering careers in the field
are invited to spend a day at Mercer and participate in a class. "Those
who do almost invariably come back to take a course," Fee said.
facilities are used regularly by interested high school seniors in the
Tech Prep program, who take classes at their own high school in the morning,
then come to Mercer for two afternoon classes. Photo
Club Gets "Taste of Chicago"
the MCCC Hospitality Club spent five days in Chicago this summer, looking
for -- among other things -- the best Chicago hot dog and the best deep-dish
pizza. Accompanied by Senior Technical Assistant Frank Benowitz, the group
experienced the "Taste of Chicago," one of the largest food
festivals in the world, from June 29 to July 2. The event drew more than
200,000 visitors to downtown Chicago and featured 80 different booths.
Among the gastronomic
highlights were Spanish, Greek, Indian, and Japanese specialties, as well
as frozen grapes, ribs and Cajun alligator. The group took a tour of the
The Palmer House Hilton, the historic hotel where they stayed, and learned
about the hospitality industry from the hotel's director of public relations.
They also toured the kitchen of Lawry's Prime Rib Chicago with the restaurant's
executive head chef, which was followed by a dazzling meal.
According to Frank
Benowitz, "The students and I were extremely thankful to have had
such a rewarding opportunity. This is an experience that I feel will truly
last a lifetime for those who attended and I am certain that, in addition
to all of the fun, our students received an education during this trip
that extends well past the classroom." Photo
here at Lawry's
Imus on Environmental Pollution
A large audience of Nursing students, faculty, staff
and community members listened intently to Deirdre Imus on Sept. 28, when
she lectured on "Greening the Cleaning," as part of the college's
Distinguished Lecture Series. For an account of her lecture click
Positions Available in Continuing Studies
Spread the word to family and friends. The Center for Continuing Studies,
located in the MCCC Conference Center, has part-time positions available
for administrative specialists to assist with a variety of duties including
registration and computer support for instructors and staff. Candidates
must have knowledge of MS Word and the ability to learn additional computer
programs, and must possess excellent customer service and communication
skills. Flexible hours may include occasional evenings and Saturdays.
Arlene Gale Milgram: Breathing Stones A Retrospective, through
Nov. 9, with a Gallery Talk with Ms. Milgram on Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Gallery Hours are Monday 9 a.m. 11 a.m., 5 p.m. 7 p.m.;
Tuesday 9 a.m. 1 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. 3 p.m. and 6
8 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
As a new regular item in the E-Bulletin, we encourage you to visit the
"Sports News" webpage to get an update on the progress of our
sports teams. Scores are updated weekly. For the latest scores in men's
and women's soccer, and women's tennis, click
to Kelsey Theatre
6-15 -- So Many Ways to Say Crazy in "Arsenic and Old Lace"
14 -- "The Emperor's New Clothes"
20-31 -- "Dracula: The Musical"
28 at 2 and 4 p.m. -- "From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"
4 at 2 and 4 p.m. -- The Dirty Sock Funtime Band"
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