E-Bulletin of October 13, 2006

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Trenton 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" program.

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." Photos from the photography class here

A 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 here

Lecture 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. More here

Business 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." Photos

Support Groups Help Students Through Rough Patches
Cindy Matyas is coordinating several support groups for students, including "Chill and Chat," "Single Parents" and "Living with Loss." Click here for details. Contact Cindy at ext. 3596, or e-mail matyasc@mccc.edu).

Students 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

Enriching/Fun 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.
  • "Gingerbread 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.

Conference 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 of services.

College representatives 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

MCCC 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.

Jesse O’Neil, video producer for Mercer’s MCN Live News, and TV graduate Mike Marazzo, taped the day’s 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

College 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

High School Guidance Counselors Experience Mercer Hospitality
MCCC's student 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.

Mercer's culinary 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 here

Hospitality Club Gets "Taste of Chicago"
Officers of 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

Deirdre 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 here.

Administration 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. Call 570-3202.

At the Gallery
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.

Sports Update
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 here.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Oct. 6-15 -- So Many Ways to Say Crazy in "Arsenic and Old Lace"

Oct. 14 -- "The Emperor's New Clothes"

Oct. 20-31 -- "Dracula: The Musical"

Oct. 28 at 2 and 4 p.m. -- "From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler"

Nov. 4 at 2 and 4 p.m. -- The Dirty Sock Funtime Band"

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