E-Bulletin of October 27, 2005

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MCCC Wins the Golds
Mercer took the top design awards at the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), District 1 Conference, held in Mystic, Conn., Oct. 16 to 18. Accepting the awards were Director of Marketing and Public Information Lynn Holl and Senior Graphic Designer Francis Paixao.

Mercer won Gold Medallions in four categories: marketing campaign; series of ten curriculum brochures; Kelsey Theatre season brochure; and presentation folder.

The college won Silver Medallions for our transit advertising displays and noncredit course bulletin. Some comments from the judges on the marketing campaign included: "Very creative use of resources." "Effective, consistent and achieves goals."

District 1 includes two-year colleges from the MidAtlantic and Northeast states (Maryland to Maine), plus the entire United Kingdom and the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edwards Island and Quebec.

The NCMPR represents marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges and has more than 1,550 members from more than 600 colleges. The organization's literature says: "Last year's winning entries represented the rich diversity characteristic of America's two-year colleges. Winners hailed from large multicampus districts and from small institutions, from large staffs with healthy budgets and from one-person shops with limited resources. All of them demonstrated -- and the judges confirmed -- that creativity, originality and unique approaches to problem-solving set the winners apart."


MCCC Aviation Flight Team Takes First Place
The MCCC Flight Team took first place at the Region VII competition of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association, hosted by Bridgewater State College Oct. 8 to 10 in New Bedford, MA. Four colleges and approximately 30 pilots competed. The flying events were rained out so only ground events were held, which included written exams and simulations.

Evan Conley also received the Top Pilot award for the region, which comes with a $500 scholarship. Mike Scuderi placed second in the Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation event and fourth in Aircraft recognition. Jacob Copeland took first place, and Sean Day took third place in the Computer Accuracy event.

Ben Shamy placed third in Aircraft Recognition. Evan Conley came in third in both the Preflight and the Ground Trainer events and second in the Aircraft Recognition.

The team now begins fundraising for a trip to the national competition, which will take place at Ohio State University next May.


Chill and Chat -- New Student Support Group
Your help is needed to spread the word about "Chill and Chat," a new support group that offers students a safe place to get support, talk about stresses they are encountering, and give encouragement to others. Facilitators are Cindy Matyas, MCCC student advocate, and Emese Jobbik of TCNJ. The group will meet on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in LA 227. Call Matyas as ext. 3596 for more information.

Lecture on Conserving Artwork
Fine art conservator Fred Koszewnik will lecture on "Helping Artwork Survive" on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in CM109. He will discuss why artwork deteriorates and what can be done about it. He will also talk about the artistic techniques that will help artwork last.

Koszewnik, a resident of Marlton, NJ, has worked as a conservator of paintings since 1980. He has been consultant to, and treated selected paintings for many public institutions including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Collection, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the NJ State Museum, Swarthmore College, and Thomas Jefferson University.

This lecture is offered through the Gallery and Fine Arts Division of MCCC and the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA.)

Lecture/Exhibit on Photographer Edward Steichen
Gary Saretzky, archivist and retired MCCC instructor in the history of photography, will present a slide lecture on the Edward Steichen photography exhibit "The Family of Man" on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon, in CM 110. The lecture (and an exhibit, see below) were planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Steichen’s historic exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The Gallery
will be mounting an exhibit called "The Human Face," featuring photographs by Louis Draper, Diane Levell, and Helen Stummer, to run from Nov. 7 through Dec. 21. "The show will celebrate our collective humanity," says Tricia Fagan, gallery director. An opening reception is set for Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The Haunted Carnival -- Integra Palooza
Perhaps the "scariest" event in Mercer's history, "The Haunted Carnival -- Integra Palooza" sent a message that cheating doesn't pay. The carnival featured the age-old battle between good and evil, with plenty of guilt, confessions, soap box harangues, justice-wielding actors, and wispy white angels to keep the crowds entertained and enlightened.

Coordinators were Kathy Paluscio of the Communication faculty and Danielle Garruba, director of Student Activities. Volunteers included great choirs of angels and hordes of devils who helped to plan, decorate, act, man tables and entertain. Many staff and faculty members participated, and many donated baked goods and other Halloween treats.

Photos and more

Docents Needed for Anne Frank Exhibit
The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center is recruiting docents for an Anne Frank exhibit coming to Princeton April 25 to June 3. A docent orientation meeting is set for Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at MCCC's CM building, room 110.

Also sponsoring the exhibit are the NJ Commission on Holocaust Education, Rider University's Holocaust Resource Center, and the Mercer County Education Association. The exhibit takes place at the Chestnut Tree Bookstore, Harrison Street Shopping Center, Princeton, which has donated its entire first floor.

Interested volunteers should call 609-292-9274 or e-mail holocaus@doe.state.nj.us. More information about the exhibit is available at the Anne Frank website here.

"Love’s Fire"
Mercer's new theatre/ dance teacher, Jody Person, invites everyone to a challenging new production featuring our students called "Love’s Fire." He says, "This is the fruit of an extraordinary project: six sonnets by Shakespeare, newly envisioned for the stage, in one-act plays by six gifted contemporary playwrights (Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, John Guare, Ntozake Shange, Eric Bogosian, and Wendy Wasserstein). G
uest co-directors will be Louis Wells and Maria Aladren, each directing two of the six playlets.

The production runs November 11, 12, 13, 18 and 19 in the Studio Theatre, CM122. All performances begin promptly at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for students, seniors, and MCCC faculty and staff. General admission is $10.00. This show is for mature audiences only.

Poetry Slam
Students will share their poetry on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at noon in the Student Center Cafeteria. Spread the word and come out to lend your support. Sponsors are Drumbeat, Student Activities, the Liberal Arts Division, and the Arts and Communication Division.

Save the Date for the 2006 Best Practices Conference
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges will present its annual Best Practices Conference on Friday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. here at MCCC. The price will be $55. Proposals are now being accepted. Click here for the Call for Proposals form and submission information.

Linda Luedeke Lobby Dedicated at Rider
Rider University President Mordechai Rozanski recently dedicated the newly renovated "Linda Luedeke Lobby" of Rider University’s student center. Mrs. Luedeke is the wife of Bart Luedeke, Rider's fifth president, now an adjunct professor and consultant with MCCC.

The lobby was named for Linda Luedeke in 2003, upon President Luedeke's retirement, in recognition of her many years of outstanding service to the University and her enduring commitment to Rider students and active community involvement. Details here.

MCCC To Host Region 19 Soccer Tournament Oct. 28
MCCC will serve as host for the finals of 2005 NJCAA Region 19 soccer tournament on Friday, Oct. 28 with the women’s final at 5 p.m. and the men to follow at 7:30 p.m.

In the women’s final, #1 seed Ocean County College (10-2) will meet #2 seed Sussex County Community College (9-4-1). Sussex eliminated the Mercer women (9-6-2) in the semi-final on Oct. 24 on a penalty kick tie-breaker after the two teams played to a 1-1 tie.

In the men’s final, the MCCC Vikings (15-0-1), the # 1 seed as well as the top ranked team in the country, will face #2 seed Essex County College (5-5-1). Coach Charlie Inverso’s Vikings, Garden State Athletic Conference champions, defeated Delaware Tech by a score of 10-0 in the semi-finals. Admission for the finals is $3 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens.

In women’s tennis, the Vikings captured the Region 19 title for the ninth consecutive year. The team’s final record was 7-0.

Kelsey Theatre Happenings

Join Like 40 Productions as it pokes fun at non-profit theater, annual holiday shows and wretched acting when “Inspecting Carol” comes to Kelsey Theatre. In this deliciously irreverent play-within-a-play, the Soapbox Theatre Company is hoping to avoid bankruptcy by staging its annual production of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Dates and show times for this hilarious spoof are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. An opening night reception follows the Nov. 11 performance to give theater goers a chance to share refreshments with the cast and crew. More

“Bob Berky – Out of the Blue” showcases the talents of this internationally renowned clowning virtuoso in a performance that will delight the whole family. The award-winning Berky has toured extensively in the United States and Europe. He received an OBIE Award for his work with the performance ensemble Foolsfire and won the "First Fringe" Award at Scotland's Edinburgh Festival for his one-man show. His many television appearances include specials on PBS, MTV, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. Dates and show times at Kelsey Theatre are Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

The quintessential holiday show opens at Kelsey Theatre this Thanksgiving weekend when Playful Theatre Productions presents “A Christmas Carol – The Musical.” With a fifteen-piece live orchestra and a cast of 38, Playful Theatre tells the classic Dickens tale with humor, wit and music as visitations by four ghosts help Scrooge discover his humanity. This uplifting version is a holiday favorite at Madison Square Garden and boasts the music of famed Broadway maestro Alan Menken. Dates and show times are Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 25, 26, Dec. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26, 27, Dec. 3 and 4 at 2 p.m. An opening night reception follows the Nov. 25 performance to give theater goers a chance to share refreshments with the cast and crew. More

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