E-Bulletin of November 1, 2006
Academy Opens at MCCC
Last week County Executive Brian Hughes and other
county officials announced the opening of the Mercer County Police Academy,
located on MCCC's campus. Recruits will begin their studies in January,
using two large classrooms on the second floor of the ET building. The
recruits will have access to all campus facilities. Click
here for more
Flight Team Dominates Regional Competition
The MCCC Flight Team swept the awards at the
regional championship last week, which qualifies Mercer to compete in
the national competition. "They were in heavy competition against
three other schools, some of which are four-year schools," said faculty
member Joan Jones. The
group advisor was Diane Loving.
here for the website showing MCCC as the overall winner, with 310
points. The second place winner scored 141 points.
Service Program Featured on WZBN
Local cable TV station, WZBN, did a feature story
on Mercer's Funeral Service Program last week. The program will celebrate
its 30th anniversary Nov. 10, and is expecting about 50 alummi. Click
on "video vault" then "WZBN News" to see the video
Becomes Charter Member of Education Honor Society
Eleven students and two faculty members in Mercer's Education program
were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education,
at a ceremony on Oct. 25. Kappa Delta Pi professional counselor, Stefanie
Boffoli, presented the charter to Acting President Tom Wilfrid.
Inductees were: Maryann
Badillo, Emmy Brandon, Chrissy Closson, Melissa Dukas, Benton B. Graham,
Katie Hull, Carolyn Kane, John Kobiernicki IV, Cheryl A. Pocino, Margaret
Provine, Warren Schaeffer and faculty members Marianne Reynolds and Elizabeth
DeGiorgio. According to DeGiorgio, "Selection as a member of Kappa
Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education
as a career, and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in
Mercer is the third
community college in New Jersey to be recently chosen for membership in
Kappa Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Tau chapter.
Founded in 1904, Kappa Delta Pi is committed to recognizing excellence
and fostering mutual cooperation, support, and professional growth for
educational professionals. The group provides opportunities for professional
development, service learning and leadership. Resources include workshops
and conferences, publications, scholarships and grants, a teachers' hotline,
employment resources, and more. Click
here for the Kappa Delta Pi website.
Proposals Sought for the 2007 Best Practices Conference
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges is now accepting presentation
proposals for its seventh annual New Jersey Community Colleges Best Practices
Conference, set for Friday, April 27, 2007, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The
location has not yet been decided. Proposals must be received by Nov.
30. For more
information and to download the Call for Proposals Form, please
visit the website here.
Net Makes Debut at MCCC
Interested Mercer women have begun a chapter of
the American Council on Education (ACE) at Mercer. A "kick off"
luncheon on Oct. 27 attracted a large group of staff and faculty members.
national organization supports women leaders in higher education. Steering
Committee members are Khalida Haqq, Donna Richardson-Hall, Barbara Jefferson,
Laurene Jones, and Andrea Lynch.
included Acting President Tom Wilfrid, guest Linda Milstein of Brookdale
Community College, and Dean Diane Campbell. Details
and photos here.
Smith's Research on Snakes Featured on NJN News
MCCC faculty member Ron Smith was featured on New Jersey Network News
for his research work with threatened pine snakes, which occur only in
the New Jersey pinelands. His research looks at human influences on the
snake population, and is part of his Ph.D. work at Drexel University.
Smith teaches Biology and Anatomy and Physiology at Mercer.
Smith is looking at
the impact of military operations on the snakes, and conducts his research
on military property. Preliminary data says the military is actually benefitting
snakes by creating habitat. Smith did a similar project on New Jersey
rattle snakes, considered an endangered species. Click
here for photo.
Justice Club Raises Dollars for Alum's Family
Through a recent raffle, the Criminal Justice Club taised a total of $305
for the Keith Hillman Childrens Educational Fund, sponsored by the
West Windsor PBA. A Mercer graduate and member of the West Windsor Township
police force, Hillman died recently. Photo
Boxer Speaks of Big Dreams and Horrific Childhood
World class Ugandan boxer Kassim "The Dream" Ouma talked about
his turbulent life and his hopes for the future before an audience of
MCCC staff and students, and students from the Rubino Academy on Oct.
25. Ouma has come a long way since he arrived in the U.S in 1998. With
no money, no connections and almost no English, except for the two words
"boxing gym," Kassim took time to get on his feet. But once
he did, he rose through the boxing ranks, winning the Junior Middleweight
title in 2004. On Dec. 9 he will challenge current world middleweight
champion Jermain Taylor for the title. Kassim's story is truly remarkable
considering his childhood in Uganda. Abducted by the rebel army at the
age of six, he served as a child soldier for many years. When he discovered
his talent for boxing, he knew he had found his way out.
The presentation was
brought to the college through the efforts of Charlie Schlegel and Michael
Ouma is outspoken about his desire to improve the lot of the children
of Uganda, who are still routinely forced from their homes to serve in
the military. He urged the audience to "make noise" by emailing
their representatives in Congress and spreading the word about the plight
of Ugandan child soldiers. For more information on how you can "make
noise," click here.
Soccer Team to Compete for District Title This Weekend
The men's soccer
team, which won the Region 19 championship on Oct. 29, will travel to
Monroe Community College (NY) to compete in the Northeast District tournament
Nov. 4-5. The tournament includes four teams: MCCC, Monroe, Bryant &
Stratton, and Massasoit CC. The winner will advance to the eight-team
Mercer (11-2-3) will
face Region 3 runner-up Bryant & Stratton (11-2-1) on Saturday, Nov.
4. (Mercer and Bryant & Stratton played to a 2-2 tie earlier this
season.) Monroe (13-2-1) will play Region 21 champ Massasoit (12-3-1)
on Saturday. The winners will meet on Sunday for the Northeast District
title. The NJCAA national tournament will be held in Tyler, TX, from Nov
16-19. Mercer finished third in the nation last year and will be seeking
its seventh straight trip to the national tournament.
Get an update on the progress of all our sports teams
Drama Students to Perform Greek Tragedy
Drama program coordinator Jody Person selected the Greek tragedy"Iphigenia
in Aulis," not just because it is one of the great dramas addressing
universal themes, but because it will help students to reach further as
actors. Performances will take place at the college's Studio Theatre,
CM 122, on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Click
here for more.
to Kelsey Theatre
4 at 2 and 4 p.m. -- The Dirty Sock Funtime Band"
10-19 -- "The Prince and the Pauper, the Musical"
24 - Dec. 10 -- "It's a Wonderful Life"
to Meet for Lunch
MCCC retirees are invited to a luncheon on Nov. 15 at 1:00 at Sunny Gardens.
Please call HelenMarie Dolton at 882-5086 by the 13th to reserve a seat.
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