E-Bulletin of November 1, 2006

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Police 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

MCCC 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.

Click here for the website showing MCCC as the overall winner, with 310 points. The second place winner scored 141 points.

Funeral 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 clip here.

MCCC 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 the profession."

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.

Presentation 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.

ACE 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. This national organization supports women leaders in higher education. Steering Committee members are Khalida Haqq, Donna Richardson-Hall, Barbara Jefferson, Laurene Jones, and Andrea Lynch.

Speakers included Acting President Tom Wilfrid, guest Linda Milstein of Brookdale Community College, and Dean Diane Campbell. Details and photos here.

Ron 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.

Criminal 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 Children’s Educational Fund, sponsored by the West Windsor PBA. A Mercer graduate and member of the West Windsor Township police force, Hillman died recently. Photo here

Ugandan 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 Glass.

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.

Men's 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 national tournament.

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 here.

MCCC 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.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

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

Nov. 10-19 -- "The Prince and the Pauper, the Musical"

Nov. 24 - Dec. 10 -- "It's a Wonderful Life"

Retirees 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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