E-Bulletin of November 15, 2006

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Funeral Program Hosts 30-Year Anniversary/Reunion
Enthusiastic alumni of Mercer's Funeral Service program returned Nov. 10 to celebrate the program's 30th anniversary. They were escorted by current students on a tour of the updated facilities and the new "selection room," which displays caskets and urns. Program coordinator Robert Smith gave guests an update on the program.

The alumni enjoyed a luncheon prepared by MCCC's Hospitality Club students. Floral centerpieces were done by Horticulture students. Photo here is Program Coordinator Robert Smith with two alumni, Liz Carroll and Patrice Juliani.

Outstanding Continuing Students Recognized at Awards Night
A recognition ceremony on Nov. 8 showcased the talent, achievements and diversity of Mercer's outstanding continuing students. Acting Vice President Mark McCormick announced scholarship recipients for each division. Many supporters who have endowed scholarships came to present their awards to more than 60 students who attended.

Jim Kelly, coordinator of the Music program, and students Paul Christiansen, Dennis Guevara and Sean Kelly provided soft jazz. Frank Benowitz and the Hospitality Club students prepared the desserts, and many other students volunteered their time to make the event a success. A committee of staff members was headed by Susan Zambrio. Click here for a sampling of photos.

Photographs of all recipients are available via e-mail to anyone who requests a copy through saveria@mccc.edu.

Dean Diane Campbell Appointed to Trenton Board of Education
At a ceremony on Nov. 2, Dean Diane Campbell was appointed by Mayor Douglas Palmer to serve on the Trenton Board of Education.

At least two other MCCC colleagues have served on their local Boards of Education: Fran Davidson (West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District) and Tom Wilfrid (Lawrence Township). One of Diane’s colleagues on the Trenton Board of Education will be MCCC retiree Don Shelton.

Photo and more here

DREAM Program Featured in The New York Times
"Teaching students with cognitive delays or mental retardation is the next frontier," said New York Times reporter Leslie Kaufman in a Nov. 5 article in the Education Life section. MCCC has taken a lead in this new frontier with our grant-funded DREAM program, and was featured in the article.

"Just a Normal Girl," included photos of an MCCC student and Special Services Director Arlene Stinson. It is no longer online for free, so read a copy here.

MouthWorks Invites all to Free, Fun Show
MCCC's MouthWorks, an oral interpretation troupe, invites all to a performance at the Studio Theatre Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Admission is free and so are the desserts. Faculty member Kathi Paluscio promises a "PG" performance that is hilarious and entertaining
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Professor Khoushab Honored
MCCC Professor of Economics Framarz Khoushab, recipient of Mercer’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004, was recognized by MCCC alumna Stephanie Rossi, who is now a student at Rider. Rossi recently received the honor of being named an Andrew J. Rider Scholar. She was asked to invite to the ceremony an instructor who had inspired her before she attended Rider, and chose Professor Khoushab.
Click here for photo of Khoushab, Rossi and Acting V.P. Mark McCormick.

The Chemistry Week Project
Students, faculty and alumni from MCCC and Rider University presented an array of scientific marvels to enthusiastic youngsters at five area elementary schools as part of National Chemistry Week, Oct. 23-27. The program is designed to bring science concepts to life. More here


Save the Date for the Scholarship Dinner Dance
Mercer's 2007 Scholarship Dinner Dance is set for Saturday, March 10 at the Hyatt Regency, Princeton. Save the date on your calendar now. All staff and faculty can help to raise money for scholarships by spreading the word, getting a table of guests together, and selling advertising. The event includes a silent auction, an elegant dinner and dancing. The staff/faculty ticket price is $150. The price for the public is $200. For more information call Elaine Stout at ext. 3607. More here

Guess Who in this 1978 Photo
As the campus gets ready to celebrate the retirements of many colleagues on Dec. 1, let's take a moment to remember the 1978 softball team. Click here to see the photo. Any guesses who the MCCC staff and faculty members are?
If you know their names, please send them to saveria@mccc.edu.

Sophomore Jores Dongo Signs With Division I Team
MCCC 6'8" center, Jores Dongo, who averaged 14 points and eight rebounds per game last year for the Vikings men's basketball team, signed a letter-of-intent on Nov. 8 to play for Division I Stony Brook (NY) University next year. More here

Pastry Chefs Volunteer for Breast Cancer Event
MCCC adjunct instructors, both alumni and both pastry chefs, Rita Bohlumbohm and Anne Lumberger, gave the college's program a boost by baking the "Pink Ribbon Cake" for the YWCA of Princeton's breast cancer fashion show and silent auction, "In the Pink." The event raised more than $16,000 for the Breast Cancer Resource Center.

MCCC Drama Students to Perform Greek Tragedy
Drama program coordinator Jody Person selected the Greek tragedy "Iphigenia in Aulis," not only because it is one of the great dramas addressing universal themes, but also because it will help students to reach further as actors. Performances will take place at the college's Studio Theatre, CM 122, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Click here for more.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Nov. 17-19 -- "The Prince and the Pauper, the Musical"

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

Dec. 1 -- "Through Our Eyes," an original musical potlighting special needs individuals

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