E-Bulletin of November 30, 2005

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Holiday Gifts for Children and Families
Many people are still suffering greatly from the devastating hurricanes of this summer and fall. Beginning next week, our Katrina Relief Committee will be conducting a holiday gift drive to spread some cheer and good feelings, especially for the children. The committee has prepared name tags with ages of needy children and families, which will be available for pickup early next week. We will also announce multiple dropoff locations around the campus.

Laugh Really Hard
Laugh really hard, spend no money, and get home early. Come to the Oral Interpretation Troupe's Mouthworks show on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m in CM 144. You'll be happy you did.

Festival to Celebrate International Students
The International Student Organization is hosting “The Festival of Lights” on Dec. 6 at noon. This year’s theme is “Capture the Story.” There will be food from different cultures catered by the Hospitality Club. Among other attractions, the program will include a ballet performance and a special piano performance from one of our Taiwanese international students who was a piano teacher for 10 years in his home country. Call Student Activities at ext. 3677
for your ticket.

Weight Watchers Group to Start Second Session
With a cumulative weight loss of 179 pounds over the past 12 weeks, members of the MCCC Weight Watchers group are enthusiastic – and thinner! A second 12-week session is scheduled to begin next Tuesday, Dec. 6. Meetings are held in AD119 from 1 to 2 p.m.

According to group member Barbara Marx, the weekly meetings function as a pep session, where members discuss food issues and offer each other tips and encouragement. The target weight loss over the 12-week period is ten percent of total weight.

While MCCC staff members can join the group at any time, optimum results are achieved by attending the full 12-week session. The cost is $144 ($12 per session.) Group leader is Sally Jones. For more information call Sally at 586-7467. Photo

French Students Visit MCCC
On Nov. 15 and 16, eighteen students from Colmar, France visited the campus to learn about American technology.
The students are from the Institute Universitaire de Technologie, a two-year technical college. While at Mercer, the students took part in the “International Business Practice Firm” course and sat in on two computer networking courses. They also enjoyed recreational activities at the Physical Education building and toured the campus. Dee Smith-Johns, who coordinated the visit, said the students spoke excellent English.

The group also visited The College of New Jersey, Princeton University, Washington, D.C and New York City. Photo with their teachers

MCCC joins New Education Jobs Database
Twenty-eight New Jersey colleges and universities have teamed up to offer the region's first online jobs database aimed at helping higher education institutions attract and retain a diverse workforce.
The New Jersey Higher Education Recruitment Consortium, which is free to job seekers, was launched Nov. 15 and allows job seekers to search the full range of positions at colleges and universities, including professor, secretary, laboratory technician and kitchen staff. Details here

Judy Nygard Honored
Judy Nygard of the English faculty was recently honored as a past president of the Maryland Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (MdTESOL) at its annual fall conference in Baltimore. One of the original 35 charter members when the organization began as the Baltimore Area TESOL in 1980-81, she served as its fourth president. The organization’s membership now includes over 350 members from across Maryland.

At its 25th year celebration at the College of Notre Dame on Nov. 5, all former presidents were honored through a multi-media presentation before the keynote speech. Speaker Sanford Ungar, president of Goucher College, spoke about his recent book, "Fresh Blood: The New American Immigrants."

Click here for photo.

Franklin on Speaking Circuit to Promote Book
Faculty member Jim Franklin and co-author Harry Camisa, along with former inmate Teddy "The Bull" Roberts, are just finishing a series of fall lectures about their book "Inside Out." Camisa is a retired prison guard and an MCCC graduate.

Franklin said they recently spoke at several venues, including the Hightstown branch of the Mercer County Library, to criminal justice students at Ocean and Morris County Colleges, and at Essex County College to about 200 attendees.

"Hollywood Lights" Committee Moving Forward
Nina Melker of Yardville Bank, and Maureen Lucido of the Hyatt Regency Princeton, co-chairs of the 2006 Scholarship Dinner Dance, are leading an enthusiastic committee of staff and community volunteers to plan a very special event set for March 11.

The committee extends a warm invitation to all MCCC staff and faculty members and hopes you will be able to attend. Staff tickets are $150, while the regular price is $200. If you can help by selling an ad or donating or soliciting items for the silent auction, contact Elaine Stout at ext. 3607. Details here.

Retirees to Meet Dec. 21
Retirees, mark your calendar now for a holiday season luncheon set for Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Call Helen Marie Dolton by the 19th with your reservation at 882-5086.

Mercer in the News

Star Ledger article about Mel Leipzig’s Solo Exhibit in New York

The Times Review of “The Human Face” at MCCC’s Gallery

The Packet (Time Off) Review of “The Human Face” at MCCC’s Gallery

The Packet (Time Off) Review of “Inspecting Carol” at Kelsey Theatre

Remember Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

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