E-Bulletin of December 17, 2004
Soccer Team Honored
The college honored Mercer's soccer team, winners of the national
title, on Dec. 9. The players each received a commemorative plaque
and T-shirts that said "MCCC Soccer; NJCAA National Champions 2004."
All the assistant coaches participated in the ceremony, as well as a
member of the Board of Trustees, Bob De Falco, and a Foundation Board
member, Timothy Losch.
As part of Dr. Rose's comments he said: "We have such a wonderful
athletic program here that sometimes we take for granted that we are
national champions. Let me tell you, there is nothing natural about
winning a national title. One team wins it and this year it’s
MCCC. It is a culmination of hard work, dedication, skillful coaching
and sometimes even a little luck." More
for Retiring Staffers Set for Jan. 20
On Jan. 20 the college will host a retirement party for those who will
retire this year. There will be a 6 p.m. wine and cheese reception in
the Conference Center, recognition from the Board of Trustees, then
dinner and music in the Student Center Dining Room. Please RSVP by Jan.
7 to Joan DeLucia at ext. 3270. A list of retirees is coming soon.
Way for Students to Defer Payment
Check out a new posting
on the college website that describes a new payment option for students
who want to make monthly payments on their tuition.
and Business Classes Collaborate
Carol Weber's International Business Practice Firm class and Chris dePagnier's
Food and Culture class got together for a unique collaborative project
this semester. The business students researched and presented talks
on doing business in Mexico and Colombia. The culinary students sat
in on the lectures and asked a lot of questions. Then they invited the
business students to their kitchen for a luncheon of traditional foods
of those two countries, plus many others, including Liberia, Russia,
Germany, Spain and Mexico. The culinary students each chose a country
and used many of their own families as sources of recipes and traditions.
"What I liked
the best was the engagement between the two classes," Weber said.
"The students enjoyed their projects and wanted to share them.
We hope to expand on this next year."
MCCC Staffers Fill in as Announcers
4 our newest campus club, NextGenTV, taped the women’s basketball
game vs. Salem CC. According to Valarie Daniels, "Our student announcers
weren’t available, and the professional announcer we were expecting
as a replacement didn’t show. With the game about to start we
didn’t have an announcer for our broadcast. Whatever were we to
do? Would no one save us? Never fear, two heroes came through and saved
were the heroes? See attached photos
to find out.
Offers Free MCCC Car Decals
Beginning Jan. 10 the MCCC Bookstore will offer car decals to the first
500 customers. The stickers say "Mercer County Community College"
and are suitable for the back windshield.
from the English Language Institute
So far this fiscal year, from July 1 to Nov. 30, students from the English
Language Institute studying at Mercer represent 35 different countries.
Of these, 13 are countries where Spanish is the native language, and
these students make up 69% of the institute's student population. The
balance come from 22 other countries. Examples of the wide variety of
countries include Afghanistan, Bosnia, China, Guinea, India, Liberia,
Morocco, Peru, Russia, Sudan, Turkey, Venezuela and Vietnam.
Legislative Service from the NJCCC
The New Jersey Council of County Colleges has created a new tool that
students, alumni, faculty, staff, trustees and concerned citizens can
use to advocate on behalf of New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.
The Legislative Action Center on the NJCCC web site enables users to
easily send e-mails to their local state legislators.
Says Dr. Lawrence A. Nespoli, Council president, "The Council of
County Colleges welcomes the help of all community college students,
alumni, employees, trustees and concerned citizens in telling their
legislators how important community colleges are to them. This new tool
allows interested community college stake holders to quickly send e-mails
to their local state legislators, providing much-needed feedback to
important legislative decision makers at the state level."
To use the Center, click
here, then choose a community college issue that is important to
you. Enter your name, address, e-mail address, your community college
and your affiliation to that college. The web site will automatically
identify and send e-mails to your representatives based on your street
address and zip code. For more information about the Council’s
Legislative Action Center, please call Jacob Farbman at (609) 392-3434
or send email to email@example.com.
Raise Funds/Make Major Donations
The MCCC Student Activities Board has
made significant contributions to area charities this fall. Recently
they presented a $400 check to the American Heart Association and a
$1,000 check to Operation Smile. Photos
(courtesy of Robert Delgado)
Help in an Emergency
The story below was contributed by Laurene Jones:
"Last Friday, I left campus with co-worker Cherie Smith to attend
a conference. We were about a mile from the college when we witnessed
an accident right in front of us. I stopped the car, as I was driving,
called the police and helped the drivers of the two vehicles who were
very shaken up. We ended up spending more than a half hour with them
until everything was taken care of. During this time, another car stopped
and asked if everything was OK. It was a Mercer student who stayed with
us, holding an umbrella over the head of one of the drivers involved
in the accident and helping to comfort her. I was amazed at the maturity
and good citizenship of a 19 year old who took the time to stay with
us and make sure everything was OK. I recognized him as someone I had
seen for transfer counseling. His name is David Bethea and he is truly
MCCC staff member, Gianni Toto, is often asked about his background
and his journey to America. Born in Pettoranello Di Molise, Italy, he
spent his early years there, and remained there with his grandparents
and aunt even after his parents and older sisters got settled in the
U.S. At the age of seven he traveled to the US alone to join his family
in New Jersey.
Toto attended school in Hamilton Township and graduated from MCCC in
2002. Although he started learning "British English" as a
young child, he worked hard through the years to perfect his English
pronunciation. He continued his education at Thomas Edison State College
and earned a B.A. in education. After working part time here at MCCC,
he became a full-time staff member two years ago and is now assistant
to the director of Enrollment Services, working in both International
Student Services and ESL programs.
Toto has returned to his home town in Italy twice, most recently this
past October, when he traveled there with his father and visited many
relatives. His home town is a "Sister City" with Princeton,
NJ, and is located in the mountains between Rome and Naples. The town,
which now has only 380 residents, Toto describes as very quiet and very
old, but beautiful.
According to an article
in the Town Topics, a foundation in Princeton called the Princeton/Pettoranello
Foundation offers scholarships, language studies and other cultural
opportunities and manages the Pettoranello Gardens.
Christmas Story Reviewed Online
Advance of Bucks County reviews A Christmas Story here.
You can still catch the
show today through Sunday at Kelsey Theatre.
will Meet Jan 19
MCCC Retirees will meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.
Marie Dolton to make your reservation by the 17th at 882-5086.
Q. What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus?
Q. What kind of
bird can write?
A. A penguin.
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