E-Bulletin of February 22, 2005

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Teaching and Learning Conference
On Saturday, Feb. 26, Mercer's Adjunct Support Team will host a one-day conference, "Teaching & Learning Strategies." All faculty members are invited, not just adjunct faculty. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. See a list of workshops and register here.

On March 3, from 12 to 1:15 p.m. and repeated from 4:45 to 6 p.m., senior college administrators will speak at an open meeting for adjunct faculty only. These sessions will feature JKC Provost Beverly Richardson, Dean of Enrollment Services Carol Tosh, and Dean of Student and Academic Services Diane Campbell. There will be a telelink for both campuses (Room CM 158 at West Windsor and Room KC319 at Kerney.)

Lecture on the Packers
Dr. Craig Coenen of the history faculty will speak about "The Little City That Could: How the Packers Survived in Green Bay" on Thursday, March 3 at noon in the Communications building, room 110.

According to Coenen, “Today professional football is a billion-dollar industry, but there was a time when teams could not even give away tickets. This lecture looks at the tumultuous early years of professional football, the sport's growth, the extraordinary efforts on behalf of a number of small communities to keep their franchises, and why the Packers, alone, survived in their small town.”

Dr. Coenen received an M.A. in History and a Ph.D. in American History from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

Women's Month Activities
Tuesday, March 1: Women’s Health Fair, 12 - 2, Student Center Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 8: Day At the Spa, 12-2, SC146
One Free Spa Service w/ Mercer ID, Quiet Study 9 - 3, SC107

Tuesday, March 29: Mercer Outstanding Women Recognition Luncheon, 12 - 1:15, SC108
$7 per ticket includes lunch and program

Theatre Evening Coming April 22
Save the date and make plans to join us for a reunion evening at Mercer as the MCCC Alumni & Friends Association hosts its third annual “Alumni and Friends Theatre Evening” on Friday, April 22.”

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the group will meet in the Faculty Dining Room for hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks, then move to Kelsey Theatre for an 8 p.m. performance of the musical “Sweet Charity,” which is currently enjoying a popular revival on Broadway. Pierrot Productions presents this charming, but bittersweet story about a dance hall girl looking for happiness in the big city. And, since it’s the show’s opening night, you’re also invited to a reception following the performance, where you’ll have an opportunity to meet the cast and crew.

The cost is just $15 per person. Checks should be made payable to the MCCC Foundation and sent to Elaine Stout in AD250.

Volunteers Needed
The City of Trenton, Department of Health and Human Services, is calling for volunteers to take part in an international-level emergency preparedness exercise which involves New Jersey, Connecticut, Canada and the United Kingdom, and many levels of government.

In Mercer County, the exercise will consist of planning, coordinating and running a mock clinic or point of dispensing (POD) of medication. The exercise is designed to measure Mercer County's ability to rapidly medicate its population in the event of a biological agent being released into our community. The goal is to medicate 500 persons per hour for three hours, so 900 volunteers are being recruited to participate.

Mercer County's POD will be activated on Wednesday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The POD will be located at the Mercer County Indoor Tennis Center, off Bear Tavern Road (next to Mercer County Airport), Ewing, N.J. After registration and screening, volunteers will be given further guidance about where and when they will receive mock medication. Volunteers will need to show proof of identification and remember to wear comfortable shoes. Meals will be provided.

Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas, such as registering participants, "receiving" medication and other tasks. Interested volunteers can register by calling 609-989-3636, ext. 141 or by downloading a volunteer application here.

"I Do" Forum Sparks Discussion
The fifth Community Forum hosted at the Conference Center brought together a panel of high-powered speakers discussing many facets of the marriage debate. Read an article published in The Times on Sunday, Feb. 20 here.

MCCC on Parade
On Saturday, March 12 the college will again participate in Trenton's St. Patrick's Day parade. Everyone is invited to look for our staff members and students on the parade route! Student clubs and organizations have been invited to participate. Will the college win an award again this year for its float? Stay tuned.

ARISE Workshop Helps Returning Students
On Feb. 16 Enrollment Services hosted the ARISE program for adults wishing to return to college. According to Director of Admissions and Outreach Savita Brambholia, the turnout was very good despite heavy rain. The event was dedicated to exploring college options for adults, and addressed questions such as enhancing career possibilities; managing work, family, and college; facing fears about going to college; and earning credits by work experience.

Dean Carol Tosh welcomed the attendees and gave an overview of MCCC. The enrollment and registration process was explained by Bambhrolia. The discussion panel included Assistant Registrar Paul Scheid, Career and Placement Counselor Patrick Corozza and Recruiter Maria Tazza. Special guests included faculty member Jane O’Reilly, PTK President Lynn Rowlands, and PTK member Barbara Wethe.

Upcoming events to be hosted by Enrollment Services include "Explore Mercer" on April 13 and a College Fair on May 3.

Zygmunt to Bowl for Charity
Jeff Zygmunt of Enrollment Services asks for sponsors to help him raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He will be part of a bowling fundraiser on Saturday, March 12 at Colonial Lanes, Route 1, Lawrenceville. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you can pledge any amount, call ext. 3231. You can pledge per pin or a flat amount. The charity is also looking for more bowlers. If you want to participate call Kim Cody at 656-1000.

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