E-Bulletin of March 17, 2006

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Dinner Dance a Big Success
Thanks to the hard work of many staff members and volunteers, and for excellent community support, the 2006 Scholarship Dinner Dance was a big success. Details here
Photo page here

Listen to WIMG March 21
Dr. Beverly Richardson will host a half-hour radio show on WIMG, 1300 AM on Tuesday evening, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. This month she will be interviewing Jason Taylor about financial aid, Dr. Ed Martinez about science and health programs, and student Beth Audet about her experiences in the Nursing program.

Campus Blood Drive March 23
The Community Blood Council of NJ will conduct a blood drive at MCCC on Thursday, March 23 in the Student Center, Room 108, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are critical blood shortages throughout the state. Walk-ins are welcome, or call Debi in HR at ext. 3270 for an appointment.

"Celebrating Africans Who Changed Our History" -- March 29
MCCC's Dr. Renee Walker will lecture on "Celebrating Africans Who Changed Our History," on March 29 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, Room 159, as part of the “Africans in the Diaspora” lecture series. Walker's lecture will include “a discussion of diasporic women who changed their civilizations in Egypt, Greece, and the Americas."
More here

Astronaut to Lecture March 30
Robert Cenker, aerospace systems consultant, will present “Six Days in Space” on Thurs., March 30 at 12 noon. Presented as part of MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the talk will take place in the Communications Building, Room 110. Cenker served as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986. More here

Open House April 11
Spread the word! MCCC will host an Open House on Tuesday, April 11 at the Student Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. Note that the date was formerly April 12. More here

Mercer Is Site for Police In-Service Programs
According to Steve Notta, of the Training Unit in the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, MCCC’s West Windsor campus has become the site for a growing number of in-service programs for police officers and others in related fields. Since January, the group has held a variety of sessions on topics including electronic recording of homicide statements, vehicle searches, document fraud, new light source technology in crime scene investigations, bias crimes, and counter-terrorism. In March, 120 police officers and county school officials attended a session that covered subjects ranging from juvenile prosecutions to drug searches to gang awareness.

The Police Academy is currently applying for certification that would make Mercer an official training site for police recruits.

Khalida Haqq Wins Competition
A workshop developed by Khalida Haqq, director of the EOF program, entitled "Development and Implementation of the Academic Alert System," won the "Innovative Best Practice" competition of the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Professional Association. She will present the workshop at the association's conference on March 28.

Jason Taylor Named EOF Champion
MCCC's Educational Opportunity Fund ( EOF) program has named Jason Taylor, MCCC's associate director of Financial Aid, as this year's nominee for the "EOF Champion" award. He will be recognized at the association 's conference
this month.

In his nomination summary, EOF Director Khalida Haqq said, Jacon "has consistently been available when called upon by the EOF director or staff to assist an EOF student in exploring options and resolving financial aid issues. At the beginning of each semester, Jason conducts financial aid training workshops for EOF students... He also accompanies the EOF recruiter to local high schools during recruitment visits to teach potential EOF students the process for on-line filing... He is compassionate and dedicated to student services and it is demonstrated in the way students respond to him; they perceive they have a friend in the financial aid office."

Tom Wilfrid Elected Vice Chair of WIB
When the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) reorganized at a meeting March 9 at the Sypek Center of Mercer County Technical Schools, Acting President Tom Wilfrid was elected vice chair. The WIB is a private-public partnership under the auspices of Mercer County government to coordinate efforts county-wide to address workforce training and retraining needs in our changing economy.

Dr. Wilfrid also serves on the WIB's Strategic Planning Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Emmanuel Osagie, Dean of the School of Business at The College of New Jersey. Dr. Beverly Richardson, V.P. for College Advancement and JKC Provost, chairs the WIB's Literacy Committee. The new chair of the WIB is John Simone of the Ewing-based firm of John Simone Realty, Inc. (no relation to his namesake at MCCC). Photo

MCCC Thanked for "Denim Day" Support
The campus community raised $1,261 last October to support breast cancer research through Denim Day
. Coordinator of the drive, Rosanne Zarrilli, received the following thank you letter:

"On behalf of everyone at Lee Jeans, thank you for the outstanding support your organization has shown for Lee National Denim Day. You and your colleagues at Mercer County Community College are making a valuable contribution to raising awareness and finding a cure for breast cancer.

"So far this year, the event has raised $8.4 million for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and donations are still coming in! Since 1996, more than $60 million has been raised and millions of participants have received life-saving breast health messages. We know this is something we could not accomplish without the help of companies like yours.

"Your generous donation ranks Mercer County Community College in the top 1500 companies out of 29,000 participating in Lee National Denim Day. Every dollar helps us to reach our goal to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

"Please mark your calendar for Friday, October 6, for this year’s Lee National Denim Day event! Your continued support is greatly appreciated."


MCCC Contributes Video Services for "Give Kids a Smile" Day
Charlene Fenster, MCCC's Dental X-Ray Technician instructor and full-time faculty member at the Mercer County Vocational School, sought audio-visual taping and editing services from MCCC for "Give Kids a Smile Day," which was an initiative of the American Dental Association. The project provided free oral health services to children of the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. Mercer's Chris Curdo and Reuben Rodriguez volunteered their video services for the project.

"Both Chris Curdo and Reuben Rodriguez were a blessing, attentively capturing candids of pearly whites in progress as well as the essence of the program through their interviews," Fenster said. "I can't wait to view the edited final product." Fenster said the finished DVD will be forwarded to the American Dental Association and to policy makers.


Rich Choices Offered at JKC Career Day
Linda Ertingu coordinated a Career Day on March 8 for James Kerney Campus students. She lined up a varied group of speakers to present information about career fields. She said the student turnout was excellent.

MCCC's Fred Bassini discussed the Automotive program, Marianne Reynolds spoke about the Education program, and Steve Voorhees gave information about the Television program. They were joined by community professionals from Bright Horizons child care, Rider University and other organizations. MCCC student advocates provided information in breakout sessions after the presentations.



Carmien Part of Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum
Associate Professor Edward Carmien will be part of the "What IF... Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum" at the Library of Congress on Friday, April 21, at 12:10 p.m., the Pickford Theater, Third Floor, Madison Building. A book signing will follow, and copies of "Magic Tails," an anthology that includes Carmien's work, will be available for purchase. Visit Ed Carmien’s website here. Contact Colleen Cahill at ccah@loc.gov for more information or visit the Library of Congress website here.

Adjunct Prof Publishes Novel
Brandi Scollins-Mantha, an adjunct faculty member, has authored a novel, "Floaters." published by Blast Press and available online at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores.


Scollins-Mantha has also published another book entitled "My Intended: A Love Story," also available at Barnes & Noble.

MCCC Photo Students are Contest Finalists
Two MCCC Photography students, Maria Meyer and Marketa Urbanova, placed as finalists in the 26th Annual Student Photography contest held by Photographer's Forum Magazine, sponsored by Nikon, USA. The students are in the class of senior adjunct faculty member, John Monahan.

According to Michael Dalton, Photography program coordinator, there were 28,000 applicants. The winning photographs will be published in the Best of College Photography Annual 2006. The contest was judged by Mark Takeuchi of the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Rob Winner of Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, and Armando Flores of Nikon U.S.A.

Click here to see the student images.

Former Dean Rebuilds Items for Silent Auction
Harrison Morson, former dean for Student Services, recently delivered several donations for MCCC's silent auction, held during the Scholarship Dinner Dance March 11. Morson, who restores furniture, donated a large captain's chest and two chairs. This photo was taken while he was delivering his donations recently (taken by Tom Wilfrid with his new camera).

Best in Show at Mercer County Artists 2006
Nancy C. Zamboni, an MCCC adjunct faculty member in drawing and printmaking since 2000, won Best in Show at the Mercer County Artists exhibit. The show remains at the MCCC Gallery through April 14. Zamboni's winning piece, an acrylic and charcoal drawing, "Fresh Start 2," was among 79 entries. Her selection, along with the other winners, was announced at the official opening of the exhibit on March 8. Nancy, a resident of Hamilton Township, also teaches at the Princeton Adult School and the Princeton YWCA. Photo
More on the exhibit

NJSTARS Website
Information about NJSTARS II is now available at the NJSTARS website here.

Credit Union Invites Participation
All MCCC employees are eligible to join the Mercer County NJ Teacher's Federal Credit Union. Click here for more information.

Current Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events

Through April 14 -- "Mercer County Artists" at The Gallery

March 18 -- "Strike Up the Band!” Introduces Children To World of Music

Mar. 22-Apr. 2 -- Magical, Musical World of "CATS"

April 7-9 -- Get Your Golden Ticket to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Local Church Conducts Blood Drive
If you can't make it to MCCC's blood drive, consider going over to St. Gregory the Great's School Cafeteria
at 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, on Friday, April 7 between 3 and 8:30 p.m. for their blood drive. Call Barbara at 609-587-2307.

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