E-Bulletin of March 17, 2006
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Is Site for Police In-Service Programs
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
"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
"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.
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
your calendar for Friday, October 6, for this year’s Lee National
Denim Day event! Your continued support is greatly appreciated."
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.
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.
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
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
Part of Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum
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 email@example.com
for more information or visit the Library of Congress website here.
Prof Publishes Novel
Brandi Scollins-Mantha, an adjunct faculty member, has authored a novel,
"Floaters." published by Blast Press and available online
& Noble and other bookstores.
Scollins-Mantha has also published another book entitled "My Intended:
A Love Story," also available at Barnes
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.
here to see the student images.
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).
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
on the exhibit
Information about NJSTARS II is now available at the NJSTARS website
Union Invites Participation
All MCCC employees are eligible to join the Mercer County NJ Teacher's
Federal Credit Union. Click here
for more information.
Kelsey Theatre and Gallery Events
Through April 14 -- "Mercer
County Artists" at The Gallery
Up the Band!” Introduces Children To World of Music
2 -- Magical,
Musical World of "CATS"
April 7-9 -- Get Your Golden Ticket to "Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory"
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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