E-Bulletin of April 8, 2005

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Theatre Night April 22
It's not too late -- invite your friends and family to MCCC's Alumni & Friends Theatre Evening, Friday, April 22. You'll enjoy refreshments (hors d'oeuvres and desserts) in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.. The award-winning musical "Sweet Charity" begins at 8 p.m.at Kelsey Theatre. Cost is $15 per person. For tickets call Elaine Stout at ext. 3607 or email stout@mccc.edu.

"Sweet Charity" affectionately chronicles the misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance-hall hostess who always gives her heart – and her earnings – to the wrong man. Despite her trials, Charity never falters in her search for true love and a decent life. Fourteen classic songs, including "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Big Spender" and "Baby, Dream Your Dream," will delight the audience as Charity laughs and cries her way through hard times. More

Camp College Open House May 7
Please help us spread the word to family and friends! Camp College will host an Open House on Saturday, May 7, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the MCCC Conference Center. Staff members will explain the program, help families select a schedule, and provide a campus tour for new campers.

Video and Panel Discussion April 19
The Holocaust Genocide Resource Center is sponsoring a free screening of the documentary “Sister Rose’s Passion” on Tuesday, April 19 at 12 noon in the Communications Building, Room 110. A panel discussion will follow, to include Dean of Student Services Diane Campbell, Student Government Association President Jennifer Toto, and adjunct faculty member Joann Maisto.

Nominated for an academy award this year, the 39-minute video tells the story of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who devoted her life to Jewish-Catholic relations. A professor emerita at Seton Hall University’s Department of Jewish-Christian studies, she was instrumental in passing a bill that makes Holocaust education mandatory in every school in New Jersey. Her research influenced decisions made by the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican II council.

Lecture on Storytelling April 14
Renowned area storyteller Gwendolyn Jones will lecture on "Storytelling: An Ancient and Modern Performing Art" at 12 noon on Thursday, April 14 in CM 110. Founder of the Garden State Storyteller's League, Jones will tell stories from Zulu Land and England, and share narrative poems and ballads.

Jones is a professor emeritus at the College of New Jersey, where she taught children's literature and storytelling for 26 years. An advocate for the art of storytelling, she calls it an art not given its due recognition.

Job Fair To Recruit for 100 Positions
Please spread the word to your students and others. Applied Computer Services (ACS) will hold recruitment fairs at MCCC's Student Center Cafeteria on April 19 and 21, from 1 to 7 p.m. This is a business outsourcing company that works with government agencies and other businesses. They are looking to hire 100 full-time people for customer service and their call center. An associate degree is required. The company is also looking to hire for summer positions that do not require an associate degree. They are located in Hamilton. At the job fair ACS will conduct interviews and take applications.

The Academic Integrity Poster Contest
Mercer's graphic arts students have been asked to design unique and compelling posters that encourage students not to cheat. The winning entry will be selected at the next meeting of the Academic Integrity Committee. Stay tuned.


Students Cook Up Gourmet Dinner for Advisory Commission
On March 30 Mercer's HRI and culinary students prepared a full-course gourmet dinner for nearly 200 Advisory Commission members. The extensive menu included appetizers such as crab cakes, eggplant rollatini, spanakopita, and duck terrine with pistachios and dried cherries. Entrees included blackened swordfish, Mediterranean chicken, citrus pork, and filet of beef with coffee beans. Rounding out the menu was a full slate of side dishes and spectacular desserts -- even small baked Alaskas.

The college's new kitchen, used for the first time for a big event, doubled the working space for students. According to program coordinator Doug Fee, in addition to students from four current classes, about 15 students from other HRI classes and some who were in the program last year volunteered to help.

Both Doug Fee and faculty member Frank Benowitz said the comment heard repeatedly was, "This is the best ever!" Mercer's Advisory Commission members keep faculty and staff abreast of changing needs in the workplace. Photos

Staff/Student Basketball Game a Blast
Would any Mercer staffers actually volunteer to play a basketball game against members of the college team? Who would such brave souls be?

On March 30, with Tonia Harrison coaching, the volunteers came forward -- including James Boyce, Tony Bruzaitis, Valarie Daniels, Tim Fitzpatrick, Barry Levy, Willie Lemons, Lavar Peterson, Tim Stives, Steve Voorhees, Gary Williams, and guest player Sergeant Rivera.

Despite their 77 to 55 loss, Harrison said our staff team did a great job. Kelly Williams served as the game official. Members of the Cheer Dance Team assisted with game logistics.

Campbell Elected Chair of NJVCCC
Dr. Diane Campbell was elected chairperson of the New Jersey Virtual Community College Consortium at the March 18 meeting held at Mercer. Campbell says that "With all 19 colleges participating in the consortium, community colleges have been able to develop online courses while sharing the cost of rapid development, so thousands of New Jersey students can now enjoy distance learning. NJVCCC plans to continue its seat exchange in online courses, to negotiate special vendor rates for New Jersey community colleges, and to provide training, teaching and development opportunities for faculty." Campbell said she looks forward to this exciting leadership opportunity.

Joan Goldstein Featured in The Packet
The Time Off section of The Packet papers did a feature story on Joan Goldstein March 31, focusing on her visit to Romania, her poetry and art. The article is online here.

Baby Food Jars Needed
Camp College needs medium size baby food jars. If you can help please call Sharon Vlasac at ext. 3267.

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