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E-Bulletin of May 13, 2010

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Holocaust Center to Host Education Workshop May 18
The annual workshop of the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center will be held on Tuesday, May 18, starting at 9 a.m. in the Conference Center. Faculty at Mercer are invited to attend the lectures in the morning session.

The theme this year is "From A Child's Perspective: A World Without Prejudice," honoring the philosophy of education of Dr. Janus Korczak. Participants wil be asked to work on developing a philosophy of education. More than 120 teachers from throughout the state will be attending. For further information contact Prof. Emeritus Saul Goldwasser, director of the Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, at goldwass@mccc.edu.

Hospitality Club to Cook with Chef/Author Cat Cora June 2
Hospitality students, with instructor Chef Frank Benowitz, will prepare one of Iron Chef Cat Cora’s popular recipes as she makes an appearance locally on Wed., June 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Hamilton Manor on Route 156 in Hamilton. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MCCC’s Hospitality Club, along with the Friends’ Health Connection, a non-profit health and wellness education organization. MCCC’s Student Government Association is an event co-sponsor. Tickets are $39 per person and include a copy of Cora’s new book as well as a recipe tasting. Tickets are available through Kelsey Theatre at 609-570-3333, or online at www.kelseytheatre@mccc.org. More here.

Event Reminders (previously announced)

Yoga Classes: Mondays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in PE 225. SPECIAL NOTE: Helen Tanzini's class on May 18 has been canceled. Stay tuned for her summer schedule.

May 18: The MCCC Chorus will perform “Spring Is in The Air” at 7:30 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre. Pamela Sharples directs the diverse Chorus. More here with photos.

May 19: College Assembly at 10 a.m. followed by Staff Recognition Awards at 11 a.m. at Kelsey Theatre. Staff luncheon on the quad will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

May 19: The MCCC Jazz Band, directed by Professor James Kelly, will present a varied and exciting Spring Concert at 8 p.m. More here with photos.

May 20: Commencement 5:30 p.m.; Honors Convocation at Kelsey Theatre 3 p.m.

May 29-30: Mercer Dance Ensemble (MDE) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its choreographer Janell Byrne, Kelsey Theatre. More here.


Bristol-Myers Squibb Grants $17,500 to JKC
Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) presented a $17, 500 check to MCCC at a ceremony on May 5 at the James Kerney Campus. The grant funding will support new laboratory equipment for biology instruction at JKC, making it possible to meet the educational needs of an additional 70 Trenton area students each year. Adding an element of surprise, MCCC Foundation Board member Jim Faridy presented a donation of $2,500 earmarked for the initiative, to bring the total to $20,000. More here.

Softball Team Faces Stiff Competition and Stiff Wind in Region 19 Triumph
The Mercer women played some of their best softball of the season, as they earned the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 19 title on May 9. For the second time in his six years as head coach, Ryan Zegarski will take his team to the NJCAA Division II World Series, to be held this year in Bloomington, IL, from May 20-22. Zegarski sums up the weekend's action in one word - "unbelievable." More here.

Student Athletes Saluted at May 4 Breakfast
The Athletics Departments hosted a celebratory breakfast on May 4 for students who participate on Mercer's eight NJCAA Region 19 teams. Students enjoyed a hot and cold buffet, while administrators presented awards to those who earned special honors. Male and Female Scholar Athlete Awards went to soccer player Ido Ligety and tennis player Rebecca Wolfe. A second tennis player, Kristina Holsman, received the Dr. Cynthia Schaffer Memorial Scholarship.

The year's highlights include Region 19 titles for women's soccer, men's basketball, and women's softball. In the Garden State Athletic Conference, Mercer earned the title in men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, and baseball. The men's tennis team was ranked third nationally at the end of the regular season and is currently in fifth place at the NJCAA national tournament.
More here.

JKC Student Selected for Women's Leadership Program at Rutgers
James Kerney Campus student Pam Prather has been selected for NEW Leadership™ New Jersey, a six-day residential program to be held at Rutgers University in June. Presented by the Center for American Women and Politics of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, it teaches college women the skills to become effective leaders in politics, public policy and public service. Prather is excited about the opportunity to meet other students from around the state and to learn from women leaders. More here.

Center for Training and Development to Provide Training for Chambers of Commerce
Through new one-year grants from the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Mercer's Center for Training and Development will provide training services for the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) and the State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). More here.

Science Faculty and Students Out in Force for Super Science Saturday
Thirty-five MCCC science faculty, students and alumni volunteered for Super Science Saturday at the New Jersey State Museum on April 24. According to faculty member Helen Tanzini, their tables were busy non-stop throughout the day as they led demos and hands-on activities. “Measured in cups of slime, we went through thousands,” she said. Activities included a dry ice demo, the making of “slime,” chromatography, and molecule-building from gum drops and marshmallows. See photos here.


Higgins Book Wins Donald Murphy Prize
Faculty member Padhraig Higgins' recently published book "A Nation of Politicians: Gender, Patriotism, and Political Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland" (The University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), has been awarded the Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book by the American Conference for Irish Studies for this year. Higgins says he did not attend the glamorous awards ceremony last weekend, as it clashed with our own Honors symposium. Read earlier release here.


Students Thank Staff for Assistance with the Play "Q"
Dean Judy Ehrisman received a note from students Christopher Kess and Keegan McDonald, who wrote and directed the play "Q," which was performed recently at the Studio Theatre. "As theatre students and developing artists, the process of taking a play from conception to writing, casting, and production is of incalculable value to our growth," Kess said. "In addition, the nine actors in our cast -- all MCCC students and grads -- had a chance to showcase their talents that they may not have otherwise had. I would also like to recognize several staff and faculty members for their contributions: Jody Person for visiting our rehearsals and offering us tips and pointers on our directing; Alex DeFazio for visiting and offering us tips and pointers on our writing; Kate Pinner for her help and support with costumes for our show; Amy Bessellieu for her help with rehearsal space and ticketing; and Tracy Patterson for her work on our posters. Again, on behalf of the cast and crew of "Q," as well as the audiences who came and enjoyed the show, thank you greatly for this opportunity. I hope that students in the future will be able to realize their own work on the stage, putting into practice all we learn in the classroom."

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
LHS Students' Work Published in Aspirations

Bristol Myers Squibb Awards $17,00 to MCCC

My Fair Lady Opens Tonight at Kelsey Theatre

WestWindsor Plainsboro News
Many MCCC stories online here

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 7-16: My Fair Lady

May 22: Click, Clack, Moo

May 29-30: Mercer Dance Ensemble Celebrates in Motion

June 4-13: "Ragtime"

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