E-Bulletin of May 27, 2009

Upcoming Events



Upcoming Events

Mouthworks Performs June 7 on Campus; Touring This Summer
Now in its seventh year, MouthWorks, MCCC's Oral Speaking Comedy Troupe, will perform on the West Windsor campus Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. in CM 122 – Studio Theatre. The show is free and all are invited. No reservations are needed, but arrive early for good seats.

According to Communications faculty member Kathi Paluscio, the MouthWorks Troupe aims high: “EVERYONE feels good after a MouthWorks Show-- that’s our promise!” With just the right amount of audience interaction, about 100 running gags and jokes, a little song, a little dance, and a parade of hilarious characters you will remember for months, this is definitely a reason to put down that frozen dinner and get out of the house! The MouthWorks show is rated PG, for “Practically G!” and is appropriate for ages 14-100.

For the first time ever, MouthWorks is going on tour this summer, doing benefit performances at firehouses and rescue squads. Scheduled performances are: White Horse Volunteer Fire Company on June 12, Kingston Volunteer Fire Company on June 20, and Lambertville-New Hope Rescue Squad on August 29. For more information, email paluscik@mccc.edu.

More with photo here.

Event Reminders

Retirement Party for Vice President Beverly Richardson June 12 at the MCCC Conference Center. Contact Raquel Hernandez at ext. 3160 or email hernandr@mccc.edu.

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Governor Corzine Speaks at Commencement; 998 Graduate This Year
Perfect weather, dynamic speakers, and two happy surprises marked Mercer's commencement ceremonies May 21. Governor Corzine delivered an engaging address, and student speaker Rodney Hargis brought down the house with his uplifting message and rousing delivery.

This year's Distinguished Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Dori Seider. She was selected by her colleagues and students for her compassion, wisdom and optimism. A faculty member for 37 years, Dr. Seider has taught a range of subjects at Mercer, including psychology, French and education. She earned her doctorate from the University of Vermont and is the author of two books.

Vice President Beverly Richardson, who is retiring at the end of the month, was presented with a proclamation of appreciation read by Board Chair William Coleman, who announced that the James Kerney Learning Center will be renamed the Dr. Beverly A. Richardson Learning Center. Joining the administration in 1986, Dr. Richardson served as James Kerney Campus Dean and then Provost before taking on the role of Vice President for College Advancement in 2005.

Photos and details here. More photos here.

Forty-Three Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning Ceremony
A former food scientist and a former environmental engineer were among the graduates of Mercer's Nursing program this May. The 43 men and women received special recognition at a pinning ceremony at Kelsey Theatre on May 19, with a supportive audience of faculty, family and friends. The students were among 77 who earned associate degrees in Nursing this year. More here with photos.

Honors Convocation Celebrates High-Achieving Grads
MCCC's high achieving graduates were honored at the annual Honors Convocation prior to graduation on May 21. Students with top grade point averages were selected for a variety of awards and scholarships for overall academic excellence and achievement in specific disciplines.

In welcoming the graduates, families and friends who gathered for the ceremony at Kelsey Theatre, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue said, "Mercer is all about learning and student success. We thank these students for their diligence and integrity in learning. The gifts we present today are tokens to students of honor and responsibility." Dr. Donohue also acknowledged the important role of supportive families, and the efforts of MCCC faculty and staff. Communications Professor Alvyn Haywood served as master of ceremonies for the event. More here with photos.

Note: To request any photos from the event, e-mail Saveria Symons at saverias@mccc.edu.

Staff Recognized for Years of Service
Guy DeRosa, Edward Frederick and Arthur Schwartz were recognized for their 40 years of service to MCCC on May 19, when staff and faculty members received awards for 10 to 40 years of service. The 30-year milestone was reached by Noreen Duncan and M. Kitty Getlik. Photos here. For the full list of awardees, including those not present for the photos, click here.

Tony Bruzaitis and Frank Benowitz Selected for Honors
In time-honored fashion, this year's Human Relations and Community Service award winners were kept secret until the last sentence of their introductions by President Patricia Donohue. The winners were selected by MCCC faculty and staff. Comments from the president included:

Director of Media & Instructional TechnologiesTony Bruzaitis received the 2009 Human Relations Award. "This year's recipient is known for always helping anyone who comes for help, always has a smile, and no project is ever a problem. These are some of the things that colleagues here at Mercer say about the recipient. His connections are great around the campus. He often presents professional development seminars so that colleagues may learn new techniques. He has information about any technological question you may have. His SmartBoard has revolutionized teaching here at Mercer."

Hospitality Programs Teaching Assistant Frank Benowitz, a Mercer graduate, was selected for the 2009 Community Service Award. He is the advisor of the Hospitality Club. "The recipient, according to Rate My Professors.com, 'is absolutely the greatest professor that exists. He tends to joke a lot but he really knows his stuff. Def would recommend him.' He won the local chapter Professional of the Year for the PBL State Leadership. He is a donor to Mercer Street Friends and has been instrumental in bringing several distinguished visitors to the campus. The most recent visitor helped him donate funds to Friends Health Connection. He has also been a community connection to local businesses and area restaurants. He has appeared on television many times because he really knows how to Dish It Out."

Photo here.

TV Program Students Receive Aegis Trophies
Mercer's Television students received their trophies for two national Aegis awards -- one for the cable station's live coverage of the 2009 Mercer County High School Basketball Championships in February, and one for a recruitment video about MCCC's Automotive Program. The Aegis Awards are an annual television production competition for professional companies and schools in the United States and Canada. More here with photos.

Rachel Katz Wins First Place for Radio Talk from Garden State Journalists
Each year the Garden State Journalists Association hosts an awards competition for the best in print and broadcast journalism. The contest is open to all reporters, editors and photographers who live, work in, or produce stories about New Jersey. This year WWFM's Rachel Katz, with her "Views and Voices" radio show, took first place for Radio Talk. An awards dinner was held May 20 in Weehawken.

Construction Schedule Update

  • Student Center ground floor -- completed
  • Bookstore -- completed
  • Learning Center -- completed
  • Reception Center (new link between Student Center and Library) -- completed
  • Testing Center -- May 2009
  • Student Center 2nd floor administration areas -- July 2009
  • Library 1st floor -- Aug. 2009
  • Student Center 2nd floor (PASS Program) -- Oct. 2009

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:

Mercer Graduates Take Pride in Achievements [Times Commencement Photos]

MCCC Trustees Decide to Keep Aviation Program Airborne

Students Advertise Their Talents (MCCC Ad Design Project)

Tapping jobless pay to start a business [Michael Glass and the SEA Program]

Governor Corzine Speaks at MCCC Graduation

MCCC's College Voice Wins Six Awards

Summer Camps at MCCC

Broadway World:
Mouthworks Performs Comedy/Song/Dance Blend 6/7

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 29 - June 7: Revenge Fuels "Sweeney Todd"

May 30: Junie B. Jones

June 14: Allies Inc's "Through Our Eyes"

Current Position Openings at MCCC
Click here for the list of job openings on campus.

Sports Update
Get an update on the progress of our sports teams here.


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