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E-Bulletin of May 27, 2010

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Breakfast is Served: All are invited to enjoy breakfast at MCCC's Culinary Center June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8 and 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. No reservations required. Cost is $3 plus $1 for coffee. Just stop by the Culinary Center (ES111). Breakfast can also be ordered to go, including scratch-made treats such as turnovers and muffins. For more information call 609-570-3482.
More here.

Hospitality Club Teaming with Chef/Author Cat Cora. More here. Flyer here.

May 29-30: Mercer Dance Ensemble celebrates the 30th anniversary of its choreographer Janell Byrne, Kelsey Theatre. More here.

June 7 through August: Summer yoga classes with Helen Tanzini will be at 12 noon on Thursday, June 3; Tuesday, June 8; and Wednesday, June 16 in PE119. Beginning June 24, Helen's classes will be held on Thursdays for the remainder of the summer.

Monday yoga classes at 5:30 p.m. will resume on June 7 and continue through August in the dance studio.

News

Great Speeches as 1,066 Graduate This Year
A bright blue sky reflected the optimism of Mercer’s green-robed graduates as they marched onto the quad to receive their diplomas May 20. This year 1,066 students earned their associate degrees or completed credit certificate programs. Wowing the large crowd of students, their families and friends, student speaker David Hoyt told a moving story of hardship followed by outstanding academic achievement.
Keynote speaker, Dr. George Boggs, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, shared elements of his personal story as he encouraged students to consider Mercer as the first step in a lifelong learning process. “Be dangerous dreamers. Go out and make a difference,” he said. More here. Photos on Facebook here.
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Helen Tanzini -- The 2010 MCCC Distinguished Teacher
In her introduction of this year's Distinguished Teacher, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue noted that this dedicated faculty member is appreciated by students for her extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, preparedness, teaching style, and availability to provide help outside the classroom. The recipient was Associate Professor of Chemistry Helen Tanzini. More here.

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Commencement DVDs
If anyone would like to request a copy of the 2010 commencement DVD, please send an e-mail request to Tony Bruzaitis. The cost will be $25.

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Top Students Honored at Convocation
During Honors Convocation which preceded commencement on May 20, the college celebrated its highest-achieving students, awarding 74 academic certificates and scholarships, and recognizing 21 Phi Theta Kappa graduates, 37 NJ STARS graduates, and 13 Honors program graduates. More here with photos.

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Nursing Program Recognizes 44 Grads
Forty-four tight-knit MCCC Nursing program graduates stood proudly before family and friends on May 17 during a jubilant pinning ceremony. The May graduating class brings the year’s total number of Nursing graduates to 77. Valedictorian Emilia Alvarez-Negronon always harbored the dream to become a nurse. Growing up, her mother called her Joan of Ark and Florence Nightingale. “I was the type of person who ran toward car accidents or disasters to help without thinking twice.” More here.

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Softball Team Wins Regional Title
For the second time in his six years head coach, Ryan Zegarski, took his team to the NJCAA Division II World Series, held in Bloomington, IL from May 20-22. More here.
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PTK Chapter Earns Four Star Status
Mercer's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received four star status during the Middle States Regional Convention, and was also recognized at the society's recent annual convention. According to Rod Risley, PTK excecutive director, "Using the Five Star Plan as a guide, chapters enhance their strategies to recognize eligible students, provide significant personal and professional development opportunities for members, and build a working relationship with college administration." As chapters reach various milestones they progress through each level until reaching Five Star status.
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Alum Finds Fulfillment as Physical Therapist Assistant
Each day while she waited for her daughters' three-hour competitive swim practices to end, Sondra Tomei pondered her future. Although she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom, she felt the time was right to make a move. She came to Mercer and earned a degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program in 2004. Today Tomei is a physical therapist assistant at Hamilton Physical Therapy Services, which has offices in Hamilton, Ewing, Robbinsville and Sewell. "I love what I do," Tomei says. "It's gratifying to see the smile of a patient who gives you a grateful hug upon the relief of their pain. The rewards are endless." More here.
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Facebook Fans are Growing
Mercer's Facebook fan base is growing rapidly -- now up to 925 fans. This interactive and friendly communication tool has the potential to foster greater connections between staff, faculty, students and alumni. Feel free to post comments or to "Like" our posts.

Facebook is also a great way for the College Advancement staff to learn about and connect with students and alumni. As you become aware of new MCCC groups starting on Facebook, please let us know. Send the link to symonss@mccc.edu. Thanks!
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In Memory of Theresa Babitts
Theresa Battits worked at MCCC for 33 years and was secretary to the president back in the 1960s. Her obituary is online here.

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Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
From Zero to Hero (MCCC Graduation)

Kerney Campus Graduates Lauded

Grants will Provide Training Services

Rider Grads Told to Pursue Dreams (Wilfrid award)

Students with Developmental Disabilities Join TCNJ's Class of 2010

Trentonian:
A Pinning Victory (Nursing graduates)

West Windsor Plainsboro News:
Ragtime at Kelsey

CentralJersey.com
More than 1,000 Graduate from MCCC

MercerSpace.com
Enthusiastic Graduates Recognized at Trenton Ceremony

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

June 4-13: "Ragtime"

June 5: "Mother Goose"

The WWC Café Menu
Hungry? Find out what's cookin' at the MCCC Café at WWC here.

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

Sports Update
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