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E-Bulletin of May 6, 2010

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JKC Celebration of Academic Achievement May 11
James Kerney Campus will host a “Celebration of Academic Achievement” on Tuesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Trenton War Memorial. Students from both credit and noncredit programs will be recognized for academic achievement.

Mercer Dance Ensemble Celebrates in Motion May 29- 30
The Mercer Dance Ensemble (MDE) will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its choreographer Janell Byrne with a joyful, inspired modern dance performance at Kelsey Theatre. Drawing on the talents of current students, dance alumni and special guests, "MDE - Legacy" will be presented Saturday, May 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 30 at 2 p.m. (Note: These dates are different than those originally announced in the Kelsey Theatre season brochure.)

The show includes ten numbers, choreographed by Bryne, Jennifer Gladney, a 2003 alumna who has performed with MDE for 10 years, and Han Koon Ooi, a 2009 alumnus who has performed for five years. More here.


Chef/Author Cat Cora Appearance to Benefit MCCC
A portion of the benefits of Chef Cat Cora's local appearance on June 2 will go to MCCC's Hospitality Club and the Friends Health Connection. The chef will lecture about her new cookbook and will demonstrate one of her recipes, with preparation by MCCC's Frank Benowitz and the Hospitality Club, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hamilton Manor, 30 Route 156 in Hamilton. SGA is co-sponsoring the event. Tickets are $39 per person and include a copy of Cora's new book. Tickets are available through Kelsey Theatre at ext. 3333 or online here. See the flyer here.

Yoga Classes to Continue Through Summer
Yoga classes for faculty, staff and students will continue throughout the summer on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in PE 225 and on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. with Helen Tanzini. The schedule for the Wednesday class includes several changes that participants should make note of. Class will be held May 12 as usual in the gymnasium. The class the following week will be offered Tuesday, May 18, rather than May 19, and will be held in PE 119, not the gymnasium. After that, Helen will take a break and resume teaching Wednesday, June 23 in PE 119 for the summer months.


Event Reminders (previously announced)

Now Through May 13: Visual Arts Student Show. More here.

May 10: The Communication Program's Mud Pie Players will present a show for children ages 2-5 at the Lawrenceville Library at 11 a.m. The event is part of the service learning component of the "Oral Interpretation of Literature" class.

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 Assemblyat 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.


MCCC Student Selected for Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
David C. Hoyt of West Windsor has achieved a first as a student at MCCC. He is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, created by the billionaire philanthropist to ensure that exceptional community college students are able to transfer to the four-year school of their choice. Only 40 students across the country are selected for this prestigious honor annually, which entitles recipients to $30,000 per year for up to three years to earn their bachelor's degrees. President Donohue called the awarding of the scholarship exceptional and told Hoyt, "We are honored to have you as a student here." Read more here.

Students, Advisors, Clubs Recognized at Student Activities Banquet May 2
Mercer's 2010 Student Activities Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 2, featured outstanding students and a beautiful brunch, complete with a string quartet and abundant buffet tables. Recognition for going "above and beyond" went to staff members Amy Immordino, John Simone, Diane Campbell and President Patricia Donohue. The Advisor of the Year award went to Bethanne Clayton of the Student Activities Office, who is co-advisor to the Student Government Association.

Two students were named Student of the Year: Brianna LaCava, president of the Student Government Association, and Ashley Rose Stumbaugh, vice president of the Student Government Association and news producer for MCN Live. This year's Club of the Year was the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Friends, which raised $1,400 for charity via many events throughout the year. Photos here.

New Senator, Other Politicos Speak at Politics Class
In Michael Glass's State and Local Government class (POL102), New Jersey's newest State Senator Tom Goodwin of Hamilton Township addressed the students on April 26. Goodwin, who is a Republican, spoke about his experiences as president of the Hamilton Township Council for several years, his selection to replace Bill Baroni in the Senate representing the 14th District, his new responsiblities in the Senate, and the state's budget situation.

Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein of Plainsboro will address the class on May 10. A Democrat, Ms. Greenstein has served in the Assembly for 10 years, is the Chairperson of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and is the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly. Greenstein will be running against Goodwin for his seat in the fall. They will be invited back for a debate in the fall, if they wish.


PASS Celebrates Achievement at Annual Banquet
It was an evening of cheers and applauds as the MCCC PASS program (Program for Academic Services and Success) saluted its top students for their academic accomplishments on April 30. Graduating student Tajh Laster served as master of ceremonies for the celebratory banquet, which included a dinner buffet prepared and served by members of the MCCC Hospitality Club.

Among the students who participated was Estefania Castro, who will graduate this month with a degree in Education. "Mercer has been challenging and the professors are serious about teaching." she said. Pushing herself to excel while at Mercer, even taking summer classes, Castro discovered an oasis in the PASS program. "I could always find a place to study there, to work with tutors, and to see friends," she said. More here with photos.

Student Creates Lighting for NJ Devils
MCCC Entertainment Technology student Chris Ghaffour has designed "Red Alert" a high energy lighting sequence for the NJ Devils Hockey Team. Ghaffour learned his moving light programming skills at Mercer using Perkins-funded lighting equipment. Seeit on the NJ Devil's website here.


High School Writers Recognized at "Aspirations" Celebration
Some of the county's most creative high school students gathered at Kelsey Theatre on April 24. The celebratory event marked the publication of Aspirations 2010, MCCC's annual publication for young writers and artists. Eighty-seven writers and 23 artists, a number with multiple submissions, were selected from 12 area high schools. Aspirations Editor Bettina Caluori, an associate professor of English, welcomed students and their families.
More here.

MCCC Foreign Language Honor Society Inducts Largest Group Ever
Like a proud papa, Professor Stephen Richman, coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Mercer County Community College, oversaw the proceedings as 19 high-achieving students were inducted into Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society, in a special ceremony on April 30. This marks the largest group ever for Mercer's Kappa Iota Chapter, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this year. More here.


Conference Center Staff Appreciated
Frank DiBella, Conference Center Manager, says "Thank You" to Conference and Dining Services staff who are working another long week ( 7 days this week) to accommodate the many parties the center has been hosting. Last Sunday the center hosted the SGA Brunch and this week will host a Saturday Bat Mitzvah. "The setup, breakdown and food preparation for students, faculty and corportate clients served at Spring Day, Administrative Professionals Day, and SGA Brunch, have ALL yielded compliments for our food quality and customer service. I would like to publically acknowledge our appreciation of the staff's continued dedication and flexiblity," DiBella said.


Spring Days at Mercer
The sun came out just in time for MCCC’s Annual Spring Days. On April 28 students, faculty and staff emerged on the Quad at WWC for food and activities and to hear the Caribbean-inspired sounds from the band Verdict. At the James Kerney Campus students took a break from their studies for Spring Day fun on April 22, with activities such as dancing and hula hoop. Photos on FB here.

Varied Summer Fare on the Menu At MCCC Culinary Center
Ready to take your summer menus to the next level? Top regional chefs will share their recipes for preparing savory seasonal dishes at the Culinary Center at Mercer from June through August. Check out a whole list of new offerings such as "Summer Grill Party, Two Meals and Three Wines," on June 3; or "Whew-It's Too Hot to Cook!" on July 12. More here.

DREAM Students Present Final Projects
Students of Mercer's DREAM program, joined by other interested students, presented their semester's final project on May 5 -- an online portfolio of their personal experiences and education. The class is taught by Kristen Callahan. "It's a rewarding experience to teach computer skills to our DREAM students. They did a great job and were so happy and proud to show their work to the class." Photo here.

African Violets Still Available
From Amy Iseneker: Thank you to everyone who stopped by over the weekend to support the Garden State African Violet Show and Sale. Proceeds from this event go towards a scholarship for Horticulture students. If you didn't get a chance to stop by and are interested in purchasing a violet, please contact Amy at ext. 3372 or e-mail isenekea@mccc.edu. Both standard and miniature violets are still available. All would make a great Mother's Day gift (hint, hint).

Mercer in the News Online

Save the Cities; Save the Planet (Martin Johnson lecture at MCCC)

Robbinsville and Trenton Jazz Bands Musically Battle it Out

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

May 7-16: My Fair Lady

May 22: Click, Clack, Moo

The WWC Café Menu
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