E-Bulletin of June 2, 2005

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Graduation Ceremonies Bright
Students and guests were in a sunny mood despite cloudy skies on May 26, when the college hosted its graduation ceremonies. Of the 866 students graduating this year, Nursing programs (including the cooperative programs) had the most graduates, followed by Humanities and Social Science.

Provost Beverly Richardson introduced the keynote speaker, MCCC's own Professor Angela McGlynn. Her inspiring speech is online. Dr. Thomas Wilfrid introduced the Distinguished Teaching Award recipient, Laura Blinderman. His introduction is online.

Student speaker Theresa Feo, introduced by Dean Campbell, is an Advertising Design major with three grown children, who has achieved a 4.0 average. Feo talked about the fear she felt as a single mother when she lost her job in 2001. Mercer helped her with financial aid, boosted her confidence and put her on the path toward a bachelor's degree. She plans to transfer to the University of Pennsylvania.

The Graduation Committee was chaired by Dean Campbell, who said she is ecstatic that the rain held off. "I'm also very pleased to have had Angela McGlynn as our speaker. She gave a very inspiring message to the college."


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Honors Night/Dinner for Graduates a Success
On May 25 Mercer hosted its first graduate Honors Dinner, replacing the Honors Convocation ceremony traditionally held on graduation day. More than 50 students, their family members, faculty and staff presenters enjoyed the event. Presiding was Professor Framarz Khoushab. James Kelly and student musicians provided pre-event music, and MCCC's food service staff members prepared an excellent buffet dinner.

Coordinated by Susan Zambrio, many staff members were involved in planning the event, including
Winnie Burgess, Jennie DeLapo, Lenore Durfee, Barbara Marx, Marie Mendez, Maria Tazza, Cynthia Ventura and others.

Note on photos: The Public Information Office has photos of all awardees. If you would like a copy e-mailed to you, please e-mail saveria@mccc.edu. Photos

Staff Recognition Awards
On May 17 the college community enjoyed an awards ceremony for staff and faculty members who have achieved milestones at Mercer -- from 10 to 40 years of service. Those who achieved 35 years of service were presented with captain's or rocking chairs.

Kitty Getlik, general manager of Kelsey Theatre, was named recipient of the Community Service Award. More
John Simone, director of Athletics and Student Services, won the Human Relations Award. More

How are these awardees selected? According to HR Director Vanessa Wilson, after staff and faculty members nominate their choices for the special awards, a committee of former award winners meets and selects the winner by a silent vote. Even the committee members don't know who will receive the awards until the day of the ceremony. Awardees received engraved crystal bowls, which have been the traditional gift for many years.

(If you would like a copy of any of these photos e-mailed to you please write to saveria@mccc.edu.)

SAB/SGA Awards Dinner
The vital contributions of Mercer's student leaders and volunteers were recognized at a festive evening celebration May 13 at LaVilla Restaurant. Awards were presented by staff members and students for outstanding contributions in a variety of areas. Photos and details here.

Birthday Party Celebrates Mel Leipzig
Friends, students and family members honored Professor Mel Leipzig for his 70th birthday at a surprise party on May 22 at Mercer's Conference Center. Mel reports that he was truly surprised!

According to event coordinator Tricia Fagan, guests were invited to sign a Birthday Book and contribute greetings, photos or other images. Committee members included Patricia Carr, Judy Ehresman, Tricia Fagan, Bill Mate, Lucy McElhenny, Donna Munde, Elaine Stout and Michael Welliver. Fagan says special thanks go to Annie Prizzi for wonderful food, and to Eric and Sandra Kunsman and Mike Dill for getting Mel to the event, and to Mel's wife MaryJo. Music was provided by James Kelly, Wilbo Wright and Cedric Jensen.

The committee has established a "Mel Leipzig Scholarship Fund" which they announced that evening. You can still donate and help bring the total up to the needed $10,000 to endow a scholarship. Send donations in any amount to Patricia Richards in Arts and Communications, ET110.


Mercer Honors Student Athletes for Banner Year
On Friday, May 13, the Athletics Department hosted a breakfast to honor student athletes for their contributions to the MCCC sports program. More than 50 students came out for this special event. Athletics Director John Simone presented all second-year athletes with an MCCC sports watch.

Dr. Rose spoke to the students, applauding their stellar efforts in a year in which seven of Mercer’s eight teams won Garden State Athletic Conference titles and four teams -- men’s soccer, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s basketball – won Region 19 titles. Two of those teams -- men’s soccer and women’s tennis -- went on to win the NJCAA national title. For photo highlights click here.

Don't Miss the Doo Wop Revival on June 11
Don't miss an outstanding evening of fun on June 11 when the MCCC Foundation hosts an evening of memories. The Doo Wop Revival at Kelsey Theatre will feature all your favorite tunes from the golden age of rock and roll. Special price for staff and faculty members is $35. Prices for all others have been lowered to $35 or $50. Make checks payable to the MCCC Foundation and send to Elaine Stout in AD250, or call her at ext. 3607.

Mercer Volunteers Lend a Hand for 25th Super Science Weekend
Mercer volunteers participated in another glorious weekend of science at the 25th Annual Super Science Weekend hosted by the New Jersey State Museum on May 21 and 22. Organized by Helen Tanzini in conjunction with the American Chemical Society, the Mercer group included numerous students, professors and even alumni. Along with most other exhibitors, they spent two days outdoors under the “Big Tent” because of major renovations at the museum. More than 30 organizations were represented

Mercer’s traveling science show included hands-on activities such as the ever-popular slime, a gooey combination of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), powdered soap and food coloring, and mini “lava lamps,” made with oil and water. Other exhibits focused on geology, space exploration, robots and more. Photos

Student Restaurant Lauded
Rich Bianco of Tech Services brought friends to the student-run restaurant this spring. They were so impressed they wrote e-mails to him which he shares here:

"Food was excellent!!!! The presentation was superb; felt like I was in a 4-star restaurant in NY or Paris. The wait staff paid attention to details along with the food. I was very impressed with the level of quality in the food, presentation, ambience, and service. I didn’t think that I was at a community college. The experience compares to the Culinary Institute meal I had many years ago. Keep up the good work!!!!!"

"Just want to thank you again for inviting me to the Brunch at MCCC. The food was delicious! The salmon OUTSTANDING. Service couldn't have been better, hard to believe the cooks and wait staff were students. They
certainly could compete with any fine restuarant. Hopefully you will invite me again when MCCC has another event."

Susan Zambrio Praised for Teaching
Student Trish Williams sent a note to Bill Mate praising Susan Zambrio for her teaching:

"Hello. I recently took a class at your college. I am 38 years old and this has been the first time I have taken classes at Mercer. My Professor was Susan Zambrio. I was reluctant and nervous after so long to attend and wanted to drop a note to say how wonderful and professional she was.
Professor Zambrio made our first few days comfortable and exciting. I have decided to pursue my goals at your college because of her kindness and willingness for us to succeed. I feel she is an asset to your organization and will look forward to her guidance in my future with the Nursing program at your facility. Please thank her for all her patience."

Glass Speaks in Northern Ireland
Dr. Michael Glass recently returned from Northern Ireland, where he spoke at an anti-violence conference and was involved in recent elections. Full details of his international activities are online here.

Welcome Twins!
Charlie Schlagel, a member of MCCC's Maintenance staff for 34 years, is now a proud grandfather of twins, Liam and Jalin, boy and girl, born May 16 to his daughter Selina and her husband Jack. Click here and here for photos. If you click on the photo you'll see an enlargement.

Note From the Public Information Office
"Many thanks to all of you who gave us information about our outstanding students for graduation publicity. There were so many stories we are not able to use them all, but we have sent many photos/articles out to local newspapers, and we will use other stories in our next issue of Viking.
" (From Saveria Symons and Wendy Humphrey)

Note from Retirees Group After May Luncheon at JKC
"We wish to thank Beverly Richardson and her staff for a delicious luncheon and interesting and informative update on the James Kerney Campus. We had a delightful afternoon and were very impressed with everything we saw. It was especially nice to have President Rose and Tom Wilfrid join us for lunch. Thank you all so much." (From Helen Marie Dolton)

Coming to Kelsey Theatre
Can two single men with distinctly different habits share an apartment without killing each other? Neil Simon's classic comedy, "The Odd Couple," comes to Kelsey Theatre on June 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The show is the third annual theater benefit presented by The James Tolin Memorial Fund. More

Kelsey Theatre Kids Series:
Families looking for a cool activity on a hot day will welcome the Kelsey Theatre Kids Series this summer. Shows will be offered twice daily Fridays and Saturdays from July 8 to August 13. Details

The first of the series, "Nosing Around With Baked Oranges,” will be presented by Maurer Productions OnStage. Back by popular demand from last season, the show includes classic clown antics, juggling, and magic. Friday, July 8 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., and Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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