E-Bulletin of June 2, 2005
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.
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.
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."
the story in The Times
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:
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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
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 email@example.com.)
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.
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
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.
Honors Student Athletes for Banner Year
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.
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.
Volunteers Lend a Hand for 25th Super Science Weekend
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
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.
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.
certainly could compete with any fine restuarant. Hopefully you will
invite me again when MCCC has another event."
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."
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.
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
for photos. If you click on the photo you'll see an enlargement.
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
(From Saveria Symons and Wendy Humphrey)
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)
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.
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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