E-Bulletin of September 25, 2008

Features

Updates

Felician College to Offer BSN at Mercer
This month MCCC signed an agreement with Felician College of Lodi, NJ that will make it possible for nurses to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree right on MCCC's campus. The 60-credit program, which begins in January, consists of 30 credits of nursing courses and 30 credits of liberal arts and science courses.

The program is designed for licensed RNs, those who have earned their associate degree in nursing or a nursing diploma, and have at least 30 liberal arts credits. More here.

Mercer Kicks Off "First-Year Experience Mentoring Project;"
More Mentors Needed

Khalida Haqq led a workshop Sept. 24 for staff and faculty members who have volunteered to mentor a Mercer student. So far 73 staff and faculty members have signed up. Many at the meeting have offered to mentor more than one student.

Haqq said the college has 2,300 new students this fall, so more mentors are needed, and are encouraged to contact her to sign up. Mentors were encouraged to meet with their mentee three times per semester, and to remain with him or her for two semesters. Mentor responsibilities include motivating, helping improve self esteem, serving as a resource and referral service, serving as a role model, friend and confidante, assisting in clarifying goals, assessing progress, etc.

The project came about in an effort to help retain students at Mercer. Haqq said a study conducted by Terrell and Hassel (1994) at Northern Illinois University found that 92% of the students who participated in the university's mentoring program were still enrolled at the end of the academic year, vs. 62% of non-participants. Of those remaining, only 8% were on academic probation compared to 26% of non-participants.

For more information or to sign up to be a mentor, contact Khalida Haqq at haqqk@mccc.edu (ext. 3327).

Betty Peterson Featured in BAT Cave Video
Assistant Dean Debbie Kell says: "I’m excited to announce that Betty Peterson is our newly spotlighted faculty member at the Virtual BAT Cave website! -- http://teach.mccc.edu -- on the home page. Take a moment to read her favorite quotation, then click on the link to Professor Profile to view the streaming video!

"Betty Peterson teaches everyone’s favorite subject: mathematics. Watch her video to find out how Betty came to us here at Mercer. Listen as she asserts that math is indeed something that everyone can grasp. Betty shares how she approaches her students who have a fear of math. Discover just what a childhood on a farm is like and the value that brought to her life.

Check out Betty’s spotlight and then tell her that you’ve seen her hanging around the BAT Cave. Congratulations, Betty! MCCC is proud to spotlight you. " Reply to kelld@mccc.edu

AAWCC Hosting Mentoring Kickoff Oct. 10
The Mercer County Chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges invites all professional staff and faculty to a peer-to-peer Mentoring Kickoff on Oct. 10, at 12 noon in the WWC Faculty/Staff Dining Room. "If you have ever wished for a coach or mentor for life and job, or if you enjoy coaching, sharing your knowledge, and helping people, the AAWCC invites you to take part in this program," says Margarita Leahy. A curriculum and a guide is provided for participants. 

The program includes a welcome by President Patricia Donohue. Retired faculty and staff are needed and welcome. Please bring some business cards with you. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to Margarita Leahy at ext. 3181 or 3182 or e-mail leahym@mccc.edu.
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Mercer Retirees Gather at JKC
President Patricia Donohue and Vice President Beverly Richardson had a chance to connect with 12 on-the-go MCCC retirees at a mini-reunion at the James Kerney Campus on Sept. 18. They discussed various college initiatives, while learning what retirees have been doing with their lives after Mercer. They all enjoyed a delectable lunch prepared by Mercer's JKC culinary arts students. More with photos here.
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Adjunct Faculty Member's Photos Exhibited at Times Square
Kai McBride, an adjunct faculty member, has installed his first major public artwork in one of the busiest locations in the world -- Times Square. The installation of large scale photographs appears through the end of October on an 80-foot long construction fence at the corner of 8th Avenue at 44th Street. Entitled "Facing Florida:  Self-Projecting Sunbelt Citizens," the installation displays McBride's photographs of Floridians who advertise themselves and their businesses on Sunshine State bus benches, bus shelters and billboards. For more information visit the Times Square website here.
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Maurer Productions Receives Five Perry Awards
The staff of Kelsey Theatre congratulates Maurer Productions OnStage, which performs at Kelsey Theatre, for being honored with five Perry Awards at a statewide ceremony on Sept. 21. All five awards were for "Driving Miss Daisy," performed last season. The awards included: Outstanding Direction of a Play to Dan Maurer; Outstanding Sound Design to Dan Maurer; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play to Eve Connolly; Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play to Allwyn Baskin; and Outstanding Production of a Play to Maurer Productions OnStage.

Kelsey Theatre staff and community companies received a total of 21 nominations, including M. Kitty Getlik for Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play ("Driving Miss Daisy") and MCCC alumnus John M. Maurer and Administrator Specialist Amy Foris for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play ("Driving Miss Daisy"). Two of the nominees, Jim Petro and Melissa Rittmann, are starring in the upcoming "Dames at Sea," to be presented by Pierrot Productions at Kelsey Theatre Oct. 17-26. The Perry Awards are an awards program of the New Jersey Association of Community Theatres (NJACT) to celebrate excellence in community theatre throughout the state.
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Theatre Program Has Full Fall Calendar
The MCCC Theatre Program will offer a variety of events this fall at the Studio Theatre that are open to college faculty, staff, students and the community.  The Late Night Series has been drawing enthusiastic crowds; the Sept. 19 event was standing room only, according to Program Coordinator Jody Person.  Students are also busy in rehearsal for two dramas coming in November: Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and "Hedda Gabler."  Learn more here.

Latina Women's Council Youth Conference at MCCC
MCCC is a partner with the Latina Women's Council of Mercer County Inc. and various local businesses in sponsoring an all-day NUES TRO Youth Conference on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Windsor campus. Registration is open to all Mercer County students, grades 9 through 12. MCCC Executive Dean Diane Campbell is a member of the Youth Conference committee. Read the full story here in The Times.
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Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
9-19-08: Free Lecture to Focus on Homeland Security

9-19-08: 'Moon' Rising at Kelsey Theatre (Moon Over Buffalo review)

Pennington Post:

9-17-08: Sustainability Expert to Speak at MCCC Sept. 23

Updates/Reminders

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Sept. 19-28: Moon Over Buffalo

Oct. 3 - 12: Brighton Beach Memoirs

Oct. 11: The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks

PREVIEW of the 2008-09 Season

Golf Classic Oct. 6
The MCCC Athletics Department hosts its 17th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, October 6. The event will be held at the Mercer Oaks East Golf Course. More here.

Save the Date!
"Creating the Future" Coming Dec. 4

MCCC's Board of Trustees will again host a special community event, "Creating the Future" set for Dec. 4, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at MCCC's Conference Center. The "living report to the community" coincides with the publication of the college's 2007-08 Annual Report, and will be a showcase for student and college success. The entire community is invited, so help us spread the word. Details are coming soon.

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

Sports Update
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