E-Bulletin of September 25,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
information or to sign up to be a mentor, contact Khalida Haqq at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peterson Featured in BAT Cave Video
Assistant Dean Debbie Kell says: "Im 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!
Peterson teaches everyones 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.
Bettys spotlight and then tell her that youve seen her hanging
around the BAT Cave. Congratulations, Betty! MCCC is proud to spotlight
you. " Reply to email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
in the News Online
Free Lecture to Focus on Homeland Security
'Moon' Rising at Kelsey Theatre (Moon Over Buffalo review)
Sustainability Expert to Speak at MCCC Sept. 23
Coming to Kelsey Theatre
19-28: Moon Over Buffalo
3 - 12: Brighton Beach Memoirs
11: The Plant that Ate Dirty Socks
of the 2008-09 Season
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.
"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.
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