E-Bulletin of March 26, 2004

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Open House April 21
MCCC will host an Open House on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Center. According to Maria Tazza, over 5,000 invitations have been sent out and the high schools are helping to spread the word. This will be a great opportunity to represent your program to potential students.

Please contact Maria Tazza at ext. 3224 to let her know what your needs will be for the event.

Power Tools Conference April 23
In celebration of Administrative Professionals Day, the Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer will host a one-day conference, "Power Tools: Essential Skills for Professional and Personal Effectiveness." Keynote speaker will be Joni Daniels, author of "Power Tools for Women: Plugging into the Essential Skills for Work and Life." The event takes place on Friday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More

Community Forum: Civil Liberties vs. National Security April 16
Please help us spread the word to students and colleagues. Mercer's Conference Center will host its third community forum on April 16, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. T
he focus of the forum is: "After the events of 9/11, what personal sacrifices are we willing to make to keep us safe?" The panel of six distinguished guests will include:

  • Katherine Flicker, former assistant attorney general-in-charge of the New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism;
  • Hamad Ahmad Chebli, Iman of the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey;
  • Harold Eikhoff, president emeritus of The College of New Jersey;
  • Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey;
  • Hui Chen, former assistant U.S. attorney in the eastern district of New York;
  • William J. Atkinson, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The moderator will be Nancy J. Duff, associate professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. The cost of $35 includes continental breakfast. There is a discounted cost of $25 for students and seniors. Groups of three or more qualify for a 10% discount. For more information contact Lorna Strang at 609-586-4800 ext. 3856 or email strangl@mccc.edu.

Joe Blasenstein Wins Regional Award
After receiving the Certified Flight Instructor of the Year award last October, Joe Blasenstein will again be honored, this time with the Federal Aviation Administration's Eastern Region Certified Flight Instructor of the Year award. The eastern region includes New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

"Your accomplishment merits the highest praise one can give a fellow aviator" said Rusty Sadis, executive director of the National Association of Flight Instructors. "The energy and effort you have devoted to pursuing excellence in your craft distinguish you as among the very best in a demanding profession, and we salute you for it."

2004 Dinner Dance Bigger than Ever
On March 20 more than 500 guests enjoyed the Sensational Soul Cruisers, a sensational dinner, and the most lucrative silent auction ever. "Motown Madness," the Foundation Board's dinner dance, raised $175,000 in net proceeds that will go directly to student scholarships.

Bill Mate said"On behalf of our students, I thank all who were involved in the dinner dance. By supporting this event, faculty and staff have shown their commitment to student success and opportunities. It was a great night and we look forward to an even better event next year."

Mercer staff members who served on the Dinner Dance Committee included Deanna Cernero, Danielle Garruba, M. Kitty Getlik, Lynn Holl, Mel Leipzig, Barbara Marx, William Mate, Jeremy Parry, Dr. Beverly Richardson, Dr. Robert Rose, Lynn Steill, Elaine Stout, Saveria Symons, Dorothy Walton and Michael Welliver. Photos

Mercer Wins First Place in St. Patrick's Day Parade
For the second year, MCCC has taken the first place prize for its float in Trenton's St. Patrick's Day parade. Staff members and students worked hard to design and assemble the float. They passed out materials about the college to thousands of spectators. Special thanks are due to the MCCC Maintenance staff, the Horticulture Club, the Phi Theta Kappa students and the JAM Club (Japanese Anime Manga). Photos

Water Aerobics Classes Write Cookbook
Lorrie Hammell, an instructor of Water Aerobics at Mercer for many years, has built up a community of students in her "Aqua Power" and "Easy Does It" classes. When discussing food one day, the group decided to write its own cookbook. Everyone contributed a favorite recipe and Hammell did the word processing. With help from Sharon Vlasac and others, the cookbook became a reality. "It's tightened up the group and brought us closer," Hammell said. "It gave us something in common to talk about."

Student Clubs Help Soup Kitchen
Below is Amy Immordino's account of the day our students volunteered at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Immordino is an education specialist for International Student Services and co-advisor with Robert Delgato of the International Student Organization, which spearheaded the project.

"Dressed in kitchen aprons and wearing hairnets, Mercer’s student leaders took over the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen last Friday, March 12. As soon as the students got off the MCCC van, they wasted no time in getting started. As some were preparing the food, others were cleaning up in the kitchen. When it came time to serve the food on the hotline, everyone worked as a team to get each meal served hot, quickly and with a smile. Jennifer Toto, who is Secretary of the International Student Organization and a SGA Senator said, 'I had a great time working with my friends and seeing first hand how this is all run.'

"All of the students’ efforts were part of Adopt-A-Day at TASK. In the beginning of last fall's semester, students decided to have a club-wide event and contacted TASK. While there are different ways for organizations to support TASK, Cathy Ann Vandegrift, associate director of TASK, suggested the students sponsor Adopt- A-Day. During the past few months, student clubs held bake sales and other fundraisers to raise the $1500 it costs to sponsor a day at TASK.

"The clubs involved with Adopt-A-Day were Future Teachers, PTK, EOF, Christian Fellowship, African American Student Organization, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Horticulture, Criminal Justice and the International Student Organization." Photos

The Circus Comes to Mercer
The animal-free Moscow State Circus will perform at MCCC's Physical Education Building on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28. Tickets cost $20 for two, and children under 12 are free. Simone Morrow in Athletics has some tickets for $10 each if you get there before 4 today.

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