E-Bulletin of May 6, 2004

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Fairleigh Dickinson to Offer B.A., M.A. on Campus
Students will now be able to complete a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University without leaving the campus. Those in hospitality studies can also take graduate courses at Mercer leading to a master’s degree. Dr. J. Michael Adams, president of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), and Dr. Rose signed a partnership agreement on May 3 that will bring FDU faculty members to the college beginning this fall.

The two bachelor’s degree tracks are “Business and Technology” and “Hospitality Management.” The Master of Science degree will be in “Hospitality Management Studies.” The programs will offer flexibility so students can tailor their studies to specific career goals. Classes will be offered in the evening and on Saturdays and tuition will be discounted from the FDU on-campus rate.

For more information contact FDU's coordinator, Harvey Weiss, at 609-343-4984 (email hweiss@fdu.edu) or MCCC faculty member Chris dePagnier at 609-586-4800 ext. 3476.

Penn State Abington Agreement
Mercer's Business Administration graduates have a new opportunity to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Business at Penn State Abington. Dr. Rose and Penn State Abington dean and CEO, Dr. Karen Wiley Sandler, signed a new agreement on May 5. Eligible MCCC graduates must earn at least a 2.5 grade point average and must enroll at Penn State Abington within one year of their Mercer graduation.

Transferring students will be eligible for a Penn State Abington academic scholarship of $1500 if they earn a 3.60 final grade point average at Mercer, or $1,000 if they earn a 3.30 grade point average. Penn State Abington also offers a study-abroad program in Germany. The Abington campus is approximately 45 minutes from West Windsor.

Staff Recognition and "Maui at Mercer" May 19
At the College Assembly on May 19 (beginning at 10:30 a.m.), Mercer will recognize staff members who have reached milestone years of service, and will present the "Human Relations" and "Community Service" awards. A Hawaiian-themed luncheon, "Maui at Mercer," will follow in the cafeteria. All are welcome and the committee says tropical attire is optional.

"Virtue and Evil: Genocide in Rwanda" May 20
In commemoration of the tenth year since the Rwandan genocide, Howard Adelman, professor of philosophy at the Center on Refugee Studies of York University and visiting fellow at Princeton University's Institute for International and Regional Studies, will lecture on "Virtue and Evil: Genocide in Rwanda." The talk will take place on Thursday, May 20, at 5 p.m. in the college's Communications Building, Room 110. The lecture is sponsored by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, which is housed at the college library. More

Alumni Night a Success
More than 60 alumni and friends came out for the MCCC Alumni Association's second annual Theatre Evening. They enjoyed a buffet furnished by our food services staff in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room, then proceeded to Kelsey Theatre for the George Gershwin musical, "Crazy for You." Staff members lent their support. Photos

Food and Fun at Spring Diversity Day
Students, staff and faculty members enjoyed a beautifully clear day April 28 for the celebration of "Spring Diversity Day." Event organizers included staff members from Student Activities, Athletics, International Student Services and Food Services. Student clubs and organizations provided volunteer help.

With enough food to handle a crowd of up to 1500 people, staff and volunteers cheerfully served the large numbers. All of it was gone by 2 p.m., according to Student Services Director Danielle Garruba. Chinese and Spanish specialties were catered, the picnic fare was handled in-house, and salads were prepared by student worker Nicole (Nickie) Sutton.

Bobby LaFauci, adjunct faculty member of television and radio, served as DJ. Students enjoyed salsa dancing lessons, bead stringing, mountain climbing, and other games. Club members manned tables for their student organizations. Photos

Smiles and Pride at the EOF Awards Dinner
Students, faculty and staff members joined forces on April 29 to present a beautiful evening of awards to deserving students who have excelled at Mercer with help from the EOF program. Student Treesie Smith, EOF Club president, served as mistress of ceremonies. Twenty-three EOF students will graduate this year. Seven were honored for achieving President's List status, and twelve for Dean's List status. Sixteen others achieved a 3.0 GPA. Photos and more

Chemistry Students to Study at Princeton Univ.
Two Mercer chemistry students will be going to Princeton University this summer to study under world-renowned professors as part of Mercer's Chemistry Research program. The students are Linda Johnson and Kehinde Majekodunmi.

Johnson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and came to Mercer to prepare for graduate or pharmacy school. Majekodunmi is
graduating in May with majors in biology and chemistry.

Students Awarded Full Rutgers Scholarships
Seven MCCC students were awarded PTK scholarships by Rutgers University, covering full tuition for one year, renewable for a second year if they maintain a 3.0 average. They are:

Diane Phillips -- Humanities and Social Science
Christopher Mansolino -- Computer Science
Suzanne Edwards -- has earned many degrees, most recently Humanities and Social Science
Ryan Fugate -- Chemistry
Jana Dovalis -- Humanities and Social Science
Patricia Janicek -- Humanities and Social Science
Gretchen Orr -- Humanities and Social Science

Laurene Jones said, "These students have excelled. All have earned either a 4.0 or close to a 4.0 grade point average. They have tried courses in varied subject areas and excelled at everything they attempted. We should be very proud of these individuals."

New Equipment at the Fitness Center
The MCCC Fitness Center recently added four state-of-the-art exercise machines to its inventory. Other new items include a multi-press chest machine, an easily adjustable bench system that can be used as a chest press, incline bench press and shoulder press. The supine leg press provides conditioning of the quads, hamstrings and gluteals. The lateral pull down works the muscles of the upper body, especially the back. More

IGNITE! Eighteen Contemporary Artists at TAWA
MCCC graduate Matthew Lucash ('01), who has since graduated from Pratt, has spearheaded the current exhibit at Artworks Gallery in Trenton.
Between May 1 and June 21 the work of eighteen contemporary artists "from four continents and 11 major cities" will be displayed. More

At Kelsey Theatre
"The Grapes of Wrath," John Steinbeck's great American classic, comes to Kelsey Theatre this weekend. Performed by actors from the MCCC Drama Program, this moving stage adaptation was produced for Broadway by Frank Galati and uses original music, along with memorable songs by Woody Guthrie, to paint a broad historical context for the story. Dates and show times are: Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m. More

Mike Mulligan and his beloved steam shovel, Mary Anne, could once accomplish any task. But more modern shovels are threatening to replace them. Can Mike and Mary Anne complete their toughest job ever on time? Find out as TheatreworksUSA presents "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" at Kelsey Theatre on Saturday, May 15 at 2 and 4 p.m. More

Benefit for Ovarian Cancer
Wendy Lancaster of Purchasing invites all to a performance that will benefit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. "Four hilarious characters will examine every woman’s experience through musical parodies of classical tunes after they discover all they have in common at a lingerie sale, when the conversation turns to hot flashes and chocolate binges." The event is Sunday, June 13, 2 p.m. at Resorts Hotel & Casino, 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Call Lancaster for tickets at $35 each (ext. 3249) or get tickets for $42.50 through ticketmaster.com.

Bowl for Homeless Animals
Patti Dunleavy of Accounting asks for help as she participates in "Spare the Strays" bowl-a-thon on June 5. The event raises money to pay for vet bills and spaying/neutering for local homeless animals. If you would like to bowl or sponsor her as a bowler, contact dunleavy@mccc.edu or call ext. 3285. All donations are tax deductible and directly benefit homeless animals through West Jersey Volunteers for Animals.

Luncheon Set for Retirees
The MCCC Retirees will meet for lunch on May 19, 1 p.m. at Sunny Gardens. Please call Helen Marie Dolton by the 17th to make your reservation at 609-882-5086.


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