E-Bulletin of November 8, 2004

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It's Party Time
Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate at the MCCC Holiday Party, Friday, Dec. 17, noon to 3 p.m. at the West Windsor Campus Student Center Cafeteria. You'll enjoy delicious food at several stations, giveaways, door prizes and a DJ. Santa, one of his Elves and the Mercer Viking will make special guest appearances.

You will receive a mailed invitation by Nov. 12 with a tear-off section to send back to Rosanne Zarrilli by Dec. 3. These paper replies will be used to choose door prizes. (No e-mail or voice mail replies please.) If you do not receive an invitation, please see your unit's administrative assistant or call ext. 3608.

Agreement Signed with Rider Univ.
President Rose and Rider University President Mordechai Rozanski signed an agreement at Mercer on Nov. 3 that renews transfer opportunities for Mercer graduates and ushers in a new era of partnership, outreach and networking for the two colleges. College mascots were on hand to help cut a celebratory cake for staff and students.

Rider offers a guaranteed transfer program that Mercer students can enter up to the time they complete 30 credits here. Rider has agreed to provide scholarships for entering Mercer graduates with a 2.75 grade point average or above, with amounts dependent upon their average at graduation. For example, students with a 3.5 or better grade point average will be eligible for scholarships of $7,500 per year, while those with lower averages will qualify for lesser amounts. The scholarships are renewable for up to three years.

Laurene Jones, Lucille McElhinny, Cherie Smith and other staffers coordinated the event.

Press Release

Full Scholarship Winners Honored
Many area dignitaries came out to help MCCC honor the winners of full scholarships through three programs, NJSTARS, the Freeholders' Scholarship Program, and the MCCC Foundation. Scholarship recipients received certificates and recognition at the event, held Nov. 3 at MCCC's Conference Center.

Congressman Ruth Holt spoke briefly and said he was pleased to meet some of the scholarship recipients in person. Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein, who co-drafted the NJSTARS legislation, introduced the NJSTARS recipients. Freeholders Lucylle Walker and Keith Hamilton announced the Freeholder scholarship winners, and MCCC Foundation Board member Diane Gerofsky, with Dean Bill Mate, introduced the winners of Foundation scholarships. The mayor of West Windsor, Shing-Fu Hsueh, was introduced by Dr. Rose.

Carol Tosh, Maria Tazza and members of the Admissions staff coordinated the event. Photos

Fall Faculty Honorees
The contributions of seven members of the MCCC faculty were presented to the Board of Trustees this fall as "Examples of Excellence." They are: Gianna Durso-Finley, Alvyn Haywood, Diane Hilker, Josie Mathias, Kathy Paluscio, Don Reichman and Robert Smith. Photo and brief bios

"Take Five" Earns Rave Reviews
The MCCC Student Restaurant, "Take Five," served beautifully-prepared luncheon fare on five Wednesdays this fall. Fully operated by the college's culinary students, the restaurant is so popular the luncheon tickets were sold out a day after going on sale. Photos

New Course Begins in January
"Contemporary Women's Art and Literature," a new evening credit course to begin in January, will blend the visual and literary arts. The course will be taught by faculty members Carol Bork (English) and Paula Swisher (Visual Arts), who proposed the course in response to a "Writing Across the Disciplines" request for pilot programs.

"Interdisciplinary work is becoming very prominent at colleges and universities," Bork says, "so it can benefit our students to have experience in this kind of course before they move on to their transfer schools."

Bork said the students will examine works of art and respond in writing both creatively and in a more academic mode. Art projects will be incorporated. Among other literature of the late 20th century, students will read works by Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson and Eve Ensler.

MCCC Job Board Now Online
You can help spread the word to students about the college's new online career service, "The College Central Network." Students and alumni can search for jobs posted by employers and can upload their résumés that, with permission, can be searched by employers. Employers in turn are invited to post jobs.

This online resource is specific to MCCC. You can reach it any time from the college home page by going to "Services for Business" and moving down to the bottom listing. Call Patrick Corozza for more information at ext. 3304. Photo

Best Practices Conference
There are just two more weeks before the 2005 Best Practices Conference proposals are due. Forms can be downloaded here. A recent e-mail stated: "The d
eadline for submissions is Nov. 12 to your statewide association chair, if you have one, and Nov. 22 for all proposals. Contact Gwen Moran at 732-280-7047 or gwen@gwenmoran.com for further details. Proposals may be e-mailed to bestpractices@gwenmoran.com, faxed to 732-280-6372, or mailed to PO Box 1714, Wall Township, NJ 07719.

"This is your opportunity to showcase the best and brightest ideas, solutions and programs on your community college campus in front of hundreds of community college administration, faculty, management and staff." The conference will be held on Friday, April 29 right here at MCCC.

Clothing and More Discounted at Bookstore
Clothing at the MCCC Bookstore (except for chef's clothing) will be 20% off from Nov. 15 through Nov. 30.
Also, children's books, coloring books and greeting cards are selling at special discounts throughout November and December. Remember to shop on campus!

Bookstore Awards Halloween Prize
Student Sylvia Meyer of the James Kerney campus won a Sony CD Player in the MCCC Bookstore's Halloween contest. Photo

Smith Presents Wildlife Talk
Ron Smith of the Biology program presented a talk in October for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ's Education and Outreach program to New Jersey teachers. He represented MCCC and Drexel University. The talk involved general information about the preservation of state endangered and threatened species and discussed the research he is conducting for graduate studies at Drexel on reptiles and amphibians of the New Jersey pinelands.

Upward Bound Students Featured in P.U. Publication
In their fall issue, Princeton University's EQuad News featured MCCC's Upward Bound students in a story about a summer program at the Princeton Center for Complex Materials, where the high school students learned about science with top researchers. The article, entitled "PUMA Brings Science to Underprivileged High Schoolers," details the work in cancer detection done by 16 high school students, all recruited from MCCC's Upward Bound program.

"These students retraced Professor Soboyejo's steps in detecting cancer cells with BioMEMS (microscopic machines that work with the human body) and cantilevers as small as one-fiftieth of the diameter of a human hair... They used micropipettes to test samples and hemocytometry to count cells in Princeton labs..." So many people from the lab helped out that there were 11 teachers to 16 students.

EQuad News is a publication of the university's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The program is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

A Heart-y Donation of $5,500!
MCCC staff, faculty, students and friends demonstrated again that they do have a heart. They raised a combined total of $5,500 for the American Heart Association. Amy Iseneker, who coordinated the drive, said more than 50 people walked and represented MCCC on September 18. She extends a big thank you to everyone who participated and donated. Photos

Staffer Wins $1,500
Nancy Vogin of Arts and Communication won $1,500 from the Tony Danza Show by answering a trivia question on the game show called "Extravadanza."

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