E-Bulletin of June 8, 2004

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Commencement Day
The weather was perfect for commencement ceremonies on May 27.
Approximately 800 students are graduating this year, bringing the total over the past 37 years to more than 27,500. President Rose introduced a full slate of dignitaries including County Executive Brian Hughes, several freeholders, and many members of the MCCC Board of Trustees. He thanked the faculty and grand marshals, Professors Irv Ashkenazy, William Engler and John Santosuosso. All three are retiring and have been awarded Professor Emeritus status.

Commencement speaker, Dr. George Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison State College, was introduced by Provost Beverly Richardson. He encouraged the grads to take their citizenship seriously. “Citizenship is a right. Stewardship is an obligation. Stewardship requires our responsibility for the welfare of society.”

Dean Diane Campbell introduced student speaker Colleen Greene, an Education major with two teenage children who has been active in the PTK and in establishing a support group for returning adult students. Greene said, “MCCC has been an amazing experience for me. Here at Mercer, there is no typical student. No typical age, no typical gender, no typical race, no typical anything. Most students balance a school career with jobs and family responsibilities. This juggling act is not easy, but there is tremendous support from the faculty and administration.”

Vice President Thomas Wilfrid asked honors graduates to stand and be acknowledged.

Graduates were enthusiastic as MCCC deans called their names. President Rose and Board of Trustees president, Rev. Wayne Griffith, greeted students and handed them symbolic diplomas amid the cheers of their family members and friends.
Commencement Photos

Honors Student Photos

Professor Framarz Khousab Wins Distinguished Teaching Award
This year's Distinguished Teaching Award went to Professor Framarz Khoushab, coordinator of the MCCC Business Administration program. According to Vice President Thomas Wilfrid, Khoushab came to MCCC as an adjunct and soon became a full-time assistant professor. Student evaluations have always been outstanding.

Wilfrid said Khoushab has taken a leadership role on campus. He has chaired the Academic Standards Committee and has served on the Teaching and Learning Professional Development Committee and the Mercer Curriculum Project.

Khoushab has three master's degrees and 39 credits toward a Ph.D., Wilfrid said. "His greatest claim to academic fame is his overwhelming effectiveness as an instructor, and his patient nurturing of -- and care for -- his students. Many students who never expected to understand economics or business statistics not only understand difficult concepts, but can explain them to others because they were taught by this year's recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for 2004, Professor Framarz Khoushab."

Graduating students cheered when Khoushab's name was announced for this award.

In accepting the award, Khoushab said, "I am honored and speechless. It is a good feeling to be recognized for the work that you do... I thank God for giving me the opportunity to do the job that I love to do... I hope I am worthy of your confidence... Mostly I must thank our students who simultaneously challenge, inspire and reward us."

Before coming to Mercer, Khoushab taught at Philadelphia University, West Chester University and Penn State. "Mercer is one of the best colleges where I have taught," he said. "These last 13 years have been absolutely delightful -- to have these kinds of colleagues and friends. I always had the support of everyone and I was so fortunate to have that."

Khoushad is especially appreciative of the teamwork and administrative support he found at Mercer. "Any success is teamwork," he said. "The hard work and enthusiasm of everyone at Mercer inspired me."
Press release here

Smooth Ceremonies
Nearly 500 students marched in cap and gown this year, more than in the recent past. The lineup and march were smoothly orchestrated. According to Dean Diane Campbell, who oversaw the Commencement Committee, all went very well this year. "I have heard several people say it was one of the best," she said. "The weather was good, the campus was beautiful and I think the students enjoyed themselves." Campbell says "thank you" to all who participated in making the day such a success, including the behind-the-scenes people in maintenance, security, food services and other areas who worked so hard. Many student leaders from SGA, SAB and AASO also volunteered as ushers and assistants.

A highlight of the day for Campbell was seeing the two graduates who use wheelchairs receive their diplomas. "We worried about how that was going to work. We wanted them to have a graduation with honor and dignity," she said.

Beautifying the Campus
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New Teachers Celebrate "Capstone" Conference at MCCC
Nearly 400 new and aspiring New Jersey teachers who participated in the first ever class of the "New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey" program met for their "Capstone Conference" at MCCC June 4 and 5. They received their training at one of the state's 19 community colleges. Dr. William Librera, N.J. Commissioner of Education, who pioneered the program, gave the keynote address. More

Banking Reps Offer Advice
The Community Partnerships Committee, one of the college committees formed for MiddleStates and Strategic Planning initiatives, hosted a breakfast and focus group on May 4 for invited members of the banking and financial services industries. The goal of the meeting was to generate a dialogue with these organizations to help Mercer be more responsive to the industries’ needs. Read summary here

Wedding Bells
Congratulations to Nancy Gunther, support staff member in Arts & Communication, who was married May 9 to Scott Vogin. The couple went on a honeymoon to Disney World in Florida. Photo

American Heart Association “Heart Walk”
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 18 for the American Heart Association “Heart Walk” at Mercer County Park. In order to help fund research and educational programs, a team from MCCC is being organized by faculty member Amy Iseneker. A college-wide goal has been set for $6,000. Cardiovascular diseases, which include heart disease and stroke, claim a life every 33 seconds.

If you are interested in walking on Sept. 18, please contact the captain listed below in your designated area for details.

MS and CM Buildings – Amy Iseneker
LA Building – Yvonne Greenbaun or Debbie Kell
BS Building – Josie Mathias
ET and ES Buildings – Donna Munde
Student Center and Library – Danielle Garruba
AD Building – Betty Blackwell
Conference Center – Michael Glass
PE, Maintenance, and Security – Bob Pugh
Kerney Campus – not yet represented – anyone interested?

Soccer Team Needs Players
The German American Kickers U13 Travel Soccer Team, located on Uncle Pete's Road in Yardville, is looking to fill out its roster for the 2004-2005 season. Boys born after July 31,1991 are eligible. The group is especially interested in goalkeepers. No experience necessary! For more information contact Kathy Gilbert at ext. 3622.


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