E-Bulletin of May 14, 2004

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Donna Richardson-Hall Receives EOF Award
The New Jersey Commission on Higher Education's Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) has presented MCCC's Associate Professor Donna Richardson-Hall with the "EOF Champion" award for 2004. The program helps make college possible for financially and educationally disadvantaged students who are capable and motivated but lack adequate preparation for college study. Press release and photo

Chemistry Students Present Research
Chemistry and Biology honors research students Linda Johnson, Kehinde Majekodunmi and Heng Ouch presented their research findings May 6 to fellow students, faculty members and visiting faculty.
Johnson will be attending pharmacy school next year and Majekodunmi will transfer to Rutgers. Both will be part of this summer's research fellowship at Princeton University. Ouch will also graduate in May and plans to transfer to Rider University.

Johnson's research was under the guidance of Minkui Luo and Dr. J. Groves of Princeton University. Her topic was "Synthesis, Characterization and Iron-Acquisition of Hydroxamic Acid."

Majekodunmi's research was under Drs. Adam Kustka and Francois Morel of Princeton University. His topic was "Trace Metal Reduction by Phytoplankton: A Study of the Role of Plasmalemma Redox Enzymes."

Ouch's research, under Rider University's Dr. Bruce Burnham, was on "Synthesis of Pyrrole C-and-N-Nucleosides as Anti-Cancer Agents." Photo

SGA/SAB Awards Banquet and Social
Mercer's Student Government Association and Student Activities Board held their annual awards banquet and spring social on May 1 at Angeloni's Cedar Gardens. Numerous staff, faculty members and students participated in presenting awards. Students were honored for their nomination in Who's Who, as volunteers, as outstanding students, and as student leaders.

Of the 43 faculty/staff members who serve as club/organization advisors, two were singled out for the "Advisor of the Year" award -- Linda Ertingu for the Student Activities Board, James Kerney campus, and Peter Horne for the Criminal Justice Club.
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James Kerney Campus Celebrates Achievement
On May 11 Mercer honored 281 students who completed a program at the James Kerney Campus. A festive ceremony was held at the War Memorial, with Don Jones serving as master of ceremonies. He treated the full-house crowd with a beautiful performance of "God Bless America." Provost Beverly Richardson and President Bob Rose gave welcoming remarks, along with Board of Trustees President Wayne Griffith and County Executive Brian Hughes.

Introducing the programs were Don Jones, Robert Estok, Olufunke Ogunbodede and Ricardo Figueroa. Other JKC staff members announced student names. Students were honored in credit programs, the Career Training Institute, the GED program and the English Language Institute.

Four successful students addressed the audience:

Juan Gordon from Guatemala earned dual associate degrees in Criminal Justice and Humanities & Social Science. He was seven when his family came to this country, and said he learned English from cartoons and his classmates.

Shoba Chopra
, a Career Training Institute graduate, came to Mercer after being laid off from her job. She is very grateful for the program which prepared her for her excellent new job at a law firm.

Jumal Pierre
, who earned his GED, spoke about overcoming a difficult past. "The devil is a liar," he said, when describing some negative words that he said did not hold him back. A single father, Pierre is now pursuing a degree in business.

Skalicka Jindriska
of the Czech Republic completed the English Language Institute and plans to continue her education at Mercer in food services/catering. She was very thankful for her excellent instructors.

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Two Chosen for All-State Academic Team
Two Mercer students, Marie Mendez and Heather Fedor, were honored as members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team on Thursday, May 13, as part of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Phi Theta Kappa Day. Mendez, who is a full-time staff member in the business office at Mercer, will graduate this May with dual associate degrees in General Business and Microcomputer Systems Administration. She plans to continue her education at Thomas Edison State College. Fedor will graduate this month with an associate degree in Business Administration. She won a PTK scholarship to Drexel University, where she will major in Marketing.

All-State students from New Jersey's 19 community colleges, and their family members, met for a day of events that began at the War Memorial. They met with government leaders at the State House and were treated to a luncheon and awards ceremony. Photo and more

The Foreign Language Honor Society
Mercer's Foreign Language Honor Society held its annual International Dinner recently. Dr. Steve
Richman, faculty advisor to the program, said the evening featured a candlelight induction ceremony and an international dinner catered by MCCC's food services staff. Arroz con pollo and beef roladen were two featured dishes.

Each inductee gave a brief presentation in a foreign language. Club president Elaine Vieites sang and played Brazilian songs. Richman said Vieites and this year's vice president, Gabriela Rescende, are both from Brazil, although they did not know each other until they met at Mercer. The fun continued when student Luis Cruz and his mother demonstrated salsa dancing and taught the steps to others.

The Alpha Mu Gamma Foreign Language Honor Society goes back to 1931 when it was initiated in Los Angeles. It has spread nationwide and now has 324 chapters. Mercer has had a chapter for 20 years and presently has 100 student members. To be eligible, a student must earn an A in two levels of the same language and have a GPA of at least 3.25.

Anne Lumberger Wins "Chef of the Year"
Chef Anne Lumberger, a graduate of Mercer who now teaches in the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Program, has been selected as “Chef of the Year” by the American Culinary Federation Professional Chefs Guild of Central New Jersey. Lumberger was chosen by her guild peers in recognition of her numerous volunteer activities in the culinary field. Lumberger and her award were featured in The Times of Trenton on May 12, in a front-page food section article.

Lumberger’s volunteer efforts focus on the Eden Institute, a Princeton-based nonprofit agency that provides services to children and adults with autism. She plans menus and helps with cooking for Eden’s summer camp program in Connecticut, and also participates in fundraising events. She has served as a judge for high school cooking competitions at the Sypek Center (Mercer County Technical School) and been an active volunteer in “Childhood Hunger Day,” an annual Chefs Guild event that teaches inner city children about nutrition.

Tickets for Great Adventure Available
Sharon Vlasac has some tickets to Great Adventure that she is making available to MCCC staff and faculty members for $23, including the safari. Call her at ext. 3267.

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