of May 14, 2004
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
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."
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."
under Rider University's Dr. Bruce Burnham, was on "Synthesis of
Pyrrole C-and-N-Nucleosides as Anti-Cancer Agents." Photo
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. Photos
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.
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.
successful students addressed the audience:
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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