E-Bulletin of September 10, 2004

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September 11 Commemorated
The deep blue sky on Sept. 10 served as a vivid reminder of Sept. 11, 2001 as the campus community joined together for a commemoration ceremony. Dr. Rose and County Executive Brian Hughes spoke of the 29 people from Mercer County who died that day. Hughes said the tragedy serves to unite us. "The things that keep us together are much much stronger than the things that keep us apart," he said.

Both Colleen Courtney and Don Jones added their musical talent to the occasion. Courtney, a faculty member in Office Systems Technology, sang the national anthem. Jones, director of Enrollment and Student Services at the James Kerney Campus, sang "God Bless America."

MCCC Student Government Association Teasurer Jen Toto, also a member of the International Student Organization, said the students have sponsored many awareness events about international holidays, customs, ethnic foods and a respect for differences. She believes students are more aware now of political and governmental issues and the future of the country than they were three years ago.


New Classrooms Open
This week Herb Spiegel had the honor of teaching the first class in one of the five new Administration Building classrooms. The wireless classrooms feature theater-style seating and comfortable padded chairs. Laptops are available for student use. The rooms have built-in sound proofing, multimedia capabilities, and new air conditioning and ventilation systems. New lavatory facilities have also been completed on the first floor of the Administration Building. The project was made possible by state-funded Chapter 12 financing.


Hearings Scheduled for Middle States Self-Study; All Invited, Participation Encouraged
As candid, constructive reports documenting MCCC strengths and weaknesses approach completion, our institution’s Middle States re-accreditation process relies on involvement from the entire college community. To facilitate input, two informal feedback hearings are scheduled for late this month:

Wednesday, Sept. 29: WW campus, SC108, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 30: JKC, Kerney Hall, noon to 1:30 p.m.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to preview the “Synopsis of Preliminary Findings” [accessible via MLink – click here] culled from the preliminary draft of MCCC’s 2005 Self-Study Report for the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Steering Committee is now moving into high gear to produce a draft self-study report in October for transmittal to Dr. Charlene Nunley, chair of the Middle States team. Dr. Nunley will be visiting Mercer to meet with various constituencies on Nov. 8, 2004.

For more information, contact committee co-chairs Al Porter (ext. 3384) or Al Leister (ext. 3577).

Voter Awareness/Registration
The Student Government Association is planning Voter Awareness Days every week until Oct. 3. There will also be a voter registration table with registration forms and voter information at Club Day, Sept. 21. The library will be adding an online voter education resource guide including books, periodicals, websites, and useful databases. This resource guide is designed to help everyone seeking non-partisan information, not just students. Registration forms are available all around campus. Boxes will be placed in mailrooms to collect completed forms. For more information please contact Amy Vondrak at vondraka@mccc.edu or call ext. 3891.

NJN Features Fairleigh Dickinson Program
New Jersey Network visited the campus on Sept. 1 to do a story about our Fairleigh Dickinson University BA and MA programs. They videotaped a classroom in action, talked with students, and interviewed Dean Mark McCormick, faculty member Chris DePagnier and President Rose. The video was broadcast on NJN News Sept. 7.

Exercise Schedule Shapes Up
The schedule is set for free exercise classes, held in PE 119 from noon to 12:45 p.m., for all college staff and faculty:

Monday: Abs and Stretch with Barbara
Tuesday: Low Impact Aerobics with Helen
Wednesday: Total Body Conditioning with Rosemary

If you would like to be put on the e-mail list to receive notices of schedule changes, please e-mail Wendy Humphrey at wendyh@mccc.edu.

Gallery Needs Volunteers
The college's art gallery needs volunteers. The schedule is flexible. Anyone interested should call Tricia Fagan at ext. 3589.

"Fast Facts" Brochure is Here
The college's "Fast Facts" brochure has been updated and reprinted. If you would like copies please call Publications at ext. 3772 or 3732.

Good News From Grads
Laurene Jones received two positive notes from recent grads:

graduated in January from the Nursing program and am starting the BSN program (long-distance learning) at Thomas Edison State College in January. I am working as a med-surg nurse at The University Medical Center at Princeton and was very happy with my education at MCCC. Thanks!" (Lynn Lutwin, RN)

"Hi my name is Sandra White and I graduated this spring from Mercer... I just wanted to let you know I ended up receiving a full scholarship to TCNJ. I am very, very excited about that. I just started my classes Tues. My major is Early Childhood/English... I had a wonderful experience at Mercer and with dealing with teachers and staff. Everyone was very helpful. I believe Mercer really helped prepare me for the university. I know I made a great decision when I decided to come to Mercer. Besides I wouldn't have received a full transfer scholarship."

Campus Beauty
Some floral beauty on campus.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
Wendy Lancaster will be walking three miles on Sept. 12 for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The walk will take place in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. She says "A very special member of my family was diagnosed and lost her three-year battle with this disease. Every year, I walk in memory of her and all other ovarian cancer survivors. All monies raised for the walk are designed to educate the public about ovarian cancer. If you would like to sponsor my walk with a donation please contact me in Purchasing at ext. 3249 at any time.

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