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E-Bulletin of April 15, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College


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Moving Days
Staff members of the Division of Corporate and Community Programs are moving their offices this week to the new Conference Center.  Dean Rose Nini says, "I invite everyone to come and see our new building.  I want everyone to know this is their Conference Center and I hope that various groups will have opportunities to enjoy the Conference Center in many different ways in the years to come."
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Kelsey Theatre's New Web Address
There is a new address for Kelsey Theatre:   http://www.kelseyatmccc.org/
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Tom Wilfrid Receives EOF Honor
Vice President Tom Wilfrid was the recipient of the 2003 "Educational Opportunity Champions" award, presented at the EOF's annual meeting in Atlantic City April 2.  He received a brass star paperweight and certificate. 

This was the third year of the award, which honors non-EOF staff members "who have championed the cause of institutional EOF programs over the years."  Last year the MCCC recipient was Jennifer Dowd, and in 2001 it was Harrison Morson.

The staff of MCCC's EOF program chose Tom Wilfrid, said Khalida Haqq.  "Dr. Wilfrid’s involvement with the EOF dates back many years.  He served for more than seven years as a member of the Community Advisory Board.  The impetus behind this nomination as 'EOF Champion' was his endorsement, support and promotion of our effort to implement the 'EOF Learning Clusters' project in Fall, 1998.  Dr. Wilfrid continues to be the administrative power behind the project."

Haqq said 16 MCCC students attended the conference and six received recognition awards for academic achievement.  The program was for graduating students with commendable performance.  One MCCC student, Gerald Carbone, received two awards for outstanding achievement. 

The EOF program helps low income and disadvantaged students. 
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Student Activities Board Raises $2,000 for Angel's Wings
Through a rock show, luncheon, bake sales and other events, MCCC's Student Activities Board raised $2,000 for a local charity, Angel's Wings, that provides emergency respite care for abused and neglected children.  Five students are in the process of becoming certified as Angel's Wings volunteers.  They will care for children at the organization's facility in St. Francis Medical Center.  See photo of students dressed as angels.
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American Physical Therapy Association Holds Conference at MCCC

MCCC's new Conference Center hosted the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey's conference recently.  More than 250 professionals and students from throughout the state attended the Saturday event.   See photo
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Dr. Diane Campbell Elected Vice Chair of NJVCCC

At the spring meeting of the New Jersey Virtual Community College Consortium, representatives of 19 community colleges elected officers for the coming year.  Elected were:  Chuck Chulvic , Vice President of Learning and Technology Services at Raritan Valley Community College, Chair; Dr. Diane Campbell , Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs/Director, The Virtual Campus, MCCC, Vice Chair; Melissa Hopp, Vice President, Administrative Services, Camden County College, Treasurer; and Nora McCurry, Manager of Distance Education Applications, Brookdale Community College, Secretary.
 
NJVCCC coordinates shared Internet courses and services to give New Jersey's students a wider selection of online course options.  Diane Campbell served two years as secretary before stepping up to Vice Chair.
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You Can Fly!

The MCCC Flight Team is sponsoring "Pennies for Pounds" airplane rides at Trenton-Mercer Airport on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is fifteen cents per pound (with assurances of weight confidentiality).  Minimum cost is $5 and the maximum is $15.  Pilots will be MCCC flight instructors and faculty members.  All proceeds will go toward sponsoring the college's Flight Team, which competes in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association championships each year.   Call 609-530-1272.
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"Digital Video to DVD" Lecture
Technologist and author Douglas Dixon of Sarnoff Corporation will present a lecture, "Digital Video to DVD," on Tuesday, April 29 in CM 110 at noon, as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series

Dixon will focus on the tremendous innovation and growth in digital media products within recent years.  He will also explain key concepts about digital video and the wide selection of new products such as digital camcorders, consumer video editing, DVD recorders and DVD authoring software.

Dixon is the author of several books, including "Desktop DVD Authoring" and "How to Use Adobe Premiere 6.5." 
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Horticulture Program Uses New MCCC Technology
MCCC Horticulture students no longer have to fight the traffic to New Brunswick in order to participate in special lectures given by Rutgers faculty.  They can be part of those lectures right here on campus, and be seen and heard by those in the Rutgers classroom.  

According to Tony Bruzaitis, the Horticulture program is taking advantage of technology called NJ Edgenet, an improved connection that enables us to use network and videoconferencing.  The new connection can be used from any regular computer with an Internet connection if it has the right software and hardware.
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Coming to Kelsey
"Kiss Me Kate,"
a classic battle of the sexes, is about to begin as Pierrot Productions presents "Kiss Me Kate."  Featuring Cole Porter's acclaimed musical score, this comedy knock-out plays on Fridays, April 25 and May 2 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, April 26 and May 3 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m. Theatergoers are invited to an Opening Night Gala following the performance on April 25 to meet the cast and crew.

Kiss Me Kate is a witty, boisterous play-within-a-play. Fred and Lilli, a divorced couple, are cast as leads in a production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.   Their tumultuous backstage romance and the comic antics of the other leading couple, Bill and Lois, are brilliantly complemented by Porter's rich musical score, which includes such hits as "Another Op'nin, Another Show," "Too Darn Hot," "Wunderbar," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."   More.

"Highlights for Children," the celebrated magazine, comes to life on stage on Saturday, May 3 at 2 and 4 p.m.  

ArtsPower has crafted a vibrant and humorous musical exploring issues of family, friendship and peer pressure. The show brings some of the magazine's most beloved features – Hidden Pictures, Goofus and Gallant, and Dear Highlights – to the stage in a compelling story about Jessica Fuller, a Highlights reader who tries to make a new friend at the risk of losing her old ones.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre is one of America's preeminent producers of original, Equity theatre for young and family audiences. ArtsPower performs for more than 500,000 young people and adults throughout 40 states each season.   More.

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Visual Arts Student Show Opens April 22
The work of talented art students in media ranging from oils and pastels to metal and assemblages will be exhibited at The Gallery and the Fine Arts building from April 22 through May 15.  A free opening reception for the "Visual Arts Student Show 2002" takes place on Wednesday, April 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

This year's exhibition doesn't stop at highlighting the talents of the college's outstanding visual arts students. Postcards and posters for the exhibition have been designed by MCCC graphic arts students and the floral design class of the college's Horticulture Program will create the bouquets for the opening week and reception.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and  6 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  The exhibits and opening reception are free and the public is welcome.
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