E-Bulletin of April 28,
for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College
Table of Contents
Corporate Ethics Seminar
The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce will charge its chamber
rate ($35) to MCCC staff members who wish to attend a seminar, "Corporate
Ethics and Social Responsibility: The Call for Leadership." It will
be held at the MCCC Conference Center on Tuesday, May 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
The Chamber says, "In the wake of accounting scandals, abuses of
executive power and structural conflicts of interest, regional leaders
are re-examining the issues and impact of corporate ethics and social
responsibility in their organizations. Three renowned experts will address
the philosophical rationales, the benefits and the difficulties that every
organization must face in defining their own roles in society." The
panelists will be Dr. Edwin Hartman, director, The Prudential Business Ethics
Center at Rutgers; Robert Ray, partner, Pitney, Hardin, Kipp and Szuch LLP;
and Bob Franks, executive director, Healthcare Institute of New Jersey.
If you are interested in more information, e-mail
for a copy of the flyer with registration form, or call the Princeton
Regional Chamber of Commerce at 609-520-1776.
Jazz Band Concert
The public is invited to a free spring concert by the college’s
Jazz Band on Wed., May 7, 8 p.m., at Kelsey Theatre. Directed by
James Kelly, the band will present a varied and exciting program ranging
in style from standard classics such as "Sunday Kind of Love" and "Take
the A Train" to the mid-seventies funk of "What is Hip?" Other selections
will include "Kansas City" and the Latin tinged "Open Sesame." All
selections will feature outstanding student vocalists and instrumental soloists.
The James Kerney Campus will host a "Celebration of Academic Achievement"
for students in its many programs on Tuesday, May 13, 6 p.m. at Trenton’s
Marriott Hotel in downtown Trenton.
Honors Convocation this year will be held at 3 p.m. sharp in Kelsey
Theatre on graduation day, May 30.
Richardson to Receive "Cherish the Children" Award
Beverly Richardson, provost of the James Kerney Campus, will receive the
annual "Cherish the Children" award from the Cherish the Children Foundation,
the Mercer County Office of the N.J. Division of Youth and Family Services,
and the Mercer County Commission on Abused, Neglected and Missing Children
at a dinner on April 30 at the Baldassari Regency in Trenton.
New Tuition Refund Policy
The MCCC Board of Trustees has approved changes to the college's
Tuition Refund Policy. According to Dean of Technology Services
Mark Meara, the college is in the process of ensuring that all systems
and college publications correctly reflect the new policy. "Staff,
advisors and faculty should understand the updated policy to ensure that
it is properly administered and communicated to students." You can
read the revised policy
MCCC Staff Goes "FISH"ing
About 70 Mercer staffers joined community and corporate guests for
a full-day conference called "FISH! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and
Improve Results" at our new Conference Center on April 24.
The upbeat seminar was inspired by the world-famous Seattle's Pike Place
Fish Market, where fishmongers bring an incredible enthusiasm to work every
day despite poor working conditions.
Harry Paul, best-selling author of "FISH!" and "FISH! TALES," offered
a lighthearted look at keeping employees energized and motivated.
Main points included "Choosing Your Attitude," "Being Present," and "Making
Their Day." We should have so much fun at work, we should be able
to say "Thank God it’s Monday," Paul said. (He admitted that was a
stretch.) Like the fishmongers in Seattle, who try to make everyone's
day with their playful antics, "we can make the world a better place one
transaction at a time."
Afternoon breakout sessions were led by President Robert Rose, Assistant
Dean Nunzio Cernero, Director of Human Resources Vanessa Wilson, and three
guest presenters. Conference coordinator Lorna Burt Strang said
the program evaluations were very positive.
Eighty members of MCCC's administrative staff enjoyed an "Administrative
Professional's Week" luncheon on Friday, April 25. Dr. Rose gave
a brief presentation and Georgia Donovan of "The Clothes Doctor" talked
about making the most of clothing, makeup and hair styles. Lunch
included chicken cordon bleu and salmon, pastries and other desserts. Committee
members were Jan Alu, Diane Badessa, Barbara Marx, Marie Mendez, JoAnne
Rosso, Lynn Steill and Elaine Stout.
HRI Students Practice Their Crafts
Mercer's Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management students prepared
a beautiful dinner on April 23 for nearly 200 of the college’s Advisory
Horne Writes for Encyclopedia
Professor Peter Horne, coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program,
has just written an entry for the new Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement (Sage
Publications), to be published in early 2004. Horne was asked to write
3,000 words concerning "special jurisdiction law enforcement agencies."
Staff Volunteers at Titans Night
Mercer staffers volunteered at the Sovereign
Bank Arena when the college hosted "MCCC Night" to spread the word about
our programs. See
Women's Tennis Team Heads for Nationals
The Mercer Women's Tennis Team heads to College Station, TX, on May 3
to defend its national title. According to Head Coach Mark Vecchiolla,
the women have been hard at work since January preparing for the tournament.
The team won its sixth consecutive regional championship in the fall. Unfortunately
the Vikings head for the nationals with only five of the eight players from
the fall season. With eligibility based on the roster at the end of the fall
season, it's not possible to fill in those spots with other players.
Vecchiolla has considered this to be a rebuilding year. "I think
we are fortunate to be going to the national tournament and I’m hoping that
it will be a good time and a good learning experience," he said. Noting
that four of his five players should be returning next fall, he is counting
on this trip to Texas to give his team the experience of playing in the
nationals and preparing it for a competitive season in 2003-2004. See
Baseball Team To Play in Tournament
Come out and root for the home team this Friday, May 2, when the Mercer
Baseball Team plays its first game in the Region 19 Tournament at the Mercer
fields. Game time is 11 a.m.
According to Head Coach Randy Voorhees, the Vikings have performed well
this season and have grown as a team. After some tough losses
early on, they settled into a winning pattern that earned them a first-place
ranking in Region 19 and the Garden State Athletic Conference with a 17-9
New staff member: Carol Hoppock, Administrative Secretary
II, Security, Maintenance & Grounds.
Promotion: Ken Miller, Maintenance Dept., promoted to Supervising
MCCC retirees will meet for lunch at Sunny Gardens on Wed., May
21. Please call Helen Marie Dolton at 882-5086 by May 19 to let
her know if you will attend. Dolton said ten to fifteen have been
getting together every month to catch up on news and have a good time.
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