E-Bulletin of December 3, 2004

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Excuses, Excuses at "MouthWorks" Performance
Wondering why your students haven't turned in their assignments? Come to the MouthWorks performance this weekend and learn about the art of excuse-making. This very talented group of MCCC students performs on Friday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. in the MC3 Studio Theatre (CM 122).

PSE&G Honors First Utility Tech Grads
At a Nov. 17 breakfast six MCCC graduates were honored for being the first to graduate from the Utility Technology program, which came about through a partnership with PSE&G. Five of the grads are now employed by the company and one is pursuing a bachelor's degree.

The innovative program began with 12 students in 2002. Two years later there is a combined total of 52 students enrolled at both MCCC and Essex County College, which started the program a year ago. Because of its success, PSE&G is exploring plans to further expand the program, using MCCC as its model. Photos

Students Broadcast News/Sports
Get tuned into MCCC's newest club on campus, "Next Gen TV," which began airing news, Viking sports and entertainment on the college cable channel 23/26.

Under the direction of faculty advisor Steve Voorhees, the club is producing a 20-minute news show that airs every Thursday from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m. Student newscasters report on college, local, state and national news using newspaper and online sources. In January they plan to add video footage from a CNN satellite feed.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 10 to 10:30 p.m. the club airs an edited version of Mercer's Late Night Series performances. (The open mike show takes place in the MC3 Studio Theatre on Friday evenings.) The club taped and aired the student show, "Vietnam: Letters and Remembrances," and will tape the MouthWorks show in December.

Live broadcasts of selected men's and women's basketball games also began in November. Photos

Paralegal Program Celebrates 25th
On Nov. 19 alumni, students and friends came to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Paralegal program’s initial approval by the American Bar Association, and to honor Professor James Rowe, Esq., the program’s faculty coordinator for 26 years. “Jim shepherded this program through initial ABA approval and four subsequent reapprovals,” said Dean Mark McCormick. “He advocated tirelessly to advance the paralegal profession in New Jersey and throughout the country.”

Unofficial honorees of the evening were program graduates who enjoyed getting together again, including a graduate from the program’s very first graduating class, Betty Baran. “Our graduates have gone on to work in nearly every major law firm in the area,” McCormick said. “Many work for state government and local businesses, and some have gone on to law school.” Photos

A New Citizen
Savita Bambhrolia, newly appointed as director of Admissions and Outreach, a division of Enrollment Services, recently became a naturalized citizen. A native of India, she has lived in the U.S. for ten years and has been with the college since January of 2001. She and her husband have a one-year-old son. Photo

Crime Lab Director Speaks at Mercer
More than 40 students from science and law enforcement programs learned about the work of the State Police crime lab at a Nov. 18 lecture given by Dr. Thomas A. Brettel, director of the Office of Forensic Sciences. Hosted by the Science and Allied Health Division, the talk was entitled "The Internship Experience at the New Jersey State Police Crime Lab." Each semester the State Police will be offering an internship to a Mercer student.

According to Helen Tanzini of the science faculty, students lined up after the lecture to speak with Dr. Brettel. "He really connected with the students," she said. Photo

MCCC Brings Science to Grammar Schools
Students from MCCC and Rider University, accompanied by faculty members from both colleges, traveled to six area elementary schools recently to spread the joys of chemistry. The annual project was sponsored by the Trenton Section of the National Chemistry Society in observance of National Chemistry Week, Oct. 18-22.

The theme of this year’s observance, “Health and Wellness,” was the inspiration for five creative, hands-on experiments. Approximately 625 students in 30 classes expressed their appreciation with ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs.’ “Each year the presentation gets a little bigger and a little better,” Tanzini said. “We get a feel for what works. We want to give kids the message that science is exciting, fascinating, and yes, fun!”

The elementary schools included Dutch Neck in West Windsor, Grace N. Rogers in East Windsor, Morgan and Langtree in Hamilton, Eldridge Park in Lawrenceville and Challenger School at Fort Dix. The college students were accompanied by MCCC faculty members Bruce Chorba, Linda Falkow, Yvonne Greenbaun, Diane Hilker, MaryAnn Norcross and Helen Tanzini, and Rider professors Bruce Burnham and Alex Grushow.

Two great cards of appreciation from children are linked here.

Students Celebrate Ramadan
On Nov. 10 Mercer's Muslim-American students hosted a Fast-A-Thon, and donated $1 to the Trenton Rescue Mission for each non-Muslim participant. Special guest speakers were Mary Gay from the Rescue Mission and Professor Manzoor Hussain from The College of New Jersey. Photos
(courtesy of Robert Delgado)

Photos are now available from from the Italian Culture Hour (courtesy of Robert Delgado)

New SAT Preparation Course
Beginning Jan. 29, MCCC will offer a noncredit course for high school students preparing to take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). The six-week course will prepare students for the newly formatted exam. Each week, two sessions of 1 1/2 hours will cover different areas of concentration for either math or writing. New components of the course include expanded sessions, essay writing exercises and an online practice test. A three-week math or writing option is also available. Register by mail or call (609) 586-9446 for more information.

Plank Art on Display
The artwork of MCCC alumnus William Plank, husband of Helene Plank of Financial Aid, will be on display at Capital Health System at Mercer from Dec. 20 to Jan. 28 in a one-person show. Mr. Plank is an art teacher in East Windsor. His work has been exhibited in many shows and at MCCC's gallery.

You're Invited to Three December Musical Events
MCCC's Chorus and Jazz Band and the Mercer County Symphonic Band invite you to their winter concerts at Kelsey Theater. Admission is free.

The Chorus performs on Tuesday evening, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by Music Director Marjorie Herman, D.M., the program will feature a varied mix of sacred selections alternating with lighter fare. Included are the Gloria from Mozart’s Missa brevis in F (K. 192), and the Lutkin Benediction, as well as carols from around the world. The Chorus is made up of college students and musicians from surrounding communities.

The Jazz Band performs on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. and will feature standout improvisations by jazz students. Directed by James Kelly, the band will present classics such as Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia and Miles Davis’ Four, as well as standards from the great American songbook including Cole Porter’s Night and Day, Richard Rogers’ Have You Met Miss Jones, and Hoagey Carmichael’s perennial favorite, Georgia on My Mind. The program will include Professor Kelly’s own arrangement of the Gershwin classic, Summertime.

The Mercer County Symphonic Band performs on Wednesday evening, Dec. 22 at 8 p.m. In addition to traditional seasonal selections, the program will include original music by contemporary American composers, transcriptions of classical compositions, traditional marches and other popular selections.

NYC Troupe to Present “No Good Nigga Blues” Dec. 10
“No Good Nigga Blues” comes to the MC3 Studio Theatre on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. An intimate look at what it is to be a Black male in post-civil rights America, “No Good Nigga Blues” was first performed at Mercer in Feb., 2003, and was so enthusiastically received that it is returning to the college from New York City for an encore performance.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and all funds go to the MCCC Drama Club. More

Review of "The Christmas Story"
The Princeton Packet's review of "The Christmas Story" is online here. The Pennington Players will present this nostalgic look at the holiday season, adapted from the popular film, on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m.

Morson Takes Middle States Assignment
Harrison Morson just returned from an assignment (Nov. 15-19) for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, where he chaired a ten-member team charged with evaluating a high school in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) that is seeking accreditation.

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