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E-Bulletin of Dec. 6, 2002
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College

Table of Contents Men's Soccer Team Second in the Nation
The Vikings Men's Soccer Team fell a goal short of the national championship as they lost to Yavapai (Ariz.) 2-1 in the NJCAA title game Sunday, Nov. 24 in Tyler, TX.   The two schools are familiar rivals, having met in four other national finals, with Mercer victorious in three of them.  The Vikings ended their exceptional year with an 18-2 record.

Mercer advanced to the finals by beating Barton (Kan.) Community College 4-0 in the quarterfinals on Nov. 21 and Schoolcraft College (Mich.) 1-0 in the semi-finals on Nov. 22. The Vikings earned their tournament berth by defeating Essex (NJ) 3-0 in the Region 19 championship on Nov. 9 and Essex (MD), the only team to beat Mercer during the regular season, 3-0 in the District Final on Nov. 14.

Coach Charlie Inverso recorded his 300th win with the team on Oct. 18, as the Vikings defeated Ocean County College 10-1.  Ironically, Ocean's assistant coach was Jason Asch, one of Inverso's former players from the 1996 national championship team.  Inverso, whose record stands at 315-28-10, was assisted this season by Larry Povia, Bill Daily and John Pietrowski.
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WWFM/Channel 23 Celebrate 20 Years on the Air
WWFM, "The Classical Network" and MCCC's Channel 23 are celebrating their 20th year on the air.  For the full press release and photo click here .
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Dinner Dance March 8
Save the date -- and get out your blue suede shoes!  The MCCC Scholarship Dinner Dance is set for Saturday evening, March 8, 2003.  "The Fabulous Greaseband" is ready to entertain with the golden oldies of the 1950s, and you can even come in period dress.  As in the past, staff tickets are $100 per person (and for one guest), and you can request paycheck deductions to buy your tickets.  For more information contact the Foundation Office at ext. 3607 or 3601.
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December Concerts
Three musical performances, free and open to the public, are planned for coming weeks.

The Mercer County Community College Chorus, conducted by Mitchell R. Weisiger, will present its annual Winter Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The Chorus, accompanied by organist Kyle P. Ramey, will perform traditional seasonal favorites. The church is located at 540 Chestnut Ave. in Trenton.

The MCCC Jazz Band, directed by James Kelly, will perform on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre.  Pieces will range from standard swing classics to be-bop to funky fusion.

The Mercer County Community Band presents its Winter Concert on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. at Kelsey Theatre, directed by Lou Woodruff.

For further information and/or directions, call (609) 392-5193 or contact the Music Department at ext. 3735.
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Susan Zambrio, Assistant to Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Audrey Cook, Administrative Secretary II, Financial Aid Office
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CTD Offers State-Funded Training Grants
Spread the word.  MCCC's Center for Training and Development is offering area companies a sweet deal.  Through a grant from the N.J. Department of Labor's Literacy Training Program, employers can obtain training for their employees in areas such as English as a Second Language, math on the job, computer literacy, improving communication, decision-making, blueprint reading, team building, and conflict resolution. 

The program is open to businesses large and small, with grants up to $50,000.

Training may take place on-site or at MCCC.  The Department of Labor pays for instruction and books, while companies continue to pay employee salaries during training.  Contact Nunzio Cernero, assistant dean, or e-mail nunz@mccc.edu.
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The Bells
Have you been hearing bells lately?  Dr. Scott Parry, an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Program, has brought the beautiful sounds back to campus after a long absence.  Parry is an experienced musician who gives regular concerts in the summer at the bell tower of the Graduate College of Princeton University, which has cast bells.  Ours is an electronic system, with the keyboard located in the Communications Building.  "When I found out we had the system, I got permission to play," Parry said.  He has been playing the carillon for ten minutes at noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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New Aviation Seminar
The college will be offering a new course this spring called "Aviation Seminar" (AVI208).  According to Joe Blasenstein, professionals in their fields will be invited to speak to students about their work experiences.  "We are giving students the opportunity to hear how people aspired to their positions and what they went through," Blasenstein said.  Students will learn about resumes, the application process and the interview process.
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More on "Line of Inquiry" at The Gallery
"For human beings, the use of line is one of the most elementary of lessons.  From the time we first clutch crayon or pencil in hand, dashing streaks on paper or bedroom wall, our personal style in 'mark making' begins its lifelong evolution."  So says Curator Tricia Fagan when describing the latest show at the MCCC Gallery, "Line of Inquiry," which runs from now through Dec. 19. 

Five area artists are represented in the show: Joy Kreves, Elizabeth McCue, Helen Mirkil, Paul Mordetsky and Harry Naar.  A gallery talk is scheduled for Dec. 11 at noon.  

Each of the artists in the show "uses line in a deeply personal way," Fagan said.  "Some use line to create form, others to excite the surface of a painting.  In some work, line is the exclusive language used to craft the image; in others it is an element that is included to help create energy or to evoke a sensual calm."

The Gallery is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday evenings 7 to 9 p.m.   For more information call ext. 3589.
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Barnes & Noble Recap
Those who went to Barnes & Noble for the one-hour shopping time set aside for MCCC staff/students were very impressed with the extra attention and service, free coffee and 20% off all items.  The store suggested they will offer this again next year but they hope for a larger crowd.
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A Giving Exchange
Toy Drive:  The MCCC Professional Staff Union is collecting new toys for children served by TASK (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen) as they did last year.  Those not in the union are welcome to contribute.   Bring your gift, wrapped or unwrapped, to the union’s Holiday Breakfast or drop it off at LA129 before Dec. 18.

Food Appeal: Diane Campbell, a board member of the Imani Community Center at Spring and Prospect Streets, is accepting donations of food items to help stock a food pantry for needy families.  Please bring non-perishables to LA132.  Campbell said those needing help are mostly mothers with young children.  If you have any questions call ext. 3389.
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