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E-Bulletin of Feb. 24, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College

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Ribbon Is Cut for The Conference Center
In the airy Yardville National Bank Atrium, county officials and area business leaders joined with President Robert Rose, MCCC Deans and the staff of the Division of Corporate and Community Programs to officially cut the ribbon for our new Conference Center.  Mercer County Executive Robert Prunetti said the center will be a great asset to the area and will provide new incentives for workforce training and development, creating jobs and opportunities.  

Dr. Rose said the center has already served 32 groups and 1275 people since its served its first clients on January 16.  Clients  included businesses, nonprofit and governmental groups, including Johnson and Johnson, Mercer Business Magazine, the Department of Health and the Constitutional Officers Association.  "Those who have used the facility are extremely satisfied," Rose said.  "This project is a great match for the college, as workforce training has long been a big part of our mission."

Recently appointed Board of Trustees Chairman Bill Baroni said that no facility in central New Jersey is as well-equipped technologically as this one.  "I applaud the foresight of our Board of Trustees and Dr. Rose, who have made this project an entrepreneurial reality."

Rose said the project wouldn't have happened without the generous support of the State of New Jersey, Mercer County, and area businesses such as Yardville National Bank, for whom the atrium is named.  During the ceremony one of the center's meeting rooms was dedicated to Merrill Lynch Corporation for their generosity to the college.  Another meeting room is named for long-time MCCC supporter Jamil Faridy of Faridy Veisz Fraytak Architects.  For photo click here.
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Dr. Beverly Richardson Honored
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Delta Upsilon Chapter of Trenton, honored James Kerney Campus Provost Dr. Beverly Richardson at their Second Annual Heritage and Recognition Ball Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Lafayette Yard Marriott.  Founded in 1949 as part of a national organization, the group's purpose is to provide scholarships, mentoring and other assistance to young adults.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity gave 12 scholarships last spring to high school students pursuing college.  They also held a talent search program for students in the performing arts and sponsored a mentoring program and a flag football team for area children.

Dr. Richardson has served as provost of the James Kerney Campus since 1990, and has been in management positions with the college since 1981.  She was formerly dean of student affairs at Bentley College, and financial aid director at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the Massachusetts College of Art.  Richardson earned her BA from Norfolk State College, her M.A.T. from Simmons College, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.  She attended Harvard University's Institute for the Management of Lifelong Education in 1990. 

During her tenure at the college Richardson has greatly expanded educational opportunities at the James Kerney Campus for both traditional college students and for those seeking career training, high school equivalency degrees, and English language classes.  She has successfully negotiated grant funding from numerous area corporations to better serve the college's students.  She works closely with the Trenton Board of Education through programs such as "Project Smile" and "Educational Talent Search" to help children from grammar school to high school succeed in their studies and prepare for college.

Active in community affairs, Richardson currently serves on the boards of the Workforce Investment Board and St. Francis Medical Center.  She co-chairs the Trenton Heritage/Tourism Committee and chairs the Middle States College Board and Children's Futures Board of Trustees.  She is the recipient of many awards and honors including the MTAACC Education Award and the MCCC Community Service Award. She is a Woodrow Wilson Administrative Fellow and was a White House Regional Finalist.
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Palmer to Speak to Rubino Academy Students
Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer will visit MCCC to address the Rubino Academy Students in honor of Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m. in CM 109.  Located on the MCCC campus (next to the Fine Arts building), the academy provides an alternative educational setting for students who are struggling in a regular high school.  Academy students take college courses as part of their high school program and more than 70% have gone on to two- and four-year colleges and universities.
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Reproductions of Possible Monets Donated:
Two paintings signed "Claude Monet" were brought to light recently at an auction in Providence, Rhode Island and are now being investigated for authenticity.  Prints of the paintings have been donated to MCCC Scholarship Dinner Dance Silent Auction, thanks to Luci McElhenny and her husband Allan.

According to the donor, Jack Verespy (a co-worker of Allan McElhenny) the paintings were in the possession of a recently-deceased 101-year-old woman whose father-in-law operated a gallery in New York.  She reputedly owned the paintings since the early 1900s.  Verespy says Harvard University has authenticated the pigments used as being from Monet's period.  Verespy and his partner, Al Conti, are selling limited-edition prints through their company, Oscar LLC, Newport, Rhode Island.   See photo .
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Adult Student Night a Success
On Feb. 12 over 50 adult students braved the cold to join our Enrollment staff and learn about issues facing adult students who come to college.  Four workshops dealt with issues important to adult students --  Facing Fears, Balancing Work/Family/ School, How to get Credit by Experience, and Career Guidance.  "There was lots of discussion and individual attention for the attendees," said Joan Guggenheim.
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Valentine's Day Hearts
The entire staff of the Division of Corporate and Community Programs was surprised to find big red heart balloons on their doors February 14.  It turned out that cupid (Dee Rosebrock) had come in very early to express her appreciation to her colleagues.  Click here for photo.
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Doris Ronin's Retirement Party
Click here for photo.
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