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E-Bulletin of January 3, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College

Table of Contents New Jersey Network to Feature Mel Leipzig
Mel Leipzig's highly acclaimed art will be even better known as New Jersey Network airs a half-hour program about him and his work this month.  Camera crews filmed in Leipzig's MCCC classroom, and went to the MCCC Gallery when his work was on display.  They viewed his work at the NJ State Museum and at the gallery in New York that displays his work.  You can see the show on NJN on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m., Jan. 17 at 9:30 p.m., Jan. 25 at 1:30 a.m., and Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
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The "Hall of Fame Celebration"
The MCCC Athletic Department invites friends and supporters of Mercer athletics to a "Hall of Fame Celebration" on Saturday, Jan. 18.  Six Mercer champions, including former Men's Basketball Coach Howie Landa and five players, will be inducted into the MCCC Sports Hall of Fame.  Members of Mercer's 1972-73 Men's Basketball Team, which won the NJCAA National Championship, will also be honored. 

The festivities begin at halftime of a regular season game (2 p.m.) between Mercer and the Community College of Rhode Island, when Hall of Fame inductees will come together on the court for a special ceremony.   After the game, guests will move to the Student Center for a reception and dinner (5 p.m.).  Tickets are $30 and are available by calling ext. 3741.

According to Athletic Director John Simone, the Mercer basketball program began in 1961 with the hiring of Coach Landa.  The school was located in downtown Trenton at that time and was still known as Trenton Junior College.  "The Mercer basketball program started off with great momentum, reaching the national tournament in its second season and placing sixth," said Simone.  "Plans to honor some of Mercer's greats have been on the table for years.  This event is the vision of many staff members."

The ceremony will also honor Mercer's 1972-73 championship team, the first East Coast team to win the NJCAA title – before or since. 

In addition to Simone, the Hall of Fame Planning Committee includes: Prof. Al Leister, former athletic director; Bob Pugh, Director of Physical Education; Fred Weiner, guidance department; George O’Gorman, former MCCC sports information director; Jim Ramm, a former statistician; and Rose Rubertone, of the admissions department.  For more information, call the MCCC Athletic Department at (609) 586-4800, ext. 3741.

For a more detailed account of this event with photos click here .
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Gingerbread House
Students in MCCC's Hospitality Club created a Gingerbread House and put it on display at the Quakerbridge Mall in December, where the students gave out free cookies in December.  The club is advised by chef Annie Prizzi, now an instructor at MCCC.  See photo.
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International Students' "Festival of Lights"
International Student Services hosted a celebration on Dec. 11, where students from many countries highlighted their cultural traditions.  The program included presentations about Christmas in Peru and other parts of the world.  There were Arabic dances and music, traditional clothing from various cultures, music from Haiti and a Bhangra dance.  Addressing the students were Associate Dean of Student Academic Support Services Marilyn Pender and International Student Services Coordinator Savita Bambhrolia.

The gathering "represents everyone coming together from all the cultures and celebrating," Bambhrolia said.  MCCC has 210 international students, and seventeen of them organized the event, which also included a luncheon, cultural displays and decorations.   See photos.
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Holiday Celebrations
Click here for more photos of MCCC holiday celebrations.
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MCCC Fitness Center Adds New Equipment
A state-of-the-art, ten-station weight machine by Nautilus has been added to the Fitness Center, along with three recumbent stationary bicycles that enable the user to get the benefits of cycling without stressing the back.  Coming this month are an assisted dip machine which helps build upper body strength, and three new weight benches.  Among the center's other equipment are a Nautilus training circuit, Lifecycles, treadmills, Stairmasters and rowing machines.  Call Peggy Schaffer at ext. 3758 for more information.  See photo.
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Welcome New Staff
Peggy Brown, Assistant Director, Talent Search JKC
Mark Meara, Dean for Technology Services
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Joseph Lugo promoted to Maintenance II and assigned to new Corporate Training Center
R. Joseph DeLuca promoted to Maintenance II and assigned to new Corporate Training Center

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