E-Bulletin of July 17, 2003

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Board to Meet July 24
The next public meeting of the MCCC Board of Trustees will be at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 24 in the Conference Center auditorium.

Enrollment Update
Summer enrollment figures were about 6% above last year and 11% higher in credit hours, according to Dean Carol Tosh.  Also, for the first time students were able to access their grades right after the A session.  In the past no grades were available until the B session was over.

Enrollment figures also look good for fall.  Tosh said students seem to be enrolling early, and so far we are up to 4,900 registered students, about 30% more than last year at this time.

Mercer Summer Camps are Flourishing
Camp College:
After getting off to a difficult start because school districts were making up snow days in June, Camp College is holding its own, according to Sharon Vlasac.  “We had to do some creative scheduling to open the camps on time, since we rely on many certified teachers from surrounding communities,” she said.  “Despite that, we had more kids starting Session I this year than last year.”
With terrorism alerts, parents are very sensitive this year to their children traveling, so Camp College canceled its Friday field trips and is keeping the children close to home.  Model rocketry and a second fishing camp have been added, and children are enjoying a new rock climbing camp.  The very popular “Kids in the Kitchen” has been expanded, with a “Sweet Endings” program on Fridays.  Campers will be going to a Trenton Thunder game, and one or two Thunder players are coming to the campus the day before to talk with them about baseball.

Vlasac said there are still some openings for the second session.

Sports Camps:
Two new offerings this summer – Lacrosse Camp and Advanced Tennis -- have contributed to keeping the Sports Camps on target for meeting their goal of 1200 students this year, according to John Simone.  The Lacross Camp is making good use of the college’s new turf.

Tomato Patch:
Now in its 30th year, Tomato Patch continues to be a popular choice for students interested in the visual and performing arts.  Thursday evening, July 17 at 7 p.m. will be  performance night at Kelsey Theatre for Session I, which is made up of 8th to 12th graders.  Students will do acting skits, dance and song.  An impressive visual arts exhibit is now on display in the theater lobby, including paintings, sculpture and graphic design.  For photos click here .

Bookstore News
The MCCC Bookstore is carrying new items, including more personal care products and a bigger line of imprinted MCCC tees, sweatshirts and golf shirts.  It’s also a brighter and more attractive place now that a new coat of paint and new fixtures have been added.

“We are more than just a bookstore,” says manager Mike Massa.  The store carries pens and pencils, paper, posters, post-its, binders, gift items, greeting cards, best sellers, glassware, backpacks, bears, tape recorders, CD Roms, diskettes, umbrellas, locks, chef coats, cookies, candy, newspapers, as well as supplies for art, engineering and drafting.

“Keep us in mind for your shopping needs,” Massa said.  A schedule of discount sales will be available in a couple of weeks.

Alternate Route Teaching Program
Training began last week in “New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey.”  According to Lynn Coopersmith, the program has 22 students and two wonderful instructors who are very inspirational.  “It looks like it will be really successful,” she said.

The future teachers will be observing in classrooms over the summer and will be prepared to accept a teaching position in September, then they will continue with the next phase of coursework throughout the academic year.   

Coopersmith said “The exciting thing is that this is the result of a statewide collaborative effort so almost all of the state’s community colleges are offering the program."  Participants can receive 15 academic credits that will apply to New Jersey City University’s MA in Teaching degree.

Tom Wilfrid was instrumental in developing the program and in June received an award from the New Jersey Council of County Colleges for his statewide leadership.

Remembering Sallyann Hanson
Longtime MCCC professor and administrator, Sallyann Hanson, died recently.

At her retirement party in February, 2000, Hanson’s contributions to MCCC were described as enormous.  She taught thousands of students in courses such as COBOL, Computer Concepts, and PC Hardware and Operating Systems Software.  She coordinated Mercer’s many computer programs.  She guided hundreds of adjunct faculty members in teaching computer technology.  She served as chairperson of the Math, Physics and Computer Science Department, the Math and Engineering Division, and on numerous college committees.  She directed Mercer’s QUEST program.

Hanson was the first female division chairperson at Mercer outside of nursing, and was the first woman to chair Mercer’s College Senate. 

In Hanson’s honor flags on campus were lowered for 24 hours on July 14.

Remembering George Girgis
The Mercer family also mourns the July 5th passing of George Girgis, adjunct professor of English and ESL and an English tutor in the West Windsor Campus Learning Center.  According to Tom Wilfrid, “George had already retired from a long and successful career as an English professor and educational administrator in his native Egypt when he began his 15-year adjunct career at Mercer in 1988 at the age of 66.  He was deeply committed to his students and to MCCC.”

Anyone wishing to send a condolence note to George’s family may do so via Susan Zambrio in Liberal Arts.

Student Literary Journals
“Drumbeat” celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer.  The literary publication is written and funded by MCCC students, and advised by Dr. Noreen Duncan.  The journal is an important artistic outlet for many students, as expressed by this year’s editor, Sharon Diane Wright.  “I will take the journal with me in my mind and heart wherever I go.”

“Open” is Mercer’s literary journal funded by the SGA.  It’s also advised by Duncan.  The creative arts journal is in the tradition of the Kelsey Review and includes illustrations and photography, poems and short prose pieces.

Behrens Represents PTAs
Barbara Behrens, coordinator of Mercer’s Physical Therapist Assistant program, was elected to represent her peers at the annual meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Behrens said several of the motions brought before the group concerned the future direction of the role of the physical therapy assistant -- their work, academic preparation and potential for advanced recognition for specialized skills. Behrans said “These motions and discussions are potentially the most important to have taken place since the inception of the PTA in 1967. I am extremely grateful that I was there to be a part of history in the making.”

June Appointments

Colleen Courtney, Instructor, Office Systems Technology, Business Division.  BS, The College of New Jersey; MS, Philadelphia Biblical University.

Barbara Kunkel, Associate Professor, Nursing, Science and Allied Health Division.  RN, St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing; BSN and MSN, Catholic University of America.

Dr. Carol Bork, Assistant Professor, English, Liberal Arts Division.  BA., Pomona College; PhD., Rutgers University.

Elizabeth DeGiorgio, Assistant Professor, Education/Psychology, Liberal Arts Division.  BA, Mercy College; MA, Fordham University; PhD, Fordham University.

Lissette Morales, Assistant Professor, English, Liberal Arts Division.  BA, Spanish and English Literature; MA, Rutgers University, PhD, Rutgers University.

Rakima Stokes, Assistant Director, Project SMILE/GEAR UP, JKC.  BA, Rutgers University.

Paula Swisher, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Arts, Communication & Technology Division. BA, Houghton College; MFA, Clemson University.

Mark Stockton, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts; Arts, Communication & Technology Division. BFA, Oregon State University; MFA, Syracuse University.

Toni Racioppo, Assistant Professor, Nursing, Science and Allied Health Division.  RN, Helene Fuld School of Nursing; BSN, Seton Hall University; MSN, University of Pennsylvania.

William Johnson, Education Specialist, Coordinator, JKC Culinary Program. AA, Bucks County Community College.

Promotions/Title Changes
Deanna Cernero, currently Career Counseling Specialist, title change to Academic Counseling Specialist.

Richard Bianco, currently Information Technology Specialist, promoted to Manager, Application Services.

John Wittman, currently PC Systems Engineer, promoted to Application Engineer 1.

Mary Ann Norcross, currently Technical Assistant in Chemistry and Medical Laboratory Technology, promoted to Senior Technical Assistant.

Marie Wszolek, currently Technical Assistant in Ornamental Horticulture, promoted to Senior Technical Assistant.

Dr. L. Diane Campbell, currently Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Director, The Virtual Campus, promoted to Dean for Student and Academic Services.

Jennie DeLapo, currently Program Assistant, The Virtual Campus, promoted to Coordinator, Virtual Campus Services.

Dr. Khalida Haqq, currently Director, EOF Program, promoted to Director, EOF and Retention Services.

Laurene Jones, currently Professor and Transfer Counselor, promoted to Professor and Director, Transfer, Career and Counseling Services.

John Simone, currently Director, Athletics, promoted to Director, Athletics and Student Activities.

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