E-Bulletin of June 5,
a newsletter for
staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College
Table of Contents
"Hidden Children" Exhibit Now Open
Remember to visit our special historical exhibit
at The Gallery now through June 27. The Gallery is being staffed by
volunteer docents who are trained to help tell the stories of those children
depicted in the Holocaust years. Please help us spread the word about
this exhibit -- and encourage your students to visit.
Special Gallery hours Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2
p.m.; Thursday evenings 6 to 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Commencement 2003: Debbie Kell Named Distinguished Teacher
After a beautiful sunny day, the rain started to fall just as the graduates
began their walk to the podium. The spirits of MCCC's graduates were
not dampened, however, and faculty and staff continued to call their names
right through the showers.
Mercer graduates numbered 814 this year, according to Tom Wilfrid, bringing
the total number of MCCC graduates over the past 36 years to 26,664.
After extending his congratulations to the graduates, Board Chair Bill
Baroni added, "I would like to thank the people who keep this campus
together, whose hearts and minds and lives have been dedicated to this college
– our faculty."
Event marshalls were retiring Professors Saul Goldwasser and Frank Rivera.
Joining MCCC deans and vice presidents on the dias were West Windsor Mayor
Shing-Fu Hsueh; Mercer County Superintendent of Schools Carol Perry; Freeholders
Ann Cannon, Anthony Carabelli and Brian Hughes; Senator Peter Inverso; County
Executive Bob Prunetti; Board Chairman Bill Baroni; MCCC Board Trustees
Lini Van Hise, Connie Maglione, Elizabeth Vinson, Wayne Griffith and Phil
Angarone; student speaker Heidi Berkey; and keynote speaker Bart Luedeke,
recently retired president of Rider University.
Wilfrid announced that Luedeke will be a part-time adjunct and consultant
Bart Luedeke’s speech is linked
Debbie Kell was selected as the
2003 Distinguished Teacher. There were 48 nominations for the Distinguished
Teaching Award, and five other finalists: Betty Cornelius, math; Michael
Dorneman, chemistry; James Kelly, music; Framarz Khoushab, business; and
Dori Seider, psychology.
In Tom Wilfrid’s introduction, he said Kell joined MCCC at the James
Kerney Campus 19 years ago. She is noted for her dynamic classroom
performance and energetic leadership. She has coordinated the work
of many others in the math programs. Students say she brings a lot
of personality to the classroom, is highly energetic, and enthusiasm is palpable
in her classroom.
Kell exemplifies lifelong learning. She redirected her teaching
to information technology and saw the need for leadership in faculty development,
becoming an authority on online courses. She has helped colleagues
in this area and has provided leadership as chair of the Instruction and
Professional Improvement Committee. She led the college assembly.
She is a multi-talented individual whose enthusiasm has enriched this institution.
Debbie Kell's inspirational remarks are linked
Marilyn Pender introduced the student speaker, Heidi Berkey, who has
achieved a perfect average and has never missed a class. She will
be going to Rider for a degree in education. She always wanted to be
a teacher, but put it off to raise her two children.
For Commencement photos
15th Annual Employee Recognition Celebration
Mercer deans presented milestone awards to those staff members who have
reached 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service at Mercer.
Click here for photos and names
35-year award winners were surprised to receive beautiful captain’s
chairs, as did those celebrating 36 years and more.
Tom Wilfrid presented a very special award to Rosie Rubertone
. "Within this organization we find employees that overcome challenging
obstacles to continue to make a significant contribution. This morning
I would like to single out and personally thank one such loyal employee."
With the college for 31 years, Rubertone has worked with students at
JKC, in nursing and athletics, and with MCCC coaches. "In recent years
she has experienced serious health problems and yet continues to conscientiously
perform her job. Many of us might not have had the perseverance that
Rosie Rubertone has demonstrated, and so to Rosie, a sincere thank you
for a job above and beyond."
Employee Human Relations Award
Jason Taylor of the Financial Aid Office was awarded the Employee
Human Relations Award. This is what some fellow employees said about
Employee Community Service Award
Barbara Wilder, Administrative Assistant to Dean Rose Nini, Division
of Corporate and Community Programs, was selected to receive the Employee
Community Service Award. Some of her community activities include:
A colleague wrote: "The kindness, dedication and commitment that
Barbara exhibits each day in her professional service to the college are
characteristics and values that she exemplifies in her community life.
- President of the Women of the World Ministry and Marriage Enrichment
Ministry for the past four years at Christ Baptist Church in Burlington
- Works with her husband, Larry Wilder, on group worship for the
Marriage Enrichment Ministry.
- Organized the annual retreat for the women’s group
- Sponsors the annual science fair project.
- Coordinates summer bible studies for pre-school to eighth grade
"Barbara’s friendly smile and cheerful disposition greet us each and
every day. She is committed to family, college and community."
Click here for photos of all three special awardees
Field Hockey Class
A new course, "Field Hockey: Rules and Umpiring," will be offered July
21-July 31 on Monday and Thursday evenings, 6 to 8:30 p.m. No field
hockey or umpiring experience is necessary.
The class is open to players 14 years and older who want to learn more
about the game, and to adults who want to become an umpire. The course
offers ten hours of classroom instruction and, for individuals who want
to become a credentialed umpire, six hours of supervised practice officiating.
Those who want to pursue umpiring will need to take a national exam, be
rated by the local umpiring organization, and purchase additional equipment
and a uniform. A training manual and national rulebook are required.
The instructor will be Cristopher Maloney, national-level umpire, coach
and player. Cost is $42 plus supplies (approx. $14). Call 586-9446.
Thunder Tickets Available
Five Trenton Thunder tickets are available for June 14 at 7:05 p.m.
against Norwich, with fireworks. $7 each. Call Jane Westfall
at ext. 3494.
Danielle Garruba, Director of Student Activities, Student Academic
Support Services. M.A., BA, Rider University, A.A, MCCC.
Yvonne A. Greenbaun, Assistant Professor, Mathematics.
M.A., B.S., The College of New Jersey, A.S., MCCC.
Mark McCormick, Associate Professor, Business Division, Legal
Studies. J.D., New York University School of Law, B.A., Davidson
Dr. Daniel J. Rose, Assistant Professor, Mathematics. Ph.D.,
Lehigh University, M.S., Lehigh University, B.A., Lehigh University.
Dr. Amy Vondrak, Assistant Professor, English. Ph.D. Syracuse
University, M.A., North Carolina State University, A.B., University of Michigan
Filomena Vasta, currently Food Service Worker, promoted to Senior
Food Service Worker.
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