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E-Bulletin of June 5, 2003
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.
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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 at MCCC.
Bart Luedeke’s speech is linked here .

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 here

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 click here
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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."
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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 Taylor.
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.

"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
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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.
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Appointments
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 College.
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 Ann Arbor.

Promotions
Filomena Vasta, currently Food Service Worker, promoted to Senior Food Service Worker.
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