E-Bulletin of March 17, 2004

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Roma Bank Donates for Scholarships
Senator Peter Inverso, Roma Bank president and CEO, and Maurice Perilli, Roma Bank chairman, announced on March 15 the establishment of a scholarship fund at MCCC for students majoring in allied health professions. In recognition of the bank’s support, the college will name the auditorium of its new Conference Center the “Roma Bank Auditorium.”

Dr. Rose said the bank’s support will help the college supply well-trained health care professionals who are greatly in demand. “We are gratified that Roma Bank has partnered with us in our commitment to health education. It is a pleasure to acknowledge them by renaming our auditorium,” Rose said.

The Conference Center at Mercer recently completed its first 13 months of operation, hosting more than 580 events that served more than 23,000 guests at meetings, conferences, training sessions and social events. More

Assessing General Education
Faculty member Linda Bregstein Scherr is heading the review and assessment committee for General Education courses and wants to get this message out to the campus community:

"General Education is at the core of all degree programs and now it is time to assess how we are doing at teaching General Education skills and knowledge. During the week of April 12, about 400 Mercer students will take Academic Profile, a 50-minute, standardized test of college level reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking developed by ETS. The multiple choice test will be administered during 19 classes (including day, evening, WW, and JKC sections) selected on the basis of their high concentration of 3rd and 4th semester students. Thanks in advance to the faculty who are turning over valuable class time to this important activity. Please be especially nice to the students who may be grumbling that week and thank them for their efforts in helping us to improve Gen Ed and to improve the College."

Art Schwartz Honored
"It was funny because I got a notification on Monday morning that I was selected as Distinguished Teacher, and I didn't know I was even nominated," said Art Schwartz about his recent award from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Schwartz' Mercer colleagues, who nominated him, managed to keep the nomination a secret for many months.

This award is particularly prestigious as it is open to professors in all institutions of higher education, and very few faculty members from community colleges have been selected. The official presentation will take place at the MAA-NJ awards ceremony at Rutgers on March 27. Schwartz will then be entered into the national award competition. "That's what makes this really fun," Schwartz said. "I think it's neat for Mercer and the community colleges, and I'm very proud in that respect. It's a big honor."

Mercer to Host Community Forum on Civil Liberties
MCCC will host a community forum, "Civil Liberties vs. National Security," at the Conference Center on April 16, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. A panel of distinguished experts will place America's security situation in a historical context and look at how different groups within society are affected in very different ways.

Panel members will include Katherine Flicker, former assistant attorney general-in-charge of the New Jersey Office of Counter-Terrorism; Hamad Ahmad Chebli, Iman of the Islamic Society of Central New Jersey; Harold Eickhoff, past president of The College of New Jersey; Deborah Jacobs, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey; Hui Chen, former assistant U.S. attorney in the eastern district of New York; and William J. Atkinson, special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The cost of $35 includes continental breakfast and there is a discounted cost of $25 for students and seniors. Groups of three or more qualify for a 10% discount. For more information contact Lorna Strang at 609-586-4800 ext. 3856 or email strangl@mccc.edu. More

Oral Interpretation Class Knocks 'Em Dead
Is it possible to read Mercer's academic probation policy and make it fascinating? Or how about reading your income tax return aloud? Mercer students did it, and yes, it was fascinating to watch.

Faculty, staff and students who saw the performances of Kathy Paluscio's Oral Interpretation class students on March 11 were bowled over by their energy, enthusiasm and skill. Imagine two students performing "One Two Buckle My Shoe" and giving it loads of emotional content.

Paluscio is now in her third semester of teaching the course she started at Mercer. This upper level communication course attracts students from theatre, speech and communications programs. "We have students who are so talented," Paulscio said. The audience agreed. Photo

Blood Donations Needed
On March 25 the Community Blood Council of New Jersey will be on campus for the semi-annual blood drive. Because of critical blood shortages throughout the state, the Human Resources staff is asking everyone to help make this year’s drive even more successful than in the past.

If you can donate, please call Mildred Leckie at ext. 3271 to arrange an appointment. As in the past, walk-ins will also be accepted. The blood drive takes place in the Student Center, Room 108, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moving Days at Mercer
Many of the staff members on the first floor of the Administration Building have been busy moving their offices as the college makes preparations for a major renovation project. The Publications Office is now located in AD 101, while Accounting will complete its move to DCCP's former quarters on March 22. In addition to Human Resources and Purchasing, the Public Information office (Saveria Symons and Wendy Humphrey) and Director of Grants Kay Eaton will remain in place for this phase of the project. Photos

Put on Your Dancing Shoes
The Center for Continuing Studies is enticing staff and faculty with a Ballroom Dancing class for couples only, covering basic dance steps including fox trot, waltz, rumba, chacha, tango and swing. No experience is required. You can choose to attend sessions on Friday or Saturday evenings beginning April 16 or 17. The cost is $140 per couple. The instructors are ballroom dancing competitors Steve and Jeewon Ahn.

Ruth Burchell Turns 84. Is She the Oldest Staff Member?
Ruth Burchell, part-time switchboard operator at Mercer for 20 years, drew a crowd on March 10 to help celebrate her birthday. After retiring from the telephone company in 1983, Burchell soon wanted to go back to work, and she has enjoyed her time at Mercer. When asked her secret to looking great, she said you need to eat chocolate every day and have a martini once in a while. But the real secret is a great sense of humor. Is Burchell our oldest staff member? Not quite. Lena Cardaciotto, a lab monitor for business classes, turned 84 in December. Photos

In case you missed it, Mercer now has a place to list items for sale -- MBAY. Just go to the MLink home page (http://mlink.mccc.com/) and scroll down to the MBAY icon. You can then list your items for sale.

Also, once you have sold your item, don't forget to take it off MBAY by clicking on "Remove Item from MBAY," and filling in the blanks.

"A Connecticut Yankee" Comes to Kelsey
Take an entertaining journey into medieval times as "A Connecticut Yankee" comes to Kelsey Theatre. This delightful Rodgers and Hart musical is presented by Playful Theatre Productions with Mercer's own Kitty Getlik directing. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays, March 26, 27, April 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, March 28 and April 4 at 2 p.m. An Opening Night Gala on March 26 will give audience members the chance to share refreshments with the cast and crew. More

Retirees to Meet
MCCC retirees will meet on Wednesday, April 14 at Sunny Gardens. Please call Helen Marie Dolton at 882-5086 by the 12th to reserve your seat.


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