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E-Bulletin of March 17, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College


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Scholarship Dinner Dance a Great Success
A good time was had by all at the MCCC Dinner Dance on March 8, with over 500 guests in attendance and more than $200,000 raised for scholarships.  The dance floor was the place to be as the "Fabulous Greaseband" kept everyone on their feet.

Dr. Rose would like to thank the staff members who served on the Dinner Dance Committee, including Deanna Cernero, Danielle Garruba, Kitty Getlik, Lynn Holl, Mel Leipzig, Barbara Marx, Bill Mate, Jeremy Parry, Lynn Steill, Elaine Stout, Saveria Symons and Michael Welliver.  Also volunteering a great deal of time before, during or after this event were Gary Mesh, Chris Gibson,  Renata Fusco, Sue Holman, Lynn Ports-Lopez and many others.

"I very much appreciate all the support we have received from our staff and faculty members," Rose said..  "A record number of you made donations or came to this event, demonstrating your strong support for the mission of the college."   Photos .
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"Hidden Children" Exhibit Coming to MCCC
Mercer will bring a very moving exhibit to the campus entitled, "Hidden Children: The Youngest Survivors of the Holocaust," from May 28 through June 27 at The Gallery in the Communications Building.  Bill Mate is asking for help in spreading the word about this important show to students and area organizations. 

Produced by the Historical Society of Rockland County, The Holocaust Museum and Study Center, and The Hidden Children of Rockland, the exhibit features 17 Rockland County, New York residents who were hidden as children during World War II.  According to exhibit organizers, "They share their stories today not to be pitied, but to honor their rescuers, to remember those who perished, and to educate people so such persecution may never happen again."  The true stories are told through first-person narratives. 

Of about 1.6 million Jewish children living in Europe at the start of World War II, an estimated 1.5 million were killed.  "Hiding was a way for Jewish parents to save their children—or for the children to save themselves…Each hidden child had a unique experience.  Some found refuge amid religious organizations.  Others became maids, farm hands, or factory workers.  Some stayed out of sight in cramped spaces underground, or hid in secret rooms."

For further information about the exhibit call the MCCC Foundation Office at 609-586-4800 ext. 3607.  More information about “Hidden Children” can be found at http://www.holocauststudies.org .
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Mercer Hosts FAA Seminar
A Federal Aviation Administration Safety Seminar for pilots takes place at the West Windsor campus March 21-23.  "Air safety takes on new urgency with terrorism threats so close to home," said Joe Blasenstein.  "This three-day event will help pilots to prepare for survival in difficult circumstances, even after ditching into water."
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Plane Rides
The Mercer Flight Team will host "Pennies for Pounds" airplane rides at the Trenton-Mercer Airport on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Cost is fifteen cents per pound with a minimum of $5 and a maximum of $15.  Pilots will be MCCC flight instructors and faculty members.
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Graduation Stories Wanted
As you complete your semester please keep in mind that the Public Information Office is looking for our very best stories to present to the press during graduation time.  We need stories about students who live within the county, who have achieved in an outstanding way, have overcome difficult obstacles or have something particularly unique about them.  This is not only a great way to acknowledge our students but it will also give your program extra exposure.  If you know a student with a great story please call ext. 3736 or email saveria@mccc.edu.
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Open House
MCCC hosts "Explore Mercer," an open house for future students, on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center.  Some of the topics will include majors, transfer opportunities and financial aid.
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Best Practices Conference Coming to MCCC
The 2003 Best Practices Conference of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges takes place at MCCC on Friday, April 11, in the new Conference Center.  Featuring more than 30 sessions on various areas of community college management, administration, business practices, student affairs and other topics, this event showcases some of the most innovative solutions on our campuses today.  There are a number of seminars that are of particular interest to instructors.  The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Registration fee is $45. For more information or to reserve your seat, call the New Jersey Council of County Colleges at 609-392-3434.
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Late Night Series
The Friday Late Night Series offers unusual artistic expression at MCCC's Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey.  Check out future events at the website , or contact Nick Anselmo at ext. 3524.
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Kelsey Fundraiser
Pizza Hut Value Cards are now on sale at the Kelsey Box Office.   For $8 you can save over $75.  Each Value Card contains 12 Pizza Hut coupons.  Six are for a free medium pizza with the purchase of a large; six are for $5 off any purchase of $15 or more. Each card purchase means a $5 donation to Kelsey Theatre, which will be used for equipment improvements.  Call ext. 3586 or 584-9444 to purchase a card.
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PTK/Student Activities to Sell Roses for Charity
You can purchase beautiful roses on Red Rose Day, March 28, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Student Center.  Student volunteers from PTK and Student Activities will sell the roses to benefit The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey .   This Trenton-based nonprofit agency provides services to children and families statewide, including pregnancy counseling, adoption, international adoption, foster care, day care and family counseling.
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Local Blood Drive
Because of critical blood shortages, St. Gregory the Great Church on Nottingham Way is holding a blood drive sponsored by the Community Blood Council of New Jersey.  It's at the school cafeteria on Friday, April 11, 2003 from 3 to 8:30 p.m.  Call Barbara at 587-2307 if you can participate.
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Thank you From Norma Maresco
"Dear Extended Family:  I truly hold my heart in my hand with the loss of my dear husband Frank.  How can I ever find the right words to thank each and every one of you.  Thank you for being the people you are."  Love, Norma.
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Gallery Hours Extended
Gallery hours for the "Mercer County Artists" exhibit have been extended.  New hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m. and  7 to 9 p.m., Thursday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. 
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MCCC Marketplace
A 1994 Nissan Altima GXE is for sale, with 84,000 miles, new brakes and tires, all power windows, locks, steering, air conditioning, radio.  "Runs fantastic," said Francis Paixao.  Asking $4,500.  Call Francis at ext. 3731.
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