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E-Bulletin of March 7, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College


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Charter Schools Conference
Along with the Times of Trenton, MCCC will sponsor "Charter Schools: Are They Making a Difference?" on Friday, March 14, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Conference Center.  The panel, moderated by Bart Luedeke, president of Rider University, will assess the success of public charter schools since legislation establishing them was passed in 1996.  The cost is $30 per person.
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Architecture Program Expects 450
High school students, teachers and guidance counselors from around the state have made reservations to attend the "Architecture Career Day and Design Challenge 2003" on Friday, March 14.  Guest architects are scheduled to speak, and then will critique design projects that have been submitted by 50 high school students.  

The college-level assignment is the design of a spacious, 10,000-square-foot home for an affluent New Jersey client, including building program, site plan and drawing requirements.  The design projects will be displayed in the MCCC Architecture studios during the event, according to Marilyn Dietrich, Architecture program coordinator.
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Women in Law Enforcement
Lori Hennon-Bell, Lt. Colonel and Deputy Superintendent of Administration with the New Jersey State Police, will present a talk entitled "The Role of Women in Law Enforcement" on Thursday, March 27 at 12 noon in CM 110 as part of MCCC's Distinguished Lecture Series.
 

Hennon-Bell will discuss the history and utilization of female troopers in the N.J. State Police, as well as national trends and issues confronting women in law enforcement.  Her career with the state police spans more than 22 years, and has included progressively more challenging operational and administrative responsibilities.   More .
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Titans Promotional Night
MCCC's Marketing staff will be at the Sovereign Bank Arena on Saturday, March 29 to promote college programs.  The Mercer Viking (aka Francis Paixao) will shoot T-shirts into the crowd.  We'll announce our presence with large MCCC signs, tables with literature, and 2000 Koozies with the Mercer logo as give-aways.
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Alumni & Friends Host Theater Evening
The MCCC Alumni & Friends Association is hosting a theatre evening on April 11.  There will be a 6:30 to 7:30 reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine and soft drinks in the Faculty Dining Room, followed by a performance of the classic musical “Damn Yankees” at Kelsey Theatre.  The cost is $15 per person.  Tickets are limited, so reserve yours as soon as possible.  Make checks payable to the MCCC Foundation and mail to Bill Mate, AD 250.
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Literarily Speaking
Area writers and artists are invited to submit their work for possible publication in The Kelsey Review, a Mercer County literary magazine.  The review accepts short fiction, poetry, essays, samplings of novels, black-and-white line drawings and cartoons.  The deadline for submissions is May 1.  Professor Robin Schore is the editor.  More
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DCCP Celebrates Opening
At the recent opening of Mercer's new Conference Center, Dean Rose Nini of the Division of Corporate and Community Programs said "I am so proud of my team and how hard they have worked over the years.  It is exciting that we will finally have a home of our own.  I hope that through this wonderful facility we will be able to provide more and better programs.

"This is the entire college's Conference Center, and I want so much for everyone to feel welcome and to consider how the center can be used for different kinds of educational events -- to think of the wonderful seminars and conferences they would like to offer here."   Click here for a photo of DCCP staff during the opening event.
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Dental Excellence
Students in the Dental X-ray Technician Program of The Division of Corporate and Community Programs had a 100% pass rate with a mean score of 86.0, according to the Bureau of Radiological Health.  "The examination results for Mercer students were well above New Jersey's passing percentage of 80.3%" said Yvonne Chang.  "We would like to congratulate them."

Successful completion of the course qualifies students for the New Jersey license examination.  For more information contact Chang at ext. 3278 or email changy@mccc.edu
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Campbell Delivers Keynote at State Event
The New Jersey Department of Transportation celebrated Black History Month with the theme, “African Americans Striving for Educational Excellence.”  MCCC's Dr. Diane Campbell gave the keynote address on February 28 to 100 State employees.  Her topic was “The Role of Education in the Development of the African American Community Post Slavery.”  Campbell received a standing ovation for her presentation.  Barbara Jefferson of our James Kerney Campus enhanced MCCC's presence with college literature.   
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Welcome New Staff
Robert Hamilton, Employee Services Manager, Human Resources
Debbie Pritchett, Administrative Secretary II, Student Academic Support Services
Anna Nina Prizzi, Teaching Assistant, Hospitality Programs
Charles Weatherspoon, EOF Counselor/Recruiter, Student Academic Support Services
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Coming to Kelsey
March 14 -22:  Transport yourself to Middle Earth and travel with Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit."   More .

Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m.:  Heather MacRae, daughter of Gordon MacRae, performs "Songs for My Father."    More .
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At The Gallery
"Mercer County Artists" continues at The Gallery through April 3.   More .
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Family Report
Rose Nini’s son, Dr. Kevin Nini, a craniofacial surgeon, was cited recently in the Saint Peter’s University Hospital newsletter for reconstructive surgery he performed on an infant who was adopted from Russia by a New Jersey family.  Before and after photos are truly miraculous.  Dr. Nini is based in New Brunswick.
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Stock Up on Cookies
Sue Minkel has ten cases of Girl Scout cookies to sell. They include caramel delites, peanut butter patties, shortbread, thin mints, peanut butter sandwiches, lemon pastry cremes, animal treasures (fudge dipped shortbread), and friendship circles. $3.00/box.  Please leave orders at minkels@mccc.edu or phone ext. 3837. “I'd be happy to hand deliver them to your offices,” Sue said. “Thanks so much!”
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