E-Bulletin of March 9, 2004
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Practices Conference Coming to MCCC
The information below is from the NJ Council of County Colleges:
Register today! The 2004 New Jersey Council of County Colleges Best
Practices Conference, set for Friday, April 2, 2004 at MCCC's Conference
Center, is packed with informative sessions for virtually everyone working
at or with community colleges. From sessions targeted toward academic
officers and faculty to those of interest to continuing education officers,
student affairs personnel, foundation employees and more, no other event
gives you the opportunity to learn about so many innovative programs
and solutions taking place on community college campuses throughout
the state of New Jersey. This conference is the premier event for New
Jersey's community college employees and administration to learn about
new and innovative programs while networking with other community college
professionals from throughout the state.
Download the agenda,
session descriptions and registration form today at www.njccc.org.
Space is limited, so mail your registration form in today!
Richardson Chairs Conference
Kerney Campus Provost Beverly Richardson, who is chair of the College
Board Middle States Region,
facilitated the Middle States Regional Forum in Philadelphia Feb. 18
to 20. The event drew 600 participants. Richardson served as a member
of the 2004 Program Planning Committee and presided at the welcoming
reception and breakfast meeting. "It was a challenging but wonderful
professional experience," she said.
was Wayne Murray, director of the SMILE and GEARUP programs, who presented
a workshop at the conference entitled "Engaging Parents of 7th-12th
Graders in Their Children's Education."
Night Series Gets Kudos in New York Times
Feb. 29 “Jersey” column by Neil Genzlinger, which runs weekly
on the front page of the Sunday New York Times’ New Jersey section,
gave Mercer’s Late Night Series (LNS) prominent mention. Genzlinger,
whose column makes witty commentary about a variety of issues around
the state, attended a recent LNS performance to catch the act of comedian
Pat Lamb. As stated by Genzlinger: “And it was in meeting up with
Mr. Lamb, at an eclectic performance orgy at Mercer County Community
College called the Late Night Series, that I encountered the revelatory
poetry of JJ Slim.”
He continued, “The
Late Night Series is a coffeehouse/poetry slam/hip-hop amalgam that
sprang up about a year ago, in part to fill the void left by the closing
of Urban Word, a Trenton café that had offered similar stuff.
Nick Anselmo, who teaches theater at the college and runs the series,
had on this particular Friday proclaimed an open mike, and Mr. Lamb
came from Bloomfield to try out some material.”
For a copy of the
column in its entirety, call the Public Information Office at x3736
or email email@example.com.
Alum Speaks to Students During Book Tour
alumnus Randy Sutton (’80) visited Peter Horne’s Criminal
Justice class on Feb. 26 while in New Jersey promoting a book he has
authored entitled: “True Blue: Police Stories By Those Who Have
Lived Them” (St. Martin’s Press). A sergeant in the Las
Vegas Police Department, where he has worked for 18 years, Sutton’s
inspiration for the book was the Sept. 11 attacks; proceeds will be
donated to the families of 9/11 police officers. It includes 53 stories
contributed by police officers from across the country. He hopes the
book will bridge the “chasm between the police and the people
we serve.” In addition to writing the prologue and epilogue, and
the chapter introductions, Sutton contributed a story in which he saved
the life of a one-month old baby. The book is available through Amazon.com
and Barnes and Noble.
Speaking to Mercer
students, Sutton encouraged them to pursue education. ““While
many police departments require only a high school education to start
training, there is intense competition for promotions. Having a college
education is helpful both for promotions and to make you a well-rounded
person,” he said. A police officer in Princeton Borough for 10
years before moving to Las Vegas, Sutton took numerous classes at Mercer,
studying criminal justice and general education from 1975 to 1980. He
spoke to students of the tremendous gratification of knowing that his
work has made a positive difference. “In the beginning, the world
was very black and white,” Sutton said. “It has taken me
a long time to learn compassion and wisdom, what motivates people to
do certain things. I’m still learning.” Photo
Lenape Indians of New Jersey
Dr. William Guthrie of Rider University will lecture on the artifacts,
music, stories and daily life of the Lenape Indians, a tribe native
to New Jersey. Video clips will augment the lecture on Thursday, April
1 at noon, WWC Room CM 110. The lecture is part of MCCC's Distinguished
Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. For more information
call ext. 3324.
Invited to the "Alumni & Friends Theatre Evening"
Please join us on
Friday, April 16, as the MCCC Alumni & Friends Association hosts
its second annual “Alumni and Friends Theatre Evening.”
Your friends and family members are welcome.
From 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. we’ll meet in the Faculty Dining Room for hors d’oeuvres,
wine and soft drinks. Following this reception we will move to Kelsey
Theatre for an 8 p.m. performance of the classic musical, “Crazy
for You.” Pierrot Productions presents this charming tale about
the adventures of a stage-struck playboy in a Nevada mining town --
where romance, mistaken identities, and show-stopping musical numbers
all add up to irresistible fun. At the conclusion of the performance
you will have an opportunity to meet the cast and crew.
Tickets are $15
per person. Please make checks payable to the MCCC Foundation and send
to Bill Mate, AD 250. If you have any questions call ext. 3601.
Credit Union Wants You
The "Mercer County New Jersey Teacher's Federal Credit Union"
is a nonprofit financial institution that offers financial products
to anyone employed by the college, and to any member of your immediate
family. Right now the credit union has offered to pay $25 to anyone
who refers a new member who opens an account.
can become a member for $5. Services include savings and checking accounts,
money market accounts, STAR Cards, holiday and vacation clubs, term
savings certificates, tiny tyke accounts, VISA check card, mortgages,
home equity, auto and student loans, direct deposit, payroll deductions
and more. To learn more call 609-586-6660 or visit the website at www.mcnjtfcu.org.
You're Invited to a Yoga Class
Claudia Testa talks participants through an exercise in body relaxation
at the end of her class. Mercer's Student Government Association
is sponsoring the free yoga classes for anyone on campus every
Tuesday through April. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. in the
Physical Education building, room 119. Bring a yoga or exercise
mat and water.
Dr. H. L. Zussman, a retired physician and lifelong opera lover, will
present a free seminar, "Joy of Opera," with operatic videotape
including works by Rossini, Bizet, Verdi and Mozart on Thursday, March
18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in CM109. All are welcome but please call ahead
to reserve a seat: 586-9446.
Need Your Blood
Community Blood Council of New Jersey will conduct a blood drive at
St. Gregory the Great School Cafeteria, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton
Square, N.J. on Friday, April 2, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Call B. Bailey
at 609-587-2307 to set your appointment.
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