E-Bulletin of March 9, 2004

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Best 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!

Beverly Richardson Chairs Conference
James 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.

Also participating 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."

Late Night Series Gets Kudos in New York Times
The 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 humphrew@mccc.edu.

Mercer Alum Speaks to Students During Book Tour
Mercer 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

The 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.

You're 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.

The 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.

Employees 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.

Relax! You're Invited to a Yoga Class

Yoga instructor 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.

"Joy of Opera"
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.

They Need Your Blood
The 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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