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E-Bulletin of May 20, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College


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"Hidden Children" Exhibit Opens June 1
The campus community is invited to the Opening Reception of a special exhibit, "Hidden Children: The Youngest Survivors of the Holocaust" on Sunday, June 1, 3 to 5 p.m. at The Gallery.

Coming to us from the Holocaust Museum in Rockland County, New York, it tells the stories of 17 people who were hidden as children during World War II in German-occupied countries, and those who risked their lives to help them. One of the hidden children featured is Elsa Loeb of Monroe, who was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to Mercer.  She will be available at the reception on June 1 to talk informally with guests.  Refreshments will be served. 

The show will run at The Gallery from May 28 through June 27.   On June 12 at 7 p.m. there will be a showing of the film produced by Barbra Streisand, "Stories of Courage," in the CM Building, Room 110.  Closing ceremonies take place on Sunday, June 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Gallery and will feature a talk by a member of the second generation.

Board Chair Bill Baroni, who is chairing the Hidden Children Committee, asks everyone in the MCCC family to help spread the word about this exhibit to students, church groups, teachers and the community.  The committee hopes that many school-age children will have the opportunity to attend.  Click here for more information. 
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MCCC Faculty Recognized
At a recent meeting Mercer County Community College's faculty union presented outstanding faculty members to the Board of Trustees for recognition.  Board Chairman Bill Baroni said the college is fortunate in the quality of its faculty members and in their contributions to the educational community.  See photo/caption.
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Lifeguard Wanted
A summer position is available for MCCC's busy swim program for children.  Qualified candidates will work Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.  Additional scheduling opportunities are available.  Current certification required.  Call ext. 3267.
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Grant Writing Workshop
Novice and minimally experienced grant writers will learn how to improve their chances of receiving funding at a "Grant Writing Workshop" taught by Stephen Sumner, Ed.D., in two sessions: Wednesdays, June 4 and 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition to learning foundation skills to master the funding maze, Sumner will provide basic grant writing tips and discuss topics such as finding and defining real problems, discovering who has the money, avoiding mistakes, using Internet resources, building partnerships and more.  Tuition and fees are $195 and include breakfast, lunch and breaks.
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Leadership for Board Members
A seminar entitled "Leadership for Board Members" on June 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will sharpen the leadership skills of nonprofit board members and executive directors.  The discussion will include the role of a governing board, the responsibilities of directors, and interactions with staff.  The afternoon will be individualized to help participants assess their boards, and will conclude with a plan of action to achieve greater effectiveness.  Tuition and fees are $99 and include breakfast and lunch.  A ten percent discount is available for groups of three or more.
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JKC Helps Tutor From Sudan
Former ESL student, Vironica Othogk, now a tutor at the James Kerney Campus,  has had tragedy strike her family in the Sudan.  Her family’s home was bombed and a brother was killed.  Another brother, 19 years old, was badly injured and maimed.  The staff at the James Kerney Campus has started an account to help her and her family.  According to Ricardo Figueroa, $640 has already been donated.  If you would like to help you may write a check payable to "MCCC/Vironica Othogk" and send it to our Accounting office. 
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James Kerney Campus Confers Awards
A "Celebration of Academic Achievement" for James Kerney Campus credit and adult education programs brought hundreds to the Marriott Conference Hotel in Trenton on Tuesday evening, May 13.  Ceremonies were led by Provost Beverly Richardson, with participation by many JKC staff members.

Students who were recognized included those who have completed their associate degree in large part at the James Kerney Campus, and graduates of the Career Training Institute, General Educational Development programs, and English Language Institute. Many of those graduating from the adult education programs plan to continue their studies in a credit program at Mercer or another college. 

Special guest speaker was Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer, who delivered an inspiring address to the assembly.  Motivational speaker Richard Criner got the crowd up and participating.  Some of his great lines were:
"The more you learn the more you can earn."
"If greatness is possible then excellence is not enough."
"If it's to be it's up to me."
"If you change your attitude you can change your world."
"Destiny is a matter of choice not a matter of chance."
See photos 
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SGA/SAB Awards Night
The Student Government Association presented its Annual Achievement Awards and the Student Activities Board celebrated its spring semi-formal dinner dance on Saturday, May 10.  Students were recognized in a variety of categories.  Over 300 students, faculty and staff members participated.

"Advisor of the Year" awards went to Shirley DeSilva, International Student Organization advisor, and to Amy Iseneker and Marie Wszolek, Horticulture Club advisors.  The "Club/Organization of the Year" awards went to the Hospitality Club, a new and very active group, and to the West Windsor Student Activities Board, which raised thousands of dollars for area charities.

The SGA "Student of the Year" was Tobia Buckle, who was cited for her extensive charitable work and commitment.

Staff and faculty who participated in presenting awards included President Robert Rose, Deans Marilyn Pender and Carol Tosh; Danielle Garruba, Barbara Owens and Nancy Cucugliello of Student Activities; Maria Rodriguez of EOF, and Rev. Robert Wittik.  Photos
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