of May 25, 2004
The 2004 Employee Human Relations/Community Service
At the Employee Recognition Celebration on May 19, Carol Andrejcik was
announced the winner of this year's Employee Human Relations Award.
Dr. Rose introduced Andrejcik as exemplifying “service with a
smile,” and possessing courtesy, kindness and politeness. "It
takes a special personality to deal with others’ problems day
in and day out," Dr. Rose said. "She is always the first to
rally the troops when a co-worker is ill or has experienced a death
in the family. She has worked diligently to ensure that frustrated computer
users are quickly provided the help they seek, but in a caring way that
puts them at ease. She has taught me much more about human relations
than I have taught her."
has been with the college for 23 years and is now coordinator of the
ITS Help Desk. She started as a part-timer in 1981. She had just earned
her bachelor's degree but wanted to work part-time to be with her young
children. Two years later she joined the full-time staff. "That's
when personal computers were just beginning to be used in offices,"
she said. "I was one of the first people to have an office PC.
Pete Holsberg taught me, and we used big eight-inch disks." Andrejcik
worked as an Administrative Assistant before taking her current position.
“I was really honored to receive the award," Andrejcik said.
"I can think of a lot of people on campus who are just as deserving.”
She said she has posted a biblical quote above her desk that she looks
at it every time she gets a phone call: “A gentle answer quiets
anger but a harsh one stirs it up.”
Mercer is turning out to be a family affair, as Carol's son Raymond
now works in the Maintenance department. "Mercer worked out well
for me and I hope it does for my son," Carol said.
Charles Smith was selected for the 2004 Employee Community Service Award.
Dr. Rose said, "He feeds the homeless on holidays, supports his
church with orange sales and especially supports the college with wisdom
and love for God. On Christmas morning, when the rest of us are having
a comfortable Christmas with our families, he starts cooking early so
he can go out with his 'hot food wagon' and feed as many homeless people
as he can find."
Smith said he was surprised. "The most important thing is that
they recognized my belief in what I stand for. More than anything else
I enjoyed the words that Dr. Rose spoke. He recognized me as a Christian,
not so much as a talker but a walker. The word of God says that what
you do in secret will be rewarded openly for all to see.”
Many co-workers at MCCC have helped Smith with his holiday projects.
They donated food and even cooked turkeys. "Many people helped,"
Smith said. "I was mainly the organizer to get it started. Once
people found out about it they found it was worthy to get involved and
asked me what I needed. The college community did quite a bit and I
am indebted to them."
Smith said he announced
the project at his church and went to the Soup Kitchen, Catholic Charities
and the Rescue Mission to let them know what he would be doing and to
find out who the homeless and needy people were. He wanted to deliver
the cooked food directly to the people, wo he adapted a truck by adding
a barbeque pit made from an oil drum, which he used as a grill and warmer.
Smith works in Maintenance as a painter and has been with Mercer for
27 years. Photos
to Speak at Commencement
Dr. George Pruitt, president of Thomas Edison
State College, will deliver the commencement address at Mercer's graduation
ceremonies May 27. Pruitt
has been Thomas Edison's president since 1982. He previously served
in leadership positions at Illinois State University, Towson State University,
Morgan State University, Tennessee State University and the Council
for Adult and Experiential Learning.
Graduating student Colleen Greene of Ewing, an Education major with
two teenage children, will give the student address. She plans to transfer
to Rider University with the goal of teaching middle school history.
Student Wins "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award
Russell Hancock, a 20-year-old Business
student, is the winner of the "East Coast Collegiate Entrepreneur
Award," a competition hosted annually by Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial
Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Hancock was the top pick
from college students in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Delaware
for his lawn and landscaping company, RnR Services, which he started
six years ago as a 15-year-old high school student. Press
Language Institute Surpasses Milestones
Ricardo Figueroa, Director of the English Language Institute (ELI) at
the James Kerney Campus says the program has reached a milestone in
the registration and enrollment of tuition-paying students. The last
year has brought the number of tuition paying students to 334, versus
210 last year.
"This is truly remarkable for ELI, JKC and MCCC," Figueroa
said. "My staff deserves a round of applause for responding so
well to the demands that the additional numbers placed on everyone."
In addition to the fee-paying students, the program has also served
an additional 326 students who were sponsored by Mercer County ONE STOP,
Mercer County WORKFORCE, and the New Jersey Department of Education(DOE).
Figueros said the ELI students came from 32 foreign countries, and many
have continued at MCCC, taking credit courses after completing the ELI.
Enrollment is open, so students may begin any Monday. They take 1.5
hours of lecture and 1.5 hours of computer-aided instruction that begins
at their own level of knowledge. Students find the program by word-of-mouth.
"We don't even promote it and if we did we couldn't handle the
numbers," Figueroa said.
the English Language Institute are as diverse as the students; they
come from Morocco, Cuba, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Vietnam, Guatemala, Puerto
Rico and French-Canada. The ELI operates year-round except for Christmas
break and a two-week break in late August.
The MCCC Retirement
will be honored on Thursday, June 17 for their retirement from MCCC:
Irving Ashkenazy, W. David Crawford, Beatrice Machunze, Albert Magson,
Rose Marie Marano, John Santosuosso, and Lynn Steill.
The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception at
the Conference Center, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a recognition ceremony
by the Board of Trustees. Dinner and music will follow in the Student
Center Dining Room. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP to Joan DeLucia in
Human Resources at ext. 3270 by June 4. Invitation
to Rosemarie Marano
Mark your calendar to share cake and coffee and say
farewell to Rosemarie Marano on Thursday, June 24th between 2 and 3
p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.
Blasenstein Wins Again
Eileen Iandola, Eastern Region Safety Program Manager for the FAA, said
Joe Blasenstein will be honored on June 16 as Certified Flight Instructor
for the entire eastern region. "Joe's years of dedication to aviation
safety will be recognized," she said.
Fountain Makes a Splash
The new fountain and landscaping outside
of the Student Center are part of a beautifying effort just in time
for graduation ceremonies. Photo
You may have noticed some changes in the oak trees on campus. Insect
traps have been placed there by researchers from Rutgers Research and
Extension Services, who are using our campus to study oak tree diseases.
According to Amy
Iseneker, our campus is one of three locations being studied by the
researchers. We have a large population of oak trees here, and the Rutgers
team is interested in them because of their size and placement. Some
of our trees have a bacterial disease that the researchers are trying
to find a way of stopping. They want to learn what insects are living
in the trees and whether the insects are disease carriers. The trees
will also be tested to see if they have the bacteria.
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