E-Bulletin of May 25, 2004

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The 2004 Employee Human Relations/Community Service Awards
Carol Andrejcik
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."

Carol Andrejcik 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:
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

Pruitt/Greene 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.

Mercer 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 release here

English 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.

Instructors at 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 Party
Seven colleagues 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

Farewell 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.

Joe 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.

New 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

Trees and Traps
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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