E-Bulletin of October 27, 2004

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Flight Team Scales New Heights
Mercer's Flight Team took first place at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety Competition, held Oct. 20-22 at Trenton-Robbinsville Airport. They competed against two four-year colleges and one community college. Our team will go to the national competition in Kansas City this spring. Story and photo



Vikings Dominate Region 19 Athletics
The women’s tennis team has done it again, winning the Region 19 title for the eighth straight year. Mercer won the Oct. 22-23 tournament played at Mercer County Park with 14 points, followed by Brookdale with six, Gloucester with five, and Morris with two. Story

The men’s soccer team has set its sights on another Region 19 title after defeating Del Tech in the semi-final round 7-0 on Oct. 26. Currently ranked no. 2 nationally with a 14-1-1 record, the Vikings face Essex CC on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at home. Mercer beat Essex 3-0 during a regular season game.

The women’s soccer team is also preparing for the Region 19 final after beating Sussex County College 2-1 in the semi-final on Oct. 26. With a 9-4-2 record, the no. 1 seeded Vikings will face the winner of the Oct. 27 match-up between Ocean and Essex. (The Vikings beat Ocean 6-1 during the regular season and tied Essex 1-1.) Game time is 1 p.m. at Middlesex County College.

Class Does Voting Survey/Generates Publicity
Students in Joan Goldstein's "Social Problems" class have conducted a campus voting survey. Of the 52 students randomly selected for interviews on the WW campus, 86% indicated that they have registered and intend to vote in the presidential election. "This is an astonishingly high number compared with previous elections," Goldstein said. "Their preferences lean more towards the Democratic candidate (63%) than the Republican (21%)."

Times reporter Karen Ayres sat in on one of Goldstein's classes, when Mercer County Freeholder Keith Hamilton was visiting to speak on the topic of voting. The Oct. 17 front-page article "Youth Vote May be a Force" included MCCC student opinions. The article is online.

Hole in One
Yesterday... on his eighth wedding anniversary on the eighth hole of Mercer Oaks Golf course using an eight iron, Dean Mark Meara hit a hole in one! Congratulations Mark.

Princeton University Professor to Lecture
On Thursday, Nov. 4, Dr. Francois Morel, professor of Geosciences at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute, will present a lecture on "The Fertility of the Sea and the Cycles of Major and Trace Nutrients." The talk is based on his research on marine microorganisms and their interactions with the global flux of elements essential to life, such as carbon, nitrogen and iron. Professor Morel is a member of scientific boards throughout the world and an environmental consultant to private firms and public interest groups.

Entertainment Tech Courses to Begin
Courses will begin in January for MCCC's proposed new associate degree in Entertainment Technology: “Introduction to Entertainment Technology,” “Health and Safety in Production,” and “Lighting Technology and Design.” Details

New Dual Admissions Agreement
MCCC has signed a dual admissions agreement with Saint Peter's College in Jersey City. Students who choose the program and complete an associate degree with a minimum 2.5 GPA will gain acceptance with junior status. Transferring students will qualify for a $2,500 transfer award with the possibility of additional scholarships.

Historic Torah Dedicated/Installed at MCCC
On Oct. 18 Mercer hosted a ceremony to dedicate a historic torah scroll donated by Steven E. Some and Adam Kaufman. The scroll was installed at The Mercer County Holocaust-Genocide Resource Center, located in the college's library. Story

Open House Draws Crowd
The Open House for parents and high schoolers drew a large crowd to MCCC on Oct. 20.
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Students Perform Rap Lyrics
A presentation of rap lyrics organized by EOF Counselor Charles Weatherspoon brought together an enthusiastic group of students who performed original lyrics. Weatherspoon said the event was an effort to more fully engage male students, particularly minority males, and provide a new forum for their participation.

"This is something they are interested in, so I saw it as a way of engaging them. Possibly they will become better students as a result." The event was co-hosted by realhiphop.com, a website and magazine. Photos

Physical Therapy Day
Physical Therapist Assistant students helped put the "fun" in functional by sharing their enthusiasm for the profession and some tools of their trade with the college family last Wednesday. Celebrating "Physical Therapist Assistant Day," a group of energetic students greeted unsuspecting visitors to the cafeteria and invited them to participate in wheelchair obstacle courses, hula hoop contests, Swiss ball bouncing and jump roping activities. Lively jazz music helped to underscore the "positive vibes" that the students generated
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Rhonda Utley-Herring Wins Boxing Award
Adjunct faculty member Rhonda Utley-Herring, who teaches "Human Communications:Speech," has been inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. An administrator and regulator of the sport, she has authored many rules and procedures over the past two decades.
Utley-Herring says women are fairly new to boxing; however the "Female Ali," Jackie Tonawanna, had a boxing career in the late 60s and 70s. A full bio of Utley-Herring is online.

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