E-Bulletin of September 4, 2003

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New Call Boxes and Lighting
Mike Dill reports that phase one of the college's facilities plan to install call boxes on the pathways to the student parking lots has been completed.  The old call boxes have been replaced with a new type called "Call 24."  Instead of telephone lines, they operate on the MCCC security band frequency, so calls go out to security radios for a faster response time.  There are now two new call boxes on each walkway.  Phase two of the plan, now in progress, is to install a call box in each student parking lot.

Also, new lighting has been installed on the pathways going to and from the student lots, with higher wattage metal haylide fixtures.  Phases two and three will include new lighting in the parking lots.   Photo .

Goldwasser Donates Colavita Sculpture
Saul Goldwasser, recently retired professor of philosophy, has donated a sculpture to the college that he commissioned in 1990 from artist James Colavita, a faculty member at Mercer who died in 1996.  The donated piece will go on permanent exhibit at the college's art gallery.  Colavita constructed the piece of stoneware and welded metal.  The work is based on Nietzche's book, "Thus Spake Zarathustra." 

According to Tom Wilfrid, "Jimmy (Colavita) was an extraordinarily talented artist and teacher, and Saul has been a well-respected member of the college community since he joined our predecessor institution, Trenton Junior College.  Those of us who have known both will find this gift an appropriate remembrance of each colleague's contributions to the college."

A county-wide retrospective of James Colavita's work appeared in 1998 at the New Jersey State Museum, Rider University, the Trenton City Museum and the Mercer County Community College Gallery.  Photo

Faculty Author Jim Franklin Publishes New Book
Jim Franklin’s new book about Trenton State Prison, "Inside Out: Fifty Years Behind the Walls of New Jersey’s
Trenton State Prison," is now available in the MCCC bookstore on the West Windsor campus.

The book chronicles the history of Trenton State Prison as seen through the eyes of Harry Camisa, a guard and later a teacher at the prison.  Camisa knew most of New Jersey’s notorious felons.  The book details Camisa’s experiences with the inmates while also documenting the details of the crimes that put the men in prison.  As a guard, Camisa witnessed 13 executions by electrocution and was taken hostage twice.

Camisa earned an AA degree at Mercer back in the early 1970’s in a special MCCC program for prison guards and went on to obtain a BS degree from The College of New Jersey in 1978.  (We'll have a more detailed review in the winter issue of Viking.)

For more visit the website at:   http://www.windsorpress.net/io_index.html

Volunteers Needed
More volunteers are needed to man the registration tables, monitor the running trail, hand out tee shirts and hoagies, etc. at MCCC's 5K race on Friday evening, Sept. 12, 5:15 p.m.  Call Elaine Stout at ext. 3607.


Patricia Carr Featured
The College of New Jersey’s magazine for alumni and friends featured faculty member Patricia Carr, class of ’59, in its summer 2003 issue.  Entitled “She’s Got a Little List,” the article discusses Carr’s rowing with the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association of Princeton, and her list of things she wants to accomplish.  One interesting quote related to Mercer:  “Although she could retire any time she wants, Pat says she’s having too much fun for that.”



Twin Injuries in Library?
If you see Pam Price and Denise Niclas hobbling around the campus, no, there’s no dragon in the library ready to bite your leg.  It’s just a coincidence that both have their left legs in walking boots.  They each sustained injuries separately, outside of work.  So it is safe to go back into the library. 

Welcome New Staff
Francis Corcoran, Counselor, Educational Talent Search, JKC.  B.A., St. Charles Seminary.
Valarie Daniels, Sr. Teaching Assistant, TV, Arts, Communication and Technology.  A.A.S., Mercer County Community College.
William Peroni, Document Processor, Office Services Department.  A.A.S., Mercer County Community College.

Opportunity to see "Spirit of the Dance" Saturday
MCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society does volunteer work for The Children's Home Society of New Jersey (CHS), a statewide nonprofit organization that offers programs in child welfare. 

This Saturday, September 6, CHS is sponsoring a trip to see "Spirit of the Dance" at the Sovereign Bank Arena.  They have a small number of tickets left that cannot be returned. Each ticket includes:
  •  A wine and appetizer reception which begins at 5:30 p.m. at The Children's Home Society (along the side of the Robeling Market on Clinton Avenue in Trenton). Use the Elmer Street entrance.
  • Bus transportation from CHS to the Sovereign Bank Arena (to save money on parking fees)
  • Tickets to the 7 p.m. show  (18th & 19th row)
CHS is asking for the donation amount of your choice (minimum $5.00) per ticket.  The original price of these tickets was $50.00.   Call Colleen at 609-695-6274.

Mercer Marketplace

1997 white Volvo for sale, 135,000 miles, 5 speed, excellent condition, $6,200.  Contact Winston Maddox 439-2193.

Looking to buy a recreational vehicle, 25-30 ft., class A or C, Ford engine.  Call Linda Decker DeBlois at ext. 3350.


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