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E-Bulletin of Jan 3, 2003
a newsletter for staff and faculty of Mercer County Community College

Table of Contents
E- Bulletin of January 2, 2003

·    New Jersey Network to Feature Mel Leipzig
·    The “Hall of Fame Celebration”
·    Gingerbread House
·    Festival of Lights
·    Celebrations
·    Welcome New Staff

New Jersey Network Features Mel Leipzig
Mel Leipzig’s fame as an artist will spread far and wide as New Jersey Network airs a half-hour program about him and his work this month.  Camera crews filmed in Leipzig’s MCCC classroom, at the MCCC Gallery when his work was on display, at the NJ State Museum, and at the gallery in New York that displays Leipzig’s work.  You can see the show on NJN on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m., Jan. 17 at 9:30 p.m., Jan. 25 at 1:30 a.m., and Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The “Hall of Fame Celebration”
The MCCC Athletic Department invites friends and supporters of Mercer athletics to a "Hall of Fame Celebration" on Saturday, Jan. 18.  Six Mercer champions, including former Basketball Coach Howie Landa and five players, will be inducted into the MCCC Sports Hall of Fame.  Members of Mercer's 1972-73 Men's Basketball Team, which won the NJCAA National Championship, will also be honored. 
The festivities begin at halftime of a regular season game (2 p.m.) between Mercer and the Community College of Rhode Island, when Hall of Fame inductees will come together on the court for a special ceremony.   After the game, guests will move to the Student Center for a reception and dinner (5 p.m.).  Tickets are $30 and are available by calling the ext. 3741.
According to Athletic Director John Simone, the Mercer basketball program began in 1961 with the hiring of Coach Landa.  The school was located in downtown Trenton at that time and was still known as Trenton Junior College.  "The Mercer basketball program started off with great momentum, reaching the national tournament in its second season and placing sixth," said Simone.  "Plans to honor some of Mercer's greats have been on the table for years.  This event is the vision of many staff members."
The ceremony will also honor Mercer's 1972 – 73 championship team, the first East Coast team to win the NJCAA title – before or since. 
In addition to Simone, the Hall of Fame Planning Committee includes: Prof. Al Leister, former athletic director; Bob Pugh, Director of Physical Education; Fred Weiner, guidance department, George O’Gorman, former MCCC sports information director; Jim Ramm, a former statistician; and Rose Rubertone, of the admissions department.  For more information, call the MCCC Athletic Department at (609) 586-4800, ext. 3741.
For a detailed account of this event with photos click here.
Gingerbread house (photo)
Gregory Danley, Sharon Galbraith Ryer and Ryoko Saito, all students in Mercer County Community College’s Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management program, show off the gingerbread house they and other members of their Hospitality Club created.  The house is on display at the Quakerbridge Mall, second floor, where the students have been giving out free cookies in celebration of the season.  The club is advised by well-known area chef Annie Prizzi, now an instructor at MCCC.

Festival of Lights (photos of party)
International Student Services hosted a “Festival of Lights” on Dec. 11, where students from many countries highlighted their cultural traditions.  The program included presentations about Christmas in Peru and other parts of the world.  There was Arabic dance and music, a display of traditional clothing, music from Haiti and a Bhangra dance.  Associate Dean Marilyn Pender and International Student Services Coordinator Savita Bambhrolia offered words of support. 

Bambhrolia said the gathering “represents everyone coming together from all the cultures and celebrating.”  She said MCCC has 210 international students, and seventeen of them organized the event, which also included a luncheon, cultural displays and decorations.

Click here for more photos of MCCC holiday celebrations.

Welcome New Staff
Peggy Brown, Assistant Director, Talent Search JKC
Mark Meara, Dean for Technology Services

Joseph Lugo promoted to Maintenance II and assigned to new Corporate Training Center
R. Joseph DeLuca promoted to Maintenance II and assigned to new Corporate Training Center

Barnes & Noble Recap

A Giving Exchange

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