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Issue 2009 - 2, April 3, 2009

April is Community College Month
Mercer is preparing to celebrate Community College Month with a full slate of activities. Highlights include recognition of outstanding students during the April 23 Board of Trustees meeting, and a special event for student veterans. Details here.

“Explore Mercer” Open House April 22
Future students of all ages are invited to "Explore Mercer" at an open house for the community Wednesday, April 22, 6 p.m. at MCCC's Student Center cafeteria, West Windsor Campus. The college will feature
academic programs, student services and student success. Credit program registration for the summer and fall semesters is now open. More here.

Summer Camp Registration is Underway
Spring is here and registration for MCCC's Camp College, Sports Camps, Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops, and Specialty Camps is underway for the 2009 season. Camps for children ages 6-16 commence June 22 and run through August 14 on Mercer's West Windsor Campus. Before and after-camp care is available for all programs. More here.

The Center for Continuing Studies Announces Spring/Summer Offerings
In an effort to assist those seeking to upgrade their skills in this difficult economy, Mercer's Center for Continuing Studies is offering an expanded list of noncredit classes and programs this spring and summer. Examples include "Animal Control Officer," "ServSave Food Safety Manager," and "Finding New Donors for Funding." Click here for the entire summer tabloid online.

Career Program Information Sessions Help the Unemployed
In order to assist community members during these difficult economic times, Mercer's Center for Continuing Studies is offering free Career Information Sessions on April 24 and May 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. More here.

The Virtual College Wins National Award
The Instructional Technology Council presented MCCC's Virtual College team with the "Outstanding Technical Support and Service in ELearning" award at a recent conference.
According to Assistant Dean Debbie Kell, the award came after an extensive application process. "The judges made specific note of the creativity and enthusiasm evident in our initiatives and remarked upon special areas," she said. More
here.

MCCC's Student Newspaper Earns Six State Awards
The College Voice, the student newspaper of MCCC, has earned six awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Foundation in its annual statewide competition judged by news professionals -- First Place for General Excellence for a two-year college and Second Place for Layout and Design, plus four individual awards. More here.

Morgan Stanley Foundation Donates in Recognition of MCCC Volunteer
Randy Jones, an experienced financial advisor to MCCC's Foundation Board, has given his time and expertise for many years to help guide the college's investment and scholarship committees. In recognition of his efforts, the Morgan Stanley Foundation has made a generous contribution of $1,500 to Mercer's General Scholarship Fund. Scholarships awarded through this fund help a variety of students in need.

Student Wins $5,000 Guistwhite Scholarship
Susana Sanchez was recently selected as a Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite Scholar, one of 20 students chosen from a national pool of 400 applicants. The scholarship includes $5,000 toward baccalaureate studies. A Liberal Arts major and an Honors Program student, Sanchez is editor-in-chief of Mercer's student newspaper, the College Voice. More here with photo.

Scholarship Dinner Dance A Big Success
Thanks to many generous supporters, MCCC's Scholarship Dinner Dance on March 7 was highly successful. Event chair Nina Melker of The Bank of Princeton and her committee orchestrated an elegant evening with the "On a Sea Cruise" theme and a successful silent auction. All proceeds will help deserving students pay for their college education. Three long-time supporters of MCCC were honored. More here with photos.

Radiography Students Score Above National and State Averages
May 2008 graduates of Mercer's Radiography program earned a mean score of 87.7% on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification exam -- higher than both national and state averages. The passing percentage for first-time examinees was 94%, also higher than the national average. Based upon graduate and employer surveys, 94% of the class of 2008 secured employment within six months of graduation.

Flight Fairs April 4 and 25 to Benefit Winning MCCC Team
Faculty and flight instructors from MCCC's Aviation program will offer scenic plane rides over Mercer County at Flight Fairs on two Saturdays: April 4 and April 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Trenton-Mercer Airport. (Rain dates are Sundays, April 5 and April 26.)
More here.

Read Mercer's Winter 2009 "Viking" Newsletter Online
Get an update on MCCC's One-Stop Student Center/Library construction project, read about new initiatives, student projects, alumni successes, MCCC sports and more in the Winter 2009 "Viking" newsletter, online here. If you would like a print copy mailed to you, please send a request with your mailing address to enews@mccc.edu.

Click Here for Alumni Success Stories Online

Mercer in the News Online:

The Times 3-29-09: MCCC Student Named Guistwhite Scholar

The Times 3-26-09: MCCC Displays Winning Artwork

Packet Publications: 3-20-09: Real World View; Mel Leipzig Doesn't Tell Stories, He Creates Epics With His Brush

The Times 3-15-09: Delicious Directions: MCCC Gets Cooking

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: 3-6-09: Online Programs See Uptick in Enrollment

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