Issue 2010 - 5, June 2, 2010
Than 1,000 Graduate on May 20
A bright blue sky reflected the optimism of MCCC's green-robed graduates
as they marched onto the quad to receive their diplomas May 20.
This year 1,066 students earned their associate degrees or credit
certificate programs. Student speaker David Hoyt told a moving story
of hardship followed by outstanding academic achievement. Keynote
speaker, Dr. George Boggs, president of the American Association
of Community Colleges, encouraged lifelong learning. More
Photos on Facebook here.
Student Selected for Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
David C. Hoyt of West Windsor has achieved a first as a student
at MCCC. He is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship,
created by the billionaire philanthropist to ensure that exceptional
community college students are able to transfer to the four-year
school of their choice. More
Tanzini -- The 2010 Distinguished Teacher
This year's winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Chemistry
Associate Professor Helen Tanzini was described by MCCC President
Patricia Donohue as appreciated by students for her extensive knowledge,
enthusiasm, preparedness, teaching style, and availability to provide
help outside the classroom. More
Graduates Recognized at Honors Convocation
Preceding graduation ceremonies on May 20, deans and faculty members
presented graduates with 74 academic awards, and recognized the
achievements of 21 Phi Theta Kappa graduates, 37 NJ STARS graduates,
and 13 Honors Program graduates. More
Kerney Graduates Applauded
Cheers greeted awardees at Trenton's War Memorial on May 11, when
the James Kerney Campus hosted its Celebration of Academic Achievement.
Recognized were 42 associate degree graduates, 53 graduates of the
Career Training Institute, 94 graduates of the GED preparation program
, and 44 graduates of the English Language Institute, who come from
more than 20 countries. More
Program Recognizes 44 Graduates
Forty-four tight-knit MCCC Nursing program graduates stood proudly
before family and friends on May 17 during a jubilant pinning ceremony.
The May graduating class brings the year's total number of Nursing
program graduates to 77. More
Summer Camps Gearing Up
Mercer's Camp College, Sports Camp and Tomato Patch Visual and Performing
Arts Camp are ready to accept children for an enriching summer experience.
Before and after-camp care is available. Details
Squibb Grants $17,500
Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) presented a $17, 500 check to MCCC at
a ceremony on May 5 at the James Kerney Campus. The grant funding
will support new laboratory equipment for biology instruction at
JKC, making it possible to meet the educational needs of an additional
70 Trenton area students each year. Adding an element of surprise,
MCCC Foundation Board member Jim Faridy presented a donation of
$2,500 earmarked for the initiative, to bring the total to $20,000.
Study Abroad Group Learning in Italy
This week 23 students are enjoying the college's Study Tour to Italy,
the first such experience offered for nearly a decade. They are
learning about architecture, food and culture with faculty members
from both disciplines. More
Journalism Students Excel
The work of Journalism student and College VOICE reporter Daniela
Rocha was featured May 25 on NBC news 10 in Philadelphia. The investigative
report included excerpts from her interview with a sex offender.
It's now posted on the NBC 10 web page with a link to the original
article on The College VOICE website. In the last four months, work
by College VOICE staffers has also been picked up in The Chronicle
of Higher Education, The Huffington Post and local newspapers. The
website has received 25,000 article reads.
Softball Wins Regional Title
Mercer's women's softball team took the National Junior College
Athletic Association Region 19 title on May 9. For the second time
in his six years coach Ryan Zegarski's team competed in the Division
II World Series. More here.
Men's Tennis Earns Fifth Place in the Nation
Mercer's men's tennis team went to the National Junior College Athletic
Association's national tournament earlier this month in Plano, Texas.,
and took fifth place in the stiff competition. Jason Bielski and
Matt Pierson were named an All-Americans. Bielski and Brendan Billuscio
were named Academic All-Americans. More here.
Student Athletes Saluted
The Athletics Departments hosted a celebratory breakfast on May
4 for students who participate on Mercer's eight NJCAA Region 19
teams. More here.
for Training and Development Procures Grants for Chambers of Commerce
Through new one-year grants from the N.J. Department of Labor and
Workforce Development, Mercer's Center for Training and Development
will provide training services for the African American Chamber
of Commerce of New Jersey (AACCNJ) and the State Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ). More
Faculty and Students Out in Force for Super Science Saturday
Thirty-five MCCC science faculty, students and alumni volunteered
for Super Science Saturday at the New Jersey State Museum on April
24. According to faculty member Helen Tanzini, their tables were
busy non-stop throughout the day as they led demos and hands-on
activities. "Measured in cups of slime, we went through thousands,"
she said. Activities included a dry ice demo, the making of "slime,"
chromatography, and molecule-building from gum drops and marshmallows.
Mercer's 2010 Student Activities Awards Banquet on May 2 honored
outstanding student volunteers who participate in numerous clubs,
learn leadership skills, and give their time to raise charitable
School Writers Recognized at "Aspirations" Celebration
Some of the county's most creative high school students gathered
at Kelsey Theatre on April 24 to celebrate the publication of Aspirations
2010, Mercer's literary magazine for young writers and artists.
The works of 87 writers and 23 artists were selected for publication.
Complete for MCCC Alum Dave Angebranndt
When baseball player Dave Angebranndt hit a double to left center
that knocked in a run for the University of Delaware against Towson
University on Apr. 18, you might just think he was doing his job.
But for this catcher, it was the completion of a hard-fought comeback
after a serious car accident.More
Alumni Success Stories:
graduate William Blake Semon continued his education in Fairleigh
Dickinson University's accelerated B.A./M.A. program in psychology.
He is now a wellness coach at Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services
in Annandale, NJ. More
graduate Sondra Tomei was a stay-at-home mom who earned a degree
in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Today she works at
Hamilton Physical Therapy Services and loves her job. More
Coming to Kelsey Theatre
The Mercer Dance Ensemble will celebrate the 30th anniversary of
its choreographer, Janell Byrne, with modern dance performances
May 29 and 30. The show is choreographed by Bryne and two dance
program alumni.. More
4-13 the Pennington Players present the powerful musical, Ragtime.
5: Young childen will enjoy Mother
Goose fairy tales.