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Issue 2010 - 6, July 6, 2010

The Campers Have Arrived!
Children and teens are enjoying their camp experiences now at MCCC. The college expects more than 2,000 children on our campuses this summer for Camp College, Sports Camps, Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops, and Youth College programs. There are still some openings at each camp. For more information, click here.

MCCC Faculty at the White House
Associate Professor Doug Fee was among the nation's culinary professionals invited to the White House to launch "Chefs Move to Schools," a grassroots initiative in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" national campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation. More here.

Students Call Study Tour to Italy "Amazing and Magnificent"
Intrepid travelers from MCCC's Study Tours program gathered for a final evening class to share photos and reflections of their nine-day whirlwind tour of Italy May 19-28. The 23 student participants were studying architecture, food and culture, while others traveled as noncredit students. More here.

Student Newspaper Makes Headlines
MCCC's student newspaper, The College VOICE, took a total of six awards in this year's Mark of Excellence Awards competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. In the two-year college category The VOICE was a national finalist in the Best All-Around Non-Daily Student Newspaper category. More here.

Ad Design Students Tackle the Arts
This spring, seven teams of MCCC advertising design students had their eyes on the arts. Each developed marketing campaigns for the Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission's "Eyes on Mercer" arts initiative, set to take place Oct. 15-17. The student work was judged by a panel of experts on May 10; two teams tied for first place. More here.

Arthur Forman Bequest to Create Lasting Imprint
MCCC has received a generous $200,000 bequest from Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology Arthur Forman, who passed away in March. Two scholarships have been established in his memory -- one for a student athlete and a second for a liberal arts student. Additional contributors include Forman's colleagues and former students. For further information about the Forman scholarship or other planned giving contact Vice President Mellissia Zanjani at 609-570-3661 or e-mail zanjanim@mccc.edu. More here.

Two New Transfer Agreements Signed
MCCC has signed new articulation agreements that will ease the transfer process for graduates who wish to continue their education at La Salle University in Pennsylvania or Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island. More here.

New Sports Management Option in Business
This fall MCCC is offering a new option in Sports Management under the Associate of Arts program in Business Management. Students will gain a solid foundation applicable to the sports industry. For more information contact Professor Framarz Khoushab at 609-570-3448 or e-mail khoushaf@mccc.edu.

Students Learn by Cooking with Celebrity Chefs

MCCC culinary students are up to all challenges when it comes to testing their myriad kitchen skills. During the spring, several ventured from campus test kitchens to work for Master Chef Emeril Lagasse and Food Network's Iron Chef Cat Cora. More here.

Photo Class Documents TASK and Clients
Michael Dalton's Documentary Photography class spent 10 weeks photographing the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, capturing everything from the kitchen staff to the Adult Education program. Each student created a short narrated slideshow as a final project, including some very moving recorded interviews with staff and clients. The slideshows can be seen here.

Professor Delivers Scholarly Paper
MCCC Assistant Professor of Philosophy Ken Howarth delivered a paper entitled "She-Lunking Plato's Cave" in the Perennial Conversations and Questions within the Western Tradition portion of the 16th Annual Association for Core Texts and Courses international conference April 15. More here.

President Donohue Interviews Now a Monthly Feature on JazzOn2
Each month President Donohue will be on the air with JazzOn2 radio, keeping jazz fans informed in a 10-minute show about what's happening at MCCC. JazzOn2 is available at WWFM's HD2 channel and online here.

"Views and Voices" Awarded

WWFM, The Classical Network, received two "2009 Excellence in Journalism" awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for its "Views and Voices" public affairs show, produced and hosted by Rachel Katz, and airing Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Recent interviews with MCCC representatives, available online here, include student Pam Prather on the leadership program she attended at Rutgers University; representatives of the James Tolin Memorial Fund, who spoke about "Sordid Lives" at Kelsey Theatre; recent graduate David Hoyt, who talks about his positive experiences at Mercer and winning a three-year, $30,000 scholarship; and Hospitality Club adviser Frank Benowitz, who spoke about the club and its collaboration with celebrity chef Cat Cora.

Saul Goldwasser Awarded for Service
On June 13 Professor Emeritus Saul Goldwasser was presented with the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award, given annually in cooperation with the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, the Anti-Defamation League of New Jersey and the Axelrod Family. Goldwasser has been the director of the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, located at MCCC, since its founding in 2003. More here.

Don Davis, Ernst Renondeau and Kenniqua West Awarded
The Association for Equality and Excellence in Education, Inc. (AEEE), a forum for professionals who work with Trio federally-funded educational opportunity programs, recognized three from MCCC for outstanding achievement recently. Youth College Director Donald Davis, alumnus Ernst Renondeau, and student Kenniqua West. More here.

Work of Two MCCC Faculty Members Now at NJ State Museum
"Reality and Artifice," a contemporary juried art exhibit on display through Oct. 31 at the New Jersey State Museum, features works by two MCCC faculty members, Lucas Kelly, assistant professor of Fine Art, and Sarah Sweeney, assistant professor of Digital Media Arts. More here.


MCCC Alumni Achieve Success:

  • Steven Foster, a 2000 graduate of MCCC, was recently presented with a Valor Award by the 200 Club of Mercer County. A New Jersey State Trooper, last year Foster rescued a man from a burning car when he happened upon the scene soon after an accident. The car went up in flames minutes later. More here.

  • Mackington Joseph earned three degrees from MCCC - in 2005, 2006 and 2007, soon after arriving from Haiti with no English skills. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. while working full-time for PSE&G, where he trains apprentice technicians. He also teaches as an adjunct faculty member at MCCC. More here.

  • Shannon Sked earned dual degrees in Biology and Plant Science from MCCC in 2007, then went on to earn his B.S. and M.S. His research on the cross benefits of sustainability and cost efficiency has been published in scholarly journals. Today he is the proprietor of AgServe Land Management in Bordentown, serving as a sustainable landscape entrepreneur. More here.

Save the Date for MCCC's Golf Classic
MCCC Athletics will host its 19th annual Golf Classic on Tues., Oct. 5 at Mercer Oaks Golf Course in West Windsor, NJ. Numerous scholarship opportunities are available. Contact Athletics Director John Simone at 609-570-3741 or e-mail simonej@mccc.edu.

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Coming to Kelsey Theatre

July 2-11: Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

July 9-10: Wild, Wacky "Best of Nosing Around"

July 16-25: Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite" Offers Comic Take on Relationships

July 30-August 8: Warm, Whimsical "Cinderella"