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Issue 2010 - 5, June 2, 2010

Summer Credit Classes Begin June 21 and July 7
Students of all ages and those home for the summer from other colleges are invited to catch up or get ahead on earning college credits at Mercer this summer. Sessions begin June 21 and July 7. Register online here.

High school students are also invited to take college courses this summer. More here.

More Than 1,000 Graduate on May 20
The 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 degrees or certificates. 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 here.
Photos on Facebook here.

MCCC 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 three-year, $30,000 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 here.

Helen Tanzini -- The 2010 Distinguished Teacher
This year's winner of the Distinguished Teaching Award, Chemistry Associate Professor Helen Tanzini, was selected by colleagues and students for her extensive knowledge, enthusiasm, preparedness, teaching style, and availability to provide help outside the classroom. She also brings science education to grammar schools and the NJ State Museum each year. More here.

MCCC Summer Camps Gearing Up
Mercer's Camp College, Sports Camp and Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Camp are gearing up for the start of the camp season June 21. There are still some openings for late registrants. Before and after-camp care is available. Details here.

Bristol-Myers 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. More here.

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. 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. More here.

Center 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 members of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and the State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey. More here.

Science 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, including a dry ice demo, the making of "slime," chromatography, and molecule-building from gum drops and marshmallows. See photos here.

High 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. More here.

Celebrity Chef's Local Appearance to Benefit Hospitality Students
Mercer's hospitality students, with instructor Chef Frank Benowitz, will prepare one of Iron Chef Cat Cora's popular recipes as she makes an appearance on Wednesday, June 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at The Hamilton Manor on Route 156 in Hamilton. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hospitality Club, along with the Friends' Health Connection. Tickets are $39 per person and include a copy of Cora's new book as well as the recipe tasting. Call Kelsey Theatre at 609-570-3333, or visit online.

Student Awards and Honors:

  • During an Honors Convocation on May 20 deans and faculty members presented 74 academic awards and recognized the achievements of 21 Phi Theta Kappa graduates, 37 NJ STARS graduates, and 13 Honors Program graduates. More here.

  • 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 here.

  • Forty-four tight-knit MCCC Nursing program graduates were pinned on May 17 during a jubilant ceremony. The May graduating class brings the year's total number of Nursing program graduates to 77. More here.

  • Mercer's 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 dollars. Photos on Facebok here.

Mercer Athletics:

  • The Athletics Departments hosted a celebratory breakfast on May 4 for students who participate on Mercer's eight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 19 teams. More here.

  • Three MCCC players were named Academic All-Americans, and many have transferred mid-year or will transfer for the fall 2010 semester. More here.

  • Mercer's women's softball team took the NJCAA 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.

  • 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 All-Americans. Bielski and Brendan Belluscio were named Academic All-Americans. More here.

  • 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 here.

New Alumni Success Stories:

  • 2006 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 here.

  • 2004 graduate Sondra Tomei was a stay-at-home mom who returned to school to earn a degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Today she works at Hamilton Physical Therapy Services and loves her job. More here.

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