Issue 2010 - 5, June 2, 2010
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
school students are also invited to take college courses this summer.
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
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 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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,
Awards and Honors:
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
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
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
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.
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
Three MCCC players were named Academic All-Americans, and many
have transferred mid-year or will transfer for the fall 2010 semester.
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
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
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 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
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