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Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards $17,500 to MCCC
to Enhance Biology Instruction at the James Kerney Campus


5/7/10

Bristol-Myers Squibb presents a $17,500 check to Mercer County Community College to enhance biology instruction at the James Kerney Campus in downtown Trenton. From left are Associate Professor Diane Hilker, Teaching Assistant Ellen Genovesi, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, Associate Professor Linda Falko, Dean Linda Martin, Associate Professor Linda Gaylo, student Holly Haedricks, Squibb Director of Community Affairs Frederick J. Egenolf, and students Jacara Barlow and Diana Bridgeforth.

West Windsor, NJ -- Bristol Myers-Squibb (BMS) presented a $17, 500 check to Mercer County Community College at a ceremony on May 5 at the downtown Trenton James Kerney Campus (JKC).

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.

Frederick Egenolf, director of Community Affairs at Bristol Myers-Squibb, presented the check to MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue. “It is a joy that BMS, a long-time partner of MCCC, has stepped up to the challenge to help enhance our science programs at Mercer,” said Donohue. “BMS is all about student success in word, thought and action.”

Egenolf reiterated the importance of academic and professional partnerships. “Since scientific advancement is at the core of what we do at BMS, we continually strive to enhance the quality of education across the spectrum from early childhood through graduate school,” he said. “These are the individuals who will help us deliver the cures for tomorrow.” Adding an element of surprise to the event, MCCC Foundation Board member Jim Faridy presented a donation of $2,500 earmarked for the initiative, to bring the total to $20,000.

JKC nursing students Holly Haedricks, Jacara Barlow and Diana Bridgeforth spoke to the assembled guests about their enthusiasm for Mercer’s programs and the new opportunities the grant will provide. Haedricks, a single mom of three and an aspiring nurse, summed it up: “I am benefiting greatly from the small, individualized attention here. JKC is the beginning of a new journey in my life,” she said.