The MCCC 2009 Honorees
Nov. 12, Community Open House
Mercer County Community College will honor alumnus Les Venella Jr. and
two community partners, PSE&G and the American Chemical Society, at
its Community Open House "Abundant Learning Opportunities Await You
at Mercer," on Nov. 12, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at MCCC's Conference Center
on the West Windsor Campus.
for details about the event and the sign-up page.
Alumni Leader Award: Les
Venella, Jr., CFSP, is a graduate of Mercer's first Funeral Service
class in 1976. He is president of Saul Funeral Homes, with four
area locations in Hamilton Square, Hightstown, Cranbury and Trenton.
active booster of MCCC's programs, Mr. Venella serves on the college's
Funeral Service Program Advisory Commission. Saul Funeral Homes
has regularly hired graduates of MCCC's Funeral Service program,
and offers internship opportunities to Mercer students. Eight of
the company's 10 current funeral directors are MCCC graduates.
Venella is treasurer of the New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association,
and past president. He served on the National Funeral Directors
Association Advisory Board. He is also an active member of the Hamilton
Township Rotary Club, the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, and
the Mercer County Networking Group. Over the past five years he
has delivered meals for the Hamilton Township Meals on Wheels program.
Corporate Partner Award: PSE&G has generously supported
the students and programs of MCCC for many years, and has been an
annual contributor to student scholarships. In 2003 the college's
Foundation Board honored PSE&G with its "Distinguished
Corporate Friend" award.
2003 PSE&G worked closely with MCCC to develop an Associate
in Applied Science degree in Energy Utility Technology. Students
in this highly successful program study math, science, utility technology,
electrical construction and utility installations at Mercer, while
PSE&G provides apprenticeship training and summer internships.
A high percentage of graduates are now employed in well-paying jobs
at PSE&G. Because of its success, the program has been duplicated
at other community colleges in New Jersey. Mercer
also acknowledges the role of PSE&G in spearheading educational
programs such as the New Jersey Energy Workforce Consortium. PSE&G
is a leader in economic development and community service throughout
the award will be Margaret Pego, senior vice president, Human Resources.
and chief human resources officer of PSEG Services Corporation.
Partner in Learning Award: For the past 12 years, the Trenton
Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has partnered with
MCCC to make possible a science education program at area elementary
schools, providing materials for demonstrations that reach approximately
700 children annually. The project reflects this national organization's
goal to provide outreach programs designed to inspire the next generation
during National Chemistry Week in late October, MCCC students and
faculty members, along with students from Rider University and The
College of New Jersey, are led by MCCC Chemistry Program Coordinator
Helen Tanzini. The group visits five to six local schools, where
they conduct simple yet exciting chemistry experiments in numerous
additional partnership takes place at the New Jersey State Museum's
Super Science Weekend each May. Professor Tanzini and her students
demonstrate science experiments for visiting children and their
families, with support from the ACS.
the award will be Mark Galley, acting chair of the Trenton Section
of the Middle-Atlantic Region of the American Chemical Society. "It
has been our group's pleasure to work with Helen Tanzini, who has
done a superb job with this program," he said. He recently began
teaching Chemistry as an adjunct professor at MCCC.
to the Nov. 12, 2009 MCCC Community Open House.