Scholarship Gala Raises Funds on March 8
Five Foundation Volunteers Honored

3-10-08

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- A festive evening with a serious purpose, Mercer County Community College's Scholarship Dinner Dance at the Hyatt Regency Princeton drew nearly 400 supporters on March 8. The event raised scholarship dollars for students who otherwise might not have the opportunity for a college education.

Nina Melker of The Bank of Princeton served as event chair. Her committee orchestrated an elegant evening with a "Dancing Under the Stars" theme and a successful silent auction.

Five members of the college's Foundation Board who were honored with the "Spirit of Education Awards" at the 2008 Scholarship Gala are, from left, James Floyd, E. Karen Kennedy, Thomas Kull, Marjorie Blaxill, and Timothy Losch.

Last year the Mercer County Community College Foundation awarded $170,000 in scholarship dollars to 235 high-achieving and financially qualified students, including part-time students and single parents. An additional 107 students benefited from endowed or named scholarships established by donors through the Foundation.

Major sponsors for the event were:

Platinum Sponsor
Janssen L.P.

Gold Sponsor
Merrill Lynch

Bronze Sponsors
AAA Mid-Atlantic
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Dow Jones & Company
Jamil E. Faridy, AIA
PSE&G
Roma Bank
Verizon
PNC Bank

Corporate Sponsors
All Clean Building Services
Borden Perlman Insurance
Capital Health System
CMX Engineering
Hill Wallack, LLP
Johnson & Johnson
Princeton Management Development Institute, Inc.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital--Hamilton/Children's Specialized Hospital
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
Thomas Edison State College
Tuchman Foundation, Inc
.

"Spirit of Education" Awardees:

Marjorie G. Blaxill, a Foundation Board member for more than 15 years, has found her tenure rewarding.

Ms. Blaxill remembers a class of technology graduates from many years ago. "They were all sizes, all shapes, all ages. They were going to go from minimum wage to $10 or plus an hour, and they were so proud. And I thought -- their lives are going to change. That's a tangible reward."

A former social worker and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Mrs. Blaxill raised four children while giving generously of her time to numerous community organizations. She currently serves as chair of the Princeton Township Local Assistance Board and is a member of the Legal Defense Fund's Foundation Board.

She is past president of Princeton Senior Resource Center, the Family Service Association of the Princeton Area, the American Boychoir, Princeton Nursery School Board and Johnson Park PTA. She has also served on committees for the Medical Center at Princeton and the United Way. She is the recipient of the Lambert Award and the Family Service Award.

James A. Floyd particularly enjoys helping young people and the college. "Our primary goals are to assist all who apply to get the best education possible in the area they so choose," he said. "I personally feel I have a responsibility to render services wherever I can, consistent with the abilities I can contribute."

A Foundation Board member since 1990, Mr. Floyd serves as chair of the Nominating Committee. In addition to raising scholarship funds, Mr. Floyd sees his role as being a good-will ambassador in the community and raising awareness of college opportunities. He has been inspired by observing MCCC students on graduation day. "I am delighted to be able to attend some of the graduation services. That is a measurement that the entire community can see -- when we see graduates go on to their next step."

Mr. Floyd, who grew up in Trenton, graduated from West Virginia State College, where he served as class president and was selected for Who's Who. He served as vice president of personnel for the Electric Storage Battery Company, and served as vice president of Human Resources for Educational Testing Service. He was the first African American to be elected to the Princeton Township Committee, and as mayor of Princeton Township.

Mr. Floyd has always been very active in community affairs. He served on the Princeton Borough Mayor's Advisory Committee on Housing and was active in the founding of the Princeton Association of Human Rights and the Princeton Housing Group. He was a charter trustee of the Princeton Community Housing Group, which owns and operates several housing facilities. He also served on the Planning Board, the Regional Civil Rights Commission, the Commission on Aging, Princeton Regional School Board Advisory Committees and the Princeton Colored YMCA.

He has also given his volunteer time to Corner House, Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Group, NAACP and many other groups. He is an Elder at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church and served as the Clerk of Session.

Timothy J. Losch has served as president/chairman of the MCCC Foundation Board for 14 years. "I am a great believer in community colleges," he says.

Mr. Losch's mission has been to raise funds for student scholarships while raising awareness of the many opportunities available at Mercer. His goal has been realized with a larger and more diverse Foundation Board. "To see the board expand and the kinds of people we have involved has been for me very personally gratifying," he said.

Learning the personal stories of MCCC students has been a motivation for Mr. Losch's continuing service to the board. "One story that touched me most was the single mother whose children saw her getting a scholarship and working on her degree," he said. "The pride I saw in her children with their Mom being a student -- that was pretty fulfilling."

Mr. Losch is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary's College and Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He has more than 35 years of experience in New Jersey banking, at Corestates/New Jersey National Bank and Yardville National Bank. He has served as chairperson of Robert Morris Associates and the NJ Bankers Legislative Committee.

As a very active community volunteer, Mr. Losch has served on numerous boards. He was chairman of the Greater Mercer Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Good Guy Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, Central NJ Chapter, and a member of the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation. He is also past chairman of the board of trustees of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton. He has received numerous awards and honors for his professional and volunteer work, including the "Citizen of the Year" award from the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce.

F. Thomas Kull, Jr., who serves as Foundation Board treasurer, has been a member since 1987. "The board is probably most proud of the fact that today we give over $200,000 in scholarships each year. One hundred percent of what is raised by the Foundation is available for scholarships, and the more we raise, the better, because there is a continuous need."

Mr. Kull has a particular interest in assisting students at the James Kerney Campus in Trenton, where he has taught mathematics since 2004. "I have continued to be part of the Foundation because of what MCCC does for students in need of an education, to the point where in addition to volunteering, I also teach two courses part-time at the James Kerney campus," he said.

A graduate of Gettysburg College, Mr. Kull earned an MBA from Rider University. He served as chief operating officer and vice president for business development for Sandlot Corporation, a Utah-based software company. He also was vice president of operations at Dow Jones and Company, Inc. for many years.

Mr. Kull's many community activities include serving as treasurer and property manager for the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and as president of FTK Consulting, which helps small businesses and church organizations. He serves as board president for Luther Towers in Trenton, and is a member of the President's Council at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.

E. Karen Kennedy, a member of the MCCC Foundation Board since 1999, is inspired by seeing students succeed. "I walk around campus, I go down to the Kerney campus, and I am just so proud of what this institution means to the community and the fine work it's doing," she said. "Society grows through education." Now serving as Scholarship Committee chair, Ms. Kennedy chaired the college's 2005 Scholarship Dinner Dance committee.

Ms. Kennedy says the Foundation brings together community and corporate leaders "who've all come together under the great leadership of Dr. Beverly Richardson and Dr. Donohue. We have a common mission, and our mission is to support the college through fundraising efforts."

A Trenton native, Ms. Kennedy has a bachelor's degree from Villanova University, an MBA from Regis University, and Project Management certification from George Washington University. She has been employed at Dow Jones and Company for many years, and has worked in a variety of management positions within the consumer media publishing group. Currently she serves as director of Continuous Process Improvement. She has worked in production management at several printing plants that publish The Wall Street Journal. As an application development director she was responsible for the supports that help produce the newspapers.

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