The Student Government Association is hosting a "Fresh Start" hygiene drive Sept. 2-30, with all items to be donated to the Trenton Family Preservation House. Toiletry items can be dropped off at SC111, the Student Life and Leadership Office. A complete list of the items needed is posted in SC111.
The Student Life and Leadership Department has planned a "Welcome Back Luncheon" for student club or organization advisors on Tuesday, Sept. 2, and Wednesday, Sept. 3, at noon in SC104. Two dates were selected in hopes that current or prospective advisors will be able to make it to one of the sessions. Lunch will be provided, and the sessions will run one hour. The new Advisor Manual will be distributed, new policies will be reviewed, and budgets and reimbursements will be discussed. RSVP is not required. Contact Danielle Garruba with any questions at email@example.com.
Students Activities has announced the fall schedule for exercise classes, starting Sept. 3 with lunchtime yoga in the gym from noon to 1 p.m., through Dec. 2. Evening yoga classes will be held Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in PE 225 starting Sept. 8 and ending Dec. 4. (No class on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.)
Zumba will be held evey Tuesday in the gym from noon to 1 p.m. starting Sept. 9 and ending Dec. 2.
Tell your neighbors and friends! MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies will host “Back to School Night for Adults” on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Mercer Conference Center. CCS staff will discuss the new programs, along with many others that are providing training and support to ensure long-term professional and personal growth and help employers and employees stay at the cutting edge of their fields or expand into new areas. Staff members will answer questions and discuss potential career paths. Read more about fall offerings here.
MCCC History Professor Dr. Craig Coenen will lead a discussion on "The Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Poland" on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mercer County Holocaust and Genocide Resources Center. In 2013, Coenen and Jack Tabor led a group of Mercer students on a study abroad trip to Poland to study the Holocaust. His presentation offers a look into what the group witnessed, the differing ways the Holocaust is understood and remembered in Poland, and the importance of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. See the flyer here. Those interested in the May 2015 Study Abroad trip to Poland can contact Study Abroad Director Andrea Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty, staff, students, administrators, business partners, and four-year university partners are invited to attend the first Global Education/Internationalization (GE/I) Advisory Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in BS207.
After a yearlong process of writing a strategic plan for internationalizing Mercer, the GE/I task force has completed its work with a strategic plan for Global Education. The vision for Global Education at Mercer is that students, faculty, and staff are globally competent citizens and leaders. In May 2014, the GE/I strategic plan was presented to and approved by the Executive Team, CGC, FCTL, and College Assembly.
As a result of this college-wide strategic planning effort, the Office of Global Education was created. As part of the structure of the Office of Global Education, a GE/I Advisory Council is being formed. Click here to read the handbook for the Office of Global Education on M-Link, or to view the GE/I Strategic Plan and Study Abroad reports.
Mercer recently hosted a delegation of 15 teaching faculty, accompanied by an interpreter, from Zhejiang College of Construction, a vocational school in Hangzhou, China. The group is on a two-week visit to the United States learning about the community college system in order to improve their vocational school model.
Read more here.
Mercer alumnus Tammy Duffy, a fashion industry professional and avid suporter of Mercer's Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs, has launched a new blog with The Trentonian entitled "Duffy's Cultural Couture," described as "a mixture of fashion,art and community, with a mission to educate the community on the arts, artists, fashion and positive community events." Check it out here!
Following Associate Professor Liz Bondurant's Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, MCCC President Dr. Patricia Donohue came through -- then issued a challenge to Vice President for College Advancement Ed Gwazda, who also accepted the challenge. See Dr. Donohue's fulfillment of the challenge here, and VP Gwazda's here.
The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has announced that applications are being accepted for students participating in study abroad programs and internships during the spring 2015 term. The Gilman Program aims to provide opportunities for a diverse group of students who wish to study and intern abroad, and their destination countries and regions. Spring 2015 student applications are due October 8 by 12:59 a.m. See the flyer, with eligibility requirements, here. Visit the MCCC Study Abroad page here.
From Susan Bowen, Executive Director, Information Technology Services: In light of a recent staff retirement, the Media and Instructional Technology Services and User Services will be implementing a "shared services" model this coming fall. Effective immediately, the following services are in place:
- The ITS Help Desk will handle the incoming telephone calls for inquiries, assistance and problem reports for the Media and Instructional Technology area. The ITS Help Desk request system will be utilized to manage these requests and they will be assigned to the Media and Instructional Technology area.
- Faculty and staff will continue to use the online request for A-V/Media equipment with advance notice of two weekdays required.
- Coverage to support the classroom environment will be provided Monday thru Thursday 8a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no Saturday coverage.
- The User Services - Technical Support Specialists staff will assist with classroom support when Media and Instructional Technology staff are not available.
- Evening support for credit classes, non-credit classes and Conference Center clients will be a shared responsibility for between Media and Instructional Technology and User Services.
- Repairs/upgrades and installations will need to be carefully planned and may require additional time, since Media and Instructional technical staff’s first priority will be providing user support for the classrooms.
We appreciate your continued support and look forward to working with you in the coming year.
The Information Technology Services Help Desk, located in room AD208, is responsible for receiving all questions or requests for information technology services for faculty and staff. This includes computer hardware and software, e-mail, computer classroom labs, media and instructional technology, administrative systems, telephones and voice mail system.
To assist ITS in our planning efforts, the following timeframes are suggested for requests:
- Requests for network/email, telephone, and My Mercer Portal accounts for new employees should be received one week prior to the new staff persons start date.
- Requests for a move or change to existing equipment (computer, printer and telephone) should be received one week prior to when it is needed.
- Requests for media services should be received at least two business days in advance. To request the use of equipment or services, the online Request for Facilities form can be found on MLink here.
- Requests for network access (jack activation) should be received one week prior to when the connectivity is required.
- Requests for the installation of new equipment (computer, printer and telephone, voice/data jack, or software) should be received one month prior to when the technology is needed.
- Requests for the installation or modification of a curricular software program, used in a computer classroom lab or open access lab, should be sent to ITS via your department chair or program coordinator two months prior to the start of the semester in which it is needed.
For the most responsive service, requests should be made directly to the ITS Help Desk, email@example.com, ext. 4357 (on campus) or (609) 570-3300 (off campus). When a request is made, a Help Desk ticket will be created and an email sent confirming the request.
Opt-In for M-Alert Announcements: M-Alert, the system that advises students, faculty, and staff of campus closings and other emergency and safety concerns, is now an opt-in system. You will no longer receive emergency announcements unless you sign up to receive M-Alert messages. Visit www.mccc.edu/m-alert to opt into the new system and indicate how you want to be contacted, change your preferences, or opt-out at any time.
Sept. 2-25: "Pannaroma" Photography Exhibit at The Gallery. "Pannaroma" opens the new season at the MCCC Gallery Sept. 2-25. Co-curated by Photography Professor Michael Dalton and Gallery Director Dylan Wolfe, the show features photographs by 18 photographers who used a panoramic camera designed by Columbia University Professor Thomas Roma. An opening reception, including a presentation about some of the works, will be held Sept. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. Read more here.
Sept. 10: Distinguished Lecture. The Distinguished Lecture Series for 2014-15 kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 10 with a presentation entitled "Don't Quit Your Day Job...Yet" by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, an author, poet, and two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam. Aptowicz will discuss the balance between pursing a career in the arts and paying the bills during a lecture at noon in CM 109. Read the details here.
Sept. 25: Book Club Meets. The next meeting of the MCCC Book Club is Thursday, Sept. 25 at noon in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room. The group will be discussing "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. For more information contact Melinda Struzynski, LB121, at ext. 3554 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 30: MCCC Annual Golf Classic. The tournament will be held at Mercer Oaks. Major sponsors Investors Bank and Wells Fargo Bank are leading the way; additional corporate participation is sought. For tickets to play in the tournament or to attend the dinner following the tournament, click here.
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