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Open House Gives Community Members an Opportunity to “Discover Mercer!”

10/20/14


West Windsor, N.J.– Mercer County Community College (MCCC) faculty and staff welcomed the community to the “Discover YOUR Community College” open house on Oct. 18.  The Student Center was the hub of activity for hundreds of visitors, who included prospective students, current students, family members, alumni, and members of the Board of Trustees and MCCC Foundation.

Admissions, financial aid and other information tables were busy throughout the day. A steady stream of families stopped at the American Honors at Mercer table, which is enjoying a strong inaugural year at the college.  Student-led tours also proved popular, enabling guests to see academic buildings and student service highlights on campus.  Faculty members led discussions and demonstrations in a variety of subject areas, while high school athletes interested in playing on MCCC teams heard from coaches and players about the Vikings program.  Student clubs added to the lunchtime festivities, underscoring the vibrancy of social and career-building extracurricular opportunities at the college.

Alumni returned to campus to share their success stories, including Business grads Jana Wolf '12, who earned her bachelor's degree from Rider University in Global Supply Chain Management and now works as a distribution supervisor for Bimbo Bakeries USA, and Loc Tran '11, a Drexel graduate who has landed a job in information systems for a financial management company in Philadelphia.  In the Chemistry Lab, where Professor Helen Tanzini explained the curriculum to prospective students, two current Honors Organic Chemistry students shared their experiences in the sciences.  “I’ve gotten friendly with my teachers, which is great for when you need recommendations,” said Jenna Garofalo, adding that she loves her honors courses.  She and Amanda Hamilton are founding members of the Organic Chemistry Club, which was established in September.

Music students and alumni performed and even teens got into the act – literally – as participants in Kelsey Theatre’s Tomato Patch summer arts workshops returned for an encore performance at the theater.

Following a barbecue lunch on the quad prepared by the cafeteria staff and offered at discounted “Founders Day” prices, interested guests attended a Report to the Community session with President Patricia C. Donohue.  Dr. Donohue highlighted the past year’s accomplishments and shared plans for growth and expansion currently underway.

In addition, the college toasted three community partners.  Alumnus Eugene Marsh ’10 (A.S., Architecture) was the recipient of the Alumnus of the Year Award.  Marsh overcame considerable obstacles growing up in the segregated South before becoming a successful businessman and earning his associate degree later in life.  He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Rider University in 2012.  The recipient of the Corporate Partner Award was The Chrysler Foundation, which has provided support for Mercer’s Automotive Technology program for 29 years.  The Partner in Learning Award was presented to the Mercer County Technical School’s Health Science Academy, which began four years ago and graduated its first class of 19 high school seniors in June. The academy offers a specialized curriculum for students interested in careers in science and health care; all students take at least one and as many as seven courses at Mercer as high school juniors and seniors. Ninety students are currently enrolled. Awards were presented by Pam Hersh, treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Also participating in the ceremony was Board Chair Gwendolyn Harris and MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue.

The day concluded with alumni receptions in several locations around the college.

For more photos, see the photo album on the college's Facebook page here.

Alumni Jeffrey Pando, on sax, and Ian Howells on piano performed as part of a "Celebration of Music."


 

 

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Staff members came out in force to help visitors learn about all that Mercer has to offer.

Assistant Dean for American Honors Gianna Durso-Finley, left, answered questions throughout the day.

Faculty members Jerry Kuhl, Judy Stillwagon and Joan Jones explain Mercer's associate degree program in Aviation Flight Technology.
Nursing students discuss the program with prospective students. Also pictured is Nursing Professor Doreen Carnvale, left.
Tomato Patch campers returned to Kelsey Theatre for an encore performance of their summer show.

Mercer County Technical Schools' Health Science Academy was the recipient of the Partner in Learning Award. From left are Sharon Nemeth, Principal of the Assunpink Center, Dr. Kimberly J. Schneider, MCTS Superintendent, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, S. Lucille Jones, Retired Principal of Assunpink Center, and MCCC Board of Trustees Chair Gwendolyn Harris.