At Honors Convocation
Windsor, N.J. - During Mercer's Honors Convocation that preceded
commencement on May 24, the college recognized the academic
achievements of top students from the Class of 2012. One-hundred-twenty
awards were presented to these special graduates before a
capacity crowd of family and friends at Kelsey Theatre.
MCCC faculty and administrators were on hand in full regalia
to present academic certificates and scholarships to this
special group of students. Among the honorees were 21 members
of Alpha Theta Gamma, MCCC's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa
International Honor Society, 15 NJ STARS graduates, and eight
Honors Program graduates.
Some of the college's highest achievers received multiple
awards. NJ STARS graduate Michael DiPersio received the Fred
Anker Memorial Scholarship in Business and the Robert Harris
Memorial Scholarship. He will be attending the Rutgers University
School of Business in the fall. As a member of Phi Theta Kappa,
DiPersio was selected to represent the college as part of
the 2012 All-USA Academic Team, along with PTK student Linda
Sean Lerch received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Electronics
Engineering, as well as scholarships from the Abrams Foundation
and Kahn Foundation. A PTK student, Lerch will attend the
New Jersey Institute of Technology in September to pursue
a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.
Program Coordinators, Dr. Carol Bork and Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley
acknowledged the eight students who graduated with a Mercer
Honors Program designation, signaling their high level of
performance in these seminar-style, academically rigorous
year's scholar athletes were Mary Rossi, Stanley Tuchez and
Vitoria Lorenzetti. Rossi, a two-year member of the women's
softball team, will continue her studies in Elementary Education
at Rider University. Tuchez, who played basketball for the
continue his studies in Business Administration at Rutgers
or Temple University. Lorenzetti received
the Dr. Cynthia Shaffer Memorial Scholarship in recognition
of her achievement as a student athlete in women's cross country,
as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award in Communication.
She will continue her studies next year at the City University
of New York.
in the Honors Convocation program were 101 PTK inductees for
fall 2011 and 119 spring inductees, along with 21 new members
of the Alpha Mu Gamma National Collegiate Foreign Language
Society and 46 students selected for Who’s Who Among Students
in American Junior Colleges
gratefully acknowledges the many donors who provided scholarships
that enable graduates to continue to pursue their academic
goals at four-year institutions.
More photos are available on MCCC's Facebook page here.
Kotula received the Outstanding Achievement Award in
Organic Chemistry, while Kathryn Kingsley was selected
for the Outstanding Volunteer Award in Chemistry. Both
students pursued intensive honors research and will
transfer to continue their studies in science.
PTK graduate Alex Henry earns his degree in Network
Engineering Technology, but took a wide variety of challenging
classes that broadened his horizons. Henry was an active
participant in the Student Government Association, serving
as a senator, public relations representative, and,
during the 2011-12 year, as vice president, when he
represented the student body as part of MCCC's College
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Mercer Honors Program recognized eight graduates. From left
are MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, grads Amanda Knoblock,
Erin Smith, Kate Kingsley, Ayodele Kanyako, Amber Hinshaw,
Ashleigh Donaldson and Karen Acquah, Honors Program Coordinator
Gianna Durso-Finley, VP for Academic Affairs Guy Generals
and Honors Program Coordinator Carol Bork. Not pictured: Heather
Melinda Hicks, Hui Young Lee and Hui Yan Lee received the
Professor Betty Cornelius Mathematics Excellence Awards. They
are pictured with, from left, Vice President for Academic
Affairs Guy Generals, President Patricia C. Donohue, Professor
of Mathematics Edith Silver, donor Jeffrey Cornelius, and
Dean of Math, Science and Health Professions.
students Linda Cruzeta, fourth from left, and Michael DiPersio
were recognized for their selection to the PTK All USA Community
College Academic Team. They are pictured with, from left,
President Patricia C. Donohue, PTK Advisors Ken Howarth,
Jingrong Huang, and Nancy Sobala, and Vice President for Academic
Affairs Guy Generals.
President for Academic Affairs Guy Generals shakes hands with
Joann Polashock for Outstanding Achievement in Culinology,
a program that prepares graduates for continued study and
careers in Food Science.
athletes Mary Rossi (softball) and Stanley Tuchez (basketball)
were presented with the first Arthur Forman Athletic Memorial
Scholarships. They are pictured with, from left, Vice President
for Academic Affairs Guy Generals, President Patricia C.
Donohue, staff member Jeff Callahan, Asst. Dean for Students
Services/ Athletics Director John Simone and Executive Dean
for Student Affairs Diane Campbell.
the recipients of Kahn Scholarships were grads, from left,
Sean Lerch, Patricia DeCristofaro, Robert Heyman and Judy
Athmejvar. They are pictured with President Patricia Donohue,
Financial Aid Officer Alex Cooper, and Vice President for
Academic Affairs Guy Generals.