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Two MCCC Employees Selected for Special Recognition

6/7/11


West Windsor, N.J.- Two employees who go "above and beyond" were singled out for praise and applause by their MCCC colleagues at the college's Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony May 25.

Marge Archer, of Hamilton, was selected for the Human Relations Award. In comments by President Donohue leading up to the award announcement, Archer was cited as an outstanding leader and professional who "is held in the highest esteem by students, staff and faculty. Her unselfish dedication and sincerity of commitment extend far beyond her title. She offers invaluable services to students and faculty alike, cheerfully and willingly. Her door is always open to any situation with tireless energy and with a can-do attitude. She is the 'go to' person for advice and questions regarding transcripts, graduation and placement."

According to Archer, her position at Mercer as student advocate, academic advisor and teacher is a dream job. "It's a privilege and pleasure to work here," Archer said. "I work with so many dedicated staff members and with dedicated students, who want to be here and succeed. My reward is seeing students graduate."

A former teacher at several Mercer County high schools, Archer has worked at Mercer for 16 years. In addition to her day job in the Liberal Arts Division, she teaches evening classes including ESL, foundations reading and writing, and the college success seminar. "That's an important piece. I need to be in the classroom too." Both of Archer's children graduated from Mercer, so she knows from personal experience when she says, "Our effort is important and worth it."

Don Davis, of Lawrenceville, who received the Community Service Award, has dedicated his career to changing lives. Davis is the director of Youth College at Mercer's James Kerney Campus, overseeing four pre-college preparatory programs for middle and high school students. An MCCC employee for 31 years, he has also been an active community leader who has worked tirelessly with youth, the elderly, and numerous social service organizations.

Marge Archer, center, accepts the Human Relations Award from MCCC Board Chair Mark Matzen and President Pat Donohue.
Don Davis, center, accepts the Community Service Award from MCCC Board Chair Mark Matzen and President Pat Donohue.

In announcing Davis' name, President Donohue said, "His acumen as a leader and his ability to foster collaborative relationships has significantly impacted young people and the organizations that he has worked with."

Davis has served as vice chairman and board member for Mercer County Head Start, and as a board member for Trenton Operation Council, Caring Families, and the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on the boards of Granville Academy, Every Child Valued and Real Talk? He has been a member of the Association for Equality and Excellence in Education for many years, and was honored by that organization with the Felicita Rodriquez Torres Award of Excellence. In June 2010, Davis received the Legacy of Parenthood Award from Union Industrial Home for Children, Family Partners. He was an honoree at the November 2010 Trenton Spirit of Community Harvest Dinner, where he was recognized as a community leader who embodies Isles' mission to foster self-reliant families in healthy, sustainable communities.

Said Davis simply as he accepted his award, "I hope I get to do this for a few more years.


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