The 2007 MCCC Scholarship Dinner Dance a Success
The MCCC Foundation
Board's 2007 Scholarship Dinner Dance, "On Broadway,"
attracted an enthusiastic crowd to the Hyatt Regency on March
10 to raise
dollars for student scholarships.
Dinner Dance Committee was Nina Melker of The Bank of Princeton,
formerly with Yardville National Bank. The committee orchestrated
an elegant evening that included a tribute to Broadway and a successful
Honored with this year's "Spirit of Education Awards"
were Bristol-Myers Squibb, Educational Testing Service, Charter
Trustee Henry N. Drewry, and Professor Andrew W. Conrad, former
Dean of Liberal Arts.
ON GALA HONOREES:
"Distinguished Corporate Friend" Award, Bristol-Myers
Squibb has generously supported the college's Scholarship Dinner
Dance each year. Through an annual long-term commitment, the company
has provided major support to MCCC's Project SMILE program, which
prepares Trenton youngsters in grades 7 and 8 for science and
math success in high school and college.
in 1986 through a major donation from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Project
SMILE became the model for a major funding grant through the State
of New Jersey's College Bound initiative. Project
SMILE students make a 12-month commitment to the program, which
includes after-school tutoring, Saturday instruction, and a six-week
academic enrichment program during the summer. Educationally enriching
activities and field trips are integral components, and all services
Service Award," Educational Testing Service:
With its national headquarters in Mercer County, Educational
Testing Service (ETS) has made a significant long-term commitment
to promote learning in this region and throughout New Jersey.
ETS employees give thousands of volunteer hours to volunteer work
each year, making a major difference in the lives of area residents.
These efforts include work on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation, CONTACT of Mercer County, the United Way of
Mercer, and the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail.
ETS opens its facilities to many charitable organizations, such
as Special Olympics and area public schools. Last year the staff
organized 61 community service activities and events at ETS and
other locations across the county.
In the past two years ETS has raised or helped to raise $2.3 million
for nonprofit organizations in Mercer County. Since 2000, the
amount raised for the United Way alone was some $2.5 million.
Mercer County Community College entered into an important partnership
with ETS to help improve teaching and learning, marking the beginning
of a long-term collaboration that will benefit students and the
Myers Squibb's "Distinguished Corporate Friend" award
was accepted by Dr. Anders Hedberg, left, Director of Corporate
Communications. Presenting the award were MCCC Foundation Chair
Tim Losch, MCCC President Patricia C. Donohue, and event chair Nina
Patricia C. Donohue, at left, with Will Jarred of Educational Testing
Services accepting the "Community Service Award," Tim
Losch and Nina Melker.
accepting the "Person of the Year Award" Founding Trustee
Henry N. Drewry, right, and his wife Annette, speak with County
Executive Brian Hughes and MCCC Vice President Beverly Richardson.
Professor and former Dean of Liberal Arts, Andrew Conrad, second
from left, accepts his "Special Appreciation" award from
Dr. Patricia C. Donohue, Tim Losch and Nina Melker.
of the Year" Award, Henry N. Drewry:
Mr. Drewry was a member of MCCC's founding Board of Trustees
from 1966 to 1973. He served Mercer at a critical juncture in the
college's history -- during the transition from Trenton Junior College
to Mercer County Community College. He was an integral part of planning
the college's future direction, including the creation of the West
Windsor campus and the ongoing commitment to serve the population
in downtown Trenton.
distinguished career has been one of service to education. He
taught high school history, directed the teacher preparation program
at Princeton University, lectured at Princeton, was a trustee
at Talladega College, and was founding director of the Mellon
Foundation's Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellowship program.
He is the distinguished author of several books, including the
award-winning "Stand and Prosper: Private Black Colleges
and Their Students," co-authored with Humphrey Doerman.
The words of a Board Resolution presented to Mr. Drewry as he
concluded his service to Mercer in 1973 still ring true: "He
has served this college and its students and faculty with unlimited
devotion, dedication, leadership, scholarship and prestige. This
board does hereby wish to express the profound appreciation of
all members of the college community to Henry N. Drewry."
The "Special Appreciation" Award, Dr. Andrew W. Conrad.
Dr. Conrad's outstanding leadership, wide-ranging experience and
prestigious educational background have distinguished his sevice
to the students of Mercer County Community College for the past
24 years. After
earning three master's degrees -- in divinity, theology, and linguistics
-- and a Ph.D. in linguistics from Princeton University, Dr. Conrad
taught English at Princeton University, served as dean at a school
for the deaf, worked in private libraries, and taught at several
colleges, including part-time at Mercer beginning in 1983.
He took a
full-time position at Mercer 1987, where he established the Learning
Center at the James Kerney Campus, taught basic academic skills,
took leadership of the GED program and the Career Training Institute,
and later joined the MCCC faculty full time. He served as dean
of Liberal Arts from 1996 to 2003, and today is a professor of
English, teaching first- and second-year classes, including "The
Literature of AIDS."
Conrad said he has particularly valued his service to MCCC's students
because of the enormous "value added" component. He
says he enjoys giving students the same kinds of learning opportunities
enjoyed by students at Princeton University.
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Jamil E. Faridy
All Clean Building Services
Borden Perlman Insurance
Capital Health System
Dow Jones & Company
Johnson & Johnson
Princeton Management Development Institute Inc.
Spiezle Architectural Group
Thomas Edison State College
2007 Dinner Dance Committee's Community Volunteers:
Jamil E. Faridy
E. Karen Kennedy
Richard J. Kisco
Timothy J. Losch
Marie A. Puca
M. Kitty Getlik
Lynn M. Holl
Eric M. Perkins
Dinner Dance Photos
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