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Issue 2009 - 2, June 2, 2009

Gov. Corzine Addresses MCCC Graduates at Commencement
New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine encouraged Mercer County Community College's 998 graduates to achieve their dreams as he spoke at Commencement Ceremonies May 21. More here with photos.

During the ceremony Professor Dori Seider was presented with the college's annual Distinguished Teaching Award. A respected faculty member for 39 years, Dr. Seider teaches French, psychology, history and education. More here.

Also at Commencement, Vice President of College Advancement Beverly Richardson was honored as she retires after 28 years. The James Kerney Learning Center will be renamed the Dr. Beverly A. Richardson Learning Center in recognition of her long-time service as James Kerney Campus provost. More here.

MCCC Aviation Program Will Continue
With a new, cost-saving business plan and funding from the NJ Department of Transportation and the Buehler Foundation, the college will continue its Aviation Flight Technology program. The new funding will be used to purchase two new planes and several existing planes will be sold. Fundraising efforts are continuing so that additional airplanes can be replaced in the future. New students are welcome to begin the program this summer and will start with general education classes.

The Virtual College Wins National Award
The Instructional Technology Council has presented MCCC's Virtual College staff with the "Outstanding Technical Support and Service in ELearning" award.
The judges noted the team's creativity and enthusiasm. More here.

Radiography Students Score Above National and State Averages
Mercer's Radiography program ranked third in the state for graduate scores on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification exam. The passing percentage for first time examinees was 94%, which is higher than the national average. Based upon graduate and employer surveys, 94% of the class of 2008 secured employment within six months of graduation.

Construction Progresses on the West Windsor Campus
Mercer's new Reception Center, which connects the Library and Student Center, opened recently for through-traffic. The airy glass-enclosed space is a welcome addition to the campus, and provides new space for security offices and the information desk. Also completed are ground floor offices in the Student Center, the College Bookstore and the Learning Center. Construction is proceeding on schedule and the Library is expected to be completed by September. More here.

Honors Convocation Celebrates High-Achieving Grads
At a special ceremony prior to graduation on May 21, Mercer's high achieving graduates were presented with scholarships and academic awards. Special scholarships donated by area groups and individuals were conferred. More here with photos.

James Kerney Campus Hosts Inspirational Awards Night
On May 12 at Trenton's War Memorial, the James Kerney Campus honored students who have completed both credit and noncredit programs. Keynote speaker Maurice L. Coleman of Bank of America clearly inspired the large audience. Coleman told the story of his mother, who, while raising three children, returned to college at MCCC, continued her education, then taught school for three decades. More here with photos.

Diverse Nursing Graduates Bring Year's Total to 77
A former food scientist and a former environmental engineer were among the graduates of Mercer's Nursing program this May. The 43 men and women graduates received special recognition at Kelsey Theatre on May 19. More here with photos.

"Legislative Breakfast" Emphasizes MCCC's Role as Educational Leader
The college's "Legislative Breakfast" on April 24 focused attention on Mercer's unique role in addressing the needs of the county's workforce during troubled economic times. More here with photos.

Professor Mel Leipzig Honored; MCCC Begins Fund for Student Gallery
Friends, students, colleagues and alumni turned out in large numbers at MCCC’s Gallery April 29 to pay tribute to Professor of Art and Art History Mel Leipzig, a well-respected artist. The special event also kicked off a fundraising drive for a new student art gallery. More here with photos.

TV Program Students Receive Aegis Trophies
MCCC's Television students received two national Aegis awards -- one for the cable station's live coverage of the 2009 Mercer County High School Basketball Championships in February, and one for a recruitment video about the college's Automotive Technology program. More here with photos.

Center for Continuing Studies Expands Offerings
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies is offering new classes and programs designed for those who are out of work or who need to retrain.
Click here for the story.

WWFM's "Views and Voices" Takes First Place Award
"Views and Voices," a radio talk show hosted by WWFM's Rachel Katz, has taken the first place award for radio talk from the Garden State Journalists Association. The show features interviews about topics of interest in the region and at MCCC, and airs Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. Previous shows are online here.

Become an MCCC Fan on Facebook!
Friends, alumni, students, parents, high schoolers and community members are invited to become a "Fan" of MCCC's new Facebook Page here. Using this media as another way we can connect with the community, we are posting upcoming events and photos. Anyone can sign up and create a Facebook page.

MouthWorks to Perform June 7, Then Touring for Benefit Shows
MCCC's unique comedy troupe, MouthWorks, will perform its hilarious blend of comedy, song, and dance on Sunday, June 7 in CM 122 -- the Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey Theatre. The show starts at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.
MouthWorks will take its show on tour for the first time ever with benefit performances at local firehouses and rescue squads. Details and dates here.

WWFM to Host Benefit Concert June 7
Musicians from around the region and the world will perform when WWFM, the college's Classical Network, hosts a benefit concert on Sunday, June 7, at 4 p.m. at the Trenton War Memorial's Patriots Theater. The guest host for the event, "Celebrating Our Musical Community," will be Exploring Music's Bill McGlaughlin.
More here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times:
Mercer Graduates Take Pride in Achievements

MCCC Trustees Decide to Keep Aviation Program Airborne

After 9-11 Hiatus, MCCC Will Offer Study-Abroad Program

Students Advertise Their Talents (Ad Design Student Project)

What's Coming to Kelsey Theatre

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