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Issue 2008 - 3, April 9, 2008

April is Community College Month!
Click here for a listing of April events at MCCC

"Island Dreams" to Raise Funds for DREAM Program May 16
The DREAM program, which offers a college experience to young adults with intellectual disabilities, will host
"Island Dreams Mystery Theater Night" to benefit the program. The event takes place Friday, May 16 from 7 to 11 p.m., and will feature dinner with Hawaiian specialties and an interactive theatrical performance at MCCC's Conference Center. More here.

New! Friday Forums Offer "Intellectual Stimulus" May 16 & 23
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies will present two one-day forums for an audience ready to be stimulated by a discourse on politics, economics, the arts, finance, wellness and more. Presented by noted local experts, MCCC's new "Friday Forums" will be held May 16 and May 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conference Center. More here.

Women/Minority-Owned Business Conference May 17
"Doing Business with Mercer County Community College" is a special workshop designed for women and minority-owned businesses who wish to learn how to contract with the college. It takes place on Saturday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the college's Conference Center. Register by May 9 by calling 609-570-3311. There is no charge. More here.

400 Guests Help Raise Scholarship Dollars at Annual Gala
A festive evening with a serious purpose, Mercer County Community College's Scholarship Dinner Dance at the Hyatt Regency Princeton drew nearly 400 supporters on March 8. The event netted approximately $75,000 in scholarship dollars for students who otherwise might not have the opportunity for a college education.

Event chair Nina Melker of The Bank of Princeton and her committee orchestrated an elegant evening with a "Dancing Under the Stars" theme and a successful silent auction. More here.

MCCC Student Takes Top Prize in "Searching for the Stars"
In an exhilarating display of talent, nine finalists competed in front of judges, cameras and a live audience in MCCC's first-ever "Searching for the Stars" talent competition. Mercer student and singer/songwriter Kelly Carvin took home the grand prize -- an invitation to perform at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem later this spring. Details and photos here.

Student Tech Wiz Receives National Recognition
Rodney Hargis, a non-traditional Mercer student who has overcome significant challenges on his way to achievement, is one of three winners of the 2008 Terry O'Banion Student Technology Champion award. The League for Innovation in the Community College and Microsoft Corporation sponsor the award. Hargis, a student worker for MCCC's Virtual College, received $5,000 plus a variety of software products from Microsoft. More here.

MCCC to Provide Training for Aurobindo Pharma USA
Mercer's Center for Training and Development will design and deliver customized training for Aurobindo Pharma USA, which manufactures generic pharmaceuticals, through a $152,000 training grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The training program for current and new employees will include computer skills, manufacturing, mathematics and communications. Learn more about NJ's training and literacy grants by calling (609) 633-6799 or online here. Photos from the grant announcement event are available here.

New Web Page Features Successful Alumni
Mercer has a new section of its website that features success stories about our alumni. Visit the site here and click on "alumni feature stories." If you are a Mercer graduate, we invite you to fill out our online survey.

Ways of Giving to Help MCCC
The Mercer County Community College Foundation provides scholarships to deserving students and allocates needed funds for important college projects. There are many ways you can help. Although the easiest gift to give is cash, it is also possible to make a multi-year pledge, donate appreciated securities, insurance, personal property or real estate. You may also choose to remember the MCCC Foundation in your will or annuity. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal and state laws. More here.

Mercer in the News Online

The Times, April 1, 2008: Economic Unease Topic of Summit

US 1 Newspaper, March 26, 2008: Taking Flight
(About MCCC's Aviation Program)

Town Topics, March 19, 2008: Community College Topics to be Holocaust/Genocide

Coaster, March 13, 2008: Monmouth Mercer Enter Into Articulation Agreement

The Times, March 12, 2008: College Invites Students to "Explore Mercer"

Pennington Post, March 6, 2008: MCCC's Tomato Patch Arts Program Turns 35

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

April 19 -- Dr. Dolittle

April 18-27 -- "Macbeth" presented by MCCC Theatre Students

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