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Issue 2006 - 4, June 6, 2006

Commencement 2006: Completing and Beginning
In this month's "View From the President's Office," Acting President Tom Wilfrid shares information about our 2006 graduates and relates fourteen of their individual stories. Click here

"Something Wonderful" at Commencement
Humberto Solis, student speaker at Commencement ceremonies on May 25, wrote a song in the college's honor. His speech, and his song "Something Wonderful, Something Good," elicited tears and cheers from graduates and their family members

Acting President Thomas N. Wilfrid opened the ceremonies by relating that over the past 39 years, 29,000 students have graduated from Mercer. This year's graduates number 834, with the largest numbers in Nursing and Humanities and Social Science programs.

Christy Stephenson, CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton, gave an inspiring keynote address. More here

James Kerney Campus Celebrates Achievement
It was an electric evening when students and family members packed the War Memorial's Patriots Theatre on May 9 to celebrate the achievements of students completing both credit and noncredit programs.

Student speaker Anyak Boul, who came to the US in 2004 from Sudan and is graduating from the English Language Institute, gave an inspiring talk about his journey from Sudan to Egypt to America. "This is my really big dream -- to get my GED and go to college -- and I will never quit. For those of you who have the opportunity to continue your studies, do not quit. Try to surround yourself with people who accept their dreams and finish their goals." More here

Nursing Program Honors 31 Graduates
Graduates of MCCC's Nursing program were honored and presented with pins and diplomas at a ceremony on May 17 at Kelsey Theatre. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses. More here

Advertising Students Design for State Museum
Professional designers judged the work of four teams of MCCC Advertising Design II students as they presented complete ad campaigns they designed for the New Jersey State Museum. Each year the program chooses a nonprofit organization. The designs included posters, print ads, brochures, websites and give-aways. More here

Television Students Compete for "Bernie Awards"
Teams of Mercer Television students showed their video creations, which were judged by a team of outside experts, at the first "Bernie Awards" competition on May 12. The top award went to students Mark Zangara and Mike Marazzo for their murder mystery. Other students won awards for best editing, best screenplay and best cinematography.

Television program students have won several awards in recent months, including two Telly awards -- one for a "Storytelling Arts" documentary, and one for outstanding live sports coverage.

MCCC Volunteers at Super Science Weekend
Mercer faculty and students played an active role in Super Science Weekend, hosted by the New Jersey State Museum this spring. With funding from the Trenton section of the American Chemical Society, the chemistry exhibit was well stocked for hands-on experiments and proved quite popular with young visitors, reports Associate Professor Helen Tanzini, who coordinated the exhibit. More here

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