April is Community College Month

Events at Mercer County Community College


According to the American Association of Communitiy Colleges (AACC), the more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S. share the common mission of open access, comprehensive program offerings, a community-based philosophy, and a commitment to teaching and lifelong learning.

With origins that date back more than 100 years, community colleges are "a unique American invention that put publicly-funded higher education at close-to-home facilities and initiated a practice of welcoming all who desire to learn, regardless of wealth, heritage or previous academic experience," according to the AACC. "Today, the community college continues the process of making higher education available to a maximum number of people at 1,166 public and independent community colleges."

Mercer County Community College will be celebrating Community College Month with numerous activities and events, including the following:

April 2: Voter Registration, Student Center, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.

April 3: "Leading in Life" Workshop with Dr. Teena Cahill, The Conference Center, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.

April 3: Criminal Justice Career and Transfer Fair, Student Center, 1st floor lounge, 1 p.m.

April 3, 10, 17, 24: Total Body Fitness and Wellness classes, James Kerney Campus, Kerney Hall, Thursdays 3 to 4 p.m.

April 4: Thomas Devine of Thomas Edison State College will report on his research project on the Energy Utility Technology Program, AD130, 10 a.m.

April 4: "Inside Job," an electro/funk band, hosted by faculty member Jody Person as part of the Late Night Series at MCCC's Studio Theatre, 10 p.m.

April 5th: Student Government Association's Spring "70's/80's Throw Back Ball," with dinner and dancing, Conference Center, 6 to 10 p.m.

April 5 and 6: "Singin in the Rain" Kelsey Theatre, Apr. 5 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Apr. 6 at 2 p.m.

April 7, 14, 21 and 28: Student Activities-sponsored Yoga class, Physical Education Building, Room 225. 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

April 8: Distinguished Lecture Series: "Drug Approval in the U.S.: A Review of the Process and Potential Career Opportunities" by Dr. Ronald Harning of Teijin America, Inc., Communications Building, Room 109, 12 noon.

April 9: "Explore Mercer" Open House, Student Center Cafeteria, 6 p.m.

April 15: The Film "Sand and Sorrow" presented by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, CM 109, 12 noon.

April 15: Workshop "Transfer to Business Programs," Liberal Arts Building, Room 232, 12 noon - 1:15 p.m.

April 15: Counseling Workshop with motivational speaker Bryan Golden, Communications Building, Room 110, 4 p.m.

April 16: Aviation Career Night; Student Center, 6 p.m.

April 17: Board of Trustees Meeting honoring outstanding students, James Kerney Campus, 6 p.m.

April 17: Rutgers Professor Emeritus Irving Louis Horowitz will lecture on "Twenty-First Century Variations on the Theme of Genocide," sponsored by the Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center, Communications Building, Room 109, 12 noon.

April 18-27: Mercer's drama students present William Shakespeare's "MacBeth" at Kelsey Theatre, Apr. 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8 p.m.; Apr. 27 at 2 p.m.

April 18: Karma Bat, a pop/comedy band, part of the Late Night Series at MCCC's Studio Theatre, 10 p.m.

April 19: "Dr. Doolittle," Kelsey Theatre, 2 and 4 p.m.

April 19: Madden/Halo 3 Game Tournament, Student Center Cafeteria, 3 to 8 p.m.

April 21: "Spring Swirl Fest," MCCC's public speaking students will present the spoken word, WWC Quad, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.

April 22: Aspirations High School Literary Magazine 2008 Awards Program, Kelsey Theatre, 6:30 p.m.

April 23: Raptor Project, Student Center Cafeteria, "Birds of Prey -- Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Owls," 12 noon to 1 p.m.

April 24: Programs for Student Services and Success (PASS) end of semester celebration and luncheon.

April 24: Distinguished Lecture Series "Thou Art…Will Give," photography and writings from the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia by former MCCC faculty member, Eric Kunsman, who now teaches at Rochester Institute of Technology, Communications Building, Room 110, 12 noon.

April 26: Camp College Open House, Conference Center, noon to 2 p.m.

April 26: International Student Organization's Multi-Cultural Talent Show/Dinner, Student Center Cafeteria, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

April 29: Workshop "How to Transfer," Engineering Technology Building, Room 216, 12 noon.

April 29 Counseling Workshop: "Depression - what are the signs" Liberal Arts Building, Room 204, 12 noon.

April 29: Mercer County College Fair, West Windsor Campus Physical Education Building, 6:30 p.m