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MCCC Professor to Deliver Comedy Lecture on "Small Talk" April 20


WEST WINDSOR – Kathryn Paluscio, Associate Professor of Communication at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), will meld levity with learning for MCCC’s upcoming Distinguished Lecture.

“Avoiding the Big Awk: How to Survive Small Talk in Social Situations,” will be the topic of Paluscio’s lecture at noon on Wednesday, April 20 in the Communications Building, Room 107, on the MCCC West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

As part of her presentation, Paluscio will answer the burning questions everyone has asked in social settings: Is there a science to successful small talk? What are the boundaries between being confident and being creepy? Is there a cure for the mildly awkward? Paluscio will impart a number of helpful concepts to remember, and simple strategies to practice, in our everyday lives when interacting with those not in our inner circle.

Prior to her tenure at MCCC, Paluscio taught Communication courses at Rider University, Kean University, Yardley Drama School, the New Jersey Department of Labor, AmeriCorps, and Edison Job Corps, to name a few.

Kathryn Paluscio

Kathryn Paluscio, Associate Professor of Communication at Mercer County Community College, will deliver MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture April 20.

In 2012, Kathi was honored with Mercer’s Distinguished Teacher Award and in 2011, the Human Relations Award. In 2014, she traveled to Salt Lake City to earn her graduate certificate from the American Association for Women in Community Colleges Leader’s Institute, a content-intensive, specialized focus of community college leadership and collaboration.

Most recently, Paluscio completed a Mid-Career Fellowship with Princeton University and wrote and directed summer comedy shows for the Mercer County Park System. This spring, Paluscio was honored with the 2015 League for Innovation in the Community College's John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award. She has written and directed more than 100 comedy shows and short films, and has evaluated more than 30,000 speeches.

For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.


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