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Two MCCC Employees Receive Awards for Exceptional Contributions to College and Community


West Windsor, N.J. – Two employees who go "above and beyond" at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) were singled out for special recognition by their colleagues at the college’s 28th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony.

The recipient of this year’s Employee Human Relations Award is Roseann Cooper of Mercerville, Operations Coordinator for MCCC’s Center for Continuing Studies. Cooper has worked at Mercer since 2008, serving in a high level customer service capacity.

As one of the “faces of the department,” she is known for her willingness to provide guidance and support to both her colleagues and outside clients. She set up a play area for children whose parents visit the center to register for courses and regularly bakes birthday cakes for her co-workers. She volunteers for additional assignments and often works during the evening and on Saturdays to complete time-sensitive tasks.   

Cooper took a Spanish course in order to communicate more easily with the county’s Hispanic population. She also provides one-on-one career counseling. She has been active on several college committees, including the College Governance Council, where she served as secretary, and a technology user’s group. She is the membership chairperson for Mercer's chapter of American Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and was a past organizer for the college's holiday luncheon and Administrative Professional's Day.

Cooper is also active in the community. She has made costumes for MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre and has been active in raising funds for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, The Polar Bear Plunge and other non-profits.

The recipient of the 2016 Employee Community Service Award is Tonia Harrison of Trenton, a network engineer who has worked at Mercer since 1991. Harrison is an active AAWCC member, helping to coordinate a gift and donation collection, assisting with a holiday game day at the college, raising money for the AAWCC Scholarship Fund and assisting with the Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness event held annually at the college in conjunction with the Princeton YWCA. She has volunteered as the advisor for MCCC’s Cheer Dance Club since it started in 2004.

Harrison volunteers extensively in her community. She is an active member of her church, Beauty Grove Primitive Baptist Church, serving as choir director for the Youth and Mass choirs.  She is a member of the Praise Team and Willing Workers, providing support to the pastoral leadership and members of the congregation in times of need and has dedicated much personal time to visiting the sick and those shut in from the church community. She also serves as assistant secretary for the Primitive Baptist Church Conference of the Southern Old School Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Association, which convenes young people from around the state. She ran the 10k in Trenton’s Half marathon with Black Girls Run and has worked to feed the homeless in Trenton on the holidays.

From left, President Jianping Wang, Roseann Cooper (Human Relations Award), Tonia Harrison (Community Service Award) and Board Chair Mark Matzen.
Roseann Cooper accepts her gift from President Wang, a crystal bowl on a pedestal with her name inscribed.
Tonia Harrison...come on down!
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