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Issue 2010 - 9, October 15, 2010

Floyd Fest" Oct. 17
MCCC's Foundation and community volunteers will honor James (Jim) and Fannie Floyd at "Floyd Fest," an afternoon jazz event to endow the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund for students with the greatest need. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, Palmer Square in Princeton. More here.

Register Now for MCCC's Annual Open House and Report to the Community
You're invited to come and celebrate learning and student success!  MCCC's Board of Trustees hosts its annual Open House and Report to the Community on Thurs. Nov. 11, 2010 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Conference Center on the West Windsor Campus. The event is designed for potential students of all ages, as well as parents, alumni, community partners, teachers, guidance counselors, business people, governmental representatives and all who are interested in education. More here. 

All Invited to Study Abroad with MCCC
Study tour opportunities for spring and summer 2011 include Costa Rica, London, Paris and Germany/Switzerland. Tours are offered in conjunction with numerous credit classes at MCCC, and can be taken as part of noncredit classes as well. An Information Session is set for Oct. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Communications Building, Room 108 on the West Windsor Campus. Click here for more information.

From the Warsaw Ghetto to Darfur
The Mercer County Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center presents "From the Warsaw Ghetto to Darfur: Photos, Text and Commentaries" at the MCCC Gallery through Nov. 5. The exhibit features a series of powerful photographs taken in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, Jerry Casciano's post-war photographs of concentration camps and survivors, and photos of Darfur by Doctors Without Borders pediatrician Jerry Ehrlick. More here.

MCCC Partners with RWJ Hamilton
Mercer's Nursing Program has again joined forces with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton. The hospital is providing a training laboratory that will help prepare nursing students for the challenges of patient care, and MCCC has contributed an 80-lb. mannequin named Anne. On Sept. 24 the ribbon was cut for the new lab. More here.

Students/Donors Recognized at Ceremony
MCCC celebrated the academic achievement of students and the generosity of donors on Sept. 28 at the Continuing Student Recognition Ceremony. Scholarship donors had the opportunity to personally present their awards to students. In addition to scholarship recipients and their family members, Foundation Board members, administrators, faculty, staff, and donors came out in force in support of education. A total of 109 students were awarded scholarships, with eight receiving two awards. More here.

College Voice Wins 15 Awards
MCCC's student newspaper,The College VOICE, has added 15 awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association (NJCPA) to the six previously announced by the Society for Professional Journalists for its stellar reporting during the 2009-10 academic year. For the second consecutive year, the VOICE received the General Excellence award for a two-year, non-daily publication, as well as four first place prizes.  More here.

Alumni Pictured on Cheerios Boxes; Awarded for Video
In a story where practically every connection leads back to MCCC, a group of Mercer alumni is doing its part to take a bite out of hunger. They are winners of the "Partners in Caring Expressions of Hunger" contest sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills for their video, "Half a Sandwich." Their photos are now on the back of 150,000 Cheerios boxes! The video was produced by two MCCC Television students, Meek DeBradley and David Palacios. More here. See the video here.

Career Workshops for Alumni and Students

Mercer's Career Services office invites alumni and students to free "Coaching for Job Interviews" sessions with interview coach Susan Bershad.  The one-hour, individual appointments begin Oct. 25, and can be scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. On Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m., representatives from the U.S. Secret Service will deliver a presentation on careers with the organization. A series of workshops called "Strategies for a Successful Job Search," are being offered by Richard Stone of the Stone Group on Mondays at noon.  For more information on any career events click here.

William Paterson Univ. Open House Nov. 9
William Paterson University will offer a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management beginning in spring 2011. An Open House for those seeking more information about this and all WPU programs at MCCC will take place Nov. 9, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 104. WPU also has a new website here for its MCCC programs. 

MCCC Part of "Eyes on Mercer" Oct. 15-17
The County of Mercer is hosting "Eyes on Mercer" Oct. 15-17, highlighting the hundreds of free or low-cost activities and events happening in Mercer County. Participating MCCC events include Kelsey Theatre's production of "Chess" and the Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center's exhibit at the MCCC Gallery. WWFM The Classical Network will pay tribute to composers, musicians and ensembles that hail from New Jersey, and will be at the Early Music Festival at the Grounds for Sculpture on Sunday, Oct. 17. More here.

Faculty Members Enriched by Mid-Career Fellowship at Princeton
Professor of Mathematics Don Reichman and Associate Professor of English Carol Bork joined with 10 professors from other New Jersey community colleges for the Mid-Career Fellowship program at Princeton University during the 2009-10 academic year. The stimulating experience included discussions about teaching and learning, writing research papers for presentation to colleagues, and auditing classes. More here.

Assistant Professor Matthew Giobbi Publishes New Book
Matt Giobbi, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, boldly takes on the American psychological establishment in his new book, "A Postcognitive Negation: The Sadomasochistic Dialectic of American Psychology," published by Atropos Press (NYC/Dresden). In it, he examines the history of American psychological discourse, and posits the direction he believes the discipline needs to go in the future. More here.

Bonner Program Kicks Off
The Bonner/AmeriCorps Community Service Program kicked off at Mercer with seven new students who will spend 300 hours engaged in volunteerism at three different community-based agencies. At the conclusion of their service the students will receive a $1,000 education grant.
New York Painter Ryan Schneider Lectures Nov. 10
Noted New York artist and writer Ryan Schneider will present a lecture at MCCC entitled "Describing Energy in the Painted Object" as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series. This free lecture takes place Nov. 10 at 12 noon in CM 109. Schneider holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. More here with images. More here.

The Center for Continuing Studies Offers Fall and Winter Classes
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MCCC Alumni Achieve Success:   
  • Alum Michael Podlesny '96 shares his extensive gardening experience with others as owner of Mike the Gardener Enterprises and author of "Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A guide to vegetable gardening for the rest of us," published in 2009 by Lulu Publishing. Podlesny studied computer science and math at MCCC, and continued his education at Glassboro State University (now Rowan) before landing a job with a software engineering job in Princeton. More here.
  • Alumni Success: Cristi Cartwright '06 is now an administrative assistant to the manager of employee relations for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. She credits MCCC for bolstering her self-confidence and providing the skills she needed to forge ahead professionally. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology at Rider University. More here. 
Coming to Kelsey Theatre:
Oct. 15-24: Political Intrigue Plays Out in "Chess" 

Oct. 23: Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep in ArtsPower's "Rainbow Fish"  
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