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Issue 2011 - 3, April 6, 2011

"Explore Mercer" Open House April 13
Potential students of all ages are invited to visit MCCC to "Explore Mercer" on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the MCCC Student Center Cafeteria. More here.

Summer Registration Under Way
Flexible scheduling will make Mercer's summer session even more attractive, not only to MCCC students, but to students from other colleges who are home for the summer, and even to high school students. Credit course sessions are offered for six weeks, eight weeks, 10 weeks or 11 weeks, with starting dates of May 23, June 3, June 20 and July 6. Classes are held at both campuses, with expanded offerings online this summer through The Virtual College. Click here for the summer bulletin online.

300 Guests Support Students Through the MCCC Dinner Dance Gala
It was truly "La Bella Notte" (an Italian-themed "Beautiful Evening") on March 26 when 300 MCCC supporters came out to celebrate and raise dollars for student scholarships and other program needs. Photos and more here.

Students Return from Study in Costa Rica
MCCC students who are studying Spanish and Sociology, along with their faculty guides, recently returned from a Study Tour to Costa Rica. Hosted by 12 different Costa Rican families, the students learned about eco-tourism, poverty, health, education, women's issues, immigration issues and indigenous people. They practiced their Spanish language skills and participated in community service projects.  A Study Tour to Paris is planned for July. More here.

Cornel West Draws Big Crowds
Scholar, author, professor and activist, Dr. Cornel West of Princeton University drew a packed house when he spoke at MCCC on March 24, and shared his vision for social justice and equity. Invited by student organizations including the Bonner Scholars Program, West attracted more than 400 members of the college community. More here.


Interfaith Dialog Fosters Understanding
In partnership with the Interfaith Dialog Center, MCCC's James Kerney Campus hosted a luncheon and talk entitled "Abraham's Table" on March 24. Students, faculty and staff engaged in a discussion about the value of women with representatives from Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The Interfaith Dialog Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote respect and mutual understanding among all faiths and cultures.

MCCC Reaches Out to the Community
Through the "Pipeline Initiative" at MCCC, college administrators met over breakfast with representatives from Trenton's Polish community to learn more about their culture, and to discuss ways the college can better serve their needs. The initiative has also included outreach to the African-American and Latino communities. 

MCCC Honored by "Advancing Opportunities"
MCCC was the recipient of the Civic Leadership Award from Advancing Opportunities, a statewide provider of disability services with headquarters in Ewing, New Jersey, at a Community Recognition Breakfast. The college was honored for services to students with special needs, including the DREAM program. More here. 
Domestic Violence Seminar April 12
The community is invited to a seminar that will address relationship and domestic violence issues. The college's Criminal Justice Club and Student Success Center have invited five women who are experts in their fields to speak on Tuesday, April 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Communications Building, Room 107, on the West Windsor campus.  The seminar is free and open to the public. Topics will include healthy relationships, the cycle of violence, dating violence, stalking, restraining orders, and where to get help. More here.

Art Critic to Lecture April 26
Art critic and professor Gerard Haggerty will examine what constitutes the makings of a masterpiece in his lecture, "Genius: How to Define It and How to Achieve It," at MCCC Tuesday, April 26 in the Communications Building, room110. Himself an artist, Haggerty writes for ARTnews magazine and teaches at Brooklyn College and the Chautauqua Institution. The free talk is presented as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. More here.

Students to Perform "The Tempest"
Blending a bit of hip hop with operatic undertones, MCCC students will present a fresh take on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at Kelsey Theatre April 29 through May 8. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night performance on April 29. More here.

Follow MCCC on Social Media
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The college has just begun a new Facebook page for our Alumni & Friends! Become a fan here  and start a dialog with other alumni!

You can also follow MCCC's Virtual College, Enrollment Services Office, Athletics, Conference Center, The Center for Continuing Studies, WWFM and more on Facebook or Twitter.  For a list of MCCC social media sites, click here.

Alumni Success:

Christine Eggert, a 1979 Office Systems Technology graduate, is the office supervisor and executive assistant to the CEO of Celator Pharmaceuticals in Princeton. In the evening she teaches courses in office technology at MCCC. Eggert is a Certified Professional Secretary, Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Expert, Microsoft Master Instructor and Microsoft Certified Trainer in Office 2003 and 2007. More here.

Jo Ann Roynestad, a 2008 Business Management graduate, is a senior manager for Penn Medicine's OB/GYN Midwifery Care practice, a 38-person clinical team. She oversees the training of staff and implements new systems to enhance fiscal accountability. Now back at MCCC, Roynestad's goal is to complete her bachelor's degree through William Paterson University's program at Mercer, and to become a clinical psychologist specializing in women's issues. More here.

April 8-17: "Hello, Dolly!"

April 29-May 8: "The Tempest

April 30: "Berenstain Bears Musical" 

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