MCCC's First President to Speak at Commencement
The college's first president, Dr. Richard Greenfield, will deliver the keynote address at commencement ceremonies May 26. Greenfield ushered the college through the transition from Trenton Junior College to Mercer County Community College, and developed the college's first Master Plan. Commencement details here.
County Announces MCCC Solar Farm
The Mercer County Improvement Authority announced that MCCC will move forward on a 50-acre solar farm on campus. The farm will supply 70 percent of the power needs for the West Windsor Campus while providing learning opportunities for students in several programs. Read The Times' story on the project here.
Spread the Word! Summer Session Begins May 23
Summer sessions of six, eight, 10 and 11 weeks begin May 23, June 3, June 20 and July 6 at MCCC. Students home from other colleges and high schoolers are welcome. Click here for the summer tabloid. Also check out MCCC's Virtual College, which has added new sessions for the summer, listed here.
Announcing Fashion/Apparel Design
Mercer's new program in Fashion/Apparel Design is set to begin this fall at the James Kerney Campus. The curriculum draws from numerous disciplines in art and design, and includes technical skills in sewing, computer applications, and the business aspects of the industry. More here.
Full Slate of Noncredit Classes Offered for Summer
MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies offers abundant choices for career and personal interest this summer, including a full series of computer classes here.
A full series on "Wine Regions of the World" begins June 1, and a new "Fitness Management Certificate" meets on six Saturdays beginning June 4. See the summer tabloid online here.
Student Show Opens at The Gallery
The MCCC Visual Arts Student Show has opened with a burst of color and texture. The exhibit features 190 works by 80 students and will be on display through May 12. Community visitors are welcome. Click here for more.
Students to Perform "The Tempest"
Blending a bit of hip hop with operatic undertones, MCCC students will present their second weekend performances of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at Kelsey Theatre May 6-8. The production focuses primarily on the theme of forgiveness and uses a pool of water as a primary set piece at center stage. More here.
Region 19 Tournament at MCCC May 13-15
Mercer will host the Region 19 Baseball Tournament next weekend, May 13-15. Under Head Coach Matt Wolski, the Vikings are one of four teams that will compete on the field at MCCC and at Mercer County Park. The other teams include Burlington, Lackawanna and the winner of this weekend's match-up between Sussex and Del Tech Owens. Check here for the schedule and results.
Chorus and Jazz Band Concerts May 17 and 18
The MCCC Chorus, directed by Pamela Sharples, invites the community to its Annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, May 18 at 8 p.m., the college will celebrate jazz with the MCCC Jazz Band directed by Professor James Kelly. Both programs take place at Kelsey Threatre, are free and open to the public. More here.
Emerita Angela McGlynn Authors New Book
Angela Provitera McGlynn, professor emerita of psychology, has authored a new book -- "Envisioning Equity: Educating and Graduating Low-income, First-generation, and Minority College Students." McGlynn sees the need to educate America's traditionally underserved populations as "the right thing to do -- for these students as individuals and for our nation as a whole." More here.
Students Learn on the Go in Costa Rica
Sociologists frequently talk about culture shock -- the difficulties inherent in adjusting to a new culture. That was the challenge for students and their faculty leaders during their Study Tour and home stays in the small town of Atenas, about an hour west of San Jose, Costa Rica March 11-18. According to all post-trip reports, the effort was a glowing success. More here.
Women Community College Leaders Honored
MCCC Bursar Lucia Brown-Joseph, who advises MCCC's African American Student Organization, was one of five women honored April 15 by the Mercer Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. Brown-Joseph was chosen by students as "Advisor of the Year" in 2009 and 2011. More here.
Student Newspaper, The College Voice, Takes Ten Awards
The College Voice, MCCC's student newspaper, has again been recognized, winning eight first-place awards and two second-place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Region I. The first-place winners will now compete at the national level. Last year The Voice took three first-place, two second-place and one third-place award.
Talent Celebrated at Aspirations Event
MCCC welcomed high school students and their families to Kelsey Theatre on April 12 at an event that marked the publication of Aspirations 2011, the college's journal for teen writers and artists. The evening opened with a presentation by MCCC Theatre students, who created interpretive pieces to accompany selected readings. More here.
Pat Snyder New Head Coach For Men's Soccer
Patrick Snyder has been officially named head coach for men's soccer, after serving as interim coach since the departure of Larry Povia in February. A soccer player at Mercer in 1997, Snyder has been an assistant coach with the Vikings for four of the last seven seasons. More here.
New Alumni & Friends Facebook Page
Keep up with alumni through MCCC's new Alumni & Friends Facebook page. We hope to engage our alumni to come back to MCCC for classes and events, and to interact with each other. Please "Like" our page and help spread the word! See it here.
Athlete/Grad Featured in Training & Conditioning Magazine
MCCC graduate Dave Angebranndt ('09 Exercise Science) is the subject of a feature story called "Comeback Athlete" in the national magazine Training & Conditioning for April 2011. In 2009 Angebranndt suffered severe injuries to his left hand and arm. He has made a complete recovery with help from MCCC athletic trainer Lisa Camillone. Read it here.
Alumni Success Stories
Fredrick Dande, a 2004 graduate in Computer Systems and Network Administration, is a senior systems administrator at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, Philadelphia's largest financial services firm. Dande continued his education at NJIT, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology in 2004, and master's in Technology Management in 2008. More here.
Ketlinado (Johnny) Bullard, a 2010 graduate of the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management program, loves cooking and MCCC. Hired as a sous chef last year by MCCC's cafeteria, he handles all serving stations and works banquets at the MCCC Conference Center. Twice he has stepped in temporarily to serve as assistant cafeteria manager. More here.