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Issue 2011 - 5, June 10, 2011

Summer is in Full Swing at MCCC
Summer credit and noncredit classes are in full swing at Mercer. Most additional summer credit course sessions begin July 6, and The Virtual College has expanded its summer offerings. Click here for the summer course bulletin. More here.

The Center for Continuing Studies offers a full array of noncredit career and personal interest classes for adults throughout the summer.  See the bulletin here.

Summer Camps Are Still Open

Some openings are still available in Mercer's popular Camp College for children and teens, which begins June 20. For details call 609-570-3311. Tomato Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops also have limited openings available for 5th through 12th graders. New offerings this year include "Making Videos" and "Acting for the Camera." Call 609-570-3566.  Mercer's Sports Camps offer skill-building and friendly tournament competition in ten sports in weekly sessions this summer. Call 609-570-3779. More information on all camps here.

The Fall Course Bulletin is Published 

Fall credit classes begin August 27 at MCCC, and the new Fall bulletin is now online here.


First MCCC President Speaks at Commencement
During MCCC's May 26 Commencement ceremonies, the college's first president, Dr. Richard K. Greenfield, gave graduates encouraging words. Having served from 1966 to 1975, Greenfield also gave a brief history on the original master plan for the college and building the West Windsor Campus. This year graduates numbered 1,098. More here.


Top Students Awarded at Honors Convocation
Mercer's high-achieving students were recognized with academic awards and scholarships at an Honors Convocation on May 26. One outstanding representative of this group is Patrick Puliti, an NJ STARS student who received the Dowd/Fessler Memorial Scholarship for Achievement in Biology, the Rick Rednor AIDS Foundation Scholarship, and the Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry award. He will continue at Rutgers and plans to become a physician. More here.  Two students were named to the PTK All Star Academic Team. More here.

Yvonne Greenbaun Is 2011 Distinguished Teacher
For Yvonne Greenbaun, teaching mathematics at Mercer is not a job, but a calling. Her devotion to teaching was recognized at the college's Commencement ceremonies, when President Patricia Donohue presented her with the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award. Selected by students and her colleagues for the honor, Greenbaun is herself a graduate of MCCC. More here. 


Richard Kemble Sculptures Donated to MCCC 
On May 17 the college dedicated four metal sculptures donated by Carol Rosenthal, her late husband, Dr. Albert Rosenthal, and David and Jo Kemble.  "This artwork will not only be enjoyed by our college community and visitors for years to come, it will serve as a teaching tool for our many art and architecture students as well." More here. 

Students Learn From Rush Holt and Martha Kanter
Making higher education more affordable was among the key issues U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) and Education Under Secretary Martha Kanter discussed with MCCC students during a Town Hall Meeting May 18 at the college's Conference Center. Holt spearheaded the forum to provide students and faculty with an opportunity to voice their views on higher education policy. More here at NJ.com.


Students Tour Harlem, Meet Al Sharpton
The Harlem of yesterday and today was etched into the consciousness of 12 MCCC students as they visited historic sites and met with civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton during a May 7 excursion. Dr. Eric Watson accompanied the students on full-day tour to experience some of the political, cultural and literary history that shaped the Harlem Renaissance. More here. 


The Bernie Awards: Lights, Camera, Action
Talented Mercer video students enjoyed a small-scale version of the Academy Awards as they received formal recognition for their final projects on May 23. Judged by teams of faculty and professionals, winners were announced in such categories as "Best Screenplay," "Best Editing," "Best Cinematography," and "Best Actors." Photos here on Facebook.


James Kerney Campus Recognizes Achievement in Credit and Noncredit Programs 
In an event that has come to exemplify the extraordinary role of MCCC in the lives of so many, the James Kerney Campus recognized the accomplishments of students at its 23rd Annual Celebration of Academic Achievement at Trenton's War Memorial building May 10. Honorees included credit and noncredit students who completed associate degrees, GEDs, the Career Training Institute, and the English Language Institute. More here.


MCCC's Noll is National Tennis Champ!
Freshman Alison Noll has entered the record books at Mercer. She is the first woman in school history to win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) title in Div. III tennis at No. 1 singles. And, she says, she had a whole lot of fun doing it. More here.


College VOICE Wins National Awards
Mercer's student newspaper, The College VOICE, earned the "Best All-Around Non-Daily Two Year Newspaper" award, plus two additional first place awards, from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) this spring. The paper was also recognized as a finalist for three stories from 2010. Three additional students took "National Finalist" awards. More here.


At Kelsey Theatre:  The James Tolin Memorial Fund's "Die Mommie Die"
As part of its ninth annual theater benefit weekend, the James Tolin Memorial Fund (JTMF) brings the campy spoof "Die Mommie Die" to Kelsey Theatre this month. According to Tracy Antozzeski, JTMF's co-founder and president, the actors and production staff welcome the chance to come back to Kelsey Theatre each year to honor the memory of James Tolin, an MCCC Theatre alumnus who died in 2002.  More here. 


Alumni Success: Wayne DeAngelo Now a Legislator
Wayne DeAngelo '87 (Electronics Engineering Technology) has served as the assistant business manager for IBEW Local 269 for the past 12 years, which counts 1200 members throughout Central New Jersey and Bucks County, Pa. He also serves as president of the Mercer-Burlington County Building and Construction Trades. In 2007 he was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly for the 14th Legislative District, where he now serves as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore. More here. 

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