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.