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Issue 2011 - 7, August 12, 2011


MCCC News and Events


Aviation Flight Tech Program to Soar This Fall! 
The MCCC Board of Trustees has approved a new partnership with Royal Karina Air Service (RKAS), based at Trenton Mercer Airport. RKAS will operate the flight training component of the college's Aviation Flight Technology Program. Training pilots for more than 20 years, RKAS will provide aircraft, flight instructors, facilities and other materials for student use at the airport.  More here.

MCCC to Offer Courses at Hopewell Valley High School
Through a new agreement, MCCC will offer credit classes at Hopewell Valley Central High School this fall, open to all members of the community, including high school students age 16 and up who are recommended by a teacher or counselor. This fall's offerings include Literature Into Film (Saturdays 9 - 11:40 a.m.), Intro to Psychology (Mondays 7 - 9:40 p.m.), Screenwriting (Tuesdays 7 - 9:40 p.m.), Moral Choices (Wednesday, 7 - 9:40 p.m.), and American Sports History (Thursday, 7 - 9:40 p.m.).  For more information contact Susan Zambrio at 570-3325. More here.


MCCC Gears Up for Fall Semester Beginning August 27
The fall semester is set to begin with Saturday classes on August 27. Most classes begin August 29.  View the full fall course bulletin here.

Center for Continuing Studies Offers "Back to School Night for Adults" Aug. 18
For those exploring new careers, MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies (CCS) hosts a "Back to School Night for Adults" on Thursday, Aug. 18, 6 p.m. at The Conference Center. CCS will also host three additional information sessions in August covering the  "Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs" certificate program, the "Veterinary Assistant" certificate program, and "New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey."  More here.

MCCC to Commemorate 9-11
In partnership with the County of Mercer, MCCC will host its annual commemoration ceremony for 9-11 on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Garden outside the Student Center. All are welcome. The college is also planning lectures around the theme "Unity Through Diversity," with speakers from major religions MCCC faculty members, scheduled for September 12 at noon in Kelsey Theatre and Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in Kerney Hall, James Kerney Campus.


MCCC Golf Classic, Set for October 4, Seeks Sponsors
The MCCC Athletics Department hosts its 20th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Mercer Oaks East Golf Course. The event is in memory of Dr. Cynthia Schaffer, and proceeds go to the MCCC Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund.  There are numerous opportunities to participate as an event sponsor or donor. Call John Simone at (609) 570-3740, e-mail golfclassic@mccc.edu, or visit the website here.

Save the Date for Floyd Fest, October 16
MCCC's Foundation will host its second annual Floyd Fest on Sunday, October 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at The Nassau Inn in Princeton. Floyd Fest was created to endow the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund at MCCC. Jim Floyd is a long-time civic leader and a member of MCCC's Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website here, or contact Amy Frangione at 509-570-3293.

Founder of Juggling Life Passes Baton at Camp College
During a recent performance at the Camp College Variety Show at MCCC, youngsters impressed their fellow campers as they juggled beanbags, balanced devil sticks, tossed rings and spun objects in the air. Their "Juggling Workshop" is taught by Louis De Lauro, a teacher and the founder and president of the nonprofit organization, Juggling Life Inc., which presents performances for children with cancer and chronic illnesses, as well as homeless children. More here.

PNC Scholarships Send Two Boys and Girls Club Grads To MCCC
In a perfect three-way partnership, dreams of pursuing higher education at MCCC are being fulfilled through the generosity of PNC Bank and the mentoring of the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Trenton. Two recent high school graduates will begin at MCCC in a few weeks. More here.

New Perspectives on Paris
Faculty members Diane Hilker and Linda Gaylo, who led a Study Tour to Paris in July, agree that traveling to another country is a unique bonding and learning experience. "The study abroad trip provided the students with a wonderful opportunity to experience Parisian culture and to learn more about how the field of microbiology is interwoven into our everyday life," Hilker said. For students' perspectives, click here.

First Group Completes Veterinary Assistant Certificate
The first cohort of graduates of MCCC's noncredit Veterinary Assistant Certificate program completed coursework in May.  Read about the program's origins and the experiences of this very diverse group of students. More here.

Focus on MCCC Faculty and Staff

Linda and Chris Gaylo Make Science Learning Their Goal at James Kerney Campus
The James Kerney Campus (JKC) showed its appreciation to faculty member Linda Gaylo and her husband, adjunct instructor Christopher Gaylo, by recognizing them at the JKC Celebration of Achievement Night at the Trenton War Memorial in May. Says JKC Provost Monica Weaver, "The staff and I consider Linda and Chris to be a truly invaluable asset. Their academic contributions make a huge difference to the broader Trenton community." More here.

Professor Sandra Kerr Featured in National Publication
MCCC Professor and Radiography Program Coordinator Sandra Kerr was featured in a cover story in the August issue of News-Line for Radiology Professionals magazine. She shared her background and career path, and described her experiences teaching at Mercer, the rewards of her job, and advice for prospective students. More here.

Provost Monica Weaver Appointed to Health Center Board
James Kerney Campus Provost Monica Weaver has been appointed a member of the Henry J. Austin Health Center Board of Directors for a two-year term. The center provides comprehensive primary health care services at three locations in Trenton. 

Professor Ed Carmien Makes Global Sci Fi Connections
English Professor Ed Carmien is making global connections in the world of science fiction. This year, he traveled to Lublin, Poland, for the Annual Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) conference July 7-10. Carmien was the moderator and contributor to a discussion panel. "Our goal was to establish a baseline understanding of how higher education works in the context of teaching science fiction as literature, both at a basic level and at an advanced, theoretical level," Carmien said. More here.


Ellen Benowitz Elected to FBLA-PBL National Board
Business and Accounting Professor Ellen Benowitz has been named to the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) National Board of Directors for a three-year term. Benowitz has served as state chairman since 1995. She served on the FBLA-PBL national board of directors from 1999-2002, and was appointed to the FBLA-PBL National Awards Committee in 2003 for a three-year term.  


Focus on Alumni Success


Jerry Carbone, a 2003 General Business graduate who was a President's and Dean's List student, never lets challenges stand in his way. Born with cerebral palsy, he has used a wheelchair since age three. But his gung-ho personality has made him the perfect match in his job as outreach coordinator for the Progressive Center for Independent Living in Hamilton, which provides resources and services to people with disabilities. Carbone went on to earn his bachelor's in Business Administration at Rutgers. More here.

MCCC alumnus Leon Rainbow, a 2001 Computer Graphics graduate, has the joy of seeing his art prominently displayed on the walls of TerraCycle. His vast portfolio also includes fine and commercial art, including commissioned pieces and murals for private homes. Rainbow teaches art classes for the Princeton Young Achievers, and relishes every moment. He also works as a web designer for Inforest Communications in Princeton. When speaking of MCCC's faculty, Rainbow says "They challenged me relentlessly to take my style to the next level." More here.

Coming to Kelsey Theatre

Tribute to '50s Hits in "Forever Plaid," Aug. 19-28

Announcing Kelsey Theatre's 2011-12 Season
Kelsey Theatre invites audiences of all ages -- from youngsters to senior citizens -- on a theatrical journey around the world and through time during its 2011-12 season set to begin Sept. 9. Nineteen full-length adult and family shows will be presented, along with 12 shows in the Kelsey Kids Series. More here.


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