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Issue 2011 - 8, September 21, 2011

Later-Starting Classes Begin in October

There is still time to sign up for credit courses at Mercer County Community College this fall.  A wide array of courses will begin Oct. 4, Oct. 21 and Oct. 24.  Visit the college website to browse the course list here.

Later-starting classes include those at Hopewell Valley High School, open to the entire community, including high school students 16 or older. "Literature Into Film" is offered on Saturday mornings. Evening classes include "Intro to Psychology," "Screenwriting," "Moral Choices," and "American Sports History." Learn more here.

Artists Arakawa and Herzfeld at MCCC Gallery
The Gallery at MCCC opened its 2011-12 season with "Motus Anima:Works by Peter Arakawa and Rita Herzfeld" now through Oct. 20. The public is invited to a Gallery Talk with the artists Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. The MCCC Gallery is located on the second floor of the Communication Building. Hours for the show are Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m.; and Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 609-570-3589. More here with images.

Mel Leipzig Examines "Use of Black and White in Painting" Sept. 27
Renowned artist and MCCC Professor Mel Leipzig will present an illustrated lecture, "The Use of Black and White in Painting," highlighting works from the Renaissance to Contemporary Art, on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 12 noon. The slide presentation takes place in the Communication Building, Room 110. Leipzig will feature one of his own paintings, along with those of notable artists including Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello, Pieter Brueghel, Edouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Franz Kline, Edouard Vuillard and Fairfield Porter. More here. 


All Invited to "Floyd Fest" Oct. 16
MCCC's Foundation, along with community volunteers, will host the second "Floyd Fest," an afternoon jazz event to honor long-time community volunteers James (Jim) and Fannie Floyd, and to support the Jim and Fannie Floyd Scholarship Fund. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Nassau Inn, Palmer Square in Princeton. More here.


MCCC Dedicates New Teaching Kitchen
The college
celebrated the official opening of its new teaching kitchen with a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 14. Completed this summer, the kitchen will accommodate growing numbers of students interested in the college's many hospitality and culinary programs. It was made possible through federal Perkins Grant funding. Special guest, former White House Chef Sam Morgante, spoke about his work for President George W. Bush, and demonstrated a "Texas Flank Steak" recipe with Chef Frank Benowitz. More here with photos. 


Zumbathon Oct. 3 to Benefit Diabetes Association
It's time to dance for a good cause. On Monday, October 3, MCCC's Student Activities Office and clubs will host a "Zumbathon" from 12 to 1 p.m. in the gym. The community is invited to participate. The popular Zumba exercise routines are easy to learn and fun for all. Suggested donation is $5. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. For more information, contact Danielle Garruba at garrubad@mccc.edu.


WWFM To Go Live with HD in New York and Philadelphia
You haven't heard how great classical music can sound on the radio until you've heard HD radio, according to WWFM General Manager Peter Fretwell. That fact has spurred WWFM The Classical Network to extend its reach. Starting soon, classical music lovers in New York and Philadelphia who own an HD radio will be able to listen to The Classical Network. More here.


First Responder Speaks at 9-11 Commemoration
In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9-11, MCCC invited special guest speaker, Dave Smolka, who was at Ground Zero as a member of the New Jersey State Police Urban Search and Rescue Team-Task Force 1. Chief of the Hamilton Fire Company, captain with the Trenton Fire Department, and a fire instructor at the Mercer County Fire Academy, Smolka told a moving story. Two steel beam fragments from the World Trade Center towers have been donated to the college by the New Jersey State Museum, and will soon be on display at both campuses. More here.
As p
art of MCCC's 9-11 commemoration the college hosted "Unity Through Diversity" panel discussions on both campuses with religious leaders and area scholars. More here. 


James McCann Appointed Fire Academy Director
James McCann has been appointed director of the Mercer County Fire Academy. A firefighter since 1983, McCann is currently a member of East Windsor Vol. Fire Co. #1, serving as a chief fire officer since 2005. He is certified by the state of New Jersey as a firefighter, EMT, fire instructor and fire inspector. He also serves as a deputy county fire coordinator for the Mercer County Office of Emergency Management. More here.


MCCC Receives Princeton Chamber Award
Peter Crowley, director of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, presented certificates of recognition to MCCC and President Patricia Donohue in recognition for their support. The certificates include reproductions of artwork at the Princeton University Art Museum. More here with photo. 

MCCC Provides Land for Allies Inc.
A new partnership called Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) enables adults with disabilities served by Allies, Inc., to learn skills for green jobs on land provided by MCCC behind the college greenhouse at the West Windsor Campus. According to Allies President and CEO Krystal Odell, the CSA project has been a major success in helping people with disabilities learn marketable skills. Students from MCCC Horticulture majors and students from the college's DREAM program are volunteering to assist in the project. The initiative also partners with the Council on Developmental Disabilities and the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. More here with photos. See the Trentonian's story and video here.

Alum Coaches Women's Soccer
Michelle Ogborn-Haywood has joined the athletics staff as head coach for women's soccer. Ogborn-Haywood is a 1992 alumna of MCCC who is active locally in both soccer and softball leagues as a youth coach and a player. She also brings considerable managerial and team-building skills to the program. More here.

"The Foyer of the Forgotten" New on WWFM
A new program on WWFM The Classical Network pays homage to the plight of little-known European composers through music and literature.  "The Foyer of the Forgotten"  is hosted by classical pianist Paul-André Bempéchat, who studied at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music and the Sorbonne in Paris, and reflects the breadth of his research at Harvard University.  It airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. More here.


Faculty Member Writes Moving Op Ed Piece
Read Assistant Professor Eric Watson's recent letter in The Trenton Times, where he talks about student learning when an older student in his class describes her experiences with racism and the Civil Rights movement. The story was inspired by the new Martin Luther King memorial in Washington D.C. More here. 

Alum Featured in Sports Illustrated
MCCC alum Anton Brown ('98) is featured in Tim Tuttle's Sports Illustrated article. Read it here.

Alum David Noonan Achieves Physical Therapy Success
A 1998 graduate of MCCC's first Physical Therapist Assistant class, David Noonan's first career was touring with a rock band. He returned to the field he had trained for at Mercer, and is now in his second year of practice. Recently accepted to Thomas Edison State College, he will major in Natural Sciences and Mathematics with the goal of pursuing his doctorate in Physical Therapy. "I would not change a thing about my journey," Noonan says.  "No one can ever take your education away. Every experience has shaped me into what I have become today." More here.


Dream Fulfilled for Alum and Staff Member Joann Mia
"Passing on my enthusiasm for learning and for turning around the lives of others has become my objective. My education has been geared toward this goal," says Joann Mia with conviction. Mia notes that her job as the coordinator for the Richardson Learning Center at MCCC's James Kerney Campus is a perfect fit, allowing her to oversee support services that maximize student success. Mia recalls literally growing up in the shadow of JKC. "Our third floor walk-up overlooked the school parking lot. As a typical city youth gazing out my back window, I had no idea how close I was to my future success." More here.


Coming to Kelsey Theatre:

Sept. 23-Oct. 2: "Snow White" Musical  


Oct. 1: Salsa Down "The Yellow Brick"


Oct. 7-16: "And Then There Were None"  

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