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April 2013

Express Yourself: MCC to Hold Tri-State Writers’ Workshop April 27
A writers’ workshop open to the public will be held at Middlesex County College on Saturday, April 27. The program mixes sessions on writing skills with practical tips on selling what you have written. There is also a spoken word contest; the winner will receive $100. “This is a wonderful opportunity to spend the day with published writers and learn their secrets,” said Professor Melissa Edwards, who is coordinating the program.

Leadership Workshop Provides a Powerful Lesson – and Some Fun
Forget solar, gas or electric – the most powerful form of energy was on display in the MCC College Center in March as 50 students from all over the campus participated in a leadership workshop. They were excited, energetic and dynamic. Called the Joint Leadership Collaborative, the program is designed to develop leadership skills among students, and to help them learn that no matter what level they are in an organization, they can be leaders.

Prof Translates Masterpiece; Meets a Fan of Italian Literature
Santi Buscemi, professor of English, has translated a second book by Luigi Capuana, “The Marquis of Roccaverdina” (1903).  “In my view it is his masterpiece,” Professor Buscemi said. “It is the story of a wealthy marquis in Sicily in the late 19th century. He has an affair with a servant woman with whom he is madly in love, but he is convinced by his family that he cannot marry her because of their class differences. He comes up with an idea to have the foreman of his estate marry her, but they have to live together as brother and sister – not as husband and wife.

Notables
Shirley Wachtel, professor of English, read from her book, “My Mother’s Shoes,” at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina over spring break. Nearly 600 students in at Catawba are reading the book and she spoke to more than 500 during her presentations. She toured the school’s Holocaust Center and viewed projects by students concerning the book and the Holocaust.  Published in 2011, “My Mother’s Shoes” recounts the poignant story of the author’s mother, a Holocaust survivor, and the challenges she had to face in her homeland and later as a wife and mother living in the United States.

Restaurant Food Tasting Offered April 10
Restaurants from all over the area will be offering samples of their best dishes at the Middlesex County College Alumni Association food tasting on Wednesday, April 10. The event, which will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m., is a fundraiser for the association’s scholarship fund.