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December 2010

Middle States Brief
As the fall semester ends, be sure to check http://infonet/middlestates/ for the latest version of the Middle States Self-Study. It continues to be edited and now includes data from the November snapshot of assessment activities. The posting will be updated approximately once a week until it is submitted to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in late December. You may send your comments to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at any time.

HRI Staff Assists at Fundraiser
Katie Albert, lab coordinator for the Hotel Restaurant and Institution Management Department, and Nicolette Stevenson '04, adjunct pastry chef, volunteered their time at an important fundraising event in October. The Hudson River Fisherman's Association held a dinner to raise money for the Darren Cardinal Memorial Reef Fund. Coordinated by Les Marmitons NJ, an organization of food enthusiasts who meet to learning cooking from professional chefs, the sold-out event featured celebrity chefs Jacques Torres (Mr. Chocolate on the Food Network) and Claude Saillard of Le Cirque, arguably the most famous restaurant in New York.

1° Art Exhibit
An exhibit entitled "1°" will be held at Middlesex County College from November 18 through December 22 at the College's Studio Theatre Gallery.

Award for Service to the Community
College President Joann La Perla-Morales received a Contribution to the Community Award at the First Central Jersey Women in Business Dinner November 4.

Profs Present at Conference
Professors Shirley Wachtel and Helena Swanicke of the English Department conducted a workshop, "Using Popular Culture to Engage the College Reader" at the 2010 Conference of the Two-Year College Association (TYCA)-Northeast, held in Washington in December.

New Board of Trustees Member
George J. Lisicki, former national commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, was named to the Middlesex County College Board of Trustees. He was appointed by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 85 Students into Honor Society
The Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, recently inducted 85 new members at Middlesex County College. The students were recognized for their academic achievement, leadership abilities and service to their community and college.