Professor Aimee Mitacchione served as an adjudicator/judge for the first-ever New Jersey High School Dance Festival in April, held in Union City. About 15 schools from all over the state performed. Professor Mitacchione, along with one other adjudicator, critiqued each performance.
After the schools finished, there was a gala performance highlighting several New Jersey-based professional dance companies. One, Solo Danza, is directed by Cristen Penello, a former student of Professor Mitacchione’s, and several of the dancers in the company are former MCC Dance Ensemble members. Ms. Penello also created and organized the festival.
Sally M. Cafasso, an adjunct professor in the Department of History and Social Science since January 1999, received an award at the East Jersey State Prison by the Lifer’s Group at its 40th anniversary banquet. Professor Cafasso has brought more than 30 groups to East Jersey State Prison in Rahway for a tour of the facility and discussion with members of the Lifer’s Program. It was a popular trip among her students.
The Lifer’s organization is known for its Scared Straightprogram that was started in the 70s. The program that MCC students participated in was very different.
It began with a historical overview of the facility and information from correctional officers. A tour of several cell wings was followed by a discussion with a few members of the Lifer’s program.