Emanuel di Pasquale, professor of English and poet in residence at MCC, was named poet laureate of Long Branch, NJ. The honor was presented at the Inaugural Ceremony for Mayor Adam Schneider and the city council on July 1. Professor di Pasquale read a poem he had written for the mayor. Noted poet Robert Pinsky, who is a native of Long Branch, sent his congratulations and praise for Professor di Pasquale's work.
Mark Thompson, Library director, was a panelist at the New Jersey Library Association career day, "Managing Your Librarian Career," held at the Kenilworth Public Library in June. He addressed issues of the library profession, career strategies, training, and jobs. Current college students, library graduate school students, and those seeking a mid-career change were in attendance from around the state.
Jane Jiang, reference librarian, has translated a Spanish thriller into Chinese. The book, "Contrato de Dios," or "The Moses Expedition," is by Juan Gómez Jurado. She is the first to introduce the author to China, where the book was recently published to great success.
"It is really exciting to introduce western culture and literature to China," Ms. Jiang said. "It is the most meaningful thing to do."
Evelyn Rosa, director of the New Brunswick Center, was the recipient of the 2014 Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award presented by the Mercer County Community College chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. The award was presented in May.