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Middlesex County College celebrates 50 years event on April 19th

Friday, March 27th, 2015 Nancy Drumm

MCC Celebrates 50 Years: Public Invited to Visit for Fun and Enriching Events April 19
Middlesex County College is throwing open its doors to welcome everyone to its Community Open House & Expo on Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Edison campus. In celebration of the College’s 50th anniversary, this event will offer activities for people of all ages.
“It’s a celebration of MCC and will be a lot of fun,” said Lisa Gregory, associate director of admissions and co-chair of the organizing committee. “We’re going to showcase our campus and programs for prospective students. We’re going to have carnival games, a play, music, art, mini-golf, a classic car show, fun activities for children, open swim, and refreshments at 1964 prices, the year of our founding. So whether you are considering enrolling at Middlesex or you would just like to see the campus and have a great time, this event is for you.”
The College is at 2600 Woodbridge Ave. in Edison. Except for the performance of “Fiddler on the Roof,” all activities are free. For a complete list and to register, please visit www.MCCOpenHouse.com.
The Community Open House & Expo is family-friendly and will include activities aimed at children. Kids can decorate (and eat) their own cupcakes; the MCC Theater Camp will conduct a drama workshop; the Middlesex Academy for Science, Math and Engineering is organizing Bubble Soccer for kids; parents and children can tour the College’s Child Care Center; and kids can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo. In addition, student employees of the Blue Colt Bookstore will read stories to young children.
Music will be a big part of the day as the British Invasion Tribute Band, featuring Robert Murdock, class of ’79, will entertain. The group performed at MCC’s alumni reunion in 2013 to rave reviews.
The Edison Light Cruisers will hold a car show from Noon-4 p.m. featuring classic, modern muscle cars, exotic and specialty cars.
“This is going to be terrific,” Ms. Gregory said. “We expect at least 100 cars.”
“Fiddler on the Roof,” which also made its debut in 1964, will be performed. Tickets may be ordered in advance from the website.
“This is a wonderful musical that is fun for the whole family,” she said.
The pool will be open for recreational swim.
Alumni artists have created wonderful paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces that will be displayed. At least one work from each artist will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Alumni Scholarship Fund. The program is being curated by Dorothy Bitetto ’69, Alumni Association president, and Francine Neidle-Krimsky ’86, who retired last spring after 28 years as professor of graphic arts. Alumni artists include Ray Santoleri ’88, Richmond S. Otolorin Garrick ’95, Edward Wargo ’82, Thomas Wood, Kristin Belger ’90, Kristin Foye ’01, Courtney Averett ’10, Nancy Swolensky ’77, David Link ’09, Michele A. Sutera ’08, Ashley Hanania ’05, Linda Stockman ’86, Nicholas A. Tancredi ’11 and Professor Neidle-Krimsky ’86.
“We are very excited about this year’s art exhibition and auction,” Ms. Bitetto said. “On display will be beautiful and creative artwork by our MCC alumni who were chosen for their exceptional talents. We have 14 professional and extremely talented artists who graduated between the years 1977 and 2013. In addition to more than 60 pieces of artwork on display by the artists, we are including a silent auction component. You will have an opportunity to bid at this silent auction and bring home one of these exceptional pieces of art to commemorate this exciting year at the College. The money received for the silent auction will support the MCC Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund. You also have an opportunity to buy a piece of artwork from some of the artists.” Visual art students will also have an exhibition of their work on display.
In addition, many academic disciplines will offer workshops and information sessions in their areas. These include math, English, biotechnology, natural science, medical laboratory technology, computer science, art, radiography, dental hygiene, history and social science, nursing, languages, engineering, photography, animation and ceramics. There will also be an oral cancer screening, an ice carving demonstration, an opportunity to view a dance rehearsal, and a poetry reading.
The non-credit programs will also hold workshops on areas such as health careers training, appliance/electronic repair technicians, and retirement. The demonstration kitchen is the home of several workshops on cooking.
MCC student groups are also involved in the day’s activities. The award-winning step dance team, “Exitium,” will perform and clubs will provide information on their mission and programs.
The Blue Colt Bookstore will be open all day and will have sales of items, including candy popular from the 1960s, as well as the story time for children.
Democracy House, the College’s service learning program, will organize a blood drive for the community.
The MCC Foundation will sponsor miniature golf.
“This is a free nine-hole mini-golf game for children and adults,” said Venetta Ellerbe, co-chair of the organizing committee.
The baseball and softball teams have home doubleheaders scheduled at noon.
Dr. Debórah Dwork, a Holocaust scholar, will speak on “Refugees 1933-1945 and 1990-2015” in a program co-sponsored by MCC’s Center for the Study of Genocide, Prejudice and the Holocaust.
The Foundation will also hold a Community Forum, in which the public can learn about Corporate Mission Partners and other organizations in partnership with MCC.
For those interested in local history, MCC has created a display of photos and memorabilia from its history. Three MCC graduates, Kim Silva-Martinez ’14, Nicole Kazar ’14 ’15, and Damian Gonzalez ’14 have created a book about the College, which can be examined at the display and purchased at the College Bookstore.
“I’m really excited about April 19,” said Ms. Ellerbe. “We have events planned for people of all ages and all tastes. It’s going to be wonderful and lots of fun.”

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