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Veterans Day was celebrated with a flag raising, a speech by College Board member George Lisicki, who is also a former national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a service project. The College community and other volunteers packed boxes of food and hygiene items to be shipped to service members overseas. The program was organized by Operation Shoebox NJ. From left, MCC student Mike Gada, an Army veteran; Middlesex County Sheriff’s Officer Matthew Michals; and MCC student Lasha Otiuridze, a Marine Corps veteran.

Jed Baker, director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication problems, spoke at Disability Awareness Day in October. He is the author of eight books, including “Preparing for Life: The Complete Handbook for the Transition to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” and “Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens.” Dr. Baker writes, lectures and provides training on the topic of social skills and managing challenging behaviors. He is speaking with Cheryl Kolber, director of Project Connections, MCC’s program for college-able students with learning disabilities, and Elaine Daidone, counselor for students with disabilities.

Eva Wiener was a passenger on the St. Louis, which left Europe in 1939 attempting to flee Nazi Europe. Denied entry by multiple countries, the ship was forced to return to Europe where hundreds of passengers were eventually killed in the Holocaust. The ship has become a symbol of the plight of European Jewry on the eve of the Holocaust. Ms. Wiener spoke in November in a program sponsored by the MCC Holocaust and Human Rights Center. Chatting before her speech are, from left, Linda Scherr, dean of Arts and Sciences; Shirley Wachtel, English professor who arraigned the visit; History Professor Terrence Corrigan, who is also director of the Center; and Ms. Wiener.

About 30 students recently joined dozens of other volunteers at a beach cleanup in Old Bridge. The program was organized by Clean Ocean Action, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of marine waters off the New Jersey and New York coasts. From left, MCC Earth Science Club members Stephanie Janeczko, Emily Koester and Kyle J. Zaczek discard items they found on the beach.

A student club, called Middlesex, Math & the Mouse, heard from a best-selling author about how to apply math and data to saving time. The lecture, by Len Testa, was titled “The Traveling Salesman Problem for Fun and Profit.” He is a best-selling author, computer scientist, and data guru and holds a patent on the methods used to save up to four hours waiting on lines at Walt Disney World. He is also the president of Touring Plans and leads the researchers for all of The Unofficial Guides travel book series. He explained how he applied research on the time-dependent traveling salesman problem to figure out how to avoid the lines at Disney. Before his speech, he talked with club members, from left, Shayne Judge, club president; Lauren Sutphen, secretary; Alyssa Capone, treasurer; and mathematics professor Patty Kiernan, club advisor.