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Celebrating 50 Years: April 19 Event to Showcase Achievements

Celebrating 50 Years: April 19 Event to Showcase Achievements

Middlesex County College is throwing open its doors to welcome everyone to its Community Open House & Expo on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 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 gym and 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 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; and parents and children can tour the College’s Child Care Center. In addition, student employees of the Blue Colt Bookstore will read stories to young children. Other events are also being planned.

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 starting at 12:30 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.

“This is a wonderful musical that is fun for the whole family,” she said.

The pool and the gym will be open for recreational swim and play.

Alumni artists have created wonderful paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces that will be displayed. The program is being curated by Dorothy Bitetto ’69, Alumni Association president, and Francine Neidle-Krimsky ’86, who retired this past spring after 28 years as professor of graphic arts. Alumni artists include Ray Santolieri ’88, Richmond Garrick ’95, Ed Wargo ’82, Tom Wood, Kristen Belger ’90, Kristin Foye ’01, Courtney Averette ’10, Sue Espin ’13, Nancy Swolensky ’77, David Link ’09, Michele Sutera ’08, Ashley Hananiah ’05, Linda Stockman ’86, Nicholas 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 15 professional and extremely talented artists who graduated between the years 1977 and 2013. In addition to over 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 Middlesex County College Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund. You also have an opportunity to buy a piece of artwork from the artist.”

MCC student groups are also involved in the day’s activities. The award-winning step dance team, “Exitium,” will perform, clubs will provide information on their mission and programs, and students and faculty members will hold a “poetry slam.”

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 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. An alumna, Kim Silva-Martinez, has written a book about the College, which can be examined at the display or purchased at the Bookstore.

Refreshments will be sold at 1964 prices. For more information and to register, please visit www.MCCOpenHouse.com.

“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 lots of fun.”