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Kathleen Smith-Wenning,

the Rutgers-MCC liaison for the Respiratory Care program, is also an MCC adjunct teaching courses in anthropology and sociology. Each summer, she travels to Oaxaca, Mexico, to volunteer with Oaxaca Streetchildren Grassroots, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of the most impoverished children in the area. She was invited to serve on the Board of Directors and to provide medical oversight for the Arkansas-based organization.

“Most of the children we serve work late into the night selling cigarettes and candy,” she told the Home News Tribune. “They are profoundly poor by our standards: They live in homes with cement floors, corrugated walls and roofs, one light bulb and no running water. Their beds are floor mats. But they have a different type of wealth: A strong, family-centered community.”

Susan Altman,

associate professor in the Visual, Performing and Media Arts Department, was appointed to the Professional Practices Committee of the College Art Association for a three-year term. The College Art Association is the national group for art history and studio arts. The Professional Practices Committee works on creating the standards for the profession relating to placement and recruitment, scholarly stands and ethics in art history, studio practice, tenure and promotion procedures, and studio health and safety.

Professor Altman has been a member of the association since 1983. In addition, her work was included in an exhibition of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) held at the Old Print Shop in New York. SAGA is a national organization of contemporary artists who work in a variety of hand-pulled printmaking media.

Mark Thompson,

director of the Library, was named to the New Jersey Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council for a two-year term. The council assists state library staff in establishing annual grant criteria, priorities and categories and in evaluating activities funded through the LSTA programs.