By Lisa Apel-Gendron
A sizable and enthusiastic gathering of students and employees alike turned out for the inaugural Religious Forum, Oct. 22, in the CMCC dining room. The brainchild of senior adjunct instructor Neil Brandt, the event was co-sponsored by CMCC Student Services and SGA. A panel of four religious leaders – Bishop John Gandy, Father John O’Leary, Hazzan Jeffrey Myers and Imam Jawad Rasul – discussed the role of faith in contemporary society. We hope this is just the start of a series of discussions on this important topic. Great job, as always, Neil!
The next event in the dining room is the Nov. 3 presentation about personal and professional dramatic writing by Roy Steinberg. Steinberg is Producing Artistic Director of Cape May Stage, and he has directed classical and contemporary plays. He also produced and directed the soap opera Guiding Light, and he worked on One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives as well. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. The event is free and open to the entire college community. Please join us at 2 p.m., Nov. 3.
Following the dramatic writing presentation Nov. 3, is Letter Writing Night at 5 p.m., facilitated by Rewrites advisor Rich Russell. Come to the dining room and catch up on some old-fashioned communication and meet some new people at the same time. The event is free and open to the college community.
The Statewide Youth Advisory Board continues to convene its meetings at CMCC on alternating Friday afternoons. This group is facilitated by Rutgers’ School of Social Work. It brings current and former foster youth from each county together to discuss how to improve the policies, procedures and services provided to them by the Department of Children and Families, specifically the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP & P, previously called DYFS.) It is also a place for young people to connect with each other, have a meal, enjoy exciting activities and feel as though their voice is important to DCP & P, while building important advocacy, leadership and professional skills.
We learned this week that the American Bird Conservancy is planning to use a photo from CMCC’s CollidEscape window film installation in the updated version of its brochure called Bird-friendly Building Design. CMCC installed the film in summer 2014 on the front and back windows to reduce heating and cooling costs. CollidEscape provides the added benefit of virtually eliminating bird crashes by eliminating glare.
Have a worry-free weekend!