Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

On May 30, 1868, General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, read the following proclamation and instituted General Orders #11 as a call to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefields. It is believed that this proclamation became the source of what we now know as Memorial Day. During this weekend of barbecues and store sales, it would be wise to remember General Logan's words.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

Non-Compliance Update

If you received a Campus Cruiser email about the need to register for a developmental course, please remember that June 8 is the date to do so.

Motto of the Middlesex County College Academic Advising Center

Those who give advice have one of life's enormous responsibilities.
They provide the clay for potters to form and shape their work.
They provide the tapestry with which painters can fashion their art.
They provide the earth from which seeds can blossom into beautiful followers.
Their responsibility is only outweighed by the joy they experience in the success of their endeavors.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Having Trouble Registering Online?

The Center receives many calls from students who are having difficulty registering online. If you have the same concern, ask yourself the following questions.
  • Am I on Restriction or Probation? If so, you need to have your hold lifted at the Advising Center.
  • Do I have a need for developmental RDG, ENG, or MAT? If so, a hold has to be lifted.
  • Do I have an outstanding balance? You will need to visit the Office of the Bursar on the top floor of Chambers Hall to pay the balance.
  • Does the Office of Health and Safety have my complete immunization record? If not, there is a hold preventing you from registering as a full time student.
  • Does the Office of Admissions have my complete high school transcript? Students who graduated before June 2010 who do not have the final semester of their high school trancript on file will have a hold on their registration.

If you have any questions, please email through your Campus Cruiser portal account.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Want to Change Your Major?

Several students visited the Center today wondering how to change their major. Please click the following link to read about the process.

Changing Your Major

Unsure of Your Next Registration?

This is the time of year when many students start planning for the next semester. You are always welcome to visit the Advising Center for assistance in creating your schedule or use your portal address to email us at

In the meantime here are some tips for your next registration:

  • Are all your developmental courses completed? If not, they should be part of your schedule.
  • ENG 121 and ENG 122 with a grade of at least a "C" are needed for graduation.
  • All majors need at least one GE Humanities Elective.
  • All majors need at least one GE Social Science Elective.
  • All majors need a PED or HED course.
  • All majors need at least one GE Math and/or one GE Science.

Please remember to visit the Center with any question you may have.

Student Success 101 Tutorial

Jessica Kant and Bob Kaplan are working on a tutorial for students in SSD 101. The tutorial will teach students how to read their Program Evaluations, determine their degree requirements, and create a schedule for the next semester.

New Advisor Training

The Center want to thank those who attended its most recent New Advisor Training sessions. These individulals completed the six-hour classroom session last week and participated in the two hour introduction to Colleague last night.

Ron Foley
Ron Goldfarb
Jeannie Gonzalez-Wicklund
Carolyn Loder
Celeste Pouncy

The Center looks forward to continuing their training with upcoming shadowing sessions.

The next New Advisor Training will be held in December 2010.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Academic Advising Center's Two Web Pages

The Advising Center has two websites that can be of great use to our students and faculty members. Please click the following links to view them:

Academic Advising Center

MCC Guide to Self-Advising

The Academic Advising Center is on Twitter!

Please remember that you can also follow the Academic Advising Center on Twitter @MCCAdvisor.


Today, May 26th 2010, marks an important date in the history of the MCC Advising Center as the Center joins the blogging world. It is our hope that this site will be an additional source of information to our students.

Please remember that we will not be able to answer any specific questions about your academic records as that is a violation of federal privacy laws. Those questions can only be addressed through your Campus Cruiser portal address.

This is our first day--let's see how this develops,

All the best,

Middlesex County College Academic Advising Center