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Officials from Middlesex County College and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have created a joint degree program that links the Associate in Science in Biotechnology Program at Middlesex with the Biochemistry Program at NJIT. Students who enrollin the program spend two years at Middlesex; if they graduate with a 2.75 grade point average and are recommended by the department chairperson, they are automatically accepted into the Biochemistry program at NJIT as juniors."This has two advantages for our students," said Uma Narayanan, coordinator of the Biotechnology program at Middlesex. "First, it eliminates the admissions process at NJIT - they don't have to apply. Second, because the major at NJIT is biochemistry, it gives them a few more options if they'd like to concentrate more on the chemistry aspects of the field."The accord is the third biotechnology agreement Middlesex has signed; the first two were with Rutgers University and St. Peter's College.NEW NURSING TRANSFER AGREEMENT WITH KEAN UNIVERSITY Officials from Middlesex County College and Kean University recently signed an articulation agreement that provides seamless transfer for graduates of the Middlesex nursing program who transfer into the bachelor's of nursing programat Kean.Students may take the Kean classes on the Middlesex campus."Actually, they can take classes at Middlesex, or on the Kean campus, or anywhere Kean is offering nursing courses, including Ocean County College, Bergen Community College or Raritan Valley Community College," said Michelle L. Foley, director of the nursing program at Middlesex. "This makes getting your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree convenient. It can also be done full time or part time, as many of the students will be working at the time."Professor Foley said Kean had an excellent faculty, low tuition and scholarships.programthat Foundation Awards 203 ScholarshipsThe Middlesex County College Foundation awarded 203 scholarships in 2010-2011. Donors and scholarship recipients met at the annual community celebration. From left to right: Valerie Latham, Affinity Federal Credit Union; Linnaea Serzan & Gina Giacobbe, scholarship recipients; and Beth Degnan, Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation.Offiiiicials Offiicials

88Middlesex by the Numbers1:19Faculty/Student ratioAbove, Jonasz Witek works on his block of ice.The area infront of the College Center was transformed into an arctic laboratory as students in the Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Department's Garde Manger class learned the fundamentals of ice carving. This course is taught by Walter Leffler, the executive chef at the Old Mill Inn in Basking Ridge, and for this activity, he was assisted by Evan Hublarde, executive chef at Baltusrol Country Club in Springfield, NJ. The 19 students used chain saws to mold blocks of ice and then chisels to create the details. The class is part of the Culinary Arts degree and certificate program.