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Diversity Issues: Then and Now
James Williams II has been through the crucible
times of civil rights in the South. Now he is dean of libraries at
the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he will speak on how to
reframe the goals of higher education in a talk on "Community
and Diversity in the New Millennium," on Thursday, October 28,
at 4:30 p.m., at Rutgers’ Livingston College. Call 732-445-4085.
Williams, the son of a postal employee, grew up in Montgomery during
the years that George Wallace was governor of Alabama. He majored
in psychology at Morehouse College, Class of 1966, and earned graduate
degrees from Emory. While in Atlanta, he sang in the choir of Rev.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s church. "He was a fraternity brother
when I was at Morehouse, and he came to talk to us," says
After a stint at Wayne State, he came to the University of Colorado
as dean of libraries.
If being allowed to compete counts as affirmative action, says
he owes his job to affirmative action. "The administration here
acted affirmatively to provide me with equal opportunity. Getting
the opportunity means that you have the opportunity to be at the
line with everyone else. This institution put me at the starting
says Williams, "and I got an opportunity to compete."
Williams will speak on how to reframe the goals of higher education,
"in order to prepare people to live, both in the neighborhood
campus that they are living in now, and in the ones they are going
to create to be the neighborhood of the future. I will address my
remarks to the future."
Some may decry the voluntary segregation that exists on most campuses
when students of one race often socialize almost exclusively together.
That’s not a problem, says Williams, because it is natural for
and cultures to have many different subgroups — dorms, clubs,
fraternities, and so on. Subgroups are fine, as long as there are
common threads between the groups, and as long as those threads are
based on values. "But it is important that you then step back
from that and work on a set of what I call common threads, values
that will determine what our institutions of higher education will
be," he says.
He quotes the Carnegie Foundation’s study, "Campus Life in Search
of Community," to tell how "the common threads between the
subcommunities are the glue that hold us together." He expresses
these "threads" as they apply to a campus, but they could
apply equally well as a mission statement for a small or large
"We need a business world that mirrors these aspirations,"
sharing common academic goals?
Is civility powerfully affirmed?
group? Are there well-defined governance procedures for behavior for
the common good?
Is service to others encouraged?
of heaven. In hell, there is an enormous table set with delectable
food and drink, yet the people around the table are unhappy and
The utensils they are given are so long they cannot not feed
In heaven, the table is the same, the food and drink are the same,
and the utensils are the same, but everyone is well fed and happy.
The difference is, that people in heaven were feeding each other.
In enlightened self interest, by helping others, we ultimately help
ourselves, says Williams. "That was one of the things we heard
over and over at Morehouse College," says Williams, "that
as a man of Morehouse, having had this opportunity, you must give
back a measure of your life to society."
Like West Windsor, which rallied to support a unified
zip code for six different zips within the township, Monroe now has
a new zip code (08831) and a new post office. The Monroe zip code
now includes parts of Hightstown (08520), Cranbury (08512),
(07726), Jamesburg (08831) and Spotswood (08884).
Bob Reese is the postmaster presiding over operations at the
Monroe Township Post Office on Perrineville Road, 609-409-8170; fax,
609-409-8165. The township donated eight acres, worth an estimated
$1 million, for the post office to build a 26,283-foot facility that
cost $4.5 million and will house more than 100 workers. It was
by Shalini Mohan at Urs Greiner Consultants Inc. in Paramus and Joseph
A. Natoli of Pine Brook did the construction. The old Jamesburg Post
Office at 13 East Rail Road in Jamesburg will offer window service
(732-521-0403; fax, 732-521-1653).
Those in the new zip code need to notify everyone of the change. If
your zip code is Englishtown or Hightstown, do this immediately,
wrongly coded mail will be delayed by one day. It will go from the
distribution center to Englishtown or Hightstown and not be trucked
to Monroe on the following day. Those businesses located in Spotswood
and Cranbury have an advantage; for about a year the postal service
will shuttle miscoded mail twice a day, so it won’t get delayed.
In the pipeline is another potentially new zipcode arrangement.
Township has started the process to consolidate five zipcodes. A
to determine residents’ preferences is being prepared by the township
Adult classes have always done well in Princeton,
at Mercer County College, or the Princeton YWCA, at Princeton Adult
School, or at any of the school-district sponsored programs. These
programs are about to get a major competitor: The Learning Studio
is coming to town. It reportedly plans to renovate the building
occupied by PickQuick Papers on Route 1 South, next to Triangle —
Your Creative Center.
Based in Langhorne, the Learning Studio has long been attracting the
many U.S. 1 workers who live in Pennsylvania to its classes. In
to the for-fun sessions — including lots of singles opportunities,
cooking, dance, and exercise instruction — the Learning Studio
has a hefty component of business-oriented classes, including at least
three dozen different computer classes, each with several dates.
Except for the computer classes, which run about $140 per day for
non-members, the two-hour night classes are usually $29 or $35 with
a $5 discount for nonmembers. Membership is $50. Call 215-752-5657
or check the website at http://www.learningstudio.com. Some choices:
Want to increase your presentation skills? Consider "Speak and
Grow Rich," taught by Dottie Walters, author of a book by
that name, on Wednesday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m.
If you have had it up to your ears with your current job and want
to make a career change, Daniel Levine will reveal the secrets
of how to make big money doing voice-overs. Levine is a Tony-nominated
composer who wrote the book "You’re on the Air," and his
is Saturday, November 6, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, December 9, at 7
p.m. Other new career-building options are "Making Money Doing
Medical Billing from Your Home," with Lisa Castro, on Monday,
November 8, at 7 p.m. and "Learn How to Make $100,000 a Year as
a Private Investigator," taught by Ed Pankau, private
on Saturday, December 4, at 1 p.m.
In real estate Remax broker Sally Witt shows how to buy a property
with no money down on Thursday, October 28, at 7 p.m. and follows
that up with one on how to buy foreclosed properties on Thursday,
December 16, at 7 p.m. Cost: $29, or $49 for couples. And if you don’t
have enough cash to buy even at a sheriff’s sale, attend "Back
to Black: get completely out of debt," given by Dave Ireland,
retired Eastman Kodak executive, on Wednesday, December 1, at 6:30
For entrepreneurs, Cathy Nissley, president of CIC Creative,
teaches "Master the Five Keys to Success in One Night" on
Thursday, November 25, at 7 p.m. When the Learning Studio opens in
Princeton, will it siphon off some of the Princeton YWCA’s adult
business? Maybe, but it just may carve out an entirely new market.
New and unusual display techniques can now put video
just about anywhere — live events, Broadway shows, museums, retail
stores, signage systems, or computer networks, etc. Non-traditional
displays can include plasma screens, LED screens, LCD screens, Digital
Micro Mirror Device projectors, or LCD projectors. Other specialty
systems might be videowall processors, scalers, signage software,
and control systems to tie it all together.
The October meeting of the Moving Image Professionals will discuss
"Video Out of the Box," the technology of displaying video
in a non-traditional display environment. On Thursday, October 28,
networking starts at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting is at 7:15 p.m. in
Princeton Theological Seminary’s AV studio on the ground floor of
Peter Scharff of Scharff Weisberg will give an overview of the
pluses and minuses of each system using specific examples of hardware
and software for each area. His 20-year-old company is based in
and has warehouse space in New Jersey. It has four divisions:
staging, show control, audio rental and sales, and systems
Its specialty is "video out of the box" systems for live
as well as for museums, retail stores, public spaces, and corporate
visitors centers. His current clients include Nasdaq, Pfizer, the
Guggenheim Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History.
During the networking period, in observance of Halloween, a make-up
artist will demonstrate on a willing subject.
If you have an Internet connection at work, and you
do your searching through the iWon.com search engine, you could win
$10,000 in a daily cash giveaway.
Here’s how it works: Do your searches and your shopping and your stock
tracking using the http://www.iwon.com search engine, which
is similar to Yahoo, Excite, and the other Internet portals.
is free, but you log in your information before you begin. Almost
every time you click you earn points that are deposited in a lottery,
from which the prize is chosen. Your entries are displayed and updated
on a real-time basis through an entry tracking system that appears
at the top of each page. In addition to the daily prizes, $1 million
will be awarded every month and $10 million on April 17, income tax
One recent winner: a retiree in Jamesburg, Irwin Kaplan, who is said
to have won the daily $10,000 prize on October 22.
Launched in early October, the portal is financially backed by CBS
and uses technology from Sapient Corporation and Inktomi Corporation.
Founders Bill Daugherty, formerly senior vice president of the
National Basketball Association, and Jonas Steinman, formerly
of Chase Capital Partners, both have MBAs from Harvard Business
CBS has invested $30 million in the company and is providing $70
One little problem with entering the iWon sweepstakes: If you win,
how do you explain all that Internet surfing to your boss?
Crisis counseling is available to those affected by
Hurricane Floyd, says Robert Eilers of the state division of
mental health services. The state has received a grant of more than
$150,000 to provide immediate crisis counseling. Call 800-382-6717
for the counseling hotline.
Coffee shops, flower shops, and gift shops have reached
critical mass in Princeton, but in Lawrenceville, residents are hungry
A recently-released study of Lawrenceville reveals the kind of
likely to succeed in the village. The Main Street Project, launched
in 1995 to help resurrect the downtown shopping area after the mall
boom, released a 50-page market analysis of the village of
an area which extends two blocks in the heart of town along Route
206. The study is packed with useful tidbits about the residents,
the kind of businesses they do and don’t want, and efforts the village
is making to attract more businesses to the area (call
Main Street at 609-219-9300).
The good news is that Lawrenceville businesses are already
growth. Roughly 35 percent of business owners interviewed in the study
said that business improved during the past few years. The reason:
the "de-malling of America," or the migration of shoppers
away from vast parking lots and highways.
Lawrenceville has the best of both village and mall: with nearly
cars passing through it each week, the town has as much exposure as
it did during the colonial era, when it was a jumping stagecoach stop
between Philadelphia and New York. On the other hand, small town life
and a restrictive speed limit keep noise pollution and accidents to
The study also identifies some of the drawbacks to
namely, a parking shortage and lack of specialty shops. According
to the study, Lawrenceville has little "browsing" appeal.
The majority of shoppers (equally split between village and township
residents) come to the town to run errands only. The main draw to
the town now is a video store and gourmet eating establishments.
If Lawrenceville has not prospered like its neighbor, Princeton,
it is also because villagers and township residents have very
tastes and purchasing habits. All residents of the village classify
as "upscale" shoppers, or yuppies, according to the study,
whereas people who live on the town periphery behave more like rural
or small town working families. A successful Main Street will have
to provide something for everyone, no small challenge.
Other survey results:
and hardware stores. A pharmacy and fitness center were also ranked
high on the list.
household income rose nearly $13,000 and is expected to rise another
$10,000 per year within the next four years, according to the study.
Asian Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics in the community.
report proposes more parking and better signage. It also suggests
distinct street furniture and lighting, an enhanced information kiosk,
continued development of the recreational path in and around the
storefront display assistance, retail workshops, and more special
Due to the rising cost of postage, the Employer Update, the Department
of Labor’s seasonal publication, won’t be issued in print anymore.
Beginning this fall, subscribers can only view the newsletter online,
at http://www.state.nj.us/labor. The current issue and three
backdated issues are available on the Web.
Nominate yourself or a client for the "Small Business Person of
the Year" contest sponsored by the U.S. Small Business
Special awards will go to a small business exporter, a young
and small business advocates in the areas of minority, women, veteran,
accountant, financial services, and media. Still another prize will
go to an entrepreneur who received assistance from the SBA and has
developed his or her business into a large business.
"We are looking to individuals, chambers of commerce, banks, trade
associations, and other business organizations to submit nominations
and sponsor candidates," says Francisco A. Marrero, state
SBA director. The deadline for nominations is Friday, November 12.
To receive guidelines call Harry Menta at 973-645-6054 or E-mail
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