Volume 8, No. 12
Welcome to our monthly E-Newsletter, an overview of news and activities at ECC. We encourage you to learn more about our College by going through the rest of our web site.
Join in ECC’s Holiday Traditions
The holiday spirit comes alive this month as ECC celebrates the season with an array of festivities.
All are invited to take part in the Alumni Association’s Angel Tree Gift Program to make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate. Take the name of a needy child off the Christmas tree on the Level II Forum at the main Newark campus and donate a gift to that youngster.
Gifts will be distributed to children between the ages of 6 months to 17 years who live in homeless shelters in Newark and the surrounding communities. Please drop off your unwrapped gift by no later than Tuesday, December 14 to Lola Akiwowo, Alumni Advisor, Room 6105, at the main campus. Gifts will be distributed on Wednesday, December 15. For more information on the gift drive, call Akiwowo at (973) 877-1893.
Thank you for helping to make this a memorable holiday season for a needy boy or girl.
ECC’s Miracle on Market Street
ECC Police Sergeant Nathan Gonzalez and Police Officer Andree D. McCloud, both certified in emergency medical technology, responded on May 5 to the cafeteria at the main Newark campus moments after a staff member had collapsed, stopped breathing, and had no pulse.
Chief of Public Safety Anthony Cromartie, Security Officer Treacy Watson-Rogers, and Dispatcher Tycina Washington provided vital support during the incident. The employee, who was rushed to a nearby hospital while Gonzalez and McCloud feverishly worked to revive her in the ambulance, has since returned to work.
"We make miracles every day, and this miracle saved a life,” said President Edythe M. Abdullah at the November 16 Board of Trustees meeting where all five received proclamations from the College and the City of Newark. They were also recognized December 1 by Essex County during the county’s monthly teamwork awards presentation.
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Register Early for Winter Intersession & Spring 2011
Online (Web) registration for Winter Intersession is from December 16 -21 and in-person registration is on December 16, 17, 20, and 21 (9: 00 – 4:00 p.m.).
Students can earn up to three credits in just two weeks -- December 27 to January 8. All classes are held in the Center for Technology at the main Newark campus.
Online registration for the Spring 2011 Semester is on-going through December 15 and also from December 23 to January 2, with classes from January 10 to April 25. In-person registration will be from January 4-7 (9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.) at both campuses, with late registration and add/drop on January 10-14 (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.). Students can also register for the Weekend College which starts January 14, with classes on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Weekend College classes end April 16. Please note, starting Spring 2011 semester, a payment or a payment arrangement must be in place before the first day of class. Look for more information in the days ahead.
Online registration for Spring II 2011 (Late Start Semester) is from January 15 to February 4 and in-person registration is from January 25-27 (9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Classes are from January 28 to April 15.
For registration guidelines, click here.
For further information, call (973) 877-3100 (Main Campus) or (973) 877-6590 (West Essex Campus).
Hats Off to 29 Nursing Graduates
Twenty members of the nursing class of 2010 received their pins November 2 in an annual ceremony that marked the completion of their clinical courses. Charese Koski, 3.84 grade point average, was the class valedictorian while Olajide Akinwande was salutatorian with a 3.83 average. Koski also received the award for clinical excellence.
Nine graduates of the LPN Certificate program received their pins on November 11. Dean of Faculty Dr. Ladylease White urged the students to continue their education including earning an associate degree at ECC to become RNs.
Student Internship Opportunities with Local Government
The college’s Urban Issues Institute (UII) is looking to match students with local government officials in an internship pilot program.
More than a dozen students from Essex plus a few from Rutgers University attended the information session on the program on November 15 and heard Newark City Councilmen Ronald C. Rice and Donald M. Payne Jr. outline what they envision the internships would accomplish.
CET Student Builds House in Mexico
Civil Construction Engineering Technology major Angela Balsamo and 14 others from Long Hill Chapel in Chatham donated their time this past summer to help a family in Ensenada, Mexico build a house.
She installed three windows and a front door for the wood-frame one-story structure. Although the house has no plumbing, it is wired for electricity.Balsamo expects to complete her CET degree in May 2011 and then move on to NJIT in the construction field.
College Career Fair Attracts More than a Thousand
The College’s Fall Career Fair on November 10 drew 1,259 interested job seekers – students, alumni, and members of the community. Forty companies and agencies were recruiting for open positions. The fair was conducted under the auspices of the Career Resource Center and Training, Inc. Funding for the fair was through a Carl D. Perkins grant.
In advance of the fair, the Career Resource Center provided preparation for students. Faculty and staff provided advice and tips regarding job etiquette, interviewing skills, what employers expect, and how to secure and keep a job. In addition, scores of students attended a college resume clinic and also learned to use tools necessary to continue job searches in the future.
Student Athlete Named National Player of the Week
Lady Wolverine basketball standout Diane Abbady was recognized November 24 as the Division II Player of the Week by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
The 6 foot, two inch freshman hauled in what is believed to be a school record of 31 rebounds in a game against Passaic Community College. She ranks third nationally with 18.2 rebounds a game. Abbady, who is from Abidjan in the Ivory Coast, is ranked 16th in the country for points, averaging 20 a game.
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Student Track Athlete Aiming High
The 2010 Region XIX Champion in the 100-meter Hurdles and the 400-meter Intermediate Hurdles, Shanekia Hall, is geared up for 2011 after completing a very successful freshman year.
The All American and National Champion won the 2010 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in the 60-meter Hurdles with the time of 8.37 seconds (which is the 2nd fastest time in the history of ECC). She also took part in Cornell University’s Marc Deneault Invitational, where she broke the 60-meter Hurdle record of Cornell’s Barton Hall in the preliminaries with a time of 8.52 seconds, and was named MVP of the meet.
At the end of the 2009-10 year, Shanekia was named ECC’s Track and Field MVP for the Indoor season. Shanekia’s goal for 2011 is to try to lower her personal best in the sprint hurdles, to retain her Indoor title, and to win the 100-meter Outdoor title.
Professor Park Awarded Patents
ECC’s Engineering Professor Dr. Jinsoo Park received yet another patent this past September, adding to his collection which now numbers four. Three of these were received this year.
The latest patent is for a switch module memory structure and per-destination queue flow control. His inventions have applications to high performance routers.
ECC’s Alumni Facebook Making it Easier to Stay in Touch
The recent creation of an ECC Alumni Facebook page makes staying in touch with fellow graduates just a mouse click away. It will also bring more traffic to the college website, said Lola Akiwowo, associate director of the Office of Development.
The Facebook page will keep faculty, staff, and current students apprised of alumni activities and promote the college community to outside audiences. Individuals need to have or create a Facebook account to join the page.
Third Annual Bridging the Gap Symposium at the College
ECC’ s Phi Theta Kappa honor society organized this year’s “Bridging the Gap” multi-cultural event on November 20 together with the college’s Africana Institute and the City of Newark’s African Commission.
The event showcased cultural performances and educational seminars. The students developed a “bias blog,” an introspective look at global stereotyping and awareness. The blog will be incorporated into various class curricula. Students also developed a film documentary of student volunteers speaking about their own experiences in dealing with cultural bias. The film was screened at the “Bridging the Gap” cultural event. Guest speakers at the event spoke about their journey to personal success and the importance of education and tolerance.
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ECC is Sad to Announce the Passing of Our Former ColleagueConstance “Connie” Banks (January 17, 1949 – November 9, 2010), sister of Kevin Willis, Facilities Management, served the College as Telephone Operator for 31 years (August 21, 1978-August 31, 2009) when she retired. We extend our prayers and condolences to the family.
For information on upcoming events of this month, click here to access ECC’s online Calendar of Events. For more information, call (973) 877-3208 or (973) 877-6637 for main campus events and (973) 877-1903 for West Essex Campus events.
This newsletter is prepared by the Director of IT Support & Instructional Media in cooperation with the Office of Marketing & Communications. Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Please address them to Dr. Lekha Keister at email@example.com.