EYE ON ESSEX Essex County College (PDF) by yaosaigeng


									                                                                                       VOLUME 1, ISSUE 5

                                    EYE                    O N               ES S EX
                                    JUNE/JULY 2011                                 THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF
                                                                                        ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE
             INSIDE THIS

Inside this Issue:                 ECC WELCOMES NEW TRUSTEES TO BOARD
ECC STUDENTS IN              2
THE NEWS                                             At left: Trustee   Michellene Davis, Elvin Esteves,       At right:
NEW FACES AT ECC                                       Michellene       Gerald Owens and Rita Sallis         Trustee Rita
                                                                        joined the board this April, fol-
EXPANDED STUDENT             3                         Davis, Esq.                                              Sallis
                                                                        lowing appointments by Essex
                                                                        County Executive Joseph N.
WEC’S CAMPUS                 4                                          DiVincenzo Jr.
                                                                        Ms. Michellene Davis is the
                                                                        Senior Vice President for Policy
            WE ARE ESSEX!                                               Development & Governmental
            WE ARE                                                      Affairs for the Saint Barnabas
                                      At right:
            ACCREDITED!                                                 Health Care System. A member                          At left: Trustee
                                    Trustee Elvin
                                                                        of the Corzine administration,                        Gerald Owens
                                    Esteves, Esq.                       she held senior positions such
That‘s right! Essex County                                              as Chief Policy Counsel, acting
College remains accredited by                                           State Treasurer and Executive       Mr. Elvin Esteves is an attorney
the Middle States Commission
                                    Essex County College welcomed
                                                                        Director of the NJ Lottery. She     with The Gibbons law firm, spe-
on Higher Education, our stu-       four new members this year to
                                                                        attended Seton Hall University      cializing in federal and state
dents‘ course credits continue      the ECC Board of Trustees. The
                                                                        where she earned her Juris          litigation, and alternative dis-
to be transferable to other         Board is an 11—member panel
                                                                        Doctorate from its law school       pute resolution. He also has a
colleges or universities, and we    who serve in a volunteer capac-
continue to offer financial aid     ity for the institution.            and a Bachelor‘s degree.                            (Continued from Page 4)
and receive federal grants.
During our recent Middle States
peer review visit, we success-
                                   NEW SCHOOL YEAR: NEW PROGRAMS FOR ECC
fully met 12 of the 14 stan-
dards, mainly those related to      Essex County College recently       ECC‘s Business Division is
the core mission, planning and      announced its new programs          starting a Professional Ac-
resource allocation, govern-        for the Fall 2011 academic          counting Certificate. Like
ance, special programs for          year; highlights include courses    the Green Technology cer-
students, and qualifications of     in Green Technology, account-       tificate, this program also
our faculty.                        ing and computer science.           has a compressed curricu-
We are required to strengthen                                           lum that consists of ac-
                                    Essex is forward-minded in the      counting, economics and
two of the Middle States‘ 14        realm of ―green technology,‖ as
standards to be in full compli-                                         general education classes
ance, specifically Standard 7—
                                    it is one of ONLY two commu-        to produce the 30 credit
Institutional Assessment and        nity colleges in New Jersey of-     certificate.                  THE “EYES” HAVE IT: Scott Mittman,
Standard 14— Assessment of          fering a certificate in Green                                     right, shows Acting Dean of Liberal Arts
Student Learning.                   Technology. Courses include:        Another new offering is the   & Sciences Jill Stein, left, some new
                                    Principles in Sustainability;       Computer Specialist Certifi-  equipment that is part of the renovated
We are already working toward       Green Facilities Management;        cate which stems from col-    Vision Care Center where ECC students
meeting those remaining two
                                    Energy Auditing for Residential     laboration between ECC        get hands-on experience in a workplace
standards. We are confident
we will be able to be in full       Buildings; and Introduction to      and Workforce Opportunity     setting.
compliance with all 14 stan-        Green Commercial Buildings.         Services (WOS). Partici-
dards by Spring 2012. For over                                          pants take college-level courses    puter, communications and busi-
                                    ―We saw an opportunity to be a      at night and are placed in day-     ness skills. Students at Essex
40 years, Essex County College:
                                    leader in New Jersey in offering    time jobs with participating        will be greeted this semester by
Putting Students First.
                                    courses that focus on this wave     employers. Participants are         renovated and upgraded science
                                    of the future,‖ Dr. Scott Mitt-     enrolled in the for-credit Com-     laboratories at the Newark cam-
                                    man, chair of the Biology &         puter Specialist program where      pus, featuring state-of-the-art
                                    Chemistry Division.                 they will learn a variety of com-   equipment.
       EYE ON ESSEX                                                                                                 Page 2

                                MEMORIES OF NASA: New ECC            NO WEIRD SCIENCE HERE: Four stu-
                                alum Koffi Trenou (shown left)       dents are recipients of merit scholar-
                                operates a simulation rover          ships from the Research and Develop-
                                designed to explore the Mar-         ment Council of New Jersey. The schol-
                                tian surface. The Irvington          arships range in value from $750 to
                                resident was selected to travel      $1,500. The scholarship recipients
                                to NASA’s Johnson Space Cen-         are pictured from left: Nicolas Car-
                                ter in Texas in mid-May, as part     mona (Architectural Technology),
                                of an honors trip sponsored by       Renata Martin (Biology, Pre-Medicine)
                                the National Community Col-          and Cinthya Dominguez (Biology, Pre-
                                lege Aerospace Scholars pro-         Medicine). Deby Rimolo (Electronic
                                gram. Koffi (Engineering and         Engineering Technology) is not pic-
                                Mathematics) who graduated           tured. All are members of the Col-
                                in May 2011 with a 3.9 grade         lege’s Phi Theta Kappa Society; Nico-
                                point average, was one of 40         las, Cinthya and Renata are in the
students and the only one from New Jersey to make the trip to        strenuous Honors Program. Renata is
NASA headquarters, will transfer this fall to Stevens Institute of   a member of the nationally-renowned
Technology to continue his engineering studies.                      Lady Wolverines track team.

N E W F A C E S — S A M E F R I E N D LY O U T L O O K                                                        ECC GOLF
                     MEET ECC’s          strengthen. The former            tunity for me,‖ said Dr. Harley.   SET FOR OCT. 3
                     NEW ADMINIS-        President of Sussex County
                                         Community College (SCCC),         Previously, she served as
                     TRATORS:                                              Executive Director of the New-
                                         Dr. Mierendorf comes to Es-
                     Constance           sex after a year in a similar     ark Downtown District and of
                     Mierendorf (top     position at Hudson County         the New Jersey Multi-City LISC
                                         Community College.                (Local Initiatives Support Cor-
                     left) comes on
                                                                           poration). She earned her
                     board as Execu-     ―Essex is a wonderful college     undergraduate degree in Po-
                     tive Assistant of   with many outstanding pro-        litical Science from Rutgers
                     Academics to        grams, faculty and staff,‖        University-Douglass College
                                         said Dr. Mierendorf. ―I plan to   and a law degree from the
                     the President;
                                         contribute to the College‘s       Rutgers Law School-Newark.
                     and Dr. Joyce       success.‖
                     Harley (bottom                                        There are a few familiar faces
                                         Prior to her role at SCCC, she    assuming new leadership
                     left) serves as
                                         was Senior Vice President of      positions:
                     Executive Direc-    Academic Affairs at Raritan
                                                                           Dr. Phil Linfante, Executive       CALLING ALL GOLFERS, TENNIS &
                     tor of Adminis-     Valley Community College.                                            ECC ENTHUSIASTS! Join Dean
                                         She earned Bachelor‘s and         Dean for Student Success
                     trative Services                                      and Educational Services;          Charles Lovallo (pictured above)
                                         Master‘s degrees and Doctor-                                         and hundreds of ECC supporters
       July brought a few new faces      ate in English from the Uni-      Dr. Susan Mulligan, Executive      who make a difference in the lives
       in key administrative posi-       versity of Nebraska.              Dean for Institutional Ad-         of our students! Mark your calen-
       tions at Essex County Col-                                          vancement; and                     dar for the 13th Annual Essex
                                         Dr. Wilson Harley joins ECC
       lege, namely Dr. Constance                                                                             County College Golf & Tennis
                                         as Executive Director of Ad-      Dr. Jill Stein, Acting Dean of
       Mierendorf and Dr. Joyce                                                                               Scholarship Tournament to be
                                         ministrative Services after six   Liberal Arts and Sciences.
       Wilson Harley.                    years as Essex County Admin-                                         held at Maplewood Country Club
       Dr. Mierendorf brings much        istrator. Dr. Wilson Harley is    The positions are part of a        on October 3, 2011. Our goal this
       experience as Executive           responsible for several opera-    reorganization plan initiated      year is to raise $60,000 in schol-
       Assistant to the President for    tional departments including      in late 2010 by the College‘s      arships that will help our most-
       Academics. She is serving as      Auxiliary Services, Bookstore,    Cabinet. Middle States Com-        deserving students earn a valu-
       Chief Academic Officer, with      Facilities Management &           mission of Higher Education,       able college education and take
       her initial focus helping en-     Planning, Public Safety, Pur-     ECC‘s accrediting body, ap-        the next step forward to achieve
       sure the College exceeds the      chasing and the Child Devel-      plauded the plan as an ac-         their dreams. The fun-filled day
       two Middle States Commis-         opment Center.                    complishment that addresses        starts at 10:30 a.m. and con-
       sion of Higher Education                                            the complex organizations          cludes with a buffet dinner. For
                                         ―Working at such a great          that community colleges have       information contact Leigh Bello de
       standards the College is cur-
                                         school is a wonderful oppor-      become, and improves institu-      Castro at (973) 877-3484 or via
       rently challenged to
                                                                           tional effectiveness.              email: bellodecastro@essex.edu.
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                                         Essex County College contin-       Newark school district and       The President overviewed the insti-
                                         ues its efforts to be a com-       area colleges, so public high    tution‘s 40-year history of service
                                         munity partner in the educa-       school students will be better   to Essex County and provided valu-
                                         tion reform of the Newark          prepared to succeed in col-      able statistical data that reinforced
                                         Public Schools. ECC Presi-         lege. Dr. Abdullah also said     the college‘s ability to serve as a
                                         dent Edythe Abdullah partici-      better ways must be devel-       valuable resource for workforce
                                         pated in two recent forums in      oped to incorporate technol-     development.
                                         an effort to further engage        ogy into the public school
                                         the business community in          classroom, from the learning
                                         the dialogue.                      standpoints of both the stu-
A PANEL OF EDUCATORS: College                                               dent and the teacher.
                                         ―It‘s important that we all
President Dr. Edythe Abdullah (left)     work together in improving         The event was designed to
served on an expert panel with           the quality of education in        update stakeholders on the
Mashea Ashton of the Newark Char-
                                         our backyard,‖ said Dr. Abdul-     progress being done in im-
ter School Fund (center) and Ross
                                         lah at the Newark Regional         proving the Newark school
Danis, Executive Director of the
Newark Education Trust (right) who       Business Partnership (NRBP)        district and what still needs
moderated the discussion. The            breakfast program on June 1.       to be accomplished.
panel also included Shavar Jeffries,     At the session entitled            Dr. Abdullah also presented
a Seton Hall Law School professor;       ―Education Reform in New-          at the recent New Jersey
Dan Gohl of Newark Public Schools;       ark: Opportunities and Chal-       Alliance for Action-Essex       ECC STUDENTS SERVE THEIR COM-
and Jarrad Toussant, an education                                                                           MUNITY: Nursing Professor Majuvy
                                         lenges,‖ she urged stronger        County Chapter meeting held
liaison for Mayor Cory Booker.                                                                              Sulse (pictured left) is flanked by
                                         collaboration between the          in Newark on July 28.
                                                                                                            ECC students and family members
ECC ENROLLMENT SERVICES EXT                                                                                                     in a walkathon
                                                                            E N D S H O U R S after participating event raised in
                                                                                                            Verona Park. The
                                                                                                            funds for the Valerie Fund Chil-
Essex County College‘s Enrollment        changed, being open from 9         offered to meet our students‘ dren’s Center for Cancer and Blood
Services Express and Financial Aid       a.m. to 6 p.m. The Friday          needs. Most recently, the       Disorders at Saint Barnabas Medi-
offices are expanding their hours        closing hour will also remain      Faculty Technology Resource cal Center in Livingston on June 11.
to better meet the growing needs         4 p.m.                             Center (FTRC) initiated two     The ECC “family” frequently finds
of our students. On Friday morn-                                            new utilities — Online Course ways to give back to our commu-
ings, both offices will now open at      ―We are continuing to explore      Withdrawal and Early Alert.
                                         ways to make the entire proc-                                      nity. On May 21, members of the
9 a.m. instead of 11:30 a.m., an-                                           The two student-centric com- College’s Physical Therapist Assis-
nounced Executive Dean of Stu-           ess more convenient and            munication tools enhance
                                         easier to access for our stu-                                      tants Club participated in a 5K/
dent Success Phil Linfante.                                                 professors‘ ability to meet the Walkathon, also held in Verona
                                         dents,‖ said Dean Linfante.        changing academic needs of Park, with proceeds benefiting the
Monday through Thursday hours                                               their students.
for both offices will remain un-         The shift in hours is yet an-                                      First Cerebral Palsy Center of New
                                         other enhanced service being                                       Jersey, located in Belleville.

A RE A FIRE FIGH TE RS T RA IN AT EC CPA                                                                        ―We are filling a vital
The initial firefighter training class   when ECC‘s Police Academy          firefighters have already reg-      need by expanding
offered through the Essex County         expanded its scope to offer        istered for the training class
College Police Academy (ECCPA)           firefighting courses.              starting September 9. This
in Cedar Grove fills an important                                           course is being offered in
                                                                                                                our services. Now,
need in fire safety for county resi-     ―We are filling a vital need by    conjunction with a 10-week
dents.                                   expanding our academy ser-         Basic EMT training course for       firefighters don‘t
                                         vices,‖ said ECC Police Acad-      firefighters that starts Sep-
A total of 16 volunteer firefighters,    emy Director Rocco Miscia.         tember 12.                          have to travel for high
including 12 adults and four junior      ―This is also cutting down on
firefighters under 18, are taking        travel time for the firefighters   A number of other offerings         -quality training, we
the Basic Fire Fighter I course for      who don‘t have to go all over      are being developed at the
volunteers. The inaugural class          the state; now high-quality        academy. The county‘s 20
began June 14 and runs through           training is held right here in     fire departments respond to
                                                                                                                offer it right here in
September 7.                             Essex County.‖                     more than 40,000 calls an-
                                                                            nually.                             Essex County.‖
Essex has been one of only two           The City of Newark also offers
counties in the state without a          on-site training, but instruc-     ECC has operated the Police                           - Rocco Miscia,
county-wide fire training facility.      tion is limited to City depart-    Academy since Dec. 31,                 ECC Police Academy Director
That changed earlier this year           ments. More than 20 career         1998.
                                                                                                                  (NEW TRUSTEES—Continued from Page 1)
                                                                              ECC EVENTS
                                                                                                                  practice representing and coun-
                                                                             AUGUST 2011                          seling developers and corpora-
                                                                                                                  tions on real estate development
                                       W E   A R E  E S S E X :
C H A N G I N G     L I V E S . B U I L D I N G  F U T U R E S .
                                                                          Most programs are free and open to      projects, government and other
                                                                          the public. Events are held at the      business matters in Newark. A
                                                                          Newark campus, unless noted:
                       EYE ON ESSEX                                                                               graduate of Columbia Law
               A publication of Essex County College                                                              School, he also holds an under-
                                                                          August    College Open House            graduate degree with High Hon-
                       Dr. Edythe M. Abdullah                             10        2nd Floor Forum               ors from Rutgers University.
                          College President                                         4:00 PM—7:00 PM
                                                                                                                  Mr. Gerald Owens is the General
                        Marsha McCarthy                                   August    Radiography Pinning           Organizer for the International
        Director of Marketing & Communications/Publisher                  18        Ceremony, Multi-Purpose
                                                                                    Room, 3rd Floor               Longshoreman‘s Association,
            303 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102                                 6:00 PM                       and the first African-American to
                    Phone: (973) 877-3054                                           By Invitation Only            serve in that position in the 115-
                Email: eccnewsletter@essex.edu                                                                    year history of the union. A long-
                                                                                    Adult Learning Center         shoreman in Port Newark and
ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE                                                                Recognition Ceremony          Port Elizabeth since 1958, he
BOARD OF TRUSTEES                    ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE                         Siegler Hall
                                                                                    6:00 PM                       also served as the union‘s assis-
Rev. Reginald T. Jackson – Chair     Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr.                                                     tant general organizer. He was
Mr. Thomas Scrivo, Esq. – Vice                                                      By Invitation Only
                                                                                                                  instrumental in establishing a
Chair                                ESSEX COUNTY BOARD OF
                                                                          August    Investiture Ceremony for 29   scholarship fund while president
Ms. Michellene Davis, Esq.           CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS                             Dr. Edythe Abdullah as
Mr. Elvin Esteves, Esq.              Blonnie R. Watson, President                                                 of ILA Local 1233 in Newark.
                                                                                    6th President of Essex        Since 2006, he has served as a
Dr. Lawrence Feinsod                 Ralph R. Caputo, Vice President                County College
Mr. Joseph Fiordaliso                D. Bilal Beasley                               Physical Education Bldg.
                                                                                                                  vice president of the New Jersey
Ms. Jeweline Grimes                  Linda Lordi Cavanaugh                          9:00 AM—11:00 AM              ALF-CIO and is a state Board of
Mrs. Stacey LG Jennings              Carol Y. Clark                                 Convocation                   Elections commissioner.
Mr. Gerald W. Owens                  Samuel Gonzalez                                11:30 AM—-6:00 PM
                                                                                                                 Ms. Rita Sallis is a principal at
Ms. Rita J. Sallis                   Rufus I. Johnson
Mr. Calvin Souder, Esq.              Donald M. Payne, Jr.
                                                                                                                 The Yucaipa Companies, a ven-
                                                                                  (More events are listed on the ture capital and private equity
Elizabeth Santiago, Student          Patricia Sebold                         “EVENTS” section on our website at company. She previously worked
Representative                                                                                        essex.edu) for the City of New York, serving

                 NEW HEAD COACH FOR ECC‘S MENS‘ BASKETBALL TEAM                                                  as Deputy Comptroller/Chief
                                                                                                                 Investment Officer, overseeing
                 There will be a new head coach on the sidelines this season for ECC‘s men‘s basketball          the investment of the city‘s five
                 team. Corey Lowery recently accepted the position after four years at Middlesex County pension boards. She was also
                 College where he compiled an outstanding 88-28 record.                                          Deputy Comptroller for Public
                                                                                                                 Finance. She earned an ad-
                 ―This is a great opportunity for me. ECC is a step up in National Junior College Athletic       vanced degree in Health Admini-
                 Association competition since Essex is Division 2 and Middlesex is Division 3‖ said             stration from the University of
                 Coach Lowery. ―Essex has a great tradition and facilities, and is in an area rich in talent.‖ Pittsburgh and a degree in Psy-
                 Lowery promises his team will be built on discipline and an up-tempo pressing defense.          chology from Central State Uni-
Players also can expect mandatory study hall and time in the weight room. While he expects a number of versity in Ohio.
freshmen dotting the roster, the new coach does not consider this season a rebuilding year, although the The Board implements policies
team finished a disappointing 12-16 last year.                                                                   and practices developed by the
An elementary school principal in nearby Union Township, he previously coached at Hillside High School            administration, acts on person-
and was an assistant coach at Bloomfield College. He is a graduate of Rutgers-Newark, where he played             nel issues, approves expendi-
basketball while majoring in sociology and education.                                                             tures, helps develop the annual
                                                                                                                  budget, and listens to concerns
                                                                                                                  from students and employees.
LOVE: ECC’S WEST ESSEX CAMPUS ST YLE                                                                              The Board of Trustees meets in
                                                                                                                  public session each month.
In 2005, students Michael Calla-      The couple graduated from        Master‘s degree. Since
han (‗07) and Elizabeth Zink          ECC as members of Phi Theta      attending ECC, their careers
(‗06) began dating. They had          Kappa with Associate de-         and relationship blossomed.
many common interests includ-         grees in Liberal Arts.
ing music, volunteering and good                                       The newlyweds share fond
food. Something else they shared      Elizabeth continued on to        memories of their time at
was the desire to pursue their        pursue a BA from Seton Hall      ECC. Michael and Elizabeth
education, but were unsure of         University. She is currently     consider the skills they ob-
the paths they wanted to take.        working on her Master‘s de-      tained from ECC to be the
                                      gree to become a Board Cer-      ultimate stepping stones
Together they decided to enroll in    tified Associate Behavior        that have contributed to the
classes at ECC‘s West Essex           Analyst. Michael graduated       current successes and fulfill-
Campus and began their pursuit        Rutgers University-Newark        ment that — like their love —        HERE IS THE BRIDE: ECC alum, Michael
of Liberal Arts degrees to gain       with a degree in Social Work.    will continue to grow with           and Elizabeth Callahan of Hoboken were
direction in their future.            Next, he will focus on his       time.                                married on September 18, 2010.

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