Professor Bernstein,

Every now and then I reflect on my early college days, the “old” ECC (1969-71) and The Business Club!   My ECC days changed the course of my life.  I am retired from 36 years as a Newark teacher and secondary vice principal.  My husband, Paul, is also retired.  We are traveling and enjoying God’s blessings.


I see that you are still hanging in there with ECC, at least according to the website.  Frank is not listed, how is he doing?


I’m working on my doctorate (for the second time).  Now, that I’m retired, I hope to finish it.  I rarely see (or remember) anyone from my ECC class (’71).  I hope this note finds you and your family well.


Renee (Ray) Johnson

Hello Dr. Berry,

It’s been a long time! I was thinking of you and how you greatly influenced the direction of my life in recommending Smith College as a transfer option. Again, thank you! I want to let you know how things have been progressing since I now teach at a community college and experience both the joys and disappointments that I know must be all too familiar to you.


I graduated from Smith in 2003 with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Next, I went on to complete in 2006 a MFA in Creative Writing from Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. While a student at Naropa, I published a short nonfiction novel and several poems. After completing my thesis, I landed a position teaching English at Union County College where I have been ever since. In May of this year, I completed my coursework for Drew University’s D. Litt program where I focused on the Greek and Roman classics and Medieval Literature. Now, my thoughts are on my dissertation which examines the Greek/Roman literary influence on contemporary Black fiction with a primary focus on Jackie Kay’s Trumpet.


I don’t believe any of this would have been possible without your encouragement as both a professor and advisor. I hope I’ve made you proud!


Fatimah Broxton-Robinson
Assistant Professor of English
Union County College

Hi Prof. Berry:
I am a Phi Theta Kappa member and recently graduated ECC SUM I 2009 earning my AA in Liberal Arts.  I applied to Rutgers as a History major and was accepted for Fall 2009.  Due to my 4.0 GPA and Phi Theta Kappa membership, I was awarded the Newark Provost Scholarship for $6,000 per year for two years as long as I maintain 12 credits a semester with a 3.0 GPA.


I have the following courses:
Far Eastern History with Odoric Wou (retiring soon)
History of Newark with Thomas McCabe
The Greek & Roman City: Roman Monuments and Spectacle with Kathleen Shea (final class in this subject)
Colonial America with Leslie Doig


I will try my best to earn my scholarship while representing ECC with high academic standards.  Thank you.


Stephanie Luczka, 09

My dear professors, just wanted to let you know that I passed my NCLEX and now I am a Registered Nurse.
I am also very proud to inform you that I was hired by Newark Beth Israel to work at the NICU (my dream job). I will start on March 09. They interviewed me the same day of the pinning and sent me their response the day after. As you know, SBHCS just laid off 50 nurses, so I asked the Human Resources VP why they were hiring me? They told me they want to have the “crème de la crème” so I guess that ECC students are now that “crème”.


I am very proud of being an ECC graduate, proud that I had you all as my professors. You all impacted my life in such a wonderful way… God Bless you!!!


I will see you soon.


Best regards,
Sandra Cassidy, RN ’09

I attended Essex County College Police Academy Alternate Route Program Class 08-1.  The program offers everything the traditional approach does, with the exception of having a job during the Academy.


Fortunately, the Academy staff works tirelessly in training individuals and assisting each recruit in finding a job.  With the taxes that people are paying in New Jersey, towns are relying more heavily on the Alternate Route Program for police candidates.


I was fortunate to find a job prior to the conclusion of the Academy and attribute it to the vigorous training provided by the Academy staff.  I look back and enjoy the experience I had at Essex County College Police Academy.


Joseph Zemaites ’08

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