Essex County College faculty received tenure and administrators received promotions at the December 17 Board of Trustees meeting. Congratulations to all.
Tenure was granted to:
- Carlos Castillo – Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Division of Mathematics & Physics;
- Brooke Orosz – Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Division of Mathematics & Physics;
- Mary Ellen Carpenter – Instructor of Radiography, Division of Nursing & Allied Health; and
- Thomas Donofrio – Instructor of Physical Therapist Assistant, Division of Nursing & Allied Health.
The Board of Trustees approved the following promotions:
- Leigh Bello-De Castro – Associate Dean, Online and Learning Resource Technologies;
- Kelly Coley – Assistant to the Dean, Business, Industry & Government;
- June Persaud – Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs; and
- Patricia Slade – Associate Dean, Student Life and Development.
Congratulations to our colleagues on their advancement here at ECC.
A series of contracts for computer upgrades was approved at the December meeting of ECC’s Board of Trustees. The package of seven maintenance agreements for Oracle America, Inc. of Dallas is for $39,610.03 and all begin in 2014.
Individual contracts approved include software, hardware and maintenance for the Banner System, the Enterprise Content Management system, Sun ZFS storage system, the Martin Luther King Jr. Library, and work the College does for the County of Essex.
ECC’s Business Division is keeping pace with industry trends by launching three new courses and refocusing of an existing course in the Spring 2014 Semester. The new experimental courses and proposed majors include Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship Option); Introduction to Hip Hop Business (Hip Hop Business Studies Option), and Introduction to Public Administration (Public Administrative Option).
“We are testing student interest, as we are hoping to eventually create new majors in these areas,” said Carlos Rivera, Acting Dean of Business, Industry and Government.
The fourth course, Introduction to Finance, signals the revitalization of the College’s Finance Option. Acting Dean Rivera projects the new majors, pending formal state approval, will be fully developed by the end of the fall 2014 semester.
The Board approved a $6,210 contract with Dell Computers of Round Rock, Texas, for six new desktop computers. The computers will be installed in the Division of Bilingual Studies’ language lab, said Division Chair Marie Girault. The new computers will replace units which are six years old, which is par to the College’s replenishment program.
More than 300 students have signed up for the 2013-2014 Winter Intersession, the 10-session term that started December 18 and runs through January 6. That’s up from the close to 200 students who had signed up last year.
“This is a great opportunity to work toward our institutional goal of graduating within three years by enrolling in one of the General Education courses offered,” said Professor Emeritus Donald Yee, Coordinator of the Winter Intersession.
There are 18 courses in a wide range of disciplines offered. Each 3 credit course completed counts as part of a student’s regular Spring 2014 schedule; if a student takes nine or more additional credits in Spring 2014, he/she will be considered a full-time student. All classes are held in the Center for Technology in Newark.
“Handling The Holiday Blues,” a workshop in the continuing series of lunchtime monthly events hosted by WISE Women’s Center, was held on November 20. The workshop presented by Denise Sanders Brooks, WISE Coordinator, was offered as a collaborative effort between WISE and ECC’s Human Resources Department for employees as well as students.
“The holiday blues are periods of depression or sadness associated with activities or events occurring during the holiday season,” noted Ms. Sanders Brooks. “Mood changes, unrealistic expectations, over-commercialization, financial stress, anxiety, fatigue, overeating, overdrinking, loneliness, loss of loved ones, and unresolved relationship conflicts can affect our ability to cope with personal, career, academic and holiday related activities and responsibilities.”
Workshop attendees were encouraged to fight back the blues by being honest about their feelings and realistic in how they can contribute to the holiday celebrations. In addition, the speakers advised attendees to speak to their doctor about the feelings they may experience, if necessary.
The New Jersey Family Care Training is offered statewide through a partnership with NJ State Governor’s Office, Civil Service Commission, Department of Health Services and the New Jersey Community College Consortium. As a program participant, ECC’s Corporate and Business Training (CBT) has scheduled nine New Jersey Family Care Training classes since October 2013, and trained 106 participants.
“With the State’s largest number of community-based organizations, Essex County is expected to receive a large response to this statewide initiative,” said Maureen Behr, Director of ECC’s CBT. “In anticipation of the high client demand, CBT has requested to schedule another 16 training classes through the end of March 2014.”
The Consortium’s expected project revenue of $432,000 will be shared among the State’s colleges. The project is expected to continue for almost one year.
Essex County College and the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development held a student orientation for extension center students on November 22. The purpose of the event was two-fold:
- to raise the awareness of the academic, career and student support services available to extension center students; and
- to raise the awareness of the pivotal role the extension center plays in terms of community outreach to the academic division chairpersons and staff.
Opening remarks were given by Casto Maldonado, President and CEO of FOCUS; Dr. Stephanie Steplight-Johnson, Dean of Liberal Arts; and Carlos Rivera, Acting Dean of Business, Industry and Government.
Two ECC Humanities faculty are now stars of the small screen, a.k.a. television, as an adjunct faculty member serves as an expert on a series on the Travel Channel and as our resident master pianist takes on a new cable show.
Art adjunct faculty member Traci Lombardo is a featured regular on the Travel Channel show Baggage Battles. The half-hour documentary television series follows 3 teams of savvy auction specialists as they travel around the world to bid on Lost Property Auctions. Traci’s bio is available on the show’s website: http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/baggage-battles/articles/traci-lombardo Baggage Battles airs Tuesday nights @ 9:00 pm on the Travel Channel.
Music Program Coordinator Prof. Richard Alston, pianist, is host and producer of Performing Arts Showcase at Essex County College. The new cable show celebrates talented instrumentalists, singers, actors, dancers and composers from the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan area. The performances are also available online at YouTube by clicking on the following links:
The second installment features music major and jazz vocalist Ricky DeMarco with “The Richard Clements Trio.”
The Human Resources Department hosted its Annual Employee Health Benefits Fair to kick off ECC’s “Open Enrollment Month” sending a message to employees that the administration of the College is committed to promoting employees’ overall health and well-being. Twenty-six vendors visited campus, ranging from the traditional health to current investment carriers serving our ECC community.
“The month’s programs began with the Health Awareness Lunch ‘n Learn Week Series and culminated with the College community ECC Wear Your Pink Day,” said Ms. Julette Cherrington, Manager, Human Resources. “Nursing Professor Vickie Grosso – a cancer survivor – graciously shared her compelling story with her colleagues.”
To increase overall engagement, students representing Physical Therapist Assistants, Nursing and Vision Care Technology also participated. The Human Resources Department coordinates two fairs during this period at both campuses, Newark and West Caldwell.