WISE Women's Center staff and work study students display some of the food donated through the Thanks & Giving Food Drive.

WISE Women’s Center staff and work study students display some of the food donated through the Thanks & Giving Food Drive

Thanks to the generosity of the Essex County College family, this Thanksgiving will be a little brighter for more than 70 students. Food baskets were to be distributed Wednesday, November 25 to the students through the 3rd annual Thanks & Giving Food Drive.


The WISE Women’s Center, led by Center Coordinator Denise Brooks and Technical Assistant Taskeen Abdul-Ahad, coordinated the efforts as they collected since November 16 non-perishable food items from College staff and students. WISE staff then prepared the baskets for distribution.


Enotch Academics, New York City, donated 66 turkeys. IMAC Insurance Agency, the College’s insurer, donated eight large food baskets, including turkey and dessert, while the College’s Support Staff Association provided the remaining food bags and Biology Professor Jose Chestnut gave an additional four birds

College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson (right) and WISE Women's Center Coordinator Denise Brooks show off two of the donated turkeys

College President Dr. Gale E. Gibson (right) and WISE Women’s Center Coordinator Denise Brooks show off two of the donated turkeys



Ms. Brooks said students receiving the baskets were recommended by College counselors, faculty, and the staff of the Educational Opportunity Fund, Women’s Center, Single Stop, the Adult Learning Center and the West Essex Campus.


The Thanks & Giving Food Drive was launched by President Dr. Gale E. Gibson for students. She noted the outpouring of donations from the College family clearly shows the compassion toward others by students and staff alike.

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The Tellings of the Trees, a West African tale of adventure, music and dance, will be presented at Essex County College Friday, December 4, 2015. The free play, which starts at 6 p.m. in the Mary Burch Theater at the Newark campus, is part of the College’s annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration.


The play, perfect for families and children of all ages, is presented by the Trenton-based Garvey School/Egun Omode Shule. The Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration is sponsored by Essex County College’s Africana Institute and the Student Life & Activities Office. In addition to the play, there will be special presentations by the Essex County College African Student Association, Essex Haitian Student Association, Student Government Association, Caribbean International Student Association, Dominican Student Association and Students Entertainment Club. The seven principles of Kwanzaa and the importance of the holiday will also be discussed.


The Tellings of the Trees will take the audience into the forest where the ancient ones, the trees, bring with them a message of balance and order. It is up to the local leaders to heed the will of the universe for their village to prosper. What tellings will the trees have for the village and the audience?


The play features performers of all ages, musicians and a masterful storyteller, in addition to colorful costumes and a few surprises.


Additional information is available at 973.877.3219 or Africana@essex.edu.

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Essex County College will host its annual Fall Career Fair on Friday, November 20, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on its main campus in Newark. The event will be held in the College’s Gymnasium.


The Fall Career Fair is presented by Essex’s Student Development Center and Training, Inc.


Employers expected to attend the Career Fair will represent a wide spectrum of businesses including information technology, health/nursing/EMT, transportation and finance. The fair will also include information on career opportunities and internships.


Additional information is available by contacting the College’s Student Development Center at 973.877.3350 or Training, Inc. at 973.877.3467.

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