2015-16 men's basketball team

2015-16 men’s basketball team

Congratulations to the Essex County College men’s basketball team on its national ranking.  Currently ranked 6th nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA,) the team clinched its 5th consecutive Garden State Athletic Conference championship following its latest victory, a 74-70 win over Raritan Valley Community College.


Head Coach Corey Lowery’s Wolverines now boast a 20-3 record on the season and will also be seeking a 4th straight Region XIX title. The team has its sights on a national championship, which would be the first in school history, when the NJCAA Division II tournament begins next month. Two years ago, the Wolverines finished as national runners-up.


Essex is led in scoring by sophomore DeAndre Thomas who is averaging 17 points a game. Trevante Morris chips in with 12.7 points per game.


Over the five years that Coach Lowery has guided the Wolverines, the team has an amazing 117-30 record and has been ranked in the top 20 nationally every year. Essex has a 37-3 record in conference play and a 75-5 mark in Regional competition during the same time period.

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Essex County College is offering the state-wide Alternate Route Teacher Certification program through the New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey (NPTNJ) initiative. This non-traditional teacher preparation program is designed for those individuals who have a college degree and state Department of Education Certificate of Eligibility but not the formal teacher training.


The extensive program is a partnership between the state’s community colleges and New Jersey City University (NJCU).


Essex will hold two more information sessions at the Newark campus in February outlining the program which can lead to teacher certification from kindergarten through high school. Interested residents can attend either session.  The sessions will be held Saturday, February 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. and Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the 4th Floor Lower Level (Green Area) Multi-Purpose Room. Register for any session by calling (973) 877-1904.


Prospective teaching candidates will take NPTNJ coursework at Essex using a curriculum created jointly by NJCU and the two-year schools. The program consists of Stage I and Stage II. Stage I (four credits) incorporates classroom management techniques, lesson planning and on-site observations. The 11 credit Stage II provides coursework essential for the development of excellent teachers.


Successful completion of the Alternate Route Teacher Certification program provides students with 15 credits toward a Master of Arts teaching degree from NJCU. Participants will also receive permanent state certification upon completion of the program and applicable state Department of Education requirements.


Applicable certifications through the NPTNJ program include elementary, middle school specialization, and secondary content area in English, math, physical science (chemistry or physics), biology, earth science, social studies or modern language.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial program, originally scheduled for January 26, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 17.


Author, lecturer, activist and performing artist Nana Camille Yarbrough will headline the free program which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Burch Theater at the Newark campus.


Also scheduled to perform will be the Essex County College Choir, student soloist Jennifer Wicker, Associate Professor Richard Alston (Music Department coordinator, pianist and director of the choir) and poet Renatta Fordyce.


The program is presented by the College’s Africana Institute and Student Life & Activities Office.


Ms. Yarbrough is the celebrated author of such children’s books as “Cornrows,” “The Summershine Queens,” “The Little Tree Growing in the Shade” and “Tamika & the Wisdom Rings.”


As an educator, Ms. Yarbrough was a faculty member with the Black Studies Department at City College of New York for 12 years. She has contributed articles to the Journal of African Civilizations, Black Collegian Magazine and the New York Times drama section.


Ms. Yarbrough is a performing artist, who recorded her first album of original songs and poetry, “The Iron Pot Cooker” in 1971.  “Take Yo’ Praise,” one of the songs on that critically-acclaimed album was sampled by English techno-musician Fat Boy Slim in 1999. The sampled song became  “PRAISE YOU” and was used to promote the documentary “Michael Jordan To The Max,” the films “Cruel Intentions,” “Love And Other Drugs” and the TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” It can also be heard during commercial breaks on the “CBS This Morning” Show.  The video for that song won three MTV  Music Awards.


Ms. Yarbrough’s work as an actress can be heard on the cast album of the Lorraine Hansberry play To Be Young, Gifted and Black.


Additional information on the event is available from the Africana Institute at 973.877.3219 or Africana@essex.edu.

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