Chelsey Linton, at right, with her Penn Relays award
Freshman Chelsey Linton is the first Essex County College student-athlete to place in the Women’s Heptathlon at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Chelsey, from Dominica, came in fifth in the grueling seven event competition.
“What an achievement,” said Essex President Dr. Gale E. Gibson.
Chelsey had outstanding preparation for the Penn Relays during Easter weekend, when she won the same event in the U-20 category at the CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games in Martinique. In March, she placed fifth in the indoor pentathlon at the National Junior College Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championships.
She is coached at Essex by Michael Smart.
In addition, Terry Jernigan qualified for the Championship of America in the 100 meters and the men’s 4×100 relay team qualified for the College Championship. Both finals are set for Saturday, April 25.
Essex County College will be the site on Saturday, May 2 for a workshop on the Ebola Immigration Related Temporary Protective Status for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
The workshop, presented by U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-10, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the 4th Floor Multipurpose Room on the College’s Newark campus. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will provide a detailed presentation of the Temporary Protected Status regulation. The program is also being held in collaboration with U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker.
This program will assist Liberians, Sierra Leones and Guineans and other nationals that have resided in those three West African nations with temporary immigration status for 18 months due to the deadly Ebola outbreak. The temporary immigration designation was announced last year by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, effective for 18 months starting Nov. 21, 2014.
The workshop is open to the public.
Essex County College will have two honorees at the 21st annual Phi Theta Kappa Day celebration on Thursday, May 7.The program, in Trenton at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, is hosted by the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC) to recognize the members of the New Jersey All-State Academic Team.
Essex’s representatives are Ioulia Furman (A.S. Biology/Pre-Medicine) and Brian Higgins (Mathematics/Engineering). Ms. Furman, of Bloomfield, graduated in December and is now at Rutgers University-Newark where she is majoring in molecular cell biology. Mr. Higgins, a Newark resident, is projected to earn his two Associate degrees from Essex next year.
The sponsors of the event include Phi Theta Kappa – the international honor society for community colleges – the New Jersey Education Association and the Coca-Cola Foundation.
“These students are recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and exceptional service to their communities as members of Phi Theta Kappa at their local community colleges,” said NJCCC President Dr. Lawrence Nespoli.