Both the men’s and women’s Wolverine soccer teams are preparing for their second seasons as the Region XIX tournament gets underway this weekend. The Lady Wolverines, coached by Monique Edouard, are the defending Region XIX champions.
Hugo Pierre’s team, the top seed in the region’s Division I with a 9-2 record, will host Harcum College at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at nearby New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Lubetkin Field. The field is off Warren Street, near Essex County College’s Physical Education Building.
The women’s team, 6-5 on the campaign and the second seed in the region, will host Mercer County Community College 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28 at a site that will be announced.
The men’s team is anchored by defenseman Frantzly Zephirin, All Region XIX Player of the Year. The sophomore is joined by freshman Yves Desrosiers as two of the top five players in the region. Also named to the first team are sophomores Dominic Harrington and Fernando Suarez. The team is led in scoring by Harrington and freshman Ervin Jean-Pierre with eight goals apiece.
Sophomores Marie Yasmine Alidou and Jodeen Whyte were named to the All Region XIX Women’s top five for 2014. Freshman Paula Viana and sophomore Alexandra Desgagne are also on the region’s first team. Whyte and Alidou each have 11 goals on the season.
Sean Battle read at the prestigious Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival two years ago when he was a Rutgers-Newark graduate student. He returns to the venue Saturday, October 25; this time as an Essex County College Adjunct English Faculty member. He will participate in the Brick City Voices portion of the biennial event with a 10 minute reading between 3 and 4:10 p.m. by NJPAC.
“It’s definitively an honor to represent Essex County College,” said Mr. Battle, who earned his undergraduate degree in English at Rutgers University in New Brunswick before coming to Newark where he earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in Poetry.
“My participation in the festival is something unique I can bring back to the classroom and the College as a whole.” He started working at Essex in the Fall of 2013 and has taught English Foundations, Effective Speech and Reading Foundations as an adjunct.
Mr. Battle said he has received a lot of support from Essex for both this current endeavor and in the summer when he read poetry in Newark’s Downtown Arts District as part of the Lunchtime Poems program presented by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
“Sean’s participation means a lot to our division,” said Dr. Eileen DeFreece, acting chair of the College’s Humanities Division. “It’s a real plus for our students to see what our faculty is doing creatively, as well as academically.”
Mr. Battle’s poems have been published in journals such as Borderline, Radius: Poetry from the Center to the Edge, and The Legendary. His first full-length poetry collection, The Forest of Bricks, will be published by the end of the year.
“I hope to show that by participating in the festival, l can reach some youngsters to help inspire them to pursue their own dreams.”
The Essex County College Pacesetters will once again be donning comfortable walking shoes for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’s annual Walk for the Cure. The walk is set for Sunday, October 19 in Newark’s Military Park.
At last year’s walk, Essex raised $4,790, nearly doubling its stated goal of $2,500. This year’s goal is $3,500.
To sign up for the walk or to make a donation to this worthwhile cause, visit the Making Strides site here. Click on their Home tab, go to support a walker or team and type in Essex County College Pacesetters.
The Essex team will meet at Military Park at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. walk.
Additional information is available from Gerald Holloway at 973.877.3300 or Holloway@essex.edu, or Sonia Rios-Cardoso at 973.877.3155 or email@example.com.