More than 300 young men, seniors from Newark’s high schools, filled the College on November 24 as participants in an initiative by Mayor Ras Baraka (pictured below). The students came from Barringer STEAM Academy, and Central, Eastside, Barringer, Arts & Humanities, Malcolm X Shabazz, Weequahic and Westside High schools.
Where do We Go from Here? Tools for Manhood was the theme of the inaugural Young Men’s City-Wide Convocation. A recorded message by President Barack Obama on My Brother’s Keeper along with a rap performance, were highlights of the day.
The keynote address on the Tools for Mankind, was delivered by the Honorable Bahir Kamil, a Superior Court Judge for the Essex Vicinage and a 1981 graduate of Essex County College.
Dr. Gale E. Gibson offered the students a welcome on behalf of the College and Mayor Baraka also spoke. Workshops included discussions on the recreational use, side effects, culture and glamorization of prescription drugs, and time management, setting goals and achieving them.
Josh Treadwell signs national Letter of Intent while Coach Corey Lowery looks on
Josh Treadwell, leading scorer on the Wolverines men’s basketball team, has signed a national Letter of Intent (LOI) to attend Coppin State University in 2015. Josh signed the LOI on November 14, during the early signing period for student-athletes.
“I feel that Coppin is a good fit for me,” said the Criminal Justice sophomore who leads the undefeated Wolverines with an average of 17.2 points per game. “It’s a small school in the city (Baltimore), plus I have family in the area that will be able to see me play.” In addition, the Eagles run a fast paced offense with plenty of three point shots, a style that Josh prefers.
This is the first and only year Josh will don the Green and Gold of Essex County College. He started at Rutgers-Newark two years ago and transferred to Essex a year later, sitting out last year. He will then have two years eligibility with Coppin State, which plays Division I basketball in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, known as MEAC.
Wolverine Coach Corey Lowery is confident Josh will fit in quite nicely with his future team. “He’s very versatile and has a high basketball IQ.”
For this year with Josh playing, Essex is seeking to repeat as Region XIX champions and return to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) championship. The team last year was the national runner-up in Division II, losing in the championship game by four points to Phoenix College.
A resident of Edison, the 6 foot, five inch Josh attended Marist High School, Bayonne.
Essex County College student Abiemwense Iyamu is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar. Phi Theta Kappa is the two-year college honor society.
Abiemwense, a Biology major from Irvington, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members – out of more than 900 applicants – awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy after earning her Associate degree from Essex next year.
“One of the most promising students in my General Biology II course,” Biology Professor Jeffrey Lee, one of the Phi Theta Kappa co-advisors at Essex, said of Abiemwense. “A great honor for a very deserving student.”
The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs.
“These funds not only aid college completion, but provide students with the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in Phi Theta Kappa. So the funds are not only an investment in our students, they are an investment in the future of our organization and the colleges and communities we serve,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Congratulations to our 2014 recipients. Without a doubt the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise program will make a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students — making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees.”
“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals. Phi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference.”