nursing cultural dayThe Class of 2016 Nursing students got the chance to see their classmates in a totally different light April 27 at the department’s annual Nursing Cultural Day.  More than 30 students, along with many of the department’s faculty brought their culinary wares to the forefront, with many wearing their traditional garb from home.


“We’ve been doing this event for about 20 years,” said Nursing Professor Janet Czermak. “With the diversity of our students, it started with the concept of learning about child birth and rearing in their various countries and has expanded to the smorgasbord that we have today.”


With many of the students hailing from the Caribbean islands, Africa, South America and Asia, foods from literally around the world filled Room 203 in the Center for Health Sciences.


“This is just awesome,” said Veronica Enworom (originally from Nigeria) before she sampled some f the food.


Alleen David, from Guyana, said “This is the perfect opportunity for me to mix with my classmates, enjoy the food, see their cultural clothing and just relax.”


Nursing Class President Shazam Baccchus, also from Guyana, said a day like Cultural Day means a lot. “Most of the time, we are sitting in class or studying, and then we have the chance for something like this.


For Gilbert Anyangwe, who hails from Cameroon, summed up what he called a “wonderful day. We usually don’t have the opportunity to share such things as we do today.”

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The Child Development Center at Essex County College will conduct a Summer Toddlers Child Care Program beginning July 5. The program at the Newark campus will run four days a week through August 18.


The Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Summer program is for children ages two and a half to five.


The hours of operation are Mondays through Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The College is closed Fridays during the summer. The Center will provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.


The monthly cost is $350. Registration and other information are available by calling 973.877.3357, or emailing Ameenah Shabazz at, or Natasha Belfon at

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Registration is underway for the 2016 Summer Youth Program at the West Essex campus of Essex County College in West Caldwell.


An information session will be held Monday, May 23 April 25 6 p.m., for parents interested in registering their children for the program. The meeting will be held in the campus’ Multipurpose Room.


The summer camp, set for July 11 to August 12, is for children ages nine to 13. The five week session includes before and aftercare.


Courses scheduled to be offered this summer include “A Taste of the Arts,” “Coding for Kids,” “Mad Science,” “Mixed Media Art,” “Strike up the Band,” “The Secrets of Storytelling,” “Webpage Design,” and “Zumba Fitness for Kids.”  Parents will receive detailed information on each of the courses during the information session.


Call (973) 877-1920 to learn more about the information session.

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