The Lady Wolverines soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the Region 19 Division I tournament against Harcum College on October 24. Coach Monique Edouard’s squad posted a 6-4-3 record for 2016.



Coach William Hill’s men’s soccer team lost on October 22 in the first round of the Region 19 tournament to Rowan College at Burlington County.


Both the women’s and men’s teams are well represented on both the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) and All-Region 19 first and second teams.


On the women’s side, GSAC first team members are freshmen Tia Henry (forward) and Natsuki Nagai (midfielder). Freshman forward Taylor Langhirt and sophomore goalkeeper Shanay Rickets were named to the second team.


Natsuki also was named first team All-Region 19, while both Tia and Taylor are on the second team.


On the season, Tia scored 11 goals and had two assists. Taylor followed with eight goals and one assist, while Natsuki had three goals and four assists.  Shanay recorded 89 saves on the campaign and had a 1.13 goals per game average.


For the men, sophomore forward Delano Edwards and freshman midfielder Leon Ellis were named to the All-GSAC First Team. Freshman forward Adriel Kerr was named to the second team. Delano also was selected to the All-Region 19 First Team, while Adriel was named to the second team.


On the season, Delano had six goals and six assists, while Adriel added six goals and five assists. Leon chipped in with one goal and five assists.


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As part of the Newark Celebration 350, Essex County College will host the special event “Voices of the Lenape” on Wednesday, October 26. The free program, featuring two symposiums and the screening of the 2014 film American Native, will be held in Smith Hall on the College’s Newark campus.


“Our goal is to inform people that while we celebrate 350 years of Newark history, we are the only ones presenting information on the indigenous people who were here before the earliest colonists,” said Essex Associate Professor of English Eileen De Freece. Dr. De Freece is part Ramapough Lenape, one of the three recognized Native American tribes in New Jersey, along with the Nanticoke and the Powatan.


There are an estimated 3,800 to 4,500 Ramapough Lenape living in New Jersey. Some of the tribal land straddles the Ramapo Mountains into New York, so the bi-state numbers are higher.


Dr. De Freece is conducting the symposiums with her sister, Dr. Maria De Freece Lawrence, a professor at Rhode Island College. In addition, among the displays will be old photos (many of which are of Dr. Freece’s relatives) and a copy of the original deed from the tribe to the pioneers when they acquired the land that is now Newark and Essex County. Papers written by Dr. Naomi Campbell, a Ramapough and University of Rhode Island professor, will also be on display.


Symposium 1 (Indigenous Imaging) will be held from 10 to 11:20 a.m. The interactive symposium will examine how Native Americans are portrayed in contemporary society.


Symposium 2 (Indigenous Decolonization) will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. This interactive symposium will explore how Native Americans are asserting themselves through the mechanisms of power, such as self-proclaimed identity, language, culture, community, food, education, and political sovereignty.


American Native is a story of identity and the importance that race plays in determining cultural heritage. The film will screen at 7 p.m.


The program is supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey/Newark Celebration 350 Fund. It is also part of the College’s Humanities Division’s observance of National Arts and Humanities Month.


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Three of Essex County College’s Engineering Technology programs are currently receiving a periodic review from ABET – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology – to renew its full accreditation, last awarded five years ago.


The Associate in Applied Science degree programs are in Civil Construction Engineering Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology. All three majors are part of the College’s Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Sciences.


Essex is one of five New Jersey community colleges (out of 19) that have programs accreditioned by ABET. The College is one of only two in the state with three Associate degree programs so accredited.


ABET’s four member site review committee visited the Newark campus October 16-18, touring the facilities and meeting with administrators, faculty, staff and students.  The College will receive a draft statement from the visit by January.  The full ABET commission will discuss the reaccreditation during its July 2017 annual meeting, with a formal announcement next August.


The visitors presented their initial findings to Essex administrators and program faculty during an exit meeting on October 18.


“The findings presented will be taken to heart; we are committed to improving services to our students,” said Acting President A. Zachary Yamba. Dr. Yamba added that with the new academic leadership in place, the College will be able to get a head start on some of the committee’s findings.


“I feel that the visit was an overall success and we will be able to make changes to procedures and protocols as suggested by the ABET visiting team,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer.  “We look forward to working with the leadership of the ABET team to strengthen our programs and lead them toward ABET reaccreditation.”


ABET, headquartered in Baltimore, is the nationally recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. A key element in the process is the demonstration that a school continuously improves the quality of the education provided.

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