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A Newly Minted Dean and Three Assistant Deans

During the June 23 Board of Trustees meeting, the College officially appointed Dena Leiter to the position of Dean of Learning Resources and approved the hiring of three new assistant deans.

Three current employees competed for the recently created assistant dean positions and all three earned promotions. Sara Lacagnino is the College’s new assistant dean of Humanities and will support Dean Elise Donovan. Nicole Cippoletti has become the assistant dean of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) under Dean Liesl Jones. And Dr. Carlos Barrezueta is our assistant dean of Social Sciences/Businesses, which has Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo as the new dean.

As Dean of Learning Resources, Ms. Leiter will be responsible for the Libraries, the Academic Learning Centers, the Media Center, and Distance Education. She directs services at three campus-based libraries and the Academic Learning Centers, managing faculty librarians, library staff, and ALC staff. She manages a $2.3 million budget. Before becoming a director in 2012, she served in an interim role and as an assistant librarian and an adjunct librarian. In these roles, she instructed students in research methods using the library Web site, which included use of the online catalog, electronic databases, and bibliographic-management tools. She also managed library acquisitions. Her educational credentials includes a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Rutgers University.

Ms. Lacagnino has worked for Union since 2009, as a coordinator and then a project director for the College’s Title V-funded programs for Hispanic students. The initial program was the Center for Student Success. Then in 2012, the College introduced a new Title V program called LEAP (Learning Enhanced through Accelerated Paths). Ms. Lacagnino’s prior experience included positions in Financial Aid offices at Seton Hall University and Wagner College. She has a master’s degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall.

Ms. Cippoletti joined Union in 2012, and served as an academic affairs administrator for Cranford Campus Associate Vice President Negar Farakish. Her prior experience at Union included work as a program assistant for the Title V STEM program and as a youth-programs instructor for Continuing Education. Her prior work experience includes full-time teaching positions at Hackettstown High School, Weehawken High School, and McNair Academic High School, and as a Director of the Harlem Educational Activities Fund in NYC. She has a master’s degree in Education from St. Peter’s University of Jersey City.

Dr. Barrezueta has served as the College’s ombudsman and affirmative-action officer since 2013. His prior experience includes work at Miami Dade College as the executive director for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Initiatives. He earned his juris doctorate degree from Yale Law School, where he also served as a post-doctoral fellow. His bachelor’s is in Political Science and History from Columbia University.

Ms. Leiter’s promotion and the appointment of the three new assistant deans become official on July 1.

Union County College’s King has a Record Golf Season

CRANFORD – Did you know that Union County College has an Intercollegiate Golf Team? Kevin King, of Union County College, was the first player from the College in more than 30 years to win the National Junior College Athletic Association Garden State Athletic Conference Tournament. During the 2015 tournament, both King and Nicholas Pulice qualified to advance and play in the NJCAA Region XIX Tournament, which was held at Crystal Spring’s Black Bear Golf Course on May 11-12, 2015.

During the Region XIX Tournament, King shot rounds of 79 and 82, landing 8th place out of a field of 43. Pulice shots rounds of 98 and 99. King advanced to represent both Union County College and Region XIX in the NJCAA Division III Golf Tournament that was held at Lake Chautauqua, New York from June 2-6, 2015. King landed 31st place out of 93 and finished the tournament with the 5th highest number of birdies for the entire field.

The College’s 2015 Intercollegiate Golf Team finished its regular season with a score of 7 wins and 12 losses. The achievements of both King and Pulice contributed to the overall success of the season.
For more information about Union County College, go to www.ucc.edu.

ConnectOne Bank Donates Money for Student Scholarships

CRANFORD – On Thursday, June 18, 2015, representatives from ConnectOne Bank visited with Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin at the College’s Cranford campus. Patrick J. Scanlon, Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer and Director of Government Relations; France Delle Donne, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations; and Mark Cardone, First Sr. Vice President, Business Development of ConnectOne Bank presented a $5,000 “Big Check” to the Union County College Foundation. Each year two students will benefit from the scholarship with a $2500 award each. The bank has pledged a five year commitment. Mr. Scanlon was recently appointed to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

For more information about the Union County College Foundation, go to www.uccfoundation.org.

College Receives a $500,000 Scholarship Gift

Betty and Fred Kopf of Westfield sent their son Alexander to Union back in the early 1980s. They thought that someday they’d like to find a way to thank the College for the education their son received.  As Betty said, “Union County College helped my son and continues to help thousands of County residents each year. Setting up a scholarship fund will ensure that future generations of County residents benefit from the service that the College provides.”

The Kopfs made good on their pledge. The Kopfs’ $500,000 gift is a monumental amount for any community college to receive, and one of the largest gifts in Union’s 82-year history.

As an endowed scholarship, the Betty and Fred Kopf Family Fund will generate a guaranteed return of 5 percent—which is $25,000 annually, forever.

The College collected the donation on June 10 after receiving initial notification on May 22. Fred admitted, “I frankly didn’t expect anyone at the College to be in the office at 4:45 on a Friday afternoon to answer the phone, so I thought that I would just be leaving a message on an answering machine.”

It goes without saying that Union County College President Margaret McMenamin and her staff were elated to be in the office to take the call in person. She says, “The Kopfs’ donation will be transformational for County residents. The scholarship will support students who have the intelligence and the desire, but unfortunately lack adequate financial support, to pursue their dream of a college education. Every year, a new group of amazing, appreciative students will be able to thank the Kopfs for this wonderful gift.”

Union County College Foundation Executive Director Doug Rouse is ironing out the details of the endowed scholarship with the Kopfs. He says, “The Kopfs’ Scholarship will support nine students every year. Because the scholarship is endowed—which means it is above $25,000—the Kopfs’ donation will be a permanent legacy in the Kopf Family name.”

The current plan is for the scholarship to provide annual funding as follows: Two students who have already attended the College (having earned at least 30 credits) will receive full scholarships which—including books—is valued at $5,000 apiece. As President McMenamin says, “The value of this is that it will provide an incentive for these students to get to the finish line, to graduation.”

Two other students who may be first-time students will also receive full scholarships, including books, at $5,000 apiece.

The remaining $5,000 will be split among five students.

The one constant for the scholarships, and in keeping with the Kopfs’ intention to “give to their local community college,” is in ensuring that every scholarship recipient is a Union County resident.graduation.

Construction Code Courses offered this summer at Union County College

The Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is offering Uniform Construction Code courses this semester for individuals interested in construction and licensure. These programs have been approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

The Building Inspector I.C.S. course is a 75 hour program which provides students with the educational information on building code requirements for medium-sized industrial and commercial structures. The course will cover building construction, foundation, design, wood and steel frame construction, fire resistance rating, requirements for building sub code, testing material and uniform construction code. The course will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from June 15 through September 2 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The tuition fee is $525.

The Sub code Official course reviews the duties and responsibilities of the Sub Code Official and discusses administration and legal aspects of code enforcement. Students will learn how to review construction documents and building plans for sub code compliance. The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from July 30 through September 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The tuition fee is $450, and students must already have a technical license (i.e., R.C.S., I.C.S., or H.H.S.) to enroll.

These courses will be held at the College’s Elizabeth campus located at 40 West Jersey Street. For more information on these classes, please view the Continuing Education catalog online at www.ucc.edu/noncredit.  To register online, visit http://www.ucc.edu/noncredit/instantenrollment.aspx. One can also enroll by calling the Office of Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600 or by visiting the office on the Cranford campus.

IBI Offers Free MS Office Training to Area Companies

Elizabeth - Workshops in essential MS Office applications (MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint and MS Windows) can now be brought onsite free of charge to companies and non-profit organizations in Union County. This is possible through a grant from the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development provided to the New Jersey Business and Industry Association. Programs are delivered by the Industry-Business Institute at Union County College.

"We offer a schedule of these programs on our campuses in Cranford and Elizabeth," says Dr. Lisa Hiscano, Director of Continuing and Professional Education at Union County College. "But, what makes this offering even more valuable is our ability to bring it to groups of employees at their workplace."

These 8-hour workshops are taught by highly qualified instructors, include the use of our mobile computer lab and can be scheduled to meet workplace requirements. "Each student also receives a workbook to keep on their shelves for future reference," says Hiscano. "Minimum class size for onsite classes is ten."

Classes in Customer Service Skills, Verbal Communications, Business Writing, English as a Second Language and Basic Math and Measurement are also portable and free of charge through this same grant.

Registration is easy for both our open enrollment and our onsite classes. "We have created a system of online registration for both our open enrollment classes AND our client specific onsite classes. This streamlines the process for submitting the information required for the program," says Hiscano. "Onsite class schedules should be booked two to three weeks in advance."

To learn how to bring this program to your business or to a group such as a chamber of commerce or industry association, please contact one of our staff members. Denise Petrosky at 908-965-2359, Nancy Burke at 908-527-7207 or Madeline Velez at 908-965-6024. Visit our website at www.ucc.edu/go/ibi or email ibi@ucc.edu.

Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Award for distinguished advisor

Karen Schmidt, Associate Professor of Psychology and advisor to Union County College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, received a Phi Theta Kappa Hallmark Award for distinguished advisor. There are nearly 1200 advisors for Phi Theta Kappa internationally and only 70 were nominated for this award. Prof. Schmidt was one of only 30 awardees chosen to receive the Distinguished Advisor award.  She was a recipient of the award for the Phi Theta Kappa Middle States Region.

Assemblyman Holley Visits Union's ALC

New Jersey Assemblyman Jamel Holley had received a great report about Union County College’s Academic Learning Centers, so he wanted to get a first-hand view.

When he was Roselle’s Mayor and as an adjunct instructor at the College, he had heard high praise about the Academic Learning Center. “Constituents and students have come up to me over the years telling me that they wouldn’t have made it to graduation were it not for the tutoring help they received at the ALC,” he says.

Now as Assemblyman for the 20th District, and recently appointed to the NJ State Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, he decided to make visiting the ALC a priority.

Assemblyman Holley went to the ALC on May 21. Even though the College’s Spring semester had ended a week before, and Commencement held a day before, the ALC was still in business serving students looking to get a jump on summer-term classes.

What gives the ALC its edge are its “peer tutors.” These are the high-achieving Union County College students or recent graduates who earn work-study pay to provide tutoring assistance on all three Union campuses for any student asking for help.

The numbers of students served is staggering. Over the past year, the ALC’s peer tutors provided more than 50,000 instruction sessions across all disciplines, but mostly in Math. In fact, five years ago, when Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin became Union’s president, one of her first priorities was to establish Math Success Centers as part of each campus ALC.

During his tour of the ALC on Union’s Cranford Campus, Assemblyman Holley devoted much of his visit to listening to students individually discuss their own educational and career aspirations. “The stories of these students, their backgrounds and their dreams—they tug at your heartstrings. I felt a great deal of empathy for them.”

Empathy proved to be a two-way street as Assemblyman Holley told his own story, of his being raised in the County by a single mother and having overcome a number of obstacles on his own path to success.

His message to students was welcome: “Keep studying hard and making the most of the opportunity that Union County College is offering. This is a great community college and a Union County treasure.”

College for Teens Program at Union County College

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is offering the 2015 College for Teens program sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

This free program is offered for two sessions. Each session will be held for two weeks and will meet from Monday through Thursday. During the session students have the chance to explore and research careers in financial markets, criminal justice or healthcare, while experiencing life on a college campus. Students will learn about relevant career opportunities from prominent guest speakers. Some of the learning opportunities will include hands-on projects. The morning session will be held from July 13 to 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The afternoon session will be held from July 20 to 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

To apply for the College for Teens program, students must be enrolled in a Union County high school by September 2015 and possess a grade point average of C or better. In addition to the application, students will need to submit a copy of their recent report card along with a recommendation letter from a teacher or guidance counselor. The completed application package can be faxed to (908) 709-7070, emailed to youthprograms@ucc.edu or delivered to the Office of Continuing Education at 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford.  The office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.  The application deadline for the College for Teens program is Friday, June 12, 2015.

For additional information about the College for Teens Program and the application form, visit http://www.ucc.edu/nonCredit/ForDown.aspx or call (908) 709-7600.

Union County College Hires Three New Deans

CRANFORD – During the Union County College Board of Trustees meeting held on May 19, the College appointed three new deans. Dr. Elise Donovan has accepted the newly created administrative position of Dean of Humanities. Dr. Liesl Jones is the Dean of the newly created STEM Division. Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo is the new Dean of Social Sciences/Business. This year, the College transferred the management of academic departments from eight faculty department chairs and two directors to four academic deans. The four academic divisions are STEM, Allied Health/Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences/Business.

A senior professor of English at Union County College, Dr. Donovan has served in a number of teaching and administrative roles throughout her 23-year career at the College. Most notable is her experience at Union as department chair of English, as coordinator of developmental English education, and as coordinator of English for Title V grants for student success.
Dr. Jones’ administrative experience includes her current role as department chair for the Biological Sciences Department at Lehman College of the City University of New York system. A professor at Lehman since 1998, Dr. Jones’ previous roles include serving as the faculty fellow and chair of the Neuroscience Doctoral Subprogram.

Dr. Lester Sandres Rapalo teaches middle-school and high-school students at the Calhoun School in New York City. Prior to that, he worked for more than five years at Orlando-based Valencia College, where his responsibilities included serving as interim dean of the Humanities and Foreign Language Department and as chair of the Foreign Language Department. He was also Valencia’s program director for Study Abroad and served in a similar capacity at the University of Massachusetts. All three deans will begin on July 1 and report to the College’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Maris Lown.

May 2015 Commencement Images are Available on Flickr

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Summer Youth Courses offered at Union County College

CRANFORD – This summer the Office of Continuing Education at Union County College is expanding its course offerings for youth ages 11-18. Many classes are taught by NJ-certified teachers and local businesses that specialize in delivering high-quality youth programs.

A sample of educational classes for youth ages 11-13 include Design Your Own Comic Book, Guitar, Better Thinker-Better Writer-Better Grades, Cartooning, Order in the Court, Algebra Review and Graffiti Art/Design Projects. The College also partners with Super Science, Black Rocket and IncrediFlix to offer classes such as Minecraft Modders, LEGO Star Wars and Motorized Machines, Advanced Imagination Flix, and more.
New this year is our partnership with FYI Creations. The New Jersey based organization offers creative and innovative summer enrichment workshops with imaginative programming targeted toward girls such as Duct Tape Divas, Girls Rule! and Teaching 101. 

Sample classes for students ages 14+ include SAT Test Prep, Algebra Review, Write for College, Teen Finance Workshops, Cartooning, Servsafe for Teens, The Artist Within, App Attack, Minecraft Designers, Make Your First Video Game and Certified Pharmacy Technician. The cost of the courses vary, and all classes will be held at the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue.

For more information about summer youth programs and to view the Continuing Education brochure online visit
www.ucc.edu/noncredit. One can also enroll by calling the Office of Continuing Education at (908) 709-7600 or by visiting the office on the Cranford campus.

Memorial Art Show Honors Beloved Professor and Mentor

CRANFORD - To celebrate the memory of Dr. Murray Shereshewsky, an art show will be presented in the Richel Student Commons at Union County College’s Cranford campus on May 31, 2015. The show will be open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A professor of Psychology and Sociology at Union County College, Dr. Shereshewsky was also a talented professional artist, recognized for the quality and variety of his paintings. His work demonstrates great diversity of themes, drawn with pen and ink, tempera paints and mixed media.

Dr. Shereshewsky’s professional career as a respected teacher, school administrator and professor spanned 40 years. Always a champion of young people in need, donations to the show will benefit those students he most wanted to help – first generation students who just need a little extra assistance to succeed in college.

Dr. Shereshewsky, who earned his PhD from New York University, served as Executive Director of the National Alternative Education Association and published in the fields of History and Education. A longtime resident of Westfield, NJ, Dr. Shereshewsky passed away in April 2014.

Although admission to the show is free, the suggested tax-deductible donation to the Union County College Foundation is from $25-$50.  All donations are to be submitted directly to Union County College Foundation, via the website,
www.uccfoundation.org or by mail to 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016.

Union County College’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) Training Program Seeks Employers for On-Site Training

ELIZABETH - As part of a nationwide consortium of colleges and universities participating in a LINCS grant, Union County College has a new training program to offer in eight different areas of Supply Chain Management (SCM). The program modules are designed to prepare workers for entry level or mid-level jobs at companies involved with the manufacture and/or movement of goods in New Jersey.

Four of the training modules are ready for on-site training at interested companies and Union County College seeks employers for whom training in these areas would benefit their existing employees. “We are seeking companies who will bring us in to train existing staff. This training carries no cost for the participating employers.”

Areas of training are: Supply Chain Management Principles, Warehouse Operations, Customer Service Operations and Transportation Operations. Each module is classroom based, forty (40) hours long and can be scheduled to meet workplace needs.

Employers who would like more information or would like to participate in this on-site training program can contact the LINCS program at 908-965-6001 or scm-lincs@ucc.edu.

The program prepares participants to sit for the certification exams endorsed by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). Content was developed with industry input.

Union County College is participating in a federal grant program to develop training in Supply Chain Management (SCM). A LINCS national consortium of twelve (12) colleges and universities have designed this training program to meet current and future SCM employment needs. The LINCS (Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies) SCM consortium is developing curricula in the following areas in addition to those listed above:  Demand Planning, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Inventory Management, Supply Management and Procurement.

Union County College President McMenamin Chosen to Serve as Presidential Representative for NJCAA

Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin was re-elected to serve a second three-year term as a Presidential Representative of the Northeast District for the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association. The election was held during the NJCAA’s Annual Conference, which took place during the week of March 24 in Tucson, Arizona.

President McMenamin had been initially elected in 2012. As a Presidential Representative, she votes on rules and regulations for an organization.
Founded in 1938, the NJCAA has 525 schools in 24 regions throughout the United States.
NJCAA headquarters are in Colorado Springs, CO. Union County College is part of Region XIX and has 14 athletic teams.

Union’s Track and Field Team Wins Big at Nationals

It was a stellar weekend for Union County College’s Track and Field team as they earned three gold and a silver medal at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III Track and Field National Championships. The competition was held in Utica, New York, from May 7 to 9, 2015.

Field Team member, sophomore Samard Walker, of Jersey City, took the gold in the Men’s Discus. He threw 46.89 meters, beating Kyle Dunn-Devine of Thaddeus Stevens. He also earned a silver medal in the Shot Put.
Walker was also named the Region XIX Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the East Region and was a recipient of the USTFCCCA’s National Athlete of the Week. He was the only NJCAA Division III athlete to be invited to compete in the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival. For the Women’s team, Lady Owl Tamoya Brown, of Elizabeth, made Union proud when she won two gold medals. Her first gold medal was in the 100 Hurdle with the time of 15.49 and her second gold medal was earned in the 400 Hurdle with her time of 1:05.51. Brown also took fifth place in the Women’s Long Jump.
Brown was also named the Region XIX Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the East Region in the 100 Hurdle and 400 Meters. She led the squad to a third-place Region XIX finish.
Other members of the team also placed during the weekend’s competition. Lady Owl Gia Shim, of Roselle, took sixth place in the shot put. Savonn Maye, of Springfield, also placed. He took eighth place in the long jump and ninth place in the triple jump.
This is Union’s third season in track and field and the third national championship for the College in its 82-year history. The National Junior College Athletic Association (Division III) includes 98 community colleges across 14 states and 24 regions.

Union County College Names Three to the Board of Trustees

Union County College recently welcomed three new community members to serve on the College’s Board of Trustees. At the April 28, 2015, Board Meeting, Union County College Board of Trustee Chair Vic Richel, joined by Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin, presided over the swearing-in ceremony of Cherron Rountree and Marlenes Teixeira. Board of Trustees Chair Richel is pleased with the appointments, believing that…” we have three citizen leaders who will bring fresh perspectives to the Trustees in their service to the College.”

Abubakar T. Jalloh, who will be sworn in at the May 19 meeting, currently serves as the Municipal Clerk for the city of Plainfield. He is the third Clerk to serve Plainfield in 33 years. Mr. Jalloh has more than ten year experience serving the public in state and local government positions. He is an active member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and the Municipals Clerks Association of New Jersey. Mr. Jalloh has a Bachelor’s of Science from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University.
Cherron Rountree currently serves as the Business Administrator for the city of Rahway. In this position, she handles the day to day administration of city affairs and coordinate the activities of nine municipal departments. Prior to her current position, Ms. Rountree worked for the County of Union as the Deputy Director of the Department of Parks and Community Renewal. In this position, she managed the daily operations of the department and a $20 million budget. Her many years of experience in working with public government and the public, qualifies her as an asset to the College’s Board because of her knowledge of government. Ms. Rountree has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and psychology from Rutgers University and a Master of Public Administration from Wagner School of Public Service, New York University.
Marlenes Teixeria has almost two decades of service in the public education system. She currently serves as the Choral Director for the Terence C. Reilly Gifted and Talented School #7 in Elizabeth. She previously served as Choral Director in Elizabeth’s Dr. Antonia Pantoja School 27. Ms. Teixeria has a Bachelor of Arts in music performance from Kean University and a Master of Arts in music education from Boston University. She also holds supervisory and principal certification.

Reception on May 8 for Winners of Union County College’s Student Art Competition

CRANFORD – On Friday, May 8, 2015, the public is invited to view the winning works from the “Union County College 2015 Student Art Competition.” At the reception, the student winners will be available to discuss their artwork and how they developed the pieces. The annual Student Art Competition is sponsored by the Union County College Art Society, a Student Government supported extracurricular organization, and the English/Fine Arts/Modern Languages Department. Union County College Senior Professor and Department Coordinator Anthony Nicoli, along with Senior Professors George Hildrew and Robert Yoskowitz, serve as the club’s advisors.

At the end of each academic year, students at the College are invited to submit art works that they created throughout the year to be judged by a trained outside art professional. Subsequent to judge review, prizes for creative excellence are awarded in the following categories: Best Work Submitted and First, Second, Third, Fourth and Honorable Mention in the categories of painting, drawing, illustration/design, and photography.
 This year the art competition was juried by Ms. Dawn Delikat, who is the Associate Director of the Pen and Brush, Inc., an international arts organization located in New York City since 1894. The judging of the event was held on Friday, April 24, 2015. 

An Artists’ Reception for the exhibit will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015, in the lower level of the Richel Student Commons on the College’s Cranford campus. The students participating in the show are: from Clark – Brittany Flynn; from Cranford – Briana Walters; from Edison – Bong Soo Kim; from Elizabeth – Robert Asencio, Krystle Lemonias, and Kamal Eidien Shaaban; from Hillside – Joe Lazarick; from Jersey City – Opal Vialva; from Livingston – Noelia Sanchez-Puertas; from Newark – Ikenna Ihegbu; from Summit – Tara Monty; from Union – Noelle Stewart; and from Westfield – Muhammed Emaad Fayaz.

Union County College to Host Information Session on May 12 for New Training in Fabricated Metal/CNC Machinist Skills

CRANFORD - Union County College will begin an Advanced Manufacturing Training program in May. To launch this effort, the College is holding an information session for unemployed workers and for employers in need of trained workers in Fabricated Metal/CNC Machinist skills. The information session will now be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Union County College’s Kellogg Building in Room 427.

This event is open to job seekers looking to acquire skills necessary for employment in advanced manufacturing jobs. Requirements are as follows: must be unemployed or recently exhausted benefits; must have a high school diploma or GED (recommended, not required); must be mechanically inclined; must pass Bennett Mechanic Aptitude Test; have reliable transportation; must be ready to work upon completion of the training; and must pass the Satisfactory background/drug screening.

Union County College is inviting employers to attend this event and do the following while in attendance: hear an overview of the training by the College and the course instructor; meet potential trainees/job seekers and conduct ‘speed’ group interviews with them; provide feedback to Union County College from those interviews to assist in selection of trainees from among the candidates; and employers who meet these candidates will assess their general employability and quality as an addition to their operation. Candidates for training must also pass the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Test and meet other criteria.

Pre-registration for participation is required. Upon completion of this training, (288 hours of hands on training) the graduates will take the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 exam. Upon attaining these skills and passing the test, these graduates will be available to the participating employers to fill open positions.

For more information or to pre-register, please contact Nancy Burke at 908-527-7207 or burke@ucc.edu or Lisa Hiscano at 908-965-2358 or hiscano@ucc.edu. Please be sure to bring a current resume.
Union County College’s Elizabeth campus is located at 40 West Jersey Street. For more information about the College or for directions, please visit www.ucc.edu.

The CNC/Metal Fabrication training is made possible by a United States Department of Labor National Emergency Grant awarded to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and a U.S. Department of Labor H1-B Ready-to-Work Partnership Grant awarded to the NJ County College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.

Union County College Student Wins Top National Scholarship

For the first time ever, a Union County College student has won a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. The Scholarship will award the student, Nuno Pereira of Hillside, up to $40,000 per year to complete his bachelor’s degree after he graduates from Union in May.

Mr. Pereira learned of his stunning achievement during the Apr. 28, 2015, Union County College Board of Trustees meeting on the Cranford Campus. He will graduate from Union with an associate degree in Criminal Justice and continue in his major when he transfers in the Fall to John Jay College of the City University of New York.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. The JKC Foundation is a legacy of the billionaire philanthropist and former owner of the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Lakers.

This year, more than 2,000 students from 540 community colleges applied for the scholarship. Mr. Pereira is one among the 90 who received the award.

A review panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals judged the applicants based on a number of criteria, including academics, financial need, persistence, demonstrated leadership, and the desire to help others. Mr. Pereira serves as president of Student Government at Union and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Congratulations to Union County College’s Samard Walker

NJCAA Division III Men - Samard Walker, Union County
Sophomore | Jersey City, New Jersey

Walker launched the shot put 15.80m (51-10) at TCNJ, taking second there and establishing himself as the 2015 NJCAA DIII leader in the event. He did so the day after competing as the only JC DIII athlete in the shot put at the Penn Relays. Walker is the defending national champ in the discus and was third in the shot put a year ago. His 15.80m throw would have won 2014 nationals by over a meter.
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Union County College’s New Research Director

On April 7, Elizabeth Cooner became Union County College’s new Executive Director of Institutional Research in the Assessment, Planning and Research Department. In this role, she manages a staff of three that supports the College’s strategic planning, institutional development, and assessment.

The APR Department provides data and reports to support decision-making, management, policy formulation, evaluation, and accountability. In addition, APR prepares and submits mandated federal and state reports to external agencies such as New Jersey Higher Education, the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and the US Department of Education.

Ms. Cooner brings to Union more than fifteen years of relevant research and planning experience in both higher education and in the corporate research industry. Her prior experience includes more than seven years at Harris Interactive, Inc., a subsidiary of Neilsen, where she served as the Vice President of Social and Public Policy. Ms. Cooner’s experience in higher education includes having served as the Assistant Director of Monmouth University’s Polling Institute and as Monmouth’s Director of Marketing and Institutional Research. She also served in a one-year interim role at Brookdale Community College conducting market and survey research.

Ms. Cooner has a master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

Union County College President Margaret McMenamin says Ms. Cooner’s arrival at the College is “welcome and much needed.” She adds, “The APR Department provides data and analysis and forecasts to inform the decisions we make in every aspect of our operations, from budgeting to marketing to academic programming. With our College only two years away from a Middle States visit, Ms. Cooner is coming to us at a critical time. I’m pleased that she understands and appreciates our urgency and that she has the proven track record for being someone capable of hitting the ground running.”

Union County College is undergoing a College-wide Self Study as part of the decennial reaccreditation process, which will culminate with a Middle States visit in 2017.

Trinitas Open House at Union County College on April 21

The Open House will be held on April 21, 2015, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Theater located on the lower level of the Lessner Building at the College’s Elizabeth campus. The Trinitas School of Nursing is located on the third floor of the College’s Kellogg Building. It is a NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The Trinitas School of Nursing is a cooperative program with Union County College that awards students a diploma in nursing from the school and an associate in science degree from the College.

Representatives will be available to provide information on the enrollment process, including admissions, financial aid, student services, and student activities.
The College’s Elizabeth campus is located at 40 W. Jersey Street. If you plan to attend the Open House, please RSVP to recruitment@ucc.edu or call (908) 709-7518. The open house session is free; however, RSVPs are recommended.

Singh Joins Union County College as New Chief Information Officer

CRANFORD - Union County College has a new Chief Information Officer.
Inder V. Singh joins the College with more than 25 years’ experience developing information-technology strategies and plans in higher education. For the past 14 years, Singh served as the associate vice president of IT for The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Singh’s management experience includes developing IT strategies, budgeting, support services, and project management. In addition, he has designed and built information-technology infrastructures that have enabled multiple campuses to support administrative and academic requirements and to provide centralized emergency notifications.
At Union County College, Singh will lead information technology and communication systems over three campuses. He will manage a $15 million technology network and a staff of 28 employees charged with keeping the College’s three- campus computer infrastructure and network functional at all times.

Singh has an MBA in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a certificate in computer programming from Madurai, India. He also holds his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.

Union County College’s Dr. Castaldi Named to NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation Board of Commissioners

CRANFORD – Union County College’s Dr. Patricia Castaldi, Director of Practical Nursing and Allied Health, and Interim Dean of the College’s Plainfield campus, has been named to the National League of Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation Board of Commissioners effective March 1, 2015. 

In 2014, Dr. Castaldi was asked to be a member of the CNEA Steering Committee, which is responsible for maintaining the bylaws and policies for the CNEA. As a member of this committee, she was then asked to participate on the Standards Subcommittee for Practical Nursing Education. The Standards Committee participated in the development and revision of the accreditation standards.

The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation promotes excellence and integrity in nursing education through an accreditation process that respects the diversity of program mission, curricula, students, and faculty. By emphasizing a culture of continuous quality improvement within nursing education globally, the CNEA accreditation process influences the preparation of a caring and skilled nursing workforce.
For a program to be considered for accreditation, it must prepare a student to practice the core values of caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence. By focusing on these four areas, students are taught to uphold process and rigor in a caring manner; respecting each program’s diversity of mission, curricula, faculty, and students; to exercise personal, professional and organizational integrity throughout the process; and to promote excellence through clarity of the accreditation process.
Dedicated to excellence in nursing education, the National League for Nursing is the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. NLN members include nurse educators, education agencies, health care agencies, and interested members of the public. The NLN offers faculty development programs, networking opportunities, testing and assessment, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its 33,000 individual and 1,200 institutional members.

Union County College’s New Italian Partner

ELIZABETH – On Wed., Mar. 25, Union County College entered into an articulation agreement with John Cabot University, a private, accredited American liberal arts university located in Rome, Italy.

The agreement provides seamless transfer for Union County College associate-degree graduates to the University. John Cabot President Franco Pavoncello visited the Elizabeth Campus to sign the agreement with Union’s Chief Academic Officer Dr. Maris Lown.

Before an audience that included Board of Trustees Chair Vic Richel and Trustees Frank Bolden, George Castro, and Wilson Londono, Dr. Pavoncello chose this occasion to announce the commitment by John Cabot University to fully fund a scholarship for a Union County College graduate every year. Tuition at the University is about $30,000.

Lacrosse is ranked 10 in nation

Union County College Lacrosse team has been battling Mother Nature to get out on the field this season, but once they did they earned their way to being ranked 10th in the country throughout NJCAA.

The Owls opened their season hosting Tompkins Cortland Community College from New York.  Union defeated Cortland 6-2 and started the season on a strong note. This past Sunday Union hosted Cecil College who travel from Maryland to play Union again. The Owls worked well together and started to build momentum throughout this game and beat Cecil 17-2.

With the lack of outdoor field practice time the team has been overly excited to get out onto the open field to play. With this said, Union County College Men's Lacrosse is currently ranked 10th in the Nation for NJCAA.

The Owls are scheduled to travel to the 3rd nationally ranked college throughout NJCAA, CCBC Essex in Maryland this Wednesday at 7pm. 

The Women's Basketball team is advancing to the District Championship.

The Women's Basketball team beat Dean College on Saturday and is advancing to the District Championship. The score was 62-57.

Teams advancing to the Championship will compete in the NJCAA DivII National Tournament in Overland Park Kansas on March 17-21.

Dr. Negar Farakish of Union County College to Receive Exemplary Leadership Award

CRANFORD – Dr. Negar Farakish serves as Associate Vice President and Dean of American Honors at Union County College. She has been employed at the College for almost four years and in that time, she has markedly contributed to the advancement of student success. To honor her success, she has been chosen as a recipient of The Chair Academy’s 2015 International Exemplary Leadership Award. This award recognizes the ability of an individual to advance post-secondary academic and administrative leadership.
The Chair Academy, a department of Mesa Community College, and the Maricopa County Community College District, is dedicated to delivering exemplary leadership development. The Academy has offered world-class, competency-based, leadership development programs for college and university leaders since 1992. Leadership programs are offered at organizational, state, regional, national, and international level. The Annual International Leadership Conference attracts leaders from around the world to experience distinguished keynote speakers and presentations. The Academy’s refereed journal is respected as a source of inspiration and best practices in leadership.
Dr. Farakish will receive her Idahlynn Karre International Exemplary Leadership award at the Chair Academy’s 24th Annual International Conference. The conference is entitled, “Leadership in the High- Definition Age,” and will be held at the Sheraton in downtown Seattle, Washington from April 7-10. Dr. Farakish was nominated by her colleague, Dr. Barbara Gaba, who serves as Provost of the College’s Elizabeth campus and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. 
Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible education programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jersey’s 19 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science, and Applied Science degrees.

Union County School Counselors Association to Host College Fair at Union County College

CRANFORD – On Monday, March 16, 2015, the Union County School Counselors Association will be hosting a College Fair at Union County College’s Cranford campus. More than 90 colleges and universities from throughout the tri-state area will be in attendance. All members of the community, particularly high school students and their parents, are encouraged to attend. 

The College Fair will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and the Richel Student Commons. This is an opportunity to speak with representatives from the varied colleges and universities and to learn about the differences and similarities amongst the many institutions of higher education. Representatives from the Armed Services, State Police, and Vocational-Technical Schools will also be in attendance. A financial aid information session will also be held.

There is no cost for the College Fair or for parking for the event. Union County College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue.

Union County College's Women Basketball Team Win Region XIX Championship!

Union County College's Women basketball won the region XIX Div.II Championship beating Lackawanna Communitity college 69-46. Coach Cheryl Bell was named the Donna Herran, Div.II Coach of the year and Zhane Robinson was the MVP of the tournament.

Union County College will host the next round of the NJCAA Women's Division II District playoffs at the County College of Morris on Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8. Game times TBD.

Union County College's Men and Women Basketball Team's in Region XIX Tournament

Women: Overall record of 23-4, Tied for first place in the region with Lackawanna. The women’s basketball team beat 3rd seed team Harcum 57- 56 today at County College of Morris.57-56. Advancing Union into the region xix championship game to be held on Saturday at County College of Morris.  Game time 11:00AM

Men Finished fourth in the Region.  Beat Brookdale in the quarter-final round on Tuesday evening, 90-67 advancing them to the semi-final round.  The men will play top seed, County College of Philadelphia tonight at 7:30 at Brookdale Community College.  Region Championship game on saturday 3:00 PM.

Dr. Barbara Gaba of Union County College to Receive Educational Excellence Award from National Council of Negro Women

Dr. Barbara Gaba serves as the Provost of Union County College’s Elizabeth campus and is an Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the College. She is an active member of the greater Elizabeth community as well. Dr. Gaba has been chosen by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Greater Elizabeth Area Section, to be a recipient of the Prestige Recognition Award, “NCNW Educational Excellence Award.”

Dr. Gaba will receive this award at the 10th Annual Harambee Breakfast and Awards Ceremony being held on March 14 at the Renaissance Airport Hotel in Elizabeth. Dr. Gaba is one of five individuals who will be awarded for their outstanding commitment to community service. 
The keynote speaker at the ceremony will be the Honorable Alexis Herman, the first African American United States Secretary of Labor. As well, the National Council of Negro Women will be celebrating 80 years of enriching and fulfilling the lives of African American women and their families. The organization was established in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, distinguished educator and life rights leader. 
The mission of the NCNW is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. The organization fulfills its mission through research, advocacy and national and community- based health, education, and economic empowerment services and programs in the United States and Africa.
Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jersey’s 19 Associate Degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science, and Applied Science degrees.

Showing of the film “I Shall Not Be Silent” at Union County College in Celebration of Black History Month 

Union County College continues its monthly celebration of African American heritage with the keynote event for the month which will take place on in the Richel Commons. The College will host a screening of I Shall Not Be Silent, a film featuring the life of Rabbi Joachim Prinz, an advisor and supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Following the film will be a panel discussion, Nancy Giles, a writer and contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning, will serve as the panel moderator.  Panelists include; State Senator Ray Lesniak; Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh; Newark Mayor Raz Baraka; Rabbi Prinz’s daughter, Deborah Prinz; Rabbi Clifford Kulwin Rabbi Prinz’s successor and Rabbi of Temple B’nai’ Abraham in Livingston and the two filmmakers, Rachel Fisher and Rachel Pasternak.

As event organizer Shirley Hollie-Davis says, “In light of what is happening in America today--in Ferguson, Missouri, New York City and in Sanford, Florida--an ongoing dialog is necessary to continually engage a public, but specifically, students, who may have limited access to information regarding how the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement were diverse in ethnicity and religion, how dedicated they were to the Movement, and what significant contributions they made in the name of freedom.”

The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held in the Roy Smith Theater on the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. This event is being dedicated to the memory of Dr. Clement Price, the distinguished Rutgers professor and historian who passed away on Nov. 5, 2014.

Union County Freeholder Board supports opening of Union County College's new facility in Rahway

Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh and Union County College President Dr. Margaret McMenamin cut the ribbon officially opening the new Union County College facility in Rahway. They were joined by Freeholder Sergio Granados, Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman, Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) Board President Dr. Sondra Fishinger and Executive Director Dr. Lawrence McCullough, members of the College's Board of Trustees and Board of Governor and faculty, staff, and students.

By opening this facility in Rahway, Union expands its ability to bring class offerings closer to home for individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Rahway area.

"We are bringing the arts to the County of Union on a higher level than it's ever been done before. We have the facilities, we have the resources, and now we have the education right here in Union County for our students to stay here, to learn here, to live here and to do arts here," said Freeholder Chairman Jalloh.

Presented as part of the Freeholder Chairman's 2015 "Build a Community of The Arts" initiatives - a set of initiatives that seek to build a county-wide arts ecosystem that will grow and stimulate our economy - the opening of this facility is the result of a partnership between the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Union County College, the City of Rahway, and the Union County Performing Arts Center.

Among the planned programs at the new Rahway location are credit and non-credit classes in acting, dance, public speaking, and more. In these classes, students will have an opportunity to volunteer with several of the acting companies that stage productions at the UCPAC. In addition classes will be offered by the Industry-Business Institute for employees of businesses in the area. These are free classes funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Also courses will be available through the college's Senior Scholars Program and Office of Continuing Education. Classes at the new Rahway location, like all others offered through the county college, will be open to all residents.

"I think it's absolutely essential that we provide these opportunities for our students who endeavor upon the arts for their future. I think people who look at the world from that perspective can make a difference in the world. I'm truly excited to have the partnerships that we have established. Today is about making it happen - this was an idea, now it's a reality," said Chairman Jalloh.

For more information about Freeholder Chairman Jalloh's 2015 "Build a Community of The Arts" initiatives visit ucnj.org.

Union County College’s Board Member Zimmermann Named to ACCT Governance and Bylaws Committee

Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin is pleased to announce that Mary M. Zimmermann, Chair of the Union County College Foundation, and member of the College’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, has been named to represent Union as an Associate Member of the Governance and Bylaws Committee of the Association of Community College Trustees. 

The Governance and Bylaws Committee is responsible to review resolutions related to the governance of the ACCT, amendments to the bylaws, and the board policies. In fulfilling this charge, the committee helps ensure that the Board of Directors of ACCT is fulfilling its role to represent the member boards in determining and demanding appropriate organizational performance through its written policies. Associate members of the committee may serve three consecutive one-year terms and have full voting rights.

Mrs. Zimmermann, a resident of Summit, NJ, describes herself as a “professional volunteer.” In addition to the time she spends serving and helping to improve Union County College, she also commits her time to other organizations. In July 2010, Mrs. Zimmermann was named Volunteer of the Month by SAGE Eldercare. In her volunteer capacity she delivered meals once or twice a week for the Meals on Wheels program and participated in Summit’s “Loaves and Fishes” food pantry at St. Teresa’s of Avila Church, sorting and bagging grocery staples for families in need. SAGE Eldercare chose to honor Mrs. Zimmermann as a Volunteer of the Month for July 2010 because of her passion and commitment to helping those less fortunate than herself.
Mrs. Zimmermann also serves as one of five commissioners on the Summit Housing Authority. The SHA owns and manages 195 low-rent family, elderly, and handicapped housing units. The authority is also the City of Summit’s designated local redevelopment agency and administers the City’s Community Development Block Grants Program. The Authority is responsible for the administrative aspects of the management, development and rehabilitation of affordable lower income housing.
Union County College is a public comprehensive community college providing quality, affordable, accessible educational programs that serve the greater Union County region. It is the oldest of New Jersey’s 19 Associate degree colleges, serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College enrolls almost 30,000 credit, non-credit and continuing education students and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many programs lead to the Associate in Arts, Science, and Applied Science degrees.

Freeholder Chair Jalloh helps kick off Black History Month celebrations at Union County College

Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin was joined by Union County Freeholder Chairman Mohamed Jalloh on Feb. 3, at the opening celebration of the college's series of Black History Month events. Freeholder Jalloh addressed the crowd of students, faculty, and staff, speaking about the significant contributions made by members of the black community and the influence of African American culture on today's world.

 In addition to Chairman Jalloh, Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce Bergen and Freeholder Sergio Granados attended the ceremony. After the welcoming remarks by President McMenamin, the audience was entertained and educated by a group from the Greg Bufford School of Music on elements of dancing, singing, and the history of drumming. Their performance was entitled, "Drums Dance and Music: From Africa to the New World."

 The Greg Bufford School of Music is located in West Orange. The mission of the school is to provide the highest caliber of artistic training for musicians and singers in the community, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as artists, leaders and global citizens. The faculty is comprised of internationally renowned musicians/singers, preeminent jazz, classical, R&B artist, gold/platinum and Grammy award- winning composers and producers. Their skill, talent, dedication and patience is the cornerstone of the learning experience for students of all ages and levels.

The founder, Greg Bufford, studied composition and orchestra percussion at Berklee College of Music. He went on to study jazz drums under with master drummer Philly Joe Jones. He continued his studies in drum and bass with Larry Ridley, Jazz piano with Kenny Barron, Jazz/Motown drums with Freddie Waits, Vibes and Improvisation with Steve Nelson, African percussion with Chief Bey, Brazilian percussion with Dom Um Romao and was mentored by master drummer Papa Jo Jones for three years.

Bufford earned a B.A. in music from Rutgers University 1979. For more information, visit www.thebuffordschoolofmusic.com.

The Cranford Jaycees visit in mid-January to thank Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin for once again enabling them to host an event in October that raises funds to support local charities.

Cranford - The Cranford Jaycees visited in mid-January to thank Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin for once again enabling them to host an event in October that raises funds to support local charities. Shown here is a “big check” for $13,000 that the Jaycees donated to the Cranford First Aid Squad. Along with President McMenamin (left) and leaders of the Cranford chapter of the Junior Chamber are two graduates from Union County College’s EMT program—Jason Cruz (third from left) and Kruti Brahmbhatt (second from right)—who are working EMTs for the Squad.

January 2015 Commencement Images are Available on Flickr

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