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Union County College President Named to Executive Committee

CRANFORD – Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin has been named to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges’ Executive Committee. The NJCCC is the state association for New Jersey’s 19 community colleges.

The Executive Committee includes three community college presidents and four community college trustees. They will work to help shape statewide community college policies and projects. These include implementation of the Strategic Goals for Student Success, collective efforts of all 19 community colleges to improve student completion in associate degree and certificate programs.
President McMenamin is joined by Camden County College President Raymond Yannuzzi and Cumberland County College President Thomas Isekenegbe. Camden County College trustee Helen Albright has been elected chair of the committee. The trustee members of the Executive Committee are Thomas Tighe of Middlesex County College, who is vice chair; Catherine McVicker of Raritan Valley Community College; and Bakari G. Lee of Hudson County Community College.

The NJCCC is an independent, trustee-headed organization that joins the leadership of trustees and presidents to provide a voice for the community college sector before the state legislature and other branches of government. It also is the state coordinating organization for all community colleges in New Jersey.

Union County College President Receives “Tribute to Women” Award

CRANFORD – Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin was one of five women to be honored by the Boy Scouts of America with their “Tribute to Women” Award. Dr. McMenamin joins the ranks of more than sixty women who have received this honor since 2000, when the Boy Scouts began presenting the awards. The luncheon was held at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ, on Dec. 5.

The Boy Scouts of America Tribute to Women Luncheon is an annual event by which the Scouts honor outstanding women who serve as exemplary role models for the youth of our area through their vocations or avocations and who live their lives according to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law.

President McMenamin has put forth an aggressive agenda centering on improving student success outcomes. She is revitalizing student services, strengthening advising and counseling, partnering with faculty to improve teaching and learning, and engaging the entire campus community in the process of mission review to renew their collective commitment to student success.

Business Management Training Just Got Easier for Clients of the Industry-Business Institute at Union County College

ELIZABETH - A new series of programs, just funded by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and offered through the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, is available free of charge for employers who want to train their workforce and management teams. The Industry-Business Institute at Union County College will bring these to businesses and non-profits in the greater Union County area. These programs are offered at no charge while funding lasts.

These new programs can be brought to a company or non-profit (non-government) for groups of ten (10) or more participants. The new programs include: Team Building, Time Management, Problem Solving, Supervisory Skills, Management Skills, and Personal Management and Business Professionalism.

Programs already available under this grant are: Customer Service Skills, Customer Service Management, Written Communications, Verbal Communications, Spanish for the Workplace, Introduction to Logistics, Basic Math and Measurement and English as a Second Language. Computer skills workshops in MS Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, MS PowerPoint, and MS Windows are also available.

“This new series allows us to create a comprehensive training plan for our clients,” says Dr. Lisa Raudelunas Hiscano, Director of Continuing and Professional Education at Union County College. “Companies and non-profits can book these programs in a series to invest in the professional advancement of their valued employees. These skills are essential at all levels within an organization, whatever size.”

Chambers of commerce, business associations, industry groups or consortiums can form classes from among their members and offer these programs on a schedule that works for them. Employees must work a minimum of twenty hours a week to be eligible.

For information, to schedule a consultation with a representative from the Industry-Business Institute, or to book a class, call Nancy Burke at 908-527-7207 or Denise Petrosky at 908-965-2359 or email
ibi@ucc.edu. Visit the IBI website at www.ucc.edu/go/ibi for a full review of the training services available, including customized training programs and assistance in applying for grants to fund them.

The Spring 2015 Continuing Education Brochure is Now Available

The office of Continuing Education at Union County College has posted the Spring 2015 brochure online and registration is now open.  Classes are offered for adults, as well as youth ages 11-18, and programs run from early February through mid-May.  The Continuing Education Department offers non-credit classes for professional development, career enhancement, leisure and personal enrichment, English as a Second Language (ESL), and courses in Spanish.

New professional development classes for spring include Strategy in the 21st Century Corporation, Become a Game Changer, Introduction to Lean Six Sigma, Introduction to Data Analysis, Spanish for Healthcare Providers, Your Business Image, and Crafting Your Visions into Reality: The Circle of Life Coaching Blueprint for Success. Also offered are a number of courses which lead to certification by the Fiber Optics Association including the Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT), Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T) and Certified Fiber Optics Specialist Outside Plant (CFOS/O).  The Nutrition Specialist Certification program, which meets the American Academy of Sports Dieticians and Nutritionist’s’ Nutrition Specialist (AASDN) credential, has been added to the curriculum this spring.

New youth programs include Learning Strategies for Middle and High School Students. These classes focus on learning strategies to help students become better and more independent learners.
New enrichment classes include Screenwriting Introduction, Write Your Story, Digital Photography for Beginners, Seva Stress Release for Self-Care and Others, Care for the Caregiver, and Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care.
For more information on these classes, please view the Continuing Education catalog online at www.ucc.edu/noncredit. To enroll online through Instant Enrollment, go to 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. For directions to the campus or for more information about Union County College, please explore www.ucc.edu.

Download the New Mobile App!

The Ellucian GO mobile app for your iOS or Android device gives you on-the-go access to Union County College including access to registration, class schedules, grades and more.

Download it from  the Apple iTunes or Google Play. Just search for “Ellucian GO”, and install. You’ll be prompted to select a school. Choose Union County College.

Your Web Services username and password get you in!

U Can Breathe Easy – Jan. 1, 2015

Union County College will begin 2015 as a smoke-free college.


In fact, we’ll be free of all tobacco products and tobacco facsimiles. It’s because we care about the health of all of our students and employees—smokers as well as nonsmokers. If you don’t smoke, you’re entitled to a smoke-free, tobacco-free environment.

If you do smoke, we want to help you quit. One way we’re doing this is by preventing you from smoking whenever you’re at the College, on any of the campuses, or even while parked in your car in a campus parking lot.

The other way we want to help you is by encouraging you to check out a smoking- or tobacco-cessation program, such those discussed on the Web site www.njquitline.org.

In 2015, Union County College goes smoke-free…because we care about you.


Union County College student-athletes named to All-Garden State Athletic Conference teams

Union County College’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams both had very successful seasons. Student-athletes on both teams were named to the 2014 All-Garden State Athletic Conference Teams in Division III in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The Women’s Soccer team had three players named to the All-Garden State team. Bianca Ferreira, of Hillside, and Catalina Lozano, of Rahway, were named to the First Team. Tamoya Brown, of Elizabeth, was named to the Second Team. The Lady Owls ended the season with a record of 13-3 and are ranked fourth in Region XIX.

 Some of Lady Owl’s also achieved national rankings in Region XIX. For goals scored, Ms. Lozano is in first place with 38 and Ms. Ferreira is in fifth place with 24. For assists made, Ms. Lozano is in first place with 22 and Ms. Ferreira is in third with 15. And for total points scored, Ms. Lozano is in first place with 98 and Ms. Ferreira is in third with 63.

The Men’s Soccer team also had three players named to the All-Garden State team. Alapson Falaise of Hillside was named to the First Team. Jimmy Moleus and Walter Franco, both from Elizabeth, were named to the Second Team. As well, Samuel Alte Jacque of Elizabeth ranked nationally in fifth place with a total of 13 assists. The Men’s team ended their season with a record of 9-6.

For more information on the athletic programs offered at Union County College, please click here.


Union County College and Kean University to Announce“Partnership for Success in STEM Education” – a Title V Partnership

Sen. Cory Booker today met with students and faculty of Union County College and Kean University to discuss the importance of the USDOE’s Title V grant and its planned impact on this region of New Jersey at the Partnership for Success in STEM Education event in Kean’s STEM Building. Union County College, a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), received a 5-year, $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE), and selected Kean University as its 4-year college partner.

“The funding will be used to develop a multifaceted program focusing on increasing the success rates of Hispanic college students in the STEM -- science, technology and mathematics – disciplines,” said Dr. Margaret McMenamin, President of Union County College. “Union selected Kean University as its 4-year college partner to implement this program based on the two institutions’ dynamic ability to serve this unique population through this grant and other initiatives.”

“Our greatest national asset is the intellectual genius of our young people,” said Sen. Booker, whose recent policy initiatives include the introduction of the Simplifying Financial Aid for Students Act of 2014. “We should be supporting them in their pursuit of higher education, not making it more difficult.  I will do all I can to through the support of federal funding to make sure that those students who want to pursue a degree in science, technology and mathematics have the financial support to do so.”

To address the grant’s objective to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the retention, graduation and transfer rates of Hispanic and low-income students, Kean and Union will create a joint-admissions agreement which will develop a pathway for eligible HSI students from earning an associate’s degree at Union to earning a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline at Kean.
“With Kean University’s selection as one of the top 5 most diverse colleges in the country, and Union County College’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, Kean and Union are natural partners for this Title V grant,” said Dr. Dawood Farahi, Kean University President. “Both colleges have a long history of serving our region’s diverse student population and providing our students with access and opportunity.”

The partnership will further enhance the longstanding relationship between Kean University and Union County College, enhanced by the schools’ close proximity and shared pride for the diversity of their student populations.

“Another one of the more innovative features of the Title V project is a ‘Possibility Zone’ which will provide students with faculty mentors for STEM research activities,” said Dr. Susan Polirstok, Dean of Kean’s College of Education. “The project also focuses on improving the way faculty teaches STEM disciplines.”

Dr. McMenamin added that the program is in line with federal educational priorities: “President Obama is calling for a diverse 21st-century, STEM-trained workforce. To that end, our partnership with Kean will develop a strong model of transfer and articulation to promote the success of Hispanic and low-income students pursuing STEM education. These students will earn an associate’s degree at Union and a bachelor’s degree at Kean, further opening doors into a STEM-related workforce or into a career as a teacher of STEM disciplines.”

Title V grant funding will continue through 2019.

Student Needs Help Burying Her Mother

Because her mother died in Florida, this student isn’t eligible to receive burial assistance from social services. The bill, at the funeral home’s cost, is $4,000.

We are appealing to our loving Union County College community for donations to help this student bury her mother. If you would like to make a donation directly to the funeral home in the name of “Union County College Student’s Mother,” call Cotton Funeral Service (1025 Bergen St., Newark) at (973) 926-6400 and ask for Mr. Mohammed.

Or you can make your donation through the Union County College Foundation which will set up a special fund for this student and send a check by Oct. 24—the payment deadline. To make a donation through the Foundation, call 908-709-7505 or donate online at  http://www.uccfoundation.org/, click on “Donate” on the bottom of the page and type in “mother’s funeral” as a comment.

Thank you for any help you can give our student.

 Union County College Offers the Opportunity to Train in Health-Related Programs 

CRANFORD - Are you interested in becoming a pharmacy or phlebotomy technician? Would you like to receive your degree as an emergency medical technician for free? Union County College is a member of the Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium which works to strengthen and expand health care industry occupational training, leading to certifications and employment. The programming offered through the consortium is possible through the Health Professions Opportunity Grant. 

The Health Professions Opportunity Grant is a project funded by the Administration for Children and Families and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Grant Number 90FX0001. This grant provides training opportunities to help people improve their skills and find better jobs. Eligible applicants are chosen through a random lottery. Two-thirds of eligible applicants will be selected and will receive funding and support through the grant. If chosen, students could have the following education-related expenses paid for, such as: tuition, required textbooks, required medical supplies, required uniform, certification/licensure exams, and job search assistance. 

The program offered through the grant can cover the following health-related non-credit programs: Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician. The credit-based program that is covered by the grant is the Emergency Medical Technician.

Applications are now being accepted for Spring 2015 admission to Union County College. If you are interested in learning more about the Health Professions Opportunity Grant and how it can help you, please call (908) 412-3562 or email hpog@ucc.edu. Additional information can also be found at www.ucchpog.com.

YWCA Union County’s 7th Annual Empty Place at the Table Calls Attention to Domestic Violence

 ELIZABETH, NJ – The YWCA Union County will sponsor its Seventh Annual “Empty Place at the Table” event on October 23 at Union County College’s Cranford campus, in tribute to women and children who have lost their lives due to domestic violence. The art exhibition program of the event, which begins at 1 p.m., features dinner place settings, photographs, short stories and personal items, each of which represents someone who has lost her life due to domestic violence. 

At 6 p.m., the YWCA will present a program entitled “The Book of Truths:  Chapters of Survival and a Call to Action.”  A vigil will follow the performance.  The event is to be held at the Victor M. Richel Student Commons at Union County College’s Cranford Campus, with the evening program at the Roy Smith Theatre in the Student Center.  Union County College’s Student Government Association is co-sponsoring this event, which takes place Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The YWCA Union County has been providing services to survivors of domestic violence since 1978. The YWCA is the only agency in Union County that provides an emergency domestic violence shelter, in addition to transitional and supportive housing, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, domestic violence response teams, DV/DCP&P Liaison, 24-hour crisis intervention and hotline services.
Domestic violence is a crime that is not related to race, ethnicity, education or economic status, and is estimated to impact 1 in every 4 women nationwide.  It impacts more women than breast cancer, lung cancer, and ovarian cancer combined.  Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the U.S. up to $13 billion each year.  An average of 3 women per day in the United States are killed as a result of domestic violence.

“Nearly every day we read in the newspaper or hear on the news about domestic violence, including recent stories about women killed by their ex-boyfriend or husband.  Violence against women knows no boundaries, and it is critical that our community come together to speak out against this crime, and raise awareness,” said Janice Lilien, Executive Director of the YWCA Union County.

October 23 is also the observance of the first Purple Thursday to take place in Union County.  Purple Thursday is a creative Domestic Violence Awareness Month activity where participants use the color purple – in clothing, in displays, in ribbons, in lighting – to raise awareness about domestic violence.

The agency invites the public to wear purple on October 23, to attend Empty Place at the Table to learn about this issue, and to help raise awareness in our community.  There is no cost for attendance.

Union County College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information, contact YWCA Union County Executive Director Janice Lilien at 908-355-1995 ext. 122 or by email to jlilien@ywcaunioncounty.org. Anyone may seek help from domestic violence by contacting the 24- hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (908) 355-HELP (4357). 


Union County breaks ground on UCC Student Services Building

CRANFORD - Union County officials today held a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Student Services Center building on the Cranford campus of Union County College.
The two-story, 40,000-square-foot facility, an extensive renovation of the historic Nomahegan building, will become the hub of the College’s Cranford campus where a wide range of student services will be housed.

The $14 million project was financed by the Union County Improvement Authority. The anticipated completion date is August 2015.

We are pleased to be opening a new state-of-the-art facility that will educate a generation of our residents, raise their living standards and improve their quality of life, Union County Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak said.

The UCIA has worked closely with Union County College to help make this project a reality, said Daniel P. Sullivan, Executive Director of the UCIA. We’re very pleased to provide the financing and project management for this worthwhile project that will serve so many Union County residents.

The new Student Services Building will provide students with a One-Stop Enrollment Center on the first floor that will include:

Registration Services
Bursar and Payment Services
Financial Services
Disability Services
Educational Opportunity Fund Services
Counseling Services
Meeting Rooms

The second floor will house an array of computer and multi-use classrooms, math faculty and departmental offices, and support facilities.

By virtue of the commitment of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to this College and to County residents, we are able to provide our students with a new building that will consolidate all of the College’s student services, including admissions and registration, financial aid, student accounts, testing and advertisement. The second floor will feature faculty offices and classrooms that evince the first-class learning environment that our students expect and desire. As the first new building on the Cranford Campus in more than 20 years, the Student Services Building will become the centerpiece for the College’s renewal and revitalization, said Union County College President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin.

Wellness Classes Offered During October and November

CRANFORD - The Office of Continuing Education is pleased to announce a series of personal wellness classes being offered in October and November at the Union County College’s Cranford Campus. Seva Stress Release for Self-Care and Others is a six-hour workshop where participants will learn about the healing and transformative power of acupressure through a simple, easy to learn acupressure protocol and style of touch. This protocol can be used for self-care and with others to reduce stress and anxiety, promote relaxation and enhance well-being. The course will be held on Saturday, October 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost of the course is $99.

On November 12, Stop Smoking with Hyponosis, Lose Weight with Hyponosis and Relaxation through Hypnosis will be offered consecutively beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Each course is one hour in length and will cost $59. A reinforcement CD is strongly recommended and available for purchase for $18.
The College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information on these classes, please view the Continuing Education catalog online at www.ucc.edu/noncredit. To enroll online, go to http://ucc.edu/nonCredit/RegInf.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.

Donald Vega Jazz Quartet to Perform at Union County College

CRANFORD – The public is invited to come to Union County College’s Cranford campus at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, October 10, 2014, to enjoy a free concert of Latin Jazz music. The Donald Vega Jazz Quartet will perform in the Roy Smith Theater. A question and answer period will follow their performance.

The Donald Vega Jazz Quartet includes pianist Donald Vega, bassist Greg Ryan, drummer Vince Cherico, and conga player Renato Thoms.

Donald Vega was classically-trained in his native Nicaragua. He immigrated to the United States at age 14 and began learning the language of jazz from mentor Billy Higgins at The World Stage and later with bassist John Clayton at the University of Southern California. Following many surgeries Vega overcame a congenital defect that threatened hearing loss. He went on to graduate from Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School where he studied with piano great, Kenny Barron. Vega is currently the pianist for world-renowned bassist Ron Carter’s "Golden Striker" Trio. On his sophomore album, Spiritual Nature, he is joined by the rhythm section of bassist Christian McBride and drummer Lewis Nash, where he explores the marriage of jazz, Latin and classical music. Spiritual Nature was released on the Resonance Records label in August 2012. It stayed at the top of the jazz charts for several weeks, reaching all the way to #1.

The College’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. The concert is sponsored by the College Educational Programs Advisory Committee.

Union County College Receives Funding for Health Professions Pathways Project

CRANFORD – Union County College will be the recipient of $825,000 in funding over four years from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program. In collaboration with eleven other state community colleges through the New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, the new project is called the New Jersey Health Professions Pathways to Regional Excellence Project. Bergen Community College is the lead institution on the grant.
This new project is a collaboration of 12 community colleges, including Bergen, Brookdale, County College of Morris, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Ocean, Passaic, Raritan Valley, Sussex, and Union. The colleges are joined by more than 20 employers and 10 local Workforce Investment Boards, who have come together in the state to create and build a blueprint for a regional healthcare career pathways system that coordinates and aligns strategic partnerships, resources, funding, policies, data and accountability measures. This ensures that TAA-impacted, veterans, unemployed, and other low-skilled workers can successfully access and complete health profession programs to get a job in the healthcare sector. The project will serve more than 2,000 participants.
The funds allocated to the College will be used to hire staff to support both credit and non-credit healthcare training programs. A commitment to assisting participants with the transition from non-credit to credit programs and into job placement will also be established.
Through the project, training will be provided for positions such as certified home health aide, certified nurse assistant, mental health associate, certified patient care technician, registered medical assistant, certified pharmacy technician, massage therapist, medical administrative assistant, certified phlebotomy technician, certified EKG technician, certified billing and coding specialist, and health information management. However, please note that not every program listed will be offered at every participating institution.
Some of the corporations involved in the training include CVS Caremark, Bayada Home Health Care, Barnabas Health Clara Maass Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Health Care System, and Meridian Health.
Other participating agencies and key partners include the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission Workforce Investment Board, One-Stop Career Centers in 13 NJ counties, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Community Affairs and Resource Center, and New Jersey Hospital Association.

Union County College Practical Nursing Program earned national recognition from the National League for Nursing in receiving the Hearst Foundations’ Excellence in Geriatric Education Award.

CRANFORD  - On Sept. 19, the Union County College Practical Nursing Program earned national recognition from the National League for Nursing in receiving the Hearst Foundations’ Excellence in Geriatric Education Award.

The Hearst Foundations confer the award to nursing programs for demonstrating “exceptional innovation in teaching care of older adults.” Union and a college in Ohio are the only two institutions to earn the award in 2014.

The Hearst Foundations specifically cited Union for having developed an assessment tool that provided “a clever way for students to assess risk for senior-citizen patients.” Nursing Professor Michele Cislo describes the tool as a “concept map, with a rubric or decision tree for students to assess the needs of older adults.”

Past practice was far less organized. According to Professor Cislo, “The concept map enables students to follow clearly delineated procedures for risk assessment and response. In interviewing the patient, the student identifies the patient’s needs, including whether the patient cares for a significant other, whether the patient has morbidities such as diabetes or even trouble sleeping, eating. In the past, students would have to flip through papers to find the procedure required for a specific condition. With this tool, the student has an assessment rubric that is easy to follow and adhere to.”

Professor Cislo and Nursing Skill Lab Coordinator Elizabeth Galetz developed the award-winning concept map under the direction of Dr. Patricia Castaldi.

NLN President Marsha Adams and CEO Beverly Malone conferred the Hearst Foundations’ award to these Union County College employees during the NLN Education Summit in Phoenix, AZ, on Sept. 19.

Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin praised Dr. Castaldi and the staff for “having embraced an effective strategy to provide better care for seniors. They have been working with the rest of the Practical Nursing faculty to integrate these approaches throughout the entire curriculum. I am extremely proud of their efforts and the receipt of this wonderful award that recognizes their commitment.”
Professor Cislo and Ms. Galetz presented their innovation in geriatric care to their nursing colleagues at the pre-Summit Invitational Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors workshop session on Sept. 17.  The presenters provided examples of the students' use of focused assessment tools for older adults. 

Union County College Adds Two Full-Time Faculty Members This Fall

CRANFORD – With the start of the fall semester on September 3, 2014, Union County College welcomed two new full-time faculty members to the College for the 2014-2015 academic year. Patricia Green-Douglass joins the Business Department and Roberto Garcia joins the English/Fine Arts/Modern Languages Department and will be teaching English courses. 

Patricia Green-Douglass brings to Union years of working as an educational counselor and as a computer science tutor. From these two positions, she has vast experience in working with those who need learning assistance. She has experience in helping those with English as a Second Language issues and provided tutoring and assistance to those learning Microsoft Office Suite.
Ms. Green-Douglass holds two master’s degrees. One is an M.B.A. in general management from La Sierra University, with an emphasis in law and policy. Her second degree is a Master in Education in Instructional Technology, from East Stroudsburg University – which prepared her well for the College’s use of online course elements as a part of each course offered at Union. Her technical skills include computer literacy in Microsoft Office Suite; Database programs such as Oracle (Banner), MySQL, PowerSchool; experience with social media and internet research; learning management systems such as Desire2Learn (D2L), Moodle, Blackboard, and Canvas; and experience with Adobe, such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Captivate, InDesign, Illustrator, and Premier.
Roberto Garcia comes to Union having served as an Adjunct Instructor in English composition and language studies at Essex County College. In addition to his years of teaching at Essex, he served as the Associate Director of the Caspersen School of Graduate Admissions at Drew University. With his experience in both the role of instructor and in administration, Mr. Garcia understands the needs and demands of students today.
Mr. Garcia is also well published. He has reviewed poems and chapbooks. He has participated in author readings in New York City and a poetry series at the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, NJ. He also participated in panel discussions on contemporary literature and on the poem “Or” by Thomas Sayers Ellis.
Mr. Garcia holds multiple degrees. He has a Master of Fine Arts-Poetry and Poetry Translation from Drew University. His Bachelor of Arts is in English from Kean University. Mr. Garcia began his educational career at Union County College where he earned his Associate of Science in liberal studies.

Women’s Soccer Team Ranked 10th in the Nation

CRANFORD – The Union County College Women’s Soccer team has begun their season with an undefeated status and are in tenth place nationally in Division III of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Their current record is 5-0. On Sept. 24, 2014, they defeated Bucks County Community College with a score of 6-0. 

The team is comprised of 16 players. Two of notable mention are Catalina Lozano of Rahway. She is a mid-fielder who has 12 goals and 7 assists, having earned a total of 31 points. In Region XIX, she is currently ranked number one with points scored, she is tied for number one for goals scored, and is tied for number two with assists. Overall, in the NJCAA, she is tied for number three in the nation with goals scored and assists made, and is tied for number one in the nation with points scored.
Bianca Ferreira, of Hillside, plays forward. She has scored a total of 23 points and has made 8 goals and 7 assists. In Region XIX, she is number five in the region for points scored. She is tied for number 6 in the region with goals scored and she is tied for number two in the region for assists. Overall, in the NJCAA, she is tied for number 13 in the nation with goals scored. She is also tied for number three in the nation for assists and is tied for number nine in the nation for points scored.

Many players on the roster are from Union County. They include: Alexa Aldredge of Cranford; Vanessa Amador, Gabriela Cordova, and Tiffany Paden-Williams of Roselle Park; Valentina Andriolo and Tamoya Brown of Elizabeth; Tiffany Chin and Megan Maenza of Union; Jillian Pecina of Kenilworth; Diana Kallinosis of Rahway; Alexandra Mescavage and Jessica Mescavage of Bayonne; Luana Leite DeSousa of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Nora Valle of Houston, TX.

The Lady Owl’s will play the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Sept. 27, 2014, at 12 p.m. at Wheeler Park in Linden. For more information on the Women’s Soccer team and other teams at Union County College, please click here.

Cranford Construction: Student Services Building

Beginning on August 11, 2014, and until early 2016, construction of a new Student Services Building will take place on the Cranford Campus. The new building will become the Center for all student services, including admissions and registration, advisement, financial aid, and student accounts.

While the construction is taking place, we want to keep you safe. Please avoid any area that is off limits. Please use only the designated entrances.

Below is a map of the buildings surrounding the construction. Please use only the entrances marked in green.
Walking the extra distance to a designated entrance is the best way to keep safe.
Thank you for your patience throughout this construction.

Freeholder Granados Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month Events at Union County College

CRANFORD – Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder Sergio Granados joined Union County College President Margaret M. McMenamin at the kick-off celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month. In front of a diverse crowd of students, Freeholder Granados commended President McMenamin for the work being done at the College to help first-generation students receive their education. He spoke of the importance of a collegiate education in today’s world. He encouraged the students to take advantage of all opportunities presented to them while at Union.

Following Freeholder Granados’ rousing speech, the audience was entertained by cultural dances presented by the troupe, “Cultural Explosion.” A series of eight dances were presented, all from Hispanic and Latino countries. A brief history was provided on the origin of each dance. The final dance was the salsa, which was followed by free salsa lessons for those interested.  

The month long celebration continues each Tuesday with traditional music and food from various regions. Union’s students will be able to experience the different cultures for an hour each week at each of the College’s three campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield.

On Mon., Sept. 22, Union’s students who are part of the STEM programming will attend a Professionals Panel and learn about careers in the STEM field. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is an important initiative in President Obama’s 2020 College Completion Goal.

On Wed., Sept. 24, two events will be held at the College’s Elizabeth campus in the Kellogg Building. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to learn about the history of challenges facing immigrants when they arrived in the United States. Union’s students will also have the opportunity to meet renowned author Guillermo Fesser, when he speaks about his book, “One Hundred Miles to Manhattan.” His presentation will be followed by a book signing event, providing Union students with the opportunity to speak individually with Mr. Fesser. The book signing is sponsored by Santander Bank.

The following day, students who are interested in working for NASA will have the opportunity to attend the workshop, “Careers at NASA.” NASA engineer Javier Ocasio-Perez will address students in the STEM program about the opportunities that await them in their future. This presentation will be held at the College’s Cranford campus.

On Mon., Sept. 29, “Tres Vidas” will be presented in the Lessner Theater at the College’s Elizabeth campus at 40 West Jersey Street. “Tres Vidas” is a musical theater program based on the lives of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, Salvadorian activist Rufina Amaya, and Argentinean poet Alfonsina Storni.

The Men’s Soccer team will be playing Brookdale Community College on Sept. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Berkeley Heights at Snyder Field. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, all attendees are encouraged to wear the jersey of their favorite World Cup team.

A Health Professions Career Panel will be held at the Plainfield campus on Oct. 8 for those students who are interested in learning more about the types of careers in the health field.

The finale of the month of celebrations will be held on Oct. 15, 2014, at the College’s Elizabeth Campus in the Kellogg Building. Cultural Explosion will present “Passporte Latino.” Students will have the opportunity to learn about the origins of dance and music from different Caribbean and Latin American countries.

Union County College is one of six community colleges in New Jersey that has been identified as a Hispanic Serving Institution because more than 25% of its student population are Hispanic. To celebrate their heritage, the College has hosted events during Hispanic Heritage Month for the past few years. For more details on the events listed above, please click here.

Union's Women's Volleyball Team Defeats Brookdale

On Sat., Sept. 6, 2014, Union County College’s Women’s Volleyball team defeated Brookdale Community College, winning three games to two. The Lady Owls, with two returning players from last year’s conference winning team, were determined to start the season with a win. Union won the first match, in which second year setter Kianna Burrell, of Elizabeth, served ten winning points of which were two aces and she had 15 assists. Shannon Santiago, of Roselle, second year outside hitter, struck for Union with 16 kills. Aniyah Evans, of Rahway, a returning middle blocker, had seven kills. Union won the first game with a score of 25/15, the fourth game 25/22, and the final game 15/3.
Notable statistics from the day, include Andreia Couto, of Union, who scored five points for the Lady Owls with her serving and passing during the second game. Ms. Evans earned Union another four points with her blocking skills. During the third game, six points were earned by Shannon Santiago’s one serve.
In addition, new team member Kiyanna McMorris, of Rahway, had five blocks, and Brianna Flemming, of Roselle, earned 13 service points and had four kills.
The Lady Owls will play Passaic County Community College at home on Wed., Sept. 10, 2014, at 7 p.m. The game will be held in the Gym at the College’s Cranford campus, located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For more information on the volleyball team, and other athletic events at Union County College, please click here.

Student Park Only in Bollwage Garage in Elizabeth

Beginning this Fall Semester, the Bollwage Garage on West Jersey Street is the only parking facility for students in credit classes at the Elizabeth Campus.

(The Garage on Grand Street is no longer available. If you park there, attendants at Grand Street may make you pay money out-of-pocket when you exit.)
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