EIC Escapades Student Newsletter - April 2019
Your New Jersey Allied Health College
A A Message from President Ziner
Dear EIC Students:

At the outset of Spring 2019 (and a weekend ahead of warmer weather!), I am writing with great optimism about your future and that of Eastern International College (EIC). Since I became President in August 2017, we continue to make significant strides as a small student-centered, career-oriented, college committed to “Bridging Student Success, Leading-Edge Technology and Innovative Curricula with In-Demand Health Care Professions.” Why the quotation marks? Because that’s the title of our college’s strategic plan and vision through 2021. And we’re off to a great start! Here are a few milestones we’ve established:

In November 2017, we officially began our long journey to achieve regional accreditation by being granted the status of “Candidate for Accreditation” from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In Fall 2017, we strengthened our General Education program by embedding 15 hours of information literacy instruction per semester in our English 101 course offerings.

In February 2018, our Dental Hygiene Program was officially permitted to grow when the Commission on Dental on Dental Accreditation (CODA) adopted a resolution to permit EIC to double Dental Hygiene student enrollment; CODA also reinforced the good standing of our Dental Hygiene Program by sustaining the program’s accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements.”

In August 2018, we received full accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for our Belleville campus’ Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program and the Commission on Dental on Dental Accreditation (CODA) granted a full approval to offer a three-year BSDH program.

In Summer 2018, we upgraded our Student Information System, Diamond SIS, and implemented Canvas as our College’s Learning Management System (LMS) with a January 2019 go live date.

Back in September 2016, our Cohort Student Default (CDR) rate was an incredibly low 1% meaning only one percent of all EIC students with student loan debt weren’t able to meet their repayment obligations. In 2017 and 2018, we have experienced a further CDR decline to 0%! This praiseworthy accomplishment indicates our graduates continue to find work which, in turn, enables them to remain on their student loan repayment schedules and not go into default. 

In Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, we’ve been updating and expanding the clinical facilities associated with our Dental Hygiene Program.

In Fall 2018, we received approval from the State and the Accrediting Commission on Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) to implement the online Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program. The online BSDH was launched in January 2019.

In Fall 2018, we switched to Google as our email provider and can utilize all the G-Suite tools like Drive and Hangouts.

In January 2019, we received State (OSHE) approval to implement the Bachelor of Science in Health Leadership (BSHL) Degree Completion Program.

In January 2019, we received approval from Middle States (MSCHE) to engage in Self-Study designed to lead to regional accreditation in the late fall 2020; we’ve hit the ground running with our Steering Committee and seven Working Groups diligently collecting and managing data to develop their assigned Self-Study reports.

What all of this means to you is that we’re focused like a laser on continuous program improvements in a wide range of areas including quality teaching, best practices in classroom and lab technology use and, collectively, in a host of quality assurance initiatives (via online surveys and other means of data collection) that are designed to serve the interests of a wide range of stakeholders: State and Federal agencies, professional and regional accreditors, EIC’s Board of Directors, faculty and staff and, most importantly, each of you and your respective families.

In my February 2018 introduction to the Strategic Plan (which I encourage you to read!), I pointed to three interconnected events that shape the direction of the College. Each is even more relevant today. First, we have become an “assessment-minded” institution where faculty and staff set annual goals, become accountable for the achievement of these goals, and then make curricular and programmatic adjustments based on the outcomes (referred to as “closing the loop”). As I noted above, all of this energy is designed to lead to continuous program improvement or “CPI.” My President’s Cabinet, comprised of program coordinators and directors, and senior and executive administrators, works hard so that CPI is part of their work routines and our campus culture. The Vice President’s Council, comprised of academic program chairs, serves a parallel purpose. Chairs, in turn, meet with their faculty to discuss and engage in the direct and indirect assessment of course level data. Second, we have become a “mission-minded” institution where the goals we set, whether in the classroom or in the range of student support services we provide, are aligned to our College’s mission-based Strategic Plan. Our ability to document, measure and assess this connection not only helps us determine how effective EIC is at what we do, it also helps us tell our story to the public and to our accreditors. Finally, and tied strongly to the prior two events, is our ongoing pursuit to achieve regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our College has achieved the status of “Candidate for Accreditation” from MSCHE (November 2017) and was recently approved (January 2019) by the Commission to engage in Self-Study designed to lead to regional accreditation. Once this complex, data-driven, process concludes by the Fall 2020, when our MSCHE site team visit takes place, EIC will be poised to become a regionally accredited college!

Even in the context of these very positive events, outcomes and works-in-progress, our College is confronting the same social, economic and demographic challenges that are facing colleges and universities nationally. In response, I believe we have ahead of us a unique opportunity to wed technological change with residential and online programmatic growth to attract a wider student population; an opportunity to raise the quality and excellence of the entire College in our classrooms, clinical labs and externships for the benefit of all those we serve; an opportunity for significant growth and visibility. This time, more than any other, requires thoughtful planning and comprehensive, integrated and sustained curricular assessment and program evaluation to which – I am sure – all of you are experiencing (Have you participated in the Campus Experience Student Survey yet? If not, please click here to take part so your voice can be heard!). 

I began this discussion with “great optimism” for you and the future of our College. Though there are many reasons why, I can sum them up by pointing to our blueprint (aka, our Strategic Plan ) that builds on our institutional strengths while, at the same time, develops new areas and programs that will take us to new levels. I am pleased to be at the helm of this plan and have each of you on board to share this exciting journey. I believe that the bold vision set forth for Eastern International College will enable us to achieve our strategic goals and be counted among the finest small colleges in the country.

Best Wishes for Continued Success!

Dr. Andrew Scott Ziner, President
Office of the President
Eastern International College
Graduation 2019 - Friday May 24, 2019


Students who are scheduled to graduate up to August 2019
and that have completed externship requirements are permitted to walk early.
Graduation / Commencement is being held at:

William Paterson University (WPU)
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ

Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

All graduates that have graduated from July 2018 to present and those set to graduate between April 2019 to August 2019 should have received an email notification on graduation details, as well as a "Save the Date" communication. If you have not and believe you should have, please contact the Registrar.

Keep an eye out for your invitations in the mail. To attend, you will need to remit the graduation fee of $100, which covers your cap, gown, and three guest tickets by date listed on the invitation.

There are additional tickets that available by lottery for $10.00 (75 tickets available at present and depending on the number of students that opt to attend graduation, that number might increase). Therefore, some students will be able to have four guests.

Graduation, on May 24th, also includes pinning for Cardiovascular Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Dental Hygiene, and Medical Assistant programs.
Nurse Pinning

The Nursing Pinning Ceremony
to be held during Graduation on May 24th
prior to the conferral of degrees

You will need to remit a pinning fee $70, which is separate from the graduation fee,
but can be submitted at the same time.
This charge includes your nursing cap and lamp,
as well as your pin. Those that graduate up to April 2019 are eligible.
Are you cleared to receive your diploma?

  • Have you returned all of your library books?
  • Have you satisfied your balances and met with the Bursar's office?
  • Have you met with Default Management?
  • Have you completed your 3 hour career services workshop and required paperwork?

Don't wait till you graduate to complete your required, Career Services Group Session!
Next Group Session:

  • BELLEVILLE: Friday, April 26th at 10:00 a.m.

Sessions are 3 hours in length
Arrive early to ensure you're in class and ready to go. Class starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. No one is permitted to come into class once it has started.
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Over 50+ companies
are being represented
at the 4 job fairs taking place this month!


Companies represented and collecting resumes include:

  • Adult Care, Union City, NJ
  • Alaris Hamilton, Hamilton, NJ
  •  Alaris - Member Center of Alaris Health, Kearny NJ
  • Alliance Healthcare, Jersey City, NJ
  • Always Home Care, West New York, NJ -
  • Andrea S. Hayeck Dental Associates, Linden, NJ
  • Artis Senior Living, Marlton, NJ (Burlington)
  • Axia Women's Health, East Brunswick & Hillsborough Twsp, NJ
  • Associates in Digestive Diseases, Springfield & Warren, NJ
  • Bayada Home Health Care, North Brunswick, NJ
  • Bergenline Dental Spa, West New York NJ
  • CarePoint
  • Caring & Hospice Services, Edison, NJ and Burlington, NJ
  • CFG Health Network, Newark & Elizabeth NJ
  • Chang, Dr. (OBGYN), Jersey City Heights, NJ
  • Children's Specialized Hospital, Central & Northern NJ
  • Citychoice Medical & Diagnostics, Union NJ
  • Clara Maase, Belleville, NJ
  • Columbus LTACH, Newark, NJ
  • Cosmopolitan Medical Staffing, Somerset, NJ
  • Daughters of Israel, West Orange, NJ
  • Davita, Unoin & Middlesex Counties, NJ
  • Delvecchio Metabolic Institute, Fairfield, NJ
  • Dental Associates of Bayonne, Bayonne, NJ
  • Dental Professional Staffing LLC (Temp), NJ
  • Dentistry for Children, Bloomfield, NJ
  • East Orange General Hospital, East Orange, NJ
  • Extended Homes, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan, NY -
  • Gardenstate Cardiovascular, Newark, NJ
  • Great Expressions Dental Center, Bayonne, NJ
  • Hackensack Meridian Health, Neptune, NJ
  • Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck, NJ
  • Horizon Healthcare Staffing, Manalapan (all over state of NJ)
  • Ironbound Medial, Newark, NJ
  • Jefferson Health, Philadelphia & Bucks County, PA
  • Kusnierz, Dr. James - OBGyN, Irvington, NJ
  • Laurel Circle, Bridgewater, NJ
  • Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan, NY
  • Lincoln Park Center, Lincoln Park, NJ
  • Livingston Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Nadi, Livingston, NJ
  • Lutheran Senior Life
  • Masonic Village at Burlington, Burlington, NJ
  • Medscreen Labs, NJ
  • Mobile X - NJ and Philadelphia, PA 
  • Mountainside Hospital and Offices, NJ
  • National Staffing Associates, West Orange, NJ
  • Newark Beth Israel, Newark, NJ
  • Newark Community Health Care, West Orange, Irvington, Newark, & Orange, NJ
  • Phoenix Dental Solutions (Temp), NJ
  • Preferred Home Health Care - NJ
  • Rapid X Mobile Diagnostic, Brooklyn, NY
  • Reformed Church Home, Old Bridge, NJ
  • Pediatrics of Morristown, Morristown, NJ
  • Pride Health - Staffing for NJ and NY Hospitals
  • Riverside Medical
  • Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, Hamilton Township, NJ
  • Shin, Dr., Fort Lee, NJ
  • Summit Medical Group, Central & Northern NJ
  • St Barnabas, Bronx, NY
  • The Tooth-fairy, Jersey City
  • University Radiology, Central and Southern NJ
  • Viva Eve, Forest Hills, NY
  • Whiskers & Meals, Jersey City, NJ
  • Geogroup, Kearny, NJ and Trenton, NJ


Stop by and see Jennifer to submit your resume to companies that are not able to attend. Those companies are waiting for resumes to be submitted at the conclusion of the job fair each day. Check your email for more details on all the companies and the days they will be in attendance.

Dates

Belleville - Thursday, April 11th
Belleville - Friday, April 12th

Job Fairs run 11:00-3:00 with a 1:00-1:30 break for lunch
Job Fair Etiquette

  • Have your uniform ironed nicely (if you are in class that day).

  • Be dressed in interview attire if you are not in school that day or of you are already a graduate.

  • Be sure to have your resume (and enough copies) to give to each employer you speak with.

  • When you introduce yourself, ask the name of the person you are speaking with, be sure to extend your hand and give a nice firm handshake. (No bone crushers, though!)

  • Do NOT swipe free giveaways off the tables. Make sure you speak with the employer first and if there is something you want, ask if it is okay to take one. Remember, you're there for face to face time with employers, not to pick up free giveaways.

  • Do NOT tell the employer you are nervous. They know you are nervous. They do not know you and are excited to learn about you. The best person to tell all about you, is you!

  • Have your elevator speech / personal commercial ready to go. It is the answer to "

  • Have your elevator speech / personal commercial ready to go. It is the answer to "Tell me about yourself."

  • Ask for a business card at the end of your conversation and submit a thank you letter thanking them for their time in speaking with you.

  • Jennifer can tell you which companies have signed up to be in person for specific days. Researching the company prior to coming to the job fair will give you an additional edge!

  • If you find the company is a place you would like to work, find out the next steps and processes to arrange an interview.

  • Don't interrupt HR Representatives or fellow students/graduates who are talking with employers.

  • Stop by all employer tables. You never know who knows who and where an opportunity may arise. There have been times when a job seeker impresses an employer and they connect that job seeker with another employer who is looking to fill positions different than what they are seeking to fill.

  • Be sure to say "THANK YOU" for the employer taking time to speak with you prior to leaving.

  • Note that the job fair shuts down between 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. for the employer's lunchtime. Hours of job fair run 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Please be sure to put your best foot forward. Keep in mind that you are representing your career services expert as well as EIC! Be prepared and bring your "best self!"

2019 Summer Registration
Registration is now open for CVT, DH, DMS, MA and Nursing

Students must register for classes every semester. Summer classes start May 6th and run until August 16th.

Call 201.216.9901 to schedule an appointment at the Jersey City Campus.

Call 973.751.9051 to schedule an appointment at the Belleville Campus.
EIC Belleville Campus
Helps Our Community Again!
A second box of winter clothing was donated to Lakeview Learning Center in Wayne, NJ. This large donation was very much appreciated by the students at the center.

Belleville's Student Council stated that, "being able to help the students at this learning center was an amazing feeling. It felt awesome to give to other students who are trying to get an education, being clothed is one of the first and primary needs." We were excited to provide this donation, which ultimately aids in better learning when provided with primary needs.

Thank you to the staff and students from EIC who donated! 
NJHC Networking Event
New Jersey Health Care Network held their Networking Event at EIC's Jersey City Campus
EIC is thankful to NJ Health Care network for having their networking event at our college. We are grateful to EIC for the nice spread they put out for our guests and students who attended.

Dr. Rosales shared that the nursing student enjoyed the opportunity to network and practice speaking with employers.

Thank you to all the faculty and students who stopped by!
Why you should attend next year's
"New Jersey Nursing Student Convention"
A message from your
Jersey City Student Council Vice President
Deseree Gordon
who attended the 2019 convention:
_________________________________________
Attending the Nursing Student National Association Convention in Atlantic City, NJ was one of my best experiences as a nursing student. Initially when the opportunity was presented to me I was a little indecisive due to simply not knowing what to expect. After speaking with a few of my professors and Dr. Rosales I decided to go, and I am extremely happy that I did. Upon entering, everything was so organized from the registration process to the seminars. There were many seminars that I found very interesting and would be essential in my journey as a nursing student transitioning into a registered nurse. There was also an exhibit hall that had different hospitals with their nursing recruiter onsite, various schools with different options on continuing education, and there were also various vendors that offered books, stethoscopes and other nursing gear that would peak your interest. I will definitely be attending in the future and I encourage every nursing student to attend this convention which will broaden your horizon on your journey towards success. The seminars that I enjoyed were, “Becoming the RN: Transition from student to Nurse” held by Barbara Blozen. I also really enjoyed, “ER & ICU we didn’t start the Fire”, and the last one that really peaked my interest was the “Med-Surg Made Insanely Easy for NCLEX Success” presented by Loretta Manning. In this seminar I discovered various picnominics that made fluid and electrolytes easier to understand and process. I can assure you that those picnominics will stick with me throughout the duration of my educational pathway. I would like to thank Dr. Rosales, Professor Reginald, and Professor Lopez for supporting and encouraging my fellow classmates and I to attend this seminar, an experience that I will remember for a lifetime.

Deseree S. Gordon
Eastern International College
Nursing Student 2019
Thank You for Representing EIC as Delegates
Suzette Afflick, Kaitlyn Brauer, and Cherita Morgan
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!
Congratulations to our own Cherita Morgan, who was chosen as the Health Policy and Advocacy Director of the NJNS
Cherita Morgan, Belleville Student Council Board member, ran and was chosen for the Health Policy and Advocacy Director for the New Jersey Nursing Students, Inc., (NJNS). She will be featured on their website along with the other board members. Congratulations Cherita!

Cherita's own words: I attended the 2019 New Jersey Student Nurse convention for the second time as a delegate, proudly representing Eastern International College, and my experience was spectacular. I had the liberty of participating in voting on the policies and bylaws of the NJNS. At the convention I had a chance to network and to meet new people. There were representatives from many colleges who were very informative about there RN to BSN programs and Employers who shared what to expect moving forward as a new nurse. In addition, we had the opportunity to attend different conferences with great speakers who shared their experiences and discussed important topics geared to the nursing and health care fields. I was also able to attend medical surgical, pharmacological, and RN NCLEX reviews. There was so much to do and learn!

I must say my most memorable moment, however, was when I got elected for a NJNS board position. I am honored to be the Health Policy and Advocacy Director of the New Jersey Student Nurse Association.

I look forward to the new experiences ahead and am thrilled to represent my school (EIC). I hope to continue to set a good example for the student council members and student body of EIC. Additionally, I look forward to seeing them participate in the upcoming NJNS conventions. My goal is to make a positive difference in the health field. With the training I have received at EIC and the experiences that awaits with being on the NJNS board, I am confident that I will accomplish great things.

Cherita Morgan
Nursing Student
Eastern International College
Student Council meets once a month and snacks are provided at meetings. Come be a part of something bigger than yourself. Get involved and make a difference in your communities. For more information, email Jennifer .
Student Council Board Members
 JERSEY CITY
Student Council

Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Location: Student Lounge
2nd floor
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

President
Maggie Mattson, Dental Hygiene

Vice President
Deseree Gordon, Nursing

Secretary/Treasurer
Amanda Chirico, Dental Hygiene

Student Ambassador #1
Pricilla Bonilla, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Vacancies still available for Student Ambassadors

* Come an be a part of the meeting and learn what's going on.
Belleville Student Council
wants to welcome our newest Board Member,
Monica Angamarcum, Treasurer!
BELLEVILLE
 Student Council

Next Meeting: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Location: Student Lounge
2nd floor
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

President
Kaitlyn Brauer, Nursing

Vice President
Steven Chea, Nursing

Secretary
Nicole Hernandez, Nursing

Treasurer
Monica Angamarcum

Student Ambassador #1
Frances Torres, Nursing

Student Ambassador #2
Stephanie Valese, Nursing

Student Ambassador #3
Cherita Morgan, Nursing

Student Ambassador #4
Olga Kolomytkina, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Student Council Members have a voice in College Life.

Graduation was originally set to take place in one venue, but our students voiced their opinions and desire to be able to have more than two guests at their graduation; therefore, another venue was presented and put out as a vote to all of those who will be graduating. The majority vote decided on the 5/24 graduation date. This is just one of many decisions that have been affected by Student Council and the student body.
Maria's Counseling Corner
  • Let's work to hone our soft skills under the "more" column.

  • Did you know that listening is a key soft skill, especially in the healthcare field?

  • Did you know that having your diet include healthier choices can make you feel better, ultimately, aiding you in your studies?

  • Did you know that maintaining a positive attitude by encouraging, hoping, believing, smiling, loving, and understanding aid you in all aspects of your life?

  • If you need assistance in how to tap into the "more" column and come away from the "less" column, please be sure to reach out.

~ Maria Billings, Counselor ~
Monthly Awareness for March

JC Student Council Meeting
Day, April 17, 2019
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Jersey City Student Lounge
 2nd floor

BV Student Council Meeting
Day, April 18, 2019
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Belleville Student Lounge
 2nd floor

Last Day of Semester
Saturday: April 27, 2019

Graduation
Friday: May 24, 2019
Time: 1:00
** Invitations will go out soon **
Those that graduate in August, will be permitted to walk as long as they complete a " Graduation Attestation Waiver "

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