FDU Year in Review 2013

This year at FDU: (clockwise from left) an 81-year-old time capsule unearthed at the College at Florham; FDU-Vancouver students participate in the 20th Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; the first TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity is held at the Metropolitan Campus; Sheldon Drucker is named the seventh president of the University; students volunteer at the shore in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; and Wroxton yields 16,600 cups of tea per semester! (Photos by W. Scott Giglio, Dan Landau, Deborah Fiengold and courtesy of Jobin Mojtabavi. Infographic by Alexandra Cappuccilli)

By Kenna Caprio

As 2013 draws to a close, let’s celebrate the year that was with a look back at the stories making headlines at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

·      In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, FDU students volunteered in two New Jersey shore communities over spring break in March. Fifteen College at Florham students removed leftover debris from bulldozed homes and lots in Union Beach, under the direction of Americorps, while 10 students from the Metropolitan Campus helped rebuild the Lavallette boardwalk, in collaboration with the nonprofit Bucket Brigade and local public works department.

·      The University officially named Sheldon Drucker as its seventh president in April. Drucker previously served as chief operating officer and interim president, having worked at the University for 17 years. His strong commitment to the continued growth and success of FDU has led to his focus on college accessibility and affordability as president.

·      Following the April arrival of new Knights men’s basketball Coach Greg Herenda, a North Bergen, N.J., native who previously coached at UMass Lowell, the revitalized team scored big wins over Rutgers University and Seton Hall University in November and December. Come 2014, the Knights play against their NEC rivals!

·      Dos Mundos students traveled the world, immersing themselves in new cultures in study abroad locations in Central America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. Approximately 30 students left for their year abroad in the fall 2013 semester.

·      FDU-Vancouver administrators and Board of Trustees members officially cut the ribbon on a new second floor for the international campus in May. The additional room provides new office, classroom, library and social space to faculty, staff and a record 603 students.

·      In May, the University Advancement team kicked off the first-ever 42-hour challenge, honoring FDU’s founding year, 1942. Nearly 600 donors participated in the online giving challenge, raising a record-breaking $50,736, and qualifying FDU to receive a $25,000 matching contribution from trustee and Metropolitan Campus alum, Greg Olsen, BS’66, BSEE’66, MS’68.

·      Two annual milestones for the University come in the form of Commencement, honoring graduates, and Convocation, celebrating the new academic year. Nobel Peace Prize-winner Jody Williams — longtime anti-landmine activist — delivered the commencement address in May, while professors Robert Prentky, Kiron Sharma and Peter Burkholder were lauded for their efforts in research and scholarship, service and teaching at Convocation in September.

·      A $500,000 Hearst Foundations grant awarded to FDU will fund renovations to science labs in Dickinson Hall on the Metropolitan Campus ($400,000) and Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) scholarships on both New Jersey campuses ($100,000). The University receives half of the financing this year and half next year.

·      Silberman College of Business launched the Global Business Experience to expose students in international business concepts; celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Saturday MBA; and updated the traditional MBA curriculum to 42 credits.

·      Faculty and students collaborated on research ranging from youth plea-bargaining knowledge to interrogational torture to ornamental shrimp to the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court, and more.

·      Venturing out into local community pharmacies across New Jersey, School of Pharmacy students completed their first Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience. The students wore their white coats as they counseled patients, counted pills and communicated with doctors and insurance companies under the tutelage of a pharmacist preceptor (instructor).

·      Over the summer, construction workers at the College at Florham unearthed an 81-year-old time capsule in the Science Building, or the carriage house and stables in the Twombly-Vanderbilt era. Stuffed into a Prince Albert tobacco can, the 1932 note offered a glimpse into working conditions of a bygone era, one marked by Prohibition. The writer, also a construction worker, and his cohorts wished that the finder of the note “have a good drink on us,” if the 18th Amendment was repealed.

·      Distinguished speakers at TEDxFairleighDickinsonUniversity — an event held in September on the Metropolitan Campus — explored ideas ranging from the presence of Big Brother and privacy in the 21st century; the benefits of learning a foreign language; and the importance of public opinion polling, plus more. TEDx events are local, self-organized offshoots of the wildly popular TEDTalks and TED conference.

·      FDU-Vancouver volunteers marked the 20th anniversary of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup in September by removing more than 40 pounds of garbage from their site at False Creek, near Science World and Olympic Village in British Columbia. This is the sixth year that the campus has contributed time and talent to the cleanup.

·      In October, the University signed two very important partnership agreements with Bergen Community College and Ocean County College, establishing the BCC-FDU Scholars Program and the OCC-FDU Scholars Program. BCC and OCC students can now seamlessly transfer credits to the undergraduate or combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program of their choice at FDU. Both programs also offer generous scholarship incentives, including a 40 percent reduced tuition rate.

·      With grant support from the National Endowment of the Arts, the annual Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST) emphasized the culture, heritage and arts of Appalachia this October. Guests included Grammy Award-winning musician and writer Rosanne Cash, MacArthur “Genius” prize-winning poet C.D. Wright, Grammy Award-winning folk musician Loudon Wainwright III and many more.

·      Building on the success of their 2012-13 season when they went 24-4, the Devils women’s basketball team is on a tear to kick off the 2013-14 season, with an 8-0 record.

·      Great Britain’s famous ongoing love affair with tea led to an infographic detailing just how much is consumed each semester at Wroxton College. Nearly 16,600 cups, or enough to fill 21 bathtubs!

·      Following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela in December, FDU-Vancouver Campus Provost Cecil Abrahams, who worked alongside the anti-apartheid civil rights champion in South Africa, rallied the international campus to hold a memorial.

Feature Story from the FDU Newsroom

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