Holy Skirts, the new novel by René Steinke, English (Flor) and editor-in-chief of FDU’s The Literary Review, has been named one of the finalists for this year’s National Book Award in Fiction. The novel, published by William Morrow, is described as “A colorful imagining of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s turbulent story of love, marriage, poetry and art in the early 1900s, using actual incidents from her life. For more information go to http://www.nationalbook.org/ .
Raymond Baylouny, chemistry (Flor), received the Harvey Russell Award from the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society Teacher Affiliates Group. The award is given annually to a person who is not a high school educator but who goes above and beyond to further the cause of chemistry education at the high-school level. Baylouny was honored for his work in the Chemistry Olympiad for high school students as well as for his assistance planning the National Chemistry Week celebration, which will take place October 25 at FDU’s College at Florham.
Ann Mahan, director of student health services and nurse practitioner (Metro), and Joan Cann, patient care coordinator, student health services (Metro), received Board Certification in College Health Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
On October 1, FDU’s Alumni Association honored Nick Agostino, biology (Metro), with the “Volunteer of the Year” award. This award is given to alumni who have contributed significantly to academic programs, admissions, athletics, career development, chapters, fundraising and student life. His high level of involvement with and commitment to the Alumni Association has culminated in his appointment as president-elect of the Board of Governors. Agostino has served as the executive committee vice president of the board since 1998. Throughout his years of involvement, he has chaired a host of committees — spanning awards, student relations, alumni in admissions, alumni research, special events, senior class gift and the Annual Fund. For photos see Family Weekend and Homecoming http://inside.fdu.edu/otw/0510/weekend.html and http://inside.fdu.edu/prpt/agostino.html .
R. Gordon Perry, biological sciences (Flor), and his wife, Jean Perry, visual/performing arts (Flor), exhibited a photo and a large painting, respectively, of the Delaware River in a multiple artist show titled “The Delaware River, The Big Picture” at the Antoine Dutot Museum in Delaware Water Gap, Pa. On October 16, their photos and paintings of the Lehigh Canal will be part of the Walnutport Canal Festival in Pennsylvania. Also, their photos and paintings of the Delaware Canal are on display at the office of Pennsylvania State Representative Mario Scavello in Mt. Pocono until December 1. A selection of the their nature, landscape and historical photography are on exhibit at Washington’s Camera Headquarters in Washington, N.J., until November 18.
Benjamin Nelson, English (Metro), will teach the course “The Crucible of Justice: Three Trials that Rocked the Jewish World” on November 29 and December 6 and 13 as part of the Life Long Learning continuing education program of the JCC MetroWest Center for Adult Enrichment and the National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section. The course, which will be taught at the Leon and Toby Cooperman Jewish Community Center in West Orange, N.J., will cover the Dreyfus Affair, the Leo Frank case and the trial of Adolph Eichmann.
Marie Roberts, fine arts (Metro), will hold an exhibit of her sideshow banner paintings titled “Valentines: Banners from the Coney Island Sideshow. The exhibit, which will open on Saturday, November 5, will be at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, N.Y. An opening reception will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on November 5. The banners will be on display until February 26, 2006. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Joan Leder, senior program director, continuing education (Metro), announces the appointment of Deborah Fredericks, Petrocelli College (Metro), as director of operations, continuing education. She replaces Bill DeWitte, who retired on September 30.
Frederick Kronenwett, retired professor (Metro), died on September 27 at the age of 82. He joined the University in 1958 as a part-time professor in the science and engineering department and became a full-time faculty the following year. He retired in 1989.
Stephen Salmore, consultant/analyst/commentator, PublicMind (Flor/Metro), died on September 25 at the age of 64. He joined the University in 2001. He was a prominent figure on the New Jersey political scene as a private pollster and consultant to candidates and headed the Eagleton Poll from 1970 to 1980. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, political science (Flor), and daughter, Elizabeth, who works in the English department of the University of Novi Sad in Serbia. His will designates The Neuropathy Association as his contingent beneficiary. It is located at 60 East 42nd Street, Suite 942, New York, N.Y. 10165.
Adele Stern, Petrocelli College (Metro), died on September 26 at the age of 86. She joined the University in 1988 as director, Sally Sammartino Institute, education (Ruth). Stern directed FDU’s Arts in Education program and led an effort to instruct elementary and high school teachers in the arts. She also taught the Core curriculum. Stern was posthumously awarded a Presidential Citation during the recent Academic Convocation (For more information go to http://inside.fdu.edu/otw/0510/convocation.html). She is survived by her sons, Michael and Jonathan; her daughter, Bonnie McFadden; her brother, Roy Hyrkin; her sister, Phoebe Lane; and five grandchildren. The University has created a scholarship in her name. Contributions can be made to the Adele Stern Fund, President’s Office, 1000 River Road, H-DH1-03, Teaneck, N.J. 07666.
Jennifer D’Ambrosio, financial aid coordinator, financial aid (Metro), and Kevin Nolan, financial aid counselor, financial aid (Metro), were married on October 8. The bride is the daughter of Susan D’Ambrosio, clerk, human resources (Metro), and the sister of John D’Ambrosio, learning specialist, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities (Flor).
The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of September 19, 2005. For new faculty see Faculty Status Report 20052006 http://inside.fdu.edu/otw/0510/facultystatus.html .
Welcome to Jessica Camacho, assistant director, Educational Opportunity Fund (Metro); Brielle Consention, assistant softball coach, athletics (Metro); Shari Ferguson-Murtha, psychological counselor, student health services/psychological services (Metro); Andrew McKay, director of advancement communications, University advancement (Metro); Michelle Meyer, learning disabilities specialist, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities (Metro); John Norton, undergraduate admissions counselor, admissions (Flor); Tracyann O’Brien-Meurer, undergraduate admissions counselor, admissions (Metro); Kathleen Rasmussen-Doran, learning disabilities specialist, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities (Flor); Diane Santillo, graduate admissions clerk, enrollment services (Flor); and Jameel Scott, assistant director, Educational Opportunity Fund (Flor).