Faculty, Staff — Update, Welcome


Janet Sigal, psychology (Metro), was co-chair of the 18th Annual Celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, which was held at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City on October 2. The event included a U.N. briefing, keynote speeches, breakout sessions and a fundraising luncheon. Sigal has been a member of the American Psychological Association team at the United Nations since 2006.

Nicholas Baldwin, dean, Wroxton College, and alumna Vanessa Shields, BA’03 (Flor), program manager with a Washington, D.C., consultancy group, co-edited Beyond Settlement: Making Peace Last After Civil Conflict, a collection of 18 case studies that examines and evaluates institution building and sector reform in conflict states, published by FDU Press.

Robert Ostermann, emeritus, psychology (Metro), was accepted as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

William Moore, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor), was elected president of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, the regional professional association for business schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, Delaware and Puerto Rico. His term runs until September 2009.

Judith Waters, psychology; Harry Keyishian, English and director of editorial committee, FDU Press; and J. Richard Chaplin, accounting (all Flor), appeared on CNN’s “Open House,” which aired at 9:30 a.m. on November 8. They discussed the effects of the economic downturn on their retirement savings and plans.

On October 16, Mary Farrell, learning disabilities education and director, Center for Dyslexia Studies (Metro); and University director, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities (Metro/Flor), received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the New Jersey branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She also was recognized for her role in developing six Scottish Rite Masonic Learning Centers in New Jersey that provide tutoring to children from kindergarten through high school who have been diagnosed as dyslexic.

On October 29, James Barrood, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), was one of the speakers at the Third Annual Business Symposium presented by Sobel & Co., LLC at the Hilton Woodridge, Iselin, N.J.

Bernard Dick, English/communications; coordinator, MA in media/professional communication; and co-director, art/media studies (Metro), was featured in the documentary “Overview for Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film,” which aired on Turner Classic Movies. A review Dick wrote of David Mamet’s Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose and Practice of the Movie Business was published in the fall 2008 issue of Film Quarterly.

Edward Babulak, information systems (Van), was invited to serve as editor and principal author of The Handbook on Future Educational and Information Technologies, to be published by Bentham Science Publishers, and as editor for special issues for the International Journal of Simulations: Systems, Science and Technology. On November 14, he will receive his doctor of science diploma from University of Pardubice in Czech Republic. A lecture that Babulak presented on “The IT Age and Future Education” at the 2008 International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Applications in Slovakia can be viewed online at http://videoserver.cnl.tuke.sk/iceta_2008_the_it_age_and_future_education .

Graduate entrepreneurial studies student Michelle Mercado received a $2,500 scholarship award from the Executive Women of New Jersey. To be eligible to receive this award, a student must be nominated by a faculty member, in this case Ethné Swartz, entrepreneurial studies and chair, marketing/entrepreneurship, and Joan Slepian, management (both Flor). Swartz stated that she recognized Mercado for her “enquiring mind, great sense of responsibility, incredible work ethic and a determination to apply her academic learning to her work and her life.”

Thomas Swanzey, associate dean, Petrocelli College, and Kandy Turner, international student adviser, international student services (both Metro), are among the cast members of “Mars Is Heaven” and “Sorry, Wrong Number” — two of the plays included in “No Going Back: Four Short Plays of Comedy and Suspense,” a production staged by the University Players on November 6 and 7 on the Metropolitan Campus.

With the assistance of Laureano Corces, Spanish (Flor), the Scialfa family, who wanted to support Italian studies at the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, set up a scholarship in honor of their son, Carl Scialfa, an FDU alumnus BS’79 (Ruth). Four FDU students — Allison Georgetti, Jordan DeGroat, Laura Manfreda and Nicole Straffi — were awarded scholarships to study and travel in Italy.

Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Laboratory (Metro); William “Pat” Schuber; and Joseph Devine, both administrative science (both Metro), co-authors of A New Look at Nagasaki, 1946, will hold a book signing and slide-show lecture on Tuesday, November 20, at noon in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Doherty conducted a seminar, titled “Intellectual Property Theft and Protection,” on October 23 for FDU business and accounting students. Theodore David, taxation (Metro), helped Doherty plan and select topics for the presentation. Doherty also participated in the 7th Annual Preparedness Conference held at the Madison Hotel in Morristown, N.J.

Leonard Green, Silberman College (Flor) and member of the Rothman Institute Advisory Board, was inducted to the NJBIZ Hall of Fame. He is president of the Green Group.

In the News

Robin Barkley, computer graphics/animation, and Howard Libov, film and assistant dean, Becton College (both Flor), were interviewed for The Sunday Star-Ledger article about FDU’s film and animation program titled “Producing a Class Act.” David Landau, film, and Elliott Hoffman, film (both Flor), were also mentioned in the article.

Vicki Cohen, education and director, education (Metro), was interviewed for the article “FDU Programs Gain Pre-accreditation,” published in Bergen News and Press Journal.

Michael Avaltroni, chemistry and chair, chemistry (Flor), was interviewed for the Daily Record article “FDU Program Gives Tips on Teaching Sciences, Math” about the University’s Institute for the Enhancement of Teaching Science and Math.

Michelle McCroy Heins, interim dean of students (Metro), was quoted in The Record article “Credit Cards Can Trap Unwary College Students.”

Sorin Tuluca, economics/finance (Flor), was quoted in the article “Stocks Take Another Big Hit: Companies Encouraged by Fed’s Decision to Buy Short-term Debt,” published in The Record.

J. Michael Adams, president, was part of a higher-education roundtable of college and university presidents conducted by Commerce for its feature “Higher Education Reaches for New Heights with Online Courses, New Technology, Campus Amenities and Class.” The question-and-answer feature, which covered issues such as trends in college education and career-assistance programs for graduates, was published in the magazine’s September 2008 issue.

James Barrood, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), was interviewed for the Florham Park Eagle article “High School Students Offered an On-line Course in Finances” about the Rothman Institute’s online financial-planning course.

Joseph Kiernan, economics/finance (Metro) and interim University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor), was quoted in The Sunday Star-Ledger article “Pursuing a Passion,” about graduate studies.

Daniel Cassino, political science (Flor), was quoted in the article “Talking Politics: Parsippany Group Hashes Out Election Issues at Library,” published in the Daily Record.

Jonathan Wexler, associate vice president for admissions/financial aid (Metro/Flor), was interviewed for two articles in The Record — “Tight Job Market Benefits Colleges: Grad Programs Gaining Students” and “For Colleges, New Lessons in Marketing: Novel Ideas Aim to Lure Today’s Teens.”

Jeana Wirtenberg, director of external relations/services, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE) (Flor), was interviewed for The Record article “Partnership of People, Profit, Planet: A Focus on Sustainability’s Human Side,” which talked about The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook: When It All Comes Together. Wirtenberg co-edited the book with William Russell, president, SKN Worldwide-USA, Inc. and research associate, ISE (Flor); and David Lipsky, Silberman College (Flor).

Gerhard Haas, biological sciences (Metro), was mentioned in the article “Hops Extract May Reduce Clostridium in Chickens,” published on the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Web site. Haas worked with a research team led by microbiologist Gregory Siragusa. Their research was published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

Domenick Celentano, entrepreneurial studies (Flor), was interviewed for the Daily Record article “‘Food-Preneur’ Caters to Business Sense: Professor from FDU Nourishes Startups,” about the Food-Preneur™ Boot Camp, a series of workshops tailored to new or early-stage entrepreneurs who want to go in the food business. He also was quoted in the article “In Down Economy, Food Ads Booming: Pressure for Brand Recognition Mounts,” published in The News & Observer (Associated Press).

Roger Koppl, economics/finance and executive director, Institute for Forensic Science Administration (Flor), was quoted in the NJ.com article “After Historic Losses in Markets, World Braces for Monday Factor.”

Peter Woolley, political science and director, PublicMind (Flor), was quoted in several articles about PublicMind polls: “Election 2008: Senate Candidate Isn’t Even Close, Poll Says” (Newsday.com, NorthJersey.com, PolitickerNJ.com, Vineland Daily Journal, TheDailyJournal.com, philly.com and Cherry Hill Courier Post [Associated Press (AP)]); “Lautenberg Accepts Call by Zimmer for a Debate” (The Press of Atlantic City); “NJ Congressional Challengers Want Debates” (Newsday.com [AP]); “Polls Play a Prominent Role in Election Drama: Data Can Affect Campaign Donations and Enthusiasm of Faithful” (The Star-Ledger and nj.com); “Delaware: Markell Has 2-to-1 Lead Over Lee in Poll, Castle Way Out Front in Race for U.S. House” and “Delaware: Poll Shows Markell Has Commanding Lead” (The News Journal and delmarvanow.com); “New Poll Finds Most Democrats Leading in Delaware” (WBOC16); “Poll: Gov. Minner Out of Favor with Delawareans” (The News Journal and delawareonline.com); “Dems: GOP Downplaying Bush’s Fundraising Visit” (Asbury Park Press [AP]); and “Polls Favor Castle — But He’s Not Easing Up” (The News Journal and delawareonline.com). Woolley also was interviewed for The Record article “McCain, Obama Far Apart on Education.”

Al Campora, head women’s volleyball coach, athletics (Flor), was featured in the My Sport section of MadisonChathamThisWeek.com.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of November 3, 2008.

Welcome to Lisa Friscioni, assistant women’s bowling coach, athletics (Metro); Lauren Iannia, financial aid coordinator, financial aid (Metro); Sujit Joginpally, supervisor for hall security assistants, public safety (Metro); David Jones, assistant director, Educational Opportunity Fund (Flor); Karen Lambert, receptionist/data entry clerk, undergraduate admissions (Flor); Todd Leathers, assistant baseball coach, athletics (Metro); Fernando Matondo, financial aid coordinator, financial aid (Metro); Terrence Nelson, officer, public safety (Flor); Lauren Nicolosi, career counselor, career development (Flor); John Pirres, learning disability specialist, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities (Flor); Donna Russo, enrollment service records/graduate specialist, enrollment services (Flor); and Robert Warren, head golf coach, athletics (Metro).

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