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Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Hot Topics Scheduled

The Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences is presenting a Hot Topics panel discussion titled “Are Americans Islamophobic? Or Do They Have Reason to Be Afraid?” on Tuesday, October 19, at 7 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. The free discussion will be moderated by Lona Whitmarsh, psychology (Flor). Panelists — all College at Florham faculty — include Sarah Crabtree, history; Kate Dunsmore, communication studies; Riad Nasser, sociology; and Gabriel Sawma, Becton College.

To register or for information, e-mail Madeleine McMahon, administrative assistant, Becton College (Flor), at

‘Two Gentlemen of Verona’ to Be Staged

“Two Gentlemen of Verona,” one of William Shakespeare’s earliest and most popular comedies, will be presented in November by the visual and performing arts department in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham. Performances are Wednesday, November 17, through Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m.; Friday, November 19, at 11 a.m. for high school students; and on Sunday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m.

The comedy follows the exploits of two best buddies, Proteus and Valentine, who leave their hometown of Verona to find fame and fortune in the big city of Milan. While there, they both fall in love with the same young woman and their friendship is put sorely to the test. In tow are their two faithful servants, Speed and Launce, who cannot leave home without his scene-stealing dog, Crab. Updated to take place in a Fellini-esque Italy, this promises to be a rollicking, bawdy evening of fun.

“Two Gentlemen of Verona” will be directed by Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor). Tickets are $5 for students and the FDU community, and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved in advance by calling 973-443-8644, ext. 4. For information call 973-443-8467 or e-mail

The musical “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine will be presented in the spring.

Author Thomas Kennedy to Read, Discuss His Book

Internationally acclaimed novelist Thomas Kennedy, creative writing (Flor), will read from and discuss his book, In the Company of Angels, on Thursday, November 11, 3:30 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. A question-and-answer period follows the reading and discussion.

Kennedy is the author of more than 20 books and the winner of numerous awards, including the Pushcart Prize, the O. Henry Prize for Short Stories, and the National Magazine Award, in 2008. In the Company of Angels, a powerful story of two damaged souls struggling from darkness to light, won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2007.

In the Company of Angels is the primary text for the College at Florham’s FDU: Reading the World. As such, all students enrolled in the Freshman Writing Workshop course will read the novel, and all freshmen in the writing program are studying texts that are connected with Kennedy’s work. Among these related texts are excerpts from books by Matthew Alexander, a former United States Air Force interrogator in Iraq, and by Ali Soufan, a highly decorated former FBI Supervisory Special Agent. Alexander spoke at the College at Florham on October 7, and Soufan will speak on October 21, as part of this semester’s “Politics on the PublicMind.”

The free November 11 event is co-sponsored by the college writing program in the College’s department of literature, language, writing and philosophy; the Dean of Students Office and the Reading the World freshman program. For information contact M. Kathryn Douglas, English composition and director of college writing (Flor), at 973-443-8718 or

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Domestic Violence Seminar Held

As part of its External Classroom Experience, the department of psychology and counseling and the New Jersey Association of Family Conciliation Courts (NJ-AFCC) sponsored a one-day seminar on the “New Paradigms in Addressing Domestic Violence” on October 2 at the College at Florham. More than 120 FDU students, psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers and judges attended the seminar.

Faculty panelists who shared their views on domestic violence included Donalee Brown, psychology and co-director, MA in counseling; Yolanda Hawkins-Rodgers, psychology and chair, psychology/counseling; Anthony Tasso, psychology; and Lona Whitmarsh, psychology (all Flor). Graduate students in clinical mental health counseling provided poster presentations on various aspects of domestic violence.

Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy and Practice and Welsh chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence, University of Pennsylvania, was the keynote speaker. Well known for his research in the field, he led a discussion on domestic-violence advocacy and research. Family Court Judge Thomas Weisenbeck of Morris County, N.J., discussed aspects of the law with regard to domestic violence.

The seminar was organized by Anthony Tasso, who served as faculty coordinator, and Ann Ordway, Becton College (Flor) and NJ-AFCC member.

For its first External Classroom Experience last year, the department of psychology and counseling worked with the Art Therapy Association of New Jersey to host a one-day workshop where professionals in the field held interactive sessions on how to utilize various therapeutic interventions. According to Hawkins-Rodgers, “students should be exposed to learning experiences beyond the classroom. These one-day workshops are open to all FDU students without cost so that they can network and gain practical experiences from professionals in the field.”

Silberman College of Business

Novartis Chairman — CEO Innovation Lecturer

Daniel Vasella, chairman of the board for Novartis AG, will deliver the 2010 CEO Innovation Lecture, “Improving the Practice of Medicine: The Role of Drug Discovery and Health Care Systems,” on Thursday, November 11, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham.

Vasella served as CEO and executive member of the board of directors for 14 years following the merger of Ciba-Geigy and Sandoz that created Novartis in 1996. During his tenure as CEO, he has led Novartis through dynamic growth to rank among the world’s most successful health care companies, and strategically refocused the portfolio to include pharmaceuticals, vaccines and diagnostics, generics and consumer health.

Vasella has implemented strong pioneering initiatives to ensure access to medicines, which include the founding of the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases for research on neglected diseases of the developing world, the International Patient Assistance Program for the breakthrough cancer drug Gleevec®/Glivec, the supply of the novel malaria treatment Coartem® below cost to the World Health Organization and other institutions as well as a pledge to donate the drug therapy needed to eradicate leprosy worldwide. Under his leadership, Novartis was one of the first multinational companies to sign the United Nations Global Compact initiative.

Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:15 a.m., with Vasella’s presentation at 8 a.m. Preregistration is required; cost is $50 per person with preregistration, $75 at door (if space permits). Seating is limited and registration is necessary. To register, call 973-443-8842.

The CEO Innovation Lecture is co-sponsored by the Silberman College of Business, the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship and TD Bank. For more information go to .

New Jersey Family Business Awardees

Accurate Box Co., Paterson, N.J., a third-generation carton company, earned top honors in the Over $10 Million Category, while Ingrassia Construction, Middlesex, N.J., a full-service general construction company, won in the Up to $10 Million category in the 18th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards, held on October 12 at Crystal Plaza Caterers in Livingston, N.J.

The awards program, sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly magazine, represents the only statewide effort to specifically honor family-owned companies for their significant role in the economy and contributions to the community.

Accurate Box Co., which was founded in 1944 by Henry Hirsh, started as a small folding carton company. Hirsh’s son, Charles Hirsh, took over the business in the 1960s and grew the company as a folding carton manufacturer specializing in large format packaging. Lisa Hirsh assumed the position of president in the 1990s as the third generation of the Hirsh family to run the business.

Ingrassia Construction is a full-service general construction company serving the needs of the public and private sectors. It was founded in 1928.

FDU Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

A staff member and six students were honored for the innovation ideas, products, and services at the 2010 FDU Innovation Challenge on September 10 during the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship’s Eighth Annual Recognition Reception at the College at Florham.

Jessica Harris, director of student life (Metro), was the winner in the faculty and staff category for her innovative idea, the Little Box of New Jersey Trivia. (See Faculty, Staff — Update, Welcome .)

In the graduate-student category, the winners were, in first place — Mehul Thakar, for “Desire Gifts — Help Your Loved Ones”; second place — Darrell Fertakos, for Vision and Sign Language Assistant Operator; and third place — Darren Drake, for “Un-Bump Me.”

In the undergraduate student category, the winners, were in first place — Chad Nathan, for the Energy-converting Treadmill; second place — Anthony Palmiotto, for Wi-Fire; and third place — Chase Kruppo, for Musician’s Personal Performance Module.

Transforming the Organization’s Culture

David Jenkins, chief information technology security officer and director, division of information resource management and security, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Shir Nir, partner and president, Handel Group, were the featured speakers at the October 15, breakfast seminar on “Transforming the Organization’s Culture: Culture as an Enabler of Success” at the College at Florham. The breakfast seminar series is sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise/Center for Human Resource Management Studies (ISE/CHRMS).

The next ISE/CHRMS seminar is scheduled for Friday, November 19. Topic, speaker and location to be announced. The cost is $40, $25 for nonprofit organizations and free for faculty, staff, students and ISE/CHRMS partners. Registration is necessary.

For registration and information call 973-443-8577 or go to .

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

Green Careers

The second cohort for the Transitioning to Green Careers™ certificate program began in September. For the next three months, students will explore the emerging green economy and will begin to craft a plan to fit their interest areas. Students participate in a combination of instructor-lead in-class and online learning activities as well as independent study. Students invest up to 200 hours cultivating an understanding of how green and sustainable business practices fit into all areas of specialization. This program is a joint venture between the Transitioning to Green Foundation, Silberman College of Business’ Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and Petrocelli College’s division of continuing education. The next program will begin in November. For registration call 201-692-6500 or go to .

The Record Series

The division of continuing education and the Office of University Advancement have partnered with The Record newspaper to offer a series of presentations. A panel discussion, “Autism: Our Children’s Future,” is scheduled for Thursday, October 21, in the Auditorium, Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Among the speakers will be Stefanie Ulrich, director, Center for Psychological Services (Metro). From 6 to 7 p.m., information about facilities, programs and services will be available. Panel discussion begins at 7 p.m.

The Record columnist Bill Ervolino began the series with a comedy show, followed by a travel show with Jill Schensul, senior writer/travel, The Record. For information and to register, contact Marilyn Gross, associate director of corporate/foundation relations, University advancement (Metro), at 201-692-7010 or at

Professional Leadership Offering

The School of Administrative Science and the division of continuing education have partnered to offer a new Professional Leadership Program for supervisors and management personnel at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, Morris Plains, N.J. During the next eight months, selected full-time and adjunct faculty members will lead 10 full-day programs. Topics include: strategic thinking and implementation, collaborative leadership, administrative leadership in complex organizations, creativity, change, 21st-century leaders, productivity and human performance, communication and conflict resolution, managing organizational change, organizational decision making and problem solving, group dynamics and motivation, and building teams and partnerships.

Hackensack Leadership Program

Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean for off-campus credit programs and director, administrative science (Metro/Flor), announced FDU’s new Leadership Hackensack program in partnership with the City of Hackensack and the Johnson Public Library, Hackenack, N.J. Sharon Castanteen, executive director, Johnson Library, has coordinated the speakers for this 30-hour, 10-night program which will be attended by more than 50 city residents. Hackensack City officials and Petrocelli College faculty will present on the following topics: history of Hackensack; local government city website resources; conflict resolution; team building; public-safety services; health and human services; relational leadership; forms of New Jersey government; public policy; politics and ethics; tax assessment; boards and commissions: planning and zoning; volunteer opportunities; community development; library services; leadership and strategic planning; and educational issues. There is a waiting list for the next program, which will be offered in 2011.

College Hosts Hispanic Interns’ Graduation

For the first time in its 22-year history, the Hispanic interns in the Community Service Program, headed by the state of New Jersey’s Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development, celebrated the program’s graduation at FDU’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies on August 13. Graduates of this prestigious program come from colleges and universities throughout the state and the nation, including Ivy League schools. Of the 19 graduates this summer, six were from Petrocelli’s Latino Promise® Program and one from the Puerta al Futuro® program. One of FDU’s students, Deenis Martin Rios, won the coveted Recognition for Best Policy Proposal, which is awarded each year.

Graduates, family and friends at this special event were addressed by New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa; Latino Promise® and Puerta al Futuro® Programs Director Fernando Alonso; Julio Marenco, Petrocelli College (Metro); and Irene Oujo, Latino transition specialist (Metro). Interns in this program work in state government, nonprofit organizations and corporations throughout New Jersey, allowing them to gain invaluable experience. They also undergo leadership training in order to strengthen their professional and networking skills.

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