Spotlight — Cann, Flory, Jones, Kaspereen-Guidicipietro


Joan Cann

Assistant Director, Student Health Services
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Ten years.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?

Florence Nightingale would be someone I would like to meet and discuss the challenges she faced as she transformed nursing into a legitimate and honorable profession, laid the foundation for modern-day nursing and developed sanitary practices in hospitals, improving the lot of patients.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

Over the summer, I read High Adventure, by Edmund Hillary. It is a commemorative retelling of the first ascent to the peak of Mt. Everest. It details the trials and travails encountered by him and the other members of the team. While I do not aspire to climb mountains, I appreciate this type of adventure perhaps because it parallels life and the challenges we all face as we travel through life.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is ...

… Tai Chi. It piqued my interest a while ago, and since then I have always wanted to continue with it.

My first job was …

… working in a movie theater selling candy and tickets. It was when I first met my husband!

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… Welch’s grape jam for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I ...

lived and worked in Omaha, Neb., for three years while my husband pursued his education.

My biggest challenge is …

… staying on top of my stuff!

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

I think I might like to attempt a job in the publishing profession, but you would never find me as a chemist.


David Flory

Professor of Physics
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Since September 1969. Forty-one years and six University presidents, all of them except Peter Sammartino, who had retired when I joined the University.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?

Richard Feynman. He was perhaps the most brilliant physicist of the second half of the 20th century. He was simultaneously a technical virtuoso with mathematics who possessed deep insight into how the physical world behaved. He was also a delightful iconoclast who loved to play.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

I just re-read Frank Herbert’s science-fiction masterpiece Dune. It is one of the all-time great works in that genre. He created a complete world and a new universe to put it in. Along the way he also created a complete culture and several religions. Also, excellent characters.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is ...

… how to play the bassoon. As a boy, I fell in love with a Boccharini bassoon concerto. I began to study the recorder and then the clarinet with the intention of graduating to the oboe and then to the bassoon. The plan got stuck on the clarinet and finally, when I decided I really wasn’t that fond of the clarinet’s repertoire, I returned to the recorder and my love of Baroque music. I have always been a bit sad that I did not manage to follow the original plan to completion.

My first job was …

… assistant professor of physics at FDU. My first and last job. I have spent my entire career here at the University.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… seltzer water. I make my own from a 20-lb. carbon dioxide cylinder, which I periodically refit at a fire-extinguisher company. Also several frozen rib-eye steaks from Costco.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I ...

… am a certified scuba diver. I love the freedom of the underwater world. It is the closest thing I know to flying.

My biggest challenge is ...

… staying present and relevant to my students. When you teach a subject like physics, which is very technical and, to many students, both hard and irrelevant, you need to really work to make the material meaningful. This has become increasingly difficult for me as the age gap between me and my classes gradually increases year by year. I try to bridge the gap. I am not sure that I always succeed.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

I would like to attempt a career in theatrical lighting design. I spent the end of high school and all of college working with the school theatrical groups designing and running the lights for the theater productions. I spent the summer after I graduated college as the technical director of my college’s summer stock. I loved it, but it was not good for my grade point average. As to professions that I would avoid like the plague, they are legion. At the top of the list would probably be marketing and advertising, because they so often require you to misrepresent or distort reality in order to sell a product.


David Jones

Assistant Director and Admissions Coordinator, Educational Opportunity Fund Program
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Two years and three months.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?

Martin Luther King Jr. I admire his strength, which he was able to demonstrate through humility, and his perseverance through a time of adversity.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore, because it demonstrates how our decisions or circumstances can dictate the outcome of our lives and could possibly have an everlasting impact.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is ...

… how to play the piano and photography.

My first job was …

I was 13 years old, and the owner of a Newark, N.J., pretzel factory would allow me to do odd jobs around his warehouse. The fringe benefits were getting the opportunity to eat all the hot pretzels straight from the oven and all the Italian ices that I wanted. The job also allowed me to visit Six Flags Great Adventure several times a week.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… spring water and milk.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that ...

… I never learned how to roller-skate nor do I know how to play any type of card games.

My biggest challenge is ...

… relaxing, genuinely taking down time; I hate idle time.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

I would probably like to become a professor in sociology. It’s a bit too late, but I always wanted to become a professional baseball player. (That was my dream as a child.) I would want nothing to do with any position where I would have to sit and do the same thing all day.


Dana Kaspereen-Guidicipietro

Lecturer of Psychology
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Since fall 2009.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?

My Uncle Tony, who passed away before I was born. I have heard so many wonderful stories of how much he loved his family, the great sense of humor he had and his compassion for life. He was an amazing artist, so it is great to be able to look at his artwork. I wish I could have met him (even for a little bit), and tell him how much he was loved.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

I am presently reading a few pregnancy books, since I am expecting my first child. I am not too sure I recommend any one of them since they may just cause more anxiety. I recently saw “The Fighter” and really enjoyed it. I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the sport of boxing. My husband is a boxer, so I connected to the movie on so many different levels … plus it was very entertaining.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is ...

… how to speak Italian fluently.

My first job was …

… working at a tanning salon.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… cheese; I love cheese!

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I ...

… used to teach ballroom and Latin dancing.

My biggest challenge is ...

… making enough time for myself. I always put others’ needs and happiness before my own, and a lot of times I forget about my own.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

The job that I would love to do would be a TV talk-show host … instead of “Dr. Phil” … “Dr. Dana”! The profession I would want nothing to do with would have to be accounting, because numbers are not my specialty.


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