Inside FDU on the Web — April/May 2011

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68th Commencement Scheduled for May 17

Fairleigh Dickinson University holds its 68th Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. President J. Michael Adams will preside at the 10 a.m. ceremony as 3,100 students receive doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees.

The Commencement ceremony will be live on the Web, allowing family and friends around the world to share the event with the graduates. The live stream begins at 8 a.m. EDT with the scrolling of the names of the graduates and grad greetings, followed by the full commencement ceremony. A link on the FDU home page ( will go directly to the live stream. For webcast information go to .

The ceremony also celebrates the second graduating class from FDU-Vancouver. The University will confer honorary doctor of humane letters degrees on three individuals: real-estate executive H. Friedrich Holzapfel, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and international corporate attorney and FDU alumnus Mark A. Meyer, BA’68 (Metro). The Student Pinnnacle Awards will be presented to outstanding students from each campus.

Honorary Degree Recipients

H. Friedrich Holzapfel is CEO of 234 Moonachie Corp., a family-owned, commercial real-estate investment company in Fort Lee, N.J. He is also the founder and long-term former chairman of the CEO Roundtable of German-American Companies in the United States.

A native of Germany, Holzapfel earned a law degree and doctorate from the University of Bern in Switzerland. Later, he attended the University of Fribourg in Switzerland for economic studies while working at the Union Bank of Switzerland in Geneva. In 1961, Holzapfel came to the United States, where he worked at a law firm and attended night classes at New York Law School, obtaining a master of law degree.

In 1964, Holzapfel joined Hoechst, a German pharmaceutical company which later merged with Sanofi-Aventis. After having served as president of Hoechst’s holding company for Latin America in Montreal, Canada, he eventually was assigned to Hoechst USA where he became a member of the board of directors and executive committee. After retiring from Hoechst, he became a principal in The Burlington Group, an international management and environmental advisory service company.

Holzapfel has served as a member of the Business Council for the United Nations and its advisory board, and was recognized by the state of New Jersey for connecting university students and faculty with U.N. representatives. In particular, he was influential in the creation of FDU’s United Nations Pathways Program. In 1999, Holzapfel was awarded the Order of Merit by the president of Germany for his work to strengthen American-German relations. He serves on the board of directors for several philanthropic organizations, including CDS International, a nonprofit international exchange organization.

Frank Lautenberg is serving his fifth term representing New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

Born in Paterson, N.J., to Russian and Polish immigrants, he graduated from Nutley High School and then enlisted in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. After the war, he attended Columbia University on the G.I. Bill and graduated with a degree in economics.

In 1954, he and two friends founded the nation’s first payroll services company, Automatic Data Processing (ADP). Lautenberg served as chairman and CEO of ADP, which grew into one of the largest computing services companies in the world.

Lautenberg decided to launch a career in politics, and in his first run for public office was elected to the Senate in 1982. He was re-elected in 1988 and 1994, and after a brief retirement won a fourth term in 2002 and was re-elected in 2008. Lautenberg’s legislative accomplishments include bills that banned smoking on domestic flights, raised the nation’s drinking age to 21, banned domestic abusers from purchasing guns and stopped aid to nations that support terrorism. He has also built a record of accomplishments to improve homeland security, strengthen environmental protections and modernize transportation infrastructure. Lautenberg serves on three Senate committees: Appropriations; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Environment and Public Works (EPW). He is chairman of the EPW Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health and the Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation.

Mark A. Meyer is an international corporate attorney and a member of the Manhattan law firm of Herzfeld & Rubin. Meyer has been a special adviser to six European heads of state. He has received Romania’s National Order of Merit in the rank of Commander, and Moldova’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Civic Merit.

He is an adjunct professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law in New York City. Meyer is the chair of the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Public International Law. In Bucharest, Romania, Meyer is a member of the law firm Rubin Meyer Doru & Trandafir.

A 1968 graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Metropolitan Campus with a BA in political science, he received FDU’s PINNACLE Award in 2004. Meyer also has a JD degree from St. John’s University School of Law and a master’s degree from Harvard Law School. In 2007, St. John’s University gave Meyer an honorary doctorate, describing him as “a pioneer in promoting the rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe since 1990.” In 2004, he was named a Harvard Law School Traphagen Distinguished Alumnus for his “great skill in the economic, legal and political transformation of a developing region.”

Meyer has been chairman of the Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce since 1990 and received the Libertatea Award as one of the 10 most significant persons in the world to Romania.

Student Pinnacle Winners

The 2011 student Pinnacle Award will be presented to Michèle Holzwarth Hagen of Berlin, Germany, representing the Metropolitan Campus, and to Beatrice Markiewicz of Parsippany, N.J., representing the College at Florham. Pedro Juan Zuleta, FDU-Vancouver Pinnacle recipient, also will be recognized. The Student Pinnacle is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduating student. One student from each campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University is honored. Winners will address their fellow graduates and the assembled audience.

Michèle Holzwarth Hagen came to FDU from Berlin, Germany, to play golf and study, excelling at both. Graduating with a BS in business administration (management concentration), she earned a dozen academic awards that include the Northeast Conference (NEC) Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year; NEC Athletic Honor Roll; and FDU Athletic Alpha Beta Award, Dean’s List and Honors List.

A member of the University Honors Program and the National Athletic Honors Society, she helped lead the Division I Knights women’s golf team to four NEC championship titles in four years. She was the individual NEC women’s golf champion in 2009, FDU Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and Most Valuable Player for FDU women’s golf for three years. A team captain since her sophomore year, she was the NEC Rookie of the Year in 2008 and the NEC Player of the Year in 2008 and 2010.

Holzwarth Hagen was a resident assistant and the golf representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Last fall, she and two friends started Spectrum, a campus support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Holzwarth Hagen is applying to graduate programs in sports administration, both in the United States and Germany.

Beatrice Nicole Markiewicz, of Parsippany, N.J., is the daughter of immigrants who didn’t have an opportunity to attend college themselves but stressed the importance of academic achievement. She listened; Markiewicz, an undergraduate chemistry major with a 3.95 grade point ratio, has been admitted to the PhD chemistry program at the University of Pennsylvania.

She has been honored twice by the American Chemical Society for outstanding performance and has won awards at FDU Research Day for her junior thesis on ethanol fuel and her senior thesis, which described using two types of spectroscopy to learn more about a compound and a chemical interaction. Markiewicz has received several research and academic grants, including a Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarship, and has made the FDU Honors List each semester since her freshman year.

Last summer, Markiewicz interned at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., in a research team with an FDU faculty member and a classmate. Since fall 2009, she worked part-time as a science and math tutor for undergraduates at FDU’s Academic Support Center. This academic year, she was a teaching assistant for physical chemistry lab courses. Markiewicz expects to focus on materials science in her doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is considering a career in either academia or private industry.

Pedro Juan Zuleta of Medellin, Colombia, impressed his classmates and professors with his intellectual curiosity and passion for learning. Along with earning the highest grade point ratio of his graduating class, he was active in student government, helped with marketing efforts to increase the University’s recognition outside of the U.S.-Canada border region and was a sought-after team player in student sports activities, especially soccer.

Zuleta, who started at FDU-Vancouver in 2008 after obtaining an associate degree in business administration from Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, graduates with a BS in business administration with concentrations in marketing and international business.

Zuleta was on the Honors List for seven semesters and was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students. He was treasurer for the Student Government Association at FDU-Vancouver and attended the May 2009 Global Vision Global Leadership Center held on campus. In Colombia, Zuleta worked as a marketing assistant for Incolmotos-Yamaha and in marketing and sales for Amway. Zuleta plans to start his business career in either Canada or the United States.

Commencement Logistics

Faculty, staff and candidates for graduation must arrive at the Izod Center no later than 8:30 a.m. Marshals must arrive by 8 a.m. Because of center parking reconfiguration and traffic lane construction in the area, attendees should allow 45 minutes to one hour extra travel time. Families and friends of the graduates should also allow for the extra travel time. Backpacks and large bags will not be permitted for security reasons. Participants should enter the Izod Center through the Center Public Entry between Gates A and D and use the escalators to go down to the center floor level. There, signs will be posted for robing rooms and for volunteers to receive instructions. Students will be lined up on the arena floor level according to degree and by college. All graduates will have their names called and will walk across the stage; photographs will be taken of each graduate.

The ceremony should end before 1 p.m. Diplomas will be mailed by the Offices of Enrollment Services on each campus to the graduates’ homes by the third week of June.

A bi-campus marshals’ meeting will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 9, in the ITV Rooms of both campuses: Room 214, Dreyfuss Building at the College at Florham, and Room 1132, Continuing Education Suite, Dickinson Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus. Training for Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff marshals and volunteers will also be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 9, in the Rutherford Room, Student Union Building.

Faculty and staff must return their academic regalia in the original boxes to their respective campus bookstores no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Charges will be incurred if the regalia is not returned on time. Both campus bookstores will be open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on commencement and full background information on the honorees, visit .


Honorary degree recipients, from left, Mark A. Meyer, Frank R. Lautenberg and H. Friedrich Holzapfel.

Michèle Holzwarth Hagen, left, and Beatrice Nicole Markiewicz

Pedro Juan Zuleta

FDU NOW Exceeds $50-million Goal

“When our community comes together, we have the power to change lives and make history,” FDU President J. Michael Adams wrote in a recent note to the community. “We’ve done exactly that for decades; but one very dramatic milestone has just been reached. I’m honored to announce that FDU NOW, The Campaign for Fairleigh Dickinson University has surpassed its $50-million goal. In fact, total commitments to the campaign have risen above the $56-million mark!”

Adams acknowledged the generosity and leadership of the FDU Board of Trustees, led by Chairman Patrick Zenner, MBA’75 (Ruth), and the FDU NOW Campaign Steering Committee, led by Gregory Olsen, BS’66, BS’68, MS’68 (Metro), trustee. He also congratulated Rick Reiss, senior vice president for University advancement (Metro/Flor), and his team for guiding FDU NOW to its successful conclusion.

The largest fundraising campaign in University history, FDU NOW continues to impact the lives of students and transform the future of the University by supporting a range of initiatives including scholarships, the endowment, athletics, and programs in nursing, for adult learners and for pre-college students.

“Among the many highlights of FDU NOW is the addition of $7 million in scholarship funds,” said Reiss. College at Florham honors student and sophomore Nicholas Woodhull knows full well the value of his scholarship, the Robert S. Needham Memorial Scholarship in Business. “The Needham scholarship is my chance for success,” Woodhull said. “It has greatly eased financial pressures, and I am able to concentrate fully on my studies. I am honored and deeply grateful for this special opportunity.”

Reiss said, “Our campaign donors have long recognized that FDU is the place to support new and innovative programs that impact our region and the nation.” A long-time partner of the University, BD provided a seed grant for the doctor of nursing practice program and contributed additional funds, along with The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, to enhance nursing laboratories and upgrade classrooms. The Martinson Family Foundation provided funding for the Institute for the Enhancement of Teaching Science and Math, which provides unique one-on-one teacher training for local science and math teachers. New and renovated science laboratories at the College at Florham were made possible by Schering-Plough. “FDU NOW is giving our students the resources and tools to make a difference in their fields,” said Michael Avaltroni, chemistry; chair, chemistry/pharmaceutical science; and acting associate dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor).

“The campaign is helping us change the lives of those we serve,” said Fernando Alonso, business; director, Puerta al Futuro; and director, Latino Promise Program (Metro). This distinctive program enables Spanish-speaking adults to learn English and earn a college degree through progressive all-Spanish to all-English course work. “Contributions to FDU NOW from PSEG, Verizon and other corporations and friends are allowing us to offer scholarships and enhance our ESL capacities.”

FDU NOW is ensuring Division I and Division III athletes have the support they need to remain competitive. “Our student-athletes are fortunate to benefit from alumni like Mitch Baumeister, who return to the University and honor their FDU experiences by giving back,” said William Klika, director of athletics, Division III (Flor). A former member of the FDU lacrosse team, Baumeister, BS’66 (Flor), supports the Division III lacrosse programs at the College at Florham and the Robert T. Shields Memorial Fund.

Dedications and naming celebrations at both New Jersey campuses acknowledged the generous support of the University’s top campaign donors. Among these are Hennessy Hall/Trustee Emeritus Edward L. Hennessy, Jr., BS’55 (Flor), at the College at Florham; the Stratis Arena/Trustee Mary Kay Mastronardy Stratis, BA’69 (Ruth), MAT’71 (Metro); the Frank Giovatto Library/John Giovatto in honor of his late brother, Frank; the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies/the late Trustee Anthony Petrocelli, BS’69 (Flor), and Trustee Antoinette Petrocelli; and the Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering/Gregory Olsen in honor of his former professors, at the Metropolitan Campus. Alfredo Tan, electrical engineering and director, computer sciences/engineering (Metro), said, “Greg Olsen’s historic contribution to the campaign, along with the support of many other alumni, corporate donors and friends such as Joseph Muscarelle, Jr., former trustee, and John Muscarelle AA’87, BS’89 (Metro), have transformed the school by enabling us to maintain state-of-the-art facilities and to reach out to well-deserving, financially disadvantaged or minority students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” See “Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr. to Be Honored at Charter Day, PINNACLE Society to Induct Four Alumni” this issue .

Two major capital projects are in progress. The University is nearing completion of the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex on the Metropolitan Campus. A dedication ceremony acknowledging the generosity of Vincent Naimoli, MBA’64 (Metro), chair of the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team and a University trustee, is planned for the fall. On May 31, the University community will celebrate the groundbreaking for the Monninger Center for Learning and Research at the College at Florham, and recognize John Monninger, BA’65 (Flor) and former trustee, and his wife, Joan, for their leadership support, see “Monninger Center Groundbreaking Ceremony” this issue .

“The success of FDU NOW could not have been possible without the wonderful support of the University community,” said Adams. “I want to thank everyone whose dedication made this possible. From our faculty, staff, alumni and friends to a skilled group of fundraisers, this was a true team effort.”

FDU NOW will officially close on June 30. The campaign’s final results will be reported in FDU Magazine and Inside FDU on the Web in September.

Monninger Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Tuesday, May 31, the University community will celebrate the groundbreaking for the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research at the College at Florham. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. at the library grounds with a reception to follow at the Walter T. Savage Orchard (between the library and the Student Center). Attendees will have the opportunity to sign an I-beam that will become part of the center.

An initiative of FDU NOW, The Campaign for Fairleigh Dickinson University, the Monninger Center was initiated by a $1-million gift from alumnus and former University trustee John Monninger, BA’65 (Flor), and his wife, Joan.

“We are deeply grateful to John and Joan and all our donors to the Monninger Center for their wonderful generosity,” said Rick Reiss, senior vice president for University Advancement (Metro/Flor). “This could not have happened without their enthusiastic support.”

“The Monninger Center will be the academic hub of the College at Florham,” said Kenneth Greene, political science and campus provost (Flor). “It will provide a dynamic learning environment that supports all levels of interaction between students and faculty and the many ways they engage the world.”

Supporting the growing demands of today’s students and faculty researchers and scholars, the Monninger Center will feature open, flexible spaces, seminar rooms and small study spaces. This will be coupled with the latest in library technology, providing essential resources for student and faculty research. In addition, construction will adhere to stringent “green” building codes in recognition of the University’s commitment to sustainability. The center’s design incorporates the Twombly orangerie, with a thermal glass face echoing the glass of the greenhouses that once accompanied the historic structure.

The existing library structure will also be renovated. There will be additional faculty offices, and the Academic Support Center will have a new, centrally located home.

Please respond to Helene Pier, executive assistant to senior vice president for University advancement (Metro), at or 201-692-7109, if you plan to attend the ceremony.


Joan, left, and John Monninger

Rendition of the Monninger Center facade.

Architect’s rendering of interior, left and center photos, and entrance, right photo, of the Monninger Center.

Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr. to Be Honored at Charter Day, PINNACLE Society to Induct Four Alumni

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 22nd Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 3, at the College at Florham, will honor Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr., retired chairman of the board, Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc., and former FDU trustee. The Charter Day reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. The alumni PINNACLE Awards will be presented the same evening at 5 p.m.

Charter Day honors individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders in their professions and their communities. Proceeds from this event support academic scholarships for undergraduates at Fairleigh Dickinson. Charter Day Scholars are students who exhibit significant leadership on campus and in the larger community, who maintain the highest academic standards and show a personal commitment to developing the same leadership qualities Charter Day honorees have shown.

Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr.

Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr. is the retired chairman of the board of Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc., based in Maywood, N.J., one of the largest regional owner/operators of commercial real estate in the state. With more than 75 years of history, the Muscarelle companies have developed, owned and managed many prominent projects worth billions of dollars including hotel, office, industrial and multifamily properties. He is now retired but stays active and involved in some of the real-estate assets as well as some of his own personal buildings.

Muscarelle’s professional career began at his father’s firm. Except for a few years of military service, his entire career has been at the firm, starting from the early age of 14, when he worked during the summer on various construction projects, until graduation from Lehigh University in 1958, when he began working full-time. He started as a civil engineer, then as an assistant superintendent and then as a superintendent.

In 1971, he was made president of Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc. after completing eight years in the various company departments of accounting, estimating and project management and completing a management education program at Harvard University. During this time, he became active in the local and state Building Contractors Association, becoming the state association’s youngest president in 1976. He was elected by the members of the state association as a national director of the Association of General Contractors of America and was given a life directorship in the association.

Muscarelle has also been active in many other civic and charitable organizations. He was elected to the Saddle River (N.J.) Board of Education twice and became its vice president in his second term. Following six years of service on the school board, he was elected mayor and councilman of Saddle River for two three-year terms. He has served on the foundation board of trustees of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), the FDU board of trustees (1975–1980), the associate board of directors of People’s Trust Bank (now Bank of America) and as director of National Community Bank and United Jersey Bank. Additionally, he has served with United Way, the Boy and Girl Scouts of America and the Bergen County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the finance council of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., and served on several study commissions appointed by the governor of New Jersey.

Today, Muscarelle continues his civic and charitable involvement, establishing The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean, New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ, as well as medical, dental and osteopathic student scholarships in his name. In addition, he volunteers for the Hackensack University Medical Center.

Muscarelle was educated in public, parochial and private schools and graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1954 and Lehigh University in 1958, where he earned his degree in finance with a minor in civil engineering.

Three generations of the Muscarelle family have been involved with the University.

In 1973, Muscarelle’s father, Joseph L. Muscarelle, Sr., donated funds and constructed the Joseph L. Muscarelle Center for Building Construction Studies on the Metropolitan Campus. Today, the center houses the high-tech laboratories, computer resources, classrooms and offices of the engineering and engineering technology faculty of the Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.

Muscarelle’s son, John McD. Muscarelle, BS’89 (Metro), president, Jos. L. Muscarelle, Inc. received his FDU degree in business management and construction studies. In 2007, the Alumni Association awarded him the PINNACLE. He serves on the FDU NOW campaign steering committee and the advisory board of the Silberman College of Business.

PINNACLE Induction

The FDU PINNACLE Society will recognize the contributions and achievements of four distinguished alumni at a ceremony preceding the Charter Day reception and dinner.

This year’s PINNACLE honorees are: Linda M. Bowden, MBA’83 (Metro), regional president, PNC Bank, Northern New Jersey; Michael J. Clarke, BS’81 (Metro), partner and co-founder, Buchanan Clarke Schlader LLP, and FDU trustee; Richard J. Codey, BA’81 (Flor), state senator and former governor, New Jersey; and Seth V. Greenberg, BA’78 (Metro), head basketball coach, Virginia Tech.

The annual class of The PINNACLE is chosen by past inductees, based on the following criteria: success or distinction in one’s chosen field of endeavor, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service and outstanding service to the University or reflection of the unique character of FDU in one’s life. The PINNACLE Society induction ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the College at Florham.

For more information and to register for Charter Day, visit .


Joseph L. Muscarelle, Jr.

PINNACLE inductees, from left, are Linda M. Bowden, Michael J. Clarke, Richard J. Codey and Seth V. Greenberg.

FDU Updates Logo, Introduces New Identity Marks

As announced by President J. Michael Adams last month in an email memo to the community, FDU is updating key elements of its visual identity. The University has slightly revised the logo and seal and introduced new identity marks featuring the letters FDU.

In 2000, the University developed a comprehensive visual identity system that featured the classic FDU shield underneath the University tagline, “The Leader in Global Education.”

The original shield, designed by the late Loyd Haberly, distinguished professor of English, reflects the University’s history. The roses represent the College at Florham because Madison is known as the Rose City. The swan symbolizes the Metropolitan Campus and its location on two sides of the Hackensack River, and the battlemented band across the shield represents the Castle on the site of the University’s founding, the Rutherford Campus.

Adams wrote that the logo has “beautifully represented the institution,” however, it was developed primarily for a print environment. New and different applications, particularly those that called for reducing the size of the logo for the World Wide Web, called for a simpler, “cleaner” look that could be more effectively scaled down.

The new logo again features the shield but without the original detail of the bricks. The band has been colored in and reduced to four towers representing the four FDU campuses. In addition, a new heraldic rose was selected, and the banner with the motto was simplified.

“The new shield is faithful to the original design and our great traditions,” said Rick Reiss, senior vice president for University advancement, adding that the refinements will help broaden the use and application of the look.

This shield is the focal point both of the new University logo and the new University seal, which is the more formal representation of the University and is reserved primarily for presidential documents, legal papers, University citations and diplomas.

In addition, the University is unveiling new identity marks focusing on the initials FDU. The letters are featured alongside a new, simplified rendition of the classic shield that retains the swan, rose and battlemented band.

“Many people have asked for a logo that utilizes FDU,” Reiss said. “This is an attractive and colorful option for a wide variety of purposes, from T-shirts and hats to pens and other items.”

A new graphic standards guide has been developed and is available on the Web, see . The guide details the appropriate uses of the logo, seal and identity marks featuring the letters FDU. The logo and identity marks can be downloaded from the site as well.

The University is now phasing in the new identity throughout its communications efforts. During the transition period, employees may continue current projects and use existing supplies like stationery and business cards. Items ordered for next semester and all communications efforts following this semester should incorporate the new looks.

Any questions about the proper use of the visual identity should be directed to the Office of Communications and Marketing (201-692-7337) or CopiesPlus, the University copy centers (201-692-2454 or 973-443-8511).


This summer, FDU is offering an array of graduate and undergraduate courses, study-abroad courses, summer scholars programs, special-interest and sports camps, intensive coach training and motorcycle-education classes.

Summer Courses

Undergraduate and graduate students can get a head start on their course work through summer courses offered at FDU.

Among undergraduate courses being offered over the summer are Financial Accounting, Cultural Anthropology, Principles of Modern Biology, Business Planning Forum, Popular Music and Jazz, Criminal Law, Information Security, and Fundamentals of Nursing I. Graduate course offerings include Communications/Media Relations, Family Business Management, Smartboards in the Classroom, Terrorism Issues and Implications, and Psychology and Law Enforcement. For a complete list of summer course offerings go to .

A special Pre-MBA Jump Start Program will be available for those interested in preparing for MBA studies. This includes students who have been out of college for a while or those who do not have an undergraduate major in business. Jump Start students will work with an adviser from the Graduate Business Office throughout the duration of the program. Also available is the Sexton GMAT preparation course. After a student completes the exam and is admitted to the MBA program, the cost of the Sexton course is credited toward the first semester of MBA tuition. While preparing for the GMAT, students can also take undergraduate courses under the guidance of an adviser. If admitted to the MBA program, students who pass these courses with the required grades will have the corresponding MBA foundation courses waived. For more information go to .

International students who want to take a summer course that is aligned to their curricular practical training (CPT) experience can choose from graduate courses such as Corporate Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets and Instruments, International Business Management, International Marketing or Topics in Current Developments. For more information go to .

Overseas study will also be available to students over the summer.

The International Corporate Communication and Culture Seminar is scheduled for Monday, May 16, through Saturday, May 28, at Wroxton College as part of the MA in corporate and organizational communication. This graduate offering includes panel discussions and lectures by international experts from business, academia, politics and the media. Students will also have two full-day opportunities to work with graduate students in corporate communication from Thames Valley University. For additional information contact Gary Radford, communication (Flor), at

Students in the Western Front in World War I and Western Front in World War II courses taught by Gary Darden, history (Flor), will travel to London from Friday, June 3, to Saturday, June 18. For information email Darden at

Also in the planning stage is a short-term, study-abroad trip to Peru on January 5 to 20, 2012, as part of the undergraduate courses Beginning Spanish I, Beginning Spanish II and Latin American Civilization and Culture (English and Spanish sections). The cost is $2,995 and includes airfare, lodging, meals, folkloric performance, English-speaking guide, entrance to all archaeological sites and special exhibits and air/land transportation within Peru. For information and to set up a preliminary interview contact Patricia Bazán-Figueras, languages (Flor), at, or Delicia Koeneke, Spanish (Flor), at

Summer Scholars Program

Through FDU’s Summer Scholars Program, outstanding high school students have another opportunity to experience college life while learning.

Focused Thinking™ on the SAT is a 30-hour course that teaches students how to stay focused while taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Actual SAT items will be used in skill-training sessions, so that students can maximize their SAT performance as they sharpen their reading and reasoning skills. Topics to be covered include SAT Focused Thinking™ methods, SAT math review, focused SAT math problem solving, focused SAT critical reading, focused SAT sentence completion, focused SAT writing ability and focused SAT writing. Ten, three-hour sessions, two afternoons per week, will be held at the Metropolitan Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., on July 18, 20, 25 and 27, and August 1, 3, 8, 10, 15 and 17. Sessions at the College at Florham will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on July 19, 21, 26 and 28, and on August 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18. The $525 tuition and $20 registration fee includes SAT textbooks. The course will be jointly conducted by Lee Pierson, director, and Gino Crocetti, associate director, both Thinking Skills Institute (Metro). For more information call 201-692-6500 or 800-338-3887.

In ComputerTeens — Applications of Geospatial Science, students in grades 10, 11 and 12 can learn about Geographic Information Systems, database management, project planning, user interfaces and online maps. For more information go to .

High School Leaders (HS Leaders) is a two-week, noncredit teen-leadership program for students entering grades 8 to 10. This summer’s program will focus on environmental restoration and protection through investigations of local stream health. Participants will explore the Hackensack River Greenway and learn how to identify wildlife and how to use New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s environmental data through an online mapping service. Using the Metro Greenery (the University’s greenhouse), they will cultivate native plant species. Field trips and hands-on workshops increase team building and character development. Through greenhouse awareness and creative problem solving, students will gain confidence in their ability to organize, plan and implement environmental restoration and protection. HS Leaders will run from Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Campus. For information go to .

Leader in Training Program

The Leader in Training (LIT) program, which is open to students entering grades 8–9, offers real-life leadership experience while building critical skills in team building, conflict management, group dynamics, organization and more. Each day, LITs will have a recreational activity, workshops on leadership skills and work beside college-age counselors with campers to gain real-life leadership experience. The program will be offered at the Metropolitan Campus and the College at Florham from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.: Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 8 (closed Monday, July 4); Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 22; and Monday, July 25, through Friday, August 5. For information or to register call 201-692-6500.

Summer Experience — A College Preparatory Program for High School Students with Learning Disabilities

Offered by FDU’s Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities, this two-week summer program is for graduating high school students and rising seniors with a history of learning disabilities.

Sessions will include academic instruction in areas such as learning strategies, time management and organizational skills, memory strategies, computer software, assistive technology devices and the writing process. The program will run from Tuesday, July 5, through Thursday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $1,200 for a full-day program and $1,000 for a morning-only program. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 15. For information go to .

Discover Business Teen Camp

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is offering Discover Business Teen Camp for students entering grades nine through 12 in the fall. Weeklong summer sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15, at the College at Florham, and from Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22, at the Metropolitan Campus. Topics include teamwork, communications, research, finance and entrepreneurship/business planning. Faculty and staff from the Rothman Institute will supervise the business camp.

The cost is $490. A $150 nonrefundable deposit and a $20 one-time registration fee must be sent by Friday, June 24, and all fees must be paid by Tuesday, July 5. For more information call 973-443-8842 or go to .

Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery is a day-camp program with activities in 
science and nature, art, theater, humanities and sports for children entering grades one through seven. It also includes a Leadership Training Program for those entering seventh and eighth grades.

Students will go on field trips to Dorney Park, Space Odyssey, Adventure Aquarium, the Liberty Science Center and the Gazillion Bubble Show and watch an IMAX film.

Programs are offered for six weeks in three sessions — from Monday, June 27, through Friday, July 8 (camp will not be held on Monday, July 4); from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 22; and from Monday, July 25, through Friday, August 5, at the College at Florham and at the Metropolitan Campus.

A $100 nonrefundable deposit per session, plus a one-time $20 registration fee, is required at time of registration to hold a space for each camper. For current camp fees call 201-692-6500. Cost includes extended care, all science specimens and equipment, all field trips, art/theater supplies and one camp T-shirt. Discounted fees are available when registration and full payment is made by Friday, April 29. For information go to .

Sports Camps

Several sports camps are being offered at FDU — basketball, baseball and soccer at the Metropolitan Campus and soccer at the College at Florham.

Men’s and women’s basketball camps for students between 7 and 17 years will be held at the Rothman Center of the Metropolitan Campus in two weeklong sessions. The men’s basketball camp, which will be led by Gregory Vetrone, head men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro), will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29, and from Monday, August 1, to Friday, August 5. The cost is $225 per person, each week.

Peter Cinella, head women’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro), will lead the women’s basketball camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 27, to Friday, July 1, and from Monday, July 18, to Friday, July 22. The cost is $195 per participant for each week.

A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required from each participant. For information call Vetrone at 201-692-2126 or Cinella at 201-692-9626.

A baseball camp at the Metropolitan Campus will run from Monday, June 27, to Friday, July 1, first session, while the second session will run from Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29. For information call Gary Puccio, head baseball coach, athletics (Metro), or Justin McKay, assistant baseball coach, athletics (Metro), at 201-692-2245.

Seth Roland, head men’s soccer coach, athletics (Metro), will be conducting soccer camps for boys and girls, ages 5 to 17. The girls’ soccer camp will be held from Sunday, July 17, to Thursday, July 21. The boys’ soccer camp will be held on the following dates: Monday, July 11, to Friday, July 15; Monday, July 18, to Friday, July 22; and Monday, August 1, to Friday, August 5. The cost for a full-day (9 a.m.–3 p.m.), weeklong session is $255, while the cost for a half-day (9 a.m.–noon), weeklong session is $165. For more information go to .

A soccer camp for girls ages 14 years and older will be held at the College at Florham from Monday, June 27, to Thursday, June 30, 6 to 8 p.m., at the campus’s natural grass and/or artificial turf fields. The intense four-day camp session, led by Kristin Giotta, head women’s soccer coach, athletics (Flor), will focus on fitness and individual skill development. The cost is $150, and it includes daily soccer instruction and a camp T-shirt. Applications and a nonrefundable deposit of $50 are due by June 27. For information call 973-443-8943.

Intensive Coach Training

FDU and Results Coaching Systems are jointly offering an Intensive Coach Training Program this June. The program begins with a three-day (Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11) intensive workshop, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Campus, followed by 12 teleconferences conducted in 1-1/2 hour-sessions.

The program is designed to give participants cutting-edge coaching skills, tools and resources to effectively coach others in any situation. Participants will explore the origins of coaching, looking specifically at contemporary neuroscience and its implications for coaching and facilitating change, while developing coaching communication skills.

Early-bird registration is $4,135; after Saturday, April 30, registration cost is $4,595. It includes a $20 nonrefundable registration fee. Enrollment must be received by Saturday, May 28. For information go to .

Motorcycle Education

FDU’s Motorcycle Safety Education (MSE) Program, the longest-established motorcycle safety program in Bergen County, N.J., continues to offer the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) curriculum, which focuses on crucial skills shown to be lacking in accident-involved motorcyclists.

Aside from Basic RiderCourse (BRC) ($300), BRC 2 Skills Practice ($125) and BRC 2 Skills Plus ($125 plus $25 for passenger) classes, the MSE program also offers Introduction to Motorcycling Experience ($75), Motorcycle Self-inspection Basics ($95) and private tutoring and remedial lessons ($75 per hour, four-hour minimum).

Classes are conducted by experienced RiderCoaches on weekdays and weekends through November 18. For registration information, costs and class schedules call 1-800-338-3887 or go to .


Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff help promote ThinkSummer! activities. They are, from left, Anita Rivers, director of adult admissions and coordinator of adult student intake, enrollment management; Joan Vacca, clerk, enrollment services, with MaryEllen Meyer, senior enrollment services clerk, enrollment services; and Peter Mullany, English.

At the College at Florham ThinkSummer! event are, from left, students Pat Fallon and Anna Calabro; Janice Recca, assistant director, international/graduate admissions; Ellen Miller, associate director, enrollment services; and Laura Grant, associate director, enrollment services.

University Honors Program Research Day Held

Graduating students from FDU’s University Honors Program presented their senior honors theses during this year’s Annual Research Days on April 13 at the Metropolitan Campus and on April 27 at the College at Florham. The University Honors Program provides an intellectually stimulating experience for FDU’s most accomplished undergraduates through honors courses and research projects completed in collaboration with faculty/staff mentors. M. Patricia Warunek, biological sciences, is the director of the University Honors Program at the Metropolitan Campus. Marilyn Rye, English/communications and associate campus provost, is the director of the University Honors Program at the College at Florham.

Metropolitan Campus

Faculty mentors, along with the presenting students and their projects, are as follows:

Alice Benzecry, biological sciences, with Anam Fatma (The Effect of Slaughtering Technique on the Microbial Content of Meat); and Kimberly Tavares (Oral Bacteria and Biofilms)

Katharine Bullard, history, with Kathleen West (A Lucrative Taboo: Prostitution and Human Trafficking in Thailand)

Kathleen Cahill, nursing, with Theresa Carbone (Alleviating Pain and Improving Quality of Life: Enhancing the Overall Experience of Patients with Cancer)

Donna Carrazzone, nursing, with Christina Mottola (The Use of Acupuncture to Treat Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting in Oncology Patients); Samantha Piard (Ectopic Pregnancy: Of the Surgical and Nonsurgical Techniques, Which Therapeutic Management Best Embodies Both Effectiveness and Safety?); and Darnell Stith, Jr. (Nutrition Education Programs: Preventing Obesity in Latino Children Ages 6–11 Years)

Evangelos Djimopoulos, economics and chair, economics/finance/international business, with Van Anh Nguyen (The Role of Financial Institutions in the Financial Crisis of 2007–2010)

Evangelos Djimopoulos, economics and chair, economics/finance/international business; Kent Fairfield, management; and Maureen Kieff, quantitative analysis, with Sana Amin (Differences Between Microfinance Institutions of India and Pakistan)

Samuel Feinberg, psychology, with Adile Aymaz (The Effects of Religious Beliefs on Recovery from Post-traumatic Stress)

Irwin Isquith, biological sciences, with Jerrica Mastropasqua (Inter Species of Blepharisma Cannibal Giants)

Judith Kaufman, psychology and director, PsyD and MA programs in school psychology, with Jessica Afriyie (International Student Adjustment to College); and Tatiana Grant (Decoding Body Language in a Tech Savvy World)

Ish Kumar, chemistry, with Dimple Chhatlani (Virtual High Throughput Screening of Enzymes for Non-covalent Inhibitors in Medical Drug Research)

Tina LoPonte, communication, with Jennifer Crump (New York City Urban Radio Effects on the Youth in the Last Two Decades); and Pia Shetty (Product Placement: Its Origins, Present Situation and Future Prospects)

Richard Panicucci, quantitative analysis and assistant Metropolitan Campus provost for campus life, with Michèle Holzwarth Hagen (Olympic Golf 2016 and Its Impact on the German Golf Federation)

Neena Philips, biological sciences, with Aksinija Kogan (Photoprotective Mechanism of Niacinamide via the Beneficial Regulation of Extracellular Matrix and Heat Shock Proteins)

Samuel Raphalides, political science/history and director, Global Scholars Program, and Bernard Reiner, retired, political science, with Lisa Warrilow (Is the United Nations Inept on Matters Between the Global Superpowers?)

Janet Sigal, retired, psychology, with Maria Amoroso (Stress Among College Students)

College at Florham

Faculty mentors, along with the presenting students and their projects, are as follows:

Bianca Finzi-Contini Calabresi, English, with Megan Crouse (The Flesh Made Word: Hamlet, the Bible as Text and Perceptions of Creation)

Daniel Cassino, political science, with Jacqueline Humen (Women and Maternalist Public Policies: A Comparative Analysis of the U.S. Gender Gap)

David Daniel, creative writing, with Megan Kellerman (The Great Doubt: A Narrative in Verse)

David Grand, creative writing, with Gillian Kleiman (How Wide the World — A Novel in Progress)

Patricia Melloy, cell biology and health/preprofessional adviser, with Blaire Lorenz (Understanding the Genetic Control of Nuclear Envelope Fission in Saccharomyces cerevisiae)

Alexey Teslja, chemistry, with Beatrice Markiewicz (Cavity Ring-down Spectroscopy of Phenylacetylene and Infrared Spectroscopy of N-Methylbenzamide)

Richard Turick, chair and technical director, theater program, visual/performing arts, with Rachel Etra (Life Among the Stones — A Play)

Lona Whitmarsh, psychology, with Gabrielle Michalak (Self-exploration Through Expressions: Measuring the Impact of Art Making on Self-compassion and Affect) and Matthew Sisco (Sustainability Leadership in Higher Education)


At the Metropolitan Campus, students who presented their research included left photo: Dimple Chhatlani, left, with mentor Ish Kumar, chemistry; center photo: Darnell Stith, Jr., left, and Christina Mottola, right, with mentor Donna Carrazzone, nursing; and right photo: Sana Amin, center, with mentors Evangelos Djimopoulos, left, economics and chair, economics/finance/international business, and Kent Fairfield, management.

Other student presenters at the Metropolitan Campus were first photo: Jennifer Crump, right, with mentor Tina LoPonte, communication; second photo: Theresa Carbone, right, and M. Patricia Warunek, biological sciences and director, University Honors Program; third photo: Jessica Afriyie, left, and Tatiana Grant, right, with mentor Judith Kaufman, psychology and director, PsyD and MA programs in school psychology; and fourth photo: Anam Fatma, right, with mentor Alice Benzecry, biological sciences.

At the College at Florham, students who presented their research included left photo: Beatrice Markiewicz, right, with mentor Alexey Teslja, chemistry; center photo: Megan Crouse, center, with mentor Bianca Finzi-Contini Calabresi, right, English, and reader Robyn Schiffman, English; and right photo: Jacqueline Humen, left, with Marilyn Rye, English/communications, associate campus provost and director of the University Honors Program.

Other student presenters at the College at Florham were first photo: Gillian Kleiman, right, with mentor David Grand, creative writing; second photo: Matthew Sisco, right, with mentor Lona Whitmarsh, psychology; third photo: Megan Kellerman, left, with mentor David Daniel, creative writing and director, creative writing; and fourth photo: Blaire Lorenz, right, with mentor Patricia Melloy, cell biology and health/preprofessional adviser.

President Adams to Take IAUP Presidency in June

FDU President J. Michael Adams will assume the presidency of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) during the group’s triennial conference in New York City, June 17–20.

The event is expected to be the largest gathering of higher-education leaders ever. It will feature an address by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, along with many other prominent speakers representing national governments and major corporations; and presentations and panel discussions on higher-education issues, including a panel of reporters from The New York Times and a panel of Arab university presidents. The IAUP also will hold general and executive committee meetings that will drive the organization’s agenda during the three years of Adams’ presidency.

“Our mission,” Adams said, “is to provide a worldwide vision for the role of higher education in promoting peace, economic development and international understanding.”

IAUP includes more than 600 members from more than 100 countries. Membership is reserved for current and former university presidents, rectors, chancellors and other chief executive officers.

The location of the IAUP triennial conferences rotates around the world, coinciding with the election of each new president. Recent conferences have been held in Chile, Thailand, Australia and Denmark. The last triennial in the United States was held in San Francisco, Calif., in 1996.

Fairleigh Dickinson founder Peter Sammartino led the creation of IAUP and was the first president of the organization. He organized the first triennial, which was held at FDU’s Wroxton College in 1964.

“I am very proud to build upon the work of Peter Sammartino and contribute to the mission of this very important organization,” said Adams, who will serve as president through 2014. “I am honored to represent FDU and further the institution’s international influence.”

Jason Scorza, associate provost, global learning (Metro/Flor) and philosophy/political science (Metro), is representing FDU on the IAUP executive committee and will serve as deputy secretary-general for the next three years.

Early in Adams’ tenure as FDU president, he emphasized the importance of renewing ties with the organization. FDU started housing the IAUP archives, and Adams served in various capacities, including as chair of the North American Council and executive committee member. Three years ago, he was named president-elect.

In addition, Richard Bronson, senior executive assistant to the president, director of government/community affairs and mathematics/computer science (Metro), has served as secretary-general-elect for the past three years. Among many other contributions, Adams said, Bronson has been the primary architect behind the upcoming triennial conference.


J. Michael Adams

WAMFEST Features Lineup of Writers and Musicians

For two weeks in April and May, Fairleigh Dickinson University is hosting the 2011 WAMFEST (Words and Music Festival) at the College at Florham.

This year’s WAMFEST features an eclectic and prestigious lineup of novelists, music producers, and singer/songwriters at five free events. Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), songwriter, performer, novelist and WAMFEST artist-in-residence (Flor), will host and perform at all of the free events.

WAMFEST is an annual series hosted by FDU’s Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences and its creative writing programs. It brings successful artists of various genres and media to the campus to inspire and inform students who hope to one day follow in these artists’ creative footsteps. The festival is designed to celebrate the literary qualities of popular music and to break down the barriers between the community and academia, bridging the gap between the literature in universities and the literature of the people. Past guests have included Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Roseanne Cash and Eugene Mirman.

The WAMFEST 2011 schedule follows:

On Friday, April 29, the brother/sister (Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger) indie pop due, The Fiery Furnaces, will headline “A Conversation and Performance with The Fiery Furnaces,” at 5 p.m. in the Bottle Hill Room of the Student Center. The duo’s thoughtful lyrics highlight the connection between poetry and music while featuring catchy melodies and synthesizers.

On Monday, May 2, seasoned writers Ben Greenman, Nancy Franklin and Alex Ross will discuss “Writing for The New Yorker,” at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. Greenman has written everything from short stories and music journalism to novels about funk and musicals about Britney Spears. A television critic, Franklin combines a critical eye with a sharp, humorous style to give her take on television and society. Ross is a music critic who reviews the modern classical scene and examines the history of music.

On Thursday, May 5, “A Reading, Conversation and Performance with Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding and Josh Ritter” will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall. Stace and Ritter, both singers, songwriters and novelists, reunite after a performance at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington, D.C., in February. Ritter continues to craft folk/rock songs while gearing up for the release of his first book, Bright’s Passages, in June. Stace will be reading an excerpt from his novel, Charles Jessold, Considered a Murderer.

This year’s WAMFEST culminates on Saturday, May 7, with “A Conversation and Performance with Owen,” at 6 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall. Growing up in a musical household and finding fame through family band Cap’n Jazz, Mike Kinsella moved on to solo project Owen in which he composes all the music, plays all the instruments and writes all the lyrics. This event is co-sponsored by The Musicians’ Guild of FDU.

The first performance, held on April 26, featured rocker Alejandro Escovedo; producer and musician Tony Visconti; and author, music critic and radio deejay Dave Marsh.

Stace is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and novelist. He has released 15 music albums, ranging in style from folk to pop. While performing under his stage name of John Wesley Harding, he has also written three novels under his real name, Wesley Stace. His most recent novel, a mystery called Charles Jessold, Considered a Murderer, has received positive reviews in The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as several other newspapers and magazines.

For more information visit WAMFEST’s blog at or contact David Daniel, creative writing; director, creative writing; and WAMFEST originator (Flor), at

Sponsors include: Becton College; creative writing; Trustee Robert Pures, BS’67 (Flor), and his wife, Patricia; Gourmet Dining; Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center; Dean of Students’ Office; and Office of the Provost.


The Fiery Furnaces

Josh Ritter


Priceline Founder to Deliver Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture

Jeff Hoffman, founder of and founder and partner of ColorJar, will deliver the 13th Annual Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture, “Keys to Success in Entrepreneuring,” on Monday evening, May 2, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. The annual lecture event is made possible through an endowment by Richard Clarke, president of CE Partners, LLC.

The event is free, but registration is required. Following a reception at 6 p.m., an awards ceremony for the winners of the FDU Innovation Challenge Awards will be held at 6:45 p.m. The lecture will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Best known as the founder and CEO of the family of companies, Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of e-commerce and entertainment. Having launched his first software company while a student at Yale University, he has founded and grown a series of successful startup companies in his career, guiding his companies to both acquisitions and public offerings.

Hoffman is currently a founder and partner in ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps entrepreneurs and small-business owners launch and grow new business ventures. In this capacity, he works with startup companies all over the country to help turn great ideas into profitable businesses.

Hoffman previously served as the CEO of Enable Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded company that operates online sites and and specializes in the liquidation of excess inventory from major brand name manufacturers and retailers. The company has sold more than $2-billion worth of computers, consumer electronics, jewelry, apparel, collectibles and other products (in consumer and business sales) since its launch.

Hoffman’s first startup was an innovative software company named CTI, which quickly became the industry leader in the travel and tourism technology industry, and was later acquired by American Express. Hoffman was also a founder and CEO of early e-commerce pioneer Virtual Shopping, Inc., which developed patented, proprietary software and hardware for online retailing and was later acquired by Europe’s Wallenberg Group.

For more information about the event go to or call 973-443-8842. To register contact the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at 973-443-8842.


Jeff Hoffman

Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Welcome


“Digital Revolution Reaches Adulthood,” an op-ed piece by J. Michael Adams, president, appeared in The Providence Journal, New England’s second-largest newspaper, in April (see

Ronald Dumont, psychology and director, school psychology (Metro), presented “Test Stats and Other Mundane Things,” at the Dumont (N.J.) Public Schools, and “Current Developments and Trends in Assessment of Learning Disabilities,” at Kiyas Joel Public Schools in Harriman, N.Y.

College at Florham faculty Riad Nasser, sociology; David Rosen, anthropology; Neil Salzman, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning; and John Schiemann, political science and chair, social sciences/history, participated in a roundtable discussion on “The Future of the Middle East” at the College at Florham, as part of the Hot Topics event sponsored by Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences.

Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor), received the Distinguished Service Award at the Latino Promise Inaugural Gala, April 28, at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant, Hackensack, N.J. Corporate recognition was given to Verizon. Fernando Oliver, business/law, Petrocelli College (Metro), was master of ceremonies and Fernando Alonso, business, director of Puerta al Futuro Program and director of Latino Promise Program (Metro), gave welcome remarks. President J. Michael Adams gave remarks.

At the Annual Conference of the American Psychology – Law Society in Miami, Fla., in March, Debbie Green, psychology (Metro), co-presented “New and Improved: A Comparison of the SIRS and SIRS-2,” “Use of the M-FAST to Evaluate Feigned Symptoms in a Sample of Incompetent Defendants” and “Exploring the Accuracy and Utility of the Rey 15 Item Test with Recognition Trial in a Forensic Psychiatry Population.” She also presented “Definitions of Torture” at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies in Montreal, Canada, in November 2010. Green co-authored the articles “Investigating the Relationship Between Antisocial Personality Disorder and Malingering,” in Criminal Justice and Behavior; “Evaluating the Gold Standard: A Review and Meta-analysis of the Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms,” in Psychological Assessment; and “Defining Torture: A Review of 40 Years of Health Science Research,” in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. She also co-wrote a chapter on “Diagnosis and Treatment of Women with Personality Disorders,” in press with the book Women and Mental Disorders (Prager Publishing: Santa Barbara, Calif.).

Howard Libov, film and assistant dean, Becton College (Flor), announces that “Carny,” a film by FDU student Kevin Lonano, has been accepted into two film festivals: New Filmmakers NYC and the 2011 New Jersey International Film Festival.

Ron Kraus, University College (Metro), is first editor and co-author of the second edition of Online Counseling: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals, which was published by Academic Press, Elsevier Inc., Maryland Heights, Miss. He also was first editor and co-author of the book’s first edition.

Anthony Tasso and Lona Whitmarsh, both psychology (Flor), were among the panelists in a discussion, “Behind Closed Doors: Relationship Secrets,” on battering and date abuse, sponsored by the College Writing Program on April 5 at the College at Florham. The discussion complemented the Freshman Read class, which studied the book In the Company of Angels by Thomas Kennedy, creative writing (Flor). The program ran a series of events focusing on the book. It also included an “Angels Don’t Hurt” fundraising walk that benefited the Jersey Battered Women’s Servies and a film screening of “Death and Maiden.”

Juliana Lachenmeyer, psychology (Metro), did several presentations in March: “Irritable Bowel: Mind Body Connection,” at the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Great Neck, N.Y.; and “Anxiety Disorders,” “Cognitive Behavioral Assessment and Treatment” and “Update on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder” at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.

On March 11, Chimezie Ozurumba, public administration; Russell Robinson, administrative assistant, administrative science; and William Roberts, social sciences and director, Public Administration Institute (all Metro), attended the Regional Conference and Dialogue on Social Justice hosted by Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (New York University) and Luskin School of Public Affairs (University of California, Los Angeles). Among the topics discussed were social justice initiatives in graduate schools of public affairs and service as well as the various challenges facing public intellectuals, including the development of transformative leadership and methodology of addressing current community issues.

Katharine Loeb, clinical psychology (Metro), was awarded a $150,000 competitive research grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for “Optimal Defaults and Parent Empowerment in the Prevention of Early Childhood Obesity: A Community Center-based Pilot Study” as part of its Childhood Obesity Prevention initiative. Loeb is co-author of the article “Parent Groups in the Treatment of Eating Disorders,” in press with the Handbook of Assessment and Treatment for Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders (Guilford Press: New York). She was invited to speak about “Family-based Treatment for Adolescent Eating Disorders” at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

Martin Green, English (Flor), announces that a book about the late FDU alumnus Vito Russo, BA’68 (Flor), Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, by Michael Schiavi, English and coordinator of English as a second language, New York Institute of Technology, Manhattan, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Green was interviewed by the author while researching for the book. Russo was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and cofounder of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). He also was the author of The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies.

Robert McGrath, psychology; director, PhD in clinical psychology and postdoctoral MS in clinical pharmacology (Metro), made the following presentations: “Points of Overlap Between Integrated Health Care and RxP,” at the Meeting of the American Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy in Washington, D.C.; and “The Future of Psychological Assessment,” a roundtable discussion he chaired, and “Response Bias Measures: Are the Costs Worth the Benefits?” both at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Psychological Assessment in Boston, Mass. He wrote “Prescriptive Authority and the Survival of Clinical Practice,” for the New Jersey Psychologist. McGrath was appointed to the American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Primary Care Training Task Force. He also was co-facilitator of the assessment research interest group at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Psychological Assessment.

Walter Cummins, emeritus, English; Martin Green, English; Howard Libov, film and assistant dean, Becton College; and Gary Radford, communication (all Flor), were among the panelists in a Hot Topics discussion on “Where Is the Digital Future Taking Us?” on April 12 at the College at Florham.

M. Patricia Warunek, biological sciences and director, University Honors Program (Metro), announces that 25 students from the honors program presented at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference, which was held from March 31 to April 3, in Portland, Maine.

Mary Goepfert, Petrocelli College (Metro), was named external affairs officer for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. She has had many years of experience in emergency management, especially in special-needs planning, which deals with vulnerable populations and disaster planning.

Minerva Guttman, nursing and director, nursing/allied health (Metro), announced that Ariella Bleich and Ada Contreras, students in the one-year accelerated BS in nursing program, won recognition in a national essay contest sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Their essays will be featured on the foundation’s website and used in marketing materials. For more information go to .

Elizabeth Roberts, Petrocelli College (Metro), wrote the article “Don’t Neglect the Treasures of the Raritan Bay Coast,” which was published in the Asbury Park Press on April 17. The article deals with ecologic history and background and current ecologic issues of the coast area.

Tina LoPonte, communication (Metro), announced that Peiran Xu, one of the students in her Advertising Copywriting and Layout class, won the “New Jersey has Charm” contest held by George Press Jewelers in Livingston, N.J. Students in LoPonte’s class each submitted a charm design that best represented New Jersey.

Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff Denise Hart, education; director of adult education, continuing education; and director, SUCCESS Program; Ariel “A.J.” Luna, director, veterans services; and Kirsten Tripodi, hospitality/tourism management, were panelists in a discussion on adult students hosted by the Faculty for Freshmen Committee on April 27. They discussed strategies for older students in the classroom and beyond.

In the News …

Jason Scorza, associate provost for global learning (Metro/Flor) and political science/philosophy (Metro), was featured in “The Academic Minute,” a daily radio show on WAMC® Northeast Public Radio, where he explained the unique challenges faced by today’s veterans as they enter colleges and universities. To listen to the broadcast go to .

Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English, and director, editorial committee, FDU Press (Flor), and his wife, Marjorie Deiter Keyishian, retired, Becton College (Flor), were featured in an article in the Daily Record’s Morristown This Week insert titled “Professors End Long Careers at FDU.”

Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor), was quoted in two NJBIZ articles: “Off-campus Training for Those Keeping In-office Hours: Companies Asking for More Courses at Work Sites, Online” and “Some Companies Cut Training Programs from Economic Impact.”

J. Michael Adams, president, was quoted in the University World News article “GLOBAL: Universities Sign Up for UN Academic Impact.”

Robert McGrath, psychology; director, PhD in clinical psychology and postdoctoral MS in clinical pharmacology (Metro), was quoted in the article “Just Do It: Six Reasons to Finish Your Dissertation Before Starting Your Internship,” published in gradPSYCH.

Joel Harmon, management and interim executive director, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (Flor), was quoted in the article “Turning Green in Morristown to Promote Growth.”

Richard Reiss, senior vice president, University advancement (Metro/Flor), was quoted in The Record article “Rutgers to Pay $30,000 to Graduation Speaker: Most Local Schools Avoid Trend Toward Fees.”

Ruth Nemire, founding dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor), was interviewed for the article “Pharmacists Will Face New and Expanded Roles in Health Care,” published in Commerce magazine. A photo of Nemire also appeared as part of the Sunday Star-Ledger article “Pharmacy School Set for 2012.”

Anthony Mastropietro, director, Community College Partnership (Metro), was quoted in two articles: “Community Colleges Partnering with Four-year Schools for ‘Degree Completion’ Programs,” on, and “Six New Bachelor Courses and Master Degree Program to Be Offered at Gloucester County College,” on

Gina Tedesco, Silberman College (Flor), was quoted in the New Jersey Business article “Help from Higher Education: How Businesses Gain a Competitive Advantage Via the Assistance of College and University Students.”

Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST) artist-in-residence (Flor), was featured in the Kansas City Star article “Wesley Stace’s ‘Life Project’: Fusing Music and Literature.” He also was featured in the article “Wesley Stace, Considered as a Novelist,” posted on

Catherine Love, director, career development (Metro), was interviewed for The Record article “College Career Centers See ‘Mature Alumni’ Influx,” also published on David Daniel, creative writing; director, creative writing; and WAMFEST originator (Flor), was also quoted in the article.

Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in several articles about PublicMind™ polls: “Could Christie Be President? FDU Poll Looks Good for Governor,” ( and LivingstonPatch); “Poll: Majority Approve of NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Job Performance” (, and CBS New York News) “Gov. Christie Wouldn’t Get More Votes Than President Obama in Race for White House, Poll Says” (; “Poll: Majority Approve of NJ Gov’s Job Performance” (; “New Jersey Wants Christie and Democrat Lawmakers, Poll Shows” (Bloomberg); “Poll: Majority of New Jerseyans Still Back Obama But Support Slipping,” “Poll Finds Large Majority of New Jersey Voters Favor Shared Public Services” and “President Obama Beats Christie in a Head-to-Head” (; “Christie’s Atlantic City Revival Seeks Halt to 30% Casino Plunge” (Bloomberg Businessweek); “Poll Shows Obama Still the Favorite — Even Ahead of Christie” (; “Poll: Christie Would Be Tough Challenge for Obama” (Manasquan-BelmarPatch); and “Poll: Christie Among Top 3 GOP Contenders for Presidency” (

Lloyd Ultan, history (Metro), was quoted in The New York Times article “After 3 Decades, a Bronx Historian Loses His Road: Restoring Southern Blvd. Name Is Slap in Face, Widow Says.”

Zhaobo (Bob) Wang, operations management (Flor), was quoted in the Daily Record article “Tian Kong Choir Performs on American Soil for the First Time at NJ School.”

In Memoriam

Frank Giovacco, retired computer science/decision making (Metro), died on November 5, 2010, at the age of 66. He joined FDU in 1973 as an adjunct in computer science/decision making, and retired in 1990. He is survived by his father, Frank Giovacco of Clifton, N.J.; his sister, Maryann Stankiewicz, and her husband, Charles; nieces, Megan and Kelly; and nephews, Ryan and Keith.

Albert Rust, Jr., retired economics/finance (Flor), died on January 19, at the age of 85. He joined FDU in 1960 and retired in 1999. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Merle; their 10 children: Allyson Druin; Denise Rust; Orion and wife, Glynis; Carl and wife, Ann; Dayle and wife, June; Auralee Jameson and husband, Tony; Heather Benson and husband, Randall; Trejo and wife, Tarra; Lajuana Sapp and husband, John; and Aaron and wife, Megan; his son from a previous marriage, David, and wife, Linda; his brother, Dayle Rust, and wife, Pat; and 31 grandchildren.

Albert Soletsky, retired languages (Metro), died on April 24 at the age of 73. He joined FDU in 1968 and retired in 2010. He is survived by his wife, Fabiola; daughter, Terra Martin; and brothers, Louis and Harry. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fairleigh Dickinson University, Director of Development, 1000 River Road, H-DH3-12, Teaneck, NJ 07666 (Attn: Susan McConville).

Catherine Tighe, retired secretary, Provost’s Office (Metro), died on November 20, 2010, at the age of 90. She joined FDU in 1975 and retired in 1989. She is survived by her daughters, Janet, Ann Bottino, Marie, Cathy Ambruster and Joan Wendel; grandchildren, Lauren, Jennifer and James; and brother, Edward Zajac.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of April 19, 2011.

Welcome to Michele Alkhalili, administrative assistant, education (Metro); Marcos Arteaga, assistant director, financial aid (Metro); Maria Kaljaj, administrative assistant, psychology (Metro); Eriny Louca, purchasing agent, purchasing (Metro); Brian Surace, head football coach, athletics (Flor); Timothy Zachmann, assistant director, financial aid (Metro); and Anastasios Zarkos, director, financial aid (Metro).


Left photo: Lona Whitmarsh, left, and Anthony Tasso, both psychology (both Flor), lead the discussion “Behind Closed Doors: Relationship Secrets.”

Right photo: Bethany Rabinowitz, left, English (Flor), with one of the participants, Juli Harpell-Elam, project prevention coordinator, Jersey Battered Women’s Services.

College Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Senior Thesis Film Festival

The visual and performing arts department will hold its Annual Senior Thesis Film Festival, which features thesis films made by graduating film and animation students, on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Clearview Headquarters Ten Cineplex in Morristown, N.J. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information call 973-443-8646 or email

New York Piano Summer Gala Concert

A free summer gala concert of classical piano music, presented by Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences and the New York Piano Society, Inc. will be performed on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The performers are members of the New York Piano Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to discovering and nurturing talented performers whose primary professions lie outside the field of music performance.

Elena Leonova is the founder and artistic director of the society. For more information call 646-418-0579 or go to .

Silberman College of Business

Upcoming Breakfast Seminars

The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE)/Center for Human Resource Management Studies (CHRMS) is offering two breakfast seminars, one in May and one in June, from 7:30–9:30 a.m., in Hennessy Hall at the College at Florham.

On Friday, May 20, Fred Smagorinsky, chief executive officer of Marcal Manufacturing, LLC, Elmwood Park, N.J., will discuss “Driving Sustainability Throughout the Enterprise” in Lenfell Hall.

The last breakfast seminar of the semester on Friday, June 17, will feature Ruth Nemire, founding dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor), and Susan Snodgrass, senior medical director, Novartis, who will talk about “Getting Natural with Medicine: Is It Sustainable?” in Hartman Lounge.

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 .

Family Business Forum

As part of the O.Berk Company Family Business Forum series, a free seminar on “Understanding Qualified Plans for Family-owned Businesses” will be held on Thursday, May 12, 8:30 a.m., at the Rutherford Room of the Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham. The seminar will feature speakers from Sobel & Co. and Main Street Wealth Management.

Any business that currently sponsors a 401K, a profit-sharing plan, a defined benefit plan, or other qualified plan needs to learn the new federal and state requirements for 2011–2012. This workshop will provide the necessary information and explain how plan sponsors may be personally liable for these plans and how business owners can protect themselves from liability.

Registration is necessary. For registration and information contact Kim Dennison, administrator, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8880 or

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

U.N. Initiative

Deborah Fredericks, director of operations, continuing education (Metro), and Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean for off-campus credit programs, Petrocelli College, and director, administrative science (Metro), have been appointed to a United Nations Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Committee. FDU is an observer organization at the Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and Fredericks and Calissi are members of that committee.

On March 11, as part of this U.N. initiative, William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), gave a presentation at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. “His presentation on ‘Political Corruption: A Global Cancer’ was extremely well received by the members of the NGO Alliance on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CPCJ) and representatives of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),” said Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor).

Schuber stressed that corruption erodes governmental legitimacy and legal systems, and perpetuates the illicit world of child trafficking, narcotic drug cartels, piracy and suppression of human rights. He outlined local benchmarking ideas to be considered as recommendations for local governments and authorities’ training, based on his 12-year tenure as a county executive in Bergen County. In support of Transparency International’s findings and recommendations, Schuber questioned whether the issue of corruption is “criminalized” to the point where it could be efficiently investigated, prosecuted and prevented.

The presentation, upon Alliance membership request, will be transcribed and sent to the Alliance counterparts in Vienna, Austria. It appears on the Alliance website: .

ITV Equipment for Cyber Crime Training Lab

The Cyber Crime Training Lab at the Metropolitan Campus has expanded its capacity with the recent installment of Interactive Television (ITV) equipment in one of the conference rooms and one of the computer labs within the Cyber Crime suite. This will allow for immediate and effortless connectivity with FDU’s College at Florham and FDU-Vancouver so that classes may be run with students at multiple locations. The technology also provides for connectivity to other venues, including National Guard locations and many other public, private and not-for-profit organizations worldwide. These improvements were done with a 2009 grant toward a technology project.

International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Events

Students of the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (ISHTM) attended The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, which ran from February 27 to March 1, 2011. While at the show, the students attended industry-related seminars, networked with industry executives and learned about the latest trends in the food-service industry.

Richard Wisch, hospitality/tourism management; and associate dean/director, international hospitality/tourism management (Metro/Flor), hosted the Spring 2011 Student Scholarship and Benefit Dinner on March 6 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, N.J. This year’s event was attended by President J. Michael Adams and his wife, Susan, as well as members of FDU’s administration, faculty and staff. “The event was an outstanding success as many deserving students received scholarships,” said Wisch.

Study Abroad

Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); Donald Hoover, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); and John Hughes, hospitality/tourism management (Flor), accompanied 22 students to Italy March 11 through March 19 for the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s Global Seminar. The students stayed at The Posta Hotel in Reggio Emilia, located in Emilia Romagna, where the Italian flag was developed.

The students also visited Florence, Parma and Bologna. During their visit to Parma, the group was met by Gianluigi Zenti, president and CEO of Academia Barilla. The students toured the Barilla Pasta factory and were invited to cook lunch with the Academia’s chefs.

While in Florence, the group took a sightseeing tour of Old Florence and visited the Florence Market, where they purchased ingredients for a meal they later prepared at the Apicius Culinary Institute of Florence.

When they arrived in Bologna, the students were greeted by members of the Bologna Tourism Office, who arranged a private tour of the newly opened Music Museum and a private concert by Liuwe Tamminga, one of Europe’s premier organ players and a music professor at Bologna University’s School of Music. The students then had lunch and were given a tour of the Gran Majestic Hotel, a Leading Hotel of the World.

To complete their Italian adventure, the students visited parmesan-cheese and balsamic-vinegar manufacturers. They also went to the Casali winery for a wine tasting.

Kirsten Tripodi, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); Iris Gersh, hospitality management (Metro); Joseph Tormey, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); and Richard Wisch, hospitality/tourism management; and associate dean/director, international hospitality/tourism management (Metro/Flor), traveled with 22 of International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s (ISHTM) senior and graduate students to Engelberg, Switzerland, March 11 through March 19. Engelberg, the leading mountain resort in central Switzerland, which lies in a high alpine valley, served as the school’s location for its annual Senior Global Seminar. While in Switzerland, the group attended management and global seminar classes that focused on the comparison of Switzerland’s management approaches, techniques and strategies.

Students toured hotel properties and were given an opportunity to experience Swiss food and beverage service. They went behind the scenes at Interlaken’s Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel and the Palace Hotel in Lucerne, both five-star hotels and members of the world-renowned Leading Hotels of the World.

Ruth Hladyk, director of professional development/internship, hospitality/tourism management (Flor), accompanied nine ISHTM students to Wroxton for a study-abroad experience March 7 through March 13. While in Wroxton, they went on trips to historical sites in England, Scotland and France; participated in college events; attended theater performances; and listened to lectures by visiting speakers.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

Free Help for Children with Anxiety and Peer-related Issues

Free groups for socially vulnerable children ages 8 to 12 are available through the University’s Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic. These groups, which are part of a research program, are ongoing and consist of either 10 weekly group sessions emphazing anxiety reduction and changing misperceptions or 10 weekly group sessions emphasizing the application of broad-based social skills. Ideal participants are children that struggle with anxiety, peer-related issues and have some form of documented (or suspected) neurological conditions such as ADHD-inattentive type, learning disabilities/weaknesses, processing or memory issues.

Andrew Eisen, psychology and director of the Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic, BA/MA program in general/theoretical psychology and BA/MSW in clinical social work (Metro), will supervise the groups led by advanced doctoral students in the University’s clinical psychology program.

Although the groups are free, a low-cost intake ($30) and a social-skills screening ($20) are part of the program to help ensure that participants meet required criteria. The number of places are limited. For information call groups coordinator Lisa Iskander at 201-692-2645 by May 15 for an initial screening, information and specific requirements regarding participation.

Art Exhibits

The works of graduating art student Aaisha Alexander will be on exhibit from May 2 to 6 at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus. This weeklong display will be followed by an exhibit of paintings by Sun Hee Yoon, University College (Metro), from May 9 to June 17 at the gallery.

Admission is free. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information call 201-692-2801.


From left are William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro); Karen Smith, vice chair, Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice; and Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean for off-campus credit programs, Petrocelli College, and director, administrative science (Metro).

At the Capitano Del Popolo meeting room in the Hotel Posta in Reggio Emilio are, first row, from left, students Daniel Piasecki and Trevor Mcguire; Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); Umberto Sidoli, owner and general manager, The Posta Hotel; students Andrew Molitoris, Coleman Brooks and Victor Alvarado; and Donald Hoover hospitality/tourism management (Metro); second row, from left, students Jon Saloukas, Chad Nathan, Cheryl Falat, Susan DaSilva, Sara Coleman, Jacqueline D’Urso, Diana Nasuta, Kristen Cavalieri and Mariette Zino; and third row, from left, John Hughes, hospitality/tourism management (Flor); and students Wai Cheng, April Martines, Kim Fong, Tara DeNardo, Emily Brennan, Jessica Sanders, Carolina Rios and John Voorhees.

Outside the Grand National Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, are, first row, from left, students Elana Schulefand, Jessica Del Valle, Melisa Winfield, Jillian Weston, Samantha Lincoln, Jennifer Pagano, Julissa Castro and Katrina Nesmith; Kirsten Tripodi, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); and Richard Wisch, hospitality/tourism management; and associate dean/director, international hospitality/tourism management (Metro/Flor); second row, from left, students Christine Longenhagen, Alex Sariyan, Sherry Russo, Jessa Lodovici, Jaime Mills, Kenneth Victoria and Carlos Solis; and third row, from left, Joseph Tormey, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); and students Jaclyn Corseri, Alex Kajencki, Carly Claus, Laisa Cantelli, Kathryn Koutsouradis, Mihai Nyerges, Garam Lee and Jordan Cronk.

Spotlight — Norton, Ortiz, Sacks, Schuber

John “Jake” Norton

Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Six years this August.

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

Professional hockey player Wayne Gretzky. I have many heroes but I’ve been a hockey player/fan/coach all my life, and when you look at the record books no one has ever dominated his sport the way Wayne did in the ’80s and ’90s. I’d love to just chat with him about the game and maybe pass the puck around a little.

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

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Lincoln was kind of a big deal. This book really demonstrates how he strategically chose many of his political rivals as cabinet members to help him come to more informed and well-rounded decisions during his turbulent presidency. An amazing read.

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

… how to play the guitar.

My first job was …

… a short-order breakfast chef. Best job I ever had … aside from admitting transfer students to FDU that is. But that’s a given.

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

… the makings for cheeseburgers and plenty of Gatorade and chocolate milk.

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

… own more than 2,000 CDs (yet I still can’t figure out how to program my iPod).

My biggest challenge is ...

… being a die-hard Boston sports fan living in the New York/New Jersey area. Very challenging.

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

I would love to be an entrepreneur so that I could own and operate my own hockey rink. I would want nothing to do with the computer industry. I am what they refer to as “technologically” challenged.

Melissa Ortiz

International Student Adviser, International Student Services
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Since December 2010.

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

I’d like to meet Oprah and ask her for tickets to her “Favorite Things” show before she retires.

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

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger. I cried during the movie and loved the book even more.

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

… how to play the congas.

My first job was …

… a medical records clerk.

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

… an assortment of coffee creamers.

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

… grew up in a military family. My dad was in the U.S. Navy so we moved around a lot. We were stationed in Japan for 12 years before settling in Seattle, Wash. Ironically, my husband is in the military, too. He was deployed to Iraq for a year. I support our troops.

My biggest challenge is ...

… finding the perfect pair of socks and shoes that my 9-month-old daughter can’t kick off.

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

I’d love to be a food critic/blogger or do something in interior design. I would be a very bad beekeeper.

Meghan Sacks

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Director of Criminology Program
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Since August 2010.

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

Candice DeLong, retired top FBI profiler whose brain I’d love to pick.

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

The Lincoln Lawyer, by Michael Connelly, because it pretty accurately depicts the reality that justice doesn’t always happen in the courtroom.

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

… to horseback ride.

My first job was …

… a waitress in high school, but after college I was a litigation paralegal.

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

… diet Coke. I panic if my supply gets too low.

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

… watch almost all fictional crime shows despite my constant preaching that these shows are “all fake.”

My biggest challenge is ...

… getting up in the morning. I have insomnia and find it terribly difficult to wake up early.

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

I think at some point that I will attempt to write a crime fiction novel. When I have dinner with my friends who work for hedge funds, I think it sounds painful so I don’t think I will ever venture down that career path.

William “Pat” Schuber

Senior Lecturer of Administrative Science
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Ten years.

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

I would like to meet Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, because I’m a big Beatles fan.

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

Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow. It was thoroughly researched and very readable.

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

… Russian.

My first job was …

… in newspaper delivery.

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

… yogurt.

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

… collect presidential autographs.

My biggest challenge is...

… managing my time.

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

The profession I would most like to do is law enforcement. I would not want to work in a nuclear plant.

This & That

• The master of administrative science has been approved to be offered at FDU-Vancouver. It includes specializations in computer security and forensic administration; emergency management administration; global health and human services administration; global leadership and administration; global technology administration; and human resources administration.

End-of-semester meetings are scheduled at both the New Jersey campuses. At the Metropolitan Campus, the faculty meeting will be held on Monday, May 16, 1 p.m., in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, and the staff meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m., in Room 100, Robison Hall Annex. At the College at Florham, the end-of-semester meeting for faculty and staff will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. It will be followed by an ice cream social in the Dining Hall at the Student Center.

• The Henry Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health is holding a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Open House on Wednesday, May 4, 5–6:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of Dickinson Hall. For information call 201-692-2882.

Explore FDU! Information Sessions will be held on various dates from May through August in the Rothman Building at the College at Florham and in Dickinson Hall at the Metropolitan Campus — on Saturday. May 7; Saturday, May 21; Tuesday, May 24; Saturday, June 11; Saturday, June 25; Thursday, June 30; Monday, July 11; Saturday, July 16; Thursday, July 21; Saturday, July 30; Wednesday, August 3; Saturday, August 6; Tuesday, August 9; Saturday, August 20; and Tuesday, August 23. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cover topics such as majors and concentrations, scholarships and financial-aid opportunities, internships and honors and study-abroad programs. Preregistration is necessary. To preregister go to .

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Information Programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, and on Tuesday, May 24, in Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. For registration and information call 201-692-2554 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8905 (College at Florham), email or go to .

“MBA Nights,” open houses for prospective MBA students will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 6–8 p.m., in Hennessy Hall, College at Florham, and on Thursday, July 21, 6–8 p.m., at the Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck, N.J. Registration is necessary. To register and for information call 201-692-2554 (Metropolitan Campus), 973-443-8905 (College at Florham) or email

• The Knights women’s golf team won its fourth straight Northeast Conference championship. It will play in the East Regional NCAA tournament in May. Rob Warren is head coach.

• The Knights women’s bowling team won the Northeast Conference championship and advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Championship, where they were defeated by the eventual champion University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mike LoPresti is head coach and Lisa Friscioni is assistant coach.

• The Opera at Florham is sponsoring two events — an operalogue in May and a semi-staged production in June. On Sunday, May 22, Richard Kopp, emeritus, languages (Flor), will hold an operalogue on “La Traviata” at 3 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. Tickets are $5 for the general public and free for ticketholders to the semi-staged production of “La Traviata.” To complement the operalogue, a semi-staged production of “La Traviata” will be held on Sunday, June 5, 3 p.m., in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham. In a semi-staged production, the opera is performed in its original entirety in three acts, sung in Italian with English subtitles, held on a smaller stage with limited orchestra and scenery and performed in costumes. Performers are Jessica Rose Cambio, soprano; Luigi Boccia, tenor; and Jonathan Beyer, baritone. Robert Butts, music coordinator/conductor of the Opera at Florham, will direct the production. Tickets are $45 for orchestra seats, $35 for other seats, and $10 for students. For reservation and information on both events call 973-443-8620.

Photo Stories

Library Events

A Library Fete and opening of the Peter Sammartino Room in the Giovatto Library at the Metropolitan Campus and an exhibit of gift books from the Nippon Foundation at the College at Florham Library highlighted the campus libraries’ events this month.

Giovatto Library

As part of National Library Week, the Faculty Library Committee hosted a Library Fete for faculty and staff on April 12 at the Metropolitan Campus. This year’s fundraising event included a silent auction and the dedication of the Peter Sammartino Room, named in honor of the University’s founder.

The room houses memorabilia such as Sammartino’s desk, portrait, books and other items and was the result of initial meetings between Sister Margherita Marchione, emerita, languages (Flor), and Nick Agostino, BS’78, MS’97 (Metro), and University College (Metro). “In discussions I had with Chris Rasmussen (history [Metro]), Allan Igo (BS'74 [Flor]) and Nick Agostino, we all agreed that the Sammartino Room, inspired by the vision of our founder and the core values of the institution, will be the centerpiece of [the library’s] special collections suite,” said Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library (Metro).

The special collections area will also showcase the historical and intellectual heritage of FDU, including dissertations, theses, books about FDU, books by FDU faculty, FDU Press publications, The Literary Review issues and student publications. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed by a tour of the facility.

In attendance were Marchione; University trustees Mary Kay Mastronardy Stratis, BS’69 (R), MAT’71 (Metro), and Antoinette Petrocelli; Joseph Kiernan, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Rasmussen; Igo; Agostino; members of the Faculty Library Committee, chaired by Paulette Laubsch, administrative science and director, MS in homeland security (Metro); and Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff.

The afternoon’s activities also featured acknowledging donors, library contributions and a wine tasting, courtesy of E&J Gallo Vintners, one of the event’s sponsors. The Library Fete was co-sponsored by the Office of University Advancement and the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

College at Florham Library

The exhibit “From Japan to Florham: An Exhibition of Gift Books from the Nippon Foundation” was held at the College at Florham Library. Japanese posters from the 1980s were also displayed.

The Japan-related books were a gift from the Nippon Foundation, a nonprofit philanthropic organization established in 1962 in Tokyo, as part of its “Read Japan” international program. The grant award of 83 books came in response to an application to the Nippon Foundation by Maria Webb, head, College at Florham Library (Flor).

A reception on March 30 featured a talk by Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor). As an authority on Japan, he was asked to give some insight on the exhibit. He has taught Japanese politics and has written Japan’s Navy: Politics and Paradox, 1971–2000 and numerous articles about Japan.

The current College at Florham exhibit is “Postcards from a Greener Past: Morristown Before 1950,” which will run through Saturday, June 11. Library hours are Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.– 11 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m. For information call 973-443-8516.

Also see “Monninger Center Groundbreaking Ceremony” story this issue, .


Top photo: The Peter Sammartino Room was officially dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with, from left, Joseph Kiernan, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor); Sister Margherita Marchione, emerita, languages (Flor); University trustees Antoinette Petrocelli and Mary Kay Mastronardy Stratis, BS’69 (R), MAT’71 (Metro); and Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library (Metro).

Bottom photos: The Library Fete was attended by Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff, from left, K. Paul Yoon, operations management and chair, information systems/decision sciences; Marlene Rosenbaum, education and associate University provost for learning outcomes assessment; William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science; Lorraine Nienstedt, assistant director, administrative science; Chris Rasmussen, history; and Katharine Bullard, history.

Left photos: Paulette Laubsch, top, administrative science; director, MS in homeland security; and chair, Faculty Library Committee, and Allan Igo, BS’74 (Flor).

Right photo: Sister Margherita Marchione, emerita, languages (Flor), and Nick Agostino, BS’78, MS’97 (Metro), and University College (Metro), in front of a portrait of FDU founder Peter Sammartino.

Left photo: From left: Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), speaks with Kei Sakayama, who formerly taught Japanese at FDU; and Rie Haggerty, Becton College (Flor).

Right photo: Some of the Japan gift books.

Wellness Celebrated

Wellness was celebrated on both campuses in April. The Metropolitan Campus held three days of Stress LESS events, and the College at Florham had its Sixth Annual Health and Wellness Fair.

Metropolitan Campus

Part of Stress LESS events was the Stress LESS Fair held in Dickinson Hall on April 5. It included information, snacks, crafts and free massages. The week was sponsored by the campus’s Wellness Committee.

College at Florham

The Sixth Annual Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by student health services, was held on April 6 in the Student Center. It included psychological screenings, nutritional/dental/fitness education, medical information, raffles, door prizes and chair massages.


Left photo: Making chakra (spiritual energy) bracelets are, from left, Barbara Reynolds, advising counselor, graduate programs, Silberman College; and Gina Lugo, assistant to director, nursing/allied health.

Center photo: Mutiara Mohamad, director, programs in language, culture and professional advancement (PLCPA), tries her hand at origami.

Right photo: Zhanna Buzharsky, left, PLCPA, University College; and Janice Bihler, PLCPA, University College, compare origami creations.

Left photo: Michael Kohn, left, assistant director, Academic Support Center; and Andrea Mosca, assistant director of academic advising, Academic Advising and Student Support Services, at one of the tables.

Right photo: Representing the Mental Health Committee are, from left, Tina LoPonte, communication; Kalyan Mondal, electrical engineering and coordinator, information technology; and Barbara Byrnes, learning disabilities specialist, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities.

Wellness Center staff, from left, Shirley Smith, director of student health services; Heidi Smith, staff nurse; Wendy Fasano, staff nurse; Susan Morrissey, administrative assistant; Susan Boisnier, staff nurse; and Kevin Byrne, director of counseling services, at the information desks.

Veterans Conference

On April 13, FDU hosted a conference titled “Veterans Education in New Jersey: Serving Those Who Served.” The conference was co-sponsored by the Independent College Fund of New Jersey, the American Council on Education (ACE) Office of Military Programs and the Wal-Mart Foundation. More than 120 people were in attendance. The purpose of the conference was to convene representatives from higher-education institutions in New Jersey that serve veterans in an effort to learn more about the new GI Bill and to share best practices in working with veteran students.

The conference featured speakers from the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, the United States Regional Veterans Affairs Office and the New Jersey National Guard as well as panels of veteran students and veterans service providers. In addition, there were breakout sessions in the afternoon led by experts in the following areas: GI Bill 2.0, Evaluating Military Education Experience and Military Culture 101/Combat to Classroom.

FDU presenters included Jeffrey Dunn, Army veteran, MBA student and FDU alumnus (BA’10 [Flor]); Denise Hart, education; director of adult education, continuing education; and director, SUCCESS Program (Metro); Ariel “AJ” Luna, Army veteran and director, veterans services (Metro); Orley Pacheco, Marine Corps veteran and undergraduate student; and Stefanie Ulrich, member, FDU Veterans Advisory Board; chair, Psychological Services Taskforce; and director, Center for Psychological Services (Metro).

In addition there were representatives from Felician College, Hurwitz Strategic Staffing, Middlesex County College, Rowan University, Seton Hall University and Stevens Institute of Technology.

The conference was underwritten by a grant from the ACE, which was funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation.


Presenters at the conference were, from left, Jeffrey Dunn, Army veteran, FDU MBA student and alumnus (BA’10 [Flor]); Charles Rowe, bureau chief, state approving agency, New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; Douglass MacPherson, Army veteran, education liaison officer, New Jersey, United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Orley Pacheco, Marine Corps veteran and FDU undergraduate student; Capt. Benjamin Stoner, Army, state education benefits and GI Bill manager, New Jersey National Guard; and Ariel “AJ” Luna, Army veteran and director, veterans services (Metro).

Green April

April went green with a variety of environment-related activities in celebration of Earth Day on April 21 at the Metropolitan Campus and Green Day on April 25 to 26 at the College at Florham (see Green April

Earth Day — Metropolitan Campus

For its third Earth Day celebration, the Metropolitan Campus community helped clean up the Hackensack River; bought seedlings grown from the campus’s greenhouse, Metro Greenery; participated in a book exchange; obtained information about environment projects; and sampled nutritious snacks. Students in the Managing Self and Others class taught by Kent Fairfield, management (Metro), volunteered in the river cleanup as part of their service project. The affair was co-sponsored by the Student Green Team and the Green Campus Committee.

Green Day — College at Florham

The College at Florham celebrated its fifth annual Green Day with the theme “Food Sustainability,” which encompassed all “green”-related issues about food production/consumption. Among this year’s activities were a vendor fair, student presentations, workshops on different sustainability-related topics, musical performances, a reception and awards ceremony and the library exhibit “Postcards from a Greener Past: Morristown Before 1950.”

Amber Charlebois, chemistry, and Christopher Caldiero, communication studies (both Flor), co-chaired this year’s Green Day.


Enjoying Earth Day activities are, from left, Paul Schatz, assistant vice president, Environmental Waste Management Associates, with Alice Benzecry, biological sciences; Edward Lynch, locksmith, public safety, with his grandson, Tristan Lynch (son of Maureen Rotker, payroll administrator, human resources); and Jane Elliott, administrative assistant, public safety, at the food concession table; Peju Ayeni, graduate assistant, adult admissions, and Christine Vitale, career development specialist, career development; and Christine Bravo, program associate, grants/sponsored projects; and Robert Sorensen, administrative science.

Left photo: Canoes were able for a Hackensack River ride.

Center photo: Volunteers help clean the Hackensack River.

Right photo: Kent Fairfield, right, management, with his students, from left, Johnny Rodriguez and Julia Prantt.

Left and center photos: Patricia Melloy, cell biology and health/preprofessional adviser, did a presentation on “Genetically Modified Foods.”

Right photo: Amber Charlebois, chemistry, and Christopher Caldiero, communication studies, are co-chairs of Green Day.

Kristin Creel, left, and Rosaria Andraka, both advisement counselors, Academic Advising and Student Support Services, at the vendor fair.

Center photo: From left: Robert Mayans, mathematics/computer science; with students Jen Kalken and Chrissy Nasti and their presentations.

Right photo: James Salierno, center, biology, with students Jorge Suarez, left, and Matt Holland and their presentations.

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