Inside FDU on the Web — September 2011

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Class of 2015

The freshman class of 2015 includes 1,283 students (596 at the College at Florham and 687 at the Metropolitan Campus). This is the largest incoming class at the Metropolitan Campus. The average SAT scores increased by 14 points between the two campuses.

The class represents the largest student body coming to FDU from out of state. In addition to New Jersey, other states and U.S. territories represented include: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Countries other than the United States represented include: Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Gambia, Iceland, India, the Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Mongolia, Nepal, Panama, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Jonathan Wexler, vice president for enrollment management (Metro/Flor), said, “This incoming freshman class is one of the strongest academic freshman classes on record. We are drawing from all over the country. This demonstrates that the reputation of the University continues to grow. I am confident that if these freshmen can overcome an earthquake and a hurricane in one week, they will do fantastic on solid ground in and out of the classroom at FDU.”


Left photo: At the Metropolitan Campus, James Deleppo, left, University director, international student services (Metro), with Katie McNally, a freshman from Corno, Panama.

Right photo: Joseph Kiernan, center, campus provost and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness(Metro), with freshmen Kevin Yepez, left, and Frankie Watson, right.

Left photo: Bagpipes opened the Candlelighting Ceremony at the College at Florham.

Right photos: Kenneth Greene, top, campus provost and senior vice provost for government/community affairs (Flor), and Brian Mauro, dean of students (Flor), greeted the freshmen.

Left photo: Bagpipes also opened Freshman Convocation at the Metropolitan Campus.

Center photo: Student leaders and freshmen hold the Candlelighting Ceremony.

Top right photo: Jonathan Wexler, vice president for enrollment management (Metro/Flor), welcomed the new class.

Bottom right photo: Tina LoPonte, communication (Metro), represented the faculty.

For the past three years, College at Florham has offered freshmen a three-day, two-night canoeing trip on the Delaware River. It consisted of a moderately physical demanding paddle through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, camping along the river shores, sharing meals and preparing students for college. The adventure enables students to learn and grow by creating adventure experiences that foster insight and skill development.

Capuano Named University Provost

Fairleigh Dickinson University named Christopher Capuano University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Capuano, who has served FDU for more than 20 years, began his new role on July 1, 2011.

“Dr. Capuano has great passion for the institution and an in-depth understanding of the tradition, mission and values that define FDU,” said President J. Michael Adams. “He brings to this position a distinguished record of achievement and a superb reputation as an educator, administrator and leader. He will be a relentless advocate for our faculty and students, and he will help us further distinguish our great University.”

Capuano has made extensive contributions to the University as both a faculty member and an academic administrator. Since 2005, he has served as vice provost for international affairs, overseeing the Office of Global Partnerships and various international initiatives. Most notably, he was instrumental in the planning and development of FDU-Vancouver — the University’s fourth campus and second international campus, which is home to more than 250 students from nearly 35 countries and five continents. He has been involved in everything from accreditation issues and curriculum development to budget planning and staff hiring, even serving for an interim period as campus provost.

Previously, Capuano was a full-time faculty member and served nearly 15 years as director of the School of Psychology on the Metropolitan Campus. During his tenure, the school enjoyed significant growth in enrollment, revenue and recognition. The school also added many new programs including several undergraduate tracks and specializations, several graduate programs (including a second doctoral program) and a post-doctoral program that has gained national acclaim.

Capuano holds a PhD in biopsychology from the City University of New York with specializations and research interests in behavioral neuroscience, neurospsychopharmacology and health psychology.

“I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to meeting the challenges that lie ahead,” Capuano said. “The University has made significant progress in the last decade, and I hope to build on that foundation. I intend to work closely with the University community to help create many long-lasting achievements, further enhance our programs and services and provide the best educational experience possible for our students.”

Among Capuano’s goals are the transformation of undergraduate and graduate education at FDU to include more competitive programs that will appeal to a broader audience and the promotion of centers of academic excellence across the University through achievement in teaching, learning, assessment, research and scholarship, and community and corporate partnerships.


Christopher Capuano

Naimoli Family Baseball Complex Dedication

The University community will gather on Wednesday, October 5, to celebrate the dedication of the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex on the Metropolitan Campus.

FDU’s “Field of Dreams” became a reality thanks to the generosity of alumnus Vincent Naimoli, MBA’64 (Flor), chairman emeritus and founder of the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball Team, an FDU trustee and a member of the FDU NOW Campaign Steering Committee. The complex features an artificial turf surface and lights for night games.

“Vince cares deeply about our student-athletes,” said David Langford, director of athletics (Metro). “He believes implicitly that life’s most important lessons are learned on the playing field. We are indebted to him for his generosity and providing this wonderful facility.”

The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. at home plate, followed by a reception. To attend, respond by Friday, September 30, to Helene Pier, executive assistant to senior vice president of University advancement at 201-692-7109, or or register online at .

One of four children of a second-generation Italian immigrant who worked for the New York subway system and became a self-taught engineer, Naimoli grew up from humble beginnings in Paterson, N.J. He earned a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated from Notre Dame University in 1959.

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Naimoli went on to earn a master’s degree in engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and hold several senior positions with various companies. He turned to Fairleigh Dickinson for his MBA, graduated in 1964, and completed Harvard University Business School’s advanced management program in 1974.

In addition to serving as an FDU trustee, Naimoli served on financial and athletic committees at Notre Dame, chaired the University of Tampa board of trustees and currently serves on the board of overseers at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Naimoli has numerous awards and honors for his service. In 1999, he joined former first lady and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John Glenn and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Rehnquist in receiving the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. A longtime resident of Tampa, Fla., Naimoli received the very first “Bridging the Bay” award in 1996, recognizing him as the individual who had done the most to unite the citizens of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. He also has received similar community service awards from the Urban League, the Jewish National Fund, the Tampa Sports Club, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Naimoli received FDU’s Charter Day award in 2008.


Vincent Naimoli

Latino Education Pipeline Revs Up

In fiscal year 2011, the U.S. Department of Education awarded grant funds to the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, in support of the University’s Latino Education Pipeline. The Pipeline has established a three-part program, which helps Latinos gain access to higher education. The three components of the Latino Education Pipeline are Puerta al Futuro, the Latino Promise Program and Community Service.

Part One: Puerta al Futuro (Gateway to the Future)

Initiated in 2003, the Puerta al Futuro program leads to an associate in arts (AA) degree for Spanish-speaking adults and prepares students to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program. The program offers evening and Saturday classes that allow participants to develop their English writing and speaking skills through a professional and structured program of study. The program transitions students from all-Spanish to all-English courses over a three-year period. The first year of the Puerta al Futuro program combines intensive English-language training with college-level course work taught entirely in Spanish. During the second year, students continue their English-language studies while attending college courses in English and Spanish taught by bilingual faculty. By the third year, all courses are taught completely in English. Graduates with the AA degree then can go on to enroll in bachelor’s degree programs taught completely in English at the University.

Grant funding has made these new companions to the program possible: online English as a Second Language courses, online placement testing and online student tutorials, all of which are offered starting in fall 2011.

Part Two: The Latino Promise Program

The Latino Promise Program is the second component of the Latino Education Pipeline, and it is directed at traditional-age college students who have the requisite English-language skills to begin a college-level undergraduate degree program. The Latino Promise Program overcomes traditional barriers to higher education by providing a unique set of support services to enhance student success. Students are provided with ongoing support to help them succeed, including The Latino Promise Leadership Seminar, a three-credit course dedicated to helping transition Latino students from high school to college and beyond. The seminar focuses on study skills, time management, writing, library skills, information literacy and other key elements to success. Students also receive personalized academic advising through The Latino Promise Advisement Program. They are also eligible to receive financial assistance to alleviate tuition burdens through a scholarship program. During the 2010–2011 academic year $44,000 in scholarships were awarded to students in the program.

Part Three: Community Service

The final emphasis of the project is Community Service, which is dedicated to the advisement of students, parents, high-school administrators and community leaders about the possibilities of higher education. The Latino Promise Program educates prospective students and their communities about the importance of aspiring to and succeeding in college by offering the following workshops:

• Bilingual college workshops,
• Seminars on college entrance requirements,
• Financial-aid workshops and
• Reduced fees for the SAT and other entrance exams.

The Pipeline was awarded a total of $500,000 for the 18-month project period that will be completed on January 31, 2012. The project team is comprised of several Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff, who manage the program activities. They are Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (program adviser); Fernando Alonso, business; director, Puerta al Futuro program; and director, Latino Promise Program (program director); Erica Curtis, project manager, global learning (project manager); Ramona Garcia, Petrocelli College (online course development); Fernando Oliver, business/law (program adviser); Erika Oliveros, Latino transition specialist, Petrocelli College (online course development); Irene Oujo, communications/English, Latino Promise Program (online course development); Joseph Thomas, director of Web/instructional technology/online learning, administrative science (technical adviser); and Stacey Williams, Petrocelli College (online course development).

For additional information regarding the Latino Education Pipeline call 201-692-2625.

Two New Trustees Named

Two new members — alumnus John Carscadden, BS’94, MBA’03 (Flor), and a nationally respected leader in the field of higher education, Franklyn Jenifer — joined the Board of Trustees in July.

John Carscadden

John Carscadden is senior account executive at BMStudio, Bristol-Myers Squibb’s internal advertising agency, and president of FDU’s Alumni Association Board of Governors. A marketing professional skilled in strategic planning and product development, he has been appointed to the FDU Board of Trustees for a three-year term.

“We look forward to John Carscadden’s contributions to the Board of Trustees,” said President J. Michael Adams. “John is a leader in the field of strategic marketing whose skills will be a great asset to the board.”

Carscadden has 14 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked with executives and senior managers of leading pharmaceutical organizations to develop and implement marketing and strategic planning programs.

He is a project manager skilled in assessing situations and executing programs that yield results in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, analyzing markets, formulating strategic plans, executing tactics and measuring results.

Carscadden has consulted for CMSC Spirits Group over the past three years on positioning, development and introduction of new liquor brands, including Love Potion #9 and The Spirit of Liberty, America’s Cream Liqueur.

Carscadden earned an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2003. Several of the degree requirements were completed while studying abroad at Wroxton College. His undergraduate degree, also from FDU, was in marketing.

Carscadden was a member of the Alumni Association Board of Governors for two terms before becoming its president.

Franklyn Jenifer

Franklyn Jenifer, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Dallas, has been elected to for a three-year term.

“We look forward to Franklyn Jenifer’s contributions to the Board of Trustees,” said President J. Michael Adams. “Dr. Jenifer is a leader in the field of higher education whose skills will be a great asset to the board.”

Jenifer has served as the chief executive of public, private and statewide institutions, leaving a legacy of enhanced academic strength and integrity at each university. Before serving for more than a decade at University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Jenifer was president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. — the first Howard alumnus to serve in that capacity.

Jenifer joined Howard after serving as chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Regents of Higher Education, where he had responsibility for 27 public colleges and universities with a total enrollment of approximately 180,000 students. “Excellence” and “access” became the system’s watchwords during his tenure. He previously served as vice chancellor of the New Jersey Department of Higher Education, a system encompassing 32 public higher-education institutions with an enrollment of nearly a quarter-million students.

Before that, he served as associate provost at Rutgers University’s Newark, N.J., campus and, it was at Rutgers that Jenifer began his career in academia. He started as an assistant professor of biology at the Livingston Campus in Piscataway, N.J., in 1970, becoming an associate professor the following year and a full professor in 1976. He also served as chairperson of the biology department and as chairperson of the university senate.

Jenifer’s background is rooted in scientific research. He received his PhD in plant virology from the University of Maryland in 1970. He worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pioneering Laboratory in Plant Virology in Beltsville, Md. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1962, and his master of science degree in 1965, both in microbiology from Howard University.

Through the years, he has been a member of many distinguished educational, scientific, civic and corporate organizations.

Jenifer’s contributions to society have brought him numerous honors and awards. Among them are honorary degrees from Babson College, Wellesley, Mass.; Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.; the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.; Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Me.; Kean University, Union, N.J.; Wheelock College, Boston, Mass.; the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and Essex County College, Newark, N.J. Also, he was named “Man of the Year” by the Dallas Historical Society and was honored with the “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the University of Maryland.

His publications range from articles in scientific journals on plant viruses to newspaper commentaries on such topics as Afrocentricity, residential schools for at-risk youngsters, black entrepreneurship, “political correctness,” the academic preparation of student athletes, the enduring value of predominantly black colleges and universities, the aftermath of the Rodney King incident and UTD poised to become research power.


John Carscadden

Franklyn Jenifer

U.N./NGO Pathways Summer Global Youth Leadership Seminars Held

Under the leadership of Jason Scorza, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor), and Jo Anne Murphy, director of
 programs with intergovernmental and nongovernmental
 organizations (Flor/Metro), the Office of International Education, in partnership with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation — a prominent nongovernmental organization (NGO) within the network of U.N.-affiliated NGOs — hosted two successful youth seminars on the College at Florham. The first seminar focused on youth leadership and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDG). From July 30 to August 1, participating youth prepared for active involvement at the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations.

The group included 75 young people — of ages ranging from 16 to 30 years — from the Middle East, Central and South America and Taiwan. Their hands-on leadership skills-development program prepared them to plan for the implementation of projects in their home countries that address one or more of the Millennium Development Goals. They also heard presentations from outstanding persons from NGOs affiliated with the United Nations, such as Rev. Liberato Bautista, recent past president of the Conference of NGOs in relations with the United Nations, and Shannon McNamara, outstanding teen founder of “She’s the First,” which empowers girls in Africa through education.

From August 7 to 10, the Emerging Global Leaders Seminar (EGLS) was held on the College at Florham. Ninety-four youth participants from mainland China, aged 15 through 19, and their six mentors — arrived at the College at Florham after attending the Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations. The seminar enabled them to learn to apply the strategies and techniques of youth leadership to address the U.N. MDGs in creative and different ways.

Their program consisted of a corporate site visit to Merck headquarters in Whitehouse Station, N.J.; young guest speakers implementing MDG-related projects in real life; and learning to engage in both individual and group planning through practical planning and leadership skills. They also visited New Community Corporation (NCC) in Newark, N.J., where they networked with peers who are members of the NCC youth network; toured NCC community-based education, health and employment facilities; learned about social entrepreneurship from a guest speaker representing the New Jersey-based, youth-owned company Terracycle; and enjoyed a traditional African-American meal.

Angela Stewart, director of communications at NCC, stated: “I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for bringing the Emerging Global Leaders Seminar to New Community Corp. Our teenagers thoroughly enjoyed the cultural exchange program and getting to know their Chinese peers. It was a true learning experience they will take with them for the rest of their lives. The Chinese students seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day as well.”

“All participating youth thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the College at Florham, the great meals prepared by Chef Jeff Gourley and his Gourmet Dining team, as well as an evening of music presented by Raymond Alston of Ear Kandee, including outstanding young musicians from Morristown and Rex Hill with the Calvary Baptist gospel singers,” said Murphy.

These seminars are part of an ongoing Office of International Education series that seeks to prepare global youth to serve in roles of leadership in their countries by focusing on practical youth-leadership skills for the 21st century, the ethics of leadership and the acquisition of an array of practical tools for individual and group project planning.


Jason Scorza, left, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor), speaks with Chinese teen participants.

Global Events and Newsmakers

A number of global events and international developments at FDU have been making news recently. These include four international research scholars, a global-education retreat, honors from the Colombian Congress, a U.N. committee meeting, the Diplomatic Circle Series and a panel discussion on the Indian Diaspora in the era of globalization.

Research Scholars

Four international research scholars in residence will be spending the semester with FDU faculty mentors, who will determine their responsibilities.

Hadi Kahalzadeh, government issues professor in Iran, Scholar Rescue program, and sponosored by FDU‘s Peter and Sally Sammartino Scholarship Funds, will work with John Schiemann, political science and chair, social sciences/history (Flor);

Jeong Heo, director of photography, Korean broadcasting system and the Seoul-Korean Times newspaper, will collaborate with Yelena Aronson, computer graphics (Metro), and Kandy Turner, assistant director, international student services (Metro);

Huayang Yin, economics, Hubei University of Technology in Wuhan, China, will work with Sorin Tuluca, finance (Flor); and

Sung Won Lee, reporter from the Hankook Ilbo-Korean Times, will collaborate with Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro), and is taking courses to complete a master’s degree in hospitality management.

Simon Bolivar Medal of Academic Excellence

The House of Representatives of the Republic of Colombia awarded FDU the Simon Bolivar Medal, Order of Democracy in the Degree of the Cross Commander. The University was chosen because it is a center of academic excellence committed to preparing citizens to succeed in the modern world and promoting multicultural learning, which allows students to prosper in a global economy. Fernando Oliver, business/law, Petrocelli College (Metro), represented President J. Michael Adams and Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor), and was presented the medal and congressional proclamation by Colombian House Speaker Simon Gaviria. Both Oliver and Fernando Alonso, business, director, Puerta al Futuro Program, and director, Latino Promise Program, Petrocelli College (Metro), received Colombian congressional recognition for their many years of educational and professional service to the Hispanic community.

The award, which is granted on rare occasions by the Colombian Congress, was bestowed on FDU on August 9, 2011, in the Reception Hall of the Capitol building in Bogota in front of a large audience of Colombian dignitaries. A military band played both the U.S. and Colombian national anthems to kick off the event.

During their visit to Colombia, Oliver and Alonso signed agreements on behalf of FDU with several institutions of higher learning in Cartagena and Bogota. In Cartagena, a student and faculty exchange agreement was signed with the University of Sinu. In Bogota, they signed an agreement with the Higher Education Institute of Public Administration of the Republic of Colombia, whereby mayors and public officials would come to FDU to be trained in public administration through the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies’ School of Administrative Science and Public Administration Institute.

Global-education Retreat

The President's Global-education Retreat at Wroxton College this summer brought together 10 faculty members for a week of dialogue and discussion focusing on global learning and FDU’s mission.

Led by President J. Michael Adams and Vice Provost for International Education Jason Scorza, the annual retreat is designed to promote ideas, reflection and collegiality in a relaxed atmosphere. “We come together to learn from each other and to develop new insights about how we function as individual teachers and scholars and as representatives of our institution,” said Adams and Scorza. “We continue to seek ways to further enhance our reputation and sustain our mission while delivering a transformational environment for our students.”

The retreat’s goals specifically focus on exploring globalization, understanding world citizenship, identifying instructional strategies for global education, highlighting the use of new technology to deliver global education, cultivating relationships and collaboration and enjoying Wroxton.

Faculty members served as facilitators and presenters for various discussions and forums. They included Gloria Anderle, chemistry (Flor); Alice Benzecry, biological sciences (Metro); James Dougherty, chemistry and co-director, natural sciences (Metro); Kent Fairfield, management (Metro); James Hutton, marketing (Metro); James Kuehl, philosophy and director, University Core (Flor); Paulette Laubsch, administrative science and director, MS in homeland security (Metro); Ethné Swartz, entrepreneurship and chair, marketing/entrepreneurship (Flor); Zhaobo (Bob) Wang, operations management (Flor); and Lona Whitmarsh, psychology (Flor). Guest speakers also provided important perspectives on key global-education issues.

In addition to the sessions on global learning and FDU’s global education, highlights of the trip, held in July, included visits to Gloucestershire University and Northampton University and a performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

An invitation to apply for next year’s retreat will be sent to faculty from the Office of International Education.

U.N. Committee Meeting

Dickinson Hall at the Metropolitan Campus was the location of a meeting of the working group on revisions to the U.N. Manual for Negotiating Bilateral Tax Treaties. Frank Brunetti, taxation (Metro), who has been an observer member of the U.N. Committee of Experts on Cooperation in International Tax Matters since 2001 and a subcommittee member of the working group, arranged for the meeting on campus.

Diplomatic Circle Series

FDU-Vancouver begins it fall Diplomatic Circle Series with the consul general of Portugal in Vancouver Carlos de Sousa Amaro, speaking about “Portugal and the European Union” on Wednesday, September 28, at 4 p.m (PST) and 7 p.m. (EST). It will be held in Room 13 in Vancouver and teleconferenced to the College at Florham’s Room 241, Stadler/Zenner Academic Building. Attendees should confirm their attendance by emailing Lynda Kuit, assistant to the campus provost (Van), at to assure the Academic Building room will be in operation.

Indian Diaspora

The Office of International Education is sponsoring a panel discussion on “Negotiating Plural Identities and Multiple Locations: The Indian Diaspora in the Era of Globalization,” to be held on Thursday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m., in the Orangerie of the Monninger Center (College at Florham Library).

The event will explore how living in such diasporic spaces today entails living across cultural borders, straddling two or more worlds. The speakers will discuss whether this kind of multiculturalism and hybridity is multi-directional in the true spirit of globalization, subsumed under the umbrella concept of one world, or adheres to the older notions of home and abroad, diaspora and migrations.

Panelists are Nilufer Bharucha, English; coordinator, Indo-Canadian studies; and project director, European Union Project on Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging, University of Mumbai, India, and a Global Virtual Faculty™ (GVF) member; Sridhar Rajeswaran, dean, faculty of arts, and chair, English, University of Kachchh, India; DAAD visiting professor, University of Muenster, Germany; and a GVF™ member; and Khyati Joshi, education (Metro).

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited, so registration is necessary. To register and for information contact Diana Cvitan, director of global learning (Metro), at 201-692-7161 or

Other Global Activities

For other individuals participating in global activities check Faculty, Staff — Update at .


From left are: Fernando Oliver, business/law, Petrocelli College (Metro); Simon Gaviria, Colombian house speaker; and Fernando Alonso, business, director, Puerta al Futuro Program, and director, Latino Promise Program, Petrocelli College (Metro).

At the U.N. Committee meeting held at the Metropolitan Campus are, from left, Bret Wells, law, University of Houston Law Center; Ben Arrindell, international tax consultant, Barbados Ministry of International Business, and Frank Brunetti, law/taxation (Metro), both members of the U.N. Group of Experts on International Cooperation and Tax Matters; and Tomas Balco, director of the Central Asian Tax Research Center, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan.

Events at FDU’s Libraries

This fall, the Monninger Center for Learning and Research (College at Florham Library) and the Giovatto Library are hosting a variety of events such as exhibits, discussions, game nights, a Latin Heritage Night and even a birthday party.

Monninger Center for Learning and Research

The exhibit “Shopping Around the World: Three Decades of Shopping Bag Design” will run from Monday, September 19, through Friday, October 28, at the Monninger Center. Library hours are Monday to 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 973-443-8515 or 973-443-8516.

The Monninger Center and PublicMind™, the University’s independent polling organization, are again sponsoring Politics on the PublicMind discussions. The series will focus on “Surveying the Polls” and will be held on Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Orangerie, Monninger Center. Discussions are scheduled on the following dates: October 6, with Maurice “Mickey” Carroll, director, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute; October 20, with Patrick Murray, director, Monmouth University Polling Institute; November 10, with Daniel Cassino, political science, director of outcomes assessment, Becton College, and director of experimental research for PublicMind (Flor); November 17, with David Redlawsk, political science and director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Rutgers University; and December 1, with Krista Jenkins, political science and PublicMind associate (Flor). Reservation is necessary. For registration and information contact Colleen Di Gregorio, public relations/marketing coordinator, Monninger Center (Flor), at 973-443-8530 or

Giovatto Library

The Giovatto Library is holding “Food for Thought: Lunch @ the Library” — presentations by library staff on Tuesdays in the Ruth Schwartz Reading Room, from noon to 1:30 p.m. They include: on September 20, “Opera and the Italian Tradition” with Paul Dunphy, research/instruction librarian; on September 27, “Reading and Research on U.S. History” with Dirk Wijnen, research/instruction librarian; and on October 4, “Copyright and You” with Michael Liss, reference librarian. The first presentation, “Reading for Pleasure: A Pathway to Academic and Professional Success,” was led by Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library, on September 13. These free events are open only to members of the FDU community. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch; beverages and light dessert will be provided. For information email Stein-Smith at

Research Clinics led by library staff will also be held at the Giovatto Library (participants meet the librarian at the Reference Desk and proceed to the Library Instruction Room) at noon on Tuesdays. They include: “Library Basics,” on October 11, at 12:30 p.m., with Patricia Murray, research/instruction librarian; “Science Research Clinic,” on October 18, with Mitchell Weiss, assistant University librarian; “Nursing Research Clinic,” on October 25, with Kathleen Stein-Smith; “Literature and Humanities Research Clinic,” on November 1, with Paul Dunphy; “History and Political Science Research Clinic,” on November 8, with Dirk Wijnen; “Communications and Technology Research Clinic,” on November 15, with Michael Liss; and “EndNotes Clinic,” on November 29, with Dunphy, Wijnen and Liss. The free event is open only to members of the FDU community. For information call 201-692-2278 or email

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Giovatto Library, in collaboration with WFDU-FM and the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies, is hosting Latin Heritage Night on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m., in the Schwartz Reading Room/periodicals department of the library. Members of the FDU community can enjoy Latin music and dance while learning about Latin culture and history at the free event. For information call 201-692-2278.

The Giovatto Library is celebrating its 49th Birthday with a party on Thursday, October 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of the FDU community are invited to view displays on the history of the library’s contributions to the campus community. Refreshments will be served in the Reference Reading Room on the second floor. For information call 201-692-2278 or email

Members of the Metropolitan Campus community who are interested in a game of Scrabble or chess can drop by the library’s Schwartz Reading Room. Scrabble Nights are held Tuesdays, while Chess (K)nights are on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. For information call 201-692-2253 or 201-692-2276.

University Advancement Happenings

A newly renovated nursing lab, a corporate sponsorship gift for the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise and BASF’s Science Academy are among recent developments reported by the Office of University Advancement.

Nursing Lab Ribbon-cutting

George Irish, eastern director of Hearst Foundations, recently visited the Metropolitan Campus to cut the ribbon on a new nursing lab on the fourth floor of Dickinson Hall. FDU was the recipient of a $200,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations, which was allocated to fund the renovations. The lab mimics a hospital environment with a nursing station, beds, SimMan patients, various instrumentation and a two-way mirror system for student observation.

Jersey Central Power and Light Partners with FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise

Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) has given a sponsorship contribution of $1,500 to FDU’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (ISE). As a corporate sponsor, JCP&L will be partnering with ISE to co-create and implement a variety of sustainability programs in areas of research, education and community service.

Joel Harmon, management and interim executive director of ISE (Flor), said, “We are excited to be partnering with one of the major energy companies in New Jersey in the pursuit of a more sustainable state and community.”

The ISE brings people together in a variety of ways to learn how to develop and lead thriving, sustainable enterprises that add to social, environmental and economic well-being. ISE conducts research on sustainability-enhancing projects; develops programs, seminars and roundtables to support leaders, managers and students in leading and managing sustainably; and provides services to support concrete sustainability-enhancing projects.

BASF’s Science Academy

BASF hosted its first Science Academy program from July 18–29 at the College at Florham.

BASF contributed more than $50,000 to establish this on-campus residence program that gives high-school seniors from Morris County schools valuable life experience in a college setting coupled with advanced-level science and practical business knowledge.

During the program, students worked in teams to research and develop their own personal-care products using BASF materials. The process included consumer research, product design, supply-chain planning and marketing. They presented their completed products and marketing plans to a panel of BASF leaders, who provided feedback. Students, their parents, BASF and FDU representatives participated in a closing ceremony during which the students received certificates of achievement from BASF, two transferable college science credits from FDU and the promise of a $5,000 scholarship to any Science Academy student who chooses to attend FDU in the fall of 2012.

“Fairleigh Dickinson is proud to partner with BASF in this exciting program, and we believe that educating and engaging young scientists is fundamental to preparing a future science and technology workforce,” said Michael Avaltroni, chemistry; chair, chemistry/pharmaceutical science; and associate dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor). “I know the experience the students had during their time in this program has laid a foundation that will allow each of them to explore careers and opportunities in the sciences during their college years and beyond.”

Christina Haywood, a Science Academy participant from Morris County School of Technology, stated, “It was a great experience being exposed to college lectures and lab work. Staying on campus was a great experience in terms of learning to live independently and being responsible.”


George Irish, left, eastern director of Hearst Foundations, visited the Metropolitan Campus to cut the ribbon opening the new nursing lab on the fourth floor of Dickinson Hall as Minerva Guttman, nursing and director, nursing/allied health (Metro), looks on.

Michael Avaltroni, left, chemistry; chair, chemistry/pharmaceutical science; and associate dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor), and Alice Shumate, right, biology and chair, biological/allied health sciences (Flor), participate in the first BASF Science Academy (students, center) at the College at Florham.

Academic Calendar, Fall 2011

The academic calendar (excluding August) for the fall semester is listed below.


September 1, Thursday — Classes Begin, 8 a.m.

September 5, Monday — Labor Day Holiday

September 14, Wednesday — Last Day for New Registrations and Final Drop/Add Changes


October 17, Monday — Fall Recess

October 18, Tuesday — Inclement Weather Makeup Day (Classes Follow Monday Schedule)


November 4, Friday — Last Day for Student Withdrawal from Classes

November 7, Monday–November 22, Tuesday — Priority Registration for Spring Semester 2012

November 22, Tuesday — Thanksgiving Recess Begins, 11 p.m.

November 28, Monday — Classes Resume, 8 a.m.


December 14, Wednesday — Last Day of Classes, Fall Semester

December 15, Thursday — Reading/Snow Makeup Day

December 16, Friday–December 22, Thursday — Final Examinations (Grades are due no later than 5 p.m. on the third day after the exam is administered.)

December 22, Wednesday — Semester Ends, 11 p.m.

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Receives Accreditation

The department of psychology and counseling at the College at Florham announced that it was granted accreditation for its newly configured 60-credit master’s program in clinical mental health counseling. The first professional degree program in Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences prepares students who are seeking to become licensed professional counselors in the state of New Jersey. The stamp of approval was given by CACREP, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs.

The accreditation decision was based on the board’s extensive review of a three-year self-study that was submitted to CACREP, in addition to a site team’s report of the very positive responses of the institution’s support of the program.

Accreditation allows students who are enrolled in the program to move through the state-licensing process a little more quickly. Upon graduation from the program, students can apply for the Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) permit. The program not only prepares students for licensure as counselors but also for positions as supervisors, researchers, policy makers, grant writers and evaluators.

Yolanda Hawkins-Rodgers, psychology and chair, psychology/counseling (Flor), indicated that all of the department’s efforts in seeking accreditation were supported and guided by Geoffrey Weinman, dean, Becton College (Flor). As the CACREP process was under way, the new clinical mental health counseling program was reviewed and revised by the department of psychology and counseling, Weinman, the University Board of Trustees and finally by the Council of University Presidents in the state of New Jersey before seeking CACREP final approval.

Hawkins-Rodgers indicated that development and growth of the program would not have been possible without the support of the University administration. Hawkins-Rodgers said the department would like to thank the previous University provost Joseph Kiernan, now campus provost and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness (Metro); Kenneth Greene, campus provost senior vice provost for government/community affairs (Flor); and President J. Michael Adams for their support.

She also thanked Ketrin Saud Maxwell, psychology and co-director, MA in clinical mental health counseling (Flor), for her exceptional contributions, and department faculty members Donalee Brown, Anthony Tasso, Dana Kaspereen-Guidicipietro, Judith Waters and Lona Whitmarsh for their help during this process.


Geoffrey Weinman, left, dean, Becton College, with Yolanda Hawkins-Rodgers, psychology and chair, psychology/counseling (both Flor).

International Best-selling Novelist Harlan Coben to Speak

FDU’s Gene Barnett Literary Society will feature the celebrated, best-selling novelist Harlan Coben on Tuesday, October 11, at 8 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

With 50 million books in print worldwide, Coben’s last four consecutive novels, Live Wire, Caught, Long Lost and Hold Tight all debuted at number one on The New York Times best-seller list and in more than a dozen countries around the world. His books have been published in 40 languages.

Coben’s critically acclaimed novels have been called “ingenious” (The New York Times), “poignant and insightful” (Los Angeles Times), “consistently entertaining” (Houston Chronicle), “superb” (Chicago Tribune) and “must reading” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Coben is a winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shamus Award and the Anthony Award — the first author to win all three.

His novel Tell No One has been turned into the commercial and critical French film of the same name, starring Francois Cluzet and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie was the top box-office, foreign-language film of the year in the United States, won the Lumiere (French Golden Globe) for best picture and was nominated for nine Cesars (French Oscar), winning four — including best actor, best director and best music.

Coben was born in Newark, N.J. After graduating from Amherst College in Massachusetts as a political science major, he worked in the travel industry. He now lives in New Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben, a pediatrician, and their four children.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. The evening is open to the general public with tickets at $10 per person. Tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:15 p.m. on the night of the lecture. The event is free to faculty, staff and students with valid FDU IDs. For information call 201-692-7028.


Harlan Coben

17 New Books from FDU Press

Fairleigh Dickinson University Press announces its recently published books, including People’s Warrior: John Moss and the Fight for Freedom of Information and Consumer Rights, by Michael Lemov. “This biography of Congressman John Moss that we just published is gaining far wider attention than our usual academic titles do,” said Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English, and director, editorial committee, FDU Press (Flor).

In his foreword, consumer advocate Ralph Nader wrote, “I recommend People’s Warrior especially for young people today, beset with cynicism about Congress or simply ‘turned off’ from politics. The book is an awakening antidote that shows, not so long ago, that there were key members of Congress who made regular, significant decisions on behalf of the people.”

The book has also received praises from Al Gore, who said, “This work tells the amazing story of one man’s determination to make government information accessible to the public. … People’s Warrior shines a light on an amazing life of public service.”

The other newly published FDU Press books, by author, are:

• Laurens De Vos, Cruelty and Desire in the Modern Theater: Artonin Artaud, Sarah Kane, and Samuel Beckett;

• Bonnie Gaarden, The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald;

• Donat Gallagher, Ann Pasternak Slater and John Howard Wilson, editors, “A Handful of Mischief”: New Essays on Evelyn Waugh;

• Raihan Kadri, Reimagining Life: Philosophical Pessimism and the Revolution of Surrealism;

• Paul Kerry and Sandra Miesel, editors, Light Beyond All Shadow: Religious Experience in Tolkien’s Work;

• Jim Malcolm, editor, The Civil War Journal of Private Heyward Emmell, Ambulance and Infantry Corps: A Very Disagreeable War;

• Judith Martin, Germaine de Staël in Germany: Gender and Literary Authority (1800–1850);

• Robert Maxon, Kenya’s Independence Constitution: Constitution-making and End of Empire;

• Dominick Mazzagetti, “True Jersey Blues”: The Civil War Letters of Lucien A. Voorhees and William Mackenzie Thompson, 15th Regiment, New Jersey Volunteers;

• M. Barbara Mulrine, The Price of Honor: The Life and Times of George Brinton McClellan Jr.;

• James Nichols, The Stronger Sex: The Fictional Women of Lawrence Durrell;

• Graziella Parati and Anthony Julian Tamburri, editors, The Cultures of Italian Migration: Diverse Trajectories and Discrete Perspectives;

• Thomas Reed, The Original Iron Brigade;

• Paul St. Pierre, Janet Frame: Semiotics and Biosemiotics in Her Early Fiction;

• J.G. York and Michael Peters, editors, Leo Strauss, Education, and Political Thought; and

• Alessandro Zir, Luso-Brazilian Encounters of the Sixteenth Century: A Styles of Thinking Approach.

For further information on these books or others published by the FDU Press, call Harry Keyishian or Louise Stahl, editorial/circulation coordinator, FDU Press (Flor), at 973-443-8564. A catalog is available. The FDU Press website is .

Orders for books should be directed to: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 15200 NBN Way, PO Box 191, Blue Ridge, Summit, Pa.; telephone: 1-800-462-6420; fax: 1-800-338-4550; or email:

Academic Convocation

Wednesday, September 21, 2 p.m.
Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall
Metropolitan Campus

To open the new year, introduce new faculty, present faculty and staff awards, recognize retired faculty, deans of students and student government leaders. Reception to follow in the Commons, Edward Williams Hall.

Keynote speaker

Teresa Montani, education; associate dean, University College; and director, learning disabilities (Metro), “Providing Accommodations for Students with Special Needs at the University Level.”


Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff can pick up ordered regalia at their campus bookstore in Alumni Hall, between Thursday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 20, and must return them no later than Friday, September 23.

College at Florham faculty and staff may pick up ordered regalia at their campus bookstore in the Student Center on Monday, September 19, and Tuesday, September 20, and must return them no later than Friday, September 23.

Regalia robing at 1 p.m., Dickinson Hall
Faculty robing in Room 2245 (second floor)
Platform party robing in Room 1117 (first floor)

Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Announcing, Welcome


Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations, international education (Flor), was elected to the Executive Committee of Nongovernmental Organizations Associated with the United Nations.

Jane Braden-Maguire, psychology (Metro), co-presented “Effects of Gender and Type of Abuse on Attitudes Toward Domestic Violence” at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, Mass., in March.

Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff members involved in the Young Adult Review Network (YARN), the 2011 recipient of the Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation, are Catherine Parilla, English composition; Colleen Oakley, University partnerships; and Nandini Kotha, software developer/project manager, University College. Kerri Majors, former English composition (Metro), is the founder of YARN.

J. Michael Adams, president, delivered the opening address focusing on global higher education at the 2011 United Nations Academic Impact Forum in Seoul, Korea, on August 10. While in Korea, the president also delivered a keynote address titled “Global Education in the 21st Century” at the 2011 Conference of Korean University Presidents on August 9. He also wrote “Our Next Move: Shifting the Emphasis from ‘I’” (online title “Digital Revolution Gives Individuals Means to Change the World”), published in The Sunday Star-Ledger on September 4.

Alice Benzecry, biological sciences (Metro), and Joan Leder, senior director, continuing education (Metro) and representing the Educational Constituency for the New Jersey Geospatial Forum, presented papers (Benzecry: “Using GIS to Assess Salt Marsh Submergence in the New York Metropolitan Region” and Leder: “NJ-Geoweb, GIS for Watershed Management”) at the International Symposium on Environmental Protection and Planning: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) Applications at Gediz University in Izmir, Turkey, in June. The symposium brought together multicultural ideas with a common interest of using geospatial technology (GIS) to support researchers and scientists in a dialogue for environmental planning and policy guidelines. Teams from Iran, Egypt and the United States explained the use of GIS in their research and environmental-protection strategies. As part of the symposium, they visited the old city of Ephesus, and as a courtesy of the Turkish Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas, they toured the marine ecosystem within the Foça Special Environmental Protection Area of Turkey. While in Turkey, they also served as FDU ambassadors by visiting various authorities of several universities both in Istanbul and Izmir, promoting future collaboration between FDU and Turkish universities, including a preliminary agreement for international education cooperation between Gediz University and FDU.

Hollywood Madonna: Loretta Young, a book by Bernard Dick, English/communications; co-director, art/media studies; and coordinator of MA in media/professional communication (Metro), was published in August by the University Press of Mississippi. Dick’s review of Cynthia Ozick’s Foreign Bodies appeared in the July–August 2011 issue of World Literature Today.

In July, Sorin Tuluca, finance (Flor), chaired a session on banking, economics and finance at the Annual Paris Conference on Money, Economy and Management, held in France and organized by the World Business Institute, Australia.

Stephen Armeli, psychology and director, MA in general/theoretical psychology (Metro), and Robert McGrath, psychology, director, PhD in clinical psychology and postdoctoral MS in clinical pharmacology (Metro), co-wrote the article “Prediction of Sexual Trauma Via Disruption of Sex-Aggression Associations,” for the Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Antispin, a political thriller by Richard Bronson, emeritus, mathematics/computer science, senior executive assistant to the president and director of government/community affairs (Metro), received an Honorable Mention at the 2011 New York Book Festival.

Roberto Soto, Petrocelli College (Metro), publishes City Island Images, a free online newspaper ( that is updated daily. An experienced journalist, Soto was the first news editor at News 12 The Bronx and has previously worked at the Washington Post, NBC, Voice of America and Univision, and as an executive at Telemundo, News 12 and the Associated Press.

Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro), presented on “Demystifying the Planning and Implementation of Short-term Study-Abroad Programs” at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education’s annual summer conference in Denver, Colo.

In July, Iris Gersh, hospitality management (Metro), received her EdD in higher education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. Her dissertation was on learning outcomes assessment.

At the 31st Annual Anxiety Disorders Association of America Conference in New Orleans, La., in March, 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), co-presented posters on “Impaired Recognition of Emotional Expressions Predicts Social and Emotional Behavior Problems in Anxious Youth,” “Parental Expectancies and Self-efficacy as Predictors of Social and Emotional Behavior Problems in Anxious Youth” and “The Clinical Utility of Separation Anxiety Symptom Dimensions and Parent Protection Factors in Anxious Youth.” He also co-wrote a chapter on “Separation Anxiety Disorder” for the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders, published by Spring Press, New York City, in April.

Debbie Green, psychology (Metro), co-presented two posters: “Impact of Premorbid Intelligence on Measures of Cognitive Effort” and “Evaluation of the Validity Scales of the MMP1-2-RF in a Civil Forensic Setting” at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology held in Washington, D.C., in June.

College at Florham staff Patricia Geehr, director, Academic Support Center; Rich Mosca, retired head football coach, athletics; and Ann Petracco, head field hockey coach, athletics, received Contribution Awards for their service to the College at Florham athletics department at the Athletic Department Sports Banquet in May.

Katharine Loeb, psychology (Metro), received a $149,997 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), for a project that will test the effectiveness of optimal defaults, a concept related to choice-based health behaviors, to generate new knowledge of the behavioral factors that influence energy intake and expenditure, which in turn influence childhood obesity. Loeb co-wrote an article on “Development and Validation of the Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drug Use Schedule,” in press with the journal Addictive Behaviors.

Vladimir Zwass, distinguished professor, computer science/management information systems and deputy director, computer science/management information systems/e-commerce/mathematics (Metro), was the lead speaker at the International Symposium on E-Business in Hangzhou, China. While there, he visited, one of the largest e-commerce conglomerates. Two research papers published by the Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), of which Zwass is editor-in-chief, won the 2011 Citation of Excellence Awards presented by the academic publisher Emerald Group Publishing, which recognizes the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in the world. One of the papers published in JMIS also received this year’s Best Paper award of the Association for Information Systems, the principal association of MIS scholars.

Eli Amdur, Petrocelli College (Metro), wrote “Blunt, Simple Statements …” for the North Jersey Jobs section of The Record.

Robert McGrath, psychology and director, PhD in clinical psychology and postdoctoral MS in clinical pharmacology (Metro), wrote the article “Pharmacotherapy for Psychologists: Author’s Response to Review,” for Child & Family Behavior Therapy, and co-wrote the articles “Prescribing and Primary Care Psychology: Complementary Paths for Professional Psychology,” for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and “Our Main Conclusion Stands: Reply to Rohling et. al.,” in press with Psychological Bulletin. He also is author of the book Quantitative Models in Psychology (Washington D.C.: APA Books) and the article “Collaboration Between Pharmacologically Trained Psychologists and Pediatricians: History and Professional Issues” in Pediatricians and Pharmacologically Trained Psychologists: Practitioner’s Guide to Collaborative Treatment (New York: Springer). McGrath also was nominated to run for president of the American Psychological Association.

Domenick Celentano, entrepreneurship (Flor), wrote an article, “More Than a Business Plan Competition and Business Makeover,” for the Food and Beverage section of ( .

Mary Ford has been appointed director of the Freshman Intensive Studies program (Flor). She was previously the program’s assistant director.

During the summer, Alexey Teslja, chemistry (Flor), worked with two College at Florham students — Anumeha Muthal, to conduct research funded by Teslja’s National Science Foundation grant, and graduate student Khyati Naik, to redesign experiments for a revamped Instrumental Analysis Laboratory capstone course. Teslja also worked on setting up a new laboratory on campus.

“Platonic Reflections on Global Business Ethics,” an article by Sherwin Klein, philosophy (Metro), was published in the Business and Professional Ethics Journal. Under his editorial supervision, a book titled Durable Goods: Pleasure, Wealth and Power in the Virtuous Life has been accepted for publication by Peter Lang Publishing in its ethics series.

Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator, preprofessional studies in the sciences (Metro), presented “Educating Scientists with a Global Perspective” at the International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain. Leonida and Gerhard Haas, University College (Metro), co-presented “Antibacterial Activity and Synergy in Chitosan-hops Nanocomposites” at the 42nd Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

A meditation area, next to the path on the way from the Monninger Center to the Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham, is being created to continue to honor the late Walter Savage, retired, English (Flor), a long-time member of the English department, director of Wroxton College and acting FDU president, 1983–1984. Trees on the Walter Savage apple orchard are being removed in preparation for the construction of the Monninger Center.

Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, University College (Metro), spoke about “An Islamic Response to The Tenth Parallel” in a theological discussion hosted by John Baron, philosophy/religious studies (Metro), and attended by Nick Agostino, University College (Metro) in Avalon, N.J., in June.

The short documentary film “Aglow — Under the Radar: Chojnowski,” by Howard Libov, film and assistant dean, Becton College (Flor), will be screened at the DocMiami International Film Festival on Saturday, September 24, and at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y., on Tuesday, September 27. “Aglow” takes a look at the art of Paul Chojnowski, the nation’s most renowned practitioner of the art of drawing with fire. It is the second film in a series by Libov called “Under the Radar.” Each film in the series follows the life of a contemporary working artist in the United States who is recognized in his or her field. For information go to .

The Northeast Conference announced that athletes from three of FDU’s athletic programs at the Metropolitan Campus were in the top of their class for the 2010–2011 academic year. They are the baseball team, under head coach Gary Puccio; the golf team, led by head coach Robert Warren; and the volleyball team, under head coach Stacey Recanati.

“Illness Performed and Imagined: An Elective Course,” developed by Ruth Nemire, founding dean, Medco School of Pharmacy; Russell Teagarden, associate dean for research, Becton College; and Michelle Assa-Eley, associate dean for faculty, Becton College (all Flor), while at Touro College of Pharmacy, received the Innovations in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Council of Faculties.

In the News …

A question-and-answer interview titled “US: Challenges Facing University Presidents” with J. Michael Adams, president, about his inauguration as president of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), was published in University World News. News about the IAUP’s triennial conference in New York City, where Adams was inaugurated in June, was reported in the articles “Access and Equity — Worldwide” (Inside Higher Ed), where Adams was also quoted; “Globe-spanning Group of University Presidents Meets to Discuss Ways of Bridging Divides” (The Chronicle of Higher Education); and “Building Bridges Across the World” (Times Higher Education). Adams’ IAUP appointment was published in The Record. He also was interviewed for the article “GLOBAL: Academic Impact Tackles ‘Unchartered Waters,’” published in University World News.

Roger Koppl, economics/finance and executive director, Institute for Forensic Science Administration (Flor), was quoted in the PRNewswire article, “Government Poverty-fighting Programs Fail Poor,” about a report from the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). Koppl is an NCPA senior fellow and editor of the report.

Brian Domenick, University director of information systems/technology (Metro), was quoted in the article “Does Your Staff Have the Skills to Succeed?” on

Ruth Nemire, founding dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor), was interviewed for the article “Pharmacy School Opening in 2012 Will Offer Clinical Trials Management,” published in Drug Topics in August.

Jesse Swartz, first-year experience coordinator, dean of students (Flor), was interviewed for the article “10 Ways to Make New Friends: Build a Strong Social Network with These Tried-and-True Tips for Forging Friendships,” in the University of West Georgia’s Student Health 101 Magazine.

Ariel “AJ” Luna, director, veterans services (Metro), was interviewed for the article “Military Advanced Education,” published in the Journal of Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemember.

John Schiemann, political science (Flor), was quoted in the LongValleyPatch article “FDU Asks: Does the CIA Use Torture?” about a PublicMind™ poll. The article Institutional Choice In New Democracies: Bargaining Over Hungary’s 1989 Electoral Law,” an article co-written by Schiemann for the Journal of Theoretical Politics, was cited as a guide for post-Qaddafi Libya in the article “Three Ways to Ensure That Libya Isn’t Just Free of Qaddafi, But Truly Democractic,” published in The New Republic.

Jonathan Wexler, vice president of enrollment management (Metro/Flor), was interviewed for The Sunday Star-Ledger article “It’s Not to Late to Register for Fall.”

James Barrood, executive director, Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship (Flor), was quoted in the article “Is College Necessary for Young Entrepreneurs?” posted on the website of Fox Business’ Small Business Center ( A photo of Barrood with other attendees at NJBIZ’s Family Business Symposium, held at Pines Manor in Edison, N.J., in June, accompanied an NJBIZ article about the symposium.

Vladimir Zwass, computer science/management information systems and deputy director, computer science/management information systems/e-commerce/mathematics (Metro), was interviewed for the article “What Is ‘Cloud Computing’ and How Will It Change the Lives of Ordinary Consumers?”

Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations, international education (Flor), was quoted in The Star-Ledger article “Fairleigh Dickinson’s ‘Emerging Global Leaders’ Seminar Pairs Newark Students with Chinese Teens.”

Brian Mauro, dean of students (Flor), was quoted in the article “Hillsborough College Grad to Teach English in China,” about alumna Melissa Hartz, BA’11 (Flor), on

Gregory Vetrone, head men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro), was interviewed for The Sunday Star-Ledger article “Summer Sizzle Is Gone: ABCD Spelled Thrills When Top Stars Visited FDU.”

Jasmin Verem, associate dean of students and director, campus life (Flor), was interviewed for The Star-Ledger article “Dorm Life 101: Area Schools Offer Incoming Freshmen Insight, Housing Upgrades” in July.

Daniel Cassino, political science (Flor), was quoted in the two articles about PublicMind™ polls: “N.J. Drivers Under 30 Take More Risks,” on, and “Study Indicates the Longer the Commute, the Unsafer the Driving Behaviors,” on

J. Michael Adams, president; Kenneth Greene, campus provost and senior vice provost for government/community affairs (Flor); and Patrick Zenner, chairman, Board of Trustees, were quoted in the article “FDU Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Monninger Center for Learning,” on

Joel Harmon, management and interim executive director, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise (Flor), was quoted in the NJBIZ article “Gaining a Seat in the Executive Suite.”

Lona Whitmarsh, psychology (Flor), was interviewed for the article “Securing Tenure: On the Tenure Track? Here are Four Keys to Making Sure You Get the Ultimate Prize,” published in Monitor on Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association.

News of the appointment of Christopher Capuano, psychology (Metro), to University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, was published in The Record.

In an article on, Roger Cummings, head fencing coach, athletics (Metro), was mentioned as a former coach of Maya Lawrence, who will represent the United States at the 2011 Senior World Championships in fencing.

Bruce Peabody, political science (Flor), was interviewed for two articles about PublicMind™ polls: “In California, Violent Video Game Law Goes Down” in Governing View and “Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Fourth Amendment Rights in Child Abuse Interviews” in Youth Today.

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,” in gradPSYCH.

Domenick Celentano, entrepreneurship (Flor), was quoted in the article “Family Influence: Choosing to Follow Your Parent’s Career Path,” in Knowledge @ Wharton High School, an online publication of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Renee Kornbluth, Petrocelli College (Metro), was interviewed for the Jewish Standard article “Wheelin’ Around: Jewish Bikers Shatter Some Motorcycling Myths.” A photo of Kornbluth, who teaches motorcycle riding safety at FDU, accompanied the article.

Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in several articles about PublicMind™ polls: “Christie’s Poll Ratings Falling, Not Gaining” (The Sunday Star-Ledger); “Christie Negative Ratings Rise to Record Among New Jersey Voters in Poll” (,, and; New Jersey Governor Christie Popularity Declines” (The US Daily); “Bumping Off Bin Laden Boosts Obama Among New Jerseyans” (, and; “Poll Shows Menendez Leading Crowley for Senate Seat” (; “Poll Shows Jersey Shore Seen as More Than Show That Made It (In)Famous” (The Star-Ledger and The Record); and “Four in 10 Americans Hold Favorable View of New Jersey But Another 4 in 10 are Unsure,” “N.J. Blames Big Oil, Congress for Energy Woes” “Poll: Gov. Christie’s Popularity Sliding” and “When Americans Think New Jersey, They Think New York, Shore, Mafia, Bad Odor, Christie” (; “Poll Examines Effect of ‘Jersey Shore’ on New Jersey’s Reputation — and the Results May Surprise You (TV Week [Associated Press]); “Poll: ‘Jersey Shore’ Not Hurting New Jersey Image” ( [Associated Press]); “Contrary to Popular Belief … Jersey Shore Is Not Hurting Its State’s Image” (; and “A Jersey State of Mind” (, CMD Media, News Record, Patriot and Atom Tabloid). He also was quoted in the following articles: “Did NJ Gov. Christie Copter to Son’s Game Because of Sprawl?” on; “N.J. Tolls to Fund Statewide Road and Rail Projects,” on; “Court Decision Could Upend N.J. Schools,” in The Wall Street Journal; “Christie Draws Fire Over Copter Ride,” on WNYC; “N.J. Benefits Overhaul Puts Lawmaker in Tough Spot,” on; “Newark Mayor Cory Booker Launches Political Action Committee, Raising Speculation of Senate Run,” on CBS New York; “Loss of Crowley Big Blow to GOP,” on; “Christie Weighing Veto of Democrats’ $30.6 Billion Budget,” on; “Local Tea Party Activists Stand Firm on Debt Debate,” on; and “Gov. Chris Christie Gets Good Reviews for Hurricane Handling,” on

In Memoriam

James Griffo, emeritus, biology, and former provost (Flor), died on August 2 at the age of 82. He joined FDU in 1960 as instructor in biology. He was appointed campus dean in 1977, and provost in 1984. He retired as assistant to the president for resource development in 1988. He is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Sally Jean; children, James Griffo III, and Marty; Lauren Beadle and Tim; and Kenneth Griffo and Stephanie; grandchildren Jackie and Mike Griffo, Carly and Addie Beadle and Nick, Nathaniel and Karsten Griffo; sisters, Gloria Frediani and Linda Viscardi; and nieces and nephews.

Alfred Von Marosits, retired University director of personnel (Metro/Flor), and FDU alumnus, AA’51, BS’55 (Ruth), MBA’75 (Metro), died on January 8 at the age of 89. He joined FDU in 1973 and retired in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Anne; his son, Mark; and his grandson, Michael.


Ikpe (Justice) Akpan, decision sciences (Van), and his wife, Ester, announce the birth of their son, Daniel Justice Akpan, on June 29.

Vasudevan Janarthanan, information technology and program coordinator, information technology (Van), and his wife, Swarnalakshmy Aroumougam, announce the birth of their daughter, Akshara Vasudevan, on July 11.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of September 13, 2011.

Welcome to Michelle Assa-Eley, associate dean for faculty/assessment, Becton College (Flor); Dana Baffuto, assistant athletic trainer, athletics (Metro); Peter Bonasia, mechanical/electrical/plumbing manager, buildings/grounds (Metro); Christopher Brickley, assistant men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro); Jamie Church, assistant director of athletic communications, athletics (Metro); Tanama Cruz, technical services/digital project librarian, Monninger Center (Flor); Jaime de Leon, associate director of admissions, undergraduate admissions (Flor); Christine Ferro, psychological counselor, Wellness Center (Flor); Damon Francis, assistant men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro); Carl Garcia, payroll clerk, payroll (Metro); Stephanie Hofsaes, learning disabilities specialist, Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities (Metro); Scott Kaplan, assistant football coach, athletics (Flor); Matthew Krayton, alumni engagement officer, University advancement (Metro); Marie Lindgren, director for student pharmacist practice, Becton College (Flor); Jennifer Murray, human resources assistant, human resources (Metro); Bamidele Ojo, alumni engagement officer, University advancement (Metro); Paul Palladino, campus property manager, buildings/grounds (Flor); Mary Ann Picardi, enrollment services clerk, enrollment services (Metro); John Polak, general service clerk, financial aid (Metro); Ines Rauschenbach, lab supervisor, natural sciences (Metro); Scott Sperone, assistant football coach, athletics (Flor); Erin Stahl, University admissions counselor, undergraduate admissions (Flor); Ryan Stalgaitis, career counselor, career development (Flor); Wendee Tantaglia, telecommunications office assistant, telecommunications (Metro); Peter Walukiewicz, assistant athletic trainer, athletics (Metro); Amanda Wolf, junior computer operator, computing services (Flor); and Junhao Zhu, assistant director of Latino Promise Program, Petrocelli College (Metro).


From left are Joan Leder, senior director, continuing education (Metro); and Alice Benzecry, biological sciences (Metro); with Muhammet Akdis, vice rector of Gediz University.

Aixa Ritz, left, and Iris Gersh, hospitality management (Metro).

Vladimir Zwass

From left are, Shaykh Ibrahim Abdul-Malik, University College; Nick Agostino, University College; and John Baron, philosophy/religious studies (all Metro).

College Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

‘25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ to Be Staged

The “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a Tony Award-winning musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, will be presented in October by the visual and performing arts department in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham. Performances are Wednesday, October 12, through Saturday, October 15, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 16, at 2:30 p.m.; Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, October 23, at 2:30 p.m. An 11 a.m. matinee for high school students will be held on Friday, October 21.

The musical focuses on six young people in the throes of puberty — overseen by adults who barely manage to escape childhood themselves — who learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. It is a comedic tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

The “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is directed and choreographed by Cindy Thole, dance, Montclair State University. Tickets are $5 for students and the FDU community, $10 for others. To purchase tickets in advance call 973-443-8644, ext. 4. For further information, contact Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), at 973-443-8467 or

The next production, “Orpheus Descending” by Tennessee Williams, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, through Sunday, November 20. The musical “Gypsy” by Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne and Arthur Laurents will be presented in the spring.

Shakespeare Colloquium Focuses on ‘Othello’

The 19th annual Shakespeare Colloquium, which will focus on the tragedy Othello, will be held on Saturday, October 22, from 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Sturchio Hall (Room S-11), Science Building, College at Florham.

Four featured Shakespeare scholars will discuss Iago’s “disturbing” silence at the play’s end, Renaissance theories of male friendship and shared expression, racism’s role in the formation of social solidarity and Boito’s libretto for Guiseppi Verdi’s opera “Otello” in relation to Shakespeare’s text. Discussions will follow each presentation. The program is free and open to the public.

Allison Deutermann, English, Baruch College, City University of New York, will speak about Iago’s refusal to confess at the end of the play in a talk titled “Is It Words That Shake Us Thus? Revenge, Confession and Weaponized Words in Othello.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in edited collections and academic journals including Shakespeare Quarterly. A co-editor of Formal Matters (in press with Manchester University Press, United Kingdom), Deutermann is currently completing a manuscript on hearing, taste and theatrical form in early modern England.

Ian Smith, English, Lafayette College, Easton, Pa., will present on “Race, Comedy and Othello” and examine the function of racism in the play. Smith is the author of Race and Rhetoric in the Renaissance: Barbarian Errors and has published on early modern drama as well as postcolonial literature. He is currently working on a book titled Fabricated Identities: Racial Cross-dressing on the Early Modern Stage.

Eric Johnson–DeBaufre, English, Drew University, Madison, N.J., will discuss Renaissance theories of friendship and show how they are manifested in Othello, in the presentation, “Othello, Male Friendship and the Powers of Commonplace.” He has taught at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa; FDU; and Boston University, where he received his doctoral degree.

Jeffery Triggs, application developer for the Scholarly Communications Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., will discuss Verdi’s opera adaptation, “Otello.” Triggs was the first director of the North American Reading Program for the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the first developer of the OED Online. He is currently working on the digital library repository at Rutgers. He is also the webmaster for

The discussion will be moderated by Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English; director, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (Flor); and colloquium coordinator. Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged. For information call 973-443-8711 or email Keyishian at

New Jersey teachers may acquire professional development credit by attending. Forms will be available at the colloquium.

This colloquium is made possible by grants from the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare and by donations.

Chemistry Seminars

The chemistry and pharmaceutical science department is sponsoring free chemistry seminars at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in Sturchio Hall (Room S-11), Science Building, College at Florham.

Upcoming presentations include, on September 21, “Chromatography as an Enabling Technology in Drug Discovery and Development,” by Regina Black, senior research chemist in process chemistry, Merck & Co., Whitehouse Station, N.J., and on September 28, “Synthesis of Chalcones as Antioxidants,” by Jay Carreon, analytical chemistry, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah.

Previous seminars this semester featured Danielle Jacobs, organic chemistry, Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J., who spoke about “From Licorice to Lipitor: Synthetic Routes from Nature to the Medicine Cabinet,” and Dawanne Poree, postdoctoral research associate, Rutgers University, who talked about “The Synthesis of Amphiphilic Polymers and Their Potential Biomedical Applications.”

The seminar coordinator is Amber Charlebois, chemistry (Flor). For information call 973-443-87961 or email

Public Affairs Lecture Series

Public Affairs Lecture Series continues this semester. Sponsored by the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, the lectures are held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Bickford Theatre of the Morris Museum, Morristown, N.J.

Remaining lectures are: “U.S. Economic Recovery — Where Are the Jobs Coming From?” on Tuesday, September 20, with Christian Weller, senior fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.; “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” on Monday, September 26, with Mark Rosenblum, founder, Americans for Peace Now, Washington, D.C.; “National Contributions to and Moral Responsibility for Climate Change,” on Monday, October 3, with Robert Kaufmann, geography and director, Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University; “Where Do We Stand on Afghanistan?” on Monday, October 10, with Lawrence Korb, senior fellow, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.; “Reforming Public Education: Looking at the Evidence to See What Really Works,” on Monday, October 17, with Paul Tractenberg, contracts/education law, Rutgers School of Law, Newark, N.J.; “Fixing the Economics of Medicare,” on Monday, October 24, with Theodore Marmor, government, Harvard University, Boston, Mass., and emeritus, public policy/management, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; “The U.S.-China Relationship: Military Contention, Economic Rivalry, Common Interests,” on Monday, October 31, with Stephen Dachi, chair, South Asian studies at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute, Washington, D.C.; “Egypt, the Arab  Upheavals and the United States: Uncertainty and Instability in the Middle East,” on Monday, November 7, with Steven Cook, Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C.; “Power Inc.: The Epic Rivalry Between Big Business and Government and the Reckoning That Lies Ahead,” on Tuesday, November 15, with David Rothkopf, visiting scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., and president/CEO, Garten Rothkopf, Washington, D.C.; “Can the Euro Survive?” on Monday, November 21, with Heather Conley, director and senior fellow of Europe program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; and “World Roundup” on Monday, November 28, with Ralph Buultjens, global affairs, New York University.

Tickets are $100 for the series and $10 for walk-ins, if seats are available. For information call 973-992-1195 or go to .

Student Films at the Morris Museum

The department of visual and performing arts is hosting a night of drama, suspense and comedy as it holds “FDU’s Thesis Films at the Morris Museum” on Tuesday, October 11, at 7 p.m. Four short films from student filmmakers, from 10 to 25 minutes in length, will be screened.

Films include “The Patient Present,” a comedy about a young boy willing to risk anything to find out what awaits him under the Christmas tree; “By the Grace of Fire,” a short drama that aims to question “What will tell us when our time is up?”; “Made Men,” a comedy on how becoming a ‘made man’ is not all fun and games; and “Michael’s Closet,” a dramatic comedy about a young orphan boy who ends up not living the life he imagined it would be once he gets adopted.

This event is open to the public and the $5 admission fee supports the FDU film program. Admission is free for FDU students with valid IDs. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 973-971-3706 or at the door. For more information contact Howard Libov, film and assistant dean, Becton College (Flor), at 973-443-8646 or email

9/11 Commemorative Art Series

The department of visual and performing arts sponsored an exhibit of artwork by local artist Tom Miller commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the Rothman Building through September 11.

Silberman College of Business

Rothman Institute Recognition Reception

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship will host its ninth annual Recognition Reception on Thursday, September 15, at 6 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. This yearly event recognizes the achievements of institute faculty members and of FDU entrepreneurship students. Daniel Hassan, CEO of BCM, and FDU alumnus, BA’06 (Metro), will deliver the keynote address.

Hassan joined BCM in 2006 as senior vice president of sales after successful forays in the worlds of finance and real estate. BCM was at that point a full-service, direct-response media agency, and the success of that business ended up laying the foundation for the research and development of BCM’s TV solutions.

Admission to this event is free. Due to limited space, those interested in attending the reception should call Gabrielle Zuccaro, administrative assistant, Rothman Institute (Flor) at 973-443-8842.

Veterans Launching Ventures to Be Offered

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is again offering Veterans Launching Ventures, a 10-week program that will allow veterans to assess their business ideas, seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses and nonprofit organizations that will help them achieve personal success.

This unique program combines in-person instruction with online education to teach students the fundamentals of starting a new venture and ensure the development of competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining a new business or nonprofit organization.

A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will work with participants — providing a fun, interactive and informative experience. They will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts and show participants how to apply them to their current or potential businesses. Participants will spend five to eight hours each week studying and submitting completed assignments to an FDU instructor.

The Veterans Launching Ventures course will begin on Friday, September 23. It will also be offered online nationally beginning in October.

The program is open to all veterans. The $1,995 tuition is being waived due to support from The Walmart Foundation, American Legion Post 43 and the Silberman College of Business. Included in the program is a complimentary admission to a full year of the Rothman Institute’s entrepreneurship and innovation events.

For more information go to or email John Howlett, Rothman Institute mentor-in-residence (Flor) and a Vietnam veteran, at A minimal $150 deposit to cover the textbook and course materials will be returned once the program is completed.

Seminar on ‘Self-coaching’

Howard Guttman, principal, Guttman Development Strategies, Inc., Mount Arlington, N.J., and FDU alumnus, BA’72 (Flor), is the featured speaker in the breakfast seminar “Creating Performance Breakthroughs Through Self-coaching” on Friday, September 16, 7:30–9:30 a.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. The breakfast seminar series is sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Enterprise/Center for Human Resource Management Studies (ISE/CHRMS).

Guttman will cover topics such as why self-coaching is a cost-effective alternative for up-and-coming talent, how to provide leadership and structure for high-potential managers and how to determine colleagues’ self-coachability.

Upcoming seminars will discuss “Hipcycle: Upcycled Products Without Compromise,” on Friday, October 21; and “Talent Management: Creating a Sustainable Competitive Advantage by Selecting, Developing and Promoting the Best People,” on Friday, November 18.

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 .

O.Berk Company Family Business Forum

This semester, the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship is hosting a series of free seminars as part of its 2011 O.Berk Company Family Business Forum program.

Upcoming seminars include “Creating Harmony in Your Family-owned Firm” on Tuesday, October 18, 8:30–11:30 a.m., with Jeanne Weikert, personal development consultant and founder, New Life Institute, in the Metropolitan Club, Alumni Hall, Metropolitan Campus; “Leveraging Technology for Productivity and Collaboration” on Thursday, October 27, 8:30–10:30 a.m., with Jonathan Rochelle, product manager, Goggle, New York City, and Deb Di Gregorio, owner, Camarès Communications, Maplewood, N.J., in the Rutherford Room, Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham; and “Understanding Qualified Plans for Family-owned Businesses” on Thursday, December 1, 2–5 p.m., with speakers from the forum sponsors, in the Rutherford Room, Ferguson Recreation Center.

The first forum of the semester on “Mastering Family Business Polarities” was led by Amy Schuman, principal consultant, Family Business Consultant Group.

For information and to register call 973-443-8880 or go to .

Innovation Summit on Health Care

On Wednesday, October 12, health care and business leaders will share their insights and thoughts at the 2011 Innovation Summit on Health Care Reform Strategies. The summit is sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship and will be held in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. It begins with registration and breakfast at 7:15 a.m.; presentations are from 8–11:30 a.m.

Speakers include David Snow, chairman/CEO, Medco Health Solutions, Inc.; Cavan Redmond, group president, animal health, consumer healthcare, Capsugel® and corporate strategy, Pfizer; Richard Popiel, president and CEO, Horizon Healthcare Innovations; Simon Samaha, president and chief executive officer, Summit Medical Group; David Shulkin, president, Morristown Medical Center; Laura Landy, president and CEO, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation; Judith Kutzleb, nursing (Metro) and nurse practitioner, Adult Medical Clinic, Holy Name Medical Center; and Harry Reynolds, director of health industry transformation, IBM Global Healthcare.

The cost for attending is $145, free to FDU faculty, staff, students and alumni. Registration is necessary by Friday, October 7. For information call 973-443-8842 or go to . To register online go to .

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

Giant Steps for 9/11

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies is hosting the Third Annual Walk to commemorate George Martin’s (alumnus, BA’87 [Ruth] and retired co-captain of the 1987 Super Bowl New York Football Giants) historic walk across the United States to support the heroes of Ground Zero.

The ceremonial walk will begin on Sunday, October 2, 8:30 a.m., with a registration at the FDU parking lot at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack, N.J.

Walkers will take a shuttle to Fort Lee, N.J., where the opening ceremony will begin at the George Washington Bridge at 9:15 a.m. The walk will proceed to Hackensack University Medical Center and then end on the Hackensack side of the Metropolitan Campus. The walk will be 10 miles in length.

The Journey for 9/11 continues as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and has raised more than $5 million, to date, to provide medical care for 9/11 responders. “We invite members and friends to walk in this year’s Journey for 9/11 to support those who sacrificed so much and who now need our help,” said Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor). For those participating in the entire 10-mile walk, registration will be $35 per person. At the conclusion of the walk, refreshments will be provided at Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. For further information, go to .

9/11 Memorial Concert

The Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies and the American British Law Enforcement Educational Exchange (ABLE3) project, a Paramus, N.J.-based nonprofit organization, hosted a 9/11 Memorial Concert featuring the West Yorkshire Police Band on September 9 at the Metropolitan Campus. The 35-piece band is comprised of active and retired police officers and part of a larger law-enforcement organization in the United Kingdom.

This event was one of three concerts in the New York/New Jersey area in which the band performed. This year, members of the band were joined by members of United Kingdom law enforcement, who have partnered with ABLE3, to stand in solidarity during each of the nine previous anniversary celebrations.

‘A Christmas Carol’

On Tuesday, December 6, FDU will present two performances of “A Christmas Carol” in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus.

Performing the show will be Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master, Charles Dickens. Gerald, an actor and producer from Oxford, England, will be performing his rendition of this timeless holiday classic depicting 26 characters of the classic tale with just a table, wing chair and hat rack on stage. He created different postures and voices for each character. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. To register, call continuing education at 201-692-6500. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

High School Environmental Leadership

High school environmental leaders of the Summer Scholars program participated in two weeks of study on the Metropolitan Campus. Eight students from five local middle and high schools joined in leadership and scientific discovery under the direction of Joan Leder, senior program director, continuing education (Metro). In addition to FDU resources, these environmental leaders had an opportunity to participate in training from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Outdoor workshops were an integral part of the learning process, bringing knowledge from concept to practice. Students traveled across the Hackensack River footbridge from Hackensack to Teaneck for several hiking experiences.

Students learned to recognize macro-intervertebrates whose sensitivity to pollutants act as a sign of water quality. Donations from Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve and the New Jersey State Forest Nursery greenhouse introduced students to the value of planting native New Jersey wildflowers near local streams. Each student acted as leader or co-leader and developed an individual team project that ranged from a rap song and choreographed dance about water, to a card game of environmental facts and an illustrated, hand-drawn map of their adventures. A metaphoric bridge was built, symbolizing the importance of teamwork when building a community-based project such as planting native New Jersey wildflowers along public and private streams. Each student was offered a live red oak seedling that was part of the New Jersey Arbor Day program. These seedlings are a way for the environmental leaders program to live on and provide future shade, shelter and habitat within the community.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

‘We Will Never Forget’ Exhibit

An art exhibit titled “We Will Never Forget: 9-11 2011” is ongoing at the University College Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus, through Friday, September 30.

The exhibit features works by Metropolitan Campus faculty Yelena Aronson, computer graphics; David Hanson, retired art; Jacqueline Lima, University College; and Marie Roberts, fine arts.

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

Constitution Day Lecture

In celebration of Constitution Day, the School of History, Political and International Studies is holding a free lecture on Friday, September 16, 3 p.m., in Room 208, Becton Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Chris Rasmussen, history (Metro), will speak about “If We Can Make the Constitution Better: Amending the U.S. Constitution.” For information call Rasmussen at 201-692-2473.

Inmates to Discuss Criminality, Prison Life

The School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, in conjunction with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, is holding a forum on crime, criminality, the criminal justice system and prison life as seen through the eyes of prison inmates on Thursday, October 20, 2:15 p.m., in Room 100, Robison Annex, Metropolitan Campus.

The program, coined “Project Pride” by the Department of Corrections, brings several low-risk convicted criminals currently serving prison time who will talk about their offenses, the causes of their criminal behavior, their life behind bars and their plans for the future. A question-and-answer period follows the discussion. The inmates have volunteered to be part of the program and are on a rehabilitative track.

Admission is free. For information call 201-692-2465 or email

Summer Teaching Academy

In July, the Peter Sammartino School of Education held its first Teaching Academy for high school juniors interested in teaching as a career. Fifteen students participated in the five-day program, which gave them the opportunity to work with a group of Camp Discovery participants.

Writing Studio and Casual Conversation Workshops

The Metro Writing Studio is holding various workshops for the FDU community this semester.

Upcoming workshops include: “Navigating the Writing Process” with Barbara Morris, University College (Metro), on Tuesday, September 20, 8:15–9:45 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio, Giovatto Library; “Writing the Undergraduate Thesis” with Paul Caruso, University College (Metro), on Tuesday, September 27, 5:45–7:15 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio; “Beyond Wikipedia: Doing Real Research” with Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library (Metro), on Wednesday, October 5, 2:30–4 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio; “Is It Common Knowledge or Should I Cite It?” with Zhanna Buzharsky, University College (Metro), on Thursday, October 13, 8:15–9:15 p.m., in the Auditorium, Giovatto Library; “Introduction to APA Format” with Kyoko Waseda-Hida, University College (Metro), on Thursday, October 20, 8:15–9:45 p.m., in the Auditorium, Giovatto Library; “Technical Communications Basics: Lab Reports and More” with Nancy Passow, University College (Metro), on Wednesday, October 26, 3:30–5 p.m., in Room 105, Muscarelle Center; “Introduction to MLA Format” with Barbara Morris on Tuesday, November 1, 8:15–9:45 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio; “Advanced APA Format” with Kyoko Waseda-Hida on Thursday, November 10, 2–3:30 p.m., in the Auditorium, Giovatto Library; “Writing the Master’s Thesis” with Paul Caruso on Wednesday, November 16, 8:15–9:45 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio; “Concise Writing and Clear Writing” with Andrea Alexander, University College (Metro), on Tuesday, November 29, 8:15–9:45 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio; and “Summarizing and Paraphrasing” with Helen Kuttner, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio (Metro), on Wednesday, December 7, 3:30–5 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio.

The studio is also holding Casual Conversation Workshops for Non-native Speakers of English under the guidance of Jeanette Adams, University College (Metro). The workshops will be held from 2:30–3:30 p.m. in the Metro Writing Studio. Topics include on September 23, “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn”; on October 21, “Teaneck Tidbits”; on November 4, “American Presidents”; on November 18, “Favorite American Desserts”; and on December 2, “Acronyms.”

The free workshops are open only to members of the FDU community. For more information about the contact Janet Boyd, English (Metro), at 201-692-2166 or visit .

Biology Seminars

The School of Natural Sciences is sponsoring free biology seminars at 5:25 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

Upcoming seminars are: on September 22, “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus (MRS) Research,” Jeffrey Boyd, biochemistry/microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; on September 29, “Biology of Diabetes,” Meredith Hawkins, medicine and director, Global Diabetes Initiative, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y.; on October 6, “Using Fluorescent Microscopy to Study Cell Cycle of Budding Yeasts,” Patricia Melloy, cell biology (Flor); on October 13, “Taxol, Tubulin and Tumors,” Susan Horwitz, molecular pharmacology; co-chair, molecular pharmacology; and Rose C. Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y.; on October 20, “Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Host Sensing,” Haiping Cheng, biological sciences, Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, N.Y.; on October 20, “Natural Antimicrobials for Human Health,” Mikhail Chikindas, food science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; on November 3, “Stabilization of Gene Expression in Blood and Tissue,” Lynne Rainen, scientific director (PreAnalytiX); principal scientist and senior manager, scientific affairs, BD, Franklin Lakes, N.J.; on November 10, “Alternative Medicine,” Darlene Easton, acupuncture/oriental medicine, New York Chiropractic College, Syracuse, N.Y.; on November 17, “Personalized Therapy in Cancer,” Anthony Provenzano, clinical instructor, Weill Cornell Medical College, N.Y.C.; on December 1, “Lichens and Their Importance,” James Lendemer, research fellow, Institute of Systematic Botany, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, N.Y.; and on December 8, “Probiotics,” Sutawee Thitaram, Kraft Foods, Tarrytown, N.Y.

Previous seminars were “Presentation of Scientific Information,” with Gerhard Haas, University College, and Irwin Isquith, biological sciences (both Metro); “Circadian Rhythms in Chromatin Remodeling,” with William Belden, biochemistry/microbiology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; and “The Path to Developing a Cervical Cancer Vaccine,” with Kathrin Jansen, senior vice president, vaccine research/early development, Pfizer, Pearl River, N.Y.

The seminars are coordinated by Gerhard Haas. For information call 201-692-2389.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The School of Natural Sciences and the Hudson-Bergen Chemical Society co-hosted the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and Student Awards Night on April 29 at the Metropolitan Campus. More than 40 students from FDU and other colleges presented their research and received certificates and books courtesy of McGraw-Hill.

Metropolitan Campus student Alicia Thuraman received the Student Award for the chemistry/biochemistry major with the highest grade point ratio from FDU. This year’s symposium also featured a lecture, “Self-assembled Soft Nanomaterials from Bio-based Surfactants,” by George John, chemistry, City College of New York, City University of New York.


At last year’s walk are, from left, Joseph Thomas, director of Web/instructional technology/online learning, and director, Korean Studies Program, Petrocelli College (Metro); Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean for off-campus credit programs, Petrocelli College, and director, administrative science (Metro); William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro); George Martin, alumnus, BA’87 (Ruth) and retired co-captain of the Super Bowl New York Football Giants; and Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor).

Joan Leder, with hat, senior program director, continuing education (Metro), directed the Summer Scholars Program at the Metropolitan Campus.

With Summer Teaching Academy students are, from left, Metropolitan Campus faculty members Vicki Cohen, education and director, education; Miriam Singer, education and director, QUEST program; and Charles DeLorenzo, educational leadership.

At the symposium are, from left, alumna Ivana Viani, BA’09 (Metro); Ish Kumar, chemistry (Metro); George John, chemistry, City College of New York, City University of New York; student Morrine Omolo; Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator, preprofessional studies in the sciences (Metro); Danyang Yu, biological sciences (Metro); and student Elaine Sedhome.

Spotlight — Benson, Fasano, Lopez, Spaldo

Peter Benson

Professor of English and Chair, Department of Literature, Language, Writing and Philosophy
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Since 1987.

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

Manny Pacquiao or Sugar Ray Leonard. Boxers are fascinating people. I’ve met several world champions and guys who fought for the title. Pacquiao and Leonard are notable for the adversity they overcame and the way they transcended the sport via their personalities and broad popular appeal.

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

“Louder Than a Bomb,” an inspirational documentary about high-school students doing slam poetry in Chicago. Peter Carey’s The True Story of the Kelly Gang: A Novel, has a really unique narrative voice, about an Australian national folk hero and Robin Hood figure from the 19th century.

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

… how to tap dance.

My first job was …

… picking shade tobacco in Connecticut (to be used for cigar wrappers).

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

… San Pellegrino mineral water.

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

… collect wild mushrooms.

My biggest challenge is …

… repressing my sense of humor in serious situations.

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

I would most like to attempt to train boxers. I would want nothing to do with advertising and public relations (sorry, Tina!).

Valerie Fasano

Administrative Assistant, Athletics
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

I was a student for four years, and while I was here I worked for graduate admissions as a student worker. For the past six months, I have been a full-time employee for the athletics department.

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

I would say Beyonce Knowles. She is a pop singer who has been in the industry for several years. She is a woman who is independent, handles the many aspects of diversity, is passionate about her career and has remained grounded in the spotlights.

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

“Burlesque.” It was a great film not only because of the music, but also the meaning behind it. The film expressed that when you’re working towards your dream, even though you might have to start at the bottom, you can work your way up to make it to the top.

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

… how to draw blood and give a shot [injection].

My first job was …

… at the age of 13. I started working at my town deli, Lakeside.

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

… Dunkin’ Donuts coffee beans.

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

… have a strong passion for animals.

My biggest challenge is ...

… saying “no” to people.

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 become a veterinarian; and right now, I would not want to be the president.

Vidal Lopez

Assistant Dean of Students
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

I have been at FDU for one year and seven wonderful months.

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

The Dalai Lama, because I would love to someday walk and live in complete enlightenment, and I would love to learn from him.

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

The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. I would recommend it because it portrays extraordinary determination and drive — qualities that I love to instill in anyone I come in contact with.

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

… how to speak Hebrew and French fluently.

My first job was …

… a clerk at the Bronx County Court when I was 14. My first professional job was a case manager at the Morrisania Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

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

… orange juice, fruits and vegetables (blueberries and carrots).

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

… was in a movie with Al Pacino as an extra in “Carlito’s Way” and a play with Vanessa Redgrave titled “Collateral Damage,” and I danced with the leads of the New York City Ballet in “Copelia.”

My biggest challenge is ...

… understanding some people’s need for power and control and their lack of caring for human life.

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

I would attempt to be a photographer, because I enjoy capturing the beauty in things in our world that others don’t see. I would not want to be a politician.

Ellen Spaldo

Assistant Professor of English, Director of Writing and Faculty Adviser to University Players
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Counting my time as an adjunct faculty member, about 30 years!

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

He’s not “in” the world, as in living at the present time — the 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. I’d ask him how he came to completely abandon poetry and poetic drama to write prose plays and where he found the courage to say what he did.

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

The Book of Air and Shadows, by Michael Gruber. A modern thriller about the discovery of an unknown play by William Shakespeare. Who could ask for anything more? And, I recently reread Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Stern — 18th-century precursor of reader response and the graphic novel. Amazing.

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

… many things — Russian and skating backwards, among them.

My first job was …

… in the registrar’s office at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Something I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

Well, actually, two things: good Italian olives and Fior di Sardegna cheese.

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

… have a Golden Retriever (and not a German Shepherd); that I make fresh pasta, kneaded and rolled by hand; and that I’m very good at trimming trees and shrubs.

My biggest challenge is ...

… answering these questions: I can’t seem to give just one response!

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

If I could not teach and do theater and run a writing program as I do now, I would want to be an archaeologist or an astronomer or work with the poorest of the poor in the most troubled areas of the world. I couldn’t be an accountant or a coal miner: both professions would be claustrophobic for me.

This & That

• The Metropolitan Campus will hold a free Flu Vaccine Clinic for FDU faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, October 4. Flu shots will be administered for free at two locations: the Student Health Services Office, Student Union Building, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until vaccine supply runs out) and the Thrive 365 Wellness Fair in the Fitness Center, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or until vaccine supply runs out). Organized by the campus Wellness Committee, this year’s Wellness Fair will have more than 40 tables offering information and free health screenings and chair massages. For information call 201-692-2174. A Flu Vaccine Clinic will also be held at the College at Florham with the schedule still to be determined. At both campuses, the vaccine will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. FDU identification is required. For information call 201-692-2437 (Metropolitan Campus) or 973-443-8535 (College at Florham).

Madison Avenue Direct (MAD), a new shuttle service that links the College at Florham to popular destinations in Madison, N.J., started on September 6. Designated stops on campus are near Rutherford Hall and the Ferguson Recreation Center. In Madison, stops will include the heart of the downtown shopping district on Main Street, Madison Train Station, Stop and Shop, Whole Foods Market and the Staples Plaza. Faculty, staff and students can ride the shuttle for free through Saturday, September 24. Beginning Monday, September 25, a one-way fare of $1.50 is payable upon boarding the MAD. Plans to offer highly discounted multiple-fare passes and other promotions are under discussion. MAD is a partnership among FDU, the Borough of Madison, the Madison Downtown Development Commission (DDC), Drew University, College of Saint Elizabeth and TransOptions. For additional route information and promotions go to .

University Players, the student theater group on the Metropolitan Campus, will be holding auditions for its fall 2011 production, which is a comedy. Auditions are open to all faculty, staff and students of the Metropolitan Campus. Scenes will be provided at the audition. Those interested need to attend only one of the following auditions on the remaining dates: Tuesday, September 13, 8–9:30 p.m.; Thursday, September 15, 8–9:30 p.m.; and Friday, September 16, 2–4 p.m., at the Russell H. Ratsch Experimental Theatre, Lower Level, University Hall. For information contact Ellen Spaldo, English, director of writing and faculty adviser, University Players (Metro), at

• FDU’s Medco School of Pharmacy at the College at Florham is teaming up with the American Diabetes Association in its “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” on Sunday, October 2, 10 a.m., at the BD Worldwide Headquarters in Franklin Lakes, N.J. The annual Step Out walk raises funds for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes research and education. To join FDU’s team go to . Participants can choose between one-mile and three-mile routes. Donations to FDU’s Medco School of Pharmacy are also welcome. For information contact Ruth Nemire, founding dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor), at 973-443-8789 or email

• Members of the FDU community are invited to join singles and doubles tennis tournaments on Saturday, October 29, 9 a.m., at the FDU Tennis Center, Metropolitan Campus. The cost is $45 per person, per event. For information contact Ira Miller, head men’s/women’s tennis coach, athletics (Metro), at 201-692-9248 or On September 10, the opening of the new tennis facility at the Metropolitan Campus was celebrated with a Tennis Day.

• Sign up for At-Risk, an interactive, Web-based training simulation to help identify, approach and refer students exhibiting distress and/or troublesome behaviors. More than 250 faculty/staff have already participated in this free training. To access the course, create an account at . For questions or problems creating an account contact the At-Risk technical support team at Participants who complete this training will be entered in a lottery to win a Kindle. To enter the contest, send an email — including name, date of completion, campus affiliation and contact information to Alice Mills, co-director of counseling, student counseling/psychological services (Metro), at

Explore FDU! Information Sessions are being held at the Metropolitan Campus and at the College at Florham on Saturday, September 17; Saturday, September 24; Saturday, October 1; Saturday, October 8; Monday, October 10; Saturday, October 15; Saturday, October 29; Thursday, November 3; Friday, November 4; Saturday, November 5; Friday, November 11; Wednesday, November 16; Saturday, November 19; Saturday, December 3; and Saturday, December 10. 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 .

• The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be hosting its annual Fall Open Houses for prospective freshmen and transfer students on Sunday, October 23, at the College at Florham, and on Sunday, November 13, at the Metropolitan Campus. For information go to .

• Metropolitan Campus staff members and students are invited to submit their work to the Knightscapes literary magazine, which seeks to showcase the creative writing and art of the campus community. The deadline for entries is Friday, September 30. For complete submission guidelines go to . The Knightscapes editorial board includes Christina Charuk, assistant director/academic coordinator, Educational Opportunity Fund; Bradley Philbert, tutor, Metro Writing Studio; and Jessie Ribustello, circulation aide, Giovatto Library (all Metro). Catherine Parilla, English composition (Metro), is the faculty adviser.

Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Information Programs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, in Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, and on Thursday, October 27, 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 .

Photo Story

College at Florham Honors Faculty, Staff

Staff members and faculty were honored at a special picnic in May at the College at Florham. Staff members who made a special contribution to the campus this past year and those who have consistently gone beyond the call of duty in performing their responsibilities were honored. This year’s recipients for the Campus Recognition Award for Exceptional Service are Patricia Geehr, director, Academic Support Center; Cameron Govan, campus life coordinator; James Massey, locksmith/public safety officer, public safety; Ellen Miller, associate director, enrollment services; and Denise O’Shea, systems librarian/technical support specialist, computing services.

The honorees were chosen by Kenneth Greene, campus provost and senior vice provost for government/community affairs, and a committee composed of the previous year’s winners.

The Teacher of the Year Award recipients were chosen by the colleges’ respective faculties. Robyn Schiffman, English (Flor), received the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Award. The Silberman College of Business Teacher of the Year Award went to Scott Behson, management (Metro).


From left: Kenneth Greene, left, political science, campus provost and senior vice provost for government/community affairs (Flor), with College at Florham Campus Recognition Awardee Patricia Geehr, director, Academic Support Center, and other College at Florham Campus Recognition Awardees Cameron Govan, campus life coordinator; James Massey, locksmith/public safety officer, public safety; Ellen Miller, associate director, enrollment services; and Denise O’Shea, systems librarian/technical support specialist, computing services (all Flor).

Left photo: Geoffrey Weinman, right, dean, Becton College (Flor), with Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year Awardee Robyn Schiffman, English.

Right photo: Gwen Jones, left, management and chair, management (Flor), with Scott Behson, management (Metro), recipient of Silberman College Teacher of the Year Award.

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