Inside FDU on the Web — November 2011

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Silberman College of Business Recognized Among the Best

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business has been recognized as an “Excellent Business School,” according to the 2011 Eduniversal survey, which ranked the top 1,000 business schools worldwide, and as an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review

The education services company featured Silberman College in the new 2012 edition of its book, The Best 294 Business Schools (Random House/Princeton Review).

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We recommend FDU’s Silberman College of Business to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book.”

“Silberman College of Business is proud to once again be named to The Princeton Review’s Annual Business School Rankings,” said William Moore, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor). “Of course our students, faculty and staff make such a recognition possible. Receiving external recognition is always rewarding, and we will continue to prepare students to succeed in a business climate that is ever more global and challenging.”

The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career-placement services. In the profile on FDU’s Silberman College of Business, The Princeton Review editors describe the school as: “Programs are suited to students with well-defined career goals.” They quote from students attending the college who say, “FDU has a strong focus on global learning which is very important in doing business today,” and that the, “professors are very knowledgeable, easy to approach, take time to answer any queries you may have and drive you to achieve perfection.”

Silberman College students who were surveyed agreed that, “Cutting-edge classes and solid preparation in communication/interpersonal skills and doing business in a global economy” were all strengths of the program. The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life. For more information go to .


In the 2011 Eduniversal survey, Silberman College of Business received “three palmes,” indicating an excellent business school that is nationally strong and has international links. Palmes substitute for stars, which are typically used in rankings; a multicolored palme is part of Eduniversal’s logo.

“We are pleased to hear of Eduniversal’s recognition of Silberman College as an ‘Excellent Business School,’” said Dean Moore. “This is another validation of our belief about the importance of global education. Being committed to an academic environment where learning seamlessly spans cultural boundaries continues to excite us.”

Eduniversal asked deans and directors of the 1,000 best academic institutions to participate in the 2011 Deans Vote Survey which asked: “Which business school(s) would you recommend to anyone wishing to study in this country?”

Every dean’s vote was converted into a recommendation rate that students and others in the academic field could use to evaluate and compare the academic institutions. The results of the Deans Survey 2011 were officially announced at the Fourth Eduniversal World Convention in Shanghai, China, on October 13 to 15, 2011.

Eduniversal was created by SMBG, the leading company in France in student orientation; was launched in October 2007 to serve as a search engine for higher education projects and international recruitment. For more information go to .


Dean William Moore

International Education Week Celebrated

FDU’s New Jersey campuses are holding a variety of activities in celebration of International Education Week through Friday, November 18. Various events and activities — from a photography exhibit to a tour of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City — have been organized to highlight the importance of global education and to generate a greater appreciation for the diversity of the University community.

Bi-campus Events

Students interested in studying abroad as part of a course or for a semester can attend “Funding Your Study-abroad Experience” with Brian Swanzey, director of study abroad (Flor), on Wednesday, November 16, from 12:30–1:30 p.m., in Room 2245, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, and on Thursday, November 17, from 2:30–3:30 p.m., in the Wroxton Room, Student Center, College at Florham.

Members of the campus community can go on a Guided Tour and Briefing of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on Friday, November 18. The shuttle leaves the Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham, at 8:30 a.m., and the bus leaves the Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus, at 9:30 a.m. Those interested can sign up with Christine Montella, secretary, international student services (Flor), at the International Student Services Office in the Chaîne House, College at Florham, or at the Information Booth in the Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus.

A United Nations videoconference on “The Arab Spring” will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., in Room 214, Dreyfuss Building, at the College at Florham, and in Room 1132, Continuing Education Suite, Dickinson Hall, on the Metropolitan Campus. Amb. Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations, is the featured speaker. The videoconference is sponsored by FDU’s Office of Global Learning and is presented in conjunction with The Ambassador’s Club at the United Nations. For information call 973-443-8876.

College at Florham

The Monninger Center for Learning and Research (College at Florham Library) is holding a photography exhibit titled “My Berlin — Two Halves of My Life,” by German artist Lia Wagner through Sunday, December 18. She also often exhibits abstracts in oils and other paintings, drawings and sculptures as well as photography. Exhibitions of her work have been held in Berlin and throughout Germany, as well as in Eastern Europe and the United States. The exhibit is open to the public and may be viewed from 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.

On Wednesday, November 16, the campus community can sample food from different nations and enjoy cultural music at an “Appetizers from Around the World” event from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Mall. The event is hosted by international student services.

Metropolitan Campus

On Tuesday, November 15, “Multicultural Showcase,” an evening of ethnic performances, will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall. The free event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Council and International Student Services.

On Wednesday, November 16, a Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training panel to advise international students who are interested in working in the United States will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Metropolitan Club, Alumni Hall. Nayana Vaidya, career counselor, career development (Metro), will serve as moderator.

In honor of Indigenous American Heritage Month, the U.N. Pathways of FDU and NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations are holding a two-night event in the Auditorium of Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. A video and discussion on Indigenous America — Sacred Water and Human Responsibility will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features Debra White Plume, director, Lakota grandmother and director, Owe Aku Bring Back the Way (affiliated with the Owe Aku International Justice Project). A discussion on “The State of Native Americans Today” will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Panelists will include Chief Darius Two Bears Ross, principal chief of the Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi, and Chief Anthony Jay Van Dunk, principal chief of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation. Comments will be given by Roberto Borrero, chairperson on behalf of the NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples. Both discussions will be moderated by Chief Ronald Yonaguska Holloway, principal chief of the New Jersey Sand Hill Band of Lenape and Cherokee Indians. The free event is open to the public. For information contact Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations (Flor), at or 973-443-8756. (For more information see “Two Events to Honor Indigenous American Heritage Month” .)

A dinner and community-service event, “Hunger Banquet,” will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 9–11 p.m., in the Rutherford Room, Student Union Building. Attendees are requested to bring canned goods, which will be donated to New Jersey food banks. The event is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Council and International Student Services.

On Friday, November 18, non-English speakers can practice their English-speaking skills at a “Casual Conversation Workshop” on favorite American desserts at 2:30 p.m. in the Metro Writing Studio, Second Floor, Giovatto Library. Jeanette Adams, University College (Metro), will lead the discussion. The event is open only to members of the FDU community. For information call 201-692-2166 or go to .

“The World at Your Fingertips,” a workshop led by Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library (Metro), was held earlier in the week.

For Information

For information about International Education Week events, contact Melissa Ortiz, international student adviser, international student services (Metro), at 201-692-2743 or

Two Events to Honor Indigenous American Month

U.N. Pathways of Fairleigh Dickinson University and the NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations will present two evening events in November celebrating Indigenous American Heritage Month in the Auditorium of Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

“Indigenous America — Sacred Water and Human Responsibility,” a video and presentation, will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event features Debra White Plume, Lakota grandmother and founder and director of the Owe Aku Bring Back the Way (affiliated with Owe Aku International Justice Project). She also is a published author and poet, movie producer, radio disc jockey, newspaper editor and publisher.

A former faculty member at Oglala Lakota College in Rapid City, S.D., Plume coordinated the development of the college’s first accredited graduate program, the first of its kind in Indian country. She also provided technical assistance in the development of her tribe’s first Lakota tradition-based children’s mental health program.

Plume, who descends from the Red Cloud Tiospaye (on her father’s side) and Northern Cheyenne Nation (on her mother’s side), immersed herself in treaty and human rights since she retired from teaching in 1996. She founded Owe Aku in 1997 to focus on social-change work, cultural preservation and Lakota Treaty Territory defense work. Plume spent three years in Geneva, Switzerland, where she participated in drafting the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007.

Since 2005, Plume has been engaged in sacred water protection work through the Crying Earth Rise Up Community Education and action campaign of Owe Aku. Through Owe Aku, she is also involved in sacred-site protection work, and has challenged companies that have attempted to open uranium, gas or oil mines in Pine Ridge and Black Hills, S.D.

Chief Ronald Yonaguska Holloway, principal chief of the New Jersey Sand Hill Band of Lenape and Cherokee Indians, will serve as moderator to this and the next day’s event. He was appointed chief by the Tribal Council to succeed his father, MedicineCrow. Holloway has served as a financial adviser, a police officer, a member of the armed forces and is on the advisory panel of the Native American Children’s Museum in New York City and the Diablo Valley College Business Department in Pleasant Hills, Calif. He has addressed the U.N. General Assembly of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations representing his tribe. Holloway is a member of the NGO Committee on Indigenous Peoples in relationship with the United Nations and a committee member of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement New Jersey Renewable Energy Task Force.

A discussion on the “State of Native Americans Today” with guest Indigenous American chiefs will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Panelists will be Chief Darius Two Bears Ross, principal chief of the Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi Northeastern Band of Cherokee, and Chief Anthony Jay Van Dunk, chief of the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation. Roberto Borrero, chairperson on behalf of the NGO Committtee on Indigenous Peoples will provide comments, and Holloway will again be moderator.

Ross, known as a Blood Chief, was installed as a principal chief by the tribe’s Circle of Elders. A member of the Nuyagi Kithuwagi/Keentowah Society of New Jersey and New York, he is deputy director of the New Jersey Native American Indian Office. Ross is an advocate for the protection of native burial and sacred sites as well as a political advocate of humane and civil Native American rights.

Van Dunk was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was committed to his tribe — volunteering in fundraisers and tribal government and traveling throughout the United States and Canada to learn the traditions and ways of the Lenape. He became chief during one of the most tumultuous times of the Ramapough Nation’s history — starting with the initiation of the lawsuit that the Ringwood, N.J., community filed against the Ford Motor Company and the fatal shooting of Emil Mann by a police officer. Among his major accomplishments as chief were developing spiritual and cultural teachings, creating scholarship funds, fighting for burial rights of Native American remains in the state of New Jersey and building the Chief MacClendon Van Dunk Memorial Computer Library.

For additional information, contact Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations (Flor), at or 973-443-8756.


From left are Debra White Plume, Chief Ronald Yonaguska Holloway and Chief Anthony Jay Van Dunk.

Friends Projects Enrich College at Florham

History again visits the College at Florham as furniture is refurbished, a picture restored, a lounge renovated and heirlooms returned, thanks to the community group Friends of Florham.

Great Hall

The Friends completed another project this summer with the refurbishment of the sofas and chairs in the Great Hall, Hennessy Hall. The two small sofas are to the left of the main door, and the four upholstered chairs are on either side of the marble-topped table and the new breakfront. Additionally, there are six side chairs, four placed around the circular table and two flanking another small side table.

Friends president Linda Meister with Friends board member Suzy Moran, serving as interior designer, selected coordinating fabrics and had the sofas and upholstered chairs recovered with a damask pattern red, green and gold fabric and nail-head trim to the sofa. Board member Dawn Dupak and Friends honorary trustee Susan Adams re-covered the seats of the side chairs with a coordinating striped fabric.

In addition, the large painting, “George Washington at Cambridge Massachusetts” was restored and re-hung in a more prominent place in the hall.

Sarah Sullivan Lounge

When the Friends were planning renovations to Sarah Sullivan Lounge, also in Hennessy Hall, alumnus Christopher Johnson, BS’93 (Flor), and owner of Hollister Construction, offered to donate the labor and materials to effect the renovation. “The transformation is breathtaking, totally stunning,” said Meister.

Sarah Sullivan was part of the Twombly staff who stayed on after Fairleigh Dickinson purchased the estate and who became a much beloved University personality. She influenced and assisted many alumni especially Chris Johnson, who also grew up next door to her. As a teenager, Johnson mowed her lawn and shoveled snow for Sullivan and her sister. Sullivan was the person who watched out for Johnson when his parents traveled and became more a part of his extended family than neighbor.

Moran suggested the project and made the design decisions. Friends of Florham working with Dick Frick, FDU’s associate vice president for facilities, and Johnson and his team, had the room painted whipple blue and the trim linen white. The windows were repaired, the drapes cleaned and re-hung and traditional wooden blinds were purchased for the windows. The conference table was restored and the carpet cleaned.

In addition, McKim, Mead & White architectural prints, obtained some time ago by former board member Dick Simon from the New York Historical Society and placed in FDU’s archives, were reproduced and framed. “The effect of the gold tones of the frames against the strong blue of the walls is striking,” said Meister.

“This renovation was such a tremendous transformation; it has inspired us to continue our efforts with renewed enthusiasm. The Friends and the University are especially grateful to Chris Johnson for his heartwarming desire to honor his former mentor, friend and neighbor, Sarah Sullivan, in this way,” said Meister.

Florham Heirlooms Return

“This year’s gift from Wendy Burden — the great-great-granddaughter of Florence Vanderbilt Twombly and Hamilton McKown Twombly — of a treasure trove of heirlooms and papers from Florham, is of monumental importance to the Friends of Florham, to the University and to historians of the Gilded Age,” said Friends honorary trustee Arthur T. Vanderbilt, II.

It had been more than 45 years since Burden, who lives in Oregon, visited Florham. On her tour, she learned of the work of the Friends of Florham and saw some of the projects the Friends had already completed. Later in the year, downsizing from a very large house, she decided to donate some family heirlooms.

So, 56 years after Florham was closed, boxes filled with Florham treasures arrived: a backgammon table; boxes of linens, including linen hand towels, monogrammed “RVT” (Ruth Vanderbilt Twombly); and monogrammed sheets, napkins, tablecloths, doilies, runners and satin bedcovers. There were silver chafing dishes, flower-show trophies from 1930 and 1931, a cut-crystal trophy from the Morristown Field Club Horse Show of 1907 for First Prize in Ladies Saddle Horse, an 18K gold-rimmed luncheon service with the Twombly monogram in gold, crystal stemware with gold-leaf rim and the Twombly monogram, 50 white-wine glasses, 50 red-wine glasses, a mahogany humidor and a clock with Hamilton Twombly’s initials.

Under the direction of Meister, a group of Friends volunteers carefully opened each box, cataloging and recording each item. The Friends purchased a beautiful breakfront to display many of these treasures, now located in the Great Hall.

Along with these items were some pieces of the written records of Florham. They include work orders with the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White dated February 6, 1896, and signed as approved by Hamilton Twombly, increasing the initial contract price for the mansion of $300,000 to $378,191.14; a letter to Hamilton Twombly dated June 23, 1898, about the purchase of a French cooking range for the basement kitchen; and a file box with employee records. Entries included one for Frederick Berles, Florham’s head butler who was hired on November 17, 1910, at $55 a month, and in 1916, received a $10 a month increase. By 1922 his salary was $150 a month. File pages for Samuel Kelly, a footman, show he began work on July 8, 1917, at $65 a month. N. Alocco, a laborer, was hired in April of 1914 at $1.75 a day.

President’s Office

In addition to the above activities, Moran, working with a private donor, arranged for a bookcase for the President’s Office. Moran had overseen the painting of the office and the reception area and the selection of the new rug. The Friends also ordered a new computer desk and drapes, recovered the office chairs and reframed the pictures of FDU’s first president and founder Peter Sammartino and his wife, Sylvia (Sally).

About the Friends

The Friends of Florham, formed in 1990, is an organization of area residents whose goal is to advise and assist the University in the care, maintenance and historic preservation of the historically important buildings and grounds of the College at Florham. For more information about the Friends go to .


At the Great Hall are, from left, a reupholstered chair and restored “George Washington at Cambridge, Massachusetts” painting; a breakfront, displaying Florham heirlooms; and refurbished sofas.

Left photo: Framed architectural prints from McKim, Mead & White’s drawings.

Right photo: The renovated Sarah Sullivan Lounge with Sullivan’s photo over the mantle.

On Stage — Musical, Theatrical Productions

Music and theater lovers will be able to enjoy a concert, songfest, a one-man performance of A Christmas Carol and several theatrical productions in November and December at FDU’s New Jersey campuses.

‘Orpheus Descending’

“Orpheus Descending” by Tennessee Williams will be presented by the department of visual and performing arts on Thursday, November 17, through Saturday, November 20, at 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m., in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham.

The play is set in a dry goods store in southern Mississippi, where a young man, Val Xavier, comes in looking for work only to find himself at the center of intrigue, gossip and violence. Although “Orpheus Descending” is one of Williams’ lesser-known plays, it is no less compelling. The themes of sexual longings, unfulfilled desires and thwarted dreams fill the stage as the modern retelling of the ancient Greek Orpheus legend unfolds.

“Orpheus Descending” is directed by Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor). The sets and costumes will be designed by Yu-Han Huang and Erin Schultz, respectively, both recent graduates from New York University’s Tisch School of Design. David Landau, film/animation (Flor), is the lighting designer.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and the FDU community and $10 for all others. Tickets can be booked in advance by calling 973-443-8644 or purchased at the door. For further information contact Hollis at 973-443-8467 or

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

The University Players, the student theater group on the Metropolitan Campus, will present “The Skin of Our Teeth,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder, Thursday, November 17, to Saturday, November 19, at 8 p.m., and on Sunday, November 20, at 2 p.m., at the Russell H. Ratsch Experimental Theatre, Lower Level, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

This satiric fantasy follows the Antrobus family down through the ages — surviving flood, fire, pestilence, earthquake, climate change, wars and depressions — in a vividly theatrical testament of faith in humanity. Directors are James Rana, University College (Metro), and Ellen Spaldo, English, director of college writing and University Players faculty adviser (Metro). Ticket prices are $10 for the public and $5 for senior citizens, children and FDU faculty, staff and students. For information email or call 201-692-7155.

Christmas Concert

Festive songs, sing-alongs and refreshments will be part of the Opera at Florham’s “Christmas Concert — Holiday Songfest” on Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. College at Florham. Tickets are $10 for the public and free for members of the Opera at Florham Guild. For information call 973-443-8620.

Winter Festival Concert

On Monday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m., the visual and performing arts department will present its annual Winter Festival Concert in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham. The free concert will feature members of the music faculty including Diana Charos Reilly, flute; Allen Cohen, piano; Steve Girardi, guitar; Mariana Karpatova, mezzo-soprano; and Justin Stanley, clarinet; FDU Band; FDU Chorus; and the FDU Chamber Choir performing a variety of classical, popular and seasonal music.

Cohen and guest ensemble Duo Cellissimo (Maxine Neuman and Mark Humburg) will also perform a new piece for two cellos. For information call Cohen at 973-443-8638.

‘A Christmas Carol’ — A One-man Show

Gerald Dickens, great-great grandson of famed author and literary master Charles Dickens will be performing the classic A Christmas Carol on Tuesday, December 6, at 3 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

Dickens, 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. He created his first one-man show in 1993, a theatrical performance of A Christmas Carol, inspired by his great-great grandfather’s own energetic readings in the 1860s. The New York Times described his performance as “A once in a lifetime brush with literary history.” Dickens will be available to sign a special selection of books and gifts during a public reception.

The event is sponsored by the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. To register, call continuing education at 201-692-6500. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information see College Happenings .


Gerald Dickens

Weather Closing Information

The best way to learn about weather closings is to call your own voice mail and listen to the message regarding the University’s status — open, delayed or closed.

The University home page will carry a banner with closing information as well. The University switchboard will have this same information, but the volume of calls on the switchboard may cause delays.

If you have signed up for the FDU Alert system, you will receive notification of weather closing through email and text message. To sign up for the FDU Alert system, go to .

Faculty are encouraged to put messages regarding class-meeting status on their voice-mail greetings. They should ask students to call these extensions for the most up-to-date information.

The following media outlets are part of the University weather closing system:


News 12 New Jersey carries University closing information on its weather banner. Check your local cable carrier for the correct channel number.

WNBC-TV (Channel 4) will include Fairleigh Dickinson University weather closings on its School Closing Notification System.

Radio Stations


WFDU (FM) — 89.1 FM

New Jersey — 101.5 FM


WCBS — 880 AM

1010 WINS — 1010 AM, between 4 and 8 a.m. at 33 minutes after the hour; afternoon and evening closings broadcast throughout the day (also on


Theater Program Awarded Challenge Grant from The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has awarded FDU’s theater program at the College at Florham a $50,000 two-year challenge grant, combined with donations of $25,000 from a group of University alumni and friends over two years. The funds are supporting a variety of initiatives within the visual and performing arts department including:

• The High School Matinee Program, which enables local high school students to attend all productions provided by the department. The program has attracted more than 2,500 students who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to experience live theater or visit a college campus for the day.

• The Night at the Theater theater arts course, which gives students with financial need opportunities to attend professional productions in New Jersey and New York.

• The London Experience Program, which revolves around a seven-day trip to London during spring break and allows students to attend professional productions by some of the world’s leading theater companies including the National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company. The trip includes workshops, lectures and seminars and visits to the Globe Theatre and the London Theatre Museum. Because of Sharp Foundation’s and matching donors support, students in financial need are able to afford this experience.

• The creation of two scholarships for students entering the theater arts program with a concentration in design and technical theater.

• The construction of dressing rooms in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham

“The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation has been an incredibly generous supporter of FDU’s theater program for several years now and has enabled us to offer culturally enriching programs that would be impossible without their support,” said Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor). “Helping to underwrite the costs for students in financial need to see world-class theater in London during spring break, for example, gives them an experience that can often be life changing.”

In its letter to the University, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation stated, “We have been witness to the success of FDU’s theatrical education and outreach programming and its positive impact on your students, teachers and community.”

Cognizant CEO to Deliver Innovation Lecture

Francisco D’Souza, president and CEO of Cognizant, a leading global provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, will speak on “Leading Through Uncertainty” at the Sixth Annual CEO Innovation Lecture on Friday, November 18, in Hennessy Hall, Lenfell Hall, College at Florham, from 9–10 a.m. It will be preceded by breakfast and registration at 8 a.m.

At Cognizant, D’Souza’s leadership inspires more than 111,000 business and technology professionals who manage projects delivered from 40 countries. Since his promotion to CEO in 2007, company revenues have tripled to more than $4.5 billion fueling Cognizant’s rise to the Fortune 500, where it debuted at number 484 earlier this year.

D’Souza was named one of the nation’s best CEOs in Institutional Investor’s 2011 and 2010 All-America Executive Team rankings. He also received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and serves on the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and The New York Hall of Science.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, he has a bachelor’s degree from the University of East Asia, Hong Kong, China, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon.

Silberman College of Business’ Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurship is hosting the event. The event is co-sponsored by TD Bank, DLA Piper and ZSL Inc. The public is invited to attend and registration is required.

Admission is $50 for those who pre-register by November 14, $75 at the door (space permitting) and free for members of the FDU community. For more information or to register, visit or call the Rothman Institute at 973-443-8842.


Francisco D’Souza

Faculty, Staff — Update, Welcome


Michael Avaltroni, chemistry and associate dean, Medco School of Pharmacy (Flor), will be among the honorees at a “Celebrate Princeton Invention,” ceremony on December 8 at Princeton University. Avaltroni and his collaborators will be recognized for the publication of three patents in 2011.

The short documentary film “Aglow — Under the Radar: Chojnowski,” by Howard Libov, film and assistant dean, Becton College (Flor), won Best Documentary Short Film at the 2011 Atlanta International Documentary Festival.

On November 3, Jason Scorza, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor); philosophy/political science (Metro); and deputy secretary-general, International Association of University Presidents, presented a workshop on the “Cross-cultural Transfer of Online Courses” at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar.

David Rosen, anthropology (Flor), wrote two articles: “Social Change and the Legal Construction of Child Soldier Recruitment in the Special Court for Sierra Leone,” in the Childhood in Africa: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and “War,” for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Childhood Studies.

Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), conducted an interview with Richard Codey, New Jersey state senator and former New Jersey governor, when Codey discussed his recent book at the College at Florham on October 27. Audience questions followed the presentation. An FDU alumnus, Codey, BA’81 (Flor), began his career in state government in 1973 when he was elected to the Assembly at the age of 26 — the youngest person ever elected to the Legislature. He served four terms before being elected to the New Jersey State Senate in 1981. As state senator, he represents the 27th legislative district in Essex County. After serving three decades in the state legislature, Codey was selected senate president in 2004. When Gov. James McGreevey resigned before his term expired, Codey assumed the governorship, serving as governor of New Jersey from November 2004 to January 2006. The event was sponsored by the FDU Club, Office of Alumni Relations.

Bamidele Ojo, alumni engagement officer, University advancement (Metro), was a cast member of “Tales of Mystery and Suspense or Don’t Tell Me About Halloween,” which was presented by University Players, the student theater group at the Metropolitan Campus, on November 7. The show was directed by James Rana, University College (Metro).

In October, Kathleen Haspel, communication studies (Flor), presented “Journalists’ Discursive Construction of Public Opinion on President Obama’s First 11 Months in Office: The Use of Voters’ Voices from a Focus Group” at the first annual meeting of the LANSI (Language and Social Interaction) Working Group at Columbia University, N.Y.C.

Recovered Histories and Contested Identities: Jordan, Israel and Palestine, a book by Riad Nasser, sociology (Flor), was recently published by Lexington Books, Lanham, Md.

A reading of the play “Desperate Love” based on the book Desperate Love: A Father’s Memoir by Richard Reiss, senior vice president for University advancement (Metro/Flor), will be held on Wednesday, December 7, at 7 p.m., in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham, as part of the Playwrights Theatre’s 2011 FORUM series. Desperate Love, a cautionary tale about love and the lengths that parents go to preserve love and a father’s struggle to love his troubled son, was published by Serving House Books on November 1, 2011, and is available on and on . Internationally acclaimed novelist Thomas Kennedy, creative writing (Flor), writes, “Heartbreaking, terrifying, beautifully written, fearlessly honest, yet tempered by the constant love and hope that holds a family together, Richard Reiss’s Desperate Love is a book you will not be able to put down and one that you will never forget.”

Anthony Toriello, education (Flor), received Rotary District 7470’s annual Vocational Assembly Award in October.

Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Laboratory (Metro), conducted a one-hour presentation on GPS forensics at the International Association of Counterterrorism and Security Professionals’ 19th Annual Terrorism, Trends and Forecasts Symposium on October 13 at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, N.J. (See .) Doherty was named chairman of the New Jersey Regional Homeland Security Technology Committee at a meeting held at the Infoage Center in Wall Township, N.J. There, he gave the main technology presentation on GPS forensics and an update on the Chinese and Russian GPS satellites and systems. Its members discussed the future structure of the committee and revised the charter to better reflect its current status, composition and activities. Doherty received his Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) certification from Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)²® which issues security certifications in 134 countries. The SSCP certification is a prelude to the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. (

Hadi Kahalzadeh, international research scholar in residence (Flor), was the guest speaker at the Sammartino Scholarship recipients dinner at the College at Florham. He is a government issues professor in Iran, Scholar Rescue program, and sponsored by FDU’s Peter and Sally Sammartino Scholarship Funds. This semester, he is working with John Schiemann, political science and director, social sciences/history (Flor).

Lona Whitmarsh, psychology (Flor), wrote the article “Domestic Violence: Through a Multicultural Lens,” that was published in New Jersey Psychologist this summer. In August, she was a panel member in a discussion on “Navigating the Tenure Process” at the American Psychological Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Paul Santucci, FDU trustee and alumnus, BA’82 (Flor), was named Italian American Man of the Year by the East Hanover Italian American Club, which sponsored the Morris County Columbus Day Parade. Santucci joined other honorees in the parade held on October 9.

The book Critical Insights: Lillian Hellman, published by Salem Press Inc. in September 2011, contained two articles — “Lillian Hellman and the Art of the Play” and “The Formation of Lillian Hellman: Radical, Celebrity and Mythologist” — by Bernard Dick, English/communications; co-director, art/media studies; and coordinator of MA in media/professional communication (Metro).

Katherine Dunsmore, communication studies (Flor), co-wrote the article “Revisiting Abu Ghraib: Journalists’ Sourcing and Framing,” which has been accepted for publication in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.

James Gifford, English and director, University Core and Global Scholars Programs (Van), is co-director of the Modernist Versions Project (MVP), a collaboration between FDU and the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. (See This & That, .)

June Middleton, biology, and James Salierno, biological/allied health sciences (both Flor), co-presented a poster on “Triclosan Resistance in Thermotolerant Fecal Indicator Organisms Isolated from WWTP Outflows” at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in New Orleans, La., in May. Middleton and Edith Myers-Arnold, biological/allied health sciences (Flor), served as advisers to Kristen Lettenberger, who won first prize in the undergraduate research division Theobald Smith Society/American Society for Microbiology Meeting in Miniature for poster presentation on “Preliminary Study to Determine the Efficacy of a C. elegans Screen to Detect the Presence of Virulence Factors in Environmental E. faecalis Strains.” The poster was co-authored by Lettenberger and fellow students John Chillari, Mona Gardner and Mary Rosell, all Flor, from the Sophomore Research Experience class.

William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Teaneck (N.J.) Chamber of Commerce during its 10th annual Community Awards Dinner on October 27.

Michelle West, public administration (Metro), is the author of the book Still Standing: Single Mothers on the Front Line published by Xulon Press in November. It is based on her years of experience as a single mother.

Nandita Ghosh, English (Flor), wrote “Footloose Labor: Understanding Globalization and Migrancy Through Literature,” which will be published in an upcoming issue of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society.

In the News …

David Daniel, creative writing and director, creative writing (Flor), and Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST) artist-in-residence (Flor), were interviewed for a feature on FDU’s WAMFEST (Words and Music Festival) in NEA Arts, quarterly magazine of the National Endowment for the Arts. See .

In October, Vincent Tunstall, University director, financial aid (Flor), was quoted in The Record article “Students Losing College Loan Breaks: Federal Changes Creating Anxiety” and in the article “Student Loans Will Cost More,” which was published in The Record and North Texas Daily.

Carl Kraus, director of telecommunications and general manager, WFDU-FM, and Barry Sheffield, assistant director of telecommunications and program director/operations manager, WFDU-FM (both Metro), were interviewed in October for The Record article “WFDU Thrives in Tough Medium: 40-year-old Station Keeps Listeners Loyal.” Kraus was interviewed, also in October, for the article “Music is Sanctuary at Radio Station WFDU,” published in Asbury Park Press and posted on

Roger Forsthoff, University College (Metro), was interviewed for the article “CSI, Not as Seen on Television: Expert Separates Myth from Fact,” published in Reading Eagle in October.

In October, Seth Roland, head men’s soccer coach, athletics (Metro), was featured in The Record article “Coaching’s Not a Job at All to FDU’s Roland.”

Jonathan Wexler, vice president for enrollment management (Metro/Flor), was interviewed in November for The Star-Ledger article “Students Get a New Way to Calculate College Costs.”

Tom Wilkinson, head athletic trainer, athletics (Flor), was quoted in the October ChathamPatch article “Concussion Law Met with Positive Reaction, Warning.”

Rabbi Ely Allen, Jewish chaplain, campus ministry (Metro), was featured in the article “Hillel’s Hardworking Honcho: Serving Four Campuses While Standing on One Foot,” published in the Jewish Standards’ September 2, 2011 issue.

Erin Graulich, nursing (Metro), was quoted in the article “New Jersey Nursing Initiative Celebrates First Scholars to Become Faculty,” published on in October.

John Sarno, Silberman College (Flor), was interviewed in October for the NJBIZ article “Study: Health Care Reform Won’t Decrease Employer-sponsored Insurance.”

In October, Stacey Recanati, head volleyball coach, athletics (Metro), was quoted in The Record article “FDU Senior Thrives After Surviving Childhood Illness” about student Meghan Alger.

Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was interviewed for the following articles about PublicMind polls: “The Tuesday Count: A Budget-heavy October Ballot Approaches for Louisiana” (; “Poll: New Jersey Heading in Right Direction” ( and; “Poll: N.J. Voters Optimistic About State’s Direction for First Time Since 2004” (Australian Herald and; “Christie’s Approval Numbers Remain Strong” (; “N.J. Voters More Optimistic About Direction State is Going in for First Time in 7 Years, Poll Says” (The Star-Ledger,, CBS Philly, The Republic,,, abclocal – Action News 6abc and 69 News-WFMZ-TV); “Sports Betting Debate Lacking: Little Awareness of Ballot Question” and “N.J. Favors Sports Betting: Voters Say No to Xanadu Tax Break” (The Record); “Voters Favor Sports Betting in N.J. Casinos and Racetracks” (; “Poll Finds Support for Sports Betting in N.J.” (,, The Jersey Journal, The Daily Journal, Philly Burbs, The Republic, Burlington CountyTimes and Asbury Park Press); “Where Do New Jerseyans Feel Safe? N.Y., Atlantic City, Poll Says” (; “Camden, Atlantic City, Newark Top List of Place New Jerseyans Avoid” (Newsworks); “New Jersey Residents Say Safest City is … in New York” (Los Angeles Times and Atlantic City Central); “In Big Cities, Jerseyans Feel Safest in Manhattan” (The Wall Street Journal, Times Leader,, NJ Today and Wilkes Barr [Associated Press]); and “New Jersey Voters Support Occupy Wall Street, Say Country Going in Wrong Direction, PublicMind Poll Finds” ( Woolley was also interviewed for the following articles: “Christie Raised ‘Unprecedented’ Cash While Weighing 2012 Bid,” on; “Judge’s Ruling on Contributions Could Undermine Christie’s Pension, Benefits Reforms,” in NJBIZ; and “Christie Weighing 2012 Bid Raked in Record Cash Pile for N.J. Republicans,” in Bloomberg.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of November 9, 2011.

Welcome to Richard Alberto, officer, public safety (Flor); Sara Chamberlain, communication coordinator, communications/marketing (Metro); Jeffrey Dunn, assistant director, veterans student services, continuing education (Metro); Elizabeth Francese, University admissions counselor, undergraduate admissions (Metro); Michael Helbig, financial aid coordinator, financial aid (Metro); Elizabeth Jung, University admissions counselor, undergraduate admissions (Flor); Lauren Motzkin, assistant softball coach, athletics (Metro); Deborah Solfaro, senior associate director of athletics, athletics (Metro); and Edward Swiderski, sergeant, public safety (Flor).


Richard Codey, left, with Bruce Peabody.

Hadi Kahalzadeh, right, and freshman Amanda Harmon, mathematics/QUEST student.

College Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Hot Topics on Occupy Wall Street

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences and the College at Florham Student Government Association will present a Hot Topics panel discussion titled “Occupy Wall Street: Heroes or Hooligans,” on Tuesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m., in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham.

Panelists will include Krista Jenkins, political science (Flor); Michael Burak, FDU student (Flor); and Jon Reiner, BA’84 (Flor); author, The Man Who Couldn’t Eat; and participant, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Seattle, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco and Los Angeles, Calif. (see Reading by Alumnus Jon Reiner below). The discussion will be moderated by Gary Darden, U.S. history (Flor).

For information on the free event call the Becton College Dean’s Office at 973-443-8750.

In the Company of Angels Events

Internationally acclaimed novelist Thomas Kennedy, creative writing (Flor), will read from and discuss his book, In the Company of Angels, on Thursday, November 17, 3:30 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham.

Kennedy is the author of more than 20 books and the winner of numerous awards, including an O. Henry Award, a Pushcart Prize, the European Competition and the Frank Expatriate Writing Award. His stories have also been cited many times for excellence in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories volumes. In the Company of Angels, a powerful story of two damaged souls struggling from darkness to light, won the Eric Hoffer Award in 2007.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, college writing program and Dean of Students Office. For information call Patricia Dell Bene-O’Mara, secretary, literature/language/writing/philosophy (Flor), at 973-443-8710.

The visual and performing arts department held a staged reading of Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman on November 3 as part of the In the Company of Angels enrichment opportunity. The reading was directed by Stacie Lents, theater (Flor), and was followed by a talkback with Lents; Patricia Bazán-Figueras, languages (Flor); and other actors.

Study in Spain

The department of literature, language, writing and philosophy is offering this spring the two-credit course — Spanish Study Abroad II, which will include a nine-day trip to Spain. Students can choose to take the course either in English (SPAN2013) or in Spanish (SPAN3416).

The course’s online component will prepare students for experiential learning in Madrid, Toledo, Avila and Valencia from May 17 to May 26, 2012. The course will culminate in a wrap-up assignment informed by the cultural excursion.

The $1,225 cost includes accommodations in centrally located hotels, ground transportation, selected meals and cultural activities. Airfare is not included. A roundtrip flight will be identified so that students may purchase seats on the same flight. (Individual online reservations are often more economical than other types of purchases.) For information contact Laureano Corces, Spanish (Flor), at

Biology Seminar

The department of biological and allied health sciences is sponsoring a free biology seminar on Tuesday, November 15, at 4 p.m., in Sturchio Hall (Room S-11), Science Building, College at Florham. Eric Moss, molecular biology, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, will speak about “Of Mice and Worms: The Nature of Developmental Time.” For information contact Alice Shumate, biological/allied health sciences and chair, biological/allied health sciences (Flor), at 973-443-8758 or

Reading by Alumnus Jon Reiner

The department Of literature, language, writing and philosophy and the Office of University Advancement sponsored a reading by Jon Reiner, BA’84 (Flor), author of the memoir The Man Who Couldn’t Eat on November 2 at the College at Florham.

Reiner’s book is based on a story of the same title that he wrote for Esquire magazine. That article won a 2010 James Beard Foundation Award and was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

The memoir is a personal narrative that explores the relationship between food, near-death illness, his physical and mental health and his marriage, parenting, friendships and career as he endures a long post-operative ordeal of “Nothing by Mouth,” in which all food and drink is restricted.

Silberman College of Business

New Jersey Family Business Awardees

Sickle’s Market, Little Silver, featuring produce, plants, gourmet foods, garden accessories and gifts at the New Jersey shore, earned top honors in the “Over $10 Million” category, and Cooper Pest Solutions in Lawrenceville, won in the “Up to $10 Million” category in the 2011 New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards held on October 11 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J.

Semifinalists in the over $10 million category were Bridgeway Senior Healthcare, Gellert Global Group, Marvic Corporation, Parker Laboratories and Shop Rite of Passaic/Clifton. In the up to $10 category, the semifinalists were Harrison Rand Advertising, Messina Wildlife Management, Rainey’s Repair Center, Riverview Service Center and Singer Nelson Charlmers.

The awards program represents the only statewide effort to specifically honor family-owned companies for their significant role in the economy and contributions to the community. Among the sponsors were Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, PNC Bank and New Jersey Monthly magazine, PSE&G and J.H. Cohn LLP.

Qualified Plans for Family Businesses

This semester’s O.Berk Family Business Forum series continues on Thursday, December 1, with a free presentation on “Understanding Qualified Plans for Family-owned Businesses” with speakers from the forum sponsors. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Rutherford Room, Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham.

This forum is part of a series presented by the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship to address the challenges faced by family businesses and provides insight to help family business become more successful.

This session will cover topics such as “fiduciary responsibility” and how plan sponsors may be personally liable for these plans and how they can protect themselves from liability; the “dos and don’ts” of managing such complex plans and what plan sponsors are responsible for and what tools are available to help keep them Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) compliant.

To register or for more information call Kim Dennison, administrator, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8880. For information on upcoming business forums go to .

‘Talent Management’ Seminar

Lance Berger, managing partner of Lance A. Berger & Associates, Ltd., and editor of The Talent Management Handbook, 2003 and 2010, is the featured speaker in the breakfast seminar “Talent Management: Creating a Sustainable Competitive Advantage by Selecting, Developing and Promoting the Best People” on Friday, November 18, 7:30–9:30 a.m., in Hartman Lounge, 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).

Berger will discuss talent-management processes that are most effective in helping shape a preferred culture, what forces a company must harness to realize a sustainable competitive advantage and how to design and implement a three-step talent management process.

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 .

Rothman Institute Holiday Social

Members of the FDU community are invited to the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship’s annual Holiday Social on Thursday, December 1, from 6–8:30 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. Attendees are requested to donate three canned goods or $10 for New Jersey’s local food banks. RSVP is necessary by Monday, November 28. To RSVP and for information call 973-443-8842 or email

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

Enrollment Continues to Increase

Enrollment in the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies undergraduate and graduate programs increased by 2.4 percent, from 5,149 students in the fall 2010 semester to 5,271 students in the fall 2011 semester. There were 4,404 undergraduate students and 867 graduate students. The total represents the highest enrollment in the college’s history. In addition to the 5,271 students, Petrocelli College enrolled at FDU-Vancouver 76 students in the master of administrative science degree program and 43 students in the bachelor of arts in individualized studies degree program for a total of 119 students.

On the undergraduate level, enrollment in the bachelor of arts in individualized studies had 1,108 students in fall 2011. Increases in this adult-learner degree program occurred in the online, Yeshiva, off-campus, veteran and SUCCESS completion programs. The Puerta al Futuro program increased by 6.2 percent, from 484 students in fall 2010 to 514 students in fall 2011. The Latino Promise Program increased from 215 students in fall 2010 to 247 students in fall 2011 for an increase of 14.9 percent. The Middle College Program increased by 4.4 percent, from 2,406 students in fall 2010 to 2,511 students in fall 2011. The bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies with a specialization in sports administration increased by 35 students from fall 2010 to fall 2011.

The largest graduate programs in fall 2011 were the master of administrative science with 445 students, the master of public administration with 243 students and the master of sports administration with 73 students in fall 2011.

Latino Leaders to Explore Challenges Facing Hispanics in New Jersey and Nationally

The educational, political and economic challenges facing Latinos in New Jersey were addressed during the inaugural Latino Promise Hispanic Forum on October 11 at the Metropolitan Campus. Hot topics included education reform, immigration policies and the job market.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, this forum, made up of Latino civic leaders who’ve dedicated their professional and personal lives to the advancement of Hispanics, included Fernando Alonso, business; director, Puerta al Futuro and Latino Promise, Petrocelli College (Metro); and candidate for assembly, 38th district; Hector Bonilla, aide to Mayor Wilda Diaz, Perth Amboy, N.J.; Marlene Caride, attorney and candidate for assembly, 36th district; Samuel Lebreault, president of the Board of Education, Perth Amboy; Fernando Oliver, business/law and chairman, Puerta al Futuro advisory board, Petrocelli College (Metro); Martin Perez, president of Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey; and Brian Stack, mayor of Union City, N.J., and New Jersey state senator.

“The Latino Promise Hispanic Forum,” noted Alonso, “will help our students, colleagues and the community at large become aware of the obstacles Hispanics face today. Because of the influence the Latino population has in our economic and political spheres, awareness about these issues will help move the United States forward and continue its legacy as a powerhouse in the global economy.”  More than 200 students attended the forum.

‘A Christmas Carol’

On Tuesday, December 6, Fairleigh Dickinson University will present two performances of A Christmas Carol on stage at Wilson Auditorium in Dickinson Hall on the Metropolitan Campus at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. See “On Stage — Musical, Theatrical Productions” .

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

BSEE Program Reaccredited, Seminars Being Offered

The bachelor of science in electrical engineering program in the Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering has been reaccredited until 2017 by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, Inc., announced Alfredo Tan, electrical engineering and director, computer sciences/engineering (Metro). During the exit meeting, the team praised the program’s outcomes assessment as the best they had ever seen throughout its many accreditation visits.

The school is holding several seminars at the Muscarelle Center, Metropolitan Campus, in November. A seminar on “Testing of Electronic Microcircuits,” by Joseph Federico, vice president and director of operations, New Jersey Micro-Electronic Testing, Inc., will be held on Wednesday, November 16, from 1–2 p.m., in Room 205. “On Cross-Layer Design for Wireless Networks” will be discussed by Cristina Comaniciu, electrical/computer engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J., on Thursday, November 17, at noon in Room 105. The seminar will be preceded by a pre-meeting pizza at 11:30 a.m. A seminar by Carl Salinger, author of Stuff You Don’t Learn in Engineering School, was held on November 11.

Art Exhibit

An exhibit of oil paintings by Nicholas Evans-Cato is ongoing at the University College Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus, through Friday, January 13, 2012. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A reception will be held on Tuesday, November 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. For information call 201-692-2801.

More Writing, Casual Conversation Workshops

Upcoming writing workshops — all held at the Metro Writing Studio, Second Floor, Giovatto Library — are “Writing the Master’s Thesis” with Paul Caruso on Wednesday, November 16, 8:15–9:45 p.m.; “Concise Writing and Clear Writing” with Andrea Alexander, University College (Metro), on Tuesday, November 29, 8:15–9:45 p.m.; and “Summarizing and Paraphrasing” with Helen Kuttner, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio (Metro), on Wednesday, December 7, 3:30–5 p.m.

Casual Conversation Workshops for Non-English Speakers for this semester will be held on Friday, November 18, and on Friday, December 2, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Metro Writing Studio. It will be led by Jeanette Adams, University College (Metro), and the topics are “Favorite American Desserts” and “Acronyms.”

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

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.

Remaining seminars this semester are: on November 17, “Personalized Therapy in Cancer,” Anthony Provenzano, clinical instructor, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, 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.

The seminars are being coordinated by Gerhard Haas, biological sciences (Metro). For information call 201-692-2389.

Wroxton College

Students can discover the Wroxton Experience during a 10-day summer study abroad to Wroxton College in England from June 5 to 15, 2012, as part of four spring courses: MIS: Introduction to E-business with Jeffrey Hsu, management information systems (Flor); All the World’s a Canvas: Illustrating the English Countryside and Cityscape with Janet O’Neil, computer graphic design (Flor); Roman Civilization, an online course with David Epstein, executive director of online programs, Adult Learner Center (Metro); and Selected Studies in Humanities: Theater in England and Playgoing and Analysis: Theater in England with Ellen Spaldo, English and director, college writing (Metro). Students will attend individual class sessions during the regular spring semester to complement group lectures and activities while in England.

The $2,950 cost includes airfare, entrance fees, theater tickets, all transportation and most meals. Registration is ongoing. A nonrefundable deposit of $500 is due upon registration and the remaining balance is due by March 1, 2012. For information go to .


Top photos, from left: Geoffrey Weinman, left, dean, Becton College (Flor), with Jon Reiner, BA’84 (Flor) and book author; Mitchell Waters, BA’82 (Flor), fellow classmate and book agent; Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English, and director, editorial committee, FDU Press (Flor); Jon Reiner, BA’84 (Flor), and book author; and Robyn Schiffman, English (Flor).

Bottom photo: From left are Joyce and Bernard Reiner, retired political science (Metro), parents of Jon Reiner; Jon Reiner, BA’84 (Flor), and book author; Mitchell Waters, BA’82 (Flor), fellow classmate and book agent; and Mitchell’s mother, Judith Waters, psychology (Flor).

Spotlight on New Faculty — Acosta, Anwar, Casti, Pucci

Catherine Acosta

Senior Lecturer of Psychology
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

This is my second year.

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

President Barack Obama. I read his memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (1995), a few years ago and in many ways I could relate to his stories of being raised by a single mom and facing various facets of racial pressure back when the United States was not the “salad bowl” of diversity it is now. It took me back to my own quest to understand who I was as a first-generation Latina, and where I fit in the scheme of our nation. I attended Teacher’s College, Columbia University, just like he did. I was there for two years working on my master’s degree. I treasured my time there, and I could see why he enjoyed his, too. It’s an educational institution that takes pride in their commitment to social justice. Like President Obama, I’ve known from the onset of my college career that I wanted to, in some way, help educate and empower members of our community, help enable socio-economically disadvantaged students to value education and see it as I did, a means of gaining knowledge and priceless experience, thus becoming valuable members of society. He’s an organizer and an advocate; I am an educator and an advocate.

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

My students and I watched “Memento 2000” when we covered the chapter on memory this term. The film shows a man, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce), living his life according to Polaroids and contextual notes after an injury to his head leaves him unable to make short-term memories. He even tattoos his own body in a desperate bid to remember. He finally solves the case of his murdered wife.

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

… how to play an instrument. I tried the organ, but my left hand was not well coordinated. I played the flute, but the band teacher made faces when I played.

My first job was …

… tutoring mathematics. Ironically, it’s not my best subject.

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

… milk. I enjoy a cold glass of milk because it can be served with dinner or dessert. Lately, I’ve developed a taste for soymilk.

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

… teach Pilates. I fell in love with its methodology 10 years ago. It’s a great form of exercise that promotes strength, encourages mobility and flexibility and evokes discipline. It’s important to keep the body strong and looking good; hopefully, the mind will get jealous and try to keep up.

My biggest challenge is ...

… balancing my time. I know, I am preaching to the choir. Everyone is constantly challenged by busy schedules and busy lives. I wouldn’t mind at all, because I am so grateful that I am at a great place in my career and will continue to grow professionally and personally now more than ever. I just wish I had more time to spend with my 16-year-old daughter, Catryna, even though most days she’s busy, too; my 10-year-old son, Andres; and my husband, John. They like it when I’m around and have time to just “hang out” and talk.

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

I wish I was a professional dancer. There’s something so wonderful when you get lost in the music and let your body communicate all those emotions. I probably would not want to be an exterminator, but I imagine I would eventually get used to the little critters.

Saquib Anwar

Instructor of Information Systems and Decision Sciences

How long have you been at FDU?

I joined FDU on August 15, 2011.

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

If given the opportunity, I would like to meet President Barack Obama to learn how he handles stress given the current economic conditions and how he talks with composure and confidence under such pressure.

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

Dan Brown has been one of my favorite authors in recent years. I enjoyed his last book, The Lost Symbol, as it blends facts with fiction well.

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

… how to repair my own car.

My first job was …

… an economist at the Asian Development Bank, a United Nations-affiliated organization that finances infrastructure development projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

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

… bread for take-out lunch.

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

… can cook a decent meal if you come to my place hungry.

My biggest challenge is ...

… how to overcome stress.

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

If given a second chance, I would probably want to be a doctor to help those who can’t afford medical services, especially in developing nations. I would never consider a career in banking or working in financial institutions that do not work hard enough to help those in need.

Alexander Casti

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Just three months, beginning with the fall 2011 semester.

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

Mick Jagger, so that I could ask if he’s satisfied yet.

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

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, by Michael Lewis, because it shines a big bright light on the mysterious world of complex financial instruments that have wrought such havoc on the world economy and, in my view, underlie much of the unrest we’re currently seeing all over the world. If you want to know in non-technical terms what credit default swaps are all about, read this book.

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

… how to read and play music like a bona fide professional. As it stands, my guitar playing sounds too much like a freestylin’ roadside gas station banjo picker. The good side of this is that my music is completely unpredictable.

My first job was …

… scrubbing dishes at Mama Louisa’s Italian Cuisine in Tucson, Ariz. I tried to sell rocks to my neighbors when I was about six years old, but since I didn’t report the taxes on that income I figure that doesn’t count.

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

… ice cream, but in my freezer, of course. I’m a certified ice cream addict.

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

… I have two middle names, Robert and Richard, because my father thought at the time of my birth that “Alexander” was sufficiently uncommon that I might not care for it, and wanted to give me two common middle names to pick from in case I wanted a different handle.

My biggest challenge is ...

… getting my students to believe that the material I’m teaching them on any given day will be seen by them again sometime down the road.

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

I would love to be a professional musician, in any musical genre (preferably jazz, classical or rock ’n roll). A profession I wouldn’t care for would be life insurance sales.

Robin Pucci

Clinical Assistant Professor of Patient Care Science (Pharmacy)
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Two months.

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

Princess Di — a woman who had style, beauty, a heart and brains.

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

The movie “Horrible Bosses!” It made me appreciate all the people I worked for in the past!

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

… fly an airplane.

My first job was …

… a receptionist at a law firm; thankfully, it was nothing like the experiences of the receptionist in the “Devil Wears Prada!”

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

… milk; it does a body good!

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

… am addicted to York peppermint patties!

My biggest challenge is ...

… being patient.

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

I would like to be a race-car driver, and I would not want to be a lawyer.

This & That

• FDU-Vancouver entered into a partnership with Modernist Versions Project (MVP), which is based in the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The agreement guarantees the MVP access to servers, technical support, meeting space and equipment in its pursuit of an integrated Web-based environment for the ingestion, collation, mark-up, comparison and display of modernist works that exist in multiple versions. James Gifford, English and director, University Core and Global Scholars Programs (Van), is one of MVP’s co-directors.

• In celebration of its 40th anniversary, WFDU-FM is holding two events in November: a media symposium on Wednesday, November 16, and a concert on Thursday, November 17. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information go to “WFDU (89.1 FM) Marks 40 Years on Air,” .

• Help the Giovatto Library create its new book display with memorable and life-changing books! Members of the Metropolitan Campus community and Friends of the Library can write down their suggestions and fill out forms available at the library’s circulation desks.

• Division III athletics and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee is sponsoring a free presentation by Garret Kramer, founder and managing partner of Inner Sports, LLC, and author, Stillpower: The Inner Source of Athletic Excellence, on Thursday, November 17, at 8 p.m., in the Gym, Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham. For information call 646-785-9594 or go to .

• The piano in the Auditorium of the Giovatto Library, Metropolitan Campus, has been tuned and may be used by members of the campus community who want to practice their piano-playing skills.

Explore FDU! Information Sessions are being held at the Metropolitan Campus and at the College at Florham on 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 .

Discover Your Major Days, which give prospective students the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities, meet with faculty and talk with other students continue. On Wednesday, November 16, Discover Your Major Day, Fine Arts, will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Lobby of Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus. At the College at Florham, Discover Your Major for Criminology and Political Science will be held on Wednesday, December 7, at 9:30 a.m. in the Ferguson Recreation Center. For information and to RSVP go to, call 201-692-7308/email (for Metropolitan Campus) or call 973-443-8900/email (for College at Florham).

• Sign up for At-Risk, an interactive, free, Web-based training simulation to help identify, approach and refer students exhibiting distress and/or troublesome behaviors. To access the course, create an account at . At-Risk is available through December. For questions or problems creating an account contact the At-Risk technical support team at Participants who complete this training by November 30 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

• The Knights men’s soccer team earned a Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament berth — their 13th appearance in the tournament — but lost to the Monmouth Hawks, 2-1.

• The Knights women’s tennis team is headed to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Indoor Tennis Championships in 2012. The matches will be held from February 17 to February 19 in West Haven, Conn.

• The Devils women’s field hockey, soccer and volleyball teams enjoyed post-season play. After losing to Eastern University in the Freedom Conference Tournament, 3–2, the field hockey team was selected seventh in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament and made the quarterfinals, where it was defeated by Alvernia. The volleyball team was seeded third in the ECAC Metro/Upstate Tournament and is now in the semifinals.

Photo Stories

Veterans Day

More than 100 staff, faculty, students and alumni marked Veterans Day with a small ceremony at the Flag Circle, Metropolitan Campus, and participation in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

Speakers at the campus ceremony included Ariel “AJ” Luna, director, veterans services (Metro); Jeffrey Dunn, assistant director, veterans student services (Metro); Bryant Paz, president of the student Federation of Veteran Scholars; and William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro).

The University contingent started at the College at Florham, traveled to Metropolitan Campus for the ceremony and was joined by the campus’s participants before traveling to New York City.


At the Veterans Day ceremony held at the Metropolitan Campus are, from left, Bryant Paz, president of the student Federation of Veteran Scholars, and his mother, Maria Murillo, who helped distribute sweatshirts; and ceremony speakers Jeffrey Dunn, assistant diretor, veterans student services (Metro); Ariel “AJ” Luna, director, veterans services (Metro); and William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro).

FDU staff, faculty and students march at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

The FDU contingent.

Walter Savage Meditation Area and Orchard

The Walter Savage Meditation Area and Orchard, located on the walkway between the Monninger Center for Learning and Research (College at Florham Library) and the Ferguson Recreation Center, was dedicated at the College at Florham on October 24.

“Walter Savage was a beloved faculty member and acting president of the University. He taught the first class on the College at Florham in 1958. He is fondly remembered for his kind nature, his intellect and his humor,” said Kenneth Greene, campus provost (Flor) and senior vice provost for government/community affairs.


The Walter Savage Meditation Area and Orchard.

Among those who attended the dedication were, from left, Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English, and director, editorial committee, FDU Press (Flor); Frank Lang, emeritus, chemistry (Flor); Walter Cummins, emeritus, English (Flor); College at Florham Provost Kenneth Greene, senior vice provost for government/community affairs; Geoffrey Weinman, dean, Becton College (Flor); Christine Ferraiuolo, assistant to dean, Becton College (Flor); Madeleine McMahon, assistant to founding executive dean, pharmacy (Flor); and and Robert Greenfield, economics/finance and director, political/international studies (Metro).

PAS Social Hour

The Professional Administrative Senate (PAS) held its first happy hour for some casual conversation and meeting of PAS colleagues at the College at Florham. A similar event is scheduled for Thursday, December 1, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., in the Metropolitan Club, Alumni Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Complimentary food, wine and beer will be available. To attend, contact Melanie Scarpa, manager of telephone/voice services (Metro), and PAS Metropolitan Campus speaker, at by November 17.


Enjoying the happy hour are, from left, Sarah Azavedo, director of student life (Flor), and PAS College at Florham speaker; Joseph Brancone, software/databases manager, management information systems (Metro), and PAS Metropolitan Campus senator-at-large; Kathleen Bumpass, coordinator, telephone/voice services (Metro); Melanie Scarpa, manager of telephone/voice services (Metro), and PAS Metropolitan Campus speaker; Karen Lewis, senior director of principal gifts, University advancement (Metro), and PAS president; and Ralph Knapp, director of computing services (Flor) and PAS secretary-treasurer.

Newark Councilman Speaks at FDU

Newark City Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. spoke on “Interrelated Structure: Leadership Built Across the Globe” at the College at Florham on October 26. A question-and-answer period followed his lecture.

Born, raised and educated in the city of Newark, Ramos is currently the councilman of the North Ward, one of the largest and most diverse wards of Newark. For the past five years, he has also served as a cabinet member of Essex County Executive Joseph DiVencenzo, Jr.

Ramos’ presentation was sponsored by FDU’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program, the Diversity Council and the Office of Campus Life. This group with the Student Government Association also sponsored a presentation by Leonard Marshall, former New York Giants player, who discussed his book When the Cheering Stops on November 9 at the College at Florham.


With Anibal Ramos, Jr., third from left, Newark City councilman, are College at Florham staff, from left, Willie Thornton, director, public safety; Marjorie Hall, director, Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF); David Jones, assistant director, EOF; Bradley Levy, associate director, EOF; Erika O'Brien, administrative assistant, EOF; and Kristina Jones, assistant director, EOF.

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