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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

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).

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 .

November 2011

In This Issue

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Flor = College at Florham,
Madison, NJ

Metro = Metropolitan Campus,
Teaneck, NJ

Van = FDU-Vancouver,
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wrox = Wroxton College,
Wroxton, England

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