United Nations Pathways Program Turns 10

FDU’s United Nations Pathways Program celebrated its 10th year with a special gala on February 14 at the College at Florham.

Jason Scorza, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor), who opened the evening and served as the master of ceremonies, said, “This is a rare and unique event that not only celebrates the anniversary but also pays tribute to Amb. Ahmad Kamal [president of The Ambassador’s Club of the United Nations and former University trustee] and his contributions to the University and to the world of diplomacy.” Since the program’s inception in 2002, Scorza said that the University has hosted 77 dinners and forums, held 46 videoconferences and entertained more than 150 senior officials and diplomats from the United Nations system. Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations, international education (Flor), spoke about the program and acknowledged the contributions of Delicia Koeneke, Spanish (Flor).


Speakers at the event were, from left, Amb. Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations; Christopher Capuano, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor); Amb. Zahir Tanin, permanent pepresentative of Afghanistan to the United Nations; Jason Scorza, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor); Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental/nongovernmental organizations, international education (Flor); Ramu Damodaran, deputy director for partnerships and public engagement, outreach division, Department of Public Information, United Nations; and Amb. Ahmad Kamal, president of The Ambassador’s Club of the United Nations.

Christopher Capuano, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor), read a special message from President J. Michael Adams to Amb. Kamal, stating, “Because of your passion for global education, your unique position of influence and insight, you have been the dynamic force for the program that has influenced and transformed the lives of so many students.”

The evening featured a conversation between Amb. Kamal and Ramu Damodaran, deputy director for partnerships and public engagement, outreach division, Department of Public Information, United Nations. Members of the diplomatic community such as Cheick Sidi Diarra, under-secretary-general, special adviser on Africa and high representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; Amb. Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations; and Amb. Zahir Tanin, permanent representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, shared anecdotes about Amb. Kamal. Other speakers were Jeffrey Laurenti, senior fellow and director of foreign policy programs, The Century Foundation; Michael Sperling, first FDU vice provost for global learning and now provost and vice president for academic affairs, Mercy College; and H. Friedrich Holzapfel, a University honorary degree recipient, who was instrumental in forming the FDU and United Nations relationship.


Among those who enjoyed the gala were, from left, Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor); Thomas Swanzey, English and associate dean, Petrocelli College (Metro); Brian Swanzey, director of Wroxton study abroad (Flor/Metro); Jaime Buenahora, political science, Petrocelli College (Metro); Bamidele Ojo, political science (Metro); Jason Scorza, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor); Cheick Sidi Diarra, under-secretary-general, special adviser on Africa and high representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States; and Michael Sperling, first FDU vice provost for global learning and now provost and vice president for academic affairs, Mercy College.

In honor of his contributions to the University’s mission of global education, Amb. Kamal was presented with a Presidential Citation and a Presidential Medal by Sheldon Drucker, acting president. Student interns from the Office of Global Learning — Sarah Horn (College at Florham) and Tiara Sufina-Azly (Metropolitan Campus) — also presented Amb. Kamal with a token of appreciation.


Also at the event were, from left, Alexis Acevedo, global scholar (Metro); Eli Amdur, Petrocelli College (Metro); Ethné Swartz, entrepreneurship and chair, marketing/entrepreneurship (Flor); H. Friedrich Holzapfel, University honorary degree recipient, and his wife; Mary Kay Mastronardy Stratis, University trustee and alumna, BA’69 (Ruth), MAT'71 (Metro); Jonathan Wexler, vice president for enrollment management (Metro/Flor); and University Trustee Franklyn Jenifer.


At the gala were, from left, Geoffrey Weinman, dean, Becton College (Flor); Hadi Kahalzadeh, visiting scholar from Iran; John Schiemann, political science and chair, social sciences/history (Flor); Tykhese Woods, student (Flor); Marjorie Hall, director, Educational Opportunity Fund (Flor/Metro); Janet Rapisardi, advisement assistant, business students academic support, Silberman College of Business (Flor); Jeffrey Laurenti, senior fellow and director of foreign policy programs, The Century Foundation; and Sheldon Drucker, acting president.

March 2012

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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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