Inside FDU on the Web — April/May 2012

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Mayor Booker to Deliver Commencement Address May 15

On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at 10 a.m., the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., will be the site for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 69th Commencement ceremony. Approximately 2,600 students will receive doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees. The Class of 2012 represents 50 countries including the United States, 26 states plus the District of Columbia and all 21 counties in New Jersey.

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

The University will confer honorary doctor of humane letters degrees on Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times; Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J.; and FDU alumnus Zygmunt Wilf, BA’71 (Flor), a real-estate developer, attorney and owner of the Minnesota Vikings. Booker will deliver the commencement address. The student Pinnacle Awards will be presented to outstanding students from each campus.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Jill Abramson is executive editor of The New York Times, a position she assumed in September 2011. She serves in the highest-ranking position in The New York Times’ newsroom and oversees The New York Times news report in all its various forms. Prior to being named executive editor, Abramson was managing editor of the Times from 2003 until 2011. As managing editor, she helped guide the newsroom through a particularly turbulent period. She helped supervise the coverage of two wars, four national elections, hurricanes and oil spills. She was also deeply engaged in the newsroom’s effort to change its approach to the dissemination of news and to expand to new and varied digital and mobile platforms.

Abramson joined The New York Times in 1997, was named Washington bureau chief in December 2000 and served in that position until July 2003. Prior to joining the Times, she worked at The Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997. While there, she served as deputy bureau chief in its Washington, D.C., bureau and as an investigative reporter, covering money and politics.

Abramson is co-author of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994, and Where They Are Now: The Story of the Women of Harvard Law 1974, published in 1986. She is also the author of The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout, published in 2011. Abramson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has taught writing at Princeton and Yale Universities.

Cory Booker is the mayor of Newark, N.J. He took the oath of office as mayor of New Jersey’s largest city on July 1, 2006, following a sweeping electoral victory and was re-elected to a second term on May 11, 2010.

Elected with a clear mandate for change, Booker has led numerous accomplishments. On April 1, 2010, Newark experienced its first homicide-free month in more than 40 years and was recognized in July 2008 for leading the nation among large cities for reductions in shootings and murders, achieving more than 40 percent reductions in both categories. Radical transformation of the Newark Police Department under Booker’s leadership, together with the installation of more than 100 surveillance cameras throughout the city, has led to Newark setting the nationwide pace for crime reduction.

Among other recent achievements under Booker’s leadership, the city has committed to a $40-million transformation of its parks and playgrounds through a groundbreaking public/private partnership. The Booker administration has also doubled affordable housing production.

Booker’s political career began in 1998, after serving as staff attorney for the Urban Justice Center in Newark. He rose to prominence as Newark’s Central Ward councilman. During his four years of service from 1998–2002, he earned a reputation as a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, from increasing security in public housing to building new playgrounds. This work was the foundation for his leadership as mayor. For this work, he has been recognized in numerous publications, including, among others, Time, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly (naming him as one of New Jersey’s top 40 under 40), Black Enterprise (naming him to the Hot List, America’s Most Powerful Players under 40) and The New York Times magazine.

Reflecting his commitment to education, Booker is a member of numerous boards and advisory committees including Democrats for Education Reform, the Columbia University Teachers’ College board of trustees and the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Booker received his BA and MA from Stanford University, a BA in modern history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his law degree at Yale University.

Zygmunt Wilf, BA’71 (Flor), is a real-estate developer, attorney and owner of the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. He is the president of Garden Homes, one of the largest real-estate development firms in the United States and a partner at the Wilf Law Firm, with offices in Short Hills, N.J., and Manhattan, N.Y.

Wilf serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The son of Holocaust survivors, he actively supports numerous philanthropic causes through the Wilf Family Foundations.

Wilf has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College at Florham and a law degree from New York Law School.

Student Pinnacle Winners

The campus provosts will present the 2012 Student Pinnacle Awards to this year’s two winners: Morrine Omolo of Kenya, representing the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, N.J., and Jessica Dingman of Roxbury, N.J., representing the College at Florham. Juliana Fiorentino, the Pinnacle winner from FDU-Vancouver, will also be recognized.

The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduating student. One student from each campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University is honored. Winners will address their fellow graduates and the assembled audience.

Jessica Dingman, of Roxbury, N.J., is the first generation in her family to attend college. She is a biology major currently obtaining her master’s degree in FDU’s QUEST Program with a 3.96 grade point ratio.

Dingman has been active with the Academic Support Center, in which she tutors several science courses. She has also run review sessions for both the Chemistry Club in organic chemistry, and for Tri-Beta, the biology honors society, of which she is a member.

Dingman is also a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, where she has held the positions of recording and correspondence secretary and scholarship chair, which monitors the sisters’ academics and provides tutoring. With her sorority she volunteers in charities such as: Relay for Life, various breast cancer walks and the local food pantry. For the future, she plans to teach middle school science.

When Juliana Fiorentino of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, started her program at FDU-Vancouver, she said she had one thought in mind: “make the most out of this experience.” As a Global Scholar, she was engaged in volunteer work and participated in fundraising and social activities on and off campus. She was an active president of the Students Association, a supportive orientation leader and a devoted member of the Sustainability Committee, for which she assisted other students and staff to develop strategies that create a sustainable campus environment.

Fiorentino, who started at FDU-Vancouver in the fall of 2009 after obtaining a degree in psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil, graduates with a bachelor of arts in individualized studies degree with a concentration in business. She earned one of the highest grade point ratios of her graduating class, and her name appeared on the Honor’s List in every semester.

As a student worker, Fiorentino worked in the marketing department helping to develop new marketing strategies and recruit students from Brazil; she also worked in the administrative department. She currently works as an admissions assistant.

Morrine Omolo, an international student from Kenya, left her family and country to study biochemistry at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“Whether you’re in Kenya or America, it’s the hard work that counts,” she said. And worked hard she has. First at securing a scholarship from Zawadi Africa (a nongovernmental office that sponsors African women so that they can study in the United States), and then every moment since she arrived on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. Omolo has worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office and for the dean of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies; volunteered at a nearby hospital in the oncology wing; interned with Metropolitan Neurosurgeons at Englewood Hospital and FDU’s Office of Global Learning; mentored a sophomore student; and joined the Pre-health Professional’s Club on campus.

Her most notable contribution on campus, however, may be her commitment to the Student Government Association and her position as the Auxiliary Services Committee of University Services senator. In that role, Omolo coordinated with students and Gourmet Dining representatives to change the meal plan and to improve the relationships between students and other auxiliary service providers.

Omolo’s plans to work for a year and to then go home and visit her family, whom she has not seen since her studies in America began. Then she has plans to attend graduate school in the United States.

Commencement Logistics

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

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

Training for Metropolitan Campus faculty and staff marshals and volunteers will be held in the Conference Room, Dean of Students Office, on Tuesday, May 8, 10 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m.; on Thursday, May 10, 10 a.m.–noon and 3–4 p.m.; and Friday, May 11, 11 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m. Dates for the training for College at Florham marshals and volunteers are to be determined.

Faculty and staff must return their academic regalia in the original boxes to their respective campus bookstores no later than 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the Metropolitan Campus, and no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the College at Florham. Charges will be incurred if the regalia is not returned on time. Both campus bookstores will be open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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


Honorary degree recipients, from left, Jill Abramson, Cory Booker and Zygmunt Wilf.

Student Pinnacle winners, from left, Jessica Dingman, Juliana Fiorentino and Morrine Omolo.

Alumna Cheryl Beebe to Be Honored at Charter Day, PINNACLE Society to Induct Four Alumni

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 23rd Annual Charter Day on Friday, June 8, at the College at Florham, will honor Cheryl Beebe, MBA’88 (Metro), executive vice president and chief financial officer, Corn Products International, and a former FDU trustee. The Charter Day reception will begin at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. The PINNACLE Awards for alumni will be presented earlier that evening at 5:30 p.m.

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

Cheryl Beebe

Cheryl Beebe, MBA’88 (Metro), currently serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Corn Products International, a leading global ingredient provider to the food, beverage, brewing and pharmaceutical industries as well as numerous industrial sectors. Her responsibilities include global management of financial reporting, global procurement, information systems, insurance, investor relations and tax and treasury.

Beebe joined CPC International in 1980 and played a key role when CPC spun-off Corn Products International in 1998. During a career with CPC and Corn Products that spans more than 30 years, she has held a variety of positions both in business and financial marketing, marketing services, audit, business planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions and corporate treasury.

Beebe serves on the boards of Packaging Corporation of America and Rafhan Maize (a subsidiary of Corn Products), and is a board member of the Chicago Network. She previously served as a trustee of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a board member of the Girl Scouts of Bergen County.

She earned a BS in accounting from Rutgers University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 2007, FDU inducted Beebe into The PINNACLE Society.

PINNACLE Induction

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

This year’s PINNACLE honorees are: Yousif Al-Khater, BS’89 (Metro), economic adviser to the Premier Minister of Qatar and member of the state of Qatar advisory council; Joseph Healy, BS’72 (Metro), chairman of the board, Kolmar Labs Group; Jay Jorgensen, BA’78 (Metro), Civil War historian and author; and Sun Hyang Kim, MA’68 (Ruth), chairperson of the board of trustees, University of North Korean Studies (Seoul, Korea).

The annual class of The PINNACLE is chosen by past inductees, based on the following criteria: success or distinction in one’s chosen field of endeavor, significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service and outstanding service to the University or reflection of the unique character of FDU in one’s life. The PINNACLE Society induction ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the College at Florham.

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


Cheryl Beebe

PINNACLE inductees are, from left, Yousif Al-Khater, Joseph Healy, Jay Jorgensen and Sun Hyang Kim.

Silberman College of Business Maintains Prestigious AACSB Accreditation

The Silberman College of Business has maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.

“We are very proud of this prominent distinction,” said Christopher Capuano, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor). “AACSB accreditation is an important affirmation of Silberman College’s excellent programs. I want to congratulate the members of Silberman College, who I know are poised to continue to meet the high standards set by this accrediting body.”

Only 649 schools of business, or less than 5 percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. To maintain accreditation, a business program must undergo a rigorous internal review every five years, at which the program must demonstrate its continued commitment to 21 quality standards relating to faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students and commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

“We are obviously very pleased to receive continuing acknowledgment for providing academic excellence. There are many reasons for our success, including great students, outstanding faculty, a very dedicated staff and a supportive administrative structure,” said William Moore, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor).

FDU’s Silberman College of Business is a tri-campus college of the University. The College offers undergraduate and graduate programs at the College at Florham and on the Metropolitan Campus and bachelor degree studies in business administration at FDU-Vancouver. Silberman College aims to achieve regional recognition as a leading provider of high-quality, innovative education in business management through the applied research and professional activities of the faculty.

“AACSB International’s continuing recognition of our business programs’ quality means a lot to the constituents we serve and to us,” Moore added. “This is another affirmation of Silberman College’s ability to maintain a highly successful learning environment.”

“It takes a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn and maintain AACSB accreditation,” said Jerry Trapnell, vice president and chief accreditation officer of AACSB International. “Schools not only must meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and staff must make a commitment to ongoing improvement to ensure continued delivery of high-quality education to students.”

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s achievement will be recognized at the 2012 AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting on April 29 to May 1 in San Diego, Calif.

ThinkSummer — Variety of Courses, Programs Offered

This summer, FDU offers the perfect learning environment with an array of graduate and undergraduate courses, summer scholars programs, study-abroad courses, special-interest and athletics camps, motorcycle-education classes and recreation programs.

Summer Courses

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

Among undergraduate courses being offered over the summer are Professional Communication; Terrorism, Intelligence and Justice; General Drawing I; Genetics and Society; General Chemistry I; Abnormal Psychology; and Operation and Supply Chain Management. For a complete list of summer course offerings go to .

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

Silberman College of Business is holding two intensive, six-week summer sessions that allow graduate business students to fit AACSB-accredited classes into their schedules. International students who want to take a summer course that is aligned to their curricular practical training (CPT) experience can choose from graduate courses such as Corporate Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets: Theory and Practice, International Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Leadership or Pharmaceutical Industry: Structure and Government Regulations. Students in the MS in accounting program are also encouraged to take summer courses and can choose from their program’s Track A or Track B offerings. For more information go to .

A Post-baccalaureate Respecialization Track in Psychology is also being offered this summer. The 18-credit program provides the foundation for students who wish to enroll in a master’s or doctoral program in psychology. Students admitted to the master’s program can earn up to nine transfer credits for courses taken at the graduate level with a minimum grade of B. For information go to .

The Peter Sammartino School of Education is offering summer courses for teachers in the following areas: technology, administration and supervision and multisensory reading instruction. K–12 teachers can return to the classroom to reinforce and build their teaching skills, familiarize themselves with new technologies and improve their credentials. For information go to .

Overseas study will also be available to students over the summer. See “Spring, Summer Study Abroad — Enriching Learning Experiences” this issue .

Summer Scholars Program

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

Focused Thinking™ on the SAT is a 30-hour course that teaches students how to stay focused while taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Actual SAT items will be used in skill-training sessions, so that students can maximize their SAT performance as they sharpen their reading and reasoning skills. Ten, three-hour sessions, two afternoons per week, will be held at the Metropolitan Campus on Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., on July 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 and and August 1, 6, 8 and 13. Sessions at the College at Florham will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays on July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31 and on August 2, 7 and 9. The $525 tuition and $20 registration fee ($445 for members of the FDU community, including registration fee) includes SAT textbooks. The course will be jointly conducted by Lee Pierson, director, and Gino Crocetti, associate director, both Thinking Skills Institute (Metro). For more information call 201-692-6500 or 800-338-3887 or go to .

In ComputerTeens — Applications of Geospatial Science, students from grades 10 to 12 can learn about Internet mapping servers, geographic information and Cloud Technology advancements such as phone apps. For more information go to .

High School Leaders (HS Leaders) is a two-week, noncredit teen-leadership program for students entering grades 8 to 10. This summer’s program will focus on environmental restoration and protection through investigations of local stream health. Participants will explore the Hackensack River Greenway and learn how to identify wildlife and how to use the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s environmental data through an online mapping service. Using the Metro Greenery (the University’s greenhouse), they will cultivate homegrown vegetables and herbs. Field trips and hands-on workshops will increase team building and character development. Through greenhouse awareness and creative problem solving, students will gain confidence in their ability to organize, plan and implement environmental restoration and protection. HS Leaders will run from Monday, July 23, to Friday, August 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Campus. Tuition is $750. For information go to or call 201-692-6500.

Leader in Training Program

The Leader in Training (LIT) program for students entering grades 8–9 offers recreational activities and workshops on leadership skills. The program will be offered at the Metropolitan Campus from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m.: Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 3 (closed Wednesday, July 4); Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 27; and Monday, July 30, through Friday, August 10. For cost information or to register call 201-692-6500.

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

Offered by FDU’s Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities, this two-week summer program is for graduating high school students and rising seniors (students who have completed their junior year but not started their senior year) with a history of learning disabilities.

Sessions will include academic instruction in areas such as learning strategies, time management and organizational skills, memory strategies, computer software, assistive technology devices, writing processes and brainstorming and outlining. The program will run from Monday, July 2, through Friday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $1,300 for a full-day program and $1,100 for a morning-only program. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 15. Priority will be given to students who have been accepted to FDU’s Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities. To download an application and for information go to .

Discover Business Teen Camp

The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship’s Discover Business Teen Camps will be offered at the College at Florham from July 9 to 13 and at the Metropolitan Campus from July 16 to 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following areas will be covered: teamwork and leadership, communications, networking, finance, marketing and market research and entrepreneurship/business planning.

Discover Business is open to teens entering grades 8 through 12. Tuition is $490, and registration must be completed by June 19. A $150 nonrefundable deposit plus a one-time $20 registration fee is required at the time of registration to reserve a space for the camper. All fees must be paid no later than July 3. For more information, call 973-443-8842 or go to .

Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery is a day-camp program with activities in 
science and nature, art, theater, humanities and sports for children entering grades one through seven. It also includes a Leadership Training Program for those entering eighth and ninth grades. As of April 5, both camps are full. To be included in the camp’s waitlist and for next year’s mailing list call 201-692-6500. For information go to .

Sports Camps

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

Men’s and women’s basketball day and team camps for students between 7 and 17 years will be held at the Rothman Center of the Metropolitan Campus in two weeklong sessions. The day camp for men’s basketball will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 23, to Friday, July 27, and from Monday, July 30, to Friday, August 3. Day camp for women’s basketball will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be from Monday, June 25, to Friday, June 29, and from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. Team camp for both men’s and women’s basketball is from Sunday, June 24, through Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $175 for each week of the day camp and $450 for the team camp. All deposits are nonrefundable: $100 for day-camp attendees and $150 for team camp. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required from each participant. Checks must be payable to Head Women’s Basketball Coach Peter Cinella, c/o Peter Cinella’s Lady Knights Basketball Camp, FDU Rothman Center, 1000 River Road, H-AT1-01, Teaneck, N.J. 07666. For information call Cinella at 201-692-9626.

Baseball players ages 7 to 18 can attend a baseball camp, which will be run in two sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Naimoli Family Baseball Complex at the Metropolitan Campus. The first session, from Tuesday, June 26, to Friday, June 29, will be for players ages 7 to 13 and will cost $279 per participant. The second session, which is for high school students, will run from Wednesday, July 27, to Friday, July 29, and it will be $250 per participant along with a deposit of $125. The camp is limited to approximately 40 players; to be assured of a spot, payment of the deposit or the full cost must be made. No refunds will be issued two weeks prior to the start of camp. For information call Justin McKay, assistant baseball coach, athletics (Metro), at 201-692-2245.

Competitor’s Edge field hockey summer camps for individuals and teams will be held on the following dates at the College at Florham: Friday, July 20, to Monday, July 23; Tuesday, July 24, to Friday, July 27; and Monday, July 30, to Thursday, August 2. All weeks will include special goal-keeping sessions. The costs for individual participants are $450 (resident) and $320 (commuter). A $175 deposit is required with the application. Full payment must be made by Friday, June 1. Jennifer Noon, associate director of athletics (Flor), is camp director. For information go to .

A one-day football clinic for students ages 14 to 18 will be offered at the College at Florham on Saturday, August 4. The cost is $20. For registration and information contact Scott Sperone, assistant football coach, athletics (Flor), at 973-443-8913 or

Adrienne Booth Carr, associate athletic director for compliance and head, women’s lacrosse coach, athletics (Flor), is holding an overnight lacrosse camp for girls entering fifth to 12th grade with different skill levels from Monday, July 16, to Thursday, July 19, at the College at Florham. A commuter option, for campers who do not want to stay overnight, is available. Fees are $435 for residents and $325 (inclusive of lunch and dinner) for commuters. Team rates are also available for campers with 15 or more athletes from the same school or program. Registering teams receive a $25 discount per camper. For information call 972-443-8829 or email An overnight lacrosse camp for boys and high school students (ages 8–13 and 13–18) will also be held from Monday, July 9, to Thursday, July 12, at the College at Florham. A commuter option is also available. Fees are $420 for residents and $320 for commuters. For information contact Pat Scarpello, head men’s lacrosse coach, athletics (Flor), at 973-443-8963 or

Seth Roland, head men’s soccer coach, athletics (Metro), will be conducting soccer camps for boys and girls, ages 5 to 17, on the following dates at the Metropolitan Campus: from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20; Monday, July 23, to Friday, July 27; and Monday, July 30, to Friday, August 3. The cost for a full-day (9 a.m.–3 p.m.), weeklong session is $235 ($117.50 for FDU faculty and staff), while the cost for a half-day (9 a.m.–noon), weeklong session is $155 ($77.50 for FDU faculty and staff). For more information go to . An Elite Female Keeper/Player Series soccer camp conducted by Net Edge Training, LLC, will be held from Monday, July 23, to Friday, July 27, 5:30–8:30 p.m., on the Metropolitan Campus. The cost is $198 for the weeklong session. To register go to .

Ira Miller, head, men’s/women’s tennis, athletics (Metro), in conjunction with Adidas, will be running four weeklong sessions of junior tennis camp at Ramapo College, Mahwah, N.J. The camp is open to boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, of all levels. Participants have full-day and overnight options. Sessions will be held on the following dates: Sunday, June 24, to Friday, June 29; Sunday, July 1, to Friday, July 6; Sunday, July 8, to Friday, July 13; and Sunday, July 15, to Friday, July 20. Costs for weeklong sessions are $975 (overnight), $755 (extended day) and $645 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). For information call 1-800-944-7112 or go to .

Motorcycle Education

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

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

Classes are conducted by experienced RiderCoaches on weekdays and weekends through November 30. For registration information, costs and class schedules call 1-800-338-3887 or go to .

Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning

The Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (FILL) allows senior citizens 62 years of age and older and professionals in transition to enroll in adult education and recreation programs during the summer. They can either take undergraduate or graduate classes at the College at Florham for credit or noncredit or take classes at the Retired Persons Institute (RPI), where courses are taught by senior citizens and retirees. The fee is $125 for every RPI or noncredit course and $250 (plus technology fee) for every credit course. FILL participants have access to the College at Florham and all its facilities, including the library, pool and gym. The program also offers trips (to New York City, area museums and traveling exhibits); luncheons; special lecture series; concerts and theater productions. For information contact Geraldine Cucciniello, administrative director, FILL (Flor), at 973-443-8654 or or go to .


At the ThinkSummer! Event Day at the College at Florham are, from left, Jasmin Verem, associate dean of students and director, campus life; Cameron Govan, campus life coordinator, Dean of Students Office; and Kathleen Carsillo, assistant director, international/graduate admissions (all Flor).

Holding up ThinkSummer giveaways at the Metropolitan Campus are, from left, Amanda Townsend, graduate assistant, corporate/foundation relations, University advancement; Mary Ann Meola, administrative assistant, Educational Opportunity Fund; Joseph Farry, general mechanic, buildings/grounds; Neal Sturm, vice president and chief information officer, information resources/technology (Flor/Metro); and Jennifer Murray, human resources assistant, human resources.

University Honors Program Research Days Held

Graduating students from FDU’s University Honors Program presented their senior honors theses during this year’s Annual Research Days on April 18 at the College at Florham and on April 25 at the Metropolitan Campus.

The University Honors Program provides an intellectually stimulating experience for FDU’s most accomplished undergraduates through honors courses and research projects completed in collaboration with faculty/staff mentors. M. Patricia Warunek, biological sciences, is the director of the University Honors Program at the Metropolitan Campus. Marilyn Rye, English and associate campus provost, is the director of the University Honors Program at the College at Florham.

College at Florham

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

Kenneth Betz, economics, with Daniela Hlinka (The Effect of Speculation in the Oil Futures Market);

Daniel Cassino, political science, with Nicholas Schieber (Human Trafficking: An Economic Analysis to Predict Illegal Immigration and Human Trafficking);

Amber Charlebois, chemistry, with Spyros Mavropoulos (Synthesis and Quantitation of the Honey Bee Waggle Dance Pheromones);

Sarah Crabtree, history, with Andrew Katz (From the Ashes of Punk and Hardcore: Emo and Its Influence on Mainstream Youth Culture);

David Grand, creative writing, with Helena Davis (Owynne: A Novel in Progress), Leanna Kelly (The Skeleton House: A Young Adult Novel in Progress), Joseph Jasko (Under God: A Novel); Elaine Neftelberg (The Protectorate: A Novel in Progress) and Brandon Valentine (Shadowbox: A Creative Nonfiction Collection in Progress);

Patricia Melloy, cell biology and health/preprofessional adviser, with Matthew Garbin (Studying the Effects of CDC23 Mutants on the Localization of the Anaphase-promoting Complex Activator CDC20 in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae);

James Salierno, biology, with Jessica Dingman (The Effect of Waste Water Effluent on Algal Periphyton Biomass and Species Diversity);

Robyn Schiffman, English, with Sandra Saad (Modern Language: How Technology Has Evolved the English Language); and

Alice Shumate, biology and chair, biological/allied health sciences, with Sh’Rae Marshall (Ophiostoma minus, an Antagonistic Fungus, and Its Effect on the Feeding Behavior of the Northern Pine Bark Beetle, Ips Grandicollis).

Metropolitan Campus

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

Nick Agostino, biological sciences, with Brian Becker (Determining the Behavior of Tie1FN3 Domains);

Yelena Aronson, computer graphics, with Alisha Mondesir (Digital Comics: The Bridge Between Fine Art and Graphic Art);

Scott Behson, management, with Damar Pessoa (Melting Pot: The Assimilation of Non-Americans Into the American Corporate Culture);

John Bollbach, marketing, with Julia Prantl (The Impact of Sports Celebrity Endorsement and Generation Y);

Matthew Calderisi, accounting, with Sheka Mansaray (An Examination of a Possible Convergence to IFRS from US GAAP and What Implications This Could Have on Our Economy);

Richard Castellana, humanities/fine arts and director, BA in interdisciplinary studies, with Jasmine Sarryeh (A Study on the Efficiency of Moral Compromise in Politics);

Alayne Fitzpatrick, nursing, with Lester Castor (Medical Marijuana and Its Therapeutic Benefits on Severe Pain, Muscle Spasms and Nausea);

Irwin Isquith, biological sciences, with Andrea Suria (Function of the Pigment Stentorin in Stentor coeroleus);

Judith Kaufman, psychology and director, PsyD and MA in school psychology, with Amanda Fierro (Using Technology and Social Networking to Alleviate Depression in the Elderly), Rosie Larrea (The Effectiveness of Medicine, Behavioral Modification and the Combination of Both in Children with ADHD), Danira Mata (Psychological Impact of Decisions for Breast Augmentation) and Ran Xia (Simultaneous and Successive Processes in the Theater);

Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator, preprofessional studies in the sciences, with Morrine Omolo (1-etyl-3methyltetrafluoroborate Used to Wire Cholesterol Oxidase with FAD, for Use on a Biosensor);

Marion McClary, biological sciences and co-director, natural sciences, with Johnny Pinel (What Effect Does Consuming Hormone-treated Food Have on the Human Body?) and Elaine Sedhom (Atrazine and Its Effects on Invertebrates);

Robert Prentky, psychology and director, MA in forensic psychology, with Shamyra Shaw (The Relationship of Childhood Abuse to Uses of Extreme/Deviant Pornography) and Alexa Woolley (Childhood Antecedents That Predict Negative School Outcomes in a Large Child Welfare Sample);

Samuel Raphalides, political science/history and director, Global Scholars, with Joahanna Acharon (An Analysis of Charter Change Rhetoric in the Philippines) and Syuveybe Beytulova (International Regimes and Their Role in Achieving Coordination and Collaboration Among Nations);

Christopher Rasmussen, history, with William Heaney (The Role of Guerilla Warfare Under the Command of T.E. Lawrence) and Tiffany Marie Russo (The History of the Death Penalty and Its Implications in Modern Society in the United States);

Ines Rauschenbach, lab supervisor, natural sciences, with Samantha DeCeglie (Dental Offices — Sources of Contamination and Effectiveness of Disinfectants);

Gloria Reinish, electrical engineering, with Elmine Botes (Going Green with Natural Energy: Ways to Create Electricity Using the Body and the Sun), Fred Clark, Jr. (Myoelectric Transradial Prosthesis Prototype with Real-time Single-grasp Capability) and Carine Girgis (Ultrasonic Range Finder as an Aid for the Blind);

Jason Scorza, vice provost of international education (Metro/Flor), with Tiara-Sufina Azly (Sayyid Maududi’s Islamic Political Theory) and Marc Martorana (Student-Ciizens: A Study of Curriculum and Civic Behavior);

Ellen Spaldo, English and director of writing, with Aylin Degirmen (Considering Jane Austen) and Erin Doherty (The History and the Poetry of Blake, Keats and Byron);

Ethné Swartz, entrepreneurship and chair, marketing/entrepreneurship (Flor/Metro), with Messou Vanessa Tamo (Women and Microfinance);

Yongming Tang, computer science/information systems, with Gladwin Ben Thomas (Design and Implementation of a Web Application Using Java Enterprise Edition);

Harvey Winters, emeritus, biological sciences, with Sandra Onukwugha (The Importance of Viable But Not Culturable (VBNC) Bacteria in the Evaluation of Food Safety and Sushi/Sashimi);

Steven Young, psychology, with Marsha Russo (Investigation on the Effects of Facebook Usage on Women) and Vanessa Velez (Comparing Risky Behavior Amongst Residential and Commuter College Students); and

Danyang Yu, biological sciences, with Pritiasha Nikki Harrichand (The Effect of Environmental Factors on the Mating Behavior of Drosophila melanogaster and Mutant Flies).


From left: M. Patricia Warunek and Marilyn Rye.

At the College at Florham, students who presented their research included, from left, Matthew Garbin, left, with mentor Patricia Melloy, cell biology and health/preprofessional adviser; Daniela Hlinka, right, with mentor Kenneth Betz, economics; Brandon Valentine, right, with mentor David Grand, creative writing; and Nicholas Schieber, left, with mentor Daniel Cassino, political science.

Other students who presented their research were, from left, Sandra Saad, left, with mentor Robyn Schiffman, English; Spyros Mavropoulos, right, with mentor Amber Charlebois, chemistry; Jessica Dingman, left, with mentor James Salierno, biology; and Andrew Katz, left, with mentor Sarah Crabtree, history.

At the Metropolitan Campus, students who presented their research included, from left, Sheka Mansaray, left, with mentor Matthew Calderisi, accounting; from left, Rosie Larrea, Amanda Fierro and Ran Xia, with their mentor Judith Kaufman, center, psychology and director, PsyD and MA programs in school psychology; Aylin Degirmen, left, with mentor Ellen Spaldo, English and director of writing; and Elmine Botes, right, with mentor Gloria Reinish, electrical engineering.

Other students who presented at the Metropolitan Campus were, from left, Pritiasha Nikki Harrichand, right, with mentor Danyang Yu, biological sciences; Vanessa Velez, left, and Marha Russo, right, with mentor Steven Young, psychology; Brian Becker, right, with mentor Nick Agostino, biological sciences; and Damar Pessoa, right, with mentor Scott Behson, management.

Spring, Summer Study Abroad — Enriching Learning Experiences

This spring, FDU students observed marine creatures in their natural habitats in the Dominican Republic, enjoyed theater productions in London and learned about hotel management and culinary operations in Switzerland and Italy. During the summer, students can broaden their learning opportunities and academic experiences through a special United Nations course as well as overseas trips to Italy, Ecuador and England.

Spring Trips

Dominican Republic

For the first time, the School of Natural Sciences offered students the opportunity to complete an 18-credit minor in marine biology in the Dominican Republic. The trip, which ran from February 13 to April 20, offered lecture and laboratory courses in Beach Ecology, Tropical Marine Vegetation, Tropical Marine Invertebrates and Tropical Marine Vertebrates.

The courses were conducted by Irwin Isquith, biological sciences; Marion McClary, biological sciences and co-director, natural sciences; and Hector Ramirez Crespo, University College (all Metro). Students stayed at the LaTambora Beach Resort on the Samana Peninsula and took afternoon trips to local sites to supplement morning lectures. The group traveled to the Playa Fronton Beach of Las Galeras, where they studied tropical fish in their natural habitats of coral reefs and mangroves; to Cayo Levantado (Baccardi Island), to study and collect data on marine vertebrates; to El Salto del Limón, where students visited the tropical jungle and the waterfall; and to Las Fletchas, where they collected comb jellies. The group also went snorkeling, scuba diving and interacted with sea lions.

Italy — University of Bergamo

Starting this spring, FDU students who have a cumulative grade point ratio of at least 3.00 and who demonstrate some proficiency in Italian can spend a semester at the Università degli studi di Bergamo in northern Italy. For information contact Gloria Pastorino, French/Italian (Flor), at 973-443-8712 or For details see “Academic Cooperation Agreements with University of Bergamo Signed” this issue .


During spring break, 11 students took an eight-day trip to England as part of The London Theater Experience, a three-credit course that gives students the chance to watch productions staged by professional theater companies and attend theater-related classes at the Globe Theatre. The students watched productions of “Farewell to the Theatre,” “The Madness of King George III,” “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “Matilda,” “She Stoops to Conquer” and “Filumena.” They also went on backstage tours of the National Theatre and the Royal National Theatre; visited the National Art Gallery, London Theatre Museum and Windsor Castle; and enjoyed an acting workshop and lecture at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), accompanied the group.

In addition, the regular cohort of students are studying at Wroxton College this semester.

Switzerland and Italy — International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s Global Seminar

Kirsten Tripodi, hospitality management (Metro); Donald Hoover, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); and Joseph Tormey, hospitality/tourism management (Metro), accompanied 48 students to Switzerland and Italy during spring break for the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s Global Seminar. This was the first year that one group visited both countries. In previous years, separate groups visited each country. The trip focused on management and culinary hotel skills.

While in Switzerland, the group attended classes on the comparison of Switzerland’s management approaches, techniques and strategies to those practiced in the United States. Students toured hotel properties and were given an opportunity to experience Swiss food-and-beverage service. They went behind the scenes at Interlaken’s Victoria-Jungfrau Hotel and the Palace Hotel in Lucerne, both five-star hotels and members of the world-renowned Leading Hotels of the World. Classes were held in the town of Engelberg, Switzerland, location of the leading mountain resort in central Switzerland, high in an alpine valley.

During their time in Italy, the students stayed at Hotel Posta in Reggio Emilia, (located in Emilia Romagna), where the Italian flag was created. The students also visited Florence, Parma and Bologna. During their visit to Parma, the group was greeted by Gianluigi Zenti, president and CEO of Academia Barilla. The students toured the Barilla Pasta Factory, where their classes were held, and had the opportunity to cook lunch with the Academia’s chefs. While in Florence, the group took a sightseeing tour of Old Florence and visited the Florence Market, where they purchased ingredients for a meal they later prepared at Apicius International School of Hospitality/School of Food and Wine Studies.

In Bologna, the students were greeted by members of the Bologna Tourism Office, who arranged a private tour of the newly opened Music Museum and a private concert by one of Europe’s premier organ players who is a music professor at Bologna University’s School of Music. The students then had lunch and were given a tour of the Grand Hotel Majestic, a Leading Hotel of the World. To complete their Italian adventure, the students visited a Parmesan cheese manufacturer, the Casali Winery for a wine tasting and an aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar) manufacturer.

Dos Mundos (Two Worlds)

Students have the option of participating in an innovative undergraduate degree program — Dos Mundos (Two Worlds) — that combines an FDU education with a one- or two-year study-abroad experience at any of the University’s international partner universities in the Dominican Republic, Spain, Israel, Germany, Italy, Korea or Costa Rica. This semester there are students studying in Spain and the Dominican Republic. In the fall, there will also be students studying in Italy and Costa Rica. Students from the Universidad Alfonso El Sabio in Spain are enrolled in the exchange program this semester and next studying at FDU. For information about the program and FDU’s partner-universities go to . Lisetty Nigrinis, assistant director for global partnerships and director, American Language and Culture Program (Metro), is director of Dos Mundos.


Of course, study abroad is available for New Jersey students at FDU-Vancouver, where a variety of courses are being offered. For example, College at Florham student Ryan Barth-Dwyer is spending a semester at the campus. To read more about his experiences at FDU-Vancouver go to .

Summer Study Abroad

Italy — Alassio and Bergamo

Students can study either Beginning Italian I (Elementary Italian I for Metropolitan Campus students) or Italy: Land of Migrations in the seaside town of Alassio, Italy, from May 20 to 27. Students can also take a culture course, Italian History and Art History, taught by a faculty member at the University of Bergamo, at no additional cost, from May 27 to June 16. For information contact Gloria Pastorino, French/Italian (Flor), at 973-443-8712 or Also see “Academic Cooperation Agreements with University of Bergamo Signed” this issue .


The Study-Abroad Office, in partnership with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, is organizing a service-learning trip to Yunganza, Ecuador, from May 28 to June 10. The group will spend two weeks with the indigenous Shuar community and help construct a Cultural and Community Center in their tropical rainforest village. Students will participate in various cultural activities and go on a guided tour of Baños de Agua Santa (Baños City is known as the Gateway to the Amazon) and other excursions. For information go to or contact Anne Miksza, program specialist, global learning (Metro), at


Special seminars and courses will be offered at Wroxton College in England this summer.

This year’s International Corporate Communication and Culture Seminar is scheduled for May 21 through June 2. The seminar will provide a theory component provided by United Kingdom academics, who will address key differences in the ways Americans and Europeans approach the task of theorizing about communication and the implications of these differences for business. 

Students will work with corporate communication students from the University of West London; examine case studies conducted by United Kingdom practitioners, which show how issues of culture, history, politics and theory play out in actual corporate communication practice; and attend seminars at the Harris-Manchester College of Oxford University. For information go to or contact Gary Radford, communication studies (Flor), at

For the 11th year, the School of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies is hosting a course in Wroxton College from June 3 to 16 as a study-abroad component of its course Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: United States and Great Britain. The course will be facilitated by Tarika Daftary-Kapur, criminal justice (Metro), and Robert Vodde, criminal justice and director, criminal justice/legal studies (Metro). Taught in collaboration with British criminal justice professionals and the faculty of Wroxton College, the course will examine the respective social, cultural, historical, political, economic, geographical, operational and administrative components of both systems. The course features field visits to local police constabularies, the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard), British courts and British prisons. For information contact Vodde at 201-692-2465.

Other courses being offered this summer at Wroxton College are Roman Civilization, with David Epstein, executive director, online programs (Metro), from June 5 to 15; Leading in Times of Crisis, Organizational Leadership and Leadership of the Founding Fathers, with William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), and Wroxton College faculty, from July 14 to 21. For information on the Roman Civilization, contact For information on the other courses go to .


Left photo: Studying how long it takes for a sea lion to obey commands are, from left, Marion McClary, biological science and co-director, natural sciences (Metro), and students Stephaney Elfikey-Sanders and Vanessa Gomez.

Right photo: Students studying various specimens.

Left photo: Stage actress Beatie Edney, front row, second from left, who plays the Queen in “The Madness of King George III,” with FDU students after a lecture she conducted. The students with her are, front row, from left, Amarilys Rodriguez, Georgia Goetz, Lucinda Fisher; second row, from left, Danyelle Valentin; and third row, from left, Meghan Byers, Janay Mckoy, Bobby Deverona, Reuben Natan, Krystal Wilson and Kaitlin Gonzalez.

Right photo: Stephen Hollis, left, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), with actress Beatie Edney during her lecture.

In Italy are, from left, Donald Hoover, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); students Jose Jerez Vargas, Derek Gandon, Joseph Tormey, Jr. and Jin Wook; and Joseph Tormey, hospitality/tourism management (Metro).

Scholarships Extended for Accelerated 4+1 Combined Degree Advantage Program

Fairleigh Dickinson University has announced a scholarship incentive program that offers the incoming class of 2012 the opportunity to continue into the graduate-degree level with an extension of their undergraduate scholarships by one year. Students can choose from a wide selection of combined degree programs. The Combined Degree Advantage Program is automatically offered to all Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson and Dean’s Scholars who maintain a cumulative grade point ratio (GPR) of 3.25 or higher.

Eligible students are first-time, full-time freshmen starting in fall 2012. Undergraduates with cumulative GPRs of 3.50 or higher will have their scholarships calculated at a full matching percentage of the senior-year undergraduate scholarship. For undergraduates with cumulative GPRs between 3.25 and 3.49, their scholarship will be calculated at half the matching percentage of their senior-year undergraduate scholarship.

Advantages of this program include saving time and money and accelerating the student’s education by graduating with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. Students also have the flexibility to go from undergraduate degrees at one FDU campus and finish their graduate degrees at the other. Qualified students must declare their intent to pursue a five-year combined degree after earning between 60 and 80 undergraduate credits. This is only offered to students continuing at the master’s graduate level on a full-time basis.

The combined degree programs at the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences include the BA in communication studies/MA in corporate and organizational communication, BA in psychology/MA in industrial/organizational psychology, BA in political science/master of public administration and BS in chemistry/MS in chemistry (with a concentration in pharmaceutical chemistry).

At the Silberman College of Business, combined degree programs are the BS in business administration/MBA, BS in business administration/MS in accounting, BS in business administration/MS in taxation and BS in accounting/MS in accounting.

Combined degree programs at the Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies are the BS in hotel and restaurant management/MS in hospitality management and BA in interdisciplinary studies (with a concentration in sports administration)/MS in sports administration.

In University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, combined degree programs are the BA in communication/MA in media and professional communication, BA in history/master of public administration, BA in political science/master of public administration, BA in psychology/MA in general/theoretical psychology, BA in psychology/master in social work (with New York University), BA in psychology (with a concentration in forensic psychology/MA in forensic psychology, BS in biochemistry/MS in cosmetic science, BS in biochemistry/MS in chemistry (with a concentration in pharmaceutical chemistry), BS in biology/MS in biology, BS in chemistry/MS in cosmetic science, BS in chemistry/MS in chemistry (with a concentration in pharmaceutical chemistry), BS in computer science/MS in computer science, BS in computer science/MS in management information systems, BS in electrical engineering/MS in computer engineering, BS in electrical engineering/MS in electrical engineering and BA in criminal justice/MA in criminal justice.

All students enrolled in the five-year Teacher Preparation (QUEST) Program also qualify for continued scholarship support in their fifth year, provided that they maintain at least a minimum GPR of 3.25. QUEST students earn a combined BA or BS/Master of Arts in Teaching.

For more information about the Combined Degree Advantage Program, contact the undergraduate admissions office by calling 1-800-FDU-8803.

Academic Cooperation Agreements with University of Bergamo Signed

Fairleigh Dickinson University widened its global reach with additional partnership agreements with the Università degli studi di Bergamo (University of Bergamo) in northern Italy. The multi-faceted agreements provide FDU students with three study-abroad opportunities to choose from: the student exchange program, humanities summer program and the Two Worlds program. Italian students will participate in the semester exchange program, the summer program and in a dual-degree MA program.

Under the student exchange program, qualified FDU and University of Bergamo (UOB) students will spend a semester in the partner university and are expected to complete four to six courses. To qualify, FDU students must have a minimum cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 and demonstrate some proficiency in Italian (second-semester level). Intensive courses in Italian (Beginning Italian I and Beginning Italian II) are being offered this spring for students who have never taken Italian-language classes before but are interested in spending the fall semester 2012 in UOB.

According to Gloria Pastorino, French/Italian (Flor) and coordinator of the FDU-UOB agreement, two students — one from the College at Florham and one from the Metropolitan Campus — are currently spending the spring semester in Italy. “They are both doing exceptionally well, they have met lots of people, and they seem happy,” she said. “One just took her first oral exam and got the highest possible marks. It is quite an accomplishment.” This fall, six FDU students will be spending a semester in UOB and six UOB students will join FDU at both the Metropolitan Campus and the College at Florham. For information go to .

Under the Humanities Summer Program, agreement students can enjoy a month in Italy in the seaside town of Alassio (one week) and in Bergamo (subsequent three weeks), from May 20 to June 16. Students can study either Elementary Italian I or Italy: Land of Migrations and also take a culture course, Italian History and Art History, taught by a faculty member at the University of Bergamo, at no additional cost. The travel package of $2,900 includes accommodations and all meals (but two weekends), all transportation within the country, excursions to Genova, Venice and Milan and admission fees to museums. For information go to .

Another agreement also extends FDU’s Two Worlds Program to Italy. FDU students enrolled in the program will be able to combine an FDU education with a one- or two-year study-abroad experience at the University of Bergamo. For information about the program and FDU’s other Two Worlds partner universities go to .

The fourth agreement that has been signed is the dual-degree MA program, which allows UOB students to earn two master’s degrees — an MA in communications, advertising and publishing from UOB and an MA in corporate and organizational communication from FDU. Italian students will join FDU students at the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences in fall semesters to complete part of their FDU requirements for the degree.

For information contact Gloria Pastorino at 973-443-8712 or


Left photo: Signing the partnership agreements are, from left, Geoffrey Weinman, dean, Becton College (Flor); Giuliano Bernini, vice-chancellor for international relations, University of Bergamo; and Flaminia Nicora, chair of communications department, University of Bergamo.

Right photo: The front entrance of the University of Bergamo.

Left photo: The main square in Bergamo, Italy.

From left, Christopher Capuano, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor), speaks with Flaminia Nicora, chair of communications department, University of Bergamo, in one of the university’s gardens.

The medieval city of Bergamo, Italy, is on top of a hill and is entirely walled.

Global News at FDU-Vancouver

This semester, a variety of global events were held at FDU-Vancouver while members of the campus community were busy focusing on global affairs.

The final Diplomatic Circle Series event for the academic year featured the Consul General of Venezuela Merli Mercedes Vargas. Other speakers during the semester included the Honorary Consul of Syria Sawsan Habbal and Consul General of Malaysia Mohd Hanniff Bin Abd Rahman. The campus also participated in the various U.N. Pathways videoconferences sponsored by FDU’s Office of Global Learning.

FDU-Vancouver’s Distinguished Visitors Series featured Allan Knight, entrepreneur, self-help author, speaker, mentor and creator of the self-management system Mind Fit for Success, who spoke on “How to Communicate with Impact,” and Bassam Al Kuwatli, founder of the Syrian Canadian Society of Calgary and Syrian Canadian Society of British Columbia and a member of Amnesty International, who explored “Syria — Freedom vs. Stability.”

In April, the campus celebrated International Week 2012. Activities included a trivia quiz, a fashion show, talent contest, culinary delights of foods from around the world and a “Display of Cultures.”

In addition, a group of students from FDU-Vancouver participated in the World Model United Nations Conference attended by 2,000 delegates from around the world, which was held for one week in March at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Participants debated and engaged in diplomacy and visited area sites. Ten student representatives from FDU-Vancouver served as the Model U.N. Delegation from Lithuania. “The students themselves were like their own U.N. delegation, coming from six countries and four continents,” said Neil Mort, director of enrollment and student services (Van). For more information on the conference go to . Jobin Mojtabavi, associate director of student services (Van), served as the student group’s sponsor.

Fairleigh Dickinson University is an official partner with the Modernist Versions Project (MVP), which recently received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant of $200,000 over three years. The funds will be primarily allocated for student training and postdoctoral fellows to produce a fully integrated online environment for the ingestion, mark-up, collation and visualization of modernist texts that exist in multiple versions. James Gifford, English and director of University Core and Global Scholars Programs (Van), is a co-director of MVP, which is based at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

And, out recruiting students, Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment Ruminder Butter spent a week in the Middle East in March attending education fairs and conducting seminars. Associate Director of Marketing and Recruitment Amy Yan spent three weeks attending education fairs in China, Taiwan and Indonesia, while Student Recruitment Officers Javier Torres and Jeanette Lee spent a few weeks in Mexico and Thailand, respectively, conducting seminars and attending fairs.


Cecil Abrahams, left, campus provost (Van), with Merli Mercedes Vargas, consul general of Venezuela.

At the “Display of Cultures” event, FDU-Vancouver students, staff and faculty dressed in their country’s traditional clothes are pictured, front row, from left, students Mehak Choudhari (India) and Ximena Ortega (Mexico); Arlette Hernandez (Mexico), admissions and enrollment services assistant, in a Saudi dress; students Sanem Yildirim (Turkey) and Phuong Phan (Vietnam); middle row, from left, students Sohal Pandya (India), Deepika Sawant (India), Kanchan Prafulla Khedeka (India), Aseel Almafoodh (Saudi Arabia) and Yaser Al Halili (Yemen); Gudrun Dreher, Freshman Seminar/English (Van) (Germany), in a traditional Saudi dress; and student Mohammed Yahya (Yemen); and back row, from left, students Ryan Barth-Dwyer (United States), Gurjant Singh (India) and Raj Turna (India).

Student representatives from FDU-Vancouver who served as the Model U.N. Delegation from Lithuania are, front row, from left, Siraj Ellalaghi, Ashleigh Singleton, Ana Morales, Ira Saini, Rumbidzai Kabatebate and, back row, from left, Jose Castrillo, Erkan Kara and David Rivera.

Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Welcome


Brian Mauro, dean of students (Flor), has been named associate provost at the College at Florham effective July 1 according to an announcement to the College at Florham community by Peter Woolley, political science, executive director of PublicMind™ and incoming campus provost (Flor). Woolley said, “Several qualified people applied for the post, and we are lucky to have such colleagues who are accomplished, care deeply about the University and want to make the campus the best it can be.” In four years as dean of students Mauro “has transformed staff morale and the quality of campus life for students. He is positive, decisive, ambitious for FDU and has a broad and well-informed perspective on what works and what doesn’t work on college campuses,” said Woolley. Mauro succeeds Marilyn Rye, English and director, University Honors Program (Flor).

Khyati Joshi, education (Metro), presented at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 20 as part of a conference held by the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the nonprofit organization Hindu American Seva Charities and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She talked about the way immigrant and second-generation Americans live their religions and respond to their status as religious minorities in a country where Christianity remains normative. Joshi was invited to discuss her research to help improve understanding of South Asian religious communities in the United States and inform the development of policies and best practices in the area of homeland security.

Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), and Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), co-wrote the article “The American Public as Jurists” posted on The Blog section of The Huffington Post ( in March.

On April 10, William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), discussed strategies to ensure transparency and accountability in privatized services during a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Bergen County in River Edge, N.J.

Gonzalo Perez, coordinator of student recruitment/career development, computer sciences/engineering (Metro), was honored during the Fourth Annual Latino Scholars Breakfast of the Latino Institute in Newark, N.J., for his support of the institute’s Latino Scholars program. Participating scholars are supported throughout their graduate work until they complete a doctoral program or graduate with a terminal degree in the professions.

University trustee Gregory Olsen, BS’66, BSEE’68, MS’68 (Metro), will deliver the commencement address at Raritan Valley Community College’s 43rd Annual Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 19. He also will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony.

In March, James Almeida, entrepreneurship and associate dean of graduate programs, Silberman College (Flor), was a panelist in a Hot Topics discussion on “India and the U.S.: Economic Partners or Competitors?” at the College at Florham.

Vicki Cohen, education and director, education (Metro), moderated a discussion on “The Changing Climate of Education: From Teacher Evaluation to Charter Schools” as part of a Horizons Networking Event at the Metropolitan Campus in April sponsored by FDU’s Alumni Association.

Michele Vincenti, business/administrative science (Van), was a guest editor in the April Management and Consulting Book Club of the Chartered Management Institute, where he shared his views on the books that have most influenced his thinking and approach to management and leadership.

Nandita Ghosh, English (Flor), wrote the article “Footloose Labor: Understanding Globalization Through Literature,” published in Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. She also is serving as book reviews editor for the next three years (starting spring 2012) for the Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies. Ghosh reports that her independent study students Jackelyn Cooper, Melissa Krenek and Stephanie Baron successfully presented on their Indian literature research at the Indian theme-semester event.

On March 26, Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Laboratory (Metro), gave a talk about the “History of Video Games — Pac-Man and Beyond” and conducted an interactive demonstration of four decades of video games as part of the Giovatto Library’s Speaker Series (see “Libraries Hold Spring Events” at He also discussed several academic books about video games.

In April, Chris Rasmussen, history (Metro), led a discussion on “Rescuing the River,” a documentary film exploring the history of industrial activity, political activism and legal action surrounding the cleanup of contaminated sites along New Jersey’s Raritan River, at the Ocean (N.J.) Township Library. The film was screened in celebration of Earth Day.

Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean for off-campus credit programs, Petrocelli College, and director, administrative science (Metro/Flor), was elected as a member-at-large on the executive board of the United Nations Alliance of Nongovernmental Organizations on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. He has been serving as an FDU Economic and Social Council representative to the Alliance since 2010.

Sarah Latson, journalism (Flor), moderated a discussion on “Women in Journalism” at the College at Florham in March as part of Women’s History Month.

Alexey Teslja, chemistry (Flor), announces that Anumeha Muthal, one of the graduate students who collaborates with him on his research won the award for “Best Graduate Student Presentation in 2012” at the Annual New Jersey Academy of Science Meeting on April 21. Muthal’s presentation was titled “Effect of Solvents on N-H Hydrogen Bonding of N-Methylbenzamide by Infrared Spectroscopy.”

Silvia Belen-Ramos, Spanish (Flor), spoke about “The History of the Tango” as part of an In the Company of Angels enriching event at the College at Florham in March.

Artwork by Jacqueline Lima, University College (Metro), and Mary Ann Sena, periodicals coordinator, Giovatto Library (Metro), are among those on display at the book- and library-themed art exhibit in the Giovatto Library. The exhibit runs through July 30.

Daniel Twomey, emeritus, management (Flor), was a panelist in a Hot Topics discussion on April 24 about “To Frack or Not to Frack: A Conversation About the Future of Hydrofracturing” as part of the College at Florham’s Green Fest celebration.

In the News …

James Kenny, criminal justice (Metro), was interviewed for the University Business Magazine article “Guns on Campus,” published in March.

John Schiemann, political science and chair, social sciences/history (Flor), was quoted in the March article “Belief in Torture’s Effectiveness Rests on False Assumptions” in Fierce Homeland Security.

Stefanie Ulrich, director, Center for Psychological Services (Metro), was interviewed for the article “Colleges Reach Out: Programs Welcome More Students with Asperger’s” in The Record in March.

Krista Jenkins, political science and associate, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in two April articles about PublicMind polls: “N.J. Fans Have No Problem with ‘New York’ Giants and Jets,” on, and “Jets, Giants Fans Have Different States of Mind: Poll Shows They’re Split on N.Y./N.J. Identity,” in The Record. She also was quoted in The Record article “Colleges Spotlight Women’s History Month” in March.

Research on the preparation of chitosan nanoparticles co-authored by Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator, preprofessional studies in sciences (Metro); Gerhard Haas, biological sciences (Metro); Neena Philips, biological sciences (Metro); and Gloria Anderle, chemistry and chair, chemistry/pharmaceutical science (Flor), was featured in three articles in March: “Shrimp Shell Nanoparticle Combats Microbes, Heals Wounds,” on; “Researchers Produce Nanocomposite Materials with Antimicrobial Activity,” on; and “Nano Rescues Skin: Shrimp Shell Nanotech for Wound Healing and Anti-aging Face Cream,” on

Jeana Wirtenberg, director of external relations/services, Institute for Sustainable Enteprise (ISE) (Flor), and William Russell, ISE research fellow (Flor) and principal, Transitioning to Green, were interviewed for the February article “Preparing Workers for the Emerging Green Economy” on

Kent Fairfield, management (Metro), was interviewed for the March article “At Morris County Schools, Sustainability Starts in the Classroom” on

Jonathan Wexler, vice president for enrollment management (Metro/Flor), was quoted in two articles in The Record: “FDU Has New High School Offerings,” in March, and “Colleges Inflated SAT Scores: Reported Averages That Left Out Some Students,” in April.

Christine Vitale, career development specialist, career development (Metro), and host of WFDU-FM’s “The Group Harmony Alley,” was quoted in four articles: “WFDU Fun Raiser Doo-Wop Concert to Be Held at Mexicali Live,” on in April; “Addressing Doo-Wop,” in The Record in April; “Doo-wop Fades a Little More with Clifton Music Store’s Planned Closure,” in The Record in March, and “A Doo-wop Shop Prepares to Close, Signaling the End of a Fading Genre,” in The New York Times in February.

W. Scott Giglio, assistant director of public relations, communications/marketing (Flor), was interviewed for the March article “Fairleigh Dickinson University Exhibits Wildlife Photography” on

S. Craig Mourton, assistant campus provost (Metro), was quoted in the March article “4 Ways to a Better College Experience” on

Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), was interviewed for the April article “Voters Disagree With Court, Say Prison Officials Shouldn’t Be Able to Strip Search Anyone in Jail,” posted on and published in News Record, Patriot, Atom Tabloid and CMD Media.

Jonathan Schiff, accounting (Metro), was quoted in three articles on “How One Company Teaches Employees the ABCs of Finance: To Boost Profits and Improve the Firm’s Interaction with Clients, an Insurance Brokerage Giant Gives Its 25,000 Employees an Education in Finance and Accounting” and “The New Talent Mix: Finance Chiefs Are Bolstering Their Strategic Roles by Hiring More FP&A Help,” both in February; and “No Employee Left Behind,” in April.

Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding), Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST) artist-in-residence (Flor), was mentioned in two articles about WAMFEST events at the College at Florham: “WAMFEST Features Bob Dylan Expert April 17 in Madison,” in April on, and “WAMFEST 2012 in Madison,” in March on

James Rana, University College (Metro) and host of “The James Rana Show” on WFDU-FM (89.1), was mentioned in the March Teaneck Suburbanite article “Daniel Truhitte to Talk on Radio.”

Valerie Barnes, program director, continuing education (Flor), was quoted in The Record article “Boomers: Back to School” in April.

Bernard Dick, emeritus, English/communications (Metro), was interviewed for The Record article “The Kings of Lowbrow Comedy: Farrelly Brothers Bring Classic Humor of ‘The Three Stooges’ to Modern Audience” in April.

Diane Keyser Wentworth, psychology (Flor), was quoted in the article “Staying Connected: What Are the Best Ways to Stay in Touch with Your Cohort and Colleagues?” posted in April on the American Psychological Association website.

William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), was quoted in the April Glen Rock Gazette article “Activities Club in Glen Rock Keeps Retired Men Active.”

Catherine Fallon, admissions counselor, undergraduate admissions (Flor), was quoted in the April New Jersey Herald article “Students Consider Higher Education Options at College Fair.”

Catherine Love, director, career development (Metro), was quoted in The Record article “A Jagged Career Path Awaits the Class of 2012” in April.

Brian Mauro, dean of students, and Jasmin Verem, assistant dean of students and director, campus life (both Flor), were mentioned in the April Morris Township-MorrisPlainsPatch article “Denim Day Thurs.: Take A Stand Against Rape.”

Peter Woolley, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in several articles about PublicMind polls in March: “Poll: For First Time in 10 Years, Majority of N.J. Voters Feel State Is Heading in Right Direction,” “N.J. Voters Have Heard Enough Name Calling From Their Politicians, Poll Finds” and “Editorial: Gov. Christie’s Straight-talking Style Is Welcomed, Without the Name-calling” (; “Poll: Majority of N.J. Voters Approve of Obama’s Performance” (, Belleville-NutleyPatch, Real Clear Politics and 69 News WFMZ-TV); “Menendez Leads Kyrillos 43% to 33% in U.S. Senate Race” (; “FDU: Menendez Leads Kyrillos By 10 Points But 23% Undecided” (,, The Back Room and ABC 27 WHTM); “Poll: Most N.J. Voters Think Politicians Like Christie Are Idiots for Name-calling” ( and; “Big Majority in Poll Say Politicians Need to Cut Name-calling” (The Record and The Star-Ledger); and “Christie Approval at Record High as Voters Cite State Direction” (, and Woolley also was interviewed for two articles — “NJ Voters Face 3 Different Tax Cut Plans,” on WNYC, and “ICYMI: It’s a Free Country’s ‘Who Had Better Week — Cuomo or Christie?’” in The Empire — and quoted in the article “New Jersey Likes Both Red and Blue,” on in April.

In Memoriam

Kenneth Gillies, accounting, Petrocelli College (Metro), died on April 18 at the age of 69. He joined FDU’s Rutherford Campus in 1972 as an adjunct professor. A certified public accountant, he was with the University for 39 years. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Pearson; his daughters, Kristin and Tara; his brother, Raymond Jr. and sister-in-law, Zinovia; his brother-in-law, Thomas Pearson; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephew. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Associated Humane Society, Tinton Falls Animal Care Center, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of April 16, 2012.

Welcome to Leena John, laboratory specialist, nursing/allied health (Metro); Jennifer Lombardi, admissions services clerk, enrollment services (Flor); and Youbo Wang, system library/technical support specialist, computing services (Metro).


Gonzalo Perez, left, receives a plaque of recognition from William Colon, CEO, Latino Institute, Inc.

Eamon Doherty

Anumeha Muthal

Faculty, staff and students joined a bus trip to Edison, N.J., and Bridgewater, N.J., one of the College at Florham’s India Theme Semester events. The group visited Oak Tree Road in Edison for lunch and shopping and toured the Sri Venkastewara Temple in Bridgewater. Among those who went on the trip included faculty and staff in the back row, from left, Kiron Sharma, computer science; Joan Desilets, health/physical education; Colleen Di Gregorio, public relations/marketing coordinator, Monninger Center (College at Florham Library); Darshan Shah, coordinator of disability support services, dean of students; and Patricia Bazán-Figueras, languages.

W. Scott Giglio at his exhibit.

College Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences


The visual and performing arts department’s final theatrical production of the 2011–2012 season is “Popcorn” by Ben Elton, author of “We Will Rock You,” the hit musical based on the songs of Queen. Performances are from Wednesday, May 2, through Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m., in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham.

Influenced by the films of Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone, “Popcorn” is set in the Hollywood home of veteran director Bruce Delamitri on the evening of his Oscar nomination. During the night, he, his family and guests are held hostage by two notorious young criminals whose demands for their release raise issues that are both shocking and strikingly relevant. This play deals with adult themes, contains strong language and is not suitable for children.

“Popcorn” is directed by Justine Saliski, a graduate student in FDU’s theater arts program, with sets designed by Richard Turick, chair and technical director, theater arts (Flor).

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 (ext. 4) or purchased at the door. For further information contact Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), at 973-443-8467 or e-mail

Senior Thesis Film Festival

The visual and performing arts department will hold its Annual Senior Thesis Film Festival, which features thesis films made by graduating film and animation students, on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Headquarters Ten Multiplex Theaters in Morristown, N.J. Tickets are $5 at the door and RSVP is necessary. To RSVP and for information call 973-443-8646 or email

Silberman College of Business

New Jersey Business Idea Awards, Female Entrepreneur Lecture Held

High school winners of the 2012 New Jersey Business Idea Competition were honored at the College at Florham. Grand winners were: Peri Becker of Livingston High School (NutriPlate: The Plate That Measures the Nutrients in Your Food) for the Northern Region; AJ Buono and Jeffrey Kaiser of Cranford High School (Vibrating Wi-Fi Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm) for the Central Region; and Keanu Taylor of Timber Creek Regional High School, Sicklerville, N.J., (My Best Friend [MBF] – The Virtual Therapist) for the Southern Region. The winners each received $400 and a prize from the New York Jets. Sponsors for the event were Gateway Group One, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation, New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio and the New York Jets.

The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with this year’s Female Entrepreneur Lecture. Kathleen DiChiara, president and chief executive officer of Community FoodBank of New Jersey, spoke about social entrepreneurship and growing one of New Jersey’s largest nonprofits.

Upcoming Breakfast Seminars

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

On Friday, May 18, Howard Deutsch, CEO/co-founder, Quantisoft, LLC, Monroe Township, N.J., will discuss “Global Strategic Organizational Effectiveness: Assessing HR and OD Strategy and Execution” in Hartman Lounge.

The last breakfast seminar of the semester is on Friday, June 15.

The cost is $40, $25 for nonprofit organizations and free for faculty, staff, students and ISE/CHRMS partners. Registration is necessary. For registration and information call 973-443-8577 or go to .

Family Business Forum

As part of the O.Berk Company Family Business Forum series, a free seminar on “Expert Insights: Building an Effective Board of Directors/Navigating Wealth through Economic Turbulence” will be held on Thursday, May 31, 8:30–11:30 a.m., at the Rutherford Room, Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham. The seminar will feature Edward Ahart, partner, Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP, Florham Park, N.J.

The workshop will provide attendees with the knowledge they need to manage an effective and productive board and protect their interests in this increasingly volatile economic climate.

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

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

CBS News’ John Miller to Speak on Crime and Terrorism

John Miller, senior correspondent for CBS News (New York) and a special consultant to “The Morning Show” on crime and terrorism, will speak on Thursday, May 3, 10 a.m.–noon, in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinon Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

Miller, the only American news reporter to have interviewed Osama Bin Laden, will discuss the story behind this interview, the period of time from 1998 to the 9/11 attacks and the progress that has been made in law enforcement with regard to intelligence gathering and intelligence sharing.

The free event is sponsored by the School of Administrative Science and continuing education division. For information call 201-692-6500.

Inside the U.N.

This summer, students have the unique chance of taking a behind-the-scenes look at the United Nations through the undergraduate course Inside the U.N. taught by Jaime Buenahora, political science, Puerta al Futuro (Metro) and former consul, Colombian Embassy in New York, and William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro). The course will run from June 18 to June 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Metropolitan Campus and on-site at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Registration is ongoing. For information go to or contact Schuber at 201-692-2532 or

Latino Promise Visits D.C.

Latino Promise freshmen visited Washington, D.C., on March 27 and 28, 2012. Freshmen in FDU’s Latino Promise program visit the Capitol every year to meet with Latino leaders such as Congressman Albio Sires and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. In addition, this year the students visited all of the monuments for a leadership project. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Supreme Court, where the students saw firsthand numerous groups engaging in free speech and political discourse. Fernando Alonso, business and director, Puerta al Futuro and Latino Promise programs (Metro), briefed the students on the historic nature of the proceedings taking place inside the courtroom. Alonso was then interviewed by CNN En Español about the political consequences of the Court’s decision with regard to the Healthcare Reform Bill passed by Congress in 2010.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

Grant Awarded to Institute for the Enhancement of Teaching Science and Math

On April 20, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the New Jersey Association of College for Teacher Education held the “Showcase of Exemplary Practices: Excellence in Teacher Preparation” hosted by Educational Testing Services (ETS) in Princeton, N.J., at which time FDU won one of the Institutional Grant awards for the Peter Sammartino School of Education’s Institute for the Enhancement of Teaching Science and Math (IETSM).

IESTM was founded in 2008 with initial funding of $500,000 from the Martinson Family Foundation, Inc. and additional funding from BASF. The mission of the IESTM is to prepare highly qualified and versatile teachers who will motivate, attract and encourage talented youth to explore and pursue careers in science, math and technology. In its first three years, IESTM has seen more than 150 teachers participating in its programming, including workshops, symposia and peer mentoring. This program was nominated by Vicki Cohen, education and director, education (Metro), and one of its project directors, Shane Smith, education and director, Mathematics/Science Institute (Metro).

The certificate was signed by Rochelle Hendricks, secretary of higher education. Gov. Chris Christie wrote, “Please accept my congratulations and appreciation for the important work you are doing to prepare the teachers of tomorrow.

Student Art Exhibits

The works of graduating art students Ran Xia and Esther Wallace will be on exhibit at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Xia’s exhibit, “Swirls and Colors: Theater Illustrations,” will be on exhibit from Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4. Wallace’s exhibit, “The Digital Illustration Portfolio of Esther Wallace,” will be on display from Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11. There will be a Wallace reception on May 7, 2:30–4:30 p.m.

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


Left photo: James Barrood, right, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), with Peri Becker, regional winner and student at Livingston (N.J.) High School.

Right photo: William Moore, center, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor), with regional winners A.J. Buono, left, and Jeffrey Kaiser from Cranford (N.J.) High School.

Latino Promise students in Washington, D.C.

“Wild Horses Dancing,” by Ran Xia.

Spotlight — Fairfield, Martinez, Swartz, Walker

Kent Fairfield

Associate Professor of Management
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Eight years.

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

I would love to meet Nelson Mandela. A man of ardent belief in the equality of all people, he suffered for decades in the miserable conditions of Robben Island. Nevertheless, he exhibited a remarkable sense of forgiveness for all the abuse suffered by him and his compatriots. Establishing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a sublimely human act to advance the unity of the South African nation.

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

I recommend Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World, by Tina Rosenberg. She relates how small groups of energetic people can provide energy and resilience to bring about social change in unexpected places. This came out in a teen program to stop youthful smoking (far more effective than scary warnings from experts), the overthrow of Milosevic in Yugoslavia and Serbia by peaceful guerilla groups of activists and safe-sex programs embedded in fun, youth-oriented clubs that were many times better than doctors urging condom use. I think it’s a powerful message about peer pressure (the “social effect”) to create positive change among our students as they broaden themselves and become more ready for the world after graduation.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …

… to become fluent in French. I acquired a functional ability when I studied in France during college. Very occasional trips back have reinforced my love for the country but never permitted me to stay long enough to get fluent.

My first job was …

… cutting grass for neighbors, followed by working at the local drug store’s soda fountain as a “soda jerk.” Has anybody heard that term in 40 years?

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

… my wife’s homemade strawberry jam, made with strawberries we have picked every year in Sussex County.

People would be surprised to know that I …

… have a website ( where I show my best photographs of FDU student events; my travels to places like India, Wroxton and Arizona; and family events.

My biggest challenge is …

… to stay focused on completing everything I want without taking on too many new things.

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

For a long time I thought it would be fascinating to be a journalist — interviewing sources, analyzing the information and writing engaging articles. More recently, my photography interest leads to the fantasy of being a photojournalist taking stunning, powerful images. I would hate to be a trader of some commodity.

Karen Martinez

Coordinator of Student Services, Office of Online Programs
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

I’ve worked for Fairleigh Dickinson University since 2004.

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

That’s a great question! I’ve always wanted to meet Oprah, Steve Jobs or Julia Roberts. But if I had to choose one person, it would definitely be The Dalai Lama because I admire his commitment in life: the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness and self-discipline.

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

I recently enjoyed reading The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Very entertaining, quick and an easy read. Sometimes it’s the best way to relax.

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

… ballroom dancing and swimming!

My first job was …

… an office assistant at Mount Kisco Hospital.

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

… almond milk! It’s delicious, and I love it in my Cheerios or coffee.

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

… studied martial arts several years ago and have a blue belt in Taekwondo.

My biggest challenge is ...

… managing my time between work, family and friends.

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

The profession I would like most to attempt is a nutritionist or a professional make-up artist. A profession I would want nothing to do with is a politician.

Ethné Swartz

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Department
Metropolitan Campus and College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

Since September 2000.

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

Yo-Yo Ma, the cellist. I love his music and his fusion of East and West. His Silk Road Project celebrates encounters between culture.

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

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. I have lost many loved ones to cancer and it is uplifting to read about the advances being made in the fight against the many manifestations of cancer. The book is written in such compelling prose and with the use of many examples — it humanizes at the same time it presents case histories. It is full of hope.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is

… to cycle! My husband is an avid cyclist and I would love to be able to confidently accompany him on training rides.

My first job was …

… a human resources officer at General Motors in South Africa.

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

… Greek yogurt and bananas.

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

… taught Sunday school for years and am an avid cook.

My biggest challenge is …

… maintaining my running and yoga schedule to keep reasonably fit.

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

I feel very blessed to have found my calling as a professor and I honestly can’t imagine anything that I would rather do. I made a conscious choice to move from industry to education and it has served me well. I love being in the classroom, working with students and watching as they achieve their life and career goals. Any industry in which I was expected to compromise my integrity would be anathema to me.

David Walker

Personal Computer Specialist, Computing Services
College at Florham

How long have you been at FDU?

I started working at FDU as a subcontractor eight years ago in August 2004 and became a full-time employee in July 2006.

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

I would pick Jason Derek Brown or anyone else from the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted List, so I can detain him to collect the reward from the FBI.

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

The book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, by Chris Kyle, and would recommend it because it gives some insight into what it is like being a Navy Seal during wartime, and it has a lot of really funny parts.

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

… how to fly a plane. I love heights and have skydived twice so far.

My first job was …

… stocking shelves at a local deli (The Salad Bowl) in Bloomfield, N.J.

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

If you were to look in my refrigerator right now you would find water, adult beverages and cheese.

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

… am interested in health science.

My biggest challenge …

… is sitting still. Boredom is my worst enemy.

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

Other than information/technology, I would be most likely to attempt a profession in law enforcement, and I would be least likely attempt database programming.

This & That

End-of-semester meetings are scheduled at the New Jersey campuses. At the College at Florham, the meeting for faculty and staff will be held on Monday, May 7, 3 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. At the Metropolitan Campus, the faculty meeting will be held on Monday, May 14, 2 p.m., in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, and the staff meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 10 a.m., also in Wilson Auditorium.

Explore FDU! Information Sessions will be held on the following dates: Saturday, May 5; Saturday, May 19; Tuesday, May 24; Saturday, June 9; Saturday, June 23; Thursday, June 28; Monday, July 9; Saturday, July 14; Thursday, July 19; Saturday, July 28; Saturday, August 4; Wednesday, August 8; Tuesday, August 14; and Saturday, August 25. Sessions at the Metropolitan Campus will be held in Dickinson Hall and those at the College at Florham (except for the May 19 event, which will be held in the Rutherford Room, Ferguson Recreation Center) will be held in the Rothman Building. Explore FDU events run from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cover topics such as majors and concentrations, scholarships and financial-aid opportunities, internships and honors and study-abroad programs. Preregistration is necessary. To preregister go to .

• The Knights men’s and women’s tennis teams won the Northeast Conference championships after defeating the Monmouth University Hawks (4-0) and the Lady Bobcats of Quinnipiac University (4-2). Both teams have qualified for the NCAA Tennis Tournaments. The NCAA selection announcements for Division I men’s and women’s tennis will be shown on NCAA TV. The Knights last won the NEC Tennis Championship in 2008. Ira Miller is head coach and Jonathan Buchman is assistant coach.

• In celebration of its first publication, Florham: The Lives of an American Estate, the Friends of Florham will host a book signing, reception and tours of the Vanderbilt-Twombly estate on Sunday, April 29. The authors, Carol Bere and Sam Convissor, members of Friends of Florham Board of Trustees, and Walter Cummins, emeritus, English (Flor), will be in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham, to meet visitors, answer questions about the book and give a presentation on the history and preparation of the book.

• A new chapter of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a national nonprofit honor society inviting high-achieving first-and second-year students, has been established on the Metropolitan Campus. The adviser for the FDU chapter is S. Craig Mourton, assistant campus provost (Metro). For more information visit .

Photo Stories

Wellness Events Held

Wellness was celebrated in April with various health-related activities. The Metropolitan Campus held four days of Stress LESS events, and the College at Florham had its Seventh Annual Health and Wellness Fair.

Metropolitan Campus

This year’s Stress LESS Week, which ran from April 2 to 5, treated members of the campus community to a host of events such as exercise and stress workshops; chair massages; Zumba dance classes; a seminar on “Balancing Lives: Multiple Stressors or Multiple Personalities” by Judith Kaufman, psychology and director, PsyD and MA programs in school psychology (Metro); and a Stress LESS Fair. The week was sponsored by the campus’s Wellness Committee.

College at Florham

The Seventh Annual Health and Wellness Fair, sponsored by student health services, was held on April 4 in the Student Center. It included psychological screenings, nutritional/dental/fitness education, medical information, raffles and door prizes.


Among those who participated in the Stress LESS Fair were, from left, Alayne Fitzpatrick, nursing (Metro), making chakra (spiritual energy) bracelets; Delia Perez, director of planned giving, University advancement (Metro), and Judith Kaufman, psychology and director, PsyD and MA programs in school psychology (Metro), before Kaufman’s presentation; Robert Sorensen, administrative science (Metro); and Alice Mills, co-director of counseling, student counseling/psychological services (Metro), at the Biodot® Skin Thermometers table.

From left: Matthew Krayton, alumni engagement officer, University advancement (Metro), punching a bag to relieve stress; Brian Mauro, dean of students (Flor), taking a “sleepy driving” challenge; Stephanie Koempel, psychological counselor, Wellness Center; and Christine Ferro, psychological counselor, Wellness Center (both Flor), at the Counseling Center table; and Lidia Wilczak, administrative assistant to dean, Dean of Students (Flor), at the sun-damage screening table.

FDU Goes Green

It was a green April as FDU’s New Jersey campuses organized a variety of environment-related activities in celebration of Earth Day on April 25 at the Metropolitan Campus and Green Fest from April 23 to 26 at the College at Florham (see Celebrating Green

Green Fest

The College at Florham focused on environmental sustainability efforts for the sixth consecutive year with a four-day Green Fest celebration with the theme “Water.” Among this year’s activities were a film screening of “The Last Mountain,” a vendor fair, student presentations, a Hot Topics discussion on hydrofracturing, musical performances, a reception and awards ceremony and the library exhibit “Fauna of Florham: Wildlife on Campus.”

Earth Day

For its fourth Earth Day celebration, the Metropolitan Campus had a variety of activities — the annual cleanup of the Hackensack River; the sale of flowers, vegetables and herbs grown in the Metro Greenery, the campus’s greenhouse; a book exchange; and information from environment-friendly organizations. The affair was co-sponsored by the Student Green Team and the Green Campus Committee.


Top left photo: At the United Nations table are, from left, Delicia Koeneke, Spanish, and student Tiffani Kristenberg.

Top center photo: Members of the Green Fest Committee included, from left, Christopher Caldiero, communication, and Colleen Di Gregorio, public relations/marketing coordinator, Monninger Center (College at Florham Library).

Top right photo: From left: Ellen Miller, associate director, enrollment services; and Edward Boroszvich, senior enrollment services clerk, enrollment services, at the ThinkSummer table.

Bottom photo: Members of the campus community enjoying Green Fest events.

Cory Booker Visits Florham

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., spoke on the theme “Whatever Affects One Directly Affects All Indirectly: The Interrelated Structure of Reality,” a topic drawn from a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., on March 21 at the College at Florham. Weaving advice with personal stories, he says that everyone’s histories are intertwined. “And all of us are here (because of a) ‘conspiracy of love.’ (We are) interwoven, interconnected, interdependent,” he said. “Life isn’t always about the big moment, fight, election … it’s about the choice everyday to accept conditions as they are or to take responsibility for change.”

The presentation was co-sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), the Diversity Council and the Office of Campus Life.


Mayor Cory Booker meets College at Florham staff including, from left, Brian Mauro, dean of students; Willie Thornton, director, public safety; Kenneth Greene, campus provost; and Erica O’Brien, administrative assistant, EOF, with Marjorie Hall, director, EOF, looking on.

Left photo: Mayor Cory Booker, left, speaks with FDU students, from left, RaJohn Raeford, Michael Harris and Courtney Anderson-Harvey.

Right photo: Mayor Cory Booker, center, with EOF staff, from left, Erica O’Brien, administrative assistant; David Jones, assistant director; Kristina Jones, assistant director; Marjorie Hall, director; and Bradley Levy, associate director.

Giovatto Library Holds Spring Open House

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Frank Giovatto Library hosted a spring open house on April 10 at the Metropolitan Campus. The event featured a musical performance by keyboardist Louis Landon, the opening of an exhibit on book- and library-themed artwork by members of the FDU community and the announcement of winning art entries.

The event was co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Campus Library Committee and the Giovatto Library alumni advisory board.


Left photo: Kathleen Stein-Smith, head, Giovatto Library (Metro), delivers the welcome remarks.

Center photo: From left are Joseph Kiernan, campus provost (Metro) and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness; Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); Khyati Joshi, education (Metro), who were among the judges in the art exhibit; and Paulette Laubsch, administrative science and director, MS in homeland security (Metro).

Right photo: Graduating senior Keith Richards, left, with Marie Roberts, fine arts (Metro), and his work “Thompson’s Tour with the Angels.” His artwork, “surrealist, 60s poster vibe,” is one of the entries in the student, faculty and staff exhibit.

Among those who attended the open-house event are, from left, S. Craig Mourton, assistant campus provost (Metro); Eli Amdur, Petrocelli College (Metro); Douglas Rizzo, member of the FDU Alumni Association board of governors and Giovatto Library alumni advisory board; Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean for off-campus credit programs, Petrocelli College, and director, administrative science (Metro); Joseph Devine, administrative science (Metro); Nick Agostino, biological sciences (Metro); and Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Laboratory (Metro).

Monninger Center Progress

Progress continues with the construction of the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research at the College at Florham. The structural steel is up and concrete floors have been poured. The goal for completion is September.

To view the construction in progress go to . For a time lapse video since construction began in October 2011 go to .

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