Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning Honors Members and Presents Scholarships at Annual Luncheon
Madison, NJ (May 15, 2006) – Members of the Florham Institute for Life Long Learning (FILL), located on the College at Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ, recently presented two students with scholarship aid, recognizing them for their determination in facing obstacles, working as well as studying, yet earning exceptional grades.
Old Bridge resident Brittany Figliolino, one of the awardees, is enrolled in the Honors Program and the Executive Scholars Program, and is a member of the Devils Dance Team and the Florham Programming Committee at the University. Currently a junior, she plans to continue her education after graduation by enrolling in the 150 hour CPA Program offered at the University.
During the semester she works at a Madison pizzeria restaurant and in a CPA office. In the summer she helps at the High Road School of Parlin, and with a pizzeria in Old Bridge. This summer has secured a position with KPMG in Short Hills, NJ. She is the daughter of Allan and Karen Figliolino.
Elizabeth resident Diana Valente is a junior majoring in English and pursuing a degree in teaching. She is enrolled in the 5-year Quest Elementary Education Program, which will enable her to complete her studies with a Master in Education degree. Valente works at the Short Hills Mall and volunteers at the non-profit Portuguese Sports Club. She is an assistant school director, working with several Portuguese teachers and students. She also volunteers with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and with Habitat for Humanity.
The Institute, once known as Educational Program for Older Persons (EPOP), was established at Fairleigh Dickinson University by Dr. Joseph L. Tramutola, Jr., as a pilot program to enroll retired senior citizens to take credit courses alongside traditional students. Classes could be taken for personal enrichment or for degree fulfillment.
People 65 and over may enroll in traditional courses, or just participate in the classes presented by other members of FILL. Call 973-443-8653 for more information about FILL, once known as Educational Program for Older Persons. (EPOP).
The luncheon also recognized the 100th birthday of its oldest member, Jeannette Sleever of Morris Plains, NJ. Sleever began to take college courses for credit through the FILL program and graduated cum laude in 2001, majoring in General Studies.
After graduating from Morristown High School at the age of 16, Sleever attended a business college, worked, was married and raised a family. When she retired at age 65, she joined FDU’s EPOP program “for the challenge, and for personal enrichment.” She enjoyed mingling with the traditional students and participated in many campus electives. Developing an interest in acting and stage production, she helped create the EPOP Players, an acting troupe of seniors that wrote, produced and performed their own plays. The troupe entertained at senior centers in surrounding communities.
Asked about her secret for longevity, she responds, “Face life with enthusiasm! If there is something you really would like to do…don’t just sit there, go for it!”