News & Notes
This year's Athletics Hall of Fame inductees: (L-R) Anthony Peeples, Jill Gastelu, Sharon Ormsbee, Rob McOmish.
The Montclair State Department of Athletics added four new members to its Hall of Fame as the quartet was honored on Tuesday, March 2 at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ. Softball All-American pitcher Sharon (Ormsbee) Scimeca, volleyball standout Jill Gastelu '00, and All-Americans Anthony Peeples '99 (basketball) and
Rob McOmish '99 (soccer) comprised the 37th class to be inducted bringing the total number of members to 191.
Also honored were two more members into the Century Club for coaches who have achieved 100 or more career victories. Joining the list this year were men’s soccer coach Brian Sentowski, who became the all-time winningest coach in program history this past fall and field hockey mentor Beth Gottung.
For bios on the inductees, click here.
Montclair State Receives Presidential Community Service Award
Montclair State University has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive, for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Recognized for the impact that the University and its students have had on issues ranging from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice, Montclair State is one of just 742 colleges and universities in the nation to be included in the Honor Roll.“
For students, putting their education to work in practical ways can be of substantial benefit both to the community and to themselves,” said University President Susan A. Cole. “The evidence shows that service learning has a very positive influence on students' academic achievements, their development as engaged citizens, and on the community organizations and agencies that they serve. In my judgment, the many Montclair State programs that enable students to bridge the academic environment with the world beyond the University play a very significant role in the educational process.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll, chose the institutions to be recognized based on a number of selection factors including the scope and innovation of the service projects, the percentage of students who participate, the incentives for service, and the extent to which the institutions offer academic service-learning courses.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, Montclair State had approximately 550 students enrolled in service-learning courses, all conducting a minimum of 20 hours of community service related to their service-learning coursework. Additionally, apart from any academic requirements, around 480 students volunteered in community service projects. Altogether, Montclair State students engaged in more than 19,170 hours of service to the community during the year.
For more on this story, click here.
As part of the Chinese Festival of the Arts and Humanities a workshop, "The History Behind Chinese Dumplings" was held. The workshop featured a hands-on demonstration and tastings with dumplings prepared by the Food Management students under the direction of Montclair State University faculty and visiting scholars.
Honorary Degrees To Be Awarded at Convocations
Each college and school will host a convocation ceremony in the Amphitheater celebrating students' achievements before the official conferral of degrees at Commencement. on May 21. Honorary degrees will be awarded by each college and school at the convocations. Honorees are listed below along with dates and times of ceremonies.
May 13 - College of Education & Human Services, 7 p.m.; Charles Magliaro '54, former Superintendent of East Hanover School District
May 14 - School of Business, 7 p.m.; Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine
May 15 - College of the Arts, 11 a.m.; "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, radio personality
May 15 - Graduate School, 3 p.m.; John Wallace '66 MA, President, NBC Local Media Division
May 16 - College of Science & Mathematics, 1 p.m.; Richard Axel, Columbia University Professor and Nobelist in Physiology or Medicine, 2004
May 16 - College of Humanities & Social Sciences, 4 p.m.; Fahima Vorgetts, Afghani women's advocate and activist
May 21 - Commencement, Izod Center, Rutherford, NJ. Montclair State will confer more than 3,000 degrees.
For more information on convocations and commencement, click here.
College of the Arts Monthly Newsletter Available
The College of the Arts spring e-news publication for CART students and alumni is available. From events to the latest news on faculty, staff, students and alumni, everything you need to know is at your fingertips. Click here for the current issue.
Beloved Montclair State Coach Jerry Edwards Passes
Dr. Gerald Edwards, football, basketball, and track coach at Montclair State University from 1958 to 1966, died in Port Jefferson, N.Y. on March 21, after a short illness. During his tenure at Montclair State, Edwards taught physical education courses and lived with his wife, Rita, in Chapin Hall as dorm parents, along with their two young daughters, Ellen and Carolyn.
During Edwards’ tenure at Montclair State, he coached two of four undefeated football teams in Montclair State University history.
In 2007, Edwards was honored by 70 of his former team members who traveled from throughout the country for a reunion to pay tribute to Edwards and reminisce about their years at Montclair State.
Following the reunion, a small group of those athletes began planning another celebration during Homecoming 2010 and to recognize the 50th anniversary of their undefeated 1960 football team, coached by Edwards. This steering committee has also spearheaded the Coach Jerry Edwards Athletic Endowment Fund to honor Edwards and earmark this special fund to assist football, men’s basketball and track sports. Their goal is to reach $50,000 before the October Homecoming event.
Edwards’ coaching career at Montclair State still claims the highest winning percentage of any football coach in program history. During his tenure, Edwards fashioned a 36-12 mark (.750 winning percentage) and recorded two of the five undefeated seasons in athletics history. He was inducted into the Montclair State Athletic Hall of Fame in April 1991 and is one of 15 coaches to be enshrined. For more on Edwards' career and the 2007 event, click here.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Coach Jerry Edwards Endowment Fund, Montclair State University Foundation, One Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043.
Memorial Service for Former Faculty Member
The community is invited to a memorial service for Dr. Judith A. Shillcock on Thurs., April 8, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Hall Conference Center. Shillcock passed away in October at the age of 66. During her 38 years at Montclair State, Shillcock taught health and physiology to scores of students who went on to successful careers in the health industry.
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Teaching as an Inner and Outer Journey and Why Both Are Important, April 5
University Hall, Room 3050, 4 - 5:15 p.m.
The Spanish/Italian Department and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures are sponsoring this discussion featuring Maryann Woods-Murphy '78 '88 MA, a Spanish teacher and diversity educator at Northern Regional High School. Murphy was named 2009-2010 Teacher of the Year of New Jersey and Teacher of the Year of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Dance Works 2010, April 7 - 11
Celebrate African American choreographers and choreography in this dance performance featuring MSU dancers. Highlighting this event will be Games by renowned choreographer Donald McKayle, and Helen Tamiris' poignant Negro Spirituals. Artistic direction by Lori Katterhenry and Nancy Lushington. Tickets are $15. Click for more information.
PharmFest, April 12
Montclair State University is hosting PharmFest 2010, New Jersey’s leading industry/academic forum on emerging issues and future trends in pharmaceutical life sciences featuring presentations, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities. Co-sponsored by the HealthCare Institute, the conference is designed to broaden awareness of the current and future state of the pharmaceutical life sciences industry, features industry and government executives as well as the University’s research faculty. For information click here.
Center for Child Advocacy Conference, April 16
The Center for Child Advocacy is hosting the fifth annual national conference, "Advocating for Children: Policy and Practice," University Hall Conference Center.
The conference is co-sponsored by the NJ Division of Youth and Family Services and feature nationally known professionals in the field of Child Advocacy in addition to presentations, workshops, and poster presentations.
Seating is limited and registration is required by
April 10. For more information, click here.
The Work of School, University, and Agency Leaders: A Global Perspective on Working with Multicultural Populations Conference, April 16
Richardson Hall, 8:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The College of Education and Human Services Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership presents this conference on America’s shifting and emergent cultural formations that challenge our contemporary understandings of diversity. There will be several presenters, including keynote speaker, Dr. Clifford Janey, Superintendent of the Newark Public Schools. Registration is required. Click here for information.
Saturday-only MBA Open House,
The MBA Program in the School of Business will be holding an information session at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. The overview of the program and the application and admission process will be discussed from 4:30 to 5 p.m. and 5:30 to 6 p.m. followed by two question and answer sessions. For more information click here.
Bell Society Event, April 23
Bell Society members (graduates from the class of 1959 and prior) are invited to attend a performance by the MSU Chorale and the MSU Singers at 11:30 at the Alexander Kasser Theater The Chorale will perform Benjamin Britten’s "Saint Nicolas, Op. 42" with tenor Peter Gilis. The Singers will perform works including English choral anthems by Dove and Howells; romantic composers Rheinberger, Saint-Saëns and Wolf; MSU student composers Thomas Oltarzewski and Martin Sedek, and more. Dessert meet and greet to immediately follow. Cost: $8 per person. RSVP required by April 21 via e-mail at RSVP@mail.montclair.edu or by phone, (973) 655-6792.
Chinese Festival of the Arts and Humanities, through April 25
Montclair State presents Contemplating China's Past and Future: A Festival of China's Arts and Humanities. The Festival, which takes place on campus and in the town of Montclair, pays homage to China's remarkable cultural legacy and its strong impact. Through a series of more than 20 concerts, lectures, exhibitions, symposiums, discussions, and workshops, artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, and scholars from China and the U.S. will demonstrate the various aspects of China's culture. For details click here.
Deadline Near for Legacy Scholarship
Entering full-time freshman who are the children or grandchildren of an MSU graduate are eligible to apply for the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.
The Legacy Scholarship is awarded in the form of a
tuition waiver. Final selection is based on academic
achievement as determined by the Office of Admissions, on financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and on the quality of the essay submitted by the applicant.
Interested students must file the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicating MSU as
one of the recipients.
A completed application form and the accompanying 200 word essay must be received by the Office of Alumni Relations by April 12.
50th Reunion Events Approaching
Members of the golden anniversary class have received their invitation and registration packets for the 50th reunion celebration, May 20 and 21. We look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any special needs, please be sure to let us know. For more information on the festivities, click here or contact Winsome Wynter at 973-655-4141;
Save the Date! Saturday, Oct. 9
Plans are underway for Homecoming 2010 to be bigger and better than ever with even more food and fun. This year will feature mini lectures, an "iron chef" competition, an alumni mix and mingle, a whole new way to tailgate before and after the game and much more. The Red Hawks will take on TCNJ's Lions
at 3 p.m. Save the date and stay tuned for details!