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The MSUAA continues to look to partner with organizations that can provide special discounts and other benefits to alumni and the entire MSU community. We are pleased to offer the following offers/discounts that not only support the Alumni Association and the special University initiatives that the Association undertakes but also helps you show your MSU Pride.

The MSU Alumni Association has recently finalized plans to partner with Marsh Affinity Group Services who will bring you discounted insurance offers on long term care insurance, 10 year life insurance and short term medical insurance designed for those who are recent college graduates, unemployed, in between jobs and/or in need of an alternative to COBRA. To learn more about any of these alumni services options, simply call 1-888-560-ALUM (2586) or visit


As part of this program, automobile and homeowner’s insurance will be provided by Liberty Mutual a Fortune 100 company and one of the top 10 insurance providers in the nation - to offer you special discounts on Liberty Mutual's already-competitive auto and home insurance rates.  Liberty Mutual is committed to providing you with affordable rates, high-quality services, and information to help you and your family live safer, more secure lives.

To see how much Liberty Mutual can save you, call 1-800-524-9400 or go online to  Please mention client #113338.

Check out our Discounts and Partners web page for detailed information on all of this plus . . .
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Calling All....    
MBA Alumni
If you graduated from MSU with your MBA, The School of Business is looking for you! Why not become part of the MSU MBA Alumni Group. A group page on the MSU Alumni Online Community has been created so you and your fellow MBA graduates can find information about events, networking and more.
Visit and click on Regional Groups/Chapters.

Classes ending in 3 & 8
Plans are underway for the next Reunion Cocktail Party celebrating your milestone anniversary. This is a big year: not only for you but for the University which is turning 100 in 2008. Would you like to get involved and get your classmates on board for your reunion? Get in touch with us and we'll work together to get this party rolling! Contact us at:


If you are a campus group seeking  out alumni, e-mail and we'll place your "call out" here.


December 2007
News & Notes
Former President Thomas Richardson Remembered
It was with deep sadness that the University community learned of the death of Thomas Henry Richardson, the fourth president of Montclair State College, 1966-73. The following is provost and vice president for academic affairs Richard A. Lynde's thoughts on Richardson's passing:

“Tom,” to his friends and colleagues, was a consummate example of the type of individual Tom Brokaw characterized in “The Greatest Generation.” Tom finished his baccalaureate degree at the State Teachers College in Oswego, NY in 1943 and entered the Army Air Corps where he served as a Lieutenant in the European Theater. Following his discharge he took a position as an instructor of Industrial Arts and Social Studies at the New York School for the Deaf and went back to school, eventually earning an Ed.D. at Teachers College of Columbia University in 1951. During the course of his career he served as a secondary school teacher and principal of elementary and secondary schools with stops along the way in Brooklyn, England, Germany, and Attleboro, MA. From 1951 to 1955 he served as the Superintendent of the Air Force Dependent Schools in England, Germany, France, and North Africa. In 1958 he succumbed to the lure of University life when he became Dean of the College at Jersey City State College.

He became Dean of the College at Montclair State Teachers College in 1964 and almost immediately became Acting President on November 1, 1964. Two years later, on November 1, 1966, he was named the fourth President of Montclair State, in which capacity he served until August 31, 1973. While his time in office was relatively short, they were years of momentous change for the College and for higher education in New Jersey. Click here to read more.

San Diego Alumni see "Jersey Boys"

Alumni in San Diego gathered on Nov. 1 to take in a performance of "Jersey Boys" at the Civic Theatre. A pre-show reception was held at Napa Valley Grille atop Horton Plaza Shopping Center. "Unfortunately, due to the fires in San Diego the previous week, we did not have the turn out that we anticipated," said organizer Susan Guthrie Lowrance '68. "The show was great! A good time was had by all as we exchanged our MSU stories and talked about future events in our area." Pictured from left, back row: Dr. Bruno Paul '54, Christine "Chrissy" Cabral '93, Julie Adams, director of MSU's Alumni & Community Relations, Lowrance. Front row from left: Barbara Louis '63, '73 M.A., Helen Wilkes '67, '72 M.A.

Athletic Department Inducts Hall of Fame Members
The Montclair State Department of Athletics inducted five new members into its Hall of Fame this month: Charlie Coe '84 basketball; Kristi Kuchinski '94, softball; Alex Kaplanovich '71, football, Mark Arnold '76, swimming and diving and Rick Giancola, head football coach, 1983 to present. Also unveiled during the evening was the Century Club as Montclair State honored 12 of the 24 coaches in school history who have accumulated 100 or more victories. For more on the event including a photo and biographies, click here.

Alumni Connections will feature an article each month during the centennial year written by members of the Montclair State University Alumni Association. The retrospective stories will look back decade-by-decade at the school and the culture of the times. 

Alma Mater, dear Montclair: The Fabulous '50s
The Cold War well underway, the United States and the Soviet Union engage in an arms and space race that ignites suspicion of domestic communism; while one war ends, another begins, the Korean War (one of Montclair State’s own, Corporal Alexander "Sandy" MacMillan is killed in action, honored in the ’53 Campana yearbook); the nation grows to 50 with Alaska then Hawaii; racial segregation is ruled unconstitutional and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus; Salk develops the polio vaccine; and rock and roll is born.

On the home front, Dr. Harry A. Sprague announced his retirement, and in 1951, E. DeAlton Partridge became Montclair State’s third president. A USMC officer program, a U.S. Army infantry reserve unit and a war veterans organization can be found on campus. Students reveled at the spring carnival and campus queen dances; proms were held at the Waldorf.

In 1952, the nation’s first educational programs were broadcast from campus. Ted Sheft ’52, a former faculty member, went on to design, build and equip the entire New Jersey Public Television network. Its studio was a converted bowling alley, and transmitters in four locations (including one on the Montclair State campus) sent signals covering New Jersey as well as parts of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Montclair State received high praise when Harvard President James Conant cited MSTC as the Harvard of American Teachers' Colleges.

Also in ’52 the Alumni Association began awarding annual citations to distinguished alumni. The inaugural citation went to Grace Freeman ’18, a member of the State Assembly. (The’53 yearbook also is dedicated to Freeman and Sprague.)

Our basketball team enjoyed a stellar ’53-’54 season. After reaching the 100-point mark once in its first 25 years, Montclair did it 11 times that season, including a memorable game on February 9, 1954 as Montclair set a record for points scored in knocking off Bloomfield College, 120-102. The ’53-’54 squad went on to an 18-4 record, the best single-season winning percentage in team history. In addition, Montclair ranked as one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation, averaging 96.7 points per game, a record that still stands today.

The Montclair State campus experienced a great expansion during the ’50s. In 1955, Stone Hall, dedicated to John C. Stone, first chair of the Mathematics Department and author of more than 60 textbooks in the field, opened and housed up to 100 students. The opening of Finley Hall, dedicated to Charles S. Finley, former dean of instruction, the Student Center and Memorial Auditorium followed in 1957.  On Oct. 16, 1950, a story in LIFE magazine reported on the nationwide college facilities shortage as GIs flocked to college after World War II. Life Hall was dedicated to those who gave their lives in the service of our country. It houses Memorial Auditorium and the DuMont Television Center, named after Allen B. Dumont, a pioneer in the broadcasting industry.

Perhaps the biggest historical highlight of the decade came in 1958 when Montclair State Teachers College merged with Panzer School of Physical Education to become Montclair State College. Panzer College was the last of the private, single-purpose schools and colleges preparing teachers of physical education and health in the United States. Because Montclair State College was then considering the development of a physical education major, the timing for a merger was perfect. This historic event was engineered by Partridge, Dr. Margaret C. Brown, president of Panzer College, and the Panzer College Board of Trustees, with the approval of the State Board of Education. Panzer Gymnasium and Panzer Pool were dedicated to a Swiss-born gymnast, Henry Panzer, in 1958.

That year also marked the tradition of awarding honorary degrees chosen by the Board of Trustees. The first, an honorary Doctor of Letters, was presented to Dr. John H. Bosshart who served as state Commissioner of Education from 1943-1952. Since then, many alumni have been awarded honorary degrees. For a complete list of recipients, click here.

Alumni from the decade accomplished great things in many fields. Edward J.  Meade ’54 was the co-founder and first chair of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, a former member of the New Jersey Board of Higher Education, and a longtime member of the Ford Foundation where he sought for almost 30 years to improve the quality of public schools; Ray Michalski sang at the Met; William Shadel ’52 performed in the orchestra of several Broadway productions and Lew Erber ’56 held many coaching positions in the NFL throughout his career.  

Montclair State entered this decade with only four permanent buildings and with the mission to prepare teachers committed to public service. Both changed with the physical development of the campus and the new programs and degrees offered as a result of becoming a four-year college. Yet the atmosphere of a close-knit community of faculty, students and alumni remained the same thanks, in part, to the school’s leadership: from Chapin, inspiration; from Sprague, vision and diligence; from Partridge, diplomacy.

When & Where

Dec. 5, 6, 7, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 1 p.m.; Dec 8, 8 p.m.; Dec. 9, 2 p.m., Memorial Auditorium
The first in a yearlong tribute to American choreographers, this performance will include an excerpt from D-Man in the Waters set on MSU dance students by Roz LeBlanc, former dancer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Also part of this performance is Steps in the Street from Chronicle, a work originally choreographed by Martha Graham. Other works on this diverse program include Bach and Forward choreographed by Maxine Steinman, Tantrix by Donna Scro Gentile and Life Out of Balance choreographed by Jessica DiMauro. Artistic direction by Lori Katterhenry. Tickets $15.
Contact the Box Office, 973-655-5112, for more information or visit

Beatrice Crawford Memorial Concert
Dec. 9, 3 p.m., Alexander Kasser Theater
Tony Award winning vocalist Chuck Cooper joins the MSU Symphony Orchestra in a world premiere of "The Star Across the Ocean" by American composer and music faculty member Scott Davenport Richards. Other works include Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor by Gustav Mahler. This free public performance is supported by a generous grant from the Keating Crawford Foundation. It is an annual event presented at Montclair State University in memory of Beatrice Crawford, a Montclair musician who was the director of two choral groups “The Madrigals” and “The Choraliers.” Contact the Box Office, 973-655-5112, for more information.

Workshop of opera "Elmer Gantry"
Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m., Alexander Kasser Theater
Following its world premier at the James K. Polk Theater in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, a concert performance of "Elmer Gantry," comes to MSU. The opera by Robert Aldridge, director of MSU's John J. Cali School of Music is based on the classic novel by Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry explores the role of revivalism in the early 20th century. Tickets $15. Contact the Box Office or visit

Fourth annual Art Connections
Through Dec. 15
This juried exhibition features works by professional artists on display in the George Segal Gallery, For more information, call the George Segal Gallery at 973-655-3382.

Holiday Shopping for the Sports Fan
It's not too late to get your discounted NJ Nets and NJ Devils tickets!

Last season the New Jersey NETS made it to the playoffs for the sixth straight time. Watch them get back on the court at the IZOD Center (formerly Continental Airlines Arena) for another exciting run for the NBA Championship with discounted tickets for everyone to the following games:
Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m vs. Houston Rockets,
LL $60.00, UL (rows 1-15) $55.00, UL (rows 16-24, corner rows 1-15) $35.00
Wed., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m. vs. New York Knicks
Sat., April 5, 7:30 p.m. vs. Toronto Raptors
For NETS ticket information contact: Ken Dorsett ‘02, Nets Group Sales at 201-635-3414 or and be sure to mention the MSUAA ticket offer.

See the New Jersey DEVILS face off against their opponents in the team’s new home! This is the perfect opportunity to see the three-time Stanley Cup champions skate on fresh ice at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Devils are offering Montclair State alumni, faculty, staff, family, and friends discounted tickets to the following games:
Fri., Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
Devils vs. Anaheim Ducks  Code: msu020808

Fri., March 21, 7 p.m.
Devils vs. NY Islanders       Code: msu032108
To order tickets on line go to:
and enter the appropriate code as indicated above.
Or contact: John Tierney, Devils Group Sales at 800-653-3845 and be sure to mention the MSUAA ticket offer.

Hit the Ice
This is the perfect time of year for ice skating: outdoors, or in! If you want to stay a bit warmer, head over to Floyd Hall Arena on the Montclair State campus. Members of the MSUAA receive a discount for admission and skates are available for rental. For public skate session schedules and more information, visit

Class of 1958: Plans are being made!
This is your year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of your graduation from Montclair State. On Thursday, May 22, the Class of 1958 will kick off their reunion celebration with an upscale, expanded cocktail party with music and a cash bar in the University Hall Conference Center, beginning at 6 p.m. If you are interested in seeing how the campus has changed, arrive early for a guided bus tour at 4:30. Following the tour, you'll be able to relax in a hospitality room until the reception. On Friday, May 23, our esteemed golden anniversary class is invited to honor the occasion by participating in the University’s Commencement exercises, leading the procession of graduates complete with academic regalia and commemorative gold stoles, a memento for you to keep. We’ll provide transportation to the arena and back to campus for an informal luncheon which will conclude the reunion celebrations. If you haven't received correspondence from us in the mail, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at

Save the Date . . . .
September 20, 2008
Marking A Milestone:
A Centennial Celebration
The celebration of the University's Centennial has begun and we ask that you mark your calendars now for a very special event that will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008.

This on-campus celebration will include activities, entertainment, food and fun for people of all ages.

The Montclair State Centennial Festival will culminate a year of celebration as students, faculty, staff, alumni, area residents and their families gather to commemorate this important milestone in the University's history.

As we begin the planning stages, we'd like to hear what you would like to see at this event. Send an e-mail to:
Please indicate Festival in the subject line.

To view the Montclair State Centennial Web site, which includes a calendar of centennial events, history of the University, campus memories and more, click here.