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There are many ways for you to keep in touch with your classmates - and your alma mater. Here are just a few:

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Post Your Class Note Online
Share your latest and greatest news online. Whether you recently got promoted, had a book published, got engaged, married or had a baby, we encourage you to share your achievements with your fellow classmates. Share your news now!

Support your alma mater by taking advantage of discounts and services through our affinity partners:
Ready, set shop! Check out our new Montclair State Shopping Mall. Your opportunity to go to the mall without ever leaving your home! This site offers discounts from more than 500 retailers offering everything from clothing to household items as well as great deals on family vacations, sports and entertainment, car rentals, insurance, and more. Here's just a sampling of the vendors you'll find online: Sears, Target, Footlocker, Dell, Best Buy, Golfsmith, Red Envelope and Eastern Mountain Sports.

Plus, you'll have access to our other partners such as Liberty Mutual, Bank of America, Six Flags Great Adventure and more. Every click supports the MSU Alumni Relations Program.

Click here to get started.

Charge it and Earn Rewards!
Alumni can apply for the MSU Alumni Association Platinum Plus® MasterCard® credit card with WorldPoints® rewards which is offered through Bank of America. Each time you make a purchase using your MSUAA card you'll not only be earning rewards points for yourself but you'll also help to support alumni programs and events. Click here for more info.

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Travel Opportunities
There's still time to book your 2010 tours offered through our travel partners,
Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. and Alumni Holidays Incorporated (AHI):
Life through Burgundy and Provence (9/25 - 10/3/10); The Crossroads of the Classica
l Mediterranean (10/24 - 11/1/10);Canadian Maritimes (8/15 - 8/24/10).

If you missed your travel opportunity for 2010, think about traveling in 2011. So far we've got two great trips lined up: Cruise from San Juan Puerto Rico to St. Barts, Antigua, Granada, Dominica and St. Kitts from March 15 to March 22. Or why not tour Australia/New Zealand on February 6?

Click here for detailed information on our travel tours.

Save on auto, home, renters insurance and more through
logoMSU alumni can save with discounts from Liberty Mutual on auto and home insurance rates as well as Identity Fraud Expense Coverage, which can be added to your renters, condo or homeowners policy.
Click here or call 1-800-524-9400 for your free, no-obligation rate quote (mention client #113338).

Marsh Affinity Group Services offers MSU alumni discounts on long-term care insurance and 10-year life insurance.
To learn more about any of these services, click here or call 1-888-560-ALUM (2568).

Calling All....
If you are a group seeking alumni, contact us and we'll place your call out here. Click to e-mail us.

June 2010
News & Notes

Commencement2010Montclair State Graduates Have Degrees Conferred
Montclair State President Susan A. Cole conferred 3,745 degrees at Commencement exercises at the Izod Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, Fri., May 21. Speaking and receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters degree at the ceremony was James Bradley, author, Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys: A True Story of Courage, and The Imperial Cruise: The Secret History of Empire and War

Prior to Commencement, convocation ceremonies were held by each of the schools and colleges where other honorary degrees were awarded: College of Education & Human Services, Charles Magliaro '54, former Superintendent of East Hanover School District; School of Business, Steve Forbes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine; College of the Arts, "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, radio personality; Graduate School, John Wallace '66 MA, President, NBC Local Media Division, College of Science & Mathematics, Richard Axel, Columbia University Professor and Nobelist in Physiology or Medicine, 2004, and College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Fahima Vorgetts, Afghani women's advocate and activist.

For complete coverage of convocations and commencement, click

Class of 1960Class of 1960 Celebrates Golden Anniversary
Members of the Class of 1960 celebrated their 50th anniversary last month. They began their celebration with a cocktail reception on May 20 in the University Hall Conference Center. The next day, members of the Class of 1960 were honored at the Commencement ceremony. The reunion class (pictured above) led the procession wearing academic caps and gowns and the "official" golden anniversary sash. Following Commencement, the Class of 1960 gathered to reminisce at a luncheon in their honor. Click here for a full recap and photo gallery.

CarpeDiemSocietyCarpe Diem Society Honors Alumni and Friends
Members of the Carpe Diem Society, a group of Montclair State alumni and friends, joined University administrators and students on May 6 for the third annual Carpe Diem Society luncheon on campus. Honoring those who have made a commitment to Montclair State through their estate plans, the luncheon featured greetings from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Willard P. Gingerich (pictured above, far left, with Society members), students from the University's Honors Program and a performance by students from the John J. Cali School of Music.

For more information about the Carpe Diem Society as well as the University’s Planned Giving program, please visit or contact Judy Linder ’83 at 973-655-5454.

Annual Dinner Celebrates Scholarships
More than 300 members of the University community and friends gathered together at the University Hall Conference Center on April 29 for the Montclair State University Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Dinner. The dinner is held each year to honor Carpe Diem Award recipients and to raise funds for student scholarships.

At this year’s dinner, President Susan A. Cole announced that the remarkable sum of around $300,000 had been raised for student scholarships. The donors’ exceptional generosity will enable many students who might otherwise have difficulty paying for their educations, to be able pursue their academic goals.

This year’s recipient of the Carpe Diem Award was Susan L. Blount, senior vice president and general counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc. and a member of the Montclair State University Board of Trustees. The award, which honors particularly distinguished Montclair State alumni and friends for their outstanding professional and personal achievements, was presented by Board of Trustees Chair Douglas L. Kennedy.

Also honored at the dinner were six Montclair State students: Michelle Cartagena, Afshana Ladha, Zalaya Ivy, Erika Schnatz, Ian Honauer, and Matthew Hyde. The six, all scholarship recipients themselves, have distinguished themselves as embodying the University’s “Seize-the-Day” spirit, and each received the Student Carpe Diem Award from President Cole.

See more photos from the event. View the multimedia presentation about the student award recipients. 

Career Seminar for Alumni Coming This Month
parachuteThe Center for Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations will host a career seminar for alumni featuring guest speaker Dr. Connie Pritchard, founder of the Pritchard Group, Inc. Pritchard will present "Selling Your Accomplishments and Experience: Professional Presentation Skills/Job Search Drama: Keeping Sane while Looking for Work." Pritchard has more than 20 years of experience in training and business and has presented seminars and workshops around the country. All participants will receive a copy of the book, "What Color is Your Parachute," by Richard Bolles. The best-selling book is designed to help those struggling to find part-time and full-time employment in these hard economic times acquire the job-search tools they need faster and more efficiently. Contact Cecilia Sullivan for details at or 973-655-5364.

Alumni Directory/Community Getting a New Look
The Alumni Directory and Community as you know it will be temporarily out of service as we work to build you a bigger and better place for all your alumni needs. A new online space with brand new features is under construction. We apologize for any inconvenience but promise the new site will be worth the wait. In the meantime, you can count on receiving your monthly Connections newsletter to keep you informed of all the latest news and happenings at Montclair State.

Update Us
It's easier than ever to make sure that the Montclair State University Office of Alumni Relations has your current contact information so that you may receive communications electronically regarding news and events as well as printed invitations, the Alumni Magazine and more. Click here to complete a simple form and stay connected.

When & Where

Gifted & Talented Information Session, June 2
University Hall, Room 1020, 7 p.m.
Montclair State University’s Academically Gifted and Talented Youth Program have scheduled information sessions about its summer camp programs for gifted students in grades K-11.

At the session, the director or the assistant director of the gifted and talented program will give a brief presentation followed by a Q & A session. The information session is open to the public and those interested in attending may RSVP to Parking is available in the Red Hawk Deck.

Field School Open House, June 5
Bond House (south side of campus, across from Normal Ave.), 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Center for Heritage & Archaeological Studies and the Department of Anthropology, with the help of Anthropology students, are once again conducting excavations in the vicinity of the Bond House in an effort to further document the history of the building and the area immediately around it. Come watch the ongoing excavation, interact with the archaeologists and  learn first-hand about the late 19th Century Van Reyper-Bond House.  From noon to 1 p.m. archaeologist Dr. Peter Siegel, Director of the field school, will discuss the history of the house, now listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, from its construction in 1872 until it became part of the MSU campus.

Graduate Information Session, June 9
University Hall, 7th floor, 6 -7:30, p.m.
Learn how a graduate degree, certification, or certificate from Montclair State University can give your career that extra edge! The Graduate Information Session is designed to provide potential applicants an overview of the following: Benefits of graduate study, graduate application and admissions process, financial aid (a representative will be there to answer your questions). Immediately following the Information Session, there will be breakout sessions only on these programs: Master of Business Administration, Initial Instructional Certification and Master of Arts in Teaching and Urban Teacher Residency. For more information, click here.

Discussion/Book Signing, "Dixie Walker of the Dodgers,"June 12
Yogi Berra Museum, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Famed sportswriter Maury Allen and Susan Walker, daughter of Brooklyn Dodgers star Dixie Walker, will discuss and sign copies of their new book about the man known in Brooklyn as "The People's Cherce." Walker, who was groomed to replace Babe Ruth for the Yankees, played eight years in Brooklyn and as a Southerner objected to playing with Jackie Robinson. For information call 973-655-6891.

Passaic River Symposium, June 22
It is time to reconvene at the biennial Passaic River Symposium to discuss all aspects of environmental issues relevant to the Passaic River Basin. We will gauge progress made in addressing problems, learn about new efforts, and discuss remaining challenges. The three previous symposia (see archived materials at the web site) attracted nearly 300 participants each – this fourth symposium promises to be equally attractive.

The "Lower Passaic River Restoration Project" will be prominently featured in the Symposium. Projects and issues in the upper River and tributary watersheds will also be examined. For full details, visit

Graduate Admissions Accepting Applications for the Fall
It's not too early to begin thinking about applying for a graduate degree, certification or certificate from Montclair State University. Among the advantages offered by the University are: Outstanding graduate programs in numerous fields with nationally-recognized faculty and accreditation; flexible course schedules for both full-time students and working professionals, including nights, weekend, accelerated and Web-enhanced course options; facilities that are on the cutting edge of learning and technology; program faculty and staff dedicated to meeting the needs of the graduate population.

Begin your graduate journey by completing an application online. To meet with a graduate counselor or for more information, call the Office of Graduate Admissions and Support Services at 973-655-5147 or e-mail

NJ Jackals in Full Swing
The New Jersey Jackals season is underway! Looking for something to do this summer? Take in a Jackals home game at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.  There's something special happening every day at Jackals games, including $1 drink Thursdays, fireworks every Saturday and family fun day Sundays. Visit or call 973-655-8009.

Summer Skating Available
Head over to Floyd Hall Arena on the Montclair State campus and go ice skating! MSU alumni receive a discount on admission. Skates are available for rental. For public skate session schedules and more information, visit

Coming Soon:

New Jersey 28th Annual Law School Admissions Day, Sept. 29
Student Center Annex, Ballrooms A, B, and C, 1- 4 p.m.
Sponsored by Rutgers-Newark Career Development Center, and Montclair State University departments/ organizations: the Student Government Association, the Department of Political Science & Law, and the Pre-Law Society. Students will have the opportunity to speak directly to school representatives; to obtain information on the application process and admission criteria
; to receive potential discounts on application fees, and receive L.S.A.T. information to get a head start on the admission process. This event is open to the public. For more information, click here.

HOMECOMING 2010, October 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

Class of 1985: Celebrate Your 25th!
We'd like your participation in helping to plan your 25th anniversary. We've set the date for Oct. 9 to coincide with Homecoming. This is your opportunity to celebrate your silver anniversary! Start spreading the word to your classmates! If you or anyone you know from the Class of 1985 is interested in chairing a committee to help spread the word to your classmates and make your 25th reunion the best it can be, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141 or e-mail