News & Notes
New Jersey was hit with two huge snowstorms last month that left a few feet of snow on the ground and closed campus twice. Despite this day of bad weather, students were able to trek their way to classes.
Alumni Relations Announces Online Shopping Mall
The Office of Alumni Relations is excited to announce a new program for alumni and friends to save you money on all your shopping needs. The Montclair State Shopping Mall is your opportunity to go to the mall without ever leaving your home! This new site will be your online source for 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, Dell,
Foot Locker, Best Buy, Golfsmith, Red Envelope, Vermont Teddy Bear 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.
To start shopping, you will need to use this one-time username montclairalumni and password Marketplace1. On the next screen, you'll be prompted to create your own personal login and account information to use for all your future shopping trips.
Click here to get started.
MSU Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Inductions
The Montclair State Department of Athletics will add four new members into its Hall of Fame as they will be honored at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ. Softball All-American pitcher Sharon (Ormsbee) Scimeca, volleyball standout Jill Gastelu Ianitelli '00, and All-Americans Anthony Peeples '99 (basketball) and Rob McOmish '99 (soccer) will comprise the 37th class to be inducted bringing the total number of members to 191.
Also honored will be two more members into the Century Club for coaches who have achieved 100 or more career victories. Joining the list this year will be 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.
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Montclair State Lauded for Leadership in Minority Graduation Rates
Montclair State University has been named a “Top Gainer” and a “Top Gap Closer,” and listed among the top 25 public four-year colleges and universities in the nation for its improvements in minority graduation rates by The Education Trust, a Washington DC-based, non-profit advocacy group. Among the Carnegie classification’s 186 public master’s institutions included in the study, Montclair State was the only New Jersey institution to be listed in the top 25.
The Education Trust’s report, “Top Gainers,” noted that between 2002 and 2007, the graduation rate for underrepresented minority (URM) students—those of African American, Hispanic, and Native American heritage—at Montclair State increased by a substantial 14 percent, nearly double the average increase of all public master’s institutions that made gains during that period. That increase put the University’s 2007 URM six-year graduation rate of 54.9 percent well above the 35.6 percent national average for public master’s institutions for that year.
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School of Business Launches Advanced Legal Management Program
The School of Business is pleased to announce the launch of Advanced Legal Management, a new seminar program designed to assist the growing number of managers who work in law firms and corporate law departments. The courses also are designed for partners and in house counsel with business responsibilities.
Montclair State University has identified professional service firms as an under-served market for business training as law firms place increased emphasis on modern corporate management techniques to enhance profitability and improve efficiency.
Each certificate program is approximately 16 hours in duration and will be held late Friday afternoon and two Saturdays. The topics are specialized so students will receive in-depth training in one subject. Click here for more information.
Montclair State Mourns the Loss of Longtime Supporter and Friend
Murray Cole, one of the University’s longtime supporters and friends, died last month, peacefully and at home.
Mr. Cole served on the Montclair State Board of Trustees from 1981 to 2004 and as Board Chair on two separate occasions, from 1983 to 1989 and from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Cole also served on the University’s Foundation Board of Trustees (1989-2009) – as Chairman from 1999-2002, and as Vice Chairman for two terms.
In 2005, he was presented with a “Resolution of Appreciation” thanking him for “his excellent service, careful deliberations, generosity, keen insight, warm spirit, unfailing good humor and countless contributions to Montclair State University.”
In 2009, upon his retirement from the Foundation Board of Trustees, Mr. Cole was presented with a resolution that described his “influence and generosity” which had “effected positive change in the lives of the University’s students, faculty, and staff.”
A distinguished lawyer for more than 50 years prior to his 1997 retirement, the Paterson native was a graduate of Williams College and Cornell University Law School.
He and his wife recently endowed the Miriam and Murray Cole Studio in the new
John J. Cali School of Music building.
A service to celebrate the life of Murray Cole will be held on Sunday, March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Leshowitz Recital Hall, John J. Cali School of Music on the campus of Montclair State University.
Women's History Month Programs
Montclair State kicked off Women’s History Month celebrations with a flag-raising ceremony and President’s proclamation. Women's History Month programing is a collaboration between the Women's Center and the Women and Gender Studies Program, who are offering a series of day and evening programs all month. Some highlights: Thurs., March 4, Keynote Lecture, “The Queer Art of Failure," Dr. Judith Halberstam, University Hall, Room 1070, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. and Tues., March 23, “Who's Your Daddy? Gender and God Language in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam," Panel Discussion, Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. For more information on all Women's History Month programs, click here.
A New Language, A New World,
Book presentation by Dr. Nancy Carnevale, Associate Professor of History at MSU, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge. Question and Answer session to follow presentation. Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by: The Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, The Department of History at MSU, The Department of Italian at MSU and the Consulate of Italy in Newark. For more information and to register contact Nicole Padula at email@example.com or (973) 655-7977.
Gifted and Talented Summer Open House, March 21
Student Center Ballroom, 2-4 p.m. Come and meet over 50 of our teachers, see samples of the curriculum, and ask the questions that will help you decide which of the many courses you want to choose for your personalized camp experience. Alumni receive a 30% discount on the summer program with proof of graduation. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking at the Red Hawk Parking Deck. For more information on Gifted and Talented, click here.
Opening of The John Davis and Dr. M. Benjamin Burton Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Center, March 28
Montclair State University and the Department of Athletics are hosting an open house reception to celebrate the opening of the newly named room of Panzer Athletics Center. Click here for details.
Last Chance for Discount Devils Tix
The regular season is winding down but there's still a chance to cheer on the Devils on Tue., March 30 as they take on the Boston Bruins at 7 p.m. Get a $56 ticket and a $10 food and non-alcoholic beverage voucher for only $38 (a $66 value). Tickets are limited and subject to $56 group ticket availability. Order by calling Tom Stocky at Devils Groups Sales, 973-757-6117. Or click here for a printable pdf order form. Be sure to mention MSU Special Discounted Ticket Offers
5th Annual Football Beefsteak, April 1
A night of food, fun and great memories of MSU football. Thurs., April 1, Wayne Fire Co. #1, 93 Parish Dr., Wayne, NJ. Doors open at 6 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. (*Boonton Road/Lincoln Park exit off of Route 23) Cost is $45 per person or $450 for a table of 10. RSVP by March 21. For more information, call (973) 655-5238 or (973) 655-7079.
Dance Works 2010, April 7 - 11
Come 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. The day-long conference, co-sponsored by the HealthCare Institute, 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. For exhibitor and corporate sponsorship information on PharmFest, contact Kathy Walsh at email@example.com.
Chinese Festival of the Arts and Humanities, through April 25
Zhiyuan Cong, The Space in Between Humanity and Deity (detail) 1986; Chinese pigment on rice paper, 61 x 246.4 cm (24 x 97inches).
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.
Scholarship Opportunity for the Child or Grandchild of an MSU Graduate
Each year, the MSU Alumni Association Scholarship
Committee considers applications of entering full-time freshmen who are the children or grandchildren of an MSU graduate.
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, 2010.
50th Reunion Celebrations this Spring
The golden anniversary class celebrations will begin on Thursday, May 20, with a 50th reunion class reception; and on Friday, May 21, lead Commencement procession. For more information on the festivities, click here or contact Winsome Wynter at 973-655-4141 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.