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Ways to Stay Connected
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 achievements 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.

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.

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. Apply now or call 1-800-932-2775. 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.

Six Flags/Great Adventure reopened on March 27 and will be open on weekends until May 9. Opening daily on May 10.

Take the family out for a fun filled day and save more than 50% off the main gate price.

To take advantage of this special offer use these codes:
Username: msuaga09
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Click here to purchase your tickets

Travel Opportunities
Alumni are packing their bags to head off to destinations in Spain, Canada, Italy and France in 2010 on tours offered through Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. and Alumni Holidays Incorporated (AHI). Here's the scoop on the 2010 tours:

There's still time to book for
River Life through Burgundy and Provence (9/25 - 10/3/10)
. Book before May 14, 2010 and save $2,000 per couple.
he Crossroads of the Classical
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.
SydneyOperaHouse Or why not tour Australia/New Zealand on February 6, 2011?

We'll keep you posted on additional tours for 2011.

Click here for detailed information on all 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.

May 2010
News & Notes

TrainingFaciltyDedicationAthletic Training Facility Renamed in Honor of John Davis and Dr. M. Benjamin Burton
Montclair State University renamed its Athletic Training facility the John Davis and Dr. M. Benjamin Burton Athletic Training Sports Medicine Center. “The dedication of the John Davis and Dr. M. Benjamin Burton Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Center offers us an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions of Ben Burton and John Davis,” said MSU Director of Athletics Holly Gera. “Ben has been a tremendous friend of Montclair State athletics and the athletic training program. His assistance in diagnosing and rehabilitating our student athletes is very much appreciated. We are proud to honor him in this naming of our facility along with John.” For the past 25 years, Davis has served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Montclair State providing the highest level of athletic training care to the 17 teams that MSU sponsors. A graduate of Ursinus College and East Stroudsburg University, Davis has been instrumental in turning the Montclair State Athletic Training program into one of the most reputable not only in New Jersey but on the East Coast. Read full article.

President ColePresident Susan A. Cole gave her spring address to the University community on April 22 in Memorial Auditorium. Topics included the state budget and new housing and parking construction around campus. Click to read Dr. Cole's message.

US News Ranks Montclair State University in Top 20 for Education Programs
Montclair State University's graduate programs in secondary teacher education and elementary teacher education were ranked 14 and 17 respectively in the 2010 US News and World Report rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools. The rankings include 278 doctoral-granting schools of education from throughout the United States, and Montclair State University placed ahead of renowned institutions including Harvard, New York University, and the University of California-Berkeley in these categories.

"Montclair State's programs are now receiving the national accolades that New Jersey educators have long bestowed on our programs, faculty, and students," said Ada Beth Cutler, dean of the College of Education and Human Services. "Our reputation as a premier College of Education has been longstanding and growing, and we are honored to achieve this national recognition."

This recognition of University-wide accomplishments in teacher education comes on the heels of two other recent honors. Later this month at the Annual Meeting of AERA (American Educational Research Association), Montclair State University will receive the 2010 Wisniewski Award from the Society of Professors of Education. The purpose of this annual award is to recognize an institution that has made "singularly significant contributions to the theory and practice of teacher education." The University also recently learned it was selected by the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation as one of 27 host institutions where Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Aspiring Teachers of Color Fellows may pursue MAT degrees. These 27 institutions were selected from among 159 invited applications.

To learn more about Montclair State's graduate programs in teacher education and in other fields, visit

Library Archive Opens
Sprague Library Archives Give Glimpse Into the Past
Montclair State University opened the Sprague Library Archives last month with a special ribbon cutting ceremony (pictured above: Judith Lin Hunt, dean of Library Services, Paul Martinez, librarian archivist, James Bruns, vice president of University Advancement and Rocky). The Sprague Library Archives is a repository for many of the documents relating to the history of Montclair State College/University and is available for reference and research by administrators, faculty, students, alumni and other interested parties. The Archives are located in Room 029 in the Multimedia Department (lower level) of the Harry A. Sprague Library. A sample of just some of the things you can find there include: old yearbooks, student newspapers and literary publications, commencement programs, issues of the alumni magazine, documents and photographs relating to the history of Montclair State and more. Access is by appointment only. For more information, call 973-655-3465 or click here.

PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University Launched
The latest addition to Montclair State University’s growing list of institutes and centers, the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies (PSEGISS), was officially opened by President Susan A. Cole at a ceremony in the courtyard of University Hall on April 21. Joining President Cole at the event were Ralph A. LaRossa, President and COO of PSE&G and other business leaders, government dignitaries, and Montclair State students, faculty, staff, and administration. Pictured above, witnessing SGA President Jonathan Preciado sign a student resolution to establish Sustainable Earth Day are, from left, PSEGISS Director Michael P. Weinstein, President Cole, College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant, Gotta Be Green Vice President Leah Thiel, LaRossa, and Montclair State Board of Trustees Student Representative Ian Honauer.

Established by a generous three-year grant from the PSEG Foundation, the Institute will conduct sustainability science research, education, public policy development, and outreach. In her opening remarks, President Cole stated that “The collaboration between Montclair State University and PSEG will focus on real-world approaches to sustainability, a discipline that requires the merging of the sciences with policy and the economy, and the study of the interactions among environmental issues and human activities."

Together with the launching of PSEGISS, the event was the occasion for unveiling a state resolution—and a similar Montclair State student resolution—to rename Earth Day as Sustainable Earth Day in New Jersey. The state resolution was read by Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (34th district), and Preciado represented the Montclair State student body in signing the student resolution.

Bell Society Members Come Back to Campus
Bell Society members (graduates from the class of 1959 and prior) attended a performance by the MSU Chorale and the MSU Singers at the Alexander Kasser Theater on April 23. The Chorale performed Benjamin Britten’s "Saint Nicolas, Op. 42" with tenor Peter Gilis. The Singers performed 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. Immediately following, Bell Society members mingled at a post-performance reception.

Update Us
Its 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

Italian Opera, "La Scala di Seta,"
May 1 - 4

In partnership with MSU’s Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, the MSU Opera Workshop and MSU Symphony join forces to offer a fully-staged production of Gioacchino Rossini’s beloved operatic romp. "La Scala di Seta" (The Silken Ladder) portrays the confusion that results when a girl and her lover try unsuccessfully to conceal their secret marriage from the young lady’s guardian. A masterpiece of comic timing, complete with characters hidden in closets who misunderstand what they overhear to hilarious effect, the opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. MSU Opera Workshop, Jeffrey Gall, Director; MSU Symphony Orchestra, Paul Hostetter, Director.

How Top Football Coaches Build Successful Programs, May 14
Breakfast workshop featuring some of New Jersey's most accomplished football coaches. Guest coaches include: Rick Giancola, Montclair State head coach and winner of nine NJAC titles; Mike Miello, Hackensack HS coach; Doug Wilkins, Mountain Lakes HS coach and 2009 New Jersey Coach of the Year; and Warren Wolf, recently retired Brick HS coach. Program, moderated by John McCarthy, founder of Museum's Coaching Institute, is sanctioned by NJSIAA and all participants will receive four hours of professional in-service credit. Workshop fee: $50. To RSVP, call 973-655-6891.

BFA 2010, May 15 – 29
The Department of Art and Design presents BFA 2010, a show that features works from nine graduating seniors in the BFA program.
Koury Brewer- printmaking, Melissa Gryzwalski and Andrew Fondanaros -  sculpture, Michael Zawadski, Christine Buonomo  and Karla Griffin - photography, and Justin Rivera, Richard Franco and Kyle Coniglio - painting.
Also featured in this exhibition are films by 19 graduating students from the filmmaking program, each 30 minutes in length. Opening reception will be held on May 15 from noon to 4 p.m.

Theater Day for Teachers, May 21
The College of the Arts, Office of Education and Community Outreach will host its third annual Theater Day for Teachers on May 21, from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teachers involved in all aspects of theater production are invited to participate in professional workshops in acting, directing, producing, stagecraft, musical theater, choreography, auditions and stage management. Fee is $120 and includes breakfast and lunch. For more information, click here.

Commencement and 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 (Cousin Brucie recently came to campus and led a master class for students. In addition, he taped an interview for the Department of Broadcasting's weekly magazine show, Carpe Diem. For the full story, click here.)
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.

50th Reunion Events Approaching
Members of the golden anniversary class are heading to campus on May 20 and 21 to celebrate their 50th Reunion. We can't wait to see them!

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 unique needs of the graduate population.

You may 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

Save the Dates!

Alumni Career Seminar, June 17
The Center for Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations will host a career seminar for alumni on Thurs., June 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University Hall Conference Center, 7th floor. Guest speaker: Dr. Connie Pritchard, founder of the Pritchard Group, Inc. Dr. Pritchard has more than 20 years of experience in training and business and has presented seminars and workshops around the country. Contact Cecilia Sullivan for details at or 973-655-5364.

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!