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October 2007
News & Notes

Convocation kicks off Centennial Celebrations
On Sept. 19, Montclair State officially kicked off its year of centennial celebrations with a convocation in the amphitheater. Faculty from each of the schools and colleges, wearing their academic regalia, converged in the amphitheater following an academic procession that wound its way through campus. President Susan A. Cole greeted faculty, staff and first-year students with an introduction to the festivities. Highlights included the MSU University Singers, the keynote address by Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Richard A. Lynde and the release of 100 doves, marking the occasion.

To view more photos from the convocation and to see the new Montclair State centennial Web site, which includes a calendar of centennial events, history of the University, campus memories and more, click here.

Tennessee Alumni: Come see opera Elmer Gantry
Alumni in Tennessee are encouraged to attend the world premiere of Elmer Gantry, a new opera by Robert Aldridge, the director of MSU's John J. Cali School of Music. The premiere will be held at the James K. Polk Theater in the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Based on the classic novel by Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry explores the role of revivalism in the early 20th century. This is a great opportunity to see—and hear—for yourself the quality of the work being done at your alma mater.

The performances will take place on November 16, 18 and 20. To find out more and purchase tickets, go to If you plan to attend, please let us know—we’d love the opportunity to reconnect with you. Contact Bonita Kates at (973) 655-6792 or at

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 '30s
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” As the roaring ’20s came to a close with the last graduating class of the Montclair Normal School, our state and nation began the decade in the great economic depression. FDR is president; prohibition ends; the Dust Bowl ravages the Plains; public employees are paid with “scrip” or credit for their services; Hemmingway and Steinbeck lead a literary revolution; the Spanish Civil War takes place; the Lindbergh baby kidnapping makes headlines. Yet at Montclair, great things happened.

In 1932, Montclair State Teachers College, which began offering a four-year bachelor’s degree for secondary school teachers in 1927, is authorized to offer master’s degrees. Soon after, summer, part-time and extension courses were offered. 

The athletic program expanded, and the newly named college also got a new team name: the Indians. The traditional Native-American profile adorned with MSTC was emblazoned across all athletics uniforms. 

Publications include the yearbook, “The Palatine,” which becomes “La Campanilla,” then “La Campana”; the student paper, “The Pelican,” becomes “The Montclarion”; “Quarterly,” a literary magazine; and a handbook, “The Arrowhead.” The campus crackles with scholarship and student activities, including the formation of Players, a student theater company.

With the help of students and faculty, the amphitheater was constructed in 1936 under the Works Progress Administration. It becomes not only a formal and informal gathering place, but goes on to stand as a historical landmark on campus. In 1937, Sprague Field is dedicated during a game against Hofstra University.

The students shine despite crushing economic times. Many go on to remarkable things and use their successes to support their alma mater. Angelo Cali ’36, Herman ’37 and Margaret ’38 Sokol become significant benefactors, contributing to arts and science programs respectively. Alan Morehead and Walter Kops, both ’34, go on to become revered faculty members (the building housing College High is later named Morehead Hall while a lounge in Russ Hall is named after Kops.) Ed Leshowitz ’36 will have a recital hall in the Cali School of Music named in his honor. Emma Fantone ’36 will champion “media” educational use and Leonard Buchner ’37 will develop the psychological counseling center. Eleven will receive honorary doctorates from MSC, the most granted from any decade. Ruth Page ’32 will head the state school board association, while Fred Branca ’30 will be a key NJEA organizer. Eugene Maleska ’37 will be “The New York Times” crossword editor and a district school superintendent in New York City. Many will serve in World War II; many will become distinguished school leaders and teachers.

With the end of the decade and the Great Depression comes a sense of accomplishment: Through it all, Montclair State not only arrived—it thrived. And the stage was set for a future filled with hope.


When & Where

Homecoming, Oct. 13
Floatbuilding, 9 a.m., Lot 23
, 1 p.m., Lots 19/20
Women's soccer vs. NJCU, 1 p.m., Pittser Field
Varsity vs. Alumni Swim Meet, 2 p.m., Panzer Pool

Amphitheater Rededication, 3 p.m.
Since students and faculty helped the WPA build the amphitheater in the 1930s, it has been a landmark on the Montclair State campus. In recent years, the amphitheater began to show its age. But thanks to our generous alumni and the Montclair State University Alumni Association who spearheaded a fundraising campaign, the amphitheater has been restored to its former glory and today remains the icon it was originally intended to be. All are
welcome to attend the historic rededication.
Parade, immediately following in the amphitheater
MSU vs. Kean football, 6 p.m., Sprague Field
Kaleidoscope 2007, 8 p.m., Kasser Theater

NJ State Legislature  - Next Month New Jerseyans will go to the polls for Election 2007
Oct. 17, 7 p.m. University Hall Conference Center, 7th Floor
Join MSU's Office of Government Relations for this forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Democracy Project. The discussion will focus on the upcoming state election. Find out what changes are on the horizon for the state's body politic. For full details about the forum click here. For a listing of the legislators in your area click here. The event is free and open to the public.

Thinking about Law School?
Montclair State University's College of Humanities and Social Science's Political Science and Law Department is hosting New Jersey's 25th Law School Admissions Day on Oct. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms. The event is co-sponsored with Rutgers University-Newark Career Development Center, Educational Opportunity Fund Legal Studies, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, Political Science & Law Club.

This event includes 30-40 law schools nationwide and open to Montclair State
students and students from throughout New Jersey. Talk face-to-face with representatives, obtain Information and applications, receive L.S.A.T. information, get a head start on admissions, hear a panel on the admissions process, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Political Science and Law Department at 973-655-4238.

Alumni and Student Career Fair,  
Nov. 7

Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association and Career Development, the fourth annual Career Fair is a great way to network. Alumni share their companies' open jobs to fellow alumni and students and offer personal experience to job-seekers. More than 60 employers are taking part this year so be sure to bring plenty of copies of your resume. Student Center Ballrooms,
3 to 7 p.m. No registration is required.

Root for the home team
Our own Montclair State Red Hawks are getting their seasons underway. Come cheer on MSU's student athletes! For a full schedule of all the fall athletics teams, visit

Fourth annual Art Connections
This juried exhibition features works by professional artists on display in the George Segal Gallery, Nov. 27-Dec. 15. Opening reception, Dec. 1.

The George Segal Gallery, located adjacent to the Alexander Kasser Theater, holds a permanent collection of contemporary paintings, prints, mixed media, fiber art, photography and sculpture, which may be seen in the gallery premises and around the campus. Gallery hours are Mondays Wednesdays Fridays, and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays, from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the George Segal Gallery at 973-655-3382.

Class of 1958: Plans are being made!
This is your year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of your graduation from Montclair State. Each May, our esteemed golden anniversary class gathers to honor the occasion by participating in the University’s Commencement exercises by 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 973-655-4141;