Dean's Corner, Spring 2010

Welcome to our Spring 2010 e-Newsletter

A new decade brings new opportunities . . . and great things for the College of the Arts!   Following years of planning and much anticipation, our new John J. Cali School of Music building (and spectacular Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall) was just celebrated in January with a ribbon cutting ceremony and high acclaim.   I hope you will take advantage of the outstanding events that will take place in our newest state-of-the-art performance venue. 

Both on campus and off, our students are making us proud, bringing their ambassadorship talents and Montclair State spirit to such places as the UK and China.  Speaking of China; be sure to check out our Chinese music events in Leshowitz Hall and The Enduring Art of China exhibit at the George Segal Gallery (through April 9th) - all part of Montclair’s highly anticipated Festival of Chinese Arts and Humanities. 

Three cheers for The Department of Theatre and Dance for our students’ showing at the American College Theatre and American College Dance Festivals – receiving kudos and awards at both in the same year!  Three out of 16 finalists for the nationally competitive Irene Ryan Acting Award were Montclair State students and one of them took the prize! In Dance, the Montclair State Dance Division earned one of two top slots to perform at the National American College Dance Festival in Washington…just fabulous!

This is just a sampling of what is going on in the College of the Arts this spring. Be sure to look at our “Departments On the Move” section where you can find news about your favorite professor and alumni making names for themselves - plus new developments in all of our programs. Then don’t miss the unique offerings of Peak Performances and stimulating Art Forum and Film Forum events.  Look at what our donors and patrons have enabled to happen – that which is only possible through our supporters and friends.

Montclair State’s College of the Arts is setting a fast pace, with anticipated growth in every corner.   We hope to see you on campus this spring - as the semester continues and the next decade takes shape.

Best wishes,


Dr. Geoffrey W. Newman
Dean, College of the Arts