Montclair State in the News

May 1, 2014

Gala raises $500,000 for scholarships at Montclair State

Montclair Patch

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The Montclair State University Foundation hosted its 2014 Annual Scholarship Dinner which raised a record-breaking $500,000 for student scholarships that will benefit and enable today's students—and tomorrow's leaders—to pursue and complete their studies at Montclair State.

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Author James Patterson to speak at Montclair State commencement

The Star-Ledger

Best-selling suspense novelist James Patterson will pick up an honorary doctorate and serve as the speaker at Montclair State University's commencement. The author's Patterson Family Foundation funds teacher education scholarships at Montclair State.

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Player is back on track after shooting derailed her hoop dreams

The Star-Ledger

 Photo of Nicosia Henry.

Senior Nicosia Henry excels on Montclair State's Women's Basketball team after a shooting at a Seton Hall University off-campus party nearly ended her basketball career.

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'Boys to Men': Montclair State hosts event to inspire urban teens to go to college

The Star-Ledger

More than 450 male teenagers from urban high schools spent the day at Montclair State University for the school's annual "Boys to Men Conference." The students, many of whom had never been on a college campus, listened to speakers and panelists who emphasized the benefits of going to college.

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Should you choose a college based on happiness rankings?

USA Today

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Karen Pennington, vice president for student development and campus life, says that rankings should be a preliminary motivator when choosing which schools to apply to. She says what will really help determine if you'll be happy is visiting campus when school is in session.

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Upper Montclair got a lift from First Ward clean-up day


Upper Montclair got a lift with over 170 volunteers filling 200 lawn and trash bags. The volunteers, including a large contingent from Montclair State University, fanned throughout the First Ward to 13 locations.

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Archaeological digs just a piece of Montclair's historical puzzle

The Montclair Times

 Photo of students at historical dig.

Chris Matthews, professor of anthropology, tries to instill in his students a curiosity for using historical archaeology—which involves not only digging for artifacts, but also using archives, interviews and other primary sources—to shed more light on the past.

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And there's more...

In the News

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was on campus to promote health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Lisa Lieberman, assistant professor of health and human services, explains the details.

CBS New York

The Star-Ledger

The Record

NJ Spotlight

From our Experts

How the new SAT is different and what it means for you (Metro) - Karen Pennington, vice president for student development and campus life, reminds students to look at the big picture, since the SAT is still one test taken on one particular day.

Killing to heal?: One year after the Boston bombing (Huffington Post) - Jessica Henry, associate professor of justice studies, discusses the Boston bombing and seeking the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

NJ education group releases report on controlling costs of special education (The Star-Ledger) - Professor Gerald Vernotica led a study team, consisting of school board members and administrators, to offer recommendations for improving special education efficiency and quality across the state.

Winter runoff adding more than a pinch of salt to North Jersey's drinking water (The Record) - Lisa Hazard, chair of the biology and molecular biology department, says the amount of road salt used this year could be distributed farther from the roads and have an impact longer into the spring.

Jersey City company making massive revenue gains through social media campaign (NJBIZ) - Patrali Chatterjee, associate professor of marketing, believes no company can thrive on social media alone. Chatterjee says social media promotion merely completes the puzzle when combined with an effective product, a competitive price point and solid market positioning.

Campus Update

New Jersey's second largest university continues to grow (Construction Equipment Guide) - Montclair State is the site of construction for two new buildings which are being treated as one project under a single construction contract.

Montclair State turns to Banner for student services (Campus Technology) - Montclair State University is partnering with Ellucian to roll out a new student information system. The campus-wide initiative will center on using Banner to drive programs such as student enrollment and student financial services.

'Jersey Women Artists' exhibition in Montclair (Montclair Times) - George Segal Gallery director Teresa Rodriguez wanted to put on this show for quite some time. Rodriguez says, "Women artists of New Jersey have been making their mark about their art for 200 years, and that's reason to celebrate."


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