Loyal Donors Recognized at Homecoming Celebration

As part of the Homecoming celebrations on October 12, 2013, a special group of friends of the University was recognized. Members of the new Montclair State University Loyal Donor Society were invited to a special reception in the George Segal Gallery to thank them for their generosity and dedication to Montclair State year after year. 

President Susan A. Cole and John Shannon, Vice President of University Advancement, expressed their sincere appreciation to the group. SBUS student Patrycja Sepelowski provided a personal reflection of her Montclair State experience. “Montclair State helped me to accomplish one of the most important goals in my life, which was finding the right career path,” says Patrycja, who came to the U.S. from a small town in Poland six years ago to work as an au pair. Eager to learn and a hard worker, she took English as a Second Language classes and studied at Mercer County Community College, earning her associate’s degree. An accounting major at Montclair State, Patrycja received the 2013 Irene Douma Accounting Scholarship. She also was selected to participate in the prestigious and competitive Deloitte and Touche summer 2013 internship program, and was offered a full-time job as an auditor with the company after graduation. 

Six other students — Robert Barrows (chemistry major), Amanda M. Beodeker (English major), George Curtis Clark (Italian major with English as a Second Language certification), Dana Michele Hemes (Master of Fine Arts program), Andrés Lara (French and linguistics double major) and Chioma Corrinne Ossa (music education major) — also attended the reception and mingled with the guests, serving as outstanding and enthusiastic representatives of the University. In addition, the attendees were treated to a special guided tour of the George Segal Gallery's exhibit, “Triumph of Philippine Art,” which focuses on contemporary Filipino and Filipino-American art. 

“It was a wonderful day and we enjoyed the reception,” said Patricia O'Connor Babb '55 '58 MA, who attended with her husband, Robert Babb '54 '60 MA. “We will definitely return next year!”

“The University is grateful to our loyal donors for their loyalty, support, and friendship,” says Jeanette Hanlein, executive director for stewardship and advancement services. “Loyal alumni and friends help to enhance Montclair State’s vital mission of teaching, research, and service through their charitable giving.”

Membership in the Montclair State University Loyalty Society is open to any alumnus/alumna, parent, or friend who has shown their dedication to Montclair State by making a contribution of any size to the University during five of the past five fiscal years (July 1 to June 30). 

For more information on the Loyal Society, please contact Jeanette Hanlein, executive director for stewardship and advancement services, at 973-655-7066 orhanleinj@mail.montclair.edu. To make an immediate impact in students’ lives, make your gift today by visiting our secure online form.