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I really enjoyed reading your article on Murray Present. I was a music minor in piano from 1954-58. Mr. Present was very kind and patient. Although I was not one of his best students, he helped me improve my skills and was always supportive, especially when I was preparing for a recital. Thank you for renewing a pleasant memory for me.

Joan Carlson ’58

Editor’s Note: Retired Piano Professor Murray Present featured in “Lasting Lessons” in the fall issue, died on Dec. 5, 2012, leaving behind a devoted fan club of former students and friends. As part of his legacy, his estate will establish a scholarship fund at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State.



The Athletics spread in the spring and fall issues were great reads. It’s nice to see that alumni from different teams reunite years later. As a former member of the Montclair State baseball team, I was especially thrilled to see that the 1987 Baseball National Championship team was honored back at campus.

Eric Fiedler ’09


What Montclair State University is doing for its energy production is great news. As a Montclair alumna, what I believe would be even better news is if Montclair State University divested its money from all fossil fuel companies. It is my hope that Montclair State University will support plans and strategies that get us off of fossil fuels, and the first step would be to divest from these polluting industries. Please protect our environment for all future graduating classes.

Thank you,
Gina Garcia ’85, Residential Greening Program Director, Sustainable Works

Our favorite tweets@Montclair State

Seth MeyersSaturday Night Live Writer and Comedian Seth Meyers tweeted to his 1.7 million followers on March 21:

Seth Meyers @sethmeyers21
I’m going to be at Montclair State University tonight with @TheColinJost. We are going to be telling jokes—on a stage!!!

Guy FieriCelebrity Chef Guy Fieri tweeted to his more than 870,000 followers on October 19:
Guy Fieri @GuyFieri
GFOC (Guy Fieri On Campus) lookin’ good at Montclair State U in NJ...Go Red Hawks! #GFOC

Mark HerzlichMark Herzlich, linebacker for the New York Giants, tweeted on January 16 to his more than 94,000 followers about student Evan Ruggiero (featured on page 15 of this issue):
Mark Herzlich @MarkHerzich
Shout out to fellow #Sarcoma survivor who put it all out there on #americanidol and local #montclairstate guy