Montclair State in Your Neighborhood: Red Hawks in Florida

Alumni and friends with Robert Prezant, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Montclair State University officials traveled to Florida in March as part of an initiative to create a network among Montclair State graduates who live in the state. Robert Prezant, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics; Susan Davies, associate vice president of University Advancement; John Shannon, vice president of University Advancement; and President Susan A. Cole represented the University at events aimed to build the Florida alumni network.

On March 27, Montclair State joined alumni and friends at a reception hosted by former University Trustee and his wife, Gerry and Phyllis LeBoff. Cole provided an update on the state of affairs of Montclair State University for the alumni, emeriti faculty, friends and staff attending. The event generated a lot of interest and excitement about the growth and direction of the University and alumni expressed delight at the chance to reconnect to their alma mater.

Davies welcomed the opportunity to connect with alumni. “We were very excited to meet with alumni in Florida and to share with them the exciting developments at Montclair State,” says Davies. “We invite them to come back to visit campus to see the growth, and we encourage them to connect with each other.”

On March 29, the entourage from Montclair State headed to Sanibel, Florida to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, where they joined alumni and friends on a guided tour of the museum and Prezant and Shannon provided updates about advancements at the university.

Carole Capp Saccocci ’64 attended the event and was pleased with the opportunity to connect with fellow graduates in the area. “The ambiance between the presenters and the fellow graduates was extraordinary!” notes Saccocci. “The reception bridged the gap from the class of 1950 to the classes of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. It certainly felt like we were back on campus while talking about our experiences Montclair State. The presenters did a wonderful job informing us about the amazing growth of the University. What a wonderful opportunity to meet other graduates in our southwest Florida area!"

With more than 3,000 Red Hawks in Florida, the University plans to host events and activities regularly. Stay tuned for information about future events and activities in the area. Visit MONTCLAIRconnect, the online community exclusive to Montclair State alumni, for our full events calendar. If you would like to become part of the Florida alumni network, visit our website or contact Jenna Peraino at 973-655-7872 or perainoj@mail.montclair.edu for more information.

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