This is a great time in the University’s history! On
September 19, the University kicked off its Centennial Celebration—honoring
Montclair State’s remarkable past and promising future.
An alumni association was created in 1911, just three years
after the Normal School at Montclair opened its doors to the first 187
students. Our founders recognized, even in those early years, the monumental
importance of staying connected to students throughout their lives—to share in
their hopes, dreams, successes and struggles long after they’ve graduated.
Throughout the years, alumni have demonstrated great
dedication to their alma mater and have been an instrumental force in Montclair
State’s success. The University would not be where it is today without the
support of its alumni. Likewise, we are grateful for the role the University
has played in our lives.
As we celebrate the
rich history of Montclair State, we must also celebrate the contributions of
its alumni, not only to the University, but also to society. Just as Montclair
State has been a leader in higher education, its alumni have been leaders and
role models in various professions.
The Montclair State University Alumni Association continues
to be an integral part of the life of the University. Alumni contributions
enabled the full restoration of the amphitheater, making it, once again, a
landmark on the University’s landscape.
The MSUAA also contributed $100,000 for the Centennial Celebration—a
hundred for the hundredth. The
Association is equally proud of its efforts to support scholarship awards to
students who have distinguished academics and demonstrated service. This year,
our Legacy Scholarship, which provides a full year of tuition and attracts high
achieving students whose parents or grandparents also attended the University,
was awarded to Colleen Shanagher, daughter of Eileen Arnold Shanagher ’82.
Over the past one hundred years, Montclair State has grown
tremendously. Although the University may look different than when you and I
attended, its basic core values and nurturing environment are still central to
As you can see, we continue to grow and thrive. You are part of a great tradition—a University that has offered educational opportunities to young men and women for nearly one hundred years. Stay connected and help keep the legacy alive!