“There are many ways to support Montclair State,” says
Thomas J. Haynes, Vice President for University Advancement. Some recent
noteworthy contributions for scholarships, music and the humanities will
benefit both today’s and tomorrow’s students.
Montclair State University’s Centennial Gala: 100 Scholarships for 100 Students, a glittering
black-tie dinner-dance celebrating the University’s centennial, was held on May
3 in the new Student Recreation Center. Proceeds from the Gala established the
Centennial Scholarship Fund, which creates 100 scholarships for 100 students in
the University’s five colleges and schools. Longtime Board of Trustees member Rose Cali ’80 served as chair of the
“I would like to give a special thanks to the hard-working
members of our advisory boards of our schools and colleges,” says Haynes. “They
were instrumental in ensuring the Gala’s success.”
The Centennial Honorees were recognized for their
contributions of time, talent and resources. They were Francis Cuss, senior vice president, Discovery and Exploratory
Clinical Research, accepting for Bristol-Myers
Squibb; Mitchell E. Hersh,
president & CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation; Douglas L. Kennedy, president of the New Jersey Division of Capital
One Bank; and Nader Tavakoli, Esq. ’80,
senior managing director, EagleRock Capital Management, LLC.
In other news, a distinguished alumna, Pamela W. Portin ’77, has established the Pamela Portin Scholarship
for outstanding political science students—the first political science
scholarship at the University. “I’m excited about getting to help the next
generation of our country’s public policy leaders,” she says.
Portin came to campus in April to attend the Department of
Political Science and Law awards ceremony and meet her first Portin Scholarship
student, Ali Abedin ’09, a joint jurisprudence and political science major.
“When alumni such as Ms. Portin are generous enough to give
back to the school and the students and, in her case, travel across the country
to speak to students about her own personal experiences in life, it
reinvigorates the students and reminds us of our potential,” says Abedin.
“People such as Ms. Portin offer students hope for the future and are mentors
of great significance.”
After graduation in 2009, Abedin plans to go to law school
and hopes to practice either environmental or corporate law.
Portin owns Pamela Portin Consulting, LLC. Previously, she
served as Director of Children’s Safety for Microsoft; and she is currently
co-chair of Microsoft’s Children’s CyberSafety Council. During her student
days, Portin, a political science major, was an R.A. at Bohn Hall, which she
visited during her trip to the campus.
An anonymous benefactor has made the lead gift to the John
J. Cali School of Music’s Commissioning Project. This initiative will create
new musical compositions for one of Montclair’s outstanding student ensembles
and support the development of New Jersey’s talented young musicians. For more
information on the Cali School’s Commissioning Project, contact Keith Wiggs at
973-655-3443 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Campaign for the Second Century has already surpassed
its $50 million goal to support Montclair State. “Our advisory board members in
particular have served as strong advocates for the University this year,” says
Haynes. “Everyone has pulled together and been very supportive of our programs
“We have a bright future ahead for our second century,” Haynes adds.