A native son of Hoboken, New Jersey, Frank Sinatra, "Ol' Blue Eyes," "The Chairman of the Board," "The Voice of the Century," and the first modern pop superstar, will be celebrated on September 16 at 12 p.m. by Montclair State University. As his name is unveiled on the façade of the newest Montclair State residential building, Francis A. Sinatra Hall, the crooner's music will be broadcast and visitors will be invited to a dedication area inside the lobby where an exhibit about the singer's life adorns the walls.
"Frank Sinatra's music and artistic contributions have stood the test of time and continue to reach across generations," said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. "The University's tribute to him focuses on those accomplishments, as well as his commitments to philanthropy and his pride in his home state. He was an extraordinary and a quintessential New Jerseyan."
The selection of Sinatra for this honor was by campus-wide referendum. Montclair State's residence halls are traditionally named for famous deceased New Jerseyans who have made a significant contribution to the state, the nation, and the world.
Sinatra was a 1983 Kennedy Center Honoree for his charitable endeavors over the course of his lifetime. On May 23, 1985, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ronald Reagan in the White House, and that same day flew to Hoboken and the Stevens Institute to accept an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. Sinatra told the assembled graduates how proud he was to be there as the conquering hero. A park, a street, and a post office were named after him, and a big gold star set into the sidewalk in front of his Monroe Street birthplace. With a touch of creative history, Sinatra told the students that he used to run wind sprints around the Stevens Institute track to improve his lung capacity for singing. "This is more enjoyable than being at the White House," he said. Sinatra died of a heart attack on May 15, 1998 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Located along Clove Road on the western edge of the campus, Sinatra Hall is a six-story residential facility containing 303 beds. Featuring "suite-style living," between six and eight students occupy each suite. The building also features a lounge area on every floor and a community kitchen.
Released: September 15, 2010