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September 2011 - Volume 5, Issue 9

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Graduate Information Session

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
6:00pm - 7:30pm
University Hall, 7th Floor

Montclair State University is a vibrant and fast growing institution with nearly 100 doctoral, masters, teacher certification, and certificate programs. We have much to offer with strong, dynamic graduate programs, and consider MSU an accessible, friendly place to pursue an education. Most of our programs do not have set deadlines and we are currently accepting applications for the Spring semester. The Graduate Information Session is designed to provide potential applicants an overview of the following:
• Benefits of Graduate Study
• Graduate Application and Admissions Process
• Financial Aid (A representative will be there to answer your questions).

To register, click here.

Calendar of Events

September 19
Coccia Institute: Film Screening of Luchino Visconti's Senso

September 20
Montclair Book 2011 Author Eric Weiner to Visit Montclair State University

September 20
George Segal Gallery: Carole Brown Goldberg / Painting and Sculpture Exhibit

September 21
Graduate Information Session

September 21
Career Resource Seminar Series: Targeting a Great Career

September 22
CEHS Department of Family and Child Studies Annual Conference Speaker Dr. Salvador Minuchin

September 24
George Segal Gallery: Symposium: Carol Brown Goldberg

September 29
Inserra Chair: Preservation and Composition in Italian Folk Music: A Presentation by Gualtiero Bertelli

September 30
Inserra Chair: The Horde

October 1
Peak Performances: Piano Circus - Trilogies

October 1
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center: My Roger Maris Story

October 6
18th Annual Broadcasting Alumni Reception

October 13
CHSS Marie- Frazee-Baldassarre Speakers & Poets: Eilean Ni Chulleanain

October 15
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center: Campy and Yogi: The Men Behind the Myths

October 16
Peak Performances: National Chamber Choir of Ireland

October 17
Coccia Institute: Film Screening of Luchino Viconti’s Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)

October 29
Homecoming and Family Day / Class of 1986 25th Reunion

Peak Performances
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Did You Know?

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Alumni News

Homecoming and Family Day October 29, 2011 - Alumni Tailgate

Come back to campus for Homecoming! There will be fun, food, and festivities for the whole family. Among the many activities being offered during Homecoming is an Alumni Tailgate. Alumni, students, and their families are invited to tail gate from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Recent Alumni Network is hosting a student-alumni competition, including cornhole, ladder golf, and mini-hoops. There will be fun activities for the kids, including face painting, a balloon artist, a cotton candy station, and inflatable rides. In addition, there will be a food concession for burgers and hot dogs, and for those over 21 years of age, a beer stand offering a variety of selections from local Cricket Hill Brewery. [View full details]

Career Assistance for Montclair State Alumni

Today’s challenging job market has led to more demand for the career assistance offered by Montclair State’s Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education and the Office of Alumni Relations.

The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education’s programs and activities include career counseling and testing, career fairs, job postings, instruction in resume writing and interviewing techniques as well as new workshops in social media. “What we are involved in is a very structured process of helping people with career decision-making and implementation,” says Carolyn Jones, executive director of the Center for Career Services. [View full details]

Launch of Career Resource Seminar Series

Are you transitioning to a new career—or just looking for a job?  The Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Center for Career Services, offers a free career resource seminar series to help graduates navigate the increasingly competitive job market. 

“Our goal is to provide assistance to our alumni when they need us,” says Jeanne Marano, executive director of Alumni Relations.  “These seminars and workshops will help you develop and strengthen the tools needed to be successful in the job search in this tough market.” [View full details]

Three Doctors Annual Mentor Day

On Saturday, September 17, the Montclair State University EOF program will co-sponsor a Mentor Day with the Three Doctors Foundation. The Three Doctors Mentor Day is a special day of career enrichment for youth grades 6 through 12. Montclair State University community members and designated affiliates of the Three Doctors will serve as mentors and volunteers for an interactive day with the Three Doctors Foundation. [View full details]

U.S. Macro Overview: A View from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Please join the School of Business as we present Dick Peach, Senior Vice President for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for an evening reception and discussion on Thursday, September 29th, 2011 for a 6:45 Reception – Presentation to Follow. Dick Peach is a Senior Vice President in the Macroeconomic and Monetary Studies Function of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He participates in the development of the Bank's forecast for the U.S. economy and oversees the Bank's projections of federal receipts and outlays. His long-term research interests have been primarily in housing and real estate finance topics. [View full details]

University News

President Addresses Campus Community - Opening Day

President Susan A. Cole addressed the Montclair State community in the Alexander Kasser Theater during Opening Day last week, on September 6, 2011. Following the event, faculty, staff and students gathered in the Student Center Cafeteria and Dining Room for a lunch. To read the full text of President Cole's address, click here.



The Heights Officially Opens

On September 14, New Jersey’s newest and largest student residential and dining complex, The Heights, was dedicated amid a shower of confetti and the cheers of assembled dignitaries, guests, and students. New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno joined Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole to cut the ribbon to mark the occasion. [View full details]


Dr. Salvador Minuchin, World Renowned Therapist and Theorist Speaks

The Department of Family and Child Studies of the College of Education and Human Services is pleased to host world-renowned therapist and theorist Dr. Salvador Minuchin for its annual conference on September 22. Dr. Minuchin revolutionized therapeutic treatment by changing the focus from individual-oriented to family-oriented therapy and developed Structural Family Therapy. In 2007, a survey of 2,600 practitioners named Dr. Minuchin as one of the ten most influential therapists of the past quarter-century. [View full details]

Biology Researchers Lead N.J. Jellyfish Study

Montclair State University professors Dr. Jack Gaynor and Dr. Paul Bologna have been studying the sea nettle jellyfish infestation occurring this summer in New Jersey's Barnegat Bay. In collaboration with Ocean County's Mosquito Extermination Commission Superintendent Richard Candeletti, the scientists are seeking answers on what effects the jellyfish infestation may be having on the bay's ecosystem.[View full details]


Montclair Book 2011 - The Geography of Bliss

Montclair Book 2011 is a new program for the Montclair State community, jointly sponsored by the Center for Writing Excellence, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the First-Year Writing Program, and Student Development and Campus Life. Each year, a faculty advisory committee selects a book to be read by all incoming first-year students before they arrive. The goals for this new program are to—

-Provide a common intellectual experience.
-Engage in interdisciplinary dialogue and debate.
-Build community around a shared understanding of relevant issues.
-Celebrate the written word.
-Offer opportunities for students to reflect on their roles as readers and learners.
-Encourage campuswide engagement with the book’s theme. [View full details]



Get to Know Red Hawk Caller Melita Spence '12

“I’ve had the same great job since September of my freshman year,” beams Melita Spence ’12. Melita, a self-described “people person,” has worked as a Red Hawk Caller at Montclair State since 2008 and really enjoys her work.

She calls alumni, parents, and friends in an effort to raise vital funds in support of Montclair State’s programs. “I tell them about the new buildings and programs and anything else new on campus, and also find out what’s new with them.” [View full details]


Follow the Red Hawks on Social Media

Now you can follow all of the latest happening in Montclair State Athletics via social media platforms - Facebook and Twitter. [View full details]



Cunningham Promoted to Associate Head Coach, Sansom Named Assistant Coach for Women's Basketball

Montclair State head women’s basketball coach Karin Harvey has announced the promotion of Courtney Cunningham to Associate Head Coach along with the addition of Brian Sansom as an assistant coach. Cunningham begins her fourth season with the Red Hawks and came to MSU in 2008 after serving as an assistant coach for both basketball and lacrosse at Stevens Institute. Sansom comes to Montclair State after several years at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. [View full details]

Stawinski Named New Women's Volleyball Coach

The Montclair State Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Eddie Stawinski as the new head women’s volleyball coach. Stawinski becomes the sixth head coach in the history of the program which began in 1989. Stawinski comes to Montclair State after spending last year as the head men’s volleyball coach at the University of New Haven. [View full details]

Alumni Profiles

Sal Anderton '95

Sal M. Anderton graduated from Montclair State University in 1995. He was a double major in Political Science and Philosophy and graduated from the University's Honors Program. While at Montclair, Sal was elected as the Student Representative to the Board of Trustees and also served as SGA President from 1994-1995. He spent one summer abroad at St. Anne's College, Oxford, England. He received invaluable pre-law advisement and mentoring while at Montclair State. Sal continues his connection with the University as a member of the newly formed Attorney Alumni Network, which works to mentor students and provides a platform for fellow Montclair State graduates who have become attorneys to network. [View full details]


Barbara Horn Buhrer '43

Barbara Horn Buhrer graduated from Montclair State with an English degree in 1943 and worked as a librarian for many years in Livingston. She met her husband Edward Buhrer ’48 ’52 MA at a sophomore dance in the Administration Building, now known as College Hall. They were married for 67 years before his passing in 2010. They are the parents of Edward ’71 ’83 MA, a retired educator. Mrs. Buhrer’s brother, George Horn ’40, also graduated from Montclair State and taught in High Bridge until he entered the U.S. Army. Mrs. Buhrer is an avid reader and continues to review books for  She has contributed a review of the Montclair Book 2011, The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner. [View full details]