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October 2011 - Volume 5, Issue 10

Featured Event

A Chorus Line:
Join us for a Special Alumni Performance and Reception!

Date: Sunday, October 23
Time: 2:00 p.m. Show Time / Reception immediately following the performance
Location: Memorial Auditorium
Ticket Price: $15

Alumni are invited to join us for a production of A Chorus Line. Come back to campus and see all of the exciting changes and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment as our current students take the stage. Meet and greet the company of A Chorus Line at an exclusive alumni post-reception with a welcome from Dean Geoffrey Newman, Director Clay James, and Department of Theatre and Dance Chair, Randy Mugleston. Mingle with CART faculty and staff and reacquaint yourself with fellow classmates. Friends and family are welcome. Refreshments will be served. All visitors are directed to park in the Red Hawk Parking Deck for a nominal fee. Peak Performances offers parking vouchers that may be purchased for $6 at the box office.

To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141.

October 23
Graduate Open House

Are you looking to advance your career, improve your salary range and achieve upward mobility in the workplace? A graduate degree from Montclair State University can help! The Graduate School at Montclair State University will be hosting a Graduate Open House on Sunday, October 23, 2011 in University Hall starting at 12:00pm!

Calendar of Events

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

October 13
Borrowed Gods? The Reception and Translation of Greek Myth in Archaic Cyprus

October 14 & 15
Peak Performances: Kaleidoscope

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 19
MBA Information Session

October 19 - 29
Peak Performances: A Chorus Line

October 20
Career Resource Seminar Series: Self-Assessment

October 20
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center: Campy and Yogi: Watch the World Series with Yogi

October 20 - 23
Kūlanihāko‘i: Living Waters by Nā Kinimakalehua

October 21
Coccia Institute: Teaching Italian Symposium/Workshop IV

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

November 3
The Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture: “Persistent physical and mental health effects in World Trade Center survivors”

Peak Performances
Upcoming Calendar of Events

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Full Event Calendar
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Did You Know?

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Alumni News

Homecoming 2011 - Spend the Day!

Come back to campus for Homecoming! There will be fun, food, and festivities for the whole family. Start your day with a stop at the Welcome Tent and pick up your alumni gift. While you are there, sign up for a campus tour see the many exciting changes taking place on campus – like the new student housing complex , The Heights, that has added accommodations for nearly 2000 students. Gather with fellow graduates at one of the signature alumni Homecoming events: the All Alumni BBQ & Beer Tasting celebrating the Class of 1986 25th Reunion or the Recent Alumni Tailgate. Bring the family to the campus carnival and enjoy food concession booths, carnival rides, face painting, Halloween costume parade, inflatable rides, and more. Cheer the Red Hawks on to victory as Montclair State takes on Western Connecticut at 2 p.m. Spend the evening and attend one of the many performances and exhibitions on campus. No matter how far away you are, returning to Montclair State is definitely worth the trip. We can't wait to see you! [View full schedule of events]

Career Resource Seminar Series: Self-Assessment - October 20

Are you interested in affirming your career interests? Are you unsure about how your preferences align with the world of work? If you're answering yes, then this seminar is for you! We'll discuss the benefits of self-assessment, while highlighting the need to identify themes and patterns. Join us on Thursday, October 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in University Hall, ADP Center, Room 1121. This seminar will take place in a computer lab and offers the opportunity to complete online self-assessments, including the Holland Code Quiz for self-assessment and the Keirsey Temperament Sorter (similar to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator).

Seating has reached capacity and we have started a waitlist. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email with your name, graduation year, and phone number. Please reference 10/20 Self-Assessment Workshop in the subject line. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141.  [View full event calendar]

Recent Alumni Network Gathering at Homecoming

Come back to campus on Saturday, October 29 for Homecoming and join in the fun with the Recent Alumni Network for a tailgate from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Participate in the student-alumni cornhole, ladder golf, hoops, and soccer competitions while the DJ adds entertainment. Grab a hot dog or hamburger at the food concession and enjoy a refreshment from the beer concession (for those over 21 years of age). A variety of beers will be available from local Cricket Hill Brewery, including their East Coast Lager, Colonel Blides Cask Ale, and Nocturne Dark Ale. Bring the family for lots of fun with inflatable rides, face painting, balloon art, and more.

Spend the day with fellow graduates and friends at Montclair State. Start your day with a stop at the Alumni Welcome Tent before heading to the tailgate. Visit the photo booth to take a snapshot with classmates. See the Student Showcase and watch student organizations as they show off their talents. Check out the Homecoming football game and on campus performances! Register Now!  [View full Homecoming schedule]


Where in the World are Montclair State Alumni?

Are you a Montclair State graduate living outside the United States? If so, the University wants to hear from you.

Montclair State University is committed to strengthening its global presence through its alumni network and student recruitment efforts. As a result, the Office of Alumni Relations is partnering with the Global Education Center to enhance outreach and communication with international alumni.  Established in 1991, the Global Education Center at Montclair State consolidates the University's international initiatives and provides leadership and organizational focus for the University's globalization. The Center coordinates all international activities on campus, advances international objectives across colleges and schools, builds alliances, creates and cultivates international partnerships and serves as an international resource for the campus and the community. [View full details]

University News

“Military Friendly School” Distinction is Three-peat for Montclair State

G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Montclair State University the designation of Military Friendly School for the third year in a row. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. [View full details]

Montclair State Celebrates Constitution Day 2011

Created to commemorate the signing of the Constitution by the Founding Fathers in September 1787, Constitution Day is celebrated on many campuses around the country. At Montclair State, the day’s events are sponsored and organized by the American Democracy Project.


Constitution Day featured a swearing-in ceremony for candidates for U.S. citizenship, a panel discussion of deans and faculty, and a talk by Eric Greitens, a humanitarian and author. The day concluded with a student leader panel where students discussed the impact of the Constitution on their lives and celebrated the 224th anniversary of its signing. [View full details]


Your Opinion Counts! Survey on Giving Sheds Light on Alumni Donors’ Motivation

“I have such a warm spot in my heart for Montclair State that it is only right that I give back to my alma mater. Also, as a recipient of the now-defunct State Scholarships, I feel an obligation to support the school that gave me an opportunity to further my education. I owe it all to the dedicated professors and instructors who guided and shaped me into the professional that I am today.”
Colleen Quinn ‘81

There are many different reasons why alumni choose to support Montclair State. To find out more about them, the Annual Fund recently conducted a ‘giving survey.’ We are grateful for the 381 people who took the time to respond. Your opinion counts! Your feedback will help us serve you better in the future. [View full details]


Athletics Events and Gatherings During Homecoming

Be sure to catch the Homecoming games! First, catch the football game, as the Red Hawks take on Western Connecticut at 2:00 p.m. at Sprague Field. Hear the Homecoming King/Queen and parade winners announced and watch half-time show will include recognition of MSU Hall of Fame Members and a performance by the Drums of Thunder. Next, cheer on the field hockey team as the Red Hawks play against Wilkes at 7:00 Sprague Field.

If you haven’t seen the renovated Panzer Athletic Center, now is your opportunity! Students will be available for tours between 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Stop by for a tour, or grab a cup of coffee and sit for a while. Don’t miss the new Peter M. Altieri Athletic Hall of Fame Room. Homecoming is a perfect opportunity for athletic groups to gather. Alumni of the Swimming and Diving Team will compete against the current Varsity team at the Alumni Swimming & Diving Meet at 11:00 a.m. in the Panzer Athletic Center Pool. The meet will be followed by a reception and celebration of the 1987 Swim Team and All Americans. If you are a former Swimming and Diving Team member and would like to attend, register online or contact Deb Corasio at / (973) 655-4207 by October 17.

1947 Undefeated Football Team Reunites

The first undefeated team in Montclair State history reunited on September 24 as several members of the 1947 football team were on hand for the Red Hawks' 53-24 victory over Buffalo State. The group gathered together  and renewed acquaintances with their former teammates at a luncheon inside the Peter M. Altieri Hall of Fame Room inside the Panzer Athletic Center before being introduced during a halftime ceremony. [View full details]

Alumni Profiles

Chris Fitzpatrick '04

Christopher Fitzpatrick graduated from the School of Business at Montclair State University in 2004. He was a double major in Management and Marketing. While at Montclair, Chris was an actively involved member of the campus community. Throughout his college career, he was a member of numerous student organizations and clubs. Most notably, he served as Legislator for the Student Government Association (SGA) from 1991-2001 and Vice President from 2001-2002. He was then elected President of the SGA from 2002-2003. During his tenure with the SGA, Chris developed SGA Cabinet positions for Director of Multicultural Relations and Director of Commuter Affairs. Chris played an integral role as Founder and Charter President of A.S.S.I.S.T. He is a proud member of the 1999-2000 Wrestling team. In addition, he was a voting member of various other clubs, including the Conservation Club, NAACP, MSU Green Party, and Student Voter Coalition. [View full details]

Jana Polsky '80

Jana Polsky is an award-winning Writer/Producer for the WESTWOOD ONE Radio Networks, where she creates on-air sales and promotional projects for advertisers and affiliated stations. She writes and produces client commercials, added-value promotions, on-air vignettes, sales demos, video presentations and on-air promos for the 500+ CBS News affiliated radio stations. She has been nominated three times for a Writers Guild of America Award for outstanding work in on-air promotion and was honored with two Gracie Awards from the Foundation for American Women in Radio and Television.

Ms. Polsky is a proud graduate of Montclair State University. She is actively involved with the Broadcasting Alumni group at the university and serves as a student mentor.[View full details]