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December 2011 - Volume 5, Issue 12


Calendar of Events

December 16
MSU Theatre on the Move!

December 17
Shanghai Quartet feat. Michel Lethiec - Selections from Porgy and Bess

January 19
Career Seminar: Getting Interviews 2.0

January 26
Red Hawk Winter Happy Hour and Networking Event

February 2
Career Seminar: Developing Your Pitch

February 9
Dance Lessons

Peak Performances
Upcoming Calendar of Events

Carpe Diem: Tune in to the Department of Broadcasting’s weekly show.

Calling all Members of the Class of 1962

Save the Dates: May 17 and 18

You will soon be receiving information about plans to celebrate the Class of 1962 50th Reunion Celebration. We hope you will be able to join your classmates for this once in a lifetime occasion. If you would like to help us reach out to your friends and classmates by volunteering to serve on your Reunion Committee – please let us know. We will be contacting volunteers with information beginning January 17, 2012.

Contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alumni Relations us at 973-655-4207 or

We look forward to seeing you in May!

Full Event Calendar
Plan ahead, make a date, mark your calendar, tell a friend...view the complete listing of programs and events that are open to alumni, friends and the entire campus community.

Did You Know?

You can view your yearbook online through the Sprague Library Archives. To browse the collection, click here.

Thanks for Attending the NJEA Convention

Thanks to those who attended the NJEA convention in Atlantic City on November 10 and 11 and stopped by the Montclair State University booth to visit Alumni Relations and Graduate Admissions and to enter a raffle to win Montclair State gear! Congratulations to the lucky winners:

Marguerite Fordi '98
Frederick Marcus '76
Heidi Leigh '11

Center for Infant and Child Research - Seeking Volunteers

The Center for Infant and Child Research is looking for participants. At the lab, Dr. Lakusta and his team investigate how infants and children interpret the world around them. Their studies explore how infants and children think about objects and actions in simple events, such as a bird soaring out of its nest and into a pool. Their studies also explore how children describe such events. They are currently conducting these studies with infants and children up until the age of 5 years old. They are always looking to recruit new participants. If you live in the area and have infants or children up until 5 years of age and are interested in participating, please contact the Center for Infant and Child Research at (973)655-4045 or visit their website.

Alumni Benefits

5 Tips to Prevent Home Heating Fires

THE BANK OF AMERICA® CREDIT CARD WITH WORLDPOINTS® REWARDS: Alumni can apply for the Montclair State University Alumni Platinum Plus® MasterCard® credit card with WorldPoints® rewards which is offered through Bank of America. For more information, click on Alumni Benefits.

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Fall 2011 Montclair State University Magazine Available Online

The Fall 2011 issue of the Montclair State University magazine has been published and is available online. You may view the magazine as it appears in print by clicking here.


Alumni News

Attorney Alumni Network Gathering

The first Attorney Alumni Network gathering was held on Tuesday, November 15. As guest speakers, Joyce M. Smith, Esq. ’94, Chief Legal Officer of Prudential Trust Company, and Steven M. Resnick, Esq. ’93, Shareholder at Budd Larner, P.C., each spoke about their experience as Montclair State students, crediting faculty with providing the inspiration to pursue a legal career and the tools to succeed. They encouraged attorney alumni and current law students to remain connected with the Department of Political Science and Law and the faculty they know and admire.

During his talk, Mr. Resnick announced his intention to set up a scholarship in honor of two admired faculty: Dr. Marilyn Tayler and Dr. David Benfield. The scholarship will benefit a Political Science and Law student in need of tuition assistance for his/her undergraduate studies in preparation for law school. [View more details, photos, and information]

Graduate School Focus Groups - Your Voice is Important!

As a graduate of Montclair State University, your feedback is important in evaluating and fine tuning our alumni programs and services. Let your voice be heard at an upcoming Graduate School Alumni Focus Group. These 90 minute sessions offer alumni the opportunity to share their opinions directly with the Office of Alumni Relations. [View full details]

Adele, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga...and Montclair State: 2012 Grammy Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced and the names of John J. Cali School of Music Professor Robert Aldridge and the Montclair State University Singers appear among them.

Heading the nominations for Montclair State is Robert Aldridge and his opera Elmer Gantry, which received a nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Additionally, the CD of the opera, “Aldridge: Elmer Gantry,” received a nomination as Best Engineered Album, Classical; and the CD’s producer, Blanton Alspaugh, received a nomination for Producer of the Year, Classical. [View full details]

University News

Montclair State to Provide Home to NJTV's News Program

When NJTV launched this past July, the public television network immediately began looking for a New Jersey-based production home for its news division. Today Montclair State University and NJTV announced that the University, with its unparalleled communications program and state-of-the-art DuMont Television Center, will provide broadcast studio space as well as production facilities and office space for NJ Today, NJTV’s weekly-nightly news program. [View full details

The SHIP Sails on at Montclair State

Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM) recently recognized some of its top students and thanked program funders at the second Science Honors Innovation Program (SHIP) Funders’ Breakfast. The SHIP program, made possible through generous grants from Merck and The Roche Foundation, offers undergraduate students the opportunity to become involved in the research community, get a head start on graduate school, and to compete for awards, fellowships, and admission into top PhD programs. [View full details]

School of Business Professors Receive Bright Idea Awards

Four Montclair State University School of Business (SBUS) faculty members received Bright Idea Awards for their publications at a ceremony held at Middlesex County College on October 21. The Bright Idea Awards are presented to the top 10 research papers published by New Jersey business school faculty each year. [View full details]


CEHS Announces New Graduate Programs

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Developmental Models of Autism Intervention (DMAI) prepares teachers and other educators, mental health practitioners and allied health professionals to use assessment, education and intervention strategies to work with children with autism and their families. It provides professionals with comprehensive academic and applied experiences around Autism Spectrum Disorder from a developmental and relational perspective. [View full details]

A Trio of Events Mark the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy

A trio of enjoyable, well-received events presented by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies, the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, and the Amici della Cultura Italiana marked Montclair State University’s recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. [View full details]


Fourth Annual “Teaching Italian Symposium-Workshops—The New AP Italian Exam”

On October 21st in the Conference Center of University Hall, the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, and the Department of Spanish and Italian hosted the fourth in their annual signature series of professional development programs to foster excellence in the teaching of Italian in the Tri-State area’s elementary and secondary schools. [View full details]



The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Trying to think of the perfect gift for that special someone? This year, why not consider a gift in honor of someone important to you? That’s what some Montclair State alumni and friends have done. It’s a great way to support something meaningful to your loved one, and it’s guaranteed to make more of a splash and last longer than another tie or novelty t-shirt! Here are some recent inspiring examples.[View full details]

Act Now - Special Giving Opportunity Ends Soon

If you are over 70 1/2 and have a traditional or Roth IRA, you may wish to consider a special provision that allows completely tax-free charitable distributions of IRA funds directly to Montclair State University or other qualified charitable recipients through Dec. 31, 2011. Such gifts will count toward mandatory withdrawal amounts. Gifts can be made in this way in amounts up to $100,000 per donor. The provision expires at the end of the year. Check with us or your plan administrator for more details. [View Carpe Diem Society E-Newsletter]


D'Andrea Named to AFCA All-America Team

Senior running back Chris D'Andrea (Union, NJ / Union) earned a a spot on the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III All-America released on Tuesday.

D'Andrea was among the 25 players chosen to this year's team. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.[View full details]

Women's Indoor Track and Field Ends 2011 on High Note at Princeton New Year's Invite

The Montclair State women’s indoor track and field team posted several outstanding performances as the Red Hawks finished off the 2011 calendar portion of their schedule at the Princeton New Year’s Invite at Jadwin Gymnasium on Saturday.

Junior Heather Gearity (Rutherford, NJ / Rutherford) placed fourth in the 600 meters as she registered a qualifying mark of 1:36.90 against the field of Division I and III competitors. She then anchored the 4x400 relay team which also recorded a ECAC Championship qualifying mark as the group of Stephanie Fego (Verona, NJ /Verona), Imani Jones (Roselle, NJ / Abraham Clark), Beaira Thomas (Irvington, NJ / Science Park) and Gearity timed in at 4:06.19 to finish ninth overall. The time is currently third in Division III. [View full details]

Alumni Profiles

Frank Iannucci '03 '10 MA

Frank Iannucci ’03 ’10 MA was completely unsuspecting when he walked into what he thought was a typical assembly on November 4 at West Orange (NJ) High School, where he has taught math and computer science for the past five years. “I was told representatives from the state would be talking about education and good educators,” he recalled. In attendance among the room full of teachers and students was Andy Smarick, state deputy education commissioner, and Michael Milken, co-founder of the Milken Foundation, which awards an annual national educator award. [View full details]

Laureen Ong '74

Laureen Ong ’74 knows better than anyone that the days of passive television viewing are gone. Today’s viewers watch their favorite shows with the expectation of gaining something from the experience or being motivated to take action. “What we do is inspire you,” says Ong, who took over as president of the Travel Channel in April 2010 after three years as chief operating officer for Star Limited Group, a global television network based in Hong Kong. She joined Star Limited after six years as founding president of the National Geographic Channel, where she expanded the channel’s digital and new media platforms. [View full details]