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February 2012 - Volume 6, Issue 2


Calendar of Events

Featured Event:
Deborah Amos to Speak at Montclair State

March 5, 2012, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Award-winning radio correspondent, television correspondent, and author will give a lecture entitled "The Arab Spring: The Changing Political Landscape in 2012" with audience questions to follow. View full details. RSVP.

January 17 - February 18
Art Connections 8 Exhibition

February 10
Philosophy in the Schools Day - The "Examined Life": Ethics and Knowledge in Action

February 14
Montclair State University Film Forum - Pacific Street Films

February 15
Covering College Sports in Age of Controversy

February 16
Career Resource Seminar Series: Staying Sane During the Job Search

February 20
Art of Sport Workshop

February 21
Montclair State University Film Forum - Ilene Starger

February 23
Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Chair Series of Poets and Speakers

February 23
Street Smart Self Defense Seminar

February 25
Fast Track MA in Educational Leadership Information Session

February 26
Graduate Open House

February 26
Film Screening - June 17, 1994

February 28
Montclair State University Film Forum - Ina Archer

February 28
Women Business Leadership Summit

March 2
The Many Faces of Hercules

March 4
Film Screening - Training Rules

March 5
Beyond the Barbie Stereotype: Real Women in the World of Science

March 5
Deborah Amos - The Arab Spring: The Changing Political Landscape in 2012

March 6
Montclair State University Film Forum

March 6 - 7
Mangia piano: The Internationalization of Local Italian Foodways

March 8
Third Annual Latino/a Caucus Lecture Series Presents Mirta Ojito

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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, February 26, 2012 in University Hall starting at 12:00 p.m.!

For information, visit their website.

Save The Date - April 19, 2012 Conrad J. Schmitt Hall Dedication Ceremony

At 11:30 a.m.,Thursday, April 19, 2012, we will celebrate the formal dedication of Conrad J. Schmitt Hall. For further information, please contact Judy Linder at 973-655-5454.

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Apartment Hunting in the Big City

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In This Issue...

- Save the Date! Communication Studies Alumni Event
- Montclair State "In the News:" Public College, Private Dorm
- 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Information
- Alumni Profile - Florence Aichele '33

Alumni News

Street Smart Self Defense Seminar – February 23, 2012

This seminar teaches a practical and effective method of street-smart self-defense. We utilize training techniques that are geared towards a real world approach that help the student to gain confidence and the tools they need to survive and escape a realistic encounter. In addition to physical techniques, topics discussed and taught are crime prevention issues as well as situational and environmental awareness. The seminar is taught in an open relaxed environment by expert instructors. The seminar is a condensed version of the Street Smart Self Defense Program which is offered at Montclair State on a weekly basis for students, faculty, and staff during the school semester. [View full details] [Register Now!]

2nd Annual Signature Wine Tasting – March 8, 2012

Anyone can drink wine, but it takes practice to recognize and distinguish a wine’s characteristics. Learn how to taste wine like the pros in no time, starting with your basic senses—look, smell and taste—and expanding from there. The evening will feature a wine connoisseur from Gary’s Wine and Marketplace who will provide an overview of the fundamentals of wine tasting featuring wines of Spain. [View full details] [Register Now!]



Get Involved with the Newly Formed LGBT Alumni Network!

In a continuing effort to increase support for the LGBT Center, provide mentorship and networking opportunities, and keep alumni connected and updated about opportunities provided through the LGBT Center, the Office of Alumni Relations has developed an LGBT Alumni Network. This endeavor will provide an opportunity for LGBT and allied alumni to engage with and give back to Montclair State students and show support for the commitment of the University to ensuring equity and social justice for the LGBT community. We hope to see this group serve an integral role in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing programs and activities including networking events, mentorship panels, scholarship development, and more. [View full details] [Join the Affinity Group Now!]


Career Resource Seminar Series - Staying Sane During the Job Search

Even in an excellent economy, the job search process can prove overwhelming. Submitting resumes, not getting any feedback, and feeling unsure of our place in the world of work can be frustrating, to say the least. In an effort to alleviate some of the concerns associated with the job search, the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education has teamed up with Montclair State's Counseling and Psychological Services department. We can help you interpret and deal with today's job search. [Register Now!]



Communication Studies Alumni Gathering - May 10, 2012

Save the date! Alumni of the Montclair State University Communication Studies department are invited to an exclusive gathering on Thursday, May 10. Please join us for a chance to catch up with fellow alumni, see some of your favorite professors, and witness how the department and College of the Arts has grown. The evening will include a special private show featuring mentalist Manlow and magician Baltus followed by an alumni reception. The event is free and will take place in the L. Howard Fox Theatre on the University campus beginning at 7:30 p.m. [View full details]


University News

Montclair State University Teacher Residency Program is a Game Changer

“I know great things can happen when we ignite the spirit of a child,” said Newark Mayor Cory Booker speaking at an event showcasing the achievements of the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency program on January 25, at the Marion A. Bolden Student Center in Newark. The afternoon gathering included school administrators, educators, funders, and other community members who not only believe that the children of Newark deserve an excellent education, but are working to make it a reality. [View full details]


Montclair State "In the News:" Public College, Private Dorm

The New York Times featured Montclair State University’s newest student residence complex, The Heights, in an article on public universities increasingly turning to the private sector to build and finance on-campus housing.

"Even before the recession, states found that companies that specialize in student housing could build residence halls more rapidly and cheaply than universities could. They can ease the burden of being a landlord. And perhaps most important, these partnerships free capital for facilities like classrooms and laboratories." [View full details]


Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory Opens in CSAM

The Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Laboratory (MMRL) is an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and service facility equipped with scanning and transmission electron microscopes, an atomic force microscope, and the ancillary instruments. The facility provides microscopic imaging, X-ray analysis, and specimen preparation services for biological, pharmaceutical, and materials scientific research.

The MMRL consist of four individual microscope rooms, the Histology laboratory, and sample preparation and chemical storage areas. Use of the facility is primarily for University instruction and research at all levels, and clients from other universities, foundations, and industries. [View full details]


Montclair State to Add More Online Courses to its MA in Theatre, Arts Management Concentration Program

Starting fall 2012, Montclair State is planning to launch a substantial number of online courses for its graduate arts-management program. It will be a significant step towards offering a completely online degree option, according to Randy Mugleston, chair of the Theatre and Dance department. [View full details]





Sweetheart Couples at Montclair State University

Sometimes, in addition to getting a great education at Montclair State, students find something else: true love! So during this Valentine's season, we wanted to share some sweetheart couple stories. We’d love to hear yours too! Please send your story to

For more alumni couples’ stories please click here. To make a gift to your alma mater in honor of your sweetheart, go to [View full details]



Hagel Honored as MSU Woman of the Year at Girls and Women in Sports Day Luncheon

Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) was honored as Montclair State’s 2011 Woman Athlete of the Year at the 20th annual Girls & Women in Sports Awards luncheon held by the NJ Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women at Seton Hall University. [View full details]

Save the date! April 13, 2012, 7:00 p.m. Women's Field Hockey game and alumnae gathering - for more information, contact Beth Gottung.


Baseball Great Returns to Campus

Tommy “T-Bone” Giordano, a 1947 graduate of Montclair State University and the current major league scout for the Texas Rangers, put the “history” in Professor Lee Lowenfish’s History of Baseball class when he paid a recent visit to campus and talked to students about his 64-year career in Major League Baseball. Giordano fielded questions on his experiences as a player, manager, and scout and talked about his stint in the majors. [View full details]


2012 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Information

The NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship is coming to Montclair State. The national championship tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20 at Sprague Field.

It will be the second time that Montclair State will be the host venue for an NCAA Championship. In 2009, Montclair State was the site of the Division III Softball Championship at the MSU Softball Stadium. The 2012 championship will mark the seventh time that the Division III national semifinals and championship game will take place in New Jersey. [View full details]


Alumni Profiles

Keyla Silva ’10

Keyla Silva ’10 is the founder and executive director of Inda Cares, a non-profit organization whose mission and purpose is to enhance self esteem and increase educational, interpersonal, life skills, and recreational opportunities for children from Angola, Africa.

Silva studied Psychology at Montclair State University and says that her involvement with various organizations motivated her to start her non-profit. Silva credits a large part of her inspiration to three affiliations in particular, The Native African Student Organization (NASO), Team Nicaragua, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. [View full details]



Florence Aichele ’33

Back when Montclair State University was still New Jersey State Teachers College at Montclair, Florence Aichele ’33, was a senior at the school, preparing for a profession in teaching. Seventy-nine years later, Aichele celebrated her one hundredth birthday and took some time to reminisce about her alma mater . [View full details]