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March 2012 - Volume 6, Issue 3

Calendar of Events

March 9-20
Global Images 2012: International Travel Photography by Montclair State University Faculty and Staff

March 15
“Strategies for a Successful Retirement”

March 19
The Collapse of the Mycenaean Palaces and the Survival of the Periphery

March 20
Affirmative Action Day 2012

March 20
MBA Executive Speaker Series

March 20
Keynote Speech: Afghanistan-Pakistan After the American Exit

March 20
Montclair State University Film Forum Digital Distribution Panel

March 21
Graduate Information Session

March 22
“The Politics of Science and the Science of Politics”

March 22
What is a Liberal Feminist to Say About Wealth and Income Inequality?

March 22
Career Resource Seminar Series: Use LinkedIn and Social Media to Land the Job You Want

March 23
Boys to Men Empowerment Conference

March 24
8 -Play About Proposition 8

March 25
Film Screening – Catching Hell

March 25
Faculty Recital - Pianist David Witten

March 27
Montclair State University Film Forum - Parvez Sharma

March 27
In Her Shoes Workshop

March 27
Teaching for Learning Reunion: Navigating the First Years

March 28
Coccia Institute: Italian Language and Culture Day

March 30
World Cultures Day: The Impact of Global Communication on the 21st Century

April 3
Montclair State University Film Forum -
Ahmed Ahmed

April 3

April 4
Bringing the World Home: Celebrating Over 50 Years of the U.S. Peace Corps

April 4
Yogi Berra - Ron Guidry Booksigning

April 4
The Role of ETFs in the Financial Marketplace and Investment Portfolios

April 10
Montclair State University Film Forum - Greg Barker

April 10
Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Chair Series of Poets and Speakers

Peak Performances
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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.

Retirement Dinner Honoring James E. Harris
Alumni are invited to attend a retirement dinner to celebrate 41 years of service from James E. Harris at Montclair State University. For more information, please click here.

2012 NJCTE Conference

March 31, 2012, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. in the Student Center Ballrooms.
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

The Orchestra of Piazza Vittorio (Film Screening)
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge.
Sponsored by the Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies in collaboration with the Film Studies Program (Department of English), the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, Amici Club, and LASO (Latin American Student Organization) at Montclair State University. For additional information or questions, please email

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Talking Renters Insurance to Your Kids

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In This Issue...

Career Resource Seminar Series: Using LinkedIn and Social Media to Land the Job You Want
School of Business Team Makes CFA Institute Research Challenge® Final Four
Montclair State University to Hold 8th Annual Football Beefsteak
Alumni Profile - David Keefe '09 MFA

Special Announcement: Athletics Department Launches New Website




Montclair State University is proud to announce the launch of the new Montclair State University Athletics website. In addition to a bold new design, the site features state-of-the-art technology including live stats for the most up-to-date information on our athletic teams; social media integration; easy-to-use navigation, and a mobile version for viewing on the go. [View new website!]

Alumni News

Career Resource Seminar Series - Using LinkedIn and Social Media to Land the Job You Want - March 22

Job-seekers can no longer afford to miss out on LinkedIn, a social media application that is becoming essential to getting interviews. Those who are well-versed in LinkedIn are getting better jobs more quickly. In addition, Twitter and other social media can potentially help you land and ace interviews. This seminar focuses on the things you should be doing right now to build your network, research job prospects, contact people, and get interviews. [Register Now!]



Street Smart Self Defense Seminar Teaches Alumni Techniques to Stay Safe on the Streets

More than 25 alumni and students gathered on February 23 in Dickson Hall, Cohen Lounge to learn techniques to keep them safe on the streets. Graduates spanning from the class of 1959 to the most recent graduating class to students preparing to graduate in 2012 and 2013 came together for a fun and informative session on self-defense techniques. Teaching a practical and effective method of street-smart self-defense, the seminar utilized training techniques that are geared towards a real world approach that help the participant to gain confidence and provided the tools necessary to survive and escape a realistic encounter. [View full details]

Second Annual Signature Wine Tasting Gives Alumni a Taste of Spain

On March 8, over 100 alumni and their guests attended the Second Annual Signature Wine Tasting which was located in The Conference Center in University Hall. The setting was a million-dollar panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline. The evening was kicked off by opening remarks from Jeanne Marano, Executive Director in the Office of Alumni Relations. The event was then turned over to Keith Pignataro, a Wine Associate at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace. Keith spent 25 years working on Wall Street, but has been in the process of starting a new and exciting career in the wine industry. [View full details]

University News

School of Business Team Makes CFA Institute Research Challenge® Final Four

The New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) announced that Montclair State University’s School of Business team has won a coveted spot as one of the final four teams in this year’s New York Regional Final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge®. “I am honored and proud to work with these intelligent and dedicated students,” says Economics and Finance Professor Susana Yu, who co-advises the team along with Associate Professor Herman Sintim. [View full details]

College of Education and Human Services Offers Special Programs for Children

Montclair State University’s nationally renowned College of Education and Human Services—recognized by US News and World Report as among the Top 20 programs of teacher education in the nation—offers exceptional services for area families with children. These services are open and available to alumni. The four programs are the Ben Samuels Children's Center, the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, Educational Assessment and Intervention Services, and the Summer Literacy Program. [View full details]

Economic Impact Report Measures Montclair State’s Value to New Jersey

Montclair State University recently released its 2011-2012 Economic Impact Report outlining the positive contributions the University’s $396.5 million in economic activity made to the economy and quality of life of New Jersey in fiscal 2011. While the University is dedicated to higher education, the 25-page report concludes that it is also an integral part of New Jersey’s economy and a consistent driver of its growth . [View full details]

Robert Aldridge Takes Home Two Grammys - "Elmer Gantry" is Best New Classical Composition and Best Engineered Album, Classical

Professor Robert Aldridge of Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music received the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held February 12 in Los Angeles. He was awarded the Grammy for his opera, Elmer Gantry, along with librettist Herschel Garfein. [View full details]



Professors Elizabeth Wishnick and Fawzia Afzal-Khan Receive Prestigous Awards

Associate Professor of Political Science and Law Elizabeth Wishnick and Professor of English Fawzia Afzal-Khan have received two of the nation’s most prestigious awards. Last fall, Wishnick, learned of her four-month appointment as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC while researching a book in Beijing. [View full details]



All in the (Montclair State) Family: Carmelita Todaro Perone ’64

When longtime loyal donor Carmelita “Lita” Todaro Perone ’64 first came to Montclair State from Newark in September of 1960, she had no way of knowing that she was starting a family tradition that continues to this day.
She graduated in the class of 1964 as a business education major. Her sister Linda Todaro Montanino ’68 and her brothers Russell Todaro ’74 and Anthony Todaro ’81 are also alumni. In addition, both of her children, Nicholas Perone ’90 and Carla Perone ‘95, went to her alma mater (both were math majors). [View full details]



1987 National Championship Baseball Team to be Honored at Doubleheader

Alumni are invited to a special doubleheader baseball game on Saturday, April 28 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Twenty-five years after their championship season, the 1987 National Championship Baseball Team will come together again as the group will be honored during the Red Hawks' home doubleheader at Yogi Berra Stadium against The College of New Jersey. [View full details] [View full game schedule]


Men's, Women's Lacrosse Teams Picked to Win Skyline Conference in Preseason Polls

The Montclair State men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, which both captured Skyline Conference Championships in 2011 were both picked to finish first in the league’s 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll. The men’s team, winners of three straight league titles, finished tied with Farmingdale State for the top spot while the women received eight of nine first-place votes. [View full details]


Montclair State University to Hold 8th Annual Football Beefsteak

The Montclair State Red Hawk football program will hold its 8th Annual Alumni Beefsteak on Thursday, April 5, 2012 in Wayne, NJ. The beefsteak will take place at the Wayne Firehouse Company No. 1 located at 93 Parish Drive in Wayne from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are $45.00 per person or $450.00 for a table of 10. For further information, please call the Montclair State Football Office at 973-655-5238 or 973- 655-7079. [View full details]

Alumni Profiles

David Cirino ’04

David Cirino ’04 is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer and engineer. His latest accomplishments include releasing a mixtape, Dragon Theory, and partnering with a licensing company, Aperture Music, who was able to get his song national airplay on NBC’s hit sitcom, Up All Night. Cirino recently paid a visit to campus to see how things have changed and to reflect back on his experiences at Montclair State University. Cirino’s major was Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems. While that may seem to be a stretch from his current career in the music industry, Cirino actually relates the two and credits his time here to much of his success. [View full details]




Sheryl Cohn ’75 MA

Dr. Sheryl Cohn ’75 MA is theauthor of the book The Boy in the Suitcase, Holocaust Family Stories of Survival, acompilation of stories about families throughout theworld who have been affected by the Holocaust. Cohn, who received her master’s in Educational Psychology, is in the process of transitioning from ten years in the education field and making her return to psychology. [View full details]



David Keefe ’09 MFA

David Keefe ’09 MFA served in the United States Marine Corps from 2002-2009 and completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq from 2006-2007. Keefe is also a Director and Coordinator for the Combat Paper Program at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Keefe has also been teaching Beginning Painting at Montclair State University since 2009. Combat Paper is a community of veterans dedicated to the process of deconstructing, reclaiming, and communicating their military experiences to the world. [View full details]