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May 2012 - Volume 6, Issue 5

Calendar of Events

May 10
Communication Studies Alumni Gathering

May 12
Yogi and Museum Day at Yankee Stadium

May 15
Biodex Concussion Management Workshop

May 16
Inaugural Todd Ouida Children's Foundation Annual Conference

May 18
Class of 1962 50th & 50+ Reunion

May 19-20
2012 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship

May 21
Designer Showhouse Fundraiser

June 7
Recent Alumni Network Summer Happy Hour and Networking Event

June 9
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Anniversary Celebration

June 21
Career Resource Seminar Series: Mock Interview Session

Peak Performances
Upcoming Calendar of Events

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Full Events 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.

Montclair State in Your Neighborhood - Washington D.C. Town Hall Event with President Cole - June 14

This June, President Cole travels to
Washington, D.C., for a conversation
with alumni. Learn about the state of
the university, recent accomplishments
and future plans, and have the
opportunity for an open dialogue
with the President.

You are cordially invited to join
President Cole in a town hall setting.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The National Press Club. Space is limited. Please RSVP by June 8. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at
973.655.4141 or

Save the Date - RAN Summer Fun Day at the Jersey Shore! - July 28, 2012

Montclair State University at the Jersey Shore! Join us at Bar A for an all-you-can-eat BBQ, live entertainment, contests, games, drink specials, and all the fun you can handle! For more information, email

Montclair Spring 2012 Magazine Available Online

Don't miss the latest issue of the Montclair State University magazine. Highlights include:

•Connecting to Tomorrow—The University’s new Strategic Plan
•The Future is Now—Introducing the new School of Communication and Media
•Reflections by Deans Ada Beth Cutler and Geoffrey Newman
•A new MBA program and combined degree programs put students on the fast track to success

Plus class notes, alumni news, athletic highlights, and much more!

Click here to view the magazine online.

Forward Thinking: The Research Newsletter of Montclair State University

Forward Thinking: The Research Newsletter of Montclair State University highlights new and notable research from the University's six schools and colleges. Explore the print version or read expanded versions of each article by clicking the links in the lefthand column. [View full details]

Summer Sports Camps and Clinics at Montclair State

This summer, there are a variety of clinics and camps offered at Montclair State University including lacrosse, soccer, and basketball. For more information on the camps including schedules and pricing, visit the new athletics site. [View full details]

Alumni Benefits

Learn Return for Teachers: We Cover Your Auto and Your Aspirations

Liberty Mutual understands, respects and supports the professional and financial demands that teachers face every day. That’s why we offer members of the educational community our unique Learn Return program, a suite of exclusive auto insurance and professional benefits— just for teachers, at no additional cost.

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Did You Know?

As an alumnus/a you have access to the Center for Writing Excellence. The Center for Writing Excellence is available to all alumni who are committed to developing and improving as writers, with in-person and online appointments available. Sessions with experienced writing consultants are designed to provide help on every aspect of the writing process, with the goal of enabling writers to achieve long-term improvement, confidence, and independence. They welcome all alumni writers in any stage of the writing process, in any discipline.

For information on scheduling an appointment, visit the CWE website.


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Join the Career Advisory Network!

Would you like to share your knowledge and experience with fellow alumni? Join the Career Advisory Network to become an online mentor where you can exchange ideas within a trusted Montclair State University network.

Log on to MONTCLAIRconnect today!

Haven't registered for MONTCLAIRconnect? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4141 or to obtain your ID number.


Issue Highlights...

PharmFest 2012 Alumni Panel: Career Success in the Changing Pharma Industry
President's Address to the University Community
Conrad J. Schmitt Hall Dedication
NCAA Division III Lacrosse Tournament

Alumni News

Montclair State Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Historic Educational Telecasts

On April 30, 1952, Montclair State University—then the Montclair State Teachers College—made television history. According to documents prepared at the time, Montclair State was “undoubtedly the first” to use a non-commercial Ultra High Frequency, or UHF, channel to broadcast a full day of educational telecasts to schools. “The broadcast showed that there was a great potential for bringing a different kind of education to children,” said Maxine Minkowitz Soren ’54, a speech major who was one of 29 students who developed and produced the programs. [View full details]

PharmFest 2012 Alumni Panel: Career Success in the Changing Pharma Industry

At this year's PharmFest - "The Changing Landscape", the day was concluded with a panel discussion entitled "Career Success in the Changing Pharma Industry" where four alumni leaders in the pharmaceutical industry spoke on the subject. The panel was moderated by Carolyn D. Jones, Executive Director, Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education. The alumni panelists included Terence Gunning '79, Chief Operating Officer, MedLabs Diagnostics; MaryLinda Schumann '78, '83 MA, Manager, Technical Support, Chemetall Oakite; Heidi Pfefferkorn '88, Director, Regulatory CMC Project Management, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; Dr. Maria Webb '77, Chief Science Officer, Benenum Biodesign. [View full details]

Alumni Benefit from School of Business Hospitality Management Program

“Experiential learning” is a priority for the Montclair State University School of Business, which takes learning outside of the classroom by providing students with the opportunity to take on real-world business challenges. Through face-to-face meetings with top business executives, business facilities tours from corporate boardrooms to factory floors, and by working in teams to find creative solutions to pressing business issues, students gain 'practical' experience. In the process, they build self-confidence, presentation skills and business expertise while adding value to corporate partners at a reasonable cost. [View full details]

University News

President's Address to the University Community

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be with you on this wonderful spring day to take a few moments to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of this past academic year. Throughout the year, during the miniscule interstices of time between my various responsibilities, very often at about 3:00 a.m. when I can’t sleep, I take the opportunity to read. Not memos or reports or legislation or contracts, but actual books. I like to keep my hand in, as it were, so I don’t forget how to do it. [View full details]

Montclair State University Announces New Dean of the College of the Arts

Montclair State University has appointed Daniel Gurskis to be the new dean of its College of the Arts, one of the University’s six colleges and schools. The College of the Arts is home to the University’s John J. Cali School of Music, the newly established School of Communication and Media, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Department of Art and Design. Gurskis comes to Montclair State from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York where he is a professor and chair of the Department of Film and a special assistant to the president. Most recently at Brooklyn College, he has overseen the creation of a new graduate school of cinema to be located at Steiner Studios, the largest film and television production facility outside of Los Angeles. In addition to his academic experience, Gurskis has held creative and management positions in film, television, theatre, and advertising, and he has performed pro bono work in arts management. [View full details]

Montclair State University Announces New Dean of the College of Education and Human Services

Montclair State University has appointed Francine P. Peterman as the new dean of its College of Education and Human Services. Peterman joins Montclair State from Queens College of the City University of New York, where she was a professor and dean of education. “We are delighted to announce Francine Peterman’s appointment,” said Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “She is a dedicated educator and an able and creative administrator whose leadership will continue to advance the College of Education and Human Services’ core commitment to educational excellence. [View full details]

TechLaunch Helps Fledgling Businesses

Do you have an idea for an innovative technology or product, but need help getting your idea or company off the ground? A new technology accelerator called TechLaunch hosted by Montclair State University is accepting applications for an intensive 12-week program for start-ups that begins in August, 2012. [View full details]


Conrad J. Schmitt Hall Dedication

With more than 150 family members, friends, former classmates, and guests in attendance, Montclair State University alumnus and benefactor Conrad J. Schmitt ’58 cut the ribbon to officially dedicate the newly renovated Conrad J. Schmitt Hall, at a special ceremony on April 19. The new home of the departments of Spanish and Italian, Linguistics, and Modern Languages and Literatures; the Language Testing and Technology labs; and the Red Hawk Math Learning Center (aka “math emporium”); Schmitt Hall was named in honor of Schmitt in recognition of his generous bequest to the University. [View full details]


John Pascal '08 MA: “I Am Grateful to Montclair State”

John Pascal ’08 MA credits his Master’s Degree from Montclair State with helping him to be a better teacher and for professional acclaim and success as awriter and lecturer. His Master’s thesis onArtemus Ward, arguably the first humorist in the United States with a national reputation and a strong influence on Mark Twain, was published as a book, and he lectures nationally on the topic. John earned his Master’s Degree in English with a concentration in American Literature from Montclair State in 2008. [View full details]


NCAA Division III Lacrosse Tournament

The NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship is coming to Montclair State University. 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 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]

Chad Faulcon Signs with NFL's Atlanta Falcons as Undrafted Free Agent

Faulcon is now a Falcon! Senior safety Chad Faulcon (Cranford, NJ) signed as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons following the National Football League’s Draft on Saturday, April 28. Faulcon becomes the fifth Red Hawk to sign a professional contract since 2000 and the fourth with an NFL organization. The signing caps off an amazing year for Faulcon, who was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference and East Region Defensive Player of the Year. He was also chosen to the All-America Team. A two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week selection, Faulcon registered 72 tackles and three interceptions for the NJAC runner-up Red Hawks in 2011 as Montclair went 8-2 overall, 7-2 in the league. He also helped MSU to back-to-back NJAC Championships and NCAA Division III Playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. [View full details]

1987 Baseball National Championship 25th Anniversary Reunion

On April 28, the Montclair State Department of Athletics and baseball program celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its 1987 NCAA Division III National Championship Team. Eighteen members from that squad made their way back to Montclair State, including assistant coaches Rich O'Connor and Rick Giancola and the head coach Kevin Cooney. The team members who were honored in a private ceremony inside the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center prior to the game. [View full details]

Alumni Profiles

Marcy LoCastro '74

Marcella “Marcy” LoCastro, CPA.CITP, Class of ’74 is the CEO of MLoCastro Consulting LLC and provides Women’s Leadership Training and Coaching for companies. LoCastro currently serves on the BioClinica, Inc.(NASDAQ:BIOC) Board and Audit Committee, the Immunomedics, Inc. (NASDAQ:IMMU) Board, Audit and Compensation Committees, an Industry Advisory Board as a Senior Advisor for Alvarez & Marsal, Montclair State University Foundation Audit Committee Member and School of Business Board, Executive Women of NJ Board and NJSCPA Magazine Editorial Board. With over 35 years of experience on Boards and working with CEOS, CFOs, and countless professional organizations, LoCastro has many accomplishments under her belt. One that she is particularly proud of is being the first person in her immediate family to graduate college. [View full details]


Chris Cancialosi '02 MA

Chris Cancialosi ’02 MA is more than just a master’s degree alumnus. He is a former adjunct professor, Iraq war veteran, and entrepreneur. Chris is the founder of gothamCULTURE, a leadership and organizational development consultancy. Currently living and working bi-coastally, Chris recently came back to campus for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Dean’s Recognition Awards, at which he was honored. Cancialosi says that the Psychology program gave him a solid base to go out into the job market and land his first job. “The program really gives you the foundation to help you get launched – it provides tremendously helpful, practical experience as opposed to a purely academic curriculum.” [View full details]




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