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2010 Travel Opportunities
The MSU Alumni Association has partnered once again with Thomas P. Gohagan & Co. and Alumni Holidays Incorporated to bring you exciting vacation opportunities.

Gohagan destinations include River Life through Burgundy and Provence
and Crossroads of the Classical

AHI offers Grand Journey Spain and Canadian Maritimes. Booking online for AH
I tours is easy. Click here to find and book your tour. Special early booking savings are availbe for BarcelonaSpainCanadian Maritimes tour.

Click here for detailed information on all travel tours for 2010.


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Help for Haiti
Montclair State continues to respond to the tragedy in Haiti with a number of relief efforts. Click here to read about the fundraising events that have already taken place and more ways that you can help.

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February 2010
News & Notes

CaliSchoolCali School of Music Officially Opens
The mood was decidedly festive on January 20 in the Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall on the campus of Montclair State University as President Susan A. Cole and members of the University community joined dignitaries and guests to honor John J. Cali '09 Hon. Cali was joined by his wife Rose Cali '80, a long time member of the MSU Board of Trustees. Other members of the Cali family were also on hand to celebrate in the officail ribbon cutting of the John J. Cali School of Music.

With a program that featured music by student brass ensembles, a multimedia tribute to the Calis, remarks by President Cole and College of the Arts Dean Geoffrey Newman, and the ribbon cutting, the event was a fitting opening for the building that now houses the offices of the faculty and staff of the School of Music, teaching studios, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and the 240-seat recital hall.

John and Rose Cali; family members Angela, Brant, Christopher, Joanne, and Jonna Cali; Eric Caparulo '97 MA, '00 MA; Chuck Prenner; and Mike Nevins; among others were in attendance representing the Cali family. It was their generous gift to the music program to fund scholarships and a professorship that enabled the University to establish the School of Music, which the University Board of Trustees voted to name in honor of John Cali.

Joining the celebration in the packed recital hall were many dignitaries including Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly Sheila Oliver, Governor Richard J. Codey and Assemblymen Ralph Caputo, Thomas Giblin, Scott Rumana, and Frederick Scalera. Legislators from Montclair were also on hand including Mayor Jerry Fried, and Councilmen Cary Africk, Nick Lewis, and Rich Murnick.

The depth of gratitude and respect that Montclair State University has for John J. Cali was conveyed by President Cole who said, “John’s name is truly a blessing to this school. His character, his intelligence, his kindness, will stand for us and for our students not just for the love of music and education, but as the model of what a person can become.”

See more photos from the opening event.

Read articles about the opening event in: The Star-Ledger and The Record.

Center for Career Services Offers Alumni Workshops
The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education has created a series of workshops designed to provide alumni with tools to help in today's tough job market.
The series is as follows:
Optimal Resume/Web Resume Writing
February 23, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. ADP Center, Room 1140, 1st Floor, University Hall
The following three workshops will be held at the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education, Morehead Hall Room 320
Finding a Job in Tough Times
March 9, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Recognizing Skills and Accomplishments
April 14, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Behavioral Based Interview
May 11, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Space is limited. To register for workshops, click here. One-on-one career advice and assistance is available with Cecilia Sullivan of the Center. Appointments are necessary. Extra evening hours are Monday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 973-655-5364.
Visit for more alumni services online.

Save the date! Career Seminar for Alumni, June 17. Details will be provided in future issues of  Connections.

Share your MSU Love Story for Valentine's Day
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than sharing your MSU love story with your classmates? FitzMore than 3,500 Montclair State alumni found their soul mate right here on campus. If you made your love connection here, tell us about it.

If you and your partner are graduates of Montclair State and would like to share your story, e-mail us a photo and a brief (three to five sentences) note telling us about your campus courtship.

Click here to read about alumni couples like Christopher '04 and Rebecca (Mackay) '06 Fitzpatrick (pictured) who have contributed their stories.

Arizona Alumni Connect
Alumni in Arizona gathered at receptions last month to celebrate Montclair State's recent designation by Forbes magazine as New Jersey's top public university (see story below). Alumni connected with each other and caught up on all the latest campus news from Advancement staff member Judy Echeveria Linder '83.

Tuscon area alumni met at El Charro Restaurant, pictured above l to r (front row) are: Ruth Rosenstein '76 '83 MA, Sherri Posternak-Wade ‘80, Anne Marie Wolanski King ‘81, Lailoni “Loni”  Janczecki Synkowski ’61and Judy Echeveria Linder '83. Back row: Magdalena and John "Jack" Siry '68.


Phoenix area alumni gathered at Mi Amigo's Mexican Grill. Pictured at right are:Front row, l to r: Robert Risden ’67, Rosalynd “Roz” Monahan ’60, Lailoni “Loni”  Janczecki Synkowski ’61, Kim La Bash Swanson ’75. Back row, l to r: Philip Logan ’03, Linda Schlum Case ’79, Geraldine Gerae Peten ’69, David Oliner ’73.



MSU Honored by State of New Jersey

Saying it “stands as a beacon of the heights to which education can aspire,” the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly officially congratulated Montclair State University for its inclusion in the Forbes list of America’s Best Colleges as the top public higher education institution in the state at a ceremony held at the State House in Trenton on January 7.

Presenting the Joint Legislative Resolution of congratulations to Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole was Governor Richard J. Codey who was joined by other legislators in honoring the University. Montclair State was also well-represented by a large contingent of students and staff who were on hand to share in the moment with President Cole. Even Rocky the Red Hawk made an appearance, much to the delight of those in attendance.

Read more about Montclair State’s Forbes ranking. See more photos from the event.

When & Where

Jazz Performance: Miguel Zenón and Esta Plena, Feb. 6, 8 p.m. Alexander Kasser Theater
ZenonBe immersed in a jazz creation of real genius as saxophonist Miguel Zenón and his ensemble perform an original work inspired by plena, a popular folk music form that originated in Zenón's homeland of Puerto Rico. A noted Guggenheim and recent MacArthur Fellow, Zenón reawakens the spirit of this traditional music in Esta Plena, an evening-long program that explores both the instrumental and vocal elements of this art form. Click here for box office information.

"Art Connections 6," Through Feb. 13
Montclair State University’s George Segal Gallery is once again sponsoring Art Connections, its annual fundraising art exhibit. Now in its sixth year, Art Connections has grown from a regional exhibit to one of national scope and offers artists an excellent opportunity for exposure and sales of their works. artconnections6
Past Art Connections exhibits have featured works by noted artists such as ceramist Toshiko Takaeshu; painters Julie Heffernan, Bisa Washington, Ben Jones and Cora Cohen; and sculptor Willie Cole. Proceeds from the event support exhibitions at the George Segal Gallery and care of the University’s permanent collection. This year's juror is Jerelle Kraus; Collector's preview, Patricia Selden, CEO of Selden Assoc. Inc.

For more information, click here.

MSU to Retire Coach's Number
Former Montclair State baseball coach Fred Hill will receive one of the highest honors in the Red Hawk athletic department as his No. 24 becomes just the third in school history to be retired on Saturday, February 13 at the Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ beginning at 5:30 pm. The number retirement will be part of the baseball program’s “First-Pitch Dinner”.
Hill’s joins Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Carol Blazejowski (12) and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Sam Mills (62) as the only persons to have that distinction bestowed upon them.

Tickets for the event are $45. For further information, please contact the MSU Diamond Club at (973) 668-2560 or via e-mail at

For the full story and further details, click here.

Come See a Devils Game
You never know what will happen at a Devil's game! Just last month, goaltender Martin Brodeur had his 108th career shutout as the Devils beat the Florida Panthers. We have a few more opportunities for you to watch the Devils play on their home ice at the Prudential Center in Newark on:
Wed., Feb.10 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m.
Tue., March 30 vs. Boston Bruins at 7 p.m.

Get a $56 ticket and a $10 food and non-alcoholic beverage voucher for only $38 (a $66 value). Tickets are limited and subject to $56 group ticket availability.

Order your tickets now by calling Tom Stocky at Devils Groups Sales, 973-757-6117. Or click here for a printable pdf order form. Be sure to mention MSU Special Discounted Ticket Offers.

Graduate Open House, Feb 21
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! Click here for details and to register for the event.

Chinese Festival of the Arts and Humanities, Feb. 24 - April 25
Zhiyuan Cong, The Space in Between Humanity and Deity (detail) 1986; Chinese pigment on rice paper, 61 x 246.4 cm (24 x 97inches).
Montclair State presents Contemplating China's Past and Future: A Festival of China's Arts and Humanities. The Festival, which takes place on campus and in the town of Montclair, pays homage to China's remarkable cultural legacy and its strong impact. Through a series of more than 20 concerts, lectures, exhibitions, symposiums, discussions, and workshops, artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, and scholars from China and the United States will demonstrate the various aspects of China's culture. While pondering China's ability to maintain its distinctiveness and individualism, they will examine China as a continuum from and ancient to a modern culture with recurring and contemporized motifs, intersecting with, and influencing the world. For details on all of the Festival programs, visit

Scholarship Opportunity for the Child or Grandchild of an MSU Graduate
Each year, the MSU Alumni Association Scholarship
Committee considers applications of entering full-time freshman who are the children or grandchildren of an MSU graduate.

The Legacy Scholarship is awarded in the form of a
tuition waiver. Final selection is based on academic
achievement as determined by the Office of Admissions, on financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid and on the quality of the essay submitted by the applicant.

Interested students must file the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicating MSU as
one of the recipients.

A completed application form and the accompanying 200 word essay must be received by the Office of Alumni Relations by April 12, 2010.

50th Reunion Celebrations this Spring
50thEach year, the golden anniversary class gathers to honor the occasion with two very special events. The reunion celebration will begin on Thursday, May 20, with a 50th reunion class reception; and on Friday, May 21, you and your classmates are invited to participate in the University’s Commencement Ceremony by leading the procession of graduates at the IZOD Center.

For more information on the festivities, click here or contact Winsome Wynter at 973-655-4141 or e-mail