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February 2011
Vol. 5, Issue 2

Alumni News

Recent Alumni Network (RAN) To Host Speed Networking Event
The newly formed Recent Alumni Network (RAN) works to meet the special needs and interests of graduates of the past ten graduating classes. A planning Committee representing the classes of 2000 – 2010 is leading the charge in developing, planning, promoting, and delivering quality programs designed to engage recent graduates in the Montclair State University community. The Committee focuses on programs reaching the current graduating class as they make the transition to alumni, addressing the special interests / needs of the first years following commencement, as well as providing opportunities in networking, community service, cultural, and reunions activities.  The first program planned for the group will take place on Thursday, February 10.  Meet, Greet, and Link Up….Speed Network Your Way to a Career Connection features speaker Sharon Kornstein, AICI, CIP, founder and president of ImageDesign, who will offer tips on the basics of networking followed by a useful networking exercise. Additional programs planned include a wine tasting in March, a panel discussion on life skills in April, and a summer gathering in July.  Be sure to keep your contact information up to date to make sure you receive invitations to future activities. For more information, contact Deb Corasio in Alumni Relations at 973-655-4207.

Class of 1961 Making Plans for 50th Reunion
With the help of members of the class of 1961, the Alumni Relations Office is making plans to celebrate the 50th reunion of the class of 1961. The date to save is May 20 for this memorable occasion. Our 1961 graduates will be honored during the University's 2011 Commencement ceremony at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. The reunion class will lead the 2011baccalaureate candidates into the arena wearing academic regalia and their official golden anniversary sash. Following Commencement, a celebratory luncheon is planned for the 50th reunion class as well as for members of the class of 1960 and earlier. For information contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alulmni Relations at 973-655-4141.

University News

Genomics Course Offered as Part of National Science Initiative
Montclair State University is one of 12 colleges and universities recently selected to participate in a National Genomics Research Initiative by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and its Science Education Alliance (SEA).  The 12 institutions joining the SEA, chosen through a competitive application process, will offer a SEA-designed science course beginning in Fall 2011.  Montclair State is the only academic institution in New Jersey participating in this program, which according to participating faculty will change the way science is taught. [View full article]

George Segal Sculptures Walk to New Location at Montclair State
George Segal’s iconic Street Crossing installation of seven life-sized sculpted figures, which formerly graced the area south of Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater, has been moved a short distance away to a new home in front of College Hall. In the new location, the figures are visible through a series of newly-erected Mission-style archways which are part of the University’s College Avenue Promenade beautification project. [View full article]

Athletics News

Fiore Collects 200th Win at MSU at Men's Basketball Edges William Paterson, 50-47. [View full article]

Read more about Montclair State University athletics.

Alumni Profile

Christopher Mattaliano ’79, Mattalianogeneral director of
Portland (OR) Opera since 2003, will deliver the
Jack Sacher Memorial Alumni Lecture at 1:00 p.m. on February 23, 2011, in the Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall in the John J. Cali School of Music. Mr. Mattaliano will speak about his work and experiences in over thirty years as a stage director and arts manager.
He has staged productions for opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan
Opera, San Francisco Opera, Canadian Opera Company, L’Opéra de Montréal, Dallas Opera, L’Opéra de Nice (France), and the Norwegian National Opera.
Mr. Mattaliano received his BA in Theater Arts from Montclair State University with additional training at the Trent Park School of Performing Arts in London, England. In 1998 he received the L. Howard Fox Visiting Alumni Award from his alma mater as well as a National Opera Institute Stage Direction Grant. [View full article]

Calendar of Events

Montclair State Film Forum, Spring Series - through March 8

Art Connections7- through Feb. 19

City Theatre & Dance Group / Robyn Orlin: Walking Next to Our Shoes - Feb. 10 - 20

Cali School Faculty Recital Series - Feb. 12

Sweet Charity - Feb. 16 - 26

Montclair State/Montclair Art Museum: Art Talks with Shirin Neshat - Feb. 17

Montclair State Wind Symphony and Bloomfield Youth Band - Feb. 22

Annual Jack Sacher Memorial Alumni Lecture, Christopher Mattaliano '79, opera director - Feb. 23

Montclair State Symphony Orchestra - Feb. 23

Winter Graduate Open House - Feb. 27

Perspectives on Maria Montessori in the Early Childhood Classroom - March 9

Focus on Princeton Art Exhibit - March 12 - April 16

Margaret and Herman Sokol Science Lecture Series: "Move it and lose it....weight loss for the New Age" - March 29

Relay For Life at Montclair State -
April 8 - 9

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

Peak Performances - Full calendar

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

Travel to Art Basel Festival in Switzerland with the George Segal Gallery, June 10 - 18, 2011
Tour and accommodations with breakfast
starting at $3,699
. For more information e-mail