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One Day for Montclair Supports Student Success

University’s annual day of giving is elevated by special events showcasing diversity and community spirit

Posted in: Alumni News and Events

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A trifecta of traditional end-of-semester events unfolded simultaneously on Thursday, April 25, as Montclair State University celebrated One Day for Montclair, raising funds for scholarships and programs, embracing its rich cultural diversity with World’s Fair Day, and welcoming the children of campus community parents for Take Your Child to Work.

One Day for Montclair is a day when the entire Montclair State University community comes together for a day of action and celebration! Donor support on April 25, 2024 helped us create opportunities, elevate achievements and celebrate our students. Over 1,500 alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends came together to make an impact on One Day!

Darrell Spencer ’77, an alumnus living in California, stopped by campus while visiting New Jersey. “I was so inspired by the energy and excitement I saw as students and staff celebrated World’s Fair Day and One Day for Montclair. I am so proud to be a graduate and see the Montclair community at its finest, that it was my pleasure to participate with a gift towards the #1Day4Montclair campaign and support students’ success.”, said Spencer.

In all, 1,740 gifts from alumni, current students, faculty, staff, parents and other supporters – contributions both large and small, through matching funds and donation challenges – raised $310,173 to enhance students’ academic lives, at both Montclair and Bloomfield College of Montclair State University. Giving included donors supporting areas of campus they are most passionate about and others taking advantage of the Give a Latte Challenge with partner Java Love Coffee Roasting Co.

“The last Thursday of April, it’s our day to showcase this great community,” observed Kara Baldwin Brennan ’92, director of Annual Giving. “I’m so excited about the energy and the pride for the institution.”

Against the colorful backdrop of the Alumni Green, its park-like setting framed by pink cherry blossoms and blue skies, the campus was alive with flavors, sounds and languages from around the world. Children with their faces painted and students in the ubiquitous Montclair red played games, won prizes and sampled international foods (and even waters of the world) among the winding pathways in front of Cole Hall.

“It’s a beautiful amalgamation of what Montclair has to offer,” observed Casey Coleman, assistant director of Student Involvement, who served as host for the day’s performances.

Student in japanese dress.

Students wore traditional attire, celebrating cultural diversity.


At the Amphitheater, student performances included a demonstration of Chinese martial arts, and Latin, Palestinian and Korean dance. More than 50 tables showcased a wide variety of campus offerings, from World Languages and Cultures to the Office of Student Belonging, and global cuisine.

Women in traditional chinese dress dance with fans.

Heasun Jung Korean Traditional Dance Academy share their traditional Korean music and dance during the 2024 World’s Fair.


Bring Your Child to Work, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, provided activities for more than 100 children grades K-7, including arts, theater, sports, music, face painting, carnival games, 3D printing and media/television.

Child wearing sunglasses

Children added to the festivities as One Day for Montclair and World’s Fair Day coincided with Take Your Child to Work and its own special activities.


Ashlee Martellacci reflected on the early preview of college life for her 5-year-old son, Vincent, and the other children who came to campus. “It’s a great opportunity to introduce higher education as something that is important, something that they can learn about now, instead of waiting until they’re older. But at the same time to see a different side of us as parents, in terms of what we do and what that looks like,” says Martellacci, who works in the Global Center on Human Trafficking and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy.

“That’s something that normally kids don’t get to see until they have that opportunity, so it opens that door and opens that conversation,” she says.

Eric Brosnihan, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science since retiring from the military, danced at the World’s Fair with his 5-year-old daughter, Ramona. “I wanted her to see what college can offer and it just so happened today was the World’s Fair event,” Brosnihan says. “It was great timing.”


Man in traditional garb with tea
Two students holding teddy bears
Students doing martial arts
Students enjoying international foods
Student with flags
Student dance performance
Spectators enjoying performances