Annual Scholarship Dinner a Great Success

Carpe Diem Award winners honored and funds raised for student scholarships

Photo: Mike Peters

Carpe Diem Award winners Angelo J. Genova, Esq. '75 (left) and A.J. Khubani '84 (right) with President Susan A. Cole.

Gathering to honor recipients of the Carpe Diem Award and to raise funds for student scholarships, 230 members of the University community and friends got together for the Montclair State University Foundation’s Annual Scholarship Dinner held on April 2 at the University Hall Conference Center.

The presentation of the Carpe Diem Awards, always a highlight of the Annual Dinner, was presided over by President Susan A. Cole and Nader Tavakoli, Esq., chair of the Montclair State University Foundation. The award, which honors particularly distinguished Montclair State alumni and friends for their outstanding professional and personal achievements, was presented to alumni Angelo J. Genova, Esq. ’75, co-founder of the law firm Genova, Burns & Vernoia, and Ajit “A.J.” Khubani ’84, founder, president, and CEO of TeleBrands Corporation.

Also recognized at the dinner were three Montclair State students, Jonathan Preciado, Maurice Torres, and Domonique Walker ’09. The three have distinguished themselves as embodying the “Seize the Day” spirit of the University, and were therefore each honored with the Student Carpe Diem Award.

Fine dining, good company, and terrific entertainment—ably provided by the Montclair State University Wind Symphony under the direction of Professor Thomas McCauley—rounded out the evening, which judging from the reactions of the guests, was enjoyed by all.