News Briefs

Children needed for study on memory
The psychology department at Montclair State University is looking for children from 4 to 8 years old to participate in a research study on children’s memory. Participation requires two 20-minute visits to the Montclair State campus. Families are compensated $30 for each visit. The lab has free parking on Normal Avenue. For more information, call Dr. Jason Dickinson at 973-518-0322 or e-mail  This study has been approved by MSU’s Institutional Review Board (Protocol 001022)


Handwork Studio holds camps in August
The Handwork Studio is sponsoring two day camps on campus the week of August 15:

Handwork Day Camp: Campers will have a blast each day participating in creative activities such as knitting, crocheting, hand and machine sewing, and making crafts. For students in grades K-6.  Full day is 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; half-day is 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; afternoon only is 1-3 p.m.

Machine Sewing Camp:
Campers will choose from a large selection of projects that include pajamas, hoodies, skirts, quilts, bags, and much more. All fabric and supplies included. For students in grades 5-10. Full day only, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

While creating their projects, campers will learn traditional needle art techniques, all while having fun and making friends.   Campers should pack a snack and a lunch. For cost and registration information, go to  or call 610-660-9600.




Screenwriting Bootcamp, June 14-Aug. 4
Is there a movie you’ve always wanted to write? Have you started a screenplay only to get stuck half way through and give up? Do you have a great character or story that would make a terrific film? Now is your chance to write that script. Montclair State University’s Filmmaking Program is offering an eight-week, intensive non-credit screenwriting workshop for adults 18 years and older. Classes will meet twice a week on campus in air-conditioned classrooms.

Click here for more information or contact Professor Susan Skoog at

New Jersey Jackals Baseball Fireworks Display Schedule
Floyd Hall Enterprises will host a fireworks display after eight New Jersey Jackals baseball games this season. Games are held at Yogi Berra Stadium and fireworks will be shown on the following dates:
May 28
June 4
June 11
July 2
July 16
July 30
August 13
August 27
For a complete schedule of games, go to


Mt. Hebron School in Montclair partners with Montclair State
Mt. Hebron Middle School has become a Montclair State University magnet school, making it the second University magnet school in Montclair. The other is Bradford Elementary School.

Mt. Hebron Principal Guy Whitlock said the collaboration affords many opportunities to share resources, facilities, and teaching and learning experiences among Bradford Elementary's 500 students, their teachers, as well as university faculty and student teachers.

"Bradford is the one elementary University magnet," Whitlock said to the MontclairPatch. "We are now the only middle school University Magnet."

As a result of this partnership, nearly every Mount Hebron student will participate in at least one university-designed teaching experience during the school year. In addition, student teachers from the university will apprentice in Mount Hebron classrooms and Mount Hebron teachers will have access to Montclair State University facilities, while university professors will teach seminars at Mount Hebron.

Relay for Life at Montclair State
Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser; it's a life-changing experience. At Relay, every person in the community has a chance to celebrate, remember, and fight back. And every person who participates joins others around the globe as part of this worldwide movement to end cancer. Anyone can participate for free in Relay For Life. The event will be held 7 p.m. April 8 and 7 a.m. April 9 at the Student Center.  Registration is $20. To register, go to For more information, contact Farrah Stephenson at 908-629-0386 x 240 or e-mail


Montclair State Police to assist Bradford Elementary School with evacuation drill
Montclair State University Police will assist Bradford Elementary School in Montclair, the University's magnet school, with its annual evacuation drill on Tuesday, March 15.  At 9:30 a.m., weather permitting, Bradford School faculty and staff will simulate an incident requiring the evacuation of the school. Bradford students, faculty and staff will walk a 0.34 mile route from the school to the Montclair State campus. The MSU Police Department will facilitate the safe crossing of Normal Avenue. The anticipated time frame for this evacuation drill is approximately one hour. If you have any questions, please Michael Ricker, Montclair State's Director of Emergency Preparedness,  973-655-7932.


High school students can jump start their college education
Montclair State University's Hi-Jump Program is a great opportunity for high-achieving high school juniors and senior to earn college credits while experiencing campus life and exploring a variety of academic interests. Students can enroll in up to two courses each semester. Registration for next semester begins April 13. For more information go to

Athletics offers swimming lessons for children
Montclair State University's Department of Athletics is offering swimming and diving lessons for children ages 4 through 12. Lessons are offered Mondays and/or Thursdays for six weeks beginning the week of March 21. Lessons are held from 4 to 4:35 p.m. or 4:40 to 5:15 p.m. in the swimming pool in the Panzer Athletic Center. Cost is $95 ($85 for MSU faculty, staff and alumni) for six lessons or $185 ($165 for faculty, staff and alumni) for 12 lessons. For more information and a registration form, click here. For additional information, contact Brian McLaughlin at 973-655-5242 or


Relay for Life at Montclair State, April 8-9
Relay for Life, a worldwide movement to end cancer, will be held at Montclair State University on April 8 and 9. More than just a fund raiser, Relay for Life gives every participant in the community an opportunity to celebrate, remember, and fight back against cancer. To date there are 45 teams and 175 people registered. For more information about Relay for Life at Montclair State, click here.


Help audiology center win Pepsi grant
You can help Montclair State University's
Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, located on Broad Street in Bloomfield, win a $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant to help provide hearing aids to disadvantaged members of our community. You can vote every day throughout the month of December by going to

Helping stock Montclair food pantries
Montclair State University students who are part of the Bonner Leaders AmeriCorps program are among the volunteers who are helping stock the township of Montclair's food pantries. When farmers pack up  at the end of each Saturday at the Montclair Farmers Market, volunteers "harvest" leftover produce and deliver it to the pantries. This program is part of the Pantry Partners Program of The United Way of North Essex. In addition, the University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions has partnered with the Montclair Human Needs Food Pantry to support individuals and families in need. A receptacle has been placed in lobby of the Admissions Office for donations of non-perishable food items and winter accessories, such as new hats, gloves and scarfs.  The Office, which hosts more than 40,000 visitors each year, recently collected more than 100 notebooks, approximately 1,000 pens and pencils, a variety of other school supplies and five bags of non-perishable food for the Human Needs Food Pantry.

Ceremony marks opening of Sinatra Hall
With the familiar strains of “My Kind of Town,” “My Way,” and other Frank Sinatra hits playing in the background, Montclair State University community members, and local municipal dignitaries and friends gathered together on September 16 to celebrate the official opening of Montclair State’s newest residential facility, Francis A. Sinatra Hall. With the traditional ribbon cutting as the centerpiece, the opening ceremony was hosted by Montclair State University’s Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Karen L. Pennington and featured remarks from Little Falls Mayor Michael DeFrancisci, as well as Montclair State’s Student Government Association President Chris Goscinski, Residence Leadership Council President Alyssa Stokes, and Sinatra Hall’s community assistant, Joe Zobel. (Click here for full story and photos.) 

Bloomfield salon hosts Ponytail Drive
Staff from Serenity Salon and Spa in Bloomfield came to campus Oct. 18 for the second consecutive year to cut hair during the Third Annual Ponytail Drive sponsored by the Bonner Leaders, AmeriCorps and Alpha Iota Chi. Free haircuts were given to those who wanted to donate at least eight inches of their hair, which was then sent to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Million-Inch Chain campaign. Forty-three people participated donating a total of 429 inches of hair. The goal of the campaign is to collect one million inches of hair, which is enough to make 20,000 wigs for women battling cancer who have lost their hair to chemotherapy.

Montclair, Bloomfield students' photography in online display
Montclair residents Mariah Ferrante, grade11, and Ariane Schoenwiesner, grade 6, and Riddhi Dodhia of Bloomfield, grade 8, are among the 22 students who were enrolled in Montclair State's Academically Gifted and Talented digital photography class taught by Dennis Gottschalk this summer. Students learned about photo composition and other choices regarding picture taking, and what judges look for in photography competitions  Working in collaboration with Facilities Services, the students took photos around campus, which can be seen in an online photo gallery

Bloomfield resident chosen Athlete of the Year
Senior Marco Capozzoli of Bloomfield was chosen as the Division III Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year by the Collegiate Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ) for the 2009-10 academic year. Capozzoli was presented with his award at the organization’s luncheon on Oct. 7. Capozzoli becomes the second consecutive and fifth Montclair State athlete in the last six years to be honored. (Click here for full story.)

Local merchants participate in Homecoming and Family Day
Local merchants were a big part of this year's Homecoming and Family Day celebration offering discounts and samples to patrons who presented a special coupon Oct. 9-15. Participating merchants from Montclair included Barbara Eclectic, Bean’s, Life is Good/Laugh Out Loud,  Sweet Home Montclair, and Terra Tea Salon and Fair Trade Market. Participating from Little Falls were Skin Bar Paint and Hair Studio, Mums the Word, which also provided free services at Homecoming and Family Day on Oct. 9, and the Fine Grind, which gave out samples.  Garden State Yoga in Bloomfield offered a discount and sponsored free yoga classes during the event.  Hollywood Pizzeria and Restaurant in Fairfield also participated in the discount week.

Constitution Day celebrated on campus

In recognition of the September 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution by the founding fathers, Montclair State University celebrated Constitution Day on Sept. 14 with a National 9/11 Flag stitching ceremony honoring local service heroes, and expert panel discussions on the Constitution. Sponsored by the American Democracy Project at Montclair State University, the events for Constitution Day were free and open to the public. (Click here for full story.)

Reservoir Run raises money for book fund
The Montclair State Department of Intercollegiate Athletics conducted its 5th Annual Reservoir Charity Training Run on Monday, September 13 which was a huge success. Over 175 MSU student-athletes took part in the run around the Cedar Grove Reservoir. The Reservoir Run raised over $500 which was donated to the Montclair State University EOF Book Fund. (Click here for full story.)

Montclair State selected to host lacrosse championship

Montclair State University has been selected as the host for the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Montclair State will host the Division III championship in 2012 and the combined Division II and Division III championships at Sprague Field in 2013. The 2012 championship will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20. The dates for the 2013 combined championship are May 18-19. 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 University's Softball Stadium.

"Montclair State University is enthusiastic and proud to host the 2012 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship and the combined 2013 NCAA Divisions II and III Women's Lacrosse Championships,” said MSU Director of Athletics Holly Gera.  “Bringing this level of competition to our campus is very exciting and we look forward to the opportunity to show some Montclair State hospitality to the student athletes, coaches and spectators of these great events."

Construction Update
For the latest information about construction on campus, go to Montclair State's main Web site ( and click on the Construction Update link. There you will find information to help make your travel to, from, and around campus easier.

Students go home with theater awards
Clifton, Montclair and Little Falls theater students went home winners at this year’s Theatre Night Awards held May 21 on campus. And the winners were:

For Outstanding Achievement in Direction—Caren Atamian of Passaic Valley High School (PVHS) in Little Falls for “Death of a Salesman.”

For Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama—Ryan Stacy of PVHS in “Death of a Salesman.”

For Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama—Sarah Robertson of Clifton High School in “Death of a Salesman.”

For Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama—Emerson Gordon of Montclair High School for “The Crucible.”

PVHS’s “Death of a Salesman” also won Outstanding Production of a Drama and Outstanding Overall Production.

Congratulations! All the winners from Theatre Night 2010 can be found at

CSAM dean named to Passaic River Flood Commission

Robert Prezant, dean of Montclair State University’s College of Science and Mathematics, has been named to a seven-member state committee directed to recommend solutions to chronic flooding in the Passaic River basin. Bob Martin, commissioner of the New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency, announced the committee members on May 11.

As a response to Governor Chris Christie's signing of an executive order to study the March flooding that resulted in extensive home, business, and property damage, the committee will work to find solutions to the flooding which has affected Morris, Bergen, and Passaic counties.

Named to the commission with Prezant are Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Passaic); John Miller of Lambertville, a professional engineer and certified floodplain manager; Pompton Lakes Mayor Kathleen Cole; Little Falls Mayor Mike Defrancisci;  and State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes.

The fourth Passaic River Symposium recently was held on campus, where more than 300 educators, environmentalists, scientists, legislators and industry representatives gathered. To view an article about the event, go to


Scholarships available to Little Falls students for Girls on the Run

Montclair State University's Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program is offering $100 scholarships to the first 10 Little Falls girls who register for the fall Girls on the Run Program at Montclair State, reducing the $185 registration fee to $85.

Girls on the Run, open to girls in grades 3-5, is a national program that provides lessons to build a stronger sense of identity, self-esteem and body image through conversation and activities. The program culminates with a non-competitive 5K community run/walk. The 10-week program begins the second week of September, and participants meet twice a week for 90 minutes one weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings on campus.

Registration for the fall program begins in August. For more information call Amy Zavadil, Service-Learning coordinator, at 973-655-4268 or e-mail her at Information about the Girls on the Run program can be found at

National Endowment for the Arts awards two grants
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded $65,000 in grants for live performances to be staged at Montclair State University, according to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ).

“The current economy has cut many arts production budgets down to the quick, and that has made the competition for grants dollars much more intense,” said Pascrell, who hosted his last town hall meeting on Montclair State University's campus. “These funding awards are a testimony to the great grant writing work submitted by the University. Now that these productions will have the resources to be staged, New Jerseyans owe it to themselves to see these fine performances that will take place right here in the Eighth Congressional District.”

The $50,000 Access to Artistic Excellence grant will support three productions presented by the Peak Performances @ Montclair program.

The NEA awarded $15,000 as an American Masterpieces for Dance grant which will enable Montclair State's Department of Theatre and Dance to stage Paul Taylor's Company B for the 2010-2011 season.
Performances will be available to local public schools and the community, accompanied by talkbacks, conversations, and outreach events. Elizabeth McPherson, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is the Principal Investigator for this grant.

“The NEA grant in Presenting is a major affirmation of Montclair State's commitment to new artists and new audiences,” said Jedediah Wheeler, executive director for Arts and Cultural Programming at Montclair State's Alexander Kasser Theater. “A federal grant of this magnitude reflects positively on its recipient, reinforcing Montclair State's Creative Campus initiative and its lively engagement with its campus and the extended New Jersey community.”


Concert celebrates sister city relationship
In celebration of the 60-year sister city relationship between the cities of Montclair, New Jersey and Graz, Austria, Montclair State University sponsored a concert performed by students and faculty members from the University's John J. Cali School of Music and the University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz on April 6.

The concert featured choral, vocal, piano, and string ensembles performing music by Austrian and American composers, and highlighted the talents of the artists of both institutions performing together. The sister city partnership between Montclair and Graz was established in 1949 as part of the world peace efforts pioneered by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower following World War II. Eisenhower created the People to People program and Montclair and Graz were among the first cities to participate.

Through the collaboration of the Montclair Overseas Neighbor Program, the City of Graz, and Montclair State University's Center for Global Education, the relationship has resulted in an active exchange of students, prominent business executives, government officials, scientists, engineers, and cultural representatives including individual singers and large orchestras. Overseas Neighbors and the City of Graz also fund a full scholarship student exchange program between the two cities.

Professors lead workshops for Montclair schools
Professor Eva Goldfarb of Health and Nutrition Sciences facilitated a Montclair Township district-wide workshop, “Raising a Sexually Healthy Adolescent” at the Montclair High School 9th Grade Academy on March 11. The workshop helped parents to become more comfortable and confident discussing sexuality with their children and answering their questions. The event was sponsored by the Montclair Board of Education’s Department of Instruction and the Montclair Community Intervention Alliance.

Susan Paynter, director of the Academically Gifted and Talented Youth Program, led a Montclair Township district-wide workshop, “Gifted Education and Student Success in the 21st Century,” on March 25 at the Montclair Public Library. The interactive workshop was for parents and caregivers of students in Grades K-8 and addressed the impact of information technology, the core curriculum content standards and the NCLB on the current status of gifted education.

On June 2, Professor Katrina Bulkley of Counseling and Educational Leadership was part of a panel discussion about the possible risks and benefits of a charter school in Montclair. Bulkley has been studying charter schools for the past 15 years.

University helped township bring back the Fourth
The campus community helped the township of Montclair “Bring Back the 4th” by voting for the township in a Liberty Mutual contest that allowed towns across America to compete for $10,000 "Bring Back the 4th" grants. The township was one of 10 recipients of a $10,000 grant.

Voters were asked to take a brief online quiz and enter the township as a recipient.  Tens of thousands of Americans took the Responsible Moments in U.S. History Quiz. The towns with the highest quiz participation among residents won a $10,000 grant. The wining communities were:

Small Town Category:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Springfield, Georgia
Belmond, Iowa
Winslow, Maine

Medium Town Category:
Wilmington, Massachusetts
Montclair, New Jersey
Bowling Green, Ohio

Large Town Category:
Springfield, Illinois
Cincinnati, Ohio
Vancouver, Washington

With the funds, Montclair township contracted with Floyd Hall Enterprises to hold a fireworks celebration at Yogi Berra Stadium, located on the Montclair State campus. Montclair State provided parking free of charge to attendees.

New parking facility opens
The newest parking facility, located in the center of campus (adjacent to Floyd Hall Arena) has opened, providing parking for 1,500 cars. The 7.5-story deck is designed in the University’s Spanish Mission style, with a walkway at the southern corner of the structure, which connects the facility with the existing campus pedestrian circulation system. Following up on the playful take of the University’s motto, Carpe Diem, that the University began with the naming of its cyber-café as Café Diem, the new parking garage is called CarParc Diem.