“Exceptional, diverse, demanding … and just cool.”
So that’s four words. But it’s hard to choose just three. When asked to describe Montclair State University in three words, students, faculty, staff and alumni chose those attributes and others – inclusive, community and scholarly; friendly, dynamic and lively – in a new video created to showcase Montclair’s academic and campus life.
The film will be shown to prospective students and their families when they visit campus. Short excerpts will be used as part of an advertising campaign launching in the spring semester.
Titled Red Chair Stories, the film puts students front and center and conveys Montclair’s academic excellence, value and a sense of belonging. It also provides a look at what’s on the minds of students invited to sit in red chairs and tell their stories, joined by mentors, professors and friends who support them.
During the filming this fall, red chairs were placed throughout campus to show off the campus beauty and learning environments, giving the viewer a feel for the University.
In the film, students and faculty elaborate on the University’s qualities, including its diversity, and its commitment to social justice and to making the world a better place.
“We are a public service-oriented university,” Justice Studies Associate Professor Jason Williams says. “We believe in being in the trenches, going into the communities and serving, engaging in our civic duty.”
That work leads to dream opportunities for students in research, public service, study abroad as well as in their majors and fields of choice.
“This video captures the spirit of our amazing university, including the way we support and help each other,” says Vice President Joseph Brennan. “I am grateful to all who worked on this project, including team members from Communications and Marketing, Undergraduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and Student Development and Campus Life and, of course, the talented folks at Awesome Films.”
Featured are students Qiana Archer, Jadel Class, Gabriella Cordova, Keiva-Nevaeh Edghill, Anthony Gachetti, Karelyn Guzman, Jake Maglio, Mariana Luna-Martinez, Shantae Mcleod, Jason Naccarella, Katarina Rodriguez, Richard Steiner-Otoo, Carlos Salvador, Kevin Bustamante-Valega, Camryn Wade; alumni Elizabeth Moyeno ’21 and Bobby Serrani ’16, ’18 MA; professors Julian Keenan, Laura Nicosia and Jason Williams; Assistant Provost Daniel Jean; and Eve Schaenen, executive director of the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center. Watch for more from Red Chair Stories this spring on social media and streaming TV.
One word used the most in the film to describe Montclair’s impact is “community.” “You can find your niche. You can connect with like-minded individuals. You can learn from those who think differently from you,” Jean told filmmakers. “It’s a healthy, vibrant environment that allows you to build and develop a community.”
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