Newsletter 9/18/14

Dear Colleagues,                                                                   September   2014

Your Emeriti Association has had a very successful year.   

First of all we have welcomed to the Emeriti the following professors: Tom Devlin, Harold Flint, Serpil Leveen, Susan Schwager, Mary Lou West, Ken Wolff, Bill Batkay, Claire Taub, Peter Pastor, Opoku Agyeman. We look forward to working with these new emeriti during the coming years.

Sadly we lost our corresponding secretary, Rosemarie McCauley. Rosemarie worked indefatigably to make our organization relevant and attractive to the membership. Truly she is missed. We remember her along with Agnes O’Connell, whose vision led to the founding of our Association.

As you know Chaim Zemach is also an emeritus of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra where he played cello. His association with the Met led to his obtaining a number of tickets for the dress rehearsal of Bellini’s opera La Sonnambula. Chaim’s generosity also enabled members to experience a modern version of La Traviata with Placido Domingo last year.

Your Executive Committee (Macaluso,  Attanasio, Sullivan, Schantz, Kelly) voted to become a sponsor of the 2014 Annual Scholarship Dinner on March 8, 2014. The generosity of the Emeriti members enabled the Association to  contribute $500 to the astonishing goal of $500,000 and, “Montclair State’s mission to provide our students with affordable access to an exceptional education.” President Cole. The highlight of the evening was the extraordinary student performance of selections from 42nd Street.                                                                                                 

There exists an international organization for emeriti professors: AROHE Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education. Check out their website http// where you will find their purpose which is relevant to us. AROHE is a dynamic member network that advocates for, educates, and serves campus-based organizations for retired faculty and staff. By promoting a culture that values and encourages retirees’ continuing contributions to campus and community life, AROHE helps colleges and universities to harness the remarkable talents of their retired faculty and staff to further the missions of their institutions.  Your executive committee would like your input as to whether we should join this association.

Thanks to the efforts and collegiality of the Montclair State University Emeriti Association, the Bergen Community Colleges Professors Emeriti Association received both inspiration and advice in developing their organization. Our association shared in the early organizational efforts of Bergen Community College faculty in 2008.

Hospitality and advice were extended to Professor Lois Sullivan of Bergen Community College. The BCC Board of Trustees approved of the Bergen Community Colleges Professors Emeriti Association on July 10, 2010.  Activities and programs began at Bergen Community College on October 16, 2011. They were very grateful in the role that MSUEA played in their establishment.  

Professor Rosemarie McCauley and Dean Al Rossetti served on the Bergen Community College Secretarial Science Advisory Board during the 70’s and 80’s.  Dr. McCauley had also worked with Professor Lois Sullivan on several articulation programs that provided smooth transition for BCC graduates into MSU programs in the various fields of business.  

Some news:  

Butler Brewton, English, continued to teach at Furman and Univ. of South Carolina accumulating 55 years. He has published, New South: The Experience of a Native Son’s Return and, For the Love of Tulips (Both 2013). 

John Barell, Education,  is a national consultant to schools teaching inquiry, thought and reflection. His maritime and court drama, Absolute Bearing (2013), received many positive reviews.

Dick Franke Anthropology and Barbara Chasin Sociology, are members of Eco Village,  2 miles west of Ithaca,  a community of 162 persons in 66 households that has reduced their energy and water needs 50 percent, with no decline in comfort and quality of life. See New York Times April 22, 2011 and March 12, 2013. They continued their work through lectures and publications on social justice and sustainability. 

Ludwik Kowalski, Physics, published Tyranny to Freedom: Diary of a Former Stalinist. Anna Pai, Biology, wrote a sci  fi  novel, Choices. 

Maria  Schantz  is on Executive Board of the Emeriti Association, Chair of MSU Retiree Group, on the Board of the NJ Council of Teachers of English, and on the Advisory Board of the NJ City University for the Weiss Center for Children and Adolescent Literature, and  other associations .

Peter Macaluso and Peter Pastor, will be joined by Ken Olenik, et al. of the History Dept. in a discussion on “100th Anniversary Commemoration of World War One” on Thursday October 9th in the Cohen Lounge, 3-5 .                              

Tim Sullivan was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the State University of New York Cortland.   

Marybeth Henry’s (Dept. of Family and Child Studies), work over the years with over a thousand service-learning students and countless community partners contributed to the University’s recent approval and awards from the Marybeth Henry Service-Learning Scholarship. To learn more about this scholarship that recognizes student growth through the lens of community service, contact:

Marcha P. Flint was for several years MSU Retirees Group Chairperson, and is now on their Steering Committee and continues to contribute at international conferences such as in Sri Lanka.

We share in condolences to the families of our colleagues, Gerhard Lang, Peter Freund , Sydney Kronish and Lou Zimmer.

 Please check out our website ( Be sure to click on the buttons: About Us, Objectives, Privileges and Benefits, Officers and Committees, The website does need to be brought up to date as circumstances have made certain sections obsolete. We welcome any changes or revisions you can suggest.  Please contribute your interests or accomplishments. What do you think of scheduling satellite meetings in your vicinity?

Please consider our accomplishments, and the valuable mission started by our founders. Your MSU Emeriti Association meets only twice a year, and is in dire need of your talents to strengthen and revitalize the Association and make it a vibrant presence at the University.  Please take a few minutes and decide if you can offer some of your time to the Emeriti Association as an officer or committee coordinator and send dues. $20 for the coming year.  The dues for new members is waived for their first year.


Best wishes  

President, Peter Macaluso       

MSUEA Executive Committee:  Joe Attanasio, David Kelly, Maria Schantz, Tim Sullivan.

Both the $20 dues check and any separate donation check should be payable to the “MSU Foundation,” the checks should be mailed to Ana Gomez, MSU Foundation, Montclair State University, NJ 07043.   IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU WRITE “Emeriti Association Fund” ON THE MEMO LINE OF THE CHECK (S); OTHERWISE THEY WILL BE DEPOSITED IN THE GENERAL FOUNDATION FUNDS.        

 To pay dues online by credit card and get an instant receipt: Go to the link:   Fill in the amount of your payment/donation (dues are $20). Click on the PULL DOWN ARROW to the right of designation select OTHER and write EMERITI ASSOCIATION DUES.  (If you are not specific the payment will go into a general fund) in the comments section, write in “EMAIL FROM ASSOCIATION” Complete requested contract and credit card information. Click:  DONATE NOW.                                   

Thanks very much.