Heritage Hall honors new class of inductees


Above: The 2015 Heritage Hall inductees are pictured with their framed certificates. From left are Albert Schielke, Helen Brudner, Richard Panicucci, Mary Kay Stratis, Bernard Dick and Richard Bronson.


Six extraordinary members of the University community were inducted into Heritage Hall in a ceremony April 29 on the Metropolitan Campus.

The six new inductees are:

• Richard Bronson, Metropolitan Campus provost and professor of mathematics, 1967–2011;

• Helen Brudner, associate director of the School of History, Political Science and International Studies and professor of history and political science, Metropolitan Campus, 1963–2013;

• Bernard Dick, director of the School of Communication Arts and professor of English and comparative literature, Metropolitan Campus, 1970–2011

• Richard Panicucci, Metropolitan Campus assistant provost and professor of quantitative analysis, 1966–2010;

• Albert Schielke, associate dean of University College: Arts • Science • Professional Studies and associate professor of physics, Metropolitan Campus, 1967–2011; and

•  Mary Kay Stratis, trustee, 1999–present.

Plaques with the names, titles and years served FDU of each inductee joined the others along the hallway of Dickinson Hall’s first floor. Inauguration into Heritage Hall, which debuted in 2003, is limited to exceptional individuals who played a major role in developing FDU’s campuses in Teaneck and Rutherford, N.J.

Heritage Hall was created “to recognize and remember the great men and women who have shaped our history and made possible today’s success and tomorrow’s promise,” President Sheldon Drucker said in his remarks.

“Honorees, we salute you. We today are building upon what you created and what you have done,” Drucker added. “We promise to continue to remember you and to remember the spirit in which you served. With your inspiration and the confidence of your example, we continue to shape the future of Fairleigh Dickinson University.”

The celebration included a presentation by Richard Kushnier, the historian for BD (formerly Becton, Dickinson and Company), highlighting the historical relationship between the firm and the University. “Fairleigh Dickinson University and Becton Dickinson have shared a common journey over the past 75 years,” he said. Kushnier told of Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson and Maxwell P. Becton’s early support of Peter and Sally Sammartino’s dream to build a college in the Ivison Castle in Rutherford, N.J., and further described the continued commitment of subsequent generations of BD leaders to the University and its mission.