Academic Convocation 2015

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Fairleigh Dickinson University President Sheldon Drucker, Professor of Education Khyati Joshi and University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Capuano. (Photos by Bill Blanchard)

Fairleigh Dickinson University officially celebrated the start of the 2015-2016 school year at Academic Convocation — an annual tradition that spotlights the accomplishments of faculty and staff — on September 16, 2015 at the Metropolitan Campus.

Delivering the keynote address, “Here’s the Thing,” Khyati Joshi, professor of education, broached racial, ethnic and religious diversity and white privilege in America.

“Multiculturalism Education is a class where we tackle racism, sexism, homophobia, socio-economic class…all those things that make people very nervous,” said Joshi. “We have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That’s part of the process in engaging in open, honest conversations.”

The race and religion expert continued, “A classroom is exactly where you can discuss and think about all the nuances of these situations — and about the lessons they offer.”

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The deans of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies, the Silberman College of Business, Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Pharmacy introduced new faculty to the community. University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Capuano acknowledged the student government association leaders: Shi (Porter) Yang at the Florham Campus and Michelle Seepersaud from the Metropolitan Campus.

Sheldon Drucker, celebrating his final Convocation as University president, also addressed the crowd, thanking the FDU community for helping to make so many accomplishments possible.

“The credit goes to you. It goes to an exceptionally talented and caring community that is resilient, devoted and most often successful,” said Drucker. “I am honored to represent you and everything you do, and I am honored and humbled to support you. Great dreams don’t become reality easily. It takes hard work and it takes teamwork. It has taken your work to make our dreams a reality.” Convo 2015d

Distinguished Faculty Awards

This year's honorees were Mihaela Leonida, professor of chemistry, Distinguished Faculty Award for Service; Harvey Lowy, associate professor of computer science and management information systems, Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching; and Katharine Loeb, professor of psychology, Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship. Capuano presented the awards. Convo 2015cConvo 2015b

Pillars of FDU Award

The Pillars of FDU Awards are given to staff members who make extraordinary contributions to FDU and who have been with the University for more than 10 years.

This year's awards for the Florham Campus were presented to Sarah Azavedo, director of campus life operations, and Jennifer Noon, associate director of athletics. They are pictured here with Florham Campus Provost Peter Woolley.

This year's Metropolitan Campus Pillars recipients were Ruben Flores, director of residence life, and Frank Lawson, director of budgeting services. They are pictured here with Metropolitan Campus Provost Joseph Kiernan.

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President Drucker awarded a Presidential Citation to Antoinette Anastasia, professor of biological sciences; Mary Farrell, university director, Regional Center for Learning Disabilities and director, Center for Dyslexia Studies; and Marjorie Hall, university coordinator and director, Educational Opportunity Fund. These three extraordinary women, “apply the same amazing devotion to their crafts and to their students, in the process becoming academic guides and personal mentors,” said Drucker. “With tremendous empathy, extraordinary purpose and above all unyielding love and commitment, they have taught their students unique lessons in learning and in life that have stood the test of time.” They are pictured here with Drucker.