That’s a wrap on 2016!

By Madinah Muhammad and Kenna Caprio

Before the sun sets on 2016 and rises on 2017, take a look back at the year that was at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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Sunset at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Metropolitan Campus and sunrise at its Florham Campus. (Photos by Bill Kennedy and Scott Veith)


  • Students taking the Pacific Worlds class with Gary Darden, associate professor of history and chair of the social sciences and history department, traveled to Thailand over winter break in January. During the 12-day trip, the group visited historical and cultural sites in Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Sukhothai and Kanchanaburi.
  • In March, Vancouver Campus students participated in National Model United Nations (NMUN) 2016 in New York City, N.Y. Two FDU students were named Outstanding Delegates, as voted by their peers on the “Habitat III” committee. This is the second time in three years that a delegation from FDU's Vancouver Campus has won a prestigious award at NMUN.
  • Doctoral hooding ceremonies in May honored 108 graduates from the Metropolitan and Florham campuses. The thirty-nine graduates from the Metropolitan Campus received hoods for achieving doctorates in the fields of clinical psychology, school psychology and nursing. Sixty-nine PharmD recipients, from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, were hooded as the school’s first graduates.

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The Knights men's basketball team shows off NEC championship rings; Viet Truong and Peter Mate, voted Outstanding Delegates for the Habitat III Committee at National Model United Nations 2016; FDU President Christopher Capuano at Convocation 2016; former N.J. Governor Jon Corzine teaches a class at Wroxton College; and students and chaperones on the Pacific Worlds trip to Thailand. (Photos by FDU Knights Athletics, Jobin Mojtabavi, Bill Blanchard, Matthew Dikovics and courtesy of Gary Darden)


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Niska Perpiganand models at the annual International Fashion Show; the first class of School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences graduates; actor and rapper Ice-T at WAMFest 2016; alumnus Daniel Marks interned for NBC at the Rio Olympics; veterans Kenny Tang, Nick Falato and Roy Lin with Director of Veterans Services for Outreach Martha Papson Garcia, and FDU President Christopher Capuano; and alumnus James Orefice is acknowledged for his family's $2.5 million dollar gift to FDU. (Photos by Swathi Survana, W. Scott Giglio, Daniel Marks, Dan Landau and Roy Groething)


  • Words-Art-Music Fest (WAMFest) welcomed headliners Ice-T, rapper and actor; Sway Calloway, rapper, reporter, executive producer and radio show co-host; and Bill Stephney, former CEO of Def Jam Records; to FDU’s Florham Campus in October. Speakers discussed the hip-hop music industry, racial inequality and police brutality and answered student questions.
     
  • Martha Papson Garcia, MBA’92 (Ruth), the new director of veterans services is committed to improving higher education for veterans. Garcia will rely on her army experience and networking skills to make FDU a leader in serving the veteran student for private colleges in the Metropolitan region. This November, she marched in the New York City Veterans Day parade alongside other FDU veterans. Commemorative events were held on both New Jersey campuses.
     
  • Models strutted in global garb in the Fitness Center at the fourth annual International Fashion Show in November. “Fashion Through the Decades,” told the stories of cultures and countries through traditional and modern clothing, and featured dance performances. The International Student Association (ISA), Fashion Corps and the Office of International Student Services stage the Metropolitan Campus fashion show.
  • Millennials talked about gender equality at a Global Young Voices and Sands of Time panel discussion in November, focusing on issues facing women worldwide — from discrimination in the labor market to sexual grooming to patriarchal cultures. Panelists consisted of students, former exchange students and an alumna hailing from Italy, Oman, El Salvador, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Nepal.
     
  • FDU lost two pivotal figures this year, with the deaths of Antoinette Anastasia, professor of biology, and Ronald Calissi, BA'70 (Metro), MBA'89 (Ruth), executive associate dean and director of the School of Administrative Science in Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies. Anastasia was the University’s most senior faculty member, having worked at FDU for 63 years. Calissi joined FDU in 2001, after retiring from three decades of work in law enforcement. Their impact and influence on the University, and on generations of students will not be forgotten.