April/May 2016

College Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

‘Cabaret’ Onstage

The visual and performing arts department ends the 2015–2016 theater season with a production of the popular and much-revived musical “Cabaret,” based on a book by Christopher Isherwood with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Remaining performances will run at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1; at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4; Friday, May 6; and Saturday, May 7; and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8. A Special Early Performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5.

“Cabaret” takes place in Berlin, Germany, in the 1920s, where an English cabaret performer, Sally Bowles, and an American writer, Cliff Bradshaw, fall in love at the infamous Kit Kat Club. While their lives and those of their friends are affected by the changing political climate of the Third Reich around them, the club’s emcee invites everyone to forget their troubles and have another drink.

The musical will be directed by Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), with choreography by Cynthia Loewus, musical theater (Flor), and musical direction by Dimitri Nakhamkin, independent entertainment professional.

Tickets are $6 for students and the FDU community and $12 for others. To purchase tickets in advance call 973-443-8644. For more information go to http://view2.fdu.edu/academics/becton-college/visual-and-performing-arts/theater/this-season-on-stage/.

Talk, Exhibit Focus on Modern Slavery

Conor Grennan, best-selling author of Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal, spoke about racism and slavery on Friday, April 15, at the Florham Campus. The discussion tied in with this year’s campus book program themes of slavery and racism.

Grennan’s campus visit was complemented by the opening reception for “Slavery in the 21st Century: A WaVE Exhibit of Writing, Art and Activism,” which features student artwork on modern slavery (human trafficking) through Monday, October 31, at the Writing and Visual Express (WaVE) exhibit area, College Writing Office, Suite 222, Upper Balcony, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, Florham Campus.

The exhibit honors Grennan’s life work as the founder and president of Next Generation Nepal, a not-for-profit organization focused on rebuilding Nepalese family connections torn apart by child trafficking and on helping rural communities in Nepal become stronger, healthier places for raising children.

According to M. Kathryn Douglas, college writing and director, college writing (Flor), the exhibit is a collaboration between students from various art and writing classes at the Florham Campus. Writing students conducted research on the topic of modern slavery — human trafficking — and shared their findings with graphic design students in Janet O’Neil’s course. “Artists then used the research to create designs meant to inform the audience of the extent of modern slavery and inspire action to prevent and end it,” Douglas said.

The WaVE exhibit area is open from Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m; it may be open at other times as well. For information contact M. Kathryn Douglas at 973-443-8718 or Martha Garcia, secretary, literature/language/writing/philosophy (Flor), at 973-443-8710.

Turick Film Screenings

The Richard J. Turick Film Screenings, which feature senior thesis films, will be held on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m., at the AMC Loews East Hanover 12, 145 Route 10, East Hanover, N.J. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased in advance at http://www.myfdu.net/fdufilm. Those who purchase tickets online will receive an email confirming their payment and attendance. They must print this email and bring it with them to gain entry to the theater.

Presented by FDUFilm, this year’s screenings will feature the thesis films “Hell-Bent,” “Endurance,” “Chronically Single,” “The Chicken Farmer,” “Woman with Violin,” “Sticks and Bones,” “Lily’s Lake,” “Golden Boy,” “Exposure,” “The Perfect Girl” and “Safe.”

The late Richard Turick was chair of the visual/performing arts department and technical director in the theater arts program at the Florham Campus.

Service Classes Teach Pharmacy Students Compassion, Empathy

This semester, students at the School of Pharmacy had the opportunity to spend time outside the classroom and gain a deeper insight into how best to help their patients with the help of two new service-driven classes, Service Learning: Pediatric Population and Service Learning: Low-income Families and Homeless Population. Twenty-seven students enrolled in these elective courses.

“As pharmacists, they’re going to be in lots of situations where they’re going to have to take this special leap and get to know who they’re serving,” said Chadwin Sandifer, assistant dean for student affairs and programmatic effectiveness, pharmacy (Flor). “It can’t just be, ‘Did you get your medication?’ or ‘Here sign the form.’ That’s not what we want to see out of the students we’re producing. I want them to be more compassionate, emphathetic individuals.”

The pediatrics class culminated with a spring-break trip to Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. This is the fourth straight year (the first time as part of the curriculum), that pharmacy students visited the nonprofit, 70-acre resort that treats children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to a free, weeklong fantasy vacation. At the village, student volunteers served ice cream (available to children all day); coordinated nighttime group activities; ran the wheelchair-accessible train, carousel and Ferris wheel; and more.

Other students spent time at the Eric Johnson House in Morristown, N.J., which provides temporary room and board for up to two years for 10 local homeless people who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. The program facilitates transition services in preparation for the residents’ return to permanent housing. Student volunteers prepared and cooked lunch for the residents based on a healthy meal plan they developed called “FDU Fit-friendly Fridays.” Aside from eating with the residents, the students chatted and watched TV with them, helped them with their résumés and even set up their Gmail and Facebook accounts.

To add to the pharmacy curriculum, Sandifer is currently developing a geriatrics service-learning course that he hopes to start offering in fall 2017.

For more information on the students’ service-learning experiences go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2015-2016/03/for-pharmacy-students-service-classes-offer-insight-into-patients/.

Silberman College of Business

Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture

Gene Waddy, BS’92 (Metro), chief executive officer and founder, DIVERSANT, LLC, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Richard M. Clarke Distinguished Entrepreneurial Lecture on Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, on the Florham Campus. Prior to the lecture, a reception will be held in the Hennessy Hall portico overlooking the Italian Garden.

Described as a visionary entrepreneur, Waddy heads DIVERSANT, the nation’s largest African-American-owned information technology (IT) staffing and solutions firm. The company has developed a reputation for excellence among numerous Fortune 500 companies.

In his local community, Waddy coaches minority youth about how they can get involved with technology and use it to advance their careers and lives. He is an active member of PACE (Program for Acceleration in Careers of Engineering) Monmouth, a science and engineering awareness program in which professionals volunteer their time to work with local minority high-school students to help prepare them for technical careers. Waddy is also an active board member with Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, N.J., and the New Jersey Tech Council.

In 2014, Waddy received The PINNACLE, one of the highest honors FDU bestows on its alumni. He was named the 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year New Jersey winner and was a 2011 NJBIZ Executive of the Year finalist.

The cost for admission is $45, with select student groups invited to attend for free. Registration is necessary. For registration go to http://www.myfdu.net/clarke. For information go to http://view2.fdu.edu/academics/silberman-college/centers-and-institutes/rothman-institute-of-entrepreneurship/outreach-programs/distinguished-entrepreneurial-lecture/.

Small Business Week Celebration

In celebration of Small Business Week, three targeted panel discussions on the theme “Developing Deliberately — A Strategic Approach to Business Growth,” will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, Florham Campus. Tommy Hilcken, owner, Toolbox Talent, will be the event emcee.

The first discussion, “Work Smarter,” will be facilitated by Kelly Louro, client support specialist, C3Workplace. Panelists include Laura Melville, director of accounting support services, C3Workplace.; Jim McCarthy, managing director and Certified Financial Planner™, Directional Wealth Management, LLC; and Greg Stewart, founder/president, NexGen Management, LLC.

The second discussion, “The Rules of Engagement,” will be led by Donna Miller, founder/president, C3Workplace. Panelists include Rachel Durkan, founder/president, Paradigm Marketing and Design; Bill Cooke, director of SEO/SEM, NJ Advance Media; Pam Aungst, owner, Pam Ann Marketing; and Wendy Caplan-Carroll, Northeastern area director, Constant Contact.

The third discussion, “Let Go to Grow,” will be facilitated by Angela Kubisky, executive vice president of membership and marketing, Morris County Chamber of Commerce. Panelists include Jason Meisner, partner, Coughlin Duffy, LLP; Cheryl Ellis, founder, Ellis Business Enterprises; and Nora Simpson, CEO, Simpson Strategic Solutions.

The event is co-sponsored by Constant Contact, C3Workplace and the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, NJ Advance Media (nj.com/Star-Ledger), Morris County Chamber of Commerce, GBW Insurance, Paradigm Marketing and Design, Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp., TSheets and Coughlin Duffy, LLP.

The cost to attend is $35 for preregistered participants and $45 at the door. There are a limited number of free tickets available for members of the FDU community. To get the online code for free tickets, call 973-443-8842 or email rothman@fdu.edu. For registration and information go to http://www.fdu.edu/rothman or http://www.c3workplace.com/events/small-business-week-2016/.

Morris Tech Meetup

Alumnus Mario Casabona, BS’71 (Metro), serial angel investor and entrepreneur, founder of TechLaunch and of Casabona Ventures, will speak about “Seed Financing and Valuation,” at the Morris Tech Meetup on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, Florham Campus. The free event is co-sponsored by the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Morris Tech Meetups are for technology professionals who are interested in startups, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Morris County, N.J., area. They allow participants to share ideas, best practices and lessons learned and to create a community to support each other’s entrepreneurial endeavors.

Registration is necessary. To register for the event and for information go to http://www.meetup.com/Morris-Meetup.

O.Berk Family Business Forum

A discussion about “Multiple Talents in the Multi-generational Business: Taking Those Talents to the Next Level” will be held on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Berlitz Corp., Third Floor, 7 Roszel Road, Princeton, N.J., as part of the O.Berk Family Business Forum.

The cost of attending the event is $75 for new Family Business Forum members. Forum members and FDU faculty, staff and students can attend for free. RSVP is necessary. To RSVP and for information contact Gabrielle Zuccaro, family business programs administrator, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8842 or gzuccaro@fdu.edu.

Wall Street Now

The Institute for Sustainable Enterprise/Center for Human Resource Management Studies (ISE/CHRMS) in cooperation with the North Jersey Public Policy Network, will be hosting “An Update on Wall Street Today” on Tuesday, May 24, 7:30–9:30 p.m., in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

The featured speakers are William Cohan, journalist and best-selling author, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street and The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Frères & Co., and Christine Cumming, former first vice president and chief operating officer, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The presentation, which includes a question-and-answer period, is free and open to the public with an optional, tax-deductible donation of $10. RSVP is necessary. To RSVP and for information email info@njppn.org or go to http://www.njppn.org.

Female Entrepreneur Lecture, Business Ideas Awards Ceremony

Alumna Michele Logan, MBA’96 (Flor), CEO and owner of CompoSecure, delivered the 2016 Female Entrepreneur Lecture on April 1 at the Florham Campus.

Logan manages all aspects of CompoSecure, a design and manufacturing company that specializes in materials science to create unique, durable composites for the ID and financial-card markets. She oversaw the company’s move to a state-of-the-art facility that allowed significant expansion of output capacity. She also built experienced production management and administrative teams while maintaining the company’s pursuit of innovation and ongoing investment in technology.

In 2015, Logan received The PINNACLE, one of the highest honors FDU bestows on its alumni.

The annual lecture was held in conjunction with the awards ceremony for the 2016 New Jersey Business Idea Competition, a program designed to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset among high-school students.

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

ISHTM Annual Student Scholarship Gala

The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management hosted its annual Scholarship/Student Benefit Dinner on April 17 at the Florham Campus. This year’s gala, a “Salute to the Gilded Age,” featured a strolling buffet that showcased a vast array of foods and beverages of the day, inspired by Florence Vanderbilt Twomblys’ personal chef Joseph Donon.

The event was an outstanding success with 32 deserving students receiving scholarships from various corporate, industry and service organizations as well as from private sponsors. The scholarships provide assistance for the University’s growing number of hospitality students needing financial assistance to complete their FDU education.

The event was attended by more than 200 guests, and 180 students were involved in event management, culinary arts and related support services.

Fourth Annual Women’s Conference

The Fourth Annual Conference for Women in Nonprofit Leadership, “Making an Impact in a Changing World,” will be held on Thursday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., at the Wyndham-Hamilton Park Hotel and Conference Center, 175 Park Avenue, Florham Park, N.J.

The conference’s welcome remarks will be delivered by Deborah Fredericks, associate dean of continuing education, Petrocelli College (Metro); and co-chairs Sally Glick, principal and chief growth strategist, Sobel & Co., LLC; Xiomara Guevara, executive director, Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs; and Peg Wright, founder and CEO, The Center for Great Expectations, Inc.

This year’s featured presenters along with the titles of their presentations include: Monica Smith, founder and CEO, MarketSmith, Inc., “Bono Was Right: It’s Really Hard to Get People to Think About Something That Is Number 345 on Their List”; Ruth Sherman, recognized authority on speech and interpersonal communication, “Command Any Room”; Alfa Demmellash, CEO, Rising Tide Capital, “Community — The Heart of Social Impact in a Changing World”; and Karen Kessler, president, Evergreen Partners, “Stand Up, Stand Out and Take Stock.”

A panel discussion on “Trends in Philanthropy,” will be facilitated by Vicki Bixel, president, Semple Bixel Associates, with panelists Irene Cooper-Basch, executive officer, Victoria Foundation; Etta Rudolf Denk, senior vice president, Bank of America; Bridget Murphy, chief philanthropy officer, VNA Health Group; and Toni Pergolin, president and CEO, Bancroft.

The cost of attending is $135, if registered before May 1, and $150 thereafter. All major credit cards are accepted. For registration go to http://conta.cc/215qZfz. For information call 201-692-6500, email ceinfo@fdu.edu or go to http://view2.fdu.edu/academics/continuing-education/centers-and-institutes/center-for-excellence/events/cfe-womens-conference/.

Camp Discovery — Kids’ Go-to Place for Summer

Camp Discovery is a state-licensed, traditional day camp with emphasis on enriching activities and field trips. Open to children entering grades 1 through 7, the camp offers various activities including science, theater, swimming (Florham Campus only), sports, arts and crafts, world discovery, games and fun field trips. There is also a Leader in Training program for eighth- and ninth-grade campers that offers leadership opportunities, workshops and fun/educational field trips.

Weekly field trips for the 2016 season include excursions to the American Museum of Natural History, Adventure Aquarium, Crayola Experience, The Funplex, bowling and a New York show.

Camp Discovery runs from Monday, June 27, through Friday, August 5, in three two-week sessions. For more information call 201-692-6500 or visit http://www.fdu.edu/campdiscovery. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Full-time FDU faculty and staff receive a special discount.

Motorcycle Safety Education

The FDU Motorcycle Safety Education program kicked off its 19th full season in March, which has been designated as Brain Injury Awareness month.

In support of the month-long information campaign by the Brain Injury Association of America, Joan Leder, senior program director, continuing education (Metro), hosted two “Jersey Girl Jam” radio shows on WFDU-FM that focused on brain-injury awareness. Her first one featured Wendy Berk, her partner on the New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Coalition, who heads up a team of caregivers and researchers at the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.

Leder’s second show, which was dedicated to Hope After Head Injury, featured Cristabelle Braden, who spoke about how she copes with a brain injury she sustained at the age of 14. Soon after her injury, Braden became a songwriter and now shares her philosophy with the community.

In celebration of Motorcycle Awareness Month in May, MSF is sponsoring an Advanced RiderCourse for veterans at FDU. Members of the FDU community who sign up for any of the MSF RiderCourses receive a discount. Any inquiries may directed to the Office of Continuing Education at 201-692-6500.

‘Suburban Eyes’ Exhibit

“Suburban Eyes,” an exhibit featuring paintings by Ron Erickson, will run from Monday, May 2, through Thursday, May 26, at the Gallery in Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Erickson’s paintings are of his surroundings and of the world he lives in. He finds images that are redemptive in that they lend a beauty of line, shape, color and light to an otherwise chaotic world.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Admission is free. For information call 201-692-2449.

Global Seminar in Switzerland, Italy

Thirty-four students traveled to Italy and Switzerland on March 11 as part of the International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management’s Global Seminar. They were accompanied by Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro); Donald Hoover, hospitality/tourism management (Atlantic City); Erick Lorenzana, hospitality/tourism management (Flor); Tracey Coleman, hospitality/tourism management (Flor); and Ashley Ferraro, instructional coordinator, hospitality/tourism management (Metro).

The group flew into Bologna, Italy, and spent the first four days of their trip touring hospitality-related facilities in Bologna, Florence and Bergamo, before traveling to Engelberg, Switzerland. While in Switzerland, the group visited hotels and facilities in Lucerne, Montezillon and Zurich.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

Research Symposium and Presentations Held

The 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium focusing on research by undergraduate students and their faculty mentors was held on April 22 at the Metropolitan Campus. The event featured a lecture on “Great Forgeries: The Science and the Story” by Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator, preprofessional studies in the sciences (Metro).

The symposium was presented by the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi Chapter and School of Natural Sciences.

A group of students from the School of Natural Sciences present their research on April 28. A second group will present on Thursday, May 5, from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m., in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus. For information call 201-692-2389.

School of Nursing Research Day and Conference

The School of Nursing and Allied Health hosted a research day and conference on “Population Health Issues” on Saturday, April 16, at the Metropolitan Campus.

Helen Kest, pediatrics and infectious disease specialist, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; CEO, Fountain of Living Waters; and host of “The Dr. Helen Kest (Radio) Show” was the keynote speaker. David Butler, obstetrician-gynecologist, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, served as the endnote speaker. Other speakers included nursing students Yuli Usman, Peter Panayi and Doctor of Nursing Practice student Judith Mayer.

The event also featured a panel discussion with Butler; Judith Kutzleb, nursing (Metro); Patricia Ukaigwe, nursing (Metro) and president, Ukaigwe Health Empowerment and Learning Charities; and Berthilde Dufrene, founder, Haitian American Nurses Association of Rockland County, Inc. The discussion was moderated by Novlette Edwards-Hammond, nursing (Metro).

Students enrolled in the spring 2016 semester Master Project Seminar classes also presented their research posters.

Group Art Exhibit

A group show featuring mixed-media works by graduating students Alan Miller, Courtney Slye and Kimberlie Suarez will be held from Monday, May 2, through Thursday, May 12, at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information call 201-692-2801.

Casual Conversation Workshop

The Metro Writing Studio will hold a Casual Conversation Workshop for Nonnative Speakers of English on the topic “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Friday, May 6, 2:45 to 3:45 p.m., in the Metro Writing Studio, Second Floor, Giovatto Library, Metropolitan Campus.

The workshop will be led by Jeanette Adams, University College (Metro), and Deb Maclean, professional tutor, Metro Writing Studio. Attendance is limited, and preregistration is required. To preregister call 201-692-2166.

Julia Wagner, academic writing (Metro), is coordinator of the Metro Writing Studio.