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Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Welcome


John Schiemann, political science (Flor), wrote the cover story, “President Donald J. Trump: Torture’s Ticking Bomb,” for the March 2017 issue of Torture: Asian and Global Perspectives. To read the story go to http://torturemag.org/print-version/volume-6-number-1/.

Christopher Capuano, president, wrote an op-ed piece, “How to Stop New Jersey’s Brain Drain,” which was published in the April 16 issue of The Star-Ledger. To read it go to http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/04/fdu_president_how_to_stop_new_jerseys_brain_drain.html.

Lloyd Ultan, history, Petrocelli College (Metro), appeared in “Transforming the South Bronx,” a video commissioned by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo about Hunts Point Produce Market and the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx. He also was invited by Cuomo to speak during the video premiere, which was attended by nearly 250 people. To read more go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/03/talking-bronx-history-with-a-governor/. To watch the video go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mds5BhJuyro&feature=youtu.be.

 “The Immigration Debate — from the 1920s,” an article by Martin Green, emeritus, English, and editorial committee member, FDU Press (Flor), was published in the August 2016 issue of Zeteo journal (see http://zeteojournal.com/2016/08/16/immigration-debate-1920s-green/). He also has written several book reviews that have been published in Jewish Book World, including reviews of The Complete Works of Primo Levi, edited by Ann Goldstein, and Henry Roth’s four-volume Mercy of a Rude Stream series.

A staged reading of the play “A Year in the Trenches,” written by James Rana, BA’98, University College (Metro), was held in the Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J., on March 21, and at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library on April 28. Adapted from the book Remembering World War I: An Engineer’s Diary, by Charles Edward Dilkes, the play was developed with the East Lynne Theater Company of Cape May and commissioned by the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. It is based on the experiences of Sgt. Dilkes, a New Jersey combat engineer with the First Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, who fought in the battlefields of France and joined the Allies in their march through Luxembourg during the Great War. An additional reading will be held at the McGuire Air Force Base in Trenton, N.J., on Tuesday, July 18. Performances of “A Year in the Trenches” will be held from Wednesday, September 20, through Saturday, October 14, at the First Presbyterian Church in Cape May, N.J. In addition, Rana was cast in the off-Broadway play “The Government Inspector,” based on Nikolai Gogol’s Revizor, which will be staged at The Red Bull Theater in New York City from May 16 through June 24. For more information go to http://www.redbulltheater.com/the-government-inspector.

Lisa Braverman, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor), delivered a TED Talk on change management at the University Professional Continuing Education Association’s annual conference in Chicago, Ill., on March 23. She was also invited to serve on the editorial board of the association’s publication, Unbound.

Jobin Mojtabavi, MAS’13, director of student services (Van), announced that the Vancouver Campus’ Model UN Team won the Distinguished Delegation award at National Model United Nations at the U.N. Headquarters on March 17. This is the campus’s third win in four years. This year’s team, which represented Samoa, was composed of students Barbara Castro, Ana Flores, Carlos Martell Ayala, Ruramai Diana Mavhunga, Munkhsolongo “Solo” Sangibat, Van Truong, Viet Truong and Eduardo Vega. To read more go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/04/vancouvers-model-un-team-wins-third-award/.

The Florham Park (N.J.) School District honored Daniel Aronoff, education and deputy director, education (Metro), for providing a room at the Metropolitan Campus for training fifth-grade peer leaders of Brooklake Elementary School. The program had been allowed to use the room for free with lunch provided. Steven Caponegro, school principal, presented Aronoff with the school’s peer leadership program certificate of appreciation.

Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), wrote the article “Earning Less Than Their Wives Makes U.S. Men More Partisan, published on April 14 in the Harvard Business Review and on workingmother.com, fortune.com and nymag.com. In addition, he was one of the speakers at an event titled “What’s Gender Got to Do With It?” presented by the League of Women Voters of Morristown Area in honor of Women’s History Month. Among the topics discussed were gender voting patterns and what they mean for America’s future, voter behaviors and trends in media.

On April 4, Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Laboratory (Metro), represented FDU at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Transportation Security Administration Research Laboratory Facility in Atlantic City, N.J. That evening, he helped recruit new students at the University’s Open House on the Metropolitan Campus.

Vancouver Campus faculty members Jarrett Bachman, hospitality/tourism management and program coordinator, MS in hospitality management, Willy Aroca, hospitality/tourism management; and Sandra Louie, hospitality/tourism management, attended the 2017 Rendezvous Student-Industry Hospitality Conference at the Vancouver Conference Centre on January 30, along with 30 undergraduate and graduate FDU hospitality students. Attendees interacted with industry representatives and HR professionals seeking employees in the hospitality and tourism industry in British Columbia. This was the first time FDU has been invited to attend and participate in this conference.

A letter about “Stalin the Reader” by Vladimir Zwass, computer science/management information systems, Gregory Olsen Endowed Chair and deputy director, computer sciences/engineering (Metro), was published in The New York Times on March 16, 2017. To read his letter go to https://nyti.ms/2m6wNaN.

Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), and Krista Jenkins, political science and director, PublicMind™ (Flor), co-wrote Where Have All the Heroes Gone? The Changing Nature of American Valor. The book was published March 14, 2017, by Oxford University Press. Peabody and Jenkins analyze the concept of U.S. heroism, specifically its meaning and application over the past 50 years — highlighting the distinctive perspectives of heroism among political and media elites and the public. To read more about the book go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2016-2017/03/fdu-professors-ask-where-have-all-the-heroes-gone-in-new-book/ or to https://global.oup.com/academic/product/where-have-all-the-heroes-gone-9780199982967?cc=us&lang=en&.

A third printing of Production and Operations Management, a book by Ajay Garg, administrative science (Van), was published by McGraw Hill Education, New Delhi, India, in March. He also attended two conferences: the International Science Education Conference held in Hawaii in January, where he presented “To Study the Interlinkage Between Quality of Work-Life and Performance of Workers in Handicraft Sector of Canada,” and the Business Management and Technology Conference at the Vancouver Campus in March, where he co-presented on “Social Implications of Carbon Credit Trading — A Case Study.”

“Multilingual Myth Busting,” an article by Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), was published in the March 2017 issue of Language Magazine. A New York Times “Interpreter” newsletter published a link to the article on March 8. “The Multilingual Advantage: Foreign Language as a Social Skill in a Globalized World,” has been accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Another article by Stein-Smith, “AATF Commission on Advocacy Update,” has been published in the April 2017 issue of the AATF National Bulletin. She presented on “Foreign Languages — A World of Possibilities” at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages held from March 9 to 11 in Chicago, Ill. To read more about her experience at the conference go to https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/kathy-presenting-at-the-central-states-conference-on-the-teaching-of-foreign-languages-csctfl-in-chicago/.

FDU’s master of fine arts program and The Poets House co-hosted a seminar on poetry and prose in New York City on March 18. René Steinke, English and director, MFA in creative writing (Flor), led a discussion on compression and information in poetry, and Rosie Schaap, creative writing (Flor), led a seminar on the ways in which poetry can inspire nonfiction and how poems can be integral to the structure of nonfiction narrative.

Jarrett Bachman, hospitality/tourism management and program coordinator, MS in hospitality management (Van), in collaboration with John Hull, tourism management, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia, Canada, and Byron Marlowe, hospitality business management, Washington State University’s Tri-Cities Campus, received a $5,000 research seed grant from the Internal Research Fund at Thompson Rivers University to begin examining the tourism and community impacts of craft beer breweries in British Columbia. In addition, Bachman’s article, “Boat Captain Perspectives on Adding Non-consumptive Value to Charter Experiences on the South Carolina Coast,” was published in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.

Bruno Battistoli, communication and faculty adviser, The Equinox (Metro), announced that The Equinox, the student newspaper of the Metropolitan Campus, won two awards in the 2016–17 New Jersey College Newspaper Contest. This is the third year that The Equinox has won multiple awards in this statewide competition. The Equinox editor-in-chief Melanie Perez won second place in the Column/Opinion Writing category for her editorial on academic advising titled “Broken Advisement.” Managing editor Theresa King won third place in the Feature Writing category for “Witness to History, ” her story on the presidential debate at Hofstra University. To read more go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/03/the-equinox-wins-statewide-awards-for-unprecedented-third-consecutive-year/.

William Presutti, director, Regional Center for Learning Disabilities (Flor), was among the panelists in a discussion about available academic, social and living support services for students with disabilities, held March 29 in the Darien Library Community Room, Darien (Conn.) High School.

The Public Administration Institute’s Russell Robinson, assistant director, and William Roberts, director, (both Metro), attended the Annual Stakeholders Awards Breakfast and Ceremony, in Paterson, N.J., on March 4. Stakeholders is a nonprofit organization that honors “those who have given exemplary service to the veteran community.”

Oil paintings by Diana Soorikian, Petrocelli College (Metro), were in an exhibit titled “AGAINST THE GRAIN: Then and Now” at the Edward Williams Gallery on the Metropolitan Campus this semester.

An abridged version of “After Aging,” an essay by Walter Cummins, emeritus, English (Flor), appears in the book Aging: An Apprenticeship, which was published by Red Notebook Press on April 4. Cummins’ essay was first published 10 years ago.

William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), co-authored the book Top Ten at Gettysburg with FDU alumnus Jay Jorgensen, BA’78 (Metro), Superior Court judge, recipient of The PINNACLE Award in 2012 and 2009 Division I Hall of Fame inductee for basketball. This book examines all aspects of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln. Schuber will participate in the Authors’ Day sponsored by the Bergen County Historical Society on Sunday, May 7, at the Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, N.J., and in Gettysburg, Pa., on Saturday, July 1.

As part of the Monninger Conversation Series at the Florham Campus, Christopher Caldiero, communication studies (Flor), discussed his book, Neo-PR: Public Relations in a Postmodern World on March 29. Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), moderated.

Christine Gaydos, assistant dean of students for student engagement (Flor), announced that Tim Black, a junior psychology major at the Florham Campus, was named one of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leaders at the 2017 National Orientation Directors Association Region VIII Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., in March. Black was nominated because of his commitment to the campus’s orientation program, mature understanding of the first-year experience and his positive attitude. To read more go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/03/tim-black-recognized-with-regional-award/.

For the past three years, William Zimmerle, humanities (Metro), has dedicated his research to documenting rock art paintings, in the Dhofar region of the Sultanate of Oman, that date back to between fourth and fifth century B.C. to fifth century A.D., in photographs and writing. To read more about Zimmerle’s research go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/04/big-dig-professor-preserves-rock-art-an-archaeological-treasure-in-oman/.

In the News …

Gillian Small, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor), was quoted in the March article “Genetics Society of America Honors Sally G. Hoskins with 2017 Elizabeth W. Jones Award,” published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science at eurekaalert.org.

Scott Behson, management (Metro), was quoted in the article “Family Talk: Dads Can Dare to Be There,” published on NewsOK.com in March.

Al Crisafulli, host of the WFDU FM show “Signal to Noise,” was mentioned in the February article “TVD Radar: ‘Signal to Noise’ WFDU Fundraiser at the Mercury Lounge Featuring Monsterland, 2/24–2/25,” in The Vinyl District.

Christopher Capuano, president, was quoted in the following articles in March: “FDU Creates Hospitality Master’s Program at Its U.K. College,” posted on njbiz.com, and “Bill Clinton Highlights Fairleigh Speaker Series” in The Daily Record.

Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in the following articles in February and April: “Steve Bannon: Trump is ‘Maniacally Focused’ on Executing Promises” and “How Did We Wind Up Back in the Mad Men Era at Work?” (The Guardian and Business Insider); “True or False? The More You Know, the More Likely You Are to Believe ‘Fake News’” (njspotlight.com); “This New Poll Shows How N.J. Feels About Whether Trump Has Ties to Russia” (nj.com); “Pollster Says Strong Political Beliefs Can Make Facts Harder to See” (newsworks.org); “Among NJ Voters, Truth and Facts Are No Match for Conspiracy Theories” (New Jersey 101.5); “Poll Eyes Where Garden State Residents Get News” (njtoday.net); and “O’Reilly’s Departure Creates New Challenges for Fox” (The Washington Post, newser.com, USNEWS.com, 4 New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Standard Examiner, grandcommunications.com, Fostoria Review Times, Reading Eagle Online and WRAL-TV [Associated Press]).

Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), was mentioned in The New York Times’ The Interpreter in relation to her article “Why French?” published in the February 9, 2017 issue of Language Magazine (see http://languagemagazine.com/2017/02/why-french/).

Peter Woolley, campus provost (Flor) and senior vice provost for government/community affairs, was quoted in the following articles in March and April: “Candidates on Economy: ‘Innovation,’ ‘Red Tape,’ Few Details” (Washington Times [Associated Press]); “Uncertainty, Warnings Surround GOP Health Plan in New Jersey” (nj.com, miamiherald.com, sanfranciscogate.com and The Philadelphia Tribune [Associated Press]); “Joe Piscopo Won’t Run for New Jersey Governor as Republican” (including bostonherald.com, MSN News, Missoula-Bozeman, San Francisco Online, Asbury Park Press, Hollywood Reporter Online, Winchester Star Online, KWTV-TV, Magic 94.9 Radio, CTV News Channel and KNBC-TV [Associated Press]); and “Front-runner for Dems’ Nod to Run for N.J. Governor Demonstrates Strength” (newsworks.org); and “Taxes Atop the Agenda as New Jersey Picks a New Governor” (Press of Atlantic City and miamiherald.com [Associated Press]).

Richard Reiss, senior vice president for University advancement (Metro/Flor), was quoted in the March nj.com article “NJ Speakers Series Announces Huge New Season Featuring Clinton, Cameron, More.”

Krista Jenkins, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in the following articles on various PublicMind polls: “Jersey Rage: Residents Hate Christie, Don’t Trust Legislature at All” (The Star-Ledger and New Jersey 101.5); “Poll: N.J. Voters Still Disapprove of Christie, State Government” (njbiz.com, politico.com, nj.com, Press of Atlantic City, News12 New Jersey, democraticundergound.com and observer.com); “Trump’s Approval Rating in N.J. Drops to 28 Percent, FDU Poll Finds” (politico.com); “With County Conventions Over, Guadagno and Ciattarelli Are in a Real Race” (politico.com, burlingtoncountytimes.com, observer.com and nj.com); and “Poll: N.J. Voters Still Low on Trump, Want to Keep Obamacare” (njbiz.com). She also was quoted in the following articles in April: “@ISSUE: Can’t We Agree on Anything?” (Asbury Park Press); and “Can This N.J. Lawmaker Save Trump’s Obamacare Repeal Effort?” (nj.com).

In Memoriam

Dorothy Nogueras, BA’02, MA’05 (Metro), retired assistant director, financial aid (Metro), died on March 9 at the age of 84. She joined FDU in 1974, where she served more than 35 years, as associate director of financial aid. She received the Pillar of FDU Award in 2002. Starting in 2005, she also worked as a professional tutor in the Educational Opportunity Fund office. She retired from her full-time position in 2010, but continued to serve as a professional tutor until 2013. She is survived by husband, Jose; her son, John; grandchildren Darian, Alex, Jordan and Kristina; sister, Marie Messina; cousins; nephews; and nieces Jessie Ribustello, office administration/circulation assistant, Giovatto Library (Metro); and Katie Ingenito, administrative assistant, criminal justice/political science/international studies (Metro).


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of April 20, 2017.

Welcome to Tamara Canavan, secretary, Silberman College (Flor); Jennifer Goldweber, program coordinator for online graduate programs, Silberman College (Metro); Andrew Malson, assistant football coach, athletics (Flor); April Quatrano, nurse practitioner and director, student health services (Metro); and Catherine Yando, administrative assistant, Silberman College (Metro).