February-March 2017

Spotlight — Giardullo, Griffo, Honchell, Keyes


Anthony Giardullo

Anthony Giardullo
University Admissions Counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
My first position at FDU was as a graduate assistant for the School of Administrative Science in January 2015. I also worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of the Provost, and I began working full time as an admissions counselor on campus after I finished my master’s degree in September 2016 (MA’16 [Metro]).

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
With the current political environment we are all living in, I would have to pick President Trump. Political beliefs aside, I am intrigued by his multiple successes and would love to learn more about what drives him.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
I don’t like many films, but recently I saw “Patriots Day,” and thought it was an excellent film that really captured the day of the Boston Marathon bombings and the events that followed in the days after the attack. The movie made me realize how fast the mainstream media and America as a whole forget tragic events that changed people’s lives forever.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
The arts have always interested me — painting, drawing, playing an instrument, singing or acting. I wish I had an artistic side. Unfortunately, my brother who is a graphic artist seems to have gotten all of the artistic genes!

My first job was …
In high school, I worked at a local photography and video-rental store. I learned many valuable traits in that job that I still use today when connecting to students and working with people. To current students who are working what they think are “dead-end jobs,” always look for a lesson to be learned in everything you do.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… milk. I love milk and cookies — no matter how bad my day has been, milk and cookies always makes it better.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… am an avid animal lover. I have a Sphynx cat and two parrots — an African Grey Congo and a Senegal. I’ve also been a Type 1 diabetic since I was eight years old.

My biggest challenge is …
… my commute to work!

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
My background is in political science, so I would most likely attempt to be a politician, police officer or judge. I wouldn’t be interested in any profession where I would have to do a lot of math — unless I was able to use a computer to help me with it!


Robert Griffo

Robert Griffo
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Florham Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
Since January 2010.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
There are so many people I’d like to meet so I’m going to take the easy way out. I would invite a mix of philosophers and scientists to a meet-and-greet, including: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Friedrich Nietzsche, William James, Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman and Joseph Campbell. I’d ask them what the meaning of life is, and then sit back and enjoy the conversation. These individuals have all contributed to our understanding of the human condition and the natural world, and I think it would be fascinating to experience a discussion between them.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch, a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. The book offers extremely inspiring, yet very practical advice about how to make the most of your life and achieve your dreams.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… how to fly an airplane.

My first job was …
… landscaping, when I was in high school.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… a full Brita® water pitcher.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… love to play golf.

My biggest challenge is …
… time management.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
I’d like to attempt computer programming. I’m an amateur programmer, and it’s extremely rewarding to be able to create a program to automate time-consuming and tedious tasks. I’d really enjoy learning more about it and developing programs to help other people do their jobs more efficiently. A profession I’d want nothing to do with is politics.


Stephanie Honchell

Stephanie Honchell
Assistant Professor of History
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
This is my second year.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
Desmond Tutu. His tireless activism and good humor inspire me every day.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
I reread my favorite book, The God of Small Things, by Arundhati Roy last term when I taught it for a class. It’s the most beautiful and emotionally honest novel I’ve ever read. It changes you.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… astrophysics. Carl Sagan was my childhood hero.

My first job was …
My father owned a small business, and I worked there on the weekends starting in middle school. I cleaned the office, helped in the production line and kept track of inventory.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… half and half … plus lots of fruits and veggies.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… studied theater design and art [as an] undergrad (in addition to history) and worked as a costume designer before becoming a historian.

My biggest challenge is …
… time management. I keep thinking I’ll get better at it. Maybe someday! I’m an optimist.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
I think I would like to work in development and take a more hands-on approach to the issues I teach about. I want nothing to do with politics.


Kelly Keyes

Kelly Keyes
Career Development Specialist, Career Development Center
Florham Campus

How long have you been at FDU?
One year!

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?
Michelle Obama. She’s strong, classy and empowering.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?
“Heavyweights.” Ben Stiller is a genius and everyone should see the film if they need a good laugh. “All you need is Mother Earth, Father Sky and your dear old Uncle Tony.”

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …
… how people swim underwater without holding their noses.

My first job was …
… at a daycare as an after-school-care aide.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …
… almond milk.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …
… once rapped “Lose Yourself” by Eminem at a karaoke.

My biggest challenge is …
… deciding on a pizza topping on pizza Fridays.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?
I think I would make a good accountant if I studied it because I like numbers. I don’t want anything to do with being famous.