November/December 2016

College Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

New School of the Arts to Be Launched in Fall 2018

In September 2018, FDU will inaugurate its newest school — The FDU School of the Arts (FDUArts). It will be a robust center of learning for students who seek arts training grounded in a real-world framework. FDUArts is integral to the University’s Strategic Plan and the forthcoming 75th-anniversary capital campaign, One University, Many Dreams.

FDUArts students will experience an innovative curriculum that combines a strong liberal arts education, hands-on creative work, valuable opportunities for internships and an integrated new approach to arts entrepreneurship.

The following question-and-answer session with Becton College Dean Geoffrey Weinman provides a preview of the school.

Tell us about the FDU School of the Arts.

FDUArts will unite our many arts programs into one. We will migrate our creative writing programs into what is currently the department of visual and performing arts, creating a single creative and administrative unit.

All FDUArts students will meet discipline-specific requirements as well as required courses in entrepreneurship and marketing. A capstone course will focus on moving into the marketplace. An enhanced, arts-centric career-development initiative is also in development.

Why is FDUArts necessary?

First and foremost, arts enrollment in Becton College is exploding. Last year, arts majors made up 20 percent of Becton’s enrollment — about 450 students. As a group, they outnumber all other majors in the college. FDUArts will enable us to serve them more effectively.

However, we must position FDU so that students will choose us over our key competitors, such as Montclair State, Rutgers and New York University. We already have a stellar faculty and an enviably small class size — but we need to do more.

FDUArts will be a boon to student recruiting and to fundraising. Our location — a beautiful, sheltered suburban campus a short distance from the cultural capital of the world — is an important asset. Synergies among departments and with the wider community will further strengthen our identity as a welcoming yet cutting-edge place to become an artist with a sustainable career.

There’s another reason to bring the programs together under one umbrella: greater opportunities for creative collaboration across disciplines. This will pay off for students in the world of work, whatever professions they eventually choose.

Business leaders often describe the need for the “soft skills” that are crucial for success: creativity, communication, teamwork and collaboration, adaptability, problem solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution. These are the very aptitudes that students develop and strengthen in interdisciplinary arts projects, many of which have taken place at FDU already. The new school will provide enhanced opportunities for such endeavors.

How will the curriculum change?

As the school develops and evolves, so will the curriculum. When we launch in fall 2018, core and required courses will remain largely intact, although we will adapt several sections of UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life for FDUArts students. Departmental majors will retain almost all of their current requirements, with some adjustments to accommodate the business courses.

Undergraduates will also have the option to pursue an academic minor in entrepreneurial studies, and, of course, all students will continue to have opportunities to embed themselves in England’s cultural scene and history by studying at Wroxton College.

Finally, as I mentioned earlier, every student will complete a capstone project that combines artistic expression and entrepreneurial knowledge — a fully realized creative endeavor. This will help students crystallize their learning and will serve as a showpiece as they move on to jobs or graduate school.

What about technology?

The school will embrace the digital revolution. In and outside of the classroom, students will have opportunities to explore the Internet as an artistic medium and as a way to promote their work.

FDUArts Combo
Among the majors to be incorporated into FDUArts are film and animation, left, and fine arts.
What do you mean by arts-centric career development?

Artists today work in a range of settings, from one-person studios to international corporations. They serve in creative, managerial and technological roles. We are creating guest-speaker, internship and career-development programs to reflect that breadth. Partnerships with leading independent artists, nonprofits and corporations throughout the region will give students unparalleled insights into potential career paths.

What about funding?

We have grand plans for the future, but first we must take care of the basics. For the short term, faculty costs will remain close to where they are now, since most of the courses already exist. But there will be incremental costs, such as artists and arts entrepreneurs in residence, a small number of faculty members in arts entrepreneurship and dedicated FDUArts scholarships. To that end, we have assembled a wonderful, well-connected Advisory Board whose members will help us raise funds.

We are receiving tremendous support from within the University. Jane Savitt Tennen [director of development, School of Arts] of University advancement is playing a key strategic and fundraising role, and President Christopher Capuano will become deeply involved in major gift fundraising in the coming months.

Weinman concluded, “I’m pleased to share our progress with Inside FDU, so the entire University community can be in on the development of FDUArts.”

To learn more about the new school, visit

12th Annual Winter Festival Concert

The 12th Annual Winter Festival Concert will be held on Monday, December 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, Florham Campus. The show will feature performances of an eclectic program of popular, seasonal and concert music by music faculty members Kevin Brown (bass), Allen Cohen (piano), Steve Girardi (guitar), Heidi Lowy (piano), Julie Pacheco (clarinet) and Elzbieta Winnicki (violin), along with FDU’s chorus, chamber choir and band.

The free concert is sponsored by the visual and performing arts department. For information contact Allen Cohen, music (Flor), at 973-443-8638 or

‘Trelawny of the Wells,’ ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘The Idiot’ Onstage

In December, “Trelawny of the Wells,” a comedy by Arthur Wing Pinero, will be presented by the visual and performing arts department in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, Florham Campus.

Described as Pinero’s love letter to the theater, “Trelawny of the Wells” is set in the early 1860s and combines comedy, sentiment and an occasional Victorian parlor song. It tells the story of Rose Trelawny, a popular star of melodrama plays at the Barridge Wells Theatre, who gives up the stage when she marries her sweetheart, Arthur Gower, to please his conservative family.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, and from Friday, December 9, through Saturday, December 10; at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8; and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11. A high-school matinee will be held at 11 a.m. will also be held on Friday, December 9. The show is directed by Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor).

This spring, productions of the musical “Legally Blonde” and “The Idiot,” an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevky’s novel, will be performed at the Florham Campus from March 24 through April 2 and from May 3 to 6, respectively.

Tickets for all visual and performing arts department productions are $5 for students and the FDU community, $10 for senior citizens and $15 for others. To purchase tickets for either performance in advance call 973-443-8644. For more information go to

‘Floydapalooza’ to Be Held

The communication studies department is sponsoring “Floydapalooza,” a celebration of the music of the English rock band Pink Floyd, on Saturday, December 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, Florham Campus.

The free event will feature performances by The Professors, an academically influenced blues, rock and heavy metal band, whose members are mostly professors. Gary Radford, communication and chair, communication studies (Flor), one of the group’s founding members, is one of its guitarists/vocalists.

For information call Radford at 973-443-8378 or email To read more about The Professors and to find out about upcoming shows go to

Silberman College of Business

Silberman College Among ‘Best 294 Business Schools’

Silberman College of Business is one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to the education services company The Princeton Review. The school is featured in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 294 Business Schools.

“The recognition of FDU’s Silberman College by The Princeton Review places us among an elite group of universities that has strong academic programs,” said Andrew Rosman, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor). “It truly shows how the quality of our students, the strength of our curriculum and our outstanding faculty can be combined to create a remarkable experience for the students in Silberman College of Business.”

The book’s two-page profiles of each school have sections on academics, student life, admissions information and graduate employment data. The profile on Silberman College highlights the school’s faculty as “a mix of global businessmen and local success stories.”

Robert Franek, senior vice president-publishing, Princeton Review, recommends Silberman College as “one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 schools in the book based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools.”

For more information go to

‘50 Under 50’ Honored

Silberman College of Business, led by Dean Andrew Rosman, held its Second Annual “50 Under 50” alumni business leaders award ceremony on September 29 at the Florham Campus. Thirty honorees were inducted into this year’s “50 Under 50.”

Andrew Cavitolo, BS, MS’08 (Flor), chief executive officer and creative director, and Bobby Stern, BS’08 (Flor), president of special events, both of Riviera Caterers, Brooklyn, N.Y., served as this year’s keynote speakers. They also announced the creation of the “Uncle Billy” Scholarship for undergraduate students in Silberman College, for which the college pledged $25,000, and the night’s attendees raised $2,675. Also for undergraduates, a $5,000 annual scholarship, donated by Arkady Smolyansky, BS’06 (Flor), was established.

24th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship sponsored the 24th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards Ceremony on October 26 at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J. Andrew Rosman, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor) opened the event, and Sally Glick, chief growth strategist and principal, Sobel & Co., was master of ceremonies.

The luncheon and awards ceremony honored 15 family businesses that were recognized by the Rothman Institute for their innovative business practices, community involvement, commitment to family and positive impact on the state and local economy.

The Emporium Leather Company in Secaucus, known for its high-quality materials and refined leather craftsmanship, won in the Up to $10 Million category. Mannington Mills, a leading manufacturer of luxury flooring in Salem, was named the winner in the Over $10 Million category.

Other companies honored from the Up to $10 Million category were finalist Magna Power Electronics (Flemington); and semifinalists Montrose Molders Corporation (Piscataway), My Limo (East Hanover) and Triangle Manufacturing Company (Upper Saddle River).

In the Under $10 Million category, companies also recognized were finalist APM Hexseal (Englewood); and semifinalists Glen Eagle Advisors (Princeton), Runnymede Capital Management (Mendham) and Things 4 Strings (Livingston).

Coats for Charity

The Florham Scholars in Business hosted a coat drive to benefit Market Street Mission in Morristown, N.J., and the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission and Thrift Store in Asbury Park, N.J. The project was part of a Foundations of Business class led by Gerard Cleaves, management (Flor). The students collected and donated more than 100 coats to charity.

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

ISTHM Graduate Students Attend Hotel Show

Seventeen hospitality management graduate students attended HX: The Hotel Experience — Rooms to Restaurants 2016 on November 13 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. They were accompanied by Aixa Ritz, hospitality/tourism management (Metro), and Ashley Ferraro, instructional coordinator, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (ISHTM) (Metro).

Hotel group photo
ISHTM students at the HX: The Hotel Experience — Rooms to Restaurants 2016 conference in New York City. With them are Ashley Ferraro, left, instructional coordinator, ISHTM (Metro), and Aixa Ritz, first row, fourth from left, hospitality/tourism management (Metro).

At the show, students attended industry seminars on topics such as “U.S. Lodging Industry Update — Expectations for the Year  Ahead,” “#Careersstrategies: Building a Personal Brand in the Age of Social Media” and “Greenwashing or Nothing but the Truth — The Untold Story of the Greening of Amenities.”

Yeshiva Program Expanded

FDU’s Yeshiva Program has been expanded this fall semester to include a new separate seminary program for women and a new site.

Through the FDU Seminary Program, which is modeled after the successful 15-year-old Yeshiva Program, Orthodox Jewish women can complete their BA in individualized studies degrees in Petrocelli College in as little as 30 credits or in one year for full-time students. Students may specialize in business or in health and human services.

Initially offered in synagogues in Teaneck, N.J., Yeshiva Program classes are now being held at a new site in Passaic, N.J., to better serve students coming from Central and South Jersey. There are also plans to expand its course offerings in spring 2017.

Ira Jaskoll, Petrocelli College (Metro), is director of both the Yeshiva and Seminary Programs.

Legal Studies and Financial Planning Updates

The legal studies department hosted a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar on “Ethics in Elder Law” on October 5 at the Metropolitan Campus. The panelists consisted of Kristin DeNoia, an elder law attorney; Matthew Coppolecchia, an estate-planning attorney; Kevin O’Grady, a financial adviser; and Theodore Stephens, Essex County surrogate. They offered insights into the ethical challenges in dealing with the elderly population and offered suggestions on how to handle certain situations while operating under the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board of Continuing Legal Education, awarded 3.2 ethics credits to seminar attendees.

The Financial Planning Program hosted the New Jersey Financial Planning Association’s annual Bridge the Gap event in Madison, N.J., on November 2. The seminar is designed to meet the needs of financial-planning students by creating a networking opportunity, as well as for those who are just starting a career in financial planning by pursuing the CFP® designation.

In addition, an article about the rewarding career possibilities of becoming a financial planner was posted on in August. In it, Ken Shapiro of the Financial Planning Association of New Jersey, and Lisa Minasian, program director, continuing education (Metro), discussed the required criteria to become a Certified Financial Planner® and the expected increased demand of the profession in the future. To read the article go to

Art and Photography Exhibits

Works by guest artists and a photographer will be on display at the Edward Williams Gallery on the Metropolitan Campus.

“Progression,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Susan Sommer, is on display at the Gallery at Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus, through Friday, December 2. To read more about her exhibit go to

“Silence,” an exhibit of photographs by Eve Stuart will run from Monday, December 5, through Friday, January 20, 2017. To read more about her exhibit go to

Works by glass-painting artist Ibou Ibrahima Ndoye will be exhibited from Monday, January 23, through Friday, February 24.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information call 201-692-2249.

Other Continuing Education News

Camp Discovery, FDU’s summer camp for children entering first through ninth grades, is looking for camp counselors to work in the summer. Counselors must have experience working with children and must be 18 years old by June 26. Interested applicants should go to, click on the Job Opportunities tab on the lefthand side of the page to fill out an application.

FDU’s Motorcycle Safety Education program has completed its 20th year. Over the years, thousands of students have participated in this closed course with riding exercises and classroom instruction. Instructors include attorneys, IT professionals, emergency-response personnel, engineers, musicians and FDU students. The instructors who have been with the program since its inception are Paul Donoghue, John Ferrarella, Jack Haughn and Renee Kornbluth.

Motorcycle group
Among those who teach motorcycle safety at the Metropolitan Campus are, from left, Tom Repetti, Gary Mitchel, Bruce Marshall, Irene Lahr, Alan Tecchio and Rick Penser.

Each year, the program strives to increase motorcycle-safety awareness through informational campaigns like Share the Road, Distracted Driving and an approved online Defensive Driving Course ( The program provides a public service to drivers and riders through broadcasts on WFDU (FM), partnerships with the New Jersey Motorcycle Safety Coalition, resources from New Jersey Division of Highway Safety and driver testing for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

Nursing White Coat Ceremony

Seventy-eight new nursing majors received white coats and pins at the first White Coat Ceremony of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health held on October 20 at the Metropolitan Campus. Students from both the Metropolitan and Florham campuses attended the event, along with approximately 200 family members, faculty, staff and administrators.

Nursing White Coat Ceremony
Left photo: Minerva Guttman, nursing and director, nursing/allied health (Metro/Flor).
Right photo: Nursing students reciting the White Coat pledge at the ceremony.

According to Minerva Guttman, nursing and director, nursing/allied health (Metro/Flor), “students seemed very touched by the ceremony. In health care, white coat ceremonies started with medical students. Donning a white coat is serious — it’s a different and official way of presenting yourself.”

The ceremony was made possible by a grant and funding from the American Association of Colleges and Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

School of Education Graduates Ranked Well by the State

Vicki Cohen, education and director, education (Metro), announces that the School of Education graduates have performed exceptionally based on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) Performance Report for 2016. The report shares available state data on novice teachers recommended by the EPP for certification. Of note is how FDU graduates met or exceeded the state average based on their scores in the PARCC Assessment (student growth percentile) and in non-tested areas (student growth areas). To read the report, go to

10th Anniversaries Celebrated

Both the Metro Writing Studio and the Programs in Language, Culture and Professional Advancement (PLCPA) at the Metropolitan Campus marked their 10th anniversaries this semester.

The Metro Writing Studio hosted a party at its office on the second floor of the Giovatto Library on October 26. The studio offers writing workshops, tutorials and casual conversation workshops for non-English speakers. Julia Wagner, academic writing (Metro), is its director.

Metro Writing Studio Anniv Group
Celebrating the Metro Writing Studio’s 10th anniversary are (all from the Metropolitan Campus), from left, Mutiara Mohamad, director, Programs in Language, Culture and Professional Advancement; Elizabeth Johnson, tutor, Metro Writing Studio; Josephine Horna, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio; Janet Boyd, English and director, humanities; Julia Wagner, academic writing and director, Metro Writing Studio; Jeannie Kang-Suh, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio; Yelena Shektman, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio; and Jeanette Adams, tutor, Metro Writing Studio.

The Programs in Language, Culture and Professional Advancement celebrated its milestone as part of the campus’s International Education Week activities on November 14. Headed by Mutiara Mohamad, the PLCPA is committed to addressing the needs of FDU’s international students through academic support workshops as well as English for Professional Success courses. To learn more about the PLCPA and its services go to

PLCPA Anniv Group 2
Enjoying PLCPA’s anniversary festivities are (all from the Metropolitan Campus), from left, Julia Wagner, academic writing and director, Metro Writing Studio; Janet Boyd, English and director, humanities; Mutiara Mohamad, director, PLCPA; Rachel Murphy, director, Center for Academic Student Services; Helen Kuttner, EPS instructor and tutor, Metro Writing Studio; and Khadija Alami, former EPS student and an FDU alumna, BA’16.

School of Natural Sciences Recognizes National Chemistry Week, Hosts Seminars

In celebration of National Chemistry Week, the School of Natural Sciences and the Hudson-Bergen Chemistry Society (HBCS) jointly hosted a seminar on October 27 at the Metropolitan Campus. Sorin Diaconescu, forensic toxicologist at the New Jersey State Toxicology Laboratory, spoke about “Forensic Toxicology and Excited Delirium” at the event, which was attended by FDU faculty, staff and students.

Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator of preprofessional studies in the sciences (Metro) and HBCS secretary; and Thomas Drwiega, chemistry lab supervisor (Metro) and HBCS chair, helped coordinate the event.

Biology Seminar - Starczynski
From left are Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator of preprofessional studies in the sciences (Metro); speaker Daniel Starczynowski, BS’00 (Metro); pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society scholar; and Nick Agostino, BS’78, MS’97 (Metro).

On November 2, Daniel Starczynowski, BS’00 (Metro); pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society scholar, spoke about graduate and professional school opportunities, careers and research in a cutting-edge field. He is also principal investigator of Starczynowski Lab, which researches hematologic malignancies, with a focus on the intersection of immune dysregulation, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia.

Remaining seminars for this fall’s Biology Seminar Series are: “Water on the Moon,” with Giridhar Nandikotkur, physics (Metro), on Thursday, December 1, and “The Use of 4-G Android Tablets for Enhanced Patient Activation of Chronic Disease Self-management for Heart Failure,” with Judith Kutzleb, DNP’09 (Metro), nursing; doctor of nursing and vice president, advanced practice professionals, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck, N.J., and an adjunct clinical faculty member, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, N.Y.C.

The free seminars will be held from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m., in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Marion McClary, biological sciences and co-director, natural sciences (Metro), and Harvey Winters, emeritus, biological sciences (Metro), are the seminar coordinators. For information call 201-692-2389.

Student Art, Photography Exhibits

Art and photography exhibits by two FDU students will be on display through Friday, December 9, at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

“Black Girl Magic,” features photographs by Terence McNealy, and “Love Faces,” showcases drawings and paintings by Julian Palacios. An opening reception and artists’ talk was held on November 29.

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

Wroxton College

FDU’s alumni and friends are invited to join the Wroxton College Summer Getaway from July 15 to July 21, 2017. Guests will visit art and history museums as well as cultural and intellectual centers such as London and Stratford-upon-Avon; attend lectures by Wroxton faculty; and spend time in the college’s Buttery pub.

The cost of $1,200 per person includes room and board as well as local transportation and entrance fees to attractions. Airfare is not included. To secure a spot on the trip, a $300 deposit (per person) is due by March 20, 2017.

Register online at For information call the Office of Alumni Relations at 201-692-7013 or email