November/December 2016

Homecoming 2016

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and their families celebrated this year’s Alumni Awards and Homecoming at the Florham Campus on October 22.

Football and Homecoming Royals

The Devils football team hosted a Pink Out game in this year’s homecoming in support of Jenn Noon, associate director of athletics, head women’s field hockey coach and head women’s golf coach (Flor), in her fight against breast cancer. The team sold pink bracelets and donated all proceeds to breast cancer research in Noon’s name. The Devils lost to the King’s College Monarchs, 52-13.

Homecoming Royals
From left are sophomores Hannah Rose Flynn and David Vance, junior Elizabeth Wichrowski and senior Pamela Shapiro.

During halftime, this year’s FDU Homecoming Royals were announced. Members of the campus community chose the winners for epitomizing the FDU spirit. They were sophomore Hannah Rose Flynn, a member of the Devils Dancers who helps out in campus events by selling tickets and working in the concession stands; senior Pamela Shapiro, a resident assistant who also works in the admissions office; sophomore David Vance, who is on the board of the Finance and Investment Club and works as a bartender in the Bottle Hill Pub; and junior Elizabeth Wichrowski, vice president of the Florham Programming Committee, orientation leader and 2016 Maddy Award winner.

Alumni Awards Ceremony

The annual alumni awards ceremony sponsored by the Alumni Association Board of Governors was held in Hennessy Hall. This year’s awardees were Kerri McCullough Wood, MBA’07 (Metro), the Outstanding Young Alumni; Peter Knowles, BA’07 (Flor), the Volunteer of the Year; and Neil Koenig, BS’72 (Flor), Elia G. Stratis CASTLE Award.

Wood was honored with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for “achieving exceptional success as an emerging leader in her field — either professionally or through services provided to the University.” She is currently vice president and head of global sales at TAPI, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. To read more about her, go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2016-2017/10/pharmaceutical-executive-kerri-mccullough-wood-receives-outstanding-young-alumni-award/.

Karen Lewis, Bartletts, Awardees, Carol Knauff
From left are Karen Lewis, assistant vice president for development and alumni relations (Metro/Flor); Marshall and Margaret Bartlett; alumni awardees Neil Koenig, Kerri McCullough Wood and Peter Knowles; and Carol Knauff, emeritus member, Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Knowles was named Volunteer of the Year for “making significant contributions to one or more of the following areas at FDU: admissions, career development, academic progress, student life, chapters and fundraising for athletics. He is a partner at Morgan Stanley where his primary functions include investment analysis, asset allocation and client relationship management. To read more about him go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2016-2017/10/fdus-volunteer-of-the-year-award-goes-to-peter-knowles/.

Koenig, managing partner and co-founder of Imowitz Koenig & Co., LLP, was honored with the Elia G. Stratis CASTLE Award. Representing Commitment, Allegiance, Support, Teamwork, Leadership and Enthusiasm, the award honors alumni who have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding loyalty and service to the University. To read more about him, go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2016-2017/10/neil-koenig-receives-prestigious-elia-g-stratis-castle-award-from-fdu/.

The ceremony also included the presentation of an Honorary Alumnus Citation to Marshall Bartlett, an adjunct faculty member and executive-in-residence in the University’s MS in taxation program and a member of the Silberman College Advisory Board. Prior to joining FDU in 1999, he served for 21 years in a variety of tax positions at Exxon, including 11 years as general tax counsel.

Bartlett and his wife, Margaret, support FDU’s taxation program as well as the Marshall and Margaret Bartlett Endowed Scholarship and the Marshall and Margaret Bartlett Annual Scholarship. Their commitment to faculty development has resulted in the Marshall and Margaret Teaching Innovation Fellowship Award at FDU, which recognizes excellence in teaching, research and service to Silberman College. They are also involved in other University initiatives and programs such as the Friends of Florham. In addition, Bartlett was instrumental in securing a $25,000 grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation for FDU’s Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program, which strengthens the math and science skills of New Jersey high school students.

Finally, the Knauff Family Scholarship was presented to Serina Grande, a Florham Campus junior who is studying wealth management. Established by Carol Knauff, MBA’78 (Flor), emeritus member, Alumni Association Board of Governors, and her husband, Jeffrey Knauff, the scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement and leadership qualities in students at the Florham Campus.

Class Gifts

Class Gifts
Left photo: From left are Lorraine Wright, BS’16 (Flor), and Jhonattan Gonzalez, BA’16 (Flor), senior representatives of the Florham Campus, who presented the class gift to Alumni Association Board of Governors President Elizabeth Catrini, BS’85, MBA’89 (Flor).
Right photo: From left are Rachel Powell, BA’16 (Metro), the 2016 senior class representative, Metropolitan Campus Student Government Association, and Katelyn Arathoon, BS’16 (Metro), co-president of the Class of 2016 Gift Committee, who presented their class gift to President Christopher Capuano.

Jhonattan Gonzalez, BA’16 (Flor) and Lorraine Wright, BS’16 (Flor), senior representatives of the Florham Campus Student Government Association, and Rachel Powell, BA’16 (Metro), the 2016 senior class representative, Metropolitan Campus Student Government Association, and Katelyn Arathoon, BS’16 (Metro), co-president of the Class of 2016 Gift Committee, presented the gifts to Alumni Association Board of Governors President Elizabeth Catrini, BS’85, MBA’89 (Flor), and the FDU community. A picnic table was donated to the Metropolitan Campus and furnishings for the game room were provided to the Florham Campus.