November/December 2016

Veterans News and Updates

The University, with support from its Office of Veterans Services, celebrated Veterans Day, welcomed a sizable donation from the Walmart Foundation that will benefit veterans and moved into a new suite of offices.

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The FDU contingent at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City. Carrying the banner are, from left, student veterans Alexander Garcia and Michael Sung.

Veterans Day Parade and Ceremonies

The Veterans Day commemorations on November 11 included a ceremony at the Metropolitan Campus, a flag ceremony at the Florham Campus and participation in the Veterans Day parade in New York City.

Metropolitan Campus faculty, staff, student veterans and alumni attended a ceremony at the Flag Circle hosted by Jeffrey Dunn, BA’10, MBA’13 (Flor), director of veterans services for operations (Metro). Among those who spoke at the event were Robert Vodde, campus provost (Metro); Ariel “AJ” Luna, director of veterans services, Bergen County Division of Veterans Services; and William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), who was the keynote speaker.

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At the Veterans Day ceremony at the Metropolitan Campus are, from left, Robert Vodde, campus provost (Metro); Ariel “AJ” Luna, director of veterans services, Bergen County Division of Veterans Services; students Michael Simmons, Edward Davies and Dan Zanoric; and First Lt. Biagio Mezzasalma, BA’12, MPA’13 (Metro); Jeffrey Dunn, director of veterans services for operations (Metro); and William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro).

A moment of silence was held in remembrance of the late Ronald Calissi, executive associate dean of off-campus programs, Petrocelli College, and director of administrative science, who had been a staunch supporter of FDU’s veterans program. Attendees also recited the “Pledge of Allegiance,” and “Taps” was played by Specialist Andres Marquez.

At the Florham Campus Veterans Day ceremony, Christopher Capuano, president; Peter Woolley, campus provost (Flor) and senior vice provost for government/community affairs; and Martha Garcia, MBA’92 (Ruth), director of veteran services for outreach (Metro), led the group. The event featured a color-guard procession; a rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” by the FDU Chamber Choir, conducted by Allen Cohen, music (Flor); the playing of “Taps”; and a moment of silence.

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Left photo: From left are student veterans Kenny Tang, Nick Folato and Cpl. Roy Lin; Martha Garcia, director of veterans services for outreach (Metro); and Christopher Capuano, president.
Right photo: The Veterans Day ceremony at the Florham Campus.

In his remarks, Capuano praised veterans and thanked them for their service. He said, “Veterans are woven into the fabric of the University. They are in our undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs. They study on all our campuses. They are in each of our colleges. And they are not just among our students, but they are in the ranks of our faculty and staff. They are a big part of who we are.”

Following the campus ceremonies, a contingent of FDU veterans and University community members joined the Veterans Day Parade in New York City for the eighth time.

To read more about the Veterans Day events and other veteran-related stories go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/feature-stories/2016-2017/11/observing-veterans-day-2016-at-fdu/.

Veterans Program Receives $48,000 Donation

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship received a $48,000 donation from the Walmart Foundation in support of the Institute’s Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program — the largest gift in the program’s history. “We are grateful to Walmart for providing the educational resources to support veterans at FDU,” said Andrew Rosman, dean of Silberman College (Metro/Flor).

VLV, which is in its sixth year, is designed to provide the skills and support veterans need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs work with the veterans over a 10-week period, providing an interactive and informative experience.

To read more about the donation go to http://view2.fdu.edu/fdu-whats-new/press-releases/2016-2017/10/walmart-foundation-supports-fdus-veteran-program-with-largest-donation-in-program-history/. For more information about the VLV program go to http://view2.fdu.edu/academics/silberman-college/centers-and-institutes/rothman-institute-of-entrepreneurship/outreach-programs/veterans-launching-ventures/.

New Office and Student Lounge

Veterans Services moved to its spacious new office on the first floor of Dickinson Hall (near the University Plaza Drive entrance) on November 22. The space includes a student lounge and computer work area as well. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for the spring.

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Martha Garcia, left, MBA’92 (Ruth), director of veteran services for outreach (Metro), and Jeffrey Dunn, right, BA’10, MBA’13 (Flor), director of veterans services for operations (Metro), enjoy the new office and lounge.