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Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Williams’ Classic ‘Summer and Smoke’ Onstage

“Summer and Smoke,” one of Tennessee Williams’ most subtle and tender works, will be presented by the visual and performing arts department in December in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, Florham Campus.

Set in Mississippi, the play explores the conflict between body and soul. Its story revolves around Alma Winemiller, the uptight and repressed minister’s daughter, and her attraction to the boy next door — the doctor’s son who is a wild, adventurous and mischievous pleasure seeker.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, through Saturday, December 9; and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. The show is directed by Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor).

This spring, productions of the musical comedy “Sister Act” and Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” will be performed at the Florham Campus from March 23 through April 1 and from May 2 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 or go online to the production’s registration page. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

For more information go to Main Stage Productions.

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

FDU President Christopher Capuano and the PINNACLE Society hosted a presentation and discussion on “Innovation and the Future of Healthcare Delivery” at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on November 16. Capuano also delivered the welcome remarks.

Among those who presented were Michael Avaltroni, dean, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor); Nancy Palamara, director of pharmacy services, Holy Name Hospital, and president, New Jersey Society of Health System Pharmacists; John Colaizzi, Jr., healthcare specialty supervisor, New Jersey/Pennsylvania, Walgreens; Craig Dolan, vice president, RxO Advisory Services, McKesson Health Systems; and Thomas Carlough, manager of analytics, pharmacy and corporate quality, Atlantic Health System.

The event also included a reception, networking and student-led tours. To read more about the event go to “Panel discussion: Innovation and the future of healthcare delivery.”

13th Annual Winter Festival Concert

The 13th Annual Winter Festival Concert will be held on Monday, December 11, 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), Stephen Girardi (guitar), Mariana Karpatova (voice), Peter Toth (piano) and Elzbieta Winnicki (violin), along with FDU’s chorus, chamber choir and band.

The FDU Band will also be playing a special number, “Highland Cathedral,” with the Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums, a group that sometimes plays for the University’s special events.

Tickets are $5 per person but admission is free for FDU students with an ID. For information contact Allen Cohen, music (Flor), at 973-443-8638 or alcmusic@fdu.edu.

The Professors Live

The communication studies department is sponsoring a free musical performance by The Professors on Saturday, December 9, from 7 to 11 p.m., in the Bottle Hill Room, Student Center, Florham Campus.

The Professors is an academically influenced blues, rock and heavy metal band, whose members bring together rhythms and sounds from a variety of styles to create provocative original and interpretive music. Gary Radford, communication and chair, communication studies (Flor), one of the group’s founding members, is also one of its guitarists and vocalists. Other members include Nick Kanderis, drums; Marie Radford, keyboards; Meg Radford, guitars/vocals; Nick Romanenko, bass/vocals; Joe Sanchez, horns/vocals; Peter VanEmburg, percussion/vocals; and Jennifer Zahorbenski, vocals.

For information call Radford at 973-443-8648 or email gradford@fdu.edu. To read more about The Professors and to find out about upcoming shows go to the group’s website.

Silberman College of Business

Best Business Schools 2018

Silberman College of Business has been named again as one of the nation’s most outstanding business schools, according to the education services company The Princeton Review. The school is featured in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 267 Business Schools.

“It is an honor to be ranked among elite business schools. Employers recognize the value of a Silberman College MBA and are eager to hire our students,” said Andrew Rosman, dean, Silberman College (Metro/Flor). “At Fairleigh Dickinson University, we believe this ranking recognizes our focus on academic preparation and career placement. We also believe in providing students with unique combinations of skill sets from wealth management to sustainability that complement traditional disciplines, all of which enable the students to stand out in the job market.”

The Princeton Review’s business school profiles have sections on academics, student life, admissions information and graduates’ employment data. The ratings are scored on a scale of 60 to 99, and among the rating categories are: academic experience, admissions selectivity, career, professors interesting and professors accessible. Silberman College posted a 91 for professors’ accessibility, 90 for academic experience and 90 for professors interesting. For an explanation of the basis of each rating score in the profiles go to Princeton Review rankings.

Robert Franek, senior vice president-publishing, Princeton Review, recommends Silberman College as “one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 267 on-campus MBA program schools on this list based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools.” The opinions of more than 20,000 students attending these schools, through an 80-question student survey, were likewise considered.

For more information go to “FDU’s Silberman College named a ‘best’ business school by the Princeton Review.”

Forum and Holiday Social

Bill Jensen, CEO of The Jensen Group, will speak about “Simplifying the Workplace: How to Run a Company Effectively and Efficiently” as part of the Rothman Institute’s Family Business Forum on Thursday, December 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., in the Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall, Florham Campus. The forum will be followed by the Rothman Institute’s Holiday Social.

The cost to attend is $75 for non-Family Business Forum members and free for members. Registration is necessary. For registration and information contact Susan Slavin, programs administrator, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8842 or srslavin@fdu.edu.

Upcoming Family Business Forums include “Succession Planning,” with John Dowd, vice president and financial adviser, AB Bernstein, on Thursday, February 8; “Managing Risk That Leads to Conflict. Can Meditation Help?” on Tuesday, March 27; and “Decision Making and Leadership,” with Edward Ahart, partner and chair, Corporate Practice Group, Schenck Price Smith & King, LLP, Tuesday, April 24.

25th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship celebrated the 25th anniversary of the New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards Ceremony on October 25, which was declared “Family Business Day” by the New Jersey governor’s office, at the event held at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston, N.J.

The luncheon and awards ceremony honored 15 family businesses from around the state that were recognized for their dedication to the industry, family values, vision and contribution to their communities and the New Jersey economy. In addition, Leo Rogers, former interim dean, Silberman College, and former director, Rothman Institute, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently the facilitator of the Peer Group Mentoring portion of the institute’s Family Business Forum.

The event featured a trade show/meet and greet, where honorees were encouraged to display company materials, meet other honorees and mingle with members of the business community. James Almeida, entrepreneurship and associate dean for graduate programs, Silberman College (Flor), and Timur Pakay, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), welcomed more than 190 guests.

From left are James Almeida, entrepreneurship and associate dean for graduate programs, Silberman College (Flor); keynote speaker Alfred Titone, New Jersey district director, Small Business Administration; Timur Pakay, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor); Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Leo Rogers, former interim dean, Silberman College, and former director, Rothman Institute; and Sally Glick, chief growth strategist and principal, Sobel & Co., who served as master of ceremonies.

Alfred Titone, New Jersey district director, Small Business Administration (SBA), was the keynote speaker. He provided insights on the family business while sharing his personal experiences helping these special companies through his work with the SBA. Sally Glick, chief growth strategist and principal, Sobel & Co., was master of ceremonies,

Chatham Moving & Storage, which offers climate controlled self-storage rooms as well as moving and packing services for families and businesses, won in the Up to $10 Million category. Russell Reid/Mr. John, the winner in the Over $10 Million category, provides responsible nonhazardous waste-management solutions to its wide range of customers.

For more information about this year’s family business honorees, go to “Special Report: NJ Family-Owned Businesses Honored.” To read more about the event go to “25th Anniversary NJ Family Business of the Year Awards Luncheon.” Complete coverage of this year’s awards will be featured in the December issue of New Jersey Business magazine.

Veterans Program Receives Donation from Bank of America

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship received a $10,000 donation from Bank of America in support of the Institute’s Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV) program. The certificate program provides veterans with the skills and support they need to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch a successful small business or nonprofit.

In a check-presentation ceremony at the Florham Campus, Eric Mason, senior vice president at Bank of America, noted how impressed he is with the impact the program has had, and said how important it is for Bank of America to prioritize helping veterans. More than 200 veterans have graduated from the program since its inception in 2010.

To read more about the VLV go to Veterans Launching Ventures Course.

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

Fundraising Gala

The Puerta al Futuro, Latino Promise and HACER (Hispanics Achieving College Education Recognition) programs held their Fourth Annual Fundraising Gala on October 19 at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands. Attended by more than 280 people, the event raised more than $25,000 for student scholarships and marked the Latino Promise program’s 10th anniversary.

Nicholas Sacco, New Jersey senator and mayor of North Bergen, was presented with the Amigo del Pueblo (Friend of the People) Award for his commitment to the Latino community in Hudson County and the state of New Jersey. Sacco and Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo also spoke at the gala.

Scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 were awarded to 12 students in the programs. This year’s recipients were Joendry Alberto, Sobeida Bermudez, Luis Cosme, Annie Delgado, Paula Hernandez, Chelsy Marin, Dagoberto Marrobel, Guadalupe Ochoa, Virginia Platon, Rafael Ramirez, Bernardo Valdez and Danny Vasquez.

From left are Luis Cosme, HACER student and scholarship recipient; Israel Delgado, Petrocelli College (Metro); Fernando Alonso, business, director of Puerta al Futuro and Latino Promise Programs (Metro); Jadihel Rodriguez, business, Petrocelli College (Metro), and Irene Oujo, communications/English and assistant director, Latino Promise and HACER (Metro); Teodoro Llallire, business and assistant director, Puerta al Futuro (Metro); and Nicholas Sacco, New Jersey senator and mayor of North Bergen.

Awards were also presented to several Petrocelli College faculty and staff members. Irene Oujo, communications/English and assistant director, Latino Promise and HACER (Metro); and Jadihel Rodriguez, business, Petrocelli College (Metro), were awarded the Kenneth Vehrkens Award for their commitment to the Latino Promise and HACER programs. Teodoro Llallire, business and assistant director, Puerta al Futuro (Metro), received the Puerta al Futuro Award “for his commitment to educating the Hispanic community.”

The next fundraising gala is slated for Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands.

Works by Hoboken Artists on Display

“Limit/Limitless,” works in a variety of media by members of hob’art, an artist’s co-operative in Hoboken, N.J., will be on display from Monday, December 4, 2017, through Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Gallery, Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Among the artists whose works will be exhibited are France Garrido and Ibou Ndoye.

Formed in 2002, hob’art has a twofold mission: work with member artists to be inspired to create, promote, market, exhibit and sell their work; and work to make Hoboken the preeminent arts destination that it had been in the past. As a collective gallery, hob’art welcomes and encourages a wide range of artwork and media: fiber, printmaking, digital photography, sculpture/3D, painting, drawing and mixed media. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information about hob’art, go to the hob’art gallery page.

Police Radar and Laser in Action

From left are Ralph Selig, mathematics/computer science, Petrocelli College (Metro); Lt. Christopher Kurschner, Teaneck Police Department; students Tristen Valerio and Jeffrey Malen; and a demonstration of the radar gun.

On November 2, students in the MATH1131 College Mathematics I class of Ralph Selig, mathematics/computer science, Petrocelli College (Metro), learned about mathematical applications in relation to how the police radar and laser equipment worked.

“Members of the Teaneck Police Department showed how their radar and laser equipment were used in law enforcement, and students were allowed to observe the demonstration first-hand,” Selig said.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

Nursing 65th Anniversary Gala

The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health is celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of its nursing program with a gala on Friday, December 1, at the Park Ridge Marriott, 300 Brae Boulevard, Park Ridge, N.J. The reception starts at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the formal event are $75 per person and sponsorship opportunities are likewise available. To register, purchase tickets and for information on sponsorship opportunities go to Nursing 65th Anniversary Gala. For information contact Zoila Paredes, assistant to the director, nursing/allied health (Metro), at 201-692-2845 or at zp_20@fdu.edu.

Fall Biology Seminars

The Biology Seminar Series continues this fall with the following Thursday presentations: “Inhibition of Biofilm Formation Through Quorum Quenching,” with Harvey Winters, emeritus, biological sciences (Metro) on November 30; and “Energetic Jets from Black Holes” with Giridhar Nandikotkur, physics (Metro), on December 7.

Both presentations 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 are the seminar coordinators. For information call 201-692-2389.

Student Art Exhibits

Works by FDU students Samira Rodriguez and Javier Gonzalez are on display at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

“Element of Mind: Image, Perception, Emotion,” featuring mixed-media works by Samira Rodriguez are on display through Thursday, December 7. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m.

A show, titled “Drawings, Paintings, Watercolors and Sketches,” featuring mixed-media works by Javier Gonzalez will run from Monday, December 11, through Friday, December 15. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, December 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Wroxton College

Summer Alumni Getaway

The Wroxton College Summer Getaway for FDU alumni and friends will be held from July 14 to July 20, 2018. To secure a spot on the trip, a $300 deposit (per person) is due by April 16, 2018.

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.

Register online at 2018 Wroxton Summer Alumni Getaway. For information call the Office of Alumni Relations at 201-692-7013 or email fdualumni@fdu.edu.

History Study-abroad Trip

Students traveled to England, Belgium, France and Luxembourg in June for a 15-day history study-abroad program as part of the undergraduate history three-credit courses The Western Front in World War I and The Western Front in World War II. According to Gary Darden, history and chair, social sciences/history (Flor), who led the program, this was the fourth biennial run since the first history study-abroad offering in 2011.

The group spent eight days in Wroxton, with a full-day trip to London to see the Imperial War Museum and Churchill War Rooms. They also spent a week on the Continent touring war battlefields, cemeteries, memorials and museums from both wars. While in Paris, they visited the French Army National Museum. During their trip to Luxembourg, the group stayed in a chateau hotel that was a German command center in World War II and was subsequently used by American forces during the winter of 1944–45.

Darden said that the fifth biennial program is scheduled for June 2019, with the addition of sites in the Netherlands.

At the Thiepval Memorial, the largest British war memorial in the world, are Gary Darden, third from left (in black shirt), history and chair, social sciences/history (Flor); Nicholas Baldwin, right (in plaid shirt), dean, Wroxton College; and Simon Hopkin, left, retired British Army captain, who served as the group’s battlefield guide, with the students.

The class at Wroxton College with Gary Darden, right, history and chair, social sciences/history (Flor), and a 101-year-old British Army veteran from World War II, seated, left.