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Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Welcome


Anthony Tasso, psychology and chair, psychology/counseling (Flor), was the keynote speaker at a workshop on “Domestic Violence Perpetrators: Theory, Research and Implications,” held on October 16 at the Somerset County Human Services Building in Somerville, N.J.

Mihaela Leonida, chemistry (Metro), was accepted by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and World Learning to the Fulbright Specialist Roster for a tenure of three years.

Jarrett Bachman, hospitality/tourism management and program coordinator, MS in hospitality management (Van), was the lead author of the article “The Role of Moderating Variables on Music Festival Volunteer Management,” published in the Journal of Convention & Event Tourism in June. He co-presented research on “Non-economic Impacts of Craft Breweries in British Columbia: New Insights and Future” at the Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures Conference in Kelowna, British Columbia, in October. As FDU’s delegates, Bachman along with undergraduate students Sahyra Lora-Nova and Hai-Phuong Hoang attended the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia’s Annual General Meeting at the West Wall Centre in Richmond in October.

Artwork by Eugenia “Jenny” Kroik, University College (Metro), is on the front cover of the November 13, 2017, issue of The New Yorker. To read more go to “FDU art instructor’s painting graces the cover of The New Yorker.”

Catherine Liggett was promoted to associate athletic director for facilities and operations (Metro). She previously served as assistant athletic director for facilities, operations and sports medicine. To read more go to “Liggett Promoted to Associate Athletic Director.”

James Rana, BA’98, University College (Metro), is the understudy to Emmy Award-winning actor Tony Shalhoub in the Broadway musical “The Band’s Visit.” Ben Brantley, chief theater critic of The New York Times, called it “one of the most ravishing musicals you will ever be seduced by.” To read the complete review go to “The Band’s Visit is a Ravishing Musical That Whispers With Romance.” Over the summer, Rana was also part of the ensemble cast of the hit off-Broadway play, “The Government Inspector.”

Patricia Bazán-Figueras, foreign languages/literature (Flor), announces that alumnus Miguel Soliman, BA’15 (Flor), has won several awards for his film “Desde El Principio” in various film festivals where it was screened. It has been part of the MPS Short Films Fest 2017, where it won the “Best of the Festival” award; SVA Premieres NY 2017; Rahway International Film Festival 2017, where Andrea Velasco, who plays Ana in the film, won “Best Actress in a Short Film”; Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays; and NALIP Latino Media Fest 2017.

In October, Lloyd Ultan, history, Petrocelli College (Metro), received media attention in different parts of the world and in a variety of formats for his expertise on the history of New York City’s borough of The Bronx. He appeared in “The Savage,” the third episode of the documentary “Street Justice: The Bronx” about a Bronx detective in the 1970s, which was aired on the Discovery Channel on October 3. An interview of Ultan by Gary Bodarky on the talk show “Cityscape” about historic sites in The Bronx was aired on WFUV-FM, an NPR radio station, on October 8, and on the station’s website as well as on iTunes beginning October 4. In addition, he was interviewed for El País, the largest circulation Spanish-language newspaper in Spain and Latin America, for an October 15 story that examined the changes in New York City in the 30 years since the publication of Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities. Ultan was also interviewed for an article about the flags of the five boroughs of New York City, which will be published in The New York Times.

David Daniel, creative writing (Flor), spoke at a Faculty Book Celebration event, “A Celebration of Ornaments: A New Collection of Poems by Professor David Daniel,” held on November 29 at the Florham Campus. Ornaments, which is part of the Pitt Poetry Series, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press on November 15.

In November, “Quoth Edgar Allan Poe …: A Dramatic Reading of Classic Poe Suspense Stories,” was staged by The University Players, the student theater group at the Metropolitan Campus. Athos Vardouniotis, Petrocelli College (Metro), directed the production, and Thomas Swanzey, English and associate dean, Petrocelli College (Metro), was part of the cast. James Rana, BA’98, University College (Metro), is The University Players’ faculty adviser.

Mary Cross, emerita, English (Flor), lectured on “The Emotional Life of Money” at the New Canaan Library in Connecticut on November 20. Her presentation was based on her book, The Emotional Life of Money: How Money Changes The Way We Think and Feel. Cross explored how human behavior regarding money is triggered by emotion.

Eamon Doherty, administrative science and director, Cyber Crime Training Laboratory (Metro), received a certificate for two hours of training in “Video Forensics” and another certificate for two hours of training in “Router Interrogation” from the Public Agency Training Council. Training in these areas enables Doherty to keep his knowledge current for teaching classes such as MADS6639 The Forensic Expert.

As part of the series on Architecture for Global Learning, Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), presented a NAFSA e-seminar on “Global Learning in Foreign Language Instruction: More Than Just Talk.” She presented on “Foreign Language as a Global Competency” at the MCTLC (Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures) Fall Conference at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Stein-Smith also attended sessions that covered a variety of topics such as authentic texts and tasks in the French-language classroom, Twitter for language teachers and integrating technology to increase student engagement and achievement in foreign-language classrooms. In addition, she wrote the article “Unity in a Second Language,” which was published in the October issue of Language Magazine.

In the News …

Christopher Capuano, president, was interviewed for the October NJBIZ article “Learning Curve: Fairleigh Dickinson’s New President Prepares for Changes in Higher Education.”

Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English (Flor), was mentioned in the article “Shakespeare Colloquium Focuses on Shakespeare’s Women at FDU” posted on mycentraljersey.com in October. He was the colloquium coordinator.

Lloyd Ultan, history, Petrocelli College (Metro), was quoted in the article “The Sole of the Bronx,” posted on GOOD.is in October.

Robin Barkley, film/animation (Flor), was interviewed for the article, “Igniting the Animation Spark: Q&A with Fairleigh Dickinson’s Robin Barkley,” which was posted on Animation Career Review in October.

Khyati Joshi, education (Metro), was quoted in The New York Times article “South Asians in New Jersey Are Flexing Their Political Muscle” in October.

Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in the Newsweek article “Donald Trump Will Save Christmas from Liberals and Their ‘Happy Holidays,’” published in October.

Robert McGrath, psychology (Metro), was interviewed by Michelle McQuaid, a workplace well-being expert and author, for her podcast. To listen go to the Making Positive Psychology Work podcast.

Anthony Tasso, psychology and chair, psychology/counseling (Flor), was mentioned in the article “(Video) Sean Astin Talks Career, Mental Health at FDU,” which appeared in Florham Park Eagle News and on newjerseyhills.com in October.

Peter Woolley, political science (Flor), vice president for strategic initiatives and founding director, public/global affairs (Metro/Flor), was quoted in the following articles in October: “New Jersey’s GOP Nominee for Governor Focuses on Tax Plan in First Campaign Ad” (newsworks.org); “N.J. Gubernatorial Candidates Meet for First Debate” and “Murphy Maintains Big Funding Lead Over Guadagno in N.J. Governor’s Race” (WHYY); and “Chris Christie’s Top Deputy Keeps Him Off the Campaign Trail” (Newser, Talking Points Memo, portal.truvista.net and wokv.com).

Krista Jenkins, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in the following articles about various PublicMind polls: “Murphy Leads Guadagno by 15 Points in FDU Poll” (Observer); “Trump Is Weighing Down Republican Candidates, Pollsters Say” (Bloomberg.com and Fairfax News); “Guadagno Still Trailing” (Asbury Park Press, New York Magazine and nj.com); “New Providence Democrats Hope to Spark Statewide ‘Blue Wave’” (NJTV News); “Why Kim Guadagno is Polling So Poorly with Women in N.J. Governor Race” (nj.com) and “Poll: Many in N.J. Say Christie Among State’s Worst Governors” (The Star-Ledger). She also was quoted in the following articles in October and November: “Trump’s All In for Republican in Virginia Governor Race. Not so for Guadagno in N.J.” and “N.J. Election 2017: Could We See the Lowest Voter Turnout in N.J. History?” (nj.com); “Christie and Trump: The Best Friends New Jersey Democrats Ever Had?” (NJSPOTLIGHT); “Election 2017: Murphy Addresses Business Community After Win” (roi-nj.com); and “Democrat Wins New Jersey Governor’s Race as Voters Pan Christie, Trump” (bloomberg.com).

In Memoriam

Manuel Roland “Ron” Carrillo, retired officer, public safety (Metro), died on September 11 at the age of 94. He joined FDU in 1995 and retired in 2004. He is survived by Juanita Carrillo and Deborah Carrillo; his children, Manuel Jr. and Karen Juanita Carrillo; Jamal and Aliya Richardson; daughter-in-law, Lisa Scott; six grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Morgan and Joann Garrison; and nieces and nephews.

Richard Kopp, emeritus, languages (Flor), died on September 30 at the age of 83. He joined FDU in 1969 as professor of languages. He was also involved in Opera at Florham, serving as a judge in the annual Violette DuPont Vocal Competition and as a translator for presenting subtitles of operas in English. He retired from FDU in 2006. He is survived by his wife, Seta Ziver Kopp; his brother, Robert; his children, Nadya Babigian and Erik Kopp; and his grandchildren, Alexander and Jason Babigian and Devin, Daniel and Hailey Kopp.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of November 10, 2017.

Welcome to Andrea Campo, assistant to coordinator, Educational Opportunity Fund (Flor); Jennifer Cassidy, voice services billing specialist, telephone/voice services (Metro); Robert Cerabone, assistant men’s/women’s golf coach, athletics (Metro); Maria Elizabeth Concepcion, receptionist/administrative assistant for career services/administration (Van); Prerna Dar, executive director of marketing, Petrocelli College (Metro); Stephen Dembowski, assistant dean of students for athletic engagement/judicial affairs (Metro); Alessandra Gava, assistant director, marketing and recruitment, Latin America (Van); Valerie Gomez, associate director of athletics for external affairs, athletics (Metro); Victor Gonzalez, officer, public safety (Metro); Sonali Hoheisel, tutor/assistant, academic support (Van); Katherine Houghton-Zatz, assistant dean for administrative science, Petrocelli College (Metro); Hyo Jin Lee, senior assistant to dean for budget/finance, Silberman College (Metro); Bridget Rafter, assistant softball coach, athletics (Metro); Stephen Secora, assistant dean of enrollment management, Petrocelli College (Metro); Patrick Sellers, assistant men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro); Alexis Vinson, University admissions counselor, undergraduate admissions (Metro); Allen Yelegen, laborer, buildings/grounds (Metro); and Justin Zgombic, student affairs counselor, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor).