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Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Film Actor Sean Astin Leads WAMFest Lineup

WAMFest 2017: A Creative Celebration of the Mind in Words, Arts and Music will be held on Friday, October 6, at the Florham Campus, with student performers and celebrated artists, including film actor Sean Astin.

A Student Arts Showcase and Pop Up Gallery featuring original performances, films and artwork by FDU students will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall. The student performers are Matt Cohen, Catherine Cooney, Breyton Croom, Nicole D’Amico and Abhi Tadakamalla. Florham Campus faculty members Janet O’Neil, computer graphic design, and Robin Barkley, film/animation, will serve as facilitators.

“Words and Music: The Literary Rhythms of the Mind,” a conversation between Michael Robbins, poet, essayist and author, Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music; and James Mtume, Grammy Award-winning rhythm and blues musician and producer, will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall. They will discuss the role of poetry and music in contemporary culture, and the ways in which both remain essential tools for navigating the terrain of modern life. Bill Stephney, music industry veteran and former CEO of Def Jam Records, will moderate the discussion.

Sean AstinWAMFest 2017 culminates with “A Conversation with Sean Astin” at 7:30 p.m., in the Tent, Italian Gardens. Known for his roles in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Goonies” and “Rudy,” he is also a director, voice artist and producer.

In a conversation with Anthony Tasso, psychology and director, psychology/counseling (Flor), Astin will discuss his Hollywood career, his advocacy work on behalf of mental health awareness and his life growing up with two famous Hollywood parents, the late Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke and distinguished actor John Astin,

In 2004, Astin co-wrote The New York Times best-seller There and Back Again: An Actor’s Tale, a memoir — co-written with Joe Layden — of his film career with an emphasis on his experiences doing “The Lord of the Rings.” He is also set to appear in the highly anticipated season 2 of the Netflix original series “Stranger Things,” which premieres on Friday, October 27.

The events are open to the public and registration is necessary. To register and for more information go to WAMFest 2017.

WAMFest is sponsored by the Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, with support from FDU Trustee Robert Pures, BS’67 (Flor), and his wife, Patricia; and from Morris Arts.

Dante’s Divine Comedy in Digital Age Conversation, Exhibit

Dante’s Divine Comedy is the subject of a conversation and exhibit at the Florham Campus in October.

“Dante’s Divine Comedy: Making an Illustrated Manuscript in the Digital Age,” a conversation between George Cochrane, art (Flor), and Wayne Storey, Italian/medieval studies, Indiana University Bloomington, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, in the Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, at the Florham Campus.

Storey will present on the history of Dante’s Divine Comedy from multiple perspectives: the problematic role the manuscript plays in the transmission of the text, the place of the illuminated manuscript within the tradition and the history of art inspired by the poem. The founding editor of Textual Cultures, the journal of the Society for Textual Scholarship, he has written extensively about Dante’s manuscripts. Storey is currently working on a commentary for his digital edition of Petrarch’s Fragmenta.

Cochrane recently completed work on a new illuminated manuscript of the first volume (Inferno) with a facing-page translation, published by Thornwillow Press. He will discuss the process of creating a new manuscript in the digital age.

Sponsored by the visual and performing arts department, the event is free and open to the public. For information email Cochrane at georgec@fdu.edu.

“Dante’s Divine Comedy,” a display of various manuscripts and editions of The Divine Comedy, will run from Monday, October 9, through Thursday, October 19, in the Reference Room, Monninger Center.

The display may be viewed from Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Sunday, 2–10 p.m. For information call 973-443-8516.

Award-winning Musical Onstage

The visual and performing arts department opens this year’s theater season with a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony award-winning musical “Company,” in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, Florham Campus. Performances will be held from Friday, October 20, through Saturday, October 21, at 8 p.m.; on Sunday, October 22, at 2:30 p.m.; on Friday, October 27, through Saturday, October 28, at 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, October 29, at 2:30 p.m. A special early performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 26.

Based on the book by George Furth, “Company” is regarded as a trailblazer of the modern-musical genre. The musical is about Bobby, a confirmed bachelor who contemplates his unmarried state on the night of his 35th birthday. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of getting married, and Bobby is forced to question his bachelorhood.

The play will be directed and choreographed by Cynthia Loewus, musical theater, with musical direction by Allen Cohen, music (both Flor). Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and the FDU community. To purchase tickets in advance call 973-443-8644 or order online at the production’s registration page. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Upcoming productions for the season include “Summer and Smoke,” by Tennessee Williams; “Sister Act,” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater; and “A Doll’s House,” by Henrik Ibsen.

For information contact Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), at 973-443-8467 or hollis@fdu.edu or go online at Main Stage 2017–2018 Productions.

Colloquium on ‘Shakespeare’s Women’

The Annual Shakespeare Colloquium is marking its 25th year with a discussion on “Shakespeare’s Women” on Saturday, October 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in Sturchio Hall (Room S-11), Science Building, Florham Campus.

Three eminent scholars and a distinguished actress will focus on Shakespeare’s women, who are among his most memorable characters, but are often cut or diminished in production and neglected in criticism.

Iska Alter, emerita, English, Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y., will speak about “Shakespeare’s Historical Queens.” Her presentation revolves around the powerful and eloquent women characters in Shakespeare’s first historical tetralogy, 1, 2, and 3 Henry VI and Richard III. Alter’s writings on Shakespeare, the Yiddish theater, American drama and ethnic American literature have been published in such journals as Theatre History Studies, Shakespeare Survey, Modern Drama and Shakespeare Bulletin and in a number of edited collections.

Denise Whalen, drama, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will discuss “Shakespeare’s Disappearing Women.” Her presentation will cover the stage histories of several Shakespearean plays and how important female roles have been cut in production. Among the women characters she will talk about are Juliet, Queen Margaret, Desdemona and Princess Kate. Whalen has directed many stage productions, including Twelfth Night and As You Like It. Her research and teaching focuses on dramatic literature and theory, theater history and women’s studies. She is the author of Constructions of Female Homoeroticism in Early Modern Drama (Palgrave 2005) and has been published in Shakespeare Quarterly, Shakespeare Survey and Theatre Journal as well as in other journals and edited collections.

Sean AstinPhyllis Rankin, emerita, English, University of Pennsylvania, and former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, will speak about “Cleopatras: What They Mean and Why They Matter.” She will discuss Shakespeare’s Cleopatra as well as other versions — from ancient historians to modern films. Rankin published more than 30 articles on Shakespeare and related subjects and is the author of four books on Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Stages of History: Shakespeare’s English Chronicles, Shakespeare and Women, and, with Jean E. Howard, Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories. She was voted one of the 25 Master Teachers of Shakespeare in the last 125 years in a survey of Shakespeare scholars conducted at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Ellen Barry, actress and co-founder of the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival (now Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), will speak about “Acting Shakespeare’s Women.” She will perform and discuss some of her favorite Shakespearean women, including those she has performed, such as Lady Percy, Queens Constance and Hermione and Helena, among others. She received an Off-Off Broadway Award for her portrayal of Ella in John Gabriel Borkman, and a Michigan Best Leading Actress award from the Detroit Free Press for her role as Vivian Bearing in Wit. Her one-woman show, “Lizzie Borden at Eight O’Clock,” has played at venues in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English (Flor), will be the event’s moderator. Preregistration is not required, but is encouraged. For information email shakespeare@fdu.edu.

New Jersey teachers may earn professional development credit by attending. Forms will be available at the colloquium, which is free and open to the public.

This colloquium is organized with the support of the Columbia University Seminar on Shakespeare.

Public Affairs Lecture Series

This fall, the Public Affairs Lecture Series (PALS) — lectures on major issues in domestic and international affairs — will be held from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. every Monday (except for Tuesday, October 24) in the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown, N.J.

Upcoming lectures include: on October 5, “NASA Has Great Plans: Here is What They Are and Why They Are Great,” with Charles Liu, astrophysics, College of Staten Island, City University of New York; on October 16, “Built-in Defects in American Democracy,” with Philip Mundo, political science and environmental studies/sustainability, Drew University, Madison, N.J.; on October 24, “The Future of Media and Its Impact on Our Democracy,” with Jim Rutenberg, columnist, The New York Times; on October 30, “Issues in Counter-terrorism,” with Thomas Sanderson, senior fellow and director, Transnational Threats Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; on November 6, “Future of U.S.–Russia Relations,” with Julianne Smith, senior fellow and director, Transatlantic Security Program, Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C.; on November 13, “U.S. and North Korea: War or Peace in Asia?” with Gordon Chang, contributor, forbes.com, and author, The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World; on November 20, “European Union,” with Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic; and director, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; and on November 27, “World Roundup,” with Ralph Buultjens, adjunct faculty member, NYU School of Professional Studies.

The lecture series is free for PALS members. If seats are still available, admission is $10 for walk-ins, who need to arrive 30 minutes prior to the lecture. For information call 917-974-7179 or go to the PALS program.

Novo Nordisk Undergraduate Research Program

For the sixth straight year, the department of chemistry and pharmaceutical science hosted the Novo Nordisk Undergraduate Research Program. This year, six Florham Campus students and their faculty mentors joined the program — 10 weeks of intensive, mentored research on a publishable topic. The program culminates with the students presenting their research to Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company.

Among this year’s participants were Rebecca Wodzinski and her mentor, Mohammed Elshaer, biochemistry; Melissa Rock and her mentor, Edward Salaski, chemistry; Alex Geczo and her mentor, Svetlana Bashkova, chemistry. To read more about the students’ research and their program experiences go to “FDU Students Conduct Research in Novo Nordisk Program.

Silberman College of Business

Democracy to Be Discussed

Fairleigh Dickinson University, in cooperation with the Network for Responsible Public Policy, will be holding a presentation on “Democracy Under Threat” on Thursday, October 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

The featured speakers will be David Becker, executive director and founder, Center for Election Innovation and Research, and Thomas Wolf, counsel with the democracy program, Brennan Center for Justice.

The presentation is free and open to the public, but there is a suggested, tax-deductible donation of $10. RSVP is necessary. To RSVP and for information go to the NFRPP events page.

Family Business Forum

Bryan Kuderna, a certified financial planner and member of the Kuderna Financial Team, will speak about “Millennial Retention for the Family Business” as part of the Rothman Institute’s Family Business Forum on Thursday, November 2, from 8 to 10:30 a.m., in the Rutherford Room, Ferguson Recreation Center, Florham Campus.

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.

The next forum will be held on Thursday, December 7, with Bill Jensen, CEO, The Jensen Group, who will discuss “Simplifying the Workplace: How to Run a Company Effectively and Efficiently.”

Women’s Entrepreneurship Week

In celebration of Women Entrepreneurship Week, a panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, October 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall, Florham Campus.

The panelists are Susana Fonticoba, founder, Right Click Advantage and Sisters in Entrepreneurship, and president, National Association of Women Business Owners Central and Northern New Jersey; Michelle Pais, CEO, Signature Realty, recognized as one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs and One of the Most Powerful in Real Estate; Jessica Rosen, co-founder and president, Raw Generation, and certified holistic coach; and Meg Columbia-Walsh, successful tech entrepreneur and CEO, Wylei. The discussion will be moderated by Marlene Waldock, founder, 1st Impression Communications and Because We Are Women.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is necessary. To register contact Susan Slavin, program administrator, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8842 or email srlavin@fdu.edu. For information go to Women’s Entrepreneurship Week.

Students Attend Green Summer Internship Program

Three FDU students were sponsored by the college’s Institute for Sustainable Enterprise to participate in the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies Green Teams summer internship program, which was attended by 42 other students from 10 New Jersey universities.

Peerapol Chiaranunt, a biology major from Becton College; Fatou Dieng, an entrepreneurship major from Silberman College; and Kaitlyn Esposito, a communications major from Becton College, teamed up with four other students from various universities to work on sustainability projects for their host companies (PSEG, ADP and Hackensack Meridian Health Systems, respectively). The 11-week program gave students the opportunity to gain valuable, career-enhancing experience while helping to advance important sustainability initiatives in these companies.

Business, Foreign Language Teen Camp Held

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship held its Discover Business and Foreign Language Teen Camp in July and August at the Florham Campus.

The innovative program, which is open to high school students grades 9–12, covered the following areas: teamwork and leadership, communications and foreign language, networking, finance, marketing and market research and entrepreneurship/business planning.

For more information go to Business and Foreign Language Teen Camp.

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

Hospitality School Receives ACPHA Accreditation

The International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (ISHTM) has been granted initial accreditation from the prestigious Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) for a period of seven years. It should be noted that ACPHA accredits less than 70 programs in hospitality management.

“Achieving accreditation is a significant milestone for our BS in hotel and restaurant management program. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment,” said Joseph Tormey, hospitality/tourism management and director, ISHTM (Metro). “As part of the University’s strategic plan and growth vision for the School, ACPHA accreditation is a key indicator of success and an important recognition of the strengths of our programs.”

According to Gillian Small, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro/Flor), “Enrollment and interest in our hospitality programs has grown year over year. As one of the most storied hospitality schools in the United States, it is quite fitting that FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management should receive this acknowledgment of its excellence.”

The ACPHA accreditation is the latest recognition that ISHTM has received. Its other honors include being named as one of the Top 10 Hospitality Management Programs in the country by TheBestSchools.org and being ranked by The Princeton Review’s Gourman Report as one of the top 15 four-year hospitality management programs in the United States.

Summer Pre-college Program

Fifty high school students enrolled in FDU’s first pre-college program, which was held from July 10 through August 3. Developed and managed by Petrocelli College, the program offered students hands-on courses in cutting-edge professional technology and design fields such as artificial intelligence to animation and cybersecurity. They also were awarded college credit for completing the courses.

For more information go to “FDU Launches Summer Pre-College Program for High School Students” or to the Summer Pre-College Program information page.

Paper Woodcuts, Prints on Display

Woodcuts and printsCast paper woodcuts and prints by Stewart Nachmias will be on display in an exhibit titled “Pulp Icons: Cast Paper & Prints” from Monday, October 16, through Friday, December 1, at the Edward Williams Gallery, Edward Williams Hall, on the Metropolitan Campus. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A reception will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Gallery.

Nachmias creates multidimensional cast paper woodcuts and prints that celebrate the energy of urban life in expressionist images drawn from his own experiences as a musician, performer and artist. The prints show him performing puppet shows, playing music and working as a printmaker. There are mandalas that use a circular format, with each devoted to a single subject including clowns and puppeteering. Many of the prints depict an individual in the city, and feature the density and intensity of city life.

For information go to “Pulp Icons: Cast Paper and Prints Will Be on Display at FDU’s Edward Williams Gallery.”

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

STEM Academy Receives $10,000 Grant

The FDU STEM Academy received a $10,000 grant from the Provident Bank Foundation. The funding will enable the academy to teach college-level courses for free to 140 participating students from underrepresented groups in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and underprivileged communities in Bergen County, N.J. The University initiative is led by Alfredo Tan, electrical engineering and director, computer sciences/engineering (Metro).

FDU faculty members hold introductory-level engineering, mathematics and computer sciences/cybersecurity classes for northern New Jersey high-school students on Saturdays at the Metropolitan Campus. The courses stimulate interest through theoretical concepts and hands-on activities that relate to the students’ lives.

The academy depends on private grants to operate as it is offered at no cost. In addition to Provident Bank Foundation, other private companies that have financially supported the STEM Academy include TEVA Pharmaceuticals and UPS.

The academy includes the Technical Enrichment and Outreach Program (TEOP), see “FDU Creates Pathways for High School Students to Excel in STEM Majors”; Mathematics Enrichment Through Applications/Technical Enrichment Outreach Program (META); and the new Computing and Security Enrichment Outreach Program (CSEOP).

Top Education Alumni Recognized

FDU alumni Peter Kim, MAT’17 (Metro); Brianna Kane, BA’16, MAT’17 (Flor); and Nathali Faisca, BA’16, MAT’17 (Metro) were honored at this year’s Distinguished Clinical Intern Awards for their excellence in the field of education. Kim received the award of distinction, and Faisca and Kane were nominees.

Presented jointly by the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the New Jersey Department of Education, the award recognizes outstanding graduates of New Jersey educator-preparation programs.

Art Exhibit

Works by award-winning artist Paul Nam will be on display in an exhibit titled “HYBRID (Not Impossible But Improbable)” from Monday, October 9, through Friday, October 20, at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus. A reception is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery.

Describing his paintings, Nam says, “A form of physical poetry is displayed using Hollywoodesque like sculptures as models absorbed through the artist’s lens. Utilizing the magazine page and its contents, the paintings in this series may have a cinematic feel, with a dose of film noir. My painting may represent a transformation, where the artist is a conductor, transferring information from unlikely settings.”

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

Writing, Casual Conversation Workshops

The Metro Writing Studio (second floor, Giovatto Library) is holding various workshops for the FDU community this semester.

Upcoming workshops include: “Basic Grammar,” with Rochelle Moskowitz, University College and academic staff, Programs in Language, Culture and Professional Advancement (Metro), on Monday, October 9, 3:30–4:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, October 18, 3–4:30 p.m., in the Auditorium, Giovatto Library; “Is It Common Knowledge, or Should I Cite It?” with Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), on Thursday, October 12, 2–3:30 p.m., also in the Auditorium; “Writing the Undergraduate Thesis,” with Paul Caruso, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio (Metro), on Tuesday, October 24, 6–7:30 p.m., and on Thursday, October 26, 2:30–4 p.m., in the Metro Writing Studio; “Introduction to APA Format,” with Helen Kuttner, University College and academic staff, Programs in Language, Culture and Professional Advancement (Metro), on Wednesday, October 25, 2–3:30 p.m., in the Auditorium; “Advanced APA Format,” with Helen Kuttner on Wednesday, November 1, 8:30–10 p.m., in the Auditorium; “Navigating the Writing Process,” with Barbara Morris, University College (Metro), on Wednesday, November 8, 8:30–10 p.m., in the Metro Writing Studio; and “Beyond Wikipedia: Doing Real Research,” with Kathleen Stein-Smith on Friday, November 17, 2–3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

The studio is also holding Casual Conversation Workshops for Nonnative Speakers of English under the guidance of Jeanette Adams, University College (Metro). The workshops will be held on select Fridays, 2:45–3:45 p.m., in the Metro Writing Studio. Topics include: on October 6, “Goodbye Summer/Hello Fall”; on October 20, “Hispanic Heritage Month”; on November 3, “Acronyms”; and on November 17, “Thanksgiving.”

Attendance is limited and preregistration is required for the conversation workshops. To preregister call 201-692-2166. For information on the workshops go to the Metro Writing Studio workshop schedule.

Julia Wagner, academic writing (Metro), is coordinator of the Metro Writing Studio.

Biology Seminars

The School of Natural Sciences is sponsoring free biology seminars from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

Upcoming seminars are: on October 5, “Clarifying the Myths About Urban Trees,” with Carsten Glaeser, senior consulting arborist, Glaeser Horticultural Consulting, Inc., Flushing, N.Y.; on October 12, “Small Molecule Probes of Cysteine Cathepsins,” with Sanjai Kumar, chemistry, Queens College, City University of New York; on October 19, Gerhard Haas Memorial Lecture on “Systematic Characterization and Conservation of Adjacent Gene Co-regulation in Fungi,” with James Arnone, biology, William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.; on November 2, “Eco-tourism,” with Richard Lo Pinto, biological sciences; on November 9, “Fragrances: Chemistry Never Smelled So Good,” with Robert Fuller, chemistry, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa.; on November 16, “UV Damage: How Sunscreens Work,”  with Stephen Herman, University College (Metro); on November 30, “Inhibition of Biofilm Formation Through Quorom Quenching,” with Harvey Winters, emeritus, biological sciences (Metro); and on December 7, “Energetic Jets from Black Holes,” with Giridhar Nandikotkur, physics (Metro).

The seminars are coordinated by Marion McClary, biological sciences and co-director, natural sciences (Metro), and Harvey Winters. For information call 201-692-2389.

Wroxton College

Wroxton Reunion 2017

Alumni and friends are invited to join Nicholas Baldwin, dean and director of operations, Wroxton College, at a reunion to celebrate the Wroxton Experience on Saturday, October 14, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the Park Avenue Club, Florham Park, N.J.

The event includes cocktails, dinner and live music as well as live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the auctions will support Wroxton College and help sustain the Wroxton experience for future generations.

Admission is $50 per person (includes two cocktails and dinner). There will also be a cash bar. Seating is limited and registration is necessary. For registration and information go to Wroxton Reunion, call 201-692-7013 or email fdualumni@fdu.edu.