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Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Announcing, Welcome


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From left are Vicki Cohen, Vidal Lopez-Marrero, Brian Mauro and Peter Woolley.

The new academic year saw familiar faces in new positions: Vicki Cohen, education and former director, education (Metro), has been named interim dean of University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies; Vidal Lopez-Marrero, previously assistant dean of students (Metro), has been appointed dean of students at the Metropolitan Campus; Brian Mauro, associate campus executive (Flor), has been appointed interim campus executive; and Peter Woolley, political science and previously campus executive (Flor), has been appointed founding director of the newly established FDU School of Public and Global Affairs and vice president for strategic initiatives (Metro/Flor).

Khyati Joshi, education (Metro), was among the 42 United States-based NRI (non-resident Indian) achievers who received the Glorious India Award for exemplary contributions in varied fields. The ceremony was held in May at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center during the Glorious India Expo.

Harry Keyishian, emeritus, English (Flor), was a special honoree at the AAUP’s Annual Awards Luncheon on June 17 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., “for his courage, integrity and unstinting commitment to academic freedom.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Keyishian v. Board of Regents, which established academic freedom as “a special concern of the First Amendment.” To read more about the AAUP session go to https://academeblog.org/2017/06/17/aaup-honors-harry-keyishian-for-his-legal-fight-50-years-ago/. In celebration of Constitution Day, Keyishian presented on “Academic Freedom on Trial: Keyishian v. Board of Regents 50 Years Later” at the Metropolitan Campus on September 18.

Martha Garcia, director of veterans services for outreach, veterans services (Metro), will be one of the honorees at this year’s Teaneck Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Dinner on October 27 at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe. FDU President Christopher Capuano is an honorary chair at this year’s Community Awards Dinner.

Florham Campus faculty members Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning, and Krista Jenkins, political science and executive director, PublicMind™, co-wrote the op-ed “Everyone Agrees That McCain is a Hero. That’s Exceptional in Our Era,” published in The Washington Post in July.

A letter to the editor by Bernard Dick, emeritus, English/communication (Metro), was published in The New York Times on June 24. His letter was in reaction to the June 15 op-ed “In Defense of Cultural Appropriation” by Kenan Malik. Dick writes, “When an artist chooses to venture out of his own culture and recreate another, there is only one question: Is the work an accurate representation of that culture or not?” He then compares The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, which he says, “reveals the author’s ignorance of Lithuanian immigrants,” to George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” He writes, “If George Gershwin made the Catfish Row of “Porgy and Bess” a permanent part of our cultural geography, recognizable to every generation, it is because he found in a culture other than his own a musical vocabulary and a humanity that transcends race.” … “The Jungle is read today for its shocking disclosures, not as an example of great literature. ‘Porgy and Bess’ is performed today because it is a genuine work of art.”

William “Pat” Schuber, administrative science (Metro), conducted a Leadership Staff Ride Training Exercise for 40 police chiefs from the New Jersey State Association Chiefs of Police at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville Battlefields in Virginia from September 22 to 24. This training exercise extrapolates leadership lessons for contemporary law enforcement leaders by placing them in the role of historical leaders in times of crisis. On September 12, he lectured on “The Leadership Failures of the Battle of the Huertgen Forest” at the West Point Museum before the West Point Chapter of Military Historians. Schubert’s lecture explored strategic and tactical mistakes made by key commanders during this World War II battle.

Chadwin Sandifer, pharmacy practice and assistant dean for student affairs/community programmatic effectiveness, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), was a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category of NJBIZ’s Healthcare Heroes. For the past five years, he has designed initiatives to meet the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ evolving needs especially in the area of service learning.

Jarrett Bachman, hospitality/tourism management and program coordinator, MS in hospitality management (Van), presented a paper on “The Role of Environmental Attitudes in Trip Spending for Motor Racing Event Attendees: Initial Findings and Future Directions,” at the Travel & Tourism Research Association International Conference held in Québec City, Canada, in June. His paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

David Langford, director, athletics (Metro), announces the appointment of Stacey Recanati, head volleyball coach, as associate athletic director of administration. With Recanati’s appointment, Assistant Coach Andrea Nolan has been named interim head coach of Knights volleyball.

Peter Woolley, political science (Flor), vice president for strategic initiatives and founding director, public/global affairs (Metro/Flor), wrote the article “They Also Serve Who Contract Out: At Least 3,200 Private Workers Have Died in Iraq and Afghanistan,” which was published in The Wall Street Journal. He also wrote an op-ed for The Star-Ledger titled “New Jersey Needs a Plan to Flourish.”

Paintings of sword swallowers, mermaids and other circus talent by Marie Roberts, fine arts (Metro), were on display at the Art Lab Summer Invitational in the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, N.Y., through August 23. An artist-in-residence at the Coney Island USA nonprofit center, she is known for her Coney Island sideshow banners. Two murals by Roberts — one a solo piece (“Animals of Coney Island”) and the other a collaboration with Thrive Collective (“Detail”) — were also included in this year’s Coney Art Walls, an outdoor museum of street art curated by Joseph Sitt and Jeffrey Deitch that ran through September. Her works were also part of “Greetings from Coney Island,” a four-person exhibit held at the Mill Pond House Gallery in St. James, N.Y., in June.

Heather Lang, MFA’14 (Flor), world literature editor, The Literary Review (Flor), has been chosen by the readers of KNPR’s Desert Companion as Las Vegas’ Best Local Writer or Poet. She also was awarded a Nevada Arts Council jackpot grant to curate an anthology of literature by Nevadans, focusing on writers who are both brilliant in their craft and give back to their literary communities. Lang is an adjunct faculty member at Nevada State College in Henderson, Nev.

Greg Herenda, head men’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro), announces the promotion of Pete Lappas to assistant coach. Lappas has served as the program’s director of basketball operations for the past three seasons.

Lisa Braverman, dean, Petrocelli College (Metro/Flor), is in her third year of serving as mentor and moderator for participants in their Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Leadership in Online Learning. In July, she moderated a panel of distinguished leaders in continuing education in the New York/New Jersey region for the regional meeting of the Association of Continuing Higher Education at the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies.

Mihaela Leonida, chemistry (Metro), presented on “Bioactive Proteins Encapsulated in Nanoparticulate Chitosan From Different Sources” at the 2017 EMN (Energy Materials Nanotechnology) Nanoparticles Meeting held in San Sebastian, Spain, in May. She also chaired a session on Nanoparticles General at the conference.

Robyn Lubisco, sports administration (Metro), wrote the following: a case study on “Baylor Athletics Fan Reward Program,” for the third edition of Advanced Theory and Practice in Sport Marketing, which is slated for publication by Routledge in 2018; and an article on “Sport and Discrimination,” for the International Journal of Sport Communication, which will be published later this year. She co-wrote an article on “Whatever Happened to the International Convention Against Doping In Sport: The United States Ratified It, But Then What?” which was published in the DePaul Journal of Sports Law.

Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), wrote two articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals: “Foreign Language Skills as the Ultimate 21st Century Global Competency — Empowerment in a Globalized World,” in the International Journal of Research Studies in Language Learning, and “The Multilingual Advantage: Foreign Language as a Social Skill in a Globalized World,” in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. Her article, “The Future of French in Europe and Beyond,” which appeared in the July 2017 issue of Language Magazine, is accessible online. Over the summer, Stein-Smith attended the 90th annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), where she chaired the AATF Commission on Advocacy. She also co-presented “Backing into the Future: Crisis and Promise of College French” and spoke about “French Language Advocacy: Interdisciplinary and Global Perspectives.” For the fourth time, she served as a French facilitator at this year’s Many Languages One World (MLOW) event held at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. At MLOW, Stein-Smith worked with 10 French-language winners as they prepared their presentations on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. To read more go to https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2017/07/23/the-aatf-annual-convention-and-mlow-2017-foreign-language-advocacy-at-the-national-and-international-level/.

Bruce Peabody, political science and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), was featured in The Academic Minute article “Bruce Peabody, Fairleigh Dickinson University – Heroes,” in May.

Eli Amdur, Petrocelli College (Metro), wrote the article “Perspectives on Work, the Sequel: What a Way to ‘Retire’!” as part of his Career Coach column, which also appeared in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

 “Foreign Meddling, President’s Ego: World War I: Revisiting the US Entry into World War I, Including the Anti-War Movement, Propaganda and the Sedition Act,” an article by Martin Green, emeritus, English (Flor), was published in the July 13, 2017, issue of Zeteo journal (http://zeteojournal.com/2017/07/13/world-war-foreign-meddling-president-ego-green/).

James Rana, BA’98, University College (Metro), appears in an episode of the CBS television show “Madam Secretary,” which will air at 10 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. He plays a hospital administrator in a scene with Bebe Neuwirth. In addition, Rana was cast as the doctor in the new production of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Government Inspector,” which was staged at the Red Bull Theater in New York City through August 20.

A Faculty Book Celebration was held for Florham Campus faculty members Minna Proctor, creative writing and editor-in-chief, The Literary Review, and Rebecca Chace, creative writing and director, undergraduate creative writing program, at the Monninger Center for Learning and Research, Florham Campus, on October 4, in honor of their newly published books. Proctor is the author of Landslide: True Stories, a collection of personal essays about mothers, daughters and how to live. Chace’s latest book, June Sparrow and the Million Dollar Penny, is her first book for middle readers and is a tale about June Sparrow and her best friend, a miniature pig named Indigo Bunting.

Ruairi Lynch, assistant men’s soccer coach, athletics (Flor), was named one of the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30. He was one of 15 men’s coaches selected from a pool of 300 applicants. A native of Ireland, Lynch is in his third season as assistant coach.

William Toms, administrative science (Metro), was appointed to a team as an assistant independent monitor. The team’s role, as approved by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), is to review the law-enforcement policy and procedures of police departments investigated by the DOJ for unconstitutional practices. Toms’ work on this multidisciplinary team of researchers and subject-matter experts focuses on the Constitutional use of force, workplace training and disciplinary matters.

Florham Campus faculty members René Steinke, English and director, MFA in creative writing, and Jeffery Renard Allen, creative writing, were among the Jury Prize members at this year’s St. Francis College’s Literary Prize who read submissions from 187 writers. Steinke was on the Short List for the 2015 Literary Prize, which aims to bring attention to mid-career writers.

Peter Cinella, head women’s basketball coach, athletics; Devin Jefferson, associate women’s basketball coach, athletics; and Greg Herenda, head men’s basketball coach, athletics (all Metro), along with members of the Knights men’s basketball team, took part in the annual Torch Run at the Boys and Girls Club of Lodi/Hackensack in July. This is the fourth time that the Knights joined the Torch Run. They also visit the club several times throughout the year and participate in various activities.

Eamon Doherty, administrative science (Metro), presented a paper on “Teaching GPS Forensics From a Student and Teacher Perspective” at the 20th Annual Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education in Summerlin, Nev., in June. Also in June, as part of Career Day at the Walter T. Bergen Middle School in Bloomingdale, N.J., he talked about being a digital forensic and cybersecurity professor. Doherty also participated in “The Internet of Things (IoT)” Seminar at Kean University, in Union, N.J., which explored the vast array of networked devices that surround us and their associated risks. In August, he spoke about “Teaching GPS Forensics” to the New Jersey Regional Homeland Security Technology Committee.

In the News …

Yelena Aronson, computer graphics (Metro), was quoted in the Northjersey.com article “Paterson Students Take Pride in Art Display at FDU: Exhibit of Projects Highlighting Cultural Diversity Gives Fourth- and Fifth-graders a Taste of College Life” in May.

Daniel Cassino, political science and director of experimental research, PublicMind™ (Flor), has been quoted in the following articles in May: “Poll Asks Where Garden State Residents Get Their News” (njtoday.net); “Surprising Stuff Happens to Men Who Earn Less Than Their Wives: ‘Threatened’ Masculinity May Be Affecting Voting Patterns” (AlterNet and salon.com); “The Complex and Consequential Legacy of Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes” (USA Today, dailyjournal.com, Observer Newspapers, jacksonsun.com, Statesman Journal, Post-Crescent Journal, Indianapolis Star Online and Detroit Free Press); and “Will We Ever Have a Woman as President? Hillary Clinton’s Defeat Galvanized Democratic Women. But Along with the Trauma of Her Loss is the Dread of Repeating It” (Slate). He also was quoted in the August article “As Women Become Family Breadwinners, Their Husbands Become Way More Conservative” on brides.com.

Christopher Capuano, president, was quoted in the September Asbury Park Press article “Do Rankings Matter to College Administrators? You Bet.”

Mary Farrell, learning disabilities education and director, Dyslexia Studies and Regional Center for Learning Disabilities (Metro), was quoted in the August article “FDU Announces Nation’s First Online Tutoring/Learning Skills Support Program for High School and College Students Who Learn Differently: Innovative LD Virtual Tutoring Program Offers Face-to-Face Support to Students Everywhere,” which was published in PRWEB and appeared online on Fox29 and WFLX.com.

Herbert Ouida, director, Global Enterprise Network (Metro), was quoted in the July New Jersey Business Magazine article “International Trade Assistance.”

James Rana, BA’98, University College (Metro), was interviewed by State of the Arts NJ about a play he wrote titled “A Year in the Trenches,” which is partially based on Charles Edward Dilkes’ memoir Remembering World War I: An Engineer’s Diary of the War. To view Rana’s interview and excerpts from his play go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma-nuDNYPSo.

Peter Woolley, political science (Flor), vice president for strategic initiatives and founding director, public/global affairs (Metro/Flor), was quoted in the following articles: “NJ Governor Hopefuls Grapple with Public Pension System” (San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Fresno Bee, Wichita Eagle Online, Merced Sun Star, Kansas City Star, Charlotte Observer, Sun Herald and readingeagle.com [Associated Press]); “She Ran With Christie, But Now Highlights Their Differences” (The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Wichita Eagle Online, Seattle Times Online, Sun Herald Online, Southern Illinoisan Online, San Francisco Chronicle, Greenwich Time, WHIO-TV, KFTK-FM, WXOW-TV and WSFA-TV [Associated Press]); “Christie Ends NJ Government Shutdown, But Still Feels Heat After Day at Beach” (U.S. and World News, myrecordjournal.com and News Chief [Associated Press]); “Despite Possible Budget Deal, NJ Shutdown Has Lasting Effects, Especially on Christie’s Reputation” (PIX 11); “Why N.J. Dems Want Lt. Gov. Candidate Sheila Oliver to Also Run for Her Assembly Seat” (njtoday.net, newsworks.org and wbgo.org); “Democrats, Republicans in Governor’s Race to Square Off” (U.S. News & World Report, Charlotte Observer, Kansas City Star, fortworthstartelegram.com, wichitaeagle.com and thenewstribune.com [Associated Press]); “ ‘Millionaire’s Tax’ Likely to Pass, if Dems Hold Legislature and Win Gov’s Race” (newsworks.org); and “You Know Christie. But His Successor? A Different Story” (Press of Atlantic City, Herald Courier, Washington Times and WPIX 11 [Associated Press]).

David Miles, director, public safety (Metro), was quoted in the August northjersey.com article “Improvements Planned for River Road Crossing Where Woman was Killed Last Year.”

Brian Olechnowski, biology (Flor), was quoted in The Star-Ledger article “Young Scientists Attend BASF Program,” in August. He is program director of the BASF Science Academy, a two-week, advance-level science program for rising high school seniors, which is held at the Florham Campus over the summer.

Scott Behson, management (Metro), was quoted in the following articles: “MLB Players: Don’t Put Me In, Coach, I’m on Paternity Leave,” in Bloomberg BNA May; and “Back at It: How to Prepare for Your Return to Work After Paternity Leave,” in fatherly.com in August.

Stacie Lents, theater and director of acting (Flor), was quoted in the June article “New Drama Unfolds in Vandalia Women’s Facility Thanks to Expanded Prison Performing Arts,” which was posted on http://news.stlpublicradio.org/.

Marie Roberts, fine arts (Metro), was interviewed for a feature on Coney Art Walls, an outdoor museum featuring works by street artists, where she has two murals on display. To view the interview go to http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2017/05/30/coney-island-street-art-returns.html. In addition, photos of one of her murals as well as Roberts at work were included in the “Brooklyn Street Art” blog about this year’s Coney Art Walls, see http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2017/06/22/coney-art-walls-class-of-2017/. She also was quoted in the article “Circus Slideshow,” published in the June/July 2017 issue of DesignNJ magazine.

Donna Robertson, University director of career development (Metro), was quoted in the article “Hiring 2017 Graduates: Meet Generation Z,” on monster.com.

Leila Ertolahti, geology (Van), was quoted in the September article “Strange ‘Earthquake Lights’ Accompanied Mexico’s 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake,” posted on trueviralnews.com.

Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library (Metro), was interviewed in French on September 23 on the Radio-Canada show, “Les Samedis du Monde,” on the future of French. For a description and link to the conversation go to https://kathleensteinsmith.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/lavenir-de-la-langue-francaisethe-future-of-french-on-radio-canada-today/.

Krista Jenkins, political science and executive director, PublicMind™ (Flor), was quoted in the following articles about various PublicMind polls: “Survey Finds Limits to Diversity in the Garden State” (NJTV News, NJBIZ and WOBM); “N.J. Voters Weary of Christie Have First Chance to Pick Succcessor” (The Record, usatoday.com, Asbury Park Press, Daily Record, mycentraljersey.com, Milwaukee Journal, Pensacola News Journal, Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and Indianapolis Star). She also was quoted in the following articles: “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Beach Visit During Budget Crisis Steams Residents” (Los Angeles Times); “Jersey Despises Donald Trump (But Not as Much as Some Other States),” “Who is Kim Guadagno and Why is She Running to Succeed Christie as N.J. Governor?” “N.J.’s Frelinghuysen Changes Stance and Votes to Repeal Obamacare” and “Your Neighbors Lean Red or Blue? How Many Republicans and Democrats Are in All 21 Counties” (nj.com); “Never Too Early to Plan a House Race in 3 Targeted Republican Districts” (NJSPOTLIGHT); and “Phil Murphy’s Campaign for Governor Embraces Crooked Politicians” (njtoday.net). She also was quoted in the September article “Trump Wants Tax Cuts, And He’ll Use Harvey & Irma to Get Them” posted on bustle.com.

In Memoriam

Kathleen Bumpass, coordinator for telephone/voice services (Metro), died on June 1 at the age of 61. She joined FDU in 2001. During her time at FDU, she also served as an officer of the Professional Administrative Senate. She is survived by her husband, Luther; her daughters, Michelle Izquierdo and Jessica Maldonado, BA’08 (Metro); and grandchildren, Mason and Haley.

Jane “Tinker” Foderaro, former communication (Metro), died on August 2 at the age of 84. She joined FDU in 1998 as lecturer of communication, worked full-time until 2011 and was an adjunct faculty member until her death. She also served as faculty adviser of The Equinox, the Metropolitan Campus student newspaper. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Foderaro, her husband, Don Pollard, and their children Amelia and Sawyer; her son, T.J. Foderaro, and his wife, Kathleen Bayer Foderaro, his children Julian, Faith and Francis Foderaro, and stepchildren Sarah and Erin Bayer; former daughter-in-law, JoAnn Pileggi; and grandnephew, David Haight.


April Patrick, literature and director, University Honors (Flor), and Eric Johnson announce the birth of their daughter, Frieda Parker Johnson, on July 8.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of September 18, 2017.

Welcome to Jose Arroyo, sergeant, public safety (Flor); Frank Barra, associate vice president for finance, finance office (Metro); Arsenio David, laborer, buildings/grounds (Metro); Eleanor Davidson, student recruitment officer, student services (Van); Adam Foti, traffic control officer, public safety (Flor); Francis Gioiosa, officer, public safety (Metro); Joseph Jordan, assistant football coach, athletics (Flor); Steven Krier, University admissions counselor, undergraduate admissions (Metro); Noreen Lapp, assistant to University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (Metro); Jenna Lynch, writing analyst, Academic Support Center (Flor); Jason Madsen, head women’s volleyball coach, athletics (Flor); Timothy Reilly, officer, public safety (Metro); Morgan Rhodes, advising counselor for undergraduate programs, Silberman College (Flor); Heather Stout, assistant women’s volleyball coach, athletics (Metro); Michael Toth, assistant director of transfer admissions, undergraduate admissions (Flor); Madison Townley, assistant director for student athlete support services, athletics (Metro); David Vargo, assistant baseball coach, athletics (Flor); Seth Wells, assistant athletic trainer, athletics (Metro); and Dana Wieller, assistant women’s basketball coach, athletics (Metro).