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Spotlight — Carlson, Diaz, Harmon, Yu


CarlsonChristina Carlson

Advisement Counselor, Academic Advising and Student Support Services
Florham Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Seven years.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick?

My dad in 2017. He passed away in 1983 and was an engineer. I would have loved to see his reaction to technology today and to see him meet his six grandchildren.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

“Lion.” The acting was excellent, there were no CGI explosions, and it reminded me how strong family ties are no matter how far apart you live.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …

… how to write grant proposals for nonprofit organizations.

My first job was …

… working the drive-through window at McDonald’s — usually until midnight. I think serving those midnight customers prepared me for calmly dealing with all types of customers.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… gourmet olives.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …

… won first place for judging sheep at a 4H County Fair contest.

My biggest challenge is …

… getting/keeping organized. I’ve attended seminars, read organization books, signed up for email reminders, but still can’t find my black yoga pants!

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

I would love to be a talk-show host — along the lines of Phil Donahue, not Jerry Springer. One profession I would never attempt would be a professional organizer.


diazRoberto Diaz

Transition Specialist and Adjunct Faculty Member, Puerta al Futuro
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Four years.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick? Why?

Warren Buffett, first of all because he is a very successful businessman. Secondly, for someone who came from an analog era, he was able to expand and move into a digital era where he has shown character and great amount of commitment. And lastly, his humility in being able to create such a positive example for the younger generation.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

“The Intern” was a film that I recently enjoyed, which also cast one of my favorite actors of all time Robert De Niro, as well as Anne Hathaway. I would highly recommend this film due to how important knowledge and experience are, not for work but also life lessons regardless of age.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …

After having the opportunity to visit Paris, France, with my wife, I’ve realized even more how much I would and always wanted to learn French.

My first job was …

… a fourth-grade teacher at the age of 17 in the Dominican Republic.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

One of the many delicious items I make sure to always have in the refrigerator is cheese, as well as grapes.

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …

Being born and raised in the Dominican Republic, I never played baseball or basketball. However, I played soccer.

My biggest challenge is …

… learning something new every day, to keep up with the information economy.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

I would love to get closer to the world of politics as a political leader. As for a profession that I would want nothing to do with, it would be an accountant.


harmonJoel Harmon

Professor of Management
Florham Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

Twenty-five years.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick?

Leonardo da Vinci because he was the ultimate “Renaissance Man” (artist, scientist, inventor) who appeals to my very diverse interests. But since he’s long gone, I’d be fascinated to meet Elon Musk, a difficult genius who’s transforming the world with electric vehicles (Tesla) and space travel (SpaceX).

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

I recently binge-read Neil Gaiman’s books — American Gods, Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane — that blew me away for their combination of fantasy and literacy.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …

… hang-gliding — the idea of soaring in the wind like a bird calls to me.

My first job was …

… as a newspaper delivery boy (the New York Post).

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… good cheeses and plenty of Chardonnay-nay (I don’t keep the bourbon in the fridge).

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …

… spent five years in maximum security prisons … helping inmates get General Equivalency Diplomas.

My biggest challenge is …

… patience (I don’t have much).

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

Medicine. The thought of helping people as a doctor always greatly appealed to me when I was young. The thought of any mindless and repetitive job horrifies me.


yuBoas Yu

Associate Professor of Nursing and Associate Director of Graduate Nursing Programs
Metropolitan Campus

How long have you been at FDU?

One year.

If you could meet anyone in the world, whom would you pick?

I would like to meet many amazing and inspirational people in this world, especially spiritual leaders like the Pope, the Dalai Lama and Woo Myung [founder of Maum meditation and author]. For me, spirituality is so fundamental to our human living. Beyond material goods and possessions, I believe the most prized would be one’s spiritual growth and evolution while living on this earth.

What book or film did you recently enjoy? Why would you recommend it?

On a recent trip from Dallas, Texas, I was watching a movie called “Ghost in the Shell.” I remembered seeing the original Japanese animation film years ago but I couldn’t quite remember the storyline. Since I arrived at my destination before the movie ended, I didn’t find out what happened with the main character’s past. The film was suspense-filled and thrilling in an out-of-this world kind of way. I would recommend this film to anyone who likes sci-fi movies.

Something I’ve always wanted to learn is …

… how to dance! I have never been able to dance well and would love to learn.

My first job was …

… working part-time in a photo shop during the summer as a teenager.

One of the things I have in my refrigerator all the time is …

… eggs (I know this is a boring answer, but I love eggs!)

Complete the phrase: People would be surprised to know that I …

I am quite ordinary, so I can’t think of anything that would surprise anyone.

My biggest challenge is …

I can’t think of any right now, but I am sure some may pop up sooner or later.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt, and what profession would you want nothing to do with?

I am not sure what other profession I would attempt at this time of my life. I have tried a few and at this time, what I do currently seems to be fine. If other things came along which feel right, I am also quite open to that as well. I think trying out a new profession could be very interesting and possibly make my life more positive and meaningful.