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• The Florham Campus will be celebrating Fall Family Weekend 2017 from Friday, October 6, through Sunday, October 8. A variety of events are in store for the University community and alumni — from a Hypnotist Show and a WAMFest event featuring film actor Sean Astin (see College Happenings,  WAMFest) to sporting matches, Paint and Sip sessions and a performance by a cappella group Eh440. Admission is free but some events require attendees to register. For a complete list and schedule of events and to register go to Florham Campus Fall Family Weekend 2017. For inquiries contact Conor Leary, campus life coordinator for housing operations, Dean of Students (Flor), at 973-443-8575 or cleary2@fdu.edu.

• The Friends of Florham is hosting a reception followed by a presentation on “Edifice Complex: The Vanderbilts and the Architectural Rivalries of America’s Gilded Age” by Gary Darden, history and chair, social sciences/history (Flor), at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, in the Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, Florham Campus. Darden will talk about the buildings and architectural rivalries of the Vanderbilt siblings, including Florham, the home of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly. Vanderbilt family homes include six of the largest homes ever built in the United States, with Florham the eighth largest. The cost is $20 per person for the general public. FDU faculty, staff and students may attend for free. Registration is necessary. For registration, payment and information go to the Friends of Florham event page.

• In celebration of its 40th year, the Gene Barnett Speaker Series is hosting “An Evening with Richard Russo,” featuring the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author of Empire Falls, on Wednesday, November 8, 8 p.m., in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus. He is the author of four screenplays and two collections of short stories. Russo’s most recent novel, Everybody’s Fool, was a highly praised novel in 2016. The lecture will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Copies of Russo’s books will also be available for purchase and signing. The lecture is free to the University community with a valid FDU ID, and $10 for the general public. For information call 201-692-7028.

Graduate Business Information Sessions will be held on Thursday, October 12, and on Friday, November 3, 6–8 p.m., in the Admissions Presentation Room, First Floor, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus; and on Tuesday, October 24, 6–8 p.m., in the Rothman Building, Florham Campus. To register and for information go to The Graduate Business Information Session Registration page.

Undergraduate Adult Admissions Information Sessions will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, in the Sullivan Lounge, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus; and on Tuesday, October 24, in the Admissions Presentation Room (Room 1171), Dickinson Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus. RSVP is necessary. To RSVP and for information call 201-692-2551 or email achieve@fdu.edu.

Undergraduate Admissions Open Houses will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 22, in the Rothman Center at the Metropolitan Campus, and on Sunday, October 29, in the Ferguson Recreation Center at the Florham Campus. These open houses allow prospective freshmen and transfer students to attend academic sessions on majors and concentrations; meet faculty members; learn about internships, study-abroad experiences and research and honors programs; obtain information about merit-based scholarship programs; and take student-led campus tours. Registration is necessary. To register and for information go to Undergraduate Admissions Open House.

• A mural showcasing downtown Vancouver has provided a colorful and interesting backdrop to the Vancouver Campus’ student lounge. Created by artist Steve Hornung of Creative Individual, the mural was commissioned by Jobin Mojtabavi, director of student services, and David O’Reilly, director of learning and support services (both Van). To see a picture of the mural and to read more about it go to “Blank Space Transformed by Colorful Vancouver Mural.”

• For the third straight year, the Devils women’s lacrosse team won the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom Championships. This earned the Devils a spot in the NCAA Tournament. After winning in their NCAA’s first-round match against Hamline University, 18-2, the Devils fell in the second round against the Gettysburg College Bullets. To read more go to Devils Women’s Lacrosse Story Archives.

• Viet Truong, a Vancouver Campus student and business administration major, won the National Model United Nations (NMUN) video contest. Viet wrote the script for the documentary, which was inspired by a meeting with members of the Samoan Permanent Mission to the U.N., and he co-directed it with his brother, Van. The group from Vancouver Campus had represented Samoa in this year’s NMUN, an annual competition where college and university students act as delegates in simulated United Nations committees, working together to write and pass resolutions. To watch Truong’s video and to read more about it go to “Vancouver Student Wins National Model UN Video.”