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FDU dedicates the Frank Santoloci Student Center at the Florham Campus

May 20, 2018 - Members of the Fairleigh Dickinson University community gathered to celebrate the naming of the Frank Santoloci Student Center and the announcement of the Frank and Rosemary Santoloci Endowed Scholarship on Sunday, May 20 at the Florham Campus. Initiated by a generous gift from alumnus Frank Santoloci, B.S ’61, MBA ’65, and his wife Rosemary, the student center is the hub for campus life on the Florham Campus.

Rosemary and Frank Santoloci

“I am a proud graduate of FDU and hope that our gift inspires other alumni to support this wonderful University,” said Frank Santoloci.

The Frank Santoloci Student Center features the Bottle Hill Pub, coffeehouse, meeting space for the campus's nearly 50 student clubs and organizations and the campus bookstore. The main campus dining hall and “The Grill” are also located in the building. The Student Center also houses the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Life and the Career Development Center.

Dignitaries gather to cut the ribbon on the newly dedicated Frank Santoloci Student Center

The Frank Santoloci Student Center embodies Frank and Rosemary’s bold commitment to the students of Fairleigh Dickinson University. In addition to supporting student life, The Frank and Rosemary Santoloci Endowed Scholarship will provide support for students who exhibit significant financial need.

A crowd gathered to enjoy the dedication ceremony

The program began with a welcome to all guests by Richard Reiss, Senior Vice President for University Advancement. He introduced Danielle Boyle, a Biology major, scholarship recipient and resident assistant at the Florham Campus, who remarked about the impact generous donors like Frank Santoloci have had on her.

Florham Campus Student Danielle Boyle

“I worked three jobs while in school and sold my belongings, all to chase my dream of attending college. However, all my hard work would have been for nothing if I did not receive the financial assistance that funds my education at FDU,” said Danielle Boyle

“Now, I’m working towards applying to Neuroscience Ph.D. programs across the country. Absolutely none of this would have been possible without the amazing souls who are the FDU faculty, staff, and donors, like Mr. Santoloci, ” Boyle continued.

Danielle’s remarks were followed by President Christopher Capuano, who spoke highly of Frank and of his dedication towards his alma mater. Frank and Rosemary Santoloci both graciously responded, closing with the inspiring message that true success is measured by how much one gives back to their community.

“As I’ve come to know Frank Santoloci, not only has he become a personal friend of mine, but he is also a true friend of Fairleigh Dickinson University,” said Capuano.