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ABOVE & BEYOND Helping Student Veterans Succeed

Faculty Filmmakers Spotlight DEVO

Alumnae Reaching the Top

Finding Climate Secrets in Ice

Pay it Forward by Giving Back The time you spent at Montclair State is a big part of who you are today. The lessons you learned, the faculty who inspired you and the great friends you made all helped shape your future and success. We now invite you to now "pay it forward" by making a financial contribution to the Annual Fund. Your gift will provide today's students with the opportunity to access the same quality education you enjoyed. Give today at and be part of our students’ success for generations to come.




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A look back at 2012-13 in pictures


Sandy’s Wake


Next Acts

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Students, University step up in storm’s aftermath

Whipping It

Students find success on Broadway and beyond

Filmmaking professors and students capture DEVO in upcoming documentary



Chef Guy Fieri heats up dining options on campus

Frozen in Time

Researchers engage in climate studies in Antarctica

Reaching the Top

Forward March

Alumnae shatter glass ceiling in unexpected fields

On the cover: Sailor and student Marc Last is one of 221 undergraduates who are veterans or active military attending Montclair State.

University helps students transition from combat to the classroom and campus life



Class Notes

6 Headlines


In Memoriam

35 Athletics


Honor Roll of Donors



Lasting Lessons

Alumni News



n just three words—Above and Beyond— the theme of our spring issue captures the very spirit of Montclair State University and the many talented individuals who make our institution the great and wonderful place it is: a drive to do more than what is merely expected, a commitment to achieving both individual and collective success and a focus on excellence in the classroom and elsewhere.

By always going above and beyond the norm, Montclair State continues to realize its immense potential for New Jersey as we foster and support the talents and aspirations of our students, faculty and alumni. A case in point: our nationally top-ranked programs and services for veterans, which help servicemen and women to transition from the fierce battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan to academic studies on our beautiful campus, supporting their success in the classroom and their preparation for success after graduation. Another example of this above and beyond spirit are the countless students, faculty and staff who volunteered their time, resources and muscle to help their neighbors in getting back on their feet after Superstorm Sandy wreaked such havoc upon our state last fall. Above and beyond aptly describes our accomplished graduates who are making important and valuable contributions not only here in New Jersey but across the globe. Above and beyond is embodied by our scholar athletes who are achieving excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom. Above and beyond is represented by the generosity of the alumni, friends and supporters who made gifts to the University this past year. To those who contributed to the Annual Fund during FY 2012, I want to extend my deep gratitude on behalf of our entire campus community. You have provided a wonderful model for others to emulate with your philanthropy. Even more importantly, your gifts make a critically important difference for our students and enable them to access educational opportunities that would not have been available to them without your support. In true Montclair State fashion, you have gone above and beyond!


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President Susan A. Cole Vice President for University Advancement John T. Shannon Associate Vice President for University Advancement Carol Blazejowski ’78 Executive Director Strategic Communications Deborah Gaines Executive Director Alumni Relations Jeanne Marano Editor Laura Griffin Design Director Randi Rosh Contributing Writers Stacy Albanese ’08 Robert Gano Lindsay Kramer ’12 Kristin Lau, intern ’13 Amy Wagner Designers Ann Fairlie Samantha Spitaletta ’97 Photographer Mike Peters MONTCLAIR is published by University Communications. Views within these pages do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or official policies of the University. No materials (articles, photographs, illustrations, etc.) may be reproduced in whole or in part without consent of the editor. Address changes: Send the mailing label from this issue, along with your new address, to: Montclair State University, Office of Advancement Services, CO-311B, 1 Normal Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043 or fax to 973-655-3441. Letters to the editor may be sent to or to the address below: Montclair State University University Communications 1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 07043 Please recycle. © 2013 Montclair State University


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I really enjoyed reading your article on Murray Present. I was a music minor in

Joan Carlson ’58

I’m going to be at Montclair State University tonight with @TheColinJost. We are going to be telling jokes—ON A STAGE!!!

Reunited The Athletics spread in the spring and fall issues were great reads. It’s nice to see that alumni from different teams reunite years later. As a former member of the Montclair State baseball team, I was especially thrilled to see that the 1987 Baseball National Championship team was honored back at campus. Eric Fiedler ’09


Editor’s Note: Retired Piano Professor Murray Present featured in “Lasting Lessons” in the fall issue, died on Dec. 5, 2012, leaving behind a devoted fan club of former students and friends. As part of his legacy, his estate will establish a scholarship fund at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State.

Saturday Night Live Writer and Comedian Seth Meyers tweeted to his 1.7 million followers on March 21:

Seth Meyers @sethmeyers21

Lasting Lessons

piano from 1954-58. Mr. Present was very kind and patient. Although I was not one of his best students, he helped me improve my skills and was always supportive, especially when I was preparing for a recital. Thank you for renewing a pleasant memory for me.

Our favorite tweets @Montclair State

What Montclair State University is doing for its energy production is great news. As a Montclair alumna, what I believe would be even better news is if Montclair State University divested its money from all fossil fuel companies. It is my hope that Montclair State University will support plans and strategies that get us off of fossil fuels, and the first step would be to divest from these polluting industries. Please protect our environment for all future graduating classes.

Thank you, Gina Garcia ’85 Residential Greening Program Director Sustainable Works

Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri tweeted to his more than 870,000 followers on October 19:

Guy Fieri @GuyFieri GFOC (Guy Fieri On Campus) lookin’ good at Montclair State U in NJ...Go Red Hawks! #GFOC ypgPAzwj Mark Herzlich, linebacker for the New York Giants, tweeted on January 16 to his more than 94,000 followers about student Evan Ruggiero (featured on page 15 of this issue):

Mark Herzlich @MarkHerzich Shout out to fellow #Sarcoma survivor who put it all out there on #americanidol and local #montclairstate guy

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REWIND 2012–13 I

t’s hard to believe another school year is almost over. Montclair State students have achieved academic success and had fun along the way. Here, we look back at the year that was. n


2 1. Dancers study with choreographer Bill T. Jones (photo by Robert Cooper) 2. Students clean up for community service 3. For many students, November was the first time they voted 4. Political science students visit the statehouse in Trenton 5. Sportscasters Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle were honored with the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award




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6. WMSC-FM’s new home in Schmitt Hall 7. Students perform in Carousel 8. Senior Ken Spooner rides a camel in Jordan, where he worked on a documentary (photo courtesy of Steve McCarthy) 9. Melissa Tobie goes in for a lay-up 10. Kate Pierson of the B-52s visits campus 11. Snow! 12. Red Hawks defeat the College of New Jersey 24-14 at Homecoming 13. Rock climbing at Homecoming 14. Jaws plays at the Student Recreation Center’s Dive-in movies 15. Musicians serenade the annual Pancake Breakfast 16. Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri autographs his cookbook during a visit to campus











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Former Verizon New Jersey CEO Heads New Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship

Dennis M. Bone


ennis M. Bone, former president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey, now heads the University’s Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at the School of Business.

During his tenure at Verizon New

students, and I expect the

Mimi and Edwin Feliciano ’82.

Jersey, Bone transformed the company from a voice-driven telecommunications company into a robust voice, data and video company.

Feliciano Center will become an invaluable resource not just for the University community, but also for the state and the region,” said University President Susan A. Cole.

“The Center will play a pivotal role in furnishing Montclair State students with the tools and skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs in today’s rapidly evolving world market,” Bone said. “I look forward to positioning the University as a leader in market-centered entrepreneurial education and new venture creation.” n

“Under Dennis’ able leadership, entrepreneurship will become an integral component of the management education experience for the University’s

With his appointment in January, Bone became the inaugural director of the center, which was funded by a $1 million gift from

Teaching Financial Literacy to Middle School Students


hrough a public/private partnership between Montclair State University’s Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program and Capital One Bank, University students are helping prepare low-income middle school students for the future by teaching them about money management, budgeting, credit, debt and other important financial literacy concepts. Since September 2011, the Financial Education Corps (FEC)— comprised of students in the Bonner Leader AmeriCorps program— have gone out in teams to middle schools throughout the Orange School District to teach students about money matters. As of fall 2012, close to 600 middle schoolers had gone through the FEC program. “I am glad to know that we are touching on a subject that most students do not get to hear about,” says Montclair State student Ashley Pizzuti. “This has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change kids’ lives.”


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Montclair State students teach middle schoolers in Orange, N.J. about managing money

Following the Junior Achievement Economics for Success middle school curriculum, the FEC uses games and other hands-on activities to help the middle school students learn about financial concepts and also about college, career and life choices. The lessons seem to be sinking in. After completing the program, one sixth grader wrote: “When I get older, I will have a good education, money, a good credit score, a good job and also not be in debt.” n

Award-winning Actress to Speak at Commencement


mmy Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson, best known for her 16-year role as the lieutenant on the popular television series Law & Order, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Commencement exercises on May 24.

Audiology Center to Offer Free Hearing Screenings

Merkerson’s role as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren earned her two NAACP Image Awards; she received an Emmy Award for her work in the 2005 HBO film Lackawanna Blues and Tony Award nominations for The Piano Lesson in 1991 and Come Back, Little Sheba in 2008.


o you often ask people to repeat themselves, feel that others seem to mumble or have trouble hearing if there is background noise? If so, you may be one of the more than 35 million Americans who suffer from hearing loss, and Montclair State University’s Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology can help. In celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, the Center will offer free hearing screenings to the public May 14-24.

She has appeared in the films Navy Seals, Jacob’s Ladder, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Radio, Black Snake Moan and Lincoln. She directed the 2012 documentary The Contradictions of Fair Hope about the Fair Hope Benevolent Society. Merkerson is also a committed advocate for lung cancer prevention and actively works with children to spread awareness about the dangers of smoking.

Open to all ages, the Center will offer the screenings Monday through Friday by appointment at its off-campus clinic at 1515 Broad Street in Bloomfield, N.J. All testing is administered by one of the University’s audiology doctoral students under the supervision of a licensed, certified doctor of audiology.

Commencement begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at the IZOD Center in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J. Pre-commencement Convocation ceremonies, which celebrate students’ individual achievements within their colleges, will be held from May 19 to May 21. For more information about these ceremonies, visit n

The Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology serves the University and surrounding communities and provides clinical training for students in the doctoral program in audiology, the only one of its kind in New Jersey. To schedule an appointment, call 973-655-3934. n

Get Ready for Some Football!


he first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl will be held right here in New Jersey. Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on Feb. 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands. More than 15,000 volunteers in New Jersey and New York City are needed to welcome visitors and support the weeklong celebration. Montclair State students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to volunteer to help with the festivities.

Volunteers will serve as greeters and guides, providing visitors with information about the region, public transportation and the Super Bowl, and guiding them to sponsored events. Volunteers can sign up as groups or individuals and must be 18 years old by Nov. 1, 2013. Volunteers will receive a uniform and get into some special events; they will not get tickets to the game.

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University Partners with Montclair Film Festival

MFF showed The Breakfast Club at the Amphitheater


hen the curtains rise on the second annual Montclair Film Festival (April 29-May 5), the University will again be a key partner, bringing new films and events to campus, including the Opening Night Gala at the Alexander Kasser Theater. While this year’s screenings were not announced by press time, if last year is any indication, plenty of big movies and celebrities will be part of the Festival. In 2012, Montclair State hosted several screenings, including that of The Oranges, starring Hugh Laurie. The Festival also premiered The Perfect Family, written by alumnus Paula Goldberg and starring Kathleen Turner. Turner, along with Michael Moore, Olympia Dukakis and Stephen Colbert were among those in attendance.

Montclair State’s involvement didn’t end there. Last summer, the University hosted the Festival’s pre-release screening of alumna Lorene Scafaria’s film, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. In September, the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club played at the Amphitheater to end the Summer Movie Festival. Most recently, the Festival screened the Oscar-nominated short films on campus. The Festival also serves as a resource for students in the University’s filmmaking program. “Film students are exposed to new films that we hope will inspire them, have their work showcased and have access to film professionals in seminars with filmmakers and actors,” says Festival Director Thom Powers. On May 3, the Montclair Film Festival will showcase the best short films made by undergraduate students, and on May 4, the University will host the Festival’s annual behind-the-scenes seminar, which will feature panels with film industry professionals. n

Montclair State Showcases the Future of Innovation


ooking to stimulate interest—and hopefully investment—10 teams of New Jersey entrepreneurs introduced their tech companies and demonstrated their products to an audience of business advisers, sponsors, investors, professors and technology experts at the Montclair State University Conference Center in November.

According to TechLaunch founder and CEO Mario M. Casabona, the 10 portfolio companies presenting were selected from an original pool of 91 companies. Their ultimate goal, he says, is to attract follow-up funding from investors.

Among the innovations presented at Demo Day were LivinSport, a social media platform The event, called “Demo Day,” signaled for athletes that connects them with trainers, the culmination of LaunchPad 1, a 12coaches, colleges, pro teams and fans, and The University hosted TechLaunch in the fall. week business boot camp designed to CodeSquare, an offline-to-online mobile help transform innovative concepts into solution for businesses to instantly engage commercially viable business models. and reward customers, connect via social Created by TechLaunch, New Jersey’s new investor-led technology media and lower acquisition costs. accelerator, LaunchPad 1 provided an avenue for some of the state’s most imaginative young entrepreneurs to turn their visions Read more about TechLaunch at n into a reality.


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A Victim of Mistaken Identity Mario Tama, Getty Images

Iranian Neda Soltani spent a year on campus as a protected visiting scholar Neda Solta


Neda Agha-Soltan


he story is a page-turner, and it’s real: “Only twelve days ago, I was a respected university lecturer, head of a college with over twelve hundred students, and my own academic staff. …And now I dare not even show up in my office. Now I have to run for my life.” So begins My Stolen Face: The Story of a Dramatic Mistake, Neda Soltani’s wrenching e-book account of her flight from her native Iran that ultimately ended at Montclair State University, where she was a protected visiting scholar for 13 months, from January 2012 until January 2013. Soltani fled her homeland in 2009 after being mistakenly identified as Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot by Iranian forces during a post-election protest. In a rush to identify the victim, international media published Soltani’s Facebook photo. Hoping to capitalize on the error, the Iranian secret service pushed Soltani to pretend she was AghaSoltan. When she refused, Soltani, an Islamic Azad University professor of English literature, became a marked woman subject to the death penalty.

“I got out of the country with only a backpack, my laptop and an overnight bag,” Soltani says. She traveled first to Turkey and Greece on a visa she had before living as a refugee in Germany. “Marina Cunningham, the executive director of international affairs at Montclair State’s Global Education Center, kindly

support. I contacted President Cole, who very much supported our taking Neda.” The IIE provides a partial grant and, as the host university, Montclair State matches at least 50 percent of the funding. “Of course, we also need to have an opening in a department of two classes to teach,” Cunningham adds.

“I got out of the country with only a backpack, my laptop and an overnight bag.” – Neda Soltani, protected visiting scholar from Iran

arranged for the University to host me after I received an Institute of International Education (IIE) fellowship,” Soltani says.

Montclair State has supported refugee scholars from Rwanda and Iraq in the past and was recognized by the IIE for its consistent support of the Scholar Rescue Fund program. “SRF recently asked if we would be interested in taking scholars from Syria displaced by the civil war,” says Cunningham. “Dr. Cole came to the rescue and has agreed for us to take a scholar as well as two students on full scholarship.”

“The IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund [SRF] contacted us because we have supported scholars in the past and Neda needed immediate placement,” Cunningham says. “We have another scholar from Iran, so they were asking for additional

During the spring and fall semesters of 2012, Soltani taught World Literature and a Women’s and Gender Studies course on women’s rights in Iran that focused on life under the present regime. Because Germany has granted Soltani asylum and permanent residence, she left Montclair State in early 2013 to live and study there. “Under German law, she must return to Germany in order to maintain that status,” explains Victoria Donoghue, the University’s director of International Services. Soltani values her time at Montclair State: “It is difficult to live the life of a refugee, but I have been lucky to have met great people here and enjoyed some wonderful experiences.” n – Amy Wagner

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George Segal Gallery Becomes Permanent Home of Art Gift Wilson Jaffe includes drawings, collages, sculptures and paintings and is the largest art gift ever made to the University. “Art from the Ben and Evelyn Wilson estate is an impressive addition to Montclair State’s significant collection of contemporary American art,” says President Susan A. Cole. “With this remarkable gift, Joanne Wilson Jaffe has recognized the University’s deep, ongoing commitment to the arts.” While working with her parents’ estate, Jaffe began looking for a permanent home for the Ben and Evelyn Wilson collection and she appreciated Montclair State’s dedication to the visual arts. A critically acclaimed abstract expressionist painter, Ben Wilson had the first of numerous one-man shows in 1946. Evelyn was a noted sculptor, as well as a cosmetics executive. Their work is part of numerous collections, including those at MIT, Brandeis, Princeton and Rutgers universities, as well as the New Jersey State Museum and the Newark Museum of Art. Joanne Wilson Jaffe


ontclair State is now home to a collection of more than 200 works of art by New Jersey artists Ben and Evelyn Wilson. The multi-million dollar gift by their daughter Joanne

Jaffe is also selling her parents’ Blairstown, N.J., home and the proceeds will establish an endowment to promote, preserve and steward the collection. “My parents felt strongly about having their work available to the public,” says Jaffe. “Montclair State is the perfect home for the collection.” n

Former Army Officer Keynotes Day of Unity


t. Dan Choi, a former U.S. Army infantry officer, combat veteran and gay rights activist, encouraged students to fight for equality in his keynote address at Montclair State’s second annual Day of Unity. “His courage to be true to himself despite great odds is a lesson for all of us,” said Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life Karen L. Pennington,


who invited Choi because of his fight against the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. After Choi came out on The Rachel Maddow Show in 2009, the Army discharged him, despite the fact that he speaks Arabic and was an asset to his unit. Choi’s protests led to several arrests—including one for handcuffing himself to the White House fence. He stressed the importance of activism in igniting social change.

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Lt. Dan Choi

“It reminded us once again that we are part of a supportive, united community here at MSU and that we have a voice and a responsibility to speak out against hate and injustice,” said Brian Edwards,

program coordinator for the LGBT Center. Veteran and junior Ferdinando Palumbo said, “He sacrificed a lot and really encouraged me to stand up for what’s right.” n

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William Thomas in Papua New Guinea

Montclair State Explorer Receives Prestigious Lowell Thomas Award


ew Jersey School of Conservation Director William Thomas joined an elite group of scientists and explorers when he received the Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club of New York City last fall. With this award, Thomas joins the ranks of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, explorer Sir Edmund Hillary and popular astrophysicist Carl Sagan. The award was named for the American writer, traveler and radio broadcaster who brought the world the story of T.E. Lawrence of Lawrence of Arabia fame.

“The Lowell Thomas Award is especially gratifying because the exploits of members of the Explorer’s Club are the stuff of legends,” Thomas says. “After years of working in obscurity, to be mentioned in the same breath as Edmund Hillary or Buzz Aldrin is both humbling and exciting.”

Thomas’ honor came after 25 years of working with the Hewa people, an isolated population of 2,000 in a largely unexplored region of Papua New Guinea, where he is helping them preserve their knowledge of the land while combining it with western science to preserve the region and its environment.

The 2012 Lowell Thomas Awards specifically celebrated explorers who “exhibited an extraordinary capacity to transcend traditional comfort zones to undertake expeditions that benefit us all.”

“To be mentioned in the same breath as Edmund Hillary or Buzz Aldrin is both humbling and exciting.” – William Thomas

“A Lowell Thomas Award means that a jury of the world’s finest explorers has voted me to their all-star team,” Thomas says. “Hopefully my life and work will serve as testament that I am worthy of such an honor.” n

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Stepping up in Sandy’s Wake

“The outreach has been amazing. It restores your faith in humanity and in America as a whole.” – Krystal Woolston

Stepping up in Sandy’s Wake By Lindsay Kramer ’12


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or the Montclair State community, Superstorm Sandy was more than a breaking news story. Despite being closed for an unprecedented week in the devastating wake of the October storm, the University soon found itself involved in both on-campus and statewide recovery efforts.

Relief for students and staff Sandy’s trail of destruction in New Jersey left dozens dead, millions without power, impassably flooded roads, massive shoreline erosion and a gasoline shortage.

Months after Superstorm Sandy, Sea Bright still has a long road to recovery.

Photo Courtesy of Krystal Woolston

community get the semester back on track. As a follow-up, the College of Education and Human Services offered free counseling sessions for faculty, staff and their families to share their feelings about the storm and its aftermath.

Helping New Jersey rebuild

In late November, three dozen students, faculty and staff members helped with cleanup in Sea Bright—one of the hardest hit communities on the Jersey Shore. Much of their work involved shoveling sand piled as high as four feet out of houses. It was a labor of love for volunteers like junior Danielle Knoeppel, who worked on the beach for seven summers. “It’s definitely the place I wanted to help out,” she says. “Everyone was really thankful for what we did.”

It will cost at least $37 billion to repair the damage, state officials say. The University’s response to the storm was swift. The Department of Residential Education offered spare residence hall rooms—free of charge—to commuter students and staff members who were adversely affected by the storm. “I was so thankful the school offered housing for the week,” says Kaitlyn Scrudato, a junior from Whiting, N.J. “It was really a big help.” Access to University services, hot showers and fresh food also helped the University

Woolston was also part of the team. “It was heartbreaking,” she recalls. “The bay shore that I knew and loved has been forever changed.” Other campus groups did their part. The Center for Child Advocacy held a bake sale and toy drive to benefit families affected by Sandy. The toys, which were donated to the children of P.S. 52 on Staten Island, N.Y., helped make the holidays a little brighter for families whose homes and property had been destroyed. In early December, Service-Learning and Community Engagement sponsored a program that took in donations of gift

Montclair State students helped with clean up in Sea Bright after Superstorm Sandy.

Photo Courtesy of Krystal Woolston

Broader relief efforts were spearheaded by the University’s Center for Student Involvement and the Service-Learning and Community Engagement Program. “I grew up in North Middletown and Keyport and spent summers in Sea Bright, which were all impacted by the storm,” says Krystal Woolston, assistant director of ServiceLearning and Community Engagement. “This storm has allowed us to grow stronger as communities and really lend a helping hand to strangers and turn them into neighbors.”

Sandy left homes destroyed and full of sand.

cards for grocery and home improvement stores. The cards were then given to Restore the Shore, Sea Bright Rising, Rebuild Monmouth County and Rebuild Ocean County for people struggling to rebuild homes and lives shattered by Sandy. As part of the larger New Jersey community, Montclair State has proved itself to be truly “Jersey Strong.” For Woolston, the outpouring of support has been heartwarming and inspiring. “The outreach has been amazing,” she says. “It restores your faith in humanity and in America as a whole.” n

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Next Acts

Montclair State Musical Theatre students find success on Broadway and beyond

By Lindsay Kramer ‘12


ob McClure, who just finished a run on Broadway in the title role of Chaplin, is the latest of many former Montclair State Musical Theatre students to make his way to the Great White Way. McClure received great reviews for his performance, with The New York Times saying he played the role with “heartbreaking grace” and New York magazine calling him a “relativeunknown who won’t be for much longer.”

Photo © 2012 Joan Marcus

That came as no surprise to Dance Professor Clay James, the coordinator of the Musical Theatre program. McClure, he says, like most of the students who study in the highly competitive and selective program, was talented then as well as now.

Rob McClure starred in the title role in the Broadway musical Chaplin.


Tara Tagliaferro ’10 and Josh Dela Cruz ’10 are among many working on Broadway or touring with national companies. Tagliaferro fondly recalls the influence of her professors. “I am grateful for having such gifted teachers as the backbone of my training,” she says. “I truly felt prepared to face the real world—a confidence I did not have upon entering the BFA Musical Theatre program.” As an undergrad, she worked with James to hone her dancing skills. She has toured nationally with The Glass Menagerie and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. “I came to Montclair State so raw and eager, and I left with the strong foundation I need for success.”

The campus’ close proximity to New York City “He was awe-inspiring as allows students to immerse Charlie Chaplin, and many themselves in the theater Tara Tagliaferro ’10 (top) and Josh Dela Cruz ’10 (bottom) have of our current musical scene and to audition for both toured nationally in musicals. theatre students got to roles. Classes consist of witness his performance. hands-on workshops where He never failed to engage students can see their with them personally after the show and strengths and weaknesses in an objective always shared thoughtful conversation and setting and work to improve their skills. posed for photographs.” Strong, who starred in Montclair State’s The Musical Theatre program is so selective 2010 production of Sweeney Todd: The that only about 3 percent of first-year Demon Barber of Fleet Street, made students who apply get in. A conservatoryher Broadway debut the year before in a derived performance program, talented and revival of Bye Bye Birdie. After her stint on motivated students are guided by Broadway, she returned to school to finish musical theater professionals. her BFA. She’s since gone on to appear in Mama Mia! “Even after Bye Bye Birdie, Besides McClure, other former Musical I couldn’t imagine completing my BFA Theatre students Allison Strong ’11, anywhere else,” Strong says.

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Inspiring Dancer Taps Inner Strength By Kristin Lau


tap dancer since he was five, Evan Ruggiero has always aspired to perform on Broadway. His drive and talent led him to Montclair State and helped him land a role in Crazy For You in the fall of his freshman year, when first-year students are rarely allowed to perform in productions.

After losing his leg to cancer, Evan Ruggiero was inspired to keep dancing by tapper Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates.

Dela Cruz, who toured nationally for more than a year with The King and I, also gives props to his alma mater. “The Musical Theatre program challenged me to grow as a performer, and more importantly, as a professional.” While a student at the University, McClure starred in Fiddler on the Roof, Parade, and The Skin of Our Teeth and was part of the crew on multiple shows. “[Musical Theatre Department Chair and Professor] Eric Diamond’s passion for theater was truly infectious,” McClure says. “I am lucky to have spent time in Life Hall.” Part of the program’s success derives from having so many faculty members who also work as professionals. “Knowing that our students are expertly trained and prepared to enter the professional workplace, even before they graduate, is very fulfilling,” says James. “Opening a Playbill and seeing them credit Montclair State University/BFA Musical Theatre for their education and training is about as good as it can get.” n

Ruggiero’s dreams almost ended in November 2009, when he was just 19 years old. He suffered pain in his right leg and, after a biopsy, found out he had osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. His first reaction to the news was fear: “No one ever prepares you for being told you have cancer.”

danced with a peg leg after an amputation, Ruggiero asked his doctor about getting one for himself. “Let me start tapping again and let’s see what happens,” he recalls saying. He began with basic steps, and before he knew it, he was tap dancing as frequently as he did before his diagnosis. He could still pursue his passion for performing. In the past two years, Ruggiero has performed with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Tap Festival, the LA Tap Fest and the Jersey Tap Fest. Recently, he gained national attention for auditioning on the Fox Network’s American Idol where he sang, played guitar and shared his story with a national audience.

Evan Ruggiero

Although he did not make it to the next In order to focus on round of American Evan Ruggiero gained national attention for an treating the cancer, Idol, he has kept audition on American Idol. he took a leave of busy, performing with absence from school. the New Jersey Tap He underwent eight different surgeries and Ensemble, with which he has danced since yet, in May 2010, he was told that the he was 10 years old. He performs at schools cancer had recurred. The only way to remove in his hometown of Old Bridge, N.J., and it was to amputate his leg above the knee. talks to children at schools and hospitals, Though shocked and upset, Ruggiero was reminding them that “No matter what life determined to conquer the challenge. After a throws at you, you can overcome anything.” long conversation with his doctor, he said, “I promise you, I’ll tap dance again.” He still attends Montclair State and has a role in an upcoming production of The After the amputation, he started chemotherapy. “One way that I got through all of it is I started to go back to Montclair State.” With the help of devoted friends and supportive professors, he managed to continue his education and to return to a normal routine, he says. “I would set myself short goals for the week, and it would make me push a lot harder,” he says.

Wild Party in May. In his spare time, he serves as the spokesperson for Cycle for Survival, an organization that raises money for cancer research. Ruggiero will graduate in December 2013 and plans to pursue a career in the arts. Despite his experiences, he stays positive and encourages others to “keep going, there’s so much out there in the world.”

By December 2010, Ruggiero’s cancer was in remission and he was more determined than ever to keep dancing. Inspired by Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, a tap dancer who

“There’s nothing stopping you,” he says. “Everyone has the potential to achieve greatness and really reach for their dreams.” n

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Celebrity Chef on Campus

Celebrity Chef on Campus

Guy Fieri spices up campus dining


undreds of Montclair State students cheered on celebrity chef Guy Fieri as he dished up his famous Big Bite Burgers with Donkey Sauce and Vegas Fries at the grand opening of his first campus restaurant in the country, aptly named GFOC (Guy Fieri on Campus).

to eat and cook, and I’m sure there isn’t anything else quite like it.”

“I’m totally psyched about Guy Fieri on Campus, especially since I was personally involved in developing these recipes,” Fieri said during his October visit to the University. “I’m serving the stuff I love

GFOC is an example of how campus dining has changed. Gone are the days of mystery meat and secret sauce. “Students nowadays expect great food,” Fieri says. “You are the innovators—you’re setting the standard,” he


The stuff Fieri loves to cook has gained him a loyal following on his Food Network shows Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Tailgate Warriors where he doesn’t mind having fun with food and fans.

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adds, praising the University and its dining services provider, Sodexo, for giving him a unique opportunity to try something new. The first of a planned chain of nationwide, casual campus restaurants from Fieri, GFOC serves up his signature Asian- and Mexican-inspired dishes that go down easy with hungry students. GFOC—along with a new Dunkin’ Donuts and a SubConnection sandwich shop—has made Blanton Hall’s new food court a popular campus hub. “We eat here all the time,” says student Mike Nolan. “It’s awesome!”

Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri demonstrates his technique at the grand opening of his campus restaurant GFOC in October.

Breaking culinary ground When Fieri spent the day at the University, ’70s classic rock blared while he worked in the kitchen with team members, sampled the food and served up advice to the staff. “I had ‘proud father’ moments seeing the effort that’s being made,” he confesses. Fieri’s history with casual dining restaurants goes back to 1996, when he launched his own Italian food chain, Johnny Garlic’s, in Santa Rosa, Calif. In 2003, he and business partner Steve Gruber debuted the first Tex Wasabi’s restaurant, with a menu that featured an unlikely culinary marriage of Southern barbecue and California Sushi. While Fieri stands out in any crowd with his spiky platinum hair and numerous tattoos, it was his culinary chops that propelled him to television stardom. He first hit the small screen in 2006, after

“Students are leading the food revolution.” – Guy Fieri winning the second season of The Next Food Network Star. After his success with Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and Tailgate Warriors, the star hosted NBC’s primetime game show, Minute to Win It.

What’s cooking at GFOC? Fieri’s foray onto college campuses finds a willing and eager audience among students. His popular and famous crispy Vegas Fries were inspired by his own college days at the University of NevadaLas Vegas and are tossed in Buffalo sauce and served with a side of blue cheese. “Guy Fieri on Campus was designed to create a fun and relaxing spot for students to enjoy great food while letting their hair down or,

in this case, spiking it up,” says Tom Post, president of Sodexo Education-Campus. “Food trends are continuously evolving,” says Dora Lim, general manager of Dining Services. Fieri, who sported a red Montclair State sweatshirt while on campus, was thrilled to meet his student fans, 300 of whom lined up to have him sign copies of his cookbook. “Students are leading the food revolution. They’re amazing fans of the Food Network and helped propel my career,” he says. “So the opportunity to be so close to them and to be associated with such cool people at such a cool university is great.” n

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Montclair State filmmakers wrap up two feature-length films, including a documentary on DEVO


hen he’s not teaching,

Montclair State Filmmaking Professor Tony Pemberton successfully straddles the worlds of documentary and feature filmmaking, sometimes at the same time, with this guiding conviction: “You need fiction to make facts and facts to make fiction.” Named one of “10 Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety in 2000, when his film Beyond the Ocean garnered critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, Pemberton currently has both a documentary and a feature film in post-production. Are We Not Men?—the first-ever authorized documentary about the edgy, influential New Wave-era band DEVO—is slated for completion this summer. The award-winning filmmaker is also putting the finishing touches on Buddha’s Little Finger, an adaptation of Russian author Victor Pelevin’s eponymous novel. “I’m hoping to ready them both for the big film festivals,” Pemberton says.

Band of brothers “I first saw DEVO as a teenager in Ohio,” Pemberton recalls. He was drawn as much to their humor and cutting-edge qualities as to the fact that they had made it out of Ohio. “When I saw their debut performance on Saturday Night Live in 1979 and heard them sing ‘What’s round on the ends and high in the middle, Ohio,’ my jaw dropped. It was the first time the strange culture of subversion that my friends and I found interesting was right there in front of America.” Pemberton’s documentary shows there’s more to DEVO than its mega-hit “Whip It.” Powered by two sets of brothers—Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Jerry and Bob Casale—the band came together in part as a response to the 1970 killings of anti-Vietnam War protestors at Kent State University. While rock legend David Bowie dubbed them “the band of the future,” the group took its name from the belief that society is moving backward instead of forward. As in DEVOlution. “DEVO is interesting and layered. They wanted to be subversive yet mainstream,” Pemberton explains. A sensation on early MTV, the group’s trademark blend of techno-pop sounds, political messages and stylized costumes and imagery has lately been rediscovered online by a new generation that finds fresh relevance and power in its message. Montclair State filmmaking professors Tony Pemberton and Roberta Friedman

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Whipping It A number of Montclair State’s aspiring student filmmakers have gained valuable pre-professional experience by working as crew on the film. “Students went on shoots, did camera work, helped out as production assistants, did transcription and helped with editing,” Pemberton says. Students Kaitlyn Plum, Josh Echevarria, Adrian Romero and Monika Kolodziej were the camera crew, while Ryen Tetzlof, William Joel and Kaitlyn Plum worked on sound. Plum, along with Felia Mano, also worked as an assistant editor.

The band DEVO

Pemberton’s documentary combines rare archival and recent concert footage with exclusive new interviews with band members, as well as with cultural icons—such as rockers David Bowie and Iggy Pop and skateboarder Tony Hawk—who embraced DEVO from the beginning. Pemberton, who followed the band for about four years to make the film, especially enjoyed working with DEVO leaders Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale. “Mark is a true eccentric who loves to play. He loves masks and creating characters. He’ll ask you about your dreams. Jerry is a theorist who loves politics. He’s playful, too, but in a soulful way,” Pemberton says.

A Montclair State film crew Funded in part by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $70,000, the Are We Not Men? crew includes a number of Pemberton’s Montclair State colleagues and students. “It all began when former Montclair State wrestling coach Viktor Sveda asked me to help him produce a DVD of DEVO footage that he had. I started to wonder why no one had made a documentary about the band and took it from there,” says Pemberton. Sveda is an associate producer on the film. Fellow filmmaker and Assistant Professor Roberta Friedman, who did special effects and post-production work on such blockbusters as


Star Wars, Ragtime and Hair, plays a major role as the film’s producer. “She did everything from bringing in funding to facilitating shoots,” Pemberton explains. Cinematography Professor Joe Foley and Editing Professor Dan Loewenthal also worked on the film.

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and layered. They ve wanted to be subversi yet mainstream.”

—Tony Pemberton, aker professor and filmm

“A producer on a low-budget film does everything to make the film happen smoothly, on time and on budget,” says Friedman. “This includes brainstorming ideas and being a sounding board for aesthetic issues that come up. It can involve contracts and liaising with lawyers and distributors—and negotiating jobs and credits with some thorny personalities.”

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Chelsea Smith, who graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Filmmaking and a BA in English, was a production assistant and started work on the film as a research intern. She traveled to Ohio in October 2008 to shoot an Obama rally featuring DEVO and the Black Keys. “I’m a huge fan of DEVO,” Smith says, “and working on a documentary about a band that helped shape my world views was one of the best experiences I had as a student at Montclair State.” Pemberton and Friedman are currently working on the film’s final edit in Manhattan and at Montclair State. Once all post-production work is completed this summer, Pemberton will enter Are We Not Men? in Sundance and major European film festivals. Are We Not Men? has already gotten one nod from Sundance, when it was accepted this year. But the filmmakers didn’t want to screen it until it was completely wrapped up.

A decade in the making Pemberton also optioned the novel Buddha’s Little Finger from his friend, celebrated Russian novelist Victor Pelevin, more than ten years ago. Having lived in Russia for five years, Pemberton found he could relate firsthand to the novel’s surreal, satiric vision. Set in 1991 and 1917, the film is about a writer who dreams about the Russian past. “What I did was try to make these two different times more valid in the sense of politics, so I focused on 1991 and the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev—that poetic moment where Russia decided to release itself from the Soviet Union.” The film is also a love story.

Buddha’s Little Finger stars noted German actors Andre Hennike, a star of Downfall, and Stipe Erceg, who appeared in The Baader Meinhof Complex. Canadian Karine Vanasse, whose credits include Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and ABC’s Pan Am, plays the female lead. The English-language film, which is a German, Russian and Canadian co-production, was shot entirely in Germany—with a little help, again, from Montclair State. Thanks to an Academy of Motion Pictures grant, Josh Echevarria, a 2012 filmmaking graduate, was able to join Pemberton’s crew in Germany as a second assistant cameraman.

y r a t n e m u c o d a n o “Working lped shape my world views was about a band that he d as a student at ha I es nc ie er p ex st one of the be —Chelsea Smith ’12 ” Montclair State.

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“I am a Berliner,” says Pemberton. “I was made a German resident so that I could make my film there.”

Montclair State filmmakers work on Buddha’s Little Finger in Berlin.

“We’re editing the film in Montreal,” says Pemberton, who aims to have it ready in time to enter in the summer’s Venice Film Festival.

of American Art, as well as other major international film festivals, Pemberton looks forward to the release of his two new films.

titles close to the vest. “I feel it’s too early to mention any by name—I don’t want to jinx them,” he says.

Having previously shown films at The Anthology Film Archives, the Kino Museum in Moscow and New York City’s Whitney Museum

When these films wrap, Pemberton has a number of narrative scripts on the drawing board for his next venture, but is keeping the

Like Buddha’s Little Finger and Are We Not Men?, his next project—whether fact or fiction—is sure to tell a compelling story. n




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Professors and students research climate change in Antarctica


arth and Environmental Studies professors Sandra Passchier and Stefanie Brachfeld go to the ends of the earth for their students, some of whom join them to explore the secrets of climate change hidden beneath Antarctic ice for millions of years.

The two Montclair State geologists are among an elite group of scientists studying in Antarctica in hopes of understanding the forces behind radical environmental change. “I want to look back in time,” says Brachfeld who, like Passchier, has participated in multiple expeditions to the continent that is home to 90 percent of the world’s ice.

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Traveling through ice and time

retreat of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet through the EoceneOligocene transition.


s a teenager, Sandra Passchier became fascinated with ice on a family trip to Norway’s Jostedalsbreen ice cap.

Passchier advises a doctoral student and two master’s candidates who are also members of her research team. “They perform laboratory analyses on drill core samples, interpret the data, deliver oral and poster presentations at conferences and co-write articles for research publications,” she says. She will be recruiting new undergraduate research students for her second project as it gets underway.

Now a veteran visitor to Antarctica, she first joined an international team of scientists aboard the JOIDES Resolution, a researchdrilling vessel, for more than two months in 2010. Supported by grants from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and the National Science Foundation (NSF), she drilled 1,006 meters beneath East Antarctica to obtain sediment cores that are millions of years old. By drilling back in time, Passchier says, we can learn more about the Earth’s transition from greenhouse to icehouse that occurred millions of years ago. “I want to understand how polar ice sheets affect sea level rise during periods of global warmth,” she explains. “Geological records can reveal the mechanisms driving changes in ice sheet size and associated sea-level effects, as well as the longterm processes and climate feedbacks that may affect ice sheets in the present and in the

A catastrophic collapse Stefanie Brachfeld’s interest in Antarctica evolved from luck. “I was a graduate student when Amy Leventer, an established Antarctic scientist, came into my adviser’s lab with some questions. I was the only person there that day and ended up gaining a new colleague who later invited me on my first Antarctic expedition.”


Palm trees and baobab Passchier’s post-expedition laboratory research, which is funded through 2014, is yielding insights into both the causes of drastic environmental change and predictions of what the future may hold. “We discovered that about 50 million


Brachfeld returns to Antarctica in April to continue a study of the abrupt changes in the Larsen Ice Shelf System, Antarctic (LARISSA). Funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs, the five-year LARISSA project has an international team of geologists, glaciologists, oceanographers and biologists seeking to determine both how climate forces convene to cause ice shelf collapses and to measure their effects on the environment and marine ecosystems.

The view from the back deck of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) Research Vessel Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer during recovery of a sediment core near Hugo Island, Antarctic Peninsula.

years ago, the greenhouse world of the Eocene epoch extended all the way to the South Pole region,” she says. “Palm trees and baobab were present on Antarctica at that time.” Passchier has received NSF funding to run a second research project from 2013 through 2016. Using sediment cores from the Wilkes Land margin, Passchier will establish a record of the advance and

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“In 2002, a chunk of Larsen Ice Shelf B about the size of Connecticut disintegrated within five weeks,” Brachfeld explains. It was just one of several recent catastrophic ice shelf collapses. “These ice shelves hold back land-based ice. Without them, the flow of glacial ice into the ocean speeds up, which causes sea levels to rise. Closer to home, Superstorm Sandy showed us the devastation and destruction that result from high waters.”

Preliminary LARISSA project findings suggest that the collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf is new and unique. “There hasn’t been anything like this in 10,000 years,” Brachfeld reports.

Reilly ’13 MS and Nadine Orejola ’12 spent six weeks on a LARISSA research cruise. This time, the group reached Larsen A, where they obtained 24-meter-long sediment cores for study.

Montclair State students—who receive course credit for the trips—participate

“People want to know what my favorite part of traveling to Antarctica was,” says Reilly. “There were a lot of amazing things­­­­— the penguins and wildlife, sunrises illuminating a sea full of icebergs, the excitement of recovering a great sediment core—but it was the experience of working in the field with an incredible science team that I value the most.”

The April expedition is the eighth for Brachfeld. One of her graduate students will accompany her. “Since 2004, seven students—four graduate students and three undergraduates— have traveled with me to Antarctica.” Like Passchier, Brachfeld most recently Stefanie Brachfeld Sandra Passchier visited Antarctica in 2010. While thick sea ice prevented the LARISSA team from reaching Larsen in every aspect of the research. “They B, the group was able to recover sediment learn how to chart the ship’s course. They cores at back-up sites. collect and process core sediment from the sea floor and below it. They work in the shipboard biology lab to identify organisms Using mud as a tape recorder from the sea floor. They do a little bit of everything,” Brachfeld says. “I use mud as a tape recorder,” Brachfeld explains. “I’m looking back at the last Once they return to campus, students 10,000 years—the Holocene epoch—which work up projects or theses related to is an ‘intermission’ between ice ages and their experiences. Last spring, Earth and which is the baseline against which humanEnvironmental Studies students Brendan induced climate change is measured.”

Brachfeld hopes they will finally reach Larsen B in April. “We’ll spend one month aboard Korean Polar Research Institute vessel Aaron. I’m looking forward to it. I enjoy shipboard life,” she says. While life on a research vessel can be pleasant, polar research isn’t easy, Brachfeld says, noting that the three-to four-day Drake’s Passage crossing—between South America and Antarctica—is rough. “Once you get there,” Passchier says, “it can be cold, hard work, 12 to 14 hours a day, seven days a week.” Despite the hardships and the cold, both women keep going back to Antarctica because, as Passchier puts it, the experience is “nothing less than awesome.” n

“Without ice shelves, the flow of glacial ice into the ocean speeds up, which causes sea levels to rise. Closer to home, Superstorm Sandy showed us the devastation and destruction that result from high waters.” – Stefanie Brachfeld

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Montclair State alumnae shatter the glass ceiling in unexpected fields


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rivate aircraft sales. Fight promotion. Wall Street. Those aren’t fields normally associated with women, but three Montclair State alumnae have successfully made them their own. Kathy Duva ’75, Janine Iannarelli ’83 and Ellyn McColgan ’75 have all reached the top of highly competitive and typically male-dominated worlds. With women underrepresented in top corporate positions and boardrooms, these graduates have shattered the glass ceiling in their fields. They each recently shared their secrets for success with staff writer Amy Wagner and offered advice for students who want to make it to the top in any profession.

Janine Iannarelli ’83 President, Par Avion Ltd.


s a business student at Montclair State, Janine Iannarelli took a paid internship with a market research company specializing in business aviation. Little did she know that this would prove to be a first step in a soaring career in an industry with few women leaders. Today, Iannarelli is the president of Houston-based Par Avion Ltd., an international aircraft brokerage and marketing firm she founded in 1997 that specializes in the sale of preowned business aircraft.

Q: What stands out from your student days? A: I really appreciated my adjunct professors. They brought their real-world experience into the classroom. If you could demonstrate that you were eager, these professors would go the extra mile for you.

Q: Did your professors affect your career choice? A: I consulted my professors before I took a full-time job offer from the company I’d interned with. I was at a crossroads, but they gave me advice that holds true for anyone starting out: You can learn more and learn faster working for a small company than you can for a large company. If you are good at what you do, you will stand out and be recognized.

Q: What led you to start your own business? A: My motivations? Simple—I had maximized my earning and learning potential as an employee.

Q: What was your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur? A: Money! I funded Par Avion myself as a cash-and-carry business. If it wasn’t going to work, I wanted to know as soon as possible. Today, while I’m based in Houston, I even have a small office in northern New Jersey.

Q: What sets Par Avion apart? A: We provide very personal service and

have a unique ability to focus on each client’s individual needs. Our sweet spot in the marketplace is the entrepreneurs who direct-small to mid-sized firms, though a percentage of our business is with global, publicly held companies, as well as private individuals with the wherewithal to own aircraft.

Q: How hard was it for you to succeed in this business as a woman? A: Women face unique challenges in any business, but there are also some advantages to being a woman. We bring different tools to the table. We’re generally more sensitive and more empathic than men. We’re definitely better listeners. This can be a huge

Women bring different tools to the table. We’re generally more sensitive and more empathic than men. We’re definitely better listeners. This can be a huge advantage in business.

advantage in business. Even today, though, guys often get a pass while women have to work that much harder. But once you prove yourself in a particular company, they aren’t likely to question you again.

Q: What sets successful women apart? A: I’ve noticed that successful women often have strong father figures in their lives. My father always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do, and I believed him. Women role models are equally important, and I had one at home. My mother got her master’s degree while I was still in school.

Q: It isn’t easy for young women—or men—to launch careers these days. What advice can you give them? A: Young people, especially women, are told they are perfect until the day they graduate from college, when they are in for a shock. They start that first job and are totally unprepared for roadblocks or failures. That’s life and that’s business. They need to figure out how to deal with setbacks, because the fact is that in business, more people will say “no” than “yes.”

Q: What do they need to bring to that first job? A: The right attitude. A job isn’t about what an employer can do for you—it’s about what you can do for your employer. A job is an opportunity to soak up learning and experience. I’m convinced that anyone who is willing to work hard and learn will be noticed and will succeed.

Q: What do you tell people who want to know how you got to the top? A: I’ve been lucky. Don’t ever discount luck. I’m also good at what I do. But I’ve been at the right place at the right time with the right skills. I also trust my gut— it’s never failed me.

Q: How do you relax? A: Everybody needs an outlet! I was on the equestrian team when I was at Montclair State. I still ride and jump competitively. I also support a performing arts group and various charities that provide for the wellbeing of children and animals. I’m also an avid cyclist.

Q: What’s it like to be viewed as a role model? A: I’m flattered to hear via social and professional networks like LinkedIn from young women who want to know how I got started and why I succeeded. I tell them that while I’ve been very lucky, I wouldn’t have succeeded without hard work and a good education.

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started law school when my oldest daughter was entering high school. For four years, I sat in the kitchen every night and weekend doing homework. While my mind was occupied, I was physically there for the kids.

Q: What are your proudest career accomplishments?

Kathy Duva ’75 CEO of Main Events


or Kathy Duva, a Montclair State journalism course taught by Professor Michael Greico indirectly led to her first full-time job with Wayne Today, a weekly shopper paper. From there, she worked in College Relations at William Paterson College and as a part-time publicist for Main Events, the boxing promotion company that she now leads. She has promoted some of the biggest fights in boxing history, including the 2001 Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson world heavyweight bout that still holds the record as the biggest-grossing heavyweight payper-view boxing event of all time.

Q: Your husband, Dan Duva, was one of the first to succeed in the pay-per-view market with the 1981 championship bout between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, which grossed $40 million. How did things change? A: While most people watched this fight at closed circuit locations like movie theaters and arenas, it was the first boxing match distributed by pay-per-view to anyone. Until then, Dan and I both held down full-time jobs while working part-time for Main Events. After that fight, we both went to work for Main Events full time.

Q: Were you a boxing fan before you met Dan? A: Not really. I was always a general sports


fan. I’m an only

A: Figuring out how to be a boxing publicist. I was only 27 when we promoted Leonard-Hearns, and my only

child, and my father always encouraged me to watch “the game” with him. I even worked briefly as a stringer at the New Jersey edition of the New York Daily News, covering women’s sports in the Garden State.

experience at that point was publicizing small-club boxing shows. Dan and I went to Las Vegas and pretended we knew what we were doing. By the time the event was over, we really did!

Q: You took the helm of Main Events after Dan's death in 1996. What was it like to run such a maledominated business?

I’m also proud of our deal as the promoter of the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Boxing series. This past December, nearly 4 million people watched Tomasz Adamek fight Steve Cunningham on NBC. This was a huge success for us.

A: The process of taking over took quite a few years while I grieved, attended law school and raised my children. Some of the men in my business treat me 100 percent as an equal. Others, not so much. I find ways to go around the ones who are roadblocks.

Q: Are there any advantages you’ve enjoyed as a woman in this “man’s world?” A: As women, we really have a big advantage over our competitors. While it wasn’t planned, it turns out that my fulltime staff is 100 percent female, although we have a few male interns and they’re great. Seriously, the men who compete with us don’t stand a chance.

Q: How did you juggle a high-profile, high-powered career as a single mother? A: My amazing staff was always there for me. I also had a wonderful housekeeper who recently retired; without her help, I never would have made it. It helped that I

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Q. Do you have any favorites among the boxers you’ve promoted? A. My all-time favorite fighter is and probably will always be Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. It was more fun to watch him perform than I can describe. We’re working with some wonderful guys right now—so I’ll reserve judgment on them until their careers are over!

Q: What do you like most about your job? A: The boxing shows are the most fun. I never get tired of the adrenaline rush that comes during fight week.

Q: Do you have any advice for young people, particularly women, at the start of their careers? A: Don’t ever take “no” for an answer.

Q: What’s the secret of your success? A: I never take “no” for an answer.

Ellyn McColgan ’75

NASDAQ OMX Board Member Executive Advisor, Aquiline Capital Partners


fter graduating summa cum laude from Montclair State, Ellyn McColgan worked in human resources before receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School. She began her 25-year career in the financial services industry with Shearson American Express, then moved to Fidelity Investments, where she rose to President of Distribution and Operations. As President and Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Group, she oversaw 17,000 employees and revenues of $16.5 billion. She was elected in May 2012 to the NASDAQ OMX Board, where she remains the only woman.

Q: What role did Montclair State play in your career path? A: I knew that finishing my college education was a prerequisite to any career in teaching or business. My goal at Montclair State was to get great grades, be involved in activities and position myself to be hired by someone. I was a psychology and social studies ed major, but there were few teaching jobs when I graduated. So I pursued a career in personnel—or human resources. There were no resources available to students back then to get us started on careers. I had to figure it out myself.

Q: What is the single most important factor in your career success?

Q: How do you juggle career and personal life?

A: Finding mentors who were willing to help me is what made all the difference. Financial services was a man’s world— there were no women mentors then. You needed men to stand behind and support you. I was enormously lucky—my bosses mentored me throughout my career.

A: I never married and I don’t have children, so I never had to make those choices. That being said, it’s not so easy to be single and manage a career either. I’ve still had to manage friends and family relationships. I had to make sure that I had a life outside of work so that I wouldn’t be consumed by it. Life is complicated: it needs managing and everyone has to make choices to do that.

Q: Are you a mentor? A: I serve purposefully as a mentor for women—and men. I believe that women have to help women. A lot of younger women are unduly optimistic and think everything has changed. It hasn’t. Things are better, but they aren’t fixed yet.

Q: Did you have to work harder than your male counterparts to succeed on Wall Street? A: We all worked hard, but women had to work harder at making the men feel comfortable that we could handle the same work. Back in 1983, very few women were working in the financial services business and those of us who were pioneers had to convince people we could do it. Men assumed that even if they invested in training women, the women would marry and leave to have kids. Once we were given the chance to compete, we proved we were capable and were given more opportunities.

Q: Is it easier for women to succeed on Wall Street today? A: Without question, it’s easier, but there are still very few women in senior positions on the Street, so there is more work to be done. I’m on the NASDAQ Nominating and Governance Committee and hope to introduce more women candidates to the board. It’s odd to look up in executive session and see I’m the only woman at the table.

Q: How should young people go about building careers? A: Career paths are no longer linear, so it’s really important to identify your goals and develop action plans to achieve them. Do you want to make a lot of money? Be the president of a company? Find a cure for cancer? Have a family? You’re the only person who can design your life. n

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Sophomore William Berdejo, U.S. Marine and Purple Heart recipient


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Helping veterans transition from combat to campus and civilian life


he calls and instant messages often come in

late at night from Iraq, Afghanistan and other military bases around the world. The inquiries vary from applying to college to taking placement tests overseas to getting high school transcripts. Montclair State’s Veteran and Military Resources Coordinator Denise Rodak and Admissions Counselor Betsy Montanez know that trying to figure out how to get into college while living in a war zone can be difficult, so they go out of their way to help.

also serves as an adviser and instructor. “They are older and don’t have guidance

attending Montclair State has increased 200 percent, with 221 enrolled as

counselors helping them out,” Rodak says, “so we often take on that role.”

undergraduates in fall 2012. When the war in Afghanistan winds down at the end of 2014, Rodak expects these numbers to increase. For the fourth year in a row, GI Jobs has ranked the University among the top schools in the country for vets and military students. “It’s a very welcoming campus,” says Rodak. “When our veterans have an occasion to wear their uniforms, out of the blue students stop and thank them for their services.”


It’s my pleasure to cut through the red tape for them. They are highly motivated students who see graduating from college as their next mission.

“They don’t have office hours so I don’t have office hours,” says Montanez, who tracks down transcripts, sets up testing locations and often talks to soldiers via satellite phone or Skype. “They’re already on a mission. The last thing I want them to worry about is getting a high school transcript, so I’ll call on their behalf. They are sacrificing so much for us; it’s the least I can do.”

Long before they arrive on campus, veterans and military students have spent a lot of time with Montanez and Rodak, who

– Denise Rodak


Since the Post 9/11 GI Bill passed in 2009, more and more soldiers are going to college. The bill—which guarantees up to 100 percent of tuition depending on length of active service since Sept. 10, 2001—has helped 860,000 vets nationwide get an education. In the past few years, the number of veterans and military students

Staying the course Advisers and professors work with military students and veterans to make sure they stay on track throughout their time at the University. When 16 students were called to duty during and after Superstorm Sandy, most were able to make up the work when they got back, even after being gone for several weeks. Silas Whittle, a 34-year-old Iraq veteran and National Guardsman, was one of those students. An accounting major who has another year before he graduates, Whittle was called up for Sandy duty for almost three weeks, but kept in touch with his professors and did not fall behind.

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Justin Jacobs “My professors from accounting and the business school were extremely reasonable,” says Whittle, the father of two children, ages 6 and 3, who spends downtime from school and the Guard at his daughter’s ballet lessons. “I’ve had such a great experience here. I feel lucky to have gotten in—especially with the veteran community here. That was what I needed; it helped with my transition to real life.”

says the 23-year-old, who also works part time in the emergency room at Jersey City Medical Center. “I’m a little nervous, but this is what you train for and live for and it’s finally happening. And I will be able to finish school when I get back.”


teaching at Hillside High School, who will graduate in May. “I had some anger to deal with in the beginning. Finally, I figured I better do something with my life.” Enrolling at Montclair State made all the difference, he says. “When the new GI bill passed, it almost seemed too good to be true,” he says. “You can’t do anything without a degree.”

I have to succeed. I have to be somebody for my daughter.

Like Whittle, many veterans remain in the reserves or the National Guard upon return and have to juggle these responsibilities with school. Some students are redeployed after enrolling and have to put their education on hold. Marc Last, a sociology major in the Navy reserves, was recently told he will ship out to Afghanistan in early 2014, which means his graduation will be pushed back a semester or two—but he doesn’t mind. “For me it’s kind of like a dream come true,”


– Jennifer Campos

Finding their way Sometimes vets come straight from the service to school, barely stopping to put down their duffle bags; but often they spend some time trying to figure out what’s next. “I was a little lost and feeling sorry for myself when I first got out,” says Justin Jacobs, a history major currently student-

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When Jennifer Campos, 26, was in high school, she focused on getting out of her South Bronx neighborhood and going to college. But her time at St. Thomas University in Florida ended when she became pregnant her first semester. She moved back home, married and tried to find work, but jobs for a teen mom without a degree didn’t pay much, and she had a $7,000 student loan to repay. Still, she says, she kept dreaming of someday going to college.

“In the Army, I could learn a skill and go to college when I got out,” she says. “My motivation was my daughter’s future. What would life be like if I didn’t get an education?” So she enlisted and wound up in a combat unit in Iraq. “It was a lot tougher than I expected,” she says.

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The transition home wasn’t easy, either. While she was gone, her grandmother died and her husband left her. Fortunately, the Army provided counseling services to help her cope with depression and some symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It wasn’t until she enrolled at Montclair State and got involved with courses and extracurricular activities that she felt she was back on a path toward success. “It took some getting used to, and getting involved helped,” says Campos, who is still active in the National Guard. “I have to succeed. I have to be somebody for my daughter.”

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All first-year students at Montclair State take a new student seminar course, and there’s a section specifically designed to meet the transitional needs of veterans and military students. “They get to know each other, realize they’re not alone,” says Rodak. Recently, the vets also got a room of their own in the Student Center and while it’s small, there’s a couch, a TV and a computer. “I come here to do homework and hang out with other veterans,” says Carolina Arango, who also spent time in Iraq and is in the Navy reserves. “We have the same concerns—we’re like a family. I was stressed coming back into civilian life, and the guidance we get here really helped.” The University’s Office of Veteran and Military Resources also facilitates special veterans programs throughout the year that help veterans work through their experiences with the use of art, music, and support groups. Rodak has brought

Silas Whittle in speakers and outside organizations such as Voices of Valor, a program that helps vets deal with their feelings through songwriting, and Combat Paper, an art program that helps them turn their old uniforms into paper and works of art.

Rodak’s work with the students earned her an academic advising award from the National Academic Advising Association, after being nominated by students. “Denise was tremendously helpful with my transition back to civilian life,” says Jacobs, one of

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The future is now Brian Shaw ’11 and David Gisonno ’10 are both Iraq combat veterans and were active members of the Student Veterans Association, which Gisonno founded as a “home base” for veterans when he was a student. Besides getting veterans involved in campus life, veterans organizations and community service, it is a place where they can feel free to be themselves with others who share similar experiences. “There was a need and the college jumped on board,” says Gisonno, who now works in advertising at Blue Fountain Media in New York City. “It’s not easy transitioning from combat to civilian life, and the organization brought us together as older students with similar experiences who were feeling our way through the education system. We were different from the other students. I felt being in school was my job. And my last job was being in combat. I took some of that same intensity into the classroom.”

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Once the Veterans Association started, it made school a lot easier, knowing I wasn’t alone. I took school very seriously. Now, I’m doing what I always wanted to do. – Firefighter Brian Shaw ’11

the students who nominated Rodak for the national award. “Honestly, without her, I would not be as successful at school as I am today. She provides a warm and comforting atmosphere where veterans can truly feel welcome.”



It’s more than a job for Rodak. “It’s my pleasure to cut through the red tape for them,” she says. “They are highly motivated students who really see graduating from college as their next mission. They want to succeed. That makes my job easy.”

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For Shaw, who joined the military right after high school in 2002 in response to the 9/11 attacks because he was too young to become a firefighter, war was an eyeopener. “When I first got there, and saw trucks being blown up, it was like, ‘Wow, this is really a war. We’re not in Kansas anymore,’” says Shaw, who deployed to Iraq twice in his five years of active duty. When he got back, it took him a while to settle down and figure out that he needed to go to school, and then a bit more time to adjust once he got to campus. “It was hard to relate to kids who are right out of high school,” says Shaw, now a Bloomfield, N.J., firefighter. “They were intimidated by me—this soldier with tattoos, sitting in the front row. Once the Veterans Association started, it made school a lot easier, knowing I wasn’t alone. But I took school very seriously. Now, I’m doing what I always wanted to do.” n



Women post undefeated regular season, celebrate “Sweet Sixteen”

omen’s basketball coach Karin Harvey met with her captains all summer to review The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual, by sports psychologist Jeff Janssen. “Leadership is so important. It was a really amazing experience,” Harvey told Inside MSU, a news production of the School of Communication and Media.

“This team has done everything that I’ve asked them to do and so much more all year long,” Harvey told the media after the game.

Her efforts paid off. With 29 wins, the Red Hawks posted the longest winning streak in Montclair State athletic history, surpassing the 26 straight wins by the softball team in 2008. For the first time since the 1970–71 season, the team (Top) Celebrating victory; (Bottom) NJAC Coach of the was undefeated, ending the Year Karin Harvey regular season 25-0. “I didn’t really grasp that we’d set a record until the buzzer went off,” senior team captain Taylor Jeffers said after the final game.

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The team captured its second-ever New Jersey Athletic Conference crown by defeating William Paterson 75-54 at home. A 71-51 victory over Lebanon Valley—the team’s 29th—advanced the Red Hawks to the NCAA “Sweet Sixteen” Sectional Tournament, where the magical season ended in a 83-70 loss to Christopher Newport University in the semifinal round on March 8 in Indiana.

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The Red Hawks entered the Sweet Sixteen round as one of only two undefeated Division III teams and was ranked No. 5 by and No. 7 in the USA Today Sports Top 25 Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll. Its 29 wins tie Rowan (1995–96) and Kean (2009–10) for the second-highest single season total in the history of New Jersey women’s college basketball, behind only Rutgers’ 30 wins in 1986–87.

Sophomore forward Melissa Tobie was named NJAC Player of the Year and honorable mention for the Division III All-America Team. Freshman Shalette Brown was named NJAC and D3Hoops Rookie of the Year, and Head Coach Karin Harvey was named NJAC Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year. “I’m wildly proud of this team,” President Susan A. Cole told Inside MSU. “They are terrific—and the most terrific thing about them is the way they play together.” n

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Field Hockey Reaches NCAA National Championship Game


n what was perhaps the best overall fall season in the history of Montclair State athletics, the Red Hawk field hockey team topped the list, posting the finest season in its 52-year existence.

season and post season 22-2. The Red Hawks captured their first New Jersey Athletic Conference championship and were ranked in every national poll finishing the year at No. 2.

The field hockey squad became the first Montclair State women’s team in program history to play for the national championship after advancing to the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in Geneva, N.Y., in November. Montclair fell to Tufts University, 2-1, in the final to finish as the Division III championship runner-up.

Montclair placed three players on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-America Team led by senior goalkeeper Megan Bosland, who was selected to the First Team, becoming only the second Montclair player to receive that honor. Senior Kate Norgard and junior Jennifer Tafro were chosen to the Second Team. Head Coach Beth Gottung was named the Coach of the Year in the NJAC and was selected as the South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the NFHCA. n

Montclair State won a program-record 22 games, including 20 straight—the thirdlongest run in athletic history, ending the

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Montclair Sophomore Named Elite 89 Scholar-Athlete


Abby Erler receives Elite 89 Award

ield hockey center back Abby Erler received the Elite 89 Award for the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship, a prestigious award for scholar-athletes, at a pre-tournament banquet at William Smith College in Geneva, N.Y., in November. The NCAA’s Elite 89 Award honors scholar-athletes who compete at the national championship level in their sports. It is presented to the athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating in each NCAA championship.

Swimming Shatters School Records, Posts NCAA Qualifying Marks The Montclair State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams heated up during February’s Metropolitan Championships as the Red Hawks set 13 new school records, breaking several that had stood for nearly 28 years. The Red Hawks also saw three of its swimmers post qualifying times for the NCAA Division III Championships. Senior Zak Westerberg had a hand in all seven new


records on the men’s side including his NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 50 freestyle. Freshmen Katie LaCava and Julie Hansen also had NCAA provisional times in the 200 butterfly. Montclair State earned 20 All-Conference accolades from the New Jersey Athletic Conference, including LaCava being chosen as the women’s Rookie of the Year. n

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A National Student-Athlete Day Award Winner boasting a perfect 4.0 GPA, Erler is a Business Administration major and has been on the University Dean’s list three times. “I honestly was not expecting to receive this award and I was completely shocked when they announced my name,” says Erler, a sophomore from New Hampton, N.H. “It is a huge honor to be recognized out of all the hard-working and deserving girls who made it to the Final Four.” n

The Littlest Red Hawk Eight-year-old Shayne James inspires football team

Shayne lines up with the team.


he Montclair State football team had a new honorary captain this season: 8-yearold Shayne James. When Shayne was 18 months old, he was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. While his disease has been in remission since June 2005, side effects from three years of chemotherapy and steroid and antibiotic treatments prevent Shayne from playing the game he loves. The Red Hawks gave him the next best thing. Honorary team captain Shayne James

Team IMPACT, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, matched Shayne with the Montclair State football team, says Student Development for Athletes Coordinator Tara Rienecker. “After the match, we formed an ‘A Team’ that kept in contact with Shayne and his family on a regular basis,” she says. As part of the team, Shayne regularly attended practices and served as an honorary captain at the Red Hawks’ home games. “He joined the team for the coin toss and sometimes even texted back and forth with the guys on the ‘A Team’,” says Rienecker. He and his family cheered the team on at home and even at some away games. Yet the Midland Park, N.J., boy was more than a devoted fan, he was an inspiration to all of his teammates.

“Shayne inspired the team by always picking us up and making sure we worked hard. He inspired me by reminding me to be strong no matter what,” says Omar Morales, a junior tight end on the team. Says Brian Bloom, a senior offensive lineman, “Whenever he visited practice, everyone put that little extra bit of effort in to show him how good we can be.”

Shayne joins the team for the coin toss.

Getting to know Shayne gave the team a new perspective. “He’s been through so much,” says Morales. “Yet he’s very outgoing and always—and I mean always—has a smile on his face. Once you’re around him, you can’t help but smile.” According to Bloom, Shayne scored big with the team. “Never before have I seen ten grown men stand in a circle and vie for the attention of a child.”

Players also spent time with Shayne and his family off the field. “He was, in every sense of the phrase, on our team,” says Bloom. “I expect to stay in touch with Shayne and his family even after I graduate.” Although the season’s over, the James family will remain part of the team. “Once a Montclair State Red Hawk, always a Montclair State Red Hawk,” says Morales. n

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The men’s team made the Elite Eight

NJAC Champs

Soccer Teams Go Deep in NCAA Tournament Action


his fall, success was not just limited to Sprague Field and the Montclair State field hockey team, as both the men’s and women’s soccer teams also enjoyed winning seasons. For the men’s team, it was a continuation of what has come to be expected each year. After reaching the NCAA Division III national semifinals in 2011, the Red Hawks made a return trip to San Antonio, reaching the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the third time in the last seven years. The Red Hawks, who posted a 19-3-1 record, also captured the New Jersey Athletic Conference regular-season crown for the fourth time in the last seven years, posting 38-7-4 over the last two years. The Red Hawks’ journey back to the Elite Eight began on the road at Oneonta State where they defeated Salve Regina 2-1 in the

first round on a goal by senior Dan Mendoza late in the game. The next day, Montclair faced host Oneonta in a matchup of two Final Four squads from last season. The game went into overtime and a penalty-kick shootout before a 4-3 win moved Montclair State to the Sweet Sixteen in Texas, where it played third-ranked Trinity College in the first round. The Red Hawks stunned Trinity 2-1 to move one game away from the Final Four. But Montclair State’s attempt to reach a secondstraight national semifinal was thwarted when it fell to Ohio Northern University, 2-1.

Meanwhile the women’s team returned to the national stage for the first time since 2006 following one of the best seasons in team history.

Mendoza and senior Mark Lubetkin were named to National Soccer Coaches Association Division III All-America First Team—the first time ever that two Montclair players were named First-Team All-America in the same season.

The team was the top seed in the NJAC Tournament and then made its way to its second conference championship beating Richard Stockton College in the semifinals and Kean University in the title contest.

The Red Hawks captured their first New Jersey Athletic Conference championship since 2004, was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA South Atlantic Region and posted a 16-2-3 record. Montclair State went undefeated through its first 12 contests (11-0-1) and finished its NJAC slate at 8-1, the best conference season in the program’s existence.

The Red Hawks earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where it knocked off Averett University 3-2 in overtime before falling to host Lynchburg College in the second round.

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Four Montclair State players were named to the NSCAA South Atlantic All-Region Team and Head Coach Pat Naughter was named the NJAC Coach of the Year. Overall, Montclair State’s fall athletic teams posted a combined season record of 84-23-4, a .775 winning percentage that far outdistanced any program in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. n

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hen Montclair State alumna Tracey Keelen ’09 and her boyfriend Russell “J” Gehweiler Jr. went to the Jersey Shore to check on his dad the morning after Hurricane Sandy, they had no idea it would turn into a 10-hour rescue mission.

like what we saw. Luckily, we’re the types that can easily adapt to any situation.”

As part of the Montclair State swimming and diving team for four years, Keelen, an Exercise Science and Adult Fitness major, credits her experience as a swimmer, lifeguard and personal trainer with helping her rescue dozens of people that day.

They were up against more than the water. As it grew dark, they realized just how much danger they were in. Gasoline and debris floated in the water; the National Guard forbade them to enter the area; and their resources were dwindling. Still, nothing deterred them. Finally, around 7 p.m., they brought the last people to safety.

Keelen (R) and Gehweiler

More than a mile from the house, roads became impassable by car so they got out and began to walk, and then to swim. Using whatever they could find—paddleboards and a surfboard at first and then a rowboat and a canoe—they rescued Gehweiler’s dad and dog, but didn’t stop there.

Before Sandy barreled ashore, the Ortley Beach couple evacuated to Toms River, but Gehweiler’s dad, a boat captain, rode out the storm at home in Brick Township. When they couldn’t reach him after the storm, they went to check on him. They packed their Jeep with wetsuits, sweatshirts, towels and blankets—anything that might come in handy. “We tried to formulate a plan on the way over, but we had no idea what we were up against,” she says. “We thought there would be some water, but we didn’t think it would be anything

“People were just standing in the water outside with blank stares. Some were huddled in the second story of a house,” Keelen says. “We made as many trips as possible, sometimes with more than 10 people on a boat at a time.”

All told, Keelen and Gehweiler rescued more than 50 people that day, and Governor Chris Christie recognized their heroism during his State of the State address on January 8—a “pivotal moment in my life,” Keelen says. “It really struck a chord in my heart because, until then, I did not think much about it. I only did what I knew was right—helping others,” she says. “Hearing the governor’s heartfelt appreciation and the importance of my actions truly elevated what I and so many other heroes did in this extraordinary time of need.” n – Stacy Albanese

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n a picture-perfect fall day, thousands of alumni, students and families visited campus to celebrate their alma mater and cheer the Red Hawks on to victory during Homecoming 2012.


The day began with a welcome breakfast for first-year students and their families as Rocky the Red Hawk and the Pep Band led the group in the Montclair State fight song. Other highlights included the Student Showcase, alumni gatherings in each of the

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schools and colleges, a carnival and tailgate party, campus tours, special recognition of Hall of Fame members and, of course, the Homecoming football game against The College of New Jersey, which the Red Hawks won 24-14.

Alumni had many opportunities to reconnect with each other and the University, including open houses hosted by the Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education and the Equal Opportunity Fund.

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Athletics brought together Swimming and Diving team alumni and students for a swim meet and reunion, and hosted a reception for Hall of Fame members prior to their recognition at halftime of the

football game. Undergraduate and graduate admissions representatives provided information on programs available and the application process for interested alumni. The crowds also enjoyed the

campus carnival and tailgate festivities including rides, inflatables, face painting, balloon art, a photo booth and more.

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SGA Alumni

Create Affinity Circle

Jesse Schwartzman ’11, Barry Bernstein ’00, Amelia Teo ’05, Chris Fitzpatrick ’04, Jon Preciado ’10, ’12 MBA, Arun Bhambri ’11

Student Government Association (SGA) alumni have come together to create a new philanthropy program—Montclair State’s very first Affinity Circle, in which a group of individuals can come together and combine their gifts to donate toward a common interest.

Affinity Circle Committee Chris Fitzpatrick ’04, chair Vanessa Adames ’11 Barry Bernstein ’00 Arun Bhambri ’11 Joseph Christensen ’09 Pooja Patel ’12 Jon Preciado ’10, ’12 MBA Shakeel Radford ’10 Michael Saias ’03 Jesse Schwartzman ’11 “The history of Montclair State University is filled with


examples of student leadership and advocacy going above and beyond. SGA leaders stretch back through most of the history of Montclair State, and that dedication to our alma mater isn’t a switch that can be turned on or off with graduation. It’s there for life,” says Chris Fitzpatrick ’04, chair of the SGA Affinity Circle Committee. Indeed, the Student Government Association is one of the most active student groups on campus. Alumni remain strongly connected to the University, fellow classmates and current student members. SGA alumni have come together to show their support for the University where it is truly needed by creating the SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

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“As students who took on the additional responsibilities within our college community through the SGA, we see how our working together has made us all better members of the world community,” adds Joseph Christensen ’09. “Learning to interact, make decisions, make compromises and work for the larger community has shown us that our actions must work with common goals, and that our actions have long-reaching significance. Join your fellow alumni in supporting current SGA-affiliated students so they can go out and continue to grow a community for the world.”

“ That dedication to our alma mater isn't a switch that can be turned on or off with graduation. It's there for life.”

– Chris Fitzpatrick '04

The SGA Affinity Circle Committee and friends are working with the Montclair State University Foundation to establish a $25,000 endowed

Remember, every gift counts! To contribute to the SGA Alumni Leadership Scholarship, use our secure online form at or contact Jenna Peraino in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-7872 or scholarship fund to go to a leader in an SGA-chartered organization with a GPA of 3.0 or better. “I am glad to be part of an organization where I can give back to an institution that gave me endless opportunities and enhanced my college experience. As a leader of ‘Life Beyond the Classroom,’ I am honored to be part of a committee through which I’ll give a student leader everything I learned in the form of a scholarship,” Arun Bhambri ’11 says. “Please help sponsor an exceptional student leader by donating to this scholarship.”

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These alumni are “ACEs” Little known fact: Montclair State University is the largest single employer of its alumni. More than 400 faculty and staff earned their degrees at Montclair State and, as our alumni ambassadors, Alumni Campus Employees (ACE) play a vital role in the life of the University. In feedback gathered during a recent roundtable discussion, alumni employees expressed a strong affinity to their schools, departments and majors, as well as to the organizations and clubs they were involved with as students. A large number of these alumni also worked on campus as students and still feel a close bond to the faculty and staff members who mentored them. “Montclair State, then College, enabled a young Paterson native to obtain a first class education that has led to a

deeply rewarding career and life,” said Joan Ficke ’71, now dean of The Graduate School. “My everyday connection to our students and colleagues is a gift I could scarcely have imagined when I came here as a student many years ago.”

welcome-back breakfast gatherings at the start of the semester and will continue to offer opportunities to thank them throughout the year. “We enjoy celebrating this important group of alumni who have dedicated their careers to their alma mater,” said Jeanne Marano, executive director of Alumni Relations.

As graduates of Montclair State and members of the campus community, alumni employees use their experiences to create strong connections to current students, understanding the importance of building a personal connection as a way to help them become active alumni. They serve as role models for students who will be tomorrow’s alumni, demonstrating the benefits of remaining active within the University community.

Visit MONTCLAIRconnect, the exclusive online alumni community, at to stay up to date on planned activities. For more information or to get involved, contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4207 or

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To recognize the dedication of this integral alumni group, Alumni Relations hosted two

With more than 100,000 alumni living in all 50 states and in more than 75 countries, the Office of Alumni Relations at Montclair State seeks to bring alumni together through a series of events held in other cities.

New York City, N.Y. April 25, 6–8 p.m. Boston, Mass. May 2, 6–8 p.m. Miami, Fla. May 7, 6–8 p.m.

For more information, to register or help organize an event in your area, contact Jenna Peraino in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-7872 or at

West Palm Beach, Fla. May 8, 6–8 p.m. Washington, D.C. June 13, 6–8 p.m. Belmar, N.J. July 27, 3–8 p.m.

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on’t wake Michael Price from the incredible dream he’s having. It’s the one where he’s collaborating to create the most iconic piece of American pop culture of the last quarter century and the longest-running animated show in television history. As long as The Simpsons keeps getting renewed, he won’t have to wake up, because it means he’s actually still living that dream. For the last 11 years, Price has been an integral part of the writing team of The Simpsons. On his first day, he worked on the 300th episode and a year ago he wrote the 500th episode. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself,” says Price. The Simpsons, now in its 24th season, is also perhaps the most watched and recognizable show worldwide—translated into many languages, including Punjabi, Hindi and Hungarian. “No matter what


time it is, somewhere someone is watching The Simpsons,” he says. Growing up in South Plainfield, N.J., in the ’60s and ’70s, Price was an avid TV watcher—glued to reruns of the Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy and Abbott & Costello shows. He rattled off TV trivia like other kids threw around baseball stats. “The biggest treat was getting to stay up late and watch Johnny Carson, Monty Python or Saturday Night Live,” he says. “What I didn’t know then was that I was studying for what I was going to eventually do.” As a theatre major at Montclair State, Price wrote and directed plays on campus. He later got his master’s degree in directing at Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to writing for television, he performed sketch comedy with Gotham City Improv in New York

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He eventually made his way to California and drove a taxi while looking for work as a writer. His big break came in 1996 when he got a job on Disney’s short-lived Homeboys in Outer Space. Though the show bombed, he worked on it with Al Jean and Mike Reiss, who were taking a break from The Simpsons to write some Disney projects. When the show got canceled, Jean and Reiss went back to The Simpsons and eventually brought Price along. “The Simpsons has been amazing —it’s the most stable job in television,” Price says, noting this is his 11th season with the show. “It just goes to show, you never know. Homeboys in Outer Space was the go-to punch line for the worst show of all time, but it led to the best job in the world.” Price has since won two Emmy Awards for his work on The Simpsons and faces the weekly challenge of keeping the show

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fresh. The easy part is writing for the characters Matt Groening created. “Homer Simpson is the greatest character ever created by anyone,” says Price. “And Krusty the Clown lets me channel all the old stuff I grew up on.”

Price hopes The Simpsons continues to be the longestrunning animated show—for years to come. “I don’t want to picture my life without The Simpsons.” n – Laura Griffin

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and acted, directed and wrote plays with the Ironbound Theatre Company of Newark, which at the time was made up of a lot of fellow Montclair State grads. “Being in the theater department at Montclair State was the first time I was part of a creative community like that. It’s where I learned I was good at something.”




Connie Gilenson Lefkowitz ’39, a Golden Image Signature Member of the Boca Raton Museum Artist Guild, received the “Judge’s Recognition” award for her statue of white alabaster titled, “The Awakening.” It was exhibited in the October 2012 show of Artist Guild Gallery in Delray Beach, Fla. A member of the Artist Guild for 30 years, Lefkowitz is the oldest member of the Guild. She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women and of Women in the Visual Arts.

Arthur Lemos ’55 MA, retired 20 years, taught instrumental music for 39 years, including three years in Paterson, N.J. He also composed 30 musical pieces and wrote two published books.

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’40s Alan Rosenberg ’49 received a medal of commendation from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in recognition of 50 years of service as a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination.

Calling all members of 50+ Classes! Celebrate the anniversary of your graduation from Montclair State University! The 50+ Reunion Celebration will take place on May 24, 2013. All alumni who have graduated prior to 1963 are welcome to attend. We will celebrate the milestone 55th Reunion of the Class of 1958. Visit for more information on the celebration, or contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4207.

Ina Rudman Golub ’60 created an ark curtain and two Torah scroll covers in memory of her husband, Herb. Throughout her career as a textile artist, Ina has created Judaica items for 40 synagogues around the country, including 12 ark curtains, 450 Torah mantles, tapestries, beaded Havdala spice containers and more.

Daniela Gioseffi ’63, an American Book Award-winning author of 14 books of poetry and prose, is also the editor and webmaster of, a non-profit literary site named by Poets and Writers magazine as one of the best literary sites when it was founded in the late ’90s.


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Calling all members of the Class of 1963! Planning is underway for the Class of 1963 50th reunion! Mark your calendar to join your classmates on May 23 and 24, 2013. Visit for a schedule of events,

Hilda Kaplan Weisburg ’62 had her latest book Career Paths for School Librarians, published by the American Library Association.

information and a list of who is attending. For more information, contact Deb Corasio in the Office of Alumni Relations at 973-655-4207.

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classNOTES Eugene Manfra ’64 won his third national Apex Award in recognition of excellence in newsletter design. Janet M. Winter Becker ’67, senior instructor of mathematics and mathematics basic skills coordinator at Penn State Berks, officially retired in August 2012,

to take care of children and physically and mentally disabled young adults. Lester Anderson ’69 is a co-inventor of a computernetworking patent. The title of the patent is “Monitoring Business Machines Using a Mesh Network on Field Nodes.”

after 32 years at the campus.

Lenore Clemente Gleason ’68, ’74 MA traveled to Nicaragua with 20 youths and adults of St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church of Hilton Head, S.C., to work with Mustard Seed Communities, which works

Elizabeth Dixon Middlemiss ’71 was named the temporary special assistant and senior advisor for education to the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

’70s Lenore Clemente Gleason ’68, ’74 MA

Elaine Hulbert Baldwin ’71, ’75 MA, ’92 MA was recently hired as the interim superintendent of schools in Woodland Park, N.J.

David Clark ’70 retired after a long career in cardiology and now volunteers at the American Heart Association. Melba Moore ’70, Tony Award winner, Oprah Legend and four-time Grammy nominee, was honored by The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival for her lifetime contribution to the arts community at the Gospel Jazz Brunch & Festival Awards in October 2012.

Ron Brown ’72 MA created the cover of the January 2013 issue of The College Mathematics Journal. The cover is based on the way a knight moves on a chess board. John “Jack” Murphy ’72, ’75 MA received the Thomas Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. This national fire service award is in recognition of a lifetime of unprecedented achievement.

Harry Hutchinson ’69 publishes accounts of his adventures on three continents in a travel blog called Harry Travels (

William Eickhorst ’69, ’70 MA was featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo., of 30 works completed between 1976–2012.

Lawrence Morrow ’73, who has practiced law in New Jersey and California, is now Of Counsel to a San Diego firm, where he plans to retire and teach Spanish. He has authored many articles on El Arte del Toreo, or bullfighting. Lise Greene ’74, ’81 MA, ’06 Cert., following a year at Lehigh University as presidential writer and a freelance writer and editor, is now teaching English to refugees at Jubilee Partners in Georgia. Dion Smith ’75 recently retired as an educator. He now works as a licensed therapist providing in-home crisis counseling through YMCA family services and private counseling.


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classNOTES Stephen Mickolajczyk ’79 was hired by Marketsmith in Parsippany, N.J., as director of client services.

Michele Reilly ’70, ’72 MA retired after 25 years at GE Appliances and started volunteering at Green Hill Therapy, the only program in Louisville that offers hippotherapy for children, and then was elected to its Board of Directors. She is enjoying dog training as a second career.

Kathi Fiorino Evans ’76 announced that her company, All the Best Weddings & Celebrations, was included on The Knot’s “Best of NJ Wedding Planners” list for 2013. This is the sixth consecutive year that her company has been chosen by The Knot.

Leon J. Daidone ’76, chief of the Criminal Division of the Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, was appointed chair of the Prosecuting Attorneys Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Debra Parente-Rosin ’79 recently joined the staff of the Music Studio. The announcement was made by Ted Schlosberg, founder and executive director of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts.

’80s Ronald Campbell ’81 MA has been named CEO of NACAS, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services. Most recently, Campbell served as the president and CEO of College Business Concepts, LLC.

Egidio Robertiello '76 was named senior portfolio manager of Absolute Return Strategies by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. Joel Golub ’77 is now the FDNY chief information officer and deputy commissioner for technological development. He oversees the department’s efforts to use information and communications technology to support and advance its core life safety mission.

Robert S. Highley ’82, ’93 MS, associate professor of biology, has been reelected chair of the Department of Biology and Horticulture at Bergen Community College (BCC) in Paramus, N.J. He started at BCC in September of 1993.

Maryann Woods-Murphy ’78, an Allendale educator, was chosen as part of a group of 100 outstanding educators nationwide to participate in the highly selective America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals.

Debreen Conklin Oliva ’82 opened a winery and tasting room in Fort Edward, N.Y., with her husband, Tony. The winery is located on their 150-acre thoroughbred horse farm, just north of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Richard Marranca ’83 is an adjunct professor and author whose novel, Dragon Sutra, was published recently by Oak Tree Press. He teaches in the classics department at Montclair State and is the president of the New Jersey Fulbright Association. Beverly Beveridge ’84 is a writer for the website and a contributor with 1450 WCTC-AM Radio out of Somerset/Rutgers. She also co-hosts a radio show with Bert Baron called "Tuesday Tunes at 2 with Bert and Bev," featuring local/national musicians performing in New Jersey.

Karen Rosenthal-Dortschy ’80 was selected as a guest speaker at the annual North Carolina Downtown Association conference in Salisbury, N.C.

Gail Brodsky-Trulli ’79 attended the inauguration of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 17th president, Rafael Reif.

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classNOTES Lydia Bruno Furnari ’84, ’95 MA was appointed as the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education and school district. Dennis Tartaglia ’84 MA, president of Tartaglia Communications, LLC, won the 2012 HPRMS Award for Excellence in Public Relations. Betty Chugranis Wickert ’84 joined the Wyckoff group of Terrie O’Connor Realtors as a sales associate. Edward Condit ’85, ’94 MBA was selected to become president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, N.J. Mark Griffin ’85 was named the East Coast Athletic Conference Josten’s Male Administrator of the Year. He is the athletic director at Rutgers-Newark. Dennis Quinn ’85 was recently elected to the Virginia State Bar Council. Jim Anan ’86 published his first novel earlier this year. The book is titled The Dragon’s Lair, book one of a trilogy, and is about a young man pressed into service as a knight. Aileen Arsenault ’86 has joined the New York office of True Partners Consulting as a managing director. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in both corporate and public


accounting to the role, Arsenault will lead the firm’s Northeast Region International Tax Practice.

Directors to serve as chief financial officer, chief accounting officer and treasurer of the company at Syms Corp.

Kelley Cunningham ’86 is the art director of Highlights High Five magazine and also a new magazine for babies and toddlers called Highlights Hello, both

Valerie Bernhardt ’91 is the composer and producer of Mrs. President, an opera about Victoria Woodull, the first woman to run for the American presidency.

from the Highlights for Children company, publisher of the classic Highlights magazine for more than 65 years. Cherie Terminello Castellano ’87, ’90 MA was recognized for her work as program director of Cop2Cop, a 24-hour peer-to-peer helpline for law enforcement officers and their families directed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–University Behavioral HealthCare by The National Police Defense Foundation. She received the 2012 State Troopers Coalition “Woman of the Year Award.”

David Cohen ’93 accepted a position at VirtualArtsTV located in New York as chief marketing and sales officer. VirtualArtsTV is a leader in the live-streaming/ performing arts space. Thomas Conroy ’93, ’99 MA was named the new principal of the Lillian M. Steen School in Bogota, N.J.

Harvey Bierman ’92 has joined The Finish Line, Inc., a leading national retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, as vice president, digital technology. Gregory Wu ’92, ’94 Cert., ’03 MA, veteran teacher and administrator, was awarded the prestigious Ashby Award, recognizing him as the top educator in Ridgewood for the 2012 school year.

Marc M. DeLorenzo ’93 was appointed to the science faculty at Bard High School Early College, a Newark magnet school, where he teaches high school science courses including biology and physics. His wife, Stacie (Nagy) DeLorenzo ’93 just celebrated her 25th year at B&G Foods where she is the finance manager.

Glenn Iafrate ’87 received the Chief's Award for the month of August 2012 from the Fort Lee Police Department. Judith Accardi ’88 has been appointed as the Morris Municipal Court judge. The Borough Council approved Accardi's appointment.

’90s Richard G. Pyontek ’90 was approved by the Board of

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Michael Piperno ’96 is the president and creative director of Imbue Creative, an award-winning design, marketing and web development firm located in Bucks County, Penn. His firm recently designed and built a new content-managed website for one of America's most famous summer theaters, the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Penn.

classNOTES Bill Mesce, Jr. ’93 MA had his eighth book, PRECIS, a collection of short fiction, published in June by Stephen F. Austin University Press. Chester "Chet" Parlavecchio ’93 MA, special teams coach of the Tennessee Titans, visited with former classmate Kenneth Knops ’92 MA, superintendent of Clark Township schools. Parlavecchio and Knops caught up on old times and Parlavecchio delighted central administrators, a board of education member and the supervisor of athletics with anecdotes from both his time coaching high school football in New Jersey and professional players in the National Football League. Jill Sack ’93 MA was appointed principal of Mt. Hebron Middle School by the superintendent of Montclair Public Schools. Sergio Tigeleiro ’93 has been selected to serve as senior vice president of finance at Prism Capital Partners in Bloomfield. James Schalago ’94 was elected to the Morris school board for a three-year term. Alice Steinheimer ’94 Cert. accepted the position of director of special services for the district of West Milford, N.J. Elizabeth Anne Valandingham ’95 was elected a partner with the firm O'Donnell McCord, PC, in Morristown, N.J., in January

2011. She continues to practice real property tax appeal, municipal and land use law. Joanne Vos ’95 joined Maraziti, Falcon & Healey LLP in Short Hills, N.J., as Of Counsel specializing in environmental law and litigation. Mark Williams ’95 opened his own gym, Williams Sport Training, where he trains athletes of all levels and has served clients from several professional teams including the New York Red Bulls and the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.

Lina Shah ’02 and Gunjan Shah ’03 welcomed their second daughter, Sanya, into the world. compensation and benefits for executives, faculty and staff, enrollment management, labor relations, marketing, performance management and presidential evaluations.

Kristy Cipriano Zaleta ’95, a science teacher at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, Conn., was named Danbury’s Teacher of the Year for 2013.

Shawn Trautweiler ’97, a first grade teacher in Brick, N.J., received the Excellence in Education award.

Michael Steinbrick ’96 had his first art exhibition at the Victoria Hanks Fine Art gallery in Upper Montclair.

William Gillard ’98 MA was named associate professor of English with tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley.

Al Boyle ’97 self-published his debut novel, A Twist of the Knife. The novel is a suspense thriller about a psychic working with the police to solve a missing person’s case.

Michele Morgenstern ’98, a member of the Fort Lee Police Department since 2001, was chosen as the Chief’s Award recipient for October 2012.

Frank Casagrande ’97 MAT has launched a boutique firm, Casagrande Consulting LLC, which focuses on providing insight to institutions of higher education in the areas of advancement and development, board effectiveness,

Ihor Stefan Andruch ’99 works in the healthcare PR space and serves as vice president of client services for a firm in Bergen County, N.J. His son attends the Gifted and Talented enrichment program at Montclair State University.

Cathy Madalone ’99, ’04 MA was promoted to captain by the Bergenfield Police Department.

’00s Marc Capizzi ’00 MBA succeeded his father, Joseph Capizzi, as the Lodi school district’s business administrator. Sean Adams ’01, ’10 MA was appointed by the Paramus Board of Education as new assistant superintendent for administration, curriculum and instruction. Gregg Desiderio ’01 MA, ’05 MA, a fixture in Oakland’s education arena for nearly 20 years, is now principal of Valley Middle School. Matthew Murphy ’01, ’06 MA, ’10 Cert. was named the new principal at the Godwin Elementary School in Midland Park, N.J., where he will take

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classNOTES Michael Kazimir ’03 won a committee seat on the Rochelle Park Council.

from PSE&G to link student learning techniques with appreciation for the environment.

Tiffany Aliche ’02 published The One Week Budget; started her firm, CLD Financial Life; and taught hundreds of people how to manage their money.

Douglas Walker ’03 MBA accepted the position of assistant principal at Chatham High School.

Thomas Pietrykoski ’02 was

Luca Piscitelli ’04 was named

Astrid Martinez ’05, former Miss Colombia USA 2000, now works in Charlotte, N.C., at WBTV Channel 3. She began her broadcast career with a stint in New York at HBO followed by

named communications director by U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee.

Essex County's “Top Gun” by the New Jersey Attorney General's Office. He was recognized for making 21 DWI arrests in 2011, more than any other officer in Essex County.

Andrew Wallace ’02 was named vice president and relationship manager in the business banking lending group at Provident Bank.

Scott Rizzo ’04 MAT has accepted a position at Reading Memorial High School in the mathematics department.

the lead position in a redefined administrative role.

Kent Bania ’05 MS, the science district coordinator in Nutley, N.J., received a $2,300 grant

roles as a fill-in-host at Azteca America in Naples, Fla., and as a co-host on the Fox 4 Morning Blend. Previously, she tackled border issues as the anchor for the KGBT 5 p.m. newscast in south Texas. Stacy Perlstein Gallin ’06 MA received a doctorate in medical humanities from Drew University and is also pleased to announce the birth of her second child, Jordan. Gina Liscio ’06, a percussionist, has been playing off and on since 2006 in the pit orchestra for the Broadway musicals Mamma Mia!, The Drowsy Chaperone, White Christmas, Promises, Promises, The Phantom of the Opera and Anything Goes. Eric Magrini ’06 took over as head coach of the Wood-Ridge High School football program. Rachel Falis ’07 was appointed director of dance programs at Wharton Music Center.

Katherine Bolcar ’03, ’05 MA married Gerard Cortese on Nov. 11, 2011. Both are enlisted in the U.S. Army and serve in the 319th Statue of Liberty Army Band.

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Gian Paul Gonzalez ’07, the man who gave the “All in” motivational talk credited with sparking the Giants’ run to a Super Bowl victory in 2012, was also honored

ncent Regina ’05 graduVincent Regina ’05 ated in May 2012 with graduated in May 2012 honors from Rutgers with honors from Rutgers Business School with a Business School with a Master of Business AdMaster of Business ministration. A member Administration. A of Beta Gamma Sigma, member of Beta Gamma he was also the recipient Sigma, he was also the of the Rutgers Business recipient of the Rutgers School Finance Advisory Business School Finance Board Award and the Advisory Board Award Rutgers Business School and the Rutgers Business Scholarship. He works at School Scholarship. He Liberty Mutual in Boston, works at Liberty Mutual Massachusetts. in Boston, Mass. by New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie as the 18th member of the New Jersey Heroes, an award bestowed on residents who give back to their communities. Kristin Maier ’07 was sworn in as West Caldwell’s first female police officer. She worked on campus at The Ben Samuels Children’s Center as a teacher’s aide and served for approximately five years with the Montclair State University Police Department. Kevin Mason ’07 MAT, a science teacher at Maplewood Middle School, was named the new assistant principal at Tuscan


Jon Hoche ’06 has been touring the country with the global theatrical hit, War Horse, which was the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated movie. He is the head puppeteer of Topthorn, one of the two life-sized horse puppets in the show, as well as the goose puppet.

Elementary School in Maplewood, N.J.

Enrico Guillaume ’08 is director of human resources at International Business Times (IBT Media), a growing digital global news publication that delivers international business news to an audience of over 7 million in the U.S. and 13 million people worldwide every month through its network of digital publishing platforms.

She was honored as the Medical Technology Programs Outstanding Graduating Student.

Martin Cabalar ’08 joined Becker & Poliakoff, a diversified commercial law firm with more than 145 attorneys and lobbyists, at their New JerseyNew York Community Association Law practice. Cabalar is based in the Morristown office and represents community associations throughout New Jersey and New York, including homeowner and condominium associations, as well as cooperatives.

Gregory Michael Vonoczky ’08 married Jessica Carol Gricko on June 23, 2012, at the Villa in Mountain Lakes, N.J.

Ronald Dorfeuille ’09 received the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary at the school’s 200th Commencement exercises. Mark D. Smith ’09 married Lauren Ashley Springsteen on June 30, 2012.

Melissa Mueller ’08 married Martin Leitner ’08 ’10 MBA on July 20, 2012. Lesley Stephen ’08 recently graduated from Monmouth Medical Center’s Medical Laboratory Science program.

Jamie Lynn Coryell ’09 married Michael Adams on Sept. 29, 2012.

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classNOTES October 2012 at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York. Morgan Ditta ’12 was selected as grand prize winner of the first-ever Ultimate Halloween Costume Design Contest at Debra Marvel ’12, deputy clerk of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, was recognized as one of the “Stellas della Contea di Essex” (Stars of Essex County).

Cheryl-Lynn Mecka ’10 MAT was awarded the Earthwatch Educator Fellow and Community Action Plan Grant through The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in July to assist scientists in songbird species research and develop environmental literacy skills from field practice to classroom learning.

’10s Anthony Bitar ’10 and his song “On Display” were featured on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Ilber “Bert” Ferati ’10 joined McSpirit & Beckett Real Estate’s team of agents. Saydi Kaufman ’10 MFA, a Lacordaire Academy Upper and Middle School art teacher, presented her work in an art exhibition along with 15 other visual arts department faculty, at a faculty art exhibition at Bergen Community College's Bergen Gallery.


Kristen Olsen ’10 ScD has been named treasurer of the New Jersey Academy of Audiology. She is an audiologist at Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat in Neptune, N.J.

Melissa Boyer Naslund ’11 married Jeff Naslund in September 2011 in Voorhees, N.J. William Thomas Spice ’11 married Tasha Marie Green in

Ryan Polukord ’12 premiered his first major science fiction/ horror film, Danger Zone, at Montclair State University. Mick Sudol ’12 was hired as the new assistant athletic trainer of Felician College. He is responsible for injury/illness treatment and prevention of Felician’s nearly 150 student-athletes.

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s the Global Head of Group Regulatory Compliance for Arab Bank in Amman, Jordan, Michael Matossian ’78 works to ensure that banks in 30 countries adhere to ethical, legal and regulatory standards. Enhancing compliance awareness for doing the right thing requires a strong sense of integrity. “Business focus should not be success at all cost, but success only without ethical compromise,” says Matossian, who adds that his studies in philosophy and organizational behavior at Montclair State have served him well in business.

In the last several years, the faltering global economy has made the job even more challenging and kept him busy. “The recent financial crisis and a number of fraud and corruption cases reflected, in some cases, complete disregard and contempt of law,” he says. “This culture of indifference

conferences all over the world. “I’ve been fortunate to travel to most of the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Europe, Singapore and Australia,” he says. When Matossian entered Montclair State College, he knew what he wanted to do.

Michael Matossian ’78

“Business leaders need to set the right tone at the top to help foster a culture of ethics or compliance,” he says. And, as compliance professionals, “we need to act as the voice of conscience and be comfortable to swim not just with the tide but to swim against the tide to do the right thing and that means, at times, to say ‘no’—not an easy task when under pressure from businesses to grow revenue.”

perhaps started small but grew as companies made more money and became more accepting of unethical conduct.”

Growing up, he’d always been good with numbers and took an accounting class during his senior year of high school. Success in that class inspired him to pursue accounting. He landed an internship at the end of his sophomore year with the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in New York City. The internship was set up to allow him to work full

To help change that culture, he works to educate management about ethics and the consequences of ethical misconduct, often making presentations at anti-corruption, banking security and financial crime

time for part of the semester and then attend school full time for the remainder, but Matossian didn’t want to delay his graduation by taking time off from his studies. While he worked full time, he also attended classes at night, sometimes commuting up to two hours to get there. After graduating in ’78, Matossian worked as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co., one of the Big Eight accounting firms at the time. Encouraged by his audit professor, Matossian earned both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant certificate. Later, Matossian also attained certifications as a fraud examiner, risk professional and an anti-money laundering specialist. “It has been quite the journey to build a leading compliance program taking into consideration the different cultures, legal regimes and corporate governance standards,” he says. n – Lindsay Kramer ’12

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inMEMORIAM James McGilvray ’41 McGilvray, who served as president of the Alumni Association at Montclair State from 1994 to 1996 and as a trustee on the University Foundation Board from 1997 to 2007, died Dec. 18, 2012. As a student, McGilvray ’41 set the school record in the 880-yard run and was part of the mile relay team that posted a time of 3:29.1 in 1940-41, earning a spot in the Athletic Hall of Fame. Marjorie Wauters Orth ’26 Mari Wickstead Ryan ’29 Cert. Constance Sabatelli Califano ’34 Naomi Haim Weller ’35 MA Joseph Hughes ’37, ’61 MA Harriet Schalick Sharp ’37 Emma Powell Hoffman ’38 Gertrude Johnson Young ’38 Wilhelmine Dettmer Lorey ’40 James McGilvray ’41 Leo McMullin ’41 Lucia LaMorte Bowers ’43 Albert Kohrherr ’43 Vernell McCarroll Oliver ’43 Col. Wallace Edward Reid (Ret.) USAF ’43 Lenore Pomranz Shier ’43 Rev. Janice Collins West ’43 Charlotte Halloran Lovekin ’44 Ellen Robinson Campbell ’45 Selma Rosenstock Cohen ’45 Marian Fershko Schreiber ’46

Dorothy Goetz Hagman ’47 Elaine Cobb Brill ’48 Alice “Allie” Stevenson McGaheran ’48 Helen Yeomans Pickel ’48 Mary Starkey Purcell ’48 Margaret Schley ’48* Grace Pastor Durkin ’49, ’54 MA Philip Foster ’49, ’53 MA John Little ’49 Roger Morse ’49 Ruth Muller Negris ’49 Orrin Sauber ’49 John Yeager ’49 Rose Bruno ’50 Alice Bortnick Jeffries ’50, ’52 MA Margaret Simpson McEwen ’50 Eileen O’Connell Rauschmayer ’50 Eugene Warga ’50 Helen Blanchard ’51 MA George Cuzzolino ’51, ’56 MA Frances Capone Ciriello ’52 Louis DeVorsey ’52 John Eugene Dugan ’52, ’57 MA Peter Iosso ’52 Robert J. Kraus ’52 John Marra, Sr. ’52 Christine Bertsch Sheridan ’52, ’71 MA Harry “Jack” Durkee ’53 Benjamin Harris ’53, ’56 MA Harry Hatch ’53 Sara Cameron '55* June Sasaki ’55 Thomas Cannito ’56 MA Doris Hansen ’56 Harold Jennings ’56 John Wendlocher ’56, ’58 MA Nadine Germanton Guerin ’57 Herman Loeb ’58, ’67 MA John Lavach ’61 Joseph Blanda ’62 Luke Sarsfield ’62 MA Nancy Gyula Jarossy ’63 David Wilson ’63 MA Mildred Bialek Cohen ’64 MA Roy Risley ’64 Doris Meyer Hansen ’65 Robert Hearle ’65, ’69 MA James Cardone ’66

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Renee Rojahn ’66 Diana Sobo Boyes ’67 Lucille Peluso ’67 Monica Lassner Rhoads ’67 Samuel Roseman ’68 Walter Jubinsky ’69 MA Joanne Shello ’69 Barbara Wagner Suess ’69 MA Bobbie Skolkin Long ’70, ’73 MA Roseann Stanchak Mc Guire ’70 Carol Hardy Nigro ’70 MA Michael LaCouture ’71 MA Frank T. Lees ’72 Barbara Wiltshire Timmons ’72 MA Jay K. Weiss ’72 MA Barbara Bohn Wright ’72 Nelson Badia ’73 MA Marie R. Rhode ’73 MA Anthony Simonelli ’73 MA Joseph Testa ’73 MA Linda Schneider Baxter ’74 Lonna Doyle ’74 James Keeney ’74 Dr. Nicholas Mennuti ’74 MA Thomas Dunn, Jr. ’75 Marilyn Francis ’76 Compton Platt ’76 MA Constance Getz Ziobro ’76 Philip Cignavitch ’77 Francisco Delafuente ’77 Glenn Kloha ’77 MA Linda Resotko Savino ’77 Anna Scovens ’77 Joseph DeVincentis ’78 MA Patrick Houston ’78 MA

Gregory Fairweather ’79 Francis Olender ’79 MA George Stiff ’79 Jewel Menzie Schmidt ’80 Betty Ordway Dennis ’82 Marcia Smith-Brinton ’82 Linda Bruce ’83 Joan McTighe ’84 Theresa Feigle ’85, ’93 MA Paul Zawish ’85 MA Patricia Graham ’86 Eileen Hall ’86 Nathan Hawley ’86 Sherri Ahl ’87 Richard Griese ’87 MA Toni Padovan Nebbia ’87 Kurt Wrobel ’87 Kathleen Bodeck Camarote ’88 Dorothy Byland ’89 MA Mark Mccombs ’90 John Modoski ’91 Sydney Shuford ’91 MA Arthur Humphrey ’95 MA Michael Pisano ’97 Sergei Kosich ’98 Robert Meyer ’99 MA John Moscinski ’99, ’03 MA Mandy Hamerman Perilstein ’99 Wan Tseng ’00 Maribel Canales ’01 Bindu Mathew ’01 Sandra Morales ’01 Erik Bergman ’03 Susan Bressler Eckstein ’03 MA Christos Pagonis ’07

Joseph Coccia, Jr. Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., founder of the University’s Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, died Jan. 3, 2013. Coccia dedicated his life to preserving Italian American culture and heritage, and through the Coccia Institute, partnered with national and state organizations to advance interest in Italian and Italian-American fields of study. Coccia received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Montclair State.


THE LIFETIME GIVING SOCIETY Cento Amici, Inc. Murray ’05 Hon.* and Miriam Cole Oscar Cosla Francis Cuss Donald Darlington ’67 ’72 MA * Amy and Dan Feinberg Grace Freeman ’18 * Angelo Genova ’75 Robert Goldstein Frank* and Helen Altieri Granito ’55 Catherine Hanley ’72 MA * Ann Wilson Hartmann ’62 The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Inc Inserra Supermarkets, Inc. Lawrence Inserra Jr. Institute for Educational Inquiry The Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic Keating Crawford Foundation Douglas Kennedy Gerald ’80 Hon. and Phyllis LeBoff Audrey Vincentz Leef ’43 ’09 Hon. Patrick LePore Robert and Barbara Lieberman Nicholas Martini Foundation Martinson Family Foundation John Martinson Margaret McColgan Martinson ’66 The MCJ Amelior Foundation Charlotte Spohrer McKenzie ’31* William McLeish ’52 Merck & Company Merck Institute for Science Education Ralph ’58 and Margaret Miano The Ambrose Monell Foundation MRM Foundation, Inc. New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants New Jersey State Bar Foundation Thomas and Lucy Ott Panzer College Trust Fund Robert T. Partridge Preston Pinkett III The PNC Foundation Prudential Financial Pzena Family Foundation Richard Pzena Ruth Rapoport ’74* Harvey and Rose* Rappaport Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Elton Robertson ’64 Gene Rosenfeld Rochberg ’41 Roche The Fred C. Rummel Foundation Schering-Plough The Schumann Fund For New Jersey Evelyn Sheffman ’39*

The President’s Council recognizes with gratitude those whose cumulative lifetime gifts to Montclair State University have reached $50,000 or more, or who have made a planned gift of $250,000 or more.


Cumulative gifts or planned gifts of at least $1 million


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Anonymous Daniel Alexander ’48 Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Seth and Alexandra Bergstein Susan Blount Angelo R. Cali and Mary V. Cali Family Foundation, Inc. Angelo Cali ’36 ’79 Hon.* John ’09 Hon. and Rose Cali ’80 Joan Dalton ’90* Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Incorporated Edwin ’82 and Mimi Feliciano Marie Frazee-Baldassarre ’43 ’46 MA* Adelaide Greenfield Goldfarb ’39* I. Michael Kasser Edward Leshowitz ’36 ’96 Hon.* Charles Magliaro ’54 ’58 MA ’10 Hon. and Lori Magliaro McMullen Family Foundation John McMullen ’03 Hon.* Catherine McMullen ’85 Mary Kasser Mochary Matthew Mochary The Prudential Foundation Conrad J. Schmitt ’58 George and Helen Segal Foundation Herman ’37 ’82 Hon.* and Margaret McCormack Sokol ’38 ’92 Hon.* Madelon Grimm Wehner ’39* Josh and Judy Weston Fund, Inc. Josh ’97 Hon. and Judy Hirsch Weston ’77 MA

Bank of America Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation Lawton Blanton Jr.* The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Joanne Cali Arlyn and Stephen Cypen Theresa Dinallo The Laraja Foundation, Inc. Joseph Laraja Sr.* and Angela Laraja* Ralph LaRossa Lucent Technologies The John Victor Machuga Foundation, Inc. Barbara Mostoff ’95 MA Public Service Electric & Gas Company Victoria Foundation, Inc. Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation

SILVER ADP Foundation Arlene Crescenzi Allen ’64 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fredric Bednarek ’59 Susan Bershad Antoinette C. Bigel Trust The Brand Foundation of New York, Inc. Michael Kogan Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Barbara Flenner Brummer ’68 Angela Cali Joseph and Teresa Canderozzi Capital One Bank

Charles Shotmeyer Nader Tavakoli ’80 Teachers Club of Montclair The Terplan Family Foundation Kornel and Terezia Terplan James Todd ’41 ’50 MA* Turrell Fund Elizabeth Vandervliet ’32 ’37 MA * The Edward and Stella Van Houten Memorial Trust Verizon New Jersey, Inc. Nancy Walsh ’48* Eva Sidlow Walther ’34* Wells Fargo Wilkins Foundation Inc. Scott* and Ingrid Williams ’92 ’96 MA

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HONOR ROLL OF DONORS 2013 Montclair State University and the Montclair State University Foundation wish to thank the following donors whose gifts of $100 or more were received between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. We also offer sincere thanks to the thousands of donors who contributed amounts up to $99 during the fiscal year. Gifts to the University have supported a wide range of academic programs, scholarships, services and facilities that make Montclair State an exceptional place for learning and provide special opportunities for students and faculty. Cornerstone Society Founder’s Society 1908 Society Bell Tower Club College Hall Circle La Campanilla Club Century Club

$100,000 or more $50,000 or more $10,000 or more $5,000 or more $1,000 or more $500 or more $100 or more

CORNERSTONE SOCIETY Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation Susan V. Bershad Charitable Fund, Inc. Susan Bershad John ’09 Hon. and Rose Cali ’80 Estate of Joan L. Dalton ’90 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Incorporated Edwin ’82 and Mimi Feliciano Frank* and Helen Altieri Granito ’55 The Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton-Passaic Ralph LaRossa The John Victor Machuga Foundation, Inc. McMullen Family Foundation The PNC Foundation Public Service Electric & Gas Company Roche Josh and Judy Weston Family Foundation, Inc. Josh and Judy Hirsch Weston ’77 MA

FOUNDER’S SOCIETY Association of Performing Arts Presenters The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Barbara Horn Buhrer ’43 James Patterson Estate of Madelon Grimm Wehner ’39

1908 SOCIETY Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arlene Crescenzi Allen ’64 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Barbara Flenner Brummer ’68 Angela Cali John and Amanda Cali Ronald Califre ’72 Capital One Foundation, Inc.

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Chiaho Chang Violet Kerr Chen ’52 David’s Fund Donald Cipullo Susan A. Cole Congregation Beth El Adam and Nova Cutler Joseph Delaney ’51 ’57 MA Ramon Delgado Gregory ’77 and Polly Evans Dell’Omo ’77 Domenica Desiderioscioli Barbara Dioguardi ’79 Diversified Information Technologies, Inc. Katherine McAuvic Dunlap ’76 H. Wilson Eaves ’51 Lydia Eckstein Norman Eckstein ’98 ’11 Cert David Emero and and Elizabeth Emery Jo Anne Engelbert Harold ’78 ’79 MA and Barbara Abbott Ferguson ’76 Maurizio Ficarra Maxine Forman Michael Forman Amy Fox Alice Freed Dorothy Gawley William Gelman ’43* Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster Angelo Genova ’75 Rudolph Giglio ’84 Willard Gingerich and Alina Camacho-Gingerich Kevin Glenn ’84 Gertrude Nenninger Goble ’48 Goodwin Procter, LLP James and Valerie Grabicki John Greco Memorial Scholarship Fund Susan Greco ’93 ME Donald ’51 ’56 MA and Audrey Korsak Gregg ’71 MA Ueli and Marylou Gubler ’76 ’79 MA Terence Gunning ’79 Jean Haring Hall ’50 Brigid Harrison Ann Wilson Hartmann ’62 HealthCare Institute of New Jersey William Helft Chris Herrera Diane Hipkins ’92 George Iannacone ’54 ’59 MA Nicola ’99 and Jill Gastelu Iannitelli ’00 The Islamic Center of Passaic County Italian Teachers Association of NJ Fred and Edith Jenkins Mark and Kathleen Costello Kolb ’79 MA KPMG, L.L.P. Joseph Kwederis ’88 Carl and Linda Kuhnen La Scuola D’Italia G. Marconi Audrey Vincentz Leef ’43 ’09 Hon. Marcella LoCastro ’74 Stephen Luongo ’81

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Donna Grassano Esther Lopes Grauso ’80 Patricia Maultsby Gray ’80 Donna Marine Green ’72 Bernice Spitz Greene ’45 Janet Gregorovic ’76 Barbara Grieco ’56 Elaine Castellano Grillo ’83 MA Theresa Grillo ’95 George ’64 ’66 MA and Judith Gross ’72 MA David Grossman ’76 Joseph 53 ’68 MA and Inez Tosato Grosso ’54 John Guarino ’80 Arlene Gura ’74 ’77 MA Glenn ’84 and Laura Nancuso Gutjahr ’84 E. Janet Sundquist Hackbarth ’61 ’67 MA Anthony Hager Carol Hahn ’80 Atlanta Hall ’84 MA Cheryl Kneer Hames ’77 Nancy Harmon Bargmann ’70 Ellen Connelly Harrigan ’68 David Hart ’50 ’57 MA Peter D. Hart Research Associates, Inc. Laura Latka Hartner ’73 ’75 MA Eugene Hastings ’50 ’55 MA Ronni Meritt Haston ’79 Adolph Haug ’68 MA Michael Hawkins ’89 Gary Hayden ’74 ’77 MA Mary Hayek ’85 MA Helma Richter Heard ’47 Patricia Brown Heese ’72 Yosef Hegazy ’06 Albert Hein ’58 ’63 MA James Heinegg ’89 MA Brian Heinold ’01 Carolyn Heiser ’86 Warren Heiss Maureen Heldmann ’86 Robert Heller ’58 Barbara Hemink ’89 MA Mary Henderson Richard Hennicke George Hennings ’47 ’48 MA Mary Connolly Henry ’70 ’72 MA Michelle Ferreira Herbster ’74 MA Paul and Constance Herbster Susan Herman Jeffrey Hilla ’84 Gloria Hines ’76 Bruce Holland ’99 Carol Nelson Holmelund ’81 Georgiann Dermody Hook ’65 Dorothea Hooper ’54 ’58 MA Helen Coyle Hooper ’44 Lizbeth Hoos ’90 Daisy Anderson Horn ’52 John ’53 and Rosemary Sharkey Huber ’53 Robert Huber ’61 Mary Hudson ’63 ’68 MA Paul Huegel ’83 Felicia Huey Doris Downs Hulbert ’60 ’65 MA Jasmine Hulin ’07 Jocelyne Humbert Jeanine Hundt ’82 ’86 MA Judith Lin Hunt Veronica Ruth Hunt ’64 Helen Hunter ’86 Matthew Hyde ’11 Robert Iacullo ’76 Janine Iannarelli ’83


Carol Ingall Michael and Patty Inserra Rose Baram Isaksen ’66 Ken and Annette Isakson Nicole Jackson ’04 Terry Jackson Vivien Jacobs-Quam ’72 MA Caryn Hefter Jacquish ’89 Stanley ’70 ’76 MA and Jan Thorne Jakubik ’70 Mark Jamieson ’06 Patricia Pepin Janof ’69 Peter Japinski ’01 Evlynn Jarzabek ’76 MA Chinnappa Jayachandran Vernela Jean Francois Josie Jeanty Agatha Jeffers Leslie Jenkins Jack Jennings ’61 Eric and Heidi Johnson Dennis Johnston ’81 Eileen Koch Johnston ’66 Donald ’58 ’60 MA and Lorraine Bartkowicz Jones ’58 Stephanie Jones ’04 Judith Toffel Julius ’63 Matthew ’73 and Bernadette Montferret Jusinski ’76 Syrtiller McCollum Kabat ’60 John Kaelin ’50 ’55 MA Leon Kafafian ’79 Thomas Kaminski ’84 Alfred Kane ’49 ’55 MA Lila Hook Kane ’49 Marie Kane ’67 ’73 MA Peter Kane Kathleen Kastner ’87 Sidney ’76 MA and Lori Katz ’78 MA Lisa Kauffman ’09 Cert Alvan and Marcia Kaunfer Richard Keenan ’66 Lucille Fagan Kehoe ’48 ’52 MA Diane Gilmore Keiller ’65 Barbara Fergson Keller ’82 MA Diane Mack Kelly ’65 Patrice Kelly ’96 Rosemary Ritter Kelly ’92 MA Bruce Kemlitz ’76 MA Todd and Anne Kemp John and Carla Kendall Denise Dargon Kennedy ’74 Patricia Kenschaft David Kerrigan ’74 Evelyn Manowiecki Kersey ’68 Alexander Khaytovich ’08 Thomas Kincaid ’93 Michael King ’83 Jeffrey Kinkead ’05 MBA Claire Kinn ’75 MA Kenneth Kinney ’81 Robert ’63 ’67 MA and Frances Stern Kirschner ’64 Katherine Gray Knittel ’78 Marie Salerno Knouff ’51 Anne Kobylarz ’80 MA ’95 Cert Ronnie Ferber Konner ’70 Stanley ’54 ’66 MA and Barbara Stevens Kopacki ’59 ’74 MA Ramona Kopacz ’91 MA Nancy McKill Koshak ’64 Francis ’77 ’79 MA and Patricia Rozewski Kowalski ’83 MA Brenda Montgomery Kracht ’62 ’65 MA Endre Krajcsovics ’81 MA Michael Krasner ’60 Doris Bird Kraut ’42 Amy Kress ’91

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Kirsten Kristensen Michele Kroeze ’97 Kathleen Rozic Krom ’74 MA Barbara Krusko Robert ’69 ’72 MA and Susanne Otto Kuipers ’69 MA David Kulesz ’83 Ruth Kunstadter Joseph and Maryanne Kunyz Theodore Kury ’59 Catherine Kwan ’68 William Labance ’62 Blaise Lacca ’11 Robert Lachenauer ’51 ’56 MA Robert Ladomirak ’98 MS Jacque Lamb ’09 MS Angelique Lampros ’58 Daryl Ebeling Lancaster ’77 Jay Langseder ’79 Linda Pellett Lannin ’54 Robert Lapidus ’70 MA Samuel Lasala ’00 MA John Laskey ’79 Marie Ranieri Latino ’76 Claudia Fahey LaTorre ’83 Arnold Lau ’48 Mary Lawlor Laudano ’76 Nancy Lauter James ’79 and Jill Dykstra Laux ’79 Donal Leace Alice Walker Leath ’84 Phillip and Daniele Durieux LeBel ’89 MA Ann Antman Lee ’78 Molly Esposito Lee ’01 ’07 MBA Christine Lemesianou Mary Lenehan ’55 ’57 MA Catherine Catania Leon ’75 Kathleen Leonard ’81 Christine Lepore ’92 Dieter Lerch ’77 Gerald LeRoy ’99 MA ’03 Cert Peter and Theresa Leslie H. Faye Greene Levine ’62 Linda Levine Maxine Levy ’63 Joan Dushanko Ley ’70 Patricia Libak ’90 MA Bernard Lieber ’40 Alex and Susan Lieberman Lori and Andrew Lieberman William Liess ’58 Joan Mansfield Likness ’54 Jang and Phoebi Lim Georgeanne Jollie Limbach ’72 ’84 MA Violet Linder Clifford Lindholm II and Karen Cooper Lindholm ’78 Locked-On Communications, LLC Dean Hovell ’76 John and Lauren Loewenstein Joseph Loibissio ’99 Thomas Loikith ’75 Lawrence and Cathleen Londino Sigmund London ’68 Sean Lore ’06 MBA Zbieniew Lorenc ’71 Karla Sambrowski Lortie ’93 Philip and Paula Joan Lospalluto Mary Ann Lucania ’69 MA John Lucas ’03 Paula Lucca ’84 Ernestine Zampetti Luise ’63 Dorothy Wright Lunn ’43 Donald Lusk ’75 MA Brian Lynch ’77 Kevin Lynch ’73 Margaret Lynch ’71

Richard Lynde John ’69 ’81 MA and Mary Dorne Lyons ’68 Jacoba Wiedmann Maas ’66 John-Michael Maas Leslee Blessing Mabee ’76 Joseph ’70 and Rosa Digiacomantonio Macaluso ’70 Archie Mac Gregor ’53 MA Thomas Macintosh ’88 MBA Nancy Scalera Mackow ’75 Madyson & Associates, LLC Steven Maselli ’03 Pamela Madzy ’08 MA Josephine Maffettone ’54 Francis Maggio ’88 Albert Magro ’61 Elizabeth Maguire ’55 ’58 MA Lisa Mahon ’89 Kathleen O’Keefe Mahoney ’74 Charles ’64 ’66 MA and Barbara Tyll Mainenti ’64 ’67 MA Ronald Makara ’61 ’63 MA Jean Makhlouf Gloria Warin Mako ’63 ’77 MA Alvin Mallette ’01 Kenneth Malmud ’76 Paul Mancuso Vincent Mandaro Hal and Elissa Mandel Jane Wasienko Mangiameli ’66 ’87 MA John Mangieri ’73 Christopher ’84 and Tracy Allwood Mann ’86 Kim Marchese ’74 ’82 MA Ralph Marchese ’72 Frank Marcos ’80 Brian Marcy Jon Marks Joanne Marren ’11 MA Jeffrey and Linda Marsden Christine Schwalbe Martens ’66 Christopher Martin ’83 Ted and Laureen Martinko Daniel ’97 and Lisa Gangemi Massaro ’96 ’00 MA Nicholas Massas ’05 Marjorie Lore Master ’60 Carolyn Masterson Joanne Depalma Matkowski ’83 Patricia Oboyle Matthews ’58 Helen Matusow-Ayres Carol Mcguinness Mauermeyer ’78 Jocelyn Maddams Maurushat ’47 Lori Mickiewicz Mayer ’77 Barbara Kooistra Maylath ’86 Dorothy Mayner ’52 Marie Grasso Mazzeo ’70 ’94 ME Phil Mazzini ’88 Guna Spechts Mazzitelle ’58 Albert McAlister Edward Mcburnie ’76 Stephen McCarthy ’72 Moira McCluney ’63 Anne Filacanevo McCormick ’70 Suzanne McCotter McCreath Studios, LLC Carol McCurdy James McGilvray ’41* Kathleen Mc Ginnis ’70 ’72 MA Kevin McGrath ’72 ’81 MA Jon McGriff ’80 Patrick McGuinness ’72 Marie Marra McGuire ’54 Helen McHugh ’41 McInerney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Institute, LLC Carrie McKeen ’10

John and Janet McKeown Robert McLuckie ’50 ’56 MA Christine McMaster ’80 Mary Jane McNally ’70 Lynn McTaggart ’00 MBA The Mehr-Simon Foundation Karen Meislik ’80 Andrew Melitz ’93 Cert and Tracy McVeigh ’82 Anthony Mergola Carolyn Rich Merrill ’87 Herman Meyers ’65 Eileen Miele-Coppola ’75 Patricia Lynch Migliore ’77 John Miksits ’88 Mary Coleman Mildner ’48 Angela Carroccio Miller ’61 Carol Miller ’79 Cedric and Kim Miller Douglas Miller ’77 MA Julia Miller Marion Walker Miller ’55 Richard Miller ’08 Victoria Miller ’09 Inga Mills ’78 ’79 MA Thomas Milot ’03 Stephen Minogue Donald Mintz and Ann Day Margaret Stringer Mitchell ’80 Sonia Mitchell-Matthews ’06 Mark Mitrenga ’90 Jason Mittelman ’07 MA Patricia Smith Mixson ’67 ’80 MA Edmund Moderacki ’68 Linda Verba Modzelewski ’65 ’69 MA Lei Ann Hipolito Molander ’98 Irene Zupko Monahan ’59 Mark Montgomery ’75 Lee Moody ’76 MA Hilliard Moore ’78 Linda McLaughlin Moore ’82 Ray Moose ’77 MA Ramon Mordan ’85 Elizabeth Morgenthien ’80 Maureen Morlando ’97 James Morrison ’87 Barbara Stirman Moskowitz ’62 Caroline Burt Mossip ’74 ’76 MA Nancyann Evanik Mottel ’76 Walter Motz ’57 Stephen Mueller ’85 Margaret Mukherjee Thomas Mullins ’62 Bob ’50 and Joan Carrodus Mulroony ’52 James ’60 and Virginia Schroll Mulvihill ’62 Mary Murphy ’04 Susan Murphy ’77 MA James Murray ’71 MA William Murray ’57 Keith Nacinovich ’82 Theresa Dedeo Nagel ’51 Margaret King Namm ’71 Sunebari Nantah ’92 MA Ronald ’81 and Beth McNeilly Naples ’81 Thomas Naples ’63 Jose and Jenny Narciso Henry Neff ’69 ’77 MA Alveria Fairley Nelson ’67 MA John Nelson ’67 MA Judith Zehnder Nelson ’80 Barry Neustein ’91 Lindsey Newman ’07 Shui Ng ’00 MBA Gregory Nicholson ’72 ’76 MA Mary O’Connor Nicosia ’75 ’97 Cert Aaron and Claire Nierenberg

Ken and Dawn Nietzer Mary Beth Nittolo ’82 Robert Nittolo NJ Association of Public Accountants Bergen/Passaic Chapter NJSTA-Merck Institute for Science Education Ethel Noble ’85 Betty Nolan ’00 MA Kevin Nolan ’80 Zahid Nomani Sharon Steward Normyle ’63 Joan Housenick Oakley ’58 ’76 MA Joseph ’67 and Elizabeth Schedeman O’Brien ’68 Michael Och Jaime and Lorraine Ochs Arlene Blake O’Connor ’58 Eileen O’Connor Kimberly O’Halloran John Olenik Vernell McCarroll Oliver ’43 William Oliver ’71 MA ’82 MA Robert Oliynik ’78 Catherine Olsen ’94 Rosemary O’Mahony ’84 Marion Clarke O’Neill ’79 Richard Onorevole ’52 ’56 MA Linda Obuchowicz Ooms ’69 ’81 MA Branly Orban ’00 Eleanor Bundy O’Reilly ’80 Kathleen Orzech ’65 Hilton Otero ’51 Gloria Otley ’86 MA David and Agnes Owens Josephine Pagano ’47 Robert Pagano ’96 John Page ’93 Lawrence and Ruth Page Carol Bulmer Palmer ’84 Joseph Palmeri ’83 Nella Palmieri Richard Palumbo ’72 David ’51 ’56 MA and Dorothy House Pangburn ’52 Panzer College Trust Fund Margaret Papazian ’74 MA Kathleen Mckenzie Parani ’62 Lawrence Pargot ’64 MA Catherine Garruto Pariser ’79 Gina Paladino Parisi ’80 Cherie Parker ’72 Farris Parker ’82 ’86 MA John Pascal ’08 MA Clifford Pascale ’75 Susanna Pastorino Chiman and Rekha Patel Gwendolyn Paternostro ’85 Paula Pavlosky ’76 Andrew Pecoraro ’89 and Mary Jo McGuire ’88 Carol Belfield Peele ’73 Joyce Devigno Pellegrino ’84 ’94 MA Stefan Peller Karen Peluso ’71 Tara Austin Penza ’81 Robert Perlett ’55 ’63 MA Anne Coyle Perone ’58 Dorothy Kenlan Petersen ’56 Walter and Alice Petronczak George Petty Jr. Otto ’87 and Heidi Weiss Pfefferkorn ’88 Anita Becker Phillips ’47 Alfred Picerno ’51 Timothy Pickett Bree Picower Barbara Pietrucha ’72 ’86 MA Dolores Hrobak Pinski ’49 ’52 MA

Steven Pochini ’95 MA Peter Policastro Kathleen Gorman Polisano ’74 Marlon Pollard ’00 Kenyon ’54 ’60 MA and Martha Waro Pollison ’56 John Pomponio ’74 Karen Coulson Porcello ’68 Terrence ’82 and Wilma Burney Porter ’92 John Powell ’81 ’93 MA Lori Dasaro Powers ’86 MA Janet Pray ’61 Elizabeth Protomastro ’79 Barbara Wiskowski Puglisi ’74 Anne Acorn Puknys ’61 Colleen Quinn ’81 Jerome Quinn Federic Quintieri ’94 MA R & B Select Scan, Inc. Brian and Rosemary McManus Audrey Leff Rabinowitz ’56 Diana Rael Frank Rahter Josephine Ramundo Rita Ranucci ’64 Barbara Rawlins ’73 Jeanne Reichardt Robert Reichert ’62 Michele Reilly ’70 ’72 MA Winifred Reinhardt ’72 Timothy Renner Mary Faggio Rhodes ’62 William Rieck ’66 MA Juliette Goebel Riggs ’55 ’62 MA Mary Temple Riker ’40 Dawn Riley ’84 Robert Risden ’67 ’75 MA James Ritchie ’77 Sylvia Angle Rittweger ’57 Stacey Beerman Rivkin ’77 Donald ’67 and Barbara Reda Rizzo ’66 ’70 MA Noreen Rizzolo Diana Accardo Roberts ’53 Heather Roberts ’11 MA Matthew and Jessica Anne Roberts Robert Roberts ’63 ’67 MA Christopher Rodriguez ’07 Nellie Rodriguez ’78 Kevin Rogers ’81 Robert ’69 and Susan McConaghy Rolak ’71 Berta Perez Roldan ’87 ’06 MA Vincent Romagnuolo Patricia Romero John Roncace ’70 Sharon Bonner Rondinella ’84 Joseph and Anna Rooney Samuel ’68* and Elaine Ianniello Roseman ’69 David Rosenblum Helen Friedenberg Rosenmertz ’64 The Rothenberg Group, LLC. Philip Rossi George Roukas ’79 Robert Rowan ’04 Michael Rozek ’81 Tracey Rudd Angela Ruffino ’70 Teresa Ruiz-Solomon ’88 Matthew Russas ’89 Elaine Russo Christopher and Suzanne Ryan Thomas ’77 and Jean Shouldis Ryan ’79 Gerry Ryan ’56 William Ryan ’00 William ’69 and Mary Jo Trusso Sabbers ’84

Wendy-Ellen Saladino ’98 ’11 MA Haleh Samii Salehian-Sabet ’79 Philip Salerno ’79 Angelo and Donna Salgado Richard Salinardi ’62 Douglas Salvatoriello ’72 Stephen Samson ’71 Gerhard Sanchez ’02 ’04 MA Joan Sanford ’60 Gloria Senopole Sanok ’49 Richard Santoro ’70 Larry Santos ’67 ’74 MA Andrew Sarchio ’70 ’73 MA Judith Gajewski Satkiewicz ’70 ’73 MA Marjorie Wetmore Sawruk ’68 Carole Raschen Scaccianoce ’56 Suzanne Lomench Schaffer ’48 Richard ’70 and Ellen Sekuler Schall ’70 Reinhardt Schauble ’64 Naomi Schiff Myers Michael ’64 ’66 MA and Kathleen Schiro ’68 Gail Purchase Schmeisser ’59 Mark Schmelz ’78 Katherine Perrine Schneider ’44 Richard Schneider ’75 Ronald Schneider ’74 Doris Weinpel Schofield ’62 Janet Schreiber ’63 Mireille Lipsitz Schuck ’65 Richard Schuck ’66 Kim Knichel Schwint ’82 Beatrice Schwoerer ’43 Lillian Mingin Scofield ’57 Cynthia Scott ’74 Marie Mauriello Scotti ’49 Lorraine Alberto Scudieri ’62 Richard ’77 and Sylvia Scull ’78 Robert Seidman Christopher Sekel ’82 and Margaret Candio ’80 Harriet Surasky Selinger ’56 Thomas Sellitto ’56 ’63 MA Carolyn Semento ’50 Kathleen Del Guercio Serafino ’64 ’67 MA Robert Seyfarth ’62 Peter Seyka Kathryn Plosia Sgamma ’61 William Shadel ’52 Marilyn Bieber Shapiro ’72 ’80 MA Ronald and Angelique Sharps Adrian Austin Shelby ’90 MA Maxine Shepard ’87 John Sheppard ’62 William ’68 and Sheila Stein Sheppard ’68 Mark Sheridan ’09 Cert Michael Shevlin ’86 Minsun Shin Christopher Shoola ’10 MS Otis ’43 and Ruth* Wheeler Shuart ’43 Karen Gorski Shumpert ’68 Robert Sigler ’85 and Evelyn Nazarro-Sigler ’89 MBA Catherine Sigmund and DianDePalma Gloria Marcus Silber ’43 ’68 MA Trevor Simmonds ’86 J. Malcolm Simon ’54 Walter Siri ’63 ’68 MA James Sivco ’83 Raymond Skorski ’76 Michael Skutinsky ’73 Jeffrey Slemrod ’67 Luciann Keczmerski Slomkowski ’57 Sondra Hildebrant Slotnick ’57 ’65 MA Alice Smith ’76 Arthur Smith ’54 ’61 MA David ’79 and Patti-Jo Reilley Smith ’78

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Dion Smith ’75 Victoria Smith Farhi ’77 Patrick Smith ’86 and Diane Iler-Smith ’86 Sandra Hoek Smith ’61 Shawn Smith ’00 Chester Snedeker ’64 MA Joyce Snider ’86 MA Erin Snyder ’10 Kenneth and Mary Grace Snyder Cheryl Buchanan Sojkowski ’84 Susan Solleder ’75 Janet Somers ’05 MA Joseph Sommer ’54 ’56 MA Rosaleen Platania Sorento ’65 Bryan Sparks ’97 Peter Spear ’79 Joanne Sciarrillo St. Amand ’74 George Stager ’50 ’52 MA Robert Stahl ’56 ’62 MA Jules Stanisci ’58 Char Delhagen Stanko ’72 ’77 MA Joy Seber Stanowicz ’67 ’68 MA James Stapleton ’77 Carol Wohltman Stauss ’71 Stanislawa Stawski Nina Steadman ’72 MA ’77 MA James Steen ’60 MA Gregory Stepien ’80 C. Gale Sterling ’72 David Stern ’77 Drew Stevens ’68 ’71 MA James Stock ’68 MA

Juli Stoltz ’04 Jay Stolz Stonebridge Real Estate Services, LLC Cesare Stefanelli ’84 George Storm ’63 William Straglinos ’74 Gary Streifer ’84 ’98 MBA Barbara Arentoft Stromberg ’66 Mae Strong ’72 Kyle Stuber Cid Sugioka Anthony ’63 MA and Juel Moll Suglia ’75 MA Cynthia Rossi Sullivan ’78 James and Mary Sullivan Lois Schantz Sullivan ’58 Mary Sullivan William Sullivan Joan Susicke ’98 David Suter ’78 Sharon Makatenas Szabo ’76 Cloe Szajda ’93 MA Louis Szucs ’87 Pasquale Taddeo ’59 Carl Taeubner ’56 John Talamo Nora Huyck Talarico ’75 Patricia Talerico Frances Blundo Tallant ’86 Richard Taylor ’89 Robert and Susan Taylor Donna Teel Drake ’80 Kenneth Tekel ’62 ’64 MA

Jeniffer Tellez ’07 Clement ’57 and Mary Tennaro ’81 MA Thomas ’52 ’57 MA and Christine Caruso Testa ’54 Roberta Brown Thaxton ’57 ’81 MA Mary Quinn Thieleke ’94 Nettie Thomas ’63 ’85 MA Iris Thompson Frederic ’73 and Janice Koch Thor ’74 Vincent Tinebra ’81 Thomas Tobiasen ’63 ’70 MA William ’49 ’53 MA and Elinore Hahn Todt ’51 Richard Tolsma Maria Tomé ’80 Mary Jo Tonachio ’87 Paul Tortorella ’84 William Tosonotti Gioia Merkle Toy ’39 Linda Trachtenberg ’74 Lauren Wittnebert Tracy ’87 Lila Trainor ’74 MA Carol Kleen Trinks ’67 Carolyn Troast ’84 Marisa Trubiano Frank and Lisa Tsemberlis Mark Tumelty Robert Tumelty Judith and Russell Tunnell John Turner ’70 Joyce Tyrell ’54 ’64 MA U N Trucking, LLC Michael and Sharon Uckar

Marc Urowsky ’79 Paula Nazaruk Vaccarella ’88 Edwin ’56 and Ann Valente ’92 James Valvano ’82 Norman Van Arsdalen ’49 Patricia Lawton Van Kleunen ’60 Marilyn Blanos Van Meter ’66 William Van Pelt ’67 ’68 MA Derek Van Volkom ’96 John Vandenbergh ’57 Paulette Florez Vandenbrande ’79 William VanderWall ’61 Robert Varettoni Joan Vas ’66 ’69 MA Victor Vega ’88 John Velcamp ’64 Gerald Vella ’62 John Venezia ’72 Cheryl Riccardi Venter ’73 Vincent Verga ’61 Catherine Viscomi ’91 Vision Quest Prodictions, Inc. James Benson ’86 Marlene De Rosa Vivino ’61 ’76 MA Kristen Vogel ’02 Joan Voss ’62 ’71 MA Fred Wachtel ’43 Howard Wade ’74 Mary Wade ’86 James and Michelle Goralski Waksmundzki ‘83

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CARPE DIEM SOCIETY HONOR ROLL The Carpe Diem Society includes alumni and friends who have included Montclair State University in their estate plans through bequests, trusts, or other gift plans. Anonymous (5) Daniel G. Alexander ’48 Fredric J. Bednarek Lawton W. Blanton, Jr.* Mary Farina Bondon ’38* Dr. Barbara J. Brummer ’68 John ’09 Hon. and Rose Cali ’80 Joseph V. Caruso ’87 Hilda Cestone Murray L. Cole ’05 Hon.* John Cooke ’52 Edward W. Cooper ’51 ’56 MA* Jean V. Trotta Cooper ’50 ’60 MA Gregory Cordano and Mary Margaret Cordano Karl Custer ’55 ’60 MA* Gregory J. D’Angelo in memory of Diane Macaluso D’Angelo ’81 Donald Darlington ’67 ’72 MA* Doris Epstein ’44* Marie Fabiano ’46 Charles Farinella ’48 ’51 MA Dr. E. Alma Williams Flagg ’43 Dr. Marcha P. Flint, Professor Emerita Jacqueline Fontanella Hila ’58


Dr. George Forbes ’49 Dr. Marie Frazee-Baldassarre ’43, Professor Emerita* Colonel William Gelman ’43* Michael R. Genaro ’50 Charles Gerdon ’09 MA and Patricia Gerdon Ina Rudman Golub ’60 Janis D. Guter Ann W. Hartmann ’62 Dr. Warren E. Heiss, Professor Emeritus George ’47 and Dorothy Hennings Dr. Juanita J. High ’51 Muriel Millard Hillson ’40* Anne W. Hoyt ’43* Sharon Hurwich ’02 Cert. Albert John Husar* Dr. John E. Hwang, Professor Emeritus Dr. Rita D. Jacobs Dr. David H. Kelly, Professor Emeritus Evelyn Manowiecki Kersey ’68 S. Marie Kuhnen ’41 Professor Emerita* Stanley and Louise Kwiatek* in memory of Vivien Kwiatek ’65 ’69 MA

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Rev. Dr. Audrey Vincentz Leef ’43 ’09 Hon., Professor Emerita Dorothy S. Lehmkuhl ’42 ’46 MA* Robert Lieberman William C. Liess ’68 Karen C. Lindholm ’78 Dr. Charles Magliaro ’54 ’58 MA ’10 Hon. Lori B. Magliaro Gwendolyn McDevitt ’34* James C. ’41* and Joan S. McGilvray* Marian K. McGinty Anne Albert Miller ’45 Judith Feil Miller ’62 Dennis J. Moreland ’88 MA Ruth Wing Morgan ’50 ’60 MA Barbara M. Mostoff ’95 Dr. Alan Oppenheim Robert T. Partridge Dr. Cathy Paskert ’50 Richard L. and Susan Spinell Peterson Terry Phillpott ’68 Dr. Robert A. Pines, Professor Emeritus Warren W. Pinto ’74 MA in memory of June Fornoff Pinto ’64 ’70 MA Patricia DiFlauro Piroh ’88 ’92 MA and Douglas Piroh Murray Present, Professor Emeritus* Thomas J. Randazzo, ’50 ’55 MA Ruth Rapoport ’74* Harvey Rappaport Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Russell F. Reed ’49 ’50 MA

John Riordan ’59 Dr. Elton V. Robertson ’64 Gene Rochberg ’41 Dinah F. Rosoff ’41 Angela M. Salatti ’55* Jack Sayer ’62 Patricia L. Schall ’68 Dr. Maria E. Schantz ’60 MA, Professor Emerita Frances Scher Dr. Margaret Anne Schley ’48* Conrad J. Schmitt ’58 Janet Schreiber ’63 Phyllis F. Schultz ’50 Anton D. Schwab ’64 Rita Snook ’60* Herman ’37* and Margaret Sokol ’38* Dolores Lombardo Stanek ’51 Dr. Lillian Szklarczyk, Professor Emerita Miriam R. Taub ’70 Claudette Koodray Tencza ’61 Olga Vapnar ’58* Nancy E. Walsh ’48* Eva S. Walther ’34* Madelon R. Wehner ’39* Robert Weston ’47 Robert B. Willey, PhD ’52*

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The President’s Club

Commitment to Excellence We are proud to announce the establishment of the President’s Club, recognizing those individuals who provide leadership, annual support and a financial base to ensure that Montclair State University’s proud tradition of academic excellence will continue well into the future. Membership in the President’s Club is open to those who contribute individual, joint or cumulative gifts of $1,000 or more to non-endowed funds during the fiscal year (July 1–June 30). For more information, please contact Jeanette Hanlein, Interim Director of Annual Giving at 973-655-7066 or Fiscal Year 2012 Members of the President’s Club: Arlene Crescenzi Allen ’64 David Alter Jean Alvares Frank ’76 and Nancy Myers Alvarez ’76 ’02 ME Keith ’79 and Michele Gierla Ansbacher '80 William and Susan Fitt Atwater ’56 Valerio and Barbara Azzoli Doris Lew Beck ’50 Helane Becker ’79 Morty Bernstein Susan Bershad Susan Blount Barbara Flenner Brummer ’68 Paul ’87 and Lisa Fleischer Buerck ’93 MA Barbara Horn Buhrer ’43 Champak Bulsara Lisa Buono ’79 Angela Cali John and Amanda Cali John ’09 Hon. and Rose Cali ’80 Ronald Califre ’72 Joseph and Teresa Canderozzi Michael Capone Barbara Carbon ’10 MA Anthony Carlino ’77 Michael and Bonnie Carter Chiaho Chang, Ph.D. Edward Chapel Violet Kerr Chen ’52 Elrie Chrite Donald Cipullo

James and Alison Hart Cirenza Susan A. Cole Gregory Collins ’79 Alberto and Kathleen Comini Francis Cuss Charles and Ada Beth Cutler Adam and Nova Cutler Joseph Delaney ’51 ’57 MA Ramon Delgado Gregory ’77 and Polly Evans Dell’Omo ’77 Domenica Desiderioscioli Barbara Dioguardi ’79 Margaret Fitzsimmons Donovan ’63 Katherine McAuvic Dunlap ’76 H. Wilson Eaves ’51 Lydia Eckstein Elizabeth Emery and David Emero Jo Anne Engelbert Edwin ’82 and Mimi Feliciano Harold ’78 ’79 MA and Barbara Abbott Ferguson ’76 Maurizio Ficarra Daniel and Karen Florek Maxine Forman Michael Forman Amy Fox Alice Freed Shivaun Gaines Dorothy Gawley William Gelman ’43 Angelo Genova ’75 Rudolph Giglio ’84 Willard Gingerich and Alina Camacho-Gingerich Kevin Glenn ’84

Gertrude Nenninger Goble ’48 James and Valerie Grabicki Frank and Helen Altieri Granito ’55 Susan Greco ’93 ME Donald ’51 ’56 MA and Audrey Korsak Gregg ’71 MA Robert and Holly Gregory Ueli and Marylou Gubler ’76 ’79 MA Terence Gunning ’79 Jean Haring Hall ’50 Dale and Peggy Harris Brigid Harrison Ann Wilson Hartmann ’62 William Helft Chris Herrera Mitchell Hersh George and Linda Hiltzik Diane Hipkins ’92 George Iannacone ’54 ’59 MA Nicola ’99 and Jill Gastelu Iannitelli ’00 Rosemary Iversen Nicholas Michelli ’64 and Tina Jacobowitz Fred and Edith Jenkins Henry Keizer ’78 Ajit Khubani ’84 Mark and Kathleen Costello Kolb ’79 MA Jane Korman Carl and Linda Kuhnen Joseph Kwederis ’88 Kurt Landsberger Ralph La Rossa Audrey Vincentz Leef ’43 ’09 Hon. Robert and Barbara Lieberman Marcella LoCastro ’74

Stephen Luongo ’81 Sheldon Lustigman Maureen Mahoney ’62 ’64 MA Aki Marugame John McGoldrick Mary Meissner Ralph ’58 and Margaret Miano Mary Kasser Mochary Ruth Wing Morgan ’50 ’60 MA Marietta Morrissey William Mullen Francis Nelson ’84 Geoffrey Newman W. Leonard and Rita Newman Nel Rieth Noddings ’49 Ilene Lieberman Nolte ’87 ’93 MA Kimberly O’Halloran Thomas and Lucy Ott Herbert and Andrea Ouida Kent Papsun ’73 Colette Parsons James Patterson Lorraine Pearlman Karen Pennington Robert Pines Preston Pinkett III Patricia Diflauro Piroh ’88 ’92 MA Fred Pregger ’48 ’50 MA Robert and Fran Prezant Carol Purcell ’80 Richard and Robin Pzena Kathleen Ragan ’74 ’80 MA Russell Reed ’49 ’50 MA Steven Resnick ’93 John Riordan ’59 ’11 Hon. Elton Robertson ’64 Lois McCrum Robertson ’44 Colleen Hart Rocafort ’76

Denise Rover ’84 Patricia Rowett Lisa Russman Peter ’74 and Darsan Majury Russo ’75 Maria Schantz ’60 MA Frances Scher John Schmidt Conrad J. Schmitt ’58 Emanuel Scrofani ’61 Alan Seidman John Shannon Bradley Sheares James and Denise Shenkman Francisco Simms Edward Snyder, Jr. Theodore Sokolowski ’53 MA Marie Soracco ’82 Richard Sudol ’04 Jack and Jeanette Sullivan Nicola Sullivan Lillian Szklarczyk Miriam Taub ’70 Nader Tavakoli, Esq. ’80 Joanne Sasso Tomasetti ’52 Ralph Torraco William and Judy Turner Robert and Mary Ellen Banda Waggoner ’83 Adam Walinsky, Esq. Mary Lou West Josh and Judy Hirsch Weston ’77 MA Andrew Witten Joan Woodman ’60 Byron and Myrtis Yake Carolyn Zurawski




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Lasting Lessons

Professor Marilyn Tayler has always considered mentoring and advising students to be a fundamental aspect of her role as a teacher. Since joining Montclair State in 1975, she has done just that and helped many go on to successful careers in law. “Dr. Tayler’s dedication to education and the success of her students is simply unparalleled,” says Alireza Abedin ’09. “To say that she cares is an understatement.” Steven Resnick ’93, who recently created a scholarship in honor of Tayler and Professor David Benfield, says Tayler mentors students long after they graduate. “She is the very definition of what every mentor should aspire to become.” n

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