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New MFA to Be OfferedA new MFA in creative writing that features low residency, an international focus and international readers has been announced. The new program will begin in January 2002, and applications are being accepted now.
Through distance learning, students will work with mentors who are published authors. This global program allows students to receive guidance from the perspectives of writers and poets throughout the world with an international reading faculty.
The new MFA degree is offered in three disciplines: poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. There are no courses in the traditional sense, but rather writing modules and residencies. Four writing modules, approximately 10-weeks long, will be offered each academic year. Each module is directed by a faculty mentor and is enriched by additional advice from global readers.
Ten-day residencies, held twice each year (in August at the Florham-Madison Campus and in January at Wroxton College, England) give students and instructors the opportunity to meet, discuss their work and plan work to be done in the upcoming modules. In addition to lectures and discussions, the residencies will feature master classes by visiting writers.
Political Marketing, Management and Behavior ProgramNew combined degree programs in political marketing, management and behavior have been announced. The five-year BA/ master’s curricula combine undergraduate political science studies with graduate studies in applied social and community psychology (MA), public administration (MPA) and business administration (MBA). The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes course work in campaigns and elections as well as hands-on participation in University-sponsored public polling and surveys.
Whitman Expected as KeynoterChristine Todd Whitman, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is the expected keynote speaker at a Symposium on Sustainability: Profiles in Leadership, sponsored by the Corporate Communication Institute on Wednesday, October 17, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics will include real-life examples of how energy performance and sustainability directly impact the bottom line from high-level executives of leading corporations, the benefits of sustainability drivers, the role of the investment community in stimulating sustainable business practices and the influence of overseas trends.
The symposium will be held at the offices of Neuberger Berman, 605 Third Ave., N.Y.C. For information contact Michael Goodman, director, corporate/organizational communication and director, Corporate Communication Institute, F-M, at x8709, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.corporatecomm.org.
Samuel J. Silberman College of Business AdministrationThe Center for Human Resource Management Studies is hosting four breakfast seminars exploring the topic, “Global Markets: Sustainable Development, Citizenship and Human Resources Issues.” Jim Thomas, executive director of health, safety and environment, Novartis Corporation, begins the series on Friday, September 21, at 7:30 a.m. in Lenfell Hall, the Mansion, Florham-Madison Campus. He will speak on “Global Issues Around Sustainable Development.” For information visit www.chrms.org or call x8577.
New College of General and Continuing Education
Culinary Arts PartnershipThe School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management has partnered with the Culinary Arts Institute of Hudson County Community College (HCCC) to offer two unique degree programs in Jersey City, N.J.
Classes leading to the bachelor of arts in individualized studies with a specialization in culinary arts and hospitality management are being offered by the University at the Culinary Arts Institute beginning in September. On the graduate level, the master of science degree in hospitality management studies with a specialization in culinary arts will be offered.
Both degree programs provide culinary arts graduates with advanced management theory and skills highly prized by the industry. “We are offering two exceptional management degrees in the heart of Jersey City. This is an opportunity for students to make their own future in the world’s largest hospitality and culinary arts market,” said Richard Wisch, director, hotel/restaurant/ tourism management, T-H.
Fairleigh Dickinson allows new students academic credit for work experience, maximum credit transfers for two-year college graduates and a flexible program designed for working professionals seeking the bachelor’s degree. The master’s program is designed for culinary professionals seeking to become industry executives, entrepreneurs, educators or communication specialists in the culinary area.
Continuing Education ApprovedOn July 30, the University received approval as an authorized provider of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The approval involved a comprehensive self-study of continuing education programs during the 2001–2002 academic year and a site visit in June 2001. The authorized provider status is for five years and provides the highest recognition for quality that IACET recognizes.
Paralegal Studies ReaccreditedThe Paralegal Studies Program, after a thorough self-study during the fall 2000 semester and a site visit conducted on April 23–24, 2001, received a five-year reaccreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA). The site visit team was very impressed with the program and recommended reaccreditation without reservation, said Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, New College. Five years is the maximum length of time that reaccreditation can be attained.
Degree Name ChangeThe Academic Issues Committee of the President’s Council of New Jersey has approved the change of the name of the bachelor of arts in general studies degree to the bachelor of arts in individualized studies degree, effective July 1, 2001. The change better reflects the intent of the degree, which is to provide adult learners with a flexible degree-completion program with specializations drawn from any of the undergraduate majors of the University.
Brief Wrap-upSummer I New College enrollment increased by 81 percent, from 393 to 711. New undergraduate degree completion programs for the bachelor of arts in individualized studies (BAIS) were established during the summer at three New Jersey locations: Liz Claiborne in North Bergen, Picatinny Arsenal in Dover and the Passaic Police Department. In addition, BAIS and master of administrative science courses were offered through the technology centers of the New Jersey National Guard at Fort Dix, Cape May and Sea Girt.
University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional StudiesThe School of Engineering and Engineering Technology is offering two new combined degree programs this fall: a bachelor of science in electrical engineering combined with a master of science in computer engineering and a bachelor of science in electrical engineering combined with a master of science in electrical engineering. Both are five-year programs and have two tracks, one with and the other without cooperative education components.
Wroxton CollegeA new Wroxton College recruiting video is being shown on Channel TV3 in the residence halls on both campuses and in Jeepers, Alumni Hall, at Teaneck-Hackensack and at SNAX, the Mansion, at Florham-Madison. The video will be used in concert with a new Wroxton College brochure to introduce the unique student abroad program to FDU students and students from other colleges and universities.
The video was produced with input from a number of FDU staff including videographer: Bill Doran, instructional media, T-H; audio recording: Barry Sheffield, program director and operations manager, WFDU (FM), T-H; location manager: Colleen Coppla, director, Wroxton Study Abroad Office, F-M; and narrators: Joan Harvey, assistant director, public relations, F-M; and Stephen Hollis, theater, F-M.
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