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What’s New This Semester? Glad You AskedThe face of FDU continues to change as the institution prepares for the 21st century. Many significant developments greeted students this fall, including new people in key academic and administrative positions, new programs and new facilities.
“We’ve been extremely busy this summer, getting ready for the fall semester,
and we’re eagerly anticipating this academic year,” President Frank Mertz
said. “The actions that have been initiated have us very optimistic as
we look to this year and beyond.”
More New StudentsThis semester, more than 900 full-time freshmen began their studies on the two New Jersey campuses, approximately 100 students more than last year. And, due to the overwhelming success of this year’s Charter Day Dinner (the most well attended in its nine-year history), more of FDU’s most deserving students can look forward to the opportunity to receive Charter Day Scholarship funds. The event grossed nearly $500,000.
Many programs have been stimulated by an influx of new and dynamic students.
The new bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice has gone from 0 to
65 majors in just six months. Also, this fall the second group of environmental
science majors from Barcelona, Spain, arrived on the Teaneck-Hackensack
Campus. This group of 40 strong will be at FDU for the entire academic
year. And, just this summer, the first contingent of students arrived from
our branch campus in Tel Aviv, Israel.
New LeadersWelcoming students to the campuses were provosts Peter Falley and Paula Hooper Mayhew, who both are beginning their first full semesters in those recently created positions.
“I’m very optimistic about the new semester,” Falley said. “With the enrollment up, the budget picture improving, and the new residence hall being built, we have a great future ahead of us.”
Joining Mayhew at Teaneck-Hackensack is the assistant provost, Rona Ostrow, formerly chief librarian and an academic administrator at Marymount Manhattan College. Mayhew said of her colleague, “She is one of the most competent people I know, with broad experience in budgeting, professional collaboration and grant writing. Her skills in educational technology and faculty development will prove especially valuable as we move towards expanded and innovative uses of technology in the classroom.”
One of Mayhew’s first official responsibilities was welcoming a new athletic director, J. Stevens Hurlbut, to the campus. “We’re very excited about beginning a new era for FDU sports,” Mayhew said. “Steve brings tremendous experience to the position.”
Most recently serving as the associate commissioner of the Northeast Conference, Hurlbut has been involved in athletic administration on both a national and international level, including the 1994 Goodwill Games and the 1992 Summer Olympics.
“I am very excited about the opportunity FDU has afforded me,” said
Hurlbut, who also will serve as the director of the Rothman Center. “I
believe the entire University is poised to take a major step forward, and
I feel fortunate to be on board at this time.”
New ProgramsThe New College of General and Continuing Studies was launched over the summer and one of its newest initiatives was the introduction this fall of the Webmaster Skills Certification Program. In a three-month period, three courses will be offered, covering web-page skills, web-site skills and web-server skills.
Any time, any day, from any place in the world, FDU’s master of science in electrical engineering degree can now be earned by simply logging on the Internet. For engineering professionals who find it difficult to attend conventional classes, the On-Line MSEE has the same high academic standards as the traditional program, which has been offered for 30 years. Integral to the program are posted lecture notes, homework assignments, electronic forums with fellow students, and regular communication with faculty via e-mail, phone and fax. This semester, courses in Linear Systems, Digital Signal Processing, and Neural Networks and Fuzzy Logic are available.
A new MBA in management for health systems executives, uniquely focused on managing change in the business of health care, begins this fall. This 21-month weekend program is designed for individuals in health care administration and clinical management, purchasers of health care services, evaluators of services provided, and executives in health-related fields.
The new doctor of psychology (PsyD) in school psychology program also
began this September and is one of only nine in the nation. The School
of Psychology has admitted the first 17 students to the program, which
prepares students to be leaders in the design, evaluation, provision and
supervision of comprehensive mental health and psychoeducational services
to children, youths and families.
New FacilitiesOne of the key initiatives recently begun is the approval of construction of a $12-million residence facility on the Florham-Madison Campus. The facility, to be located off Park Avenue behind the Mansion, will include 312 beds, laundry facilities and student service areas. Each four-person suite will contain a living area, kitchen and two bedrooms with baths. The new residence hall is scheduled for completion by the fall 1999.
On the Teaneck-Hackensack Campus, the Interfaith Chapel will undergo a relocation and renovation this fall in response to the growing interest among students and other members of the University community in spirituality. Located at 848 River Road, close to the Student Union Building and residence halls, the new facility will double the worship and meeting space. The building also will contain a lounge-kitchen area, individual offices for the chaplains, and bathrooms.
Also on the Teaneck-Hackensack Campus, faculty offices, audio tape and
computer facilities, conference areas and a lounge are part of the refurbished
Foreign Language House. The house, across from the Student Union Building,
gives students of foreign languages a gathering place for learning, faculty/student
interaction and conversation.
By the start of classes this fall, every computer in the computer labs, 330 in total, were replaced with new 350MHz Pentium II computers. The Pentium-level computers that were in the labs will be distributed to faculty and staff. Assistant Provost for Educational Technology Michael Sperling said the new computers “represent a leap forward for computing resources and allow us to focus on support and educational applications for the hardware.”
In addition to the computer laboratories, the libraries also have enhanced
computer capability. These initiatives are part of the University’s commitment
to upgrading its technological facilities.
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