FDU NOW Offers a View
of FDU Tomorrow
THE MONNINGER CENTER
“The world is changing and students today
do not learn in the same way as previous
generations,” said College at Florham
Provost Kenneth Greene. “Much of their
learning happens outside the classroom,
by engaging their professors and other students
and through the use of technology.
“There is a great need on our campus
for a center that supports a progressive education
and the methods students use today
to interact with their world and to gather
and retain information,” said Greene.
FDU NOW will respond to these needs
at the College at Florham by creating a
new resource facility that meets the growing
demands of 21st-century learners and
faculty researchers and scholars.
Initiated by a $1 million leadership
gift from alumnus and former University
trustee John Monninger, BS’65 (M), and
his wife, Joan, the Monninger Center for
Learning and Research will feature new
research technology and open, flexible
spaces for lectures, events and group study.
Smaller spaces will be provided for individual
study and research.
|Fred and Noreen Hassan
made a major contribution
to the campaign.
“The Monninger Center is a statement
of our commitment to educational
excellence,” said Greene. “It will be the
academic hub of the campus. Students and
faculty will be able to come together in
ways that they haven’t been able to before,
to collaborate and engage one another in a
technologically advanced and comfortable
environment. I am convinced that the Monninger
Center, when completed, will be the
most important building on campus.”
The Monninger Center will “grow”
from the current library’s structure and
provide a new learning environment that is
environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The architects have been charged with designing
a facility that utilizes natural light,
takes advantage of recycled materials and
has a minimal impact on the environment.
In addition to John and Joan Monninger,
major contributors to the Monninger
Center include Fred Hassan, the
chairman and CEO of Schering-Plough
Corporation, and his wife Noreen. “Giving
people an opportunity to expand
their learning experience is one of the
best acts of humanity,” they said. “We
look forward to seeing more students
benefit and grow.”
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