College and School Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

April Production

The School of the Arts is staging “The Children’s Hour” by Lillian Hellman in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, on the Florham Campus. It will run from Friday, April 29, through Sunday, May 1. Performance times are 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The play tells the story of two women who run a school for girls and what happens when they are accused of a homosexual relationship at a time and in a community that is anything but accepting. A modern, avant-garde, workshop-style production that will focus on the actors’ performances and the themes will be presented.

“The Children’s Hour” will be directed by Chris Clavelli, associate artistic director, The Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers, Fla.; voice production/speech, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, N.Y.C.; adjunct professor of classical acting, Actors Studio Drama School, Pace University, N.Y.C., and professional director/actor.

Ticket prices are $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens 65+ and $5 for members of the FDU community and students. Seating is limited and reservation is necessary at

Audience members must wear face masks indoors while attending the performance. For information email or go to FDU Theater Season.

Biology Seminars

The department of biological sciences is hosting free seminars on select Thursdays at the Metropolitan Campus. Upcoming seminars will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall.

On April 14, Mohamed Ibrahim, adjunct professor in biology, Kean University, Union, N.J., will speak about “Soil Contamination and Its Remediation.” On May 5, Athulaprabha Murthi, biology, Yeshiva University, N.Y.C., will discuss “Microbial Diversity in Heritage Yogurt Cultures.”

The Biology Seminar Series is organized by Marion McClary, biological sciences and chair, biological sciences (Metro). For information call 201-692-2389.

Student Exhibit on Valiant Women

A student exhibit titled “We Are Not Myths of the Past, Ruins in the Jungle: Stories of Valiant Women in Word and Image,” will be on display through Tuesday, May 17, in two places at the Florham Campus: at the Atrium of the Monninger Center for Learning and Research and in the hallway outside Room 110 of the Stadler/Zenner Academic Building. The exhibit at the Monninger Center will be open from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m.–11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; and on Sunday, 2–10 p.m. The display in the Stadler/Zenner Academic Building may be viewed anytime between 7 a.m.–8 p.m., from Monday to Friday.

The exhibit explores the artistic processes that give voice to the valiant women everywhere around us. Graphic design students have created works that speak to women of science, activism, sports and public service, as well as the words of women who make music, and champion peace and nonviolence. The exhibit features student writing and art resulting from collaboration between honors writing and graphic design classes by Florham Campus faculty members Janet O’Neil, graphic design and director, graphic design, and M. Kathryn Douglas, English and director of writing. For inquiries email or

Virtual Student Research Symposium

The 23rd Annual Student Research Symposium will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 22. The symposium gives students and faculty mentors from FDU and other colleges in the area the opportunity to showcase the results of their research.

Student presentations will start at 3 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. and the keynote address at 5:15 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker, Sandani Samarajeewa, staff engineer, Intel Corporation, Portland, Ore., will speak about “Semiconductor Process Development: Chemistry to Industry and Beyond.” Presenters each receive a certificate of participation, and students with the highest grade point ratio in chemistry/biochemistry from each college receive an award and a gift.

The symposium is being cosponsored by the department of chemistry, biochemistry and physics and the Hudson-Bergen Chemical Society. Registration is necessary. To register and for information contact Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and coordinator, preprofessional studies/graduate school adviser (Metro), at, or Thomas Drwiega, chemistry lab supervisor (Metro), at

Conversation on Career, Leadership Development

A Conversation with Danielle Brisebois, singer-songwriter/producer and former child actress, on career and leadership development, will be held via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Registration is necessary. (This event is cosponsored by the Professional Development Program, Silberman College of Business.)

Silberman College of Business

NJSBDC-FDU Partnership

The New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) has partnered with FDU to become the full-time host for the NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey, which services Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. Now known as the NJSBDC at Fairleigh Dickinson University, it will be part of the Silberman College of Business and will continue to provide support, training, consulting, technical assistance and connection to resources for entrepreneurs and small- to mid-size business owners. To read more go to “Fairleigh Dickinson University to Host NJSBDC of Northwest Jersey.”

Entrepreneurship Program Receives Grant

The entrepreneurship program in Silberman College of Business received a VentureWell Course and Program grant of $22,400 to provide focused and innovative students with a launch pad for their entrepreneurial endeavors. Eun-Jeong Ko, entrepreneurship (Flor), led the creation of the proposal.

The grant is awarded to college and university faculty across the United States for the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and entrepreneurship programs and courses.

To read more go to “Grant will support entrepreneurship and STEM programming.”

Rothman Institute Upcoming Events

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting the following events this semester:

  • The NJ CannaPreneur Conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus. Samuel Delgado, commissioner, New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission, is the keynote speaker. Panelists include Chris Almada, vice president, Dover Cannabis Co.; Debra Borchardt, cofounder/executive editor, Green Market Report; Alixon Collazos, public affairs specialist, The BGill Group, Montclair, N.J.; Ed Forchion, Jr., (aka NJWeedman), cannabis rights/free speech activist and founder, Legalize Marijuana Party; Carol Gabel, partner, MGR2, LLC, Lumberton, N.J.; Tony Gallo, managing partner, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, Dallas, Texas; Barry Lefkowitz, senior partner, MGR2, LLC; Hugh O’Beirne, cofounder, Cannabis Advisory Group; Neil Schloss, cofounder/CFO, CannaSense Total Wellness, Hightstown, N.J.; and Sarah Trent, founder/CEO, Valley Wellness. Tickets to the event are $100 per person, and lunch is provided. Registration is necessary. For information email
  • A Rothman Friday Forum will be held via Zoom at noon on April 1. Jo Colontonio, executive leadership/organizational development consultant, coach, educator and trainer, Ignite Business Partners, Marlton, N.J., will talk about “Executive Leadership Coaching Certification.” Registration is necessary. For information contact Susan Slavin, program administrator, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8842 or
  • FDUPitch 2022, an undergraduate student entrepreneur competition, will be held on Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus. Up to $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. The student with the winning business idea will have a chance to compete at the statewide UPitch NJ competition on April 29.

Mansion Munchies

A new student-run enterprise class — the first of its kind offered by Silberman College —— has reopened Snax Café at the Florham Campus. Now known as Mansion Munchies, the café in the basement of Hennessy Hall, reopened on March 23. which has been rebranded as Mansion Munchies. According to Pierre Balthazard, dean, Silberman College, “It’s an on-campus opportunity for immersive business education.”

The innovative course is jointly headed by Domenick Celentano, entrepreneurship (Flor), and John Niser, director, International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management. The project also has buy-in and support coming from Robert Pignatello, senior vice president for University operations; Bob Valenti, associate vice president for auxiliary services; Gourmet Dining and Chef Jeff Gourley; and others. To read more go to “Rebranding Snax as Mansion Munchies, a student-run business” or to “Student-Run Enterprise course gives SNAX Café a new life: Introducing Mansion Munchies.”

Upcoming PDP Events

The Professional Development Program of Silberman College has several events lined up for April and May.

  • Markets Update with Jon Budish, BA’77, MBA’85 (Flor), business faculty (Metro), and founder, Budish Group, will be held every Tuesday until May 1, from 3 to 4 p.m., in the Bloomberg Lab, Room 106, Monninger Center for Learning and Research (face masks required). Students at the Metropolitan Campus can attend the event via Zoom at the Bloomberg Lab, Room 2249, Second Floor, Dickinson Hall.
  • Summer Intern Prep Workshops, with Pat Wyer, manager of placement and outreach, Silberman College (Flor); and Paige Soltano, director of placement and outreach, Silberman College (Metro), will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7, in Room 2178, Dickinson Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus; and at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, at the Doerfler Room, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, at the Florham Campus.
  • Networking and Dining Etiquette Workshops will be held at noon on Thursday, April 28, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus; and at noon on Friday, April 29, in the Metropolitan Club, Alumni Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus.
  • A Conversation with Danielle Brisebois, singer-songwriter/producer and former child actress, on career and leadership development, will be held via Zoom at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 6. Registration is necessary. (This event is cosponsored by the School of the Arts, Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences.)

For information about any of these events contact Paige Soltano, director of placement/outreach, Silberman College (Metro), at

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Eco-friendly Drug Disposal

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is holding Drug Take-back events at the Metropolitan Campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, and on Thursday, March 31.

Members of the campus community can drop by the Lobby of the Student Union Building to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused medicine in an eco-friendly and environmentally safe way.

For information email Alyssa Gallipani, pharmacy practice (Flor), at

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Symposium

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be holding its annual Research Symposium on Friday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in Florham Park, N.J.

The symposium, which will revolve around the theme “Interprofessional Collaborations,” will feature platform and poster presentations of research projects from pharmacy students, faculty members and residents affiliated with FDU. Jane Shtaynberg, assistant dean for experiential education, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), is this year’s keynote speaker.

Attendance is free but registration is necessary. For information contact Maria Leibfried at 201-447-8617 or email or Andrea Cole, social work (Flor), at

Wroxton College

Summer at Wroxton

The Wroxton College Summer Getaway for FDU alumni and friends will be held from July 21 to July 28, 2022. To reserve a spot on the trip, a $350 deposit (per person) is due by May 15.

Guests will visit cultural and intellectual centers, explore the Abbey and the grounds of Wroxton College, attend lectures by Wroxton faculty and relax in the college’s Buttery pub.

The cost of $1,500 per person includes the room, some meals as well as transportation and tickets to attractions in the itinerary. Airfare is not included.

Register online at Wroxton Alumni and Friends Summer Getaway. For information call the Office of Alumni Relations at 201-692-7013 or email

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