College and School Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

WAMFest 2022 Comes for Florham Campus

As part of WAMFest and Hispanic Heritage Month, the School of the Arts is sponsoring “Gotham City Latin Jazz with Richard Baratta,” a free concert on Monday, October 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., on the Patio outside the Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research. Rain date is on Tuesday, October 11.

A Hollywood producer and jazz musician, Baratta was the 2021 FDU commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient.

For information contact Colleen Haapaoja, coordinator of the School of the Arts (Flor), at 

Marta Renzi, will lecture on “Dance on Film” on Wednesday, October 12, at 6 p.m. in the Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building. A filmmaker and choreographer, she has created more than 20 short films, which have screened in more than 100 festivals. 

Carolyn Dorfman Dance makes its WAMFest debut on Wednesday, October 12, at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., in the Dreyfuss Theater. The company joins forces with New Jersey Ballet for a display of dance by two of New Jersey’s most beloved companies. It includes post-performance artist talk-backs moderated by Renzi and Anita Rivers, executive director of community relations.

WAMFest has been made possible in part by funding from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to FDU Trustee Robert and Patricia Pures.

Prelaw Event

 A prelaw presentation for students interested in applying to law school will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, in Room 100, Robison Hall Annex, at the Metropolitan Campus. Ryan Malenczak, associate director of JD (Juris Doctorate) admissions at Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, N.J., is the guest speaker. He will talk about preparing for law school, taking the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and applying to law school.

The free event is cosponsored by the criminology/criminal justice and social sciences/history departments together with Seton Hall University School of Law. For more information contact Chris Rasmussen, history and deputy chair, social sciences/history, at

Theater This Fall

 The School of the Arts is staging its fall productions at the Florham Campus.

“Crimes of the Heart,” a comedy by Beth Henley about love, loss, consequences and the importance of family, will run from Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, at the Dreyfuss Theater in Dreyfuss Building. Performance times are Thursday, 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. It will be directed by Stacie Lents, theater and director, theater program (Flor); with set design by John Ehrenberg, theater technical director, School of the Arts (Flor); lighting design by Cameron Filepas, lighting designer for theater/dance/opera; and costume design by Susanne Houstle, set/costume designer for stage/film.

The musical, “Seussical,” based on the book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, weaves a story about friendship, loyalty and love, will run from Friday, November 11, through Sunday, November 13, and from Thursday, November 17, through Sunday, November 20. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. (Friday, November 11; Thursday, November 17; and Saturday, November 19); 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 18; and 2:30 p.m. (Saturday, November 12; Sunday, November 13; and Sunday, November 20). “Seussical will feature characters such as The Cat in the Hat, Horton the kindhearted elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and Lazy Mayzie la Bird. Cynthia Thole Loewus, musical theater (Flor), will direct and choreograph the production.

Ticket prices are $15 for the general public, $10 senior citizens 65+ and $5 FDU community and students. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased online in advance at FDU Event Tickets because performances sell out quickly. When available, a limited number of tickets may be sold at the door. Audience members are encouraged to wear face masks while attending the performances.

Writing Workshops

The Metro Writing Studio is holding free writing workshops via Zoom this semester.

Upcoming workshops to be led by faculty/staff members (all Metro) will include: “Essential Spoken English for International Students,” with Paul Caruso, tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Wednesday, September 21, 6–7:30 p.m.; “Creating the Works Cited List,” with Yelena Shekhtman, Becton College, and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Wednesday, September 28, 10–11:30 a.m.; “Introduction to APA Format,” with Danielle DesFosses, Becton College, on Tuesday, October 4, and on Tuesday, November 1, both from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; “Advanced APA,” with Helen Kuttner, Becton College, and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Thursday, October 6, 6–7:30 p.m., and on Thursday, November 3, from 4–5:30 p.m.; and “Basic Grammar,” with Rochelle Moskowitz, Becton College, and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Monday, October 10, and on Wednesday, October 19, both from 1–2:30 p.m. 

Registration is required. For the Zoom meeting IDs and passwords, to register and for information go to Metro Writing Studio. Julia Wagner, academic writing (Metro), is director of the Metro Writing Studio.

National Chemistry Week

In celebration of National Chemistry Week, the department of chemistry/biochemistry/physics and department of biology, are hosting a free lecture via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

The lecture on “A Green Chemistry Approach to the Development of Novel Antibacterial Agents,” will be presented by Margaret Kerr, chemistry, and Maura Pavao, biology, both from Worcester State University in Worcester, Mass.

Preregistration is necessary by Friday, October 14. To preregister and for information, attendees should email Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and preprofessional studies/graduate school adviser, at, or Thomas Drwiega, chemistry laboratory supervisor (both Metro), at

Public Affairs Lectures

The Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring the fall 2022 Public Affairs Lecture Series, which will be held via Zoom, at 2:15 p.m., every Monday, through November. Registration is closed.

Upcoming lectures are on October 3, Iran’s Position in the World,” Ray Takeyh, Hasib J. Sabbagh senior fellow for Middle East studies, Council on Foreign Relations, N.Y.C., and former senior adviser on Iran, United States Department of State; October 10, Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China,” with Michael Beckley, political science, Tufts University, Medford, Mass., and Jeane Kirkpatrick visiting scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; on October 17, Can We Trust the Polls? with Daniel Cassino, government/politics, and executive director, FDU Poll (both Flor); on October 24, Defending Democracy: Understanding What Makes an American Insurrectionist, with Robert Pape, political science and director, Chicago Project on Security & Threats, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.; on October 31, Cyber Warfare, with Glenn Gerstell, senior adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; on November 7, What’s Happening in Europe? with Kristine Berzina, senior fellow, German Marshall Fund, Washington, D.C.; on November 14, How the New Israeli Government Will Effect Its Policies, with Jonathan Schanzer, senior vice president of research, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Washington, D.C.; on November 21, What Happened to the Supreme Court, with Daniel Cassino; and on November 28, World Roundup, with Ralph Buultjens, faculty member, New York University and The New School, N.Y.C.

For information email or Registration is closed.

Mini Law School

The University’s annual Mini Law School program was held at the Florham Campus in August. Open to students from grades 9 through 12, the program featured simulations, discussions and interactive presentations — giving participants a taste of both the first-year, law-school curriculum as well as the skills and knowledge needed to compete successfully in a mock-trial exercise. The Mini Law School was run by FDU faculty and undergraduates from the school’s award-winning Mock Trial team.

Silberman College of Business

Accreditation Continues

Michael Avaltroni, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, announced that the Silberman College of Business was notified of continued accreditation with an excellent report from the American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business (AACSB).

Hall of Fame Gala Held

The Silberman College of Business hosted its Hall of Fame Gala on September 20 at 1776 by David Burke in Morristown, N.J.

The gala raised funds for student scholarships and academic programming. Accomplished alumni and benefactors were also honored at the event. They were Richard Brenner, BS’73 (Metro), retired founder, The Brenner Group; Robert Stern, BS’08 (Flor), president, Riviera Hospitality Group, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Maroa Velez, BS’77 (Ruth), partner, Brown Brothers Harriman, Jersey City, N.J. Barclays received the Buddy Silberman Award for Social Change.

Upcoming PDP Events

The Professional Development Program (PDP) of the Silberman College of Business is holding a variety of free events — virtual and in-person — for students at the Florham and Metropolitan campuses. Events range from recruitment fairs to presentations and employers in residence.

For a complete and updated list of events go to Fall 2022 PDP Events. For inquiries, contact Paige Soltano, director of placement and outreach, Silberman College (Metro), at or Patricia Wyer, manager of placement and outreach, Silberman College (Flor), at

Summer Study Abroad

 Several Silberman College students spent the summer in London and France as part of study-abroad opportunities.

As part of the executive MBA program’s International Business Seminar class, students traveled to London where they visited the Beefeater London Distillery and Jaguar Assembly Factory. The group was led by James Almeida, entrepreneurship and associate dean for graduate programs, Silberman College (Flor). For more information go to EMBA program.

Four Silberman College students participated in a two-week program on digital marketing at the IÉSEG School of Management in Paris, France, a partner university of FDU, from July 3 to 18. Other courses offered included fashion and design, entrepreneurship and innovation and sustainability. To read more about the students’ experiences go to “FDU Silberman students study in Paris with IÉSEG School of Management.”


The New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJSBDC) at FDU hosted two events in August.

A Financial Literacy and Networking Event, for veterans and veterans’ families, was held on August 3 at the Metropolitan Campus. The event featured a seminar on “Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due: Building Credit and Why It’s Important” along with networking and social hours. This event was done in collaboration with Cross River, FDU, Silberman College of Business, FDU Office of Veterans Services, New Jersey State Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Veterans Business Outreach Center and the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

NJSDBC celebrated its 45th anniversary and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for NJSDBC at FDU on August 17 at the Florham Campus. The event included a vendor market, which featured spotlight tables for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

NJSDBC at FDU, which is located in Room 104, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, at the Florham Campus, is headed by Matthew Wells, regional director.

International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management

Student Chapter Grant

The Club Management Association of America (CMAA) Student Chapter at FDU was among those that received the Club Foundation’s Student Chapter Grant. This annual grant supports the education of students studying to pursue careers in the club industry.

Grant recipients will receive a complementary student registration to the 2023 CMAA World Conference and Business Expo, which will be held in February 2023 in Orlando, Fla., for the chapter president (or representative), and a matching-funds grant to assist with related travel expenses.

Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

Nursing Programs Reaccredited

The School of Nursing and Allied Health received 10-year re-accreditations from the Commission of Collegiate Education (CCNE) for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the master’s-level nursing programs.

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Full-term Accreditation Received

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences received an eight-year maximum term for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. This was achieved during the school’s first attempt at full-term accreditation.

MPH Program Recognized

The Master of Public Health (MPH) program offered through the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was ranked #22 in UniversityHQ’s Best Online Public Health Master’s Programs. The programs were ranked according to a variety of factors including retention rate, cost of tuition, number of programs offered, graduating salary and percentage of students receiving financial aid.

Fall 2022 Open Houses

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is hosting its Fall 2022 Open Houses featuring presentations from each of its programs — pharmacy, regulatory sciences/clinical research administration, physician assistant, public health and social work — on Saturday, November 12, from 9:15 a.m. to noon, in person and online.

The open house for the pharmacy, physician assistant and occupational therapy programs will be held at the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 230 Park Avenue, Florham Park, N.J. However, the open house for the social work and public health programs will be virtual.

The open houses will also include program-specific question-and-answer sessions; a tour of its state-of-the-art classroom, lab and study space; and information about the school’s integrated curriculum an experiential-education opportunities.

Registration is necessary. To register and for information go to School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Fall Open House.

School of Public and Global Affairs

Dual MPA/MPH Program

The school’s latest degree offering — a dual master’s degree in public administration and public health (MPA/MPH) — began this fall. The fully online dual-degree program is composed of 60 credits that are divided into eight-week course sessions.

Students will study foundational competencies in subjects that include evidence-based approaches to public health, planning and management to promote public health, leadership and public health and health care systems.

For more information on admission requirements and the list of courses go to Dual Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Public Health.

New Special Lecturers

The school welcomed two new special lecturers to its MA in global affairs program: Amb. Vlad Lupan, former permanent representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations, and Amb. Muhammad Wali Naeemi, former permanent representative of Afghanistan to the U.N.

Grant for Newark Programs, Scholarships

The School of Public and Global Affairs has received a $250,000 grant from the New Jersey Secretary of Higher Education to bring public affairs programming to Newark, N.J. The programming will consist of three componenet: the Master of Public Administration degree, professional development in measuring customer experience for mid- and senior-level managers and community leadership development for Newark residents. Clark Gettinger is the program manager in charge of implementing goals for the grant-in-aid.

Wroxton College

Wroxton Reunion

Alumni and friends are invited to join Nicholas Baldwin, dean and director of operations, Wroxton College, at a reunion on Saturday, October 15, from 4 to 7 p.m., in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus. The event is hosted by alumni relations and the Wroxton Advisory Committee.

The event includes a reception and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the auctions will support the Wroxton College Now and Forever Campaign.

Admission is $50 per person (includes a light dinner, beverage and a Wroxton gift). This event has a limited capacity, and preregistering is recommended. For registration and information go to Wroxton Reunion 2022, call 201-692-7017 or email

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