College and School Happenings
Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences
Celebrating Black History Month
The Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the FDU libraries, is cosponsoring a variety of free events in honor of Black History Month.
Upcoming virtual and in-person events include:
- “Black Student Voices”: A Panel Discussion (via Zoom)
Thursday, February 16; 7–8:30 p.m.
- “Zero” Screening of Netflix Series (via Zoom)
Tuesday, February 21; 7–8:30 p.m.
- “Black Italian Film: A Conversation with Dr. Simone Brioni on Black Italian Cinema” (via Zoom)
Monday, February 20; 7–8:30 p.m.
- “Autumn Beat: A Film Screening” (via Zoom)
Monday, February 27; 7–9 p.m
- “Antonio Dikele Distefano and Fred Kuwornu”: A Conversation (in-person and via Zoom)
Tuesday, February 28; 7–8:30 p.m.
Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research
Registration is required to attend the discussions and screening. For information on the February 16 and February 21 events email Tanama Cruz, technical services/outreach associate, Monninger Center for Learning and Research (Flor), at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Melissa John, research/instruction librarian (Metro), at email@example.com. For information on the February 28 event, email Michael Cotto, English (Metro), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier in February, a virtual screening of the documentary “Ralph Ellison: An American Journey” was also held.
For other Black History Month events, including book displays and exhibits at the Metropolitan Campus Library and at the Monninger Center for Learning and Research, on the Florham Campus go to Black History Month Book Exhibits 2023.
Becton College is also cosponsoring the following free Black History events at the Metropolitan Campus: a career fair/motivational talk on Wednesday, February 22, and a screening of the documentary “Kaepernick and America” on Tuesday, February 28.
The college’s School of the Arts, as part of FDU Arts Talk, is presenting a special screening of “Kaepernick and America” at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium, Metropolitan Campus Library. The documentary examines the upbringing of Colin Kaepernick, enigmatic athlete-turned icon, how the fateful protest came to be and why his decision struck a pivotal nerve with the American populace. Producer Bill Stephney, principal at Broad Market Media LLC and adjunct faculty member, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, is the special guest. A reception prior to the screening will also be held. RSVP is necessary. To RSVP and for information email email@example.com or call 201-692-2801.
In addition, on February 22, a Career Fair/Motivational Talk, “Black History is Black Excellence,” with keynote speaker Wallace “Wallo267” Peeples, author, public speaker, orator, entrepreneur, social influencer, activist and marketer who crafts powerful and viral content, will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Auditorium, Dickinson Hall. The event is also being sponsored by the Black Student Union Club, student life, academic affairs, criminology/criminal justice department and the school directors. For information contact Rashard Mills, assistant director of Student Union Building operations (Metro), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of the Arts ushers spring in with the romantic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare is the original romantic comedy about love, magic and passion. It will run from Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5, in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, at the Florham Campus. Performance times are 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This is complete with music and dance, fights and chases.
Nolan Hennelly, theater (Flor), is directing the production, and David Landau, film (Flor), will do the lighting design. Maiko Chii, set and costume designer/owner, Clear Box Productions, LLC, Queens, N.Y., will do set design; and alumna Mirandra Graves, BA’22 (Flor), will handle costume design.
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. For information go to FDU Theater Season.
Computer Science Workshops
The department of mathematics and computer science, in collaboration with FDU STEM Institute of Education, is hosting in-person and virtual Computer Science Professional Development Workshops for Grades K–5 and Grades 6–8 Educators on the following dates: February 21, 4–7 p.m. (in-person and virtual), March 7, 3:30–6:30 p.m. (virtual) and March 21, 3:30–6:30 p.m. (virtual). The workshops, which started in October 2022, are part of a state-funded program to enhance computer-science education for all students in New Jersey.
The in-person workshop will be held in Room 208, Stadler/Zenner Academic Building, at the Florham Campus. Those attending via Zoom will receive the information a few days before the workshop.
Registration is necessary. Educators who complete the workshops receive Professional Development certificates. Non-educators interested in attending the workshop should call 973-443-8680 to be included on the waitlist (if workshop not filled to capacity). To register and for information go to February 21 (Grades K–5) virtual, February 21 (Grades K–5) in-person, February 21 (Grades 6–8) virtual, February 21 (Grades 6–8) in-person, March 7 (Grades K–5), March 7 (Grades 6–8), March 21 (Grades K–5) or March 21 (Grades 6–8).
For inquiries contact Leila Khreisat, computer science and chair, mathematics/computer science (Flor), at email@example.com, or Kiron Sharma, computer science and director, University core (Flor), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: “Technical and Scientific Writing” with Helen Kuttner, Becton College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Monday, February 20, 4–5:30 p.m.; “Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism,” with Yelena Shekhtman, Becton College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Thursday, February 23, 1–2:30 p.m.; “Common Essay Patterns,” with Helen Kuttner, on Monday, February 27, 3–4:30 p.m.; “Introduction to APA Format,” with Danielle DesFosses, Becton College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Wednesday, March 1, 2–3:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 21, 2–3:30 p.m.; “Essential Spoken English for International Students,” with Paul Caruso, tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Thursday, March 2, 7:30–9 p.m.; “Advanced APA Format,” with Helen Kuttner on Thursday, March 9, 4–5:30 p.m., and on Monday, March 20, 5–6:30 p.m.; “Basic Grammar,” with Rochelle Moskowitz, Becton College, on Wednesday, March 22, 2–3:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.; “Undergraduate Academic Essay and Research,” with Paul Caruso, on Thursday, March 23, 5:30–7 p.m.; and “Creating the Works Cite List,” with Yelena Shekhtman, on Thursday, April 13, 1:30–3 p.m.
For information go to Metro Writing Studio or call 201-692-2166. Julia Wagner, academic writing (Metro), is director of the Metro Writing Studio.
Silberman College of Business
Fourteen students from Korea visited FDU’s Silberman College of Business last fall as part of the KoreaPEN program, which was the result of a collaboration between Eun-Jeong Ko, entrepreneurship (Flor); Min-Jung Kim, founder/CEO, KoreaPEN; and Induk University, Seoul, Korea.
While at FDU, the students identified business opportunities in the United States, built business models, gathered feedback from their target audiences and shared their presentations with venture capitalists, a member of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center, investors as well as entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Germany and South Korea.
FDU and Induk University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow for the expansion of this program.
Monthly Coaching Corner
The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship together with Ignite Business Partners will be hosting a Monthly Coaching Corner on the second Friday of each month. The presenters will be Dale Caldwell, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), and Jo Colontonio, award-winning executive business coach/CEO, Ignite Business Partners, Marlton, N.J.
The webinars, which are free and open to the public, will be held at noon via Zoom. Upcoming dates and the respective topics are as follows: “Coaching for Team Performance” (March 10); and “Appreciative Inquiries” (April 14). In February, “The Super Power of Listening” was discussed.
Professional Development Program Events
The Professional Development Program (PDP) of Silberman College of Business is organizing a variety of free events on both campuses this spring. These include recruitment fairs, Employers-in-Residence events, Bring Your Own Business, site visits and panel discussions. For a complete list go to Spring PDP Events.
Peter Sammartino School of Education
The School of Education and #ClearTheAir will cohost the Educator Conference for Human Connection from Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2. The three-day event is designed to give educators the opportunity to experience playfulness, connection and flow, and equip them with knowledge, skills and disposition to cultivate community and belonging. The conference is open to educators of all levels as well as those who educate through nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
The schedule of activities is as follows:
Friday, March 31; 6 p.m.
Optional and Informal Social Event
Downtown Morristown, N.J. (near Hyatt Regency Morristown), specific location to be announced
Saturday, April 1; 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 8 a.m.)
Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research
Continental breakfast and coffee, lunch buffet and dinner buffet will be provided
(Masks are required [except during meals]. Mask exception may be allowed [if desired] for facilitators while presenting.)
Sunday, April 2; 11:30 a.m.
Optional and Informal Nature-based Event
Specific location to be announced
Space is limited and registration is necessary. The conference fee is $65, which does not include fees from Eventbrite. Only credit card payments are accepted. To register and for information go to The Educator Conference for Human Connection.
School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Spring Open House
The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences held an open house on February 4 to provide information about its pharmacy, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies programs. Attendees attended Q&A panels and toured the school’s state-of-the-art facilities.
Physician Assistant Short White Coat Ceremony
The Class of 2024 physician assistant (PA) students received their short white coats in a ceremony held at the Florham Campus on November 14, 2022. According to Nora Lowy, physician assistant studies and director, PA studies program (Flor), who delivered the welcome address, “These students deserve to be celebrated and congratulated not just at the end of their studies, but at the beginning as well.”
Top Study Provider
Wroxton College was selected by Go Overseas as one of the Top Study Abroad Providers for 2022 for Academics as part of their Community Choice Awards 2022: Study Abroad. The college was chosen for offering students an unforgettable study-abroad experience.
“We are delighted to be recognized for the excellence of Wroxton College’s curricular and cocurricular offerings, which our students and alumni have cherished since the college opened in 1965,” said Jason Scorza, philosophy/political science and vice provost for international affairs.
To read more go to “Wroxton College Named Top Study Abroad Provider.”
Wroxton alumni and friends are invited to join Dean Nicholas Baldwin at a reception celebrating Wroxton College on Tuesday, March 14, 6 to 8 p.m., at 1776 by David Burke, 67 E. Park Place, Morristown, N.J.
Guests can play at the Topgolf Swing Suites, enjoy a specially curated menu of appetizers, reconnect with fellow classmates and friends and celebrate the Wroxton experience.
The cost is $50 per person, and it includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages, unlimited games in the Topgolf Swing Suites and a Wroxton gift.
The Wroxton College Summer Getaway for FDU alumni and friends will be held from July 20 to July 27, 2023. To reserve a spot on the trip, a $350 deposit (per person) is due by April 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 $1,550 per person includes the room, some meals as well as transportation and tickets to attractions in the itinerary. Airfare is not included.