College and School Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

New Social Media Concentration

Students enrolling in the BA in communication program at both the Metropolitan and Florham campuses may take a concentration in social media starting in the fall 2024 semester. According to Gary Radford, communication and chair, communication (Flor), “our new program looks broadly and deeply at the kinds of content that have an impact on audiences as well as the design choices behind social networks.” For social-media expert Kara Alaimo, communication and deputy chair, communication (Metro), “It will also train content creators to create the kinds of posts that go viral and achieve the goals of their organizations.”

Students taking the social media concentration will take two required courses (one on the social impact of social media and one on how to manage social media accounts), two “principles” courses that focus on managing social-media crises, and they will choose from several “exploration” and elective courses

To read more go to “Fairleigh Dickinson University Announces New Academic Program in Social Media.”

Constitution Day Lecture

Chris Rasmussen, history and deputy chair, social sciences/history (Metro), will speak about “Gambling and Government” as part of Constitution Day on Monday, September 18, 2:30 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Metropolitan Campus Library, and via Zoom.

Cosponsored by Becton College and the FDU libraries, the free lecture will answer questions such as why the Federal government attempted to ban gambling, what the difference is between gambling and investing and why nearly all state governments have legalized gambling.

Registration is necessary to attend via Zoom. For information go to Constitution Day Lecture 2023 or email Jessie Ribustello, library office administrator/circulation assistant, Metropolitan Campus Library, at

Art Gallery Reception

The School of the Arts will be hosting an Art Gallery Reception for FDU alumni and friends featuring works by Philip Smallwood, watercolor artist and FDU’s inaugural artist-in-residence, on Thursday, September 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at the P. Smallwood Art Gallery and Studio, 435 Cypress Court, New Milford, N.J.

The event will also feature the launch of the Frederick Smallwood Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in support of art education at FDU. The scholarship fund was established in memory of Frederick Smallwood Jr., older brother of Philip, who cofounded one of the most innovative drug rehabilitation centers in the northeast.

Attendance is free, and guests have the opportunity to purchase works on display. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Frederick Smallwood Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration is necessary. For information go to Art Gallery Reception or email

Theater Offerings

The School of the Arts ushers in its fall season with “Lysistrata,” an anti-war comedy by Aristophanes, in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, at the Florham Campus. It will run from Thursday, October 5, through Sunday, October 8, at the Dreyfuss Theater in Dreyfuss Building. (This production is not suitable for young audiences due to adult themes and language.)

Performance times are Thursday, 10:30 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. It will be directed by Nolan Hennelly, theater (Flor); with set design by Maiko Chii, set and costume designer/owner, Clear Box Productions, LLC, Queens, N.Y.; lighting design by David Landau, film (Flor); and costume design by Miranda Graves, BA’22 (Flor).

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 because performances sell out quickly. When available, a limited number of tickets may be sold at the door. For information go to FDU Theater Season.

Biology Seminars

The department of biological sciences will be hosting free seminars from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on select Thursdays in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

Upcoming seminars include: “Wakefulness from General Anesthesia: Relevant Translational Models,” Mohammad Mansouri, associate research scientist, anesthesiology, Columbia University, N.Y.C., on September 28; and Role of L-arginine/Nitric oxide Pathway in Morphine-induced Analgesia Tolerance and Dependence: Interaction with Venlafaxine,” Bahareh Naghizadeh, Becton College (Metro), on October 26.

For information call 201-692-2330. The seminars are being organized by Marion McClary, biology and chair, biology (Metro).

Lecture for National Chemistry Week

In celebration of National Chemistry Week, the department of chemistry/biochemistry/physics together with the Hudson-Bergen Chemistry Society, will be hosting a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus. It will be preceded by pizza and refreshments at 5 p.m.

The lecture on “Synthetic Design of Chromophore/Semiconductor Interfaces for Solar Energy Applications,” will be presented by Elena Galoppini, distinguished professor of chemistry, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., and founding deputy editor, ACS Applied Optical Materials.

Reservations are required by Friday, October 20. For reservations and information, email Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and preprofessional studies/graduate school adviser, at, or Thomas Drwiega, chemistry laboratory supervisor (both Metro), at

Silberman College of Business

Hall of Fame Gala

Silberman College will hold its annual Hall of Fame Gala, which honors accomplished alumni and benefactors, on Friday, October 13, at the Florham Campus. The cocktail reception will be held at 6 p.m. at the Stern Portico, Hennessy Hall, with dinner following in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall.

This year’s honorees are Neil Goldmacher, BS’85 (Ruth), chairman of national tenant representation, Newmark, N.Y.C.; Rita Karachun, BS’85 (Metro), senior vice president finance/global controller, Merck & Co., Inc., Rockaway, N.J.; Al Lustgarten, MBA’82 (Metro), senior vice president, technology and information services, Hearst Television, N.Y.C., and member, Silberman College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board; and Lester Owens, MBA’91 (Ruth), senior executive vice president/head of operations, Wells Fargo & Company, N.Y.C.,who is this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The cost to attend is as follows: $650 per person ($500 tax deductible) and $250 ($100 tax deductible) for young alumni (classes of 2018–2023). Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds will fund student scholarships and academic programming in Silberman College.

Attire for the event is smart casual, and valet parking is available. Registration is necessary. For information go to Silberman College Hall of Fame Gala or email Melissa Quinn, social media/communications manager, Silberman College (Flor), at

Veterans Launching Ventures

Veterans Launching Ventures (VLV), a free online entrepreneurship program exclusively for veterans, service members and their families, will be offered this fall. Sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation, VLV will be run by the Silberman College of Business. Depending on where they are in their business journey, the VLV will set participants up for success, with access to curricula, resources, consultants and ongoing support.

The program’s Feasibility and Foundation modules, which will run from September 25 through October 30, will give participants the opportunity to complete a full feasibility study before moving on to their business plans. The modules will cover idea generation, two introduction and four concept classes and proof concept.

The core VLV program “Launch,” which will run from October 9 through December 5, is suited for those in business or with an idea ready to develop. Each student will be paired with an experienced consultant, who guides them through the course over nine weeks. Students are required to present their business plan to earn the course certificate.

Classes are delivered live via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. EST. Registration is necessary because class sizes are limited. For information go to Veterans Launching Ventures or email Susan Slavin, programs director, Silberman Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center (Flor), at

Lee Gildart and Oswald Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering

A Research and Development Lab on Cutting-edge Technologies and Fields (R&D lab) is coming to Becton Hall on the Metropolitan Campus. Funded by a $200,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations, the lab is expected to be completed by September 2024 and will be part of the Gildart/Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.

According to Alfredo Tan, electrical engineering and Gregory Olsen Endowed Chair and school director (Metro), “The R&D lab will foster collaboration between faculty and students throughout the University, creating a community of scholars and learners.” Faculty will also assist students in the development of intellectual properties. In addition, the facility will help faculty in the development of course lectures, training materials, lab exercises and outreach programs.

The Hearst Foundations have a long-standing relationship with FDU, which has generated several grants over the years, supporting numerous projects. The late alumnus and FDU trustee Ronald Doerfler, BA’65, MBA’72 (Ruth), who served the Hearst Corporation as senior vice president for finance and administrator, director and a member of its board of trustees, nurtured the connection.

To read more go to “Hearst Foundations fund new research and development lab.”

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 2024 CMAA World Conference and Business Expo for the chapter president (or representative), and a matching-funds grant to assist with related travel expenses.

Sport Management Study Abroad  

Students in the SPAD4000 International Sports Administration class, led by Jong-Chae “J.C.” Kim, sport management and director, sport management (Metro), traveled to FDU’s Wroxton College in England in May.

The group visited historic sport trademarks in Britain during their weeklong trip. Among the places they visited were the Aston Villa Football Club, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, the University of Cambridge Sports Center and Lords Cricket Club, among other locations

For more information go to FDU’s sport management programs.

Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, which is part of the University’s Division of FDU Health, received a $2.6-million, four-year federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant, of which approximately $500,000 per year will be distributed as graduate nursing student scholarships.

“The diversity of the primary care workforce in this country is misaligned with the diversity in our patient population,” says Annie Rohan, dean, nursing/allied health (Metro/Flor). “This federal grant will allow the school to provide scholarships and enhanced educational opportunities to graduate nursing students who seek to serve remote and diverse populations.”

Students in the school’s Doctor of Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Advanced Practice Nursing programs may apply for FDU ANEW scholarships if they meet one of the broad criteria of being environmentally or educationally disadvantaged.

To read more go to “FDU receives Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant from Health Resources and Services Administration.”

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

School Tours

Interested students may tour the facilities and classrooms of the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on select Fridays this fall. Upcoming dates and times are 10 a.m. on September 15; 1 p.m. on October 20; 1 p.m. on October 27; 10 a.m. on November 3; and 10 a.m. on December 1.

Registration is necessary. For information email Jennifer Strasle, associate director for health science admissions, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), at

Open Houses

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is holding several open houses this fall.

Master of Public Health (MPH) Program Virtual Open Houses, featuring a program overview and a Q&A session with faculty, will be held at 7 p.m. EST on the following days:

Registration is necessary. For information contact Andrea Brace, public health, and director, MPH program (Flor) at or 973-443-8230.

Fall 2023 Open House for Pharmacy, Physician Assistant Studies and Occupational Therapy Programs will be held on from 9:15 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 11, in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, 230 Park Avenue, Florham Park, N.J. Registration is necessary. For information go to School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Fall 2023 Open House

Social Work Information Session

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program will be holding an information session via Zoom on Saturday, November 4, at 9:30 a.m. EST. The session will include a program overview and a Q&A period with Zakia Clay, social work and director, MSW (Flor), and other MSW faculty.

Registration is necessary. For information contact Zakia Clay at

Parents Network

Master of Social Work (MSW) student Stephanie Etienne, in partnership with the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ MSW program, held a series of workshops in June and July at the Johnson Public Library in Hackensack, N.J.

The Parents’ Network, which facilitated parenting through an exchange of knowledge and experiences, covered topics such as building bonds, supporting each other, making connections and positivity and inspiration.

School of Psychology and Counseling

“Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy in School Counseling Praxis,” a talk by Ian Levy, school counseling and chair, counseling/therapy, Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y., will be held on Friday, October 27, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST, in the Auditorium of the Metropolitan Campus Library, and via Zoom.

The free event is cosponsored by the School of Psychology and Counseling and the FDU libraries. Registration is necessary. For information contact Tanama Cruz, technical services/outreach associate, Monninger Center for Learning and Research (Flor), at or go to Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Therapy.

School of Public and Global Affairs

The School of Public and Global Affairs is sponsoring the fall 2023 Public Affairs Lecture Series (PALS), which will be held from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. on select Mondays at the Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, N.J.

Upcoming lectures are on September 18, Artificial Intelligence: Benefits and Risks,” with Erdal Kose, computer science (Metro); on October 2, Can We Solve Our Immigration Problems? with Muzaffar Chishti, director, Migration Policy Institute, New York School of Law, N.Y.C., and vice chair, New York Immigration Coalition; on October 9, Recent and Upcoming Critical U.S. Supreme Court Cases: The Issues, Reasoning and Methodologies,” with Edward Harnett, Richard J. Hughes Professor of Constitutional Law and Public Service, Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, N.J.; on October 16, The Roots of the U.S.-China Rivalry, with Michael Beckley, political science, Tufts University, Medford, Mass., and Jeanne Kirkpatrick Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; on October 23, New Alignments Among Nations in the Mideast, with Steven Cook, Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and African Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, N.Y.C.; on October 30, Achieving Sustainable U.S. Energy Independence: How to Do What We Want in a Climate We Like, with Dork Sahagian, earth/environmental science, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; and on November 6, World Roundup, with Ralph Buultjens, faculty member, New York University.

Subscriptions to the series are available by check for $75. Walk-ins may check-in at the front desk and be put on the waiting list. A walk-in fee of $15 will be charged. Walk-ins will be admitted 10 minutes before the lecture starts. For information email or go to Public Affairs Lecture Series 2023.

Peter Woolley, political science (Flor) and founding director, public/global affairs, is a member of the 2023 PALS Committee.

Wroxton College

Alumni and friends are invited to join Nicholas Baldwin, dean and director of operations, Wroxton College, at a reunion on Saturday, October 14, from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Hassan Orangerie, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, at the Florham Campus. The event is hosted by alumni relations and the Wroxton Advisory Committee.

It includes a reception and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the auctions will support Wroxton College.

Admission is $50 per person (includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a Wroxton gift). This event is for alumni, friends and guests 21 and over. Preregistration will close at noon EST on Thursday, October 12. For registration and information go to Wroxton Reunion 2023, call 201-692-7106 or email

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