College and School Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Chorus Performances

The FDU Chorus, directed by Allen Cohen, music (Flor), reunited via Zoom to hold a virtual mini concert featuring performances of “Dirait-On,” “Sussex Carol” and “Hinei Ma Tov.” The performances were uploaded to YouTube in December.

Public Affairs Lecture Series

The Public Affairs Lecture Series (PALS), which features lectures on a variety of domestic and international affairs, is held via Zoom every Monday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., through March 22.

Upcoming lectures include: on February 1, New Middle East Rivalries Mean New Opportunities and New Risks,” with Robert Ford, scholar, Middle East Institute, Washington, D.C.; fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and Algeria; on February 8, What’s Happening in Europe?” Heather Conley, senior fellow and director of Europe program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; on February 15, Recent and Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions,” with Bruce Peabody, government/politics and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor); on February 22, A Sensible Immigration Policy: Serving American Interests and Values,” with Muzaffar Chishti, senior fellow and director, Migration Policy Institute, New York University School of Law, and director, New York Immigration Coalition and Asian-American Federation; on March 1, India: Challenges and Opportunities,” with Milan Vaishnav, senior fellow and director of South Asia program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.; on March 8, The United States Should Fear a Faltering China,” Michael Beckley, political science, Tufts University, Medford, Mass., and Jeanne Kirkpatrick Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, D.C.; on March 15, Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop,” with Lee Drutman, governmental studies, Center for Advanced Governmental Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., and senior fellow, Political Reform Program, New America Foundation, Washington, D.C.; and on March 22, World Roundup,” with Ralph Buultjens, headline speaker on public affairs, 92nd Street Y, N.Y.C., and media commentator.

The cost to attend is $100 per device for the entire series. Checks should be made payable to Fairleigh Dickinson University. For information go to Public Affairs Lecture Series. For inquiries call 973-758-8996 or email

Silberman College of Business

Digital Marketing Among the Best

Silberman College’s fully online MS in digital marketing program has been named among the Top 25 Best Digital Marketing Master’s for 2021 by Value Colleges, an independent online guide to the best values in undergraduate and graduate education. To read more go to “Value Colleges Releases Rankings of Digital Marketing Degree Programs.”

Entrepreneurship Training

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is offering “FDU and Small Business Pro: On Demand Entrepreneurship Training — Startup to Scaling.” The training will be conducted by Andrew Frazier, founder, Small Business Pro University, Montclair, N.J.

Interested participants can choose between a three-month Small Business Pro Certification Program or a 12-month Masterpreneur Certification Program. For more information go to Small Business Like A Pro.

Family Business World

Family Business World, a program hosted by Dale Caldwell, executive director of the Rothman Institute (Flor), celebrates family businesses and explores the hurdles they have overcome in order to succeed. Recent interviewees include Gail Rottenstrich, CEO of ZaGO Manufacturing, Newark, N.J.; Mike Benaduce, Jr., part owner, vineyard manager and winemaker for Beneduce Vineyards, Pittstown, N.J.; and Dennis Mikula, Jr., executive vice president at Mikula Contracting, Inc., Clifton, N.J.

The show airs on Thursdays, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., on RVNTV, an online broadcast television network. Past program episodes and podcasts are also posted on the Family Business World website.

Veterans Launching Ventures

Veterans and their families are invited to attend the spring session of Veterans Launching Ventures, a free certificate course that will give them the skills and support to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch a small business.

The spring session, which will be conducted online, will run from late March to mid-May.

For more information go to Veterans Launching Ventures.

International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management

New Esports Minor

An Esports undergraduate minor, one of the first in New Jersey, will be launched in fall 2021. It is designed to expose students in the growing sector of Esports and competitive gaming and provide career pathways to the industry.

According to John Niser, director, hospitality/sports/tourism management, “Offering Esports as a minor is the first of many innovations our team has created to offer new career pathways to burgeoning fields in a wide variety of industries. [It] offers a diverse set of career opportunities that will allow candidates to pursue a lifestyle in the creation, operation, planning, marketing and broadcasting of Esports events.”

To apply and for information about the minor go to Undergraduate Certificate/Minor: Esports.

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Champions of Good Work

Chadwin Sandifer, associate dean for student affairs/administrative operations, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), and Patricia Lemmerman, director for student affairs/community engagement, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), were recognized by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) as Champions of Good Work for 2020 during its Companies That Care Award initiative for their efforts to engage students in service-learning experiences in local communities.

Sandifer connects faculty, staff and students to Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit that provides vacations for ill children and their families. Lemmerman leads a course on Low-income Families and Homeless Populations.

To read about all the awardees, go to the March 2020 issue of Commerce magazine.

Faculty Member Receives COVID-19 Vaccine 

Jaclyn Palummo, pharmacy practice (Flor), received the COVID-19 vaccine from alumna Ali Berns, MS’19, PharmD’19 (Flor), who was her APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience) student. They are also colleagues at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, N.J., where Palummo is a clinical pharmacy specialist. 

Virtual Open House

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be holding a virtual open house on Saturday, February 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. It will provide information about the following academic programs: pharmacy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, public health and social work.

The open house will also give attendees the opportunity to go on a virtual tour of the school and its state-of-the-art facilities, learn about its integrated curriculum and experiential-education opportunities; and meet faculty, staff and current students.

Registration is necessary. To register and for information go to School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Spring 2021 Virtual Open House.

School of Public and Global Affairs 

Cassino Leads FDU Poll

Daniel Cassino, government/politics (Flor), has been appointed executive director of FDU Poll. He had served as the poll’s director of experimental research since 2009.

“Dan is an outstanding researcher, writer and personality,” said Peter Woolley, the poll’s founder and now the founding director of FDU’s School of Public and Global Affairs, which houses the poll. “In this era when accurate polling demands mathematical whizzes and new designs, Dan will be a leader.”

To read more go to “FDU Poll Announces New Leadership.”

Graduate Scholarship Opportunity

The School of Public and Global Affairs is reserving one graduate scholarship to its master of public administration (MPA) program for the members or employees (or members of their immediate family) of the African American Chamber of Commerce New Jersey (AACCNJ).

“Fairleigh Dickinson University was founded by business leaders with public values,” said University President Christopher Capuano. “We are pleased to partner with New Jersey’s African-American business leaders who likewise have a public mission.”

Alumnus John Harmon, Sr., BA’83 (Ruth), president and CEO of AACCNJ, said, “I encourage you to pursue this opportunity to be educated at one of the world’s best institutions. FDU helped transform my life.”

Deadline for the online application for the fall semester is on July 1, 2021. For more information go to Graduate Scholarship Opportunity.

Holiday Food Drive

The School of Public and Global Affairs, Feeding America and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) held their Second Annual Food Drive. The 2020 virtual food drive raised $10,925 for the CFBNJ.

Wroxton College

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Dean Nicholas Baldwin hosted a virtual Mad Hatter Tea Party on January 19. The “not-so-traditional” English teatime featured cooking demonstrations of Wroxton teatime treats as well as news and updates about Wroxton College.

Attendees were welcome to make a gift in support of the Wroxton College Now & Forever Fund, which help to ensure that the Wroxton College experience is available for future generations.

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