College and School Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Fall Production

The School of the Arts is staging its fall production live and on-campus for the 2021–2022 Theater Season in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, at the Florham Campus.

“First Date,” an adaptation by Austin Winsberg, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Wiener, will run from Thursday, November 11, through Sunday, November 14. Performance times are Thursday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. “First Date” will be directed by Christopher Blass Núñez, theater (Flor); with choreography by Cynthia Thole Loewus, musical theater (Flor); musical direction by Dimitri Nakhamkin, independent entertainment professional; and set design by Maiko Chii, set/costume designer and adjunct faculty member, theater arts, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, Conn.

Ticket prices are $15 for the general public, $10 senior citizens 65+ and $5 FDU community and students. All tickets must be purchased in advance at FDU Event Tickets and no tickets will be sold at the door. For information go to FDU Theater Season.

An adapted workshop production of “Tartuffe” by Moliere and translated by Richard Wilbur was staged from October 1 through October 3.

Virtual Chemistry Seminar

In celebration of National Chemistry Week, a lecture on “Mechanisms of Protein Internalization and Degradation at the Lysosomes Through the ESCRT Pathway,” by Sudeep Banjade, BS’08 (Metro), research/postdoctoral associate, Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., will be held on Thursday, October 21, at 5:30 p.m., via Zoom.

The free event is cosponsored by the department of chemistry, biochemistry and physics and the department of biology. Preregistration is necessary by Thursday, October 14. To preregister and for information contact Mihaela Leonida, chemistry and preprofessional studies/graduate school adviser (Metro), at, or Ish Kumar, pharmaceutical chemistry (Metro), at

Biology Seminar

As part of the fall semester’s Biology Seminar Series, a seminar on “The Tribology of Joints” will be led by Anna Debska-Chwaja, Becton College (Metro), on Thursday, November 4, 5:30–6:30 p.m., in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

The free event is sponsored by the department of biological sciences. For information call 201-692-2391.

Marion McClary, biological sciences and chair, biological sciences (Metro), is the series coordinator.

MFA in Creative Writing Recognized

The MFA in creative writing was named among’s Best Online Master’s in Creative Writing Degree Programs list. Programs were evaluated based on reputation, flexibility, cost, faculty and outcomes. FDU’s program was chosen as the Best Literature Focus. To read more go to The Best Online Master’s in Creative Writing Degree Programs. For information on the program go to MFA in Creative Writing.

Public Affairs Lectures

The Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring the fall 2021 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 11, America’s Greatest Wager: China,” with Gordon Chang, columnist and author, The Great U.S.-China Tech War and Losing South Korea; on October 18, The State of State Politics: Inside the Dynamics of New Jersey Government and Elections,” with Benjamin Dworkin, founding director, Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship, Glassboro, N.J.; on October 25, Are Conspiracy Theories Out to Get Us? with Christopher Laney, history, Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, Mass.; on November 1, Should Social Media Have the Same Restrictions as Print Media? with Clint Watts, distinguished research fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, Pa., and nonresident fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy; on November 8, How Brexit is Working and Other European Issues, with Heather Conley, senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia and the Arctic; and director, Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C.; on November 15, Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy at 11 Months and Counting, with Jerry Pubantz, political science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and on November 22, World Roundup, with Ralph Buultjens, instructor on world politics, 92nd Street Y, N.Y.C., and international media commentator.

For information go to Public Affairs Lecture Series, call 973-758-8996 or email Registration is closed.

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: “Advanced APA Format,” with Helen Kuttner, Becton College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Wednesday, October 6, 6–7:30 p.m., and on Wednesday, November 3, 4–5:30 p.m.; “Writing the Master’s Thesis,” with Paul Caruso, tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Wednesday, October 6, 7–8:30 p.m.; “Basic Grammar,” with Rochelle Moskowitz, Becton College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Friday, October 8, 1–2 p.m., and on Friday, October 15, 1–2 p.m.; and “Introduction to APA Format,” Danielle DesFosses, Becton College, on Wednesday, October 20, 6–7:30 p.m.

Registration is required 10 minutes prior to the workshops. 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.

Novo Nordisk Summer Research Program

For the 10th year, Novo Nordisk has funded the Becton College Novo Nordisk Summer Research Program. The program, which runs from May through July, is open to biology, chemistry, biochemistry, math and computer science students in Becton College. Students presented their research findings at the Florham Campus. To read more go to “Becton College Novo Nordisk Summer Research Program completes its 10th year.”

FDU Chorus and Band Performances

The virtual concerts of the FDU Chorus and Band for spring 2021 are now on YouTube. FDU Chorus performances include Why Fumes in Sight the Gentiles’ Spite, Ain’-a That Good News! and Bohemian Rhapsody. FDU Band performances include Bein’ Green, the Star Wars Medley and What a Wonderful World.

Allen Cohen, music (Flor), is the chorus’ and band’s director.

Silberman College of Business

Hall of Fame Gala

The Silberman College of Business hosted its Hall of Fame Gala on September 17 at the Florham Campus.

The gala raised $225,000 for student scholarships and academic programming. Accomplished alumni and benefactors were also honored at the event. They were Timothy Gearty, BS’77 (Ruth), partner, Gearty & McIntyre, LLP, Florham Park, N.J.; Claudia Healey, BS’92, MBA’94 (Flor), chief human resources officer, STO Building Group, N.Y.C.; François Nader, chairman, Acceleron Pharma (Cambridge, Mass.), Talaris Therapeutics (Louisville, Ky.) and BenevolentAI (Brooklyn, N.Y.); and Micheline Nader, CEO, Jesra Foundation, Miami Beach, Fla.; member, FDU Board of Trustees; and chair, Silberman College Board of Advisers. RWJBarnabas Health received the Buddy Silberman Award for Social Change.

To read more go to “Silberman College of Business celebrates the return of Hall of Fame Gala.”

Upcoming Rothman Events

The Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting free Rothman’s Friday Forums in the fall, which cover topics relevant to family businesses. On Friday, October 15, “Planning for Tomorrow Today” will be discussed via Zoom from noon to 1:30 p.m. The forum will feature two presentations: “Leading in Today’s Ever-changing Environment,” with Dale Caldwell, executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), and Bellaria Jimenez, president/general agent, MassMutual Tri State, Iselin, N.J.; and “Business Owners’ Retirement: Obstacles They Face,” with Bruce Bickar, chief operating officer, MassMutual Tri State, Iselin, N.J. Registration is necessary.

The 29th Annual New Jersey Family Business of the Year Awards is planned for Wednesday, October 27, 11 a.m., at the Glen Ridge (N.J.) Country Club. The cost to attend is $60 and registration is necessary.

For information on these and other Rothman events call 973-443-8842, email Susan Slavin, program director, Rothman Institute (Flor), at or Maura Pniewski, assistant to the executive director, Rothman Institute (Flor), at

PDP Receives Award, Hosts Events

The Professional Development Program (PDP) of Silberman College received the Best Social Media Presence Award at the Suitable Pathways to Student Development conference in July. The award is given to a program that actively uses one or more social-media platforms to promote their activities and events. PDP uses Silberman College’s Instagram and Facebook pages to publicize its programs.

This fall, PDP is sponsoring a variety of events that allow students to meet and learn from leading business executives and alumni.

  • Market Updates every Tuesday at 4 p.m. with Jon Budish, BA’77, MBA’85 (Flor), founder, Budish Group. These are held via Zoom and at the Bloomberg Labs on both campuses: Room 2249, Dickinson Hall, at the Metropolitan Campus; and Room 106, Monninger Center for Learning and Research, at the Florham Campus.
  • A Panel Discussion on Marketing Career Paths will be held on Wednesday, October 13, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Alumni panelists include Sarah Koves, BS’06, MBA’09 (Flor), vice president, product and program development, Wyndham Destinations, Orlando, Fla., and member, Silberman College NextGen Board of Advisers; Christopher D’Ambola, BS’06, MBA’18 (Flor), senior director, transfer pricing/tax, growth solutions, Workiva, Hoboken, N.J.; and Andrew Kostin, BS’13 (Flor), group product manager, risk/marketplace compliance, Etsy.

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

International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management

Student-focused Bailliage Inaugurated

The International School of Hospitality, Sports, and Tourism Management (ISHSTM) held an inaugural Induction Ceremony at the Florham Campus in June to celebrate the creation of a new student-focused Bailliage. The Bailliage is designed to engage students with the vast network of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and food and wine culture and history.

According to John Niser, director of ISHSTM, the Bailliage is open to all but will focus mainly on student memberships. “We plan to introduce students to the core values of the Chaîne of preserving the camaraderie, pleasures of the table and promoting excellence in all areas of the hospitality arts,” he said.

To read more go to “Chaîne des Rôtisseurs inaugurates student group.”

Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

10 Best MSN Programs

The Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health was ranked fourth among the 10 Best MSN Programs in New Jersey. It offers an RN to MSN program with family nurse practitioner and nursing education tracks, and an MSN program with a variety of tracks such as adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, forensic specialist and nurse administrator.

School of Public and Global Affairs

MS in Cyber and Homeland Security Among Best

The MS in cyber and homeland security was named to’s Best Online Master’s in Homeland Security Degree Programs list. Programs were evaluated based on course strength, cost, reputation, faculty and flexibility. FDU’s program was chosen as the Best for Adult Learners. To read more go to The Best Online Master’s in Homeland Security Degree Programs. For information on the program go to MS in Cyber and Homeland Security Administration.

Wroxton College

Virtual Lecture Series

Wroxton College is holding its first-ever virtual lecture series this fall led by faculty members on a variety of topics. The lectures will be available online through December 31, 2021, and those interested can watch it on their own time.

Lecture 1 — The Role of the Monarchy in Britain Today
Nicholas Baldwin, dean and director of operations; British government/politics

Lecture 2 — The NHS: Who’s Afraid of Socialized Medicine?
Angela Morris, social policy/history

Lecture 3 — Post-Pandemic Leadership
Linda Lee-Davies, international business

Lecture 4 — William Hogarth (1697–1764) and the Birth of Satire
Wendy Hart, art history

Lecture 5 — Winston Churchill: The Greatest Briton?
Nicholas Baldwin, dean and director of operations; British government/politics

Offered free of charge, the lecture series is a fundraiser for the Wroxton College Now & Forever Fund. A minimum donation of $100 is strongly encouraged and appreciated. Donations are tax deductible eligible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Several donors have agreed to match the dollars raised (up to $5,500) through the Lecture Series.

Registration is necessary. For information go to Wroxton College Virtual Lecture Series 2021. For inquiries email

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