College and School Happenings

Maxwell Becton College of Arts and Sciences

Spring Productions

The School of the Arts is staging two productions this spring — “The Agency,” a comedy by Lia Romeo, creative writing/literature (Flor), in the Barn Theater; and the musical “Mamma Mia!” which is based on songs by the Swedish group ABBA — in Dreyfuss Theater, Dreyfuss Building, both at the Florham Campus.

The performance schedule for “The Agency, featuring FDU students as cast and crew, is as follows:

  • Friday, February 28 — 1 p.m. (preview matinee and talkback) and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 29 — 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 1 — 2:30 p.m. (understudy performance) and 8 p.m.
  • Monday, March 2 — 7 p.m. (with playwright reception) and 10 p.m.

Dina Vovsi, a freelance theater director, is directing the production.

“Mamma Mia!” will run from Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 29; and from Thursday, April 2, through Sunday, April 5.

Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28 — 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 29— 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2 — 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4 — 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 5 — 2:30 p.m.

Stephen Hollis, theater and director, theater arts (Flor), will direct the production, with choreography by Cynthia Thole Loewus, musical theater (Flor).

Ticket prices for both productions are $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students and the FDU community (with ID). To purchase tickets for main stage productions online and pay by credit card go to FDU’s Main Stage 2019–2020. For ticket reservations to the Barn Theater, email (number and type of tickets, preferred show date and time and contact number). Tickets for reserved seating may be picked up in the lobby at performance date, payment due upon arrival (cash only).

For more information go Main Stage 2019–2020 or to Barn Theater 2019–2020.

Creative Writing Workshop  

The School of the Arts is sponsoring a Creative Writing Workshop for high school students on Thursday, March 5, 4:30 p.m., in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus.

High-school students interested in writing can take advantage of a unique opportunity to meet award-winning authors who teach in the University’s creative writing program. They can bring their poetry, fiction or nonfiction works for some personal feedback from faculty members.

A reception for the students and their parents/guardians will be held after the workshop. For information email

Anthony J. Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies

Petrocelli Conference on ‘Best Practices in Higher Education’

The First Petrocelli College Conference on “Best Practices in Higher Education: Retention, Assessment and Learner Empowerment” will be held on Friday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Auditorium, Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

The conference will have presentations by Barbara Byrnes, Metropolitan Campus director, Regional Center for Learning Disabilities (“Transition to College [for Students with Learning Disabilities])”; John Findura, writing center supervisor, Bergen Community College, Paramus, N.J. (“What Would Hamlet Tweet? Using Social Media to Engage Students with Text”); Martha Garcia, director of veteran services (Metro) (“Establishing a Thriving Veteran Student Retention Program”); Kimberlee Josephson, business and associate dean, Breen Center for Graduate Success, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa. (“Career Readiness Curriculum”); Natalia Kouraeva, instructional designer, Teaching and Learning with Technology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. (“Give Students Choices and Let Them Shine!”); Al Leibman, SLATE internship coordinator/adjunct instructor, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y. (“Cause in a Classroom”); Alex Rodriguez, adjunct lecturer and doctoral candidate, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas (“Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities (OCICU): Using Cluster Analysis to Grasp Student and Institutional Value of Consolidated Online Offerings in Higher Education”); Nselaa Ward, leadership and diversity expert, Me & My Friends Change the World, Ellenwood, Ga. (“Leadership and Diversity and Inclusion”); and Christiane Warren, senior education consultant, Anna J Cooper Education Advocacy Consultants, LLC, Dumont, N.J. (“How to Design Dual Enrollment Programs as Pathways Towards Education Equity”).

The cost to attend is $25, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Presenters attend for free. Registration is necessary by Sunday, March 1.

To register and for information call 201-692-2073; email Michele Barto, communication, Petrocelli College (Metro), at; email Robert Medaska Jr., mathematics/computer science, Petrocelli College (Metro), at; or go to Best Practices in Higher Education.

Art on Display

Fans of textile art and abstract painting are in for a treat — with exhibits at the Gallery of Edward Williams Hall, Metropolitan Campus. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, “Mary Tooley Parker: Textile Paintings” is on display through Friday, February 28. Her artwork focuses on realistic interpretations of people and nature, whether from memories, local history or visual images. Incorporated in her work are new and recycled wool, cotton and silk fabric; fleece; handspun and mill spun yarn; silk fiber, metallic fibers and more. Parker uses natural and synthetic dyes to create colors.

“Inside Out,” an exhibit of abstract paintings by Elizabeth DeMarco, will be on display from Monday, March 2, through Friday, April 10. Her work reflects — in visual form —her life as a woman, who has lived in one century and two decades in another. Some of DeMarco’s paintings reflect love, birth, family, death, loss, women’s issues, aging and passion. Her works also reflect the pure joy of putting brushes loaded with color on canvas.

School of Public and Global Affairs

Grants Awarded

The School of Public and Global Affairs was awarded two grants:

  • A grant-in-aid of $250,000 by the state of New Jersey to bring public affairs programming to Newark, N.J. The programming will consist of three components: 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.
  • A grant of $20,000 was received to support research into de facto racial segregation in New Jersey towns and schools as well as public attitudes toward integration and segregation. The research group will include faculty members, students and external researchers.

In addition, Rosemary Cresswell is the program director for the Master of Public Administration to be introduced to Wroxton College.

School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

FDU and Bloomfield College PharmD Articulation Agreement

FDU and Bloomfield (N.J.) College signed an articulation agreement that will admit Bloomfield students majoring in biology or chemistry/biochemistry into the Fast Track to Pharmacy (PharmD) Program at FDU following their junior year at Bloomfield College.

The agreement was signed by Gillian Small, University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Michael Avaltroni, dean, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor); and from Bloomfield College Marcheta Evans, president; Maureen Grant, interim vice president for academic affairs; and Jim Murphy, chair, division of science and mathematics.

To read more go to “Bloomfield College and Fairleigh Dickinson Sign PharmD Articulation Agreement.”

Learn from Disney

“Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence,” a one-day leadership-training workshop presented by the Disney Institute and sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University and its School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, will be held on Monday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the pharmacy school at 230 Park Avenue, Florham Park, N.J.

Participants will learn time-tested Disney business insights, key elements of Disney employee engagement strategy and how leadership vision inspires dedication and commitment among employees.

The cost to attend is $425; FDU alumni receive a special discounted rate. Registration is necessary. To register and for information go to Disney Institute. For more information or inquiries call 973-443-8420.

Silberman College of Business

Strategic Planning

“Strategic Planning: Plan Early and Avoid Conflict” will be discussed at the Family Business Forum on Wednesday, March 4, 8:30–10 a.m., in Hartman Lounge, Hennessy Hall, at the Florham Campus. Andrew Frazier, president and COO, A&J Management, Kearny, N.J.; and Paul Steck, president, Exothermic Molding, Inc., Kenilworth, N.J., are the featured speakers.

The event is being sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation, SunTrust Private Wealth, Jesra Foundation and the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The cost to attend is $75. First-time family businesses and members of the FDU community attend for free. Registration is necessary. To register and for information contact Susan Slavin, program director, Rothman Institute (Flor), at 973-443-8842 or

Family Business World

Family Business World, a program hosted by Dale Caldwell, executive director of the Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Flor), celebrates family businesses and explores the hurdles they have overcome in order to succeed.

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.

University College: Arts • Sciences • Professional Studies

School of Education Gets ‘A’ from NCTQ

The Peter Sammartino School of Education received an “A” grade from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) for its graduate early literacy programs. FDU was one of only two schools of education in New Jersey to earn an “A,” with all other institutions in New Jersey earning a C grade or lower.

The grade reflects the program’s embrace of key components to the science of early reading, such as phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  Miriam Singer, education and interim director, education (Metro), said, “We are absolutely thrilled about this. We emphasize phonics instruction and comprehension and writing strategies in all of our reading and literacy courses, and we will continue to have an outstanding program.”

To read more about the school’s latest accomplishment go to “NCTQ Rates FDU Among Top Two Schools in New Jersey for Elementary Teacher Preparation Programs.”

Murder Mystery Dinner and Fundraiser

In celebration of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health and the Sigma Epsilon Rho Chapter at FDU is holding “A Party to Murder!” a murder mystery dinner on Friday, March 27, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., in Hennessy Hall at the Florham Campus.

During the event, participants will assist the detective as he/she tries to figure out who the killer (or killers) is in this classic, funny and interactive Murder On Cue® comedy mystery Who Dunnit! Select audience members will become guest snitches and suspects in a comedy mystery that will keep everyone guessing until the very end!

Tickets are $65 per person (includes dinner and entertainment), with proceeds benefiting the scholarship foundation for Sigma Rho Chapter and Global Honor Society of Nursing.

To purchase tickets go to FDU Nursing Presents A Party to Murder or email The first 20 tickets purchased using promo code Scholarship20 receive a 20-percent discount. FDU students who purchase their tickets with a email will receive a $10 Amazon gift card after attending the event. For their special discount rate, Sigma members should email with their current Sigma number. (Discount codes and promotions cannot be combined.)

For information call Louise Gabriele, nursing (Metro), at 201-532-0648.

Biology Seminars

The School of Natural Sciences is sponsoring free biology seminars from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 4468, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

Upcoming seminars include: on March 5, Understanding Pharmacotherapy and Adverse Drug Reactions in Relationship to Biochemistry,” Mohamed Fouad, BS’08 (Metro), ambulatory care clinical pharmacy coordinator/ambulatory care clinical pharmacist, pharmacy services; and director, PGY2 ambulatory care residency, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, N.J.; and on March 19, “Next Generation DNA Microrrays,” with Claude Gagna, biological/chemical sciences, New York Institute of Technology, Long Island, N.Y.

The seminars are coordinated by Marion McClary, biological sciences and codirector, natural sciences, and Harvey Winters, emeritus, biological sciences (both Metro). Refreshments will be served before the seminars. For information call 201-692-2389.

Writing Workshops

The Metro Writing Studio (second floor, Giovatto Library) is holding various workshops for the FDU community this semester.

Upcoming workshops to be led by faculty/staff members (all Metro) include: “Introduction to APA Format,” with Danielle DesFosses, Petrocelli College, on Monday, March 2, 3:30–4:30 p.m., in the Auditorium, Giovatto Library; “Writing the Undergraduate Thesis” for undergraduates in University Honors Program, with Paul Caruso, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on Tuesday, March 3, 6–7:30 p.m., and on Thursday, March 5, 3–4:30 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio; “Common Essay Patterns,” with Helen Kuttner, University College and tutor, Metro Writing Studio, on March 4, 3–4 p.m., in the Auditorium; “Advanced APA Format,” with Helen Kuttner on Thursday, March 5, 1:30–2:30 p.m.; “Is It Legit — Evaluating Sources Online,” with Kathleen Stein-Smith, associate University librarian and director of public services, Giovatto Library, on March 5, 2:30–3:15 p.m., in the Auditorium; and “How to Write the Master’s Thesis,” with Paul Caruso on Wednesday, March 18, 7:30–8:30 p.m., at the Metro Writing Studio.

For information email Julia Wagner, academic writing and director, Metro Writing Studio (Metro), at or go to Metro Writing Studio.

Paintings and Photographs

Art and photography will be featured at the University College Art Gallery, Room 11, University Hall, Metropolitan Campus.

“Paint,” an exhibit of paintings by Avital Burg, Clintel Steed, Thaddeus Radell and Ying Li, are on display, through Friday, February 28.

“Tribute,” which showcase photographs by Felicita “Felli” Maynard, will be on exhibit from Tuesday, March 3, through Friday, April 10. An opening reception and artist talk will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. For information call 201-692-2801.

Wroxton College

#1 Study Abroad Provider for Safety

Wroxton College has been named the No. 1 Study Abroad Provider for Safety in the 2019 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards for Study Abroad.

For its annual study-abroad awards, Go Overseas looked at providers who excelled at offering students an unforgettable study-abroad experience. It also considered the five categories they ask students to rate each program on: academics, support, fun, housing and safety. To learn about how the winners were chosen go to Community Choice Awards 2019.

Reviews and comments from students about their Wroxton experience include:

The building and grounds are unmatched at Wroxton: you’ll live in a facility full of more beauty and history than most museums. The faculty and staff are kind, and the peerless education you’ll receive will set you in good stead for your future academic and professional career …” 

“Wroxton is a very different experience and one that I am so grateful for! It is a magical place and a unique learning environment that combines rigorous academics with a spectacular setting as well as plenty of opportunity for trips to cultural sites and cities.”

To read more student reviews as well as Wroxton alumni and staff interviews go to Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Alumni Get-together

Join Nicholas Baldwin, dean, Wroxton College, and Wroxton alumni at this year’s Wroxton College Alumni Reception on Saturday, March 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Stout Grand Central, 60 East 41st Street, N.Y.C.

The cost of $30 per person includes hors d’oeuvres, a Wroxton keepsake and beer/wine. A cash bar is also available for cocktails (for alumni and friends 21 and over).

Registration is necessary. To register and for information go to Wroxton College Reception, call 201-692-7013 or email



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