Faculty, Staff — Update, In Memoriam, Welcome


President Christopher Capuano was named as one of Education Magazine’s “10 Most Visionary Education Leaders of 2020.” To read more about him go to Christopher Capuano: Transforming Education with Vision and Grit.

Marie Roberts, fine arts (Metro), was among the artists featured in the article “A View From the Easel During Times of Quarantine,” which was posted on hyperallergic.com on January 8. Her paintings were part of the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which included a group representing Coney Island USA’s Mermaid Parade. In addition, Roberts’ works were among those featured in “WORD,” an online exhibition of paintings, prints, fabric works, photographs and sculpture, which brings together 17 artists who activate the words WITH, IN, ON or AS as a visual experience. Her exhibited works were “Frances [the cat],” “Strange Girls” and “Coney Art Walls.” She also was featured in the article “Magic with Dirt & Substrate” in the November 2020 issue of Drawing Attention, the official monthly magazine of the Urban Sketchers organization. Paintings by Roberts — “Queen Mermaid” and “King Neptune” — were posted on the homepage of Lynn Nottage, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Nottage was named 2020 Queen of the 38th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which went virtual this year. Award-winning playwright Jeremy O. Harris was King Neptune.

In November, Dale Caldwell, executive director, Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Flor), wrote an op-ed titled “Healing Divided Country with Entrepreneurship,” which was posted on roi-nj.com, and he was featured in the New Jersey Business magazine article “Dale Caldwell Believes That Jobs Can Drive Societal Change.”

Bradford Hurlbut, director of athletics (Metro), announced that athletics has partnered with Jeremy Darlow, brand marketing consultant and bestselling author, to offer The Darlow Rules course. Offered online to all student-athletes during the winter session, the course will teach college athletes how to grow their personal brands. Each student-athlete will receive a certificate after completing the course. FDU is the first NEC school to partner with Darlow. For more information go to Darlow.

Daniel Cassino, government/politics and executive director, FDU Poll (Flor), wrote two articles in December: “Many Republicans believe the election was fixed. But that’s what losing partisans often think: What’s new is how many are not just suspicious, but say they’re sure it’s true,” in The Washington Post, and “What Happened? How gender may have influenced support for Trump among African-American and Latinx voters in 2020,” in the LSE US Centre’s blog. He also spoke about “Polling Technology — Past, Present and Future” at the Morris Tech Virtual Meetup held in December.

Martha Papson Garcia, director of veterans services (Metro), and Luke Schultheis, vice president for enrollment, planning and effectiveness and honorary commander of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, joined the FDU Student Veteran Association in the Army Ten Miler race which was held virtually on October 11. All race proceeds benefit Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs. To read about how members of the FDU community honored veterans last year go to Veterans Day 2020.

Amelia Wright, education (Flor), received the 2020 CEL (Conference on English) Teacher-Leader of Excellence Award from the National Council of Teachers of English. The award recognizes a classroom educator who leads the way of literacy instruction by sharing his or her work with others at local and/or national levels. An FDU alumna, BA’03, MAT’04 (Flor), she is an active member of the National Writing Project and is supervisor of humanities at Randolph (N.J.) High School.

A Modernist Fantasy: Modernism, Anarchism and the Radical Fantastic, a book by James Gifford, English and director, University Core, and director of editorial committee, FDU Press (Van), is a finalist for the 2020 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies. He also wrote “Goblin Modernism: Modernism, Anarchism, and the Radical Fantastic,” which was published in the Modernism/modernity Journal by Johns Hopkins University Press. Gifford’s article, “A Textual Study of Lawrence Durrell’s Revolt of Aphrodite: The Book That Has Not Yet Been,” was published in ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews. He also participated in the #DuneBookClub roundtable hosted by Min Hyoung Song, English, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present. Two of Gifford’s creative nonfiction works were also published: “Terrace Nostoi” in The Quarantine Review, and a podcast of his “Rue Sainte-Ursule” in Anarchist Essays from Loughborough University, England.

Greg Herenda, head men’s basketball coach (Metro), was among the contributors featured in the book A Coach Is … Reflections on People Who Have Impacted Our Lives co-authored by John “Jay” Jorgensen, BA’78 (Metro). The book features 125 stories by Hall of Famers and professional athletes from the MLB, NBA and NFL.

Bruce Peabody, government/politics and director, Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning (Flor), will speak about “Recent and Upcoming Supreme Court Decisions,” on Monday, February 15, as part of the Public Affairs Lecture Series. For information on upcoming lectures go to Public Affairs Lecture Series.

White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America, the latest book by Khyati Joshi, education (Metro), has been named among Religion News Service’s (RNS) “Most Intriguing Books on Religion” for 2020. According to RNS, “Joshi upends our usual approach to race questions by focusing not on marginalized communities’ troubles, but how white Americans have preserved their advantage over centuries. [She] shows how even our idea of religion as an island of racial equality is an ‘optical illusion.’” In November, Joshi spoke about “The Intersection of Race and Religion in the United States” at the Zoom meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women, Bergen County chapter.

Jesse Boyland, assistant athletic trainer, athletics (Flor), was appointed interim head athletic trainer effective immediately. He joined FDU two years ago as assistant athletic trainer and helped assist with all 19 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams. To read more go to “Jesse Boyland Named Interim Head Athletic Trainer.”

Linda Lee-Davies, international business/Core (Wrox), did a virtual cooking demonstration of a traditional English holiday meal in December. The event was cosponsored by the Office of Global Learning and Wroxton College.

Jon Weiman, graphic design (Flor), received two 2020 American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA Magazine for a book-cover design and bat mitzvah invitation.

Kathleen Stein-Smith, languages (Metro), spoke about “World Language Advocacy: Looking to the Future,” in a prerecorded asynchronous session held as part of the online New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) Annual Conference in October 2020. In November, she attended the annual meeting of the American Society of French Academic Palms (ASFAP).

Jimmy Robertson, head football coach, athletics (Flor), has been named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) 2021 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute. Those selected are invited to attend the one-day institute that features interactive lectures on topics that emphasize leadership in the coaching profession, ethics, influential responsibilities, career progression and family balance. To read more go to “2021 35 Under 35 Participants Announced by AFCA.”

As part of the Athletes for Change and Equality (ACE) Conversation Series, Ernest “Bub” Kovacs, administrative science (Metro), was interviewed by Nina Shirey, Florham Campus senior and ACE founder, about the importance of diversity and inclusion.

The Crookedest Street, the first novel by Joseph Strupp, Becton College (Flor), was published in November 25 by Amarna Books & Media, Maplewood, N.J. He held a virtual book signing on December 14. A reporter for the Asbury Park Press, Strupp is also the author of Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness (and Donald Trump) Are Destroying News and How We Can Save It.

James Rana, BA’98 (Metro), Becton College (Metro), starred in an East Lynne Theater Company, Cape May, N.J., production of “Nothing Matters” that ran from October 14 through November 21. This play was only available virtually and was produced under an Actors’ Equity Association’s (AEA) contract — the fourth in the country awarded since mid-March 2020.

Kate Dunsmore, communication and director, MA in communication (Flor), was interviewed in January about FDU’s MA in communications program for the website Master’s in Communications, which focuses on graduate communications programs nationwide.

In the news …

Julie Kalabalik-Hoganson, pharmacy practice and director, pharmacy practice, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), was quoted in the Newsweek November article “Why Moderna’s COVID Vaccine Has a ‘Huge Advantage’ Over Pfizer’s.”

Kalyan Mondal, electrical engineering, coordinator of information technology program and director, Center for Cybersecurity and Information Assurance (Metro), was quoted in the article “Top 5 Cybersecurity Trends from NJ Experts,” posted on choosenj.com.

Peter Woolley, political science and director, public/global affairs, was quoted in the following articles in November: “Can the U.S. heal the divide?” (pix11.com); and “Cold Winds on Water: The COVID Perils of a Jersey Restaurateur” (insidernj.com). He also was quoted in the January article “The Trump-Biden transition is unique — but it wasn’t the first to spiral into conflict,” which was posted on northjersey.com.

Eleanor McGlinchey, psychology (Metro), was quoted in the article “Daylight saving time ends Nov. 1. Here’s how to adjust easily,” posted in October on today.com.

In January, Daniel Cassino, government/politics and executive director, FDU Poll (Flor), was interviewed twice on PIX11: in the PIX11 Morning News to discuss the storming of the U.S. Capitol and looked at the unrest from a historical point of view, and in the PIX11 News at 5 on Trump’s second impeachment. He also was quoted in the following articles from October through December: “Trump’s Latino Support Was Overlooked by Pollsters That Lack Diversity: Minorities are underrepresented and misunderstood by the polling industry” (bloomberg.com); “Poll: Virtual Schooling, Social Media Are Bigger Stressors than Pandemic” (NJBIA); “How Christmas — and Christmas greetings — changed while Trump was in office” (Deseret News); “Ask Civics 101: What Can Politicians Do After They Leave Office” (nhpr.org); “Biden introduces top cabinet nominees” (pix11.com); “Fairleigh Dickinson Expert Tells Morris Tech Meetup What’s Wrong with Polling” (njtechweekly.com); and “GOP Sen. says he’ll object to Electoral College vote. What does it mean for conservatives in Congress?” (pix11.com). He also was quoted in a letter to the editor, “Motivated Reasoning,” sent by Catalina Hall to the Arizona Daily Star and published in December.

John Niser, director, hospitality/sports/tourism management, was quoted in the following articles: “How to Travel Safely During the Holiday Season: Our holiday travel checklist includes one important question: whether you should travel at all,” on cntraveler.com in November; and “What consumers learned about travel complaints in 2020,” on washingtonpost.com, and “FDU announces creation of minor in esports,” on roi-nj.com, both in December.

Bojana Berić-Stojšić, public health and director, master of public health program, pharmacy/health sciences (Flor), was quoted in the December Good Housekeeping article “It Looks Like Americans Over the Age of 75 May Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in January.”

In Memoriam

Fred Goldstein, part-time library clerk, Giovatto Library (Metro), died on December 11 at the age of 86. He joined FDU in 1993 after a long career selling textile designs in Europe and the United States under his own Fred Goldstein Designs label. He is predeceased by his wife, Sari.

Visweswara Madhyastha, retired physics (Ruth/Metro), died on January 11 at the age of 88. He joined FDU’s School of Natural Sciences in 1965 and retired in 2003. He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; and children, Tara, Mythili and Maitreya. 

Robert Metz, former coach and administrator, athletics (Metro), has died. Throughout his 32 years of service to the Knights, he served as the intramural director, professor and chairman of the physical education department; wrestling coach; golf coach; and athletics director. He also led the 1966 golf team to the Metropolitan Golf Associations Intercollegiate Championship. In 2011, the 1966 men’s golf team with Metz was inducted into the Division I Hall of Fame. According to Rob Warren, head golf coach, athletics (Metro), “Bob has been the foundation upon which we have built the FDU Golf program. He was an ardent supporter of the program but more than anything he was a friend and mentor to so many members of our alumni. His legacy will forever be remembered through the Robert and Gloria Metz scholarship and the Robert Metz Award.”

Richard Riccio, retired vice president for administration (Metro/Flor), died on December 24 at the age of 79. He joined FDU in 1995 and retired in 2016. In an email to the University community, President Christopher Capuano wrote, “He was dedicated, resourceful and always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our students, faculty and staff had the best services and accommodations possible.” Riccio worked on the steering committee that planned the Vancouver Campus, negotiated the lease for the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and orchestrated its build out and served as chair of the University’s Commencement Committee. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Angela (nee Ferrino); his son, Richard Jr.; granddaughter, Nicole; brother, Ronald, and his wife Nina; sister-in-law, Dora; brothers-in-law, Alex and Tony; and nieces and nephews, Diane, Laura, Angela, Nicole, Julie, Mark, Matthew, Charles and Daniel.


The University welcomes new full-time and part-time employees who joined FDU as of January 11, 2021.

Welcome to Fabian Armilla, administrative assistant, criminology/criminal justice (Metro); Kimberley Dunkerley, chief information security officer, information resources/technology (Flor); Rory Gallagher, head strength/conditioning coach, athletics (Flor); Marissa Goodkin, career development specialist, career development (Flor); Samantha Knight-Williams, lecturer of psychology/counseling, psychology/counseling (Metro); Lauren Michel, assistant athletic trainer, athletics (Flor); Irma Parra, career development specialist, career development (Flor); Viola Simpson, assistant provost for institutional research, institutional research/assessment (Metro); and Genique Stanislaus, University director, student health services (Metro).

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