May 23, 2018
NJCU announced its plan to join a national movement to address smoking and tobacco use at college campuses throughout the United States. NJCU will ask students, faculty and administration to support the adoption of a 100 percent smoke- or tobacco-free policy.
Over the next 17 months, NJCU will engage the campus community to address tobacco use. A taskforce will be formed to oversee the project, assess tobacco use behavior and attitudes, identify a treatment plan for current smokers and develop a policy. Two students will develop and lead educational efforts to build a movement to become a tobacco-free campus.
NJCU’s efforts are part of a growing trend to clean the air on campuses. Currently, more than 2,100 higher education institutions in the United States have gone smoke- or tobacco-free.
NJCU was one of 18 minority-serving institutions and community colleges that will receive funds and technical support from Truth Initiative®, the nation’s largest nonprofit public health organization dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past. Over the past three years, Truth Initiative has partnered with 135 colleges, reaching more than 1.2 million students and 275,000 faculty and staff across 35 states.
“With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 26, college campuses are critical platforms for preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding those current tobacco users in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all,” said Robin Koval, CEO and president of Truth Initiative. “We are looking forward to supporting NJCU’s efforts to make smoking and tobacco use a thing of the past.” Read more.
New York Times Editorial: Four-Year Degree Absolutely Needed
May 18, 2018
“You hear people say, ‘Well, a four-year degree isn’t needed,’” Connie Ballmer, the philanthropist and wife of the former Microsoft C.E.O. Steve Ballmer, recently told me.
“But then if you turn to them and say, ‘What do you want for your child?’ they wouldn’t dream of not having their kid go to a four-year college,” she continued. “they said it’s not needed – but they need it.”
Ballmer is right. The boomlet of skepticism about college comes disproportionately from upper-middle-class people who have the luxury of airing hypothetical concerns about education, without having to worry that their own children will be influenced by them. Yet, the misplaced skepticism can do real damage to poor and working-class teenagers who hear it and take it seriously.
The evidence remains overwhelming. College is the single most reliable path to the middle class and beyond. No, it doesn’t guarantee a good life. Nothing does. But earning a good living without a college degree today is difficult.
College graduates earn vastly more and are far more likely to be employed. They live longer, are more likely to be married and are more satisfied on average with their lives. These relationships appear to be at least partly casual, too. If you want more details, you can read some of my previous columns or dig into a long trail of academic studies. Read more.
May 17, 2018
In a commencement ceremony filled with emotion and personal stories, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a self-proclaimed “Jersey boy,” called on the graduating class of Kean University to lead with love.
The university conferred 2,940 bachelor’s degrees to a diverse group of students on Thursday, May 17 at Prudential Center in Newark.
“You are powerful,” Senator Booker said. “Make that choice to show up and tell your truth with your actions and your deeds. Don’t speak to your kindness, show it. Don’t preach your religion, show it. Don’t just sing songs about your love, live that love every day.”
Senator Booker told the graduates that small acts of kindness and courage have a ripple effect, noting that a lawyer who helped his family overcome housing discrimination in Bergen County in the 1960s was motivated by the individuals on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
“If you love, love, love in small acts every day, I promise that you will change this world,” Senator Booker said. “It is not just a calling. It is not just a slogan. It is your destiny. Class of 2018, I am in awe of you. May you live your power and your truth and your love every day.”
Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD, awarded Booker the Kean Medal, the University’s highest honor. Read more.
Commencement News: NJCU to Graduate 1,935 on May 22 at Prudential Center
May 14, 2018
New Jersey City University (NJCU) will award 1,935 graduate and undergraduate degrees at its commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 22. Degrees will be conferred at one ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the Prudential Center in Newark. The ceremony can be viewed live at [njcu.edu/gradlive].
An honorary doctorate will be presented to the Honorable Jose L. Linares, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey – Newark Vicinage. [See bio sketch below.]
The Presidential Medallion will be awarded to Bob Delaney, legendary National Basketball Association (NBA) referee and NBA Cares Ambassador who built a distinguished career as one of the NBA’s highest-rated crew chiefs. [See bio sketch below.]
Upon learning that Mr. Delaney will receive the NJCU Presidential Medallion, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver commended Mr. Delaney saying, “Over the last three decades, Bob has set a standard of excellence for NBA referees. From officiating the NBA Finals to training the next generation of NBA officials, everything he does is about leadership, service and integrity. I can’t think of anyone better to receive New Jersey City University’s highest award than someone who always inspires others by leading by example. That is what Bob has done throughout his NBA career.” Read more.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told the more than 2,000 graduates at Stockton University’s Commencement Friday to be the “doers” who will become the state and nation’s next leaders.
“It is simply not enough to tweet and consider that as actual participation in our cultural, political and social dialogue,” he said to a crowd of some 13,000 graduates and guests in Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. “In these times, perhaps more than ever in our history, we need doers of deeds, not people who take their comfort in lobbing memes from their smartphones.”
Friday was the second commencement in Boardwalk Hall and the first that combined the graduates from summer and fall 2017, as well as spring 2018.
Gov. Murphy said he welcomes this generation of graduates as they take their place of leadership. He said upheaval is part of change and moving forward, but they can all make a difference in their chosen careers.
“Your generation is showing that it is ready to lead,” he said, citing young people involved in gun safety, political campaigns and entrepreneurial business ventures. Read more.
Kean is Offering Eight New Programs for New Fall Semester 2018
May 3, 2018
Kean University is expanding its academic offerings with eight new undergraduate and graduate-level programs that will be introduced in Fall 2018.
The new programs include a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, a PhD in Counseling and Supervision, as well as a master’s-level special education program and five bachelor’s degree programs in pre-law, business and the health fields.
“We know our students want successful careers after they graduate and our goal is to help them succeed,” said Dawood Farahi, PhD, president of Kean University. “These new programs will set them on a path to excel in a wide variety of growing fields.”
The new academic programs at Kean University are:
- Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
- PhD Counseling and Supervision
- MA Special Education, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Option
- BS Community Health Education
- BA Therapeutic Recreation
- BA Psychology, Forensic Psychology Option
- BA History, Pre-Law Option
- BS Management, Human Resources Management Option
May 9, 2018
William Paterson University (WPU) is the first New Jersey state institution to join the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Reverse Transfer Initiative, which allows students to take credits from their four-year institution and apply them to their community college degree.
“We look forward to streamlining the reverse transfer process and assisting our community college partners in awarding more associate degrees to students,” says Patrick Noonan, director of Transfer Programs and Special Sessions at William Paterson.
Transferring credits from the university level to the local community college has an array of advantages. Students may be able to finish their associate degree while they are pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
William Paterson has signed Reverse Transfer Agreements with seven community colleges: Bergen Community College, County College of Morris, Mercer County Community College, Passaic County Community College, Raritan Valley Community College, Union County College and Warren County Community College. Read more.
Ramapo Appoints New Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
May 1, 2018
The Ramapo College of New Jersey Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Stefan Becker as the college’s next provost/vice president of Academic Affairs, effective
July 1, 2018.
“Dr. Becker brings to Ramapo a distinguished record in teaching, scholarship and administrative leadership as well as an impeachable enthusiasm for the mission, values and pillar of our college,” said Ramapo President Peter P. Mercer. “I look forward to working together with campus constituents in the weeks ahead to ensure that his transition in leadership advances thoughtfully.”
Dr. Becker comes to Ramapo from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, Bronx, New York, where he served most recently as vice provost for Academic Programs as well as professor of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences. Previously he taught at the Graduate Center of CUNY in New York City and the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Prior to that, he was a full-time researcher and lecturer of geography as Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
“What most attracted me to Ramapo was the emphasis on student success,” said Dr. Becker. “I am excited to be joining an institution that values every student as an individual and not just a number.”
He added that he is very impressed with the academic offerings, international programs and focus on preparing students for their lives after college. Read more here.
Kean University Graduate College Commencement: Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. to Deliver Address
May 1, 2018
Tony Award-winner and author Leslie Odom, Jr., will be the featured speaker at the Kean University Nathan Weiss Graduate College Commencement at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark.
In 2016, Mr. Odom won the Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical and a Grammy Award for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in the Broadway blockbuster musical Hamilton. His book, Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning, published this year, offers motivational stories from his life that have guided his career and inspired him to overcome obstacles to success.
“Hamilton is a cultural phenomenon, in no small part because of the outstanding performance of Leslie Odom, Jr.,” said Dawood Farahi, PhD, Kean University president. “Throughout his career, in college and as an actor, Mr. Odom has demonstrated commitment, perseverance and excellence, qualities that Kean asks its students and graduates to bring to bear in all that they do.”
Mr. Odom will deliver the commencement address and give a brief performance before nearly 700 Nathan Weiss Graduate College students and their guests. Also at the commencement, he will be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers six doctoral degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications.
Read more here.
Ramapo College Commencement: Congressman Gottheimer to Deliver Address
May 1, 2018
Ramapo College of New Jersey has announced that Congressman Josh Gottheimer will give the keynote address at the college’s 2018 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Prudential Center in Newark. President Peter P. Mercer will present 1,434 students to Board of Trustee Chair, William F. Dator, to confer their degrees.
Congressman Gottheimer represents New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District in the northernmost part of the state, which includes parts of Bergen, Passaic, Sussex and Warren counties. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he works on three subcommittees: the Capital Markets, Securities, and Investments Subcommittee, the Oversight and Investigation Subcommittee, and the Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee.
Congressman Gottheimer was raised in North Caldwell, the son of a preschool teacher and a small business owner. He graduated from West Essex High School before attending the University of Pennsylvania, later becoming a Thouron Fellow at Oxford, and then attended Harvard Law School. After finishing college, he went on to work in the Clinton White House as one of the youngest presidential speechwriters in history.
Also during the ceremony, Nicholas C. and Susan A. Vallario of Upper Saddle River will be presented with honorary degrees in recognition of their tremendous service and commitment to the college. Mr. and Mrs. Vallario currently serve as the honorary chairs of the College’s Campaign Cabinet for the new Learning Commons. Ms. Vallario also serves as vice chair of the Ramapo Board of Trustees and is a member of the Ramapo Foundation Board of Governors. Read more here.
Mobile Business Cards App Wins Kean Business Plan Competition
April 27, 2018
Two Kean University business students took first place at Kean University’s annual Business Plan Competition, which offers $10,000 in overall prize money to student entrepreneurs who successfully pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, in Shark Tank fashion.
The Miron Student Center Little Theatre was crowded with onlookers on Thursday, April 12 as senior Jenny Caruso and junior Michael Kapotis won $3,000 for their business idea, E Cards, a mobile business card management system.
Mr. Kapotis was inspired to develop the app when, at an industry conference, he ran out of business cards, a critical networking tool for any professional.
“Why don’t we have an app on our phone not only to expedite, but to innovate this whole process of the business card?” he thought. From that experience came the creation of a platform to store, exchange and customize business cards from the convenience of a cell phone.
Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD, offered words of encouragement to the 10 finalists chosen to present their ideas at the competition, out of the more than 120 business plans submitted for consideration.
“People who think, always outsmart those who don’t. People who plan, always outperform those who don’t,” he said. “If you have it, share it, and if you receive it, pay it forward.” Read more here.
Ramapo College Vocal Ensemble Performs at Lincoln Center
April 26, 2018
We’ve all heard the old joke:
Question: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Answer: Practice, Practice, Practice
Putting a modern twist on the joke:
Question: How do you get to Lincoln Center?
Answer: First stop at Ramapo College of New Jersey
Ramapo College of New Jersey’s vocal ensemble CantaNOVA recently participated in a special event at David Geffren Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Led by Director Dr. Lisa Lutter, CantaNOVA was invited to join other area choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. The concert and three-day immersion experience highlighted the music of renowned composer Eric Whitacre who led the experience.
Twenty-one voices – 15 current students and six alumni – participated in the event, which featured 11 works by Whitacre. Sophomore Jesse Hann performed a baritone solo in a piece titled “Cloudburst” which was Whitacre’s first big success and remains one of his most celebrated works, according to Dr. Lutter.
CantaNOVA performs mostly a cappella and contemporary music but also enjoys other styles including classical, jazz and more. The mixed-voice ensemble performs throughout the region.
“CantaNOVA received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY). “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but also become ambassadors for the entire community.”
March 27, 2018
Dr. Kathryn A. Foster, a New Jersey native, is returning home from Maine where she served as president of University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), to become the 16th president of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She will officially begin in the position on July 1.
“In Dr. Foster, we have found the ideal person to lead our college,” said TCNJ Board Chairman Jorge Caballero. “She is an accomplished academic leader with a passion for public education. She embodies our values and brings visionary leadership, a strong academic perspective, and long-range strategic planning skills that will continue to position TCNJ for the future as a national exemplar.”
“I am honored and humbled by the trust the board has placed in me,” said Dr. Foster. “TCNJ is an exceptional place with the highest standards and deeply rooted values that mirror my own. I look forward to working with its talented, wise, and dedicated community, from whom I will learn and with whom I will enjoy serving to advance this exceptional college.” Read more.
March 9, 2018
Dr. Richard J. Helldobler, interim president of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois, has been appointed the eighth president of William Paterson University in Wayne after a nationwide search. His appointment is effective July 1, 2018.
"Dr. Helldobler's career has been committed to public higher education and to the academic and personal achievements of students," says Fred Gruel, chair of the William Paterson University Board of Trustees. "As we learned from his visit with us, he has a strong background as an academician, having served as a faculty member, dean, academic vice president, and president, and we are delighted that he will be bringing his expertise and leadership to William Paterson University.
"I am truly honored to be joining the William Paterson community as its next president. I look forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff as we continue to strengthen the academic legacy of William Paterson University by educating the next generation of leaders in New Jersey, the region, and the nation," said Dr. Helldobler. "My visit to William Paterson certainly proved it is a very special place, and I am sure my admiration for the institution will only deepen as we get to know each other better, and together continue the great work currently taking place at the University."
Dr. Helldobler has served as interim president at Northeastern Illinois University since July 2016. Under his leadership, Northeastern Illinois completed a successful capital campaign, the College of Business and Management earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and Northeastern's Higher Learning Commission's accreditation was reaffirmed for a ten-year period. Prior to his appointment as president, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs, overseeing all matters related to academics, including the oversight of four colleges, the library, admissions, recruitment, and other areas. Read more.
2018 Quick Takes
NJCU Celebrates Its Renovated and Expanded Science Building - April 23, 2018
NJCU Music Department Receives Prestigious Honor from Si-Yo Music Society Foundation - April 11, 2018
State Public Bank Would be good for New Jersey According to Hughes Center Report - April 10, 2018
Stockton University to Sell the Seaview Hotel & Golf Club - April 9, 2018
Rutgers Associate Athletic Director Will Become NJCU’s Associate VP and Director of Athletics - March 29, 2018Second Annual “No Hate” Town Hall at Kean University to Explore Injustice, Poverty and Racism in New Jersey - March 14, 2018
NJCU New Jersey 50 Index Issues an Economic Report Card - March 6, 2018
NJCU and Jersey City – Perfect Together in Ethnic Diversity and Excellence - February 23, 2018
Kean University Scientist, Designers Suppoort Portable Operating Room Project - February 20, 2018
Montclair State University and The College of New Jersey Partner in the James P. Fox Memorial Fund Mentoring Initiative - The James P. Fox Memorial Fund Launches Two Initiatives to Cultivate Public Sector Careers - February 1, 2018
Ramapo College Board of Trustees Extends President Mercer’s Term to 2021 - February 1, 2018
TCNJ Launches Speech Pathology and Audiology Major - January 22, 2018
2017 Quick Takes
Merodie A. Hancock Selected as President of Thomas Edison State University - December 20, 2017
Stockton to Offer Educational Opportunity Fund Program at Atlantic City Campus - December 18, 2017
Legislative Office of NJ Assemblyman Dan Benson Mentors Kean University STEM Major - December 4, 2017
William Paterson University Jazz Studies Director Bill Charlap Nominated for 2017 Grammy Award - November 29, 2017
TCNJ Opens New State-of-the-Art STEM Building, Chemistry Addition, and Forum - October 13, 2017
What is a College Degree Worth? This commentary by Stockton President Harvey Kesselman appeared in the Courier-Post. October 6, 2017
William Paterson University Celebrates Preakness Hall Renovation Project - September 29, 2017
Stockton Registers a Five Percent AY 2017 Enrollment Increase Over AY 2016 - September 22, 2017
Thomas Edison Honors Its Retiring President with his Name on a New Building - September 20, 2017
Kean University Inspires Dialog on Race and Justice Through an Oral History Project - September 18, 2017
Stockton President Responds to Richard Stockton Controversy on Campus - August 28, 2017
A Little Research Reveals a Lot of Research at NJASCU Schools - July 17, 2017
Decline in Number of NJ High School Grads Seeking College Degree Should be Alarming for New Jersey Leaders - Column by Darryl Greer appeared as an op-ed in NJSpotlight.com - June 2, 2017
Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park Takes Off - May 16, 2017
Recession is Long Gone, So Where's the Money for NJ Colleges? - April 13, 2017
NJCU Launches Master's Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science - March 17, 2017
Kean University Introduces Minor in Sustainability Sciences - March 16, 2017
NJCU is Chosen for Participation in National Initiative on Student Success - February 21, 2017
Op-Ed: Deepening Our Commitment to Public Purposes of Higher Ed - Kathleen Waldron - February 16, 2017
NJCU Launches Master's Degree in Business Analytics and Data Science - February 2, 2017
Stockton University to Host First 'StockHack' on February 18-19 - January 31, 2017
Kudos to Mercer County Leaders on Educational Attainment - January 20, 2017
2016 Quick Takes
Kean University Student-Athlete Invited to Major League Soccer Scouting Event - December 21, 2016
Guest Column: The Importance of Institutional Researchers to Policymaking - Michael Klein - December 1, 2016
Stockton Students Win Honors at National Model United Nations Event in Japan - November 30, 2016
William Paterson University Jazz Series Features Alumnus Justin Kauflin - November 17, 2016
NJ Higher Education Policy Expert Questions Poll Findings About College Value - November 14, 2016
Stockton Expands Health Science Program in Ocean County - November 14, 2016
William Paterson University Has Civic Engagement in its DNA - October 6, 2016
Kean University Researchers Use Augmented Reality to Recreate Historic Event - September 27, 2016
Kean Ocean Celebrates 10 Years of a Successful Academic Partnership - September 27, 2016
Stockton University Receives Prestigious National Award for Sustainability - September 20, 2016
NJCU Launches Center for the Arts as a Creative Umbrella - September 8, 2016
Kean Psy.D. Program Gets Prestigious Accreditation - August 30, 2016
International Educator Ed Petkus is Ramapo's New Dean of Business School - August 20, 2016
The Noyes Museum of Art Becomes Part of Stockton University - August 17, 2016
Stockton MS in Communication Disorders Earns Five-Year Accreditation - August 11, 2016
Stockton Plans Art Exhibit on Economic Inequality - August 4, 2016
Stockton Receives $380,000 Federal Grant for Brain Research - August 1, 2016
Kean University to Launch Three New Master's Degree Programs - July 28, 2016
NJCU Names Interim Dean as Business School's Founding Dean - July 21, 2016
Kean University Honors 2016 Distinguished Alumni - May 9, 2016
February 16, 2016
Thomas Edison State University Launches its First Doctoral Program - January 28, 2016
Thomas Edison State College Makes the Grade - and Becomes a University - January 11, 2016
2015 Quick Takes
Update on Campus Sexual Assualt Legislation - December 29, 2015
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at NJCU's School of Business - December 2, 2015
TCNJ and Rowan Host College Affordability Study Commission Public Hearings - November 5, 2015
Design-Build Legislation is Top Priority for NJASCU - November 5, 2015
Panel Discussion on Economic Impact Features Two NJASCU Presidents - October 23, 2015
Campus Sexual Assault is Focus of Legislative Hearing - October 20, 2015