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Thomas Edison State University Partners with Augusta Technical College, Georgia
November 8, 2018

Program Offers ATC Students an Affordable Flexible Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity

The School of Applied Sciences and Technology at Thomas Edison State University (TESU) has partnered with Augusta Technical College (ATC), a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, to create an affordable and seamless pathway for ATC students seeking a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the IT/information security analyst fields are expected to grow 28 percent through 2026 (much faster than average) with bachelor’s-prepared practitioners earning a median annual wage of $95,510. Employer demand is expected to persist due to the need for a highly-skilled workforce to protect the nation’s critical cyber infrastructure and information assets against continually evolving threats. The partnership between TESU and ATC would help in educating more bachelor’s-prepared cybersecurity professionals so that they can respond to this critical need.  Read more.

‘Hidden Child’ of the Holocaust Speaks at Kean University Kristallnacht Commemoration 

November 7, 2018


The lifelong psychological toll of the Holocaust on children who lived in hiding to avoid capture by the Nazis was recounted in emotional detail on November 5, 2018 at Kean University by Albert Hepner, one of those “hidden children.”


Professor Hepner, the author of Avrumele:  Recollections of a Hidden Child, and a Kean adjunct ESL professor, was the featured speaker at the Holocaust Resource Center’s commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass.”  That name reflects the night when Nazi anti-Semitic policies triggered violence in 1938 and nearly 100 German Jews were killed.  Mr. Hepner lived in hiding in Brussels, separated from his family, from the ages of five to 10.


“In many ways, I remain a hidden person,” he said, recalling that the experience forced him to deny who he was.  “I was scared the entire time.  Everybody was a stranger, and there was no hope ahead.”


Mr. Hepner described a fractured relationship with his mother, whom he didn’t see at all for two of his years in hiding, and who waved him away from her window once, when he ran to her scared in the middle of the night.  Meeting with other hidden children in 1991 helped heal many of his emotional scars, he said.


The Kean commemoration came about a week after the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh, in which 11 Jews were murdered as they worshipped at their synagogue.  Read more.

The College of New Jersey Launches “Trenton Roots” Exhibit in Trenton Hall
October 29, 2018

On Friday, October 26, The College of New Jersey unveiled a new exhibit entitled “Our Trenton Roots” in the lobby of Trenton Hall.

The display, which explores the history of the college from its beginning in the city of Trenton until present day, was conceived, designed, written, and constructed by TCNJ students and faculty from the history and interactive multimedia departments.

“Our Trenton Roots” is one of several recommendations from the TCNJ Advisory Commission on Social Justice, which aims to increase the awareness of, and engagement with, the cities of Trenton and Ewing among TCNJ students.

“This project will give our campus community a deeper sense of the college’s history and institutional identity, which can be traced back to its first home in Trenton,” said TCNJ President Kathryn A. Foster at the exhibits launch. “I encourage everyone to experience the exhibit and continue to engage in open and honest discussion of TCNJ’s past, present, and future.”

The exhibit, which will be periodically updated by members of the campus community, includes a series of informational panels, historical photos, and an interactive touchscreen kiosk focusing on the history of TCNJ and its relationship to Trenton. It also includes vintage video of the college combined with audio from a lecture given by Roscoe West, who served as President of the college from 1930-1957.

The exhibit has its roots in a spring 2017 recommendation from The College of New Jersey’s Board of Trustees to rename Paul Loser Hall, the building that houses the college’s Office of Admissions and School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science.

“The name Trenton Hall embraces the college’s history, under its six different names, as an institution born in the city of Trenton,” said former TCNJ President Barbara Gitenstein at the time of the renaming. “We have a longstanding history with the city and this name will remind us and everyone who visits campus that TCNJ’s roots run through our state capital.”

The Advisory Commission on Social Justice: Race and Educational Attainment, which Dr. Gitenstein formed in February 2017, was charged with developing an institutional response to revelations about Dr. Loser’s history.

“Archival research conducted by TCNJ students revealed that Dr. Loser, as superintendent of Trenton schools from 1932-1955, supported and maintained a segregated school system that shaped the prospects for opportunity for generations of Trentonians,” wrote the commission members in their recommendation to the president.

Dr. Gitenstein concurred with the commission’s recommendation. In advancing it to the board for consideration, she noted that Dr. Loser and the college were on opposite sides of the issue at the time. Then college president Roscoe West was a member of the Trenton Committee on Unity and a prominent advocate for school desegregation in the state capital.

Dr. Gitenstein acknowledged that while she is confident that the action is the correct one for the institution, her respect for the Loser family – Paul’s sons Pete and Tom and Tom’s wife Carol – made it especially difficult.

“Pete Loser was instrumental in the creation of the TCNJ Foundation,” noted Dr. Gitenstein. “And the late Tom Loser and his wife Carol Kuser Loser exemplify extraordinary generosity of spirit. The family has been a strong supporter of the college’s quest for excellence.”

The $1 million gift from Tom and Carol Loser to TCNJ in 1987 was intended to help the college realize its aspirations to support top faculty and students. It was not contingent upon or tied to the naming of the building.
Stockton University to Host Acclaimed Annual Conference on Diversity in Higher Education
October 29, 2018

Stockton University will host the American Conference on Diversity’s 2018 Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 16 in the Campus Center. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is Diversity and Inclusion: Life and Death Matters. Keynote speaker is vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Hackensack Meridian Health, Wayne Boatwright. Mr. Boatwright leads the company’s diversity initiative for 16 hospitals.

After the keynote is delivered, there will be a keynote response panel with audience question and answer: The five panelists will be the State of New Jersey’s first Chief Diversity Officer Hester Agudosi, Atlantic City Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, Safe Schools Coordinator at Garden State Equity Tyree Oredein, Founder of Emerging You Coaching and Healing Suzy Domenick, and Stockton Associate Professor of Health Science Amee Shah.

Welcoming remarks will be made by Stockton President Harvey Kesselman, President & CEO of the American Conference on Diversity Elizabeth Williams-Riley and Stockton Chief Officer for Institutional Diversity and Equity Valerie Hayes.

Four workshops will be presented. They are:

Safe Spaces: Hate Crimes and Violence: Vice President of Student Development and Campus Life at Berkeley College Dr. Dallas Reed, and Chief Administrative Officer of Student Development and Campus Life at Berkeley College Ashante S. Connor will moderate. The four panelists are Director of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Center at Stockton Laurie Dutton, Chairman of Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community Perry Mays, Vice President of Campus Life and Student Affairs & Dean of Students at Drew University Frank C. Merckx, II, and Stockton Director of Campus Public Safety Adrian J. Wiggins.

Political Landscape Shaping Diversity & Inclusion Engagement: Helen Higginbotham and Julian Gomez will moderate. The three panelists include Chair of Garden State Equity Action Fund Luanne Peterpaul, Atlantic City, Councilman Kaleem Shabazz, and Stockton Assistant Professor of Social Work Jennifer Dunkle.

Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion: Associate Professor of the School of Business at St. Peter’s University Marilu Marcillo will moderate. Panelists are Stockton Assistant Professor of Social Work Jack Lewis, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Atlanticare Enilda Mahrer, and Founder of Emerging You Coaching and Healing, Suzy Domenick.

Call and Respond: Dealing with Social Issues on Campus: Special Assistant to the President at Saint Peter’s College Eileen Poiani will moderate. The three panelists are Assistant Professor of the School of Business at saint Peter’s University Brigid D’Souza, Immigrant Rights Attorney Jason C. Hernandez, and Sustainability Manager for Sodexo Universities in the U.S. and Canada Leila Costa.

Student Panel Discussion: Stories Worth Telling: Forrest Prichett will moderate the student panel. This session provides a forum for students to provide narratives of “lived” experiences on and off campus and their experiences as college students.

The cost is $65, or $35 for students. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. Conference materials and lunch are included in the registration cost. For more information or to register, visit Stockton.edu/acod or email ide@stockton.edu.

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo Donates His Congressional Memorabilia to Stockton University

October 19, 2018

After more than 23 years in Congress, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo is retiring in January and cleaning out his office.  His career has filled some 350 boxes with papers, mementos and plaques.


On Monday, October 15, 2018, U.S. Representative LoBiondo signed an agreement with Stockton University that will make items from his 35 years in public service available to Stockton students and researchers through the Special Collections department in the Richard E. Bjork Library at Stockton’s main campus in Galloway Township.


“You’ve done incredible work,” Stockton President Harvey Kesselman said at the signing held at Stockton University Atlantic City.  “Frank is a humble public servant who has made a fundamental difference.  We are a better region for his having served.”


Dr. Kesselman said he is proud and honored that U.S. Representative LoBiondo chose to share his life’s work with Stockton University.


“For him making this donation is important for our students and future generations,” Dr. Kesselman said.  “I cannot be more proud that our students will be studying your work.”


Attending the event with his wife, Tina, Congressman LoBiondo said it is bittersweet to be leaving.  He said he decided early in his career in Congress that he would focus on serving his district, but that many local issues had national reach, such as the William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center, the 177th Fighter Wing, N.J. Air National Guard, and the U.S. Coast Guard.


Congressman LoBiondo also presented Kesselman with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Stockton University.


“You and Stockton have been a game changer in the region,” Congressman LoBiondo said.  He brought several items to the signing, including the very first bill he sponsored to provide protective vests for law enforcement, and a booklet of voting cards that represent more than 20,000 votes.


The protective vest bill, said the congressman, was inspired by the death of Bayside State Prison corrections officer Fred Baker who was stabbed by an inmate while on duty at the Cumberland County prison in 1997.  Congressman LoBiondo was surprised Baker was not wearing a protective vest, and, as a result, he drafted the law that continues to provide bulletproof vests to law enforcement nationwide.


He also brought a photo of the twin towers in Manhattan, a photo of him with President George W. Bush, and awards from the Nature Conservatory and the Human Society.  A longtime member of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman LoBiondo said he and his wife are “dog people.”  He said while many may think of the Armed Services Committee as only dealing with weapons and protection, it also deals with quality of life issues such as the condition of military bases, veterans’ services, and the treatment of military dogs.


The collection will include materials from LoBiondo’s entire 35-year career as a Cumberland County Freeholder, N.J. State Assemblyman, and U.S. Congressman.  He said he hopes those who study the materials gain an understanding of “how complex it is to take a good idea and make it happen …. Students can see the tangible evidence of what it took to get to that point,” he said.


He hopes future generations also get a picture of his focus, and his dedication to the 2nd District, which geographically covers some 40 percent of the state.


“For me, the district came first, even if it was at odds with the party,” he said.


Stockton archivist Heather Perez is working with LoBiondo’s staff to collect and sort the materials.  Some items will be gifts and others will be on loans.  Ms. Perez said an exhibit is planned for some time in 2019 that will show “how all of the things come together to explain to us how bills come into law.”  She said she hopes to enlist student interns to assist.  The collection will also include a video interview with the Congressman.


“I didn’t set out to spend 24 years in Congress,” Congressman LoBiondo said.  “But I’m happy I had the opportunity to serve.”

NJCU Leads NJ Delegation to Budapest, Hungary for a Prestigious Global Conference on Innovation and Collaboration
October 11, 2018

More than 150 business leaders, educators, and entrepreneurs will gather in Budapest, Hungary next week to attend Connecting Bridges and Borders, a grass roots civic and academic movement hosted by New Jersey City University and led by Dr. David Weiss, Founder & Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University.

Representatives from New Jersey will be joined by participants from Hungary, Japan, United Kingdom, and Croatia.

“This program is the culmination of a two-year relationship investment to build sustainable partnerships which will increase entrepreneurship and innovation between our two regions of the world,” said Dr. Weiss.

This event will include elected officials, representatives from New Jersey’s higher education, banking, health care, legal sector, and technology stakeholders – all with one shared goal – to build collaboration with an international community and advance business for New Jersey.

“Innovation and expanding opportunities to grow the digital highway between Central Eastern Europe and New Jersey is necessary to advance global economic advantages we can all benefit from in today’s highly competitive environment,” Dr. Weiss added.

Jose Arrango, Director of Economic Development from the City of Jersey City stated, “The international conference we hosted with New Jersey City University is helping to make the business community more global thanks to the vision of Mayor Steve Fulop. This Budapest program spearheaded by New Jersey City University shows that narrative in action.”

During the two-day conference, thought leadership and practice focused topics will include: building an international business platform for small start-ups, privacy data, and settling disputes using mediation. The conference will also focus on STEM – with New Jersey and Hungarian start-up technology companies sharing their recent launches, discussions around building viable eco-systems to support global and local technology initiatives and support innovation in the field of STEM. The closing program will include a round table discussion between the American Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and Budapest Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce.

“We are so proud of the international leadership New Jersey City University has taken to help our students, our local community, and our state to become a competitive stakeholder in the global marketplace,” said Dr. Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University.

Participants from New Jersey include:

• Sharon Ambis, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, Jersey City Medical Center-RWJ Barnabas Health; Hudson County Chamber of Commerce
• Hon. & Former Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, Esq., Partner, Connell Foley Law firm
• Dr. Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University
• Paul Hoffman, CEO, Liberty Science Center
• Senator Tom Kean, Jr., New Jersey State Legislature
• Dr. Suresh Kumar, Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
• Dr. Lazlo Molnar, former US Ambassador of Hungary, Faculty member of NJCU
• Anthony Russo, CEO, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey
• Richard Steen, Esq., Former President New Jersey State Bar Association

For a full list of attendees, please visit: https://hungarynewjersey.congressline.hu/ or contact Dr. David Weiss for NJ delegation list.

Stockton’s New Master’s in Counseling will Go Live in September 2019
October 10, 2018

Stockton University is now accepting applications for a new Master of Arts in Counseling program that will begin in September 2019.

Courses will educate students about the best practices in mental health and human services and train students to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, social service agencies and residential treatment centers. Graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce in entry-level positions in counseling and social services.

Graduates of the program will be qualified to take the National Counselor Exam (NCE), which is administered by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Passing the NCE exam qualifies graduates as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

Graduates who have passed the NCE will also be qualified to apply for licensure in the State of New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) after an additional 4,500 hours of supervised experience. This license allows them to work as counselors in non-profit organizations, for profit organizations, or in private practice in New Jersey. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for a specialty designation in any of the following: clinical mental health, addictions, career, school counselor or gerontology.

The 60-credit two-year program includes a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, including 120 hours of direct client contact and 180 hours of indirect client services.

Classes will be held at Stockton’s Kramer Hall, 320 Front St. in Hammonton, and some courses may be offered as hybrid classes with both online and in-class components.

Applicants must have prerequisite skills and knowledge in statistics and experimental psychology and have taken at least one course in either child development or personality psychology and earned a grade of B or better. A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scales is required.

The deadline for applications for the fall 2019 semester is Feb. 1, 2019. The program is directed by Professor of Psychology Sara Martino. More information is online at stockton.edu/graduate/counseling or by calling the Stockton Office of Graduate Studies at (609) 626-3640 or emailing gradschool@stockton.edu.

Thomas Edison State University Inaugurates its Fourth President, Dr. Merodie Hancock, at 46th Commencement Ceremony

October 11, 2018

Thomas Edison State University (TESU) had plenty of cause for celebration during its 46th Annual Commencement, on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the CURE Insurance Arena in Trenton, NJ. During the ceremony, the university inaugurated its fourth president, Merodie A. Hancock, PhD, and recognized 10 graduates who are the first graduates of TESU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.

New Jersey Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ 12th District), a TESU graduate, class of 1985, served as keynote speaker. “I am thrilled that this is my alma mater. Today, is both a commencement and the inauguration of President Merodie Hancock,” said Congresswoman Watson Coleman, who is the daughter of a renowned New Jersey government leader Assemblyman John S. Watson after whom the university’s John S. Watson School of Public Service and The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy are named. “There is no doubt in my mind that Dr. Hancock represents the kind of energy, compassion, understanding, experience, leadership and readiness to take this university to its next level,” said Rep. Watson Coleman.

The TESU’s class of 2018 included 2,464 graduates, 424 of whom attended the ceremony with 5,406 of their family members and guests. The graduates who attended came from 36 U.S. states, including California and Hawaii as well as Canada and the U.S. Virgin Island.

“I am honored to serve as Thomas Edison State University’s fourth president,” said Dr. Hancock. “In particular I would like to express my appreciation for two gentleman who have individually and collectively accomplished so much in the world of nontraditional education: Dr. James Hall, founding president emeritus of SUNY Empire State College and Dr. George Pruitt, president emeritus of Thomas Edison State University. Most importantly, I want to acknowledge our graduates. This joint inauguration and graduation ceremony is most fittingly a ‘commencement.’ Today marks a wonderful new beginning. For some of you that beginning may be showing yourself and family members that a university degree is indeed achievable. For others, you may be using your undergraduate or graduate degrees to progress your professional, civic or personal lives. Regardless of your goals, this commencement, this new beginning, is opening doors of opportunity to a future you can’t even yet imagine. Opening doors and creating opportunities are the reasons I’m so excited to be the university’s fourth president.” Dr. George Pruitt served as the institution’s president for 35 years prior to Dr. Hancock assuming the role.

In honor of Dr. Hancock’s inauguration, the TESU Board of Trustees approved a $500 tuition scholarship voucher for all graduates. Recipients will have the option of using the voucher to continue their education or pass it along to someone they feel will benefit from the opportunity to attend the university.

The university has awarded approximately 61,750 degrees to more than 56,230 graduates since it began providing flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults in 1972.

Investiture Speech of William Paterson University President Richard J. Helldobler

October 7, 2018

The following is the Investiture Speech of William Paterson University President Richard J. Helldobler, presented during an on-campus ceremony at the WPU Shea Center for Performing Arts, Friday October 5, 2018. The speech includes a moving personal account of Dr. Helldobler’s journey to the presidency, as well as profound commentary on the value of public higher education in New Jersey (highlighted )

As someone with a doctorate in theatre, I have always wanted to say this and have it mean something: “I’d like to thank the academy.” In all seriousness, I am in awe of the academy and all that we in higher education accomplish together in our dedication to improving the world. I am honored to be your president, and I thank you for your trust in me.

I thank the members of the Board of Trustees of William Paterson University for their support and service to this wonderful institution, and for their helpful advice and guidance—wise women and men, as devoted to our students as those of us who learn and live at William Paterson daily. I thank the Alumni Executive Council and the Foundation Board for their presence and support today. These individuals give so generously of their time and resources. To the faculty, staff, and students who, since July, have emailed me, sent flowers, cookies, sweatshirts, books, and tons of advice and good wishes, I thank you. I know you care deeply about the academic life of this institution. I would also like to recognize and thank all the elected officials that are with us today.

I want to recognize my predecessor, President Emerita Kathleen Waldron. For eight years, Kathy presided over and transformed this institution. Regrettably, Kathy is out of the country, but I know she is here in spirt. I am grateful to her for being so generous during the transition process.

I would also like to recognize President Emeritus Arnie Speert, who served as president for 25 years. Your presence here brings a sense of history that is so important to universities on days like today. Thank you, Arnie. Read full speech here.

Governor Murphy Outlines Programs and Innovations Geared to Economic Growth
October 1,2018

Below is complete coverage of the various aspects of Governor Murphy’s NJ economy presentation on Monday, October 1, 2018. Here is NJASCU’s Statement regarding the announced initiative.

The New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities applauds the governor’s economic policy message and envisions how the state’s senior public higher education institutions can serve as the ideal partner for fulfilling this vision. The institutions are double-barreled economic engines in that they are the state’s largest provider of high-quality post-secondary degrees that are so vital to a vibrant workforce, and the actual process of providing these degrees creates a multi-billion-dollar economic stimulus to the state.

Nine out of 10 new jobs created in the last year have gone to those with a college degree. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require postsecondary education and training beyond high school. New Jersey’s senior public higher education institutions are positioned to continue to be the largest providers of an excellent four-year degree education – thus making New Jersey a very attractive place for investment. Furthermore, as these institutions are doing their jobs, they are employing hundreds of thousands in permanent jobs and construction jobs and serving as invaluable hubs for urban and community revitalization. The governor, by creating an environment to facilitate partnerships that will enhance the mission of the universities, is implementing a winning economic policy.  Read complete coverage.

The U.S. Senate Race in NJ is a Statistical Dead Heat, According to Stockton University Poll
October 1, 2018

The race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is a statistical dead heat, with incumbent Democrat Bob Menendez leading Republican challenger Bob Hugin by two percentage points, according to a Stockton University poll released today.

Sen. Menendez leads with 45 percent to Mr. Hugin’s 43 percent five weeks before the Nov. 6 election, according to poll numbers of likely voters who say they lean toward one candidate or the other. Libertarian Murray Sabrin pulls 3 percent, while other candidates and undecided voters total 8 percent.

Sen. Menendez, who was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, is viewed unfavorably by 54 percent, with 30 percent having favorable views and 6 percent unsure.

Mr. Hugin is viewed favorably by 34 percent and unfavorably by 21 percent, although 43 percent are not familiar with him. Only 10 percent are unfamiliar with Menendez.

The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University interviewed 531 adult New Jersey residents who were screened as likely voters. Live interviewers working from the Stockton campus called landline and cell phones Sept. 19-27, 2018. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.5 percentage points.  Read more.

New Jersey City University Debt-Free Promise Program
September 27, 2018

The New Jersey City University (NJCU) Debt-Free Promise Program makes college education accessible and affordable for New Jersey residents who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree as incoming full-time freshman students. This program eliminates the need for students to take out loans to pay for their tuition and fees.

Furthermore, NJCU has upgraded its commitment to student success by providing financial assistance for textbooks and addressing food insecurity – in addition to any help they may receive for the tuition and fees.

Since NJCU’s Debt-Free Promise program’s inception two years ago, more than 750 first-year students have benefitted. New Jersey residents who are admitted to NJCU from high school and attend full-time, with a family household income of $60,000 or less, are offered a scholarship in lieu of having to take out a loan to cover the cost of tuition and fees (after federal and state financial aid is awarded). Students remain qualified for the program each year, as long as they submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), are in good academic standing, and are registered for 15 credits each semester.

NJCU Debt-Free Promise is designed to ensure that every student who is enrolled in the program graduates with a clean financial slate so that they can begin their professional careers free of financial burdens.

It should be noted that NJCU students graduate with the lowest debt of any other public college in New Jersey.

The textbook payment assistance, which began this semester, is a grant of up to $500 per year, $250 per semester. More than 600 students are participating. Students are encouraged to keep their costs down, by renting their textbooks and working with faculty to adopt free electronic textbooks and course materials. To qualify for the textbook assistance, a student must be a first-year student with a family income of $60,000 or less.

Also new this fall, NJCU has opened a food pantry, accessible to all members of the NJCU community. The pantry partners with the NJ Foodbank that supplies the pantry food, as well as Gourmet Dining that supplies hot meals on weekends to families for $10 through the Helping Our Neighbors Eat Program.

For more information:

NJCU Admissions Office
Tel: 1-888-441-NJCU
Email: admissions@njcu.edu
Renowned Historian Jon Meacham and ‘Professional Fixer’ Judy Smith Open Kean’s 2018-19 Distinguished Lecture Series
September 27, 2018

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jon Meacham and Judy A. Smith, whose career in high-level crisis management inspired the hit TV show Scandal, will launch Kean University’s Distinguished Lecture Series this semester.

Mr. Meacham, whose work uses history as a lens to view the modern-day political climate, will explore American politics and current events in the first lecture of the semester on Wednesday, October 24.

Ms. Smith will speak about crisis management and her work in communications, media and politics during an address on Wednesday, December 5.

“We are proud to welcome both Jon Meacham and Judy Smith to our Distinguished Lecture Series,” said Kean University President Dawood Farahi, PhD. “These speakers bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge in the crucial areas of American politics and current events. We can learn a great deal from these distinguished observers of American politics.”

The Distinguished Lecture Series launched during the last academic year with an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, TV journalist and women’s activist Soledad O’Brien, and animatronics expert and former Mythbusters’ host Grant Imahara.

Additional speakers for the 2018-19 Distinguished Lecture Series will be announced in the coming months.

A contributor to TIME and a regular television political commentator, Mr. Meacham is known as a skilled raconteur and one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals, with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs. He will examine the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in U.S. history, when hope overcame division and fear. His latest book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Ms. Smith was the inspiration for and co-executive producer of Scandal, a TV drama revolving around the life and work of a high-powered crisis management executive. She is the founder and president of Smith & Company, a leading strategic advisory firm with offices nationwide.

Ms. Smith has worked on some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Iran-Contra investigation; the prosecution of former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry; the 1991 Gulf War; the congressional inquiry of Enron; the President Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky; and the Sony Corporation hacking crisis. She also serves as counselor to Fortune 500 corporations and authored the book, Good Self, Bad Self.

Mr. Meacham is scheduled to speak at 4:30 p.m. on October 24, and Ms. Smith will speak at 4:30 p.m. on December 5, both in Kean’s STEM Building, 1075 Morris Avenue in Union.

Admission is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and will be first come, first served. Reserve your seat at kean.edu/lectureseries. Reserved tickets will be available at Will Call beginning at 3:30 p.m., and doors will open at 4 p.m. Unclaimed tickets will be released to the public at 4:15 p.m.

Following his speech, Mr. Meacham will sign copies of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels and meet with guests at Ursino Steakhouse & Tavern, also in the STEM Building. Admission to that event is $60, which includes light hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and a copy of the book. For advanced reservations, please visit kean.edu/lectureseries.

Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver Featured Speaker at Annual Stockton Symposium on Civil Rights
September 27, 2018

New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver will be the featured speaker at the 15th Annual Fannie Lou Hamer Civil Rights Symposium at 2:30 p.m. October 9 in the Stockton University Performing Arts Center.

The theme of this year’s event is “Having Our Say: Women of Color in the 2018 Election.” It is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed in the Fannie Lou Hamer Event Room in the Academic Center at Stockton University Atlantic City.

Lt. Gov. Oliver, a Newark native, has made history by becoming New Jersey’s first woman of color to serve in a statewide elected office. She began her career in public service as Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects in Newark and also served in the state Assembly, becoming Speaker in 2010. Lt. Gov. Oliver has served on countless boards for equal opportunity committees and non-profit organizations.

Fannie Lou Hamer fought for African-Americans voting rights during the Civil Rights movement. She made history in 1964 by giving testimony at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in opposition to the seating of an all-white Mississippi delegation.

Stockton honors Fannie Lou Hamer by inviting influential keynote speakers every year to inspire and inform students. Past speakers include Shaun King, Donna Murch, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Carmen Berkley and Cornell West.  Read more.

TCNJ Launches Innovative ‘T-Style’ Master of Business Administration Program
September 24, 2018

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) School of Business announced today the creation of an innovative Master of Business Administration (MBA) program that will allow students to earn a graduate certificate in their chosen specialization after just one year.

The MBA program, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2018, incorporates the “T” style approach which allows students to master their business specialization first, followed by broader knowledge of the core MBA studies.

“Very few MBA programs offer students the opportunity to take specialized courses in the beginning of their MBA program,” said Pasquale Quintero, Jr., director of TCNJ’s MBA program. “The ‘T’ structure allows students to immediately apply the specialized knowledge they are gaining and implement in their workplace.”

The program will offer a hybrid-learning format with two tracks that represent the most critical areas of the business landscape:

• The Data Analytics track focuses on providing contemporary analytical skills for complex business decision-making

• The Finance track allows students to master financial theory and analytic tools for career pursuits and certification.

The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which represents the highest caliber business schools worldwide.

Employers desire and need employees with strong skill sets in specific areas and a broad understanding of business on which they can build. Employees want to economically use their time and resources to build and enhance successful careers. Our “T” Style MBA program imparts a master of business specialization first, followed by broader knowledge in the MBA core studies.

Year One

Students complete a seven-course sequence in their chosen specialization and gain expertise that’s immediately applicable.

Year Two

Students complete seven core courses to learn how to navigate broad, executive-level issues and complete their MBA degrees.

Who should pursue this degree?

The program’s hybrid structure and two-year completion complements early career goals, and also facilitates the broader objectives of working professionals who seek to enhance their ability to compete at the highest level in business. It is designed for:

• Professionals 2+ years into their careers.
• Students seeking greater depth and breadth of highly marketable skill sets.

For more information on TCNJ’s MBA program please visit mba.tcnj.edu.

Ramapo College Program on October 23 Features Renowned Holocaust Survivor, who is Stepsister of Anne Frank

September 19, 2018

Author and Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Holocaust victim and diarist, Anne Frank, will share her story, including her account of the publishing of Anne’s famed diary, on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ramapo High School Auditorium, 331 George Street, Franklin Lakes. The program is free and open to the public.

To be held jointly with the Ramapo College Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Chabad of NW Bergen County, and the Ramapo-Indian Hills School District, the program is an inspiring opportunity to hear a first-hand account from someone whose life intersected with one of the most compelling figures in modern history. The lecture is suitable for adults, teenagers, and mature children of all faiths.

Tickets are available at www.annefranknj.org. Preferred Seating $45; General Admission $25. A Sponsor VIP package, featuring a private pre-lecture reception with Ms. Schloss and two preferred seats is available for $180. Upon presentation of their college ID and the discount code RCNJ18, Ramapo College students may purchase tickets for $10.

In 1938, Germany invaded Austria forcing many Jewish families to fear for their lives in the face of Nazi persecution. Among the refugees was eight-year old Eva Geiringer, whose family fled first to Belgium and then Holland, where she met German-Jewish refugee, nine-year old Anne Frank who would later become famous for her diary which has gone on to sell over 30 million copies in 70 languages.

The two girls became fast friends, playing and conversing together. Soon the Germans invaded the Netherlands and as the situation worsened, both Eva and Anne’s families went into hiding. Ultimately, both girls and their families were betrayed and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Sadly, while Eva and her moth survived Auschwitz, Anne did not. Anne’s father who had survived the concentration camp internment went on to marry Eva’s mother, cementing their destiny as stepsisters. Eventually, Eva made her way to England where she married Zvi Schloss and raised three daughters. She worked as a studio photographer and ran an antique shop.

Since 1985, Eva Schloss has devoted herself to holocaust education and global peace. She has authored two books, had a play written about her life, and recounted her wartime experiences at over one thousand speaking engagements. In 1999, Schloss signed the Anne Frank Peace Declaration along with United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan and the niece of Raoul Wallenberg, a legendary figure who rescued thousands of Jews in Budapest.

Ms. Schloss joins many courageous individuals who work tirelessly to end violence and bigotry plaguing our world. She shares a message of hope and reminds us that the spirit is stronger than fear, the power of good is immeasurable, and that love can make a difference.

For information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact holgen@ramapo.edu or call 201-684-7409.

STOCKTON POLLING INSTITUTE POLL: VanDre Leads Grossman in 2nd District Congressional Race; in U.S. Senate Race, Hugin Leading Menendez in South Jersey District

September 19, 2018

Democrat Jeff VanDrew holds a 23-percentage-point lead over Republican Seth Grossman, 55 percent to 32 percent, in the battle for New Jersey’s open 2nd Congressional District seat, according to a Stockton University poll released today.

Mr. Grossman has campaigned as an ally of President Donald Trump, who won the 2nd District by 5 percentage points in 2016.  However, only 41 percent currently think Mr. Trump is doing a good or excellent job as president, with 49 percent grading him as poor and 10 percent as fair, according to the poll of 535 likely voters.

Sen. VanDrew, a state senator representing all or parts of three counties in the district, is viewed favorably by 49 percent and negatively by 11 percent.  Forty percent are not familiar with him.  Mr. Grossman at this point is largely unknown across the sprawling South Jersey district, with 60 percent unfamiliar with the former Atlantic City councilman and Atlantic City freeholder.  Mr. Grossman is viewed favorably by 20 percent and unfavorably by 20 percent. 

Four independent candidates in District 2, William Benfer, Steven Fenichel, John Ordille and Anthony Parisi Sanchez, each registered one percent support in the poll.

The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton Universities interviewed 535 adult residents of the 2nd District who were screened as likely voters.  Live interviews working from the Stockton campus called landline and cell telephones September 12-18, 2018.  The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.2 percentage points.  Read more.

Stockton University in Partnership with Recovery Court Program Transforms Lives

 September 12, 2018


Stockton University’s partnership with the Atlantic County Recovery Court program won special recognition on September 11, 2018 in a ceremony at the Atlantic County Courts Complex.


But, the real winners of the partnership were participants in the program who have benefitted by obtaining job offers at the university and scholarship funding.  “I can’t tell you what it means for our program to have this relationship,” said Superior Court Judge Mark Sandson.


After meeting with Judge Sandson in March, Stockton officials developed a program that so far has offered employment to three Recovery Court participants, and provided scholarship funding to help another, Luana Cordeiro, who never finished her degree in criminal justice from Kean University after becoming addicted to cocaine and heroin.


Stockton President Harvey Kesselman called Judge Sandson and Assignment Judge Julio Mendez for their “outside the box” thinking about how to help participants.  He told the other participants in the program attending the event that he hopes more of them also have the opportunity to attend Stockton.


Ms. Cordeiro, 34, said she was in her final semester at Kean in 2009, preparing for final exams, when she lost control of her addiction to cocaine and heroin.  “All I had left to do was finals to graduate,” she said.  “I had been a dean’s list student.  But I never took those finals and I never graduated.  I got high instead.”  She said she spent the next five years mourning her lost chances by getting high, getting arrested and losing custody of her children.  She resisted rehab opportunities and finally in 2014 was turned into police by her mother.  Read more.

Kean University Offers Five New Academic Programs, Responding to Demands of a Changing World

September 12, 2018 

Five new degree programs have been added to Kean University’s academic offerings for the 2018-2019 academic year to meet the growing demand for healthcare professionals and offer students a global perspective in an evolving job market.

 Bachelor’s degrees in community health education, therapeutic recreation, and global studies, and doctoral programs in occupational therapy, and counseling and supervision are all new to Kean this academic year.  Altogether, Kean offers 50 undergraduate majors and 60-plus graduate programs and options.

 “At Kean, we are transforming the education we offer to meet the demands of a changing world.  This is reflected in the addition of four new healthcare-related programs, as well as the new global studies major,” said Kean President Dawood Farahi, PhD.  “By increasing doctoral programs, we also give our students the ability to pursue their dreams as far as they wish – to the highest levels of education.”  Read more.

Ramapo College of New Jersey Welcomes a First Year Class that is Four Percent Larger than Last Year’s Class

 September 6, 2018


Ramapo College of New Jersey on September 2 welcomed 1,539 new “Roadrunners” that include first-year and transfer students.  The Class of 2022 boasts 955 first-year students, the second largest first-year class in Ramapo’s history and 4% larger than the class of 2021.


New residential students moved into their residence halls in the morning with the help of the Roadrunner and more than 425 student-leader volunteers.  New commuter students also checked in throughout the day.  Students and their families were officially welcome during New Student Assembly in the Bradley Center where they heard welcoming remarks from President Peter P. Mercer, members of the administration, student government and Parents’ Council and then transitioned to the College’s Arching Ceremony.


During the college’s outdoor Arching Ceremony, President Mercer greeted each of the new students as they walked through the Arch, symbolizing their entry to Ramapo College.  The day’s festivities were rounded out with a barbecue, games, and bouncy houses on the Bandshell lawn.


“The Ramapo College Class of 2022 represents a highly talented, diverse, and motivated group of students in whose academic development and personal growth we are strongly invested.  One need not look far from home to see that our communities are too often teetering, challenged to meet their economic, societal, and civic obligations for reasons ranging from the management of scarce resources to the undervaluing of cultural competency in decision making.  When we welcome the Class of 2022 to Ramapo College, we simultaneously welcome the next generation of critical thinkers and conscientious leaders – a responsibility and privilege that each faculty and staff member on our campus does not take for granted,” said President Mercer.


The talented and diverse Class of 2022 is distinguished by its demographics:

  • 28 percent were born in the 1990s, while 72 percent were born in the 2000s;
  • Students hail from nine different states;
  • All 21 New Jersey counties are represented;
  • The class includes 21 international students from seven foreign countries;57 percent of the incoming freshman class is female; 43 percent is male;
  • 38.3 percent identify themselves as non-white;
  • The average GPA, based on high school records, is 3.44;
  • 16 percent came through Early Decision;
  • 88 students are Educational Opportunity Fund students; and
  • This year’s top majors are Undeclared, Nursing, Business Administration, Biology and Psychology.


The Class of 2022 has more ahead this week including attending Opening Convocation, featuring author Lisa Ko, whose award-winning novel, “The Leavers” was Ramapo College’s first-year student reading selection.  Students will also participate in additional Welcome Week events such as meeting their first-year seminar professors, attending mandatory trainings and workshops, and partaking in meet-and-greet gatherings, trips, movies, comedy shows, games, and team-building activities.

2018 Quick Takes

Free Concert on the Jersey City Waterfront Celebrates the NJCU Alumni Jazz Big Band and the Jersey City Community - September 5, 2018

NJ Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology Signed Into Law by Governor Murphy - August 23, 2018

TESU and Bossier Parish Community College Partner to Strengthen Cybersecurity Workforce -  August 21, 2018

NJCU Launches Public Safety Program Facilitated by National and State Partnerships -  August 21, 2018

Governor Phil Murphy Signs Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Communities with Opportunities for Valuable Public-Private Partnerships (P3 Legislation) - August 14, 2018

William Paterson University Director of Jazz Studies Collaborates with Tony Bennett and Diana Krall on New Album, Love is Here to Stay - August 13, 2018

Stockton Board Approves Purchase of Large Mixed-Use Property in Atlantic City, Near New Boardwalk Campus - August 8, 2018

Stockton President Makes Compelling Statement on Campus Sexual Assault - August 7, 2018

Ramapo College Student is Sworn in as a Board Member of NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) - August 7, 2018

TCNJ Nursing Students Trained to Assist in Local Public Health Emergencies - July 30, 2018

NJCU Offers Innovative Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership - July 30, 2018

Rowan University Launches BA Degree in Sports Communication and Media - Unique in the Region - July 29, 2018

William Paterson University Radio Station is One of Five Stations in Nation Nominated for Prestigious National Award - July 27, 2018

The College of New Jersey to Help Lead Civic Information Consortium - July 25, 2018

Ramapo College and Touro College of Pharmacy Create a Fast-Track, Pharmaceutical Program - July 23, 2018

New Jersey City University’s Center for the Arts Announces its Inaugural Director - July 16, 2018

Stockton Polling Institute Predicts Winners and is a Winner - July 12, 2018

Stockton Report Indicates New Jersey Beaches are in Better Shape than Before Hurricane Sandy - June 27, 2018

Kean University College of Education among First in New Jersey to Receive New National Accreditation - June 25, 2018

William Paterson University Galleries Awarded an NEA Grant to Celebrate NJ Artist Ben Shahn - June 25, 2018

New Jersey City University Appoints Former NJCU Student-Athlete Star as its Head Women’s Basketball Coach - June 21, 2018

NJCU Appoints Michael Edmondson Dean of Professional Education and Lifelong Learning - May 24, 2018

New Jersey City University (NJCU) Receives Grant to Address Tobacco Use on Campus - May 23, 2018

New York Times Editorial: Four-Year Degree Absolutely Needed - May 18, 2018

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Tells Kean University’s Class of 2018 to Find Power in Kindness - May 17, 2018

Commencement News: NJCU to Graduate 1,935 on May 22 at Prudential Center - May 14, 2018

NJ Governor Murphy Transmits Words of Wisdom to Stockton’s Graduates on the Boardwalk - May 14, 2018

Kean is Offering Eight New Programs for New Fall Semester 2018 - May 3, 2018

William Paterson is First Institution in New Jersey to Support Reverse Transfer Initiative Granting Associate Degrees to Community College Transfer Students - May 9, 2018

Ramapo Appoints New Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs - May 1, 2018

Kean University Graduate College Commencement: Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. to Deliver Address - May 1, 2018

Ramapo College Commencement: Congressman Gottheimer to Deliver Address - May 1, 2018

Mobile Business Cards App Wins Kean Business Plan Competition - April 27, 2018

Ramapo College Vocal Ensemble Performs at Lincoln Center - April 26, 2018

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

William Paterson Events in April Highlight Excellence of Research and Scholarship Initiatives - April 9, 2018

Thomas Edison State University Fills Position of Chief of Staff/Board Secretary - April 5, 2018

Lesniak Institute at Kean Hosts its Inaugural Event: “Youth Against Gun Violence: Keep the Movement Going” - April 4, 2018

Rutgers Associate Athletic Director Will Become NJCU’s Associate VP and Director of Athletics - March 29, 2018

Dr. Kathryn A. Foster Named TCNJ’s 16th President - March 27, 2018

Second Annual “No Hate” Town Hall at Kean University to Explore Injustice, Poverty and Racism in New Jersey - March 14, 2018

William Paterson University Names a New President:  Dr. Richard Helldobler - March 9, 2018

William Paterson University Graduation Will Feature Keynote Address from WCBS-TV Anchor Kristine Johnson - March 7, 2018

NJCU New Jersey 50 Index Issues an Economic Report Card - March 6, 2018

William Paterson’s Radio Station Named the Best College Radio Station - March 6, 2018

William Paterson Communications Professor Goes for a Gold in Researching the Role of Social Media at the 2018 Winter Olympics - March 1, 201

A Conversation with NJ Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Chair of the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee - February 23, 2018

NJCU and Jersey City – Perfect Together in Ethnic Diversity and Excellence  February 23, 2018

COMMENCEMENT NEWS:  Stockton’s 2018 Commencement at Boardwalk Hall will Feature Governor Phil Murphy February 21,2018

Kean University Scientist, Designers Suppoort Portable Operating Room Project - February 20, 2018

NJCU Celebrates Black History Month with Its Gil Noble Collection of Legendary Programs from WABC-TV’s Pioneering Public Affairs Series, ‘Like It Is’ - February 15, 2018

Journalist Bob Woodward to Kick Off New Distinguished Lecture Series at Kean University - February 14, 2018

Former NJASCU Executive Director Michael Klein is Honored by William Paterson University Board of Trustees - February 9, 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

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch Speaks at Stockton University about Upholding America’s Founding Principles - January 24, 2018

Ramapo Receives a Million Dollar Grant to Provide Recovery Housing and a Comprehensive Drug-Recovery Program - January 24, 2018

TCNJ Launches Speech Pathology and Audiology Major - January 22, 2018

William Paterson Launches the Nation’s First Graduate Degree in Professional Sales for Working Executives - January 21, 2018

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