SPOTLIGHT People, events and news from Fairleigh Dickinson University Funk and Soul Robert Randolph and the Family Band perform a set in the Italian Gardens during WAMFest 2016. (Photo by Dan Landau) WORDS - ARTS - MUSIC FESTIVAL 1/02 Change Artists WAMFest 2016, “The Art of Change,” headliners Ice-T, Sway Calloway and Bill Stephney visited the Florham Campus in October for two nights of conversation, culture and candor. In his blunt and colorful style, Ice-T got real about his life on the streets, his musical and acting careers, his lengthy role on “Law and Order: SVU” and his personal life, politics and legacy. For him, “Hip-hop was a vehicle to get out of trouble,” he said.“Pick your own music. Pick your own thing. Be an independent thinker.” At the Calloway and Stephney event, both men talked about their starts in the music industry and how hip-hop music pushes for change. “All hip-hop wanted was to give people a fair shot,” said Calloway, a rapper, reporter, MTV News executive producer and co-host of radio’s “The Wake Up Show.” “The revolution is happening — it’s ongoing. The revolution is you,” said Stephney, former CEO of Def Jam Records. Also performing were: Robert Randolph and the Family Band; alumna Brynn Stanley, BA’07 (Flor); Kathy Moser; SisterMonk; Dina Hall and Andy Kilcoyne; and students Michelle Foster, Abhi Tadakamalla, Anne Fillenwarth, Catherine Cooney, Breyton Croom, Ron Williamson, Sean Williams, Alyssa Lyman and Miles Britt. “WAMFest gives us a chance to explore different arts. It’s interesting seeing what other students are doing on campus and how they’re implementing their majors,” said senior Dami Sangobiyi. “Go to the events — you never know what you can learn.” Music Masters Reuter’s Rock (Photo by Dan Landau) Robert Randolph plays pedal steal guitar. (Photo by Dan Landau) “No one was talking about crime in the streets,” until gangster rap, said Ice-T. “I never tried to glamorize it without showing the negative.” (Photo W. Scott Giglio) Student Michelle Foster performs on piano. (Photo by Dan Landau) 4 Distinguished Faculty Awards Four professors honored for their achievements at annual Academic Convocation DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD FOR SERVICE Miriam Singer, associate professor of education and director of the QUEST Program DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD FOR TEACHING Maureen Kieff, assistant professor of quantitative analysis DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD FOR RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP Lloyd Ultan, professor of history DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AWARD FOR RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP Dennis Scotti, professor of management CONVOCATION 2016 “Time to Go for It” (Photo: Roy Groething) University President Christopher Capuano delivered the keynote address, “FDU Today and Tomorrow: Shaping Our Future” at the Academic Convocation held September 7 in the Italian Gardens on the Florham Campus. New University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gillian Small presided over the ceremony, which officially starts the academic year, and presented awards to the faculty honorees. In his first address to the FDU community as president, Capuano urged:“ We all must work together to transform this wonderful university … to turn it into one of the very best universities in the dynamic metropolitan area in which we live. Now is that time, my friends — it is time for us to go for it. Together, we will transform our University into something greater than it has ever been.” Capuano announced a new School of Public and Global Affairs and outlined upcoming University initiatives. “We also will create centers of excellence in areas such as health sciences, hospitality, business, other STEM fields … and the arts,” he said. Additional plans include “a hotel and new facilities for our hospitality school, a new campus union building on the Metropolitan Campus, as well as expanded athletic facilities and a new science building on the Florham Campus.” To read his speech in its entirety, go to http://fdu.edu/convocation2016. Millennials Speak on Gender Equality Students and an alumna gathered on the Metropolitan Campus in November to shed light on gender equality issues and the specific circumstances women face globally, from labor market discrimination to patriarchal cultures. The panel included: Camila Renee Castro, BS’15 (Van), of El Salvador; graduate student Kushan Costa of Sri Lanka; former FDU exchange student Camilla Curnis of Italy; graduate student Urusha Lama of Nepal; junior Vanessa Yong of Malaysia; and University of Bradford (England) student Zuwaina Al Daraai of Oman. The audience participated in the discussion, sharing personal experiences to highlight the ways different cultures regard women. Global Young Voices and the Sands of Time organization, along with FDU’s Office of Global Learning and the United Nations Academic Impact, held the event. FDU Press Turns 50 1,500 That’s how many books have been published by the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press since it was established in 1967 by the late Professor Emeritus of English Charles Angoff and founding President Peter Sammartino. Since 1977, the press has been directed by Professor Emeritus of English Harry Keyishian. FDU Press celebrates its golden jubilee in 2017. As a publisher of scholarly books for the academic market, the press produces books mainly the areas of the humanities and social sciences. Submitted manuscripts are subject to peer review by an international roster of specialist scholars. Publishing decisions are made by an editorial committee of University faculty and an advisory board of scholars from around the nation. FDU Press books are reviewed in scholarly journals and found in library collections around the world. Through its eight book series, FDU Press has developed particular strength in American history and culture; Celtic studies; communication studies; Italian studies; law, culture and humanities; Mormon studies; William Shakespeare and the stage; and studies of (author) Willa Cather. The press operates through a co-publishing partnership with the firm Rowman & Littlefield. For a closer look at its work, see www.fdupress.org. (Photo: Aime Dupont/Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation) Noted Author Willa Cather is the subject of a series of books published by FDU Press. FDU ANNOUNCEMENTS New School of Public and Global Affairs (Illustration: Qvasimodo, Getty Images) FDU has announced the formation of a new School of Public and Global Affairs. “Helping to make this possible is a very generous gift of $2.5 million dollars, made recently by FDU alumnus James Orefice and his family,” said University President Christopher Capuano. “The Orefice family gift will be used to support private scholarships for students studying in the new school and to support distinguished visiting faculty who will teach in the new school,” he continued. The School of Public and Global Affairs will build on FDU’s Public Administration Institute, new and existing graduate programs in public administration and global affairs, and the PublicMind poll. It will operate University-wide, eventually offering programs at all four FDU campuses. Orefice, a real-estate executive, owns Orefice Properties. He hopes that the donation will spur students to become involved and concerned citizens. “With my family’s contribution, we’re a very small part of a very positive movement at FDU,” he said. CULTURALLY COLORFUL RUNWAY Walking the Walk Models strut in global garb at the annual International Fashion Show This year’s show, with the theme “Fashion Through the Decades,” highlighted both traditional and modern clothing, and featured dance performances. The International Student Association (ISA) maintains a collection of outfits, donated over the years, and solicits the campus community for additional loaner clothing. “We want to create cultural awareness for people, and this is a fun way to do it,” says Vanessa Yong, a junior psychology student from Malaysia, and ISA public relations officer. Both ISA and Fashion Corps promote diversity, bringing domestic and foreign students together at fun, informative gatherings. “Unity and diversity, that’s what I see here at FDU and the fashion show,” says Koushik-Goud Aluvala, an electrical engineering graduate student from India, who modeled. Runway Ready (Photos by Swathi Survana) Sai Gayathri Neha, modeling fashion from Nepal; Sandy Than, Ivory Coast; Lizzy Marin, India; Alexander Wyche, Bangladesh; Olivia Ford, India; Rose Polynice, Nepal; Niska Perpiganand, model and performer, Mexico; Koushik-Goud Aluvala, India; Yuka Furukawa, performer; Mahader Guade, president of ISA, Vietnam; Stephanie Escobar, India; and Sri Lakshmi Krishna Yadav; Nigeria. BOOK NOTES If These Walls Could Talk New book invites readers to experience the Vanderbilt-Twombly Mansion (Photo: FDU Archives) The Friends of Florham released Florham: An American Treasure, a pictorial history of the former Vanderbilt-Twombly estate, which FDU purchased to make its Florham Campus. The hardcover book features vintage and new photographs and provides historical details about the Vanderbilt and Twombly families and the creation and creators of the estate. “I’ll never forget my first visit to Florham. I must have been seven or eight. We drove through a wonderful tunnel with trains on top, and then down a driveway — to the biggest house I had ever seen.” — Shirley Burden, grandson of Florence and Hamilton Twombly Friends members Carol Bere; alumnus Samuel Convissor, BA’53 (Ruth); Walter Cummins, professor emeritus of English; and Friends honorary trustee Arthur T. Vanderbilt II collaborated on the project. The book is available for purchase at the Florham Campus bookstore and at Amazon.com. All proceeds will benefit the group’s continuing restoration and renovation of Hennessy Hall and its grounds. Lighting Up the Election (Photo courtesy of David Landau) While Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton battled it out in the presidential election, a team of FDU film students and alumni, led by film professor David Landau (second from left), transformed a restaurant into a well-lit TV news studio. For four days, the team worked with the United Kingdom’s Sky News on live 24-hour television coverage from the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. Landau served as lighting director with help from Connor Stalvey, BA’12 (Flor), as key grip; Andrew Rivara, BA’08 (Flor), as gaffer; and senior Talia Hedenmouth as relief light board operator. Eric Schroeter, BA’11 (Flor), also assisted. Writer’s Perspective (Illustration: Danny Schwartz) Gene Barnett Speaker Series Welcomed Paula McLain Historical fiction novelist Paula McLain visited the Metropolitan Campus during the fall semester as part of the University’s biannual Gene Barnett Speaker Series. She spoke on “Creating Fiction from Real-life Characters.” • Circling the Sun, McLain’s new book, is the story of the pioneering horse trainer, adventurer and aviator, Beryl Markham, at left. • Her bestselling historical novel, The Paris Wife— told from the perspective of writer Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson — has more than 1.5 million copies in print. • Her other works include two collections of poetry, a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses; and her first novel, A Ticket to Ride. FDU HEALTH SCIENCES Name Reflects Pharmacy School Growth There are two updates from FDU’s pharmacy school: a name change and a facilities expansion. “Effective immediately, our School of Pharmacy, home to one of only two doctoral programs in pharmacy in the state of New Jersey, … will become the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences,” said FDU President Christopher Capuano. The school will now house the Master of Health Science program, and the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health will offer undergraduate and graduate programming there. A new third floor brings an additional 23,000 square feet to the school and includes an interprofessional simulation laboratory, a patient assessment laboratory, active learning classrooms, student study and social space and a simulated human cadaver lab. “Tables have replaced the tiered lecture-hall style, as we acknowledge that no two students learn the same way,” said the school’s Dean Michael Avaltroni. “By integrating iPads and smart boards, students are learning in a truly immersive environment.” The focus on interprofessional education, said Avaltroni, is “a new paradigm for health care education.” A $2.8-million grant from the state of New Jersey supported the acquisition and renovation of the building’s third floor. “It’s a new chapter in University history, and this is a University space for all partners and all programs,” said Capuano. Inaugural Nursing White Coat Ceremony Seventy-eight new nursing majors received white coats and pins at the first ceremony of its kind for students in the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health. Students from both New Jersey campuses attended the event, along with approximately 200 family members, faculty, staff and administrators. “Students seemed very touched,” said Minerva Guttman, director of the school. “In health care … donning a white coat is serious — it’s a different and official way of representing yourself.” A grant and funding from the American Association of Colleges and Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation made the event possible. Journalists Discuss Race and Racism “There’s a lot to be learned from a spirited back-and-forth,” said Jason Riley, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, at a December 1 panel discussion with Michele Norris, journalist and creator of The Race Card Project. Both speakers emphasized that college is one of the best places to listen, think, opine and speak up, especially about provocative issues. “This is where that debate is supposed to take place,” said Norris. “This is the moment to look around and learn … how to listen and how to engage in a conversation.” Professor of Education Khyati Joshi moderated the event.
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