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May 7, 2013, volume 3, number 17

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To the William Paterson University Community

As the 2012-13 academic year draws to a close, I would like to share news and highlights from a very productive and exciting spring semester.

Bond Referendum Funding: As I mentioned in a message to the campus community last week, we are so pleased that the University has been designated to receive $32 million in state funding from the Building Our Future and other bond funds.  Pending legislative approval, the University will receive $30 million in bond funds toward a new, $40 million academic building to be located on the site of the current Coach House. The new building will be a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility housing 16 general-use classrooms as well as specialized classrooms and clinical spaces for our programs in nursing, communication disorders, and public health. We also expect to receive $2 million in funding to upgrade and expand the University’s voice, video and data network throughout the entire campus and provide high-definition capabilities for the broadcast television studios in Hobart Hall.  This is excellent news for the University and is the first step in our plans to modernize the academic core of the campus. I will keep you updated as we progress.

Commencement: We look forward to celebrating with our graduates at commencement exercises on May 15 at the Izod Center.  More than 2,300 undergraduates and 250 graduate students have completed their courses of study and will be joining the celebration.  Members of the Class of 1963, who are marking the 50th anniversary of their graduation, will also celebrate with us at commencement. Former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean will deliver the commencement address and receive a President’s Medal, and we will present honorary doctorates to philanthropist David F. Bolger and entrepreneur Spyros Lenas.  Krista Averill and Darlene Edewaard, valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, will be recognized during commencement, as will three faculty members selected for outstanding contributions: Maria Villar, teaching; Vincent Parrillo, scholarship and creative expression; and Stephen Shalom, service.

New Members of Our Community: This spring, several important searches came to successful conclusions. We made offers to fifteen new faculty members in a variety of academic departments and expect our total full-time faculty headcount in fall 2013 to be 402. This represents a 4 percent increase from three years ago and is part of our strategy to maintain a better balance between full-time and adjunct faculty. Faculty retirements, although slowing, continue and we will authorize additional searches for the fall 2014 term.

The search for a Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs concluded after a national search. Dr. Warren Sandmann will join our community on July 1. Dr. Sandmann, who earned his doctorate at the University of Iowa, joins us from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he served as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for the past five years. Prior to that position, he was the Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Studies overseeing the general education curriculum at the 15,000-student campus as well as supervising the Office of Institutional Assessment and First-Year Experience. From 1997 through 2003, Dr. Sandmann was Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and continues to publish in his field. We are grateful to the search committee for their untiring service and diligence throughout the search process.  A special thanks to Dean Anne Ciliberti for her leadership.

Daryl Moore assumed the position of Dean of the College of Arts and Communication on April 1 after a national search. Dean Moore received his B.F.A. in communications design from Pratt Institute and M.F.A. in advertising design from Syracuse University.  He joined us from the College of the Arts at California State University, Stanislaus, where he provided leadership of nationally accredited programs in art, music, and theatre. Originally from Newark, Dean Moore was chair of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University and also has industry experience in advertising, design, and illustration.  I thank the search committee for their diligence in the search process and a special thank you to Danielle Liautaud for her leadership.

Michael Corso will join us on May 20, 2013 as Director of Financial Aid.  He served for three years as Director of Financial Aid at Sussex County College and six years as Director of Financial Aid at Centenary College.  He is very well known in the financial aid arena in New Jersey and is an active member of the College Board Middle States Regional Committee and the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 

Richard Fields, our new Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Office of Employment Equity and Diversity, joined us on May 6.  He served most recently at Oregon State University as Equity Associate and Director of Equal Opportunity and Conflict Resolution.  He holds a law degree from the University of Utah.

The search for the Dean of the Cotsakos College of Business will reopen in fall 2013.

Academic News: William Paterson University hosted the premiere of a new documentary by Vincent Parrillo, professor of sociology, on the acclaimed Paterson sculptor Gaetano Federici.  More than 100 guests attended the premiere at 1600 Valley Road.  The documentary highlights Federici’s life and works, many of which are located throughout the city of Paterson and include leading civic and religious leaders of the day, including U.S. Senator Charles Hughes, Rep. James F. Stewart, Attorney General Thomas McCran, Mayors Nathan Barnert and Andrew McBride, Bishop Thomas McLaughlin, Dean William McNulty, and comedian Lou Costello.  The documentary aired on NJTV on April 23.

The Cotsakos College of Business was named a ‘Best’ in Princeton Review’s annual ‘Best Business Schools’ list for the fifth straight year.  In order to be included in the annual guide to graduate business schools, the institution must meet Princeton Review’s criteria for academic excellence.  We commend the Cotsakos College of Business for this achievement and recognition of the excellent education they provide our students.

On April 10, the University’s Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice hosted award-winning journalist Juan González who presented a lecture about immigration and U.S. foreign policy and analyzed the connection between immigration and U.S. foreign policy in Latin America.  The forum is directed by Stephen Shalom, professor of political science.

The Center for Chinese Art, directed by Zhiyuan Cong, professor of art, recently hosted two Chinese art exhibitions in conjunction with the Cross-Cultural Arts Festival: North and East Asia. “A Woman’s View: New Chinese Art” presented works by contemporary Chinese women artists and was curated by Zhang He, William Paterson associate professor of art, and Kristen Evangelista, director of the University Galleries. “Play Ink, Ink Play: Chinese Opera Painting,” organized by Shanghai Liu Haisu Art Museum, presented visual form to the performers, instruments, and music of Chinese opera.

The Cotsakos College of Business awarded the second Pioneers in Financial Services Award to Tom Bradley, president of TD Ameritrade-Retail, on April 17 at an award presentation and luncheon.  Mr. Bradley has spent more than twenty-five years working in various aspects of TD Ameritrade’s business unit.  The Pioneers in Financial Services Award seeks to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have dedicated themselves to genuinely improving and enhancing the financial services profession while making a positive difference in their regional, national, or global communities. 

WP 88.7 FM Brave New Radio was named Best College/University Station in the nation for the second year in a row by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). In addition, the radio station won a first place award for Best Specialty Show, featuring Stephan Bisaha, Michael Schumann, and Allan Simon on “The Morning Blend.” The station also ranked as a finalist for Best Talk Program and Sports Talk Program.  Rob Quicke, assistant professor of communication and general manager of the station, won the “Outstanding Service Award” for his dedication and service to academic broadcasting.

The College of Science and Health hosted the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Biological and Chemical Sciences on April 14. The symposium provides a forum for undergraduates from the tri-state region to present their original scientific research in biochemistry, physiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, ecology and evolution, nanochemistry, and general and material chemistry. This year, 87 students and 32 faculty members from 18 colleges and universities participated.

The Honors Program hosted Honors Week in April. Seventy-six graduating seniors presented their honors theses before faculty and colleagues. We are very proud of the intellectual depth and creativity of these students and we are grateful to the 32 faculty members who served as thesis advisors. Special thanks to Professor Susan Dinan, director of the program, and Jan Pinkston, associate director, for their excellent work with these students throughout the year.

Student News: Financial planning students Linda Hoxha and Ania Lamparska placed third in the 2013 Financial Service Professionals National Industry Issues Competition held in Tucson, Arizona, on January 28.  Since 2010, students from the University’s financial planning program have garnered top awards in national competitions every year. 

Senior communications major Caity Arthur won a prestigious 2013 Gracie Award, presented annually by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Arthur, who won an award for Outstanding Host of a Student Television Entertainment Show, is one of 54 local, online, public, and student award winners who will be recognized at an industry luncheon in New York City.  She is the only New Jersey winner, and one of only 11 student winners nationwide.  Ms. Arthur won the award for her role as host of The Roundabout, a new University-produced television talk show designed to give college women a voice while promoting positive images of women in the media. Congratulations as well to Loretta McLaughlin-Vignier, assistant professor of communication and executive producer of the program.

Our Bowling Club Team advanced to the Intercollegiate Bowling National Championships for the 14th time in its 31-year history. William Paterson now has the second most appearances at the IBNC in college bowling history, which includes Division I, II, and III schools. The men advanced through the first two rounds and were eliminated in round three.  Congratulations to the team on their performance in this competitive national tournament. 

Congratulations to the University’s Ice Hockey Team, which won its fourth straight SECHL Championship with a 5-4 win over NYU.   The Pioneers stormed their way through the Super East playoffs and made it to the Final Four for the first time in school history.  They are the number 3 ranked team in the country.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) named our Women’s Swimming and Diving Team Scholar All American Status for the fall 2012 semester.  This is a great achievement for our student-athletes and a tribute to our coaches.  We are very proud of the team.

William Paterson football standout German Decena, a senior, was named one of the 10 male national finalists for the Diverse: Issues In Higher Education 2013 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award. The finalists were chosen from more than 500 outstanding minority student-athletes nominated by their respective institutions, and the NCAA is the co-sponsor of this annual award. German is the only Division III student-athlete among the 10 male and 10 female finalists, and he is one of five non-Division I finalists overall.

The Pioneer Times staff received an Excellence Award in the annual college newspaper contest sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation. Two Pioneer Times staff members won individual awards as well: Chloe Morales in the profiles/biography category for a piece she wrote on the Sons of Paterson, and Stephan Bisaha for deadline writing for his stories on the resignation of an SGA president and on university construction.

Important Events: Philanthropists Basem and Muna Hishmeh, alumna Patricia Powell ’73, and UPS, were honored at the William Paterson University Foundation’s 23rd annual Legacy Award Gala on April 4. The gala is the Foundation’s event to raise funds to support the University’s mission of promoting student success and academic excellence.  Three hundred attended the gala and over $100,000 was netted for scholarships, and student programming and initiatives, a 25 percent increase over last year.  Many thanks to Vice President Pam Ferguson and the Institutional Advancement team for a successful event.  I want to thank especially the Foundation Board and all who supported the gala and enhanced the opportunities for our students.

On March 20, 2013, the University hosted a public session of the New Jersey State Senate Budget Committee on campus.  Approximately 55 people testified before the committee on a host of issues, but the greatest representation was from education groups.  The legislators were highly complimentary of the University on the execution and attention to detail in hosting the hearings. 

U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen visited our campus on April 18 and spent time meeting with Dean Candace Burns and Dean Ken Wolf as well as visiting a science class and lab.

Visibility: Congratulations to Board of Trustees member Stephen Adzima ’75 on his recent election to the Wallington Board of Education.  Steve has served a trustee for eight years and as a councilman in Wallington for 20 years.  His years of experience in the education arena and service to the public will support his efforts on behalf of the students and citizens of Wallington.

The University recently sponsored eight students and two professional staff members to attend The Latino Institute, a two-day conference in Trenton titled “Latinos and the Future of Higher Education.”  New Jersey State Senator Nellie Pou was co-chair of the conference and moderator of a legislative panel at the event.  Among the issues explored were the effects of pending immigration reform, the Dream Act initiatives, in-state tuition for undocumented students, the rising costs of tuition, the impact of the recently approved bonds for the expansion of college and university facilities, and other pertinent issues.

I participated in a panel of women presidents and CEOs at the New Jersey Women’s Network in Higher Education spring conference, “Trends and Challenges – A View from the Top.”   Close to 100 professional women who work in public and private higher education institutions in New Jersey attended.  NJ ACE-Net supports the American Council on Education Office of Women in Higher Education goals in our state to identify, develop, encourage, support, link and help advance women in higher education.

Facilities Update: Construction has begun on the parking garage, which will provide 1,030 new parking spaces for the campus.  The five-level structure will be built into the hillside behind Lots 1 and 2 and adjacent to Science Hall East. Two pedestrian bridges will allow direct access from the upper levels of the garage to new plazas at either end of Science Hall East. The entire project is estimated to take about 16 months, with completion slated for late spring or early summer 2014.

Over the summer, there will be ongoing work to clean up downed trees as a result of Hurricane Sandy as well as other landscaping improvements at the University Commons.  The list of ongoing capital projects is robust and also includes Raubinger Hall window replacement, Hobart Manor roof, Hobart Hall TV studios, Shea recital hall, Hobart Hall Annex music practice rooms, Speert Hall Veterans Center, paving of College Road, the pedestrian bridge over Pompton Road, locker facility heating and air conditioning improvements, and office renovations for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Atrium.

I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our students at commencement on May 15, and wish everyone an enjoyable and productive summer.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Waldron
President

William Paterson University
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