Honors and Awards

Academic Year 2016-2017
University and College Awards
University Hall

University Hall, the new academic building, was awarded a silver citation in the 2016 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, a premier competition honoring education interiors excellence. It also received the 2016 Distinguished Engineering Award from the New Jersey Alliance for Action.

The Best 295 Business Schools

William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business is included in the 2016 edition of Princeton Review's, The Best 295 Business Schools. This marks the seventh consecutive year the Cotsakos College of Business has been featured in the book, which is well known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools.

William Paterson Receives a Best Practice Award from Commerce and Industry Association of NJ (CIANJ)

William Paterson received a Best Practice Award from the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey at a conference honoring thought leaders and leadership best practices on September 17, 2015.

Gracie Award for Outstanding Student Talk Show

William Paterson University student television show, The Roundabout, won prestigious national 2015 Gracie Award for Outstanding Student Talk Show.

Best College Radio Station of the Year

William Paterson University's student-run radio station, Brave New Radio WP 88.7 FM, won the inaugural Best College Radio Station of the year award at the 2015 New Jersey Broadcasters Association Awards in June 2015 in Atlantic City.  WP 88.7 FM has won a stream of prestigious awards, including the “Best Station in the Nation” award from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) in 2012 and 2013, and was a finalist for the award in 2014.

Green Building Design Award

William Paterson University won a Green Building Design Award for installing charging stations for electric cars from the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders on June 15, 2015. The University's 1,000 space parking garage won a Green Design Award in 2014 for its energy efficient LED lighting technology. 

Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics

William Paterson University is named among the Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education in a special May 2015 issue, for the second consecutive year

2015 Top University Sales Programs

William Paterson University is named among the 2015 list of Top University Sales Programs in the nation for its Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales in the Cotsakos College of Business. William Paterson has been included in the Sales Education Foundation's annual list of top sales programs since it began the list in 2007.

46th Annual Jersey Awards for Marketing and Advertising Excellence

William Paterson University's Marketing and Public Relations Office won four awards at the 46th annual Jersey Awards for Marketing and Advertising Excellence conducted by the New Jersey Ad Club in June 2014. The University won two first place awards for the Will. Power. online viewbook, in partnership with its agency Fuseideas in the micro website design category, and the WP campus shuttle bus design in the out-of-home/transit category; a second place award for the Will. Power. campaign in partnership with Fuseideas in the collateral/multimedia campaign category, and a certificate of excellence for design of the commencement program.

Top Financial Planning Programs by Financial Planning Magazine

William Paterson University's Financial Planning Program in the Cotsakos College of Business is once again named one of the top schools for financial planners by Financial Planning Magazine, November 2014 for fourth consecutive year. 

Military Friendly School

The institution has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by militaryfriendlyschools.com and has been included in their Guide to Military Friendly Schools each year since 2011. There are nearly 150 veterans and active service students on campus.

Faculty/Staff/Student Awards

Payton MacDonald, Music, was selected to give a TedX talk on his Sonic Divide project

Payton MacDonald completed a cross-country traverse on bicycle during summer 2016, and composed and performed original music using only the tools at hand during the trip. He is also completing a film on the project, with a planned screening in spring 2017 on campus.

Marina Budhos, professor of English, Receives Award for her Book Watched

Marina Budhos, professor of English, has been notified that her recent publication, Watched, was recognized with the Walter Dean Myers Honor for YA 2017. This honor champions those books that embody diversity. Budhos will be part of the award ceremony at the Library of Congress.

Robin Schwartz, Professor of Art, Honored with 2016 John Simon Guggenheim

Robin Schwartz, professor of art, received a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her distingusihed achievements as a photographer.

President Kathleen Waldron Named Among State's Most Powerful Women by NJBIZ

President Kathleen Waldron, was named among New Jersey's most powerful women by state's most powerful women according to NJBIZ.

John Parras, Professor of English, Awarded Individual Artist Fellowship

John Parras, professor of English, received a 2016 New Jersey State Council on the Arts "Individual Artist Fellowship Award" in the category of prose writing.

President Kathleen Waldron Recieved St. Joseph's Community Award on Behalf of William Paterson University

President Kathleen Waldron received the Michael and Yolanda Simonelli Community Award at the  St. Joseph's Hospital Wayne Charity Ball on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Sandra L. Miller, University's Deputy Chief Information Officer, Receives 2015 NJEDge. Net Award

Sandra L. Miller, deputy chief information officer and director of instruction and research technology (IRT) at William Paterson University, is a recipient of this year’s Charles McMickle Award for Excellence and Innovation from NJEDge.Net.

William Paterson Financial Planning Team Wins First Prize at Government Conference

Four William Paterson students majoring in financial planning in the Cotsakos College of Business took first prize at the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators Conference in Indianapolis, IN on Septembe 30, 2015. Winning team members were Vincent Stark, Camila Mills-Lamptey, Julian Perez and Kristen Napoli; they were accompanied by Tao Guo, assistant professor in the College's Department of Economics, Finance and Global Business.

Alejandro Anreus-Best Arts Book

Alejandro Anreus, professor of art history, won a first place award for his book, Luis Cruz Azaceta, in the International Latino Book Awards, June 27, 2015.

Brenda Marshall-National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education

Brenda Marshall, nursing, was inducted as a fellow into the prestigious National League for Nursing's Academy of Nursing Education (2015).

Brenda Marshall-ISPN SERPN Jeanette Chamberlain Award

Brenda Marshall, nursing, is the 2015 recipient of the ISPN SERPN Jeanette Chamberlain Award, given to a psychiatric nurse who contributed to psychiatric nursing through activities that have advanced the field through public service, administration, development of healthcare policy and other service activities.

William Paterson Sales Team-2nd in the 2015 Bayou Sales Challenge

The William Paterson University Sales Team, consisting of students Matthew Alston, Nicholas Cruz, Jared Helenic and Ashley Marfo, placed second at the Bayou Sales Challenge hosted by Nicholls State University in Louisiana in 2015. 

Pete-McGuinness2015 Grammy Award Nominations

Pete McGuinness, assistant professor of music, was nominated for two 2015 Grammy Awards in the arranging category.

Bela Florenthal-Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

Bela Florenthal, marketing and management sciences, won the Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award in 2015 from Beta Gamma Sigma, the premier honor society recognizing business excellence.

Adonis Rivie-Annual Biomedical Research Conferences

Adonis Rivie, a biology student, won a first place award for his poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held in San Antonio, Texas in 2015. He also won first place in the physiology section at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas, held in November 2014.

Clark Terry & Justin Kauflin-Best Documentary

Keep On Keepinn’ On, the award-winning documentary about the relationship between the late jazz legend and permanent artist-in-residence Clark Terry and former student Justin Kauflin ’08 made news and won awards across the country at various film festivals, including best new documentary and best new director awards at the 2014 TriBeCa Film Festival and best documentary at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival.

Denzel Bland & Austen Mahoney-Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales 8th Annual National Sales Challenge

William Paterson University students Denzel Bland and Austen Mahoney won first place overall in the University’s Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales 8th Annual National Sales Challenge held in fall 2014. This marked the first overall win for William Paterson.

Robin Schwartz-Amelia and the Animals

Robin Schwartz, associate professor of photography, received national publicity during fall 2014 for her book, Amelia and the Animals, in TIME, New York Magazine Online, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Benjamin Evans-2014 Diva and Don Award

Benjamin Evans, nursing, is one of just 20 recipients of the 2014 Diva and Don Award given annually by the New Jersey State Nurses Association’s Institute for Nursing to nurses in the state who have made extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession in New Jersey.

Jean Fuller-Stanley-Outstanding Woman in Education

Jean Fuller-Stanley, College of Science and Health, was honored as an outstanding Woman in Education by the Passaic County chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., at their annual Harvest of Hope Achievement Luncheon in 2014.  She is one of 10 educators so honored in the county this year.

Florenthal, Kasica & Vaccarella-Financial Planning Challenge

Three students, Aviv Florenthal, Kayla-Lynn Kasica, and Alex Vaccarella, participated in the Financial Planning Challenge in Seattle, Washington from September 19-21, 2014. The students placed third in the competition.

James Teng-Bright Idea Award

James Teng, marketing and management sciences, received a 2014 Bright Idea Award from the New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation for his paper entitled, "Stackelberg solution in a vendor-buyer supply chain model with permissible delay in payments."

Pllana Drito-Institutional Investor All-America Student Analyst Competition

William Paterson student Pllana Driton was in the top 10 students among 2,100 competitors in the 2013-2014 Institutional Investor All-America Student Analyst Competition and student Michael Ceron placed 60 overall. 

Casey Lum-Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology

Casey Lum, professor of communication, received the Media Ecology Association 2014 Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology.

Bob Laud-Best Management Education Article

Bob Laud, associate professor of marketing and management, was recognized for having co-authored the Best Management Education article in the Teaching & Learning section of Organization Management Journal at the Annual Conference of the Eastern Academy of Management in Newport, RI.

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