Hi! I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Maureen O'Connor, and I joined the William Paterson University Office of Advancement team in December of 2018. With the first semester coming to a close, I would like to share some news from the College of Arts & Communication:


What began as a fun pastime – photographing her dog Molly – has turned into a business and community service venture for Jessica St. Clair '02. The WP alumna, who earned her BFA in graphic design, combines skills in that platform with original photography and digital art in her “Bark Remarks” greeting card line. Many of the dogs featured in her “doggone funny” creations – sold online and in five stores across Maryland and Pennsylvania – are shelter animals. St. Clair donates a portion of the annual proceeds to A Buddy for Life animal shelter in her hometown of Elkton, Maryland.

To view Jessica’s work and learn more about St. Clair’s Bark Remarks™ greetings, fine art and graphic design, visit


Artist Michael Rees works in themes of figuration, language, technology and society. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including notably the Whitney Museum and the OMI International Arts Center in New York, MARTa Museum in Herford, Germany, and the Pera Museum in Instanbul, Turkey among many others. Rees has received grants from Creative Capital, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Professor Rees presently has an exhibit at Grounds for Sculpture  - for more information, visit his website here.



In 2018, William Paterson Radio Station WP 88.7 FM Brave New Radio was named "Best College Radio Station" in the Nation by Intercollegiate Broadcasting System for the fourth time in seven years. WP won eight first place awards for student-run radio and television stations (among institutions with more than 10,000 students). For more information, please click here.

If you have a notable accomplishment you would like to share with the WP community, please give me a call at 973-720-3990 or email: We are always looking for alumni stories for our WP Magazine, website, ‘eFocus’ newsletter or other social media or written publications. I look forward to meeting you and talking with you soon.


Maureen O'Connor
Director of Development

William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470     973-720-3990