Honors and Awards

Academic Year 2014-2015
University and College Awards

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

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.

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. 

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

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.

William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business is included in the 2015 edition of Princeton Review's, The Best 295 Business Schools. This marks the sixth 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 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.

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. 

William Paterson University has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by militaryfriendlyschools.com and is included in their 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Faculty/Staff/Student Awards

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

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, a biology student, won a first place award for his poster presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 9ABRCMS) 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.

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 a the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival.

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, 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, 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, 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.

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, 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."

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

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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