Honors and Awards

Academic Year 2017-2018

For the fourth time in seven years, William Paterson University’s student-run radio station, Brave New Radio WP 88.7 FM, was named Best Radio Station in the Nation (among institutions with more than 10,000 students) by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) at their awards ceremony in March 2018. The radio station won five first place awards and the television station WPTV-6 won three first place awards -- resulting in a total of eight first place trophies and seven finalist trophies for the University.

William Paterson University’s master of science in communication disorders was included in the list of top accredited speech-language pathology programs in the nation by Speech Pathology Graduate Programs, which evaluates programs based on outcomes and costs.

William Paterson University has been honored as a military friendly school for the eighth year in a row by the 2018 Guide to Military Friendly Schools and is included in their online listing at militaryfriendly.com. There are nearly 150 veterans and active service students on campus.

William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business is included in the 2018 edition of Princeton Review's, The Best 267 Business Schools. This marks the 10th 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 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 for the eighth consecutive year.

William Paterson University is a member institution of the NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution) Emerging Stars Network, a partnership effort to enrich STEM teacher preparation through NASA professional development opportunities and educational resources. 

William Paterson University's University Hall has been certified as LEED® Gold for its sustainability, savings, energy efficiency and environmental quality. Other commendations and awards from state and national organizations include:  NJ Green Building Council—2017 Honorable Mention; NJ Alliance for Action—2016 Distinguished Engineering Award; American School & University—2016 Interior Common Space SILVER Citation; NJBIZ—2017 Good Neighbor Award; and NJ Board of Public Utilities—Paid for Performance Incentives of $136,000.

William Paterson University’s Marketing and Public Relations Department was recognized by the New Jersey Advertising Club with first, second, and third place awards at its 49th annual awards dinner. First place award was in the Corporate /Product Brochure category for the Explorations brochure written by Christine Diehl and designed by Bob Verbeek; Second place was in the Social Media Multiplatform Program/Campaign coordinated by Jaclyn Atonacci and Yuri Marder; Third place was in the Collateral/Direct marketing category for a Jazz Room Series promotional piece designed by Nadia Esposito and edited by Phillip Sprayberry. (June 2017)

William Paterson University was recognized in the 2016 list of Top University Sales Programs for its Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales in the Cotsakos College of Business. The list, released by the Sales Education Foundation of Dayton, Ohio, highlights William Paterson University as one of the best locations for hiring sales professionals.

William Paterson University's bachelor's degree program in public health has become one of eight undergraduate programs in the nation to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in 2016.

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.

Faculty/Staff/Student Awards

Martin Williams, director of the Office of Sponsored Programs at William Paterson University, has been appointed to the Professional Development Committee of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

Elizabeth Ekmekjian, professor of accounting, was selected as a recipient of the New Jersey Society of CPAs Diversity and Inclusion Impact Award. Ekmekjian and 26 other individuals were selected based on their dedication and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion issues within the accounting profession and, in many cases, personally mentoring staff to leadership roles in the industry or students to follow an accounting path.

Jaclyn Antonacci, online marketing coordinator, and Maria Daniels, senior marketing communications coordinator, were named to a list of “Jersey’s Best 40 Under 40” marketing communications professionals by the New Jersey Advertising Club. (May 2017)

Vince Parrillo, professor of sociology, won the award for "best documentary feature" for his film, Paterson and Its People, from the Garden State Film Festival, held March 30 to April 2, 2017 in Atlantic City. Parrillo and Jaroslaw Ziaja were co-producers of the film; Parrillo also was the author, narrator, and director.

Robin Schwartz, professor of art, is featured in the online TIME magazine (http://time.com/4688056/animals-primates/?xid=homepage) and has an exhibit on display at the Alice Austen House Museum. (March 1 - May 28, 2017)

Sandy Alon and Laura Fattal, professors in William Paterson’s College of Education, were co-awarded $95,000 as part of a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad grant to lead a four-week trip to Israel in July 2017 with William Paterson students and K-12 teachers to advance cultural awareness of and interdisciplinary instruction.

Julie Rosenthal, associate professor of elementary and early childhood education at William Paterson, and her collaborative team of University faculty, a teacher and an administrator from School 12 in Paterson, NJ, and a student teacher were chosen as one of 16 education teams -- out of 94 applicants nationwide -- to participate in a “Teach to Lead” Teacher Preparation Summit," on November 3-4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

English professor Brad Gooch’s new book, Rumi’s Secret, a biography of the 13th century Sufi poet, has garnered national and international attention, including reviews in the Washington Post and the New York Times Book Review, an interview on NPR with Leonard Lopate, and inclusion on the BBC’s list of 10 books to read in 2017.

Three Psychology students under the direction of Michele Cascardi, associate professor, psychology, had two poster presentations accepted for the 2017 annual convention of the American Psychological Association. Michelle Rosselli, Molly Kammen and Ashley Bujalski will be presenting in August, 2017, at the convention in Washington, DC.

Payton MacDonald, assistant professor of music, 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 completed a film on the project, with a planned screening in spring 2017 on campus.

Leo-Felix Jurado, professor of nursing, was recognized as one of only 164 nurse leaders (US and International) to be named as a 2016 American Academy of Nursing Fellow.

Marina Budhos, professor of English, has been notified that her recent publication, Watched, was recognized as the Walter Dean Myers Honor Book for 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, received a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her distingusihed achievements as a photographer.

President Kathleen Waldron, was named among New Jersey's most powerful women in 2016 by state's most powerful women according to NJBIZ.

Psychology Professor Elizabeth Haines is lead author on a new study that is in Psychology of Women Quarterly in 2016 entitled “The Times They Are A-Changing…Or Are They Not? A Comparison of Gender Stereotypes, 1983 to 2014. The research shows that gender stereotypes have not disappeared in the last 30 years, and may even have strengthened.

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.

Chris Salerno, associate professor, English, is the author of Sun & Urn, his fourth poetry book, which was selected by poet Thomas Lux (judge) for the 2016 Georgia Poetry Prize and will be published in 2017 by the University of Georgia Press.

Michelle LeGrand, a graduating psychology major completing the clinical psychology and neuropsychology honors track, won the student art show competition in two competitions, one judged by faculty and the other by students, at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Annual Conference in Boston (April 2016).

Kody Guedes, a junior majoring in communication and media production, was one of 218 students in the nation and one of only five in New Jersey to receive the 2016 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award for civic engagement.

Matthew T. Maher, a student majoring in kinesiology, was selected as an American Kinesiology Association Masters Scholar for 2016.

Three students in William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business (seniors Matthew Callander, Stephanie Spies, and Eric Vartanian) won the top prize at the Financial Planning Association's (FPA) National Financial Planning Challenge held in Baltimore, MD from September 12 to 16, 2016.