April 1, 2011

News & Events

Postage Increase

Effective April 17, the United States Postal Service is making price changes to some of its First-Class Mail Services. First-Class letters over one ounce and postcard rates will increase. Mail Services urges all departments to utilize Standard Mail (Bulk Mail) Non-Profit as a cost-saving measure for all mailing over 200 pieces. For further information, please contact Matt Mruk at 908.737.5072 or Joe Kang at 908.737.5060.

ID 1800 "The Holocaust, Genocide, and Modern Humanity"

Five sections of ID 1800 to be Offered During Fall 2011 Semester

No subject generates more controversy and demands more attention than the subject of genocide. Genocide – the deliberate attempt by the highest levels of government to eliminate an entire group of people – is a uniquely modern phenomenon, implicating intellectuals and other professionals in addition to political leaders. We will examine testimonies, documentary films and case studies on genocide in Asia, Africa and the United States, as well as on the Holocaust, the paradigmatic genocide of the 20th century. We will also consider the civilized world’s obligation and scope for preventing genocide in the 21st century: the existence of dissent, resistance and attempts at rescue while genocide was in progress, the quest for justice and the question of forgiveness after the event, and the premise that the humanities (including this course) can humanize and nurture tolerant behavior.

Commencement 2011 - Important Information

Important and time-sensitive information on commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students is now available. Undergraduate students should visit www.kean.edu/commencement and graduate students should visit www.kean.edu/graduate.

Commencement Marshals

You can sign up to be a marshal for one or both ceremonies. Join your colleagues for these festive occasions that celebrate our students and everyone involved in their success. Instructions will be provided at upcoming meetings.

2011 Presidential Excellence Awards

President Dawood Farahi is pleased to announce that the 2011 Presidential Excellence Awards include a total of 24 recipients. The Kean University Foundation will award a $500 check to each selected employee in recognition of outstanding achievement in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. Click here for a full description and the requirements for each award.

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Harry Bertoia: Works On Paper and Furniture

Through Tuesday, May 10, in the Burger Art Gallery. These works are on loan from the Estate of Harry Bertoia, Seraphin Gallery and Knoll, Inc. Click here for more information about Harry Bertoia: Works On Paper and Furniture.

Kean Players on Tour Present A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Directed by Gail Winar

Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m., in the University Center Little Theatre. Madcap merriment ensues when mismatched lovers, loutish laborers, feuding faeries, and one spirited sprite collide under a magical midsummer moon in a family-friendly adaptation of Shakespeare’s most cherished comedy. Perfect for all theatergoers: kids and parents, students and teachers, scholars and beginners. Just bring your sense of humor! Tickets are $25 for the general public; $12 for seniors; and $10 for students. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908.737.SHOW (7469).

Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra - 50 Piece Ensemble

Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European folk music. Tickets are $30. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908.737.SHOW (7469).

NJSBDC at Kean Seminar: The New Small: How A New Breed Of Small Businesses Is Harnessing The Power Of Emerging Technology

Monday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 240 Route 22 West, Springfield, N.J. Acclaimed author Phil Simon will discuss aspects derived from his latest book, The New Small, offering pragmatic advice and lessons for companies regarding social media, cloud computing, mobility and other key technologies. Current and prospective business owners will discover how companies can creatively and intelligently use technology to reach new customers, reduce costs, increase internal collaboration and communication, and create flexible work environments.

2011 Premiere Artists Series

Tuesday, April 5, at 3:15 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Premiere Stages will host the 2011 Premiere Artists Series, a panel discussion and symposium featuring award-winning sound designers Tom Clark and Brett Moore. Premiere Stages invites students and the general public to attend an in-depth conversation of design technology and careers in sound design and engineering.

Lenten Masses 2011

Every Wednesday at noon from now through April 20, in the University Center, Room 226 A. For further information, please contact Fr. Thomas Blind at 908.737.4835 or tblind@kean.edu.

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Eighth Annual Thinking Creatively Conference

Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8, from noon to 5 p.m. in the STEM Building and University Center. The Eighth Annual Thinking Creatively Conference brings together all sorts of creative thinkers for two days of intellectual refreshment and inspiration. The theme for this year's conference is INTERSECTIONS: Design, Commerce, Entertainment, Technology, Science, Culture. For more information, please contact Rose Gonnella, executive director of the Robert Busch School of Design, at rgonnell@kean.edu or 908.737.4432, or visit the Thinking Creatively Web site at www.thinkingcreatively.org.

Worlds of History Launch Symposium

Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8. The Department of History will formally launch its new General Education history course, HIST 1062, Worlds of History, with a symposium, entitled Where in the World? The symposium is free and open to the entire Kean and local communities. Classes are welcome.

Communication Day at Kean University

Thursday, April 7, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at various locations on campus. The student chapter of the American Meteorological Society & National Weather Association (AMS/NWA) at Kean University will host an interactive, expert-led Communication Day. The event is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers include, from News 12, meteorologists and Kean alumni Mike Favetta ’07 and Michele Powers ’05, and from PIX 11 (WPIX-TV), Howard Dorsey, executive producer, Nicole Clarity, senior producer, Sukanya Krishnan, anchor, Debra Alfarone, reporter, Tony Mazza, camera/truck operator, Chuck D'Amodio, news writer, Kean alumnus Joe Punday, weather producer, and Kean student Lisa Mateo, reporter/weekend weather anchor. Faculty members from Kean’s Department of Communication, Drs. Christopher Lynch, Fred Fitch and Jack Sargent, will also participate. Sessions include interactive workshops at the university’s TV and radio studios, skill-building seminars with the experts on news writing, public speaking and interviews, a tour of the PIX 11 news van and a panel discussion. A video from Kean alumnus Justin Ryan, meteorologist at Fox in Detroit, will also be shown. For more information, and an updated schedule of events, please visit hurri.kean.edu/commday or e-mail Daniel Peck at peckda@kean.edu.

Public Intellectuals in the 21st Century

Thursday, April 7, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Bruce Hall, Room 109. Public Intellectuals in the 21st Century, a Faculty Seminar symposium comprising faculty and students, will explore the implications of an emerging intellectual discourse that involves social networking, popular music and other new media, and possesses the promise of convincing a skeptical public about higher education's unique value to society. President Dr. Dawood Farahi will provide an introduction and Dr. Jeffrey Toney, dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, will serve as moderator of the event. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For further information, please contact the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences at 908.737.3600.

KFT General-Membership Meeting

Thursday, April 7, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Hennings Hall, Room 113. For further information, please call Norma Hall at 908.737.3925.

Diamonds are Forever

Saturday, April 9. Please join your colleagues, friends and alumni as we celebrate Kean University Baseball and Softball. The lineup is as follows:

11:30 a.m.
Baseball Doubleheader versus
Montclair State University Red Hawks
Jim Hynes '63 Baseball Stadium

1 p.m.
Softball Doubleheader versus
Richard Stockton College Ospreys
Kean University Softball Field

12:30 to 4 p.m.
Barbecue Lunch and Refreshments
Harwood Arena

Admission is Free. Please RSVP by Sunday, April 3, to 877.737-3868 or click here to register online.

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Halper World Premiere by Arco Ensemble

Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall. The Arco Ensemble will present a concert of works by American composers, including the world premiere of Dr. Matthew Halper's Concerto for Guitar and String Orchestra. Kean University Concert Artist Christopher Kenniff will be the featured soloist. Stewart Robertson, renowned for his work with the Glimmerglass Opera and the New York City Opera, will be the guest conductor.

"It is very exciting and rewarding to be able to collaborate with my Kean Conservatory colleagues and share my work, particularly a world premiere, with my Kean students and peers on my 'home turf,': said Halper. "This is one of the many satisfying aspects of being both an academic and a professional composer."

Catholic Newman Club Scripture Sharing

Thursday, April 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success. The Catholic Newman Club invites guests to prayerfully reflect on the Word of God and discuss how best to integrate and live the Word of God in our lives. All new members are welcome. For more information, please contact Father Thomas Blind at tblind@kean.edu or 908.737.4835.

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Professional Self-Empowerment Tips

Monday, April 11, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 118. The Hispanic Association of College Employees at Kean University invites students, faculty, staff and alumni to attend a presentation on Professional Self-Empowerment. Rod Colón, CEO of Empowering Today’s Professionals Network and author of Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs will offer tips on networking, branding yourself and putting your skills to work - literally. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. Admission is free. Pre-registration is requested. Please click here to register. For more information, please contact Millie Gonzalez at mgonzale@kean.edu.

Gardasil Vaccine Clinic

Monday, April 11, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the University Center, Room 228. Gardasil Vaccine Clinic Health Services will host a Gardasil vaccine clinics. Gardasil is a series of three vaccines. They are $15 each, billed to your Kean account. For further information, please contact the Department of Health Services at 908.737.4880. To view a flyer for the event, click here.

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ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 11, 13 and 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Emmy-nominated poet Dr. Susanna Rich, a professor in the Department of English, will present ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust, the third installment in a series of daring one-woman, audience-interactive performances written, produced and performed by Rich and directed by Kennedy Center award-winning Ernest Wiggins, associate professor in Kean’s Department of Theatre. Also contributing to the performance are Production Assistant and Curator Samantha Jackson, artist Jo Jochnowitz, musical composer Don Fast, and consultants Wendy Temple, Terri Warmbrand and Bernie Weinstein. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Faculty Development Network's Junior Faculty Luncheon

Tuesday, April 12, from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Kean Hall, Room 127. The Faculty Development Network (FDN) proudly invites you to join us for our first ever Junior Faculty Luncheon on Tuesday, April 12th, from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in Kean Hall, Room 127. This luncheon will feature a brief welcome by the FDN, followed by breakout sessions led by accomplished faculty members who were tenured in the last five years. All attending faculty will have the opportunity to engage in two separate breakout sessions on topics such as the tenure-track, promotion, grant writing and teaching. Register by April 6 at www.kean.edu/~facdev. For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Donoghue at cdonoghu@kean.edu.

Faculty Senate Full-Senate Meeting

Tuesday, April 12, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the University Center, Room 226 A & B. For further information, please contact Kelly Nemeth at 908.737.4235.

Career Presentation

Tuesday, April 12, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 106. The Office of Career Development and Advancement and the Department of Communication cordially invite students to participate in its Career Presentation, featuring Sharon D'Agostino, vice president for Worldwide Corporate Contributions and Community Relations for Johnson & Johnson.

Refreshments will be served after the event. To register for this event, please register via College Central Network (CCN) at www.collegecentral.com/kean. For additional information, please contact the Office of Career Development and Advancement at 908.737.0320 or visit the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 123.

Author Daniel Mendelsohn Lectures on Best-Selling Book The Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million

Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in the STEM Auditorium. Daniel Mendelsohn will explore the subject of his international best-selling book, The Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million, the story of Mendelsohn’s world-wide search for information about the fates of six relatives who perished in the Holocaust. The author of six books, Mendelsohn is also a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic and New York Magazine. In 2001, he won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing. This event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program in cooperation with the Holocaust Resource Center, the Human Rights Institute and the Master of Arts Degree Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at dklein@kean.edu.

KFT Executive-Council Meeting

Thursday, April 14, from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 308. For further information, please call Norma Hall at 908.737.3925.

Waiting for Superman Film Viewing and Panel Discussion About Charter Schools

Thursday, April 14, at 6:45 p.m. in the STEM Building Auditorium. The College of Education will host a viewing of the film Waiting for Superman, followed by a panel discussion on charter schools and their effectiveness. The panel will be comprised of former Kean alumni who are currently principals and superintendents, as well as a representative from the N.J. Charter Schools Association. This event is open to Kean students, faculty and alumni. To RSVP, please contact Maria DeVincentis at mdevince@kean.edu.

Bella Notte Senior Formal

For Graduating Seniors Only

Friday, April 15, at the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany, N.J. This year’s theme is Bella Notte (Beautiful Night). The festivities will commence at 8 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 9 p.m. Guests can be a part of this memorable event by purchasing a ticket for $50. Payment will be accepted in cash only.  There are a limited amount of tickets currently on sale. Only graduating seniors who have completed graduation requirements for December 2010, or who have filed for graduation for May 2011 or August 2011, are eligible to purchase tickets. Tickets are not transferable; ID will be checked at the door.  ID must match the name of the student who purchased the ticket.

Spring 2012 Preprofessional Field Work or Professional Internship Applications

All College of Education students who will be performing their preprofessional field work or a professional internship in Spring 2012 are advised that applications are due in the Teaching Performance Center, located in Willis Hall, Room 110, no later than Friday, April 15. For further information, please contact the Teaching Performance Center at 908.737.4185.

Kean to Host Educating the Educators: The Impact of Turner Syndrome Conference

Saturday, April 16. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the University Center. There is a fee of $10, which includes lunch and refreshments. Hosted by the College of Education and School of Psychology.

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Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall Presents Jim Brickman

Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall. Pianist and composer Jim Brickman will perform a one-night-only concert. Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. His romantic piano sounds have made him the bestselling solo piano artist of our time. Brickman’s signature style of playing and songwriting has brought him two Grammy nods, six Gold and Platinum albums, and 28 charted adult radio hits. He recently tied for most #1 CD’s on Billboard’s New Age Chart, and currently holds four of its top ten spots.

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Empowerment and Education

Wednesday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the Wilkins Theatre. Student Organization of Kean University will host Ice-T, well-known rapper, author and star of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (as Detective Odafin Tutuola), for a lecture and discussion on Empowerment and Education. Born in Newark, N.J., Ice-T is the original embodiment of L.A. hip-hop and a cultural icon. Through his music, his book, titled The Ice Opinion (1994), and his lecture tours at prisons, high schools, libraries and colleges, Ice-T has become an influential spokesman for America’s youth. Admission is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required and must be picked up at the Wilkins Theatre Box Office. For more information, please call 908.737.5190.

Senior Undergraduate Honors Convocation 2011

Thursday, April 21, at 3:15 p.m. in the Harwood Arena. Faculty members are invited to participate in the procession, ceremony and reception. The event is very important to the student honorees and their families. “You, as educators and mentors, have been the most important part of their university experience,” said Dr. Mark Lender, interim vice president for Academic Affairs. “Your presence gives added weight and meaning to the occasion and I urge you to attend if you can.”

Holocaust Remembrance: Paper Clips Film Viewing and Discussion

Monday, April 25, from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. The film Paper Clips will be shown to commemorate the Holocaust. The film features a group of teachers in a small school district in the Ozarks and how they developed and taught an interdisciplinary unit about the Holocaust that virtually impacted all of the residents of this small town. The film illustrates how this unit on the Holocaust was developed and taught. For further information, please contact Maria DeVincentis at 908.737.3750 or mdevince@kean.edu.

Student Poster Presentation - Kean Research Days 2011; Applications Now Being Accepted

Wednesday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to noon in the STEM Building Atrium. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is accepting applications from Students Poster Registration who would like to exhibit their research at the upcoming Kean University Research Days on April 27. All Kean University graduate and undergraduate students who are conducting original research, original data collection or creative work under the supervision of a Kean University faculty member are eligible to exhibit. Research or creative work may be part of an academic program requirement or may be an independent project. Research projects may be at any stage of completion. Students may register individually or as a team of up to three.

Kean Jazz Ensemble

Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. This Kean Jazz Ensemble performance will feature the big band but also a jazz combo and a male vocal sextet. Several premieres are being prepared for the evening. Admission is free. For further information, please contact Pierre Hafteck at phafteck@kean.edu.

Lakewood BlueClaws Baseball Game

Saturday, April 30, at 4:05 p.m. at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J. Kean's Sports Marketing class will be selling tickets to the Lakewood BlueClaws baseball game on Wednesday, April 6, in the University Center. Part of the proceeds will go to a childhood cancer camp called Camp Happy Times. Tickets are $10 per person. For more information, please contact Emily Applegate at KU4ValFund@gmail.com.

Study Abroad In Spain! Summer 2011

May 16 to June 10. Students are invited to study abroad at Jaen University in Spain. Jaen, the capital city of the province and the site of the university, is surrounded by natural beauty and historical sites. Jaen's landscapes reflect a quiet and simple beauty in a province renowned for the highest number of square kilometers devoted to national parks. Experience the wonders of Spain including the subtropical beaches of Almunecar or Salobre, the breathtaking beauty of Ãsbeda or Baeza (the most magnificent example of Renaissance art in the South of Europe). Study Spanish, and select English and business courses in an enchanting locale that was the border between the Arab and Christian kingdoms during the Middle Ages. Universidad de Jaen is a medium-sized institution in the northeast of the city and has all the amenities to meet student's personal and academic needs. All majors qualify for this exciting opportunity. The trip is open to all Kean students in sophomore standing or above. For further information, please contact Timothy Torre in the Center for International Studies at 908.737.7144 or ttorre@kean.edu.

14th Annual Kean University Gala

Thursday, June 16. The 14th Annual Kean University Gala is taking a road trip to the Jersey Shore and you're invited! Please join your colleagues, friends and alumni as we greet summer and celebrate Kean University in style at the elegant and scenic Ocean Place Resort and Spa, located in nearby Long Branch, New Jersey.

Best of all, individual tickets for our faculty and staff are again being offered at a discounted price of $200. Many sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available for those who would like to further support the campus community. Although it's only a short ride down the Garden State Parkway, we are offering a limited number of rooms at Ocean Place for a special rate. Please call 800.411.6493 for reservations. Round-trip shuttle service will also be available from Kean on the day of the Gala.

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Please visit www.keanathletics.com for the latest updates.

Home Schedule

April 2 - Baseball
vs. The College of New Jersey in Jim Hynes '63 Stadium (DH), 11:30 a.m.

April 2 - Women's Lacrosse
vs. The Sage Colleges in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 1 p.m.

April 4 - Baseball
vs. DeSales University in Jim Hynes '63 Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

April 5 - Softball
vs. Rutgers-Newark on Cougar Field (DH), 3 p.m.

April 6 - Men's Lacrosse
vs. Mt. St. Mary's College (N.Y.) in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 7 p.m.

April 7 - Softball
vs. Lebanon Valley College on Cougar Field (DH), 3 p.m.

April 7 - Women's Lacrosse
vs. College of Mt. St. Vincent in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 7 p.m.

April 8 - Baseball
at Rutgers-Camden in Jim Hynes '63 Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

April 9 - Baseball
vs. Montclair State University in Jim Hynes '63 Stadium (DH), 11:30 a.m.

April 9 - Softball
vs. Richard Stockton College on Cougar Field (DH), 1 p.m.

Away Schedule

April 2 - Softball
at New Jersey City University (DH), 1 p.m.

April 2 - Men's Lacrosse
at Centenary College, 3:30 p.m.

April 4 - Men's Lacrosse
at Castleton State College, 4 p.m.

April 5 - Baseball
at College of Staten Island, 3:30 p.m.

April 5 - Women's Lacrosse
at SUNY-Maritime College, 7 p.m.

April 7 - Baseball
at Rutgers-Camden, 3:30 p.m.

April 9 - Men's Lacrosse
at SUNY-Maritime College, 1 p.m.

April 9 - Women's Lacrosse
at Farmingdale State College, 1 p.m.

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Graduate College Open House Draws Big Crowd

More than 1,500 people showed up on a sunny but brisk day to attend Kean University’s annual spring Graduate College Open House on March 27. Nathan Weiss Graduate College Dean Steven Lorenzet said the open house crowd was the biggest that the graduate school has hosted in recent memory.

Prospective students met with graduate faculty members and program coordinators to discuss the more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, doctoral degree, professional diploma and/or state certification. The open house also included discussions on the topic of making graduate education affordable. Kean administrators addressed financial aid, scholarships and the graduate assistantship program.

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Nearly 2,000 Guests Attend Spring Undergraduate Open House

As word continues to spread regarding Kean’s world-class programs and faculty, nearly 2,000 people attended the spring undergraduate open house on March 26. The annual event once again offered a full-day program designed to meet the academic interests and needs of prospective students and their families.

The event kicked off at noon as guests filled Harwood Arena to capacity for a welcome address by Kean President Dr. Dawood Farahi. Following a greeting by Valerie Winslow, director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, elementary education major Katie Napolitano introduced Farahi, who highlighted the exceptional academic programs, faculty, facilities, services and amenities available on campus. “My hope is that you will all choose to attend Kean,” Farahi told the students. “When you meet the faculty members and see the facilities on campus, you will ask, ‘How did you do that?’” Farahi added that, when visiting a college campus, it is important for students to look for a school that is the best fit for them. “And make sure you get it done in four years,” he said.

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Kean University and NJIT Partner to Offer Engineering Science Scholars Program

Kean University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have formed a partnership to offer the Engineer Science Scholars Program to highly qualified undergraduate students. Students in this program who meet all the requirements will earn a bachelor’s degree in Science & Technology/Engineering Science from the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics (NJCSTM) at Kean University, and then complete a master’s degree from the College of Engineering at NJIT. The program will enable full-time students to earn both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as rapidly as five years.

Kean President Dr. Dawood Farahi and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch signed an articulation agreement to offer the program, in a ceremony held on March 22 in the Conklin Conference Center, located in Kean’s STEM Building.

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William Livingston and the Cultural Value of Trees in the Atlantic World

Perhaps more than any other nation, France knows firsthand that New Jersey is indeed the Garden State. Kean History Professor Elizabeth Hyde’s study, Arboreal Negotiations: Andre Michaux, William Livingston and the Cultural Value of Trees in the Atlantic World, examines the relationship that develops between New Jersey and France about botanical matters back in the 18th Century. Hyde shared the results of her study, which unveiled political and cultural implications about trees, with an audience of Kean students on March 24 in the Carriage House at the Liberty Hall Museum.

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Diversity Council Helps Students Stand Up for Civil Rights

In recent years, the sometimes fatal consequences of bullying have been brought to the forefront of news reports across the country. At Kean University on March 17, more than 200 students from 17 New Jersey high schools attended Stand Up for Civil Rights: Tools for Combating Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation.

Sponsored by the Diversity Council, the event featured New Jersey State Attorney General Paula Dow, who addressed the legal aspects and district responsibilities regarding incidents of bullying. She stressed that bullying is not harmless, nor an acceptable part of growing up; it has serious consequences. “I’m asking you to go beyond zero-tolerance policies,” she said, encouraging students to embrace an attitude whereby they will not engage in any bullying behaviors and instead break the cycle of silence. In her closing words, Dow asked students to acknowledge the “moral import of the issue,” noting, simply, “Bullying is wrong.”

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In The News

Jason Gillis, a junior theatre major, was given high marks by The Star-Ledger’s Peter Felichia in a recent review of the play According to Goldman, which ran through March 26 at the Alliance Repertory Theater Company in Rahway, N.J. Felichia wrote, “Jason Gillis is a junior at Kean University, but he certainly doesn’t seem to be a rank beginner. Here he makes a spectacular professional theatre debut…Although Gillis convincingly plays terminally shy, his body language is what makes his performance a great one. To view the entire review, click here.

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Donating Time for Alina Fiallo

Alina Fiallo of the Department of Athletics and Recreation is out of work due to a serious illness and has exhausted all accrued time. If you wish to donate sick or vacation time to this employee, please complete a Donor Transfer Certification Form, available in the Office of Human Resources.

Donating Time for Barbara Wheeler

Dr. Barbara Wheeler, professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, is out of work due to a serious illness and has exhausted all accrued time. If you wish to donate sick or vacation time to this employee, please complete a Donor Transfer Certification Form, available in the Office of Human Resources.

Kean Dance Theatre presents Spring Works 2011

Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Kean Dance Theatre (KDT) will present its annual spring dance concert, Spring Works 2011. KDT was established in 1978 by the late William Chaison, an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health through 1989. With support from the College of Education and Student Organization, KDT’s custom of presenting spirited and theatrical diverse works has continued under the direction of Luis Martinez, also an associate professor in the department. The concert will include performances by guest dance company, the Well Performance Project, which is directed by Dawud H. Jackson a KDT alumnus who studied under the guidance of Chaison and performed with the Chaison Dance Company.  The production will include dance works by Martinez and Jackson, as well as current KDT students and alumni.

Accounting Club Second Annual Spring Symposium: Pathway to Careers in Accounting

Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center. The Accounting Club will host this year's event focusing on the theme Pathway to Careers in Accounting. This event is not exclusive to accounting majors alone or those who are thinking of pursuing a career in accounting. The event is especially geared toward all business majors, as well as those thinking of pursuing a career in business discipline. All majors are welcome to attend. Featured speaker will be Ken Goldmann, a partner with JH Cohn and treasurer of the Kean University Foundation. For further information, please contact Tosin Adeogun, director of public relation for the Accounting Club, at 908.590.6691 or adeoguno@kean.edu.

ESL Program Trip to Philadelphia

Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. A chartered bus will depart from Wilkins Theatre at 8 a.m. The bus will depart Philadelphia at 5 p.m. and return to campus by 7 p.m. The transportation cost is $25 per person. The group will visit Independence Hall, Liberty Center, Elfreths Alley and other historic sites. Participants will provide their own lunch. For further information, please contact Dr. Ruth P. Griffith at 908.737.0387 or rgriffit@kean.edu.

Teachers Teaching Teachers

A Day of Conversations, Practices, Sharing, Readings and Writing about Writing in the Classroom

Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success. This forum features the Teacher-Consultants of the Kean University Writing Project (KUWP) as they share the creative work they do in their classrooms, much of it inspired and refined through their experiences at the KUWP's Invitational Summer Institute. Concurrent sessions will feature interactive displays of classroom practice, conversations across levels on pedagogical theory and research, orientation to the National Writing Project's core values and chances for attendees to create their own writing. All of these activities will provide opportunities for an intertwined and systematic examination of theory, research and practice. Participants will have the chance to apply for this year's Invitational Summer Institute on site. Teachers, administrators, literacy coaches and other educators from all levels and all subjects are welcome to attend.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Saturday, April 2, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Vaughn-Eames Hall Lobby. The Department of Fine Arts will present the artwork of the Graduate Students in the 2011 M.A. Program A reception will be held for the Kean community as well as the general public. For further information, pleae contact Julie Harris at 908.737.4400 or jharris@kean.edu.

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Kean University Choirs perform Festival of World Choral Music

Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in Enlow Recital Hall. The Kean University Concert Choir and Chorale will present an exciting program of World Choral Music at Kean's state-of-the-art concert venue, Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall. The Concert Choir will open with lively secular selections, including an Indian hymn with percussion, Dravidian Dithyramb; Arrirang, a lovely Korean folksong; and Mata del Anima sola, a vibrant Venezuelan work based on Latin dance rhythms. The Kean University Chorale, a small select ensemble, will open their portion of the program with two traditional selections a villanelle, Lasso's Tutto lo di and If Ye Love Me by Tallis. The chorale will also perform several contemporary selections, the fun and humorous Brazilian Muie Rendera, and two jazz standards—A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square (made famous by Manhattan Transfer) and Tuxedo Junction. The concert will showcase two new ensembles, the Kean Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus. To conclude the program, the Kean University Concert Choir will perform sacred selections, Copland's arrangement of At the River, the beautiful Irish tune The King of Love, Jabula Jesu from South Africa with percussion, and Moses Hogan's exhilarating arrangement of Elijah Rock.

Sunday Mass

Sunday, April 3, at 8 p.m. in the University Center, Room 226 A. Reconciliation (confession) will be available before Mass or by appointment. For more information, please contact Father Thomas Blind at tblind@kean.edu or 908.737.4835.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process

Monday, April 4, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 238. This spring, the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is continuing a series of training seminars that will review with faculty and students the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process and how to successfully fill out an IRB application.

Faculty Senate Executive-Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 5, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 205. For further information, please contact Kelly Nemeth at 908.737.4235.

Dedication of The Dorothy Grant Hennings Lecture Center

Wednesday, April 6, at 2:30 p.m. in Hennings Hall, Room 113. Guests are cordially invited to a special lecture as Kean dedicates The Dorothy Grant Hennings Lecture Center. Featuring acclaimed author Harlan Coben H'06. A reception will follow. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 30, to 877.737.3868.

Nancy Thompson Library Quality Survey Now Open

Members of the Kean community are asked to contribute to a better understanding of what the community thinks about the library by participating in a very important electronic survey. Sample responses indicate that it takes an average of 13 minutes to complete the form. Your investment of a bit of time now to respond will be greatly appreciated.  This survey is important because it will help us better understand how the Kean University community rates library services and allow us to benchmark Kean's results against other academic libraries taking the same survey, in order to determine best practices. If you have questions or have any difficulty accessing the survey, please contact Luis Rodriguez, University Librarian, at keanlib@kean.edu or 908.737.4600.  We thank you for your help. Click here to take the survey here.

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HR News

Your Retirement: It's a Plan Seminar

Monday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Center, Room 337 B. Guests will learn more about sources of retirement income, specific details about planning and potential tax advantages of proper planning. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact David Sharpe, financial advisor and investment advisor representative for MetLife. To RSVP, please contact Sharpe at 800.492.3553, extension 28337, or dsharpe2@metlife.com.

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