University Advancement Happenings

The Office of University Advancement announces two significant grants for fellowships in clinical psychology and veterans programs. In addition, construction is proceeding on the Monninger Center and a loyal alumnus and former Devils’ basketball player was remembered at a special ceremonial event.

Walmart Foundation Check Presentation

On January 19, veterans, mentors and FDU administrators at the Metropolitan Campus celebrated a check presentation from the Walmart Foundation. The presentation included a luncheon that recognized the foundation and its recent grant of $35,000 to support the Veterans Launching Ventures program of the Silberman College of Business.

“The response to this program from veterans of all ages has been inspiring. This grant will allow us to continue to waive the tuition costs for these veterans who have already given so much for their country,” said John Howlett, Rothman Institute mentor-in-residence, and Vietnam veteran.

Combining in-person instruction with online education and active mentorship, the Veterans Launching Ventures program provides skills and support for veterans to seize entrepreneurial opportunities and launch small businesses and nonprofits that will help them achieve personal success.

For more information about Veterans Launching Ventures visit or email John Howlett at

Grants for Psychology

The University was awarded a $55,000 grant from Johnson & Johnson, including $25,000 for the Center for Psychological Services’ Parent Management Training Program for veterans and $30,000 for the Johnson & Johnson Doctoral [PhD] Fellowship in Clinical Psychology.

“We are grateful to Johnson & Johnson for its commitment to the health of our veterans and their families,” said Stefanie Ulrich, director, Center for Psychological Services. “With this support we are able to continue to provide expert training to mental health clinicians and clinical services to combat veterans and spouses whose children are experiencing deployment-related behavior difficulties.”

“Johnson & Johnson is a longstanding partner of our PhD program,” said Robert McGrath, professor of psychology and director, PhD in clinical psychology. “This grant has made it possible for us to keep clinical psychology students in the New Jersey region and increase the diversity and availability of mental health service professionals who are sensitive to multicultural factors in treatment.”

The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey awarded a $25,000 grant to the Center for Psychological Services’ Clinical Services for Veterans and Families (formerly known as Veterans PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]) and Readjustment Counseling Program.

“Horizon’s ongoing support allows us to conduct research on factors that may contribute to the recognition of, or response to, symptoms of depression and to offer critical screening, education and intervention services for veterans and their families who may be at risk for depression related to combat, deployment, reintegration and readjustments,” said Ulrich.

Floyd Adams Remembered

From left are, Brandi Adams, daughter of Floyd Adams; Tammy Bynum, Adams’ wife; and Roger Kindel, associate athletic director, head golf coach and Adams’ former basketball coach.

On February 4, alumni, friends and teammates of the late Floyd Adams, BS’89, gathered with athletics staff at the College at Florham to honor the memory of Adams, who passed away in 2011.

Adams was a member of the Devils basketball team from 1984 to 1988, inserting his name into the FDU record books and garnering numerous awards. He generously supported the basketball team and Division III athletics throughout his life, loyally served on the Hall of Fame committee and was a constant presence at games and alumni athletic events. In honor of Adams, the men’s basketball team is wearing #35 patches this season.

Roger Kindel, associate athletic director, head golf coach and Adams’ former basketball coach, presented a plaque to Adams’ wife and daughter at half-court, between the women’s and men’s basketball games against King’s College. An alumni basketball game was held earlier in the day. All participants wore #35 T-shirts.

Monninger Center Construction

Monninger Center construction site, College at Florham.

Construction of the John and Joan Monninger Center for Learning and Research at the College at Florham is proceeding.

Richard Frick, associate vice president for facilities, reported that the building’s structural steel was craned into place earlier this month.

A leadership gift of $1 million from alumnus John Monninger, BS’65 (Flor), and his wife, Joan, is enabling the University to create this new learning environment that will incorporate the existing College at Florham Library. The Monninger Center will enable students and faculty to come together in groups ranging from one-on-one to large multimedia lectures, and to collaborate with each other with the support of modern library technologies.

The Monninger Center is expected to open for the fall 2012 semester.

Click here to view the Monninger Center construction webcam.