FDU Year in Review
It was a big year for FDU-Vancouver, as the campus celebrated five years and an expansion project, (above) and for Division I men's soccer at the Metropolitan Campus, which made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament (below). (Photos courtesy of Jobin Mojtabavi and David W. Hahn)
By Kenna Caprio
As the calendar approaches 2013, enjoy this look back at the stories making headlines at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2012.
In late September, students, faculty and staff from the University’s new School of Pharmacy gathered with honored guests to dedicate the school’s facilities in Florham Park, N.J. Former N.J. governor and FDU alumnus Richard Codey cut the ribbon
Special guests John and Joan Monninger and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) joined members of the FDU community to cut the ribbon at the new Monninger Center for Learning and Research in October. The building will serve as the new academic hub at the College at Florham.
To honor the memory and further the legacy of long-time FDU President J. Michael Adams, the University established the J. Michael Adams Global Education Scholarship Fund. These scholarships, which reflect Adams’ vision of global education and responsibility, will be awarded to incoming freshman and transfer students. Through the generosity of many in the FDU community, more than $2.1 million has been committed to the Fund.
Despite the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, both of FDU’s campuses in the Garden State remained relatively unscathed. Students, faculty and staff on campus made it through the historic storm safely thanks to advance preparation and dedicated staff. Students bunked in at the Student Union Building on the Metropolitan Campus and the Student Center at the College at Florham.
The Division I men’s soccer team and bowler Danielle McEwan had sports fans riveted this fall. The NEC champion soccer team went on to beat St. John’s in the NCAA tournament and then Saint Louis University in double overtime before eventually losing in the Sweet Sixteen to North Carolina in overtime. Meanwhile, McEwan took fourth place at the 48th QubicaAMF World Cup in Poland. She was the only female U.S. bowler in the tournament.
Construction and upgrades began in mid-October, as FDU-Vancouver expands its academic, social and administrative space by 18,590 square feet. The international campus, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, will soon have enough space to accommodate up to 1,000 students. The expansion project is expected to be complete in February 2013.
The Office of Global Learning expanded the University’s reach further into China with the launch of a new study abroad center in Chengdu, China. The Chengdu American Study Center will be located on Sichuan University’s campus and is a joint effort amongst FDU, Merrimack College, Concordia University, Norwich University and Sichuan University.
Animal Planet stars Brett Raymer and Wayde King visited the College at Florham in October to shoot an episode for the upcoming season of “Tanked.” The popular show follows Raymer and King as they navigate their business, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing in Las Vegas, Nev., and build and install custom fish tanks across the country. The brothers-in-law came to FDU to install the Class of 2012 class gift: a 500-gallon freshwater tank.
Two College at Florham political science majors scored the internships of a lifetime last spring: the opportunity to travel to Tampa, Fla. and Charlotte, N.C. for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, respectively. While at the conventions, students Jaclyn Recchia and Daniel Palmer mingled with politicians, listened to speeches on the convention floor and volunteered within their parties.
Fairleigh Dickinson University announced a new partnership with Merrimack College in Massachusetts to offer students a Wroxton summer opportunity. University students can take two courses for the price of one while participating in day trips to Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, London and Stonehenge.
Undergraduate students at both of FDU’s New Jersey campuses can now ‘take advantage’ of the University’s new Combined Degree Advantage Program. The offer allows undergrads to maintain a portion of their scholarships into a graduate school program. Combined degree programs are available through a variety of majors in University College: Arts · Sciences · Professional Studies, Becton College of Arts and Sciences, Silberman College of Business and Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies.
As part of the Frank Giovatto Library’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration, former N.J. governor and FDU alumnus Richard Codey was on hand to fete the re-opening of the newly-renovated library theater and auditorium on the Metropolitan Campus in early October.
Latino Promise student and business major Mirelle Mariano graduated with honors in May 2012 and a job offer from Foot Locker. Launched in 2007, the flourishing program affords Latino and Hispanic students on the Metropolitan Campus the chance to sharpen leadership, academic and volunteer skills.