Charter Day Raises Over $560,000 for Scholarships

Pictured at the 25th annual Charter Day dinner are, from left: Patrick Zenner, MBA'75, chair, FDU Board of Trustees; Robert Hallenbeck, vice chair, FDU Board of Trustees, and vice president, advanced bioprocessing, BD Biosciences; Charter Day honoree Vincent Forlenza, chairman, chief executive officer and president of BD; FDU President Sheldon Drucker; and Christopher Johnson, BA'93, dinner chair and president of Hollister Construction Services.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's 25th annual Charter Day, held on June 6, 2014 at the Florham Campus, raised well over $560,000 in scholarship funds for FDU students. The evening's honoree was Vincent Forlenza, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Becton Dickinson.

President Drucker thanked the nearly 550 guests in attendance. "We are successful because of great faculty, students and alumni," he said. "And because of the generosity of good people like you."

Highlighting the historical relationship between BD and FDU, Forlenza said that both institutions "are united more than ever by our common ideals and aspirations. We both seek to better educate the public about health care and to better train healthcare professionals who can have a real impact in the world."

During his remarks, Forlenza announced a $1 million pledge from BD to FDU. The donation will provide funding for three initiatives: the redesign and renovation of science laboratories at the Metropolitan Campus; undergradate nursing scholarships and graduate fellowships for economically disadvantaged nursing students; and the construction of a sterile compounding training center in the School of Pharmacy.

"The Charter Day scholarships give students like myself something to aspire to, another reason to continue to work hard...," said Charter Day scholarship recipient Gina Giurastante, BA'14, MA'14.

The evening's program included a salute to the Devils women's basketball team for their 2014 Division III NCAA National Championship and perfect 33-0 season.

Six prominent FDU alumni were inducted into The PINNACLE Society preceeding the Charter Day dinner. Receiving the highest honor that FDU bestows on its alumni were, from left: Howard Gogel, BS'79, president and chief executive officer, Gogel Enterprises; Armen Khachaturian, BSEE'69, MBA'80, president, KEA Engineers; Adele Gulfo, MBA'93, executive vice president of global collaboration and strategic operations, Mylan Inc.; Dely Po Go, MSN'09, DNP'12, founder and president, Nursing Network, LLC; Marta Tellado, BA'81, vice president of global communications, Ford Foundation; and Gene Waddy, BS'92, chief executive officer and owner, DIVERSANT, LLC.

The PINNACLE is the highest award the University bestows upon its alumni. PINNACLE recipients are chosen on the basis of success or distinction in their chosen fields; significant contributions to society and humanity through public or humanitarian service; and outstanding service to the University, or reflection of the unique character of Fairleigh Dickinson in their lives.