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  •  November 2015 

     president_novFrom the President  

    As we close in on another busy and productive fall semester, we can take pride in our distinction as a leader in one of the most important measures of a university’s effectiveness today: the Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck.” Our tuition and fees are the lowest in the state, our students leave with the least debt, and their earnings after 10 years are 22 % higher than their peers nationally (according to the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard). At this time, when more than ever before, a college degree is essential for a good job and a full life, we can take great satisfaction in the fact that NJCU provides a truly high-quality education at a reasonable price. In our classrooms, our students are taught by superb faculty, and outside of the classroom they engage in research, internships and study abroad, ensuring their competitiveness in a tight job market.

    Speaking of connecting with the community, our School of Business has opened and will have its official ribbon cutting on December 1. I hope you can join us. We have collaborations and internships with places like Wyndham Worldwide, J.P. Morgan, and Novartis, and have established partnerships with close to 40 institutions in 15 countries. These will result in joint degrees, faculty and student exchanges, and study abroad for our students.

    We are completing construction of a 425-bed Residence Hall, slated to be open in Summer 2016. The West Campus is taking shape with the construction of the roads. Thanks to the foresight of NJCU, we will be part of the renaissance of the area, helping all of Jersey City to be a better place in which to live, work, and play. These projects will go far in ensuring that we can build the spaces for our arts that they deserve without placing additional burden on our students.

    Thanks to the generosity of donors, our fundraising is at an all-time high, and we recently received a $213,000 Working Scholars grant, designed to assist Jersey City residents between the ages of 16 and 24 without a high school diploma and not currently enrolled in school.

    I continue to be most grateful for the good work and firm commitment of our faculty and staff without which none of these exciting new developments would be possible.

    Warm regards,
    Sue Henderson, Ph.D.


    Office of Military and Veterans Services Earns Two Prestigious Designations for NJCU

    The Office of Military and Veterans Services has earned two prestigious designations for NJCU. NJCU has been selected as a “Top School” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide to Colleges & Universities, the most comprehensive research tool yet for service members, education services officers, and transition officers. NJCU was also named to the 2016 Military Friendly Schools® list of G.I. Jobs magazine, a directory that highlights only the top 15% of all United States Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools and is a widely recognized mark of excellence.

    Al Roker Captivates NJCU Crowd  

    Al Roker, host and weather anchor on NBC’s “Today” took the Margaret Williams Theatre stage on October 6 in a Q&A related to his career path, how he used adversity to his advantage, and his latest book, The Storm of the Century. More than 300 guests attended the event, which was broadcast live to audiences at 400 institutions throughout the United States. Mr. Roker was the first of three celebrity speakers who will be featured in broadcast events held on campus and sponsored by NJCU and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Actor Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in The Social Network and Zombieland, spoke on November 4, and actor, comedian, and producer John Leguizamo will speak on November 10.

    J.C. Mural Program Comes to Campus 

    JM Rizzi has created a mural on the east wall of the Visual Arts Building as part of a collaboration between the Art Department and Jersey City’s Mural Program, a community outreach effort sponsored by the Office of the Mayor that has invited local and international artists to paint murals in every neighborhood. By the end of fall, between 60 and 70 murals will be completed. NJCU’s mural will be unveiled during the opening reception of “Expect the Unexpected: Contemporary Jewelry Design,” a group exhibition curated by art students and sisters Cecilia Rozario and Victoria Rozario.

    Students Claim Six Awards at Annual Conference

    Six NJCU students won poster presentation awards at the 7th Annual Garden State LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation) Phase II-Northern New Jersey-Bridge to the Baccalaureate STEM Research Conference. NJCU earned more awards than any other institution. NJCU presented 21 posters, encompassing summer 2015 work by 39 NJCU students, 13 NJCU faculty, and three community college students. Student work came from the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geoscience, and Computer Science Departments. The award-winning students and their faculty advisors are Christian Bojorzuez (Dr. Allison Mass Fitzgerald), Christina Faltas (Dr. Natalia Coleman), Sandi Grace (Dr. Bumjung Kim), Rebecca McGowan (Dr. Terry Kamps), Walaa Chahine (Dr. Reed Carroll), and Na’Vonna Turner (Dr. Fitzgerald). The students’ research was supported by both the LSAMP Phase II (NSF) and NJCU’s Title V grant, Closing the Gap, from the Department of Education.


    Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis, a film by Roddy Bogawa, a professor of media arts, had its theatrical premiere at the Museum of Modern Art.

    Dennis Dittrich, an associate professor of art, has a piece in the “52 Reasons to Love a Vet” show at the Norman Rockwell Museum. 

    Donna M. Farina, a professor of multicultural education, lectured on "Preparation of ESL and Bilingual Language Teachers: Courses at New Jersey City University " at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

    Audrey Fisch, a professor of English, and Susan Chenelle ’11 M.A., an English and journalism teacher at University Academy Charter High School, have had their second volume in the “Using Informational Text to Teach Literature” series for Rowman & Littlefield published. The 230-page volume focuses on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

    Ellen Gruber Garvey, a professor of English, was one of only 30 scholars selected to the inaugural cohort of the New York Council for the Humanities’ new Public Scholars program. The 2015-2017 program promotes public humanities engagement across New York State by offering a selection of dynamic, compelling presentations facilitated by humanities scholars.

    Melissa Martirano, an assistant professor of marketing, has had her paper, “Exploring Small College Marketing Strategies for Retaining Students,” accepted for presentation at the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 2015 International Conference in Barcelona and for publication in the conference proceedings.

    Mary McGriff, co-chair and assistant professor of literacy education, received the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award, an annual honor presented by the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) to honor and support research by a junior ALER member whose work is beyond the dissertation stage.

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