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  • January 2016 


    January president


    A hallmark of a forward-thinking institution of higher learning is enriching the collective knowledge base of a community to elicit positive change. At NJCU, we begin a new year with a renewed commitment to this principle—one that is backed by some exciting new opportunities.


    • Our new General Education program: Launched in fall 2015, we are now in full swing and are developing core skills for success in college and beyond through in-depth, experiential learning. The program is designed to create small learning communities of students who take two or more courses together, thus enabling our students to discover and pursue their chosen areas of interest in courses that highlight intellectual inquiry.

    • Study Abroad: NJCU was selected to participate in the 11th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Commercial Mediation Competition to be held February 5-10 in Paris, France. The six-day Competition is ICC's biggest annual educational event, exclusively devoted to international commercial mediation. The goal of ICC is to empower tomorrow's business people and legal practitioners to better meet the dispute resolution needs of an increasingly cross-cultural and global market, and the University is delighted to have been invited. 

    • The speaker series: Our next speaker on February 9 at the Margaret Williams Theatre is Juju Chang, Emmy-Award winning co-anchor of NBC News’ “Nightline.” Reserve your ticket today at http://jujuchangliveatnjcu.eventbrite.com. 

    I look forward to sharing additional updates each month so that we can celebrate the hard work of our faculty, staff, and students.

    Warm regards,
    Sue Henderson, Ph.D.


    Juju Chang and Kat Cole to Speak on Campus in February
    Juju Chang, co-anchor of NBC News” “Nightline,” and Kat Cole, group president of Focus Brands, will be the first in an exciting line-up of speakers for the NJCU Lecture Series this spring. Both Chang and Cole will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Margaret Williams Theatre of Hepburn Hall.





    NJCU Doctoral Students Applauded for
    Work at A. Harry Moore
    Last month, NJCU Educational Technology doctoral students Stephanie Talalai, Wendy Thompson, and Trish Holzman and faculty from the department kicked off “Hour of Code,” a worldwide effort during which millions of students aged three to adult received at least one hour of computer instruction, at A. Harry Moore School. Guest speakers from NJCU and the NJDOE Office of Innovation participated in the live coding activity. The three doctoral students work at AHM, a special education facility administered by NJCU, and Courtney Pepe, AHM supervisor of curriculum and instruction, said, “They are doing some fantastic work at the school and I feel fortunate to have them on my faculty.”




     NJCU in Japan 
    Political Science Professors Fumiko Sasaki and Louise Stanton led 12 students to Japan in early January as part of the “Government and Politics of Asia” course. Students visited historical, business, and cultural sites and were hosted for presentations at the Japan Business Association and Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. 



    Faculty in Brief
    Nurdan S. Duzgoren-Aydin, professor and chair of geoscience and geography, has been elected president of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH), USA Section for a two-year period. SEGH was established in 1971 to provide a forum for scientists from various disciplines to work together in understanding the interaction between the geochemical environment and the health of plants, animals, and humans. As president, Duzgoren-Aydin will organize national and international events on local and global environmental issues and concerns. Some of these will take place at NJCU and will involve students, faculty, and professional communities.
    Antoinette Ellis-Williams an associate professor of women’s and gender studies and director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, received the “Steward of the Dream Award” at NJPAC’s annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration: Celebrating the Man and the Message, which was presented in cooperation with the Newark Unit of the NAACP, celebrating 102 years. 

    Tan Lin, an associate professor of English, was among the poets who presented the performance program, “It’s Not What Happens, It’s How You Handle It,” as part of MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York,” the fourth iteration of its landmark exhibition series.