Kean University ALUMNI
April 2015

Spring is finally here! April has been a great month to reconnect with our athletic alumni at Diamonds Are Forever (baseball alumni), a Men’s Soccer Reunion, and a Field Hockey Reunion. If you’re making plans to get out of the house, be sure to save June 20 for our annual Summer Splash at the Jersey Shore.  

While you’re doing your spring cleaning, take a moment to make sure you are connecting with the Kean University Alumni Association on all our platforms. You can like us on Facebook, where we share posts daily. Follow us on Twitter @KeanAlumni and Instagram @keanuniversityalumni. We also have a new official Kean University Alumni Association group on LinkedIn, which is growing daily. No matter what platform you use to communicate, we are there to connect.  

Warm wishes,


The New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics (NJCSTM) at Kean University has announced the launch of its 2015 Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP), a summer camp for New Jersey high school students. GSSRP offers a hands-on, immersive research experience for talented students who are interested in pursuing an education in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field. The six-week program will be held Monday through Thursday, from July 6 through August 13. Read more.

Lorette Miller, a computer applications instructor at Kean, is spending a semester teaching at Kean's Wenzhou, China, campus. Her 12-year-old daughter Alexandra went along, and is keeping up with her own studies online through the East Stroudsburg Cyber Academy. Lorette and Alexandra's memorable experience living abroad was featured in the Pocono Record newspaper (they are residents of Bushkill, Pa.). Read more. 

lota Phi Theta fraternity of Kean University—who have received huge publicity for purchasing a vacant lot in Newark and planning to build a house for a homeless single mother—overwhelmingly won MTV’s “Best Follower of Guy Code” contest, taking home 70% of the votes. The fraternity’s efforts were spearheaded by senior Tosin Oduwole, who had brainstormed creative ways to give back. "Guy Code" is a popular MTV series that describes itself as "the ultimate guy's guide to the laws of manhood." Read more.



The clients of physical therapist Petra Ford ’98 will jump through hoops for her. They run on underwater treadmills and exercise on therapy balls. Using massage and stretching, Ford helps them recover from ailments such as arthritis, fractures, soft tissue injuries, ACL tears, and neurological disorders. What makes Ford’s work so unusual is that her clients are dogs. Ford’s practice, Aqua Dog Rehabilitation, is located in bucolic Flanders, New Jersey. Read more. 

Sixth-grade language arts teacher Christine Casale-Broski ’11 of Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, N.J., was named the Middle Level Educator of the Year by the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education (NJAMLE). According to NJAMLE, the award is given to just one middle level educator in New Jersey who "demonstrates effective classroom practices, a positive classroom environment, and a balance between addressing students’ cognitive and affective needs.” Read more.

Dr. Frank R. Hall ’78 has been appointed dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. He will play a leading role in advancing STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math) at SVSU and in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Dr. Hall moves to SVSU from Worcester State University in Massachusetts, where he has been a dean and professor since 2012. Read more.



Field Hockey Alumnae Game

Saturday, April 25
6 p.m.
Alumni Stadium, Union, N.J.

For more information, contact Leslie Lafronz at

50 Plus Reunion (for alumni who have passed their 50th Reunion)

Tuesday, May 12
11:30 a.m.
STEM Building, Union, N.J.

The Kean University Alumni Association welcomes you and a guest to reunite with graduates from 1964 and earlier from the Newark Normal School, New Jersey State Teachers College at Newark, and Newark State College. The event includes lunch, entertainment, and trolley tours of the campus. RSVP by May 4. Click here for more information or to register online. 

18th Annual Kean Gala

Thursday, June 11
5:30 p.m.—VIP Reception and Awards Presentation
7:00 p.m.—Grand Reception, Dessert and Dancing
East Campus, Kean University, Hillside, N.J.

You are invited to be part of Kean's biggest fundraiser of the year! This year, we will be celebrating “The Graduating Student” in a festive affair on the grounds of our East Campus—home to our Nathan Weiss Graduate College. Our honoree is Joseph Sheridan '80, president and chief operating officer of Wakefern Food Corporation. Special alumni admission pricing! RSVP by May 26. Click here for more information or to register. 

Summer Splash

Saturday, June 20
3 p.m.
Bar Anticipation, Lake Como, N.J.

Once again, Kean alumni will take part in their traditional kickoff to the summer season. $10 per person admission—Class of 2015 is FREE!
Admission price includes live D.J., all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, discounted drinks, games, and giveaways. Families welcome until 7 p.m., then 21 and over, please. RAIN or SHINE. RSVP by June 17. Click here for more information or to register.



African Heritage Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, April 25
4 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre, Main Campus, Union, NJ 

Kean University's 29th Annual African Heritage Graduation Ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students of African descent. The event is open to all members of the Kean University community who wish to honor the graduates and share in this rich cultural experience. RSVP by email to or call (908) 737-3915.

Allied Health Sciences Open House

Sunday, April 26
8 a.m.
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Join us for our inaugural Allied Health Sciences Open House, where you will learn about Kean's vast academic options, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to pursue a degree and career in a health-related field. Prospective students will be able to meet with representatives from all programs in these fields, as well as tour our campus, clinics, and residential housing facilities. RSVP early, space is limited! Click here for more information or to register.

Kean Research Days

Monday, April 27–Wednesday, April 29
STEM Building, Union, N.J.

This year, over 300 Kean University students, mentored by 77 Kean faculty members, are presenting research and creative projects across a wide range of disciplines. Trayvon Martin family lawyer Jasmine Rand will share her experiences using law and the media to further the cause of social justice during her keynote address on Tuesday, April 28, followed by faculty presentations. On Wednesday, April 29, activities include student oral presentations, poster presentations, and panels scheduled throughout the day. Alumni and the public are invited to attend and participate in as many events as possible. Click here to visit the 2015 Research Days website.

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, May 3
Check-in begins at 9 a.m.
Harwood Arena, Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Do you have a friend or relative starting a college search? Tell them about Kean's Undergraduate Open House! Attendees can speak with advisors, staff/faculty, current students, and alumni. All academic departments will be hosting information sessions. Additional information workshops are available with the Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarships offices. Prospective transfer students who bring copies of their transcripts can receive an instant admissions decision! Click here for more information or to register.



"The Art of Two Piano Playing: Martha Marchena with Felix Spengle" will feature favorite piano duets by Mozart, Arensky, Gershwin, Piazzola, and others. Don't miss this great opportunity to experience the classics at Enlow Recital Hall on Saturday, April 25 at 5 p.m. Enlow Hall is located on Kean University's East Campus in Hillside, N.J. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will perform the New Jersey premiere of Innervisions, set to the music of Stevie Wonder, at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre on Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 1994 by two former Alvin Ailey members, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, Complexions’ groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Enlow Recital Hall will present Sandi Patty, one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time, on Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. While her 30-year career is heavily rooted in gospel music, Sandi has recently extended her career outside the genre with her debut full-length symphonic pops album Broadway Stories, released to rave reviews. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



Mommy & Me Tea & Craft Workshop
Sunday, May 3

Afternoon Teas
Wednesdays, May 13 and 27 

Sock Hop!
Saturday, May 16

The Pleasure of a Wine & Cheese Tasting
Saturday, May 30

Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, May 31 

Click here for more details about these May events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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