Kean University ALUMNI
                                     August 2015

While it is always sad to see summer coming to an end, we have a plethora of exciting events happening at Kean this fall. Check out the Alumni Events section below to learn more about Homecoming, Greek Reunion, the annual golf outing, baseball and lacrosse reunions, and more.

Also, save the date for our first online networking event Thursday, September 24 from 2–3 p.m., where you can connect with other alumni directly from your home or office. More information to come soon.

The fall is also a great time to get involved. The energy on campus is incredible as students return. In September, meetings and events are already scheduled for our Arts Council, the Alumni Leadership Committee, the Student Engagement Committee, and the Alumni Admission Network. Take a look at the ways you can volunteer with Kean and email to learn more.

We look forward to seeing you around campus or online soon!




Moody's Investors Service has assigned an A2 rating to Kean University's proposed $85 million of Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 H (final maturity in 2039), to be issued through the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority. The assignment of the A2 rating is based on Kean University's consistently very strong operating performance, with a three-year average operating cash flow margin of over 20%. The "stable" outlook is based on the expectation of continuing positive operating performance and a rebuilding of cash and investments. The report specifically cited Kean's "prudent fiscal management practices." Read more.  

Kean University Interim Director of Athletics Jack McKiernan has been appointed as the Chair of the NCAA Division III Football Committee as recently announced by the NCAA. McKiernan has been at Kean since 2000, and previously served as a four-year member of the NCAA Division III National Baseball Committee, serving the last two as the national chair. Read more. 

Kean University's Center for History, Politics and Policy and New Jersey State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak led a Roundtable Discussion on Solitary Confinement on July 22, introducing S1650, his legislation to limit the use of solitary confinement in New Jersey. More than 50 policymakers, thought leaders, dedicated community members, and activists representing public sector agencies and nonprofit organizations from throughout the state contributed to the discussion. Read more. 

Kean University's Computer Science faculty partnered with Freehold Public Schools' 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) to bring a rich program of computer science experiences to more than 20 Freehold Middle School students. The innovative program was funded by a Kean University Foundation Faculty Research Award. Read more. 


John Doran '77 of Toms River, N.J., was nominated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the Supreme Court bench in Ocean County. Doran, admitted to the bar in 1981, has been a deputy public defender with the Office of Law Guardian since 2003, and is currently the managing attorney for its Atlantic City shore regional office. Read more.

Lisa Conrad ’08, founder of the Newark Print Shop, was profiled in a feature story on for her ongoing efforts to create a sense of creative community in the heart of downtown Newark. She is hopeful that Newark’s downtown revitalization endeavors will include spaces for artists to continue to flourish and play a part in its growth. Read more.

On July 29, Mark Gittens ’14, Michael Martino ’14, Zara Cana ’15, and Cindy Celi ’11 were among the latest cohort of New Jersey Teaching Fellows recognized by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The highly competitive program recruits recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM fields—and prepares them to teach in high-need secondary schools. Read more.

Dr. Vito A. Gagliardi Sr. ’64 ’67 MA, a former NJ Commissioner of Education, was sworn into a seat on the Brick Township Board of Education on August 12. Gagliardi has nearly 50 years of experience as an educator, superintendent, deputy commissioner of education, commissioner of education, and senior policy adviser. Read more. 


16th Annual Cougar Cup Golf Classic

Monday, September 21
Fiddler's Elbow Country Club
Bedminster Township, N.J.

Join the Kean University Foundation for this perennially popular FUN-raiser and a chance to play on one of the premier courses in one of the most beautiful areas of New Jersey. The event includes a buffet luncheon, raffles, contests, cocktails, dinner, and the chance to bid on lavish auction packages. Come out and have a great time while helping to support architecture and design students in Kean's Michael Graves College and Robert Busch School of Design. Click here for more information or to register.

Alumni Baseball Game

Saturday, September 19
6 p.m.
Jim Hynes '63 Baseball Stadium
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Come back to Kean for the fourth annual Alumni Baseball Game and watch former Kean baseball players take on the current Cougars team. Early birds can watch batting practice, starting at 4:40 p.m. Registration will be open shortly on the Kean Alumni website. For more information, contact the Alumni Relations Office at or (908) 737-ALUM (2586).

Spain Alumni Travel Presentation

Wednesday, September 23
6:30 p.m.
Ruth Horowitz Alumni House 
215 North Avenue, Hillside, NJ

An information session for those who are interested in the Kean Alumni group tour of Spain that will take place from September 17–27, 2016. The tour starts in Barcelona, traveling to Valencia, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and concluding in Madrid. Stop by to learn more! RSVP to (908) 737-2586 or 

Toys Through Time Soirée

Thursday, October 1
6 p.m.
Liberty Hall Museum, Union, N.J.

Join us as Liberty Hall Museum showcases the opening of its new exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun" and celebrates its 15th anniversary as the home of New Jersey history. Enjoy lavish refreshments and cocktails, play classic lawn games, dance to live music, and preview a sampling of the more than 150 toys that will be part of Liberty Hall's exhibit. Proceeds from this event will benefit Liberty Hall's educational programming for children. RSVP by September 10. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information or to register.  


Friday, October 23–Sunday, October 25
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Save the date for this annual Kean University extravaganza featuring the All-Greek Reunion; "Carnival Rio" and the Homecoming football game; a 10th-anniversary STEM program celebration; men's and women's lacrosse alumni reunions; and the Class of 1965's 50th Reunion on Sunday. More information is available on the Kean Alumni website; contact the Alumni Relations Office at or (908) 737-ALUM (2586) with any questions. 


Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, September 26
Check-in Begins: 9 a.m.
Kick-off Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Harwood Arena, Main Campus, Union, N.J.
Click here for more information or to register.

Graduate Open House

Sunday, September 27
12:30–3:00 p.m.
Click here for more information (to be posted soon).  


Premiere Stages at Kean University will present the winner of its 2015 Play Festival, "The People Before the Park," by Keith Josef Adkins, from September 3-20 in Kean's Zella Fry Theatre (Vaughn Eames Hall). "The People Before the Park" was selected from over 440 submissions as the winner of the Play Festival, an annual competition for unproduced scripts by area playwrights. Directed by Premiere Stages' producing artistic director John J. Wooten, this moving new play tells the story of Seneca Village, the 19th-century African American community removed by eminent domain to create New York City's Central Park. Read more. Click here to purchase tickets.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney: By the Block

Exhibition in partnership with Premiere Stages and the Kean University Arts Council
Through September 14
James Howe Gallery, Vaughn-Eames Hall
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Asbury Park sculptor Laura Petrovich-Cheney's exhibition of bright, three-dimensional, quilt-like works crafted from bits of wood salvaged from the landfall of Hurricane Sandy. Read more.

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs 

September 26—7:30 p.m.
September 27—3:00 p.m.
Enlow Recital Hall, Hillside, N.J. 

Join Tony® Award winner Alan Cumming, best known for his star turns as the Emcee in the Broadway revival of "Cabaret" and Eli Gold on the hit television series "The Good Wife," for a cabaret performance the New York Times calls an "emotional firestorm." Cumming will be accompanied by Emmy-winning musical director and longtime collaborator Lance Horne and cellist Eleanor Norton. Click here to purchase tickets.   


A Child's View of History
Tuesday, August 25

Afternoon Teas
Wednesday, August 26
Wednesdays, September 9 and 23

Summer Fun Day: Life as a Colonial Kid
Thursday, August 27

History Happy Hour: Hollywood and History
Friday, August 28

Downton Abbey Garden Party!
Saturday, September 12

Yoga in the Gardens
Sundays, September 13 and 27

History Happy Hour: Historic Fashions
Thursday, September 24 

Apple Harvest Time
Throughout September

Click here for more details about these events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
908-737-ALUM (2586)
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