Kean University ALUMNI
                                     December 2015


Happy holidays to you and your families!  I hope this season is full of peace, reflection, and joy. 

Our office is finalizing the Distinguished Alumni Awards nominations before we depart for the holiday break.  If you have a moment amongst the flurry of the season, I hope you’ll consider nominating a high-achieving fellow alumnus to receive this award.  The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes Kean alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at the University.  Recipients are accomplished in three distinct areas: professional achievement and career distinction; service to society; and service and support to Kean. These areas reflect Kean's core values: excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service. 

Nominations for Distinguished Alumni are accepted year-round. The selection committee meets each spring to select the year's recipients, who are honored at a ceremony in April. To nominate an alumnus/alumna for the award, please complete this form.  Nominations for 2016 are due by December 16.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016 – Have a happy new year! 


Acclaimed international human rights advocate and best-selling author John Prendergast held a three day series at Kean from Dec. 1-3 of free campus lectures, workshops and discussions, where he explored the many ways that students across all disciplines can contribute to the worldwide peace efforts. Prendergast is the co-founder of The Enough Project and Kean’s Anne Evans Estabrook Human Rights Senior Fellow. Read more.

Sophomore quarterback Charlie App and junior Damian Corredor, named Kean’s Most Outstanding Player, helped the Cougars cap the football season with a 24-6 victory over Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the ECAC Presidents Bowl Championship. Read more.

Students, faculty, staff, and guests paid homage to the service and sacrifice of United States veterans, especially the many veterans who enrich the University’s diverse community, at a Veterans Day ceremony held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. The ceremony, part of the University’s National Veterans Awareness Week events, included a moment of silence for all veterans, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, as well as a processional, presentation of colors, and a wreath-laying ceremony. Read more.


Kristin Holzhauer ’12 ’14 MA of Bulls Head and James Argenziano of Eltingville are engaged to be married. Read more.

Christine Danelson ’10 ’15 MSW, will direct Mother Seton High School’s first production of the hit show Hairspray. Danelson, who went on tour as the standby to the lead for the Broadway version of the show after her own graduation, now serves as Mother Seton’s music teacher and social worker. Read more

Ann Bodnar '97, longtime South Orange-Maplewood School District educator and administrator, was named principal of Clinton Elementary School. Read more.

Lamont Repollet '00 MA, Asbury Park Superintendent of Schools and a member of Kean's Board of Trustees, was profiled by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities for his work with district colleagues, including Reginald Mirthil '05 MA, principal of Asbury Park High School, to transform the Asbury Park school district. Read more.

Abbey O'Connor ’14 was crowned Miss New Jersey International 2015. She was subsequently the NJ state representative at the Miss International 2015 pageant held in Jacksonville, FL in July and has been involved in a number of community activism projects throughout the state. She has also worked tirelessly on her own platform, Cancer Awareness and Prevention, to bring more awareness to the disease.



All Alumni Online Networking Hour

Wednesday, January 20
2 — 3 p.m.

Connect with fellow Kean alumni from your city and around the world! Join fellow participants to share your experiences, exchange career tips, and build your professional network—all online! You can connect with 10 or more new alumni in your career field within the hour.

Past Events

Photo albums for these recent alumni events are now available to view on Facebook:

NJEA—November 5, 2015  

Nu Theta Chi 75th Anniversary Alumni Reunion—November 7, 2015

Occupational Therapy Alumni Reception—November 10, 2015

Theta Phi Alpha Alumnae Brunch—November 14, 2015

Theatre Alumni Reunion—November 21, 2015

Choir Alumni Toast—November 22, 2015  



The Human Rights Institute's Human Rights Book Club Meeting

Tuesday, January 26
6:30 p.m.
Kean Barnes & Nobles Bookstore, Green Lane Building
More Information


Bauer-Boucher Kean Student/Alumni Reading Series - submissions due December 15

Premiere Stages at Kean University is now accepting submissions for the Bauer-Boucher Kean Student/Alumni Reading Series. Named for long-time Premiere Stages supporters W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, this reading series is a competition wherein students or alumni submit original plays. The chosen winner will receive a one-day developmental reading of a new play on Monday, January 25, 2016, with a professional cast and director, and a cash award.

The final deadline for submission is December 15. Submissions should be emailed to Christine Scarfuto at with “Student/Alumni Reading Series” typed in the subject of the email. Electronic submissions are preferred.

The following events are from Kean Stage. Enjoy 15% off for the holidays with promo code "KeanArts".

"We're All in This Together!" Collaborative Community Concert

Thursday, January 7
7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre

British Regiments

Saturday, January 16
7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre

The Last of the Unjust — Film Screening

Thursday, January 24
3:00 p.m.
STEM Auditorium

TAO: Seventeen Samurai

Saturday, January 30
7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre

I Wish — Film Screening

Sunday, January 31
3:00 p.m.
STEM Auditorium


Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun
Ongoing Exhibit
Special Alumni Rate: $8*

Downton Abbey Luncheon
Saturday, January 9

Frozen Ball
Saturday, January 23

History Happy Hour: Secrets of Prohibition
Thursday, January 28
Reservation required by January 21
Special Aluni Rate: $20*

* Please mention that you saw the discounted alumni rate in the Kean University Alumni News. 

Click here for more details about these events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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