Kean University ALUMNI
February 2015

For those of you who are parents to high school seniors and juniors—I’m sure you know what a busy time of year this is for college admissions. 

I am excited to announce a new partnership: the Alumni Admission Network. Part of Kean’s strategic plan calls for us to “develop a recruiting program to grow recruiting efforts by alumni.” Our Alumni Admission Network will be ambassadors of Kean and the Office of Admissions, engaging with prospective students. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to assist at open houses, college fairs, or admitted-student events. The Alumni Admission Network will also connect with visiting students by phone and email to encourage them to choose Kean and may serve as a liaison with the high school they attended. If you are interested in assisting with our recruitment efforts, email and we will notify you of these opportunities as they arise. The amount of commitment is up to you; you might choose to attend one event, call 10 prospective students, or decide that you want to do more and consider each opportunity as it arises. This is a great low-key way to give back to Kean and help strengthen the University through recruitment.  

Think spring!  We hope to see you at some of the great events we have coming up over the next two months.  

Warmest wishes,


The Institute for Life Science Entrepreneurship (ILSE) announced the launch of its new life sciences incubator located at Kean University's state-of-the-art New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics (NJCSTM). Kean University is a founding member of ILSE. One aim of the incubator is to foster collaboration between entrepreneurs, industry scientists, business leaders, students, and faculties. Dr. Keith Bostian, the interim CEO of ILSE and dean of NJCSTM, said that the new incubator represents another step towards the establishment of the group as a hub for New Jersey’s life sciences industry. Read more.

Dr. Jeffrey Toney, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Kean, recently discussed Kean's plans for campus expansion and renovation projects in a news story about the impact of New Jersey's "Building Our Future" higher education bond act on state colleges and universities. Read more.

Kean University Computer Science Professor Juan Li recently received a $5,000 grant award from Google for her submission to the EngageCSEdu program. A collaboration between the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and Google, EngageCSEdu presents monetary awards to educators for the engagement and retention of women and other underrepresented groups in computer science courses. EngageCSEdu is dedicated to promoting excellence and diversifying the computer science workforce. Read more.



Like the New England Patriots, Kean University has much to celebrate following Super Bowl XLIX. Five alumni lent their time and talents to the big game as creatives working on some of the day's most celebrated commercials and as athletic trainers for the opposing teams. The creative alumni included Paul Renner '91 (pictured), Charles Martins '07, and Jason Ortenberg '90. The athletic trainers were Chris DeCarlo '01 of the Seattle Seahawks and David Granito '99 of the Patriots. Read more.

Ami Zanders '08, an artist in Bermuda, will have her textile works featured in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Zanders’ works were selected as part of a Textile Museum of Canada project called Watercolour that aims to include a piece of art from all 41 competing countries. The images will be printed onto customized sails which will form part of a flotilla along Lake Ontario’s shoreline. The sails will highlight the significance of sailing as a sport and a way of life throughout Pan American nations. Read more.

Kean theatre alumna Amanda Levie ’12 is the founder of No Peeking Theater, which seeks to create new experiences for the visually impaired by “taking away the privilege of sight and adding other sensory elements to live arts, be it theater performance, poetry readings or live music." Levie's group has just staged "The Shapeshifter," a sensory play by Meg Merriet. "The Shapeshifter," which ran for six performances in Jersey City earlier this month, is designed for sight-impaired audiences and uses fragrance, atmosphere, texture, and sound to bring the story to life. Sighted audience members are blindfolded. Read more.


Film Screening of NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC

Wednesday, February 25
6:30–9:00 p.m.
STEM Auditorium

Join Erik Parker ’01 H’14, writer and producer of the 2014 documentary film NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC, chronicling the creation of the groundbreaking 1994 hip-hop album by Nas. Parker will discuss the process of writing and producing the film. Click for more information and the registration link.

Kean on the Road: Florida Alumni Events

After a successful alumni gathering in Naples, Florida, in January, the Kean University Alumni Association is coming back to Florida for three events in March! You and your guests are invited to join us at any or all of these events:

• Miami Alumni Gathering—Friday, March 13
  Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, 6–8 p.m.

• Mets-Nationals Spring Training—Saturday, March 14
  Port St. Lucie, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

• Yankees-Phillies Spring Training—Sunday, March 15
  Tampa, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Click here for more information on all three events, or to register online. Sign up today; tickets are limited! Please email or call (908) 737-ALUM (2586) with any questions.

Kean Ocean Networking Night

Wednesday, March 18
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Gateway Building, Ocean County College
Toms River, N.J.

Join Kean University and Ocean County College alumni for a networking night at Kean Ocean, geared towards dual alumni of Ocean County College and Kean University. Reminisce about college days and network with other professionals over wine and cheese while taking in the views from the Gateway building. This event is hosted jointly by the Kean University Alumni Association and Ocean County College. Registration required.

Alumni Networking Night with Students

Thursday, March 26
6–8 p.m.
Downs Hall, Main Campus
Union, N.J.

Come meet other Kean alumni and students in person and form connections. The evening will start with organized speed networking by major/career; later, there will be an open reception in the CAS lobby with light refreshments for further networking and conversation. Please bring business cards. Registration required.

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, March 28
Check-in starts 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.  



Upcoming performances at Kean University include the Russian National Ballet's performance of "Cinderella" on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. An enchanting fairy tale of everlasting love, Cinderella intertwines comedy and drama with color and grace in this rags-to-riches story proving the power of dreams. Set to the lyrical and jubilant score by Prokofiev, this time-honored ballet will delight audiences of all ages with its magic, beauty and romance. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Audiences are raving about Kean Stage's production of "Peter Pan"! Tickets are still available for the remaining performances on February 25, 26, 27, and 28. Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical that will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Aliza Augustine and Janet R. Kirchheimer, both daughters of Holocaust survivors, have been invited to exhibit their work at Kean University's Human Rights Institute Gallery. Their exhibit, "How to Spot One of Us," runs from now through May 18. "How to Spot One of Us" is a collaborative show featuring photographs by Augustine and poetry and film by Kirchheimer. “After the death of the last witnesses, the remembrance of the Holocaust must not be entrusted to historians alone. Now comes the hour of artistic creation," said Augustine. Read more.



Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast
Saturday, February 28

"Frozen" Ball at Liberty Hall
Sunday, March 8

Ladies' Night Out: A Night of Vintage Fashion
Friday, March 13

Grow and Learn Garden Workshop (children's program)
Saturday, March 28   

Click here for more details about the Dr. Seuss event.
Click here for more details about the March events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email


Hawley Waterman, former Kean University director of athletics and founder of six sports at the University, has passed away at age 84. In addition to founding the football and men's lacrosse programs, Waterman served as both teams' inaugural head coach and held the men's lacrosse position for 25 years. Waterman was hired at Kean in 1970 as a mathematics professor and the first full-time director of athletics in the school's history. As an administrator at Kean, he began not just the football and men's lacrosse teams, but also the women's soccer, softball, wrestling and ice hockey programs. Read more.


Required Notification Regarding NCAA Sanctions 

Pursuant to the terms of its probation with the NCAA, Kean has been required to post the following statement in the alumni newsletter: 

On April 19, 2012, the NCAA Committee on Infractions issued a report that concluded more than a year of cooperative work between Kean University and NCAA enforcement staff aimed at correcting rules compliance issues related, in large part, to the management of the women’s basketball team at the University.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions directed the University to inform prospective student-athletes in the sport of women’s basketball of the violations that occurred and that the institution is on probation for four (4) years (through April 16, 2016). The infractions included problems with a foreign tour taken by the women’s basketball team in the summer of 2010. Although an otherwise legitimate academic course was made available to the women on the trip, it was improperly organized and resulted in extra benefits under NCAA rules for the course and for financial aid received by some of the student-athletes involved. Also, a short-term grade change in one course for a women’s basketball student-athlete was handled improperly and resulted in an extra benefit. Further, on a team trip during the 2011-12 academic year (while the investigation was ongoing) the former head coach provided two women’s basketball student-athletes with improper “loans” to allow them to be involved in activities with other team members. For her role in all of these problems, the former head coach was found to have failed to “promote an atmosphere for compliance” and received a four-year penalty. All of these violations were acknowledged by the University, and the coach had been relieved of her duties prior to the University’s appearance before the Committee.

In regard to the four-year period of probation, its significance is that the University will be filing reports with the NCAA during the period to affirm its compliance with all applicable rules and to explain its educational and monitoring efforts. Being “on probation” does not carry any other sanctions or impose restrictions on the activities of the women’s basketball team or its student-athletes.


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