Kean University ALUMNI
January 2015

Happy New Year!  Did you start the year off making resolutions? If so, we hope we can help. 

If you resolved to focus on your career, you may want to take advantage of the career services assistance available to all Kean alumni. We have podcasts with helpful information for your job search, links to job search tips and resources, and even one-on-one coaching with career counselors in the Career Development and Advancement Office. Visit the office's page on the Kean University website for more information about two job fairs (one general and one specifically for teachers) coming up in April.

If you’ve been dieting or working out and find yourself with clothing that no longer fits, we are accepting donations of gently-used business attire which will be distributed to students for job fairs and interviewing. This can really help our Kean students make a good first impression. Men's and women’s clothing and shoes of all sizes will be accepted in the Office of Alumni Relations, 1000 Morris Avenue, Townsend Hall, Room 122, Union, N.J.

Lastly, if you’re looking to expand your résumé and get involved, we have numerous volunteer opportunities available including committees of the Alumni Board such as student engagement and alumni communications. Check out some options here and email us at to sign up. 

We hope we can help you keep your resolutions and start 2015 off right!

Warmest wishes,


Kean University welcomed thousands of high school students onto its Union campus in December and January. On Friday, December 12, Union County high school students participated in the second annual UC STEP Summit, where they took part in hands-on activities designed to foster leadership skills, responsibility, and a sense of community. On January 7 and 8, Kean hosted the annual New Jersey DECA Central Region Conference. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other 21s-century skills in high schools and colleges around the globe. By hosting high school groups on campus, Kean raises awareness of the university among these highly motivated young people, who might well return here as college students one day.

David Margulies was recently appointed director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center (NJ-SBDC) at Kean University. Located in Willis Hall, the NJ-SBDC works with entrepreneurs to launch and grow their businesses, promoting job growth and capital infusion within Union County. "Working closely with Kean University and the Union County community, the NJ-SBDC is excited to continue to work with small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to expand economic opportunities in the region," said Margulies. He is an adjunct instructor at Kean’s College of Business & Public Management and has been consulting on business, finance and management for many years. Read more.

Articles about Kean's award-winning Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB) recently appeared in several building and construction trade publications, including Glass on Web and in the English-language web supplement to the Russian trade newspaper Construction and Maintenance.

Professor Christopher M. Bellitto of Kean's Department of History is a nationally-recognized expert and media commentator on the history of the Catholic Church and contemporary Catholicism. He was recently quoted in a CNN news story about Pope Francis's announcement of 15 bishops and archbishops from all over the world who were selected as new cardinals. The story appeared in numerous media outlets and newscasts nationwide via the CNN Wire Service.


New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced last week that he has appointed Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter '96 as the new Assembly Majority Conference Leader. Sumter, of Paterson, was first sworn to the Assembly in 2012 representing the state's 35th District in Bergen and Passaic counties. As conference leader, Sumter will be part of the Assembly’s Democratic majority leadership team and will preside over caucus discussions and debate. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Kean, as well as an M.B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Read more.


Melissa Tomich '75 '04 is a photographer who is opening an exhibit titled "As Long as There Are Humans" at the hpgrp Gallery in New York City on January 22. The exhibit depicts zoo animals across three continents and acts not as a political statement, but as "a visual documentation of animal incarceration as human entertainment," according to the artist's statement. 

The March of Dimes announced its appointment of James Young '93 as state director of its New Jersey chapter. Overseeing all of the chapter's functional areas including fundraising, staffing, programming, public affairs and communications, Young will manage staff in three divisions across the state and coordinate with volunteers statewide to raise money to support research, education, community programs and advocacy to help moms have healthier babies and full-term pregnancies. Read more. 

June Ejk '62 received a glowing profile in the Scranton Times-Tribune detailing her extraordinary career and volunteer activities. Ejk has been a special education teacher and school principal, a due-process hearing officer, municipal court advocate, and township supervisor of Clifton Township, Pa. She is also an EMT and 30-year volunteer for the Red Cross, for which she has served as a disaster site relief worker and provided training and program development assistance in Africa, Peru, and Iceland. Read more. (Website may ask you to answer one survey question before allowing access to the article.)


Kean on the Road: Naples, FL-Area Alumni Reception

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
4–6 p.m.

The Alumni Association is coming to Florida! Kean alumni in the Naples area are invited to join their classmates and alumni representatives for a reunion reception. The special guest speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Toney, vice president for academic affairs and provost of Kean University. Online registrations are still being taken through the Kean Alumni website. Please email with any questions.

Human Rights Book Group

Meets the last Tuesday of every month from January 27-June 23, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Green Lane Academic Building, Kean University, Union, N.J.

Alumni are invited to participate in the Kean Human Rights Book Club, featuring John Prendergast (pictured)—author, activist, and the Anne Evans Estabrook Human Rights Senior Fellow at Kean. This unique book club focuses on important and revealing books, hand-picked by Prendergast, discussing human rights issues in the world today. 

Film Screening of NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC

Wednesday, February 25
6:30–8:30 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 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.
Center for Academic Success (CAS), 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.



Nominations are now being accepted for Kean University's 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. 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. Past recipients include Alan Paul '71, Kathleen Wilkinson '78, and Baruti K. Kafele '86. Nominations can be submitted via this online form. Deadline for nominations is Monday, January 26.



Upcoming performances at Kean University include Zap Mama & Antibalas on Saturday, January 31 at 7:30 p.m.  From Belgium and Congo, Zap Mama seamlessly blends African, European, and American musical styles into eclectic arrangements of modern sound. Antibalas weaves a fascinating tapestry of Latin, jazz, funk, reggae, and soul into kinetic performances featuring dazzling horn lines and gutsy guitar. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Kean Stage presents "Peter Pan" at the Wilkins Theatre from February 20-28. 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! Peter Pan enthusiastically embraces the magic of childhood, youth, joy, and freedom. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Premiere Stages announces Camp Premiere, the perfect summer program for aspiring theatre artists in grades 5-12. Working with professional actors, directors and playwrights in a fun, creative and collaborative environment, campers will learn about the acting craft, play development, movement, voice/speech, and scene work. Registration opens on February 1. For more information, contact Claire Drobot at (908) 737-4092 or or click here.


The Pleasure of a Champagne and Chocolate Tasting
Saturday, February 7

"Frozen" Ball at Liberty Hall
Saturday, February 7

Downton Abbey Luncheon
Saturday, February 21

Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast
Saturday, February 28

Click here for more details about these February events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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908-737-ALUM (2586)
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