Kean University ALUMNI
                                         July 2015

At the heart of any Alumni Association is the network it provides for graduates of the institution. Whether you last walked the Kean campus this May or in the 1970s, Kean is a common connector that you share. Making the most of our alumni network involves facilitating connections that allow all of you to take that commonality and grow it into larger networks, friendships, career opportunities, and more. This coming year we will explore how to build your networks outside of traditional events and reunions. We will launch an online networking tool where you can have one-on-one professional conversations with one another from the comfort of your home or office, no matter where you live in the world. We will bring you webinars where you can learn from expert faculty or alumni and even participate with live questions via social media. We will launch a pilot mentoring program where you can give back to today’s Kean students and share the knowledge and expertise you have learned.

We also want to highlight your skills and help you all find one another. We would love to know if you own a business, and we will build a listing of alumni-owned businesses so you can “shop Kean” and support one another. If you are involved in recruiting or career coaching, we hope to chat about plans for alumni career coaching and how you could participate. Through the course of the year, we will look to our alumni base for expert speakers for students or alumni on topics such as recent graduate financial planning, making the most of your internship, and more.

Let us know what you are up to and how we can help you connect with other alumni. We always love to hear from you at

Best wishes,


Kean University announced the launch of Kean Online, a fully online educational program offering community college graduates, graduate students, and all adult learners the opportunity to finish their degrees or take graduate-level courses in Kean’s signature programs. Kean Online launched with a B.S. in Global Business, slated for Fall 2015. Virtual Open Houses for the B.S. in Global Business are scheduled throughout the summer. Read more. 

Kean University is assisting New York City's 12-week farmer development program, FARMroots, by leasing land to FARMroots participants as featured in a New York Times article on July 3. The article described the efforts of Jacob Okam, a Nigerian immigrant and FARMroots member, to grow Nigerian vegetables on part of the five-acre farm Kean operates in conjunction with Groundwork Elizabeth, a local nonprofit that promotes sustainability and youth environmental programs. The Kean University Farm is located adjacent to Liberty Hall. Read more.

Kean University seniors Casey Kanarkowski, of Toms River, and Rymona Reece, of Union, were recently awarded 2015 New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Awards by the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NJACTE) and the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). An awards ceremony recognizing their achievements was held on June 24 at Rider University in Lawrenceville. Each year, the New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Awards publicly recognize 15 top education graduates. Read more.


Mary Jane Canose ’90, the Chester School District administrator and board secretary, was honored by the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials with a 2015 Distinguished Service Award for her "long-term, continuous exemplary service." Among just six Distinguished Service Awardees statewide, Canose has served as administrator and board secretary since 2005. Read more.  

Keisha Douglas ’96 has been appointed as the new principal of Clearwater Middle School in Bermuda. Douglas began her teaching career at the Berkeley Institute, where she has served as deputy principal since 2002 and acting principal during 2013-2014. She is also the deputy director and teacher with the Centre for Talented Youth. Read more.

Dr. Ann Walko ’60 was named incoming president of UNICO National, the nation's largest Italian-American nonprofit service organization whose chapters engage in philanthropic, cultural, educational, and anti-bias activities. Walko, a professor at Kean University, is a resident of Scotch Plains. She will be the first female president elected from New Jersey when she begins her tenure in July. Read more.  

When award-winning radio theater producer and Kean Distinguished Alumnus Joseph Bevilacqua ’82 was a student in his final semester at Kean, he designed his own course in which he produced and directed a radio version of Shakespeare's Hamlet. After graduation, Bevilacqua saw his production of Hamlet picked up and distributed by the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) and aired on public radio stations nationwide before the master reels were lost in the 1980s. Some 33 years later, he traced the NFCB collection to the University of Maryland Libraries and has re-released the production through Blackstone Audio and on Amazon this month. Click here to hear an excerpt of the radio program. Read more.  


Kean on the Road: Philadelphia
Multi-School Networking Reception

Tuesday, July 28
6:30 p.m.

Join Kean on the Road in Philadelphia to network with alumni of Kean and other participating universities. Meet with Stella Maher, Director of Alumni Relations, to hear what’s happening with Kean University and the Kean University Alumni Association. This event is brought to you because Kean is a part of an association of colleges and universities called the Alumni Career Services Network (ACSN). Click here for more information or to register. 

A Day at the Ballpark: Kean at the N.Y. Yankees

Saturday, August 8
11:30 a.m.—Reception
1:05 p.m.—First Pitch
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY 10451

Bring the family and join other Kean alumni for a day at the ballpark to cheer on the N.Y. Yankees as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays. We will start at 11:30 a.m. on the Malibu Rooftop Deck for a 90-minute reception with picnic-style food. At 1 p.m. we will head to our seats in section 414, rows 5-7, for the game. Your price of $45 includes all-you-can-eat and non-alcoholic beverages during the reception as well as your ticket. Actual retail value is $60. Click here for more information or to register.

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 scholarships and an outstanding educational experience for current and future Kean students. Click here for more information or to register.

Past Event Photos


Camp Premiere

Kean University’s professional equity theatre in residence, Premiere Stages, proudly offers two innovative theatre camps for middle school and high school students during the summer. Session 1, for middle schoolers, started on July 20.

Session 2—for students entering Grades 9-12
Dates: July 27–August 7 (M-F 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Final showcase on Friday, August 7, 2015

Click here for more information or to register.

As part of the Pro-Bono Business Builders Series, the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Kean University will offer a free Credit Clinic on Wednesday, July 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Designed for individuals or entrepreneurs who are interested in enhancing their personal or business financials, or those looking to determine the likelihood of being approved for a loan, the SBDC Credit Clinic will help participants learn how to understand and improve their credit profile. Read more.   


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.

In conjunction with the Premiere Stages production of "By the Water" (see below), Asbury Park sculptor Laura Petrovich-Cheney is opening an exhibition of bright, three-dimensional, quilt-like works crafted from bits of wood salvaged from the landfall of Hurricane Sandy. Pictured: "Center Stage." Read more.

By The Water

Through August 2
Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn-Eames Hall
Admission: $30 Standard • $20 Senior • $15 Student

Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood where they grew up. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Call (908) 737-7469 or click here to reserve.

Play Factory Performance Series 

Every summer, Premiere Stages collaborates with other professional theatres to offer dynamic theatre programming exclusively for children. 

Alice in Wonderland

Wednesday, July 29
10:30 a.m.
Wilkins Theatre

Filled with Lewis Carroll's pure nonsense and madcap characters, this intriguing tale about a curious and proactive young girl has enchanted readers for many generations. Alice goes on an enchanted journey of self-discovery with challenges, choices, and happy conclusions. A meaningful story for anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up! Recommended for Ages 3 to 9. Click here to reserve.  

That’s Dancing!

Sunday, August 2
7:00 p.m. 
Wilkins Theatre 

studio2stage brings together the very best non-professional musicians and dancers and turns their dreams into a reality! Our world-class musical director and choreographers will work together to bring out the best in each and every performer to create a full-scale live show production. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Yates Musical Theatre's Rumplestiltskin

Wednesday, August 5
10:30 a.m. 
Wilkins Theatre

Rumplestiltskin is the lively tale of the funny little man who spins straw into gold to gain the first-born child of the King and Queen. This delightful musical includes singing, dancing, comedy, and fun for all. Rumplestiltskin is a magical feast for eyes and ears with little lessons along the way. Recommended for ages 3 to 9. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 


A Child's View of History
Tuesdays, July 28, August 4, 11, 18, and 25

Summer Fun Day: Old-Fashioned Games
Thursday, July 30

Yoga in the Gardens
Sundays, August 2 and 9

Summer Fun Day: Firehouse Fun!
Thursday, August 6

Afternoon Teas
Wednesdays, August 12 and 26

Toys Through Time: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Thursday, August 13

Summer Fun Day: Olaf's Summer Adventure!
Thursday, August 13

Summer Fun Day: See How It Works!
Thursday, August 20

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

History Happy Hour: Hollywood and History
Friday, August 28

Click here for more details about these events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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