Kean University ALUMNI
June 2015

Summer has arrived! Hopefully you have some fun travel plans, or are enjoying some down time to plan future travel. The Office of Alumni Relations is excited to announce two Kean Alumni trips for 2016! Check China and Spain off of your bucket list on guided tours alongside fellow alumni.

May 23 through June 2, 2016 we will offer “China’s Grandeur–Old and New: Imperial Splendor, The Mighty Yangzi River, and Cosmopolitan Shanghai.” This trip will be exclusive to Kean alumni and guests only and will conclude with a special trip to the Kean Wenzhou campus to celebrate the first graduating class on June 3. Highlights include the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Chongqing Zoo, Yangzi River Cruise, and much more.

September 17 through 27, 2016, explore “Spain’s Classics” starting in Barcelona, traveling to Valencia, Granada, Seville, Cordoba, and concluding in Madrid. Within these cities you’ll experience flamenco dancing, the City of Arts and Sciences, La Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, and a traditional paella lunch.  

To learn more about these trips, including itinerary and pricing, and secure your spot, email or call 908-737-ALUM (2586).  

We hope you can join Kean on the Road in China or Spain!

Best wishes,


Kean University held its graduate and undergraduate Commencements on May 19 and 21 respectively. A total of 3700 new alumni, including both undergraduate and graduate degree recipients, have joined the ranks of the Alumni Association. The university has posted photos and videos from the two events; undergraduate Commencement media are available here, and graduate Commencement media can be found here.

Ricardo Ciprian ’15 MA and Kimberly Smela ’15 MA received their graduate degrees from Kean University on May 19. And then they got engaged, on stage. Ciprian, in cap and gown, got down on one knee after a staged musical performance and popped the question to Smela. The proposal was named one of the "Top 5 Unforgettable Stories from N.J. College Graduations" on Watch the video. 

Kean University, the alma mater of New Jersey's Teacher of the Year for three consecutive years and the leading producer of teachers statewide, celebrated the achievements of local educators at the annual Union County Teacher Recognition Program on May 27. Co-sponsored by Kean University and the Union County Superintendent's Roundtable, the event recognized Union County's best and brightest primary and secondary school teachers. Mark Mautone ’02, an educator for more than 20 years and the 2014-2015 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, delivered the keynote address. Read more.

The Institute for Life Sciences Entrepreneurship (ILSE) and the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) announced a collaboration to establish the ATCC Center for Translational Microbiology at ILSE. Research laboratories and staff will be located at ILSE headquarters within the state-of-the-art STEM building on the campus of Kean University.
Kean is a founding member of ILSE, a nonprofit translational science research integrator, accelerator, and incubator. ATCC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is the global biological materials resource and standards organization. Read more.



Lisa Calicchio SPHR ’90 was appointed as the new executive vice president, Global Human Resources at Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies. Based in the company's Parsippany N.J. headquarters, Calicchio will lead strategic efforts to enhance the vacation exchange and rental company's Human Resources (HR) function across the organization. Read more.  

Malva Cuevas ’01 was promoted to Associate Director in the Global Promotion Center of Excellence at Merck. Malva will lead the development, implementation, and measurement of HCP Promotion and Multi-Channel Marketing programs, tactics, and resources focused on the top global markets and customers for the Hospital Acute Care franchises. Malva is also a member of the Alumni Leadership Initiative committee of the Kean University Alumni Association. 

Marlenes Teixeira ’06 was one of three “citizen leaders” sworn in to the Union County College Board of Trustees at the board's April and May meetings. Teixeira has almost two decades of service in the public education system. She is the choral director for the Terence C. Reilly Gifted and Talented School #7 in Elizabeth, N.J. Read more.  

Bruce Peragallo ’77 ’90 MA, a Metuchen, N.J. resident and principal of Metuchen High School, has been appointed as chairman of the YMCA Board of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy. For more than 20 years, Peragallo has also served as an adjunct professor at Kean University, where he teaches a capstone course to senior health and physical education student teachers. Read more.  



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.

Past Event Photos

Photo albums from these spring 2015 alumni events are now available on the Kean Alumni website:

  • Kean on the Road—Florida: Miami, Port St. Lucie, Tampa
    March 13–15, 2015
  • Kean Ocean Networking Night
    March 18, 2015
  • Diamonds Are Forever Baseball Alumni Reunion
    April 18, 2015

  • Men's Soccer Alumni Game
    April 18, 2015

  • Distinguished Alumni Awards
    April 26, 2015
  • 50 Plus Reunion
    May 12, 2015



Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) & Educational Administration Information Session

Wednesday, June 24
4:30–5:30 p.m.
East Campus Reception Room
Nathan Weiss Graduate College
Hillside, N.J.

Learn more about customized graduate programs, admission requirements, program structure, class schedules, and how a graduate degree can enhance your professional credentials. This is an excellent opportunity to speak directly with faculty members and admission counselors in a personalized and informal setting. Click here to register.

Camp Premiere

Kean University’s professional equity theatre in residence, Premiere Stages, proudly offers two innovative camps for middle school and high school students during the summer.

Session 1—for students entering Grades 5-8
Dates: July 20–31 (M-F 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)
Final showcase on Friday, July 31, 2015

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.



By The Water

July 16–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. 

Steam Trunk Circus
Wednesday, July 15
10:30 a.m.
Wilkins Theatre

A steamer trunk, a mysterious book, and a hat belonging to Harry Houdini are brought to life in a show that's filled with fantastic physical feats! Ideal way to introduce elements from the STEAM curriculum to students. Recommended for Grades 2 to 5. Click here to reserve.

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.  



Afternoon Teas
Wednesday, June 24
Wednesdays, July 8 and 22

History Happy Hour: Dinner, Manners & Gossip…oh my!
Friday, June 26

A Child's View of History
Tuesdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28

Summer Fun Day: Olaf’s Summer Adventure!
Thursday, July 9

Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, June 28
Sundays, July 12 and 19

Summer Fun Day: History Hunt!
Thursday, July 16

Summer Fun Day: Old Fashioned Games
Thursday, July 30

History Happy Hour: History of Sports
Friday, July 31

Click here for more details about these events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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