Kean University ALUMNI
March 2015

I am excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards, who will be honored at a ceremony on campus April 26. These exceptional alumni have honored the legacy of excellence here at Kean by making significant contributions to society.

  • Maria Bordas ’74 ’80 MA studied Psychology and Behavioral Science at Kean and went on to be the General Manager for Strategic Planning and Policy for the Aviation Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She served from 2008-2012 as the chair of the Kean University Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Edward Jajosky ’64 studied Industrial Education and founded Design Place, specializing in furniture design and toy making. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Kean since 1973.
  • Eleonore Kessler Cohen ’64 MA ’71 MA has made her career as an attorney and realtor. She is a former mayor of Livingston Township and trustee of the Newark Museum. 
  • Michele (Mickey) McNany ’72 ’86 is known to many for her work with the Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School, where she has taught thousands of students over 30 years. Mickey placed many Kean students as interns and teachers in the program. 

To read more about the Distinguished Alumni Award, this year’s recipients, or nominate someone for the 2016 award, please visit 

Warmest wishes,


The members of Kean University's Iota Phi Theta fraternity recently purchased a plot of land in Newark for $1,000 with the intention of building a house for a homeless family. The story has received extensive coverage in local media. The fraternity is currently running a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds toward construction of the house, and has identified its first resident—a single mother and her two-year-old son currently living in an East Orange shelter. Read more.

Kean University has announced that Diane Goldblatt Miron, a graduate of the Class of 1961, and her husband Bob Miron will make a major gift to the University in tribute to Mrs. Miron's alma mater. A significant portion of the gift will be used to refurbish Kean's University Center, which will be renamed the Miron Student Center. Additionally, a portion of the Mirons' donation will be used as a matching gift to leverage and spark giving from new alumni donors to Kean University. Read more.

"It Happened Here: New Jersey," a series of 90-second videos produced by Kean University that has been airing on NJTV, was recently nominated for a 58th Annual New York Emmy Award for best nostalgia program. Launched in conjunction with the year-long celebration of New Jersey's 350th anniversary, "It Happened Here: New Jersey" explores notable figures in New Jersey's history. Read more.



Christine Dansereau '96 '98 MA has been sworn in as the first female mayor in the Borough of Roselle, N.J.’s 132-year history. Dansereau, who had served as 5th Ward councilwoman for eight years and the last three years as councilwoman-at-large, succeeds former Mayor (and fellow Kean graduate) Jamel C. Holley '06 MPA, who resigned his post on Feb. 23 to represent the 20th District in the New Jersey Assembly. Read more.

For more than 25 years, Felix "Phil" Linfante '93 MA has been a professor of Social Sciences at Essex County Community College. And now he will bring that knowledge to Warren County Community College as a member of its Board of Trustees. The Hackettstown resident is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Nutley. He previously served in ECCC's administration as Dean of Educational Services and Executive Dean of Student Success. Read more.

The Kean University Benisch Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce the six former student-athletes and one administrator to be inducted as part of the 2015 class. Joining the Hall of Fame this spring will be former women’s soccer standout Heather Anzivino '08, baseball All-American Mike Battista '08, men’s lacrosse star Gerard “Gerry” Benaquista '94, women’s basketball All-American Shervon James '04, two-sport standout Deanna Thomas '05, two-time baseball All-American Dan Zeffiro '08, and former coach and current administrator Patrick Ippolito '62 '65 MA. Read more.



College of Education Dean's Reception

Sunday, April 12
11 a.m.
Green Lane Academic Building, Union, N.J.

Join alumni from the College of Education for an opportunity to learn from the 2014-15 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, Mark Mautone '02 (pictured). Afterwards, enjoy a lovely brunch in Kean Hall, followed by a campus tour. Faculty from the College of Education will be on hand to chat about current developments in the college. Click here for more information or to register online.

Adele Kenny '70 Poetry Reading and Book Launch

Sunday, April 12
2 p.m.
Ruth Horowitz Alumni House, East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Join Kean alumni and guests for a poetry reading from Adele Kenny '70’s new book, A Lightness, a Thirst, or Nothing at All. Light refreshments will be available and Kenny will take questions from the audience. The award-winning poet and nonfiction writer received Kean's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. Click here for more information or to register. 

Men's Soccer Alumni Game

Saturday, April 18
11 a.m.
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

To register for this event, click here. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at

Diamonds Are Forever

Saturday, April 18
1 p.m.
D'Angola Gymnasium

Did you play baseball at Kean University? If yes, then you won't want to miss the annual "Diamonds Are Forever" Reunion! Come back to campus and see your old teammates and meet other players from different eras. RSVP by April 13. (Softball players: The team is on the road this year.) Click here for more information or to register online.

Field Hockey Alumnae Game

Saturday, April 25
6 p.m.
Alumni Stadium, Union, N.J.

For more information, contact Leslie Lafronz at

Distinguished Alumni Awards

Sunday, April 26
12 Noon
STEM Building, Union, N.J.

Join us for a luncheon and awards ceremony honoring the recipients of the 2015 Kean University Distinguished Alumni Award (see "Message from the Alumni Director" above for a list of the recipients). The cost to attend is $50. Please RSVP by April 20. Click here for more information or to register online.

50 Plus Reunion (for alumni who have passed their 50th Reunion)

Tuesday, May 12
11:30 a.m.
STEM Building, Union, N.J.

The Kean University Alumni Association welcomes you and a guest to reunite with graduates from 1964 and earlier from the Newark Normal School, New Jersey State Teachers College at Newark, and Newark State College. The event includes lunch, entertainment, and trolley tours of the campus. RSVP by May 4. Click here for more information or to register online. 



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.  

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Friday, April 10
8 p.m.
Harwood Arena, Union, N.J.

If your life has been touched by cancer, as a survivor or a caregiver, the ACS's Relay for Life is for you. Opening ceremonies begin at 8 p.m. A reception for survivors and caregivers starts at 9 p.m. The signature Luminaria Ceremony with hundreds of glowing lanterns placed around the track takes place during the closing ceremony. For more information, contact Stephanie Faser at To register for the event or donate to the Relay for Life, click here.



The 45-voice Kean University Concert Choir, 25-voice Chorale and 12-voice Men’s Chamber Choir will perform a varied program of sacred and secular music on Sunday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at Kean University’s Enlow Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Enlow Hall is located at 215 North Avenue, Hillside, N.J. For more information, please contact the Kean University Box Office at 908-737 SHOW (7469).

Kean's Department of Theatre will present Dennis Foon's "Kindness," a play for ages 6 and up, at Kean's Zella Fry Theatre on April 1 and April 6-8. "Kindness" focuses on children's emotional development, depicting a group of youngsters learning the importance of compassion and empathy as they navigate through relationships and feelings. The production was featured in a news story on To order tickets online, click here.

The Kean University Dance Ensemble, the university's student dance company, will perform at Kean's Wilkins Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11. This year's production will highlight some of the most memorable works created over the past 25 years by Artist Director Luis Martinez, as well as new works encompassing a broad range of genres including modern, jazz, and classical dance forms. To order tickets online, click here.



Opening Day
Wednesday, April 1

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4

Afternoon Teas
Wednesdays, April 8 and 23

The Girls of Liberty Hall: A Fancy Farm Girl Tea Party 
Saturday, April 11

Yoga in the Gardens
Sundays, April 12 and 26

Click here for more details about these April events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email


Kean University mourns the loss of Lowell Harwood, a longtime member of the Kean University Board of Trustees and prolific benefactor of the University and its students. Mr. Harwood was a tireless advocate for Kean University and a vocal champion of access and affordability in higher education. He was appointed to the Kean University Board of Trustees in 1995 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and served as its chair for several years. Mr. Harwood championed strategic investment in University facilities and the establishment of fundraising and philanthropic initiatives to support Kean students. The University named the Harwood Arena and Wellness Center in honor of his leadership and personal generosity. Read more.

Michael Graves, the celebrated and award-winning architect and namesake of Kean University's Michael Graves School of Architecture, died on March 12 at age 80. Graves was one of the world's most revered contemporary architects. Hailed as "one of the original American voices" in architecture, he had designed hundreds of buildings for corporations, governments, foundations, and universities. Later in life, after he became paralyzed following an infection, he shifted his focus to designing health care facilities and advocating for the disabled. Click here to read a statement on Graves' passing by Kean University President Dawood Farahi. 


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