Kean University ALUMNI
May 2015

As we prepare your May e-newsletter, the campus is abuzz in excitement for Commencement!  Nearly 3,700 new graduates will be joining you as members of the Alumni Association: 700 on Tuesday in the graduate ceremony, and 3,000 Thursday in the undergraduate ceremony. Our graduates come from 6 colleges, with 48 majors and 32 graduate programs. We hope you will join us in giving them a warm welcome to the association. Many of them will join us on June 20 for the annual Summer Splash at Bar A in Lake Como.

As you encounter the new grads, they might ask you what benefits the Alumni Association provides. If you need a refresher, as an alumnus you receive lifelong access to your email as long as you keep it active, access to all amenities and services in the Nancy Thompson Library, access to our Alumni Online Community, a subscription to Kean Magazine, lifelong access to the Career Development office, discounted tickets for visual and performing arts events, discounts to athletic events, invitations to alumni events and reunions held throughout the year, and insurance discounts. You can also sign up for gym access with an annual fee. Learn more on the Kean Alumni website.  

As our new grads cross the stage this week, our Alumni Association becomes stronger. Please keep our new grads in mind as they embark on their next journey.

Warm wishes,


Max Friedman of Colonia, N.J., design major in the Robert Busch School of Design, was named Kean's Undergraduate Student Researcher of the Year during Kean Research Days 2015. Friedman is already the published author, lead illustrator, and designer of three books on graphic design—two of which are currently on the shelves and in classrooms. Friedman was nominated for the research award based on his participation in three research projects; his work on the design books; and his work on the “Look Who’s Getting Engaged” ad campaign for John Prendergast’s The Enough Project. Read more.

The Kean University softball team rallied to win the 2015 NCAA Division III Softball Union Super Regional in a deciding game three, by a score of 4-2, on Saturday, May 16 over Wheaton (Mass.) College. Earlier in the day, the Lyons had topped Kean 8-0 to force a winner-take-all third game of the series. This is Kean's first trip to the NCAA College World Series since the 1986 team ended its season there with a 38-9 record. Prior to today, it marked the program's only appearance at the NCAA final site.
Kean will advance to the 2015 NCAA Division III Softball Championship at the Moyer Sports Complex in Salem, Virginia. Read more. 

Kean University is one of six green projects/organizations that will receive more than $36,000 from New Jersey American Water's 2015 Environmental Grant Program. The grant winners have projects underway that address water source or watershed protection. Kean has been awarded the 2015 Environmental Grant to restore and improve water source protection for the Manasquan River in Monmouth County. Kean will conduct workshops and river bank stabilization projects with local high school students and the New Jersey Water Supply Authority. Read more. 



A new academic building at Saint Leo University, located near Tampa, Florida, will be named after Arthur Kirk ’68 ’73 MA. Dr. Kirk, a 1997 Kean Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, is set to retire as Saint Leo's president this summer and will also be named the university’s first president emeritus. Kirk Hall will include 16 new classrooms, faculty offices and “academic support services space,” according to the university. Cindy Brannen, chairwoman of Saint Leo's board of trustees, called Dr. Kirk an "inspiring teacher, as well as a remarkable leader" and stated that during his presidency, he "transformed Saint Leo". Read more. 

Maureen Rebimbas ’96 was among 37 women honored on May 6 at the 36th Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Awards Dinner, sponsored by YWCA of Union County, N.J. Rebimbas has over 30 years of experience in the industry, predominately in the ShopRite Financial Services Division where she is currently financial manager of the Non-Perishables division of Wakefern Food Corp. She holds a degree in accounting from Kean. YWCA Union County’s Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award is a nationally-recognized honor awarded to women in executive, managerial, and other professional roles who have made significant contributions in their fields. Read more.

Art education professor Lucy Andrus ’75 was featured in the Buffalo News for her work on the Art Partners program, which marked its 20th anniversary this year. Andrus and her SUNY Buffalo State students typically bring the program to local schools as a form of art therapy. Andrus describes Art Partners as “a volunteer, service-learning program that gets our students—our art education majors and art therapy minors—out into the schools working with kids in urban settings, kids who have special learning needs due to either disability or living with an adverse life circumstance; for example, poverty.” Read more.

Lower Alloways Creek School District Superintendent Jason Eitner ’04 MA has been nominated for honors in the category of Superintendent at the 2015 Annual Bammy Awards. Presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, the Bammy Award is a cross­-discipline award recognizing the contributions of educators from across the education field. Honorees will be announced on Sept. 26 at a red­ carpet event in Washington, D.C. Read more.



18th Annual Kean Gala

Thursday, June 11
5:30 p.m.—VIP Reception and Awards Presentation
7:00 p.m.—Grand Reception, Dessert and Dancing
East Campus, Kean University, Hillside, N.J.

You are invited to be part of Kean's biggest fundraiser of the year! This year, we will be celebrating “The Graduating Student” in a festive affair on the grounds of our East Campus—home to our Nathan Weiss Graduate College. Our honoree is Joseph Sheridan '80 (pictured), president and chief operating officer of Wakefern Food Corporation. Special alumni admission pricing! RSVP by May 26. Click here for more information or to register. 

Summer Splash

Saturday, June 20
3 p.m.
Bar Anticipation, Lake Como, N.J.

Once again, Kean alumni will take part in their traditional kickoff to the summer season. $10 per person admission—Class of 2015 is FREE!
Admission price includes live D.J., all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, discounted drinks, games, and giveaways. Families welcome until 7 p.m., then 21 and over, please. RAIN or SHINE. RSVP by June 17. Click here for more information or to register.



Summer is the perfect time for alumni to reconnect with Kean University, and Summer Session is a great way to do it as a Visiting/Non-Matriculated student. Whether you are looking to expand your horizons or add to your professional skills, Kean Summer has over 400 undergraduate and graduate courses in Psychology, Education, Global Business, health sciences, and more. Small class size and greater focus on one class at a time provide a meaningful educational experience.

To get into gear this summer, just go to KeanWISE, search for classes and register, or visit our web page at

Contact for graduate courses or call (908) 737-GRAD.
Contact for undergraduate courses.

Reconnect with Kean and register for Summer Session today!



Premiere Stages will celebrate its 11th anniversary as Kean University’s professional Equity theatre with a dynamic lineup of events, featuring a season of topical plays that focus on people of the region, both past and present. Enhanced by award-winning premieres, engaging musical presentations for young audiences, captivating summer camps for middle-school and high-school students, and collaborations with like-minded organizations both on and off campus, the 2015 season promises to be the most successful to date. Highlights include productions dealing with themes including Hurricane Sandy and Seneca Village (the Manhattan community that occupied the site that became Central Park). Read more.

From June 19-21, Premiere Stages will present a staged reading of Kate Cortesi's play Great Kills, in which a Staten Island high school achiever's college application reveals a secret that sends her family into a tailspin. The reading will take place in the Murphy-Dunn Theatre in Vaughn-Eames Hall. Admission is free, but advance tickets are required; please call (908) 737-7469 to reserve.  



History Happy Hour: Secrets of Prohibition
Friday, May 29 

The Pleasure of a Wine & Cheese Tasting
Saturday, May 30

Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, May 31 

Click here for more details about these May events.

Afternoon Teas
Wednesday, June 10 & 24

Toys Through Time: A Hands-On Children's Workshop
Saturday, June 13

Afternoon Tea in the Gardens
Sunday, June 14

Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, June 14

Click here for more details about these June events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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