Kean University ALUMNI
                                     November 2015

We are winding down from an action-packed fall and enjoyed seeing hundreds of you back on campus for various events and reunions, including Homecoming! Check out photos from these events below under Alumni Events.

As you gather this month to give thanks—please know how thankful we are for all of you. Last fiscal year we had more than 130 recorded alumni volunteers, and halfway into this year we have already exceeded 150 as more of you join committees, speak on panels, and sign up to be mentors. As you reflect on the things you are thankful for, I hope Kean is on your list and that you are still seeing the positive benefits from the time you spent here on campus. Just as Kean shaped your experience, you all have shaped Kean into the world-class university of today. Thank you for leaving your mark, and enjoy the Thanksgiving season.



Kean University is now accepting applications for its new Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, which will launch in June 2016 at the Nathan Weiss Graduate College. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is Kean University’s fourth doctoral program and its first entry-level doctoral program. Read more. 

Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean, recently received the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Award of Excellence. During the organization’s annual gala, held at Kean, Premiere Stages presented two scenes that were written in partnership with the Matheny Medical and Educational Center's Arts Access Program. Arts Access provides arts education to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Read more.  

On Friday, Oct. 30, Kean University hosted “Latinos Moving Forward in America," a day-long celebration of the Latin American experience and presence in the United States. Dedicated change agents from Kean University, the Latino community and local leaders, including Sen. Raymond Lesniak and alumnus Agustin 'Gus' Garcia '80, honored the past, examined the present, and envisioned the future of Latinos in this country through the lens of social justice and human rights. Read more. 



Cynthia Kenney O'Donnell ’94 of Toms River High School East was chosen as her school's Teacher of the Year for 2015. O’Donnell has served as a Social Studies/Psychology teacher for 21 years in the Toms River Regional school district.

Yvette Mullings ’05, owner of Edgewater Design Group LLC, a full service interior design firm that offers a popular design option called "bite-size design," was featured on Miami’s for Thanksgiving design and decor tips she provided. Read more. 

Daniela Petrilli '07 MA is the founder and president of the new non-profit organization Operation MCP (Making Careers Possible). The mission of Operation MCP is to provide assistance to United States Veterans with résumé writing and interview preparation to help them transition in the hopes of becoming employed in the civilian workforce. Read more. 

Michael Capabianco ’01 MPA was introduced as the new Asbury Park, New Jersey city manager at a city council meeting held on Oct. 28. Capabianco is the former borough administrator of Little Ferry, New Jersey. Read more.  

New Jersey Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter ’96 was re-appointed as Assembly Majority Conference Leader. As conference leader, Sumter will be part of the Assembly’s Democratic majority leadership team and will preside over caucus discussions and debate. Read more.   



Kean Alumni Online Networking

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
12 Noon

Connect with fellow Kean alumni from your city and around the world! Join fellow participants to share your experiences, exchange career tips, and build your professional network—all online! You can connect with 10 or more new alumni in your career field within the hour. Click here to join the event on Tuesday, 11/17 at 12 noon.

Kean on the Road: Phoenix

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Dick's Hideaway, 6008 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

Alumni in the Phoenix, Arizona, area are invited to reconnect with classmates at an intimate alumni gathering. Special guests include Kean University Foundation President Carla S. Willis and Alumni Association President Edward Esposito '69 '72 MA. RSVP by Tuesday, November 17 to (877) 737-3868. Click here for more information.  

Theatre Alumni Networking Night

Saturday, November 21, 2015
4:30—6:30 p.m.
Vaughn-Eames Hall, Union Campus

The Theatre Department faculty, in conjunction with the Kean University Alumni Association, invite you to celebrate the opening of the department's new space in Vaughn-Eames. Come back to Kean to network with other alumni from the Theatre program. Tour the new scene shop, costume shop, and dance studio. While you’re on campus, you could attend the 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. performance of the department's new production Children of Eden.

Registration is complimentary.  Online registration has closed, but you may register at the door. Click here for more information.

Past Events

Photo albums for these recent alumni events are now available to view on Facebook:

All-Greek Reunion—October 23, 2015  

Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game—October 24, 2015

Homecoming 2015: Carnival Rio—October 24, 2015

NJCSTM 10th Anniversary Celebration—October 24, 2015

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Reunion—October 25, 2015

Class of 1965 50th Reunion—October 25, 2015  



Holocaust Survivor Testimony 

Wednesday, December 2
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Wilkins Theatre, Union Campus 

Holocaust survivor David Tuck will present his life experiences in relation to the Holocaust.

Holocaust Scholar Lecture Series

Tuesday, December 8
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre, Union Campus 

Holocaust scholar Dr. Douglas Lawrence will present on post-war justice.  



We Are You Project 

Through January 2016 
Human Rights Institute Gallery
Nancy Thompson Library, 2nd floor 

The We Are You Project combines visual art, poetry, music, performance art and film to explore the lived experiences of Latinos within and beyond the United States. Featured artists uniquely depict current social, cultural, political and economic conditions to increase awareness and inspire action to improve the human experience. Click here for more information.  

Conservatory of Music—Concert Choir

Sunday, November 22 
3 p.m.
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Click here for more information.

Arturo Sandoval and Guests 

Sunday, December 6
3 p.m.
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Join legendary jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Arturo Sandoval and friends for an afternoon brimming with holiday cheer! A ten-time Grammy® Award winner, Arturo Sandoval will put his signature stamp on holiday classics "Feliz Navidad," "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song," "O Christmas Tree," "It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," and many more. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.  

Conservatory of Music—Percussion Ensemble

Monday, December 7 
7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre, Main Campus, Union, N.J. 

Click here for more information.

Conservatory of Music—Jazz Ensemble 

Thursday, December 10
7:30 p.m. 
Wilkins Theatre, Main Campus, Union, N.J. 

Click here for more information.



Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun
Ongoing Exhibit
Special Alumni Rate: $8*

Deck the Halls: Fifty Years of Christmas Decorations
Throughout December 

Afternoon Tea
Wednesday, November 18

Christmas Tours Begin!
Friday, November 27
Special alumni rate: $8* 

Holiday Afternoon Teas
Wednesdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

History Happy Hour: Christmas Traditions
Thursday, December 10
Special alumni rate: $20*

Gingerbread House Workshop
Saturdays, December 12 and 19

Christmas Candlelight Tours
Saturday, December 12

How the Grinch Stole Lunch Feast
Sunday, December 13

Breakfast with Santa
Sunday, December 20

* Please mention that you saw the discounted alumni rate in the Kean University Alumni News. 

Click here for more details about these events.

The Liberty Hall Museum Store is currently offering 50% off your entire purchase! 

Liberty Hall Museum also will accept unwrapped gifts for children ages 1-17 on behalf of Toys for Tots from Wednesday, November 18 through Tuesday, December 15. Donations should be dropped off at the “Blue House,” the museum’s Visitor Center. 

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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