Kean University ALUMNI
                                     October 2015

Greetings alumni!  We look forward to welcoming many of you back to campus this weekend!  Homecoming promises to be an action-packed time where you can enjoy Brazilian food and drinks and even learn how to samba! Online registration has closed, but you can still see the weekend’s schedule online and join us at the events.  

Can’t make it back to Homecoming? No worries. We have myriad opportunities to engage with Kean in November, as we celebrate alumni events for Nu Theta Chi, Theta Phi Alpha, Occupational Therapy Alumni, Theatre Alumni, and Educators.

We are continuing to provide engagement opportunities online as well. Our next Alumni Networking Event will be November 17, and we will have a special Educators Online Networking Event on November 11 to follow up on NJEA. You can find video online from our recent financial seminar. We will be hosting more of these seminars and webinars and welcome your input on topics.  

Lastly, we are seeking 12–20 alumni who are willing to be mentors for our pilot student-to-alumni mentoring program which will launch in December and continue through May. Please let us know if you would be interested in serving as an alumni mentor to a senior student.  

As always, we welcome your feedback to make your Kean University Alumni Association stronger. 

Warm wishes,




Kean University officially renamed its University Center as the Miron Student Center in a ceremony on Wednesday, October 7, attended by faculty, administrators, students, and family and friends of benefactor Diane Goldblatt Miron ’61 and her husband Bob Miron. The Mirons have made a major gift to Kean University, and the University Center was renamed as the Miron Student Center in recognition of their generosity and commitment to the university. Read more. 

Kean University and Liberty Hall were among 27 historic Union County locations to be included in Union County's "Four Centuries in a Weekend," a tour of sites and museums across the county on October 17–18 designed to highlight the area’s historical significance. Liberty Hall waived admission fees for the weekend celebration, and Kean provided free trolley transportation from the Union train station to allow families the opportunity to discover the property’s history. Read more.  

Kean University Farm held its first "Cornucopia: Urban Farm Dinner" on September 20 in celebration of a successful growing season. The proceeds from the event will support Kean University Farm as well as the International Refugee Commission's New Roots Immigrant Farmer Program and GrowNYC's FARMroots initiatives which provide farmers with the training and resources needed to start an agricultural business. Read more. 

Several Kean student groups are helping the YWCA of Union County mark Domestic Violence Month at its eighth annual "Empty Place at the Table" event, taking place on October 20 at Kean's Miron Student Center. This year, "Empty Place at the Table" is being co-sponsored by Kean's Peer Educators; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Task Force; Greek Senate; and Student Organization. Read more.



The quilt work by Barbara Dahlberg ’80 titled "Sometimes Friendship Can Be Sticky" has been selected as a finalist for the International Quilt Festival's main show, “A World of Beauty,” and will be featured from October 29–November 1, 2015 at the Houston Convention Center. Dahlberg also has a second fiber art piece, "Mask," which will be shown in an art show at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Clatanoff Pavilion in Annapolis, Maryland, through February 2, 2016.  

Historic Interpreter Stacy Roth ’82 will present an interactive program entitled “Soldiers Without Guns: Women Defense Workers in World War II” on Friday, November 6 for the Westfield Historical Society. Roth will assume the character of Rosie Niemiec, a housewife who decided to do her bit for the war effort (and surprise her husband) by taking a job as a welder in a shipyard. She is the author of Past Into Present: Effective Techniques for First-Person Historical Interpretation and has spoken widely throughout northern New Jersey about New Jersey history. Read more.  

Joseph G. Aubourg ’06 is the co-chair for the District 46 Toastmasters 2015 Fall Conference, to be held on November 14, 2015 in East Elmhurst, New York. Kean alumni are invited to attend the Toastmasters conference, themed "Dare to Dream Again, Only Bigger," and can find more information here.  

Jeralyn L. Lawrence ’92, a member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., was installed as president of the Somerset County Bar Association at the association's installation dinner on September 25. She previously served as President-Elect. 
Read more.

Marc Zolchonock '15 was named Director of Lacrosse Operations at Rutgers University. Zolchonock was a four-year letter winner for the Cougars. Read more. 



HOMECOMING 2015–"Carnival Rio"

Friday, October 23–Sunday, October 25
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Online registration for Homecoming has closed, but you can still join us and register on site.

All-Greek Reunion 
Friday, October 23 
STEM Building, 6th Floor
7:30–11:00 p.m.

The Kean University Alumni Association welcomes our Greek Alumni and their invited guests to kick off the Homecoming weekend at the All-Greek Alumni Reunion. Your registration fee includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a beer/wine bar as well as entertainment if you feel like dancing the night away. Registration is $30 at the door. 

Homecoming 2015: Carnival Rio
Saturday, October 24
Starting at 10 a.m.

Come back to Kean for a great day of fun, food, games, and prizes. Hang out and enjoy refreshments in the Alumni Welcome Tent, or entertain yourself and the kids with carnival games and children's rides and activities. Then cheer on the Cougars in football, field hockey, and soccer at Alumni Stadium.

NJCSTM 10th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 24
STEM Building
4 p.m.

Graduates of the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics (NJCSTM) program will gather at the STEM Building to celebrate the program's 10th anniversary. Click here for more information.

Women’s Lacrosse Alumnae Game
Saturday, October 24
Alumni Stadium
9 a.m.—Game
10:15 a.m.—Brunch
Click here to register for the alumnae game and brunch.

Men’s Lacrosse Alumni Reunion
Sunday, October 25
8 a.m.
Intermural Fields, East Campus
For more information contact Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Shelly Sheiner at (908) 737-0600. 

Class of 1965 50th Reunion
Sunday, October 25
Ruth Horowitz Alumni House
215 North Avenue, Hillside, N.J. 
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Kean University Alumni Association cordially invites members of the Newark State College Class of 1965 and their invited guests to the Class of 1965 50th Reunion. The day’s program will include a welcome reception and group photo, luncheon, ceremony, and trolley tours of campus. Click here for more information.

Kean University Alumni Food Drive 2015

Drop off: Kean University Office of Alumni Relations, Townsend Hall, Room 122, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. 
Monday, October 19–Friday, October 30
Or bring 2 items to a registration table at Homecoming and receive a raffle ticket that will enter you into a drawing to receive a free gift! 

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at the Office of Alumni Relations between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. All donations will be delivered to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. For more information about the food drive and how you can get involved, click here or call Move for Hunger at (732) 774-0521.

Kean on the Road: NJEA 2015, Atlantic City, N.J.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Caesar’s Atlantic City
Palladium A
2100 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ  08401
5:30–7:00 p.m. 

The Kean University Alumni Association cordially invites you to its annual Alumni Reception during the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention. Convention attendees and local alumni are encouraged to attend. Stop by the Kean University alumni table at the convention to pick up your free gift! Advance registration requested. 

Nu Theta Chi 75th Anniversary

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Ruth Horowitz Alumni House
East Campus—215 North Avenue
Hillside, NJ 07205
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 

The alumnae of Nu Theta Chi Sorority, in partnership with the Kean University Alumni Association, invite you to attend a brunch celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Nu Theta Chi on Kean's campus. Alumnae will reconnect over a light brunch. Trolley tours of campus will be provided. Registration is complimentary. RSVP no later than November 1. 

Interested in learning more about the off-campus evening event? Contact Jennifer Czerwinski at (732) 763-0112.

Occupational Therapy Alumni Networking Night

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Kean University Occupational Therapy Clinic
East Campus—215 North Avenue
Hillside, N.J. 07205
6:00–8:00 p.m.

Come back to Kean to network with other alumni from the Occupational Therapy program. If you haven’t seen the new OT clinic space yet, this is a great opportunity to do so. Registration is complimentary. RSVP no later than November 3. 

Theta Phi Alpha Alumnae Reunion

Saturday, November 14
Kean University—Green Lane Building, 6th Floor
Corner of Morris Avenue and Green Lane, Union, N.J.
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

The sisters of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, in partnership with the Kean University Alumni Association, invite you to attend an alumnae brunch. Reconnect with one another and meet the active sisters. Alumnae of Alpha Theta Pi, Delta Sigma Pi, Zeta Delta Pi, and Pi Pi Pi are also invited to attend to share the history that led to the sororities' merger and creation of Theta Phi Alpha. Trolley tours of campus will be provided.

Alumni and Guests—$35.  Students—$15. RSVP no later than November 5.  

Theatre Alumni Networking Night

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Kean University—Vaughn-Eames Hall, Union, N.J. 
4:30–6:30 p.m.

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. And while you’re on campus, you could attend the 2 p.m. or 8 p.m. performance of Children of Eden.

Registration is complimentary. RSVP no later than November 12.  



Practical Perseverance: Networking Breakfast & Presentation
Sponsored by Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders

Monday, October 26
8:00–10:00 a.m.
STEM Building, Kean University
1075 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.  

Latinos Moving Forward in America

Friday, October 30
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
STEM Building, Kean University
1075 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.

Join us for a full-day event featuring Latino diversity and celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a free, public event. Keynote speakers are State Senator Raymond Lesniak and civil and human rights activist Agustin "Gus" Garcia '80, president of Garcorp International. Click here for more information or to RSVP. Please email questions to LatinosAtKEAN.October 

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, November 1
Check-in Begins: 9 a.m.
Kick-off Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Harwood Arena, Main Campus, Union, N.J.
Click here for more information or to register.



Through October 24
Zella Fry Theatre, Vaughn Eames Hall
Main Campus, Union, N.J. 

Presented by Kean University's Department of Theatre, written by Sophokles, translated by Ezra Pound and Rudd Fleming, and directed by E. Teresa Choate. Years before the action begins, a father sacrificed his eldest daughter so that the gods would allow the winds to carry his fleet to the Trojan War. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Arco Ensemble: Conducted by Joseph Colaneri 

Sunday, November 1
3:00 p.m.
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Northern New Jersey’s premier string orchestra returns to Enlow Hall with internationally acclaimed conductor Joseph Colaneri at the helm. Music Director of the acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival since 2013, Colaneri has served as a member of the conducting roster at the Metropolitan Opera for 15 seasons. This thrilling hour of music will be followed by light refreshments and a reception with the artists in conjunction with Enlow Hall’s popular Concerts & Café Series. Click here to purchase tickets.

Spirit of India

Saturday, November 7
7:30 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

The Bollywood Masala Orchestra and Dancers of India present Spirit of India, a new step toward a bold vision in Indian live music and dance being presented to the world for the first time. Rahis Bharti, one of India’s greatest musical figures, invites you on a lively musical journey from Rajasthan to Mumbai. Click here to purchase tickets.

The King's Singers: Great American Songbook

Sunday, November 8
3:00 p.m.
Enlow Hall 
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

A class act with a delightfully British sense of humor, The King’s Singers are admired for their musical excellence and recognized as consummate entertainers. Two-time Grammy® Award winners, The King’s Singers were chosen in 2013 as one of only two vocal ensembles to enter the Gramophone Hall of Fame. Click here to purchase tickets.  

We Are You Project: Documentary Film Screening

Monday, November 9
Human Rights Institute Gallery
Nancy Thompson Library, 2nd Floor
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

A documentary film about the inception and execution of the We Are You Project, an internationally touring exhibition of work by artists who share roots in Latin America. Click here for more information.

Conservatory of Music—Wind Ensemble Concert

Thursday, November 12
8:00 p.m.
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Click here for more information.

Liberty Live: My Lord, What a Night (Staged Reading) 

Friday, November 13–Sunday, November 15
Little Theatre, Miron Student Center
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

By Deborah Brevoort; directed by Kel Haney. Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night is a thought-provoking dramatization of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. Free; please call (908) 737-7469 to reserve.

Children of Eden

Friday, November 13–Saturday, November 21
Wilkins Theatre
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Kean University's Department of Theatre presents Children of Eden, based on a concept by Charles Lisanby and John Caird's book. Directed by Holly Logue, Children of Eden, which is based on the Old Testament, translates the first nine chapters of the Book of Genesis into a joyous and enchanting musical for the 21st century. Click here to purchase tickets.

We Are You Project: Lecture with Ana Avendaño followed by panel discussion

Monday, November 16
Human Rights Institute Gallery
Nancy Thompson Library, 2nd Floor
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Ana Avendaño is president and director of immigration and community action at the AFL-CIO. Click here for more information.

Conservatory of Music—Concert Choir

Sunday, November 22 
3:00 p.m.
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Click here for more information.



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

Afternoon Teas
Wednesday, October 28 
Wednesdays, November 4 and 18

Ghost Tours
Friday, October 23—Special Alumni Rate: $18*

Pumpkin Patch Day
Saturday, October 24

History Happy Hour: Victorian Mourning Customs
Thursday, October 29—Special Alumni Rate: $20*

A Day in the Life of American Girl Samantha Parkington
Saturday, November 14

History Happy Hour: Nostalgic Gaming
Thursday, November 19
Special Alumni Rate: $20*

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

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

Click here for more details about these events.

Questions? Call (908) 527-0400 or email

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908-737-ALUM (2586)
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