Kean University ALUMNI
                                     September 2015

Greetings alumni!  Now that the new academic year is in full swing, the countdown is on for Homecoming 2015: Carnival Rio! There are lots of great events during Homecoming weekend that we hope you’ll be able to attend. Please visit our Homecoming page for a listing of events including Greek Alumni Reunion and ghost tours at Liberty Hall on Friday night, the annual Homecoming football game and a performance of Elektra by Kean Theatre on Saturday, and the class of 1965 50th Reunion on Sunday. I hope you’ll visit with us under the Alumni Association tent on Saturday where you can pick up your food and entertainment tickets along with a small gift. To tie into this year’s fun-filled Carnival Rio theme, we will have Brazilian-themed music and dancers who might even teach you how to dance Samba! 

In addition to Homecoming, there are some other great events here to help kick off the fall semester at Kean. The Alumni Association will host Kean Connect: Achieving Financial Health, a financial seminar to help alumni learn how to better utilize financial resources, on October 8. We are also hosting a travel webinar on October 14 which will provide more information on the upcoming Spain alumni trip happening in 2016. 

Whether you’re excited about Homecoming, networking, or just seeing all of the beautiful changes on campus this season, there are many reasons to come back to Kean. Read more below about the full lineup of events for Homecoming and visit our Homecoming page to register.  

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

Warm wishes,




In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Human Rights Institute at Kean University hosted an opening reception for its newest exhibition, "We Are You Project: An Exhibition on Social Justice and Immigration" on September 15. The We Are You Project International is a contemporary Latino art initiative that combines visual art, poetry, performance art, film, and lectures to explore the identity and lived experiences of Latinos both nationally and internationally. The exhibit, which will remain on display through January 2016, is part of a series of campus events highlighting the issues of social justice and immigration. Read more. 

Kean University has been noted as among the first New Jersey colleges paving the way for use of body-worn camera technology by its campus police. The use of body cameras by police departments leads to fewer public complaints against officers and a drop in the use of force by law enforcement, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more.  

The New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics (NJCSTM) at Kean University has partnered with the Sanofi Foundation for North America to provide immersive research experiences for students interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers through the Group Summer Scholars Research Program (GSSRP). The Sanofi Foundation scholarships will fund GSSRP scholars over the course of the program to help further their education and pursuit of STEM careers. Read more. 



Lee Bennett Hopkins ’60 H'80, Kean Distinguished Alumnus (1972) and honorary degree recipient (1980), received the Regina Medal Award for 2016, awarded by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A prolific children’s author, he is known throughout his field as a poet and poetry anthologist whose numerous award-winning books for children and young adults have played an instrumental role in keeping poetry for children alive and thriving. Read more. 

Vijay Holdings, an international multi-channel retailer founded by Sahil Patel ’12, was ranked 366th among the nation’s 5000 fastest growing private companies on Inc. Magazine’s annual list. The 2015 Inc. 5000 list was unveiled on and represents the most comprehensive look at a very important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Read more.  

Carlo Ruggiero ’02, the co-founder of Kono Pizza in the U.S., was recently featured in the Jersey Journal and on in a story about Kono Pizza's new location in the Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City. Kono Pizza has reinvented one of America's most popular comfort foods—pizza—and is serving it up in a cone. Kono Pizza is hand-held pizza dough with ingredients layered inside and then baked in a proprietary oven. Read more.  

Zende L. Clark ’77 ’83 was named interim superintendent of schools in Hillside, N.J., becoming the first African-American superintendent in the district’s history. She shared her happiness with the appointment, stating, “I was here through the state mandated desegregation. To know that we have come this far, to know that at one point the state had to come in and integrate the community, and now the board appoints their first African-American to the position, I think that shows the community has come a long way.” Read more. 



Toys Through Time Soirée

Thursday, October 1
6 p.m.
Liberty Hall Museum, Union, N.J.

Join us as Liberty Hall Museum showcases the opening of its new exhibit "Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun" and celebrates its 15th anniversary as the home of New Jersey history. Enjoy lavish refreshments and cocktails, play classic lawn games, dance to live music, and preview a sampling of the more than 150 toys that will be part of Liberty Hall's exhibit. Proceeds from this event will benefit Liberty Hall's educational programming for children. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information or to register.  

Kean Connect: Achieving Financial Health

Thursday, October 8
6:30–8:00 p.m.
Main Campus, CAS (Center for Academic Success) Room 106, Union, N.J.

Are you a recent graduate and not sure which financial concerns to prioritize? Student loan repayment, saving for an apartment or home, and investing in your 401(k)….there are lots of competing spending priorities out there. Join us to hear from financial experts and ask your questions about how best to utilize your financial resources now to help you in the future. Registration is complimentary; please let us know by October 5 that you’re attending. 

Kean on the Road: Spain Travel Webinar 

Wednesday, October 14
12 noon

Go beyond the brochure! Join the Kean University Alumni Association for an entertaining online travel presentation about its upcoming trip to Spain in September 2016. Ask real-time questions, learn from travel experts, and lose yourself in incredible images of Spain. Unable to attend at the scheduled time? Register now, and you will be able to view the archived session as soon as it becomes available! 

HOMECOMING 2015–"Carnival Rio"

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

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. Register by October 16 and save—the fee will increase to $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. Registration requested.

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 or to register.

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 the Office of Alumni Relations at or (908) 737-ALUM (2586).

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 or to register.

Past Events

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

Women's Alumnae Volleyball Game—September 12, 2015
Baseball Alumni Game—September 19, 2015



Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, September 26
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.

Graduate Open House

Sunday, September 27
12:30–3:00 p.m.
Click here for more information or to register.

Nathan Weiss Memorial Cougar Color 5K

Sunday, October 18
9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Join us for our second annual Cougar Color 5K run. Get blasted with a powdery rainbow of colors as you raise money for Cougar Color Scholarships. All proceeds from the event will sponsor scholarships for Kean University graduate students. Click here for more information or to register.



With construction now complete on its state-of-the-art scene shop and several new design/technology classrooms, Kean’s Department of Theatre announced its season for this academic year. The 2015–2016 Department of Theatre season, slated to begin October 16, will include the Greek tragedy Elektra; Children of Eden, a musical based on the first nine chapters of the Book of Genesis; Julius Caesar, Shakespeare’s timeless political exposé; and John J. Wooten’s riotous farce, Kiss the Bride. Read more. 

Premiere Stages is now accepting submissions for the Bauer-Boucher Kean Student/Alumni Reading Series. Named for longtime Premiere Stages supporters W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, the Bauer-Boucher Kean Student/Alumni Reading Series showcases the work of gifted Kean University student and alumni playwrights. Designed after the Premiere Stages Play Festival, the reading series will offer the winning Kean student/alumni playwright a one-day developmental reading of a new play with a professional cast and director and a cash award. Click here for more information and submission guidelines.

Rock the Ballet Featuring Bad Boys of Dance

Sunday, October 4
3 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

An original and brilliantly entertaining show featuring masterful choreography that fuses all of today's most popular dance styles such as contemporary, jazz, musical theater, ballet, hip-hop, martial arts, and gravity-defying acrobatics. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

We Are You Project: Poetry Reading on Social Justice and Immigration 

Thursday, October 8
3 p.m.
Human Rights Institute Gallery
Nancy Thompson Library, 2nd floor
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

The poetry reading is part of a series of free campus events highlighting the issues of social justice and immigration, and centered around the We Are You Project exhibition. Click here for more information. 

Na-Young & Friends: Russian Evening 

Thursday, October 8 
7:30 p.m.
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J. 

Join acclaimed cellist Na-Young Baek and friends for an evening of Russian favorites, featuring pianists Amy Yang and Adrienne Kim; violist Maurycy Banaszek, director Anthony Scelba, and violinists Victoria Stewart and Eric Wyrick. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets. 

National Circus & Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China 

Sunday, October 11
4 p.m.
Wilkins Theatre
Main Campus, Union, N.J.

Direct from Beijing, this award-winning troupe has delighted audiences around the globe with its dazzling, dizzying, and often gravity-defying feats for over 60 years. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


October 16–24
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.

Flamenco Fire

Saturday, October 17
7:30 p.m. 
Wilkins Theatre
Main Campus, Union, N.J. 

José Porcel and his company of dancers and live orchestra present a spectacle of classic flamenco as it was danced and performed by the great masters, including Antonio Gades, José Greco, and the great Antonio. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Joshua Bell

Sunday, October 25
3 p.m. 
Enlow Hall
East Campus, Hillside, N.J.

Classical music superstar and violinist Joshua Bell has astounded audiences with his gorgeous tone and breathtaking virtuosity since his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 14. Returning to Enlow Hall where he wowed a sold-out audience in 2013, he and pianist Sam Haywood offer an intimate afternoon of chamber music. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.



Fall Harvest 
Throughout October

Yoga in the Gardens
Sunday, September 27
Sundays, October 4 and 18

Toys Through Time: The History of American Fun
Exhibit premieres Monday, October 5—Special Alumni Rate: $8* 

Afternoon Teas
Wednesdays, October 14 and 28 

Four Centuries in a Weekend 
Saturday October 17–Sunday, October 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*

* 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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