Michele Centeno '91

Michele Centeno '91 (BA Communications), Senior Vice President at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., has been named a 2020 Transportation Power Broker by Risk and Insurance. Centeno's experience working in difficult markets is what lead to her being recognized as a broker "who stands out among their peers for the exceptional client work they delivered over the past year." Read More

David G. Brown II '97, '00 MPA

The Kean University Foundation congratulates David G. Brown II '97, '00 on his appointment to the Board of Directors for New Jersey's Association of Environmental Authorities. Mr. Brown, the Executive Director of the Linden Roselle Sewage Authority and a lifelong resident of Long Branch, has proudly served New Jersey for more than 20 years in a variety of public leadership roles. Read More

Kerel Cooper '98

Kerel Cooper '98 (BS Management Science/Marketing), Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at LiveIntent, previews the changing relationships between businesses and tech behemoths like Google, Facebook, and Amazon in his recently published article, 2020: The Year Publishers and Brands Truly Challenge the Walled Gardens. Read More

Kean Graduate Accepted to Harvard’s Owner/President Management Program

The Kean University Foundation wishes to congratulate Marjorie Perry ’74 on her acceptance into Harvard’s Owner/President Management Program. Pioneered by HBS faculty, the program dives into the complex business challenges facing senior executives of leading companies, nonprofits, and government organizations across the globe. Each three-week, on-campus unit focuses on the business fundamentals, emerging best practices, and areas of special interest that are essential to the success of top business owners and entrepreneurs.

I applied to Harvard’s Owner/President Management program — and they accepted me,” says Marjorie Perry. “I thought my age would be an issue. I thought being in business too long would be an issue, but I got in.” She pauses to ponder this for a moment. A great big smile spreads across her face. “I’m going to Harvard.

Marjorie graduated from Kean in 1974. She is a former member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the College of Business and Public Management’s Board of Advisors.

Cougars Climb Higher Thanks to the Generosity of the Miron Family!

The Kean University Foundation is grateful to Bob and Diane Miron '61 for so many reasons. Their generosity and support has been an inspiration both on and off campus. They donate their time; as Diane serves on the Kean University Foundation Board. They donate their talents by providing both the Foundation and Kean University with strategic counsel and advice. They have donated their treasure as evidenced by the Miron Student Center. They can now say they also have donated an 450 pound Cougar! Next time you are on campus please be sure to stop and take a picture with the beautiful bronze cougar. It is located outside of Townsend Hall. We are extremely grateful to the Miron family for their continued support and friendship!

50 Plus Reunion

About 50 graduates from the Newark Normal School, New Jersey State Teachers College at Newark and Newark State College returned to campus for the annual 50 Plus Reunion on May 8. They shared stories and enjoyed a delicious lunch in the North Avenue Academic Building.

Kean Rocks Through The Ages

“Kean Rocks Through The Ages,” a retrospective exhibit organized by Frank Harpster ’17, was featured on Fios 1 on May 3. Read More

Tanya Ellis-Asbury '03

Tanya Ellis-Asbury '03 (B.S. Psych.-Psych. Rehab.) connected with Dr. J. Barry Mascari, associate professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department, and Lecturer Dr. Jane Webber at the American Counseling Association Conference in Atlanta in April. In addition to being named ACA Fellows, Drs. Mascari and Webber have co-authored the book, "Disaster Mental Health Counseling: A Guide to Preparing and Responding." Ellis-Asbury, an LPC, is in private practice in Georgia.

Alumni of the Brotherhood of Sigma Beta Tau

Alumni of the Brotherhood of Sigma Beta Tau and invited guests returned to Kean on April 28 for a 60th Anniversary Reunion! The evening was organized by the Sigma Beta Tau 60th Reunion committee in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Relations. More than 120 brothers turned out to celebrate and reminisce.

Dr. Dorothy C. Handfield '02 MA

Dr. Dorothy C. Handfield '02 MA and her research, "In-School Violent Behavior Impacts Future Goals for Low Socioeconomic Status Black Male Students who were Exposed to Community Violence," was added to the Research Lab’s K-12 Education Department in the African American Males Division. She is a principal in Newark and president of DCH Consulting Services. Read More

Norma Hernandez '94

Norma Hernandez, '94, who teaches English as a Second Language to second-graders, was surprised to see Governor Phil Murphy walk into her classroom as part of Teacher Appreciation Day on May 8. Governor Murphy praised Hernandez for her hard work and talent by reading a proclamation in her honor. Read More

Fabio Alberto Hurtado '94

Cuban-born Fabio Alberto Hurtado '94 was featured in the news for his book, "Masticate and Swallow," a memoir documenting his life in Cuba in the late 1970s as well as his immigrant experience growing up in the United States. Read More

PR Campaigns

Four alumnae participated in an on-campus workshop on April 18 during the PR Campaigns class taught by Professor Jeremiah Sullivan. Jaclyn LaSpata '14, Hannah Jones '14, Jillian Perera '14 and Stacey Cooney '15 worked one-on-one with students enrolled in the class to review their campaign projects as well as "talk shop" and give tips on the creative/strategic planning processes. All four alumnae work at Coyne PR, one of the Top 10 independent public relations (PR) firms in the U.S.

Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement Ceremonies

Leading up to the undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies on May 15 and 17, respectively, Kean University shared some valuable advice as well as recognized nearly 950 seniors who graduated with honors as part of the Class of 2018 at the Senior Honors Convocation.

Victor Suarez '18

Foundation scholarship recipient, Victor Suarez '18 will continue his studies this fall as a graduate student at Brandeis University. As a member of the NJ Governor’s STEM Scholars Program for 2017-2018 at Kean, Suarez qualified for another full scholarship at Brandeis.

Marianne Jennings

From stay-at-home mom to artist, Marianne Jennings proves that it's never too late for a new career. She will graduate from Kean next month with a master's degree in art, thanks in part to the valuable guidance from Professor Jennifer Crupi. Many of our faculty in the Nathan Weiss Graduate College like Professor Crupi are professionals in their fields and infuse what they have learned into their curricula. Read More

Sara Pena '96

Sara Pena '96, a vital community leader, takes on new role. Among others, Pena is the recipient of the Illustrious Award from the Institute for Latino Studies. Read More

Jeralyn Lawrence ’92

Jeralyn Lawrence ’92, a member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak on April 28 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on relocation after the recent New Jersey Supreme Court Case, Bisbing v. Bisbing, as treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML-NJ) and Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). Read More

Margarita Hernandez-Abeigon '99 MA

Margarita Hernandez-Abeigon '99 MA Ed. Adm. was among the three women honored March 28 at the Essex County Freeholders' annual Women’s History Month Celebration at the Hall of Records. Margarita is principal of Wilson Avenue School in Newark. Read More

Paul Kieltyka '91

Paul Kieltyka '91 will be among those honored as an "Outstanding Citizen" on April 26. In addition to serving as president and CEO of the Summit Area YMCA since 2014, Paul is also volunteer part-time coach for our Men’s Lacrosse team. Read More

Wanda Quezada '12

Wanda Quezada '12, who received a master's in counseling education, is now director of Faithlift & Hope, LLC. "I am a product of my environment. Kean University...a place where anyone can thrive."

Maria Vargas-Pion ‘10

Maria Vargas-Pion ‘10 was nominated for four Emmys at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences ceremony on April 14. The Emmy Award-nominated bilingual journalist is a news reporter at Univisión New York, Channel 41. She is also a national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

Adele Kenny '70

Adele Kenny '70, who is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, shared poetry on April 14 at the Westfield Memorial Library. She is the founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and Tiferet’s poetry editor since 2006. Kenny appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Kean Magazine: Read More

Felder Dorn

Former Kean University administrator Felder Dorn signed copies of his new book, “The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage and Carolina Murder Scandal” on April 14. From 1973-1991, he served as associate dean, dean and vice-president for academic affairs. His last 10 years at Kean were spent as professor of chemistry. Read More

Sergio Granados ’10, ’16 MPA

Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados ’10, ’16 MPA was among the volunteers at the Be the Change at Kean’s 10th anniversary of Operation PB&J. They distributed more than 1,200 sandwiches and other necessities to people who are homeless. Read More

Kevin P. McCabe ’94

Kevin P. McCabe ’94 (Political Science), who is a former adjunct professor, is now on the board of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey after being appointed by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He is the president of the Carpenter Contractor Trust and co-author of a book, "Not Just Getting By: The New Era of Flexible Workforce Development," which explored the challenges faced single mothers faced as they try to improve their family's financial well-being. Read More

Joseph Creadle ‘14

Joseph Creadle ‘14 (BSN) and his cousins, Camille Valmon and Gabrielle Valmon are connecting people and healthcare worldwide with their founding of HealthGuv, a social media and social networking site to help consumers understand their healthcare options. His inspiration for the revolutionary idea was a visit to a hospital in Slovakia. Read More

Marvin Andujar ‘12

Marvin Andujar ‘12, who received both a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Kean Research Days on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. in STEM lecture hall. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the research lab director at the Neuro-Machine Interaction Lab at the University of South Florida where he recently attained a doctorate in Human-Centered Computing. Dr. Andujar said, "Kean provided me the support, the experience and necessary background that any student needs to pursue a Ph.D. degree and work at the highest level.” Read More

Emily Cubilete ’17

Emily Cubilete ’17, former student organization president and 2017 commencement speaker, was a panelist on March 16 at The Uncomfortable Truth: Racism, Injustice and Poverty in New Jersey in our  STEM Building at Kean University. Read More

Adam Wendel ’11

Adam Wendel ’11 (Industrial Design) was the keynote speaker at the Michael Graves College’s 15th annual Thinking Creatively Conference on April 6 in STEM Auditorium. He is a design strategist who is dedicated to a human-centered approach and whose projects have taken him all over the world: "The Kean University design program gave me the tools and foundational skill sets to bring strategies to life...As a designer, I feel blessed to have the opportunity to create solutions that improve people’s lives, helping them realize their hopes, dreams and ambitions." Read More

Dawn Feeley '00 M.A.

Dawn Feeley '00 M.A. of Livingston High School was named one of Livingston Public Schools’ Teachers of the Year. Read More

Cynthia Eng '06

Cynthia Eng '06 will be on campus on February 28 as part of the College of Business and Public Administration’s Lecture Series. The two-hour event will be in Kean Hall. She is making a difference as the senior marketing director for New York City's Skanska USA. She led the design-build marketing effort on Skanska’s largest public-private partnership, the $3.6 billion LaGuardia Central Terminal P3 project. No wonder why she was chosen for Building Design & Construction magazine's 40 under 40 stars for 2017!

Nikki Gangemi '00

Nikki Gangemi '00, a kindergarten teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Union, embraces the importance of emotions in her new book, My Gracie. Read More

Carlos Olate '06

Carlos Olate '06 is the president of FC Denton, now a new expansion team in the semi-pro soccer league. Read More

James Gordon '14

James Gordon '14 and Assistant Professor Maria del Carmen Rodriguez will be presenting at the annual N.J. Counseling Association (NJCA) Spring Conference in March. Gordon returned to college to pursue a new career in mental health counseling after retiring from MetLife. He, along with Wanda (Ruiz) Quezada ‘12 are now president-elect-elect and president-elect, respectively, of the NJCA. Read More

Dawn Kuczynski Dellomo ‘92

Dawn Kuczynski Dellomo ‘92 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer at The American Repertory Ballet in Princeton Ballet School this past Fall.

Isabella Costa '17

Isabella Costa '17 (MA Holocaust and Genocide Studies) is the new director of archives at the Holocaust Museum & Center for Tolerance and Education in Suffern, NY. Read More

Edward Oatman '98

Edward Oatman '98 has been tapped as the new county manager by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Read More

Amanda Almeida ‘17

Recent graduate Amanda Almeida ‘17 won the National Music Talent Search Contest. Read More

Thomas J. Czerniecki ‘98 MPA

The Rowan College at Burlington County Board of Trustees appointed Thomas J. Czerniecki ‘98 MPA, the accomplished chief executive officer of Evesham Township, to serve as senior vice president of Operations and Administration. Read More

María Vargas-Pion '10

María Vargas-Pion '10 will be honored tomorrow in New York City as the Reporter of the Year at the 2018 Latino Awards ceremony. The four-time Emmy Award nominated bilingual journalist is a news reporter at Univisión New York, Channel 41. She is also a national spokeswoman for the American Heart Association.

Kean Alumna Recognized for Her Commitment to the Community

Kean University Foundation Board Member Patricia M. Barksdale ‘95, a Jersey City, N.J.-based Merrill Lynch advisor, was one of 11 employees recently honored with the 2017 David Brady Award at a ceremony in New York. The Kean alumna was recognized for her outstanding philanthropy, client focus and overall commitment to her company and community.

“There are many things you can accomplish, but this award was true to my passion for education and my community,” said Barksdale. “That’s why it meant so much more. It’s what drives everything else.”

The award is named for David Brady, a New York-based financial advisor who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. He was highly respected for putting the client first and giving back to his community. The award that bears his name was created in 2007 and seeks to honor individuals within Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division, which includes Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust. Award recipients were joined by Brady’s family members, senior leaders and past award recipients to hear the inspiring stories of this year’s winners all nominated by their colleagues.

“David Brady worked tirelessly to help his clients, colleagues and community every day of his life. That’s why it is a great honor for me to congratulate those who have the strong dedication to excellence, client service and community that David exemplified, and acknowledge their contributions with the David Brady Award,” said James P. Hughes, market executive.

In 1993, Barksdale joined Merrill Lynch as a client associate where she performed administrative duties prior to becoming a financial advisor in 2000.

Col. Jemal J. Beale ’92 ’95 MPA

Col. Jemal J. Beale ’92 ’95 MPA will be the first minority to lead the New Jersey National Guard, Gov. Phil Murphy's staff said in a news release. Beale previously served as director of Plans, Operation, Training and Safety for Joint Force Headquarters of the National Guard at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. He has also served as executive officer of the 42nd Regional Support Group based in Somerset. Read More

Marla Sperling Reich ’93

Marla Sperling Reich ’93, who earned a Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology, was featured in the New York Times in January. She chronicled her decade-long habit of using the newspaper as a learning tool for her students who have mild intellectual and developmental disabilities for the Freehold Regional High School District in New Jersey. Read More

Ron Freeman '72 MA

Ron Freeman '72 MA, a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team and active Civil Rights leader, received the 2017 Athletes in Excellence Award from the Foundation for Global Sports Development. Read More

Harry G. Woodworth '85

Harry G. Woodworth '85 has published his Amazon Kindle e-book, "Why Suicide? A Compendium of United States Suicides From Colonial Times to 1940, Supplemented With Genealogical Information." Read More

Steve Fastook H'06

Congratulations to Kean University Board of Trustees member Steve Fastook H'06 on ringing the Nasdaq Stock Market Opening Bell on January 3! Fastook, who received an honorary doctorate degree from Kean in 2006, is vice president, advance technology at CNBC. Among many other accomplishments since beginning his career at NBC in 1988 as a broadcast engineer, he launched the first-ever totally digital process at CNBC, the creation of which was seen as a benchmark in the industry. He also negotiated and implemented the first-ever use of wireless cameras on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Scott Schober '92

Scott Schober '92 was in the TOP 100 Amazon Best Sellers Rank #77 for his book, Hacked Again. He is president/CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, Inc. and was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award last year. The cybersecurity expert leads his team in providing advanced solutions for the wireless industry and is a regular pundit in radio, print and TV.

Mariel Hufnagel '17

Mariel Hufnagel '17, who graduated summa cum laude and is a four-time Kean scholarship recipient, was featured as a success story and role model in a ReachNJ advertising campaign. She has been drug-free since 2007. As an advocacy organizer with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence – New Jersey, Mariel is committed to bringing a face and voice to those battling addiction. She is also the co-founder of New Jersey Recovery Advocates, the premier grassroots network of volunteers with a similar mission. Read More

Beata Szatko Darbig '04

Beata Szatko Darbig '04, who has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in biology, was named Educator of the Year. She is in her 12th year of teaching fifth grade in Randolph, NJ. Read More

Lamont Repollet ’00 MA

Lamont Repollet ’00 MA, credited with beginning a turnaround at the Asbury Park School District during his tenure as superintendent, was named in January by Gov. Phil Murphy to lead New Jersey's education system as its new commissioner. Read More

John Weigele ’16

John Weigele ’16, after interning in Orlando for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), attained a full-time position as Creative Design Services Specialist in January. WDI is the design and innovation arm of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

Toni Ann Palmisano ’13

Toni Ann Palmisano ’13 was one of 44 deserving teachers around the country awarded the Milken Educator Award, a prestigious honor that comes with a $25,000 cash prize. Read More

William F. Whelan ’75

William F. Whelan ’75 was appointed to Cumberland County College Board of Trustees. Read More