Kean University Foundation Has Best Year Since 2010!

The Kean University Foundation, which recently underwent a major restructuring, is transforming the culture of giving on and off campus. The Foundation recently just closed the books on fiscal year 2019, raising nearly $5,000,000 in gifts and pledges from 1,900 generous stakeholders. “The Kean University Foundation is moving towards a philanthropic platform that is commensurate with top-tier, national institutions of higher education,” says Steve Fastook, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. This past fiscal year, the Foundation has secured gifts at the highest levels, including seven and six-figure commitments. Read More

Spring 2019: A Letter from the CEO

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Setting Milestones

Katie Lewandowski knows how to seize an opportunity and when opportunity seems bleak, she creates one of her own. A student athlete from her hometown in Union Beach NJ, Katie had a vision for her educational goals that began as early as four years old. A dream to become an Educator and to work with kids never wavered from her thought even when her path to her success seemed to change. Read More

Changing Paths

Senior George Austin ‘19, from Orange New Jersey, created his own path when he made the decision to enroll at Kean University. Determined to attend college after high school, he had to make a few sacrifices along the way. Now, just a few months away from graduation, it’s safe to say those sacrifices were well worth it. Read More

Staying Ahead of the Curve

For Sophomore Carly Lewandowski, her dream of becoming an athletic trainer has always begun with college; Kean University just happened to have the program she liked the most. From Union Beach, New Jersey, Carly was heavily engaged in athletics, running cross-country, playing softball, basketball, and even became the manager of her high school’s ice hockey team. When her twin sister Katie’s athletic injuries began to climb, so would Carly’s fascination with rehabilitation. She soon became Katie’s personal assistant, accompanying her at every appointment simply to observe the therapists in action. Luckily, that observation was all Carly needed to be certain that becoming an athletic trainer was her perfect career. Read More

Ready for the Next Race

It’s always key to remember that the finish line never moves. And after you’ve crossed it, well, that is just the beginning of a whole new race. Kean Ocean Alumna, Air Force veteran and now Graduate student Jennifer Kerr has seen many finish lines throughout her life, but no race has been more rewarding than her journey through Kean Ocean. Read More

Kean, The Perfect Fit

For freshman Raymond “Ray” Arocha ’22 Kean was a perfect fit. Like many of our students, Ray grew up down the road from the University. Raised in Roselle Park, NJ, Ray attended Roselle Park High School where he often explored his creative side by taking architecture and engineering classes. Though no one in his family worked in the field or, even studied architecture, he knew this is something he wanted to pursue a degree in. Read More

Kean Student Accepted into the McNair Scholars Program

You’ve heard the saying “first impressions are lasting impressions.” So it warms our hearts to know that Kean University is now responsible for paving the way for yet another, bright scholar. Read More

A Family Affair

It’s a scene Norman Rockwell might have chosen to paint: rolling hills, rustic cabins and the largest natural lake in the state dotted with blue-green boats. Camp Awosting, nestled in the bucolic woods near Litchfield, CT, is home to a blend of both old and new; a host of modern amenities and childhood activities that make it a special place to spend summertime for children all over the world. Read More

Kean Graduate Wins Prestigious Miliken Educators Award

Secaucus Middle School math teacher and Kean University graduate Toni Ann Palmisano likes to remind her students that math wasn’t always her strong suit. Inspired by her own 7th and 8th grade math teacher, who “always pushed me to the max,” Palmisano built confidence and persistence to find answers, and followed in her teacher’s footsteps; connecting with students through hands-on activities and even catchy songs about Pi and other math concepts. Read More

Resilience – Lovely Randle ’16 Becomes First Generation College Graduate

Lovely Randle ’16 MPA came to the United States as a child after being granted asylum from Haiti with her family. “We had nothing but the clothes on our backs,” Randle said as she recalled life growing up in shelters. “I always held onto the fact that the adversity wouldn’t last forever. It made me more resilient.” Read More