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Welcome Back to NJCU for the Fall 2021 Semester!

Dear Members and Friends of the NJCU Community,

I am so excited to welcome you back in person for the start of the 2021-22 academic year! 
Now that we are back in person, I urge you to take advantage of all the opportunities and experiences that come with being part of a robust on-campus community. It is my hope that our students will push their academic limits while learning from our award-winning faculty — all while affording themselves the opportunity to be involved with all that comes with being on a college campus.
Please join a club, an organization, or a cause close to your own heart and interests. Consider engaging in community service activities, attending a live sporting event for one of our 22+ Gothic Knight athletic department teams, make the time to explore the offerings of our renowned music, dance and theater departments or the programming offered by the Center for the Arts…or any of the other opportunities and moments that only come from being on campus. 
NJCU continues to be a transformative force in the lives of our students. I want you all to explore your passions this semester while continuing to remain safe. I thank each and every one of you for your collective efforts in continuing to make NJCU the dynamic and thriving campus — a family atmosphere — that makes our university community a truly special place to learn, live and work. I wish all of you a healthy and successful Fall 2021 semester.

Sue Henderson, Ph.D.


Fall 2021 Welcome Back Video


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NJCU @ Fort Monmouth Officially Opens to Statewide Praise
On August 25, NJCU made statewide news with the official ribbon-cutting to open NJCU @ Fort Monmouth. This historic event was praised by political, educational and business leaders throughout the state as President Henderson and the university have expanded public higher education to the Jersey Shore — a vastly underserved region of the state — giving the university the only four-year public higher education program in the area. Read the news from the event, including thoughts from many state leaders — Dr. Brian K. Bridges, Secretary of Higher Education, Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, and David Socolow, Executive Director of the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and State Senator Vin Gopal. You can also watch the full video of the ceremony and view event photos. See our In the News section for regional media coverage of the opening of NJCU @ Fort Monmouth.
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NJCU Campus Reflects on 9/11: 20 Years Later
Throughout this week, NJCU has continued to pause as we collectively honor the memory of those who were lost during the tragic events that occurred 20 years ago during the terrorist attacks on America on September 11, 2001. In this video profile, NJCU faculty and administrators, some of whom were at the World Trade Center on 9/11, discuss their professional expertise and personal experiences related to that tragic day.
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Andy Acebo Selected as 2021-22 HACU Fellow
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has announced that Andrés Acebo, J.D., the Interim Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees within the Office of the President at NJCU, has been selected as an HACU Fellow for the third annual cohort of its Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo for 2021-22. It is the third consecutive year NJCU has had a member of its leadership team selected for the coveted fellowship. news-event-banner-template (Theta Pavis)
Theta Pavis Wins Outstanding Journalism Educator Award
Theta Pavis, NJCU's Director of Student Media, was recently recognized with the Ron Miskoff Award for Outstanding Journalism Educator of the Year by the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (NJSPJ). Pavis, who joined the NJCU community during the 2013-14 academic year, oversees all student media, which encompasses The Gothic Times newspaper, HYPE NJCU Literary Magazine, and The Gothic Times Podcast.
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Guarini Institute at NJCU to Host Forum on September 16
NJCU's recently launched Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility at NJCU will hold its first signature event on September 16 with a forum entitled The Role of Universities in Economic Mobility After COVID-19. The forum will address the role of universities to foster economic mobility in a post COVID-19 world and the opportunities that the pandemic has offered to spur innovation. Other themes include how international education programs can contribute to students’ economic mobility and how universities can leverage their role as anchor institutions to foster equitable economic development. The keynote address will be delivered by Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman School of Economics Professor at Harvard University, and Director of Opportunity Insights, which will be followed by a number of insightful panels. There is still time to register for the videoconference and a reception at the NJCU School of Business.
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NJCU Introduces In Memoriam and Remembrance Websites
In an effort to honor members of the university community who have passed away — including students, alumni, and active or retired faculty or staff — the Office of Marketing and Communications has introduced an In Memoriam section of our website for loved ones and friends to leave memories and tributes on Remembrances or tributes can be submitted via the In Memoriam form. Obituary information can also be submitted to the website by contacting
View the In Memoriam websites for NJCU Alumni and for Faculty and Staff.
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NJCU Foundation Board Elects Slate of Officers
The NJCU Foundation Board of Directors recently announced its newly elected slate of four officers. Peter Hernandez was re-elected as chairman of the foundation board. Ed O’Connor, previously the NJCU Foundation Board treasurer, has been elected as the newest vice chair. Stephen Hess was elected treasurer while Andrea Ducas was elected secretary. Each of the officers will serve three-year terms.
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Earth and Environmental Sciences Opens Earth Museum
The NJCU Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has announced the opening of the NJCU Earth Museum on the second floor of the Science Building on campus. This museum will serve NJCU students, staff, and faculty as well as the local community — including K-12 schools — by providing an educational opportunity to learn about the history and environment of Earth. The museum will be open Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
2nd Annual NJCU Golf Outing Slated for October 18
The second annual NJCU Athletics Golf Outing will be held on Monday, October 18, 2021 at the Forest Hill Field Club in Bloomfield, N.J. The inaugural event in 2020 was played on a perfect fall afternoon and we are certain the 2021 edition will be equally as memorable. Your generous support is appreciated. If you participated last fall, we truly hope you will join us again. If this will be your first time, we welcome you. 
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Academic Affairs Announces Faculty and Leadership Additions
The Office of the Provost recently welcomed 11 new additions to the Division of Academic Affairs, including six new faculty members. Dr. Gail Fernandez was introduced as Associate Provost while two new new associate deans, Dr. Huijian Dong at the School of Business and Dr. Marvin Walker in the College of Professional Studies joined NJCU. New faculty members include Muhammad Jawad (Finance), Dr. Lauren Michele Johnson (Management/Sports Management), Nathalie Pfeifer (Fitness, Exercise and Sports), Dr. Jonathan D. Rosen (Professional Security Studies), Dr. Natoschia Scruggs (African and African American Studies and Director of the Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center) and Dr. Michael Sparrow (Community College Leadership). 


The following are headlines regarding NJCU initiatives, programs, faculty, staff, and students. Additional headlines can always be found on our In the News website.


Each month, we will share headlines of NJCU alumni. Do you have news to share? Email us at

  • Robert Beers `02 (M.A.), the former superintendent of schools for Manville has been named the superintendent of schools for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District.
  • Andrew Hocek `95 (B.S.), and a New Jersey Air National Guard Veteran, is the new Director of Sales for Standard Process in Palmyra, Wis. He resides in Marvin, N.C.
  • Gina Irizarry `84 (B.A.) is one of seven candidates seeking three seats on the Bayonne Board of Education. A school administrator, she has taught for Kenmare High School in Jersey City and served as vice principal at The Ethical Charter School in Jersey City.
  • Clifton Thompson III `04 (M.A) has been hired as Lawrence Township Public Schools’ first director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. He previously served as a principal and an assistant principal in northern New Jersey school districts.
  • Mark Wallace `88 (M.A.), an outstanding technology and engineering education
    supervisor and leader, the supervisor of Technology Education student teacher for The College of New Jersey and formerly of High Point Regional High School in Wantage, was honored by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association Council for Supervision and Leadership (ITEEA-CSL) as the State Supervisor of the Year.
  • Kristen Zadroga-Hart `95, a longtime educator and the current athletic director at McNair Academic High School is running in the November 2 Jersey City Council elections to represent Ward A. She is a former two-year letterwinner for NJCU's women's soccer team.


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Guy Davis: Routes of the Blues
Join is on Friday, October 15 for a truly inspiring and joyous program of music with Guy Davis, in his show Routes of the Blues. An acclaimed artist, Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. His work as an actor (film, TV and Broadway), author and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. This show introduces the history of the Blues and demonstrates its different styles, rhythms and story themes. This will be a virtual event.
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Fall Exhibits: Surface Tension by Amanda Thackray
Now on display at the Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery (Hepburn Hall, 3rd Floor) on campus from September 3 - October 29, 2021, we welcome you to visit Amanda Thackray’s solo exhibition, Surface Tension, curated by Doris Cacoilo. Surface Tension presents the artist’s handmade paper installations, prints and sculpture that comment on plastic pollution and the fragility of the marine environment. The exhibition reflects and distorts the natural world of our oceans inside the gallery space. The event is free to the public.


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The City of Jersey City and Mayor Steven Fulop continue to invest in Jersey City’s youth. Jersey City’s children and young adults are our community’s future. These investments include partnering with our local schools to improving city programs and innovating new initiatives. Mayor Fulop's administration has created strategic investments in these and other programs to help them thrive. To learn more about these programs, including recreational programming, the Jersey City Youth Council, internship and employment opportunities, visit the mayor's youth development website.

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