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Wishing Our NJCU Community a

Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving Holiday

Dear Members and Friends of the NJCU Community,
As we pause this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a renewed sense of optimism, I continue to be filled with gratitude — for our students, our faculty, and our staff who have worked so hard to bring normalcy back to our campus during the Fall 2021 semester — and to all members of the NJCU community who make our university a part of their lives. Together, we have overcome so much over the last two years.
For the first time in two years, our families will be able to gather for an indoor feast, to reignite old traditions, and express appreciation for all we have in our lives to be thankful for. As we draw closer to normalcy returning in our lives, the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday continues to invoke appreciation and significance.
In the words of singer/songwriter Amy Grant, “Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
This past year and a half has proven to be one of unprecedented change around the world — change that has deeply impacted our lives, communities, and the students we serve. Our commitment to providing a diverse population with an excellent education must not waver, and never will. 
That is why NJCU is participating in #GivingTuesday on November 30. #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to generosity and giving. It’s a day to acknowledge the power of giving, volunteerism, and simple acts of kindness.
I am asking for your support today or on November 30. Thank you for your support on #NJCUGivingTuesday and every single day you help us change the lives of NJCU students.
To give a gift today or on November 30, I encourage you to visit our #NJCUGivingTuesday website.
I thank each and every one of you for your collective efforts in making NJCU the dynamic and thriving campus that we have all come to know and love. Please know that you are appreciated and your efforts make a difference every day. We have a lot to be thankful for.
From my family to yours, I wish you a peaceful, happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

Sue Henderson, Ph.D.


NJCU and Israel's Port of Ashdod Sign Historic Letter of Intent
On November 15, NJCU President Sue Henderson joined Adrian Franco, Executive Director of the Guarini Institute of International Education and Economic Mobility, and Bernard McSherry, Founding Dean of the NJCU School of Business, as part of a delegation of 17 with Choose New Jersey which traveled to Israel for a historic partnership. There, NJCU and the Port of Ashdod signed a letter of intent. This LOI will help strengthen the economic relationship between New Jersey and Israel, as well as the Port of Ashdod and the NJCU community. It will also bolster NJCU’s Supply Chain, Logistics and Maritime Port Management degree program.
NJCU Partners with the Consulate General of Mexico
In October, NJCU signed an official agreement with the Consulate General of Mexico in New York to foster academic exchanges, community outreach and participation in the newly crafted program “Acelera Nueva Jersey." The alliance is designed to promote joint opportunities between Mexican firms, NJCU and the Government of Mexico. The agreement will be administered by the Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility.
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The Gothic Rack Provides Students Career Clothing Options
This fall, NJCU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of The Gothic Rack. The Gothic Rack will offer career clothing options for NJCU’s students by providing all students access to new and gently used professional attire for interviews, career fairs, networking events and the workplace. 
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"Everyone Take One:" The Afghanistan Project at NJCU
NJCU has a long history of supporting refugees, and students and scholars in crisis in their home countries. It is with this same spirit of fulfilling our global duty that NJCU joins with the Institute for International Education's mission to translate human compassion into action for the benefit of the international community. NJCU will welcome new Afghan students in Spring 2022.
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Hispanic Heritage Month — An NJCU Retrospect Guest Blog
Each year since 1988, Americans have observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. NJCU holds many events on campus each year as part of the celebration. Dr. Ángel González, NJCU's inaugural Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO), shared some introductory thoughts on the significance of National Hispanic Heritage Month in our guest blog.
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NJCU Celebrates A. Harry Moore Grand Reopening Ceremony
On October 28, Jersey City’s A.Harry Moore School, in conjunction with its educational partner, NJCU, held a grand re-opening ribbon cutting ceremony, which included city and state elected officials, Jersey City Board of Education representatives — including Superintendent Franklin Walker — and NJCU leadership, including President Sue Henderson. The ceremony was the kickoff event for A. Harry Moore’s centennial, which will be celebrated throughout the 2021-22 academic year. The year will culminate with a 100th Anniversary Celebration and Symposium on Friday, April 8, 2022. The A. Harry Moore Laboratory School was opened in 1921. Governor Murphy sent a letter on behalf of the State of New Jersey recognizing the celebration and a video of the event was highlighted on the City of Jersey City's Facebook page.
'NJCU Votes' Initiative Honored by 2020 ALL IN Campus Challenge
NJCU and its 'NJCU Votes' initiative is the recipient of a Bronze Seal award from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for its efforts promoting nonpartisan student voter participation efforts during the 2020 presidential elections. NJCU launched a campaign on voting and civic awareness in 2020. As a result of these efforts, NJCU increased its voting rates by approximately eight percent.
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In Memoriam...
In an effort to honor members of the university community who have passed away, NJCU publishes In Memoriam websites for NJCU Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and current Students. Obituary information can also be submitted to the website by contacting
Since the last edition of this newsletter, we mourn the passing of several NJCU alumni. Lisa M. Lavelle Amoroso '78, men's soccer Hall of Famer Thomas A. Briscoe '67, '69 (M.A.), Joanne Calderone (née Chwalk) '05, John Thomas Cogelia, Jr. '79, Roselyn V. Jackson '63, '79 (M.A.), Paul F. LaPilusa '86,  Richard McCormack '82, Timothy J. O'Dea '74, and Anna Reppermund (née Curran) '89. 
We are sad to report the passing of Robert Arena, a graduate student in NJCU's Educational Leadership program. In addition, we extend condolences to the families of former professors Newton Jones Burkett, Jr. and Eleanor Kreta, and retired administrator Robert Thurston.


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Second Annual NJCU Golf Outing a Success; Reserve for 2022 Now!
Thank you to everyone who attended our Second Annual NJCU Athletics Golf Outing on October 18 at Forest Hill Field Club! We hope you had a tremendous day of conversations, comradery, and of course, golf — all in the name of NJCU Athletics. The team of Scott Porto, Rusty Thomsen, Ira Thor and Dr. Pat Tierney won the outing for the second consecutive year. Joe Cullen and Lezlie Draper won the long drive contests while the closest to the pin competition went to Brian Weill. The Third Annual NJCU Athletics Golf Outing is coming in 2022, and we would like to give you a chance to pre-register now and reserve your place for next year. Will you be the team to dethrone the champions? The early registration fee is only $25 per person to secure your spot for a foursome at our next event.
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Gothic Knight Winter Sports Season is Underway
The winter sports season is underway at NJCU following the completion of a fall campaign that saw success from the men's soccer (9-9-1 record), women's volleyball (15-10 record) and men's and women's cross country squads, and record-breaking scores in men's golf. Now, both men's basketball and women's basketball and men's wrestling and women's wrestling seasons are underway. The men's basketball team is the NJAC preseason co-favorite and ranked No. 24 in the nation and women's basketball is picked second in the conference preseason poll, as both teams seek to repeat as NJAC champions. Meanwhile, the men's and women's wrestling programs have begun their first full season of competition as varsity programs on campus after last year's inaugural seasons were abbreviated due to COVID. The men wrestled at Division I Rutgers to begin the year. Select the links in this section for team schedules or subscribe to the full athletic calendar and save the dates in your phone's calendar.


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


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  • Rosemarie Martinez '09 made news earlier this year when she became the first Hispanic in Bayonne, N.J. history to serve as the city's tax collector. She was previously the city’s first Hispanic to work as chief of staff to Mayor Jimmy Davis. Since July 2019, Martinez had worked as an assistant tax collector.
  • Theresa Maughan '93 (M.A.), a high school social studies teacher at the East Orange STEM Academy in the East Orange School District, has been named 2021-2022 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, the New Jersey Department of Education announced on October 6. A former 'dreamer' student, her honor made statewide news, drawing praise from Governor Murphy.
  • Kerwin McLaughlin '94 has published a novel entitled The Vicious Circle. McLaughlin’s book explores good and evil and true consequences of one’s questionable actions. The book will be available to purchase on December 11, 2021.
  • Kevin Rodgers '10, one of the top players in NJCU men's volleyball history, was recently named head women's volleyball coach at William Paterson University. He has previously coached at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson, Division II East Stroudsburg where he was named Coach of the Year, and began his coaching career with NJCU in 2012.


NJCU Winter Jazz Fest 2021
Winter Jazz Fest Coming to NJCU, December 4-5
NJCU will host two days of hot jazz when the NJCU Center for the Arts, in partnership with faculty from the NJCU Music, Dance and Theatre departments, presents the 2021 Winter Jazz Fest. The two-day event will be held at the Margaret Williams Theatre in Hepburn Hall on campus on Saturday, December 4, from 12-9:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 5, from 12-6 p.m. Additionally, NJCU's Visual Arts and Harold B. Lemmerman Galleries will host two free exhibits during the Winter Jazz Fest. 
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Pop/R&B Ensemble Fall Concert Coming December 16
The NJCU Alumni Association is hosting an Evening of Rhythm & Blues, performed by NJCU’s Pop R&B Ensemble on Thursday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. live from NJCU's Margaret Williams Theatre. In addition to having the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with an evening of Rhythm & Blues hits from the '60s, '70s and '80s featuring songs like Stand by Me by Ben E. King, Purple Rain by Prince, and If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys, the evening will also feature a networking event prior to the performance in the Gothic Lounge (Hepburn Hall Room 202) at 6 p.m. Tickets for the two-part event are only $25 per person with proceeds benefitting the NJCU Alumni Association and its programming.
Buy tickets and RSVP now until December 13...


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On November 20, Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined the City Council, and Jackson Hill Special Improvement District, Jersey City Parks Coalition, and Ward F community members to officially unveil a nine-foot bronze monument honoring civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune. The grand statue is the final installment to complete the brand new park that bears her namesake and is the first statue citywide to honor an African American woman. Read more about the event from the City of Jersey City and (Photo credit of Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal)

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