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Giving Thanks to the NJCU Community

Dear Members and Friends of the NJCU Community,
As we pause this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday during an extraordinarily challenging year, I am filled with gratitude — for our students, our faculty, and our staff — who have overcome so many obstacles in 2020 yet continue to persevere, and by doing so, enable NJCU to thrive.
While Thanksgiving will look different this year than the holiday to which we have become accustomed, and our gatherings with family and friends will be limited and more conscious given the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on all of our lives, the meaning of the holiday has even greater significance than ever before.
In the words of author Melody Beattie,
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Together, we have overcome so much this year. I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who continue to work tirelessly, even in a year of struggle and constant change, to create and deliver innovative and adaptive learning opportunities. 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.
From my family to yours, I wish you a peaceful, happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

Sue Henderson, Ph.D.


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NJCU Launches Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies
On November 18, 2020, New Jersey City University (NJCU) officially launched The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies with a virtual ribbon cutting event attended by special guests and dignitaries from across the world.
The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Studies uniquely positions NJCU to expand its already impressive global focus. Over his lifetime, Congressman Guarini has committed nearly $12 million to NJCU. Read more and watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
NJCU Alumni Association
First NJCU Alumni Association Launches
NJCU has announced the launch of its first Alumni Association. Each of NJCU's nearly 55,000 graduates are automatically a member of the Association and will enjoy a variety of alumni activities, valuable discounts and access to campus service. NJCU Alumni Perks provide alumni with a wide variety of discounts on products and services. Coming soon, we will introduce a powerful online mentoring platform that will connect NJCU alumni and friends as mentors with NJCU students. Learn more about the Association!
2020 NJCU Giving Tuesday
#NJCUGivingTuesday Coming December 1
As the NJCU community celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday, we know the COVID-19 situation has been challenging foreveryone. But it also presents an opportunity to demonstrate the resilience and commitment of our students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff. NJCU has set a goal of raising $40,000 for the NJCU Fund, which supports our students’ immediate and greatest needs. Please consider a gift on December 1, 2020 or today for #NJCUGivingTuesday to support our students' educational goals. Together, as a community, we will make a difference in the lives of our students. Click Here to Make A Gift Today or text "KnightsGive" to 44-321.
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NJCU TRiO Program Receives $1.67 Million Grant
NJCU has received a federal Student Support Services (SSS) grant worth over $1.67 million to continue the institution's support of first-generation and low-income students, and students with disabilities, the United States Department of Education has announced. The five-year federal SSS grant is valued at $1,675,550  an award of $335,110 per year. The SSS program at NJCU, known as the TRiO Learning Community (TLC), has a six-year graduation rate of 85%, which exceeds the national average. The SSS program at NJCU provides an array of comprehensive services and incorporates proven student development practices and academic support initiatives. Read more


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Pearce Mother/Daughter Combo Were Trailblazers at NJCU
Before the passage of Title IX in June, 1972, opportunities for women in college athletics were sparse. But at then Jersey City State College, the Gothics were ahead of their time — with flourishing women’s athletics, including basketball, equestrian, fencing and swimming & diving. More than 50 years ago, a mother and daughter became trailblazers in women’s athletics at Jersey City State in the latter sport, with Dr. Lillian Greenwalt Pearce `43, coaching her daughter Lynn B. Pearce Gatchell `73 to prominence in swimming and diving. Read the full tribute.
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NJCU Veteran Presents Nation's Flag to School of Business
NJCU celebrated Veterans Day this month, but it was one veteran who earned two master's degrees from the institution who was the one recognizing his alma mater — presenting our nation's flag to the NJCU School of Business and The Office of Military & Veterans Services. Staff Sergeant Ciro Ulinski, a recent graduate of the NJCU MBA program, made the presentation this fall after returning from his final tour of duty over the Horn of Africa. Read the full feature.



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NJCU Featured in the New York Times
NJCU was recently featured in a national article discussing the growth of immigrants and children of immigrants in university enrollment this century. The detailed stories of two NJCU students, Crystal Tepale and Samuel Ansah, are discussed, with comments from NJCU President Sue Henderson. Read the full story
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NJCU Among Local Colleges Featured in Jersey Journal Article
NJCU was the focus of a November 19 article in The Jersey Journal and, which included mentions of all four Hudson County higher education institutions (Hudson County Community College, Saint Peter's and Stevens). NJCU Provost Tamara Jhashi discusses how the university has adapted its class offerings in the Fall, 2020 semester, and the plans for the spring term during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residence life at NJCU is also discussed. Read the full story


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NJCU eSports Wins ECAC Title

While other teams were sidelined from competition this fall due to the pandemic, the NJCU eSports capped a riveting debut campaign this month, capturing the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Read about the championship run.
In order to continue to build an eSports community at NJCU, and to develop the structure necessary for a varsity-level eSports program to flourish, the program is launching the NJCU eSports Gamer Group (EG2). Learn more about EG2.
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2020 NJCU Golf Outing Recap

The inaugural NJCU Athletics Golf Outing was held on October 19 at the Forest Hill Field Club with more than 100 golfers participating. Nearly two dozen sponsors helped make the event a success through their gifts. Click here to view the full results — including first, second and third-place teams and individual honors — plus a photo gallery and a special message from Director of Athletics Shawn Tucker. The Second Annual NJCU Golf Outing will be held in October, 2021.


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MFA Thesis Exhibition: Painted Stitches by Julie Marie Seibert

The NJCU Center for the Arts is hosting an MFA Thesis Exhibition entitled Painted Stitches: Julie Marie Seibert. The event runs from December 3-16, 2020. The exhibition will be physically on view in the Lemmerman Gallery (Hepburn Hall, 3rd Floor). Additionally, the artist will participate in a virtual artist talkas part of #JCFridays on December 4 from 6:15 to 6:30 pm.
Learn more or register for the virtual artist talk.
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IRL: NJCU BFA 2020 Thesis Exhibition Extended

NJCU’s Visual Arts Gallery has extended the display of IRL (In RealLife): NJCU BFA 2020 Thesis Exhibition until December 17, 2020. The exhibition is housed on the lower level of the Visual Arts Building located at 100 Culver Avenue. These works update the virtual exhibition offered last spring in “real life.” These students continued to work during and after COVID-19 lockdowns and successfully graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in May. They represent a diverse output of creativity ranging from ceramic to illustration. The virtual exhibition is also updated with newly completed work.


Jersey City Arts Council
On Election Day 2020, Jersey City’s voters indicated the value and important role arts and culture plays in a thriving Jersey City with the passing of the Arts Trust Referendum. This approval will allow for the implementation of an Arts Trust in Jersey City with funds gathered from a small property tax, with proceeds put into a trust specifically designated for the arts. The Jersey City Arts Council (JCAC) will work alongside the city to devise guidelines and policies to distribute funding. The JCAC has a strong relationship with NJCU and its Center for the Arts and participates in the Artists and Arts Organizations monthly call. The next monthly call is scheduled for December 15. The referendum passed with 64% of the vote. Jersey City becomes the first municipality in the state to create such a trust, and will be a model for other towns and cities in the state looking to publicly support the arts in their communities. Learn more.
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