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Event gives students career advice and networking opportunities


“You can’t soar with eagles if you work with turkeys,” Patrick Cozza said during the Silberman College of Business’ Professional Development Program (PDP) event on Thursday, Feb. 19.
Cozza, the keynote speaker for the event, works for HSBC, which is one of the world’s largest banking and financial service organizations, according to their website. He is also an adjunct professor at FDU.
Cozza spoke with students that evening to offer advice on their future careers. Continue reading

Healing Spaces creates dream bedroom for Paterson resident


Emmy, a woman suffering from sickle cell anemia, chronic asthma and other medical issues, was recently given her dream bedroom, thanks to the Florham Campus’ student organization, Healing Spaces.
Healing Spaces is a charitable organization that remodels the bedrooms of young people with serious medical conditions.
The 20-year-old woman from Paterson, N.J., was given the free makeover by multiple FDU students who raised the money and decorated the room themselves. Continue reading

Nicole Franklin discusses film industry with students

Entertainment Editor

Last week, as part of Black History Month at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Florham Campus, Nicole Franklin gave a lecture about small-time independent filmmakers and how difficult it is to get into the filmmaking business.
Franklin herself is an independent filmmaker who has been in the business for many years. The lecture was concurrent with the film course, “Blondes and Bombshells,” taught here on campus.
The 45-year-old filmmaker always wanted to tell the stories she viewed in her mind on the screen. In 1990, she moved out to Los Angeles in order to tell her stories. Continue reading

Award-winning author appears at Florham Campus to discuss book

News Editor

National Book Award winner and two-time New York Times bestselling author James McBride arrived at FDU’s Ferguson Recreation Center on Nov. 19 to speak to students for an event sponsored by the College Writing Department.
McBride is the author of “The Good Lord Bird,” which was the featured book for Fall 2014 for the College Writing students. The reading was a requirement for the entire freshman class.
Kathryn Douglas, the head of the College Writing Department, said, “This is really great that we were able to get him here,” in reference to McBride’s appearance at the school. Continue reading

Speakers Series event features Steve Wozniak at arts center

Student Voice Editor

Steve Wozniak, a designer, engineer and co-founder of Apple, took the stage on Nov. 20 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for the third New Jersey Speakers Series event presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Earlier that day, Wozniak appeared at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. (See story on Page 1.)
Wozniak spoke about his early life and how that led him to co-found Apple. It all started in Santa Clara Valley. Wozniak was the son of an engineer. He grew up around people who had a love of electronics. He said about half the neighborhood kids were like him. Continue reading

Students visit U.N. and learn about infectious diseases


On the rainy morning of Nov. 6, an event hosted by the Student Global Ambassador Project gathered seventh to twelfth grade students in the Orangerie for a discussion on infectious diseases, followed by a trip to the United Nations.
Several speakers for the event covered the subjects of natural disasters, HIV, Malaria and Ebola, and included information about governmental responses to each problem in addition to the way each disease is contracted, manifested and treated. Continue reading

New sorority might join FDU


The first Greek life organization to be founded by black college women in America may soon have a chapter at FDU’s Florham Campus. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) has a graduate chapter, Pi Theta Omega, in Morristown that is looking into establishing an undergraduate chapter at the campus in Spring 2015.
There have already been three interest meetings for potential members where they were able to learn more about the sorority’s history, purpose and goals.
Reba Blake, the graduate adviser for the local chapter in Morristown, explained that every undergraduate chapter of the sorority has a supervising graduate chapter, so if one is started at FDU, Pi Theta Omega will work with the students to help them organize their chapter, and will provide guidance as their mentors. Continue reading

Students commonly change majors, re-evaluate career paths


As the fall semester wraps up, many seniors are frantically trying to figure out what they want to do upon graduating. However, they will not necessarily settle into a career related to their field of study.
In fact, according to the Office of Career Development, about 30 percent of students change their mind about their career choice to something that has no connection to their college major. Continue reading

Speakers Series features Alan Alda discussing life and career

News Editor

Alan Alda, a director, screenwriter and actor, took the stage Oct. 30 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, at the second Speakers Series event presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
One of the Emmy-winner’s best known roles was Hawkeye Pierce in the hit show “M*A*S*H.”
During the discussion, Alda spoke about the moments in his life that made him appreciate life more and realize that he is happy with the hand he was given. One of those moments was when he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition and was forced to look at his life from a different perspective. Continue reading

Representative discusses U.N. Alliance of Civilizations

Staff Writer

On Oct. 29, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, a United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, gave an informal discussion in Lenfell Hall about the mission of the organization and how it has responded to diplomatic issues throughout the world.
Al-Nasser had this talk with Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic and international affairs. Attendees from both Fairleigh Dickinson campuses, along with outside guests, were invited to hear the discussion.
The discussion focused on the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which Al-Nasser was representing as the lead speaker. According to the event pamphlet, Al-Nasser was a highly credible speaker, having experience in diplomacy. Continue reading