FDU Decade in Review:The 2010s Take a trip back in time through the most exciting events of the decade across our four campuses and beyond! We're highlighting our top two stories from each year to give you our top 20 heading into 2020 (plus a few honorable mentions)!


"The Boss" comes to FDU

New Jersey native and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen joined former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky to headline FDU's third Words and Music Festival (WAMFEST). The event, titled "Jersey Rain," featured Springsteen and Pinsky in conversation and performance with moderator and WAMFEST artist-in-residence John Wesley Harding.

The whole idea of WAMFEST is to allow students to have an intimate experience with people who are not generally available in that way." — WAMFEST creator David Daniel.

Knights women's bowling wins national championship

The FDU Knights women's bowling team rallied from behind to defeat the defending champion Nebraska Cornhuskers, 4-3, to win its second National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship. Northeast Conference (NEC) Rookie of the Year Danielle McEwan was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Four-time All- American Erica Perez was named to the All NCAA All-Tournament Team.

This was, in my opinion, the best NCAA tournament match ever played." — Head Coach Mike LoPresti

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United Nations Academic Impact launches

Fairleigh Dickinson University became the first institution to join the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) initiative. UNAI was launched to unite educational institutions and the United Nations in an alliance designed to engage faculty and students in activities that further the goals and principles of the world body. Former University President J. Michael Adams spoke on behalf of the inaugural members at the opening ceremony at the U.N. Headquarters. Ban Ki-moon, U.N. Secretary-General at the time, first unveiled UNAI at FDU's 2008 Academic Convocation.

The Academic Impact represents more than just a partnership of higher education and the United Nations, it represents a commitment to the future; a commitment to the next generation." — Then University President J. Michael Adams


Historic FDU NOW campaign garners $59 million

A historic capital campaign, FDU NOW exceeded its original goal of $50 million by nearly $9 million, impacting nearly every aspect of University life. The campaign ran for six years, and supported student scholarships, faculty research, program development and the establishment of living and learning environments.

I don't think there is a person at this University who has not felt the effect of FDU NOW. Our alumni, our friends and our board see a University with a vibrant and exciting future. They see a University with a mission that resonates beyond borders. That's really the accomplishment of FDU NOW. The impact on students, faculty and staff is overwhelming." — Then President J. Michael Adams

J. Michael Adams inaugurated as the president of the International Association of University Presidents

Then University President J. Michael Adams rose to the helm of the global organization co-founded by University founder Peter Sammartino, the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). The IAUP includes more than 600 members from more than 100 countries, with membership being reserved for current and former presidents, rectors, chancellors and other chief executive officers of colleges and universities.

Our mission is to provide a worldwide vision for the role of higher education in promoting peace, economic development and international understanding." — Then President J. Michael Adams

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WFDU on air 40 years!

Since 1971, 89.1 WFDU (FM) has been the radio voice of FDU, providing distinctive entertainment shows and prize-winning public affairs programming for the tri-state metropolitan area. In celebration of WFDU's 40 years on air, a media forum was held featuring Dave Marash, a veteran broadcaster who worked for "Nightline."

WFDU was diverse before diversity was mandated, much less cool... it still reaches a large and diverse audience." — Dave Marash, veteran broadcaster


School of Pharmacy welcomes first class

FDU's School of Pharmacy (now School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) opened its doors to its first cohort of pharmacy students, becoming the first pharmacy school in New Jersey associated with a private university and only the second pharmacy school in the state. Eighty-one students from 12 states and four countries (the United States, India, Russia and Nigeria) comprised the global inaugural class.

We are here to revolutionize the role of a pharmacist." — Adriana Barroqueiro, member of the initial FDU School of Pharmacy cohort.

Golden anniversary for Giovatto Library

On Oct. 6, 1962, honored guests joined Dr. Peter Sammartino, founder and first president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Althea Herald, director of the Teaneck Campus Library, to dedicate the reference center. Fifty years later, FDU faculty, students, alumni, staff and special speaker State Senator Richard J. Codey — also an FDU alumnus and former N.J. governor — gathered for an anniversary celebration that included the re-opening of the newly-renovated library theater and auditorium.

Some people like to say that libraries are a thing of the past. Nothing could be further than the truth. Things may be easier to access on the Internet, but you still have to learn to distinguish sources and communicate with each other. The library is our center of learning." — Then Metropolitan Campus Provost Joseph Kiernan

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Vancouver celebrates 5th anniversary

The Vancouver Campus, opened in 2007, celebrated five years of providing an FDU education in British Columbia, Canada. The campus underwent construction to expand the facilities to accommodate a growing student body of up to 1,000 students.


Monninger Center opens

John Monninger, BA'65 (Metro) and his wife, Joan, joined Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) and members of the FDU community to cut the ribbon at the new Monninger Center for Learning and Research. The building was created to serve as an academic hub on the Florham Campus, now containing space for students to study together, classrooms, a library, computer labs and other facilities.

FDU was there for me when I needed it. FDU gave me the solid foundation I needed to move forward in the world... Joan and I feel truly blessed, humbled and fortunate." — John Monninger

New China center opens eyes, ears and minds of FDU students

Seven FDU students traveled to the new Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad to study and explore during the spring 2013 semester. These students were the first to study at the new Center, a collaborative effort on Sichuan University’s campus between Global Maximum Educational Opportunities, Inc. (G-MEO) and its principal partners FDU, Concordia University Chicago, Merrimack College in Massachusetts and Norwich University in Vermont. G-MEO’s mission is to increase the number of American students studying abroad in China, by supporting U.S.-style learning environments and offering internship and community service opportunities.

They sampled new foods, attended opera performances, interned at local schools and built long-lasting relationships with Sichuan University students while completing their general education requirements. These kind of study abroad experiences last a lifetime.” — Anne Perry, assistant director of study abroad

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FDU students help clean up after Hurricane Sandy

During spring break, FDU students volunteered in two New Jersey shore communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. From the Florham Campus, 15 students removed leftover debris from bulldozed homes and lots in Union Beach, under the direction of Americorps. From the Metropolitan Campus, 10 students helped rebuild the Lavallette boardwalk, in collaboration with the nonprofit Bucket Brigade and local public works department.


Devils women's basketball wins national championship!

The Devils women's baskeball team capped off a perfect season by winning the NCAA DIII National Championship. Relive the historic win with the following links:

New Jersey Speakers Series debuts

The inaugural season of the New Jersey Speakers Series, presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University, debuted with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Albright reflected on international conflicts and diplomacy, as well as the dangers of isolationism. The New Jersey Speakers Series brings esteemed world leaders, acclaimed authors and other prominent individuals to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to share their perspectives on relevant topics. Read the full feature. For more on the Speakers Series, including the list of current speakers and tickets, go here.

Terrible things happen when great nations are weary. We can’t let our fear of overreach prevent us from reaching out.” — Madeleine Albright

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Martin Luther King Jr. statue unveiled at the Metropolitan Campus

Then University President Sheldon Drucker joined Bergen County executives and members of the Bergen County Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Committee as they unveiled the larger-than-life statue that is displayed on the Hackensack River Pathway as it crosses FDU’s Metropolitan Campus. The bronze statue was sculpted by Richard Blake. King visited FDU twice, in 1966 and 1967. Read the full feature.

Dr. King’s legacy is so long lasting and so profound that he will continue to inspire generations to come, and they will continue his work and hopefully realize his greatest dreams.” — Then University President Sheldon Drucker


Wroxton College turns 50

FDU's Wroxton College, located in Wroxton, England, celebrated its 50th anniversary. When Fairleigh Dickinson University opened Wroxton College in 1965, it became the first American higher-education institution to own a campus overseas. With its idyllic location close to Stratford-upon-Avon, London and Birmingham, the "Wroxton Experience" is ideal for those studying history, politics, or literature. Life in the 17th-century Jacobean mansion known as the Wroxton Abbey remains as magical as ever.

WFDU radio expands with new transmitter and HD channels

89.1 WFDU-FM, FDU's radio station, tripled its program offerings and its coverage area. A new, more powerful FM transmitter was installed and the program made the leap into HD radio. The move was funded entirely through listener support and the signal strength was boosted from 650 watts to three kilowatts (3,000 watts). Read the full feature.

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FDU poll rated among the best in the nation

Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll, formerly PublicMind, received an “A-” rating in an exhaustive rating of polling groups by ESPN’s prestigious FiveThirtyEight blog. PublicMind ranked 16, outperforming prominent organizations, including three Ivy League schools (Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown). FiveThirtyEight rated 337 polling outfits in the United States, giving letter grades (A-F) based on the accuracy and methodology of pre-election polls from 1998 through the present, with greater weight given to more recent polls. For more on FDU Poll,  click here.

It is great to be recognized among the top 20 academic survey groups in the country. People at FDU have worked so hard in the past 14 years to make the poll reliable, timely, and transparent." — Peter Woolley, co-founder of PublicMind (now FDU Poll).


Capuano Takes the Helm

Christopher A. Capuano began the University’s eighth presidency. Capuano joined the FDU community in 1986 and had served as a professor, department chair, school director, campus provost, vice provost and University provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

If we build high-quality programs with the best faculty we can find, and if we link our programs to industry demands and lead our graduates to great jobs, we will significantly enhance our institution’s value and reputation.” — University President Christopher Capuano

School of Pharmacy graduates inaugural class

The School of Pharmacy (now School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) conferred degrees on its very first class of 69 students at the University's 2016 Commencement ceremony. Before graduation, four of these students traced their academic, social and professional experiences over the course of four years at FDU. These students were also featured in the February 2013 issue of FDU Magazine when they entered the program. Read the full feature.

Pharmacy school tested my mental limits as a student through rigorous coursework; through my experiences, I have gained deeper insight into my strengths and weaknesses." — Paul Osei-Bosompem, PharmD, MA in industrial/organizational pyschology

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Nursing students celebrated at inaugural white coat ceremony

Seventy-eight new nursing majors received white coats and pins at the first ceremony of its kind for students in the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health. FDU students from both the Metropolitan and Florham campuses attended the event in Dickinson Hall, along with approximately 200 family members, faculty, staff and administrators. Read the full feature.

“In healthcare, white coat ceremonies started with medical students [expanding to include other disciplines]. Donning a white coat is serious — it’s a different and official way of presenting yourself.” — Minerva Guttman, director of the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health


Bon Jovi crashes Commencement!

University President Christopher Capuano stunned the graduates and their guests by bringing one of New Jersey’s own rock icons on stage for a surprise appearance. MTVU ran a national contest to have Bon Jovi crash graduation. Fairleigh Dickinson University's student response on Twitter was incredible, and thanks to them, FDU won! The band performed “Reunion,” a song from their album “This House is Not For Sale.” See Bon Jovi singing at Commencement on ABC's Good Morning America.

Choose your words wisely — not only the ones you’ll say to others, but also the ones you say to yourself… The truth is, there are many surprises awaiting you on your journey.” — Jon Bon Jovi to the Class of 2017

Class of 2021 biggest first-year class in recent history

More than 1,300 students attended orientation sessions during the summer of 2017, getting ready to enter FDU as the Class of 2021. Read the full feature.

Overall, the Class of 2021 is extremely diverse — and of course — very big! The students are excited and enthusiastic about joining the FDU family." — Vidal Lopez, dean of students at the Metropolitan Campus.

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Celebrating 75 years of FDU

2017 marked the 75-year anniversary of FDU's founding. Want to go back even further than the 2010s? Check out the following:

People think of a university in terms of buildings, of numbers of students, of complexity of curricula. And yet it was in terms of our service to students and the simplicity of our approach that we found the greatest meaning to our lives.” — Peter Sammartino, Founder of FDU


FDU announces One University Many Dreams, $100-million capital campaign

One University Many Dreams will support a broad array of the University’s most innovative programs and initiatives. New capital projects supported by the campaign include: a new Campus Union Building for the Metropolitan Campus; a new Science Building for the Florham Campus; a renovation of the current science facilities into a state-of-the-art home for Silberman College of Business; and upgraded athletics facilities at the Florham Campus. Read the full feature.

One University Many Dreams will be the largest capital campaign in the history of Fairleigh Dickinson University. My dream is to ensure that every student who attends FDU receives a first-rate education that prepares them for success in their chosen field and helps them realize their dream.” — University President Christopher Capuano

Silberman College of Business celebrates 50 years of changing lives

In 1968, Samuel "Buddy" Silberman envisioned a business school that would change lives, innovate and be a tool for social change. Fifty years later, FDU celebrated the golden anniversary of its business school and its namesake. An awards gala took place in New York City, N.Y. on Sept. 27, 2018 and featured guests such as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Buddy Silberman's daughter Jayne Silberman (pictured) and Emmy Award-winning television journalist and FDU trustee Brenda Blackmon, BA'01, MPA'13 (Metro). Read the full feature.

I am honored to join everyone here in recognizing a half-century of excellence in education by the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. As someone who, in my prior life, made a career in business, I have a special affinity for those who seek to become the economic leaders of tomorrow." — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

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FDU's School of the Arts makes its debut

FDU welcomed the inaugural class of nearly 100 students to its new School of the Arts. The academic programs now housed in the School of the Arts include creative writing, film and animation, graphic design, fine arts and theater arts. Students can also take classes in music and dance, pursuing those disciplines as minors. Previously, these programs were not grouped together and fell directly under the heading of arts and sciences. Read the full feature.

I urge you, I beg you, I plead with you, stop waiting. Stop making excuses. Make today the first day of the rest of your life. We all have infinite possibilities." — Mitchell Folan, then a senior theater arts major and master of ceremonies at the inauguration.


Alumnus and trustee Greg Olsen makes second $5-million gift to transform the Metropolitan Campus

Greg Olsen, BS'66, BS '68, MS'68, made a second $5-million gift to Fairleigh Dickinson University in less than 15 years. The gift will support the construction of a new campus center on the University’s Metropolitan Campus. The center, for which the University hopes to break ground in late 2021, will be known as the Gregory H. Olsen Campus Center, in recognition of Olsen’s generous donations to Fairleigh Dickinson University, which total more than $10 million. Read the full feature.

His generosity will have a ripple effect, changing and improving the University experience for students on our Metropolitan Campus for years to come. We are proud of Dr. Olsen and very grateful for his generosity and commitment to the next generation.” — University President Christopher Capuano

Field of Dreams: New athletic facilities coming to the Florham Campus

Construction workers have broken ground for new athletic facilities on the Florham Campus, including a multipurpose field, running track, areas for field events and a parking lot. There will also be a monument sign and new perimeter fencing, plus a digital scoreboard. Finally, the baseball field will be converted to a synthetic field. The new baseball field will honor the legacy of alumnus Vincent Naimoli, MBA'64 (Flor), who passed away on Aug. 25, 2019, by being named the Vincent J. and Lenda F. Naimoli Field. Naimoli donated $1 million to the One University Many Dreams campaign. Read the features on the new construction and on Vince Naimoli's legacy.

He was a loyal and generous alumnus. As a trustee, he brought invaluable business experience and tremendous passion for education. He inspired his friends and colleagues in so many ways, and was always there for students in need. We will miss him greatly but his legacy will surely live on.” — University President Christopher Capuano

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New footbridge opens at Metropolitan Campus

In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 15, 2019, Fairleigh Dickinson University President Christopher Capuano, along with community members including trustees, officially celebrated the opening of the new pedestrian footbridge connecting the Hackensack and Teaneck sides of the campus across the Hackensack River.

“We so proudly welcome this beautiful new footbridge to campus... in a very important sense, this bridge is symbolically leading FDU into the future, a future that will be stronger than ever." — University President Christopher Capuano

Thanks for strolling down memory lane with us! Happy New Year, and bring on the Roaring 20's!

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