FDU News

Devils Dominate

The Devils women's basketball team is on a 45-game winning streak, a run that began on November 16, 2013.

Why Obama Should Support Keystone Pipeline

Dean Vehrkens argues in an op-ed in The Record, that Obama should embrace the Keystone Pipeline and use the goodwill his support would generate in Congress for accomplishing other things.

State of Christie: Not Great

Chris Christie covers national issues in State of the State address while FDU's PublidMind poll finds only 40% of NJ voters approve of the governor.

Alumni By the Numbers

Since its founding in 1942, well over 100,000 students have graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of these alumni earned bachelor's degrees and some attended FDU for graduate school. Curious how many living alumni are men or women, graduated with a undergraduate degree or a graduate degree? Here's how our alumni shake out:

Year in Review: 2014

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FDU had a big and busy 2014!

Torture Doesn't Work

Associate Professor John Schiemann discusses the Senate's torture report with the media, noting that torture is ineffective for extracting information.

President Drucker on Leadership

FDU President Sheldon Drucker offers leadership lessons learned during his career in a column published by Forbes.

Howard Robin, BS'74, Joins Board of Trustees

President and Chief Executive Officer of Nektar Therapeutics Howard Robin, BS’74, has been elected to the FDU Board of Trustees for a three-year term.

Hall of Fame Inductions Held

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Former star athletes and an athletic director took center stage as Division I and Division III Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were held on October 11 and November 1, respectively — sponsored by their athletics offices.

U.N. Honors Late President Adams

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke at the launch of the J. Michael Adams Conversation Series of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative.

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak Visits FDU


Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak flew to New Jersey for a Fairleigh Dickinson University double-header on Thursday, Nov. 20.

FDU Presents Alan Alda

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Award-winning actor Alan Alda was the featured guest at the second installment of the New Jersey Speakers Series at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Thursday, Oct. 30. 
Above: Acclaimed actor Alan Alda enthralled his audience with stories and anecdotes from his acting experiences at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center at October 30, 2014 as part of Fairleigh Dickinson University's New Jersey Speakers Series. (Photos by Michael Paras)

Former Iraqi Ambassador Will Teach Course on the U.N.


Above: Hamid al-Bayati, while he was Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations. Al-Bayati will be teaching a class (POLS4632.51 Selected Studies: Introduction to the UN) at FDU's Metropolitan Campus on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8 p.m. during the spring 2015 semester. (Photo courtesy of U.N.)

Pet Therapy

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Although they have cold noses, the pet therapy dogs that came to visit students on November 6, 2014, had the warmest hearts. Therapy dogs from Morristown’s Creature Comfort have been making monthly visits to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus to help students de-stress and relax.   

FDU Researchers Develop Hybrid System for Commercial Vehicles

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Researchers in Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Automotive Enterprise Studies in Petrocelli College have created a new kind of hybrid system. Designed for existing gasoline-powered vehicles, this system allows for inexpensive conversion. The system is fully on-demand, which allows for the maximum fuel economy in low speed conditions. 

Madeleine Albright Headlines New Jersey Speakers Series Premiere

The inaugural season of the New Jersey Speakers Series, presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University, debuted October 9 with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Infusing wit, warmth and wisdom into her discussion, she provided the audience with a revealing examination of today’s international conflicts.

Read also: Award-winning actor Alan Alda was the featured guest at the second installment of the New Jersey Speakers Series on Thursday, October 30.  Click here to read more.

WAMFEST: "The Illuminated Word"


Author Salman Rushdie reads from his works "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" and "The Enchantress of Florence."

Over the course of three days (Oct. 15-17), WAMFEST 2014 brought luminaries including filmmaker Neil Burger, writer Neil Gaiman, artists Stefan Bucher and Michael Arthur, and author Salman Rushdie, poet J. Mae Barizo, composer Paul Cantelon and the American String Quartet, to the Florham Campus for performance and discussion.

New Presidential Scholars

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FDU President Sheldon Drucker meets with Presidential Scholars at the Florham Campus.

Thirty-nine new Presidential Scholars started classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University this semester. An expansion of the Presidential Scholarship, which now provides full tuition on a merit basis to select incoming freshman at the Metropolitan and Florham Campuses, caused a surge in the number of applicants and recipients.

Silberman College Among "Best 295 Business Schools"

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Silberman College of Business is one of the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to the education services company, The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review features the school in the new 2015 edition of its book, “The Best 295 Business Schools.”

FDU Poll Among Nation's Best

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Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind has been given an “A-” rating in an exhaustive rating of polling groups by ESPN's prestigious FiveThirtyEight blog. PublicMind outperformed prominent organizations, including Harvard University.

Wroxton Alum Writes Children's Book Inspired by Wroxton Experience

“My semester at Wroxton in the fall of 1980 remains one of the highlights of my life,” says Keith Hayes, BA’81. More than just a collection of fond collegiate memories, Hayes has translated his adventures at Wroxton College into a children’s book entitled “In Mr. Handsome’s Garden.”

Q&A with Silberman Alumna Olga Melnyk

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With limited knowledge of the English language, Olga Melnyk, MBA'13, left her home and family full of musicians and teachers in Ukraine for a life in the United States. Years later, she received her Masters of Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and then landed a highly-coveted position as a credit analyst for TD Bank in New York City, New York; in part, she says, because of the research she contributed to as a graduate student. In her spare time, she’s also mastered English.

Salman Rushdie and Friends Perform with the American String Quartet

Rounding out the eighth annual Words and Music Festival, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie came to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus to perform with poet J. Mae Barizo, composer Paul Cantelon and the American String Quartet. Together, they blended their poetry and prose with chamber music, composed by Cantelon, Ludwig van Beethoven and more, to create a meditative listening experience called, “Memory Place: Music Meets the Page.”

Neil Burger Talks Directing

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Above: Neil Burger (left) kicks off WAMFEST 2014 with a film screening and conversation with Wesley Stace (right).

Filmmaker Neil Burger kicked off the 2014 edition of WAMFEST (Words and Music Festival) at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus with a screening of his 2011 film “Limitless.” The screening was followed by a conversation between Burger and WAMFEST artist-in-residence, Wesley Stace in Hartman Lounge in Hennessy Hall. Known for directing blockbusters like this year’s “Divergent” and “The Illusionist” (2006), Burger shared some of his adventures in filmmaking with students.

A Conversation with Neil Gaiman

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Above: Renowned author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman (right), in conversation with Wesley Stace at FDU's Florham Campus for WAMFEST 2014.

Celebrated writer Neil Gaiman visited Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus on October 16, 2014 as part WAMFEST 2014 (Words and Music Festival). Speaking in front of a packed audience in Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall, Gaiman had a conversational interview with WAMFEST artist-in-residence, Wesley Stace.

Drawing Attention to Drawing


Above: Stefan Bucher (left) and Michael Arthur (right) talked about art and design with Wesley Stace (not pictured) in Dreyfuss Building at FDU's Florham Campus as part of WAMFEST 2014.

Artists Michael Arthur and Stefan Bucher visited Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus to talk about drawing and their experiences as artists in a conversational interview with WAMFEST artist-in-residence, Wesley Stace on October 17.

FDU Connects

Mentorship is a huge part of education and professional development and thanks to a company called ProConvos, Fairleigh Dickinson University has a special online platform to help current students connect with alumni established in their careers.

Homecoming and Family Weekend 2014

The University community celebrated Homecoming and Family Weekend October 17-19 at the Florham Campus.


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