Auf Wiedersehen, Frau Smith

With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of Elfriede W. Smith, a professor emerita who taught at Drew for 40 years. Frau Smith–as her many devoted students called her–died on Saturday, October 11, at her home in Madison. She was 73. A memorial service will be held for her on Saturday, November 1, at 11 a.m. at Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home in Madison. Professor Smith came to Drew in February 1968 and taught German for four decades in the College of Liberal Arts. She became the German program coordinator in the late 1980s, serving in this position until her retirement in 2008. She was an adviser for Drew students and was a frequent consultant to major publishers of German textbooks. She served as president of the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, and participated in numerous national and international meetings. Though she had retired from Drew, Frau Smith was a frequent visitor to the campus and was most recently at The Concert Hall on October 6 for a concert featuring the music of Jimmy Van Heusen. She is survived by her brother-in-law, Leonard Smith, and his wife Geri, and several nieces and […]

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Rangers Reunited

On October 10, a record-setting crowd of 140–and 200 more via livestream–gathered for the 23rd annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner (view the event). The following day, parents, students, alumni, and friends enjoyed a  day of alumni games, varsity games, and tailgates. Ranger Reunion, and especially the Hall of Fame, is a timely reminder of the important role athletics plays in a true liberal arts education. “There’s a direct correlation between a robust athletics program with accompanying facilities and fields and institutional pride, recruitment, and retention of students,” said Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger in her remarks at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner. “To be part of a Ranger team is a genuine experience of team and leadership. (Learn more about the Athletics Master Plan.) The Athletic Hall of Fame, a tradition that began in 1991, recognizes and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Drew athletics and have brought distinction to Drew University and its athletic programs. Its newest inductees are Justin Bonura C’03, Kara (Fetter) Carola C’04, Tim Lawlor C’99, Connee Zotos, and the 1969 Men’s Soccer Team. These individuals and the many teammates, classmates, and coaches they have inspired represent the commitment […]

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What’s New at Drew

The Alumni Guide to What—and Who—Is New on Campus From the rafters of Craig Chapel and the backstops of the ball fields to the halls of Hilltop House and the wings of the science building, every corner of campus is buzzing with newness, the happy product of a busy summer at Drew. Here, a rundown of what’s new around the Forest. A Warm Drewish Welcome Drew President MaryAnn Baenninger moved into Hilltop House with her husband, Ron, in July. Dr. Baenninger jumped into her work straight away, welcoming new arrivals to campus and hitting the road to meet alumni around the country. Theological School Dean Javier Viera also arrived in July. Dean Viera was previously the executive minister at Christ Church in Manhattan and holds advanced degrees from Duke and Yale. He’ll be installed as the Theo School’s 15th dean October 16th, on the heels of the Tipple-Vosburgh Lecture and Theo School Alumni Reunion. The gates swung wide for new faculty members. The college faculty is joined by Emily Hill (computer science), Lisa Jordan (environmental science and sustainability), and Sharri Cecile Byron (economics). We also welcome Assistant Professor of Irish History Caoimhín De Barra in the Caspersen School and Assistant […]

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A Word From. . .

President Vivian A. Bull and Trustee Chair Dean Criares ’85 The talk in higher education today is all about the “internationalization” of college campuses and the need to connect U.S. students more intentionally and more fully to the global community. Drew has a long and proud history of moving students out of the classroom and into settings that grow their understanding of the world and of themselves. From New York and London to Seoul and Cameroon, these programs prepare our domestic students to take their place in a global society, one that grows closer and more complex every day. In that same spirit, inviting more international undergraduate students to be educated here in the United States is a trend rapidly gaining momentum. A recent study done for the U.S. State Department showed that more than 800,000 foreign students studied in the United States in 2012-13, a seven percent increase from the year before. The concept is a rich one, giving America’s next generation the opportunity to learn with, and from, global peers here at home. With approval from Drew’s Board of Trustees, the university is in negotiations with INTO University Partnerships, a global education firm that establishes joint ventures with […]

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Drew University’s Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture to Feature Metropoli …

Tuggle’s March 25 lecture will share letters, anecdotes and cartoons tracing the history of the Metropolitan Opera, especially from its critics. Madison, NJ – Visitors to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City know of its elegant lobby, Marc Chagall murals and state-of-the-art acoustics. But they might not know what goes on behind the scenes of the largest classical music organization in North America. Enter Robert Tuggle, the Director of Archives of the Metropolitan Opera, who is an expert on the history of the Met since its founding in the 1880’s. Tuggle will be the guest speaker at this year’s Merrill Maguire Skaggs Lecture on March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University. An impressive music historian who is a frequent contributor to The Opera Quarterly, Tuggle also has a wry sense of humor and plans to share some of the lesser-known history of the Met. His talk, titled “An Irreverent Look at the Metropolitan Opera” will include some unflattering opera reviews from renowned critics, cartoons that appeared in past magazines, and some fun facts about the history of the hallowed institution. “It’s very interesting and very vivid,” […]

A Word from Matthew R. Beland, University Archivist

In November 1928, just three months after Brothers College opened its doors to students, the first issue of The Acorn shipped from the presses to the Drew community. Eighty-five years have passed, and Drew University’s newspaper continues to record and reflect upon the thoughts and activities of the student body. Throughout the nine decades of The Acorn there is a sense of external and internal forces around and within the university. The Acorn brings the ideas and concerns of a wider world to the Forest. Student response to the escalating conflict in Vietnam appears regularly in articles from the late 60s and early 70s. Other stories pertain to life closer to Drew. Sometimes these stories, the barbershop controversy and the Mellen affair during the 1960s, for example, seem even more pressing due to their proximity. With the benefit of hindsight, recurring themes as well as turning points become apparent. Some topics, such as periodic student dissatisfaction with the food on campus, are perennial. At other times a single, profound event makes the headline. The September 14, 2001 issue reported on the Drew community’s response to the tragic events of that week. The University Library has produced “A Bountiful Harvest: 85 Years […]

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David Cennimo C’97

Dr. David Cennimo C’97 has worked on the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic for the last fifteen years. He has seen it all, from heartbreak to headway, as an HIV specialist practicing and teaching at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark (formerly UMDNJ). “When I was a med student, people were dying from HIV infections. Now I see patients for whom this isn’t even their biggest health issue.” David describes this as his dream job. He enjoys the range of challenges his work involves, from providing patient care, to serving as a course director in the medical school, to conducting research in his spare time.  He credits his Drew education with preparing him for these distinct roles.  “I’m a fan of the liberal arts. You learn how to think, how to solve problems.” David also says that some of his best training for managing a clinical team came from student activities at Drew.  “I learned about team work and leadership by working on things like the Orientation Committee. I use those skills now every day in my job.” That’s part of why David has chosen to support Drew with a donation every single year since he graduated.  Over the […]

The Zuck Collection of Botanical Books

Drew Library has received a significant collection of books on botanical illustration, the gift of Lois E. Jackson C‘63. Ms. Jackson’s donation, to be called the Zuck Collection of Botanical Books, is named in honor of Florence and Robert K. Zuck, distinguished former professors of botany. As Ms. Jackson humorously relates, she arrived at Drew with plans to major in mathematics, but was soon advised by her calculus professor to seek another area of study. Fortunately, she had also enrolled in Professor Robert Zuck’s Introduction to Botany course and there found her calling. Besides her immediate absorption in plant evolution and physiology, she discovered a native ability for executing the lab drawings that were required. Art history and studio art classes helped develop her skills and understanding of technique and mediums. After graduating from Drew in 1963, Jackson worked at Dartmouth College as a laboratory assistant in plant taxonomy, where her drafting skills soon came to the attention of Dartmouth’s botany faculty. Eventually she was hired by the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover as a scientific, medical and technical illustrator. She prepared charts, microscopic slides, and illustrations of plants, animals and medical procedures, as well as creating and labeling […]

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Drew Applauds Alumna Who Builds Homes for Those Without Them

Betsey Hall T’84 puts values into action. Elizabeth Hall makes it sound easy. She’s standing on a grassy verge overlooking an expansive low-rise apartment complex in Morris Township and remembers when the site was nothing but a tangle of weeds. “I was here with Peter Simon, and I turned to him and said, ‘I want to build affordable housing, and I need $2 million to do it. Will you help me?’” Simon, co-chairman of the nonprofit William E. Simon Foundation, acceded, and, says Hall, “we raised the money and built those lovely buildings in this lovely setting.” Today, the complex houses 15 low-income families who, if it weren’t for Hall, might have no home at all. Of course, building affordable housing and providing shelter for the homeless is anything but easy, and Hall–an ordained Presbyterian minister and the president and CEO of Homeless Solutions, Inc. (HSI), who’s known by everyone simply as Betsey–would be the first person to tell you that. Sixteen years ago, she left a parish ministry in West Seneca, N.Y., to take the helm of a small and struggling Morristown homeless shelter, transforming it into a countywide organization with a staff of 49, a volunteer constituent topping […]

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How to Save a Life

“That girl in the mirror, I’m just getting to know her,” wrote Earline Langdon after almost two years of living clean. “But she’s not my enemy anymore.” Earline is one of about 150 participants currently in the Morris County Drug Court working ferociously to turn around their lives. They are doing it with the help of an innovative writing program created and run by Dr. Rebecca Conviser G’06. In addition to undergoing drug treatment and tests, and making frequent probation and court appearances for up to five years, these non-violent offenders receive regular writing assignments. It may be a letter to a family member, a personal reflection, or an exercise about healthy choices. Participants with limited formal education have difficulty with grammar and spelling, so “Dr. Rebecca” (as she is known in court) offers individual coaching to help them put their thoughts into words. She reads and returns each paper to its author with encouraging comments and suggestions. Rebecca earned her doctorate in Arts & Letters at the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies in order to learn how to better express herself in writing. In 2012 she discovered an unusual way to put her education to work: she heard about […]

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