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William Paterson: University Hall Awarded Silver Citation


William Paterson University’s newest academic building, University Hall, was awarded a silver citation in the 2016 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, a premier competition honoring education interiors excellence.

University Hall was among 78 projects selected to be profiled in the August issue of American School & University.

The jury praised the building for having “great connection between common space along spine and outdoor terrace, as well as between floors,” according to the magazine. Contractors included NK Architects in Morristown, New Jersey, Structure Studio and AKF Engineers.

University Hall opened in January 2016 and was the first step in a plan to modernize facilities in the academic core of the campus. The project was funded in part by $30 million from the state’s “Building our Future” Bond Act.

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Small Business Development Center Partners With Two North Jersey National Parks For A “Day Of Innovation”
Hosts Roundtable Discussion With U.S. Senator Cory Booker
Students Met Business Leaders From New Jersey’s Top Industry Sectors At Cotsakos College Of Business Boot Camp


The Winning “Day of Innovation” Team’s Project: “Solar Dog and Cat Park”

The William Paterson University Small Business Development Center Partners With Two North Jersey National Parks For A “Day Of Innovation”

The William Paterson University Small Business Development Center partnered with two North Jersey National Parks for a “Day of Innovation” and the venture was recently cited by America’s SBDC, a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

The William Paterson SBDC designed the “Day of Innovation” project for students at J.F.K. High School in Paterson, N.J. to demonstrate how the new immigrant experience is similar to the experiences of those who helped build and grow their city. The ?four?-month project promoted entrepreneurial literacy through a curriculum designed to expose and encourage inventive skills and practices. The culminating experience was the “Day of Innovation” where student-designed business plans were judged and provided feedback. The young inventors are encouraged to further develop their ideas to enhance their community and their national parks.

The Paterson Great Falls and Thomas Edison National Historic Parks were used to connect the students to the area’s rich immigrant and entrepreneurial history. The densely and ethnically populated areas provide a unique connection between the immigrant innovations of Paterson’s silk industry and Edison’s inventions.



Roundtable Discussion with U.S. Senator Cory Booker and William Paterson University President Kathleen Waldron

William Paterson University Hosts Roundtable Discussion With U.S. Senator Cory Booker

William Paterson University hosted a roundtable discussion with Senator Cory Booker and a small group of invited guests on August 9 as part of his “Seven Day, 21 County Tour of New Jersey.”

The topic for the group was the concerns of the Hispanic community, and President Kathleen Waldron was asked to join his guests in the discussion. Throughout the discussion, Sen. Booker’s staff, along with University staff, posted tweets and snaps on social media to document the event.

Invited guests included: Isabel Agudelo, community leader; Luis DeLaHoz, president, the Intersect Fund; Denis Gonzalez, executive officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Roberto Frugone, Northeast regional director, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund; Laura Maristany, director of policy and legislative affairs, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund; Wendy Martinez, public affairs associate, Rutgers University; Carlos Medina, chairman, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; Rev. David Rios, president, La Alianza Civica Ministerial; Manuel “Manny” Segura, chairman, Dominican American Elected Officials Caucus; Johnny Torres, executive director, Save Latin America; Camelia M. Valdes, prosecutor, Passaic County.


William Paterson University students learn from New Jersey business leaders at Cotsakos College of Business Boot Camp

William Paterson Students Met Business Leaders From New Jersey’s Top Industry Sectors At Cotsakos College Of Business Boot Camp

Known as the Crux of Industry Niche (COIN) Boot Camp, the event featured 14 accomplished professionals, nearly half of whom are alumni, who discussed the inner workings of their industry, their firm, and their own personal career path.

“This Boot Camp is a valuable experiential learning opportunity for our students, and I’m pleased that we have so many talented industry leaders willing to share their expertise with both our students and faculty,” says Siamack Shojai, dean of the Cotsakos College of Business.

COIN 2016 will focused on four different industry sectors: healthcare and health insurance; real estate, banking and credit analysis; food services and distribution; and human resources and financial services.

Business leaders scheduled to participate:

  • Lawrence (Larry) Levine, Keynote Address, director of client experience, Peapack-Gladstone Bank
  • Kevin Lenahan ’90, vice president and CFO, Atlantic Health
  • Marlon Addison, manager of group sales: customer relationships, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ
  • Craig Rothenberg ’81, founder and CEO, Rothenberg Communications LLC
  • John Cina ’72, vice president, special assets, Valley National Bank
  • Jeff Millar ’80, managing director in global subsidiary banking, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
  • Richard Garcia ’84, chief growth officer, North Jersey Federal Credit Union
  • Cindy Perrotta, vice president, commercial lending officer and relationship manager, Atlantic Stewardship Bank
  • Mike Murphy, senior vice president, QuickChek Corporation
  • Luis Tejada, vice president, sales, Goya Foods
  • Joe Fantozzi ’85, vice president of retail and membership development, Allegiance Retail Services, LLC
  • Saul Simon ’84, president and private wealth advisor, Simon Financial Group
  • Jennifer Santiago, talent acquisition manager, Enterprise Holdings
  • Jeff Buonforte, executive vice president, Financial Services Division, Lakeland Bank

The Cotsakos College of Business offers many experiential learning opportunities to its students including internships, business practicums, professional enrichment workshops, case competitions, and mentoring programs, among others.

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