FDU Magazine — Winter/Spring 2016


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Provost Cecil Abrahams shares a connection with South African leader Nelson Mandela.
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Latino students like Susana Vasquez-Henao benefit from FDU programs tailored to their needs.

A Gateway to Success

Latinos are the largest minority population in the United States, with millions poised for college success. But, many are facing challenges when seeking higher education. FDU answers their call.


A Tale of Two Americas

The 1967 race riots led the Kerner Commission to declare that the nation was moving toward two separate and unequal societies. Dean Kenneth Vehrkens examines the progress and the problems that persist.


A Long Walk to Vancouver

Vancouver Campus Provost Cecil Abrahams was in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was persecuted ó and when he was president. Abrahams recalls his time helping one of the 20th centuryís most pivotal figures rebuild his country.


Paying Tribute to President Drucker

Sheldon Drucker didnít aspire to lead FDU, but the longstanding financial administrator stepped up when needed and led the University to many important accomplishments. As his retirement nears, we share reflections on his presidency.






Throwing with His All
Steven Krier, Junior, Marketing Major

Interpreting Public Voice
Kate Dunsmore, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Florham Campus

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Alumni Profile

Chasing the Big Picture
Fran Gormley, BA (Flor)

Alumni News



FDU Magazine is published twice yearly by Fairleigh Dickinson University, Office of Communications (H-DH3-14), 1000 River Road, Teaneck, N.J. 07666.

FDU Magazine welcomes your comments.To contact the magazine, please email Rebecca Maxon, editor, at maxon@fdu.edu or write to her at the above address.

Sheldon Drucker, President; Richard Reiss, Senior Vice President for University Advancement; Angelo Carfagna, Associate Vice President for Communications; Karen Lewis, Assistant Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations; Carol Kuzen Black, Director of Publications/Senior Editor; Rebecca Maxon, Editor; Kenna Caprio, Features Writer; Nina Ovryn, Art Director

Contributors: Mary Ann Bautista, Sara Chamberlain, Bryan Jackson, Andrew McKay, Thomas Meade, Tom Nugent, Phil Paquette, Kenneth Vehrkens

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