Seton Hall University Announces Alumni Gala Honorees

Seton Hall University is proud to announce the names of those alumni/ae who will be honored at the 28th annual Many Are One alumni awards gala on Friday, June 13, 2014.

The event, to take place at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, N.J., is Seton Hall’s signature black-tie gala. The evening provides an opportunity to celebrate the many ways in which the University’s alumni/ae have positively influenced our world.

Proceeds support four-year scholarships for children, grandchildren, siblings and other relatives of alumni/ae who attend Seton Hall University; each selected student receives $36,000 in scholarship funds.

Individual tickets, tables, ads, sponsorships and a variety of other opportunities to support Seton Hall students and celebrate the honorees are available.

Please visit the Many Are One website, or contact Carol Ann Koert in Seton Hall’s Alumni Relations department at (973) 378-9849 or to learn more.

Gerald P. Buccino ‘63
Most Distinguished Alumnus
Gerald P. Buccino ‘63
President, The Buccino Foundation

Dick Vitale ‘62
Humanitarian Award
Dick Vitale ’62
ESPN College Basketball Analyst

Gregory E. Williams ’89 & Mary (Christiano) Williams ‘89
Alumni Impact Award
Gregory ’89 & Mary (Christiano) Williams ’89
Senior Software Developer/Consultant, TEKsystems
Senior Programmer/Analyst. Lincoln Investment Planning, Inc.

School and College Service Award Recipients
For their support and dedication to the nine school and colleges of Seton Hall University

  • Monsignor Richard M. Liddy ’60 - College of Arts & Sciences
  • Richard J. O’Malley, Ed.D. ’04 - College of Education & Human Services
  • Randy Marti, M.S. ’03 - School of Health and Medical Sciences
  • Henry ‘Hank’ J. Knipper ’81 - Stillman School of Business
  • Margaret B. Melady, M.A. ’71 - University Libraries
  • Monsignor James C. Turro ’44, M.Div. ’48 - Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
  • Captain Gregory T. Dalessio ’00/M.A.’04 (Awarded posthumously) – School of Diplomacy and International Relations
  • David V. Calviello J.D. ’96 - School of Law
  • Francisca Guerrero Champion ’60 - College of Nursing

Learn more about the Many Are One alumni awards gala
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Help Congratulate the Class of 2014!

Alumni Relations is currently collecting notes from alumni to share with graduating seniors before they depart campus in May. 


Please consider writing a brief note that can be displayed (on signs, display boards andsocial media) to members of the senior class throughout their senior week and graduation activities.

Participating is easy – send a note of well-wishes, congratulations or advice to the Class of 2014 by emailing The Alumni Relations team will then share your note with the senior class. Be sure to include your name and class year!

Questions? Contact Erika Klinger at or (973) 378-9827.

Go Pirates!

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Brownson Speech and Debate Team Continues National Rise

Dear Alumni:

It is an exciting time for the Brownson Speech and Debate Team. Tomorrow, April 3, the team will depart for University of Arizona to compete at the American Association National Individual Events Speech Tournament. Thanks to our extraordinary coaching staff, each member of our team was able to qualify to get to the “big dance” in multiple public speaking and performance events. I am proud to report that the young Seton Hall Team will bring an astounding 30 events to this national competition. At this event, they will share their dynamic skills with the country’s best orators. I thank our Provost and Associate Provosts for making this trip possible.

Please join me in congratulating this group of super speakers: Freshmen: Siobhan McGirl and Emily Jareb; sophomores: Noel Chris Fielder, Stephanie Gomulka, Abigail Deely and   Megan Ferguson; senior: Amira Rogers.

Our head coach, Ryan Dicovitsky and assistants, Ethan Millspaugh and Angela Kariotis were at the helm of shaping and molding these strategic, compelling speakers.

Also, I am pleased to report that once again, Brownson maintains the top two intercollegiate speakers in the state of New Jersey and have qualified to represent the state at the Interstate Oratorical Association Contest, the oldest competitive speech tournament in history! I hope we will receive the funding to attend.

Go Pirate Blue Speakers!
Cathy Zizik


Catherine H. Zizik, M.A./M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Communication
Director of Forensics
Faculty Senator
MASCL, Faculty Mentor
Oral Communication Proficiency Trainer
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9759


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Documentary Chronicling WSOU to Premiere April 6

What do heavy metal, men’s Big East college basketball, a Catholic University, Polka and 65 years of award-winning radio broadcasting have in common? 

Pirates of the Airwaves – The WSOU Story, a film by Rob Longo ’92, answers the question through a series of incredible clips, interviews with great bands, station history and more.

The film will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 as part of the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, NJ. All WSOU fans, former staff members and friends are invited to the party! Celebrate the premiere at a pre-screening reception and then be among the first to see the film!

Learn more about the film premiere and reception

More About the Film ~ View the Trailer and Pre-Order Your Copy!

Longo has launched an online campaign to assist with funding of the project, and to allow WSOU fans near and far to pre-order copies of the DVD, get digital downloads, and take advantage of great specials that include WSOU swag and more.

3% of all sales and benefit The Mario Comesanas Scholarship, in memory of the former WSOU staff member who passed away in June, 2011 at the age of 30.

Check out the campaign to view the trailer, pictures and perks. Pre-order your copy or learn about other ways to support the film, from contirubuting to helping spread the word!

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Join Us at the Alumni Arts Celebration on April 23

Join fellow alumni, faculty, current students, and other members of the Seton Hall community at the inaugural Alumni Arts Celebration hosted by the Department of Communication and The Arts and Alumni Relations on April 23. Return to campus, hear the latest news from the department and current students, celebrate the department’s recent distinction as a Center of Excellence, and attend events throughout the evening that feature the work from the many disciplines that encompass the Department of Communication and The Arts.

5 p.m.              Cocktail Reception
                         Gallery Opening: Sight and Sound
                         Walsh Gallery, Lower Level

5:30 p.m.         Showcase Music Recital
                         Jubilee Hall, Auditorium

                         Theatre Reading
                         University Center, Theatre-in-the-Round

6:30 p.m.         Desserts and Display
                          Jubilee Hall, First Floor Lobby

Alumni are also encouraged to submit work that can be displayed at the end of the evening. For submissions, please email Deirdre Yates (

This is a free event, all are welcome. To R.S.V.P., please call 800-992-GRAD or email

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Join Us at the Hanbury Alumni Mission Award Ceremony

The College of Education and Human Services invites you to join us to honor the recipients of the

Hanbury Alumni Mission Award
 Leonard Alexander Moscatelli, M.A. ’12, Ed.S. ’14


Schreitmueller Faculty Servant Leader Award
Daniel Gutmore, Ph.D., Faculty Associate,
Department of Education Leadership, Management & Policy

An inaugural recognition, the Hanbury Alumni Mission Award is given in memory of Monsignor Kevin M. Hanbury, Ed.D.  As Pastor of St. Philomena’s Parish, Vicar of Education in the Archdiocese of Newark and Associate Dean at the College of Education and Human Services, Monsignor Hanbury modeled a life committed to service with his drive to care, nurture and empower those who were challenged or in need.  This award recognizes an alumnus from the college who embodies the passion for service Monsignor Hanbury had throughout his life.

Additionally, the honoree of the Schreitmueller Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership will be recognized.  This award is bestowed in honor of Reverend Henry J. Schreitmueller, as a tribute to his service as an outstanding leader, beloved educator and mentor, and to his qualities of servant leadership, exemplified throughout his years at the College of Education and Human Services.

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments and service of our alumni and faculty.

Friday, April 25, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Seton Hall University, Jubilee Hall, 4th floor Atrium

Please RSVP via email by Friday, April 18

to Ms. Mayra Colón, Assistant to the Dean, at

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New Documentary Chronicles WSOU

wsou‘Pirates of the Airwaves: The WSOU Story’ sets to wrap up, as IndieGogo Campaign Gains Headway with Strong Support.

Guest Post by Rob Longo ’92

Clifton, New Jersey — March 17, 2013 Director Rob Longo is seeking a last round of support as his first full-feature documentary is set to chronicle the storied history of Seton Hall University’s heavy metal-oriented college radio station.

Pirates of the Airwaves asks the question, “What do Heavy Metal, college basketball, a Catholic university, Polka and 65 years of award winning radio broadcasting have in common?” A director’s first full-feature documentary film provides the answer in an engaging and informative underdog story.

The production company, 2121 Productions is seeking crowdfunding backers for the final part of filming and production. The goal for the Indiegogo campaign is set at $20,000, with close to $3,000 raised since launching on March 5th, 2014. The campaign is set to end on April 4th, 11:59pm PT time, and will receive all funds even if the initial goal is not reached. Contributing prices start at just $5 and go up to $1,000 with varied perk items including a DVD, posters, premiere invites, and even production credits.

Director of 2121 Productions LLC, Rob Longo has both created and featured himself in the campaign’s YouTube explainer video. The explainer video stresses the importance of support for this documentary, and features comments by members of hardcore music brands from My Chemical Romance to Slayer.

Longo’s plans to premiere the documentary are already finalized with ‘Pirates of the Airwaves’ showing at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 6th. The film will be shown in its entirety at the Resorts Superstar Theater promptly at 2:45 PM.

Tickets for this showing can be purchased here directly.

Newly founded, 2121 Productions LLC is a New Jersey-based, full service production company.  The company was born out of the belief that creativity is the shared expression of one’s life and experiences. The company was established to create quality entertainment in a variety of media including film, video, music, photography and multimedia. With the utilization of in-house studios, directors, cinematographers, producers, musicians, choreographers, and writers, they are able to draw from a vast wealth of contacts and resources to deliver the final product that any client requests.

The documentary’s director, and owner of 2121 Productions, Rob Longo is native to Cedar Grove NJ, and is part of the Seton Hall University class of ’92. He resides with his four year-old son, Benjamin Hunter Longo.

For media inquiries regarding the ‘Pirates of the Airwaves the WSOU Story’ documentary, individuals are encouraged to contact Longo directly at 973-558-2131 or via email at

To learn more about the IndieGogo campaign or to show support, visit:

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Paul Ward ’86 Honored with 8th Annual Alumni Mentoring Award

Paul WardSeton Hall University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has selected Paul Ward, Entertainment Executive and former Executive Vice President of Primetime, Acquisitions, and Strategy for Nickelodeon, as the 2014 recipient of its coveted ROPE in Success Award. Named after the four components of a successful Public Relations campaign (Research, Objectives, Programming and Evaluation), the annual award acknowledges one tri-state area professional who has shared exceptional mentoring and support with Seton Hall University public relations students, interns and graduates. The award will be presented to Ward at the ROPE in Success Event at 6:30 pm on Thursday, April 10 in the University’s Chancellor’s Suite in Seton Hall’s University Center at 400 South Orange Avenue, South Orange, NJ.

Ward, a graduate of the Seton Hall University Class of 1986, has spent the majority of his career as a communications strategist, rising up the ranks at MTV/Viacom Networks, specifically in strategic communications and programming for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, and TV Land. Ward’s time at MTV/Viacom had a direct impact on the people he worked with and on the viewers’ experience.

Ward’s commitment to Seton Hall has been just as impactful. In 2010, Ward was instrumental in the development of CHAMP – the University’s Communications Honors Alumni Mentoring Program – that pairs select Communications students with successful alumni mentors.  Currently in its fourth year, the initiative is designed to help current students prepare for careers in Communications and Public Relations and has engaged over 50 alumni back to their alma mater.

“I’m truly honored to receive this recognition from the Seton Hall Chapter of the P.R.S.S.A.,” explains Ward.  “The caliber of Seton Hall graduates choosing careers in Communications is evidenced by the leadership roles assumed by hundreds of accomplished alumni who make us proud each and every day.  Hard work, strategic thinking and a degree from Seton Hall is truly a recipe for success and I’m humbled to be in the company of past and current P.R.S.S.A. members who continue to elevate the profile of Communications and Public Relations professionals.”

Past honorees of the ROPE in Success award include Ashley Manz, Account Executive at R&J Public Relations (2013), Sandra Maloney, Assistant Director of Seton Hall’s Career Center (2012), Josh Balber, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (2011), Joan Bossio. Stern + Associates (2010), Michael W. Kempner, MWW Group (2009) Kathleen Waugh, Toys R Us (2008), and Tom Coyne, Coyne PR (2007).

To learn more and for reservations, contact Daniel Nugent, Senior Director of Alumni Engagement, at

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Share the reasons why you’re #SHULoyal and you could win a custom Seton Hall iPad!

On February 27, 2014 Seton Hall will join with colleges and universities around COLSYMthe world to celebrate Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. The day is a celebration of volunteers, donors and friends who share their time, talents and treasures with the University.

Alumni: Help show current students why loyalty and involvement are important after graduation and you could win an iPad!

How you can help:
Choose a way to show your loyalty to Seton Hall from the list below and choose a way to share it with Seton Hall students.

Step 1: Create

  • Take a photo of yourself showing your Pirate pride, or holding a sign with a message of support for Seton Hall.
  • Share the reason why you have chosen to have a life-long relationship with Seton Hall.
  • Post a note to tell students why you’re #SHULoyal and why they should be too.

Step 2: Share
Upload your photo or text to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #SHULoyal or post them on the Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day Facebook event page.

Step 3: Win
Each alumnus/a who shares his or her SHU loyalty between 9 a.m. on February 24 and noon on February 28 will be entered to win a white iPad mini customs engraved with “Seton Hall University Alumni” and “Go Pirates!” A winner will be randomly selected and announced on the Seton Hall University Alumni Facebook page on Monday, March 3, 2014.

By entering you agree: Entries will be shared with the public via social media, Seton Hall websites and in printed and other advertisements and communications before, during and after this event in perpetuity. Aside from one contest entry, no further compensation shall be granted for the use of this material now or at any time in the future. 

For more information please contact:
Dan Nugent
(973) 378-9822

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