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Michael Graves College Launches Spring Workshop Series

Union, NJ - Kean University’s Michael Graves College is hosting a series of professional development workshops featuring the University’s distinguished faculty and prominent innovators in the fields of architecture and design.  The Michael Graves College Spring 2016 Workshop Series highlights leading voices discussing contemporary issues. Events are open to the public and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 306 of the Green Lane Academic Building on the Kean main campus in Union.

On February 25, Kean University Assistant Professor Saglinda Roberts, ASID, CID, will present Psychological, Aesthetic and Phenomenological Aspects of Natural Elements in the Built Environment. The workshop will provide a brief overview of the neurological and physiological effects of exposure to the natural elements and the historical and cultural significance of these elements within the built environment.

Denise Anderson will present Design and Promote a Stand Out Brand on March 5. Participants will formulate and define a personal or corporate brand during the workshop, translating survey findings into a compelling marketing story and distinct visual identity.

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Rob Fleming, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Philadelphia University’s Masters of Sustainable Design Program will present Beyond Green: How Sustainable Design will Transform our Lives on March 17The workshop will examine new approaches to sustainable design.

On March 24, Kean University Distinguished Professor Robin Landa will present Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age.  A nimble mind is imperative for creative professionals to thrive, according to Landa, whose 21st book titled, Nimble: Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age, was recently published by HOW Books. Nimble is based on unique teaching methodology Landa employs in her courses at Kean University's Robert Busch School of Design.

Scott Francisco, Founder and Director at Pilot Projects will present Mass Timber Construction on April 7.  A hands-on designer, strategist and cultural theorist, Francisco is a lecturer at Kean University and also teaches design at The New School. He speaks regularly across the country on workplace organizational culture and sustainability.

Michael Graves College Dean David Mohney, FAIA, will present Campus Planning in China: Wenzhou Kean University as a Case Study on April 17. The case study will explain how the planning and design of Wenzhou-Kean University balances Chinese landscape traditions and western academic models.

Julia Nevarez, Ph.D., will present Sandy and Climate Change: Governing Disaster, Adaptation and Preparedness in Urban Environments on April 21. This presentation will examine the relationship between climate change and extreme weather by focusing on the example of Hurricane Sandy and consider strategies for managing extreme climatic events.

Kean University Associate Professor Sylvio Codella, Ph.D., will lead a talk on Biomimicry April 28.  Codella’s research focuses on three overlapping areas of entomology: Biodiversity, particularly in urbanized settings; Hymenopteran Biology; and Evolutionary Ecology.

ABOUT KEAN UNIVERSITY

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, with a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment serving nearly 15,000 students. The Nathan Weiss Graduate College offers four doctorate degree programs and more than 60 options for graduate study leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications. The University’s six undergraduate colleges offer 50 undergraduate degrees over a full range of academic subjects. With campuses in Union and Toms River, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, Kean University furthers its mission by providing an affordable, accessible and world-class education. Visit Kean online at www.kean.edu

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Parents and Students Care Demand Equity in Funding For Elizabeth Public Schools, End to Zero Tolerance Policies

September 21, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-- Elizabeth Parents and Students Care, (EPSC) a grassroots education justice advocacy group, is taking on what they say is an “unresponsive school board that makes decisions in the best interests of its own members rather than the children whom it is charged with educating.”

The organization will be holding an event tonight to discuss issues they see with public ...

Elizabeth Offers Free Diabetes Workshop Series in Spanish

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Gateway Family YMCA and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network is sponsoring free diabetes classes in Spanish as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program.

Quality Insights collaborates with healthcare providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they ...

Volunteer Opportunities Exist for 55+-RSVP Information Sessions

ELIZABETH, NJ-The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Union County will hold two information sessions for all adults 55 and older in Union County.

Opportunities exist throughout the county for volunteers in friendly visiting, community gardens and school-age tutoring and more.

The information sessions will take place at Jewish Family Service of Central NJ, a non-sectarian ...

Union County First To Take “Stand Up for the Other” Pledge

ELIZABETH, NJ-Union County is the first in New Jersey to take the “Stand Up for the Other” pledge. The pledge calls people to action and to challenge bigotry in all its forms.

Union County Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and the Freeholder Board announced that they welcomed Dr. Mohammad Ali Chaudry of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition to share the "Stand Up for the ...

New Law in Effect Changes the Way New Jersey Residents Use Car Seats

TRENTON, NJ – New legislation went into effect September 1 that has changed the rules about using infant and child car seats in New Jersey.

The law went into effect September 1 and includes new regulations that require children under the age of two and 30 pounds must be in a rear-facing car seat with a five-point harness.  Older children must remain in a booster seat until they are ...

Trinitas Regional Medical Center Unveils the New Gary S. Horan Emergency Department

ELIZABETH, NJ – In an opening ceremony held last evening at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, a brand new and expanded $18.7 million dollar Emergency Department was unveiled.

The new emergency department was named for Trinitas President and CEO Gary S. Horan to pay tribute to his decades of leadership in the healthcare field. FACHE, (Fellow of the American College ...

Suspect Sought In Early Morning Carjacking In Elizabeth

September 20, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ—Police are searching for the driver of vehicle after a shooting and carjacking earlier this morning in Elizabeth.

The suspect was reportedly driving a beige or light-colored Cadillac SUV, with a reported NJ license plate number X91-GSB. The suspect is wanted for shots fired at the scene that left another man suspected in the carjacking injured in the area of ...

The Benefit for Gregory-Elizabeth Residents Come Out To Support Cause

September 22, 2017

ELIZABETH, NJ-A benefit was held earlier this month to help raise funds for the family of a thirteen year old who was struck by a train in Elizabeth back in May.

Community members attended the event organized by Hispanos Unidos, a non-profit organization that helps people in need in Elizabeth.. It was held to raise funds to help with health care bills, said President of Hispanos ...

Union County College Names New Governor to the Board

September 22, 2017

CRANFORD – At the September 19, 2017, Joint Meeting of the Union County College Board of Trustees and Board of Governors, Hugh C. Welsh, of Cranford, was sworn in to serve as a new Governor. Union County College Board of Trustees Chair Victor M. Richel and Board of Governors Chair Elizabeth Garcia welcomed Mr. Welsh to the meeting and initiated his swearing in.

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The Hall Mills Murder Case by William Kunstler

The Hall-Mills Murder Case (The Minister and the Choir Singer) by William Kunstler (Rutgers University Press, 1964

At the end of Brown Avenue in Lavalette, NJ sits an ancient, gloomy, gray house. Flanked by contemporary beach homes, this brooding edifice stands out as a relic of a former era. My friend, Cathy noted to me that this house has a notorious history. “It was once owned by ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...