Office of the President
February 28, 2022

Dear William Paterson Faculty and Staff,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. As the semester moves along, we are making progress on the two significant initiatives I discussed in my State of the University address – the Branding and Identity work and our new Strategic Plan. While we have extensive working groups to support our work on the five pillars of the Strategic Plan, we have taken a different approach to our Branding and Identity work. We have appointed discussion leaders around three broad topics who will help collect input for our Brand and Identity. These discussion leaders will develop opportunities to discuss their areas with the campus communities over the next two months. 

Leading the discussions are: on Academics, Dr. Amy Ginsberg, Dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Michele Cascardi, Professor of Psychology and Dean’s Fellow, CAHSS; conversations on Student Support will be led by Dr. Miki Cammarata, Vice President for Student Development, and Carmen Ortiz, Executive Director of EOF and Academic Achievement; and leading our conversations on the topic of Affordability are Dr. Reginald G. Ross, Vice President for Enrollment Management, and Dr. Siamack Shojai, Professor of Economics, Finance and Global Business. I want to thank all of these discussion leaders for agreeing to assist in this important work, and I encourage everyone to keep an eye out for upcoming opportunities to share your thoughts with them. 

Tomorrow marks the kickoff of the University’s celebration of Women’s History Month. William Paterson is committed to honoring and celebrating the diverse experience of everyone in our University community, and during the month of March, we honor women’s contributions throughout American history. This year's theme is Honoring our Past and fighting for our Future with a focus on women’s health, reproductive rights, equity, and policy. Please click here to RSVP to attend tomorrow’s opening event in person or via Zoom, from 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Congratulations to our Pioneers women’s basketball team for reaching the semifinals of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament. Our student-athletes played with great heart and represented William Paterson with pride. 
This week’s WPWe are Proud – Alumna Nisreen Rajab, who was a 2013-2014 Fulbright scholar at William Paterson and a graduate of the M.Ed in Curriculum and Learning with a Bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) concentration. During her graduate work, she volunteered at S.M.I.L.E. for Charity in Passaic, N.J., teaching English to Syrian and other refugees. Her thesis involved her work with these students. Currently an elementary ESL teacher in the Wayne Township School District, Nisreen has developed a series of free video lessons in Arabic for young students, which are available through the Learning Arts at Home (LAH) blog. The LAH project was created in partnership with William Paterson and Paterson Public Schools and funded by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation during the COVID-19 Pandemic to provide a means of online storytelling pertaining to art education. Congratulations to Nisreen for this wonderful work and to everyone at William Paterson involved in creating and developing this great resource for students and families!

Have a great week.

Richard J. Helldobler, Ph.D.
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