Office of the President
April 11, 2022

Dear William Paterson Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Carlos Medina, a prominent New Jersey businessman, civic leader, television host, and champion of diversity in entrepreneurship, will be the speaker for our May 18th undergraduate Commencement ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark. 
Carlos is president of Robinson Aerial Surveys, Inc., a mapping and engineering firm, and serves as president and CEO of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, which represents 119,000 Hispanic-owned businesses contributing more than $20 billion annually to the State’s economy. He is also co-founder and chairman of the Hispanic Chamber Fund, which helps Hispanic chamber members across the U.S. gain access to capital. He has served as executive producer and host for two PBS cultural and public affairs programs, including “Que Pasa NJ? with Carlos Medina” and is a regular contributor for Univision NY. Carlos serves as a Corporate Board Member of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and is a former board member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and Rutgers Law School. 
We will also be presenting him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his broad record of professional accomplishments. I look forward to hearing from him on one of the most special days in the life of our University. Please plan to join us for the undergraduate and/or graduate ceremonies. A reminder that everyone who plans to attend either event needs to register here.

A reminder that as of this time last week, our masking policy has been updated. Masks continue to be required of everyone in all instructional spaces, and in the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center. Masks are recommended but not required for vaccinated students, faculty, and staff for all other indoor spaces on campus, including the Cheng Library, Shea Center, and residence halls, as well as outdoors. Vaccine-exempt students, faculty, and staff must continue to wear a mask everywhere on campus. I appreciate that our community has done a good job of complying with our masking and other pandemic guidelines, but I have been hearing of some people being criticized for their choice to wear masks in places where it’s not required. Please respect other people’s choices, especially where their health and safety is concerned. None of us should presume to know someone’s health or vaccination status, and many people are taking extra precautions out of concern for vulnerable family members. And, remember, the vaccine-exempt still have to mask everywhere on campus. 

A great opportunity to support a good cause while connecting with colleagues is coming up on Friday, April 22, when the Division of Human Resources, the Directors Council, and Campus Activities, Service and Leadership will join to present “Rise Against Hunger” to fight food insecurity. From 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the University Commons Multipurpose Room, you can volunteer to unload donations from a truck, help assemble them into a total of 20,000 meals, or load them into the truck for delivery to areas of need all over the world. Click here to register for morning or afternoon sessions. If you are unable to make it on the 22nd, you can still support the effort by donating, including to provide meals to Ukraine, by clicking here.  
This week’s WPWe are Proud – Congratulations to Dr. Sean K. Wilson (above, left), associate professor of criminal justice, who was awarded the Coramae Richey Mann Leadership Award at the recent 2022 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference. The award is given for contributions to the emerging body of knowledge about gender issues in criminology and criminal justice and impact on criminal justice at a national level.

With just five weeks left in the semester, let’s make them all count!

Richard J. Helldobler, Ph.D.
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