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University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka at May 25 Undergraduate Commencement

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:47:03 -0400


University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka at May 25 Undergraduate Commencement

New Jersey mayor to give keynote address during morning ceremony

The Montclair State University Board of Trustees has named Ras J. Baraka, the 40th and current mayor of Newark, New Jersey, as an honorary degree recipient for its May 2017 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

Baraka, an accomplished civic leader, educator and poet will address the graduating class and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on May 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“Mayor Baraka has been an articulate advocate for the importance of education and how it can create positive change in our communities,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “During his tenure as principal of Newark’s Central High School, his dedication to New Jersey youth led to an increase in test scores and a decrease in gang violence. Since then, as mayor of Newark, he has worked to unify his city by championing initiatives that improve public safety, enhance educational opportunities, and promote the city’s redevelopment. He is an excellent model for our students of public service.”

Elected in 2014 as the first native-born Newark mayor in half a century, Baraka has been a prominent member of the community for nearly three decades.

Baraka served as a member of the Newark Municipal Council from 2002 to 2006 and was concurrently appointed deputy mayor in 2002, a position he held until 2005.

As principal of Newark’s Central High School from 2007 until 2013, he was a dedicated advocate for student success. As mayor, he has opened nine “Centers of Hope,” which offer city residents a menu of recreational, educational and cultural enrichment programs. Since 2012, Newark has seen an increase in its high school graduation rates.

An accomplished author, Baraka’s latest work, Black Girls Learn Love Hard, is dedicated to his late sister, Shani Baraka. His spoken poetry has been featured on The Fugee’s 1996 album The Score and Lauryn Hill’s 1998 Grammy Award-winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Educated in the Newark Public Schools, Baraka earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Howard University and a master’s degree in education supervision from St. Peter’s University. The father of three daughters, he and his family currently reside in Newark.

The Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. For more information, visit

University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Tony-Award Winning Dancer Savion Glover at May 25 Undergraduate Commencement

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:40:03 -0400


University to Award Honorary Doctorate to Tony-Award Winning Dancer Savion Glover at May 25 Undergraduate Commencement

Accomplished entertainer and Newark native to accept degree during morning ceremony

The Montclair State University Board of Trustees has named Tony Award-winning entertainer Savion Glover as an honorary degree recipient for its May 2017 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony.

The legendary tap dancer, choreographer, actor and teacher will deliver an address to the graduating students in addition to receiving an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree on May 25 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

“Savion Glover has captivated audiences of all ages on both stage and screen for nearly four decades, but it is his work inspiring children that makes him a wonderful example for our graduates,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “Regardless of one’s professional discipline, empowering the next generation should be a goal for each of Montclair State University’s students, and Mr. Glover has embodied this commitment throughout his decorated and accomplished career.”

A native of Newark, New Jersey, who was the youngest person ever to receive a full scholarship to the Newark Community School of the Arts, Glover took his first tap lessons at age 7 and made his Broadway debut at age 10 in the Tony-nominated musical The Tap Dance Kid.

Popularizing a unique style of tap known as “hitting,” Glover became one of the youngest performers nominated for a Tony Award with his performance in Black and Blue at the age of 15. In 1996, he choreographed and starred in the hit musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, for which he won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Choreography.

In 2016, Glover made his return to Broadway and was nominated for a Tony in choreography for Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. His film credits include appearances in Bamboozled and the television biopic Bojangles. He also choreographed dances performed by the penguin Mumble in the animated hits Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two.

Between 1990 and 1995, his regular appearances on the iconic PBS show Sesame Street delighted and inspired a generation of young people. Glover has since continued his work with children, sharing his enthusiasm for dance arts education with students in schools across the United States. His Newark-based HooFerZClub School for Tap has remained committed to ensuring that all students maintain the right to an arts education as a fundamental part of their basic education while passing on the traditions and history of tap dancing.

The Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. For more information, visit

University to Award Honorary Doctorate to ADP's Carlos Rodriguez at Graduate School Commencement

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:05:29 -0400

University to Award Honorary Doctorate to ADP's Carlos Rodriguez at Graduate School Commencement New Jersey executive to deliver keynote address at May 22 ceremony The Montclair State University Board of Trustees has named Carlos Rodriguez, the president and CEO of ADP, as the honorary degree recipient for its May 2017 Graduate School Commencement ceremony.The Cuban-American business leader will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the event on May 22 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J.“Carlos Rodriguez has achieved remarkable success as a first-generation college graduate,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “His story is a testament to what students can achieve by pursuing a higher education, and, more than that, it is emblematic of the quality of contributions made by generations of immigrants to this country. ADP has been an excellent corporate citizen and a very strong partner to Montclair State, and we are very pleased to be able to bestow this honor on Mr. Rodriguez.”   “I am grateful to be recognized by the Montclair State community with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree,” says Rodriguez. “As fellow citizens of New Jersey, our organization has benefitted immensely from many talented graduates of this great university who’ve worked with ADP over our 68-year history in the state. I am thrilled to accept this honor from an institution so deeply committed to equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to help organizations like ours succeed for decades to come.”Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Rodriguez immigrated with his parents to the United States when he was a child. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Harvard University. He joined ADP in 1999 and has held several roles for the organization, including president of ADP’s Small Business Services and president of ADP TotalSource. He assumed the role of corporate President and CEO in November 2011 and was has been named to NJBIZ’s Power 100 every year since 2014.Rodriguez is a trustee and president of the ADP Foundation, which provides monetary and volunteer support to causes and nonprofit organizations. The company’s associates also provide volunteer support to more than 1,400 charitable initiatives worldwide.The ADP Foundation has partnered with Montclair State University to create the ADP Center for Learning Technologies, which provides services, training and support, as well as access to state-of-the-art equipment in the College of Education and Human Services. The Center also offers workshops, seminars and one-to-one technology help to Montclair State’s current education students as well as partner school districts.The Graduate School Commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit[...]

Montclair State and Bergen Community College Approve Automatic Transfer Initiative

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:12:56 -0500


Montclair State and Bergen Community College Approve Automatic Transfer Initiative

Partnership expands two-plus-two model for associate degree candidates to pursue four-year degree

In a move that will continue to create new pathways for students to pursue affordable higher education in New Jersey, Montclair State University and Bergen Community College (BCC) have formalized a dual enrollment automatic transfer initiative allowing associate degree candidates at BCC to seamlessly transfer to the research doctoral university and pursue bachelor’s degrees in selected programs.

The program continues to expand on the statewide transfer agreement with a specialized Montclair State two-plus-two model designed to facilitate a four-year path to an undergraduate degree from one of New Jersey’s most affordable public universities.

As part of the agreement, a Montclair State University representative will be on-site at BCC’s Paramus campus and fully engaged in the BCC community to aid in the transfer process.

“This agreement provides more New Jersey community college students with the guidance necessary to plan their pathway to attaining a specific baccalaureate degree,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “The University’s long-standing relationship with Bergen Community College will be strengthened by our greater presence on their campus, and by the additional opportunities that BCC students in the program will have to engage in activities on our campus.”

“Articulation agreements provide community college students with a defined path from entry to graduation and transfer,” says Bergen President B. Kaye Walter. “We are excited to enhance our existing relationship with Montclair State University, which already represents a top choice of many Bergen graduates, to enable a seamless transfer process.”

To be eligible, students who have enrolled in the fall 2016 semester or later at BCC must currently be pursuing and eventually complete the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees offered by the institution. Students who applied to Montclair State as first-time, full-time freshmen for the fall 2016 semester but were not granted admission and are enrolled at BCC are also eligible for the program, provided they are pursuing successfully either of the associate degree tracks.

Program participants will choose one of 17 specially designated majors at Montclair State.

“Bergen Community College has long been a close collaborator and our largest source of community college transfers, and this partnership will capitalize on that relationship in order to best serve the students of Bergen County in attaining an affordable, high-quality education in a reasonable time frame,” said Montclair State University Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jeffrey Indiveri-Gant. “We want to make the process of transferring to a four-year institution as seamless as possible, and by signing this agreement, we are affirming our joint commitment to this goal.”

Montclair State University Receives NSF Grant Funding Scholarships for Future K-6 Math Teachers

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:36:13 -0500

Montclair State University Receives NSF Grant Funding Scholarships for Future K-6 Math Teachers Innovative program will prepare students to teach in high-need New Jersey schools A Montclair State University team has received a three-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant for its project “Preparing the Effective Elementary Mathematics Teacher.” Eligible Montclair State mathematics majors will soon take part in an innovative collaborative program between the College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Education and Human Services that addresses the shortage of high-quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by preparing them to teach math in the New Jersey elementary schools that need them most. “It is critical that students interested in careers in education have programs that prepare them to become outstanding teachers,” says College of Science and Mathematics Dean Robert Prezant. “This innovative project will provide students with remarkable and creative preparation within an inquiry-based program that deeply prepares them for the demands of working in today’s education system.”Ten students per year will receive grant-funded scholarships and stipends to be part of the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, which addresses the current shortage of high-quality STEM teachers by encouraging talented students to ultimately teach in high-need schools.  It has awarded Montclair State’s “Preparing the Effective Elementary Mathematics Teacher” project team funding for three years. The project’s principal investigator and Montclair State mathematics professor Erin Krupa and co-principal investigators mathematics professor Steven Greenstein, Center of Pedagogy director Jennifer Robinson, and County College of Morris colleague Diana Aria emphasize that the grant will enable them to grow this unique program and actively recruit math majors.“We will be one of the only programs across New Jersey to emphasize exemplary elementary mathematics education through our teacher candidates,” notes Robinson, who will work on building partner relationships between the University’s departments of mathematical sciences and elementary education. Together with Aria, she will also strengthen ties with seven area community colleges in order to recruit transfer students into the program.According to College of Education and Human Services Dean Tamara Lucas, the grant program reflects the University’s longstanding commitment to preparing outstanding STEM teachers. “We have received well over $25 million in recent years to support STEM teacher preparation. This important new grant furthers our mission of providing Montclair State students with the essential knowledge and skills they need to be excellent elementary math teachers – and make a lasting and positive impact on countless young people across New Jersey.”Giving Opportunities to StudentsThe team will build on an earlier NSF Noyce Capacity Building grant for developing a mathematics major for students wishing to be certified to teach K-6 students. “The earlier grant did not provide opportunities for students – which is why we are very excited about this new award,” says Krupa.Now, through an innovative curriculum, the project’s Noyce Scholars will be able to conduct research in elementary school classrooms. The team will also strive to build a sense of community among Noyce Scholars through a program of community-oriented field experiences and seminars. Research focusing on the project’s impact on the Noyce Scholars’ beliefs about mathematics and mathematics teaching is another key project component. Greenstein notes that once they begin teaching, they will receive ongoing support through monthly seminars and access to a professional learning community based at Montclair State. “Students who complete this degree program will receive ex[...]

Montclair State University Professor Receives Prestigious Presidential Award

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:17:29 -0500

Montclair State University Professor Receives Prestigious Presidential Award Award is nation’s top honor for scientists and engineers in early stages of their research careers Pankaj Lal, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Studies and associate director of the PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies at Montclair State University, is among 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The awards, announced by President Obama on January 9, are the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on federally funded science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. “I congratulate these outstanding scientists and engineers on their impactful work,” Obama said in a statement announcing the awards. “These innovators are working to help keep the United States on the cutting edge, showing that federal investments in science lead to advancements that expand our knowledge of the world around us and contribute to our economy.” “It is extremely gratifying to get presidential validation of the research I am undertaking and an absolute honor,” says Lal. “Personally, it gives me added confidence to continue on with my sustainable energy and resources research, which is one of the grand challenges facing modern society. I also share this award with the exceptional students in my research group. I’m proud that their work contributed towards my getting this award, and am thankful to my colleagues at Montclair State, who have been extremely supportive.” Robert Prezant, dean of Montclair State’s College of Science and Mathematics says, “Dr. Lal and his federally funded work in environmental economics represents the best among emerging scientists and their disciplines. For Dr. Lal to receive the PECASE award is an obvious and natural fit. His work reflects the broad spectrum of critical and far-reaching research within our College that informs our students and simultaneously offers important, positive benefits to our global society.” Supporting Energy Independence Lal was nominated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has funded his collaborative, interdisciplinary research that contributes to the development of a sustainable bioeconomy as a fossil fuel alternative, by assessing the socioeconomic impacts of forest- and agriculture-based biofuel development in Southern rural communities. As a researcher, Lal is committed to providing science-based knowledge and solutions to inform policy choices. Noting that a “one size fits all approach” is inadequate to address the challenges of sustainable bioenergy, he instead proposes strategies based on an integrated approach that emphasizes local context and suggests place-based interventions. Lal’s PECASE award nomination by U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture stressed the contributions Lal is making to develop new biofuel pathways, saying that, “Besides fostering innovative developments in science and technology, Dr. Lal’s efforts and commitment enhance connections between fundamental research and the grand challenges facing the nation, and highlight the importance of interdisciplinary and systems-approached science, engineering, and technology for America’s future.” This is not Lal’s first award for work on bioenergy sustainability. In 2016, he received a highly competitive five-year, $450,000 Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation to support his research and education initiatives. His research portfolio includes nearly $ 7.5 million in grants and contracts for research as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator not only from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but also from the U.S. Department of Energy, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “I was th[...]

Montclair State University Receives Top Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:34:09 -0500


Montclair State University Receives Top Ranking from U.S. News & World Report

Online graduate education program named one of the top 50 programs in the nation

Montclair State University’s online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program has been ranked the best in New Jersey – and among the top 50 in the nation – by U.S News & World Report in its 2017 Best Online Graduate Education Programs survey.


The ranking, released on January 10, 2017, is the latest recognition of Montclair State’s growing national reputation. U.S. News & World Report included the University’s graduate education programs among the nation’s top 100 in its listing of the 2017 Best Education Schools, and also placed the University’s graduate programs in elementary and secondary teacher education among the top 15 in the country.

“I am very proud that our College continues to look to the future and beyond our walls to serve a diverse population of graduate students,” says Tamara Lucas, dean of the University’s College of Education and Human Services. “We are committed to making both national and local impacts, and the online Educational Leadership program is one way we do that. The program offers exceptional opportunities for educators to excel in their field and become the next generation of leaders. I commend the faculty and staff for their impressive work in getting us the well-deserved recognition of being in the Top 50 schools in the nation for our online Educational Leadership program.”

The University’s comprehensive graduate Educational Leadership program gives students the conceptual tools and professional preparation they need to become accomplished school leaders, while its flexible design lets them choose the study option that best meets their career goals and schedules.

“We have benchmarked best practices in the design and delivery of online programs across a number of disciplines,” explains Peter McAliney, executive director of Online and Extended Learning at Montclair State. “Our team has focused on developing sound online teaching and learning methods, hiring and training the best instructors and creating a ‘Concierge’ service to ensure the highest quality learning experience for our students.”

McAliney notes that his team is currently evaluating existing on-ground programs to see which might be delivered online with the same commitment to quality as that of the Educational Leadership program.

In February 2016, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education designated Montclair State as a Research Doctoral University. The latest U.S. News & World Report ranking acknowledges Montclair State’s substantial commitment to expanding its graduate and doctoral degree programs.  

“NBC Nightly News” Anchor Lester Holt to Receive Allen B. Dumont Award

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:43:23 -0500


Credit: NBC News

“NBC Nightly News” Anchor Lester Holt to Receive Allen B. Dumont Award

Campus Visit Comes in Advance of the Opening of What Will be One of the Country’s Leading University Broadcast and Production Facilities

Release Date: November 21, 2016

Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Dateline NBC,” has been named the recipient of the 2016 Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to leading journalists and reporters by the Montclair State University School of Communication and Media. Holt will be honored for his more than 30-year career at a ceremony at the university on Friday, December 2.

"We are proud to honor Lester Holt with the DuMont Award,” said Merrill Brown, director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. “The constant in his work in local media, cable and broadcast news is a clear commitment to quality journalism no matter the locale, platform or story whether domestic or international. At the School of Communication and Media, we share with Lester a commitment to civic engagement and serving communities demontrated throughout his body of work over 35 years."

Holt is an award-winning journalist and anchor of NBC’s flagship broadcast. He was named to the role in June 2015 after eight years as anchor of "NBC Nightly News" weekend editions and 12 years as co-anchor of "Weekend TODAY." In addition, Holt has served as principal anchor of "Dateline NBC" since September 2011. He joined NBC News in 2000 and is known for his outstanding work in the field, reporting and anchoring from breaking news events across the world.

Holt is is scheduled for a number of events during his visit to Montclair State. First, he will be interviewed for the institution’s public affairs program Carpe Diem. Following the award presentation, Holt will speak to students and faculty at a colloquium that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is open to the University community.

Established in 1985, the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award has honored noted individuals in the field. Previous honorees include WNBC-TV's Bruce Beck, Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville, WCBS-TV anchor Kristine Johnson, WNBC-TV chief meteorologist Janice Huff, CBS Sports announcer Ian Eagle, WCBS Radio chopper 880 reporter Tom Kaminski, WABC-TV anchor/reporter Joe Torres, WWOR-TV anchor Brenda Blackmon and WABC-TV Reporter N.J. Burkett.

Holt’s visit to the University comes at an important time for the School of Communication and Media. The School is set to open the doors on its new home, an ultra-modern, 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. It’s the most technologically advanced broadcast and media production facility at any university in North America.

The School’s production facilities will be equipped with leading-edge 4K and HD studio cameras, production switchers and monitors that will power the new multi-platform “newsroom of the future,” along with a 150-seat presentation hall, broadcast studios, an integrated media lab, and a film screening room.

University Takes Initial Steps Towards a 100% Tobacco-Free Campus

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 09:21:01 -0500

University Takes Initial Steps Towards a 100% Tobacco-Free Campus Grant from the CVS Health Foundation helps launch programs to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free policies Montclair State University has been awarded a $19,415 grant as part of the American Cancer Society and the CVS Health Foundation’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative (TFGCI), a $3.6 million, multi-year program intended to accelerate and expand the eventual adoption and implementation of 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free campus policies. The University is among the first 20 institutions nationwide to receive the funding, and is the only grantee in New Jersey. With the funding, Montclair State will launch Tobacco Free Red Hawks – a program designed to engage and educate the campus community about the health and lifestyle issues related to tobacco and smoking. Focusing primarily on its 21,000 students, the initiative will include outreach events and smoking cessation groups with the ultimate goal of becoming a completely tobacco-free campus. “The goal of Tobacco Free Red Hawks is to engage and educate the campus community and support those who are looking to make lifestyle changes,” says Montclair State University Coordinator of Health Promotion Marie Cascarano. “The University feels strongly about its role in creating a healthy living, learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff, and this initiative is another way to act on that institutional commitment.” The grants – which are distributed to colleges and university across the United States – are intended to address a critical, unmet need by helping colleges and universities work towards the ultimate goal of becoming 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free over the course of three years. Of the 4,700 higher education institutions in the United States, currently only 1,427 are 100 percent smoke-and-tobacco-free. “In collaboration with other student development and campus life partners, the Montclair State University Office of Health Promotion has been working toward creating healthy tobacco-free lifestyles since 2011,” explained Karen L. Pennington, vice president for student development and campus life. “The University Senate charged the Campus Tobacco Task Force in 2012, and in fall of 2015 approved a recommendation that Montclair State adopt a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy – including a ban on vapor and e-cigarette products. This grant will enable us to incorporate proven strategies and move towards ultimately becoming a tobacco-free campus.”  TFGCI is part of Be The First, CVS Health’s new five-year, $50 million initiative that uses education, advocacy, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming to help deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation and extend the company’s larger commitment to help people lead tobacco-free lives. “To be successful in creating a tobacco-free generation, it is important that we prevent and eliminate lethal and addictive tobacco among America’s college students,” said Cliff Douglas, vice president for tobacco control and director of the American Cancer Society’s Center for Tobacco Control.  “We’re at a critical moment in our nation’s efforts to end the epidemic of tobacco use, but we know we can’t do it alone,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president for corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Health and president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Through the power of partnership and by increasing the number of tobacco-free colleges and universities, we can contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible, not a faraway dream.”[...]

Montclair State University to Officially Launch New Center for Clinical Services with Open House

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:26:58 -0400

Montclair State University to Officially Launch New Center for Clinical Services with Open House State-of-the-art facility provides wide range of services to the public Release Date: August 25, 2016 Montclair State University will host an Open House on September 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. to officially unveil its new Center for Clinical Services to the community. Members of the public are invited to join local civic leaders, University officials and faculty to meet staff and tour the on-campus facility.The Center for Clinical Services is located at 147 Clove Road in Little Falls, just off Routes 46 and 3 East (across from New Jersey Transit’s Montclair State University Station). The GPS address is 35 Clove Road, Little Falls.The Center, which had its soft opening in the spring, was created to provide the general public with programs and services in a broad range of clinical areas, from mental health counseling and literacy development to a suite of psychotherapeutic services for children with autism and their families. Center programs serve neighboring communities, as well as people from across the state and New York metropolitan area.The innovative Center embodies the University’s commitment to making positive, meaningful contributions to its larger community – by both providing the public with access to affordable clinical services and by also serving as a hub for collaborative, cutting-edge research. “Particular care was taken to meet the specialized needs of the different clinical programs while, at the same time enhancing opportunities for collaborations and the shared use of space,” says Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole. “It also provides our students with professionally supervised opportunities to develop their skills in treating clients of all ages and backgrounds.”Centrally located, with ample free parking and easily accessible by car, bus or train, the Center brings professionals from a broad range of disciplines together to practice in a 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. “In the past, our various clinical services were scattered around campus,” says Montclair State Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Frederick Bonato. “Now, they are all under one roof, in one place members of the community can call on to get the support they need.”Each program and clinic is staffed by licensed professionals, counselors and faculty who supervise advanced master’s and doctoral degree students-in-training. Fees are determined by a sliding scale based on income.According to Bonato, one of the biggest benefits of the new Center is the ease with which professionals can provide cross-disciplinary support and collaboration to address individual client needs. Should one group within the Center be unable to provide assistance, in many cases a referral can be made to another group within the Center.Based on plans developed by faculty and staff, the Center’s up-to-date technology and design meet the clinical training needs of students and faculty – and promote the delivery of diverse professional services. “It’s also designed to facilitate collaborations between services and research groups,” Bonato notes.The Center for Clinical Services at Montclair State University is currently home to six clinics and programs.Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health fosters the development and psychological well-being of children from birth through age 12, and their families, by providing psychotherapeutic services, including infant-parent services, intervention for children with developmental disabilities and children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, and play-based family therapy.Community Counseling Clinic offers compassionate counseling – on concerns ranging from anxiety and depression to relationships and career decisions – to re[...]