Faculty Accomplishments

Art Department
Professor Ard Berge, Professor Melissa MacAlpin,
and Professor Michael J. Nyklewicz

Worked in collaboration with Taft Communications to present an exhibition of art by Felician students, alumni, and faculty at Taft’s offices in Lawrenceville, NJ. The show opened with a reception in November 2017 at which President Prisco offered remarks to those in attendance. The artwork will remain on view until early 2018.

Professor Ard Berge

Two of his paintings were on a two year loan to the Hanoi residence of the United States Ambassador to Vietnam, Ted Osius. The two paintings, “We Hold These Truths to be Self-Evident (Thomas Jefferson and Nelson Mandela)” and “A Warm Welcome to the Igloo, Tsion!”. These paintings were selected by the Art in Embassies program to be displayed in the American Ambassador’s living room and dining room respectively, where they were seen by visiting dignitaries, journalists, and other guests. The Art in Embassies program is a public-private partnership within the U.S. Department of State that promotes cultural diplomacy through exhibitions, permanent collections, site-specific commissions, and artist exchanges in U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world.

Computer Science and Cyber Security
Dr. Manuel J. Ferreira, Jr., Dr. George Abaunza, Prof. Ghassan Nazi (MATH), Dr. Mazdak Zamani (CS/CSEC), Dr. Kemal Yariz (BIO), and Dr. Bob Rogers (BIO)

Dr. Ferreira, along with Prof. Nazi, Drs. Zamani, and Yariz hosted 14 students from Paterson Public Schools in September. In November Dr. Abaunza, along with Prof. Nazi, Drs, Zamani and Rogers hosted 13 students from Paterson Public Schools. The Cyber-Science Camps running throughout the year are made possible by a grant from AT&T intended to expose underrepresented students in the STEM disciplines to educational and career opportunities in STEM fields.

Criminal Justice
Dr. Gina Robertiello
  • Inducted into the Montville Township High School (alma mater) Hall of Fame during their Awards Dinner in November 2017.
  • Students are participating in the Pearson Research Project in Criminology (where they will evaluate modules in Criminology) November 2017.
  • Enhanced Mindtap for Sociology Participant, ‘Be the Student’ Project, where she completed exercises on Deviance and Theory in order to evaluate the system for student use (November 2017).
  • Cengage Mindtap Case Study Evaluation (2015-2017 time frame) – Conducted a pretest in 2015 (before use of Mindtap) and a post-test after incorporation of Mindtap into CRIM/SOC-400: Senior Re- search course, determining that final averages went from a 79% to an 84% overall. Results were published on Cengage Website (October 2017).
Dr. Robert McParland
  • Published book Native Sons to King’s Men: The Literary Landscape of 1940s America. In November 2017, a review appeared in Publisher’s Weekly that observed that “McParland skillfully analyzes a wide range of American writers and their works and how they collectively displayed the dreams, hopes, anxieties, and cultural imagination of the 1940s… [He] delivers an insightful look at writers who help shape a decade.”
  • In December, Dr. McParland’s book Science Fiction and Classic Rock: Musical Explorations of Space, Technology and the Imagination was published.
Dr. Julie O’Connell
  • Along with co-author Prof. Melissa MacAlpin, presented a paper entitled “Ten Years After Katrina: The Flooded Physical and Rhetorical Ecosystems of New Orleans,” October2017 at the Second Conference of Community Writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
  • Presented a paper entitled “Therapeutic Creative Writing for Young Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome” at the University of Western Scotland, Paisley, Scotland, UK, as part of the 2017 International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) Conference on Creating Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education (June 2017).
  • Participated in a week-long seminar at New York University, New York, NY through the NYU Faculty Resource Network. The course, “Understanding Story for Social Justice in the Classroom,” was taught by Professor Roseanne Limoncelli of the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. June 2017.
  • Interviewed Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize Winning author of All Over but the Shoutin (1997), The Prince of Frog- town (2008), and numerous feature articles for The New York Times, in Jacksonville, AL, Spring 2016.
  • Published “The Body Organic: Identity and the Natural World in Selected Poems from Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda.” In The Poetic Legacy of Whitman Williams, and Ginsberg, Ed. Maria Mazziotti Gillan, 2018.
  • Published “Scaffolding Close Reading in the Developmental English Classroom” is a 2017 publication in Volume Two of the Visionary Pedagogy Series: Facilitating the Transformation of the 21st Century Leader (Editors Donald Pardlow, Claflin University; Mary Alice Trent, Indiana Wesleyan University; and Peggy Ratliff, Claflin University.
Dr. Sherida Yoder
  • Invited to read her poetry at the Poetry Center at Hamilton House to celebrate the publication of Issue 45 of the Paterson Literary Review. The reading was on November 4th in Paterson, NJ. The Paterson Literary Review was listed as one of the top ten literary journals in America.
  • Held a Student-Faculty Poetry Reading at the Little Theatre of Felician University in October. Fifteen students and seven faculty members read their poems.
Dr. Carl Lane
  • Participated in the Montclair Public Library’s Independent Local Published Authors Day, October 2017 at Montclair Public Library.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Dr. Ann Guillory
  • In October 2017, presented to the Older is Better group on the topic of Hoarding.
  • As a Board member of CarePlusNJ Foundation, participated in the creation of the New Bridge Medical Center, formerly Bergen Regional.
Master of Arts in Religious Education
Dr. William J. Mascitello
  • Director of Felician University’s MARE Program, recently attended the Catechist Convocation for the Archdiocese of Newark with David Cohen from the Office of Admissions office to promote the program with the archdiocese’s catechetical leaders.
Dr. Manuel J. Ferreira, Jr.
  • Presented “Developmental Mathematics: Changing a Developmental Algebra Course to Improve Student Outcomes: A Learning Experience” at Mercer County Community College in August, 2017.
  • Presented “Developmental Mathematics: Challenges, Promising Practices and Recent Initiatives at Felician University” to the Mathematical Association of America in November, 2017 at Georgian Court University, NJ.
Dr. Barbara Gordon
  • Directed three performances of Felician SoundFest, the annual stage production of the University Choir, were performed at The Little Theatre on the Rutherford campus in April. The concerts benefitted the Rutherford Community Pantry.
  • Students in Dr. Gordon’s MUS-103: Basic Piano (both traditional and honors) created original compositions that can be seen on bulletin boards across from Harmony Hall and in The Little Theatre Annex in Ruther ford.
  • Presented a lecture to the members of Older is Better on India’s Carnatic music and its presence in jazz and film (November 2017).
  • Conducted the University Choir the annual Christmas Concert on December 15th in the Lodi Sisters Chapel.
Dr. George Abaunza
  • July 30 through August 6, 2017 traveled with five students on the 8th Mission and Study Abroad to Nicaragua where they engaged with community and organization leaders at various sites, including Hermano Pablo Maria Comedor, Agape School, Enrique de Osso Clinic and School, Home for Girls in Granada, and assembled wheelchairs at the American Nicaraguan Foundation headquarters.
  • Co-author of Undefeated: From Tragedy to Triumph, the autobiography of Marc Buoniconti, President of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and childhood friend. The book was released September 2017. All proceeds from the book go directly to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
  • Participated in Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-Study Institute in Philadelphia as member of Steering Committee for our next Middle States accreditation visit (November 2017).
Dr. Irfan Khawaja
  • Co-edited Reason Papers: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Normative Studies, vol. 39:1 (Summer 2017).
  • Wrote 2,000-word letter to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services making the case for a J-1 visa waiver for an applicant from Pakistan facing deportation from the United States. The waiver was granted, al lowing the applicant to stay (October 2017).
  • Organized the 11th Annual Conference of the Felician Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, in October 2017 featuring fifteen papers in nine concurrent sessions, with plenary lecture by Professor Michele Moody-Adams (Columbia University), “Taking Expression Seriously.” Sessions were chaired by Drs. George Abaunza, Richard Burnor, and Donald Casey of the Department of Philosophy.
  • Invited outside speakers Chris Napierala (Founder, Sentencing Alternatives) and Gurbir Grewal (Bergen County Prosecutor) to address interested students and faculty (November and December 2017).
Religious Studies
Fr. John O’Neill
  • Presented a workshop on Eastern Orthodoxy for faculty and seminarians of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. This was a joint study day that included visitation at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in Yonkers. The program was under the direction of Bishop James Massa of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
  • Presented a full day workshop for the Secular Institute Voluntas Dei of the theme of “Peacemaking” (October 2017).
  • Submitted a weekly homily to the Director General of Voluntas Dei Institute, which is sent to fourteen countries where the Institute is present.
Deacon Rich McGarry, PhD.
  • Paper titled “Religious Education at the Cineplex” was accepted by the College Theology Society for presentation at the annual College Theology Society Convention, College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota (2018).
  • Presented lecture on “Unity, Peace, and Diversity” at community gathering in Fair Lawn, NJ. (June 2017).
Dr. Mara Kelly-Zukowski
  • Book : Dimensions of Death through a Catholic Lens (Buford, GA: LAD Custom Publishing, 2013.).
  • Book review: Scandal: The Catholic Church and Public Life by Angela Senander for Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Spring/Summer 2016.


  • Lenten Series, Church of St. Anne, Fair Lawn, NJ, March, 2019
  • “Unwrapping Our Best Kept Secret: The Discomfort of Catholic Social Teaching” at the Church of the Presentation, Upper Saddle River, NJ, Nov. 5, 2018
School of Business
Professor Dennis Huzey
  • Co-authored and presented the abstract of an in-progress research paper entitled, ‘Small Business and the ADA: Using Accommodations to Create Strategic Advantage.’ The abstract was presented at the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) Conference, New York, NY, October 2017. Abstract was published in the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) Conference Proceedings, Economics Track (October 2017).
Professor Michael Omansky
  • Participated in an interview on the TV show “Live It Up”, discussing in depth the marketing of the movie “Dirty Dancing”, the soundtrack, and its enduring popularity with host Donna Drake.
  • Took 22 graduate students (MBA and MSHA) to Ireland for a week, for the 5th consecutive year, in a study abroad course “Social Enterprise”. Irish students also joined the course, and worked with Felician students on group projects for actual non-profit organization.
Dr. David M. Turi
  • Presented at the Regional IACBE Conference at Saint Peters University on “Innovations in Higher Education” (October 2017).
Dr. John Zanetich
  • Paper Accepted for Presentation – “Educating Health Managers in the Use of Social Media as a Weapon in Public Health Prevention Campaigns” has been accepted for oral presentation as well as inclusion in the Conference Proceedings of the ICE 2017: 19th International Conference on Education, St. Petersburg Russia (September 2017).
  • Paper Accepted for Presentation – “Changing Pedagogy in a Graduate Program: Introducing High Impact Learning” The Learner Research Network International Conference, Athens, Greece (June, 2018). .
School of Education

This fall, students, with the assistance of Professor Michelle Brown-Grant, re-organized the Teacher Education Club. One of their first events was to attend the New Jersey Education Association’s professional development conference in Atlantic City. Our Felician School of Education students were able to register as Student NJEA members and attend with access to the convention floor and all of the incredible professional development workshops that were offered over both days.

School of Nursing
Department of Prelicensure Nursing
Dr. Corinne Ellis, Assistant Professor
  • Presented “A Multicultural Approach to Decreasing Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescribing for Pharyngitis”, at the Sigma Theta Tau Inter- national’s 28th International Nursing Research Congress, July 30, 2017, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Acted as clinical consultant and was the sole professional responsible for updating, Brunner & Suddarth’s Handbook Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 3rd ed., Wolters Kluwer Health/ Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2018. The book became available in November of this year.
Professor Annette Minors, Instructor
  • Attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Baccalaureate Education Conference, Leader- ship, Innovation and Strategy: The Keys to Delivering High Quality Nursing Programs, Atlanta, GA (November 2017).
  • Attended the Institute for Brain Potential: “Pharmacy in Your Kitchen: An Overview of Medical and Medicinal Foods,” Freehold, NJ (October2017).
  • Attended the 2017 Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders Conference “See Me As I Am… Behavioral Health Challenges Facing Older Adults”, October 2017, Wayne, NJ.
Department Of Graduate Nursing
Dr. Margaret Daingerfield, Associate Dean and Associate Professor
  • Podium Presentation: Moving your Career Forward: Innovations in Nursing Education at the NJSNA Annual Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, in October 2017.
  • Appointed as the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) representative to the New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing’s Advisory Council.
Dr. Benjamin Evans, Assistant Professor
  • Contributed two chapters to the Text: Marshall, B. (2017). Fast facts for managing patients with a psychiatric disorder what RNs, NPs and new psych nurses need to know. Springer Publishing Company, New York.
  • Provided testimony related to the New Jersey Board of Nursing before the Senate Legislative Oversight Hearing October2017 in Trenton, NJ.
  • Podium Presentation: Moving your Career Forward: Innovations in Nursing Education at the NJSNA Annual Convention in Atlantic City, NJ, October 2017.
  • Podium Presentation: “Addictions within the professional community” given at the Annual Behavioral Health Conference: The Epidemic of Addiction Destroying Lives, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, NJ (October 2017).
Dr. Kathleen Fagan, Associate Professor
  • Forum of Nurses in Advanced Practice of the New Jersey State Nurses Association (FNAP/NJSNA) – At- tended the Advanced Practice Nurse Annual Education Day, November 2017.
  • Participated with the BVMI Volunteers honored at the Jefferson Awards for Public Service at the Newark Museum in Newark, N.J. on Monday, June 19, 2017. The Jefferson Award is America’s highest honor for public service and volunteerism, honoring the “informed and involved” citizen. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)
  • Text Reviewer for Wolters Kluwer Publishing – Reviewed the Polit & Beck – Nursing Research, Generating and Assessing Evidence for Nursing Practice (June 2017).
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) – Member of the Faculty and Preceptor Development Committee (April 2017 – present).
  • Winter/Summer 2017 – Newsletter Report from Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative -Commentary on women’s healthcare at BVMI. Women’s Health Nurse Navigator Program – Dr. Fagan, Team Leader
Dr. Elizabeth Van Dyk, Assistant Professor
  • Contributed to Grant Application submission: 2017 CVS Health Foundation Advanced Practice Nurse Scholarship program with Dr. Margaret Daingerfield and Vivienne Papadatos
  • Abstract Submitted: Surveillance of Diabetes Risk to Promote Healthy Lifestyles in College Students to present at the 2018 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference, (June 2018).
  • Abstract Submitted: Taking Simulation beyond the Lab: Application and Utilization of the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning Method to present at the 2018 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner.
Barbara J. Toscano Nursing Resource and Simulation Center
Dr. Frances Figueroa Mal
  • Attended the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference in Washington, DC June 2017. Co-Presenter of a poster entitled: Building a State of the Art Nursing Lab: Minimize Pitfalls and Maximize Success. Also presented a poster on “Using Simulations to Teach End of Life Care.”
  • Presented “Roles and Transitions: Staff Development to Academia” to Felician University MSN Nursing Education graduating students in November , 2017.
Mary Clare Smith
  • Earned a certification from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator August 2017.
  • Joined Dr. Muriel Shore and Professor Mary Leban in a one day staff development program at Bartley Healthcare, in Jackson, New Jersey September 26, 2017. Presented “Safe Documentation and Infection Control Practices.”