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Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship Awards Brunch Sept. 27

Join the AFTNJ Committee On Political Education (COPE) Scholarship Committee the first annual AFTNJ Nick Yovnello Social Justice Scholarship Awards Brunch. We are proud to present the first scholarship to Corrine Reilly-Ferretto, a student activist from New Jersey City University.

KFT Student Scholarships 2015 Application

It is anticipated that up to eight awards will be granted in the following categories:

  • Full-time undergraduates (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)                  $1200
  • Part-time undergraduates (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)                  $600
  • Full-time Graduate students (masters’ program or post baccalaureate)        $1500
  • Part-time Graduate student (masters’ program or post baccalaureate)          $750

Monies will be allocated at the discretion of the KFT Scholarship Committee. Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and evaluation of an essay. 

The application deadline is February 18, 2015.


Welcome Back

KFT President James A. Castiglione - Welcome Back Address

September 8, 2014

Colleagues and distinguished guests:

Welcome back for fall semester 2014 to “Kean USA”! There is much to discuss but I’ll start with some acknowledgements and introductions. 

First, let me acknowledge the retirements in the past year of two Members-at-Large of the KFT Executive Council, Susan MacLaury from Phys Ed, Recreation & Health and Tony Velez from Fine Arts.  Susan’s wise counsel and Tony’s talents and passion for unionism contributed greatly to our leadership team.  Both stepped forward to serve our membership with distinction and integrity and we thank them for their stewardship these past several years.  Also, as most of you by now know, our long-time Office Manager, Norma Hall McFadden, retired from her position after 18 years of dedicated service.  Norma was not only expert at keeping the office functioning smoothly.  She was a tremendous resource not just to myself and past KFT Presidents, but to the thousands of KFT members that she served, aided, advised and interacted with over her nearly two decades in the office.  We miss her and we thank her for her dedication and support.