Giving Back

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” 
~Winston Churchill


February 2011 
Dear Alumni, 

As we begin our 32nd year as a premiere occupational therapy program in the metropolitan area, I would like to highlight some wonderful achievements of our Kean University faculty and students in the last year. 

Our department is now part of the Nathan Weiss Graduate College. We have moved to our new home on the beautiful East Campus, where we have state-of-the-art classrooms, and spacious office suites that can accommodate small group meetings with students. 

We were publicly praised by President Farahi during his opening day address for our creative programs and scholarly activities. We were also thrilled to receive funding to begin development of the first occupational therapy clinic at the University to serve members of the community. 

Here are some additional advancements that we’ve made in the last year: 

  • Last spring the faculty implemented phase two of the highly successful Transitions Program, which assists young adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, who are interested in enrolling in college.
  • OT students and faculty were instrumental in bringing the Young Athletes Program (YAP) Special Olympics to campus. We collaborated with Kean’s physical education, special education and therapeutic recreation programs to bring young children with intellectual disabilities and their families to participate in sports skills activities. You can watch this moving video by searching Young Athlete Program at Kean University on YouTube.
  • The next New Jersey Occupational Therapy Annual Conference is scheduled to be held on Kean’s campus in our new Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) building with a beautiful roof top view of New York City. Further details will be announced shortly.

Many of you have remained connected to Kean by supervising our students, presenting a lecture, or collaborating on community projects. Now, we are asking you to invest in the future of OT at Kean by supporting the Annual Giving Campaign. Funds raised through this initiative will create opportunities for our students, as well as enhance and establish additional programs such as the ones listed above. You can also support our students through two active memorial scholarships honoring Dr. Karen Stern and Kathy Hering Brady. 

Please show your pride in Kean and our OT department by sending in your gift today. You can also make a secure online donation by going to Should you have any questions, please call our Annual Giving Manager, Melissa Halpin, at (908)737.3479. 

Thank you for making a difference. 

Laurie Knis-Matthews, Ph.D. ‘92 
Associate Professor and Department Chairperson