In Marie’s three plus decades here at MSU she has served under four presidents, two provosts and two deans!
Marie settled into her “second decade” at MSU armed with a new academic degree*, a new husband (Al Antomattei), a new baby (Albert P. Antomattei, a Junior at Columbia), and with continued enthusiasm and drive. In 1997, she was recruited by Dr. Geoffrey W. Newman, Dean of the then School of the Arts to serve as Director of Education for TheatreFest, the professional summer-stock theatre-in-residence at MSU. In her new role, her efforts included championing a strong commitment to arts advocacy, arts education, and community engagement. She was responsible for advancing an arts education agenda for the program, and the School, that included engagement with K-12 school districts, as well as community-based arts organizations.
Marie also spent these years serving on many MSU committees and boards, including the President’s Commission on Affirmative Action, the Latino(a) Caucus Executive Board and the MSU Alumni Association Board. Outside of MSU, in the community, Marie served on the Steering Committee for the Creative Aging Network of the Montclair Arts Council, as the liaison for the School of the Arts to the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership, and also served as a member of the Montclair School District Arts Advisory Board. Thus, Marie continued her commitment to extending access to the arts to the K-12 community, most notably to the Paterson, Passaic, East Orange and Irvington Public School Districts, and working closely with schools such as Build Academy in Paterson, led by Gladys Melendez ’95 another MSU alum!
By 2006, Marie had now transitioned to serve as the founding Director of the Office of Education and Community Outreach of the newly named College of the Arts.
* Here’s an interesting anecdote: Marie and her daughters, Michelle (Arroyo) Mitchell and Maria C. Arroyo reached a significant milestone in their academic pursuits--literally all at the same time! In 1994, they all celebrated a graduation: Marie from MSU, Michelle from University of the Arts, and Maria from Montclair High School.
Stay tuned for more details of Marie’s “Three Decades at Montclair State!”
Thanks again to all who have contributed in both honoring Marie and helping deserving students reach their potential. The more we raise, the more students we can assist. Please help us spread the word by sharing this with others in the current, and past MSU community, as well as with anyone who has an appreciation for education and the arts.