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Marie Sparks College of the Arts Scholarship Fund

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$10,910
72%
Raised toward our $15,000 Goal
79 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on June 30, at 09:15 PM EDT
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The Second Decade at MSU (1996-2006)

January 31, 2020

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.

 

The First Decade at MSU (1985-1995)

January 09, 2020

In Marie’s three plus decades here at MSU she has served under four presidents, two provosts and two deans!

 

Marie Sparks started her career at Montclair State College in May 1985.  She was hired as a secretarial assistant to Dr. Rosemarie McCauley, Chairperson in the Department of Business Education and Office Systems Administration (BEOSA). The department was housed in the School of Business under the leadership of Dean Suresh Desai. The president of MSC at that time was Dr. Donald E. Walters.

 

Soon after, in January of 1986, Marie became a student at Montclair State, majoring in Speech and Theater with a concentration in Dance, and a minor in Health Studies.  And so, we see how Marie’s love of the arts, and interest in how the arts and health could intersect, began to influence her career.

 

By 1989 Marie was working in the division of Academic Affairs as a Program Assistant to Dr. Mildred García in the Office of the Vice President, Academic Affairs, under Dr. Richard Lynde. (Please see photo of Marie with Dr. García.) At that time, Marie began working with Mary Colon ’96 ’04, who was the student assistant in Academic Affairs. Mary is currently the Director of Academic Personnel and Technology Services, Academic Affairs. As Marie was mentored by Dr. Garcia, Mary was mentored by Marie!

 

From the beginning, Marie was influenced and mentored by so many, including administrators, colleagues, and faculty like Lori Katterhenry, Linda Roberts, and Ruth Clark to name a few.

 

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. We hope to reach our $10,000 goal by January 31, 2020.   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 to anyone who has an appreciation for education and the arts.

Marie Sparks College of the Arts Scholarship

December 10, 2019

Many thanks to all of you who have given so generously! In doing so, you are both honoring Marie and helping deserving students reach their potential.  This scholarship is now public and no longer a secret.  Marie was overwhelmed with emotion and truly touched when she learned of it.  

 

The goal has been increased to $10,000 and the deadline to January 31, 2020.   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 to anyone who has an appreciation for education and the arts.

 

Again, thanks to you for helping to make this happen!

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