Dr. Karen L. Pennington will be retiring on April 1 after a successful 22-year career as Vice President of Student Development and Campus Life at Montclair State University. During her tenure, Dr. Pennington has led by example. Her skills, knowledge and long history of impressive achievements, ignited her deep passion for the development of students.
Join us as we come together to support Rocky's Closet in honor of Dr. Pennington's retirement. Dr. Pennington has made it her mission to put students first. Help us leave a lasting legacy in her name by supporting this important initiative.
"Dr. Pennington understood that being able to meet the basic needs of students was an integral step in creating an environment for students to succeed at the University. Her genuine concern for their health, safety and well-being and her forward vision, resulted in the creation of exceptional and innovative programs and services for students. These initiatives have helped to empower and support students in and outside the classroom," said Dean Margaree Coleman-Carter, Dean of Students. "Personally, she is generous with her gifts and time and is often the first to contribute to initiatives for students sponsored by the University and the Division. She continues to serve as a mentor and role model to numerous students and professional staff. Dr. Pennington leaves a legacy of a deep and lasting commitment to the field of Student Affairs and Higher Education."
Dr. Pennington noticed that many students attending the career fair in recent years did not have appropriate professional attire. For some students the cost of a suit or other professional clothing can be cost prohibitive. Dr. Pennington once again rallied behind another initiative in support of our students - Rocky’s Closet.
Rocky’s Closet provides professional clothing to any student who needs it so they are best prepared for their interviews and careers.
"I've had the opportunity to watch students enter Rocky’s Closet, and leave with a huge smile on their faces because they found the outfit they needed. They were ready and felt a little more confident than when they first entered Rocky’s Closet. That is exactly what Dr. Pennington envisioned. It is not about the clothing, but how the clothing makes the student feel – determined, confident, empowered. Providing a student with a professional outfit may give them the confidence to land their dream job which helps them obtain economic independence. That is Dr. Pennington’s ultimate goal for Rocky’s Closet - one suit, one tie, one dress at a time." said associate Dean of Students, Fatima deCarvalho.
Learn more about Rocky's closet and how you can also donate new or gently used items.