Family support fund created for Pat Donohue

Former assistant provost Pat Donohue (Photo courtesy of friends of Pat Donohue via
Former assistant provost Pat Donohue (Photo courtesy of friends of Pat Donohue via

A support fund has been created to assist the family of former assistant provost Pat Donohue, who died after jumping off the George Washington Bridge earlier this month.

Donohue worked in the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at the College for nine years and was dedicated to serving the community of Trenton. He retired from the College on Wednesday, July 1. He also helped create the Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy two years ago to help teens turn away from lives of crime, according to the New York Daily News.

In lieu of flowers, The Pat Donohue Family Fund has been created to raise money that will go directly to support family and education expenses for his children,  Catherine, 16 and Patrick, 20.  Donations can also be made to one of Donohue’s favorite charities, an after-school tutoring program for inner-city Trenton youth, GGrant97Ft.Inc.

According to Donohue’s twin brother, Pete, the wake held on Friday, July 17 had an incredible turnout, with a line that stretched for blocks to get inside the Bordentown Home for Funerals. Some people waiting about 2-3 hours to get inside, Pete told The Signal.

Donohue’s funeral was largely attended by about 700-800 people at Sacred Heart Church, according to Pete.

Funeral arrangements for Pat Donohue announced

Funeral arrangements have been announced for retired assistant provost Pat Donohue, according to an email from College spokesman Dave Muha.

Donohue died last week after he reportedly jumped off the George Washington Bridge, according to The Times of Trenton. He retired from the College on Wednesday, July 1, after working closely with the Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement for nine years.

A wake will be held on Friday, July 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Bordentown Home for Funerals, 40 Crosswicks Street in Bordentown. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 343 S. Broad St., Trenton.

In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a college tuition/family assistance fund for Patrick James, Cate, and Donna. The family will share details on how to make a gift via the funeral home website, once the fund is established, the email said.

Bonner lounge open for support in wake of Donohue’s death

Pat Donohue (Facebook photo)
Pat Donohue (Facebook photo)

The Bonner lounge will be open today through Wednesday, July 15 from 4-5 p.m. as a space for people to gather and share thoughts and memories about Pat Donohue, according to an email sent out by Michael Nordquist, Interim Executive Director at the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. The lounge is located in Forcina Hall 319 and 320.

Donohue, a retired assistant provost at the College, was confirmed dead today when his body was recovered in the Hudson River, after he reportedly jumped off the George Washington Bridge, according to The Times of Trenton.

Donohue retired from the College on Wednesday, July 1 after spending nine years working closely in the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

The gatherings will serve as an open house for people to support one another in the wake of Donohue’s death.

Nordquist stressed the importance of supporting one another in his email and included resources for students and faculty during this time:

For TCNJ students:
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Eickhoff Hall 107
Hours: Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

TCNJ Clinic
Forcina Hall 124
Hours: Monday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Tuesday –Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

TCNJ Campus Police
Contact Campus Police by dialing 911 from any campus phone or 609-771-2345 from a cell phone.
After hours, or on weekends, you can call the NJ Hope Line at 1-855-654-6735 or the National Suicide Prevention Life Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both are available 24 hours, every day of the year.

For TCNJ employees:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Forcina Hall 124
After hours: 609-571-0677

A Once in a Lifetime Experience, Again

By Rob Handerhan
Signal Contributor 

When I first announced that I would be traveling to Tajikistan during the summer of 2013, my family bombarded me with questions about the country’s landscapes, languages, politics and people.

TCNJ student Rob Handerhan volunteered with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) this summer in Tajikistan. (Photo courtesy of Rob Handerhan).

After studying Central Asian history and culture during the previous school semester, I had already fallen in love with a country that I had yet to visit, and I was excited to answer their questions and to share what I had learned with them.

The majority of my relatives had never heard of Tajikistan before. Few were able to pronounce the country’s name and even fewer could locate it on a map. In spite of (or, perhaps, due to) their unfamiliarity with the region, however, most members of my family responded with fear and anxiety; there was something about the “-stan” suffix that seemed distant and unfamiliar to them and their fear of the Muslim World in general was similarly boundless. Continue reading

Retired assistant provost Pat Donohue reported missing and presumed dead

Pat Donohue (Facebook photo)
Pat Donohue (Facebook photo)







Update: Pat Donohue was confirmed dead after he jumped off the George Washington Bridge, according to the Times of Trenton.

The College received tragic news this morning as Patrick Donohue, retired assistant provost for community engaged learning, was reported missing and is presumed to be dead, family told The Times of Trenton.

The Times is reporting that Donohue went missing on Tuesday, July 7 and is speculated to be dead after his car was found near the George Washington Bridge on Friday, July 10.

Donohue, 50, worked at the College for nine years and was responsible for the TCNJ Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, the Institute for Prison Teaching and Outreach and TCNJ TrentonWorks, according an email sent out in May from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jacqueline Taylor, announcing Donohue’s retirement. Continue reading

The College breaks ground on STEM building

It was not just College officials who officially broke ground at the site of the future STEM building, which will house the biomedical engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering departments, on Tuesday, July 7 on Quimby’s Prairie. Miniature robots with shovels helped perform the honors.

The 89,000-square-foot building, as well as a 26,300-square-foot chemistry addition to the Science Complex, will increase the number of STEM classrooms at the College by 60 percent, according to Dave Muha, the College’s spokesman.

A view of the TCNJ STEM Building from the southeast. (Photo courtesy of Dave Muha)
A view of the TCNJ STEM Building from the southeast. (Photo courtesy of Dave Muha)

“We’ve been talking about this for two years now,” Muha said, “so it’s exciting to see it finally happening.” Continue reading

USA defeats Japan in legendary Women’s World Cup match

By Mackenzie Cutruzzula
Sports Editor 

Women's Soccer
The US Women’s team celebrated a 5-2 victory over Japan in the Women’s World Cup finals. (AP Photo)

The names Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach can finally take their respective places in history — next to Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain — as legends. They will no longer be compared to the veteran players. There is no doubt that the 2015 United States Women’s National Team has the same excitement, theatrics and following that the 1999 World Cup winning team had, but after the FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, July 5, the team has finally set themselves apart. Continue reading

The College announces $1 million gift

President R. Barbara Gitenstein with Bob Carr, founder of GSBF. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Hollendonner)
President R. Barbara Gitenstein with Bob Carr, founder of GSBF. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Hollendonner)

The Give Something Back Foundation donated a $1 million gift that will provide 50 high school students with an education at The College on Tuesday, June 30, according to a press release.

“GSBF is thrilled to partner with The College of New Jersey to provide maximum access to a four-year college education to qualified students of modest means,” said Robert Carr, founder of GSBF and CEO of Heartland Payment Systems in Princeton, in the press release. “TCNJ shares our mission of helping students realize their full potential.”

GSBF aims to provide under-privileged students an opportunity to get an education. Carr joined President R. Barbara Gitenstein to announce the gift in the Education Building this afternoon. The gift is at no cost to the College, the release said.

GSBF aims to target ninth grade students by assigning them a mentor to advise and prepare them to succeed in college. The program is designed to allow students of under-privileged homes to graduate college in four years free of debt. The first students are expected to enroll at the College in the fall of 2019, according to the release.

“As a public institution, we are committed to serving talented students from all socioeconomic backgrounds,” said TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein in the release. “This gift will help ensure that anyone who is intellectually capable will have access to a high quality TCNJ education.”

‘Jurassic World’ roars into theaters, delivers thrills

“Jurassic World” makes its message clear – society is destroying itself through its constant need for things to be bigger and better than ever before. The film pokes fun at this notion by creating an over-the-top action thriller filled with overt and sometimes backwards clichés to demonstrate what consumers truly want.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in "Jurassic Park." (AP Photo)
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard star in “Jurassic Park.” (AP Photo)

Using the theme of the bigger and the better, the filmmakers created a visual masterpiece. “Jurassic World” is a combination of human touch and computer generated effects that draws audience members further in with each scene. Theme park consumers wanted a new dinosaur every few years that was bigger, scarier and had more teeth than its predecessors, according to Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s operations manager. This mentality of course leads to the film’s main conflict because scientists then created a hybrid dinosaur that was out of their league. Continue reading

Jenner steps out as Caitlyn, wins courage award

Jenner introduces herself to the world on the July issue of Vanity Fair.

Since Caitlyn Jenner revealed herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair, she has received praise and congratulations from many, yet hatred and negativity from others.

Why can’t people just let others be whomever it is they want to be?

On Friday, April 24, Bruce Jenner confirmed in a two-hour television special with Diane Sawyer that he was in fact transgender and was beginning his transformation to become a woman. Continue reading

Be the Match Bone Marrow Drive comes to campus

By Mark Marsella

Staff Writer

Students were able to register as potential bone marrow donors at the Be The Match Bone Marrow Drive on Monday, May 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Travers-Wolfe Lounge.

Monday’s event, hosted by Res Life and Delta Epsilon Psi followed a previous marrow drive that had taken place on Wednesday, April 29, in the Brower Student Center, headed by the football team and Be The Match’s “Get in the Game, Save a Life” program, which collaborates with college football programs to host drives all over the country. Continue reading

Local union leader, professor to retire after 45 years

By Mark Marsella

Although Professor Ralph Edelbach is retiring after nearly 50 years of teaching at the College and working with its union local, he still searches for fascinating issues he would’ve discussed in his Society, Ethics and Technology class. And while he is no longer teaching students, he’s found a new audience to educate.

“Jon Stewart did a piece the other day on religious rituals associated with robots and artificial intelligence,” Edelbach said. “I look at that and say, ‘Oh, I can use that in class! Oh wait … I’m not teaching anymore.’ So I tape it on my TiVo, put it on PowerPoint, and now I show it to my grandkids.”

Now, as Edelbach prepares to more to Texas so that he can be closer to his family and grandchildren, the Technological Studies teacher reminisces about his half-century at The College of New Jersey — or Trenton State College — as the school was named for most of his time here. Continue reading

TCNJ EMS: Test anxiety and how to handle it

By Steven King

We’ve almost made it to the end, but we still have one last challenge to overcome this school year: finals. Finals come around every semester, and every semester everyone experiences that all too familiar stress. For some people, however, this stress translates into severe anxiety, which can keep a person from being able to focus on studying and performing well.

Finals week creates additional stress for students. (AP Photo)
Finals week creates additional stress for students. (AP Photo)

Testing anxiety is no laughing matter and it can affect people to an extreme degree, to the point where even the simplest question becomes tough to answer. Even after a test, a person might still feel anxiety, which can lead to poor performance on the next test. Hopefully, TCNJ EMS can give you some tips to help reduce this anxiety so that you can do your best on your finals. Continue reading

Classic Signals: April ’03 Junior Year Transitions

By Kimberly Ilkowski
Features Editor

Kell describes the transition from sophomore to junior year. (Kimberly Ilkowski / Features Editor)
Kell describes the transition from sophomore to junior year. (Kimberly Ilkowski / Features Editor)

The final issue of the Spring 2003 semester featured a heartfelt confession on the struggles of transitioning into junior year. Sports Editor John Kell wrote to let freshmen and sophomores know that it is never too late to get involved and get the most out of your time here at the College. As our own semester comes to a close, it is an important reminder to stay motivated and positive. Continue reading

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