Amid sunshine, enthusiasm and friendly competition, the Kean University Foundation raised money for student scholarships in September by welcoming golfers and friends alike to the 18th Annual Cougar Cup Golf Classic at the Essex County Country Club in West Orange, NJ.

Guests were treated to a tasty dinner, cocktails and a live auction with items like a photo safari for two in Africa and a Cape May vacation home after enjoying a challenging 18 holes on a course dubbed by The Jersey Golfer Magazine as one of the top three in the state.

Enhancing the evening was Victor Suarez, a biotech senior at Kean and scholarship recipient, who spoke of how the generosity of donors enabled him to pursue his passion of becoming a microbiologist. The first in his family to attend college, Bolivian-born Suarez expressed his gratitude and told attendees how excited he was to graduate this spring and continue his education toward a doctorate.

The Foundation is already planning for next year, which promises to be another great event at Essex County Country Club! The 19th Annual Cougar Cup Classic will be held on September 17th, 2018. 


Nearly 400 seafarers and landlubbers alike came out on a sunny evening to support the Kean University Foundation at the 20th Annual Kean Gala, held for the first time on a ship, the 210-foot Infinity in Jersey City, on Thursday, June 15.  The event, attended by members of the Kean community – alumni, administration, faculty, staff and students – raised money for student scholarships.

Maria E. Bordas ’74 ’80 MA was given the William Livingston Award in recognition of her outstanding professional and philanthropic achievements. Previously, Bordas was recognized by Kean University as a Woman of Distinction in 2008, and was a recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Currently the vice chair of the Kean University Foundation Board of Directors and a former Board chair from 2008—2012, Bordas has a bachelor’s degree in education/psychology and a master’s degree in behavioral sciences from Kean. She has worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the last 34 years, where she is the general manager for business analysis and departmental performance in the Aviation Department.

Kean President Dawood Farahi, Ph.D., commended all of the donors for their generosity and singled out Bordas for being a constant source of support to Kean since attaining her two degrees.

In addition to her philanthropic work with Kean, Bordas has a long record of community leadership roles with nonprofit human services organizations in Union County, particularly the Union County YWCA and the Elizabeth Lions Club. She is also a member of the boards of directors at the City University of New York, York College and the Aviation Institute. She is a special advisor to the dean of the School of Management and Aeronautics at the College of Aeronautics at Vaughn, in Queens, New York and has served as the chair of the Port Authority’s Civilian Complaint Board, chair of the Aeronautical Training Committee for the American Association of Airport Executives, and vice chair of the Human Resources Committee for Airport Council International.

Bordas thanked those who have helped her along the way – family, friends and colleagues – and demonstrated her altruistic nature by offering to lend a hand to those who follow in her footsteps.

“My parents made sure I succeeded,” the Cuban-born mother of two said. She cited her favorite poet, Maya Angelou when she said that “people will never forget how you made them feel," as she gratefully accepted her award.

A moving, and at times humorous, video tribute to Bordas featuring friends and family members enhanced the evening as did the smooth sounds of local musician Jose Conde and his band. Benefactors were treated to a two-hour dinner and dance cruise while watching the sun set in New York Harbor, with majestic views of the New York skyline, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. DJ Kevin also helped to keep the guests moving on the sprawling first-floor dance floor, and local illusionist Ben Nemzer entertained the crowd with jaw-dropping sleights of hand and magic.

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