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“Hollywood East” Opens at Montclair State

Montclair University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 26th in celebration of their brand new, state of the art multimedia School of Communications and Media building. MSU alumni, University board members, state legislators, staff, and students alike all got to tour the impressive new building post-ceremony.

According to Montclair State University’s President, Susan A. Cole, ‘impressive’ could possibly be an understatement as it may be “the most technologically advanced media and production facility of any university in North America and…is, in fact, more advanced than many professional facilities.”

The facility will provide students a wealth of opportunity for education and growth within the industry they’ve chosen to study, and as special guest New Jersey State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg expressed, there is hope for students to utilize the new facility as they “go out and change the world.”

The building was made possible through a strategic partnership between MSU and Sony Electronics’ Professional Solutions Americas. Some of the tools and resources include 4K and HD studios and control rooms, multimedia labs, and an advanced studio production center.

The building has been dubbed “Hollywood East” and it’s sure to make a great difference in the education of students at MSU!

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Author Joan Ramirez

Author Joan Ramirez sat down with Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss two of her books, Let It Go, Let It Flow Leadership and Jamie Is Autistic: Learning In a Special Way

Although the topics of the two books are most definitely different, both are equally as important to Ramirez.  

First, she discusses Let It go, Let It Flow Leadership.  Ramirez stresses the importance of building a path to leadership immediately after college and explains that her book is a useful tool in doing so! Her books shares perspectives from, “people from all walks of life” and she believes this difference in opinion gives readers a holistic approach to becoming a professional leader! 

Next, Ramirez discusses how her work with autistic children inspired her to write Jamie Is Autistic: Learning In a Special Way.  Ramirez shares a touching moment with the girl her book is based upon, “Mrs. Ramirez, I want you to tell other children that it is important to understand more about autistic children, that they’re special.”

Ramirez didn’t stop there! She wanted the reach of both her books to extend to help as many people as possible, so she asked the White House for help. Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wrote back and added both Ramirez’s books to the White House’s Press Office! 

Ramirez goes on to explain that her and her husband, who helped in the in the wreckage on September 11th,  found themselves at a crossroads.  She found that inspiring people through writing helped her find her way again! 

For more, visit JoansBookshelf.com.

International Children's Book Day

International Children’s Book Day

Happy International Children’s Book Day! International Children’s Book Day was created to inspire and encourage children to pick up a book and read.

Nowadays, children are more focused on what is going on online so today is the perfect opportunity to unplug them from their devices and give them a book.

There are a handful of authors from New Jersey so hand your child a book from a New Jersey author. Some notable children’s authors from New Jersey are Judy Blume, Lauren T. Barnes, Robert J. Blake and Daryl Cobb.

Happy International Children’s Book Day! Enjoy reading today and everyday.