Kean University dedicates student center in honor of benefactors

UNION — Kean University officials renamed its University Center as the Miron Student Center in a ceremony on Wednesday, October 7, attended by faculty, administrators, students, and family and friends of benefactor Diane Goldblatt Miron, a graduate of the Class of 1961, and her husband Bob Miron.

Left to right: Kean University Trustees Richard Trabert and Linda Lewis; Board of Trustees Chair Ada Morell ’97; Diane Miron ’61; Bob Miron; and Christian Meyers, alternate student trustee.

Left to right: Kean University Trustees Richard Trabert and Linda Lewis; Board of Trustees Chair Ada Morell ’97; Diane Miron ’61; Bob Miron; and Christian Meyers, alternate student trustee.

The Mirons have made a major donations to Kean University, and the building  was renamed as the Miron Student Center in recognition of their generosity.

During her remarks, Diane Miron spoke of her family’s economically challenged circumstances and of her gratitude to Kean University—which was called Newark State College when she attended.

“If not for Newark State College, life would have been very different for me,” she said. “It gave me the chance to forge ahead and to become a teacher, which was all I ever wanted to be. My strong love of teaching and of children has continued to this day. It’s my great pleasure and a great honor to be able to give something back to Kean University after all that Kean has done for me.”

The ceremony included the presentation of an official commendation from Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage—himself a two-time graduate of Kean University—to Mrs. Miron, an Elizabeth native. It also included a ribbon cutting in front of the Student Center, with Mrs. Miron wielding the scissors.

“The naming gift for the Miron Student Center stands in a class by itself, because it is just that—a gift,” said Ada Morell, chair of the Kean University Board of Trustees. “It’s an expression of affection, of trust, and of belief in the mission of this university. It’s also an expression of thanks and appreciation, and of a desire to play an active role in making Kean University a better institution—one that can better serve all its core stakeholders, but especially the students that are the lifeblood and the focus of everything we do to keep the evolution of the university moving forward.”

After the dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting, the Mirons were presented with a framed replica of the commemorative plaque mounted on the wall of the Miron Student Center atrium. Mrs. Miron also spent some private time with a group of Kean student leaders, asking and answering questions about their experiences at Kean and her own life.

“In many ways, Diane is a living example of the similarities between many of our alumni and our current students, in terms of where she comes from, what she studied, and what she hoped to accomplish in life,” said Carla S. Willis, president of the Kean University Foundation and vice president, institutional advancement, Kean University. “Because Diane recognized this, and decided to give back to Kean for the benefit of our current students, our entire campus community thanks and salutes her on this happy day.”

Mrs. Miron graduated with a degree in elementary education. After her marriage to Bob Miron, she taught in schools first in Elizabeth, and then in the various communities they lived in around the country as he pursued his career in broadcasting and cable television. She is retired from the Fayetteville-Manlius (N.Y.) Central School District.

Following her retirement, she began advising teachers on how to use the technology of cable television in the classroom. She served as the Cable in the Classroom Coordinator for NewChannels Corp. and Time Warner Cable in more than 100 schools in upstate New York.

Diane and Robert J. Miron are long-time residents of Syracuse, New York. Married for more than 50 years, they have three children and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Miron, also known as Bob, serves as Treasurer of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc.

Mr. Miron was Chief Executive Officer of Newhouse cable television interests since 1974. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Advance/Newhouse Communications and Bright House from July 2002 to May 2008 and as President of Advance/Newhouse Communications and Bright House from April 1995 to July 2002. Mr. Miron served as President of Newhouse Broadcasting Corporation …

To view video coverage of the Miron Student Center dedication, go to https://youtu.be/oIljsfx2sPc.


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