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CommArts Hosts Annual Alumni Reception  

Outside of the Montclair Museum x320On Monday, April 15 2019, members of the College of Communication and the Arts will gather and celebrate two honorees during the Reflections and Celebrations Reception, the College's annual alumni event, at 6:30 p.m. at the Montclair Art Museum.

The College will acknowledge the work and dedication of Albin Wicki, Chief Engineer of the Television Studio, and Dejáy B. Duckett, M.A. '02, Director of Curatorial Services at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reflections and Celebrations is an annual reception that honors those who have strengthened the community while serving as remarkable leaders and role models. Previously, Associate Professor Patricia Kuchon, alumnus Emmanuel Vozos '07 and alumnus Bernie Wagenblast '78 were recognized during last year's reception, held at the Chart House in Weehawken, New Jersey.

All alumni of the College are invited to attend this free event; however, registration is required »

Attendees will also receive access to the exhibits at the Montclair Art Museum, free of charge. For more information about this year's honorees, please see below.

Headshot of Albin Wicki x222Albin Wicki, who will receive the Award of Distinction, is the Chief Engineer for the Television Studio at Seton Hall University. He joined Seton Hall in the Fall of 1980 and since then, has transitioned the facility from Black & White to Color, from analog to digital, and is currently in the planning stages of an upgrade to a 4K Television Studio. Albin works closely with the faculty and students, teaching the technical parts of the production classes. He also ensures that all of technical requirements for the various studio and field classes are met. In Fall of 1992 he was the founding advisor to Pirate TV and secured their modulator for the launch on Campus Channel 10 in January of 1993. Pirate TV is now an integral co-curricular component in the College of Communication and the Arts. Apart from his duties at SHU, Albin has remained active in the field of broadcast engineering. He has won 3 Emmy Awards with 9 Emmy nominations for his work as Technical Manager and Video Engineer with the YES Network. Along with the YES Network, Albin continues to work on projects for other networks such as FOX, MSG, CBS, NBC and others. Mr. Wicki is in his 19th year as a Councilman for the Borough of Union Beach and has served as the Council President since 2009. He is the Chairman of the Finance and Personnel Committee for the Borough. Albin and his wife Patricia are active communicants of St. Joseph's Church in the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima in Keyport, NJ. Since 2006 he has served on the Board of Trustees for IATSE Local 100, Broadcast Technicians Union.

Headshot of Dejay DuckettDejáy B. Duckett, M.A. '02, who will receive the Distinguished Alumni reward, is the Director of Curatorial Services at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP). She earned her B.A. in Art History from Spelman College in 1994, and an M.A. from the Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall University in 2001, where she researched the changing role of the culturally specific museum in the 21st Century. Duckett began her career as the Gallery Associate at Nexus Contemporary Art Center (Now the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center), where she co-organized the 1995 Atlanta Biennial. From 1996-98, Duckett was Associate Curator for the City of Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs, City Gallery East. After returning to the Northeast in 1999, she curated Women on the Verge at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Duckett then joined the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was Associate Director & Associate Curator until 2017. While at ARG, Duckett curated exhibitions including, Darkwater Revival: After Terry Adkins (2016), Henrique Oliveira: Adenocalcinoma Poliresidual (2014); In Material: Fiber (2012); Jacob Lawrence and the Urban Experience (2010), and Darkwater: A Recital in Four Dominions, Terry Adkins after W.E.B Du Bois (2003). While at AAMP, she has curated Collective Conscious (2018), and Cotton: The Soft Dangerous Beauty of the Past featuring the work of John Dowell (2019). Upcoming projects include a solo exhibition of the work of Sonya Clark titled Self-Evident. Duckett has participated in numerous art panels, juries and committees, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.

For more information about the event, please contact Erika Klinger, Director of Campus Partnerships at or (973) 378-9827.

Categories: Alumni , Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Danielle Clements
  • (973) 275-4831
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