May 18, 2018 — May 22, 2018
Upon the invitation of Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art at the William Paterson University, Mr. Zhipeng Ding, Chairman of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation and his wife Ms. Peilan Miao, daughter of Yi Ding, visited William Paterson University from May 18 to 22, 2018.
On May 21, Dr. Kathleen Waldron, President of William Paterson University, and Dr. Warren Sandmann, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, met with Mr. Zhipeng Ding and his family and gave a welcome lunch banquet for them. Mr. Daryl Moore, Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication, Mr. Spencer Scott, Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning, and Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art, also attended the meeting and banquet. Dr. Waldron said she was happy to welcome Mr. Ding and his family to William Paterson University. She explained what the Center for Chinese Art has accomplished under the leadership of Professor Zhiyuan Cong, stressed the importance of the Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation and noted that without its support, all the programs and achievement would not have happened. On behalf of William Paterson University, she thanked Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation, thanked Mr. Zhipeng Ding, its chairs and board members, and asked Mr. Ding to forward her best regards to them. Mr. Zhipeng Ding expressed his gratitude to Dr. Kathleen Waldron and Dr. Warren Sandmann, and said he was very happy to hear all the progress and development that the Center for Chinese Art has made under the leadership of Dean Daryl Moore and Professor Zhiyuan Cong. He said he will report what he saw and heard during his visit with the Foundation board members after he returned back to Shanghai, and would discuss further support and donation to the Center for Chinese Art.
In the evening of May 21, on behalf of the Center for Chinese Art, Professor Zhiyuan Cong hosted a family dinner party for Mr. Zhipeng Ding and his family. Honorary Director of the Center for Chinese Art Ms. Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen, Mr. Ip-Wing Kong and Dean of Visual Art, College of Arts and Communication Mr. Daryl Moore and his wife attended the dinner. In retrospect, Professor Cong shared the history of initiating and creating the Center for Chinese Art with Ms. Margaret Lam and Mr. David Yen. He then talked about the future development of the Center, thanked all honorary directors for theirs support and donation. Everyone was excited about the 10-year anniversary of the Center for Chinese Art in 2019, making plans for celebrating the 10th anniversary program, and the next reunion in 2019.
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