Trustee and Alumna Mary Kay Mastronardy Stratis, left, BA’69 (Ruth), MAT'71
(Metro), and President J. Michael Adams at the unveiling of the Stratis Arena sign.
President J. Michael Adams said, “For her extraordinary efforts, for her tireless support and for her inspiring achievements, we are proud to introduce the new Stratis Arena in the Rothman Center.”
An advocate for FDU student-athletes and a member of the Athletic Advisory Council, Stratis has been a generous benefactor to the University for 30 years. Stratis’ generosity has provided the Elia G. Stratis Endowed Scholarship to support FDU students; the Elia G. Stratis Lounge in the Rothman Center, Metropolitan Campus; Elia G. Stratis Running Track in the Ferguson Recreation Center, College at Florham; and recently, a new state-of-the-art indoor running track in the Rothman Center.
Stratis said, “I am very grateful for my FDU family. Faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni — you are all very special to me. I am one of you, and so many of you have inspired me over the years.” She concluded, “I am happy and blessed that I can see a need and try to fulfill that need. I am very humbled by the gift that all of you give me by calling me friend.”
The Elia G. Stratis Endowed Scholarship to assist FDU students was established in memory of her husband, Elia, who was taken from his family in 1988, a victim of the bombing of PanAm flight 103 in 1988. The scholarship is one of the largest endowed scholarships at the University.
“In the process of furthering Elia’s legacy, Mary Kay Stratis has likewise spread her own influence. She has given voice to those in need of education, to those in need of opportunity. That is what Fairleigh Dickinson has always been about. And maybe that’s why Fairleigh Dickinson and the Stratis family have always been perfectly aligned,” said Adams.
David Langford, director of athletics (Metro), said, “This celebration is about thanking you for all the things that you do — the things that you and your husband did when he was with us — to help make the lives of our students better.”
Speaking on behalf of the FDU Alumni Association Board of Governors, Lori Lee Dickson, BA’82 (Metro), stated, “Mary Kay Stratis sets the standard on what it means to give of yourself completely, so that others may have the opportunity to succeed. Her boundless generosity of time, emotion and energy is an inspiration to all of us.”
A halftime ceremony was held during the men’s basketball game against St. Francis (N.Y.) to dedicate the Stratis Arena. Among those on hand for the festivities included the Stratis’ children and Elia’s mother and sister.