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Welcome Back Letters 2015

Welcome from the President


President BrownDear Students:

As you make your way to class this year, you will see evidence of exciting changes on campus, including a remodeled dining area in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, finishing touches outside our newest academic space, Pozycki Hall, and major renovations underway at the Science Building. These improvements are part of our commitment to providing you with an outstanding living and learning environment. 

Every member of our dedicated faculty and staff is here to help you succeed. Don’t be shy about asking for help along the way, especially if you are new to campus as a first-year or transfer student. Take time to get to know your academic advisors, your professors, coaches, resident assistant, and, your fellow students.  

One of the best ways to experience a well-rounded education is to get involved with clubs and organizations.  I also encourage you to attend as many events as you can —we have everything from exciting Division I sports to the best of the Metropolitan Opera, all right here on campus.  Or, take a break from your studies and enjoy the benefits of our coastal campus with a relaxing walk on the beach. 

You have my best wishes for a productive, healthy, and safe 2015-2016 academic year. 

Sincerely,

Paul R. Brown, 

Ph.D President


Welcome from the Vice President of Student Services

VP NagyDear Students:

Welcome to the newest members of Monmouth University – members of the Class of 2019 and our new transfer students!  To our returning students, we are happy to welcome you back to a new academic year.  You are all part of our campus community, and I hope you are looking forward to a great year ahead.

We also welcome two new deans to our community:  Dr. Kenneth Womack, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Dr. John Henning, Dean of the School of Education.  They have joined our community and will lead the faculty in their respective schools.  

All students will find a rigorous academic experience with lots of opportunities.  As called for in the Strategic Plan, you also need to engage in activities outside the classroom to support your academic experience.

Wherever you go on campus, you will see signs of investment in the campus.  Pozycki Hall is completed and will be used this upcoming fall for classes and faculty offices.  Construction has also begun in earnest on our new science building which we expect to complete for Fall 2017. Of course, as a student, you will also be very impressed with the renovations in the Stafford Student Center Food Court and the addition of Dunkin Donuts. Our new campus dining partner, Gourmet Dining, has been working very hard on this project and, most importantly, on presenting you with a dining program that meets your needs as a student.  I know you will enjoy the variety of food options not only at the Stafford Center but in Magill Commons as well.  Among the many stations that will be available to you are home-style extras, a carving station, rotisserie chicken, sushi, and a new pizza recipe. Stop by and try it out!

You will find a wealth of opportunities to involve yourself in the life of the campus.  New clubs abound.  Our fraternity and sorority system is growing and looking for your active participation.  Support all our athletes and don’t forget the arts, theatre, and film series that are available as well.  All these opportunities are here to ensure you have a well-rounded college experience.  Take advantage of all that we have on campus and in the local community.

Finally, I want you to be challenged by your experience here but I also want you to be safe.  I want you – no, I need you to take care of yourself and each other.  We are a community.  Members of a community commit themselves to giving back to the community by making positive contributions and caring for the members who share that experience with them.  That is your responsibility as a Monmouth University Hawk.

All of us at the University, no matter our role, exist because of you.  We are here to help you, teach you, challenge you, and mentor you.  Contact us at any time and have a great semester!

Sincerely,

Mary Anne Nagy

Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement


The School of Humanities & Social Sciences

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office welcomes all new students and welcomes back all those returning to Monmouth University. Located in the Plangere Center, we are here as a resource and a support to help you realize your goals.  We look forward to working with you, and hope that you will explore and take advantage of all the University has to offer.  Good luck!


Student Alumni Association

The Student Alumni Association (SAA) welcomes all students, new and old, back to campus! If you’re looking to be a part of an on-campus group that will continue to benefit you even after your days at Monmouth, join SAA! SAA provides a link between current students and alumni through various on campus events and activities. E-mail alumni@monmouth.edu for more information and to receive our fall meeting schedule.


Welcome Back from The Outdoors Club

Summer has come to an end; the leaves are starting to change, and the smell of pumpkin spice is starting to fill the air! On behalf of the Monmouth University Outdoors Club, I would like to welcome back all returning students and give a warm welcome to all new students.  

We are looking forward to a fun-filled semester as we already have several exciting events planned. If you are wondering – “what exactly is the Outdoors Club and is it for me?” – here is your answer. 

The Outdoors Club is committed to providing fun, adventurous opportunities to Monmouth Students. Some of the activities we have done in the past include; hiking, camping, kayaking, white water rafting, zip lining, horseback riding, surfing, and rock climbing. 

Whether you are looking to cross something big off your bucket list or simply just find a friend to walk to the beach with, the Outdoors Club can help you do that. 

To learn more and find out about the fun events we have planned for this semester, join us for an interest meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at 3:30 in Bey Hall Room 126 or request to join our Facebook group – “Monmouth University Outdoors Club”.


The Running Club

The Running Club will begin meeting again several afternoons per week very soon. Please contact Club President Mitchell Parker or Coach Joe Compagni, Club Advisor, for more information. New gear for all club members will also be ordered soon.


Welcome Back from Student Employment

1) WE HAVE MOVED TO BEY HALL ROOM 127, (the previous location of The Institute for Global Understanding.)

2) We will continue using the Ultipro online timekeeping system.  All returning student employees need to complete a Student Employee Referral Form for this academic year for each position they intend to hold.  All new student employees need to be trained on Ultipro after completing their employment paperwork. 

3) I would like to take a moment to explain the benefits of using your Federal Work Study Award.

Do you have Federal Work Study as part of your Financial Aid package?

Using the Federal Work Study award enables you to earn extra money while gaining a variety of job experiences that can be added to your resume!  Each year over 80 on campus departments hire student employees and over 35 community service agencies participate in Monmouth’s Federal Work Study Program. You may choose to work either on- or off-campus.  Last year over 1,000 students chose to work on campus where students obtained references, made a difference and had fun! Almost every department at Monmouth hires students and preferential hiring is given to FWS award holders.  Some popular jobs include: Phone-athon associates, life-guarding, Athletic game management workers, Athletic equipment room workers and lab assistants for Information Support and Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Most jobs pay between $8.38 and $9.00 an hour.  A bi-weekly paycheck is earned and we do offer direct deposit! The most commonly asked student question regarding FWS is:  what is it and how does it affect me?  Having a Federal Work Study Award makes a student eligible for a student job before anyone else.  All jobs are paid based upon job description, however the department where the student works only has to pay 25% of the hourly wage and the Federal government funds the rest.  Therefore, it is much less expensive for departments to hire a FWS student rather than someone without a FWS award.  (It costs about $2.10 per hour!) Over fifty students chose to work at off-campus community service agencies last year.  The interaction with future employers really makes a difference.  Many of the students are social work, education, psychology and criminal justice majors and find working off-campus rewarding. 

The positions range from one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, to office jobs to working with animals.  Agencies that are looking to hire students this fall include the Family Based Services, YMCA, Monmouth Cares, SPCA, Family & Children Services, America Reads, tutoring at local elementary schools and many, many more.  If students are interested in using their FWS award to work at other agencies, the Student Employment Office is able to do an outreach for the student!

Additional rewards of working through the Federal Work Study program include meeting and working with faculty and staff, meeting other students and participating in Student Employee Appreciation Week.  A week in April is dedicated to students and give-a-ways.  This past April 2015, over $20,000 in prizes were given away to students from over 65 area businesses.

If you are still not convinced about using your Federal Work Study award, ask a student who is currently working and what they do or stop by the Office of Student Employment.  Please contact Rose Chasey 732-263-5706.  We hope to speak with you soon. 

All our best from Bey Hall Room 127!

Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment

Kelly Craig, Student Employment Coordinator

Rose Chasey, Student Employment Assistant 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. 

Thank you!

Aimee P.  (x3569)

Kelly Craig  (x3560)


The Department of Art and Design

Welcome Back!

With the new academic year you have so many new opportunities to experience and explore.  Seeing exceptional visual art is among the many wonderful events available to you.  Art allows you to see through others eyes, feel what others feel—it helps you to become an empathetic person.  

We invite you to visit our galleries at your leisure and attend our artists’ talks. 

The first exhibit in DiMattio Gallery, Rechnitz Hall features the extraordinary "Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey".​  Come by and see Bruce!  Also in the Rotary Ice House is the compelling installation “The Out Crowd” by Brooklyn artist Aaron Wexler.

We wish you all the best for an exciting, rewarding, and memorable year!​


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Welcome Back from Career Services

We hope that everyone had a wonderful summer!  The fall semester is off to a fast start with lots of great services and programs from Career Services to support student success. 

Look for our email alerts about our upcoming career development workshops, special job postings, and our Internship Fair (October 7th)  and Fall Career Day (November 4) events.  We encourage you to review our weekly job newsletters where you will find current full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. The job newsletter is sent to your University email address. 

As always, our professional staff provides students with comprehensive career advising ranging from learning how to construct a competitive resume and cover letter to job search strategies to effective networking to interview coaching, and much more! Stop by the Career Services office, located in the Student Center (Lower Level), call us at 732-571-3471 or email us at careerservices@monmouth.edu. 

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you, and look forward to assisting you with your career-related goals.

Wishing you many great successes this year!

The staff of Career Services


Department of Political Science & Sociology

Welcome back from the Department of Political Science and Sociology. Stop by Bey Hall and learn more about Debate Team, Mock Trial, Model UN, Gender Studies, and Washington Semester.


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Welcome Back Students


Welcome Back from the Global Education Office

Global Education, Study Abroad, and International Student and Faculty Services Welcomes Everyone to the 2015-16 Academic Year!

This academic year, along with many exciting new additions to campus life is the newly formed Global Education Office. Located on the first floor of the Student Center by the student lounge, the Global Education Office, Study Abroad, and International Student and Faculty Services are here for all students and employees. We welcome you to stop by our offices any time.

Global engagement is a unique aspect of college education and campus life. It is transformative and prepares you for the global marketplace with ideas, cultural literacy, and adaptive skills to succeed in a highly interdependent and diverse world. 

We welcome all new, transfer, and continuing students from across the United States and the world, faculty, employees, and visiting international scholars. 

If you are a new, transfer, or continuing student, or have traveled across countries and transitioning into your academic program here at MU, or have a question about semester or short term Study Abroad, a returning Study Abroad student, a faculty member or employee wondering how to organize a study trip abroad, join the International Club, Study Abroad Club, the Chinese Students Club, or just curious about global affairs, please stop by; we are here for you and would love to meet you and work with you. We wish everyone a successful and exciting academic year and freedom, equality, justice and peace around the world. 

Rekha Datta

Interim Vice Provost for Global Education

Student Center First Floor, Room 29

rdatta@monmouth.edu

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Facilities Management

To our new freshmen, “Welcome!” and to our upperclassmen, “Welcome Back!”  We’re excited to have you bring your life and vitality to campus as you pursue your academic and research goals.  Facilities Management is here to help.  Our staff operates and maintains the physical, environmental and mechanical facilities of our campus so that you can focus on your studies.

Facilities Management is the department that makes the buildings and grounds of the University work.  If you need help with routine building maintenance or repair, you may request our services quickly and conveniently with our on-line service order.  Our service order can be accessed at:

www.monmouth.edu/serviceorder.

To keep you informed about the status of your requested work, our service personnel will attempt to contact the person who requested service at the time that they perform the work.  If they are unable to directly contact you, our service personnel will leave a door hanger on the entrance to the area for which work was requested, informing you of the status of the work.

Our regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Emergency services (e.g. leaks) are the only services that should be requested over the telephone. 

During regular business hours, call us at extension 3425. For after-hours emergency help, call extension 4444. We’re looking forward to helping make your studies at Monmouth safe, convenient and enjoyable!

Best Regards,

Patricia Swannack

Vice President for Administrative Services


Welcome Back from the Office of Equity and Diversity

Students: 

The Office of Equity and Diversity welcomes all new and returning students.  Monmouth University provides equal opportunity to all students and employees.

Our office monitors the University’s compliance with laws and regulations regarding Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Students and employees have a right not to be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, nationality, sex (including pregnancy and sexual harassment), affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, age, liability for military service, protected veteran status, or status as an individual with a mental or physical disability, genetic information or AIDS and HIV-related illnesses, and provides a work environment free of bias based on such categories.  Monmouth University has appointed Nina M. Anderson, Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, as the ADA/504 and Title IX Coordinator.

Our web site can be found at www.monmouth.edu/OED. A copy of the procedure for filing complaints of discrimination/sexual harassment can be obtained from our office or www.monmouth.edu/resources/HR/OED/harass/asp. Any member of the Monmouth University community may report incidents of discrimination/sexual harassment to the offices listed below.

 

Nina M. Anderson Wilson Hall

Director of the Office of Room 304

Equity and Diversity (732) 571-7577

 

Mrs. Patricia Swannack Facilities Management

Vice President for (732) 571-3546

Administrative Services

 

Mrs. Mary Anne Nagy Student Center

Vice President for Student Room 207

Life and Leadership Engagement (732) 571-3417

 

Dr. Laura J. Moriarty Wilson Hall

Provost/Vice President for Room 211

Academic Affairs (732) 571-3405


School of Science

Dear Students and Colleagues,

We are pleased to welcome you back to campus for the 2015-2016 academic year! We hope you had a great summer. 

As you return to campus, we are sure that you have noticed that the renovation of the Edison Science Building has begun!  We are extremely excited about this endeavor.

The first thing you’re likely to notice is that the “link” that connected Edison and Howard Hall has been demolished.  As a result, all of the building entrances that used to be accessible through or under the link are closed.  The first phase of the renovation will include construction in this location.

We would also like to make you aware of temporary changes to the ingress and egress to the Edison Science Building and Howard Hall made to accommodate the current construction activities, including new emergency exit locations in both buildings.

Edison Science Building:  

Please use the entrances on the north end of the Edison Science Building to enter and exit the building.  

The two sets of stairs at the north end connecting the first and second floors are open.  

Both south stairwells are closed.  

The southern corridor connecting both sets of stairs is part of the construction and is also closed, except in an emergency.  The southern corridor should only be used in the event of an emergency and will allow you access from the east corridor to the west corridor or vice-versa, because the south staircases are closed.  

Emergency exit signs direct you to this new temporary emergency exit.

Howard Hall:  

Please use the Pollak Theatre lobby (east or west side) to enter and exit Howard Hall.  

You may still use the stairs at the north end of the building to move between floors, but you cannot use them to exit the building.  

A temporary emergency exit at the north end of the second floor has been added; this exits to the Great Lawn.

Emergency exit signs direct you to this new temporary emergency exit. The 24-hour computer lab in Howard Hall can be accessed by entering the building through the Pollak Theatre lobby doors on the west side of the building.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience as we improve our facilities.  

John Tiedemann and Catherine Duckett, Interim Deans

School of Science


Welcome Back from Health Services

Monmouth University Health Services wishes you a happy and healthy academic year!  As part of our ongoing preventive health program, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of several on-campus Flu Vaccination Clinics. Flu Clinics will be held:

Thursday, October 1:

1:00pm to 7:00pm, Anacon Hall, 2nd floor SSC

Tuesday, November 3:

1:00pm to 7:00pm Anacon Hall, 2nd floor SSC

So, plan ahead and just bring your health insurance card!  We look forward to serving you throughout the year!

Sincerely,

Monmouth University Health Services

Contact Information

CAMPUS LOCATION
The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication 
and Instructional Technology (CCIT) Room 260, 2nd floor

MAILING ADDRESS
The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764

Phone:(732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu