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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Welcome Back Letters 9/23/15

Welcome Back from The Department of Music


BandThe summer theatre, Shadow Lawn Stage professional production of BIG just recently concluded a very successful run and experienced our largest attendance ever.  We have expanded our partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy & Studios, where production courses are taught, students intern and Blue Hawk Record projects are recorded. We have upgraded the sound systems in our classrooms, installed an outstanding new dance floor and enhanced the student lounge by adding a new student work center. Work has also continued on completing our own, in house, recording studio at Woods Theatre.   We’ve had many new and prospective students visit over the summer; our faculty has been busy performing, presenting at various venues, taking workshops or enjoying international travel and…now suddenly here it is…time for new classes, auditions and new shows! 

Check out our Department of Music and Theatre’s Facebook page and follow us on twitter @MonmouthUMusic to learn about the outstanding activities and productions that will be available for you.   We have music, we have dance, we have one on one private instruction, we have our own record label and we have theatre – and everyone can be involved.  Sometimes we have karaoke, jams and pizza parties just for fun! Stop by and visit, sign up and be part of our productions in the cast or crew or join in as an enthusiastic member of our audiences.  Clearly, Something Is Happening Here! Come Join Us!

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University Named One of the “Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses”

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In June 2015, the University was named one of the “most beautiful coastal college campuses,” by Best Value Schools. It was ranked number 27 on a list of 30 coastal universities from around the nation, and was the only university listed from the state of New Jersey.

According to bestvalueschools.com location and other factors influenced individual rankings. The highest rated school was Pepperdine University, from Malibu California with a total of 17 points. Monmouth University at 27th place had nine points. Points were given to universities with national awards or honors. Schools with the latest and largest honors acquired the most points in this category. Campuses were also rated on outdoor features that students could utilize. The more features the more points. Another criteria was based off the number of celebrated buildings on campuses. Lastly, points were given for notable characteristics, such as a campuses environmental friendliness or the historical significance.

“Being on this list makes me feel special to be a student at a school that has been nationally recognized for its refinement,” said Dominique Williams, a sophomore and political science major.

Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Engagement, Mary Anne Nagy, affirms that it is great that the University has been recognised among many notable universities. “I think anytime the university appears in any ranking nationally it’s great news for us because it demonstrates that the University is becoming better known outside of the state and outside of the region. Certainly to be in the company of Pepperdine, and the University of Rhode Island, and some of the places in Florida that’s good company be kept with,” said Nagy.

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National Sexual Assult Conference in LA Draws Crowd and Major Sponsors Like NFL

Sexual Assult GraphWhen Kristen Houser joined a rally against sexual violence at Pennsylvania State University two decades ago, the women encountered jeers from male students to “go back to the kitchen” and limited support from campus officials.

But as she surveyed the scene at a national sexual assault conference in Los Angeles earlier this month, she was floored by the progress activists have made.

More than 1,500 participants flocked to the sold-out conference. Officials representing the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice and California Gov. Jerry Brown touted new programs to fight domestic and sexual violence.

The NFL pledged an initial $2.5 million in what activists said was the first major corporate funding of the issue.

“I would never have dreamed this could happen,” said Houser, of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one of the event’s sponsors. “It’s a little bit surreal.”

The conference showcased both pioneers and the new generation of leaders on the issue.

Beckie Masaki, who founded San Francisco’s first Asian women’s shelter in the mid-1980s, shared the stage with Kamilah Willingham, a Harvard Law School graduate who works on the issue at the California Women’s Law Center.

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Dean Kenneth Womack’s Beatles Encyclopedia Named One of the Best Indie Books of the Year

The BeatlesKenneth Womack, the Dean of Monmouth University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was honored by Foreword Reveiws’ annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards as having written one of the best indie books of 2014. 

There were more than 1,500 entries in 63 different categories. Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention awards were given out, with the winners determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers. 

The selections were made after months of deliberation, and the winners were announced on June 26, in a special program during the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

Womack’s The Beatles Encyclopedia was honored with a silver medal in the Reference (Adult Nonfiction) Category.

 “There are literally thousands of books available about the Beatles,” said Womack. “Many of them suffer from inaccuracies and wholesale myths about the Fab Four. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to set the record straight, while at the same time providing readers with a one-stop encyclopedia for learning more about the Fab Four’s lives, works, and associates.”

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Aaron Furgason Appointed as New Chair of Communication Department

Dr. Aaron Furgason was elected as the chair of the communication department by his colleagues in July of 2015. 

“My goal is to continue the excellent work and communication in the department while meeting the needs of the digital native students,” explained Furgason.  

Furgason grew up in Edison, NJ and has been at the University since the fall of 2000. Furgason started as an adjunct professor and he attended Monmouth College as an undergraduate. He later received his masters at Emerson College and his doctorate at Rutgers University in Communication and Media Studies. He went on to work at Atlantic Records before becoming a professor at the University. 

“Aaron has been an excellent faculty member for a number of years, providing students with opportunities to work at the university radio station,” said Laura Moriarty, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “As he takes on the chair’s role, he will expand such opportunities for communication students providing learning experiences that are both high impact and immersive – which aligns very nicely with our strategic plan and our commitment to transformative learning,”

Furgason has a wide variety of responsibilities as the Chair but plans to focus on the students. “My responsibilities are to be the spokesperson for the department and be the go to person for students,” said the chair. 

“Aaron leads the Department of Communication. He has oversight responsibility for the faculty, students, and staff in the unit,” described Moriarty. 

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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. 

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126 Students Forced into Crowded Housing

Dorm Triple A total of 126 first year students are living in forced triples and quads in the residential halls as of Sept 8. This includes 30 triples and nine quads throughout Cedar, Laurel, Elmwood, Pinewood, and Mullaney Halls. 

There are currently 1,138 students in the freshman class and 934 of these students are living on campus, according to Raymond Gonzalez, Associate Director of Residential Life and Housing Operations. This is the largest number of first year students to live on campus in the history of The University. 

“We are making every effort to accommodate resident students, especially freshmen,” said Tara Peters, Associate Vice President for University Marketing and Communications. “It is great that so many people are interested in Monmouth University. When you combine that with the number of students who want to stay on campus, we had to make some accommodations.” 

Accommodations such as the forced living arrangements were mandatory to fit the number of requests to live on campus. The forced housing is causing three students to fit in a double or four students to live in a triple. 

“There is an unprecedented demand to live on campus,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement. “If a student is accepted and their housing deposit is in by May 1 we guarantee first year student housing. We have to honor what we committed to.”  

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Pozycki Hall Opens for 2015-2016 Academic Year

Pozycki Hall OutsidePozycki Hall was opened to the Monmouth community at the start of Fall 2015 semester as an addition to the Leon Hess Business School (LHBS) and the Kislak Real Estate Institute (KREI). The 2,000 square foot facility will provide increased academic and social space for the growing University community. 

According to Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, the hall has various features beneficial to the entire University. Pozycki Hall holds three large classrooms, and one computer lab. It exhibits two video conferencing rooms, and multiple open student lounges. It features a 175-seat auditorium, eight faculty offices, and four restrooms.

“Really lovely,” said Vice President Mary Anne Nagy, in regards to Pozycki Hall. “The building is beautiful and blends in exceptionally well with the rest of the architecture of the campus.” 

According Momna Ayub, a senior chemistry major, Pozycki Hall is a foot in the right direction for the LHBS. “Pozycki Hall is perfect for the business school. It has a corporate atmosphere. The windows provide natural lighting, so the building’s design resembles a modern corporation,” said Ayub.

Singh Multani, a first year earning his Masters in Business Administration, shared similar thoughts. 

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New Website Design Gives Monmouth A Fresh Look

Monmouth WebsiteStudents and faculty were greeted with a complete Monmouth.edu website revamp on the first day of classes, Sept. 8. 

This is the second website change within three years that the University has experienced. The website has taken shape in a form quite similar to a Windows 8 type of “tile” structure. 

The homepage is scattered with different articles and as one scrolls down the page, they would come into contact with a calendar of events. This calendar of events is much more prominent than the sidebar or scroll bar that the website previously had. 

Social media also has its own tiles in the new website design including the social media handles as well as recent posts. Social media has a very large presence, especially in prospective students’ lives. 

Sophomore english major, Ally Afanador said, “I think the new site is very nifty. It gives our university more character. It definitely suits us because we have been changing and renovating on even just the campus itself. I think that it is a great way to start off a new year at Monmouth.”

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Newly Appointed Honors School Assistant Dean Revises Mentor Program

Monmouth University’s Honors School has appointed Dr. Stanley Blair, an associate professor of the University’s English Department as the new Assistant Dean for the 2015-2016 academic year.

As Assistant Dean, Blair will be responsible for coordinating the peer-mentoring program, assisting with extracurricular programming, advising Honors students who are preparing for their thesis experience, and expanding the core Honors curriculum.

The Honors Peer Mentoring Program, comprised of two team leaders and approximately 35 student mentors, is designed to ease the transition from high school to university for the incoming freshmen. 

The mentors will maintain contact with their mentees to build relationships and address any questions or concerns the students may find troubling. Blair will oversee the program and make changes that benefit the incoming freshmen.

“Dr. Blair was needed to take the peer mentoring program to the next level and to continue to provide the extraordinary first year experience that students in the Honors School have,” said Kevin Dooley, Dean of the Honors School. 

Blair’s revisions to the mentoring program were showcased during the Honor’s School Retreat on Sept. 5, in which incoming freshmen were given an opportunity to grow closer to their mentors.

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