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Welcome Back Letters 9/14/16

Welcome from the President

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Dear Hawks:

Whether you are joining our community for the first time, preparing for your final year as an undergraduate, or enrolled in a graduate degree program I hope you are energized and ready for our 2016-2017 academic year. 

Over the summer we made many campus improvements, with others still in progress.

The dining hall at Magill Commons has been completely renovated with a host of healthy new options, significant progress continues on our School of Science facilities, and construction is already underway for our new Monmouth Stadium which will be home to our track & field, lacrosse, and football programs.

These improvements are part of our commitment to providing you with an outstanding living and learning environment. At the same time, your successful collegiate experience will depend on your ability to maximize less tangible resources. 

One of our greatest strengths as a university are the close bonds we share as a supportive community. Every member of our dedicated faculty and staff is here to help you succeed. Get to know your academic advisors, your professors, coaches, and resident assistants.  Please stop me and introduce yourself.

Ask questions, take chances, and reach beyond your comfort zone. Getting involved with clubs, organizations, internships, volunteer opportunities, or local community groups is still the best predictor of student success. The more time you invest in your education, especially beyond the classroom, the stronger your foundation for personal growth and postgraduate success will be.

I am excited about the great things we will accomplish together this year.

Sincerely,

Paul R. Brown

Ph.D. President


Welcome from the Vice President for Student Services

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Dear Students:

I want to take this opportunity to extend a welcome to our newest members of the Monmouth University Community – the members of the Class of 2020, our new student transfers and our graduate students.  You have chosen to be part of a great community and we all welcome you to our campus.

To our returning students, I hope you had a great summer and you are ready to tackle another year in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and indeed, throughout the campus.  I am confident you will continue to achieve great success and I hope you know we are all here to support your experience as a student.

The summer was busy here at Monmouth and there is evidence throughout the campus.  Progress continues on the renovation and construction of the Science Building.  A lounge and meeting place for our members of Greek letter organizations is now open in the Stafford Student Center.  Our signature athletic facility is now called the OceanFirst Bank Center.  And finally, Magill Commons has been renovated to include a diner and coffee lounge destination.  Whether you have a meal plan or not, come over and see the exciting things happening in this new facility. 

You will find a wealth of opportunities available to you so you can fully experience life as a Monmouth student.  Clubs, Greek life, intramurals and recreation, Division I athletics, and cultural events are but a few ways for you to expand your horizons beyond your classroom experience.  I know that you will find these experiences engaging and an excellent way to enhance what you are learning in the classroom.

Your being challenged by your academic and social experience here is critically important to me but just as important is your safety.  I want, no I need you to take care of yourself and just as importantly, each other.  We are a community and as members of a community, we need to look out for one another whether it is here on campus or in the local community.  There are many challenges you will face as a student and it always helps to face them with others at your side.  That is what a Monmouth Hawk does!

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 yes, pick you up when you fall.  Contact us any time and have a great semester!

Sincerely,

Mary Anne Nagy

Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement


Office of the Vice President for Administrative Services

The University Community,

Welcome back for a new school year!  We hope that your semester gets off to a smooth start.  If you have any building service or repair needs, the Department of Facilities Management is here to help.

Your routine (non-emergency) maintenance problems may be easily reported to us by completing an on-line Facilities Management Service Order form.  This on-line form can be found at www.monmouth.edu/serviceorder.

On the Service Order, please give a clear, description of the maintenance or repair need, including the building and room number in which the problem is located. Don’t forget to include your name and telephone number in case we have a question about your request.

If you have an emergency maintenance problem in a campus building, please report it ASAP by calling the Facilities Management office at ext. 3425 (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) or the University Police at ext. 4444 all other times.  We have mechanics on duty 24-hours each day from Monday – Friday.  If you encounter a building problem after the conclusion of normal office hours the University Police can dispatch a mechanic to help.

Please accept our best wishes for a great academic year!

Patricia L. Swannack

Vice President for Administrative Services


The Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Faculty

Dear Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Students

The Criminal Justice and Homeland Security faculty welcome you back to campus and our classrooms.  We look forward to teaching, advising, and engaging you during the new academic year.

Please welcome our new faculty member Dr. Shannon Cunningham.

On Wednesday, September 21, from 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. we will be holding a Welcome Back Event in Magill Commons, rooms 107 & 108 during which you will have the opportunity to meet our faculty as well as fellow CJ and HLS students. 

It will be immediately followed by a Guardian’s Club meeting at 3:00 p.m.  Our guest speaker will be FBI Special Agent, Brian Cotter who is a 2009 graduate of Monmouth University.

We wish you the best as you embark upon another semester of learning and discovery.

-The Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Faculty


On-Campus Employment/Federal Work Study

Welcome to Fall 2016!  Student Employment is looking forward to working with 235 supervisors for on campus employment, 45 off campus supervisors for off campus employment and hiring over 1,700 students again into over 2,200 different positions.

Student Employees make valuable contributions to various departments on and off campus.  These positions can be added to students’ resumes, LinkedIn profiles and contribute to the overall educational experience. Students, work toward picking a job applicable to your major! 

A reminder to all students and supervisors:  no student may begin working without completing 2016 – 2017 employment paperwork and filing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the new academic year!  Every student employee will have new trainings to complete as well. 

The Student Employment Office is open 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM daily and specificpaperwork hourswill be held for students to complete and update all paperwork in the Student Employment Office, First Floor of Bey Hall room 127.  For more information visit:  www.monmouth.edu/student_employment

As always, an individual appointment can be made by calling 732-263-5706.   We are pleased to have four full time staff in our office to assist you: Aimee Parks, Rose Chasey and we welcome newcomers Raul Arlequin and Angela Michelli! Additionally, various special guests from Human Resources will be helping in our office for the first couple of weeks in September.  Thank you for your patience.  Work to make great things happen this semester!  Good luck!


The Office of Student Activities at Monmouth

The Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations would like to welcome all first-year, transfer, and returning students to Monmouth University!

Throughout the year, the Office of Student Activities can serve as a great resource for all students.

From hosting a campus-wide student involvement fair to assisting campus groups with events, the Office of Student Activities strives to provide student the opportunities to get involved and make memorable experiences here at Monmouth.

Below is a list of events for the month of September hosted through the Office of Student Activities, Student Activities Board, and other clubs/organizations:

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Transformative Learning

Welcome new and returning students!

Campus leaders, faculty and staff are working together to make sure that your experience at Monmouth University is transformative.  This means that curricular and co-curricular activities are designed to change the way you think, how you relate to others, and how you contribute to the Monmouth community and beyond.  I hope that you are settling in and exploring the many facets of college life, empowering yourself to make the most of your academic experience at Monmouth, and engaging in our community through class activities and organized events. 

As you tailor your academic experience to prepare you for life after Monmouth, consider visiting the Hawks Career Link to find internship and job placement opportunities. Complete and submit your profile to view more than 600 jobs/internships: www.monmouth.edu/hawks-career-link

The Monmouth campus offers a range of services for your health, safety, and academic excellence. Take every opportunity to engage your faculty and advisors, the staff who are here to assist you, and your student colleagues to guide you through a safe and successful year. We wish you all the best for the year ahead!

Sincerely,

Kathryn Kloby, Ph.D.

Vice Provost of Transformative Learning


Student Alumi Association

Welcome back, Monmouth Hawks!

The Student Alumni Association is ready to kick off another wonderful year. As always, we will continue to promote pride in our school, build student awareness of campus tradition, and strengthen the bond between past and current students. This year we are especially excited to increase our number of networking events on campus. We will also continue our initiative towards becoming a more philanthropic based group specifically through volunteering, fundraising and educating our peers on the importance of giving back! Our monthly meetings are packed with brainstorming sessions, visits from successful alumni and delicious pizza! We are looking forward to enriching life in and around our university this year.


MU Youth Activist Group

Dear Monmouth University Family,

On the behalf of the Monmouth University’s Youth Activist Group welcome back to another exciting year at Monmouth University.  As one of the newest and fastest growing members of the MU family; Y.A.G. has made constant strives to foster a positive environment of activism on campus as well as the surrounding communities.  Y.A.G. has a number of events planned this year and is currently looking to assist any other group or organization with their activities as well.

Jarrett Branch V.P. MU Youth Activist Club


The Outdoors Club

Welcome back, everyone!

We hope everyone had a thrilling and adventurous summer. Although we are starting classes again, there’s a lot s’more fun to be had! There may be times where you will need to camp out and get work done, but don’t let yourself become too stressed out – that makes life intents. Here are some words of advice and inspiration: You can [com]pass every mountain (or class) in your way. Nothing is unbearable if you saddle up and put your mind to it. Get plenty of rest to fuel your fire. Paddle along, even when things seem tough. College zip[line]s by, so make the most of every day! Let’s have a unbeleafable year!

Love, The Outdoors Club E-board

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Counseling and Psychological Services

Welcome Students!

Whether you are a first year student living away from home for the first time or an upperclassman anxiously awaiting graduation, your life at Monmouth will include many dynamic experiences.  These times are exciting but sometimes stressful, upsetting, and overwhelming.  If you or a friend needs help, the campus community is here to help.  Let’s talk about it!

Counseling and Psychological Services is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center.  The CPS office is typically open Monday to Friday from 8:45am until 5:00pm. 

Stop by the office, give us a call at 732.571.7517 or email us at mucounseling@monmouth.edu.

Good luck this semester!

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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