News - The Outlook Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:56:44 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (The Outlook) Welcome Back from the Provost Welcome Back ProvostDear Monmouth Hawks,

On behalf of the Office of Transformative Learning, I hope that your semester is off to a strong start. I would like to introduce to all of you the Transformative Ten (T10). This is a series of ten events designed to help you connect the major to prospective career options in preparation for life after Monmouth. This initiative is a direct response to student insights and, in particular, a result of the College Student Inventory (CSI) that is completed during the New Student Orientation. We are keenly aware that many students are concerned with exploring majors and determining career opportunities. The T10 brings together current and new programming for a complete portfolio of activities.

T10 activities are focused on developing your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork, digital literacy, and networking abilities. T10 events are available to all students. Attend and sign in at a minimum of three of the T10 events during the academic year and you will be invited to a capstone luncheon with a keynote speaker on employment/industry trends and networking opportunities.

Listed below is the T10 lineup and description of events:

The Transformative Ten (T10): My Major, My Career, My Life After Monmouth

Sophomore Start-Up (Scheduled for 9/28; 1:30-4:30pm; Wilson Hall Auditorium) - This event challenges sophomores to develop integral career skills in an “Amazing Race” style contest. Students will move from station to station, engaging in activities such as resume review, interview skills, personal branding and marketing, and digital profile refinement.

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]]> (THE OUTLOOK) News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:35:24 -0400
University Activism Clubs Unite for Student Inclusivity University Activism Clubs Unite

MU Activism Club Student Inclusivity 1Five of Monmouth University’s activism-oriented clubs hosted an open social on Sept. 12 to unite efforts of leadership and social responsibility on campus.

The Youth Activists (YAG), S.A.G.E (Students Advocating Girls Education), The Sociology Club, the Gender Studies club, and Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, Respect, and Unity at Monmouth (SPECTRUM) collectively organized an evening social at Magill Commons.

The event gave current and new members an opportunity to meet and strategize progressive activism on campus in the new academic year.

“The Activist Meet and Greet was an uplifting and empowering event, forming a community on campus in a volatile time,” said Elizabeth Carmines, President of the Sociology Club and a senior political science student. “I think it is important that we create a safe space for students to express themselves and share their personal experiences so that we may all learn from them, and I believe Tuesday’s event did just that.”

Each club that co-hosted the event has similar missions and saw the opportunity to grow a stronger and more active community by working together. According to Jane Lai, President of SPECTRUM and junior English student, “This event was a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded individuals that push intersectional thought while erecting diversity and acceptance across campus.”

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]]> (JOY MORGAN | ENVIRONMENTAL EDITOR) News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:28:23 -0400
University Mourns Beloved English Professor Hawks Remember Dr. Prescott Evarts, Jr.

University Mourns EvartsDr. Prescott Evarts, Jr., who had educated generations of students over the span of his 50-year career at the University, passed away at the age of 79 on Aug. 28.

Evarts was a beloved faculty member, influential professor, and a core member of the University community.

“Education was very much alive to him,” said Dr. Susan Goulding, Chair of the English Department, colleague, and friend of Evarts. “He really wanted students to learn,” she continued.

Evart’s passion for education began at an early age, when he attended New York City’s Buckley School and Saint Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.

He then went on to study Greek History and Literature at Harvard University.

After receiving his BA, Evarts continued on to Columbia University where he completed his Ph.D. in English Literature.

Although literature was a large interest of Evarts’, he also stayed very active.

He played football at Harvard Law School, and ran track in high school.

He finished 17 marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

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]]> (CORAL COOPER | ADVERTISING MANAGER) News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:24:44 -0400
Monmouth Rises in U.S. News’ Annual Rankings Monmouth Rises in Rankings

MU US News Annual Rankings 1U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranked Monmouth University 28th in the Best Regional Universities North category for 2018, ten places higher from its original rank at 38th.

The higher ranking has been attributed to the hard work and dedication of the University over the span of nearly ten years to increase the academic quality of its freshman class. The University can consider itself one of the fastest rising institutions within the last 15 years due to its ten-place jump.

Robert D. McCaig, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Monmouth University, said, “Rankings mean a lot and U.S. News is one of the most important publications we rely on, in addition to the Princeton Review. Last year we scored a 69.4 percent six-year graduation rate. We scored higher than the U.S. News’ algorithm used for predicting, which was 64 percent. We scored six points higher than they had predicted. This accounts for nearly 30 percent of the U.S News methodology.”

Some of U.S. News’ primary criteria for ranking include graduation and retention rates, overall academic reputation, and student selectivity.

Their ranking system places importance on statistical measures that experts in education have researched and deemed to be indicators of academic excellence.

Indicators are scored given a specific weight of importance. From the original weighted scores, each school being ranked is given a score anywhere from zero to 100.

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]]> (COURTNEY BUELL | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF) News Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:09:52 -0400
Welcome Back Letters 9/13/17 Welcome Back from the President

President Grey DimennaFellow Hawks:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome to Monmouth our freshmen, transfer and new graduate students for the first time and to welcome back our returning students. It has never been a better time to be a Hawk.

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. An important hallmark of a Monmouth education is that students get to know their academic advisors, professors, coaches, resident assistants, and even the president. Please take advantage of the opportunities that Monmouth provides.

Over the summer we made many campus improvements to prepare for the 2017-2018 academic year. The most visible projects are the Science Building, which will be completed by the end of the Fall semester, and the recent opening of Kessler Stadium, home base for our track & field, lacrosse, and football programs. Please come out to support the Hawks throughout the year—and more importantly, get involved yourself.  Reach beyond your comfort zone by exploring clubs, organizations, internships, and volunteer opportunities. The more time you invest in your experience at Monmouth, both inside and outside of the classroom, the stronger your foundation for personal growth and postgraduate success will be.  

We are a family, and families stick together. Please watch out for each other, keep each other safe and lend a helping hand or a friendly ear when it is needed. Do your part to make Monmouth a community where all are accepted and welcomed, no matter their background. Your University years should be a time for intellectual exploration, debate and reflection. Push your boundaries and those of others but do so respectfully.

One of my major goals is to be very visible on campus, whether it is attending student events, eating in the student dining hall or just being out and about.  I believe it is important for you, the students, to see and interact with your President. 

Whether you are joining our community for the first time, returning as an undergraduate, or enrolled in a graduate degree program, I hope you will stop me and introduce yourself.  Nothing makes me happier than talking to you, the students.  At Monmouth, students come first. We are at our best when we work together to support one another, and I hope you share my excitement for an outstanding academic year ahead.

Grey J. Dimenna, Esq.


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]]> (THE OUTLOOK) News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:55:33 -0400
Hurricane Activity Causes Gas Prices to Rise Due to the recent hurricane activity and severe damage along the Gulf of Mexico, gas prices in New Jersey have risen more than $0.10 cents per gallon, which has left some state residents concerned about the correlation.

The increase in gas prices have been attributed to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in eastern Texas on Aug. 25.

Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, a firm that analyzes gas prices, spoke to Vox about the effects Harvey would have on the industry.

According to him, around 15 to 16 percent of all United States refining capacity was offline in the days before Hurricane Harvey.

Beyond Texas, however, the storm has affected the entire national economy, pushing gas prices to the highest they have been in two years, according to a Sept. 8 article from Business Insider.

In Long Branch, gas prices as of this week range from $2.69 to $2.79 per gallon, where just one month ago prices were averaged at $2.41 per gallon.

According to TIME Magazine, on Friday, Sept. 1, the national average for regular gas had increased $0.18 per gallon.

Within 24 hours of the storm, prices in Texas, Ohio, Georgia, and the Mid-Atlantic states had jumped by $0.10 a gallon.

Elizabeth Newcombe, a senior business management student, said, “My first reaction to the rise in price was annoyance because I have no alternative options. No matter how high the gas prices are I still need to buy gas and drive the same distance. I am trapped by our government and have no alternative for public transportation in town.”

 Some students at Monmouth have noticed the price hike in their daily commutes.

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]]> (JOY MORGAN | EVIRONMENTAL EDITOR) News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:29:03 -0400
University Kicks Off School Year With Rally Against Hate Rally Against Hate 1Monmouth University professors and students launched a new school year with a rally on Sept. 6 to support students’ rights to free speech and freedom from harassment.

The rally was organized by a group of professors calling themselves Professors United for a Safe Haven (PUSH), who wanted to show support for university President Grey Dimenna’s recent statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence in all forms” and emphasizing “our shared commitment to building a community of mutual caring and respect, diversity, and integrity.”

Faculty gathered outside of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, clad in white t-shirts bearing the boldly printed message, “P.U.S.H Has Your Back.” While originally only 60 shirts were printed, nearly 130 professors and campus faculty participated in the demonstration.

Holding the event the first week of school was no incident, as the organization sought to let both new students, and returning students know that PUSH is here for them, and that hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated on the University campus, according to Dr. Lisa Dinella, associate professor of psychology.

 “It is important to us that our students coming into the fresh new year and those new to our community understand that this is an open and accepting environment and that their faculty will stand up for them,” Dinella said.

A number of professors involved in the rally said they wanted to set an example for their students in standing up for justice and inclusivity. “When we model for students how to unify against agendas of hate and discrimination, we are giving them a discourse they can follow in forming their own groups that are speaking up against bias,” said Carolyn Groff, who is chair and professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. “Many students would like to speak out, but they do not know how to get started. As professors, we are their role models and their greatest champions,” she said.

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]]> (COURTNEY BUELL | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF) News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:22 -0400
President Grey Dimenna to Stay Another Year President Grey Dimenna to Stay Longer

University President Grey Dimenna will be extending his contract and serving until June 2019, instead of the originally-planned timeframe of June 2018, according to an announcement on June 6, 2017.

Originally contracted to serve as president until June 2018, it was decided that the search for a new president would be too rushed if it had to be concluded by that date. According to Dimenna, searching for a new president is timely and complicated, and since the cycling takes place throughout the academic year, typically beginning in the fall, and can take more than a year.

“I love Monmouth, and even though I was really enjoying retirement, when Monmouth calls, it’s hard to say no,” he said.

Not wanting to rush the search, combined with a positive campus reaction about his presence, led to the extension. 

In 1993 , Dimenna became the first internal general counsel for the University; prior to his hiring, the legal counsel for the school was a local law firm. Then-president Rebecca Stafford hired him in February 1995 and in July of that year the title was changed to Vice President of Internal Counsel. After 20 and a half years of employment in that capacity, he retired in July 2015. 

Though Dimenna’s tenure as president  was always planned to be short, he was never known as the interim president.  

“The board had decided, pretty much from day one, that they didn’t want my title to be Interim president ,” Dimenna explained. “They felt that I was president, in the sense that I had full power, I had full authority, and they felt that using the title made more sense.”

After President Paul Brown’s  retirement in February of 2017, the University’s Board of Trustees wanted to have someone who was familiar with the campus in the role, while they underwent a national search for a new president.

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]]> (KERRY BREEN | CO-SENIOR & NEWS EDITOR) News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:22:14 -0400
New Kessler Stadium Unveiled at First Football Home Game Kessler Stadium Revealed in Time for the New Season

New Kessler Stadium Unveiled 1Henni Kantor Kessler and John H. Kessler Stadium officially opened its doors to the public on Sept. 2 for the University football team’s first home game of the season against Lafayette College.

 The state of the art $16 million dollar stadium has become the newest athletic home for various University athletic teams, including football, track and field, and lacrosse.

The stadium, which started out as nothing more than a set of plans, was approved by the borough of West Long Branch zoning board in September of 2013. With demolition and construction officially beginning in the Fall semester of 2016, students said goodbye to the field at the annual Homecoming game, but were excited to see the results and completion of the project in the following ten months.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services said, “We were able to begin construction of Kessler Stadium right after the football season ended last year.  We hoped that by doing so we could get ahead of the schedule which we did, however, if you recall we had a really rainy spring so we lost the time we had achieved by starting early but at least we were not behind.”   

The new facility has come a long way from its original state as Kessler Field. Built in 1993, the field served as the home base for the University’s first football season and has been the location for every home game since.

The stadium’s namesake is thanks to Monmouth alumni, Henni Kantor Kessler and John H. Kessler, who gifted Monmouth with a substantial donation toward the stadium project.

The Kesslers were the original donors to the Kessler Field, and were actively involved with Monmouth athletics during their time at the University.

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]]> (COURTNEY BUELL | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF) News Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:19:17 -0400
Men’s Basketball Tickets Jump in Sales Men Basketball Ticket Sales 1The increased popularity of the University Men’s Basketball team resulted in a jump in ticket sales by nearly 52 percent last season, and a 15.2 percent increase in merchandise sales since this time last year.

“Last season was the first time since the OceanFirst Bank Center opened in 2009 that we have seen multiple sell-out crowds, and a fully packed student section for almost every game,” said President Paul Brown, Ph.D. “A big part of the success of the team comes from a culture that values and nurtures students with the understanding that most of their maturation as young men happens off the court.”

Kenneth Taylor, Associate Athletic Director, cites big wins against teams like UCLA, Georgetown, and Notre Dame as key turning points in the Men’s Basketball team’s popularity. A surge in game attendance was apparent by ticket sales which jumped last season by 1,860 more tickets sold per game.

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News Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500
Students Compete in Model UN First Time Position Paper Award Winners

Students Compete Model UN

A delegation of 14 University students simulated the United Nations (UN) at the National Model United Nations Conference (NMUN) in New York from Sunday, April 9 to Thursday, April 13.

NMUN is the world’s largest international college-level experiential learning program in which participants cooperate to discuss and brainstorm solutions to global concerns faced by diplomats of the United Nations, according to their site.

For the first time the delegation from the University returned with a Position Paper Award. The award was won by Liam Coffey, a junior political science and history student.

Five thousand students from six continents participated in the 2017 NMUN conference, and 55 percent of the participants were non-U.S. residents, according to

Participants from the University were enrolled in Model UN Conference course, PS-383, taught by Dr. Kevin Dooley, an associate professor of political science. The delegation represented the Kingdom of Belgium.

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]]> (JAMILAH MCMILLAN | MANAGING/NEWS EDITOR) News Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:56:59 -0400