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The Leon Hess Business School Ranks as one of the US News & World Report’s Top Master’s Programs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

top_masters_programsThe University's Leon Hess Business School was recently ranked as one of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools this year.

Its part-time Master of Business Administration program (MBA), which offers tracks in accounting, finance, and real estate, as well as a concentration in healthcare management, made its way to the national list, coming in at 208 out of the 282 ranked colleges.

To be considered for the list, the Leon Hess Business School had to meet the criteria of being internationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International. The business school is ranked among the top five percent of business schools accredited.

"I am thrilled that our MBA program was recognized with this honor," Don Moliver, Dean of the Leon Hess Business School, said in a 2014 press release. "The ranking is a direct reflection of the commitment of our faculty, staff and alumni. Our personalized education for busy professionals prepares graduates to compete and prosper in today's global marketplace."

The University's Master of Business Administration program has been recently recognized by the U.S. News & World Report, along with several other schools. The School of Social Work's Master of Social Work program was ranked 60 among 206 similar national graduate social work programs, and the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies' Master of Science in Nursing program was ranked 332 among 442 national graduate nursing programs.

In addition, the University as a whole has been placed on U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Northern Regional Universities list and on The Princeton Review's annual best 387 colleges list this year.

Linda Flaming, Chair of the Accounting Department, believes the relationship between professors and students at the Leon Hess Business School is just one of the many aspects of the MBA program that differentiates it from others and allows it to be placed on such a prestigious list.

"Professors help students get the best schedule and program possible," Flaming said, an associate professor in the school of business. "This faculty-student interaction enhances the experience for students."

The Use of Citizen Journalism Increases Worldwide PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Citizen-JournalismThe increase of technology and access to the internet across the globe has given citizens the ability to act as citizen journalists, capturing and sharing incidents with the general public that may have never been reported otherwise.

Citizen journalism is the act of ordinary people risking their lives to document events and actions using audios and visuals to report world events that may not have been known, Dr. Eleanor Novek, associate communication professor, said.

Novek's Newswriting class discussed the use of citizen journalism worldwide during a panel presentation in the Global Understanding Convention. The class focused on citizen journalism in Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq, Russia, Venezuela, America and Syria.

In Iraq there have been 14 media workers killed in the past six months, which is double the average amount of media workers killed in Iraq each year, Lexis Davenport, a senior communication major, said. Iraq faces many issues regarding unnecessary violence, and when journalists try to report this information many are threatened, jailed or killed.

To allow the public the opportunity to comprehend the amount of violence that the Iraqi people face each day a website titled, the Iraqi Body Count was created. The website, which was created after the 2003 military intervention is a compilation of reports from every day people living in Iraq, Davenport said.

In Syria, citizens are also in fear of violent governmental acts and journalists are at a constant risk of being threatened or jailed.

A Syrian citizen journalist fighting to end violence in Syria, named Alexander Page, is very passionate about sharing information with the public. Page said in a recent Facebook post, "It is pathetic to think that people's voices can still be silenced through violence and intimidation."

Page explained that everyone, regardless of the "democratic transition" they are involved with has the right to express themselves peacefully, therefore he posted, "When that right is not given to me, those who oppress me only justify my frustration."

Employers Scrutinize Students’ Social Media Presence PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

social_mediaWork experience, skills and references are not the only factors employers consider while interviewing potential employees. A recent study found that the social media accounts of potential employees are also being scrutinized and, in some cases, costing interviewees the job.

A 2013 survey was completed by JobVite, an applicant tracking system that works for companies such as E-Harmony, Spotify and Starbucks on social media during the hiring process. According to the survey, 93 percent of job recruiters surveyed are likely to look at a candidate's social media accounts, and 78 percent of the recruiters have hired through social networking websites, which is a 20 percent increase from 2010. The study also found that of the participating job recruiters, 42 percent reconsidered hiring a potential candidate based on the content on their social media accounts.

Facebook users hit a record number of 1.3 billion in 2013; 56 million between the ages of 35 and 54, and 42 million between the ages of 18 and 24. Even though the numbers show that Facebook has less youthful users, it can still affect college students while they are job hunting.

Personal social media accounts and business accounts should never mix, William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services, explained. "Keep your personal separate. That's the best way to stay out of trouble. Don't post, send or tweet anything that you wouldn't feel comfortable putting out in the middle of campus nailed to a tree," he added.

Gov. Chris Christie passed bill A2878 in August 2013 that prevents an employer from acquiring a potential employer's password as a condition of being hired. Although, companies can still look at what candidates are posting on social media sites. "Employers want to see if you understand the etiquette of social media," Hill said. "They don't want to hire you and then think you are going to tweet something about the firm or send an email that is going to come back and cause a problem."

Hill also mentioned that professions such as business, marketing and advertising, journalism, public relations, and television may be more prone to social media scanning seeing as the use sites such as Facebook and Twitter for marketing and feedback. However, there are other majors that have to tread lightly with what they post online.

Shadow PR Firm/PRSSA Dance-a-thon Raises Over $10,000 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PRSSA_dance1The University's Shadow PR Firm and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter raised over $10,000 for The Valerie Fund, a not-for-profit organization that supports children with cancer and rare blood disorders, during their first inaugural Monmouth Hawks Dance Together event.

The event took place on Friday, April 4 at 6 pm in Anacon Hall. A total of 185 students and faculty members attended the event in support of The Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.

Kelly Brockett, Co-President of Shadow PR/PRSSA, said she could not have been happier with the turnout of the event. "If you had told (Co-President) Kristi Silver and I a week ago that we would reach our goal of $10,000, and that about 200 people would attend our event, we would not have believed you."

Brockett said the event has been in the works since May 2013. To prepare for the event, members of Shadow PR/PRSSA combined efforts with students from Dr. Sheila McAllister's PR Campaigns and Event Planning classes to make the event possible.

Over the course of the past year, the group who planned the event developed a strategic public relations campaign that involved securing sponsors, collecting donations, creating an event logo, branding all marketing materials, creating web copy for the fundraising website, and creating social media platforms, among other tactics to promote the event.

Representatives of The Valerie Fund that were in attendance for the event included Dr. Meg Fisher, Chair and Medical Director of the Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, and Susan Dulczak, Clinical Director and Nurse Practitioner of The Valerie Center.

Fisher provided the crowd with insight about the organization and explained the importance of hosting events like Monmouth Hawks Dance Together to support children in the community battling cancer and blood disorders. According to Fisher, funding from these events provides opportunities for patients and their families in the tri-state area to receive the same innovative treatments as they would from hospitals in NY and Philadelphia, at The Monmouth Medical Center.

Largest Career Day to Date PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Career-Day-employerCareer Services held its largest annual Spring Career Day in history with 110 employers in attendance. Students from all majors came to the event to learn about different businesses and organizations, and to explore possible internship and job opportunities on Wednesday, April 2.

The event, which took place in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) for the second year in a row, brings in local, regional, and national employers to campus for a day and, according to the University website, "employers representing the corporate, government, and non-profit sectors are always present."

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said, the event has been expanding throughout the years with more students and businesses getting involved. "The last two career days attracted over 400 students and alumni. Four or five years ago that number might have been around 250 to 300, an increase of over 25 percent," he said.

In addition, Hill said, "Career Services has broken records three years in a row based on the employer attendance at the Spring Career Days."

The University hosted a wide range of employers such as Fitness and Wellness Professional Services, a community health and well-being organization, Robert Half, a staffing firm, Target, a retail store, and many more. Some organizations, such as the U.S. State Department and the Eatontown Police Department, were not necessarily looking for interns or to hire employees, but rather to educate students on position requirements and general information.

Devereux NJ, a social and human services non-profit organization, was present at the event in hopes of finding part-time and full-time workers. Ali Marciano, the Human Resources Generalist at the company, said she would love to fill their open employment roles with University students. "I've gotten quite a few great candidates, here," she said.

Hill said both the students and organizations benefit from this event. Employers are able to gain access to a large number of talented candidates and receive the opportunity to showcase their businesses at a reasonable cost, Hill explained. Students, on the other hand, "can use the event for their career development by asking employers, for example, about how their major fits in with a particular job or career. That is one reason why we encourage all students, from freshmen on through to graduate students, to participate," he added.

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