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Welcome Back Letters Fall 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Welcome from the President


president_brownDear Students:

As you make your way to and from class this year, you will see evidence of the exciting changes underway on campus, from the busy construction of Pozycki Hall and the renovations of the Science Building, to the construction of our newest residence hall, and a new soccer turf field just behind Wilson Hall.

All of this activity has just one purpose—to build a better Monmouth University for you. I am excited about the transformations yet to come as we strive to provide you with an educational experience that is outstanding and comprehensive.

Every member of our dedicated faculty and staff is here to help you succeed. I encourage you to make the time to get to know your professors, coaches, RAs, advisors, and administrators. Please don't be shy about asking for help along the way, especially if you are a first-year or transfer student new to campus.

Get involved with clubs and organizations; attend one of the many exciting events throughout the year—we have everything from exciting Division I sports to the best of the Metropolitan Opera, all right here on campus. But also be sure to look for opportunities to get real-world experience through internships and community service off campus. When you take a break from your studies, I hope you will also enjoy the unique benefits of our location. Take a walk on the beach or visit local landmarks—history and recreation are at your doorstep.

You are the heartbeat of the University community, and I look forward to spending the coming academic year with you. You have my best wishes for success in every new opportunity, both inside and outside the classroom.


Paul R. Brown, Ph.D.




“There’s Never a Right Time to Say Good-Bai” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wow. That’s all I can say at this point. I knew this day was coming but I didn’t expect it to be so soon. It’s crazy to me that in only a few short weeks I will be graduating from Monmouth University and leaving everything I’ve known for the past four years behind. I write this with a heavy feeling in my heart but I know that it is the time in my life for me to move on to bigger and better things. With that being said, there are several people I need to thank.

My family. Thank you for supporting me in everything I’ve ever done, especially my father. I am Daddy’s little girl and I am incredibly proud of that. Thank you for being an amazing role model and for holding my family together when we felt we were going to break. Thank you for raising me to be the woman I am today. I love you. Mommy, Freddy and Stephen, thank you for always being my cheerleaders. I love you all. I can’t forget my Babci. Thank you for always calling me to make sure I wore a coat when it was snowing and I didn’t get on the parkway too late at night. Thank you for your 15 minute voicemails and just always making me smile. You are my angel.

My “future in-laws.” What can I even say about you all? You were all amazing enough to open your arms to me and accept me like I was one of your own. I could never thank all of you enough for that. Mom and Dad, words cannot express how grateful I am for the two of you. Thank you for not only giving me your son but thank you for just making me smile whenever I needed that. I am so honored to one day become a part of your family. Luisa, my sister, thank you for sticking up for me when I need it and checking up on me like a big sister would. I love you and your beautiful family. I am so happy to be lucky enough to watch your kids grow.

My Sebastian. My man. My heart. My future. My soulmate. I never in my life thought I would find a man that was not only handsome but sane enough to deal with me. Then I found you. I thank God every day I walked into Frank’s Pizzeria five years ago. That was the day you stole my heart forever. Thank you for always standing behind me and thank you for always catching me when I fall. You are my rock and I cannot thank you enough for that. I love you.


Goodbye to All PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

So I think that I have put this off long enough. Goodbye to all, I love you all very much. It isn’t goodbye, it is, “until next time.”

I want to begin my goodbye with a quote from my Western Civilization professor from sophomore year, Paula Burns-Ricciardi. It went something like this, “We are all like stones thrown into a river and we never know the effects (the ripples) we are going to make in someone’s life.” In other words, we never know how our actions, words or decisions will impact those around us. It only takes one action to create a ripple effect in someone’s life.

There are so many people in my life that have created this ripple effect in me during my college career. The impact that you all have made on me, the everlasting lessons that I have learned, the skills I have developed and the memories that I cherish will last forever. Thank you all! I would not trade any of it for the world!

My Outlook crew: I love you all very much! I really hope to stay in contact with you all. You really are all like family to me. Let’s please not lose contact! Thank you for always understanding, helping and being there for me.

Sandie and Erin: You two were awesome this year. It took us a bit to figure one another out, but we were a great team. You guys really developed over the past several months and I look forward to seeing all you achieve in the future. I’ll miss you guys!

Jackie: I am incredibly amazed by just how awesome of an EIC you were this year. I think you blew each and every one of us away. You are going to land a remarkable job in the future and blow them away too. Thank you for allowing me to write anything I wanted this year and giving me as much freedom as I needed.

When Everything is Finished, That Will Be the Beginning PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Monmouth has been the best four years of my life thus far. These years have been scary, demanding, thrilling, and stimulating, all at the same damn time.

That’s what makes it so great. Everyday is something new. If it’s not new friends, it’s a new class everyday, if it’s not a new residence hall, it’s a new, enthusiastic professor.

Monday, the work day, the “I need coffee” day, the “let’s go to the DH” day, is completely different in comparison to Friday, the “let’s go out” day, the “wanna go to the beach” day, the “homework can wait” day. Everyday of the week is priceless in college, which is why I’ll miss it so much.

I look back on my career here and appreciate those long hours in the library; it was relaxing knowing that my only worry was a test, and that in a few moments a friend would most likely walk over to me to catch up. I’m going to miss the days when I have to sit through long AOII chapter meetings, making faces at my sisters and learning about all the beautiful things they’ve implemented while on campus.

I’m going to miss late nights managing at the Hawks Den for Residential Life, having friends stop in, having time to do my homework, making jokes with one of the most inspiring and influential bosses I’ve ever had. I’ll miss New Student Orientation, probably the best summers of my life, and I’ll miss Guatemala meetings, and nights at Jack’s, and sitting in class, listening to my professors talk about all the things they are passionate about.

And I’ll miss The Outlook.

Alyssa, you are someone who will be hard to forget. Your fiery, bubbly personality is contagious. I love being around you, I wouldn’t mind being on another 6 hour plane ride with you or staying up all night at The Outlook, talking and not doing our homework.

“Memory Lane Up in the Headlights” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“Got Me Reminiscing on Them Good Times”

Someone very close to me once said, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” After hearing this quote from the most inspirational person in my life, I chose to live by it. I feel Monmouth was a place that truly made me come alive.  Monmouth allowed me to thrive and  succeed through the classroom, student organizations and extra added perks like traveling to Ireland, Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia and San Diego to further my education and frame my outlook on life. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities I was presented and for the people that I have met during my time here.

Before Monmouth I never felt so comfortable, so at home and so accepted. I met some of the most influential professionals and my very best friends that will stay with me forever. I would not have succeeded or gotten to be where I am today without the following people...

Mom and Dad: Thank you for being my support system, my cheerleaders and the most important two people in my life. I would not be where I am today without your guidance, your love and your faith in all that I do. You have given me so much these past 22 years and I hope that I can one day be at least half the parents that you are for my children.

Office of Public Affairs Staff: Thank you so much for providing me a place to grow and learn within my field. Each one of you have been so supportive and it was truly an honor to be able to work in your office for the past four years.

Professor Harris: You are one of my biggest inspirations. You have taught me so much about life and to never give up on my dreams. You have always believed in me and made me realize my true potential. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to to work with you these past two years.

Dr. McAllister: I appreciate all that you have done for me this past year. You were always there to support me through anything along the way and to help me realize my potential as a leader and a PR professional.

Shadow PR Eboard: Thank you for an incredible year. From Habitat for Humanity to raising over $10,000 for The Valerie Fund, and everything inbetween, we would not have been successful if it was not for all of your hard work and dedication. I was  truly blessed with such a great group.

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