Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Entrepreneurship Class Creates A Book on Jersey Cuisine PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

The entrepreneurship class of the Leon Hess Business School is currently in the process of creating a book that showcases various restaurants and wineries across the state of NJ titled, "Enjoy: A Taste of New Jersey."

John Buzza, a Specialist Professor of the management and decision sciences, teaches the entrepreneurship class at the University which, according to the course description on WebAdvisor, "focuses on the actual tasks and activities of the entrepreneur, from the excitement of the original concept, the reality of researching venture feasibility, financing the venture, launching the venture, to managing growth."

The students enrolled in the class have the entire semester to brainstorm and produce a product of their choice. Over the years, Buzza and his students have created 14 various products and services, some of which include dog treats, perfumes and an original salsa recipe. Previous classes have also set up a local soup kitchen called Soup D'Shore, and even created COREiculum, a workout program targeted at college students.

This year, the students chose to publish a restaurant guide to various types of NJ cuisine. "People are infatuated with the name of New Jersey itself," Buzza explained. "whether it be Jersey Mike's, 'Housewives of New Jersey', the Jersey Shore...New Jersey sells."

The main focus of this book is not only to add to the collection of NJ-themed products already on the market, but also to "feature Jersey culture in food," Buzza said.

Kristin Waring, a junior psychology major currently enrolled in the entrepreneurship class, said, "Recently, we have been going to different restaurants in the state and asking them to enter our book."

It was the decision of the students in the class to choose which eateries would be featured in the book, and it was also up to them to approach each restaurant and express their interest.

Although there was no set criteria when it came time to select which restaurants would be featured in the book, Buzza explained that this is just the first volume of what he hopes will be a continuing series of more specific and selective publications.

Students Plan Walk to Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 09, 2014

According to the Center for Disease Control, someone commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, the center also found.

Promoting Wellness and Resiliency on Campus (PWR) is hosting its first annual Out of the Darkness Walk to raise awareness about suicide prevention on Wednesday, April 16. Registration for the two hour walk will begin at 5:45 pm and will start at 6 pm on the residential quad.

Jessica Ketch, president of the Active Minds campus chapter, said that because the incidence of suicide on college campuses is so high, it is important to have the walk and raise awareness about suicide prevention.

"I think it is important to have this walk because it stands for something that every college student can relate to," said Ketch. "Everyone has been affected by suicide whether they know someone who attempted or have attempted themselves."

The purpose of the walk, according to PWR, is to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health issues, and in particular to raise awareness about how suicide affects survivors. Donations are welcome, but not required for participation, and all of the proceeds will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Activities during the walk will include live music, a DJ, games, activities, giveaways, and guest speakers. The event is open to the University community and all participants will receive a free PWR t-shirt.

Dr. Franca Mancini, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services who serves as the Co-Director for PWR programs said the Out of the Darkness Walk is a visual representation of the commitment that the University has demonstrated in addressing campus mental health over the years. "The support and care that our students experience in the campus community have greatly impacted our efforts to de-stigmatize mental health and access to care for our students," said Mancini.

Each year, the AFSP hosts two Out of the Darkness overnight walks to raise awareness about suicide prevention which resemble the Relay for Life fundraiser because they both start in the evening and end in the morning.

The University Celebrates National Student Employment Week PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In celebration of National Student Employment Week (April 13 – 19), the Student Employment Office will sponsor a number of events celebrating its 18th Annual Student Employee Appreciation Week (SEAW).

Weather permitting, the Student Employment Office will be on the north side of campus Monday & Tuesday, April 14 & 15 giving away hundreds of bags of Herr's potato chips to students.

Student Employee Appreciation Day is Wednesday, April 16. Student employees should visit the giveaway tables in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special guests, The Vitamin Shoppe of Eatontown and Amy's Omelette House will be on hand with their own special giveaways. Weather permitting, Chipolte Mexican Grill along with others will share their giveaways on the patio. Plenty of free desserts (including homemade goodies) will be available as well! A DJ will play and the Monmouth University Pep Band will perform. We invite students to come enjoy games on the patio, dance, and celebrate!

Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away to Monmouth's appreciated student employees during the week! Every student employee will be eligible to win a prize ... movie tickets, gift certificates to restaurants and nail salons, t-shirts, gym memberships and much, much, more. Additional raffles and a huge candy guess will also lead to more great prizes! Every student employee will also receive coupons from either the University Bookstore or the WindMill compliments of the Levine Family.

The week will also feature Student Employment's 6th Annual Deck Your Door Competition! Everyone is invited to take a walk around campus to see some beautifully dressed doors celebrating Student Employment! Then visit myMU to vote for your favorite between Sunday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 16.

Monmouth's Student Employee of the Year and Supervisor of the Year, along with other awards, will be announced on Friday, April 18, at a special reception for all of the nominees. Good luck to all of this year's nominees and thank you to ALL of Monmouth University's 1,350 student employees and their supervisors!

Spring has Sprung but Snow Costs Linger PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Snow_1The University experienced a dramatic amount of snowfall this semester, leading to the quick depletion of the snow removal budget and numerous school closures.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said this year's total snowfall has been much higher than it has been in recent years. Because of the increased amount of snow, Facilities Management has exceeded their snow removal budget line and has had to transfer monies from other budget lines to compensate. According to Swannack, the snow removal budget line is normally between $35,000 to $40,000, but so far this semester, about $130,000 was spent.

University groundskeepers and other employees have the primary responsibility of plowing and salting the parking lots, Swannack said. However, sometimes the task becomes too great for the University grounds crew.

According to a representative from J.F. Kiely, a construction company in Long Branch, NJ, the University has had a contract with them for two years to assist in snow removal exclusively. The company assists the University groundskeepers when they are overwhelmed with snow removal. The contract with the University states that J.F. Kiely must immediately respond to snow removal (when needed) while on call.

J.F. Kiely crew members provide their own equipment to assist with snow removal. The University pays the construction company based on the number of workers needed and the type of equipment they use, said Swannack.

"The contract includes no precise cost; it depends on how many people are assigned to plow and for how long. For example, if we receive two inches of snow the cost is minimal. If we receive 20 inches of snow, the cost can easily run up to $10,000."

Major Decision; Minor Result PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, April 02, 2014

career3Many debate whether or not having a college major plays a significant role in determining a person's future career, although this is generally the number one question that students are asked.

Choosing a major has become an increasingly daunting task for college students, especially when it is believed to dictate their lifelong profession. In today's competitive job market, many students are conflicted between choosing a major they are genuinely interested in and choosing one that will offer the most lucrative job opportunities once they graduate.

Alyssa Riley, a sophomore accounting major, said, "When I first started college, I had wanted to be an art major but everyone's reactions when I told them my potential plan kind of discouraged me. All I heard in response was 'How are you going to find a job?'"

Because of this uncertainty, students like Riley often choose to postpone their major decision. Approximately 50 percent of incoming University students enroll as undeclared each year, according to data from the University's website.

Danielle Schrama, Director of Advising, said, "I think a lot of times students have an idea of what they want to do but just don't want to commit and be confined by it. If they do end up committing early on they often change their mind and switch, sometimes even more than once."

However, despite the concerns of students, many professionals are trying to debunk the myth that the career you will have for the rest of your life is directly related to your college major.

William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services, said, "Most of the employers from job fairs and other career-related events held on campus are not looking for prospective employees to have a particular major. They want someone who is well-rounded with good communication skills, problem solving and analytical abilities."

According to the United States Census Bureau statistics, only about 30 percent of Americans earned a bachelor's degree. This gives anyone with a four-year degree an edge in the job market, regardless of major, given that they are in the minority as far as education.

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