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College Students an At-Risk Group for Identity Theft

ID Theives and HackersAs the fall semester continues, new scams and fraud attempts have been directed at college students, making them one of the most at-risk demographics for scamming and identity theft, according to USA Today.

There are a number of reasons as to why college students are more at-risk than other groups. According to a USA Today article published on Sept. 8, there is a “growing cybersecurity threat at schools and other large institutions” since entire databases of student and faculty information are kept, similarly to how large companies or health care providers keep databases of their clients. If illegally accessed, the results can be disastrous.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published more back-to-school warnings, advising students of a fraud where scammers try to get students to put money on iTunes cards to pay off fraudulent bills that related to falsified things such as a “federal student tax.” No such tax exists, according to the IRS.

Other scammers use the threat of a lost semester in their favor – they call students, pretending to be from the office of college admissions, and say that the student will be dropped from classes if they don’t make a payment on their bill immediately. Some callers demand the money be paid on hard-to-trace gift cards, such as iTunes cards.

At Monmouth, a username and password gives access to WebAdvisor, eCampus, and a student’s Monmouth e-mail account. WebAdvisor alone contains lots of personal information such as names, full addresses, and financial information. In the case of the scam, the hacker then goes into the campus system to change where the paycheck is directly deposited to.

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University Hosts First Monmouth Challenge Quiz Bowl

First Monmouth Quiz BowlThe first Monmouth Challenge Quiz Bowl took place as a part of implamenting the strategic plan on Oct. 21 in Pozycki 115 and 205 from 4:30-7 p.m.

Eight teams of students participated, with four to five people per team.  Seven faculty members participated and there were a few faculty, staff and administrators who attended to watch or cheer on a team.

Questions were taken from the National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC and some Monmouth trivia questions were developed by Professor Melissa Ziobro, a Specialist Professor of Public History. Each competition between two teams was ten minutes long. Various topics were covered including science, entertainment, literature, and history.

The winning team was team “First Aid Kit” and they received $150 in gift cards to each player. Team “Outta Meal Swipes” came in second and each member received a $50 gift card.

“The Monmouth Challenge encouraged students to participate in an intellectually challenging experience outside of the classroom atmosphere,” said Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations.

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Millenials Are Most Likely To Swear At Work

Millenials Likely To SwearA recent study of over 1,500 Americans by the work management platform Wrike found that 66 percent of millennials admit to swearing at work, while only 54 percent of baby boomers say they swear on the job.

Additionally, 45 percent of millennials surveyed said that using swear words at work “doesn’t matter,” while others said it makes communicating easier. Some also said they felt that swearing bolsters camaraderie among colleagues. Another, 36 percent said cursing on the job displays passion for their work. The baby boomers confessed that using swear words while on the job is classless and unprofessional.

While one-third of the respondents said they would not accept a job at a site where swearing was strictly banned.

“I believe we have experienced a coursening of culture over the last several decades. Standards for politeness and socially acceptable behavior have gradually and continuously been sliding downward. We see this all around us, and it has been especially evident in the presidential campaign this year,” said Donna Dolphin, an associate professor of communications.

She added that the high media content that today’s youth engages in may have a profound effect.

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Monmouth Prepares for 2016 FAFSA Changes

This year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has undergone multiple developments. Such changes include adjusting the deadline to submit financial information to Oct. 1, as well as changes in required financial filing information.

FAFSA had a long-time submission date of Jan. 1, which allowed families to submit information about their financial situation in hopes of securing loans, grants, and scholarships from the federal government for a college-bound family member.

However, the previous date of only allowed schools a few months before they could put together a financial aid package that factors heavily into a student’s decision. The later submission date also impacted students as well.

“One of the big issues that you would run into [with the old FAFSA] was a student applying for admission in September or October of their senior year and not receiving their financial aid packet until March or April from some institutions. This change gives students and their families more time to sit down and work together to make a final decision on the school that is the best fit for them financially,” said Kamal Kornegay, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. An earlier timeline means that families will have a better idea of what institutions are feasible based on financial accommodations.

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Annual Founder’s Day Convocation Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Founders Day 2016The annual Founder’s Day Convocation was held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s visit to Monmouth College in 1966. The ceremony was located in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

On the day of the ceremony, nearly 300 faculty and administrators flocked toward the Center in a rainbow of academic regalia, along with students and other members of the University community.

Created in 1983 on the University’s 50th anniversary from a junior college to an established institution of higher education, Founder’s Day is an annual celebration of the University’s founding in 1933.

Three decades after Monmouth College opened its doors, King was invited to speak by the Black Student Union in their annual lecture series. Just 18 months before he was assassinated, King stood in front of a packed audience in Boylan Gymnasium on Oct. 6, 1966. To the audience he said, “It seems to me that if a nation can spend that much money on a war in Vietnam and it can spend $20 billion to put a man on the moon, it can spend billions of dollars to place God’s children on their own two feet here on earth.”

This year’s convocation address was delivered by Reverend Gilbert Caldwell, who marched alongside King and was an activist in the Civil Rights Movement.

Caldwell’s Founder’s Day address came after a number of speeches and opend with a harmonious rendition of “God Bless America by the University’s Chamber and Concert Choruses under the direction of David Tripold, a professor of music and theater arts.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Speaks at MU

climateThe 7th Annual School of Science Dean’s Seminar featured Plymouth University professor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Camille Parmesan, who spoke about the responses of wild plants and animals to man-made climate change on Oct. 7. Held in Wilson auditorium, the seminar welcomed students, faculty, and community members to engage in the presentation.

Dr. Steven Bachrach, Dean of the School of Science, was excited to invite Parmesan to be the keynote speaker of the evening. He said, “Dr. Parmesan is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the biological impacts of climate change. She is one of the lead authors of the Fourth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the panel the Nobel Peace Prize. She is also the co-author of one of the most cited climate change papers of all time, ‘A Globally Coherent Fingerprint of Climate Change Impacts Across Natural Systems.’ She has published over 50 peer reviewed papers in the field of insect ecology and climate impacts on natural systems.”

Now that the issue of climate change has gained more traction in scientific research, there is more data available to illustrate the effects it has had on species over extended periods of time. One major finding highlighted in Parmesan’s presentation was the tendency of species to move toward higher elevations, where colder climates exist, as their original habitats grow warmer.

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A Wing and a Prayer Celebrates 25 Years

wingIn celebration of the 25th anniversary of his novel, A Wing and a Prayer, John Morano, a professor of journalism, released the sixth edition on Monday, Oct. 3. As the first book of the Eco-Adventure Series, new illustrations by Sarah Anderson and an Introduction by Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, are now featured.

“I was dying to fix [A Wing and a Prayer] up, dying to put a new coat of paint on it… It now reads the way I have always wanted it to read,” commented Morano.

Published by Grey Gecko Press, an eco-friendly publishing house, the novel follows Lupe, the last living Guadalupe Petrel, as he battles human captivity and desperately yearns for a mate to save his species.

Jason Aydelotte, the “Chief Gecko” of Grey Gecko Press, stands strongly behind Morano’s work. “One of the most powerful messages in Morano’s books is the idea of ecological stewardship - of being a responsible member of not only the human race, but the dominant race on the planet. It’s on our shoulders as humans to work harder to maintain a balance with the world’s ecosystems, and one that we at Grey Gecko take quite seriously. He shows us a world that we affect, in many ways harmfully, yet still manages to give us hope that we can be... well, better,” said the publisher.

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First Ever Internship and Majors Fair Hosted at MU

internshipsA total of 30 employers, 206 students, and representatives from all majors attended the Internships and Majors Fair on Oct. 5 in Anacon Hall. This was the first time the University combined these two events in order to consolidate the similar fairs and provide an array of options for students at once.

In addition to being an event where students can meet with potential employers, the Internship and Majors Fair also gave undecided and re-deciding students a chance to explore academic majors options with faculty from each school at Monmouth,” said Jeff Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services.

According to Kathryn Kloby, Vice Provost for Transformative Learning, the idea to combine the two fairs was a recommendation made by the Student Government Association (SGA). “Experience is key and we know students are coming to get experience. At this fair, students were able to speak to a major they may be interested in and then go to speak to a professional in that area and see what they are looking for,” said Kloby.

Essentially, the Internships Fair and the Majors Fair are both an important part of college and your career. It is great for students to be able to obtain this information at two different events,” said Will Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services.

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Postcards to POTUS

OringSheryl Oring, creator of the ‘I Wish to Say’ project, visited the patio of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Friday, Oct. 7 to present a glance at American public opinion on presidential politics. Dressed as a vintage secretary with a portable public office equipped with a manual typewriter, Oring gave students the opportunity to dictate letters to the president and presidential candidates.

“I was questioning if we really know what Americans think about our candidates,” artist Sheryl Oring said in an interview with TakePart. “I wanted to come up with a way of going around and talking to people who might not normally show up in a news story.”

Created in 2004, Oring began the project as an attempt to reconcile the alienation she felt after living for six years in Germany and returning to America. According to Oring, when one is outside of the country for an extended period of time, they often develop an outsider-looking-in’s point of view, and are able to see things from a new perspective. Oring wanted a medium through which people could adequately express their political views.     

Corey Dzenko, Ph.D., an associate professor of art who met Oring in 2012 and helped bring her project to campus, said that such an event is very important because it gives students the opportunity to speak about current affairs.

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MU Appoints New Vice Provost of Global Learning

New Vice ProvostThis past February, the University hired a new Vice Provost for Global Education, Dr. Jon W. Stauff, who hopes to use his diverse experiences and unique world perspective to connect University students with programs that will help them become better students and leaders.

For Stauff, international programs have a special place in the future of Monmouth students.

“International experience and familiarity with the world is going to be as essential in 20 years as computers have become part of our generation... International education is going to provide students today with those essential skills for a successful career in the 21st century. Those essentials are going to include familiarity with the global marketplace, not just of products but of ideas,” he said.

Dr. Stauff had previously held a position at The College of New Jersey, serving as a history professor and director of the institution’s Center for Global Education, before resigning to come to Monmouth. He now helps maintain and develop the University’s international programs, while cultivating relationships with institutions overseas, such as Regents University in London, UK; Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; and the Lorenzo de’ Medici School in Florence, Italy.

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Texting Emergencies to 9-1-1 Now Available in New Jersey

911 Text 1Texting 9-1-1 has become an option for the citizens of New Jersey in an effort to allow people who cannot speak during their emergency situation to contact an emergency dispatcher. Effective Sept. 7, the texting capability will also provide people with disabilities, such as those with hearing impairments or deafness, another option for communication.

“The text to 9-1-1 will allow, in the event that the unthinkable happens in our backyard, the public to be able to text 9-1-1 to provide information to first responders arriving on the scene,” said Christopher Rodriguez, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security in a press conference on Sept. 7.

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