Welcome Back Letters 9/23/15

Welcome Back from The Department of Music

BandThe summer theatre, Shadow Lawn Stage professional production of BIG just recently concluded a very successful run and experienced our largest attendance ever.  We have expanded our partnership with Lakehouse Music Academy & Studios, where production courses are taught, students intern and Blue Hawk Record projects are recorded. We have upgraded the sound systems in our classrooms, installed an outstanding new dance floor and enhanced the student lounge by adding a new student work center. Work has also continued on completing our own, in house, recording studio at Woods Theatre.   We’ve had many new and prospective students visit over the summer; our faculty has been busy performing, presenting at various venues, taking workshops or enjoying international travel and…now suddenly here it is…time for new classes, auditions and new shows! 

Check out our Department of Music and Theatre’s Facebook page and follow us on twitter @MonmouthUMusic to learn about the outstanding activities and productions that will be available for you.   We have music, we have dance, we have one on one private instruction, we have our own record label and we have theatre – and everyone can be involved.  Sometimes we have karaoke, jams and pizza parties just for fun! Stop by and visit, sign up and be part of our productions in the cast or crew or join in as an enthusiastic member of our audiences.  Clearly, Something Is Happening Here! Come Join Us!

We are pleased to announce some of our upcoming events:

Blue Hawk Records Auditions, Woods Theater, September 28th, 7pm

Annual Founder’s Day celebration on November 11th  when you can hear our Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and Concert Chorus in performance at Pollak Theatre

Anything Goes, Fall Semester Musical, November 4th – November 15th 

Theaterfest Auditions, Woods Theatre November 9th, 6 p.m.

Theaterfest, Woods Theatre, December 2, 2015 – December 5th, 2015, 7:00  p.m. “Back by popular demand! Monmouth’s celebration of entirely student-produced theatre returns for its second exciting year.”

Blue Hawk Records Release Show, December 9th, 2:30 Location TBD

A Winter Tapestry, Holiday Concert, Wilson Hall, December 10, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Bus Stop, Spring Semester Drama, March 2nd  – 10th  

Networking Event, Dr. Gloria Rotella, Thursday – March 24th

Something’s Happening Here Spring Showcase, Wilson Hall, April 21st – 7:30 p.m.  

A musical cavalcade featuring the Monmouth University Chamber and Concert Choirs, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, student bands and soloists. The concert is conducted by Professor Michael Gillette and Dr. David M. Tripold.

Additional information on the Glee clubs, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Pit Band, Choir, Chamber Orchestra, the Music Alliance or Blue Hawk Records, etc. are available in the Woods Theatre Main Office and online.  

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

The Faculty & Staff of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University

Joe Rapolla, Department Chair 

Welcome Back from The Outlook

The Outlook would like to welcome back all Monmouth University students and faculty. The Outlook office is located on the second floor of the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication. We encourage students of all majors to stop by and see if you would like to write for the newspaper. We cannot stress enough how impressive it is to write for a well established newspaper such as The Outlook, which has been in production since 1933.

Editors will be in The Outlook all day Monday and Tuesday. Story deadlines are Sunday at noon and require a minimum of two student sources and one faculty member.

If you have any more questions, feel free to email us at or just stop by!

The Urban Coast Institute

On behalf of the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI), I’d like to welcome you back for the fall semester. For many of us, the start of the school year means it’s time to say goodbye to the beach for a while, but by getting involved with the UCI, you can help protect this vital resource all year round.

The UCI’s work with researchers, nonprofits, government agencies and volunteers is helping coastal communities build healthier ecosystems and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges. And we frequently organize great educational forums related to critical coastal issues right here on campus.

On Sept. 29, sailor and photographer David Thoreson will hold a lively discussion about his voyages to the Arctic, with personal observations on how climate change has impacted the region over time. On Oct. 29, two ocean leaders, Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence, and Terry Garcia, National Geographic Chief Science and Exploration Officer, will be among the speakers at our 11th Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium. Both of these events are free to students.

I encourage you to learn more about these and other UCI activities by visiting or following us on Twitter or Facebook. Good luck with the semester and remember – be an ocean champion!


Tony MacDonald

Director, The Urban Coast Institute 

 Welcome Transfer Students

Transfer Services, located in the Center for Student Success (CSS), is committed to helping you prepare for fulfilling academic experiences, assisting you in your transition to Monmouth University, and encouraging and guiding your progress toward graduation and life after Monmouth.

Meet our new Transfer Student Advising Mentors (T-SAMs) who are in the CSS every day to link you to academic support services, answer your questions, help you to connect with other transfer students, and show you how to become involved in the Monmouth community.

Please visit us in the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Best wishes for a great academic year!

CSS Transfer Services

Center for Student Succss

Welcome to new and returning students!

We are going to enjoy a productive and exciting academic year!  Campus leaders, faculty and staff are working together to make sure that your experience at Monmouth University is transformative.  This means that curricular and co-curricular activities are designed to change the way you think, how you relate to others, and how you contribute to the Monmouth community and beyond.  How do we foster this transformation?  Faculty and staff provide and support a rigorous learning experience, with high-impact and immersive learning opportunities (e.g. class trips, travel, and/or field placements), and advising and services to prepare you for life after Monmouth.  What can you do to make the most of your Monmouth experience? Take every opportunity to explore the many facets of college life, empower yourself to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself, and engage in our community through the many academic and co-curricular offerings. 

As you prepare for your classes and get feedback from your professors know that there are support services to help you polish your study skills, writing technique, and knowledge of course material. Faculty and staff are also here to advise you on curricular or career options. Seek the support that you need in your departments and at the Center for Student Success (CSS). Some CSS highlights include:

Advising for first-year, transfer and undeclared students 

Career counseling, internships, interview and résumé preparation, help with LinkedIn, service and volunteer opportunities, tutoring, writing and instructional support.

In addition to the Monmouth University website, find the Center for Student Success in the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday: 8:45 a.m. -5:00 p.m.  with extended Wednesday hours (6:00 p.m.). Call the CSS at (732) 571-4409.

In addition to these services, all faculty and staff of Monmouth University are here to help you through your transformative experience. We wish you a safe and successful year ahead!


Kathryn Kloby, Ph. D.

Interim Vice Provost of Transformative Learning

Mercy Azeke, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Success