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Club and Greek Announcements 12-04-19

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WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

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The International Write In Across Campus

default article imageOn Reading Day, Dec. 10, Monmouth will be participating in the International Write In. The event aims to provide students with supportive spaces to finish their final papers.

The event is sponsored by the First-Year Writing Program, Writing Committee, and Writing Services. It will kick-off with keynote speaker Professor Claude Taylor at 10 a.m. in Library 101. Light breakfast refreshments and coffee will be served during his talk, entitled, “Seeing Yourself in Your Process: Writing, Identity and Lifelong Learning.”

The Write In will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in various locations across campus. Students can stop by CSS Writing Services, Howard 207, Plangere 234, Library 033, or McAllan 227. Peers will be available to give writing advice, and brain-food will be supplied throughout the day. Students are encouraged to work at any of the locations as long as they need to – feel free to stay for just an hour, or full the full duration of the event!

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President Leahy teams with the Buddy and Me Program

Buddy ProgramUniversity President Patrick Leahy, E.d.D. acted as a special guest at the Buddy & Me Celebration with a reading of What Do You Do With a Chance?, a children’s book by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, on Nov. 20.

Fifty Long Branch elementary children, their teachers, and faculty and staff from the University campus sat enthralled as President Leahy read a story about the value of taking chances.

Buddy and Me is a service-learning partnership designed for first year students in the education department so that they can get experience in the field before starting their education program. Usually education majors do not get to work hands on with children until later in their college career, but through this partnership, students have the chance to see if teaching is the right choice for them. Elementary children that attended the celebration have had the opportunity of enjoying a Monmouth Buddy from first grade through fifth grade.

For Leahy, this was his first time participating in an event such as Buddy and Me. President Leahy has much respect and high regards for the school of education, so when they asked if he would come to read to the children, he knew right away it was something he had to do. He commented on the fact that he loves seeing events like Buddy and Me because it allows for the community to get to know Monmouth, whether its students or the president himself. “I am struggling with this: Do the little elementary kids get more out of it, or, do we adults get more out of it?,” he asked. “That’s one thing I really love about these events.”

The Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education held the Buddy and Me event, a celebration for service-learning. Buddy & Me celebrated with the children from Amerigo A. Anastasia and George L. Catrambone elementary schools. This event takes place every semester to celebrate the work that the Monmouth students and elementary school children do throughout the semester.

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Club and Greek Announcements 11-20-19

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WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

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Homeland Security Students Visit Coast Guard

Homeland SecurityHomeland Security students from Monmouth University and Saint John’s University had the opportunity to tour the U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York base located at Fort Wadsworth, in Staten Island, N.Y. Sector New York is tasked with protecting all maritime assets and vessels transiting the Port of New York-New Jersey.

 John Comiskey, Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice at Monmouth and a Coast Guard veteran, and Keith Cozine, Ph.D., professor of homeland security from Saint John’s University, were both present and helped organize the visit.

Upon arrival, students had the opportunity to sit through a Command Briefing where they learned about the many responsibilities the Coast Guard has in Sector New York.

On top of ship inspections, port security, and environmental protection, the Coast Guard also plays a key role in intelligence and counter terrorism operations. Following the Command Briefing, students had the opportunity to take part in an unclassified Intelligence

Briefing that provided insights into the threats and hazards that the maritime as well as the broader homeland security community faces.

In addition, students visited the Watch Center and the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Center. Once foreign ships enter Sector New York’s Area of Responsibility, they contact the VTS who then directs the carrier ships safely to a port or anchorage.

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Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Host Inaugural Tailgate

Inaugural TailgateThe office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Greek Senate cosponsored the inaugural tailgate on Nov. 9 during Family Weekend and First Responders’ Appreciation Day. To support First Responders, Greek Senate designed 100 shirts and will donate $500 from its proceeds to the Long Branch Fire Department.

Approximately 40 students in Greek Organizations attended the tailgate in parking lots 13, 14, and 15 outside of Kessler Stadium. For the first time ever, Greek Senate has organized this tailgate to invite potential new members, families, and anyone interested in learning more about Fraternity and Sorority social involvement on campus.

Chris Curran, the Vice President of Greek Senate, said, “Our goal was to spread Greek unity and show families that we do more than just party. [Greek Members] support Monmouth, sports teams, and stay involved in clubs and other organizations around campus so we wanted to showcase that inclusiveness during our tailgate.”

Andrea Jomides, the mother of a sister in Phi Sigma Sigma, said, “[She] felt included and a part of the campus community. (The tailgate) allowed me to enjoy time with my daughter, meet her sorority and contribute to school spirit. Participation increases our connection and the tailgate did that for me!”

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Club and Greek Announcements 11-6-19

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WMCX is a student-run radio station, and we’ve been Rockin’ the Shore since ‘74. Learn how to operate the studio’s machinery, make connections, and host your own show! Meetings are held every other Wednesday in Plangere 236 at 3:15 p.m.

If you’re interested in joining, contact them at


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Wizards Welcome at Monmouth

Wizards MonmouthThe wizarding world of Harry Potter has made its way to Monmouth University with a new club called The Order of the Phoenix.

Along with seven books, eight movies, a series of video games, boundless merchandise, and wizardly theme parks, the club is paying homage to the 25 billion dollar franchise while bringing the Potterheads of Monmouth University together.

The club began as an interest group at the involvement fair this past September before getting approved by the Student Government Association (SGA) in the first week of October. Now that the club is officially recognized by the University, the e-board is more than ready to set their plans in motion.

“It’s everything Harry Potter themed that you can possibly think of,” said Alyssa Bogan, junior health studies student and Co-President of The Order of The Phoenix.

The club hopes to plan a bunch of Harry Potter themed events, such as a Yule Ball in the winter, movie nights throughout the year, and a Quidditch tournament—Hogwarts’ beloved competitive sport—in the spring. The e-board is even planning a trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida over spring break.

However, Monmouth’s newest club hasn’t found its way to Gringotts Wizarding Bank yet.

“The biggest challenge right now is that we can’t apply for a budget until next year because we’re a new club,” said Bogan. “It makes it hard for new clubs to even get off the ground and get going.”

However, this financial obstacle has never stopped the e-board from carrying out the magic of their club. As of now, the board members are anticipating to obtain a budget through T-shirt and plant fundraisers as well as Harry Potter-themed bake sales.

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The Surf Club Cleans Pullman Ave. Beach

Surf Club CleansIn the United States alone, people contribute up to 242 million pounds of plastic trash into the ocean every year, according to USA Today.

In an attempt to stem the tide of this damage, preserve local marine mammals and wildlife, the Monmouth University Surf Club organized a beach clean-up on Pullman Avenue in Long Branch on Saturday Oct. 12th.

As the club came together on this beautiful sun-filled Saturday, they were all in high spirits and ready to make a difference in cleaning the local beach. The mood suddenly shifted when they realized how bad the situation really was.  The club split up into groups to tackle the most amount of trash possible, but they quickly realized this was a lot worse than they had anticipated.

After 5 minutes of scanning the beach, bags rapidly started filling with trash that was washed up onto the shores. Objects ranging from large boxes and fishing wires, to smaller pieces of trash, such as straws and bottle caps were stuffing the bags until they were full.

After cleaning the beach in one direction, the group realized that on their way back the beach would be recovered with plastic debris. “As surfers we spend a lot of time in and around Long Branch,” Vice President of the club Luke Gilpin stated. “We have noticed that certain areas are much more polluted than others.”

Pullman Avenue which is located off of Ocean Avenue is one of these highly polluted beaches according to the club members. “We surf here a lot and it’s sad to see the damages the plastic pollution is causing in this one spot alone,” a local surfer said.

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Let's Hear Your Story

default article imageTony Lombardo of Forked River, NJ, is the epitome of a fighter. Lombardo is the son of immigrant parents and lived in Brooklyn, NY for a large portion of his life. However, his life changed when he was diagnosed at age 28 with multiple sclerosis (MS), right after the birth of his daughter.

MS is a nervous system disease that has the potential to affect the brain and spinal cord. It took doctors seven years to diagnose Lombardo, which was “emotionally taxing,” as one would imagine.

Even though Lombardo was affected by this life altering illness, his story is one of strength and courage. Rather than letting MS hold him back, it instead propelled him to inspire others with his words of courage.

Lombardo learned from others’ challenges and tales of how they overcame obstacles and used them as “a means of paying it forward.” He established the social impact organization, “Let’s Hear Your Story” which takes in stories of courage and conquering setbacks and shares them on his website.

Monmouth has a plethora of opportunities that students can use to help not only themselves, but also others in the community; the group is hoping to use some of their skills to help with Lombardo’s inspiring business venture.

Not only does Lombardo have a successful and opportune business, but he is also spreading an incredibly valuable message. Even with an illness that most could not even imagine having to live with, Lombardo is positive, upbeat and life loving. He greets everyone he meets with a smile and is inspired by those who have dealt with their own struggles, when he himself is an inspiration.

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Management Matters at MU

default article imageOn Sept. 25th, from 5 until 8 p.m., Michaeline Skiba, Ed.D. and Joe V. Palazzolo, Ed.D. hosted an event on campus titled “Management Matters.”

This event was designed to feature MU alumni to travel back to their roots and discuss how they employ management skills within their current jobs. The three panelists spoke about their current positions, their companies, and how they achieved the positions they hold today.

The first speaker’s name was Michael Marks. Marks made it clear that after college, he was lost and had no clue what he wanted to do. Using MU’s career services office, he found his way to a very successful position at Showtime.

The second panelist was Caitlin Kovacs, who focused on how she was determined to stay true to who she was throughout her journey. Although she started in an accounting position at EY, after she earned her MBA at MU, she changed her career path to finance. She explained that through everything, she put her happiness first and kept in mind what she wanted her end goal to be. Now, Kovacs works for Univision Communications in a challenging management position.

The third panelist of the night was Rocio Serey, who did not earn a business degree during her time at MU. However, she spent a lot of time in the Leon Hess Business School and found a way to utilize the connections that she made there to her advantage. Majoring in psychology and applying resources from the business school, Serey found her way into Dow Jones where she now works with the CEO of the company to create new ideas for the company.

After the panelists described their work, it was clear that all of them came to the same conclusions: teamwork, understanding what is important, not dismissing ideas but working with their co-workers on current ideas, increasing their impact on their companies in positive ways.

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