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Ocean Coast Institute Hosts Symposium on Climate Change

Institute Symposium Climate ChangeLeading experts from around the world in the areas of climate change adaptation law and science will assemble at Monmouth University on April 17-18 for the Climate, Coasts & Communities Symposium.

With the “new normal” of increased storm events, flooding, sea level rise and coastal erosion being caused by climate change, the event will focus on lessons from other states and abroad that can help New Jersey navigate the challenges.

Discussion topics will include climate change impacts to voiceless communities, including future generations, wildlife and natural resources; the public health dimensions of coastal adaptation; and scientific strategies to combat climate change-induced factors that are harming marine and coastal ecosystems.

Keynote speakers include Global Ocean Forum President Biliana Cicin-Sain, University of Tasmania Faculty of Law Professor Jan McDonald and University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Professor Robin Craig.

The two-day symposium will kick off with a panel of Monmouth University students presenting their research on issues including the transfer of development rights and easements to improve coastal resilience and the threats extreme weather events pose to water supplies.

For registration and more information, visit monmouth.edu/climate-coasts-communities or contact Professor Randall Abate at rabate@monmouth.edu.

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The Sports Studies Club Celebrates One Year

Sports Studies CelebratesThe Sports Industry Club will be having its last meeting of the school year this Wednesday, April 16. The meeting will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Sports Industry Club being on campus. 

Pizza and refreshments will be provided at this meeting.  Also, during this meeting, there will be an election for the new Executive Board.  Positions that will be available are President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Social Media Coordinator. 

This club has provided opportunities within the sports industry to various students on campus, by hosting meetings, presenting numerous speaker series events, as well as hosting off-campus events.

Some notable speakers this organization has hosted include representatives from the New York Yankees, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and more.  This club has also hosted field trips to sporting events.

This upcoming Saturday, April 20, the Sports Industry Club will also be attending the Lakewood Blueclaws game at 4:05 p.m.  This event provides students with free transportation to and from the game, as well as a chance to tour and meet with a few executive members of the Lakewood Blueclaws.

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Club and Greek Announcements 04-10-19

default article imageWMCX

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

If you’re interested in joining, contact Ali Nugent at s1096530@monmouth.edu


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Phi Eta Sigma's First Career Panel Gets the Job Done

Phi Eta Sigma Career PanelPhi Eta Sigma held its first annual chapter career panel led by Mark Marrone, asenior finance student and athe Chapter President, on April 4. Alumni Amanda Kruzynski, Subrina Mahmood, and Aziz Mama all came to give insight on what life is like after Monmouth. Not only are they successful Monmouth alumni, but they are also members of Phi Eta Sigma who were inducted when they were first year students.

This honors society came to Monmouth in 1997 and is a leadership organization based on students’ scholarly performance. In order to be inducted, the student must maintain a 3.5 GPA within the first year of school.

Each of these three honored guests gave a speech about their successes that stemmed from their experiences at Monmouth. Kruzynski spoke first, who graduated from Monmouth in 2014. She told the crowd sitting in Wilson Auditorium that when she in college she did not expect to be doing what she does now.  Kruzynski currently works at a small non-profit as a Program Manager. Her speech was inspiring to all those who are unsure about their future and if they are on the right path or not. Kruzynski left the crowd with some advice: “People say do what makes you happy. If I did that I’d be on the beach with a book. You need to do what motivates you and keeps you going.”

Mama spoke next, who also insisted that he does not currently do what he planned when he was attending Monmouth. Mama graduated in 2013 and is now a Manager overseeing compliance audits. He nudged the crowd to stay excited and stay connected.  Mama focused on keeping a sense of curiosity and persuaded the crowd to keep going by saying that lack of action is worse than anything you could do for yourself.

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Hawk TV and WMCX Put on a Rockin' Benefit Concert

HawkTV Rock ConcertHawkTV and WMCX held their annual Rock n’ Raise concert on Friday April 5, in Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication and Instructional Technology.

Tickets were $5 and all proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

The concert was held in the HawkTV Studio and then following the bands’ 20 minute set, the artists went upstairs to WMCX and had a brief interview with WMCX General Manager and senior communication student Ali Nugent. The production was broadcast live on YouTube and also simulcasted over the radio.

Nugent said, “I think it went incredibly well!  There are so many moving parts with live broadcasted events and HawkTV really handle it with ease. And they raised so much money!”

Four local bands performed for the benefit concert; Idle Wave, Sonic Blume, Well Wisher, and Jade Lilitri of Oso Oso. Idle Wave wanted to contribute to the set goal of $1,000 to the American Cancer Society by selling their T-shirts for $10 each; selling over 15 shirts.

In addition to the $5 entry, there were also raffles held to help reach the goal. Prizes included gift cards to local restaurants such as Amy’s Omelet House and Scala’s Pizzeria, and tickets to several concerts on the Stone Pony Summer Stage.

Students raised almost $1,500 for the American Cancer Society?

Donna Dolphin, professor of communication and advisor for HawkTV, addressed the HawkTV and WMCX crew by saying, “You did excellent work and it was evident all day long. Well done!”

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Club and Greek Announcements 04-03-19

default article imageWMCX

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

If you’re interested in joining, contact Ali Nugent at s1096530@monmouth.edu


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Plants for Peace Provide a Placid Potluck

default article imageAbout 20 members of the Monmouth community attended a vegan potluck hosted by Plants for Peace in Magill Club Dining on Sunday, March 31.

According to the official website, Plants for Peace is “a volunteer organization offering free vegan-related educational programs that advocate for people, the planet, and animals.”

The event encouraged all attendees to provide a vegan dish, which is anything that excludes dairy, eggs, meat, fish, poultry, gelatin, casein, whey, honey, or caseinate. It was also encouraged for attendees to bring their own plates and utensils in order to help reduce waste.

Each semester, Plants of Peace holds two to three potlucks. Chris Hirschler, Ph.D., an associate professor of health sciences, began the potlucks almost 10 years ago, along with Mary Harris, a specialist professor of communication. This one in particular was organized by Jessica Henry, a sophomore health studies student.

“Plants for Peace is a community-based organization, not a Monmouth club,” Henry explained.  “[However,] the potluck is Dr. Hirschler’s idea. He wanted to educate Monmouth students and the community about the animal and environmental climate.”

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Administrators Hire New Director for Fraternities and Sororities

New Frat Soro DirectorIn an email to the Monmouth community on March 28, The University administrators announced the new Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, who will be starting on April 11.  Her name is Tara M. Fuller.

In the email by Vice President of Student Life and Leadership Engagement Mary Anne Nagy wrote, “She will begin a search immediately for an Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life to round out her team along with a Graduate Assistant. The future success of the Fraternity and Sorority Community is a critical priority of mine and this investment in additional staff to support your experience as a member of this community is one of many ways to achieve this success.”

The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life position was formally held by Michelle Kaplan until she stepped down in the fall 2018 semester.  Greek life was suspended by the University in the fall 2018 semester and the University utilized this time to find Kaplan’s successor.

Fuller is currently working at John Hopkins University as the Senior Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.  She started at Johns Hopkins in 2015 as an Assistant Director, but was promoted earlier this year.  She was also employed under Residential Life and Greek Life positions at Rider University and Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

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Club and Greek Announcements 03-27-19

default article imageWMCX

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

If you’re interested in joining, contact Ali Nugent at s1096530@monmouth.edu


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Come Paint with Puppies for a Good Cause

Paint Puppies CauseOn April 13, a small group communication class will be partaking in a fundraising event in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  This event is “Painting with Puppies” and will be taking place at Uncorked from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Uncorked has hosted events for families, teens, kids, to create amazing paintings. They have been kind enough to collaborate with a group known as the “Monmouth Five”.  Uncorked will also be collaborating with The Seeing Eye Foundation that is based out of Morristown, New Jersey. 

Shannon Hokanson, professor of communication, is bringing her clas to particpate in this event.

The Seeing Eye foundation is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to enhance the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye dogs. 

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters: Seeking Active Student Members

Big Brother Big SisterThe Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) College Program  in Asbury/Monmouth, otherwise knowna as Project BAM, is in its tenth year of partnership between Monmouth University and Asbury Park High School.

According to its official website, BBBS’ mission is to provide children with professional support, and overall help them succeed in life.

The program allows high school students from Asbury Park High School to be mentored by Monmouth undergraduate and graduate students. They have the opportunity to help children gain confidence, create strong bonds, avoid risky behaviors, and educate and prepare them for real world.

The mentees in the program are different every school year to allow for the maximum number of individuals to take part in the program. Some of the high school students have been involved in BBBS in the past, but many are new to Project BAM. This semester there are 12 Monmouth mentors and 16 Asbury Park mentees.

Genna Rutka, a BBBS Program Manager, has overseen the program for one year now. The program meets twice a month. The meetings include lunch, conversations between the mentors and mentees, and campus presentations or tours.

“We have gone on a lot of different tours. We had an athletic tour where they shows us the basketball court and all of the locker rooms. The basketball coach actually came and spoke to the group,” said Rutka.

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Contact Information

The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu