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Club & Greek

Phi Eta Sigma Induction Ceremony

Phi Eta Sigma Induction 1The University’s Phi Eta Sigma chapter held its annual induction ceremony of 156 first year students in Pollak Theater on Friday, March 9. Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and University students. The honor society is based upon the principles of “Vigor and discipline of mind; care and respect for the body; and above all, nobility and generosity of character,” all characteristics that are expected of its members.

In order to qualify for membership into the honor society, newly inducted members must have achieved a 3.5 grade point average or higher during their first semester as a college. The ceremony began at 7 p.m. with opening remarks from Society President Shannon Marren, a senior biology student. The audience consisted of inductees, families of inductees, and faculty and administration. Marren then introduced Phi Eta Sigma’s faculty advisor Golam Mathbor, Ph.D., a tenured Full Professor in the School of Social Work.

“The students, standing before you, are the officers of the Monmouth University Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. You are among the select few students who have met the requirements necessary for induction into Phi Eta Sigma,” Mathbor said.

Senior biology student, Sam Barnada, Phi Eta Sigma Historian then approached the podium. “Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois in 1923 to recognize and promote superior scholarship among freshmen,” Bernada explained. “The Society has established chapters in over 378 institutions of higher learning in the United States. We are the 272nd Chapter, established in 1987.

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'Take A Hike' with The Outdoors Club

Take A Hike ODCMonmouth University’s Outdoors Club (ODC) was first established in 2006 in an effort to provide students with adventures beyond their academic exploration. ODC hopes to be the reason behind the fondest of memories for students during their journey of higher education.

ODC prides itself on offering a nontraditional escape from the tedious routines of college life to the Monmouth University community through trips to new places.

Some of the more extraordinary events include White Water Rafting down the Hudson River in the height of fall foliage and nights spent under the stars around a campfire. There have also been multiple weekend camping trips around the Garden State, horseback riding, and kayaking under the summer sun.

The Outdoors Club also offers students a break from hectic class schedules with day trips, such as rock climbing nights at a local rock gym, trips to Skyzone to blow off some steam, board game nights in the student center, picnics at Shark River Park, and hikes in parks surrounding campus.

The small size of Monmouth University sometimes limits the opportunities for students to get involved or escape the confines of campus. Personally, coming from Utah, where outdoor adventures are abundant, to a coastal town like West Long Branch seemed a bit mundane to me a first. However, Monmouth’s Outdoors Club strives to combat the monotony of college life and costal living by encouraging students to explore the natural beauty of New Jersey.

William Reynolds, a clinical practice supervisor for information technology and advisor of The Outdoor’s Club, said,  “Students who are involved in clubs, teams, and on-campus jobs tend to feel a better connection to the university, have better grades and are more likely to complete their degrees.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 03-28-18

default article imageSociology Club

The sociology club at Monmouth works to take the concepts learned in the classroom and apply them to social activism. They focus on raising awareness of inequalities and social issues that affect all as students. They believe that every person has the ability to make a difference in the community. All student ideas are welcome as they work through issues of race, gender, ability, and more to create an open and inclusive space. In the past they have signed petitions against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatened the sanctity of precious indigenous people’s land; held American Sign Language classes; and educated students about sexual assault. With Sociology Club, every voice has a chance to be heard and they are devoted to addressing social issues that impact campus.

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The Importance of Getting Involved

Importance of InvolvementAttending college is a colossal investment in one’s future. As a freshman this concept may seem overwhelming; you’ve got four years to gain the skills needed for your career and make the memories that will shape what is claimed to be “the best four years of your life.” But no pressure, right?

Crystalyn Espinal, Assistant Director of Student Activities, is a firm believer that your college experience is truly what you make of it. In order to make the most of one’s college experience, you’ll hear time after time that you must “get involved.” And while it seems as though this sentiment has become cliché, for many students it holds true.

With 120 clubs, nine sororities, seven fraternities, multicultural organizations, honors societies, and student publication and media outlets, Monmouth University has a club to meet anyone’s interests. In fact, if there isn’t already an established club that fits one’s interests, it’s easy to start a new organization on campus. Governed by the Student Government Association (SGA), all on-campus clubs must adhere to a certain standard of conduct and promote the advancement and encouragement of scholarship.

The best way to learn is by doing. Amongst the endless benefits of campus involvement, strengthening one’s professional skill set is of the utmost importance. Future employers want to know more than your grade point average, but how you contributed to the campus community, as well as the “real world” skills you acquired during your studies. 

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Alpha Kappa Alpha's Mr. Pink & Green

AKA Mr Pink and GreenThe Tau Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., held their fourth annual Mr. Pink and Green Scholarship Pageant in Pollak Theatre on Friday, March 23. Every year, this chapter holds this event to bestow two academic scholarships to men who represent their organization’s values and purpose “to be of service to all mankind.” The four contestants who participated this year were Bruce Davis, Andie Mali, Werlhens Francois, and Jasun Ramirez.

Performances were conducted by the Tau Eta Chapter as well as the rechartered Phi Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The visiting Iota Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. also put on a performance. While there was attendance from many on-campus Greek organizations, there were also Greek present from Rider University and New Jersey City University.

Brielle Mayes, President of the Tau Eta Chapter, stated, “Our event falls under our educational enrichment target. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a nonprofit organization and each year, the Tau Eta chapter chooses an organization in partnership with our illustrious sorority to donate to. In past pageants, we have donated proceeds to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We hold this event annually to give back to our academic community, and to bring awareness to the organizations we donate to.”

Last year’s winners, Keith Lee and Amado Pacheco, hosted the event. The judges for this year’s competition included: Daniel Jefferson, who won the pageant in 2016; Rene McClain, former graduate advisor to the Tau Eta Chapter; Darlene Curtis, a sister of the organization who helped charter it in 2011; and Tyese Medford, a former member of the chapter who has been a sister since 2013.

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Become a College Journalist with The Outlook

The Outlook College JournalistWords have the power to influence change and convey emotion. The power of the written word expands beyond just words printed on a page. Writers possess the ability to  provide a voice to the voiceless.

To embrace this power and hone this skill, students at Monmouth, regardless of their major, should get involved with the school’s student-run publication.

The variety of sections in The Outlook, such as News, Opinion, Lifestyles, Features, Club & Greek, Politics,  Viewpoints, and Sports provide the student body with the opportunity to write articles that coincide with their personal interests.

If you want to write about the latest fashion trends or Gourmet Dining’s cuisine, there’s a section for that at The Outlook.

While communication students are encouraged to write for The Outlook to fulfill their experiential education requirement, students from other disciplines offer valuable insights and additional perspectives to the newspaper. The editing process helps to ensure that the work submitted is free from error, which aids writers in building a professional portfolio.

Offering employers concrete examples of your skills at work has the potential to distinguish you from other applicants.

John Morano, faculty advisor to The Outlook and professor of journalism said, “The more you can say ‘yes’ to when on a job interview the more seriously you will be taken. An employer will be live that you’re worth the money because you have actual concrete examples of what you can do.”

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The Verge: MU’s Student Run Magazine

MU The VergeThe Verge, Monmouth University’s online multimedia magazine, will be publishing its first-ever print issue in mid-April. Interested students have several opportunities to be featured in the print issue.

Two competitions will be held, open to all years and majors.

The first competition is for cover art. There are very few requirements – the piece must only be related to Monmouth University, as well as being an original, high-quality piece. Pieces can be, but are not limited to being, photographs or original graphic design pieces. Art submissions must be submitted by March 31, 2018.

The second competition is for a cover story, which can be about any topic or opinion that a student may have. The piece must be between 600 and 800 words, and again must be submitted by March 31, 2018. Winners will be informed of their status as soon as possible.

Those who are interested in submitting their own photography or artwork to be featured in a photo-gallery page should submit their work as soon as possible, but by no later than March 29.

The online publication features multimedia work such as podcasts, videos, and photo galleries, in addition to written work.

 The printed magazine is designed to showcase the best artistic and written work of the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

“[The Verge] is a great way to build your digital portfolio with the kind of writing employers love to see,” said Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D., the publication’s professor advisor and an associate professor of communication. “It’s also a fun way to stay engaged in college.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 03-23-18

default article imageThe Outdoor Club

Hiking, camping, kayaking, horseback riding and more! The Outdoors Club (ODC) is the home of all things adventurous for those of all skill levels. ODC is committed to providing the Monmouth student body with exciting activities on and off campus throughout the year. There are upcoming activities schedules for trips to Escape Rooms, cabin camping, snow tubing, game nights and hikes, all free or at a low and student friendly cost. If you are curious or want to learn more, you can contact the club’s Vice President of Public Relations, Grace Roeder, at

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Club and Greek Announcements 02-28-18

default article imageInternational Club

Sign up today at 2:45 to attend a Snow Tubing trip on Mar. 3 at Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Pennsylvania. Tickets cost $10 and includes transportation and three hours of tubing. There is limited space available.

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The Peace Corps Film Festival

default article imageOn Feb. 1, the Peace Corps Prep program held a Peace Corps Film Festival in Wilson Auditorium.

The Peace Corps is a government-run agency that uses U.S. citizen volunteers to help develop and educate disadvantaged countries around the globe, and this Thursday, this agency is working with Monmouth Universities Peace Corps Prep Program, for the second year in a row, to share stories, and short films, of Peace Corps, volunteers from around the world.

“The Peace Corps headquarters is located in Washington D.C, and they asked Monmouth if we would like to host this event. Of course, we said yes,” said Frank Cipriani, Director of the Peace Corps Prep Program, Director of the Major in Spanish and Communication, and specialist professor in the world languages and cultures department.

This evening began with returned Peace Corps volunteers displaying artifacts and information from the countries that they served in. This will provide guests and students the opportunity to directly communicate with volunteers and learn more about their experience abroad.

Returned volunteers include, Linda and Carl Muhlhausen (Uganda ‘71-‘72, ‘13-‘15),  Phil and Reina Levy, (El Salvador ‘74-’76), Lenore Bonilla ( Honduras ‘08-’10), John Ramus (Madagascar ‘07-‘09), and Maysee Yang ( Micronesia ‘00-’02).

Cipriani led the event with opening remarks in the auditorium, followed by Dan Turkel, a regional recruiter for the Peace Corps who served for two years in Albania from 2013-2015, and then Diane Lagattuta, a keynote speaker and returned Peace Corps who served in El Salvador and Honduras from 1980-1981.

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SAB Attends NACA

sab photoThis past week, executive board (e-board) members of the Student Activities Board (SAB) represented Monmouth University at the National Association for Campus Activites (NACA) in Boston, Massachusetts.

The purpose of the National Convention was meant for e-board members to experience many different performers, acts, and vendors to see which would be the best fit for Monmouth University. There were over 100 acts such as singers, magicians, comedians, hypnotists, speakers, illusionists, and bands.

 Another component of being at NACA was to attend educational sessions. Lindsay Smith, the Assistant Director of Student Activities, and SAB advisor said, “NACA is a great conference for students and professional staff with engaging educational sessions throughout the day for attendees to peer share and learn about leadership, managing a board, planning an event, marketing, and so much more.” These educational sessions allowed members to understand how to connect with our student body and engage them in our event planning.

An education session that many e-board members were impacted was called “Why Do You Hate Me? - A Look at Bullying and Self-Hate.” This session was run by Brent Scarpo, who recently became a life coach. Scarpo explained how he was going through a dark time in his life and a dog named Sophie who showed him the light. Sophie became a service dog and traveled everywhere with Scarpo. There was a moment in time when Sophie was missing and feared she was dead due to a car accident they got into.

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