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Club & Greek

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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Club and Greek Announcements 02-21-18

default article imageStudents Advocating Girls' Education (SAGE)

SAGE is dedicated to equal access to education and the betterment of the campus community through social justice, gender equality, and feminism. SAGE hosts a number of events on campus to raise money and donate to organizations and communities which improve access to quality education for women and girls, both locally and globally. They also increase campus awareness of social issues and current events pertaining to women’s rights. If you are interested in joining, please contact the Club President, Kaitlin Allsopp, at

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Benefits of Going Greek

Benefits Go GreekDo you walk around campus seeing Greek symbols printed on students’ shirts or hats? Have you ever considered Greek life? Going to a small school like Monmouth University, it is highly encouraged to get involved in something on campus. The social community of a fraternity or sorority is one that can offer different benefits to diverse groups of students.

The first advantage a Greek member may discuss is the friends and connections they have made by joining their organization; not only do you meet people in your organization but you meet people in others and even form networking connections that can help you with your future.

Going Greek can also encourage you to try new things outside of your comfort zone or even encourage you to study more. Many people do not realize that Greek organizations must consider academics when being on campus and with this, study hours come into play for the members. Not only does joining a club or organization help members with time management skills but it also can allow you to have a study date with some friends or even expose you to upperclassmen that may be willing to help you with your similar majors.

If you go Greek, you are getting involved in one of the best ways on campus. Besides the social aspects of each organization, you are also going to be getting involved in community service. Every organization has a philanthropy which can allow them to give back to the community as well as gain more knowledge on the impact of the philanthropy.

Sophomore anthropology and education student Vanessa Coleman, said joining Greek life has benefitted her by allowing her to become extremely involved in community service. She is apart of Delta Phi Epsilon whose philanthropy is cystic fibrosis. She said, “Our members love getting to raise money and give back to the community and the foundations we support!” Hosting fundraisers or awareness events is not only fun, but a great benefit to the charity as well as your chapter.

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The Commuter Student Mentor Program

Commuter Student MentorThe Commuter Student Mentor (CSM) Program originated in 2015 with the goal to help first-year commuter students acclimate to Monmouth University smoothly. Fast-forward to today, the program has flourished into a service that offers a mentor personalized to any incoming commuter student who wishes to have one.

To date, the program has mentored over 500 students since its birth. In that time, there have been 10-12 mentors each year who have helped transition their respective students. Between finding on campus parking and acclimating to your classes, CSMs are there to help every step of the way.

Vaughn Clay, Ed.D., Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services and Director of the CSM Program said, “The mission of the commuter student mentor program is to help the first-year commuter students make the successful transition to life as a Monmouth University student.  We do that by showing the students how to navigate the many programs and services that are offered at Monmouth University.  It is also a way for us to assist the first-year commuters in connecting with other students and in helping them understand that they have a support system available to them if necessary.”

The previous Lead Commuter Student Mentors (LCSM) have assisted the mentors and guided them in the right direction to help the program thrive. Looking toward the future, the newest Co-LCSMs are Shannon Lawrence, a junior music industry student, and Amber Galati, a sophomore accounting student.

Galati, upon receiving news that she was going to be working alongside her close friend said, “Becoming the new Co-LCSM is an amazing opportunity to help a new class of students. We love this program so much and want to share our journey with the mentors and mentees. This program really aided me in my time of need as an incoming freshman and I am honored to do the same with another.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 02-14-18

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. The possibilities for what they will do this year are endless, so join them as they continue to work towards creating a campus environment that reflects the world we want to live in.

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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