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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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The Greek Lounge Gets an Update

Greek Lounge UpdateThe Greek Lounge has been renamed the Fraternity and Sorority Life Resource Center and will undergo three specific renovations in upcoming weeks.

Aaccording to Patti Swannack, the Vice President of Administrative Services, a budget of about $7,000 will be allotted to undergo these renovations.  The three additions to the space include a mural painted by students, a second administrative office, and a wall extension to accommodate the second new office.

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Resource Center will continue to provide students with one computer, a printer, and a conference table. The conference table will be repositioned to sit in the center of the room, rather than the rear. One wall holds the Greek letters of 14 organizations on campus.

Today, many of these wooden letters are crooked and some are completely missing. These letters are currently painted different shades of blue, orange, purple, yellow, and green.

Two storage lockers currently face the rear of the room, which will be removed for the glass wall extension, marking off the second administrative office.

The Fraternity and Sorority Life Resource Center will remain open during these renovations, which have already begun. However, there is no concrete time frame for this project. Tara Fuller, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, said, “The wall has been ordered, so I guess technically [renovations] have already begun. I think probably over winter break is when we should see a completed space.”

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Blue Hawk Records Announce Artists

Blue HawkFor the eighth year and 15th semester in a row, Blue Hawk Records, the student-run label at Monmouth University, has released a compilation album to showcase the talents on campus.

Finalized artist selections for the 15th compilation EP are finally here! As a part of the Music Industry major, the Advanced Record Strategies class held auditions in which sixteen songwriters/artists from across campus took a shot at acquiring one of the five total spots on this semester’s record.

Auditioners ranged in style from Singer-Songwriter to R&B to Alternative and truly brought their all to the table for this opportunity. Upon release, the compilation will be pressed for physical copies and distributed to major streaming platforms, such as Spotify and Apple Music.

After a great deal of deliberation, Blue Hawk Records proudly announces the artists to be featured on the upcoming record: sophomore Sofia Dominguez, freshman Gabrielle Estrada, freshman Delaney Rivera, sophomore music industry student Tina Siciliano, and sophomore Vic Tartara.

Some artists have expressed their excitement for this upcoming album. Scilliano was introduced to Blue Hawk Records when she recorded her track, “I’m Gone,” on the 13th album, “Superstition.” She is “looking forward to what experiences this new album brings” for her as an artist. Selected artists and label members alike are ready to bring the album of the season.

Since the first record, students involved with the program have set up auditions, managed selected artists, helped in the completion of songs, and by the end, have aided in recording each song at Lakehouse Studios in Asbury Park.

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Law Enforcement Award

Law AwardThe Monmouth University Police Department recently selected student Amanda Knaub for the MUPD Law Enforcement Award. The Criminal Justice major received a $1,000 check as part of her accomplishment, entirely funded by members of the department.

Yearly, MUPD asks professors in the Criminal Justice department to recommend students who have shown excellence in the classroom, to determine students deserving of the award. Those considered must be of junior or senior year status, pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and have maintained a GPA over 3.0.

Chief McElrath, MUPD, facilitated interviews for the award.“In the interview, we’d normally ask questions related to career goals, as well as not only your involvement in the Monmouth University community, but their own community as well,” McElrath said.

Knaub’s GPA was a 3.977 at the time of her interview, according to McElrath. She was poised and confident during their conversation, and her ability to evenly balance her time between academics, sports and a social life was impressive.

“[Knaub] is a member of the university soccer team as well, and I give her a lot of credit,” McElrath said. “Keeping up with not only your academic schedule and academic requirements, but as well as your athletic requirements is not an easy thing... it’s not easy for a student athlete to accomplish all that.”

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Reformed and Educated

Reformed EducatedThe Criminal Justice, Political Science, and School of Social Work Departments are co-sponsoring a guest speaker named David Garlock, a former prisoner and re-integrating citizen, on Oct. 11 in Wilson Hall.

Garlock was convicted of murder alongside his brother back in 1999 in Alabama for 25 years. Garlock and his brother were repeatedly sexually and physically assaulted for eight years by the same offender. When the two were left felt feeling as if they had no other option, they murdered the person who caused each of them so much pain.

However, over the course of his 13 years spent in prison, he was able to use this hurt to educate and better himself in order to become the man he is today. With the help of lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), Bryan Stevenson, he and his brother’s sentences were reduced, and he was able to fully contribute and engage in his passion in life. 

The Equal Justice Initiative was founded by Stevenson in Montgomery, AL to aid the “poor, incarcerated, and the condemned” find justice.  Since its inception in 1989, Stevenson and his team have even exonerated 135 people from death row sentences.

Stevenson and his work with EJI are going to be the subject of the 2020 Warner Bros. film Just Mercy, based on Stevenson’s New York Times best-selling book.  The film will star Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, and Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson.

Nicholas Sewitch, J.D., Criminal Justice Chair and professor, said, “As good as our system is, it’s not perfect. (Prisoner) re-entry is very difficult for someone to go through.  There are plenty of obstacles with parole, probation, and normal things that become much harder when you’re convicted, especially when it’s a serious charge, like David’s.”

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-25-19

default article imageWMCX

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 Verge

Verge RebornThis year, The Verge will be assuming a new role in media and news reporting. In past years, it has been used as an online news portal. This served a valuable purpose; however, the organization will be revamping and restructuring its objectives and goals going forward. The Verge will be expanding its function to encompass a wide range of media content. It will now be utilized as an online multimedia magazine with various features beyond just writing.

The Verge is co-advised by Marina Vujnovic, Ph.D. and Professor of Journalism, who explained the changes being implemented within the organization. Vujnovic said, “Rather than accepting magazine staple stories, the concept is to make a multimedia magazine that would explore one relevant issue per semester. Contributions would be on the issue ranging from a typical magazine story to podcasts, videos, games, animation, and other types of multimedia.”

The implementation of multimedia into the publication will be aided by the expertise of co-advisor Dickie Cox, Professor of Communication, who teaches courses in interactive and digital media both at the undergraduate level and within the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) graduate program.

The Verge is currently a small working group of about five members working collectively on the theme of “rebirth,” to coincide with the revival of the organization. This effort will be a semester-long publication, with themes changing each semester. Weekly meetings function similarly to a newsroom, with participating members collaborating on this theme throughout the semester. Objectives for each meeting include brainstorming and developing ideas and stories pertaining to the theme, conducting research, cultivating content, and producing a cohesive issue to be published toward the end of the semester.

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"There Are Places I Remember..."

Places I RememberWhen I was a freshman in 2016, the last thing I thought I would be doing was going on a trip out of the country with students and faculty from the music industry major (which has been spearheaded since 2013 by Joe Rapolla, professor and the Music and Theatre Chair.) I have done so much with our student run record label, Blue Hawk Records; from creating and promoting albums to putting on incredible concerts.

But fast forward to September 2019, and there I was in the United Kingdom, visiting the historic and beautiful town of London with four of my classmates as well as Professor Rapolla, Kenneth Womack, Ph.D. and Dean of The School of Humanities And Social Sciences, and Eileen Chapman, Director of the Bruce Springsteen Archives at Monmouth University.

Upon landing in Heathrow, we took a tour of London, mainly centered on British pop music acts like The Beatles (but more on that later!) My colleagues and I were astonished when we had the opportunity to go inside the famous Abbey Road studios, a place normally closed to the public. The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and even movie score writers such as John Williams have cut some of the most impressive pieces of music ever conceived in the rooms where I stood. I have never been in such awe of a place.

Buckingham Palace was another incredible sight we visited. I was dwarfed by the scale and impressive design of the Queen’s abode. London itself is a beautiful town, with or without the culture; it was truly the architecture, the river, the London Eye, and every little shop and street corner which amazed me. We visited Bravado, a merchandising company under Universal Music Group where we met with real music industry experts who create and provide merchandise for some of the world’s biggest artists. It was a great experience for all of us to experience a side of the industry many people do not see.

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Club and Greek Announcements 09-11-19

default article imageWMCX

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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Communication Department Hosts Second Annual Kickoff Event

default article imageThe Communication Department hosted its second annual Communication Kickoff Event during the first club meeting time on Wed. Sept. 4. All of the department’s student-run organizations had a table at the event.

Lorna Schmidt, Director of Advising of Communication, Faculty Advisor of Monmouth Oral Communication Society (MOCC), and a communication instructor, played a key role in hosting the event. The purpose of the event was, “ to introduce new students to the clubs and their students to faculty who might become mentors… and to help the clubs increase their membership,” said Schmidt.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) created the flyers for the event and promoted the event via email and social media. The turnout for the events second year was larger than its inaugural kickoff, and the department hopes that the event continues to grow each year.

Students majoring in Communication are required to complete a practicum credit with one of the clubs within their specialized area. This allows students to gain real life experience in their fields of communication. They can participate in WMCX, Hawk TV, PRSSA, The Outlook, MOCC, Comm Works, or The Verge. However, students of all majors are welcomed to join and participate in the clubs.

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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