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Wrapping Up the Fall Semester: Students and Faculty Reflect Upon Course Delivery

Wrapping upAs the fall semester comes to a close, students and faculty are preparing for the spring semester and the possibility of more in-person classes. Conducting a review of the successes, failures, and lessons learned from courses that were held in-person this fall can assist with planning strategies heading into a new semester.

Gabriella Nasto, a junior communication student, did see benefits of in-person instruction this fall. She said, “I think my in-person class benefited me more because I was able to focus better than I did in my on-line classes.” Nasto also felt that communication was easier with her professor when meet in person rather than through Zoom meetings like her other classes. Nasto believes that Zoom classes can make it difficult to find the right time to ask a question or make a comment.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Charlie Krause

Charlie KrauseSinger and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Krause transferred to Monmouth this semester, after studying at The University of the Arts and Philadelphia Community College. Now, the junior communication student has found his way into Monmouth’s music scene, having written and recorded an original song on Blue Hawk Records’ 17th compilation album.

He described his song on the album, titled “Those Green Eyes,” as having an early ‘70s, soft rock, acoustic vibe, reminiscent of old-school artists like Jackson Brown, Elton John, and Neil Young.

“It sounds like your standard rock/pop song about somebody’s eyes. I mostly chose green because it seems like all the other one syllables were taken, so that’s what I was left with,” he chuckled. “The theme I’m running with is the idea that a lot of people will end up being with the type of person they think they deserve. It’s like a case study… It’s not even a love song as much as it is observing what people are doing and why they choose certain types of people to be with.”

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PR Professor Mary Harris Conducts Awareness Campaign for a Recently Published Book

PR ProfessorMary Harris, a Specialist Professor of Public Relations (PR), has been working non-stop this year to create an awareness campaign for a cookbook written by physician and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM. The book, titled The How Not to Diet Cookbook, was published on Dec. 8.

“The book offers nourishing and affordable whole food plant based recipes designed for anyone looking to make healthy changes to their lifestyle,” she explained. Harris works as the Media Director of the science-based, non-profit website founded by Dr. Greger.

Harris’ vast experience in the public relations field has helped her in the creation of this campaign. “I have worked in public relations and marketing for the past 14 years in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, so my experience with past promotions and campaigns has guided my work,” she said. She is also the co-advisor of the Public Relations Student Society (PRSSA) and the Shadow Public Relations Firm.

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Student Spotlight: Payton Collander

Payton CollanderFrom 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Election Day, Payton Collander sat in front of her computer, working for the Associated Press as a Vote Entry Operator. She counted votes for all races in four of the New England states— Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

Collander, a senior double majoring in criminal justice and political science, explained the process of vote counting, “We logged into the Associated Press database, which was filled with safety precautions. You would either get a call or a fax from clerks or stringers, the people that are at the polls. We did all the votes by county. By the end of the day, you were counting a couple hundred thousand votes.”

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The Institute for Global Understanding's Inclusive Mission

Global UnderstandingsMonmouth University’s Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) enhances cultural education and citizenship through academic and arts programs, scholarly research and events, networking of partnerships, and initiatives from local to global platforms. The IGU advances the University’s objective of captivating students, faculty, and staff in increasing diversity, equality, global understanding, leadership, and social justice.

Established in 2001 as the Global Understanding Project (GUP), the organization believes there needs to be an increasing demand of learning and understanding. A major event that led to these initiatives was the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Following this event, in Spring 2002 the Global Understanding Convention was established and became an annual week-long convention consisting of student, faculty, and public speakers with open classrooms to examine analysis of matters relevant to IGU’s mission.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Justin Ume

Justin Ume 1Last November, rapper Justin Ume, who performs under the stage name UMÉ, hit the stage at The Saint in Asbury Park. Flash forward to today, when the pandemic has put a halt to in-person concerts, he will be performing virtually at Blue Hawk Records’ 17th compilation album release show on Instagram Live.

Since discovering a zeal for songwriting at the age of 13, the freshman music industry student has written and recorded an array of songs—either with his at-home solo studio, or with his management team at various studios across central New Jersey. One of his songs, titled, “At the Tone,” is rap, rock, and pop mix that will be featured on the compilation album.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Nick Garrecht

Nick GarrechtFreshman music industry student Nick Garrecht picked up his first guitar six years ago, around the time his grandfather, who introduced him to artists such as Johnny Cash and The Beatles, passed away. A few years later he learned the piano and joined his first band in 2016, when he played a gig at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“It was that day I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do with my life.’ I want to be a performer, I want to be an artist,” he said.

Now, in 2020, Garrecht is the lead guitarist of his band White Wing, and will be releasing an original song with Blue Hawk Records on their upcoming compilation album. The song, titled, “Out All Night,” was written last December and takes inspiration from Garrecht’s personal life.

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Alumna Spotlight: Nicolette Pezza

Nicolette PezzaOn Nov. 5, Nicolette Pezza participated in the third installation of the “Ask An Alum Series” hosted by Career Services. Pezza is currently a content manager at Revelation, a digital media agency for multiple L’Oréal clients.

Pezza graduated a semester early in January 2018 with a B.A. in communication with a concentration in journalism and public relations (PR). Pezza chose this major because she always had a passion for writing. She said, “When I was a junior in high school, I did an internship with Seventeen Magazine. It was the first thing that made me think, ‘Hey, maybe I could do this for a living.’”

She also completed many internships during her college career with online digital publications like CollegeFashionista, as well as some PR internships.

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Blue Hawk Records Artist of the Week: Abigail Garcia

Abby GarciaEvery artist remembers the moment they were destined to follow their passion for music. For Abigail Garcia, it was 13 years ago, singing along at a Hannah Montana concert.

“I think this was the first recollection I have of me singing,” she said. “That’s when I knew I needed to get involved with music.”

Now, as a freshman music student, Garcia will be headed to Lakehouse Recording Studio in Asbury Park with the Blue Hawk Records team to record the first song she will ever release. Titled “Silver Lining,” the song borrows from the indie-pop sound of artists she is influenced by, such as Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Harry Styles. Written in April during quarantine, it details her experience with the beginning of the pandemic.

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How to Land an Internship During the COVID-19 Pandemic

default article imageThe internship process is something that many students find difficult. Now, with a global pandemic that caused an economic recession, the search has become even more competitive and challenging.

With many students wanting to gain real-world experience in their field of interest, COVID-19 has made the process harder and tedious. When the pandemic first began in March, many companies were forced to shut down their internship programs in the interest of everyone’s health.

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Science Students Navigate Labs with COVID-19 Regulations in Place

Science StudentsAmid the COVID-19 pandemic, labs and clinicals for science, nursing, and health studies students are looking a bit different this semester with social distancing regulations in place. The movement to remote classes last March had shut down all in-person classes and research labs. However, they were able to resume in person this semester, and will continue after Thanksgiving break when all other classes will move online.

Steven Bachrach Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science and Professor of Chemistry, said that faculty developed a variety of different methods for science courses over the summer to prepare for the fall semester.

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