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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

President Search Continues

Just as the nation is preparing for a presidential election, the University is in the process of finding a new president to take the place of President Gaffney who will be retiring in June 2013.

Following President Gaffney’s announcement of his plan to retire last semester, the University established a search committee to find the best candidate to lead the school toward the future it deserves.

Dr. Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel, is responsible for the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, a 16-person search committee. According to Dimenna, several steps have already been taken to prepare for the choosing of a new president. Of these steps, one is a Leadership Statement, which can be viewed on the University website.

“The search committee developed a leadership statement, which is a document that tells potential candidates about the University, what the challenges facing the new president will be, and what the characteristics in a president the University is searching for,” said DimennaThe Leadership Statement, which was first drafted by Dimenna and later incorporated input from the Board of Trustees, the President’s Cabinet and the presidential search committee was formally adopted by the Board of Trustees in June and placed onto their website. The document includes lists of what challenges a new president will face and what characteristics are being sought in potential candidates.

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Hawkin’ and Squawkin’ Away: Adieu Monmouth

JoannaFarewell1How can I wrap up the past four years in a short article? It’s truly impossible but I’ll try to be as concise as I can. The past four years have been wonderful. Monmouth University changed my life completely; I don’t even recognize my 18-year-old self when looking at pictures from freshman year.

The thought of leaving this place that has helped me grow so much makes me want to cuddle up with my Shadow the Hawk plushy and cry my eyes out. I thought the day to write my senior farewell would approach me slowly; instead, it hit me right in the face. It’s hard to believe that after May 16, I will be a Monmouth alumnus and will not be stepping foot on our beautiful campus in September.

I am going to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for graduate school in August, but Monmouth will always hold a special place in my heart. From countless all-nighters, to the blackout we had in 2008 when everyone decided to play manhunt on our pitch black campus, to the Elmhood days, I will miss every single minute in Long Branch and on campus.

I have to start out with thanking my mom and my step-dad for helping me with my decision to attend Monmouth. You helped me figure it out financially and supported every decision I made throughout the four years. Mom, I’ll never forget your face as you were leaving campus after helping me move-in to Elmwood. You were confident that I will be okay, but the worry in your eyes made me realize how much I mean to you. Thank you.

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And In The End... | Anthony Panissidi's Senior Goodbye

anthony-and-outlook-in-space-needleMy idea of heaven: working as a reporter at The Outlook for the rest of my life with this same group of people while making $100,000 per year…or more.

I’ve said it countless times - I don’t see how any future job will ever amount to the fun that I’ve had here, even if I do land my dream job with The Wall Street Journal.

From major news stories about the announced retirement of President Paul G. Gaffney II to feature stories about the origins of April 20th as national pot smoking day, The Outlookhas given me skills that I can use in my first journalism job along with other unforgettable experiences.

Thanks to The Outlook, I got to go on two free trips that took me to the beautiful West Coast. From staring in awe at the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA, to dining atop the Space Needle on its rotating floor that provided a panoramic view of Seattle, WA, I will always remember that my first time in both of these gorgeous cities was with The Outlook staff. Call me nostalgic.

Unfortunately, my time at The Outlook and the University has to end so there are many thanks and goodbyes in order. I’d like to start by thanking the academy…just kidding.

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Professor Wins Psychology Award

Dr. Christine Hatchard, a specialist professor of Clinical Psychology has been awarded a prestigious psychologist scholarship, the National Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Scholarship Award from the National register of Health Services in recognition of her commitment of professional excellence.

“I really like what I do, so winning awards really isn’t that important to me but it’s still nice to be recognized for the work I have done in the field,” said Hatchard. “I am proud of the work I do and anytime I can get any sort of recognition helps get some attention for the more important work that I do.”

According to the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the ECP Scholarship was developed at the same time as the creation of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Early Career Psychologists, in order to help early career psychologists become credentialed as Health Service Providers in Psychology though covering the costs of credential review and registration fees.

Hatchard applied for the award while applying for a national credential as a psychologist.

“I was thinking about applying for national credential and you could submit your CV and an essay about your accomplishments in the field as an early career psychologist,” said Hatchard.

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University Alumnus Wins Emmy

Chris Dudick, a University alumnus, was awarded an Emmy for children’s programming at the 55th Annual New York Emmy Award Gala on April 1, 2012 in New York City.

Dudick received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University in 2003 and went on to complete his master’s in teaching in 2012. Dudick is now the executive producer of Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven, NJ.

“It’s nice to know that sometimes even the more low-key majors end up getting really cool jobs and even better opportunities,” said Alyssia Bifano, a first-year student and graphic design major at the University. “The fact that Chris Dudick was from Monmouth and won an Emmy is eye-opening and inspiring.”

The Emmy award-winning socially conscious cartoons, “Kids Kare,” were created at Small Factory Productions during a Create-a-Cartoon program held by the company. The program was held for children between the ages of four to 12. The interactive, educational arts activity was not only held at the production studio, but also at schools, hospitals and community organizations.

With their cartoons and songs boasting authentic and imaginative stories, the young “Kids Kare” storytellers and animators have inspired feelings of volunteerism and responsibility. The message that the producers have is simple. They want to join forces and be the youngest generation to change the world. Inspiring others to save lives, care for animals and lend a helping hand are the ideas they have decided to pursue. They want everyone to want to change with world with them and they want to do so one socially conscious cartoon at a time.

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Students Place Third Nationally in Real Estate Challenge

A group of four University students placed third last week at the Villanova Real Estate Challenge for the first time in the University’s history.

Anderson Haxton and Jason Miller, seniors, and Lawrence Vecchio and Christoper Cianfarini, juniors, made up the team of students that competed with universities across the nation in a battle to solve a real estate case problem and prepare written and oral presentations.

According to their website, the Villanova Real Estate Challenge is a national real estate development case competition for students from the top undergraduate real estate programs in the United States.

According to Peter Reinhardt, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at the University, the most difficult part of the competition for him was being unaware of the challenge. “I put the team together the last week in March, that’s it, it was entirely the students,” he said.

While they could use outside materials such as the Internet, the students were forbidden the help of faculty assistance during the competition.

Reinhardt mentioned that this was the third year of the competition so he was able to research what it would entail by visiting the website and reading about the competition from the previous years. “I got a rough idea of the challenge itself, but no idea of the challenge’s complexity,” he said.

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Einstein’s Bagels Leaving, Java City to Replace

Come next fall, students will no longer be able to grab a bagel in the lobby of Plangere.

Einstein Bros Bagels will be removed and replaced by Java City, the latter of which is moving from the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in exchange for another franchise.

Einstein’s has been a place of conveniences for on-the-go students over the years. Fresh baked bagels, muffins, and cinnamon rolls, along with Chicago bagel dogs, fresh sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups and hot coffee are what the franchise offered.

“As a graduating senior this doesn’t really affect me at all, but I do feel bad for incoming freshman who never got to have Einstein’s and also for the sophomores and juniors who are now going to have to get used to not having it right there for them anymore,” said Jessica Fina, a senior.

There had been rumors last year that Einstein would be leaving the University’s campus, but when no action was taken, students and faculty thought it was here to stay. “All I know is it’s going to be a sad day,” said one Einstein’s employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I opened this place and now I’m closing it.”

Some students, mostly freshmen, are unsure how they feel about the news “I’m a freshman and only got to have Einstein’s for one year, but I feel like I’m going to miss it, especially when I’m running late to class and craving a bagel!” said Lauren Callandrillo, a first-year student. “Java City is good too though so I’m not too upset.”

While some students are unsure of their feelings regarding the removal of Einstein’s, a different perspective was taken by Chris Spirito, a senior. “The bagels were mediocre at best, the sandwiches were terrible [and] pretty much everything was overpriced for a college demographic,” he said. “I don’t find it surprising that they are going out of business. It’s time for a healthier and college budget-friendly food place. Unfortunately, I won’t be around to enjoy it.”

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No More Gift Cards for New Jersey

news-jackie-loves-giftcardsIn upcoming months, New Jersey pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores will no longer be able to sell certain gift cards due to a recent addition to the state’s unclaimed property law. Last week, the Associated Press reported that the New Jersey Treasury Department will require third-party gift card sellers to obtain buyers’ ZIP codes so that the state can claim the value of unused gift cards after two years.

In response to the law, gift card providers, including American Express, Blackhawk Network, and InComm, are pulling their gift cards from store shelves and cutting business ties. While American Express will no longer sell American Express gift cards in stores, New Jersey residents can still purchase gift cards directly from the company. On the other hand, Blackhawk Network and InComm are completely ending business with New Jersey with the removal of gift cards from several popular restaurants and stores.

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Visiting Writers Series Comes to a Close

Students, faculty, and poetry enthusiasts gathered in Pollak Theatre last Tuesday, to hear the last installment of the Visiting Writer Series, Naomi Shihab Nye.

With an introduction by Michael Thomas, Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Assistant Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, he explained a poem of hers, “Kindness.” He then mentioned how one writer said Nye “breathes poetry, like the rest of us breathe air.”

As Nye graced the stage after Thomas’s “incredibly elegant” introduction, she joked that Thomas should do the readings as the audience chuckled.

She discussed the beauty that she found at the University, and the impressive architecture of Wilson Hall, naming it, “one of the great buildings on any campus in the world.”

With a quick thank you to the audience for coming out to spend an afternoon together in poetry month, Nye moved onto a poem given to her by a four-year-old when she was in Princeton just last week called, “The Sun.” She spoke of its simple beauty and quickly moved to her metaphor of the poem being an elegant building on a page.

She described poetry as something that she wanted to always be with, she wanted to savor it. As a child, she would listen to poetry and beg her teachers and librarians to often repeat them so she could be with them longer; she wanted to be with the lines of the poem.

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2012 Spring Career Day Garners Largest Employer Turnout

news-spring-career-dayThe University’s Spring Career Day allowed students to meet local, regional and national employers in Anacon Hall last Wednesday.

Hosted annually by Career Services, the day allows students and alumni to network with employers and discuss job opportunities.

Businesses, non-profit and government employers are annually invited to recruit students and alumni of all majors and degree levels for positions, including fulltime and part-time employment, and seasonal internships.

Taylor Miller, a senior majoring in business, attended the day and felt that it was a good opportunity to start making post-college career plans. “Going to the Career Day really gave me the chance to practice meeting employers before I start looking for jobs after graduation next month,” she said. “I got to talk to a lot of different people and I’m planning on getting in touch with some in the future for a job.”

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that last week’s event was one of the most successful career fairs held at the University. Labeling it as one of Career Services’ “best attended events,” Hill recorded over 350 student and alumni attendees, and mentioned the high number of employer participants. “The Spring 2012 Career Day had the largest employer turnout since 2006,” he commented. “We had 78 employers present, and we filled Anacon Hall to capacity.”

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University Shows Appreciation for Student Employees

news-student-employee-of-the-year-receptionWith approximately 1,320 student employees on campus since September, there are more of them than faculty members.

 Two events spearheaded the University’s celebration of appreciation for its student employees this week.

Recognizing students for the 16th annual Student EmployeeAppreciation Week, Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employees and Michele Banafato Lassen, Student Employee Coordinator, led the festivities in the Student Center last Wednesday. A reception that recognized the 2012 Student-Employee of the Year followed this last Friday.

The celebration encouraged student employees to visit the tables covered in prizes and giveaways. Prizes included gift certificates to McLoon’s Restaurant in Pier Village and Amy’s Omelette House. More than $9,000 in prizes were given away throughout the week.

Many students shared what they loved most about working on campus. “It’s extra money for me and there’s no commute,” said Tarryn Cortese, a junior majoring in communication with a concentration in TV and radio.

There is more to working on campus than just the temporary conveniences of having a job, Parks said. “It’s the benefits, convenience, flexibility all together,” she said. “If you pick a good job, it can be a resume builder. We are indebted to them for their service on campus.”

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