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Volume 84 (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)

The Presidential Search Continues

The University is on track for the Presidential search of the 2013-2014 school years. According to the email sent to students on behalf of Dr. Marcia Clever and Al Schiavetti, the co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, advertisements have been placed in several media forms to alert individuals interested the position of President for the University.

Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel the one responsible for most of the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, has confirmed and named the areas of advertising for the position: “The advertisement was placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and three publications reaching primarily women and minority professionals,” said Dimenna. “The Search Committee also sent out letters to hundreds of individuals including government officials, former trustees, honorary degree recipients and donors and friends of the University, asking them to nominate individuals that they believed would be excellent candidates for the University’s next president.”

The University’s website has a page regarding the Presidential Search. It currently lists the end of October to the beginning of November as the deadline for submitting applications.

The Search Committee is now in the process of narrowing down the list of applicants, which include people ranging from various positions and backgrounds: “sitting and former college and university presidents, provosts, vice presidents, deans and other individuals affiliated with higher education as well as others from business and government,” said Dimenna.

As of the last email sent to students alerting them of the process of the search, 70 officials have applied for the position.

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A Glass of Merlot, Please

Vineyard1In order to provide students with hands on experience in the field of biology and botany, the University has created a vineyard on campus as a part of the biology curriculum.

The idea of the vineyard originated from Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, assistant biology professor. According to Daneshgar, the purpose of the project is to fuse together the biology curriculum taught in the classroom with real life experiments that will expose students to the material they learn. “The Monmouth University campus vineyard is essentially an outdoor laboratory designed to help students learn about sustainable agricultural practices, integrated pest management practices, growth preferences of grapes, proper cultivation of grape vines and other aspects of vineyards such as wine production,” said Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science. “The vineyard also has the potential to help students learn about aspects of grape genetics and about the genetics of bacteria and yeast that live on grape vines and are essential for wine production.”

“The main goal of this botany project is to teach students about sustainable agriculture and what it takes to successfully grow a vineyard,” Daneshgar said.

Daneshgar, an ecologist specializing in plants who also teaches botany at the University, wanted to create a “platform to teach all biology majors.” Rather than each section of biology creating a different project, the vineyard project will serve as a tool to connect all students within the field of study.

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Rechnitz Hall to Open After Winter Break

ARTBUILDWith the winter weather rolling in and the holiday season jumping to the top of everyone’s minds, the brand new Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall, or more commonly known as the New Art Building, is set to open up following winter break.

According to the University’s website the building itself offers over 20,000 square feet of space that will be filled with a grand gallery, multiple classrooms, as well as studios, lab rooms, and faculty offices. All of which are aimed to provide students with the space needed to complete their projects and assignments in the most proactive manner. The building is also designed to intentionally mimic the existing building’s exterior façade and contains archive storage space for the university’s expanding art collection.

Dr. Andrew Cohen, Chair of the Art and Design Department, mentions that in order to compliment the vast amount of square footage now offered to the department, the proper layout will be needed to utilize the space its fullest potential. “Flanking the central gallery, are two lecture halls for art history and art appreciation courses. Rechnitz Hall is completely wireless and students will have a lounge on the first floor with comfortable furniture and vending machines. Conveniently, faculty offices are spread throughout Rechnitz Hall allowing for easy accessibility and contact between students and their professors,” said Cohen.

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Get a Job!

Students and Employers Gather for the Annual Career Networking Day


Over 65 employers came to Anacon Hall for the Network 2012 Fall Career Day organized by the University Center for Student Success and Career Services on Thursday.

Some of the businesses present includedThe Asbury Park Press,Aflac, Prudential, Wells Fargo Bank, the Marine Corps Officer Programs and Toys “R” Us.

Most of the businesses attending had local branches so students could hunt for internships as well as full time working positions.

For students arriving at the event, which was held from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, they were greeted with a packet that included descriptions of all the business, government sectors and non-profit organizations in attendance.

These packets also included information about which majors each employer was looking for and what positions they wanted to fill.

The Rebecca Stafford Student Center was occupied with students studying their new manuals before heading into the event.

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New Dorm Building in the Works

Plans to Build New Residence Hall for 2014


NewResHallPlans for another student residence hall are in the making at the University. Construction will begin in the spring of 2013 semester and open in the fall of 2014 for sophomore students. Further changes will be brought to campus in result of the residential hall.

Vice President for Administrative Services, Patricia Swannack stated the residential hall will be built in Lot 6 near the library and confirmed the hall’s opening in fall 2014. “Lot 6 is close to all the halls with the exception of the Garden and Great Lawn Apartments. There are limited utilities to relocate which saves money and there are not any local residents that could be negatively impacted by building a residence hall at this location,” said Swannack.

According to Associate Vice President for Student Services, Jim Pillar, the new dormitory will primarily house sophomore students. “Our goal is to make sure that the new building will ensure that every first and second year student will have a bed on campus,” said Pillar.

Associate Director of Housing Operations, Raymond D. Gonzalez, who viewed the floor plans, explained the rooms will be similar to Elmwood. “It’s a good size, your traditional corridor style,” said Gonzalez. The hall is expected to be equipped with air-conditioning and have primarily double rooms with possibly a few triple rooms.

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Hawks Fly Together in Hurricane Relief Efforts

TKE-help-sandy-victimsThe University proves its slogan to be true with the new organization created to help Hurricane Sandy victims called Hawks Fly Together for Relief.

The Student Government Association (SGA) was the chosen student group to run the newfound program. “We didn’t want people going to the same group time after time. We just thought if there was one group that was the focal point and spearheaded the challenge, that it would be a little more organized,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services.

Oscar Sanchez, the President of SGA, did not expect SGA to get chosen to monitor all of the relief efforts. He said, “The voice of the students we were glad to take on the responsibility to make sure that things ran in an organized manner.”

However, a person does not have to be a part of SGA to make a donation or hold a fundraiser. The sorority Delta Phi Epsilon was selling silicon bracelets before the Thanksgiving break in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. On the bracelets read the repeated motto for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, “Revive.Rebuild.Recover.”

Along with the bracelets being sold, the sorority was also selling donated items from Work Out World Gym (WOW). Kate Muller, the President of Delta Phi Epsilon, explained that their fundraiser would not have been as successful as it was if it were not for WOW. The sorority raised around $600, according to Muller.

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University Cracks Down on Illegal Downloading

The Friday just before the Thanksgiving break students were sent an email on behalf of Mary Anne Nagy, warning them about illegal file sharing within the University network. The email advised students that companies such as HBO, Sony and Warner Brothers monitor online activity and will notify the University when illegal downloads and file sharing of music, movies, games and other materials are made without permission.

According to the email, the notices from these companies list the material illegally shared by individuals and will request that the University take action against these individuals, which may include disabling their accounts.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student Services, said that companies will directly contact the University if illegal file sharing and downloading is discovered on campus. “I will get notified from the Information Management people and they will tell me student x has been illegally downloading and they will list what has been downloaded,” said Nagy.

A primary concern coming from the University as indicated in their email is that students illegally downloading and file sharing are doing so on University computers and network.

“Illegal downloading and sharing of files utilizes resources that should be allocated for institutional purposes and exposes institutional resources and data to risks from hackers and viruses. Generally, you should assume that any music, movie, gaming software or similar file that you obtain via the Internet is copyright-protected,” according to the email.

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J. Chris Newberg’s “Comedy Meets Music”

Raises Students’ Spirits After Hurricane Sandy


 Comedian J. Chris Newberg performed “Comedy Meets Music” at the Oakwood Hall lounge on November 13.

Newberg’s act included jokes, songs, stories and speaking directly to the audience. “I do things that are adult oriented,” Newberg said. “If I offend someone, it’s OK.”

Race, sex, gender, abortion, history, religion and health were all utilized topics in his performance. Many times during the show, he would stop and ask someone in the audience what they wanted to hear or respond to an individual’s reactions. “Were you afraid of that joke?” Newberg asked an audience member after watching her reaction.

Jorge Santiago, a sophomore, said his favorite part of the performance was when Newberg personally joked with him about his first name being Jorge instead of George. “I thought it was pretty funny; I liked it,” Santiago said.

Twenty-one students attended the comedy show. “I’ve been stressed out lately so I figured I’d come and have a nice laugh,” said Jackie Shugard, a freshman. At the end of the performance she said, “I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it; I thought it was good.”

Newberg said he enjoyed performing for the students because they were polite, laughed at his jokes and paid attention to him. “You were my favorite audience to play for,” he said. “This is why I do it.”

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University Students to Take a Trip to Russia

A few individuals will have the chance to travel to Russia and Ukraine on a 13 day trip with Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Thomas Pearson, this spring, from May 25 to June 7 of next year. The group that goes will be touring through Kiev, Moscow, the Golden Ring (a series of locations including Vladimir and Suzdal) and St. Petersburg.

Pearson’s relationship to this country began when he was a student. “I’m a Russian historian by training. My perspective is shaped by my experience living in the Soviet Union for 10 months. I was one of 50 scholars involved in an [academic] exchange program,” said Pearson.

Hotel accommodations, meals and transportation will be arranged throughout the trip. Those in attendance will be led by Ms. Marina Fokina, a lifelong tour guide and personal friend to Pearson.

The tour will begin in Kiev, Ukraine, where, in addition to sightseeing, you will be able to tour the older parts of the city. Some stops include the St. Sophia Cathedral, Babiy Yar (a memorial to Soviet victims of Nazis), and the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery, all of which are widely renowned historical landmarks.

Flying from Kiev to Moscow on May 28, those on the trip will then be staying in the Pekin Hotel, which is one mile from Red Square and the Kremlin. It is also very near to theaters, restaurants and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, which is across the street.

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New Policy for the Plan B Pill

Doctors should give underage teenagers prescriptions for emergency contraceptives such as Plan B before they start having sex instead of waiting until a young patient’s “plan A” goes awry, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement. It says doctors should also counsel teens on the options for emergency birth control as part of an overall strategy to reduce teen pregnancy.

The academy is issuing the new position paper, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, as physicians and other health experts struggle to reduce the nation’s high birthrate among adolescents.

Teen pregnancies in the U.S. have declined over the last 20 years, but the incidence is still the highest in the developed world, according to data released this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The birthrate among Americans ages 15 to 19 dropped 44 percent between 1991 and 2010, to 34.3 births per 1,000 women, the CDC reported. But that’s still about five times the teen birthrate in France and 2 ½ times the rate in Canada, according to United Nations data. It also is higher than the rates in China and Russia.

Rates of sexual assault are highest among teens and young adults, according to the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women. And all in all, nearly 80 percent of teen pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, occurring after unprotected sex or “underprotected” sex — when the contraceptive method of choice fails.

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Support After Hurricane Sandy

The University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Held a Support Session to Help Students


Hurricane-Sandy-aftermathAnticipating the anxiety of students and faculty after the destruction of super-storm Sandy, the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services held a support session to assist with the transition back to campus.  The session, which was held in Anacon Hall on Tuesday Nov. 13, was led by Counseling and Psychological Services’ Director, Dr. Franca Mancini.

Mancini said that the decision to hold the session was influenced by several students from the University’s Social Work Department.  “After the suggestion from those students, we decided to offer a place where students and members of the University could come together and talk about their experiences and feelings after coming through the storm,” said Mancini. 

Although the event had a light turn-out of eight people, the small group took advantage of the personal environment. 

First, a deep-breathing exercise was conducted by Mancini which was used to repose and relax the attendees.  Next, each person took turns detailing their experiences during and after the storm including how the damage from Hurricane Sandy personally effected them and their families. Because of confidentiality rights, the information that the attendees discussed cannot be shared outside of the session. 

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Monmouth University
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