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Scholarship Week Returns in April

Student Scholarship Week 2017The University’s annual Student Scholarship Week will celebrate the academic accomplishments of its students from April 17-23. Throughout the week students display their scholarly contributions in various areas including research, writing, service learning, art, musical, and theater productions.

According to Dr. Laura Moriarty, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, the event is meant to be a celebration of student achievement. “The goal of Scholarship Week is to showcase and celebrate students’ academic work inside and outside of the classroom as well as highlight student-faculty collaboration, across the University,” she said.

In 2016, Scholarship Week showcased 46 events and over 700 student participants from all six schools of the University. Events highlighted student work and student-faculty collaboration across departments and disciplines, including musical performances, creative design displays, research presentations, and service learning presentations. The events included the Department of Psychology’s undergraduate research conference, and the Department of Communication’s research poster conference.

This year’s Scholarship Week will include an event sponsored by the University, titled Hawk Talks. According to Moriarty the event will highlight student scholarship across the University in Wilson Hall on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

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MU Hosts Final Winter Graduation

Graduate and Undergraduate Students Walk Together For the Last Time

MU Final Winter GraduationApproximately 430 graduate and undergraduate students were awarded degrees in the University’s last winter commencement in the OceanFirst Bank Center on Friday, Jan. 13.

The end of the mid-year ceremony marked a new tradition for the University: from now on, there will be two separate commencement ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students respectively in the spring, instead of having both a winter and spring commencement that awards degrees to both groups at the same time.

“It is keeping very much in line with our strategic plan where we also talk about creating a very distinctive graduate student experience, and commencement is a part of that. The needs of our graduate students in terms of the kind of ceremony you hold are very different. We would still continue to focus our attention on having a primary speaker for each [ceremony],” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student life and Leadership Engagement.

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Bruce Springsteen Comes to Monmouth to Announce Launch of Archives and Center for American Music

Springsteen Reveals Partnership With University

Springsteen MU Music 1The University has been named the official archival center for Bruce Springsteen’s works and memorabilia with plans to launch the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music.

The announcement was made during an event on campus “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen” where the artist came to the University to speak with students, faculty, and fans about his life and works in Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

“I am extremely excited about the partnership.  The opportunity to enhance academic programming while also attracting widespread interest from a global audience does not happen often for any academic institution, of any size,” said President Paul Brown, Ph.D.

This will benefit students and faculty, and make the University a destination for scholars studying American music. “As an incredibly popular figure, Mr. Springsteen’s influence extends far beyond scholarship, and we hope to serve his many fans with access to material and programming that only will be available at Monmouth University,” said Brown.

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New Year: New Minimum Wage

New Jersey workers experienced a $0.06 minimum wage increase on Jan. 1, 2017. NJ is one of 19 states that experienced a minimum wage increase that raised the minimum wage in the state from $8.38 to $8.44.

NJ is implementing the increase state-wide, yet some states are taking a more regional approach. For example, New York has varied the minimum wage based on location and circumstance. The wage rose to $11 in New York City, to $10.50 for small businesses in the city, $10 in its downstate suburbs and $9.70 in certain other locations. In Connecticut, the minimum hourly wage will climb to $0.50 cents, from $9.60 to $10.10.

According to Joshua Manning, senior business major, these increases have been the result of steadfast effort over previous years. Many supporters of the increase believe that the minimum wage is unlivable, and an increase is imperative for people to maintain a quality of life.

Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment, said, “Even though it is only $0.06 at the moment, the increase will certainly make people happy. While students have not been necessarily clamoring for jobs, the office has remained steady. I am sure people will be more interested in attaining a job if these rates continue to increase.”

The ultimate goal of many fast-food workers and organized laborers is to increase the wage to $15, which is commonly seen as a fair, livable wage, added Manning.

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Students Make History in Women’s March

Students Demonstrate Peacefully in New York City

Women March 1Over 40 students, faculty, and other members of the University community took to the streets in the Women’s March with more than 300,000 peaceful demonstrators in a trip hosted by the Gender Studies Program and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Although the original focus of the day was on the main Women’s March in Washington D.C., the focus broadened as similar “sister marches” occurred simultaneously across the U.S. and around the world. Men and women of all ages, gathered in the streets of cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Sydney, London, and Cape Town; a march was also held closer to home in Asbury Park.

According to the Women’s March was the largest peaceful one-day protest in U.S. history with an estimated 2.9 million participants.

Students were invited through email to reserve bus seats to the march in New York City before, and after the winter break. The bus left the University around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Upon arrival into New York City the group joined other protesters on a route that began near 45th street and ended nearly two miles away at the steps of Trump Towers, on 721 5th Avenue.

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Former Hawk Chris Hogan Sets Patriots’ Record in AFC Championship Game

MU Chris Hogan PatriotsFormer Monmouth wide receiver Chris Hogan set the record for most receiving yards in a postseason game in New England Patriots history in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship Game on Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hogan, who played one season of football as a graduate student for the blue and white in 2010 after playing three seasons of lacrosse at Penn State, caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in New England’s 36-17 victory. He will become the first former Hawk to play in a Super Bowl when the Patriots play the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5 in Houston, Texas.

“We are very happy for Chris and all that he has accomplished,” Monmouth Head Coach Kevin Callahan said. “Although his time a Monmouth was limited, it was very clear that he was highly motivated to achieve big things. He is an outstanding athlete, as well as a tough, dedicated competitor.”

Hogan has spent six seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2011 and spent a few weeks on their practice squad before moving on to the practice squads of the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins that same season. He signed onto the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills in 2012 and cracked their 53-man roster later that season. Hogan had his breakthrough season in 2014, when he caught 41 passes for 426 yards and four touchdowns.

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Post-Election Reactions from ABC News, POLITICO, Asbury Park Press, and Associated Press Professionals

Post Election Reactions MediaStudents and faculty gathered to discuss how traditional and social media affected the election results with professional news correspondents, reporters, and political analysts at the Post-Election Media Breakdown event. The event was hosted by the Monmouth Oral Communication Center (MOCC) on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Wilson Hall Auditorium.
Panelists included Aaron Katersky who is an award-winning ABC News correspondent based in New York, Ben Moskowitz who teaches the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts,  Brian Carovillano who is the Vice President for U.S. News at The Associated Press in New York, and Hadas Gold who is a reporter at POLITICO. The moderator was Hollis R. Towns, the current Executive Editor and Vice President of the Asbury Park Press as well as the regional editor of Gannett New Jersey.

“MOCC thought it was important to do a #coMmtalks event because this election was so controversial,” said Stephanie Brady, senior communication student and President of MOCC. “Politics can sometimes be awkward for students to talk about. We wanted to have an event where we could get students involved and discussing something so important: the election,” said Brady.

Hollis opened the discussion with the question, “what happened?” The panelists all had different responses to this question. This was followed by an open question and answer segment between students, faculty, and panelists.

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Jay Josmar Discusses Professional Success After MU

Jay Jasmar Professional SuccessAlumna Jay Josmar, a lawyer, researcher, and policy analyst, visited the University on Wednesday Nov. 16. Josmar spoke with students about her global career that began with the guidance she received from the political science department at an event hosted by Students Advocating Girls’ Education and the Political Science Club.

In an informal conversation that took place with a handful of students, Josmar took students on the journey that is her life. Her global career started at Monmouth. She said she was a distracted student who could often be found filing her nails in class dressed in her pajamas. However, she very creatively found ways of keeping up in school.

Outside of the classroom, Josmar used her personality to network with faculty. She recalled walking confidently into the office of Dr. Rehka Datta’s, a professor of political science and sociology. She approached Datta as a freshman and asked her to mentor her.

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SAGE and The Music Alliance Collect Donations for Women in Need at PB & Jam Session

SAGE Purse Drive 1Students donated feminine hygiene products and purses to homeless women as an admissions fee for the PB & Jam Sessions co-hosted by Students Advocating Girls Education (SAGE) and The Music Alliance (TMA) on Friday, November 18 in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

On the Wednesday and Thursday before the event SAGE members tabled in the RSSC for donations. All of the donations acquired were collected by the Unitarian Church of Neptune to be distributed to homeless women in the local vicinity.

Thinking about and caring for others is a vital aspect of self-development. At this time of the year especially when we count and share our blessings, it is refreshing to think that students of SAGE and The Music Alliance are thinking about others, especially the disadvantaged, with genuine empathy,” said Rekha Datta, the advisor of SAGE, and Professor of Political Science and Sociology.

“Collecting feminine products is an example of that. Worldwide, including here in the US, many families and girls find it difficult to afford and have access to healthy feminine products. This project that they have identified is truly a worthy one,” she added.

Along with the charitable aspect of the event, was the live music that included four all girl or girl led bands; Before It’s Too Late, The Skinny Dips, Subway Babes, and Hampton Hollow, and singer Nicole Govel.

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Global Education Office Hosts International Education Week

Internation Education Week 2016Monmouth University’s 2016 International Education Week, hosted by the Global Education Office, presented a variety of programming to showcase the benefits of a global education from Monday, Nov. 14 to Friday, Nov. 18.

“International Education Week is an annual initiative of the U.S. Department of State, and its purpose is to showcase international education and highlight the benefits of the global mobility of students and scholars,” said Jon Stauff, the Vice Provost for Global Education. “Education abroad – study, work, intern, service – is a transformative experience for students from the United States, as well as international students coming to our country.”

Each member of the Monmouth University Global Education Office staff was responsible for the creation of their own activity.

The week included eight events spread out over five days. It began with an International Fashion Show, featuring international students showcasing glamorous fashions from around the world.

“One of our favorite events was the international fashion show, with students wearing clothing from their home cultures,” said Stauff. “We saw a variety of fashion from over ten countries, and the international students performed as well as any supermodel on the New York runways.”

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Mathbor Re-elected President of the AIBS

Mathbor President AIBSWhen the board of trustees for the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS) was faced with the decision of electing a new president this year, they voted in favor of keeping Dr. Golam Mathbor, professor of the School of Social Work at the University, for another four year term.

AIBS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), which, according to their website, “is a private nonprofit federation of independent overseas research centers (ORCs) that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with a focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies.” Through CAORC, the AIBS maintains centers in Bangladesh, where they send scholars to conduct research in various fields.

The goal of AIBS is to help researchers travel to Bangladesh so they can study the numerous ways a developing nation progresses into a more advanced country. Mathbor said, “We provide grants for research, mainly to faculty members and doctoral students. Within the last 26 years, [AIBS has] sent 104 American citizens to conduct research in Bangladesh. Every year we send four to five researchers. In the past we’ve also let undergraduate students travel to Bangladesh with their professors.”

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