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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

“The Boss” Comes to Pollak: Bruce Springsteen Rehearses Broadway Engagement on Campus

The Boss Pollak 1Bruce Springsteen performed rehearsals of his upcoming Broadway engagement, titled “Springsteen on Broadway,” for an invited audience at Pollak Theatre on Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Friday, Sept. 22.

The rehearsals were presented to about 200 family members and close friends, according to the Asbury Park Press; the theatre was closed down and the show was invitation-only for both shows.

The Broadway engagement is scheduled for a limited run from October to February at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre, and is said to be a two-hour solo performance. The production will feature his music and spoken interludes, according to Springsteen’s website, and is based on his memoir “Born to Run.” The show will not have a band, but Springsteen has said that he will play the guitar and piano himself.

According to a leaked set list from the University concert, posted by, the Sept. 19 performance featured 11 songs, including some of his most iconic songs, such as “Born to Run,” as well as songs such as “My Father’s House,” and “The Wish.”

According to the leak, he also told stories about growing up in Freehold, tales about travelling cross-country, and other personal stories. 

“Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung,” said Springsteen in a statement when the Broadway engagement was first announced. “It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work. All of it together is in pursuit of my constant goal to provide an entertaining evening and to communicate something of value.”

The performance was billed as a workshop, according to the Asbury Park Press.

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University Recognized as Largest Green Power User in MAAC

For the year 2016-2017, Monmouth University was recognized as the top green power user in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

This was the 11th season of the College and University Green Power Challenge and 98 schools actively participated in the competition.

“The University continues to work towards improving our sustainability efforts and continues to be recognized both regionally and nationally,” said Patricia Swannack, the University’s Vice President for Administrative Services.

According to Swannack, she is ultimately responsible for the choices the campus makes to 'go green'.

“Monmouth University was the first private institution of higher education in New Jersey to enter into a voluntary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the (EPA), documenting our commitment as an environmental steward and pledging to reduce our carbon footprint,” Swannack added. In addition, the University was the only institution of higher education east of the Mississippi to install a solar system in 2006.

Green power is used to initially help the environment and uses electricity that is generated from renewable sources. These form of sources include wind, solar, biomass and much more to conserve the use of energy.

Deanna Dantas, a junior business administration student, stated that she takes every advantage of going green at school. “I use the recycle bins that are placed out because they have a lot of them all over campus. We should encourage others, our friends and especially the underclassmen since they are new to campus. Monmouth should continue to sty the largest green power user by perhaps looking into solar power or creating an event to help recycle items, for example bottle caps.”

The university used twelve million kilowatt-hours of green power which signified nearly 56 percent of the school’s yearly energy usage.

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Recent Severe Weather Concerns University Community

Severe Weather Concerns University CommunityA series of hurricanes, earth quakes, and wild fires within the last month have caused local concern over the vulnerability of coastal residency and the effects of climate change.

The most recent hurricane developing is Hurricane Maria. According to Dr. Thomas Herrington, Associate Director of the Urban Coast Institute, “Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico [Wednesday, Sept. 20] as a very strong Category 4 hurricane. It was really close to being a Category 5. The mountains in Puerto Rico weakened Maria down to a Category 3 hurricane.”

According to Herrington, the storm is expected to move northwest across the ocean, and be well offshore of the United States coast as a Category 1 hurricane. Hurricane Maria is unlikely to cause any severe damage to the local community in Long Branch.

“The only danger to NJ is continued high surf and rip currents that have been occurring since Jose moved passed us,” said Herrington.

Many members of the University community have families living in areas that have been severely affected by the recent hurricanes. “I started to see pictures on Facebook of the places where I grew up and they are unrecognizable. It’s hard to see these images and contemplate that this is happening to my island, and what is worse, this is not the first storm of the season for them.”

Zach Gindi, a senior music industry student, expressed concern for his family’s safety and acknowledged the increased frequency of these hurricanes.

“These hurricanes seem to be coming one after the other,” Gindi said. “My family in Miami was affected by Hurricane Irma, which lasted from Aug. 30 to Sept. 15. They had to evacuate and still have no power at our home in Miami.”

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University Professors Create New Learning Strategies

University Professors New Learning StrategiesTwo faculty members at Monmouth University are spearheading the Autism Program Improvement Project, a unique program where educators and paraprofessionals in local school districts receive further training on how to work with children on the autism spectrum.

The project is led by Stacy Lauderdale, Ph.D., Department Chair and assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, and Mary Haspel, an instructor in the same department. The two professors, who also created the high-ranking Applied Behavior Analysis program, is currently being tested in four nearby school districts.

“We have four very substantial partner districts,” said Haspel. “We’re working out in the classrooms with the teachers [of students with autism] to provide professional development and training, and to enhance their programs and increase capacity in terms of resources and support for students.”

The project is funded by a grant from Autism MVP, a local organization who is “solely invested in improving public school programming for students with autism,” said Haspel.

“The Autism Program Improvement Project was born from many discussions with Dr. Stacy Lauderdale,” said Keith Green, the founder and executive director of Autism MVP. “To hear how successful it’s been so far validated the reason we formed as an organization.”

According to Lauderdale, the project works with teachers on the implementation of evidence-based practices; the majority of the practices are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis.

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Business Students Place First in National Competition

Business Students 1st National CompeitionA group of eight University students won the first place prize for the second quarter of 2017 in the Real Confidence University Challenge (RCUC).

Students from the Leon Hess Business School and the Kislak Real Estate Institute competed, along with students from 38 other universities. Overall, there were 190 students competing, and the competitors included prestigious schools such as Harvard University, John Hopkins University, and Penn State University. Students also pursued the possibility of winning up to $50,000 for their university’s programs.

“To be part of the team, you have to be nominated by a finance or real estate professor,” said Caitlin Kovacs, a student who graduated Monmouth in January 2017 with an MBA in finance. She was a teaching assistant (TA) in a finance class with Andreas Christofi, Ph.D., a professor in the finance department at the University; it was Christofi who asked her to join the team in the first place.

“We first started by figuring out if we wanted to invest in private equity, REITs, public, or private debt. Based on whether we wanted to invest in equity or debt, we then had to figure out what industry we wanted to invest in.”

The competition was created as an education tool for universities, to be used as an alternative teaching method, with aims at introducing real estate investing skills to students, according to the Real Confidence University Challenge’s website. With the challenge, faculty are able to pursue a distinctive approach to education, showing the benefits of commercial real estate.

The competition, sponsored by The Atlus Group, required the student teams to allocate a hypothetical one billion dollars in real estate assets in December 2016. The assets will be tracked throughout 2017.

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University’s ABA Program Ranked Among Top 62 Nationwide

The University’s Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program was chosen to be among the top 62 in the nation, picked from a pool of 200 candidates, and is the only school in New Jersey to receive this honor.

The rankings were conducted by, an online publishing group that acts as a “dedicated resource on state licensing, education options, earning potential, practice domains”.

To be considered, programs needed to be held entirely online, fall within specific tuition brackets, and hold institutional accreditation through a Department of Education-recognized agency.

The program, led by Stacy Lauderdale, Ph.D., Department Chair and assistant professor in the Department of Special Education, and Mary Haspel, an instructor in the same department, has only been recently added to the Monmouth curriculum.

It is entirely online, and is designed to meet the course work requirements to sit for the Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) exam.

Approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB), the accrediting program for the program, those enrolled in the program will take six courses, with titles such as ‘Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis Principles,’ ‘Research and Advanced Topics in Autism and ABA,’ and ‘Ethics and Professionalism For Behavioral Analysis.’

“BCBA’s usually work with individuals on skill acquisition of behavior reduction, usually in terms of working with children with autism,” said Lauderdale.

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DeVos’ Title IX Guideline Changes to Affect Colleges

DeVos Title IX Affects CollegesEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Friday that the Education Department is rescinding the 2011 Obama-era ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, which offered guidance on how universities should handle sexual assaults under Title IX federal law.

The Department released a Q & A document comprised of guidelines and recommendations in order to aid schools handling sexual misconduct cases while the letter is under review.

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual identity for schools and programs that receive federal funding, including protection from sexual harassment.

DeVos’ reasoning behind rescinding the letter was to introduce new policy on allowing due process for those accused, and argued that the investigation process needed a higher standard of proof when investigating these cases, according to a 2017 CNN article. DeVos said on Friday that students facing accusations are interrogated before being formally accused.

This higher standard of proof, otherwise known as “clear and convincing evidence,” according to the article, means that in order to pursue any disciplinary action, there must be clear evidentiary support against the accused.

In the 2011 letter, the standard of evidence was significantly lower and only required “preponderance of evidence.” The temporary guidelines allow the possibility for both parties to negotiate if willing, which was not supported in the 2011 letter.

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Welcome Back from the Provost

Welcome Back ProvostDear Monmouth Hawks,

On behalf of the Office of Transformative Learning, I hope that your semester is off to a strong start. I would like to introduce to all of you the Transformative Ten (T10). This is a series of ten events designed to help you connect the major to prospective career options in preparation for life after Monmouth. This initiative is a direct response to student insights and, in particular, a result of the College Student Inventory (CSI) that is completed during the New Student Orientation. We are keenly aware that many students are concerned with exploring majors and determining career opportunities. The T10 brings together current and new programming for a complete portfolio of activities.

T10 activities are focused on developing your leadership, communication, problem solving, teamwork, digital literacy, and networking abilities. T10 events are available to all students. Attend and sign in at a minimum of three of the T10 events during the academic year and you will be invited to a capstone luncheon with a keynote speaker on employment/industry trends and networking opportunities.

Listed below is the T10 lineup and description of events:

The Transformative Ten (T10): My Major, My Career, My Life After Monmouth

Sophomore Start-Up (Scheduled for 9/28; 1:30-4:30pm; Wilson Hall Auditorium) - This event challenges sophomores to develop integral career skills in an “Amazing Race” style contest. Students will move from station to station, engaging in activities such as resume review, interview skills, personal branding and marketing, and digital profile refinement.

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University Activism Clubs Unite for Student Inclusivity

MU Activism Club Student Inclusivity 1Five of Monmouth University’s activism-oriented clubs hosted an open social on Sept. 12 to unite efforts of leadership and social responsibility on campus.

The Youth Activists (YAG), S.A.G.E (Students Advocating Girls Education), The Sociology Club, the Gender Studies club, and Sexuality, Pride, Education, Community, Truth, Respect, and Unity at Monmouth (SPECTRUM) collectively organized an evening social at Magill Commons.

The event gave current and new members an opportunity to meet and strategize progressive activism on campus in the new academic year.

“The Activist Meet and Greet was an uplifting and empowering event, forming a community on campus in a volatile time,” said Elizabeth Carmines, President of the Sociology Club and a senior political science student. “I think it is important that we create a safe space for students to express themselves and share their personal experiences so that we may all learn from them, and I believe Tuesday’s event did just that.”

Each club that co-hosted the event has similar missions and saw the opportunity to grow a stronger and more active community by working together. According to Jane Lai, President of SPECTRUM and junior English student, “This event was a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded individuals that push intersectional thought while erecting diversity and acceptance across campus.”

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University Mourns Beloved English Professor

University Mourns EvartsDr. Prescott Evarts, Jr., who had educated generations of students over the span of his 50-year career at the University, passed away at the age of 79 on Aug. 28.

Evarts was a beloved faculty member, influential professor, and a core member of the University community.

“Education was very much alive to him,” said Dr. Susan Goulding, Chair of the English Department, colleague, and friend of Evarts. “He really wanted students to learn,” she continued.

Evart’s passion for education began at an early age, when he attended New York City’s Buckley School and Saint Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire.

He then went on to study Greek History and Literature at Harvard University.

After receiving his BA, Evarts continued on to Columbia University where he completed his Ph.D. in English Literature.

Although literature was a large interest of Evarts’, he also stayed very active.

He played football at Harvard Law School, and ran track in high school.

He finished 17 marathons, including the Boston Marathon.

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Monmouth Rises in U.S. News’ Annual Rankings

MU US News Annual Rankings 1U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranked Monmouth University 28th in the Best Regional Universities North category for 2018, ten places higher from its original rank at 38th.

The higher ranking has been attributed to the hard work and dedication of the University over the span of nearly ten years to increase the academic quality of its freshman class. The University can consider itself one of the fastest rising institutions within the last 15 years due to its ten-place jump.

Robert D. McCaig, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Monmouth University, said, “Rankings mean a lot and U.S. News is one of the most important publications we rely on, in addition to the Princeton Review. Last year we scored a 69.4 percent six-year graduation rate. We scored higher than the U.S. News’ algorithm used for predicting, which was 64 percent. We scored six points higher than they had predicted. This accounts for nearly 30 percent of the U.S News methodology.”

Some of U.S. News’ primary criteria for ranking include graduation and retention rates, overall academic reputation, and student selectivity.

Their ranking system places importance on statistical measures that experts in education have researched and deemed to be indicators of academic excellence.

Indicators are scored given a specific weight of importance. From the original weighted scores, each school being ranked is given a score anywhere from zero to 100.

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