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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Welcome Back Letters 09-13-17

Welcome Back from the President

President Grey DimennaFellow Hawks:

It gives me great pleasure to welcome to Monmouth our freshmen, transfer and new graduate students for the first time and to welcome back our returning students. It has never been a better time to be a Hawk.

One of our greatest strengths as a university are the close bonds we share as a supportive community. Every member of our dedicated faculty and staff is here to help you succeed. An important hallmark of a Monmouth education is that students get to know their academic advisors, professors, coaches, resident assistants, and even the president. Please take advantage of the opportunities that Monmouth provides.

Over the summer we made many campus improvements to prepare for the 2017-2018 academic year. The most visible projects are the Science Building, which will be completed by the end of the Fall semester, and the recent opening of Kessler Stadium, home base for our track & field, lacrosse, and football programs. Please come out to support the Hawks throughout the year—and more importantly, get involved yourself.  Reach beyond your comfort zone by exploring clubs, organizations, internships, and volunteer opportunities. The more time you invest in your experience at Monmouth, both inside and outside of the classroom, the stronger your foundation for personal growth and postgraduate success will be.  

We are a family, and families stick together. Please watch out for each other, keep each other safe and lend a helping hand or a friendly ear when it is needed. Do your part to make Monmouth a community where all are accepted and welcomed, no matter their background. Your University years should be a time for intellectual exploration, debate and reflection. Push your boundaries and those of others but do so respectfully.

One of my major goals is to be very visible on campus, whether it is attending student events, eating in the student dining hall or just being out and about.  I believe it is important for you, the students, to see and interact with your President. 

Whether you are joining our community for the first time, returning as an undergraduate, or enrolled in a graduate degree program, I hope you will stop me and introduce yourself.  Nothing makes me happier than talking to you, the students.  At Monmouth, students come first. We are at our best when we work together to support one another, and I hope you share my excitement for an outstanding academic year ahead.

Grey J. Dimenna, Esq.


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Hurricane Activity Causes Gas Prices to Rise

Due to the recent hurricane activity and severe damage along the Gulf of Mexico, gas prices in New Jersey have risen more than $0.10 cents per gallon, which has left some state residents concerned about the correlation.

The increase in gas prices have been attributed to Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall in eastern Texas on Aug. 25.

Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, a firm that analyzes gas prices, spoke to Vox about the effects Harvey would have on the industry.

According to him, around 15 to 16 percent of all United States refining capacity was offline in the days before Hurricane Harvey.

Beyond Texas, however, the storm has affected the entire national economy, pushing gas prices to the highest they have been in two years, according to a Sept. 8 article from Business Insider.

In Long Branch, gas prices as of this week range from $2.69 to $2.79 per gallon, where just one month ago prices were averaged at $2.41 per gallon.

According to TIME Magazine, on Friday, Sept. 1, the national average for regular gas had increased $0.18 per gallon.

Within 24 hours of the storm, prices in Texas, Ohio, Georgia, and the Mid-Atlantic states had jumped by $0.10 a gallon.

Elizabeth Newcombe, a senior business management student, said, “My first reaction to the rise in price was annoyance because I have no alternative options. No matter how high the gas prices are I still need to buy gas and drive the same distance. I am trapped by our government and have no alternative for public transportation in town.”

 Some students at Monmouth have noticed the price hike in their daily commutes.

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University Kicks Off School Year With Rally Against Hate

Rally Against Hate 1Monmouth University professors and students launched a new school year with a rally on Sept. 6 to support students’ rights to free speech and freedom from harassment.

The rally was organized by a group of professors calling themselves Professors United for a Safe Haven (PUSH), who wanted to show support for university President Grey Dimenna’s recent statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence in all forms” and emphasizing “our shared commitment to building a community of mutual caring and respect, diversity, and integrity.”

Faculty gathered outside of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, clad in white t-shirts bearing the boldly printed message, “P.U.S.H Has Your Back.” While originally only 60 shirts were printed, nearly 130 professors and campus faculty participated in the demonstration.

Holding the event the first week of school was no incident, as the organization sought to let both new students, and returning students know that PUSH is here for them, and that hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated on the University campus, according to Dr. Lisa Dinella, associate professor of psychology.

 “It is important to us that our students coming into the fresh new year and those new to our community understand that this is an open and accepting environment and that their faculty will stand up for them,” Dinella said.

A number of professors involved in the rally said they wanted to set an example for their students in standing up for justice and inclusivity. “When we model for students how to unify against agendas of hate and discrimination, we are giving them a discourse they can follow in forming their own groups that are speaking up against bias,” said Carolyn Groff, who is chair and professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. “Many students would like to speak out, but they do not know how to get started. As professors, we are their role models and their greatest champions,” she said.

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President Grey Dimenna to Stay Another Year

University President Grey Dimenna will be extending his contract and serving until June 2019, instead of the originally-planned time frame of June 2018, according to an announcement on June 6, 2017.

Originally contracted to serve as president until June 2018, it was decided that the search for a new president would be too rushed if it had to be concluded by that date. According to Dimenna, searching for a new president is timely and complicated, and since the cycling takes place throughout the academic year, typically beginning in the fall, and can take more than a year.

“I love Monmouth, and even though I was really enjoying retirement, when Monmouth calls, it’s hard to say no,” he said.

Not wanting to rush the search, combined with a positive campus reaction about his presence, led to the extension. 

In 1993 , Dimenna became the first internal general counsel for the University; prior to his hiring, the legal counsel for the school was a local law firm. Then-president Rebecca Stafford hired him in February 1995 and in July of that year the title was changed to Vice President of Internal Counsel. After 20 and a half years of employment in that capacity, he retired in July 2015. 

Though Dimenna’s tenure as president  was always planned to be short, he was never known as the interim president.  

“The board had decided, pretty much from day one, that they didn’t want my title to be Interim president ,” Dimenna explained. “They felt that I was president, in the sense that I had full power, I had full authority, and they felt that using the title made more sense.”

After President Paul Brown’s  retirement in February of 2017, the University’s Board of Trustees wanted to have someone who was familiar with the campus in the role, while they underwent a national search for a new president.

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New Kessler Stadium Unveiled at First Football Home Game

New Kessler Stadium Unveiled 1Henni Kantor Kessler and John H. Kessler Stadium officially opened its doors to the public on Sept. 2 for the University football team’s first home game of the season against Lafayette College.

 The state of the art $16 million dollar stadium has become the newest athletic home for various University athletic teams, including football, track and field, and lacrosse.

The stadium, which started out as nothing more than a set of plans, was approved by the borough of West Long Branch zoning board in September of 2013. With demolition and construction officially beginning in the Fall semester of 2016, students said goodbye to the field at the annual Homecoming game, but were excited to see the results and completion of the project in the following ten months.

Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services said, “We were able to begin construction of Kessler Stadium right after the football season ended last year.  We hoped that by doing so we could get ahead of the schedule which we did, however, if you recall we had a really rainy spring so we lost the time we had achieved by starting early but at least we were not behind.”   

The new facility has come a long way from its original state as Kessler Field. Built in 1993, the field served as the home base for the University’s first football season and has been the location for every home game since.

The stadium’s namesake is thanks to Monmouth alumni, Henni Kantor Kessler and John H. Kessler, who gifted Monmouth with a substantial donation toward the stadium project.

The Kesslers were the original donors to the Kessler Field, and were actively involved with Monmouth athletics during their time at the University.

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