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Volume 90 (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)

Annual Kortney Rose Foundation Fundraiser Held by University Students and Former Staff Members

Annual Kortney Rose FundraiserMonmouth students joined efforts to fundraise for pediatric brain cancer research across the tri-state area in collaboration with the Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25.

Over the weekend, volunteers partnered with 16 different Turning Point restaurants, including one in Pier Village. The volunteers would raise awareness for the need of funding for pediatric brain tumor/ central nervous system research while offering customers the opportunity to support the cause through donations from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

This weekend the volunteers successfully raised $74,000, compared to $57,300 last year. The fundraiser is an annual event that has been happening since 2010 and has raised about $325,000 over the years to support research through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) due to efforts by the KRF.

The KRF is a non-profit organization that was founded by Kristen Gillette, a former secretary of the University’s political science and sociology department from 2010-2017 and former assistant to the editor of Monmouth’s magazine. Gillette’s daughter, Kortney, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, brainstem glioma, in 2005 and had been treated at CHOP herself during her battle with the disease.

The KRF was founded in 2006 after Kortney had passed. It was at this time that Gillette temporarily left Monmouth University, later to return to fill a secretarial position until she left to run the foundation full time in spring of 2017. The organization now has raised nearly $2 million for research on pediatric brain and central nervous system tumors with the intention of discovering better treatments and potential cures.

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“Major Caffeine Buzz” Event Aims to Help Students Choose Between Possible Majors

default article imageUniversity students made their way to Anacon Hall in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center to learn of potential majors in a speed-dating style meeting with faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

This was an open-door event where students were invited to walk in at any time between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Major Caffeine Buzz offered an opportunity for undeclared students or those considering a change of major to analyze possible majors and receive career advice from faculty. The event was part of the Transformative 10 series, a set of events that was created based off of student survey data that indicated that University students wanted more career preparation opportunities.

Anthony Urmey, Director of Transfer Services and Undeclared Students at was responsible for organizing the event.

“It was heavy-lifting, which any new event will be because you’re creating everything from scratch,” Urmey said, mentioning that there had been some issues marketing the event to students.  “I feel that many of the marketing challenges were not specific to our program. Between classes and extra-curricular activities, work, and family obligations, most students have busy schedules. It’s difficult to find time to attend events.”

Anacon Hall was filled with tables, each labeled for a separate undergraduate department, including career services. According to Urmey, there was a representative of every undergraduate department, including a representative from career services and two undeclared counselors.

“Faculty are an amazing resource for information and connections in your chosen profession,” Urmey continued. “Additionally, your classmates today will be your colleagues tomorrow. Start networking now; create a LinkedIn page; develop a personal brand. All these actions will pay dividends.”

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Students and Faculty Question Study Abroad Practices

Study Abroad Practices 1Studying abroad is an opportunity that some students agree can be life-changing. Students are able to live in another country and take courses at a foreign university. While grateful for the opportunity, some students and faculty believe that the University’s study abroad programs should be improved.

Currently, the University offers four undergraduate programs for study abroad in Florence, Italy; London, England; Sydney, Australia; and Cadiz, Spain. Programs starting in the near future will also allow students to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina or Heidelberg, Germany.

According to Jon Stauff, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Global Education, 315 students participated in some form of education abroad, through either a semester or summer study abroad program, a faculty-led program, or a service trip last year. Approximately 100 students specifically studied abroad in the same time frame.

The Global Education Office (GEO) is responsible for these programs. According to their website, the GEO’s mission is “to provide curricular and co-curricular opportunity for immersive and transformative experiences for faculty and students to promote interdisciplinary international education, a compassionate understanding of the world, and global engagement toward creating socially responsible citizenship."

While each of these programs are overseen by the GEO, each location is unique in a variety of areas, including living arrangements, University faculty involvement, language requirements, and general program preparation. Students are required to attend a number of pre-departure meetings prior to their time abroad.

Each program is partnered with a university abroad that hosts Monmouth students. Lorenzo de’ Medici is responsible for Florence students, Regents University is responsible for London students, University of Cadiz is responsible for Cadiz students, and Macquarie University is responsible for Sydney students.

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Security of Pier Village Apartments Questioned

Duplicated Key Provided: Unauthorized Access to Student Apartment

Pier Village 1After an unnamed student was given access to a Pier Village apartment via an “unauthorized duplicate” key, some students question the security of University-sponsored apartments.

According to Ashley Chavez, a senior communication student who lived in Apartment 426 during the 2016 – 2017 school year, an anonymous female student who lived in the same apartment lost her key. Rather than Chavez's apartment-mate report her loss to the University and pay a $104.95 fine for a replacement, she convinced a maintenance employee at Pier Village complex to give her a free duplicate key. 

“She asked the maintenance guy to let her in because we Pier Village people always use the concierge, never the resident assistants,” Chavez said, citing a five dollar fee charged by resident assistants to unlock doors. “So, she got let in and she managed to convince them to let her keep one."

Since the Office of Residential Life was unaware of the former student's duplicate key, she still had access to her apartment after graduation. 

According to Megan Jones, Associate Director of Residential Life, this is the first time a situation of this nature has been reported to the University. The University has been leasing apartments in Pier Village since 2005. 

“Pier Village management issues apartment keys to the University and Residential Life staff, in turn, distributes those keys to the individual students assigned to those units,” said Jones. “When students vacate the apartments, they are required to return their keys to the University. If any of the occupants’ keys are not returned, the locks are changed.” 

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Alumnus Stands With NJ Against Off-Shore Drilling

Alumnus 1University alumnus Zack Karvelas represented Oceana at the New Jersey Citizen's Rally to insist on ocean preservation and to counter plans by U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to open a majority of the Atlantic coast for off-shore drilling for fossil fuels. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 14 businesses, congressmen, scientists, and environmentalists gathered in Hamilton,  NJ to give the people an opportunity to voice their concerns and oppositions against potential plans to drill along the coast. 

Trump's Executive Order 13795, signed on April 28, 2017, if pursued, will remove current regulation that preserves the coasts and seabeds in exchange for opening these areas to oil and gas drilling by various controversial means of extraction. 

Karvelas, a member of the graduating class of 2017, represented Oceana, one of the world's largest international conservation organization focused on ocean protection at the event as a grassroots field intern.

According to Karvelas, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is hosting meetings with parties interested in the executive order without offering the public an opportunity to speak directly to the assembled attendees beyond a written comment via mail or online submissions. 

“The BOEM representatives speak strictly about how the potential coastal exploration is safe and whatever it is you want to hear in order to support it, but does not give opportunity for the public to voice their opposition. We host press conferences and public testimony to give people opportunity to be heard, and show how strongly opposed the public is,” said Karvelas. 

“The Department of the Interior purposefully does not hold these meetings in the coastal communities because that is where they are going to face the most opposition against their proposals,” said Karvelas. “Coastal communities would be the first and worst affected if there was a spill. These hearings are held in places where there may be less opposition, the counter-rally creates a voice for those in the coastal environment.”

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Debate Team Earns Awards in Tournament

Debate TeamThe Monmouth University debate team reached the semi-final round of a debate tournament hosted at the New School in New York City, taking home several awards.

The tournament, which was the weekend of Feb. 10, is the fifth tournament that the University has competed in this academic year. Twelve students attended the tournament. Sophomore computer science student Matthew Cohen and sophomore communication student Claudia Dimondo reached the semi-final round, and junior social work student Sarah Bowers and sophomore clinical lab sciences student Michael Scognomillo reached the quarter-final playoff round. Freshman business management student Nicholas Goranites also took home a seventh place individual speaking award.

“The experience was so great and my partner and I made it to the semi-finals,” said Dimondo, who was partnered with Cohen. “Going into the tournament, I was nervous because we were going up against some really good, experienced teams, but Matt and I proved that as long as you work well together, communicate, and have fun, you can succeed.”

Other competing University students included seniors Sabrina Saenger and Ryan Kelly, juniors Gregory Harpe and Kaitlin Allsopp, and sophomore students Landon Myers, Alexis Vasquez, and Yendelli Bello. All are political science students.

The tournament included approximately 100 debaters from several universities including Boston College, New York University, the New School, and the United States Military Academy.

“This school year’s resolution was debating if the federal government should implement a single payer healthcare policy,” said Goranites. “Essentially, should the federal government be responsible for funding health care for all people within the United States, as opposed to private insurance companies? After many intense rounds of debating for and against a single payer health care policy, my partner Yendelli Bello and I won two rounds and lost four.”

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Thomas A. Edison Science Hall Construction Completed, Celebrated

Edison Science Hall 1The University celebrated the completion of the $40 million Thomas A. Edison Science Hall construction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

The event consisted of student-led tours of the building followed by speeches given by prominent figures from the campus and the surrounding area involved in the renovation process, including: Dean of the School of Science Steven Bachrach, Ph.D.; University President Grey Dimenna, Esq.; State Senator Vin Gopal; Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling; Assemblywoman Joann Downey; and Mayor of West Long Branch Janet Tucci.

Featured speakers for the event included a freshman biology student Jesse Bragger, who gave remarks about what the new renovations mean for students in her cohort. 

Bragger spoke about how the new lab facilities and study accommodations make learning easier for her and her fellow students and were crucial to her decision to attend the University.

All of the renovation and additions to the building took about a year and a half to complete according to Bachrach. The building now boasts new teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, study areas, and an atrium with an accompanying multipurpose room.

“The event was really [held] just to thank everybody who had been involved in that project, the people that initiated the idea, the Board of Trustees who supported it through paying for it, [and] some donors that provided funding for parts of the building,” said Bachrach. He also noted that representatives from the State Assembly and State Senate were present and were recognized for their support in getting the State of New Jersey to contribute $5 million to help complete the project. 

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Career Services and Department of Criminal Justice Host Joint Internship Event

default article imageThe Department of Criminal Justice and the Guardians Club held a joint event with Career Services, inviting New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) cyber liaison officer Melissa Pisaniello and Sergeant Brad Baylor of the New Jersey State Police to speak about their work and the internship opportunities in their respective fields.

According to Mass, 35 people attended the event, including students from a variety of disciplines. 

“The Guardians Club hosts several guest speaker events,” said Jamie Tilton, President of the Guardians Club and a senior homeland security student. “However, this is one of the rare guest speaker events that encourage all students, regardless of major, to apply for an internship.” 

“We thought it’d be important because cyber security and cybercrime is the 21st century law enforcement now,” said Nicholas Sewitch, Chair of the Criminal Justice Department and Internship Coordinator. “That is one of the key areas in terms of enforcement, particularly at the federal level. In fact, a lot of federal agencies look for students who are qualified in that area or have experience or training in that area, so we thought that this would be good for students.” 

According to Jeffrey Mass, the assistant director of career services, the NJCCIC is New Jersey's "one-stop shop for cyber security information sharing, threat analysis, and incident reporting. The NJCCIC brings together analysts and engineers to promote statewide awareness of local cyber threats and widespread adoptions of best practices.” 

Pisaniello spoke about four NJCCIC divisions that students could apply to intern with. The areas discussed included the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Bureau, which assesses and improves the current risk posture of information management systems across the state. 

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Discovering MU's Graduate Center

MU Grad CenterWhile both undergraduate and graduate students alike are involved on the University’s campus, some graduate students have the opportunity to attend classes at the Monmouth University Graduate Center, located about two miles from the main campus, and has its own community of graduate students, offers four major programs of study, and is still in the process of growing.

The Graduate Center is home to Physician Assistant (PA), Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Addiction Studies programs. The Center features outfitted dedicated classrooms, clinical skills laboratories, observation rooms, and equipment to support each of these programs in the ways needed.

Michael Palladino, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Studies, offered that the idea for the Graduate Center stemmed from the realization that space on the main campus had become limited, and the University felt that graduate students needed a place they could go to properly be able to pursue their education at a facility that suited them.

“We are really trying to grow graduate education at Monmouth and create more graduate programs that will enhance the University as well as provide more options for our students. We are restricted to the amount of undergraduates we can have on campus, but with graduate studies, we can really build and part of the plan for graduate education is the graduate center,” Palladino said.

“We want more space for graduate students and we’re committed to creating an environment where graduate students can study apart from undergraduate students.”

Palladino also offered that additional space given to graduate students frees up more space on the main campus for undergraduate students.

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Artists, Biologists Unite for Endangered Species in New Jersey

Fiorentino ExhibitRare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition, an exhibition spotlighting endangered species native to New Jersey, was honored by a reception held in partnership with the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) this past Friday, Feb. 9 in Pollak Gallery. 

The event was an opportunity for the public to view this collection, meet artist Fiorentino, and donate to the CWF. All of the displayed paintings are for sale, with a portion of proceeds being donated in support of the CWF and its mission, according to David Wheeler the Executive Director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation.

The mission of the CWF is to aid biologists in protecting, understanding, and preserving the habitats and existence of these threatened species, according to Martin McHugh, former CWF Board Chairman and current Board member.

The Wildlife exhibition displays the art work of Fiorentino, capturing the “magnificent and minute details of endangered and threatened wildlife local to New Jersey,” said Wheeler.

This event offered an educational experience to the viewer as well an opportunity to connect with threatened animals and other wildlife. Amanda Green, a senior student of fine arts and the President of Artists for Change, said, “I didn’t know these animals were all native to New Jersey. Although, I did see a seal walk across the beach in Midway once. You never know what you’ll find here.”

“When I look at these pieces I feel a call to action. See, if there was just one animal here, like an eagle, it would not be very impactful, but seeing all of these different animals in a collection and knowing that they are all in danger and need our help to survive or their species will be gone forever, is very awakening, motivating, and meaningful,” Green continued.

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African American History Month Events to Continue Through February

default article imageThe University commemorated the start of African American History Month with its annual Flag Raising Ceremony on Feb. 1 in front of Wilson Hall.

The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, the African American Student Union (AASU), and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).

Crystalyn Espinal, Assistant Director of Student Activities, described how each year’s Flag Raising Ceremony is “unique.” This year, student input was more focused on the beginnings of African American History Month.

According to Espinal, the original ceremony would have had observers gathered on the patio of Wilson Hall as two student leaders raised the flag with the help of Facilities Management.

Instead, Espinal implemented an impromptu moment of silence and encouraged all students and faculty to stand together with the student leaders as the flag was raised.

“It was just out of respect for those who have fought and represented the meaning of [the flag],” she said of the moment of silence.

Espinal went on to detail how the new format encouraged conversation between attendees afterward.

“I liked standing with the [club] officers and with facilities [management] and with our student leaders versus just up at Wilson from afar," she explained.

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