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Volume 91 (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)

Mezey Named Dean of Honors School

Mezey Dean Honors SchoolNancy Mezey, Ph.D., formerly an Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been named the Dean of the Honors School, effective Jan. 14. 

Mezey is a 17-year member of the University faculty and has been involved with the Honors School since she started. She has previously served as the Director of the Sociology Program, Curriculum

Coordinator of the Gender Studies Program, and advisor to the Sociology Club in addition to her role as a professor of social sciences. In the 2010-11 academic year, she received the Monmouth University Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award. 

“It feels great,” said Mezey. “To be the Dean of the Honors School, it allows me to use my skills as a professor, my skills as a researcher, and my skills as an administrator to lead what I think is a fabulous asset of Monmouth University.”

Mezey is excited to utilize her program building skills in her new position. She was originally asked to come to Monmouth University to build what is now the sociology program.

“Within my second year we had a minor back up and running because we did not have a minor or a major; by 2010 we had a major,” she said. “That experience of program building just let me know that I really enjoyed that, so when I look at the Honors School and some of the great things that it has going and some of the directions we can go in, it all requires that.”

Another experience that Mezey is looking forward to utilizing in her new position was having the opportunity to work with faculty across a variety of fields in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is the largest school on campus with 10 departments and three centers of distinction.

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Greek Organizations Return to Campus

Greek Organizations Return 1Greek Life at Monmouth University has been officially reinstated by the University administrators for the spring 2019 semester following an indefinite suspension, effective immediately. 

This news came via a campus-wide email from President Grey Dimenna, Esq. on January 14. 

“I am deeply appreciative of the sincere passion and care that has helped us to resolve the important academic, cultural, and safety issues that are so central to many of our students,” he wrote. “And I am confident that our collaborative efforts will enhance the fraternity and sorority experience for our students and ensure a system that is safe, sound, and strong.”

The imposed Greek suspension prohibited non-educational activities on Sept. 6. 

It ceased social, philanthropic, and recruitment events for the 750+ students involved in Greek Life for an indefinite amount of time.

The action was prompted following poor academic performance within Greek Life, hazing allegations, the shutdown of two fraternities, and the death of a student in an alcohol-related accident on Feb. 3, 2018.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, is anticipating the return of Greek Life. 

“The proposal that was made was sufficient enough for the restoration to occur,” she said. “It hit on key areas of concern that we had, first and foremost the academic focus. 

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Patrick Leahy Named 10th President of the University

Patrick Leahy 10th President 1The University’s Board of Trustees announced that Patrick Leahy, Ed.D., will serve as the University’s 10th president, effective Aug. 1, 2019. The announcement was made at an event in Woodrow Wilson Hall on Dec. 14 where the incoming president addressed the University community.

Leahy emerged as the Board’s unanimous selection from a pool of more than 100 highly accomplished leaders in the nationwide search. He will succeed Grey J. Dimenna, Esq., who will conclude his tenure on July 31.

“I am thrilled to begin my tenure as the next president of Monmouth University,” Leahy said at the event last month. “Monmouth has continually demonstrated its willingness to evolve to meet the needs of all students and is dedicated to serving an increasingly diverse student body.”

Leahy joins the University from Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, where he has served as president since 2012 and led the development of a comprehensive strategic plan that focused the University’s efforts and resources on teaching, research, and civic engagement. The plan set the stage for key initiatives and accomplishments including: the introduction of 20 new academic programs; strategic enrollment growth in online master’s programs and doctoral degrees, including the launch of the University’s first doctoral program; investments in faculty scholarship and research, resulting in the University’s first five patents; and innovative external partnerships that expanded the University’s reach and supported the local community.

Prior to his time at Wilkes, Leahy was a senior administrative leader at the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA, from 2004 to 2012. He first served as Vice President of University Relations, successfully completing a $129 million comprehensive capital campaign. He was then promoted to Executive Vice President, where he was responsible for development, government relations, undergraduate and graduate admission, intercollegiate athletics, planning, and information technology. Leahy also taught in the Business Leadership Honors Program.

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Howell Announced as New Director of Development

default article imageDavid Howell has been hired by the University as the new Director of Development for the Leon Hess Business School (LBHS) as of Aug. 20.  

 Howell noted his exciting parts about his new position and said, “Becoming part of a new community, and a thriving, rising Monmouth [University]. community at that; the opportunity to meet new faculty, staff and a whole new set of constituents; and joining the same institution my younger sister and sister-in-law experienced back in the 1980’s.”

Jonathan Meer, Vice President for University Advancement, said, “Dave Howell is a tremendous addition to our senior fundraising team. He has decades of successful fundraising experience, first at UPenn and then at Choate Rosemary Hall, one of the best college prep schools in America. And he’s originally from this area so he’s already familiar with (and known by) a number of our top donors and prospective contributors.”  

Howell said, “[I want to] make a difference in the lives of our students and faculty by partnering with alumni and friends of the business school regarding their charitable giving.”

He continued that he would also like to, “address the LHBS varied funding needs from scholarships to faculty support and development to the Hawk Capital Fund to naming our Financial Markets Lab.”  

Meer praised the University’s decision to embrace the ‘unit-based fundraising. This type of program entails each school/department having its own fundraiser that aims to help it fund its major necessities. Howell credited LHBS not having their own fundraiser for creating Howell’s job as Director of Development.  

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Public Servant-in-Residence Panel at Wilson Auditorium

Public Servant PanelThe University hosted its second open-forum panel discussion with the Public Servant-in-Residence program on bridging the partisan divide in Wilson Auditorium on Friday, Nov. 30. 

The Office of the President and the Department of Political Science and Sociology coordinated the Public Servant-in-Residence program and is featuring former New Jersey state-Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) as its 2018-2019 Public Servant-in-Residence.

Along with Kyrillos, other panelists in this discussion included: Patrick Murray, Director of the Polling Institute; Julie Roginksy, Democratic strategist and founder of Optimus Communications; Jeanette Hoffman, Republican strategist and President of Marathon Public Affairs; and David Chen, a New York Times reporter.

During the discussion, the panelists evaluated the current political climate and causes of polarization, as well as how this polarization could reduce efficiency in government and what can be done to bridge the divide between political parties. 

“Partisanship in party politics are nothing new in America,” said Kyrillos. “Having spent the last three decades, if you can believe it, in public office, I can tell you from personal experience that our politics have become the least over that time span, angry and more toxic.”

Kyrillos explained that when he began his career as a state assemblyman in 1988, partisanship did exist, but there was a common understanding amongst leaders to combat it. “We had different priorities, we had different policy objectives, we strategized how to advance those objectives and gain the upper hand, off course we did all those things, but I seem to remember a culture of collegiality among legislatives much more so than today,” he explained. “At our best on both sides of the aisle there was an underlying willingness to have good faith negotiation strike principle compromises, to make the state better and make it stronger.”

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University Participates in Giving Tuesday

Giving TuesdayThe University participated in Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving dedicated to creating an international day of charitable giving at the beginning holiday season, last Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Affairs set up a table in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center to encourage the students, faculty, and members on campus to make donations of any size to support the University and its fundraising initiatives. 

Efforts were made to raise money by asking donors to support University Athletics on Giving Tuesday by giving a gift to some of the 20 sports teams during the holiday season, as well as to raise money for the University’s new scholarship campaign, Together We Can.

The goal of this campaign is to raise $15 million in gifts and pledges by June 30, 2019. Even before its efforts on Giving Tuesday, the University has already made much progress toward reaching its goal for the campaign. Since October, development stands at $10.3 million, about 68 percent of the way to reaching the University’s goal.

Jonathan Meer, Vice President for University Advancement, explained that the Division of University Advancement is providing staffing support and overall daily logistical management of the Campaign. “One of our top priorities has been to recruit a volunteer committee (The Campaign Cabinet) that is fully representative of the breadth of the University community. That obviously includes students, faculty, staff, Trustees, alumni, parents, and local businesses,” he said. 

Efforts by the campaign are to reach and exceed its $15 million goal in order to accelerate the University’s trajectory of academic excellence, in order to enable highly qualified students from economically, geographically, and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply and attend.  

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Measles Outbreak Spreads Across NJ

Eighteen People Infected With Measles Across New Jersey

Infected Measles NJEighteen people are infected with measles in Passaic County since the outbreak began in Ocean County, according to a recent report published by the Asbury Park Press on Saturday, Dec. 1. 

Kathy Maloney, Director of Health Services, explained that the symptoms of measles start with a fever (as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit), runny nose, cough, sore throat, and red eyes and then progress with a rash that spreads across the entire body. “Measles is caused by a virus and is known medically as rubeola.,” Maloney said. People are considered contagious from four days before to four days after the rash appears. Measles cases typically last for 14 days. 

 Jeffrey Weisburg, a specialist professor of biology, said, “Measles are no joking matter and can be extremely dangerous. Usually a person infected with measles develops a rash that spread over the entire body that starts out flat but can eventually lead to a raised rash.”

Weisburg noted that the fever that accompanies the rash can be as high as 104 degrees. Measles can cause serious health complications including pneumonia and encephalitis (brain swelling). 

Students should be wary of interacting with other students that are infected with the measles virus, as it is highly contagious. Maloney said, “[Measles] is spread through direct contact with air droplets from an infected person.  The virus can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the area.” 

Emily Kania, a sophomore health studies student, said, “The measles outbreak is absolutely terrifying. There will be, without a doubt, more measles cases in the upcoming month. The worst part about it is that it is 100 percent preventable. I hope people educate themselves and take measures to keep themselves and family members safe.” 

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Buddy and Me Program Hosted by School of Education

Buddy and Me Program Celebrated

Buddy Me ProgramThe School of Education held a celebration for the Buddy and Me Program, a partnership between the University and the Amerigo A. Anastasia Elementary School in West Long Branch, in Anacon Hall on Thursday, Nov. 29. 

The event was held for the elementary students in the program to celebrate their new "Buddies," and to say goodbye to previous Buddies whose service hours were over this semester. University students participating in their service learning classes, and University staff who taught the service learning classes, and the coordinators of the program were all in attendance, along with the office staff from the C&I office in the School of Education.  

The students and staffers were served breakfast, and they participated in games like tic-tac-toe and musical chairs; and the Anastasia elementary school awarded the University students with a certificate for their work in the program. 

The program works with elementary school students from grades first to fifth, first to fifth grade students from the elementary school, the University’s first year and special education classes, and the Monmouth service learning project. It originated three years ago under the leadership of Ruth Morris, Ed.D., Chair of the Department of Early Childhood Education, Markus Rodriguez, a student advisor at the elementary school and Nikita Grinnell, a teacher of a third-grade self-contained class at the elementary school, to create a program that would change the lives of many underprivileged children. 

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Model UN Competes at National Competition in Washington, D.C.

Model UN Competes DCThe University’s Model United Nations (UN) Team competed at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) contest in Washington D.C., through the weekend of Friday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 11.

NMUN is hosted by the United Nations, and over 100 universities participated, including domestic universities from all over the United States, and universities from Italy, China, Philippines, France, India, Fiji, and Canada. 

The University’s team was led by the following Head Delegates: Daniel Gerdon, a sophomore political science student; Nick Gibson, a sophomore political science student.

Sophomore finance student Teniya Manu and Mckenna Mallory, a junior political science and finance student, accompanied first time competers Katelyn Quino, a sophomore chemistry student; Kayvon Paul, a senior political science student, Nick Boice, a sophomore political science student; and Nicholas Coscarelli, a junior political science student.

Mackenzie Ricca, a co-President of the University’s Model UN team and sophomore political science student, said that Model UN is “an informative, eye-opening experience,” and that being involved in these vigorous competitions surrounded by other talented students helps team members work harder. 

To prepare for the conference, Ricca suggested to team members that they prepare binders full of research, elaborate speeches, and competitive policymaking strategies. 

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Legalized Betting Comes to New Jersey

Legalized Betting NJThe legalization of sports betting in New Jersey this past summer has brought a new audience to the once exclusively horse racing location of the Monmouth Park Racetrack, which opened the William Hill sportsbook on June 14. 

The United States Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a law passed by Congress a quarter century ago that forced states to keep sports gambling bans on the books this May. The justices ruled in 6-3 decision, clearing the way for other states to join Nevada in allowing bets to be placed on individual games.

“Now that the live racing season is over, sports betting has transformed Monmouth Park into a 12-month facility – taking bets seven days a week on pro football, basketball, hockey and much more,” said Brian Skirka, Marketing Manager at Monmouth Park. 

Governor of New Jersey Phil Murphy kicked off the opening of Monmouth Park sportsbook in Oceanport by placing the first legal sports bet in the state on June 14. 

Murphy placed two $20 wagers respectively on Germany to win the World Cup as well as the New Jersey Devils to win the Stanley Cup. 

“We had been fighting the sports betting battle for many years and were prepared to a certain extent leading up to the first day of wagering,” said Skirka. “There were certain wirings and equipment that by law we couldn’t receive until the actual Supreme Court ruling, so set-up for those things took a few weeks after the ruling.”  

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Heart Rate Monitors Provided to Student-Athletes

Heart Rate Monitors Provided 1The University will be entering its second year of a five-year grant allowing athletic teams to use the Polar Team Pro performance tracking system.

According to their official website, Polar Team Pro combines GPS and motion tracking technology with heart rate monitoring to create the ultimate solution for player performance tracking in team sports. The Polar Team Pro system allows you to wear a strap and a heart rate monitor around your chest. After a hard workout, you plug the monitor and clip it back on the board, so that the data can be synced to the iPad provided. 

“A person’s heart rate can tell us how much stress the athlete is experiencing at a given time throughout the year: off-season, pre-season, and in-season. The heart rate isn’t the only thing that the Polar Team Pro system can do; however, it measures accelerations, decelerations, running distance (volume), and speed (intensity),” said Strength and Conditioning Assistant Bri Rubino. The additional factors give the strength and conditioning professionals the complete story in terms of the physiological stress that an athlete endures in lift, practice, and games. 

“Many of us have developed training plans over time based on trial and error as well as scientifically-backed research that has worked for others in the field, but the Polar Team Pro system makes this much easier,” said Rubino. She explained that she feels that it is no longer necessary to guess which energy system is being taxed during a given conditioning session or drill.

“The heart rate monitors tell us what heart zone each athlete is currently in and what percentage of time they are in each zone. There is no longer a need to guess how long it will take an athlete to recover from a difficult practice or game,” she said. 

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