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Volume 92 (Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)

Wilson Hosts Panel on Inequality

Wilson InequalityThe annual Conversation and Action series, which explored a range of social and policy issues related to gender inequality, began in Wilson Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 25. 

The two-day event consisted of a dynamic discussion that included diverse perspectives on a current topic of interest to feminist scholars and activists. The theme of this year’s event was Title IX, sexual assault, and college campuses. 

 Jack Ford, an award-winning journalist and former prosecutor, led the discussion.

Panelists included Wagatwe Wanjuki, feminist anti-violence activist, speaker, writer, and digital strategist; Andrew T. Miltenberg, Esq, veteran trial lawyer and due process advocate; Laura Luciano, victim advocate, Associate Director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance; Jordan Draper, Ph.D., Title IX Coordinator and Dean of Students, TCNJ; Jennifer McGovern, Ph.D., MU Assistant Professor of Sociology and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative; Stephanie Wright, Assistant Director of Student Conduct, Rutgers and former Greek Life Leadership Coordinator, Montclair State University; and, Michael J. Rein, Deputy Chief of University Police, Institutional Planning and Operations and University Public Safety at Rutgers. 

Ford guided the discussion, proposing a hypothetical dilemma constructed from real-life cases of sexual assault and Title IX advocacy. He described a small college campus where a “clearly distraught” woman calls campus police and said, “I think I’ve been assaulted.” 

Rein described how his office at Rutgers would handle a report of assault. The police would try to respond to her location and ask if she was injured. When calm, they would pose tougher questions such as “Do you know who assaulted you? Do you remember any sights or smells?” 

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New Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations

New Director RelationsChris Hellstrom has appointed himself with the Monmouth University community as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations in the Division of University Advancement.

Hellstrom’s new role will be to plan and accomplish the institutions fundraising program to solidify financial support from businesses. He will control the endowment and finance proposal that will enhance the University’s academic obligations and develop acknowledgment of company and principle sponsorship in conjunction with the Office of Grants and Contracts at the University.

Hellstrom is hoping in the first six months to identify 50 new funders interested in supporting Monmouth University and match them with some of the unique opportunities that Monmouth offers. He also believes this exciting time to start at Monmouth especially with a new president, Dr. Patrick Leahy, who has articulated the process for a new strategic vision for the future of the University. “We have a variety of priorities set by each dean, such as additional funding for our Visiting Writers series, resources for the SIM Lab for our Nursing Department, and support for our financial literacy programs. We have renowned centers of distinction including the Monmouth Polling Institute and the Urban Coast Institute and I will help to support the Institute for Global Understanding and the Institute of Health and Wellness as well as new programs and initiatives for data science and risk management and insurance,” he said.

A native of Colts Neck, New Jersey, Hellstrom earned his B.A. in psychology and his M.A. in political theory from CUNY, Staten Island, as well as a doctorate of Arts in English Literature from St. John’s University (NY).

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"Just Beach/After Sandy" Exhibition Debuts

Just Beach ExhibitionAn art exhibition titled “Just Beachy/After Sandy,” created by Karen Bright, MFA, a Professor of Art, and Amanda Stojanov, an Assistant Professor of Communication, is displayed in DiMattio Gallery located in Rechnitz Hall, where its opening reception took place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. 

The exhibit is a public participatory art installment that highlights the effects of Hurricane Sandy and shares the stories of residents who were impacted. It consists of four parts: The Drying Station, Nine Feet High, The Climate Shelter, and The Transformer.

 Bright was inspired to make something that would bring people together to share their stories. “I kept hearing Sandy story after Sandy story and I felt that it was kind of forgotten on the national stage, and I felt that people had a lot to talk about even though it was 7 years ago.” 

Bright explained that she personally had questions like, ‘Why didn’t we have more warning time?’ and ‘Did the full moon have anything to do with it?’ Her work has been environmentally themed since the 80s. 

Bright’s “The Drying Station,” contains nearly a century of scientific data for natural phenomena such as high tide levels, wave heights, and wind speeds on the Jersey Shore. That information was interpreted and converted to graphics on beach towels, representative of measurements. 

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Debate Hawks Win at Binghamton

Debate Win BinghamtonThe Monmouth University Debate Hawks had two teams win playoff rounds against George Mason University at the Phyliss Schatz Invitational hosted by SUNY-Binghamton last weekend, Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22. 

The tournament included approximately 150 debaters from teams representing 14 universities including: Cornell University, George Mason University, New York University, the U.S. Naval Academy, West Point Military Academy, West Virginia University, Liberty University, University of Rochester, Rutgers, and the New School, among others.  

Two Monmouth teams made it into the playoff rounds on Sunday after competing in six rounds of competition, before defeating two George Mason University teams in the first playoff round: MacKenzie Ricca, a junior political science student, and Matthew Gruhler, a senior political science student; and Payton Collander, a junior criminal justice student, and Anthony Cendagorta, a sophomore sociology student.

After their victories in the playoff rounds, the teams of Ricca and Gruhler, and Collander and Cendagorta went on to debate West Point and Liberty University, respectively, both losing by close margins. The two teams received awards for scoring playoff victories, and were recognized at the award ceremony Sunday afternoon.

“I have been debating since last year, and SUNY-Binghamton was my fourth tournament,” said Gruhler. “This was Mackenzie’s first but at the tournament, she seemed like a seasoned vet due to her sheer determination to practice as much as possible.”

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Study Abroad Fair

Students International ProgramsThe annual Study Abroad Fair, which informs students of global University-sponsored educational programs, was held on the Rebecca Stafford Student Center Patio on Wednesday, Sept. 18. 

Monmouth currently offers five semester-long programs, that were all represented at the event:  London, England at Regent’s University London; Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University; and/or Florence, Italy (offered in fall only) at Lorenzo de Medici; at the Study Abroad Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina; or with the European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany.

Students are required to take six credits during the semester programs and can fulfill a six-credit GU/CD requirement in the Cádiz, Spain program and the Experiential Education Requirement during both summer programs.

International Studies Abroad (ISA), the global learning-service company that Monmouth partners with for their study abroad program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was also offering internships abroad. Chris Pennebaker, Associate Director of Internships, said, “We’re highlighting two different options this year: Buenos Aires and internships abroad for students in any career field.” 

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Monmouth Holds Climate Crisis Teach-In

Monmouth Climate CrisisThe Climate Crisis Teach-In, which allowed students and faculty to ask questions and observe professional lectures regarding the state of climate change, took place within Wilson Hall on Friday, Sept. 20.

Nine speakers presented over a three and a half hour period, relating the issue of climate change to multiple topics ranging from the crisis’ impact on plant communities to real estate. The presenters represented different fields of expertise, including science, sociology, ecology and business. 

The Teach-In was live-streamed throughout the entirety of its program, and a light vegetarian lunch was served during brief intermissions between speakers.

Kayla C. Lewis, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Physics, gave a lecture, entitled, “Why Climate Models are Trustworthy.” Lewis discussed the accuracy of climate models created decades ago, and how these models reflected a future remarkably similar to the present we live today. 

“The model is not some simple thing,” Lewis explained. “It’s this complicated set of equations describing what's going to happen all over the world. These models did a good job of predicting what would happen in the past. That gives us confidence that they would do a good job predicting what would happen in the future.”

Every lecture was followed by a 10 minute Q&A period for conference attendees before a transition from one speaker to the next. 

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SGA Addresses Food Insecurity

SGA Food Insecurity

The Student Government Association (SGA) partnered with Fulfill, a mobile food pantry, to provide nearly 100 students struggling with food insecurity or lacking an on-campus meal plan with fresh, nutritious food, on Sept. 17.

Mehdi Husaini, a senior biology student and former SGA president, was key in nurturing the relationship between Fulfill and Monmouth’s decision to approve the mobile food pantry.

“Fulfill became involved last year after an event both they and SGA attended, sponsored by the Center for the Arts, where we tabled to raise awareness about The Nest (the on-campus food pantry) and Fulfill's ongoing programming in Monmouth county,” Husaini said. “I represented SGA at the event and wanted to see if we could do joint programming in the future. The mobile pantry idea was a result of the start of this partnership. Everyone at the organization has been so supportive and helpful over the last year, and it's easy to tell they are committed to fighting hunger in New Jersey.”

The Nest is Monmouth University’s on-campus, student-run food pantry which aims to increase access of nutritious meals to students struggling with food insecurity. The facility is open 3 days a week and secured its location on the lower level of the student center, maintained inventory, and increased community outreach last year.

“It really is a team effort and as this year's manager, I'm looking to continue to expand products we offer to accommodate for dietary needs and convenience,” Husaini said.

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Criminal Justice Department Commemorates 9/11

CJ Dept 911On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the University’s Department of Criminal Justice in conjunction with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum held a video screening, panel discussion, and gallery exhibit in Pollak Theatre. 

In coordination with events in the five boroughs of New York City, Monmouth University was the only New Jersey location hosting this exhibition.

The program, “Commemorating 9/11: Art, Perspective, and Reflections,” gave faculty a chance to voice their perspectives and stories from that day. Attendees listen to speeches by Virginia S. Bauer, a member of the Board of Directors for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, as well as Douglas Collier, Criminal Justice Director of Professional Outreach and Engagement; John Comiskey, Ed.D., an Assistant Professor of homeland security; Christopher DeRosa, Ph.D., Department Chair of History and Anthropology; and Melissa Ziobro, a Specialist Professor of public history. 

Both Comiskey and Collier were prominent members of law enforcement at the time of the attacks. Collier said, “This event especially is one that will continue the conversation of criminal justice and homeland security. Our platform is never to be forgotten as the years go on, we can never forget the first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

Collier also mentioned how important this discussion is for our students, “It is critically important in why we study criminal justice policies and how they change the process of criminal justice reform.”

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100 Clubs Exhibited At the Annual Involvement Fair

Clubs Annual FairThe annual Involvement Fair, which allows students to connect with various on-campus organizations and get involoved, took place on Shadow Lawn on Friday, Sept. 13. 

With nearly 100 clubs and organizations set up in front of Wilson Hall, the event provided students with the opportunity to get involved by connecting with new people who share similar interests, and to find their niche on campus.

“Clubs and organizations take this opportunity to promote themselves to the students,” said Amy Bellina, Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations. 

“It is an easy way for students to learn about the opportunities that are available to them,” she continued.

Bellina stressed the importance of becoming active on campus by utilizing the many student-run clubs and organizations at the University. “Being involved in clubs, organizations, and various activities gives students a chance to meet other students, feel more a part of the Monmouth community, build resume experience, develop relationships with people that may be mentors for them, learn more about a particular area of study, try something new, and to have fun,” she said.

Julia Fishern, a freshman student, said, “As someone brand new to campus, it is quite overwhelming how many clubs there are on campus. There’s something for everybody!”

In order to encourage new students to become excited about being active members of the Monmouth community, the Offices of Transition & Leadership Programs and Student Activities collaborate every year to hold Welcome Week and the Service & Leadership, Hawk Pride, Academics, Diversity, Organizations & Involvement, Wellness (S.H.A.D.O.W.) Program.

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Fly With Us New Fundraising Tool

Fly FundraisingThe Office of Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving have introduced a new crowdfunding fundraising platform entitled Fly With Us that supports various campus-wide projects for students, faculty and staff, and the Monmouth community.

Crowdfunding is a 30-60 day online fundraising campaign in which a passionate group of advocates request online donations from their own personal networks including alumni and University friends which can be shared via email and various social media websites.

The crowdfunding platform currently has six campaigns listed including the Marquita Hannibal- Francique ’02 Endowed Scholarship fund, the Women’s Basketball International Trip fund, and the Class of 2019 Giving Campaign.

The Class of 2019 Giving Campaign received donations from 409 class members. This was the greatest class participation in monetary donations in Monmouth history. Each student who gave money towards the campaign donated $20.19 to represent their class year.

Each campaign includes a description of its purpose, goals, and benefactors. When individuals are looking to donate to the specific campaigns there are designated “giving levels” which vary from 25 dollars to a few thousand. Individuals are also able to enter a desired amount that they would like to give. Donors can also choose if they wish to have their name and or donation amount displayed on the Donor Wall page of campaign page.

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Fury Named Writing Services Director

Fury Writing DirectorFrank Fury, Ph.D., Lecturer of English, started as the Director of Writing Services on July 1.

In an email to Writing Assistants, Fury wrote, “I am so grateful to be working in such a welcoming environment and to have the opportunity to contribute to such a valuable service for our undergraduate and graduate students at Monmouth.”

Fury’s goals for the Writing Services include maintaining the efficiency of operations that has endured for years, and in the long-term, to ensure students are receiving the best possible instruction and writing assistance.

He plans to adhere to the Writing Services protocol, which is known among the staff to be: “emphasize the writing process, not the product.”

“We want our students to become better writers; it’s not all about writing papers,” Fury said.

At Monmouth, Fury has taught both College Composition I and II where his feedback on student papers revolved around the writing process including aspects like thesis, structure and paragraph development, rather than mechanics. Writing is more than formatting, it’s about understanding the overarching elements, according to Fury. 

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