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FBI Criminal Profiler Discusses Unabomber Case

FBIJames Fitzgerald, an FBI criminal profiler, discussed his role in helping to solve the Unabomber case on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The virtual event was hosted by the Guardians Club and the Criminal Justice Department.

Nicholas Sewitch, J.D., Chair of the Criminal Justice Department and Specialist Professor, introduced Fitzgerald and detailed the profiler’s accomplishments inside and outside of the FBI.

“[Fitzgerald] was doing criminal profiling before most of us knew what it was or had ever heard about it,” Sewitch said.

Fitzgerald is an expert in forensic linguistics and criminal profiling matters, as well as a media entertainment advisor, college professor, and an author of three books in his memoir series ‘A Journey to the Center of the Mind,’ Sewitch explained. “His extensive and varied law enforcement career includes high-profile cases such as the Unabomber, anthrax attacks, the JonBenet Ramsey homicide case and a DC sniper case.”

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Dr. Walter McAfee’s Legacy Honored by University Faculty

Walter McAfee“Racing into the Space Age: The Life, Scholarship, and Legacy of Dr. Walter S. McAfee,” was held on Friday, Feb. 5. The event honored the accomplishments of the African-American scientist.

The virtual event was organized by the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership, the Department of History and Anthropology, the School of Science, and the Black History Month Planning Committee.

Steven Bachrach, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Science, gave opening remarks and announced the endowment of the Dr. Walter McAfee Scholarship in Science.

“[The scholarship] is a way to allow for Mcafee’s legacy to continue to live on and promote access to the sciences by under-represented students,” Bachrach said. “I’m thrilled to let everybody know that the scholarship has now been endowed with both gifts and pledges. It’s really thrilling to see you here and thank you in person, as well as to launch the kickoff of this scholarship and the effects that it will ripple on with.”

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Panel Discusses Governance of Marine Shipping and Sovereignty

Experts ExamineThe Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (ICU) hosted a panel discussion of international experts’ examination on governance of marine shipping and maritime sovereignty within the context of climate change on Friday, Feb. 19. This event is one of several talks in the IGU-UCI’s Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series— a project that has worked to assemble professionals of different specialties to discuss issues focused around coastal and marine ecosystems.

Three featured guest speakers gave separate and detailed lectures on distinct realms of maritime sovereignty, the study of states extending their territorial boundaries, and thereby responsibilities, to the waters surrounding them. Randall Abate, J.D., Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy and Professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology mediated the lectures, facilitating dialogue between the panelists.

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Public Relations and Journalism Program Named to PRNEWS’ 2021 Education A-List

Public RelationsMonmouth University’s Public Relations and Journalism program has been named to PRNEWS’ 2021 Education A-List on Friday, Feb. 12. The award recognizes the 35 best institutions of higher education advancing of PR and communication professionals in the U.S.

Specialist Professor of Communication, Alexis Nulle, said that some of the key elements to making this list were how well the programs prepare students for continued success in their existing jobs and along their future career paths. She said it also looked at the course delivery options and innovation of the programs to keep current with the changing landscape of the major.

“Our students and faculty are some of the most visionary and creative individuals with their own individual talents. Each faculty member brings their own area of expertise and specific area of interest which is advantageous and beneficial to our students comprehensive learning experience,” said Nulle.

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Panel Discusses Police Violence and Reform

Panel Discusses PoliceA panel discussion titled “Policing in Communities of Color,” which discussed police violence and police reform, was held on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The event was led by Marie Mele Thomas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. It was also co-sponsored by the University’s Intercultural Center, School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Sociology Program and Helen Bennett McMurray Endowment for Social Ethics.

The panel featured Sean K. Wilson, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at William Paterson University, Andrea McChristian, Esq., Law and Policy Director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D., Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion at the University of New Haven, and Jason Williams, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University.

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Dean Veit Presents History On Joseph Bonaparte’s Estate

Dean VeitRichard F. Veit, Ph.D., professor of anthropology and interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented “A Monument to Fallen Royalty: Rediscovering Joseph Bonaparte’s Point Breeze Estate In Bordentown, New Jersey,” on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The presentation was co-sponsored by Pennington Public Library, Hopewell Valley Historical Society, and The Hopewell Museum. It showcased the history leading up to Joseph Bonaparte’s purchase of his Point Breeze estate.

In 1815, a mysterious individual sailed from France to North America’s Port of New York. On a vessel named “Commerce,” the ship was intercepted and stopped by a British warship. The British inspected the cargo of the vessel and questioned the passengers in order to see if anyone fleeing from France was related to the Bonaparte regime, Veit explained. The individual hid in his cabin during the inspection and made it safely into the port of New York.

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University Hosts First Annual Sustainability Week

Sustainability WeekThe first annual Sustainability Education Week, a weeklong series of events held by the School of Education, kicked off with “Issues & Trends in Environmental Sustainability” on Monday Feb. 15. 

The conference committee consists of Jiwon Kim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Studies and Foundations of Education, Carol McArthur-Amedeo, Ed.D. Lecturer and Special Education Program Director, Michelle Schpakow, Ed.D. Science Education Lecturer and KC Lubniewski, Ed.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education.

Over 200 people registered for the conference, according to Lubniewski. Attendees included University students, faculty, community members, K-12 students, administrators, in-service teachers, and other individuals interested in learning more about sustainability.

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Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program to Launch in May 2021

University Introduce OTDMonmouth University’s new Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program will launch in May 2021 with a class of 30 students. The three-year, full-time program received approval from the Faculty Council in January 2020, becoming the second OT program in New Jersey to offer an entry-level doctoral degree after Kean University, according to John Patro, OTD, OTR/L Chair and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy.

Monmouth University’s new Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program will launch in May 2021, becoming the second OT program in New Jersey to offer an entry-level doctoral degree after Kean University, according to John Patro, OTD, OTR/L, Chair and Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy. The three-year, full-time program received approval from the Faculty Council in January 2020 and has since accepted a class size of 30 students.

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Athletic Director McNeil Honored During Women’s Sports Event

McNeil HonoredUniversity Vice President and Director of Athletics Marilyn McNeil, Ph.D., was honored as a guest speaker during the 2021 National Girls and Women in Sports Day virtual celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 3. The event was hosted by the New Jersey Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.

Tara Rienecker. President of the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, gave opening remarks.

“Today celebrates you, the student athlete, [as well as] your parents, family, coaches, friends and fans that have supported you throughout the years.” Rienecker began. “I’m a proud New Jersey high school and college athlete myself, and I’m excited to celebrate and congratulate the amazing student athletes and honor award winners from New Jersey schools.”

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Greason, Ph.D., Presents Research On Historical Diversity

GreasonWalter D. Greason, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership, presented his research on the historical diversity of Union County in a virtual presentation co-sponsored by the Union Public Library and Vauxhall Historical Society on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

In addition to his work as a professor here at Monmouth, Greason is one of the most prominent historians and urbanists in the United States and a respected lecturer and social activist across the world. Over the past thirty years, he has spoken in an array of academic settings, ranging from hundreds of college campuses to numerous scholastic conferences. He has authored six books and published over a hundred additional academic articles and essays, largely centered on the racial wealth gap and varying trends of economic globalization. 

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Remembering Dr. Jack Burke

Jack BurkeDr. John (Jack) Burke, former Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, passed away on Dec. 10 at the age of 75 due to cancer. Burke taught at the University for about 25 years, served 15 years as the Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts, and served over a decade as Director of the Theatre Arts program before retiring after the spring 2020 semester.

“He touched the lives of thousands of students beginning with his days as a high school teacher and his subsequent 25 years at Monmouth University,” said Stan Green, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Former Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “I had the honor and privilege to work closely with Jack and most importantly to have him as a friend who gave me joy through his work and our attendance of many plays.”

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