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Leahy’s Veterans Day Message

default article imagePresident Patrick F. Leahy Ed.D., addressed the University community on the importance of Veterans Day, via email on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

“At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, in the 11th month of the year, we Americans pause and recognize our men and women in uniform – past and present – who have defended our freedom and constitutional rights,” Leahy wrote. “On this Veterans Day 2020 all of the members of the Monmouth University community join me in thanking them for their service to our country.”

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Dr. Moscaliuc Co-hosts Virtual Poetry Reading

default article imageMihaela Moscaliuc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, co-hosted an online poetry reading of the anthology Border Lines: Poems of Migration on Sunday, Nov. 15. The event was also co-hosted by Kathy Engel, MFA, Chair and Associate Arts Professor in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Michele McBride, secretary of the MFA Department at Monmouth, helped organize the event.

The poems in the collection detail contemporary immigration experiences such as the assimilation into American culture, conflicting identities, and the shifting of language. Published in September, the anthology was edited by Moscaliuc and Michael Waters, a recently retired professor of English at Monmouth.


“I knew right away that I wanted to mark and celebrate its publication somehow,” said Moscaliuc.

She continued, “We were hoping to do it before the elections and offer audiences yet another way—besides news on social media—to engage with current debates on immigration.  I knew these poems would shed a unique light on the fact that immigrants and their experiences are essential to the workings of our democracy and to what we might call our national identity.  Then we figured we would all need some poetry to cope with post-election exhaustion, so we set the date for mid-November.”

The event gathered over 80 attendees and consisted of readings from poets featured in the collection such as Kaveh Akbar, Lory Bedikian, Andrei Codrescu, Kimiko Hahn, Esther Lin, Shara McCallum, Yesenia Montilla, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Alicia Ostriker, Ira Sadoff, Adrienne Su, Mai Der Vang, and Sholeh Wolpé. The poets are either immigrants themselves, or the children of immigrants.

“I feel really grateful to be a part of this book and to be here with you and to be welcoming you,” Engel said to begin the event. “It’s amazing to introduce people you’ve never met but who you feel that you have had a deep connection with through their work.”

Moscaliuc said, “The anthology comprises 122 poets, so we reached out to just over a dozen for this first reading. We hope to organize others in the spring and involve as many of the voices in the anthology as possible.”

English student Latisha Liang, who is currently enrolled in Moscaliuc’s Contemporary Poetry course, was one of the attendees of the reading. She said, “I thought this poetry reading event was absolutely amazing and definitely heartfelt. It highlighted a very important point that I believe many people don’t talk enough about, which is immigration. I myself was an immigrant from the Bahamas, so I related to a lot of the poems that were read.”

She continued, “One of the poems read in the event was a poem we actually covered in class, so that was really cool to hear. I also really appreciated everyone that shared and spoke; it was a very warm and welcoming group of people.”

A second reading of Border Lines is being planned for late January/early February.

“I hope MU students and faculty will consider joining us for future readings,” said Moscaliuc. “Readings like this bring people together and create or renew a sense of community we desperately need right now…I truly believe poetry can make things happen.”

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Richard Veit, Ph.D. Appears on Preservation Speaker Series

VeitRichard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, appeared on Preservation New Jersey’s (PNJ) “Q&A with PNJ” guest speaker series, via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 29.

“Q&A with PNJ” is a project that seeks to highlight voices across New Jersey’s historic preservation community and bring their knowledge and expertise on a wide variety of historic preservation topics to the public, according to Melissa Ziobro, a Specialist Professor of Public History and a member of Preservation New Jersey’s Education Committee.

Titled “Dead Men Do Tell Tales: Interpreting and Preserving Historic Cemeteries,” Veit’s presentation involved a brief history on New Jersey’s cemeteries and colonial-era burial locations up to the 20th century, as well as preservation issues of the modern day.

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Former Professor to Receive Commerford Labor Education Award

EmeritusBrian Greenberg, Ph.D., American Social History Chair Emeritus, has been nominated and will receive the Commerford Labor Education Award from the New York Labor History Association (NYLHA) on Thursday, Dec. 4, during the John Commerford Labor Education Awards Ceremony.

The NYLHA founded the John Commerford Labor Education Award in 1987, celebrating two honorees for their contributions to workers’ empowerment each year.  Encouraging the study of workers and their organizations, the NYLHA “serves as a bridge between past and present labor unionists and academics.”

Thomas Pearson, Ph.D., Professor of History, said, “Greenberg brought integrity and an ability to see the best interests for faculty and the University to his work in this arena for many years.” Pearson emphasized that Greenberg’s commitment was especially evident as he negotiated the faculty contract four times. 

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“Moments at Monmouth” Forum Discusses Campus Culture

MomentsThe final of four Moments at Monmouth forums took place via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 12. 

Following the virtual campus climate presentation and individual sessions for students, faculty and staff, an open forum was held to support dialogue between the entire Monmouth community. 

University President Patrick F. Leahy Ed.D., along with other senior administrators attended the event to listen to the community’s experiences, views, and suggestions on Monmouth’s culture surrounding diversity and inclusion. 

Leahy kicked off the discussion with a few opening remarks about his intention hosting Moments at Monmouth. “The goal is pretty simple; I want to make sure I’m available to you around this topic in particular… It’s important for me to hear from the campus community about your experiences here, what you hear, and ideas you have about ways we can improve,” he said.

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Chair of the Board of Trustees Joins University Podcast

Chair BoardPresident Patrick F. Leahy Ed.D., and Communication faculty member Matt Harmon invited Chair of the Board of Trustees Jeana M. Piscatelli to their weekly “Monmouth Mondays” podcast on Monday, Nov. 2. The episode detailed Piscatelli’s rise as the first woman in University history to obtain the position.

Piscatelli joined the board of trustees in 2010 after being an active participant and Chair of the Leon Hess Business School Business Council. “I was overjoyed to take part in [the Business Council], and served for several years before serving as Vice Chair,” Piscatelli said. “Actually, I had the good fortune of being Vice Chair to two Chairs before taking on the role of Chair. I had wonderful role models to work alongside, as well as everyone else on the board. I see us all as equals and it’s a great group of individuals to work with.”

The most important relationship to a University president, besides his or her spouse, is their relationship with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Leahy explained.

“Where Board Chairs and presidents can work really well together, that means great opportunities for that institution,” Leahy said. “You can imagine if they don’t work very well together, how challenging that can be.”

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Global Ocean Governance Lecture Discusses Biodiversity Treaty

Global OceanThe University’s Urban Coast Institute and Institute for Global Understanding held their second Global Ocean Governance lecture via Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 5. Titled “Connected, Dynamic, at Risk: Coastal Nation Interests in a Strong New High Seas Biodiversity Treaty,” the lecture featured Rutgers University Associate Professor Cymie Payne and Guillermo Ortuño Crespo, postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and coordinator of early career professional engagement for the U.N. Decade of Ocean Science.

The Global Ocean Governance series is meant to address cutting edge issues that are of relevance to the marine environment across many subtopics, according to Randall Abate, J.D., in his opening remarks. The lecture had more than 70 registered attendees from 14 countries.

Lecture presenters Payne and Crespo met at the United Nations while working on a prospective global treaty for biodiversity in the high seas and its particular value to coastal and island nations, she Payne explained.

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Student Organization Hosts Reproductive Justice Awareness Week

default article imageThe Gender Studies and Intersectionality Club (GSIC) teamed with Students for Systemic Change and SPECTRUM to host three events for Reproductive Justice Awareness week from Monday, Nov. 2 to Friday, Nov. 6 via Zoom. The events were held in response to the Catholic Campus Ministry’s Oct. 6 event, “Make Abortion Illegal Again,” according to Melissa Alvare, Lecturer of Sociology and Faculty Advisor for GSIC.

“[Students] hoped to provide the Monmouth University community opportunities to learn about reproductive justice and to counter any misinformation and stigmatization that may have resulted from the ‘Make Abortion Illegal Again’ event,” said Alvare. “By organizing Reproductive Justice Awareness Week, these students provided a platform for experts speaking from various perspectives to educate our campus community and address reproductive rights as a public health and social justice issue.”

Guest speakers included Monmouth faculty and students, as well as representatives from Planned Parenthood, who facilitated conversations about reproductive rights in America.

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University Hosts “Post-election Check In”

University HostsCounseling and Psychological Services, Professors United for Safe Haven (PUSH), and the Intercultural Center teamed to host a virtual post-election community discussion via Zoom on Friday, Nov. 6.

Coordinated by Chris McKittrick, Ph.D. Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services; Zaneta Rago-Craft, Ph.D. Director of the Intercultural Center; and Amanda Stojanov, PUSH Faculty Organizer and Assistant Professor of Digital Media, the meeting posed questions on the current political climate surrounding the presidential election and its impact on the Monmouth community.

McKittrick emphasized basic guidelines to establish the mood of the discussion before bringing up topics. “This is a safe space for all,” McKittrick said. “A place where everyone can voice their opinions without fear of ridicule or criticism.” McKittrick also challenged those present to “…go outside [their] comfort zones because all feelings are valid.”

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Joe Biden Wins Race to the White House

Joe BidenJoseph R. Biden was elected the 46th president of the United States of America on Saturday, Nov. 7, after he gained a clear lead in the vote count in Pennsylvania, following a week of slowed vote tallies in the key battleground states due to an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

When vote counts neared completion in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, President Trump’s lead disappeared and solidified Biden’s victory.

The Black community saved Biden in the Democratic primary, delivering him 25 percent of the votes in South Carolina, explained Joseph Patten, an Associate Professor of Political Science. “Biden got the party’s nomination because of African Americans and won the presidency because of African Americans,” he said.

But the election did not hinge on Biden’s ability to convert voters in the suburbs; it came down to racially diverse urban areas in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia. After vote counts from Detroit, Milwaukee, and Atlanta flooded in, Trump’s election night lead faded, according to the Associated Press.

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Global Education Department Adjusts During COVID Pandemic

GlobalThe University’s Global Education Department has redefined their opportunities for global learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, cancelling spring and summer 2020 trips for students. Governments have cautioned their respective citizens from traveling beyond state/provincial borders, going as far as restricting some cases of international travel.

Graduate Assistant, Dena Capparelli, stated that the Global Education Office is adopting new methods of reaching students as she handles the department’s social media accounts. “During the early part of the spring semester, people were constantly in and out of the office, and now, most of the faculty is working remotely,” she explained.

In addition, students are increasingly more cautious to traveling outside the country. Capparelli stated, “while we obviously want more people to study abroad, students have to recognize the risks going into it, including possible cancellations.”  

The Global Education Department has adjusted accordingly, making every effort to support interested students. Capparelli and her co-Graduate Assistant, Karla Avila, host weekly virtual Study Abroad 101 Information Sessions. Avila, who has worked with the Global Education Office for over two years, values these opportunities to share her abroad experiences and excite others as a result. Notwithstanding the outlook for near-future travel, Avila stated that “most students are still open, optimistic, and enthusiastic.” In addition to providing insight into Monmouth’s study abroad programs, the department has also encouraged its recent partnership with CIS Abroad and their virtual internships. 

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