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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Majors Fair and Ex Ed Expo Set for Early October

Scheduled Date May Change in Future Years

default article imageTwenty-nine.

That’s the number of academic programs offered at the University. All of them will be represented at the Majors Fair and Ex Ed Expo next month, which is designed to help students find the right career path by choosing the right major and/or experiential education program. The fair will take place from 11 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, October 5, in Anacon Hall in the student center.

Each academic program will have representatives at two tables; one will be staffed by faculty members who can provide overviews of their specific programs, while the other will be occupied by students who have already completed their experiential education requirement and can speak of their experiences in that particular field.

Jean Judge, Associate Dean for Support Services and Articulation in the Center for Student

Success, coordinated the organization of this year’s fair. She said that students should take advantage of this rare gathering of all academic departments in the same place.

“It’s not a time commitment that’s a killer; just 10 or 15 minutes and you can hit most of the tables,” she said. “They provide them not only written material, but also answer [students’] questions and they can talk about the various careers that would be within that specific major.”

The 22 academic programs are inclusive of concentrations within majors, as well as minors that are not offered as majors. Experiential education programs to be spoken of will include class projects, cooperative education, internships, service learning and study abroad.

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Students Create and Publish Social Media Textbook

default article imageWhen you think of who can be an author, University students are probably not the first people that come to mind. However, last semester, a group of first-year students created a textbook titled “The TXT Book; Your Guide to Social Networking” in their freshman seminar class.

Under the guidance of Dr. Kelly Ward, the students of MU Socially Connected created an easy-to-read guide on the issues associated with social technology.

The 70page textbook is a culmination of a semester long course called Social Connectedness in the Age of Technology. The students worked together to create a book that would provide tips and advice on situations we encounter everyday with cell phones and social networks.

Alyssa Stevenson, who was one of the 25 first-year students that contributed to the book, claimed she enjoyed the process.

“We all picked which section of social technology interested us the most, and then split up topics to write about,” she said. “It was really easy to write about because most of these aspects of technology are involved in our everyday lives. It was interesting because I felt so much more knowledgeable about things that are still confusing to older generations.”

The book is divided into three chapters: “The Use of Cell Phones,” “The Convenience of Texting” and “Facebook Etiquette.” Each chapter addresses different issues, like using a cell phone while driving, conveying emotions through texts and Facebook privacy issues.

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Leon Hess Business School Ranked in Nation’s Top 50

default article imageThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited the University’s Leon Hess Business School as one of the best business schools in the nation.

According to the AACSB, “the Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas.”

“Only 15 percent of the business schools are accredited by AACSB, about 300 schools, and we’re one of those schools. And we’re pleased and honored to have that mark of approval,” said Dr. Donald Moliver, Dean of the school.

In order to get accredited, the school’s deans and faculty were surveyed during spring 2011. The school had to be a member of AACSB International, offer business management and then be carefully reviewed by the AACSB.

The AACSB states, “Once it is determined that a school has the potential to be accredited, it works with mentors, committees, and AACSB staff to develop a Standards Alignment Plan. Once a school follows through with its alignment plan and meets the AACSB standards, review committees and the AACSB Board of Directors decide whether or not a school should be accredited. In its entirety, the AACSB accreditation process is rigorous and requires a significant amount of work to achieve.”

Students and faculty are excited about the achievement and provided positive feedback about the accreditation.

Raichel Kerr, a sophomore business major, said “Our degrees are worth more in the eyes of business people. I feel that this gives me the edge over someone else.”

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Hawks Help Poverty Stricken Guatemalans

Hawks Help GuatemalansAn Alternative Spring Break had its pilot run last semester which allowed 12 students from different academic backgrounds to travel to Guatemala and volunteer at a local clinic.

The trip was a joint effort between Corey Inzana, Area Coordinator for Residential Life, and Salud Y Paz. According to the organization’s website, Salud Y Paz is a project by International Hands in Service, the Iglesia Metodista Nacional Primitiva de Guatemala and the United Methodist Church in the United States. It was created in early 2001 and currently operates two health and dental clinics that primarily serve the Mayan population in Guatemala. According to their mission statement, Salud Y Paz “provides a ministry of health services, health promotion and education to the people of Guatemala leading into a self-sustaining partnership.” Seventyone percent of the Mayan population lives in extreme poverty with an income of less than one dollar a day.

Inzana was in charge of putting the student group together, planning the hotel accommodations and plane trip, the vaccinations that each student had to take before going on the trip and a pre-trip orientation. “Service is something that is instilled in each class starting with the First Year Service Project, and this trip is one of many service opportunities provided to students,” Inzana said.  

Last semester’s group stayed in Guatemala from March 5 till March 13 in three hotels in Chichicastenago, Panajachel and Antigua. The group stayed mostly in Panajachel, and worked at a clinic in Camanchaj.

The students worked at a clinic which had a preschool attached to it; their main focus was to build an enclosure to provide shelter for patients who travel for days at a time in order to receive free healthcare at the clinic. The group also painted murals to help educate the young Guatemalans.

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Dean Mama to be Honored by Long Branch Concordance

default article imageWest Long Branch, NJ (September 12, 2011) The Long Branch Concordance (LBC) and its Family Success Center will honor Dr. Robin Mama, Dean of the Monmouth University School of Social Work and Dr. Frank Vozos, Executive Director of the Monmouth Medical Center on October 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Monmouth University’s Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

LBC Board President Jack Kearns said “The event allows LBC to recognize two extraordinary individuals while at the same time celebrating the longtime relationship between LBC and Monmouth University and the Monmouth Medical Center."

He explained, "Since its inception, LBC has enjoyed strong relationships with Monmouth Medical Center, to which LBC refers many of its clients, and with Monmouth University, which provides us interns every semester.  Our current and former executive directors are graduates of Monmouth's renowned School of Social Work. We invite everyone to share in honoring these individuals who have given so much of themselves to the community, and to enjoy an evening filled with friends, live music, wine tasting, and hors d’oeuvres.”

Dr. Mama’s career has been dedicated to raising awareness to human rights and social justice, covering a broad spectrum of policy issues. She is a professor at Monmouth University, where she teaches in the International and Community Development concentration of the MSW program. Dr. Mama serves as the representative of the International Federation of Social Workers at the United Nations and is on the board of the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Vozos has been a committed member of the Long Branch community since 1975 back when he began his five-year residency at Monmouth Medical Center. His distinguished career includes oversight of Monmouth Medical Center, one of the state’s largest community teaching hospitals.

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Plans Underway for New Dorm

default article imagePresident Paul G. Gaffney II announced he is starting a process for approval for a new residence hall on campus.

“I’d like to get more residence halls on the main campus, to accommodate freshmen,” Gaffney said. 

The goal of the new residence hall is to guarantee a bed for every first year and sophomore student on campus. In doing so, underclassmen will get the immediate effects of an on-campus experience.

It’s too early to tell exactly where and when the new residence hall will be built, but the notion for approval from the Board of Trustees and town is in motion. The residence hall would look similar to the new Mullaney Hall, and would hold around 200 beds.

“We want to find places that are zoned appropriately, and do not affect our neighbors,” Gaffney said.

In order for approval to take place, Gaffney said discussions with the Board of Trustees will take place during the next three meetings, which will be held in October, November, and December.                                    Students have heard of the plans for a new residential hall and see it as a positive addition to the campus and University at large.

Katie Jaffe, a first year student who lives in Pinewood said, “as long as there’s sufficient parking, it sounds like a good idea.”

Although the new residence hall will be for new students, it will affect the whole campus, and that includes upperclassmen as well.

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Kellogg’s ‘Food Away From Home’ Partners with the University

Organization Comes Aboard to Help End Hunger

 Kelloggs Food away from homeIn collaboration with Kellogg’s Food Away From Home, the University plans to donate 6,400 servings of cereal to the Monmouth & Ocean County Food Bank in Neptune, NJ by the end of October.

Kellogg’s Food Away From Home is a part of the Kellogg Company that makes an effort to evolve with the constantly changing lifestyle of Americans. The company provides timeless products such as ready-to-eat cereal, crackers, grab ‘n go snacks, cookies, frozen items, and desserts that members of older generations will look on with nostalgia, but with additional differences that make the items unique to newer generations.

The collaboration between the University and Kellogg will benefit many. “For those receiving aid from the program, an estimated 6,400 servings of cereal are expected to be donated,” said Jennifer Ferm, of Foodmix Marketing Communications at Kellogg’s Food Away From Home. “This partnership also allows Monmouth University students to become involved and provide support since 45 percent of households with children experienced hunger in 2010.”

“This is the first time the Food Bank, Aramark, and the University has participated in Kellogg’s program,” said Dan Winters, the Food Production Manager.

 The effort began on September 1 and will continue until October 31. During this time, for every bowl purchased by a student on campus, a bowl of cereal will be donated to the Monmouth &

Ocean Food Bank. This event hopes to gather at least 6,400 servings of cereal by October 31 to help the unfortunate and hungry in our local communities.

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Campus Loses Beloved Custodial Supervisor

Campus Loses Custodial SupervisorFor over 41 years, Bertha Hughes dedicated her whole life to our University. In those four decades, she accumulated 250 sick days without using a single one of them. According to Evelyn Herrera, a custodian in the Plangere Center, “the University was her everything.”

Hughes passed away on August 16 due to complications with cancer. Hughes was the Custodial Supervisor, and was in charge of all custodians working on the academic side of campus. She began her employment at the University on December 4, 1969 as a custodian.

In 1994, Bertha was promoted to Custodial Services Supervisor.

She made sure every building was spic and span every day and students were comfortable in their academic environment. 

She also dedicated her time to following every University team, going to most of the basketball games and cheering on the Hawks.

President Paul G. Gaffney II said that she “was a vocal and enthusiastic Hawk athletics fan and ‘guardian’ over many of our student athletes.”

Marilyn McNeil, the Vice President and Director of Athletics, was very close to Bertha, as was most of the Athletics Department.

“She was a mom of everyone’s team. Student athletes looked up to her and loved to listen to her advice and criticisms. She will be missed…it’s a very empty seat,” McNeil said.

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First-Year Service Project Helps Local Food Banks

First year Helps Food BanksThe first-year service project holds on-campus events annually with the goal of helping those in need in the community.

The project’s theme this year is Hunger and Homelessness. Events will be aimed at collecting and preparing items to be donated to local food banks. 

The project’s organization is mostly comprised of first-year students supported by sophomores who can lend their expertise in planning and organizing events. Getting involved also helps students meet each other and gain a sense of community on campus.

“Part of it is a leadership opportunity for them to figure out how to plan an event on campus, how to advertise, how to get people involved, all driven toward service,” said Susan Damaschke, Coordinator of First-Year Student Retention.

Involvement in the project gives students the chance to take ownership and decide what kind of project they want to do, Damaschke said. Many of the events are conceived, planned and produced by students in addition to college-wide events for all students organized by Damaschke.

The project also offers service opportunities to the rest of the University community.

Sophomore Ryan Murphy returned to the project this year as one of three student coordinators working with the new students on the project.

“It will be my job to help organize events and facilitate projects on campus,” Murphy said.

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University Programs Target Local High School Students

Seek to Encourage Teens to Pursue a Higher Degree

default article imageTwo University programs are targeting local high school youths in an effort to propel them towards college careers.

For the third year in a row, 15 University students will pair with 15 Asbury Park High School students and interact with each other on a biweekly basis as a part of Project B.A.M. The program is run in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters (B) of Monmouth County, Asbury Park High School (A) and the Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (M).

Activities such as a debate workshop, field hockey, dance, and a tour of the University campus are just a few of the events that will assist the high school students in establishing their academic, personal and career goals.

Amanda Divita, a junior, volunteered last spring and is looking forward to meeting her new mentee in October. 

“I love the idea of helping kids who are in need of assistance in our community,” Divita said.  “I recognized the program’s importance when I saw how much my mentee benefited from it.”

To create an effective pair, a questionnaire is given to both student groups to find a commonality in interests and talents.  This makes the initial meeting a smooth one and the relationship grows from there. 

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Buildings Battle it Out

Buildings BattleStudents from every corner of the quad and beyond participated in the annual Battle of the Buildings from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18.

Commuters were also able to participate in this Residence Hall Association organized event.  “If any commuters have made friends in a specific residence hall, they are more than welcome to join that team on the day of events.  Also, there is an off-campus team, which would be made up of our off campus apartments (Diplomats, Fountain Gardens and Pier Village), and we have encouraged commuters to show up on the day of the events and join that team,” said Eric Mochnacz, Area Coordinator.

Battle of the Buildings did not pop up overnight, but rather took months of planning. According to Mochnacz, “Planning for Battle of the Buildings begins right after the previous year's Battle of the Buildings ends, believe it or not. RHA meets to discuss what went well, what we need to improve upon, and any additions we want to make to the next year's program.”

Some new events for this year’s Battle of the Buildings were awarding spirit points for attending the fall carnival (a non-RHA event), tropical themed food and obstacle course, “Human Battleship”, and a reinvented Pie Eating Contest and Relay Races. Returning activities included the Wing Bowl, Poker, Tug-Of-War, and Can You Build it? These events had collected roughly 950 lbs. of food last year toward the First Year Service Project, according to Susan Damaschke.

The Fall Carnival, sponsored by Student Activities Board and Phi Kappa Psi, took place in Parking Lot 6 on Friday from 49. The Hurricane, a tilt-o-whirl type ride, towered behind Cedar, and classic carnival games were adjacent to it. An all access pass for students was $2 (for food, rides, games, etc.) or $3 which included a small donation to the Kourtney Rose Foundation: a nonprofit organization that directly benefits pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, according to their website. Students left the event carrying small stuffed animal prizes and cotton candy.

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