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Volume 83 (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)

Majors That Dominate the One Percent

03.21.12_Page_04_Image_0002A recent article featured in The Huffington Post listed the most successful careers and what majors to pursue in undergraduate studies. Titled “What the 1% Majored In,” the article focused on which majors land students in the top one percent of earners in the United States.

The 15 career areas listed are dominated by jobs in business finance and economics, as well as political science and biological sciences. Most of the majors that lead to those careers are offered at the University.

“I think Monmouth has done a good job of providing students with majors that are timely and help to best prepare them for future work. I know that Enrollment Management and the Academic Affairs division work closely to monitor employment trends to determine if our offerings continue to meet the demands of an ever changing world and employer,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. Nagy continued that the University wants employers to see Monmouth as a place where they can find highly qualified graduates who are prepared to handle today’s fast-paced and complex environment

Thomas Pearson, Provost, also said the University regularly looks at career and job forecasts and the initiatives of competing colleges in developing University curricula.

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“Let’s Make It Real, Leap Into Diversity” Event Draws in Campus Community

default article imageThe University is again looking to spread a message of diversity through its annual diversity awareness programs. Two sessions of the program took place last Wednesday at the “Let’s Make It Real, A Leap Into Diversity” event, which began with a one hour introductory session at 1:15 pm and an extended two hour session at 2:30 pm on the second floor of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

This event, run by the American Conference on Diversity, was to highlight some of the major issues with and types of discrimination that can take place on a daily basis. The events focus on how to overcome and eliminate the bias some face every day as a result of height, weight, color, creed or orientation, among other factors.

“It was very informative and interactive,” said Judith Nye, Associate Vice President of Academic Foundations and General Education. “[It] addressed some serious issues. I think a lot of folks took away some important insights.”

Nye also commented on the job that the conference is doing. “The American Conference on Diversity is becoming a major force and the University has partnered [with them] on a number of occasions,” she added.

Those in attendance were referred to as participants, rather than audience members, for two reasons. First, everyone was expected to join in group exercises throughout the presentation. Second, everyone participates in practicing diversity whether they promote bias, prohibit it or simply ignore it.

Everyone was told that they would discuss things that would not be pleasant to talk about. Conversation is the key to connection, and connection leads to understanding; this point was emphasized throughout the event.

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Campus to Aid Victims of Brighton Ave. Fire

Brighton Ave Fire“I heard on a walkie-talkie ‘Sue DePinho needs to come to the office, it’s an emergency.’ Suddenly my heart sank and the hallway became a mile long,” DePinho, a University alumnus, recalled.

DePinho had a missed phone call from her boyfriend on the morning of Monday, February 13. DePinho, who teaches Video Production and Photography at Shore Regional High School, was teaching class while her boyfriend, Derek Tranchina, was on his way to their burning apartment on Brighton Avenue in the West End of Long Branch.

DePinho and Tranchina moved in to the apartment about one year ago. “The location was amazing and the rent was affordable enough for the two of us to save for a house,” DePinho said. The apartment was also animal-friendly, perfect for their puppy named Blue. The night before the fire, DePinho said that Blue was up all night, scratching his crate and crying. They let him in bed with them and he was shaking, “which makes us believe that he knew something was going to happen,” DePinho said.

After she talked to someone in the office, she found out about the fire. “Stunned and hysterical, I called Derek, who confirmed that he did run in in time to get Blue, but the fire was bad and we might lose everything,” DePinho recalled.

She then made her way out to the building and nearly collapsed. “I could see the smoke from West Long Branch,” De- Pinho added.

As DePinho and the other residents stood outside, she said that her only question was what to do next. “We did not have insurance and we were basically told that there was nothing that we could do but watch it all burn,” she said.

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Unsanitary Behavior Spreads Throughout Pinewood Hall

Guest Privileges Restored After Temporary Suspension

default article imageIncidents of the smelly kind have been plaguing Pinewood Residence Hall in recent weeks. Someone has been depositing fecal matter and urine in random crevices in the building, causing dismay for its residents. These incidents also have led to the discontinuance of visitor privileges among Pinewood residents.

Corey Inzana, Area Coordinator for Pinewood Hall and Willow Hall, said that these incidents began last fall. The incidents temporarily stopped after a few floor meetings were held about them.

“The amount of incidents that occurred with either urine or feces amounted to five times over the course of the two semesters,” Inzana said. “Three of the five instances took place in the first floor men’s bathroom, one urine issue occurred in the first floor hallway and the most recent fecal incident occurred in the second floor lounge.”

Some students found out about the incidents through social media. “I was scrolling through Twitter when I saw that someone from my building tweeted what had happened,” said Rachel Gramuglia, a first-year resident of Pinewood. “So then I tweeted about it and called one of my friends and she told me everything that happened. I was like, ‘Why would someone ever do that? Just use a toilet.’ I was furious that someone would do that. It’s revolting. There is a fine line between a funny prank and a drunkenly disgusting [and] idiotic decision.”

Jessica Costello, also a resident of Pinewood, echoed the same reaction. “I thought the whole incident was ridiculous,” she said. “It is sad to see that, at 18 and 19, people are still so immature to use the showers as a bathroom and leave bags of pee in the lounge. The thing that disgusts me the most is that someone did this in an area that everyone uses.”

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New Wireless Network Intends to Improve Connections

default article imageMU Wireless will be replaced with MU Secure to be used by students, faculty and staff at the University beginning on March 10.

According to Dr. Edward Christensen, Vice President for Information Management at the University, “In order to comply with Payment Card Industry mandates, the Monmouth University wireless network must be encrypted. In addition, information security best practices also strongly recommend that wireless networks be encrypted,” Christensen said.

This means that MU Secure will be simply, more secure. “MU Secure is an encrypted enterprise grade wireless network. As an wireless devices could intercept the traffic to and from a computer on MU Wireless,” Christensen said. So students and faculty will be able to surf safely on the internet.

To elaborate more on the safety of the new network, Christensen said, “A new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2 Enterprise) secured wireless network, MU-Secure, has been deployed across campus and is available in all locations that have access to MU Wireless. MU Secure utilizes the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA2) security method, which provides stronger data protection and network access control than MU Wireless which utilizes the less secure Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).” Christensen noted that the new network will also be easier and more practical for users using the wireless network. “With the less secure ‘MU Wireless,’ users had to re-authenticate periodically; with the more secure ‘MU Secure,’ users have to reauthenticate their device only when they change their password,” Christensen added.

Some students may have heard of the new change over to MU Secure while others may still be in the dark about this impending modification. Christensen said over the past year Information Management has spoken with SGA regarding the change and over the past several weeks posters and flyers have circulated to make students and faculty aware of the coming changes. Some students checking and skimming emails that arrive daily may have missed the notices about the switch in their inbox.

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Communication Department Hosts Career Event

default article imageThe Department of Communication held its second annual Communication Career Event last Tuesday, February 28, in Wilson Hall.

The purpose of the event was to give communication students and alumni the chance to participate in seminars about their degree and to network with professionals in the field. From 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm, several events were held including, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About A Career In ___ (But were too Afraid to Ask),” as well as networking, internships, and professional preparation opportunities. These events offered information for communication majors to gain a better understanding of options for a future career.

The lecture, “What You Can Do with a Communications Degree,” had five speakers positioned at the front of the room. The speakers introduced themselves and told their stories about the career paths their communication degrees led them on.

“I use my degree every day,” Attorney-at-Law Albert Calise said. The rooms were full of students paying attention and asking professionals questions.

The speakers gave advice, tips, and even helped with preferred resume styles. “It’s being able to open your mouth and open your mind. Say hi to people and be nice to everybody,” Calise said.

Anderson Diaz said, “In your career you can either decide to push against the tide or let the tide take you where it wants to go.”

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School of Education Creates Mentoring Academy

default article imageDr. Lynn Romeo, the Dean on the University’s School of Education, has recently announced the formation of the School of Education Alumni Mentoring Academy. This is a free program for graduates of the University’s School of Education.

The academy is a new way for the graduates to receive more experience as new teachers. During the three-year program, the graduates will be able to discuss ideas and shape dialogue. It is geared towards managing K-12 students and offers assisted evaluations of the 21st century. The academy also provides an online component with resources. Sessions are four times per year and include topics such as “Vision Building: Developing a Profession Persona – Sustaining Your Passion in an Era of Accountability” and more on strategies for establishing a successful classroom.

Some faculty and administrators are supporting the online program and the academy. According to the University Newswire, Christine Grabowski, an Alumni Novice Mentor and third grade teacher at the Middle Road School in Hazlet, sees the program as a “perfect forum for novice teachers to collaborate and learn from each other as well as from veteran teachers.” She added that the academy will allow the new teachers a look on a more professional level and the ability to be the best teacher they can be.

Megan Meier, also a University alumnus and novice teacher, told the University Newswire that she is excited to participate in the Academy. She said that a teacher is more able to grow when they learn from one another and looks forward to her chance to partake in all the academy has to offer. Coordinator of the School of Education

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President Gaffney Announces Retirement

President Gaffney RetirementInvolved, strong and outward.

Those are the adjectives that President Paul G. Gaffney II used to describe his time at the University. After nine years of service, Gaffney announced on Monday his decision to retire following the next academic year in June 2013. When he steps down, Gaffney will have fulfilled a decade of service as University President.

“I’ve come to the realization that there’s a point in your life when you’ve made about as much progress as you think you can make,” Gaffney said. “I sense that an institution like this needs new and different ideas. It’s healthy for the University.”

Robert Sculthorpe, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees since 2010, has served on the Board since Gaffney became President in 2003.  “I think [Gaffney] generally feels that 10 years is about the right time because he has spent a lot of energy, a lot of creativity, a lot of ideas,” Sculthorpe said. “He feels very fulfilled as he said in his remarks that he and Linda both leave completely satisfied with what they’ve contributed to Monmouth.” Linda Gaffney has been married to Paul Gaffney for 37 years. “My husband and I made a joint decision before we arrived at Monmouth University that his second career should span a maximum of 10 years,” she said. “We think [that] each university president brings new ideas, philosophies, abilities and talents to the table.   At the end of 10 years, all those new and exciting elements should be renewed and it would be time for the next chapter in our lives, as well as Monmouth’s.”


After finishing a threeyear presidential term at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Gaffney became the University’s seventh president in July 2003. Since taking office, he said that his hardest challenge has been improving the University’s relations with its surrounding towns. 

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Employee Giving Campaign Reaches Highest Donation

Employee Highest DonatationThe University Advancement team announced that the 2011 Employee Giving Campaign raised $242,960 on February 2, setting a record and beating its original goal of $225,000.

“There is a lot of campus pride here and we attribute so much success to the fact that employees love working at Monmouth University,” said Jacqueline M. Bartley-Oxley, Associate Vice President of Development for University Advancement.

 Bartley-Oxley oversees the campaign that allows employees to support the University through several donation opportunities. “We always start with appealing to them to let them know that they can give back to their own area,” she said. “We let them know that every gift counts whether it’s five dollars or $10, participation is important.”

Kevin Scally, Marketing Manager of the Annual Fund, recognizes the impact of the strategies used in this year’s campaign. “Our donor centric fundraising approach,” helped make 2011 one of the best fundraising years in the University’s history,” he said.

According to Bartley-Oxley, 67 percent of fulltime employees or 691 people participated in the 2011 campaign. A number of mini-campaigns were used to generate employee support including the opportunity to participate in the Hawk Walk Brick Campaign through which employees, students, alumni and families can personalize bricks to be placed on campus.

In addition, Bartley-Oxley mentioned that employees used the campaign to memorialize losses in the University community, including the Bertha Hughes Memorial Gift opportunity, which honors the late faculty member. “Bertha had been with the University for over 40 years,” she said. “With her great smile and welcoming demeanor, so many employees, alumni and friends were touched by her presence. They signed on to give in Bertha’s memory.”

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Picking the Next President

Picking Next PresidentFor the first time in 10 years, the University’s Board of Trustees will have to find a new president following President Paul G. Gaffney II’s official announcement that he will retire on June 30, 2013.

Robert Sculthorpe, Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees, commented that the next president needs to be a strong leader who understands the University’s goals and the direction in which the Board wants to take it. “I suspect there will be quite a few applicants who will be looking at this opportunity,” he said. “It’s basically going to take close to a year to find the next president.”

Grey Dimenna, the University’s Vice President and General Counsel, explained how the University selected Gaffney nearly a decade ago. Considering how well that process went, Dimenna said that the University will probably follow a similar course of action once Gaffney departs. As the current University president, Gaffney will have no say in who replaces him.

In 2003, the University used a search committee that was staffed by Dimenna. He was responsible for providing the committee with administrative support, such as scheduling meeting rooms, planning offsite interviews and handling traveling arrangements for candidates who were coming to the University to be interviewed.  Dimenna did not have any say in the search committee’s decision.

“My guess would be, because the process worked so well, that the next process would probably be similar, but that would be up to the Board of Trustees and the search committee,” Dimenna said. “The one thing that I think would be certain is that next time they would probably form another search committee because that’s how people do things in higher education.”

The committee represented five groups in 2003. There were eight to nine trustees, as well as three faculty and two administrative members. The student body was represented by one undergraduate and one graduate student. Members of the committee were ultimately chosen by Paul S. Doherty Jr., the former Chair of the Board of Trustees. Currently, Sculthorpe would select the members of the committee.

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Obama Exempts New Jersey from No Child Left Behind

default article imageNew Jersey became one of 10 states to receive a waiver from President Barrack Obama exempting the education system from the laws of the No Child Left Behind Act on February 9.

This exemption means that Governor Christie will be able to continue with his plan for education reform without being at risk for losing federal aid if standardized test scores do not meet 100 percent proficiency levels by 2014.

According to Professor Gregory Bordelon in the Political Science department, constitutionally education is controlled by the respective states. By taking New Jersey out of the federal program, the state government can make its own education changes, such as attempting to make high school graduation rates stay at 75 percent or higher and filing for a corrective action plan if it falls below.

Under NCLB, if schools did not meet the standards for proficiency for six consecutive years, the state would have to either restructure the school, close it, or have the government run it directly. Now New Jersey will be able to monitor and make their own decisions about how to correct the education issues.

Governor Christie applauded the waiver during a prepared statement released later that day saying, “This is not about Demo crats or Republicans. It is about pursuing an agenda in the best interest of our children whose educational needs are not being met, and those who are getting a decent education but deserve a great one.”

The new system will still focus on the core concepts on NCLB, such as making students college-ready and rewarding schools which do well, but it hopes to even the playing field between the states different districts.

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