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Volume 85 (Fall 2013 - Spring 2014)

Student Employees’ Time Sheets Go High-Tech

Student employment time sheets will be converted to an electronic time keeping system in the spring of 2014, according to Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employment.

Students and faculty will be trained to use the new system prior to the implementation in 2014.

"A new system will provide us with many efficiencies that come with an electronic system," said Parks. "It will allow us to more accurately calculate pay with fewer errors occurring due to student employees with multiple jobs on campus ...or simply from human error due to the manual calculations. It will also allow us to be more efficient in maintaining payroll records."

Alfred Tillerson, a senior communication major and information technology lab assistant in Howard Hall, said he has not heard many details concerning the electronic time keeping system. "It was brought to my attention earlier this week, but I like the idea. There have been a few instances of employees falsifying their times on their sheets and it cost them their jobs, so this new software will bring more accuracy."

According to Parks, the University has been talking about implementing an electronic time keeping system for students for over 12 years. This system will be more environmentally friendly, saving over 1,000 paper time sheets per pay period. It will also save time in the Student Employment office and allow for more training on student employees' career development.

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University Exposed to Student “Streaker”

The men's basketball white-out game received an unexpected interruption during a time-out when a University sophomore ran across the court wearing only boxers on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Due to Monmouth University Police Department (MUPD) protocol, William McElrath, Chief of MUPD, said that the name of the University sophomore that committed the act cannot be released.

To the University's knowledge, there is no recollection of a similar previous act of misconduct that occurred during a University-sponsored event. "I have to say, I've been here for 28 years, I don't know if I can recall another instance [of the act]," Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services, said. "Although there may have been one or two but I don't recall them."

The act was a surprise and left students and faculty unsure of what was happening as the sophomore made his way across the court.

The student's act was visible for an average of five seconds as he made his way from one end of the court to the other. As he reached the opposite end, the student was followed by Rich Carragher, the Assistant Athletics Director.

Once the sophomore was apprehended, he was turned over to the MUPD for them to take the necessary actions. "One of the athletics staff members yelled at the individual to stop and he did. He was then led to a side office by University police," said McElrath.

In the process of catching the sophomore, the MUPD found that the student was intoxicated, thus in violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

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University Mourns the Loss of Nicole Surace

nicole_jeffNicole Elizabeth Surace, freshman, died in a car crash in East Brunswick, NJ when her boyfriend's car hit a telephone pole on Saturday, Nov. 30 at approximately 7:50 pm.

President Paul R. Brown said in an email to the campus community said, "The University regrets the untimely death of a member of our community and extends its deep sympathies to her family and friends at this most difficult time. The loss of such a young person is truly tragic."

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services said in an email to the University that the wake will be on Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Bronson & Guthlein Funeral Home in Milltown, NJ. Her funeral will be held at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church in East Brunswick, NJ on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11 am. Nagy's email also reads that memorial contributions to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Surace's honor would be appreciated. "University flags will remain lowered for the next several days in honor of Nicole," the email reads.

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Employee Suffering from Meningitis Appears to be on the Road to Recovery

Meningitis_picThe administrator in the Controller's area was hospitalized two weeks ago after being diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis serogroup (strain) C and is "recovering nicely," according to University personnel.

The employee is currently "doing great" and is anticipated to be moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU) to a "stepped down unit," according to Patti Swannack, the Vice President for Administrative Services. She said the family members of the patient are also fine.

President Dr. Paul R. Brown sent an email on Thursday, Nov. 21 alerting the campus community of the University employee infected with meningitis. It stated in the email, "The employee, who is an administrator in the Controller's area, is gravely ill and has been admitted to a hospital."

Director of Health Services, Kathy Maloney said the identity of the employee will not be disclosed to maintain his/her privacy and confidentiality.

"The University has been in touch with officials from both the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey State Department of Health," said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student and Community Services. Officials have also been in contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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Career Day Sets Record of 99 Employers

Career-Day2The University surpassed their record for most registered employers at the Fall Career Day on Nov. 21 in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). The number of employers was up 47 percent compared to the Fall Career Day last year.

William Hill, Assistant Dean for Career Services, said the Fall Career Day last year received 67 employers and the Spring Career Day received 89. "Today I believe we're at 100 and that is great," said Hill.

A total number of 101 employers registered for the Fall Career Day and 99 attended, according to Jeffrey Mass, Career Counselor for Career Services.

In an email from Hill on Nov. 12, the number of employers was 83, on Nov. 14 the number reached 92 and continued to surpass an all-time high of 101 on Nov. 20.

More importantly, Hill said he was very happy about the variety of the employers that attended. "We have everything here from technology, to hospitality, to staffing agencies, to banks, part-time and full-time internships," said Hill.

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Business Students Work with L.E.D. Light Company

led-lightStudents enrolled in professor John Buzza's entrepreneurship class were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the business world by collaborating with the company Green-RG Management to help expand their business.

The course is taught by Buzza, a specialist professor in the Management and Decision Sciences Department, and is open to all students.

"We have become the foundation of the business, helping them with a marketing plan, a website, and helping them develop a line of retail products," said Buzza. The company is emerging and will be shaped through the students' work to lay the foundation for its expansion, he added.

Green-RG Management is a company that "provides innovative world class L.E.D. lighting products at factory direct prices to a wide range of commercial and industrial clients," according to greenrgmanagement.com. The company works to promote light-emitting diode (L.E.D.) lights in industrial markets of various countries.

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Recovering Addicts Share Their Stories with Students

The Department of Counseling and Psychological Services organized the What Life is Like in Recovery event where recovered alcoholics and drug addicts from the University spoke to students about how substance abuse has affected their lives.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Young Auditorium. About 50 students listened to three guest speakers share their stories about recovery from substance abuse. The speakers emphasized how their lives have changed through recovery and the importance of recovery.

One speaker, David Dolan, described recovery as a "spiritual awakening." Dolan, a mental health and counseling graduate student, explained that recovery is "not about not drinking or not using drugs" but rather is about "connecting with other human beings."

Dolan discussed the specific day he started the recovery process. He was driving and noticed how beautiful the sunrise looked. He said, "The sun has been coming up every day my whole life and recovery gave me the ability to see it."

As Dolan reflected on his past as an addict, he said, "[Recovery] is like describing a dream," therefore recovery was everything to him.

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The Annual Festival of Language Makes a Come Back

The Department of Foreign Language Studies held its 15th annual Festival of Languages in Wilson Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Almost exactly a year after Superstorm Sandy cancelled last year's festival, Dr. Mirta Barrea-Marys, the Chair of the Foreign Languages Department, and Dr. Priscilla Gac-Artigas, festival coordinator, were determined to hold the festival.

Gac-Artigas said because the event did not occur last year getting students involved was a challenge. "Last year many of [the students] invested a lot of time and effort and then there was Sandy and the festival had to be cancelled," said Gac-Artigas. "I guess they didn't want to go through the same this year. But once we had them on board, they all enjoyed participating."

Gac-Artigas said, "Learning a language goes well beyond learning vocabulary or grammar in a textbook. All aspects of culture, literature, art, music, and much more teach us a lot about other people´s feelings, thoughts, ways of life and all that enrich our knowledge of the language."

The festival showcased performances, music, poem recitals, student presentations, dance and martial art routines.

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Graduate Students Learn the Importance of Listening

Alan Ehrlich, President of The Center for Listening Disorders Research (CLDR), joined the Master of Arts in Corporate and Public Communication (CPC) Colloquium Speaker Series when he spoke to a group of CPC graduate students about listening on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Don Swanson, communication professor, introduced Ehrlich to those in attendance. "He's been looking at listening for a long time, and the thing that fascinates me about Alan is that he's constantly coming up with new insights and he's constantly finding concepts from other disciplines," said Swanson.

Ehrlich began his presentation explaining that there is a big difference between hearing and listening. Hearing is one of the five senses, but listening is a series of complex cognitive processes that begins with hearing sounds. According to Ehrlich, listening, unlike hearing, should end with contextual understanding.

"The complexity of the listening process cannot be taught," Ehrlich explained. "It is not something that we can learn, it is something we are born with." According to Ehrlich's research, people first begin to listen during their third trimester in the womb and once born, a person spends about 80 percent of their day listening and interpreting the sounds and noises heard around them.

"I learned that hearing and listening are two very different things, but that we mix them up and switch them out all the time," said Katie Meyer, a first year graduate student in the CPC program.

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Debate Hawks Host and Win Four Awards at 4th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational

The Monmouth University Debate Hawks hosted the 4th annual Jersey Shore Invitational Debate Tournament on Nov. 23-24, 2013. Over 100 college debaters representing 11 universities participated in this NDT/CEDA sanctioned tournament, including debaters from the West Point Military Academy, Boston College, West Virginia University, and New York University. The Monmouth team won four awards at the tournament. Monica Santos and Danielle Doud (both political science majors) won a team award by making it into the playoff rounds on Sunday. Three Monmouth students also won individual speaking awards including Jessica Roberts (political science, 3rd place), Sana Rashid (chemistry, 5th place), and Ryan Kelly (political science, 6th place).

Each two person team is required to compete in six rounds of debate, three on the affirmative and three on the negative, with each debate round lasting approximately two hours. Teams that make it into the playoff rounds continued debating into Sunday evening's championship round. The debate rounds took place in classrooms in Monmouth University's Bey Hall and Edison Hall. Monmouth entered 10 teams including Kelly Craig and Michelle Grushko (upper division); Dan Roman and Victoria Norges (upper division); and Jessica Roberts and Ryan Kelly; Monica Santos and Danielle Doud; Sana Rashid and Amanda Kontor, Michael Hamilton and Iziah Thompson; and first time debaters Nick Whittaker and Joe Telafous, Alya Yildiz and Payal Patel, Mike Kulik and Sal Popolillo, and Angela Ryan and Caique Nascimento. Former Debate Hawks Miriam Peguero, now working at the World Bank in Washington D.C., returned to campus to help judge at the tournament. The tournament kicked off on Friday, Nov 22 with tournament registration at the Hotel Ocean Spa Resort in Long Branch.

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DEVELOPING STORY: University Employee Suffers From Meningococcal Meningitis

President Paul R. Brown sent an email this morning informing the University community that an employee is currently suffering from meningococcal meningitis.

"The employee, who is an administrator in the Controller's area, is gravely ill and has been admitted to a hospital," it read in the email.

The email continued to say that the University has been in touch with the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission and the New Jersey State Department of Health.

The spread of this disease is due to close personal contact with an infected person's secretions, according to the email. The type of close personal contact includes "living in the same household, kissing, sharing eating utensils or food, sharing drinks or uncovered face-to-face sneezing or coughing."

However, the bacteria are not spread by casual contact such as being in the same office or classroom as the person infected.

"The University is working loosely with the public health officials to reach out to any individuals who may be at risk for infection," the email explained. "Because of the need for such close contact to spread the bacteria, those health officials believe that the group at risk on campus is extremely small."

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