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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Urban Coast Institute Receives $1.6 Million Grant

The University's Urban Coast Institute (UCI) received a grant of $1.6 million from The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation supporting their work on the Mid-Atlantic Data Portal in late January.

The Director of the UCI, Tony MacDonald, said, “UCI works with the academic and local communities, and other partners to inform ocean policy and management decisions using the best information available.” 

“One of UCI’s goals is to monitor the expertise of the University and our partners to have a real impact, not only in the lives of our students, but also outside the ivy walls of the University,” MacDonald continued. “While Monmouth is not a major ocean research institution, with the UCI we have established a role to play in tapping into the research to focus our efforts on advancing good ocean policy.” 

The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is an intricate program run by the UCI and its partners, along with the joint collaboration of states all along the Mid-Atlantic region.

 It is an online platform that centralizes data, allowing state, federal, local users, and stakeholders to visualize, and analyze the ocean through state-of-the art mapping and visualization technology, according to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal’s official website.

“The generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation provides funding for direct research efforts with partner institutions on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal.  The outcomes of the research are important to shaping science-based public policy, which is one of the core strengths of our Urban Coast Institute,” said University President Paul R. Brown.

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Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts Nominated in 2015 Jersey Arts Awards

Monmouth University’s Center for the Arts has been nominated in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards in the category for Favorite Small Performing Arts Center. 

The yearly awards program run by Discover Jersey Arts recognizes and honors the work of New Jersey’s diverse arts organizations. 

Discover Arts is a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, whose missions are to increase the participation and bring awareness to the arts in the state.  

“The Center for the Arts is incredibly grateful for this nomination,” said Vaune Peck, director of the Center for the Arts. 

“I’ve been wondering why we haven’t been nominated [for this award] for years now, I think we are the best kept secret in Monmouth County,” Peck said.  

The Center for the Arts is among 10 arts districts and 96 organizations also nominated for the yearly awards program, as stated in a University press release.

 Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards were selected through the Jersey Arts Marketers network. 

The network is made up of numerous nonprofit art groups across the state, according to the press release. 

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App Allows Parents to Track Attendance

class120 2Jeff Whorley, founder and CEO of computer software company Core Principle, developed “Class120,” an app aimed at holding students accountable for their class attendance.

For $17.99 per month or $200 per year, the app can track whether or not a student is in class, according to U.S. Today. 

The student must first download the app to their phone and upload their class schedule. The state-of-the-art geolocation technology of the app then alerts parents if the student is in the classroom at the necessary times. The app inputs the layout of the given college campus and is then able to determine whether or not students are where they are supposed to be. The app does not alert parents of students’ whereabouts during times other than class. 

Dr. Jason Barr, Associate Dean of the School of Education, said the app may be unnecessary, as parents that are concerned about their child’s attendance will be able to know if he/she goes to class regardless of the app. “Parents who want to monitor their children in college like this will do it whether or not there is an app available for doing it.  I doubt that a parent who trusts their child and provides a lot of autonomy to their child would suddenly want to track their attendance if an app was made available,” said Barr. 

“In other words, the app has no influence on the relationship between a parent and child,” continued Barr.

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Recent Terror Attacks in Paris May Deter Students from Studying Abroad

je suis charlieTwelve people working for satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were shot and killed in Paris, France by two Islamic extremists who sought revenge for the magazine’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad on Wednesday, Jan. 7, sending waves of shock and fear throughout all of Europe and other parts of the world. In light of these recent events, the number of students looking to study abroad may begin to decrease.

According to the official website of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 289,408 students studied abroad during the 2012-2013 academic year, which was still only about one percent of all United States students enrolled at institutions of higher education in the country at that time. However, when terror attacks occur abroad, much like the most recent ones in Paris, fewer students might become interested in leaving their home country, or may even show fear while spending time abroad. 

Just days after the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the University’s spring 2015 study abroad group left to spend the semester in London, England. Kelli Galayda, a sophomore communication major, recalled, “Seeing the attacks on the news just days before I came [to London] had me terrified.”

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Flood in Outlook Office Causes Approximately $20,000 in Repairs

flood 2Over winter break, two pipes burst within several hours of each other, spewing hot water from the ceiling of The Outlook office and causing approximately $20,000 in repairs, according to Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. Cold temperatures within the building caused the incident on the morning of Monday, Jan. 12 in the Jules L. Plangere Center for Communication.

Facilities Management checked the building’s heating issues on several occasions prior to the pipes bursting. Sandy Brown, Office Coordinator for The Outlook, was on the phone with Facilities Management reporting cold temperatures in the office yet again when the first pipe ruptured.

Lorna Schmidt, Director of Advising for the Communication Department and a communication professor, said, “The Outlook office was like 53 degrees and even colder in the conference room with the windows. The Mac computer lab was 37 degrees.”

According to Swannack, a control valve failed and the dampers, which regulate air flow, were prevented from fully closing. This allowed cold air to the access the building; however, “The situation was not caused by anyone’s failure,” said Swannack.

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Monmouth Named One of Best Colleges for War Veterans

vetsThe University has been acknowledged by four different organizations as one of the best universities in the country for war veterans and military students in 2015.

According to a press release, the University was named one of the “2015 Best Colleges for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the Military Advanced Education’s Guide to Colleges and Universities named the University a top school in 2015. 

The University was also recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a “Best for Vets College” and “Best for Vets Business School” by Military Times. 

“The University has been committed to ensuring war veterans feel comfortable transitioning to the college lifestyle,” said Jeff Hood, the University’s Coordinator of Veteran Services.  

“Recognition as a top national program that prepares our students to compete and succeed is always an honor, especially for students who are active members of our community, both in and out of the classroom, and who have already given so much to our country,” said Paul R. Brown, President of the University in a press release.

The Office of Veteran Services contributes to the success of veteran students at the University, according to Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement who also oversees veteran services.

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University Professors Co-Edit Book on College Students

book coverSpeech pathology, educational counseling and leadership assistant professor, Pietro Sasso has helped co-edit a new textbook, titled Today’s College Students: A Reader on College Students, that is now available for purchase on Amazon, after being published in mid-December. 

Sasso said the main goal of the book is to study identity in college students. Sasso has access to the book as he has already started using the book in his own classes. 

However, due to the book’s very recent publication date, it is not yet used in many other classes. 

The book was co-edited by Sasso and Professor Joseph L. Devitis, a retired professor from Old Dominion University in Virginia. 

The two helped contribute several chapters to the book, although it has 55 authors overall. 

Speech pathology, educational counseling and leadership assistant associate professors, Tina Paone and Jose Mandolado, who are also both involved in the study of school counseling, were contributors to the text, along with three University graduate students. 

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Approximately 450 Degrees Awarded at Winter Commencement

Rolle speaks at MU commencementSix hundred degrees were awarded to approximately 450 graduates at the University’s Winter Commencement Ceremony, held in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 1 pm.

“The Multipurpose Activity Center is a really special part of our campus; it is just intimate enough for me to make personal contact with many of the members of the audience, while still grand enough to accommodate the many friends and family members who want to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates,” said University President Paul R. Brown.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement Chair, is in charge of the Commencement Planning Committee.

During the commencement ceremony, former NFL player and Rhodes Scholar Myron Rolle spoke as the keynote speaker.

Rolle used to play as a safety for the Tennessee Titans and the Pittsburgh Steelers but left the NFL to pursue his medical career.

“His decision stuck out to me by far. I can’t imagine having a choice between Oxford and the NFL,” said psychology graduate Kristina Murdock.

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Dr. Walter D. Greason Wins NJSAA Author Award

Professor of history and anthropology Dr. Walter Greason was awarded the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Author Award (NJSAA) for the best non-fiction scholarly work of 2014 for his book Suburban Erasure: How the Suburbs Ended the Civil Rights Movement in New Jersey.

The Outlook: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us about your accomplishment. First and foremost, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What types of courses do you teach?

Greason: My name is Dr. Walter Greason, I’ve been teaching at Monmouth University for three years now. I’ve been a college professor however for 15 years. I started teaching classes five years before that. The courses that I teach here are Western Civilization and World Context, normally part one up until the late middle ages. I also teach a perspectives course, on the history of media and how we understand our world as human beings because the way media changes.

The main course I teach is housed in the school of humanities and social sciences and the history and anthropology department but it mainly is filled up with students from the business school, which is Business and Economic Development in American History, and that’s the primary thing I was hired to do here, it’s the best course I’ve taught in the last 10 or 12 years at different institutions. It gets people to look more seriously at both their role within the emerging world economy and the history of how the idea of American property rights has changed since the start of society. That’s the main thing I do here.

The Outlook: As far as your book, Suburban Erasure, what are the themes or topics you discuss in that?

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MU Online Graduate Programs Among the Best in Nation

The University was ranked as one of the top institutions in the nation for its online graduate programs in the 2015 U.S. News & World Reports.

The online programs for Master of Science in Homeland Security, Master of Science in Education: Special Education, Autism, and Master of Science in Education: Principal/School Administrator/Supervisor were ranked “Best Online Programs.”

“It is wonderful to be recognized by U.S. News for our academic excellence,” said Petra Ludwig, the Director of Public Relations.

U.S. News evaluated a pool of 1,200 graduate programs. Each contender is a regionally accredited institution whose programs are offered largely or entirely online.

There is a methodology used to assist in the ranking of online programs. The highest percentage of 35 percent went towards student involvement, and how institutions did in keeping enrollment.

Then 20 percent of scores went to student services and technology, followed by 15 percent grading in the categories of faculties credentials and training, admissions selectivity, and peer reputation.

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Allergy-Free Snack Bar Developed by Entrepreneur Class

Four Leon Hess Business School students have developed Hawk Country’s Hawklet Chip Bar, an allergy-friendly snack bar. The product is set to be released on Thursday, Dec. 11 in Anacon Hall from 6 - 8:30 pm at their launch party.

Hawklet Chip Bar is an all-natural, gluten-free granola bar that is free of the top eight allergens:  wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.

“Our goal behind the product is to make a snack bar that is completely safe for a child who has a food allergy,” said Britanny Lamb, CEO and a junior business student.

Hawklet Chip Bars will be released to major grocery stores such as Shop Rite and Pathmark and will cost roughly $2.

Lamb said the Hawklet Chip Bar is a snack that allows children with food allergies to enjoy eating while with their friends who may not have food allergies. “We want the bar to be something that makes kids with allergies feel included, not excluded,” she said.

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Contact Information

The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

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Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151