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Volume 86 (Fall 2014 - Spring 2015)

Alternatives to Anxiety: Reducing and Coping with Stress

AnxietyCounseling and Psychological Services held a program, led by Dr. Terri Jaeger, Psychological Counselor for the Counseling and Psychological Services Department (CPS), called Alternatives to Anxiety, in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) room 202-B.

"First held in the spring, 2014," said Jaeger, "[Alternatives to Anxiety] was designed as a group program to help students develop strategies to cope with stress and to reduce their anxiety symptoms, which often present as two related issues in students."

The event was held on Oct. 15 as well as Oct. 29 and was not only created to aid students just beginning to cope with anxiety, but also to help students who have been coping with anxiety for a long period of time, students shared different coping mechanisms and life stories.

According to Dr. Jaeger, about 60 percent of the students who seek services at CPS say anxiety is a reason for their counseling request.

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CommWorks Draws in “Largest Turnout”

A crowd of about 80 students and faculty attended the "Nightmare on JP 235" event performed by CommWorks students on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

"We hope to build a sense of community with this performance," said Dr. Deanna Shoemaker, Advisor of CommWorks and communications professor. "This is a tight knit group that believes in performance as a way of expression."

This was the first performance by CommWorks this semester. Shoemaker and the performers were pleased with the turnout.

"This was the largest turnout we have had in a while, there was standing room only," said Shoemaker. "Next time we have a performance we will maybe need a bigger space," she continued.

"I think the performance was a huge success," said Britney Wade, President of CommWorks and senior communications major. "The entire club had worked really hard to put together an organized and comedic show while still making the content relatable to the audience."

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MAVS Welcomes Vegan

A celebrity fitness trainer, John "JP" Pierre, most famously known as Ellen Degeneres' fitness trainer, visited the University to inform the public about lifelong wellness in the "Super Simple Super Nutrition" event hosted by The Monmouth Area Vegetarian Society (MAVS) in mid-October in Magill Commons.

The event was free and open to the public, which brought in about 25 - 30 people, both from the University and outside towns.

Aside from Pierre's presentation, the event also was a vegan potluck. All attendees brought in vegan entrees and desserts, with recipe cards so guests knew the ingredients in each of the foods

"Veganism is when you don't consume any animal products and it is not just a diet, it's also a lifestyle... like we won't wear fur and we won't wear leather," said Mary Harris, a certified Holistic Health Coach and specialist professor of communication.

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New Athletic Logo Shines Light on ‘Shadow’

New-LogoThe Athletics Department attempted to rebrand the University with the unveiling of the new logo in order to create a fresh identity that coincides with the athletic programs' changes and renovations.

"I am very excited about our new athletic logos and spirit marks," said University President Paul Brown.

"Athletics is an extension of a university's identity, so this new change means a lot for the Athletics Department," said Greg Viscomi, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications and New Media.

The primary mark of the new Athletics logo features a sideways hawk head with 'Monmouth' stamped across it. The letter mark is a singular 'M' and the word mark is 'Monmouth' outlined with the University's colors.

"Our new hawk is also very dynamic; it really represents the University's competitive spirit," said Brown.

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University Smart Card Comes to Monmouth

IMG_0491The University, in partnership with Sandander Bank, now offers the Smart Card, a student ID that also acts as a debit card for those who have a Santander account. The new Smart Cards are available to freshman upon distribution at orientation. Upperclassman can apply for the card as well.

A student can still have the new ID without it being linked to Santander, according to program. If a student wants to link their ID to a Santander banking account, they must bring their ID to any Santander branch. There is a branch located on the University campus in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC).

While making purchases, they will be deducting funds from their Santander Bank account. If a student uses the barcode located on the front of their ID, they will be using funds from their University Flex Dollars account.

Nancy Orlando, a media relations representative of Santander, said Smart Card is specifically designed for universities and is used by over 7.1 million people from 285 universities in 12 different countries. "Through the Smart Card, Santander provides cutting-edge card technology that is compatible with each university's hardware and software. The Smart Card technology is supported by five Santander-funded research centers to ensure its industry-leading position."

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Polling Institute Ranked in Top 22 of Nation

130813murray-mezThe Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI) earned the distinction of being ranked in the top seven percent of pollsters nationwide. After compiling 16 years of collected data, renowned policy analyst, Nate Silver, placed MUPI among the top 22 polling institutes on Oct. 1.

Silver, Editor-In-Chief of ESPN's FiveThirtyEight blog, is known for his accuracy in forecasting baseball games as well as predicting American elections, according to New York Magazine. FiveThirtyEight operates as a combination of a sports and politics website, tracking everything from college football to polling trends.

According to its website, the Polling Institute "was established to be a leading center for the study of public opinion on important state, regional, and national issues." The institute is not new to recognition, as during its inaugural year in 2005 the MUPI was "named a 'Winner'" by New Jersey Politifax.

MUPI is active not only in NJ public opinion, but also in that of other states, as evidenced by its involvement in political races across the US. Recently, the Polling Institute has published data regarding Senate races in Iowa, Colorado and Kansas, as well as coverage of the quality of life in New Jersey.

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The Big Event Breaks its Record for Most Volunteers

10750478_10152533015443931_6838404141759565199_oUniversity students helped out the local community in the Student Government Association's (SGA) 15th annual Big Event, the school's single largest community service project, last Saturday, Oct. 25.

Every year, University students and faculty members from various departments, teams, and clubs come together to give back to the community they call home.

Volunteers form teams and travel to different "worksites" around the West Long Branch and Deal areas to clean up and help out. These worksites vary from food pantries and churches to litter removal from local parks and residential properties.

The Big Event has been held annually for 15 years, however, this year was slightly different.

In previous years, the event has attracted about 400 volunteers and 25 to 30 worksites.

According to SGA Big Event Chair Alyssa Sardelli, a junior business management major, this year's event had over 700 volunteers sign up and 37 registered worksites.

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Hawk TV Broadcasts in HD

hawk-tv-picHawk TV now broadcasts in high definition (HD) for the first time in sixteen years.

Since its beginning in 1998, Monmouth University's television station, Hawk TV, has broadcasted in standard definition (480p); however, since the introduction of high definition (1080p), which is now the industry standard, it took a long process to bring Hawk TV to meet that television standard. This past summer, the process was finally completed.

"The transition to high definition has had to be done in stages; it's expensive," said Donna Dolphin, communication professor, founder and advisor for Hawk TV.

"I don't know the exact amount because it's part of the Communication [department] budget and part Hawk TV budget," said Dolphin.

Dr. Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department said he did not know how much the total was either.

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MU’s Phi Eta Sigma Receives “Commendation of Excellence Award”

WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ MU Phi Eta Sigma (PES) Chapter has received the "Pathways Commendation of Excellence Award" for the second time, during the 42nd National Leadership Convention held in Charleston, SC on Oct. 11.

Students that maintain a 3.5 and higher GPA during their first semester at Monmouth are eligible to join the society. During the academic 2013-2014 year, the chapter inducted around 200 first-year students. Professor Golam Mathbor became adviser of the scholarly society in 2004. This society brings recognition of studens' hard-work and talents at the University.

Sixteen chapter officers have attended the National Leadership Conventions over the past ten years, and Dr. Mathbor received the Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Dr. Mathbor notes, MU officers that have attended the National Conventions have always made him proud by their outstanding contributions serving the National Leadership workshops.

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Grammy Museum Announces Affiliated Partnership With MU

President-Brown-and-Bob-SantelliMonmouth University is now one of four schools in the nation to become affiliated with the Los Angeles-based GRAMMY Museum, which will now allow students and faculty access to GRAMMY Museum content for educational purposes, curriculum purposes, research programs, professional development seminars, collaborative marketing, and student internship opportunities.

Brown said, "What a fantastic opportunity for our students to access the [GRAMMY] Museum's impressive resources, programs and internships. Thank you to Bob Santelli (Director of the GRAMMY Museum and University alumnus) for facilitating this exciting partnership, for his continued support, and for sharing his passion for music and education with the Monmouth University community."

Monmouth University joins the University of Southern California, Oregon State University, and Delta State University in this partnership.

Over 100 guests celebrated the University's new affiliation with the GRAMMY Museum in Woods Theatre on Friday, Oct. 10 at 2:30 pm.

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MU Celebrates 81st Founders’ Day

Founders-Day-PetraThe University's 81st Anniversary Founders' Day was celebrated on Wednesday, Oct. 8 in the Multi-Purpose Athletic Center (MAC). This occasion also marked the 20th anniversary of Monmouth's status as a University.

The ceremony began at 2:15 pm with a processional led by the University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Specialist Professor Michael Gillette, followed by "America the Beautiful," performed by Monmouth's Chamber and Concert Choruses.

Following the entrance of numerous alumni and other distinguished members of the Monmouth community, President Paul Brown began with some opening remarks and welcomed the first of a variety of speakers.

Henry D. Mercer III, a member of the Class of 1987 and Chair of the Board of Trustees, took the podium. "This is a special day," Mercer said. "It is the first time I have the privilege of welcoming you as the Board Chair. [Day's like Founders' Day] gave me appreciation and respect for the value of education."

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