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Volume 87 (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)

Founders’ Day Celebrates the 82nd Anniversary of MU

Founders Day 2015The Founders’ Day Convocation Ceremony took place on Veterans Day. Members of the community gathered to celebrate the University’s 82nd anniversary, as well as the dedication of Pozycki Hall.

Due to inclement weather the event was moved into the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) and was followed by a reception in Pozycki Hall. During the ceremony full-time faculty in an array of academic robes sat in rows closest to the stage. Students from the choir, and the orchestra performed from both sides of the podium where President Paul  Brown, PhD presided.

In recognition of Veterans Day, Dr. Brown opened the ceremony with a moment of silence for those who had risked their lives to preserve our country. “Veterans Day honors all American veterans both living and dead, and for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. Today is the day that we ensure that veterans know how deeply appreciative we are for the sacrifices that they have made in their lives to keep our country free,” said Dr. Brown.

This year’s Founders’ Day acknowledged Elaine, and Steven J. Pozycki, an alumni from ‘73. The Hall was dedicated in their names due to their generous contributions to the University, and Pozycki Hall. Steven Pozycki is the Founder and Chairman of SJP Properties, a New York based developing agency of large scale commercial and residential real estate. Elaine Pozycki is a founding partner, and manager of SJP Properties philanthropic efforts. Together they have been active supporters of the university. In 1973 Steven J. Pozycki graduated from Monmouth College with a BS in business administration, and less than a decade later he and his wife founded SJP Properties.

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Students Network with iCIMS Executives at Information Session

ICMS 2015Career Services and Alpha Kappa Psi hosted a networking and information session featuring Erinn Tarpey, the Vice President of Marketing for iCIMS, a talent acquisition agency located in Matawan, NJ on Thursday, Nov. 12.

“Last year we invited Colin Day [CEO of iCIMS] and he presented in the spring. Every year we try to get an executive from iCIMS. I approached the recruiting team and we planned about two months in advance for Erinn to speak. The topic was going to be for marketing management students to see a day in the life of iCIMS and see the corporate culture,” said Jeff Mass, the Assistant Director of Career Services.

Tarpey is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. She began her career at iCIMS in Sept. 2011 with a goal of scaling the business and deploying growth equity investments in marketing operations. Tarpey went on to become the first female Vice President of the company, under the leadership of her female Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).

 During the session, Tarpey mentioned that there are 43 Monmouth alumnae who work at iCIMS, some of which began with internship positions and became full time employees. She explained to the students and alumnae who attended that CEO Colin Day are passionate about growing his company from within, starting with schools in the area such as Monmouth University, Rutgers, and The College of New Jersey.

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Student Employment E-mail Thread Spams about 1,800 Students

Email NotificationsAn email was sent from the Student Employment Office to all federal work-study students about available jobs on campus and one student accidentally clicked “Reply All,” which started a chain of emails to all federal work-study students on Nov. 12.

Someone kindly responded to the student who accidentally clicked “Reply All” that she made a mistake. From there the emails took off. This accident caused a thread of over 140 emails.

The recipients of this email thread included all federal work-study students, which, according to Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employees, includes approximately 1,800 students. Parks says that in her 15 years working at Monmouth, she has never had an instance such as this.

“In general, reply all is dangerous when you don’t know who the addresses are. Especially if you don’t know when that address is an alias for thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people,” said Dr. Edward Christensen, Vice President of Information Management.

The email responses after the initial reply varied from people trying to be comedians to people looking for something to do or trying to gain followers on social media. At one point students received over 100 emails within one hour.

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Enrollment Falling at Many Private Colleges and Universities Across the State: But not Monmouth

According to information published on, enrollment is falling across the state at many private colleges, although Monmouth does not seem to be one of the schools affected.

At schools nationwide, enrollment has been plummeting, especially at small and mid-size private schools. Many small private colleges are unable to offer the financial aid packages and academic perks that larger schools have; they also lack name recognition and may not have the national rankings that their larger competitors have been awarded.

According to an analysis done by NJ Advance Media, most of the traditional, private, four-year colleges and universities in New Jersey have lost students since 2009, while the public schools in the state have grown larger.

The highest-hit school was the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown. Between 2009 and 2014, data compiled by the state’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education showed that their enrollment rate had plummeted by nearly 35 percent.

Other hard-hit schools included Georgian Court University, which lost 24 percent of enrolling students, Centenary College and Drew University, which both saw a drop of 21 percent, and Rider University, which saw a loss of 12 percent. Rider had recently cut 13 majors, which could be a possible cause as to what led to the drop in enrollment. These are all mid-to-small sized schools – some of the larger private colleges, such as Seton Hall University, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Monmouth either had only small decreases or kept their enrollment rates the same.

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Bill Introduced in Hopes of Preventing Campus Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Front PageA bill, currently awaiting a response from NJ governor Chris Christie, will create a task force devoted to solving the problem of on-campus sexual assault if it is passed.

The bill, currently known as ‘A4156’, would establish a 12 member panel made up of representatives from both state and private colleges and universities, the attorney general, and various other stakeholders.

The bill also requires that at least one member of the panel must have been a victim of an on-campus sexual assault. The group would then have one year to come up with a final report. That report would have recommendations on how to prevent sexual assault on campuses. It would also offer information as to what college campuses could do to increase awareness and understanding.

“It [the bill] was created to the growing number of sexual assaults on college campuses,” said Valerie Huttle, an assemblywoman who was one of the bill’s sponsors. “This is something that unfortunately continues to occur and I couldn’t ignore. I want to make sure that young girls feel protected when they attend school, because they are there for education and self-development. They shouldn’t have to fear something like that happening to them. The statistics say that one in five women will be sexually assaulted on college campus, and even one is too many. I sponsored the bill to promote change on college campuses and to involve institutions of higher education, the state, and leading agencies in this cause to find solutions to this problem. I hope that it will improve how colleges respond to sexual assault cases, and eventually change the culture on campus so that it doesn’t happen.”

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Fall Career Day Brings Opportunities For Monmouth Students

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Career Services hosted its annual Fall Career Day which gave students the opportunity to meet employers from a variety of job industries on Nov. 4 in the MAC (Multipurpose Activity Center).

In total, 114 employers visited the University, setting a new fall record. Employers from the healthcare, communication, social services, retail, government, non-profit, corporate, technology, and business industries gathered to meet hopeful students. The event was open to all students and alumni, and employers offered on-the-spot interviews to those seeking jobs or internships. Additionally, the event offered a free LinkedIn photo service by which students could take professional photos for their online profiles.

First held in Nov. of 1989, the event has evolved into a meeting ground for students and employers alike. The event featured local, regional, and national employers seeking new employees and interns. The employers offered part-time jobs, full-time jobs, or internships to students seeking a position.

Jeffrey Mass, the Assistant Dean of MU’s Career Services and coordinator of Fall Career Day, said that the event offered great opportunities to students. “Employers are able to meet with a very large and diverse number of students and potential job candidates in one place and time,” said Mass. “This is a very efficient hiring strategy. It also gives the employers a chance to advertise their ‘brand’ to the students.”

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Free Cab Service

Cab ServiceFree taxi rides are available for local young adults ages 18-27 through the use of the D Squared mobile app. Launched in 2014, the app aims at providing safe driving alternatives for youth in the Jersey Shore community.

D Squared is a non-profit organization that was founded in March 2014 by Stephan and Karen Dushnick. Through the D Squared app, 18-27 year olds can receive rides home at no cost. Drivers are available between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. Currently D Squared will pickup and transport riders to locations between Asbury Park and Point Pleasant. Eligible users are allowed a maximum of two free rides per month, and the service can only be used for at home drop off.

In 2013, a sudden tragedy became the catalyst that eventually spurred Paul and Karen Dushnick into creating D Squared. Their two sons, Michael Dushnick, 22, and Stephan Dushnick, 24, died in a vehicular accident yards away from their home. One year after their deaths Paul and Karen Dushnick sought to spare other families from similar atrocities through the foundation of D Squared.

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BuzzFeed Ranks the University as One of the Most Beautiful in the World

Wilson Hall 1The University was named the seventh most beautiful college campus in the world by online news source, BuzzFeed, on Oct. 27, because of its appealing landscapes, historic buildings like Wilson Hall and the Guggenheim Library, and its modern facilities.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life, said, “It’s actually quite an honor for the University to be considered not just for something nationally, but internationally. I think this recognition is a wonderful way to recognize and acknowledge the work of our grounds and our custodial staff at this institution.”

This ranking placed Monmouth just below campuses such as the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. The campus at number one is Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia. Members of the BuzzFeed community voted to compile the results.

The groundskeepers, custodial staff, fire and safety personnel, and mechanics at MU all work together to ensure the maintenance of the University’s campus. Patricia Swannack, Vice President of Administrative Services, said there are approximately 100 employees in facilities, most being custodians, who are responsible for 158 acres.

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Rowan University Discovers Breakthrough in Parkinson’s Disease Research

Parkinson DiseaseA team of researchers at Rowan University may have discovered a blood test that can detect symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative illness, before the symptoms become fatal in patients.

Researchers from the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, working with Durin Technologies, a company based in New Brunswick, believe that they have found a simple blood test that would detect early stages of the disease.

If they are correct, having the results of the blood test could potentially give notice of symptoms years before the appearance of any physical signs. In most cases, by the time the physical signs are noticeable, 50 percent of the involved brain tissue has deteriorated and the disease is past the point of treatment.

The test was developed during the course of a year-long study, led by Dr. Robert Naegle, who is the Director of the Biomarker Discovery Center at Rowan University’s New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging. Naegle had a team made up of mostly medical students. The researchers used human protein microarrays, and were able to identify a panel of antibodies that act as markers to detect the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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Students Celebrated Sukkot at the University

SukkahIn Oct., a simple structure with outer walls clothed in a light blue tarp took residence in front of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC). This makeshift edifice was a sukkah, and it was built in celebration of the Sukkot holiday by members of the Jewish Chabad.

Sukkot began on Sunday, Sept. 27 and lasted through Sunday, Oct. 4. Annually, this holiday recognizes the plights of Jewish ancestry. “The Jews were slaves in Egypt, and when they were freed they wandered in the desert for 40 years. When they were in the desert, God made a few miracles happen for them,” said Yaakov Greenberg, a Rabii in the Monmouth County Jewish community.

“There were three main miracles; one was the manna, where they had special food from heaven while they were in the desert. Second was the water, which came from Mariam, who was Moses’s sister. And third was the Clouds of Glory, that protected the Jews from enemies who wanted to attack them,” he continued.

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Kenneth Womack Named New Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences

DeanDr. Kenneth Womack, Dean of the Wayne D. Murray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been cited as bringing leadership experience and creativity to his new position at Monmouth University.

Provost Laura Moriarty participated in the search to find the new dean, and feels confident in the committee’s decision, saying, “Dr. Womack has a wealth of experience serving in various administrative appointments at Penn State. He is a distinguished scholar and teacher…He is a transformative leader who will move the school forward.” 

The former dean, Dr. Stanton Green, was not part of the search for Dean Womack. “My reason for stepping down was personal, and confidential,” Green explained.

Womack’s new position follows a long administrative career, featuring positions like senior associate dean for Academic Affairs and head of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Penn State.

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