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First-Year Service Project Helps Local Food Banks

First year Helps Food BanksThe first-year service project holds on-campus events annually with the goal of helping those in need in the community.

The project’s theme this year is Hunger and Homelessness. Events will be aimed at collecting and preparing items to be donated to local food banks. 

The project’s organization is mostly comprised of first-year students supported by sophomores who can lend their expertise in planning and organizing events. Getting involved also helps students meet each other and gain a sense of community on campus.

“Part of it is a leadership opportunity for them to figure out how to plan an event on campus, how to advertise, how to get people involved, all driven toward service,” said Susan Damaschke, Coordinator of First-Year Student Retention.

Involvement in the project gives students the chance to take ownership and decide what kind of project they want to do, Damaschke said. Many of the events are conceived, planned and produced by students in addition to college-wide events for all students organized by Damaschke.

The project also offers service opportunities to the rest of the University community.

Sophomore Ryan Murphy returned to the project this year as one of three student coordinators working with the new students on the project.

“It will be my job to help organize events and facilitate projects on campus,” Murphy said.

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University Programs Target Local High School Students

Seek to Encourage Teens to Pursue a Higher Degree

default article imageTwo University programs are targeting local high school youths in an effort to propel them towards college careers.

For the third year in a row, 15 University students will pair with 15 Asbury Park High School students and interact with each other on a biweekly basis as a part of Project B.A.M. The program is run in collaboration with Big Brothers Big Sisters (B) of Monmouth County, Asbury Park High School (A) and the Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (M).

Activities such as a debate workshop, field hockey, dance, and a tour of the University campus are just a few of the events that will assist the high school students in establishing their academic, personal and career goals.

Amanda Divita, a junior, volunteered last spring and is looking forward to meeting her new mentee in October. 

“I love the idea of helping kids who are in need of assistance in our community,” Divita said.  “I recognized the program’s importance when I saw how much my mentee benefited from it.”

To create an effective pair, a questionnaire is given to both student groups to find a commonality in interests and talents.  This makes the initial meeting a smooth one and the relationship grows from there. 

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Buildings Battle it Out

Buildings BattleStudents from every corner of the quad and beyond participated in the annual Battle of the Buildings from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18.

Commuters were also able to participate in this Residence Hall Association organized event.  “If any commuters have made friends in a specific residence hall, they are more than welcome to join that team on the day of events.  Also, there is an off-campus team, which would be made up of our off campus apartments (Diplomats, Fountain Gardens and Pier Village), and we have encouraged commuters to show up on the day of the events and join that team,” said Eric Mochnacz, Area Coordinator.

Battle of the Buildings did not pop up overnight, but rather took months of planning. According to Mochnacz, “Planning for Battle of the Buildings begins right after the previous year's Battle of the Buildings ends, believe it or not. RHA meets to discuss what went well, what we need to improve upon, and any additions we want to make to the next year's program.”

Some new events for this year’s Battle of the Buildings were awarding spirit points for attending the fall carnival (a non-RHA event), tropical themed food and obstacle course, “Human Battleship”, and a reinvented Pie Eating Contest and Relay Races. Returning activities included the Wing Bowl, Poker, Tug-Of-War, and Can You Build it? These events had collected roughly 950 lbs. of food last year toward the First Year Service Project, according to Susan Damaschke.

The Fall Carnival, sponsored by Student Activities Board and Phi Kappa Psi, took place in Parking Lot 6 on Friday from 49. The Hurricane, a tilt-o-whirl type ride, towered behind Cedar, and classic carnival games were adjacent to it. An all access pass for students was $2 (for food, rides, games, etc.) or $3 which included a small donation to the Kourtney Rose Foundation: a nonprofit organization that directly benefits pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, according to their website. Students left the event carrying small stuffed animal prizes and cotton candy.

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