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RHA Hosts the Annual Winter Ball in Woodrow Wilson Hall

WinterBall-by-Jess-CalabroThe Residence Hall Association’s annual Winter Ball was held this past Saturday, February 16 in Woodrow Wilson Hall which ran from 8:00 pm until 12:00 am. Students from all different majors attended the sold-out event.

As students began pouring in for the festivities, they were greeted with pulsing dance music and a colored laser light display, which bathed the mansion in a glowing purple hue. An assortment of white couches, stools, and a hand-full of tables awaited the crowd further into the building, keeping with the “cocktail party” theme that the RHA was aiming for, while also providing much needed room for socializing and dancing for the many of students in attendance.

Eric Mochnacz, RHA supervisor and Pier Village area coordinator, mentions that the organization was a little worried about how the students might react to the ball’s change in format from a sit-down type dinner to a cocktail party. “Without having the built in dinner break, students were still able to dance and lounge around or if they wanted or they could go and eat.”

Mochnacz continued, “We wanted to make sure that we could have higher attendance with a lesser cost to the student. So, in effect, RHA ended up assuming a majority of the cost for event, whereas in years past, students covered the cost of their meal with ticket sales. We reduced the price for tickets, so that it would appeal to a larger population, while assuming a larger cost for the organization.”

He goes on to note that because of these price changes and cost coverings that made the chance of no Winter Ball a real threat. “However, we had the full support for University Administration in the change, including Vice President Mary Anne Nagy, who without her never ending support, the event may have never happened,” states Mochnaz.

All of the planning and risks paid off in the end. During the beginning portion of the event, black-clothed waiters navigated the furniture scattered around the floor with hors’deurves on silver platters, ranging from popcorn chicken to miniature crab cakes to even tomato soup shooters. This was all for students to pick at until the buffet was opened, which held an assortment of foods from a build-your-own hamburger slider station, to a macaroni and cheese bar and even a Chinese food station where classic favorites like vegetable low mien awaited.

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Off-Campus Living for Students on the Beach

University Purchases Diplomat Apartments

BluffsThe application deadline for off-campus housing in Pier Village and University Bluffs is March 1.

Pier Village and the University Bluffs, formerly known as the Diplomats, are University sponsored apartment-style off-campus housing for juniors and seniors. Sophomores also have the opportunity to apply in the event that the spots are not filled. The Bluffs house 152 students and Pier Village houses 112.

According to Eric Mochnacz, University Area Coordinator, the University purchased the University Bluffs this fall. Located on Ocean Avenue, the building now has a sign with the University logo on it. “With a new beginning comes a new name,” Mochnacz said.

The University Bluffs is located on the waterfront and they house two people per apartment. According to Mochnacz, contracts can be either nine months or eleven months, allowing the students the opportunity to stay in July and August and take summer classes or enjoy the beach.

Pier Village offers beachfront condos with an eleven month contract beginning in June and extending through the school year. “There is no extra charge for staying during a break period,” said Mochnacz.

Mochnacz explained that the only requirements to apply are a 2.5 GPA and a clean judicial record for a year because each complex is shared with non-student tenants. “Your next door neighbors could be families so we are looking for students who are respectful to their neighbors,” he said.

The application is separate from on-campus housing. To apply, go to the Residential Life website and select the link for the sponsored housing application. When filling it out, students can request where to live.

There is no lottery system. Mochnacz reviews each application and tries to place students as best as he can.

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Alumni Association Recognizes Past Alumni’s Children

Two Students Receive One-Year $1,000 Scholarship Annually

The University’s Alumni Association sponsors a one-year $1,000 scholarship for children of the University’s alumni. Established in 1992, the scholarship is given out each year to two students who have a parent that is a Monmouth alumnus.

Marilynn Perry, Director of Alumni Affairs, said, “They [the University] felt it was important to show their appreciation to the alumni for sending their own children to Monmouth.”

“It just says a lot of how these graduates felt about their experience here if they want their kids to come. Then, it must be a pretty great place,” Perry added.

According to Perry, the Alumni Association wanted to show their gratitude to those parents by giving them money towards their child’s tuition. But the Association doesn’t have unlimited funds- they figured they could come up with $1,000 yearly to award to a student.

Once the Association was able to get a little more money, they decided they could do two scholarships and can now start to look at incoming students as well.

According to Perry, a student can only receive this scholarship once and the scholarship is for undergraduates only.

Stephanie Cunha, senior double major in English and early childhood education, said that after graduating and starting a family she would think about sending her child to Monmouth. “It’s a great university with amazing professors,” Cunha said.

Perry explained that in an effort to spread the word they placed an advertisement in the The Outlook, applications were placed in offices around campus, and e-mails were sent to the students. The Public Relations Office wrote a press release for local newspapers and local high school guidance counselors were given applications for incoming students.

“Information is included in the newsletter we send to alumni,” Elizabeth Esten, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs, said.

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MU Donates to Union Beach in Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Union-BeachUniversity students from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the education honors society, and the International Reading Association (IRA) collaborated to raise money and collect school items to donate to the Union Beach Memorial School (UBMS) on February 7. The school, which includes students from pre-school to eighth grade, was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The University students held a bake sale to raise money for the school and asked University faculty and students for donations this past January. “Over 16 different MU departments donated school supplies,” Mary Brennan, KDP Counselor and Specialist Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership said. “Countless staff, students and faculty of MU contributed supplies. The members of KDP held a bake sale in the front hall of McAllan Hall for seven days and raised over $1000.”

Brennan was the head of the operation. She reached out to the UBMS and she contacted University faculty and students, United Way, the Methodist Church and a Girl Scout troop to ask for assistance. Each organization was able to contribute items for the school.

The UBMS has been improving over the past few months but is still in need of supplies. “Currently, our school is still being cleaned and fixed due to the Hurricane,” said Nicole Conforti, Reading Specialist at the UBMS.

“We lost everything from desks, chairs, computers, books, pencils, etc. We have some issues when it rains or snows because the roof is badly damaged but we do the best we can,” Conforti continued.

The KDP and IRA raised money and collected items throughout January and the first week of February. With the money that the students received from the bake sale, they were able to buy the remaining items from the UBMS wish list that were not donated.

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The University and Antigua Medical School Enter Partnership

AntiguaThe University signed an articulation agreement with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) on December 17. The agreement will create a new opportunity for graduating science majors to attend medical school upon graduation.

“This new agreement gives Monmouth University students the ability to attend medical school at AUA if they meet the qualifications of our affiliation agreement (biology or chemistry major with a 3.25 GPA or higher and a 20 or higher total score on the MCAT),” Dr. Dorothy Lobo, the Co-Director of the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee (PPHAC) said. “There is no limit on the number of seats available to MU.”

The qualification also lists that the students cannot have a D or F grade in any subjects on their transcript. The students will need to apply during their sophomore year at the University to receive approval in the program. Also, the student must successfully complete an interview with the University and an AUA admission officer and submit a letter of recommendation.

“AUA is a well-respected institution among international medical schools,” Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science said. “This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for eligible biology and chemistry majors to pursue a M.D. degree. We look forward to a long-standing collaboration with AUA,” said Palladino.

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Dr. Neil Graves Hosts Oxford and London Summer Trip

LondonOxfordThis summer, students are welcome to join Dr. Neil Graves abroad to England for ten days while taking a three-credit course called EN398/HS398, Literature of the English Civil War.

The summer trip has been around for the last two years and is based out of London and Oxford. Students will be staying at Oxford University College, according to Graves. The course offered for this trip can be used to fulfill a LIT General Education requirement, an English elective, a history elective, or a free elective, according to Graves.

“This is an unique opportunity as people cannot normally stay within Oxford University College,” Graves said. “This is possible because I am an alumnus of Oxford University College, having studies for my Ph.D. there, as well as having been a professor there.”

The students who spend a semester abroad in London stay at Regent’s College, Graves said. “Being at Oxford University College is a privilege and it is a wonderful part of this study trip that students get to experience this in person by staying there.”

Students do not have to only stay in London and Oxford. “This trip is designed so that the whole group [participates in] activities together in the mornings,” Graves said. “These include some of the wonderfully entertaining places and cultural events of the UK.” Graves added that in the afternoon students were able to organize their own plans, with help if they needed or wanted. During the weekend, he assisted students in traveling to other places.

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Final Presidential Candidate Visits the University

Dr. Stanley Preczewski, Vice President for Academic Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinette College

presidentDr. Stanley Preczewski, presidential candidate, opened up his presentation to faculty and students by introducing himself as ‘Stas’, giving students a sense of who he is, what he has experienced, and what he could offer if ultimately selected as the next President of the University.

Preczewski currently serves as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). He has also served as the Interim President of Georgia College & State University, along with multiple positions with the United States Military Academy at West Point for 11 years.

Questions about athletics, Greek life, extracurricular activities, commuter parking situations and academics buzzed throughout Wilson Auditorium and Preczewski acknowledged each issue while listening to each student’s concerns.

“I get my energy from students and I understand that I have a job because of students. No students, no job,” Preczewski said.

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Relay for Life Planning is Underway

397 Participants Already Registered

Relay for Life spreads awareness and raises much needed funds for research to save lives from cancer. Every year, more than four million people in over 20 countries participate in Relay for Life.

The University, being a part of this global phenomenon, shows its compassion through the students who participate in the event. This year, the students who are bringing Relay for Life to campus are hoping for about 500 participants. There are already 397 participants that have registered with the event two months away, taking place on April 25.

Relay for Life will be held in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). It is an overnight event of games and music starting Friday afternoon going into Saturday morning. Some of the games include dodgeball, Wii games, relay races and scavenger hunts. There will possibly be live music to keep everyone entertained. Along with games, they have ceremonies to remember the true meaning behind the event, which is to raise money to find a cure for cancer. There will be a Luminaria ceremony, which is held to remember those who have lost their battles with cancer and a Fight Back ceremony to rally everyone together to become empowered and inspired to find a cure.

Jenna Tshudy, junior history and secondary education major and Colleges Against Cancer co-chair, said that they hope to raise $60,000 this year. All of the money that Colleges Against Cancer raises goes to the American Cancer Society. It is used for cancer treatment and research. They provide free information, resources and services for cancer patients and their families. Proceeds also go to Look Good… Feel Better, which is an organization that provides women with wigs and teaches them how to apply makeup after they lose hair from chemotherapy.

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Provost Thomas Pearson Hosts Guided Tour of Russia

Trip Will Run for the Fifth Time Since 1986


Provost Thomas Pearson will host a guided tour of Russia and Ukraine for the fifth time that will last from May 25 until June 7. For about $4,500, 19 people can join the tour, usually consisting of three to four students, University alumnus, University faculty, and several friends of the University, making for a diverse group of travelers. Currently, nine spots are open.

According to Pearson, the destinations on the tour cover the whole spectrum of Russia and Ukraine’s history. The trip begins with Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and the origin of Russian development and Christianity. Next, the group will visit the “Golden Ring” cities, Vladimir and Suzdal, which became the new centers of Russian life following the fall of Kiev in the thirteenth century.

After, the group will visit Moscow, the capital of the country from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Pearson said that Moscow represents the “Hollywood, New York City, and Washington, D.C.” of Russia because it has 14 million residents and it is the city where Russians strive to live based on its wealth. More billionaires live in Moscow than any other city in the world.

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Winter Storm Nemo Finds MU

snowWinter Storm Nemo caused the cancellation of classes last Friday starting at 2:30 pm and all Saturday, while dropping nine inches of snow on the West Long Branch area and accumulations over two feet in parts of Connecticut.

President Paul G. Gaffney II explained that on Thursday at noon when he stood in front of 300 faculty members and said that the storm was supposed to be light, only a couple of inches. He assured everyone that no one was going to go home early and in response received a big sigh from the staff.

However, the University did wind up closing. Gaffney, who once was a meteorologist and oceanographer, stated that he was constantly watching the weather forecast and noticed they were changing as it was getting close to the day of the storm. “That got my attention because they had been saying for two days one to three [inches] and all of a sudden now it’s three to six [inches],” he said.

This was when he called the other Vice Presidents and told them that they all needed to keep an eye on Winter Storm Nemo overnight.

Bill McElrath, Chief of Police, stated that during storms, there is a “Storm Watch” policy that they follow. He said, “The purpose of the policy is to make sure that all major parts of the University (the Provost Office, Student Services, Facilities Management and the police) are all aware of the storm and are working together to prepare for the storm.”

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University Inherits California Home

mucaliforniahomeThe University’s endowment increased by one million dollars after a home in California that was given to the school by two major players in the soap opera “General Hospital” was sold.

The house, located in Rancho Mirage, CA was owned by Gloria and Norma Monty, sisters. Gloria was the executive producer for “General Hospital,” while Norma headed the show’s writing team.

The money that was added to the endowment was invested, according to Vice President Grey Dimenna. “A portion of those investment earnings are used to support numerous University programs, including scholarships for students,” he said.

“The use of each endowment fund is determined by the original source of the funds,” William Craig, Vice President for Finance, said. “Endowments that were donated are expended based on the specifications of the donor. In this case, the proceeds of the investment per the donors’ wishes will go to offset costs for the Communication building and equipment,” he added.

Donna Dolphin, communication professor, said the University courted Gloria and Norma as philanthropists who could possibly donate and develop relationships with the University. Along with the donation of their home, they served on the University’s Communication Advisory council where they provided their insights on the development of Jules Plangere Center’s television studio.

“Usually donors are not that involved, but they were,” Dolphin said. She said she recognized the women through their professional accomplishments when they came to take a tour of the school.

“When television was all live and when the world of work was all men, there was this woman, Gloria, who stood ten feet tall, one of the first woman directors of television,” Dolphin said.

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