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University Alumnus Wins Emmy

default article imageChris Dudick, a University alumnus, was awarded an Emmy for children’s programming at the 55th Annual New York Emmy Award Gala on April 1, 2012 in New York City.

Dudick received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University in 2003 and went on to complete his master’s in teaching in 2012. Dudick is now the executive producer of Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven, NJ.

“It’s nice to know that sometimes even the more low-key majors end up getting really cool jobs and even better opportunities,” said Alyssia Bifano, a first-year student and graphic design major at the University. “The fact that Chris Dudick was from Monmouth and won an Emmy is eye-opening and inspiring.”

The Emmy award-winning socially conscious cartoons, “Kids Kare,” were created at Small Factory Productions during a Create-a-Cartoon program held by the company. The program was held for children between the ages of four to 12. The interactive, educational arts activity was not only held at the production studio, but also at schools, hospitals and community organizations.

With their cartoons and songs boasting authentic and imaginative stories, the young “Kids Kare” storytellers and animators have inspired feelings of volunteerism and responsibility. The message that the producers have is simple. They want to join forces and be the youngest generation to change the world. Inspiring others to save lives, care for animals and lend a helping hand are the ideas they have decided to pursue. They want everyone to want to change with world with them and they want to do so one socially conscious cartoon at a time.

Samantha Feldstein, a senior, shared her feelings on the impact something like this has on children.

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Students Place Third Nationally in Real Estate Challenge

default article imageA group of four University students placed third last week at the Villanova Real Estate Challenge for the first time in the University’s history.

Anderson Haxton and Jason Miller, seniors, and Lawrence Vecchio and Christoper Cianfarini, juniors, made up the team of students that competed with universities across the nation in a battle to solve a real estate case problem and prepare written and oral presentations.

According to their website, the Villanova Real Estate Challenge is a national real estate development case competition for students from the top undergraduate real estate programs in the United States.

According to Peter Reinhardt, Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at the University, the most difficult part of the competition for him was being unaware of the challenge. “I put the team together the last week in March, that’s it, it was entirely the students,” he said.

While they could use outside materials such as the Internet, the students were forbidden the help of faculty assistance during the competition.

Reinhardt mentioned that this was the third year of the competition so he was able to research what it would entail by visiting the website and reading about the competition from the previous years. “I got a rough idea of the challenge itself, but no idea of the challenge’s complexity,” he said.

Villanova chose to make it a requirement that each team come up with a name for themselves so no one knew what college or university they were competing against.

“It was clever of Villanova,” Reinhardt said. “Our team was TerraFirma, it translates in Latin to firm land.”

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Einstein’s Bagels Leaving, Java City to Replace

default article imageCome next fall, students will no longer be able to grab a bagel in the lobby of Plangere.

Einstein Bros Bagels will be removed and replaced by Java City, the latter of which is moving from the Rebecca Stafford Student Center in exchange for another franchise.

Einstein’s has been a place of conveniences for on-the-go students over the years. Fresh baked bagels, muffins, and cinnamon rolls, along with Chicago bagel dogs, fresh sandwiches, salads, yogurt parfaits, fruit cups and hot coffee are what the franchise offered.

“As a graduating senior this doesn’t really affect me at all, but I do feel bad for incoming freshman who never got to have Einstein’s and also for the sophomores and juniors who are now going to have to get used to not having it right there for them anymore,” said Jessica Fina, a senior.

There had been rumors last year that Einstein would be leaving the University’s campus, but when no action was taken, students and faculty thought it was here to stay. “All I know is it’s going to be a sad day,” said one Einstein’s employee who wished to remain anonymous. “I opened this place and now I’m closing it.”

Some students, mostly freshmen, are unsure how they feel about the news “I’m a freshman and only got to have Einstein’s for one year, but I feel like I’m going to miss it, especially when I’m running late to class and craving a bagel!” said Lauren Callandrillo, a first-year student. “Java City is good too though so I’m not too upset.”

While some students are unsure of their feelings regarding the removal of Einstein’s, a different perspective was taken by Chris Spirito, a senior. “The bagels were mediocre at best, the sandwiches were terrible [and] pretty much everything was overpriced for a college demographic,” he said. “I don’t find it surprising that they are going out of business. It’s time for a healthier and college budget-friendly food place. Unfortunately, I won’t be around to enjoy it.”

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Farewell From the President

default article imageCongratulations, you finished the Spring Semester. Your strong performance in class has been important. So, too, have the relationships you have developed and the exposure you have had to new professional and civic experiences off campus. You have gained skill, but also confidence.

You watched out for each other.

I look forward to seeing the graduating seniors at Commencement on May 16th. And, congratulations to our First Year and Transfer students. You have started your journey here successfully.

Now for some well-earned time off. Whether you are catching up on credits by taking a summer course, off to work to gather a bit of spending money or simply relaxing at home with family and friends, be safe, and enjoy your summer break.

I am proud of your accomplishments and look forward to seeing those returning in the fall refreshed and charged up to tackle another academic year.

Take care of each other this summer.

Paul G. Gaffney II


No More Gift Cards for New Jersey

news-jackie-loves-giftcardsIn upcoming months, New Jersey pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores will no longer be able to sell certain gift cards due to a recent addition to the state’s unclaimed property law. Last week, the Associated Press reported that the New Jersey Treasury Department will require third-party gift card sellers to obtain buyers’ ZIP codes so that the state can claim the value of unused gift cards after two years.

In response to the law, gift card providers, including American Express, Blackhawk Network, and InComm, are pulling their gift cards from store shelves and cutting business ties. While American Express will no longer sell American Express gift cards in stores, New Jersey residents can still purchase gift cards directly from the company. On the other hand, Blackhawk Network and InComm are completely ending business with New Jersey with the removal of gift cards from several popular restaurants and stores.

As reported on both companies’ websites, Blackhawk Network and InComm will no longer provide New Jersey stores with a wide variety of gift cards, including those to Barnes & Noble, Chili’s, Home Depot, iTunes, Nordstroms, Sears, Starbucks, AMC Movie Theaters, Macy’s, and Subway, as well as prepaid Visa and MasterCard gift cards.

On one side of the issue, the New Jersey Treasury Department argues that the new law will balance the state’s budget by bringing in approximately six billion dollars each year in unused gift card balances. However, on the other side, gift card providers argue that it will extremely difficult and expensive to comply with the law. Furthermore, Blackhawk Network and InComm representatives mentioned that their gift cards do not have an expiration date.

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Visiting Writers Series Comes to a Close

default article imageStudents, faculty, and poetry enthusiasts gathered in Pollak Theatre last Tuesday, to hear the last installment of the Visiting Writer Series, Naomi Shihab Nye.

With an introduction by Michael Thomas, Director of the Visiting Writers Series and Assistant Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences, he explained a poem of hers, “Kindness.” He then mentioned how one writer said Nye “breathes poetry, like the rest of us breathe air.”

As Nye graced the stage after Thomas’s “incredibly elegant” introduction, she joked that Thomas should do the readings as the audience chuckled.

She discussed the beauty that she found at the University, and the impressive architecture of Wilson Hall, naming it, “one of the great buildings on any campus in the world.”

With a quick thank you to the audience for coming out to spend an afternoon together in poetry month, Nye moved onto a poem given to her by a four-year-old when she was in Princeton just last week called, “The Sun.” She spoke of its simple beauty and quickly moved to her metaphor of the poem being an elegant building on a page.

She described poetry as something that she wanted to always be with, she wanted to savor it. As a child, she would listen to poetry and beg her teachers and librarians to often repeat them so she could be with them longer; she wanted to be with the lines of the poem.

Nye then moved onto her book, Transfer, written with her father in mind. She read a poem that she forgot to include in the book during her writing process titled, “My Father on Dialysis.” With emotion, she read and later explained to the audience about a time she connected with a student through understanding of experience.

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2012 Spring Career Day Garners Largest Employer Turnout

news-spring-career-dayThe University’s Spring Career Day allowed students to meet local, regional and national employers in Anacon Hall last Wednesday.

Hosted annually by Career Services, the day allows students and alumni to network with employers and discuss job opportunities.

Businesses, non-profit and government employers are annually invited to recruit students and alumni of all majors and degree levels for positions, including fulltime and part-time employment, and seasonal internships.

Taylor Miller, a senior majoring in business, attended the day and felt that it was a good opportunity to start making post-college career plans. “Going to the Career Day really gave me the chance to practice meeting employers before I start looking for jobs after graduation next month,” she said. “I got to talk to a lot of different people and I’m planning on getting in touch with some in the future for a job.”

William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, said that last week’s event was one of the most successful career fairs held at the University. Labeling it as one of Career Services’ “best attended events,” Hill recorded over 350 student and alumni attendees, and mentioned the high number of employer participants. “The Spring 2012 Career Day had the largest employer turnout since 2006,” he commented. “We had 78 employers present, and we filled Anacon Hall to capacity.”

Employers included Better Homes Realty, First Investors Corporation, IBM, the Eatontown Police Department, New Meadowlands Racetrack, the Federal Investigation Bureau, the Target Corporation and Apple Retail. The entire staff of Career Services, as Hill mentioned, is responsible for recruiting employers for events.

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University Shows Appreciation for Student Employees

news-student-employee-of-the-year-receptionWith approximately 1,320 student employees on campus since September, there are more of them than faculty members.

 Two events spearheaded the University’s celebration of appreciation for its student employees this week.

Recognizing students for the 16th annual Student EmployeeAppreciation Week, Aimee Parks, Assistant Director of Human Resources for Student Employees and Michele Banafato Lassen, Student Employee Coordinator, led the festivities in the Student Center last Wednesday. A reception that recognized the 2012 Student-Employee of the Year followed this last Friday.

The celebration encouraged student employees to visit the tables covered in prizes and giveaways. Prizes included gift certificates to McLoon’s Restaurant in Pier Village and Amy’s Omelette House. More than $9,000 in prizes were given away throughout the week.

Many students shared what they loved most about working on campus. “It’s extra money for me and there’s no commute,” said Tarryn Cortese, a junior majoring in communication with a concentration in TV and radio.

There is more to working on campus than just the temporary conveniences of having a job, Parks said. “It’s the benefits, convenience, flexibility all together,” she said. “If you pick a good job, it can be a resume builder. We are indebted to them for their service on campus.”

If a student finds something that applies to this or her major, then an on-campus job in that field is a plus, Parks added.

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University Members Collectively Raise $43,000 at Relay for Life

news-relay-for-lifeFriday the 13 was anything but unlucky for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the University, as it raised approximately $43,027.

With six months of planning and no budget, Jess Rohr, the event Co-Chair, was very satisfied with how the event turned out. The event is run by Colleges Against Cancer but is an American Cancer Society event.

“We had 50 teams and 633 participants at Relay this year, which is an all-time high,” Rohr said.

Everything purchased and booked for the event was donated from different vendors.

“Vendors such as Chick-Filet, Scala’s Pizzeria, Joe’s Pizzeria and Live Nation as well as the University and students, helped make this event possible. We had two students, Chris Spirito and Phil Nappen DJ our event, as well as a performance from Ross the Magic Man. We reached out to different bands such as Sibling Rivalry to perform as well,” Rohr said. According to Rohr, without the vendors and donations, the event would have not been possible.

This year was the first year that the event was hosted inside of the Multipurpose Activity Center. Previously, the event was held on the Kessler Field, which, according to Rohr, wasn’t always pleasant. “This was the first year I did not freeze at Relay,” Rohr said.

The basketball court was covered with tents and sleeping bags of the different teams and a stage was set up for the performances throughout the night. The track around the basketball court was walked by attendees throughout the night. The tradition was started in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt decided to run for 24 hours straight to fight against cancer.

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Filtered Water Stations Diminish Use of Plastic Bottles

news-filtered-waterThe University has begun installing filtered hydration stations around campus so students will be able to refill and reuse old water bottles.

“We are looking for every opportunity we can find to increase sustainability,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services. “This is a huge sustainability issue because it saves plastic bottles.”

According to the University’s Environmental Assessment Semi-Annual Report, the stations will be installed in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) and Edison Science Hall. The stations will comply with standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and allow for students to refill their bottles hands-free at no charge.

The stations filter tap water that comes from preexisting water lines, like those connected to water fountains. The water is filtered and cooled in succession, allowing for instant and hands-free pouring. The hands-free, straight to bottle feature of the system also makes the stations more hygienic than standard water fountains.

“I like that the school has a hydration station because I bring a water bottle to school every day, but usually finish it before the day is over and have to buy another drink,” said Katie Zaccarelli, a senior. “Now I can save money and just refill my bottle. Also water fountains in general use to gross me out because it was always warm and you never could get enough, but now this is much better.”

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Sovereign Bank to Replace Wells Fargo on Campus

news-wells-fargoThe University is switching its on-campus banking services to Sovereign Bank from Wells Fargo on June 1, as the latter’s contract is set to expire.

The University has had a contract with Wells Fargo for at least 10 years, said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. “We had a competitive bidding process where we developed a request for proposal and sent to it 10 banks and five banks submitted a proposal,” Nagy continued. “We reviewed the proposals, had a presentation with all the banks to a team of people and, at the end of the evaluation process, Sovereign Bank seemed like the appropriate choice.”

The new Sovereign Bank ATMs will have a surcharge for using them without having a Sovereign Bank account card. “That is why we are getting out early with this information so students can make an account,” Nagy said. “It’s free so it seems like it makes sense.”

Joseph Cahalin, a junior business management major, said he got a Wells Fargo bank account because he knew it was the banking that the University had. He also already has a Sovereign Bank account from back home, so the switching of banks will not really affect him.

However, Carolyn Taylor, a junior majoring in photography, will have to give up her free trips to the ATM. “I don’t have a Wells Fargo account because I don’t have that bank close to home, but I use the ATM on campus for convenience,” Taylor said. “I don’t have to drive out of my way to get cash out and it’s in a convenient central location on campus.”

Taylor said that even though it is easier, she won’t be switching banks. “I will just have to start stopping at TD Bank when I’m going somewhere to avoid ATM charges.”

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