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Hawks Observe Campus Crime and Safety Week

default article imageThe Department of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Honor Society held its first Campus Crime & Safety Week from October 17 to October 20. The purpose was to raise awareness on crime and safety issues on campus.

Presentations were held in the Carol Afflitto Conference Room, Monday through Thursday during the evening. The University Police Department (MUPD) also contributed, with presentations.

Doctor Michele Grillo, Assistant Professor, was responsible for organizing the event. She said,

“The Crime and Safety Week was a great opportunity for campus police to interact with students. I wanted to bring more awareness to campus crime and safety, as I witness quite a bit here. I’d like to present ways in which students can easily prevent their own victimization, primarily theft.”

Grillo and her assistant Christine D’Ottaviano, a graduate student, asked MUPD if they would be willing to conduct presentations on various campus crime and safety issues. Working with Chief Bill McElrath, they were able to provide four presentations on various topics in conjunction with MUPD.

The topics that were discussed during the week included: an active shooter informational session, a sexual assault informational session, a campus safety and dangers of texting while driving session, and a hazing and anti-bullying session. MUPD described vandalism as the number one crime that takes place on campus.

McElrath covered the topic of active shooters. Active shooters at college campuses are considered the greatest threat, nationwide. “You don’t want to be that person the day after that said I knew something was wrong, but I didn’t know who to report it to,” McElrath said.

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Honors Newsletter Wins Third Place in National Contest

Honors Newsletter Wins 3rd PlaceThe University's honors newsletter, Areté, was chosen as this year's third place winner of the National Collegiate Honors Council Newsletter Contest. The ceremony, which took place on October 22, was held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Accepting the award on behalf of Areté were Dr. Kevin Dooley, Dean of the Honors School, Reenie Menditto, Director of Student Standards, and honors students Terence Bodak, Emily Steeber, and Jenna Intersimone.

Intersimone, Areté’s Editor-in-Chief of two years, was ecstatic about winning the award which was in the category of best student-run publications for Fall 2010-Spring 2011.

"We are all very excited and proud to be here,” she said. “It is a collaborative effort to publish Areté, so to receive this award is very special for all of us."

Intersimone said the publication stands out from other honors newsletters for several reasons.

"Our newsletter has a very clear student voice that touches on a lot of aspects that are not covered in other publications,” she said. “Areté has personal essays, studying abroad experiences, and alumni spotlights that fill each newsletter with insightful student observations. It is fun to be a part of because the students really get involved with the process from beginning to end."

The conference, which started in 1954, is coordinated by Richard Badenhausen, a Professor and Director of the honors program at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Areté stood out to the judges because the form and content of its newsletter had a solid purpose and the writing was executed very well,” said Badenhausen , elaborating why a committee of four judges chose Areté. “The publication had a consistent voice in the majority of its articles."

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October is Mental Health Awareness Month

Counseling and Psychological Services Offered a Mental Health Screening Day

October Mental Health AwarenessThe Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) located on the third floor of the Student Center, conducted a free mental health screening on Thursday, October 20. It was meant to offer immediate feedback from a counselor and distribute self-help literature. The offices for the CPS are

The CPS offers two screenings per year. One in the fall focuses on depression and mood analysis, and one in the spring focuses on anxiety. Approximately 30 students attended last Thursday’s mental health screening.

October is Mental Health Awareness Month. The mental health screening used was called the “National Depression Screening.”

It is used for screening mental health, and focuses on questions that are correlated with mood disorders. The categories of mood disorders are: depression, general mood disorder, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These categories help define symptoms, and might help explain a mental health issue.

The forms determine if it is important to see the counselors on an emergency basis, or to offer them an appointment within 48 hours. The CPS has six licensed counselors that offer free and confidential service.

Doctor Franca Mancini, Director of CPS said, “We want to assist students in their academic and personal development and help them reach their full potential. Ultimately we want students to feel, and to be, independent.”

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“Being Out at Work” Event Teaches Diversity and Equal Rights

“Being Out at Work” Part of National Coming Out Day

default article image“Nobody’s gay in mortgage banking!” joked John Paul Nicolaides, Area Sales Manager of Wells Fargo & Co. He was one of the speakers at “It Gets Better: Being Out at Work” last Tuesday, hosted by the University as part of National Coming Out Day.

The event began with a video of college presidents throughout the United States that held a positive outlook of being out at work. They spoke of more doors opening than closing through the experience, and the transition from being bullied at school to leading a University that prepares future social workers.

At the conclusion of this video, four guest speakers were introduced, including of John Paul Nicolaides of Wells Fargo. Nicolaides described their company as “openly accepting of our community.” Furthermore, he asserted that “I can take pride in a company that takes pride in me.”

The first speaker to share her story about coming out was Babs Casbar Siperstein, Executive Committee Member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She was the first transgender individual to appear on the DNC’s ballot.

“If gays and lesbians are second class, what am I?” Siperstein said she often asked herself prior to coming out. She did not come out publicly until 2007.

Frederick C. Rafetto, Attorney at Ansell Grimm and Aaron PC, spoke next. Rafetto came out professionally within the last year after admitting that he felt uncomfortable bringing his partner to a law firm event, and through inspiration from his friend, Hudson Taylor.

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Happy 78th Birthday, MU

Leader in Treatment of Pompe Disease Receives Honorary Degree at Founders’ Day

Happy 78th Birthday MU 1A visionary fellow Hawk, a philanthropic financial leader, and a father who never gave up were highly recognized at this year’s Founders’ Day on Wednesday, October 12.

In honor of celebrating the University’s 78th “birthday,” as President Paul G. Gaffney II described, three leaders in three diverse industries received awards for their contributions to society. Entrepreneur John F. Crowley, who is known as the chairman, President and CEO of biotechnology company Amicus Therapeutics, Inc., received an honorary degree and gave the convocation address during the Founder’s Day ceremony. After his two youngest children were diagnosed with an often fatal, neuromuscular disorder called Pompe disease, Crowley searched for a treatment for them to survive.

During his search, he became cofounder, President and CEO of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals, a biotech start up that did research on the experimental treatment for Pompe disease. Once Novazyme merged with Genzyme Corporation in 2001, the company worked in the development of this drug as Crowley took on as Senior Vice President. Crowley’s story has been portrayed in the film Extraordinary Measures; he also has been written about in the book, “The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million – And Bucked the Med ical Establishment – In a Quest to Save His Children.”

When asked what he considers his most important accomplishment, he replied, “Seeing my kids succeed. When I’m getting ready in the bathroom and doing my morning routine, my daughter Megan rolls in on her motorized wheelchair and I always ask the same question probably every dad asks, ‘how are you doing today?’ and every single day she tells me the same one word answer: ‘awesome’.”

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University Prepares Launch of Online News Portal

default article imageThe media landscape is changing, and many newspapers and other print publications are taking the back seat. That is why University professors from the Department of Communication decided it was time for something new, and introduced the idea for a new student-trun media group called The Verge.

The Verge is the University’s first online news portal. The idea for the media group was conceptualized last spring and will officially begin this semester. Kayla Inglima, Assistant Editor, said that they will be completely ready to launch the site by November.

The idea for The Verge sprung from Assistant Professor of Journalism Marina Vujnovic’s online journalism class last semester.

“Currently we have about 15 students working on stories, most of which are connected to campus life and campus events,” Vujnovic, now the staff advisor, said. “It merges the elements of writing, photography, interactive media, and graphic design.” Inglima said that she sees The Verge as an important step taken by the University.

“The Verge is important because we are living in a technology driven world,” Inglima said. “Every day we are getting new or improved technologies that have begun to completely redefine our world. While print journalism and TV will never be completely replaced, it is essential that we do not miss out on this new opportunity to explore journalism on the Internet.” The Verge will contain original content, Vujnovic said.

“We’re not looking to replicate the content. We are thinking of working as more of a converged newsroom,” Vujnovic said. “The Verge urges other student media groups such as Commworks, The Outlook, PRSSA, MOCC, HawkTV, and WMCX to contribute their work to the new source.”

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Study Finds Low Grad Rates Among Part-Time Students

default article imageGrowing numbers of college students are in school part-time, and they face increasingly long odds of ever graduating, according to a report released Tuesday.

The report, Time is the Enemy, by the nonprofit group Complete College America, includes data on full and part-time students at public colleges and universities in 33 states, including California. It was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation and others.

"There is a new generation of students who are poorer, more likely to be a minority, working and with families," said Stan Jones, the organization's president. "The graduation rates are very low, so that even though more people are going to college looking to better themselves and better their economic circumstances, those goals are not being realized because the system is failing them."

Among the report's key findings:

There is a new majority on U.S. college campuses, with 75 percent of students balancing jobs and schools and commuting to class. Only one-quarter of students attend fulltime, live on campus and have few work obligations.

Part-time students rarely graduate: Only one-quarter of them complete a degree, even when taking twice as long as the traditional four years.

Minority students and those who are poor or older are attending college in greater numbers, but fewer than one in five earn a bachelor's degree within six years.

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Twelfth Annual Big Event Set for October 22

default article imageThe University will host its 12th annual Big Event on Saturday, October 22. The purpose of the event has been to bring the campus and surrounding communities together to work towards a larger cause.

The first Big Event was created at Texas A&M University in 1982. Since then, over 30 college campuses across the nation have organized something similar. Through the years that the University has sponsored the Big Event, it has grown to become its largest community service project and is organized by the Student Government Association.

Students and faculty around campus said that they are looking forward to the event and are hoping for the best turnout yet. Over the years, participation has included many diverse groups of people, including students, faculty and staff, and alumni.

Volunteers will gather on campus and be transported to a variety of worksites in the area.

“Volunteers will be going to a host of worksites this year,” said Vaughn Clay, Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services. “Some of these will include a beach cleanup in Long Branch, volunteers spending time with senior citizens in a local assisted living facility, projects at some local churches, landscaping and clean ups at some area parks, a painting project at Shore Regional High School, and a project at the Long Branch Public Library. These are only just a few of the upcoming events to be named.”

The chance to ask for a helping hand was left open to individual neighbors, community based agencies and organizations, local municipalities, houses of worship, local schools, and assisted living facilities. They had to submit applications to the University.

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Hawks Communicating Through Instant Messaging

Hawks Instant MessagingThe University will be going live with a brand new communication experience for students: Microsoft Lync. Each computer on campus will be connected to a server, which will allow students to log in and talk with each other while they work.

According to the Microsoft website, “Microsoft Lync is a new connected user experience transforming every communication into an interaction that is more collaborative, engaging, and accessible from anywhere.” The new program will provide a single user interface that unites voice communications, instant messaging (IM), audio, video, and conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering. Student users can add and connect with users on public IM services such as Windows Live, AOL, and Yahoo! and communicate with them using their single user identity.

Edward Christensen, Vice President for Information Management, said the program is still being tested and is only available in some labs across campus. “We’re only halfway through the Windows 7 implementation on campus and Microsoft Lync is part of that suite. The program can be beneficial to the students, but we are still in the testing stage,” Christensen said.

Students are enthusiastic about the program. “I think it’s a good idea, something different you wouldn’t normally see on a college campus. Sometimes you’re sitting in the library with friends, but you don’t want to talk and bother other kids, so now you can chat on the computer instead,” said senior Tonianne Lisanti. “The library is always packed, and you can’t always sit together with your groups, so I like that I could still work with them. Even though we aren’t sitting together, we could still do work, talk, and then come together after. ”

The idea is that students can connect instantly with IM, and as more information is needed on a subject, more students can be added to the conversation. If a group of students are working together on a project in the library, but at separate computer stations, they can connect and share the information they gathered.

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PRSA-NJ Panel to Inform Students on the Future of Media Industry

default article imageThe University’s Public Relations Society of America chapter will be holding a panel discussion featuring three online news professionals and two public relations professionals on Tuesday, October 25 in the Magill Club Dining Room.

Kristine Simoes, communication professor specializing in public relations, will be running the event.

Students can come learn from PR industry experts how online news is changing the industry, how PR professionals can best pitch for maximum exposure, and skills needed to excel and break into the profession,” Simoes said.

Panelists include Christopher Sheldon, Editor of; Christy Kass, Assistant Editor of The Alternative Press; Judith Feeny, Digital Editor of Asbury Park Press; Kristine Brown, Director of PR at St. Barnabas Health; and Joan M. Bosisio, Group Vice-President of Stern and Associates.

The event will begin at 8:30 am with registration and a light breakfast. During this time, students from The Outlook and PRSSA will represent their organizations. Information will be handed out about the new online news portal The Verge, and Shadow PR, the University’s newly established PR Company.

From 9:15 am to 10:15 am, the panel discussion will take place. Students attending the event will learn how to pitch today’s news, what news media is looking for, how to maximize coverage in hyper local markets and what goes into effective social media news pitching. Topics such as the benefits of a social media news room and 10 things every good PR professional should know will also be discussed. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions at the end of the discussion.

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“Houseless Not Hopeless” Gives an Insight to Poverty for Students

Homeless Not HopelessTwenty-five percent of homeless people are under the age of 18, according to a statistic posted around campus last weekend.

The First Year Service Project held Houseless not Hopeless for the second consecutive year on Friday, October 7 to aid this portion of the population. Originally, the project focused its attention on specific agencies, but last year it evolved into specific issues, like hunger and homelessness.

Shannen Wilson, a sophomore, is in her second year as one of the project’s student coordinators.

“This year being a student coordinator has given me the opportunity to work with my other workers to brainstorms ways to make our events bigger and better,” she said. “We decided to make it a competition to make it enticing for students to come out and participate in all of our events.”

Members of the project split into teams of four to 10 people. Each team was awarded points for various competitions, including the most goods donated, best shelter, number of people who spent the night outside, the peanut butter and jelly relay, and a scavenger hunt.

Teams were allotted one hour to build a stable and decorative shelter. Participants were given basic supplies including cardboard, duct tape, plastic, and markers. One team used sparkled note cards displaying their names, while another attached a tarp roof to a light pole for height. Teams that finished early lent a helping hand to those lagging behind and the top four shelters were awarded points.

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