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EOF Students Inducted into National Honor Society

Twenty-seven Educational Opportunity Fund students were inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society Thursday, October 4.

The students, advisors and university officials gathered in McGill Commons Club rooms for the induction of honor students with GPA’s of 3.0 or higher for two consecutive semesters.

The ceremony started with a reading of statistics and history of Chi Alpha Epsilon.  According to Lupita Yonker, EOF Assistant Director/Counselor, “Chi Alpha Epsilon was founded to recognize the academic achievements of students in support programs like EOF and Federal Trio programs across the nation.” 

The organization has been around since 1990; it has been at the University for five years.  There are 78 chapters across the country. 

After brief descriptions of the organization, the students were shown the honor material and its emblem, then they signed the ledger. 

University officials, including Provost Thomas Pearson, Dean of the Center for Student Success Dr. Mercy Azeke, Associate Director of Residential Life, Mark Holfelder, and with the EOF staff Program Director Colleen Johnson, Assistant Director/Counselor Lupita Yonker, Freshman Coordinator/Counselor Nicole Martinez, Sophomore Counselor Tyrone Smith and Math Tutor Al Fure were all present.

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Students Participate in Simulation Business Competition

Two University student teams ranked third and 19th in an online simulation business competition against approximately 350 competing teams from all over the nation.

This competition was based on Dr. Randy Chapman’s LINKS complex business simulations. Dr. David Paul, Associate Professor of Marketing and Health Care Management, uses these in his Services Marketing course every year. “This semester was the first time I heard of this ‘competition,’ because none of the teams ever placed high enough that I was informed of it,” said Paul

Benjamin Sutton, WilliamBrucella and Susan Imperiale placed 19th on the Key Performance Indicator of Ratio of Change in Net Income to Revenue, which shows the improvement of cash position over the prior quarter.

Brucella, a junior communication major with a business marketing minor, said he was shocked to find out about his team placing. “There really is no way of knowing how well we do compared to the other teams in the class unless the professor showed us our rankings,” he said.

Third place on the Key Performance Indicator of Forecasting Accuracy was given to the team of Robbie Krienke, Alex Whelan and Joseph Rienzi, which according to Paul this is “a pure signal of management skill and expertise in understanding customers and customer demand generation.” Paul continued to say, “their forecasting accuracy was 94.1 percent, which was 0.1 percent away from tying them for best in the world.”

Paul made certificates of achievement and presented them to the six students in class so the other students would be aware of the accomplishments.

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P- Red Light Camera Bill May Stop in a Flash

A new report from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) confirms what many opponents of red-light cameras have long suspected: the cameras lead to more accidents, more injuries, and greater costs for New Jersey drivers.

The NJDOT report, released in November, was compiled as an annual requirement of the state’s five-year red light pilot program that began in December 2009. Overall, the report found an increase in the total number of crashes as well as a drastic increase in costs at intersections where the cameras were installed.

The traffic control signal monitoring system, also known as  Red Light Running (RLR), is an “integrated device utilizing one or more cameras and sensors that work in conjunction with a traffic control signal to produce images of vehicles that disregard a red signal or ‘run a red light’,” the report explains.

Although there are many supporters for the program, the costs outweigh the benefits for some New Jersey drivers. Created to increase intersection safety, some red light camera devices have been found to do just the opposite.

According to the report, the costs included, but were not limited to “vehicle damage and repair, damage to property, emergency response, medical care, and even funeral costs.”

Many, if not most of these crashes are the result of drivers who slam on their brakes when a traffic light turns yellow in order to avoid a ticket, the report explains. Motorists who are aware that an intersection is monitored by red-light camera systems tend to get in more rear-end collisions from cars following too closely behind them.

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2012 Kate Nawoyski Receives JASPER Award

JASPERThe Jersey Shore Public Rela- tions & Adver tising Association awarded University student Kate Nawoyski with the 38th annual JASPER Rising Star Award.

This award is given to students who excel in the communication industry and are enrolled in accredited programs. Out of the 19 different award categories presented in the JASPER Awards, Nawoyski, senior communication major, received the Gold Award in the Rising Star category for her video, Macheke Sustainability Project: Moleen Madziva.

According to, “entries must meet a minimum score of excellence to be considered. Based upon the judges’ scores, one Gold and one Silver prize will be awarded in each category.”

Nawoyski said she was asked by the University’s Enrollment Publications Depar tment to suppor t Madziva’s sustainability project by creating a promotional and informative video. “The Macheke Sustainability Project is a great organization and we thought the video would not only help them, but get Monmouth University students motivated to get involved in the project,” said Nawoyski.

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The Presidential Search Continues

The University is on track for the Presidential search of the 2013-2014 school years. According to the email sent to students on behalf of Dr. Marcia Clever and Al Schiavetti, the co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, advertisements have been placed in several media forms to alert individuals interested the position of President for the University.

Grey Dimenna, Vice President and General Counsel the one responsible for most of the staff work of the Presidential Search Committee, has confirmed and named the areas of advertising for the position: “The advertisement was placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and three publications reaching primarily women and minority professionals,” said Dimenna. “The Search Committee also sent out letters to hundreds of individuals including government officials, former trustees, honorary degree recipients and donors and friends of the University, asking them to nominate individuals that they believed would be excellent candidates for the University’s next president.”

The University’s website has a page regarding the Presidential Search. It currently lists the end of October to the beginning of November as the deadline for submitting applications.

The Search Committee is now in the process of narrowing down the list of applicants, which include people ranging from various positions and backgrounds: “sitting and former college and university presidents, provosts, vice presidents, deans and other individuals affiliated with higher education as well as others from business and government,” said Dimenna.

As of the last email sent to students alerting them of the process of the search, 70 officials have applied for the position.

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A Glass of Merlot, Please

Vineyard1In order to provide students with hands on experience in the field of biology and botany, the University has created a vineyard on campus as a part of the biology curriculum.

The idea of the vineyard originated from Dr. Pedram Daneshgar, assistant biology professor. According to Daneshgar, the purpose of the project is to fuse together the biology curriculum taught in the classroom with real life experiments that will expose students to the material they learn. “The Monmouth University campus vineyard is essentially an outdoor laboratory designed to help students learn about sustainable agricultural practices, integrated pest management practices, growth preferences of grapes, proper cultivation of grape vines and other aspects of vineyards such as wine production,” said Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science. “The vineyard also has the potential to help students learn about aspects of grape genetics and about the genetics of bacteria and yeast that live on grape vines and are essential for wine production.”

“The main goal of this botany project is to teach students about sustainable agriculture and what it takes to successfully grow a vineyard,” Daneshgar said.

Daneshgar, an ecologist specializing in plants who also teaches botany at the University, wanted to create a “platform to teach all biology majors.” Rather than each section of biology creating a different project, the vineyard project will serve as a tool to connect all students within the field of study.

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Rechnitz Hall to Open After Winter Break

ARTBUILDWith the winter weather rolling in and the holiday season jumping to the top of everyone’s minds, the brand new Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall, or more commonly known as the New Art Building, is set to open up following winter break.

According to the University’s website the building itself offers over 20,000 square feet of space that will be filled with a grand gallery, multiple classrooms, as well as studios, lab rooms, and faculty offices. All of which are aimed to provide students with the space needed to complete their projects and assignments in the most proactive manner. The building is also designed to intentionally mimic the existing building’s exterior façade and contains archive storage space for the university’s expanding art collection.

Dr. Andrew Cohen, Chair of the Art and Design Department, mentions that in order to compliment the vast amount of square footage now offered to the department, the proper layout will be needed to utilize the space its fullest potential. “Flanking the central gallery, are two lecture halls for art history and art appreciation courses. Rechnitz Hall is completely wireless and students will have a lounge on the first floor with comfortable furniture and vending machines. Conveniently, faculty offices are spread throughout Rechnitz Hall allowing for easy accessibility and contact between students and their professors,” said Cohen.

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Get a Job!

Students and Employers Gather for the Annual Career Networking Day

Over 65 employers came to Anacon Hall for the Network 2012 Fall Career Day organized by the University Center for Student Success and Career Services on Thursday.

Some of the businesses present includedThe Asbury Park Press,Aflac, Prudential, Wells Fargo Bank, the Marine Corps Officer Programs and Toys “R” Us.

Most of the businesses attending had local branches so students could hunt for internships as well as full time working positions.

For students arriving at the event, which was held from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm, they were greeted with a packet that included descriptions of all the business, government sectors and non-profit organizations in attendance.

These packets also included information about which majors each employer was looking for and what positions they wanted to fill.

The Rebecca Stafford Student Center was occupied with students studying their new manuals before heading into the event.

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New Dorm Building in the Works

Plans to Build New Residence Hall for 2014

NewResHallPlans for another student residence hall are in the making at the University. Construction will begin in the spring of 2013 semester and open in the fall of 2014 for sophomore students. Further changes will be brought to campus in result of the residential hall.

Vice President for Administrative Services, Patricia Swannack stated the residential hall will be built in Lot 6 near the library and confirmed the hall’s opening in fall 2014. “Lot 6 is close to all the halls with the exception of the Garden and Great Lawn Apartments. There are limited utilities to relocate which saves money and there are not any local residents that could be negatively impacted by building a residence hall at this location,” said Swannack.

According to Associate Vice President for Student Services, Jim Pillar, the new dormitory will primarily house sophomore students. “Our goal is to make sure that the new building will ensure that every first and second year student will have a bed on campus,” said Pillar.

Associate Director of Housing Operations, Raymond D. Gonzalez, who viewed the floor plans, explained the rooms will be similar to Elmwood. “It’s a good size, your traditional corridor style,” said Gonzalez. The hall is expected to be equipped with air-conditioning and have primarily double rooms with possibly a few triple rooms.

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Hawks Fly Together in Hurricane Relief Efforts

TKE-help-sandy-victimsThe University proves its slogan to be true with the new organization created to help Hurricane Sandy victims called Hawks Fly Together for Relief.

The Student Government Association (SGA) was the chosen student group to run the newfound program. “We didn’t want people going to the same group time after time. We just thought if there was one group that was the focal point and spearheaded the challenge, that it would be a little more organized,” said Patti Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services.

Oscar Sanchez, the President of SGA, did not expect SGA to get chosen to monitor all of the relief efforts. He said, “The voice of the students we were glad to take on the responsibility to make sure that things ran in an organized manner.”

However, a person does not have to be a part of SGA to make a donation or hold a fundraiser. The sorority Delta Phi Epsilon was selling silicon bracelets before the Thanksgiving break in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center. On the bracelets read the repeated motto for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, “Revive.Rebuild.Recover.”

Along with the bracelets being sold, the sorority was also selling donated items from Work Out World Gym (WOW). Kate Muller, the President of Delta Phi Epsilon, explained that their fundraiser would not have been as successful as it was if it were not for WOW. The sorority raised around $600, according to Muller.

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University Cracks Down on Illegal Downloading

The Friday just before the Thanksgiving break students were sent an email on behalf of Mary Anne Nagy, warning them about illegal file sharing within the University network. The email advised students that companies such as HBO, Sony and Warner Brothers monitor online activity and will notify the University when illegal downloads and file sharing of music, movies, games and other materials are made without permission.

According to the email, the notices from these companies list the material illegally shared by individuals and will request that the University take action against these individuals, which may include disabling their accounts.

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President of Student Services, said that companies will directly contact the University if illegal file sharing and downloading is discovered on campus. “I will get notified from the Information Management people and they will tell me student x has been illegally downloading and they will list what has been downloaded,” said Nagy.

A primary concern coming from the University as indicated in their email is that students illegally downloading and file sharing are doing so on University computers and network.

“Illegal downloading and sharing of files utilizes resources that should be allocated for institutional purposes and exposes institutional resources and data to risks from hackers and viruses. Generally, you should assume that any music, movie, gaming software or similar file that you obtain via the Internet is copyright-protected,” according to the email.

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