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default article imageTo the newest members of the Monmouth University community - the Class of 2016 - and to our new transfer students, a hearty welcome. To all our returning students, welcome back! It’s great to have you with us again. I hope your summer was productive and fun and you are now ready for an outstanding year here at Monmouth.

As in the past, the University has undertaken a number of projects this summer to improve your experience as a student. First and foremost, you will notice a new food service facility in the Stafford Student Center - Raising Cane’s. This chicken finger concept will be open six days a week to satisfy your hunger for chicken fingers. Stop by and see this cool new dining option. Java City has moved to the Plangere Center in a newly renovated space and will be open six days a week. I am happy to report that the Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Art Building is nearing completion. Also, a financial service trading room has been built in Bey Hall in support of the Leon Hess Business School. In addition, Oakwood Hall has been renovated. It has been a busy summer!

Related to our new food service facilities are some major changes to our meal plans. Students with meal plans may now use a meal swipe in the Stafford Center Food Court during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal options for this swipe will be available at every station to provide you with many choices. A new ARAMARK management team is in place, and I know you will be pleased with the dining changes.

You will also find a wealth of opportunities to get involved in the life of the campus. New clubs will welcome your participation and the Greek life system is always looking for strong students who want to form a common bond. Come out and cheer all the student-athletes who represent you and the University so well. Take advantage of the outstanding performing arts, theatre and film schedules. All of this is here for you – but you must choose to take advantage of them.

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Hawkin’ and Squawkin’ Away: Adieu Monmouth | Joanna Zietara's Senior Goodbye

JoannaFarewell1How can I wrap up the past four years in a short article? It’s truly impossible but I’ll try to be as concise as I can. The past four years have been wonderful. Monmouth University changed my life completely; I don’t even recognize my 18-year-old self when looking at pictures from freshman year.

The thought of leaving this place that has helped me grow so much makes me want to cuddle up with my Shadow the Hawk plushy and cry my eyes out. I thought the day to write my senior farewell would approach me slowly; instead, it hit me right in the face. It’s hard to believe that after May 16, I will be a Monmouth alumnus and will not be stepping foot on our beautiful campus in September.

I am going to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for graduate school in August, but Monmouth will always hold a special place in my heart. From countless all-nighters, to the blackout we had in 2008 when everyone decided to play manhunt on our pitch black campus, to the Elmhood days, I will miss every single minute in Long Branch and on campus.

I have to start out with thanking my mom and my step-dad for helping me with my decision to attend Monmouth. You helped me figure it out financially and supported every decision I made throughout the four years. Mom, I’ll never forget your face as you were leaving campus after helping me move-in to Elmwood. You were confident that I will be okay, but the worry in your eyes made me realize how much I mean to you. Thank you.

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And In The End... | Anthony Panissidi's Senior Goodbye

anthony-and-outlook-in-space-needleMy idea of heaven: working as a reporter at The Outlook for the rest of my life with this same group of people while making $100,000 per year…or more.

I’ve said it countless times - I don’t see how any future job will ever amount to the fun that I’ve had here, even if I do land my dream job with The Wall Street Journal.

From major news stories about the announced retirement of President Paul G. Gaffney II to feature stories about the origins of April 20th as national pot smoking day, The Outlookhas given me skills that I can use in my first journalism job along with other unforgettable experiences.

Thanks to The Outlook, I got to go on two free trips that took me to the beautiful West Coast. From staring in awe at the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA, to dining atop the Space Needle on its rotating floor that provided a panoramic view of Seattle, WA, I will always remember that my first time in both of these gorgeous cities was with The Outlook staff. Call me nostalgic.

Unfortunately, my time at The Outlook and the University has to end so there are many thanks and goodbyes in order. I’d like to start by thanking the academy…just kidding.

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Professor Wins Psychology Award

default article imageDr. Christine Hatchard, a specialist professor of Clinical Psychology has been awarded a prestigious psychologist scholarship, the National Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Scholarship Award from the National register of Health Services in recognition of her commitment of professional excellence.

“I really like what I do, so winning awards really isn’t that important to me but it’s still nice to be recognized for the work I have done in the field,” said Hatchard. “I am proud of the work I do and anytime I can get any sort of recognition helps get some attention for the more important work that I do.”

According to the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, the ECP Scholarship was developed at the same time as the creation of the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Early Career Psychologists, in order to help early career psychologists become credentialed as Health Service Providers in Psychology though covering the costs of credential review and registration fees.

Hatchard applied for the award while applying for a national credential as a psychologist.

“I was thinking about applying for national credential and you could submit your CV and an essay about your accomplishments in the field as an early career psychologist,” said Hatchard.

Janice Stapley, Chair of the Department of Psychology, described Hatchard as a prominent member in the psychology department. “She is an alumnus of whom we are very proud. She is also a faculty member, but from the view of the chair, I can say a very sought after faculty member despite having a reputation for being rigorous and expecting a lot from her students. Her SIRs are the highest in the department,” said Stapley.

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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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