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Mt. Vernon Nazarene University Models EOF Program after Monmouth

EOF Model Midwest CollegeA panel of Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) students met last Tuesday morning with staff from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) in Ohio, in a collaborative effort to start a program that mirrors the University’s.

On November 2, 2010, EOF Director Colleen Johnson and Dean of the Center for Student Success, Dr. Mercy Azeke, traveled to Mobile, Alabama for the Sixth Annual National Symposium on Student Retention. There, Johnson presented a paper written by herself, Azeke, and history and anthropology professor Dr. Richard Veit, titled “Building for Success: A Model for Improving Retention and Building Diversity through the Educational Opportunity Fund.”

Also present at last November’s symposium, among representatives from numerous schools across the country, was John Ballenger, Director of Student Success at MVNU.

“Ballenger thought [Johnson’s] program would best suit [MVNU’s] needs, and he chose to reach out to Colleen,” said Albert Fure, a longtime math specialist for the University’s EOF department.

At the request of MVNU’s President Dr. Daniel Martin and inspired by the paper, Ballenger reached out to the University. Upon Ballenger’s request, Johnson made arrangements for him and Dr. Bradley Whitaker, professor of mathematics at MVNU, to visit the University and meet with EOF staff and students which took place last Monday.

In attendance were Provost Dr. Thomas Pearson, Azeke, Director of First Year Advising Debbie Kavourias, Vice President for Student & Community Services Mary Ann Nagy, Director of the Writing Center Jane DeTullio, Admission Counselor Andrew Amendola and Assistant Director of Financial Aid Robert Hennessey.

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University Hosts First Public Relations Panel

default article imageThe University hosted its first public relations focus panel on October 25. The panel, “Today’s Public Relations Strategy: Tools of the Trade for Effective Online News,” featured an array of local professionals in both the public relations and journalism fields.

The event was held in the Magill Commons Club Dining Room from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Over 40 students, faculty, and public relations and journalism professionals piled into the event, which was organized by Kristine Simoes, a Public Relations Specialist Professor.

The focus of the panel was to help expose the new tides of the industry from the point of view of local public relations and journalism professionals. These panel members discussed topics such as the changing of the industry and also highlighted new tools being used within both fields.

A big topic of discussion among panel members was tips for students entering the professional world. According to Kristine Brown, the Director of Public Relations for Barnabas Health, “the greatest skill PR professionals can have is the ability to develop relationships; get out there and start networking.”

Judy M. Feeney is the Digital Editor for NJ Press Media as well as for the Asbury Park Press. When questioned about skills she looks for in potential job candidates, she stressed the importance of spelling. She also went on to say, “I cannot stress how important writing is.”

Students were also given tips on how to better prepare themselves for life outside of college, more specifically job interviews. Advice given by the panel members ranged from making eye contact and engaging with the interviewer, to making sure that students are accessible for all facets of the industry.

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Time is Foe for Older Students

default article imageAlicia Graham has her entire day planned to the minute from the time her children get on the school bus to when she gets to work to what time see gets to class, and how much time she has to cook and clean before getting her homework done for the next day.

"It's a challenge. I find myself overwhelmed sometimes by everything I have to do," said Graham, 38, of Englewood, N.J., who is a single mother working toward her college degree.

For her, time is a commodity that is extremely hard to come by. And according to a new study, as a college student she is not alone.

According to the findings of the nonprofit organization Complete College America, 75 percent of students today are college commuters, juggling families, jobs and school.

The major factor preventing many from completing their degrees is time or to be more exact, the lack of it.

These completing demands are forcing many of today's students to stay in school longer which, according to the study, can severely hurt their chances of actually completing their degrees.

"As the clock runs, students' lives fill up with jobs, relationships, marriages, children and mortgages. The list goes on and on," said the founder of Complete College America, Stan Jones.

And with the majority of students taking at least six years to complete a bachelor's degree, Jones said it's time that colleges rethink the way they structure their programs.

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Remembrance Event and Roll Call Set for Veteran’s Day

default article imageThis Veteran’s Day, a seemingly endless amount of names will be read for approximately eight hours as a part of the University’s service to honor U.S. veterans.

This service will occur from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on November 11 at the Rebecca Strafford Student Center.

A moment of silence will be held at 2:00 pm as sign of remembrance.

The University has joined a nationwide effort to honor service men and women who gave their lives while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq during the past 10 years.

At the moment, 157 other colleges and universities from across the nation will read the names of the more than 6,000 casualties of war who have perished during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

“We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen,” said Lt. Col. Brett Morris, the National Roll Call Coordinator.

“We will be reading the names of every military member who lost their lives in support of operations overseas since 9/11/01. They come from all over the United States,” said Jeffrey Hood, the Veterans Service Coordinator at the University. “This is the first year we will be doing the roll call. I expect it to be something we do every year because it is important to remember those who gave their lives.”

The reading of all the names is expected to take close to eight hours to complete. The names will be read in chronological order.

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Hawks Learn to Resolve Roommate Conflicts

Hawks Resolve Roommate ConflictsCounseling and Psychological Services held a meeting called “How to Talk to Your Roommate” that provided communication tips for residents at the University.

The event gave students the opportunity to explain the problems they encountered while living with different individuals and how they should use communication to fix these issues.

“This is an attempt to get students to be aware of and use certain skills that can resolve some roommate conflicts, before they become a big deal,” said Tom McCarthy, the psychological counselor that held the meeting.

McCarthy began his discussion by asking the students what types of conflicts they faced while living with someone new. The students mentioned many problems which included sharing, overnight guests, personal space, personality differences and partying.

The students were asked about the differences between communicating and talking. Talking is when an individual hears what another is saying but does not necessarily understand, while communicating involves actively listening by giving eye contact, feedback, and responding to what the individual is saying, according to McCarthy and different students at the meeting.

McCarthy said examples of feedback include a head nod or even just the inaudible sound of “mhm.” He said the way to actively listen is by “putting yourself in their shoes” and being able to relate to what a person is saying.

“I believe that the biggest problem facing students who live on campus pertains to communication,” said Chris McKittrick, a residence hall director at the University. “Most roommate conflicts originate from either a lack of communication or miscommunication.”

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Catholic Center Brings the Scares During Annual Party

default article imageThe Catholic Center hosted its annual Halloween party on Thursday, October 27 at 16 Beechwood Avenue, where the Catholic Center is located.

“We like to give the students an opportunity to celebrate Halloween in a safe and friendly environment,” said Stephanie Simnor, a junior and Events Coordinator for the Catholic Center.

“The party was a lot of fun. We like to hold parties like our Halloween party because it gives students an opportunity to meet new people and join in fellowship in a safe and homey place.

We thought it would be fun to all dress up and celebrate Halloween together,” said Amanda Simnor, a member of the Catholic Center.

The event was planned in advance for the students to prepare for the upcoming year. A series of events for the Catholic Center and other interested students, such as pumpkin carving, had also taken place prior to the get-together. The party itself had been finalized within the month and was open to all students within the University.

“We started planning this at the end of the last semester,” said Maggie Szymczyk, a junior and Events Coordinator for the Catholic Center.

“The party had been planned since May, but the details were worked out probably about week before,” said Simnor.

“We have to make sure that certain events are listed on the calendar,” said Mark Meyer, President of the Catholic Center. “So this was planned in May.”

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Goverment Saves, Graduate Students Lose

A Law Will Eliminate Repayment Rebates and Loan Subsidies

Government Saves Graduate StudentGraduate students will pay more for loans taken out next July, and recent graduates will lose rebates for on-time repayment under a law Congress passed this summer to keep the federal deficit in check while protecting Pell Grants for low-income students.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the changes will save the government $21.6 billion meaning students would pay that much more or borrow less over the next 10 years.

Another change that a key Senate committee voted to include in the 2012 federal budget would "save" an additional $6.1 billion by getting rid of a grace period subsidy for undergraduate loans.

The elimination of repayment rebates and loan subsidies for graduate students was included in the bipartisan deal reached in July known as the Budget Control Act, the law that set 10year spending caps while raising the federal debt ceiling.

Financial aid departments at colleges and universities are now starting to notify graduate students that Stafford loans they take out next summer will no longer include a subsidy that keeps interest from accruing while they are in school.

"This was one of the few federal subsidies provided to graduate students," said Haley Chitty, communications director for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. "It is a pretty significant blow."

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425 Volunteers at Annual Big Event

default article imageThis Saturday marked the 12th annual Big Event which attracted roughly 425 volunteers from the University who helped numerous organizations in Ocean Township.

Clear skies welcomed volunteers as they began to arrive at 10 am in Anacon Hall in the Student Center where they were told what site they would be attending. Groups of people ranging from sororities and fraternities to clubs and other University organizations arrived ready to do their part for the day.

Site locations ranged from local churches, such as the Reformation Lutheran Church, to parks like Joe Palaia Park. Many of the sites visited were close by in Ocean Township, including West Long Branch and Oakhurst. In total, more than 20 different locations were helped by volunteers throughout the day.

Sites were asked to provide volunteers with all required tools necessary to complete their work.

Buses were provided to help transport groups of volunteers who did not have their own transportation to their designated work site.

Each work site had a University student as Site Captain, who could be identified by their pink shirts and oversaw the entire group at their work sites.

Lindsey Irwin, who did the event with the University’s dance team, was assigned cleanup of Deal Lake.

“It was a beautiful day and even though we were picking up garbage, we all had a lot of fun as a team,” Irwin said.

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Students React to Changes in Dining Hall

Student Reacts Dining Changes 1$2,227: That is the cost of a 195 meal plan on campus, which averages 13 meals and $171.30 per week.

When University students pay that much for food, they expect to get a good quality and variety of foods throughout the year. However, most of the feedback from students suggests the opposite.

“Honestly the food is terrible. I don’t like how the chickens’ gray, how it’s the same greasy and unappetizing food every day, or the fact that the salad is the only thing I trust to eat without getting a stomachache,” said Ashley Ordile, a first-year student.

There also have been some negative stories reported, which include sophomore Nicolle Rodriguez’s experience regarding the Dining Hall’s ice cream.

“A few weeks ago the Dining Hall had a special dessert section set up where, in addition to sprinkles, you could add maraschino cherries and other toppings to your ice cream,” Rodriguez said. “To my horror, as I opened the lid to the cherries, a swarm of tiny red bugs flew out.”

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Jean-Michael Cousteau, Famed Ocean Explorer, Honored at Ocean Symposium

Jean Michael Cousteau HonoredJean-Michel Cousteau, President of Ocean Futures Society, was the symposium distinguished lecturer and winner of the National Ocean Champion Award. Cousteau spoke of his work, much of which is inspired by his father, Jacques Cousteau.

 In 1999, Cousteau created the Ocean Futures Society which was built to be “The Voice for the Ocean.”

“I created the Ocean Futures Society to honor the philosophy of my father after he passed away,” said Cousteau. “For me, the mission of Ocean Future Society is to bring the ocean home, whether you live along the coastline or way inland we are connected to the ocean and we all depend on the ocean.”

Cousteau has been on the ocean his entire life following in the footsteps of his father’s work. Much of his work has been on research ships Calypso and Alcyone. When Cousteau was seven, his father threw him overboard with nothing but a scuba tank on his back, and since that time he has worked hard to explore the ocean and preserve his father’s legacy.

To ensure that the Ocean Figures Society continues to grow and keep up with ever evolving technology, the Ocean Futures Society is going to focus on expeditions that are in 3D, bring young people to these expeditions and play the shows in theaters and IMAX. They also plan on doing live programs from under water and throughout the rest of the world.

Throughout his life, Cousteau has been able to communicate the importance of the ocean to millions of people by using many different forms of technology. While this is a step forward from his father, it’s certainly in the same direction.  

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Career Networking Event Attracts 30 Employers and 150 Students

default article imageThe Center for Student Success (CSS) hosted its annual Career Networking Night last Tuesday in the Multipurpose Activity Center to promote networking and communication with potential employers. Over 150 students and roughly 30 different organizations attended.

According to the CSS, the event helped students interact with alumni and professionals from outside organizations. Students were able to gain valuable insight into the world of networking and professional relationship building, vital career contacts, and opportunities to obtain a potential mentor.

The event had a sign in, and provided name tags for both the students and representatives of the companies. The name tags for the representatives had a color identification to show which majors they were looking for. However organizations such as the FBI said that they were interested in all majors.

Jeff Boyd, a Human Resources Executive said “a resume is like the American Express Card, you never leave home without it.” He said that the key thing about interview environments is to be able to be communicative, comfortable and confident; because there is “no cookie cutter, you need to be prepared for this,” Boyd added.

Boyd said that hiring people has been the most rewarding experience that he has had during his 30 years working in human resources.

“There is nothing like hiring an individual that wants, or needs a job,” he said.

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