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Professor Recognized for Work in Experiential Education

default article imageThe University’s Dr. Rekha Datta, professor of political science, was selected last month to receive the Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education: Higher Education Award from the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE).

Datta was nominated for this award by her University colleagues, Dr. Mercy Azeke, Dean of the Center for Student Success, and Marilyn Ward, Coordinator of Service Learning and Community Programs. A followup award presentation and luncheon at the NSEE Annual Conference will be held October 21, in Dallas, Texas.

“I am honored to have been nominated and happy to receive the award,” Datta said. “I consider it an affirmation to the experiential education, service learning, and volunteer service programs at Monmouth University, and to all the students, faculty, and employees who give meaning to student engagement and service learning through their hard work and dedication every day.”

Datta is the founding director of the Institute for Global Understanding at the University. She has spent the last ten years promoting global understanding through academic programs, field experiences, and service learning.

“Experiential Education, as envisaged in the Monmouth University General Education program, is unique and a fundamental aspect of the college education experience,” Datta said. “It comes through a holistic experience, integrating experiential education, volunteerism, and civic engagement on campus, and in the local and global communities.”

The mission of the institute is to “promote awareness of issues and challenges of our dynamic, interdependent world,” according to the University’s website. In order to achieve this goal, Datta has initiated two programs where University students volunteer to mentor students in local high schools. Project BAM pairs Asbury Park High School and University students through Big Brother Big Sister, while the other program partners University students with members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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Circle K to Host Halloween Extravaganza

default article imageCircle K will be hosting a free Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the second and third floors of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.

Both floors will be transformed into Halloween excitement for everyone involved to enjoy, said Brooke Lichter, the Vice President of Circle K. There will be candy and prizes to receive while trick-or-treating through the halls, costume contest, games, and music throughout the building during the event.

“The event focuses on having a fun and exciting environment for children and their parents who would not normally get the chance to participate in the holiday season due to their personal situations,” Lichter said.

Different organizations are coming together to take part in the event, including Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Linkages, Manna House, and Dottie’s House.

This is the second year that the Halloween Extravaganza is occurring. The idea was proposed by an event committee member last year and turned out to be worthwhile, according to Lichter. The organization has decided that they will keep hosting the event for many years to come.

Circle K has been a part of the University community for three years and has experienced an increase in membership each year.

“Since our club is part of a bigger network, we have to have at least 15 due paid members to be considered an active chapter, but we always shoot for more than that,” said Elizabeth Rimassa, Co-President of Circle K.

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Renowned Environmentalist to Speak at Ocean Symposium

default article imageThe renowned ocean explorer and environmentalist, Jean-Michel Cousteau, will be this year's keynote speaker at The “Seventh Annual Future of the Ocean Symposium and Champions of the Ocean Awards Luncheon.” The event will take place on October 21 in Woodrow Wilson Hall at 10:00 am. Along with speaking at the conference, Cousteau will be honored as a National Champion of the Ocean.

With his founding of Ocean Futures Society in 1999, Cousteau has been the "voice of the ocean" by educating people on the vulnerability of the sea. The organization inspires people to be environmentally friendly, and also brings awareness to the importance of the ocean for the survival of all life on Earth.

"At Ocean Futures Society, we are constantly involved with trying to help the environment," Cousteau said. "We bring awareness to the people from our experiences in the ocean and let them assimilate that information."

Cousteau particularly enjoys speaking to a younger audience because they are receptive to his message. "Students formulate their opinions on the knowledge they acquire. Forty-five years ago, we did not have the information that we have today, so by listening to our message, students can be better decision makers than the generation before them."

Tony MacDonald, Director of the Urban Coast Institute at the University, says that Cousteau has been a motivator for many positive changes that are occurring with the conservation of the oceans.

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University Utilizing Social Media to Connect with Prospective and Current Students

Social Media Offers Pros and Cons

default article imageSocial media has grown to directly affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people every day. For many, social media is a source of news about our loved ones and even strangers. Now, social media is used by the University as a catalyst for keeping students informed and involved.

The University’s use of social media has grown over the years to keep up with students’ use of social media. “I will ask students how they found out about meetings, and a lot of times they found out through Facebook,” said Susan Damaschke, Coordinator of First Year Retention.

“I think we’re seeing more students get involved, yes. Whether or not it has anything to do with Facebook, I’m not really sure,” Damaschke said. “I think they [students] are seeing more because they pay more attention to Facebook.”  This year, Damaschke has reduced the amount of emails she sends and has found that attendance to events has been the same as in the past.

“It’s a great source to use other than email,” said Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities.

“It’s a greener way to get information around.”

In some cases, however, Facebook has undoubtedly had a direct effect on attendance at certain events.

“Our first Residence Hall Association (R.H.A.) Late Night Lounge was a huge success because of Facebook,” said Alissa Catalano, a junior marketing major. “We (R.H.A.) didn’t put flyers out because of how close it was to the first day of school, so we just used Facebook. Over 70 people came.”

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First-year Hawks Flock to Annual Involvement Fair

First year Hawks Involvement Fair 1During every fall at the University, an Involvement Fair is held outside of the student center where clubs, governing bodies, Greek organizations and media outlets set up tables and invite students to break out of their shells and join something new.

However, it is not every year that 800 students show up and Student Activities actually runs out of tables because there are so many clubs that want to participate.

Although the actual amount of active clubs at the University varies week-to-week, said Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities, 74 clubs out of the 80orso showed up with their flyers, homemade cookies, Frisbees and balloons to the annual Involvement Fair last Wednesday.

Some of the many clubs and organizations that were present at the Involvement Fair were the International Club, the Monmouth Review, the Community Service Club, the Ice Hawks, the Study Abroad Club and the National Council of Negro Women.

McGowan said that the number of students who show up for the fair grows every year, but this year she attributes some of the success to the fact that Hawk TV brought DJ Chris Spirito to play some dance favorites for students as they curiously strolled about.

Susan Damaschke, Coordinator of First-Year Student Retention, said, “I am overwhelmed. It’s so incredibly impressive how many students and clubs came out today.”

She said that the high attendance rate could be due to clubs being more forward and assertive with interested students and are actually going up to them, instead of waiting for students to come up to their booths and grab some extra pens and cookies.

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“The Soup’s” Joel McHale to Bring Jokes to the MAC

Joel McHale Jokes MAC 1Joel McHale will be appearing at the MAC at the University on Saturday, November 5 for a night of comedy and lots of laughs. The event is produced by Concerts East and AEG Live. Ticket prices range from $35 to $55, depending on the seating section.

If you’re unsure of whom McHale is, chances are you’ve seen him on hit TV shows The Soup and Community, or in some films such as The Informant and the latest Spy Kids installment. While his roles in movies are hardly comedic, McHale is best known for his deadpan, sarcastic sense of humor, and his chiseled smile.

McHale, actually born in Rome Italy, has been host, a writer, and producer of the weekly “E!” television show, “The Soup,” which is a revamped version of “Talk Soup,” since 2004. McHale has crafted his skill of wit and comedic timing.

His commentary on reality television stars and other celebrities has made him hugely popular with TV audiences.

Furthermore, his style has paved the way for similar shows like “Tosh.O” and TruTv’s “World’s Dumbest” series.

Only McHale can describe a celebrity without holding back and get away with it, such as him saying “...a woman returned a $22,000 Rolex watch that Chris Brown lost during his performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Wouldn’t you?”

A lot more of his comedy is raunchy or can be seen as too explicit for this publication, so feel free to watch his clips online.

“It’s awesome that Joel will be at Monmouth,” Jeff Zegas of Red Bank, a University alumni, said. “He is hilarious on ‘The Soup.’ It’s the only show on E! I’ll watch.”

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Majors Fair and Ex Ed Expo Set for Early October

Scheduled Date May Change in Future Years

default article imageTwenty-nine.

That’s the number of academic programs offered at the University. All of them will be represented at the Majors Fair and Ex Ed Expo next month, which is designed to help students find the right career path by choosing the right major and/or experiential education program. The fair will take place from 11 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, October 5, in Anacon Hall in the student center.

Each academic program will have representatives at two tables; one will be staffed by faculty members who can provide overviews of their specific programs, while the other will be occupied by students who have already completed their experiential education requirement and can speak of their experiences in that particular field.

Jean Judge, Associate Dean for Support Services and Articulation in the Center for Student

Success, coordinated the organization of this year’s fair. She said that students should take advantage of this rare gathering of all academic departments in the same place.

“It’s not a time commitment that’s a killer; just 10 or 15 minutes and you can hit most of the tables,” she said. “They provide them not only written material, but also answer [students’] questions and they can talk about the various careers that would be within that specific major.”

The 22 academic programs are inclusive of concentrations within majors, as well as minors that are not offered as majors. Experiential education programs to be spoken of will include class projects, cooperative education, internships, service learning and study abroad.

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Students Create and Publish Social Media Textbook

default article imageWhen you think of who can be an author, University students are probably not the first people that come to mind. However, last semester, a group of first-year students created a textbook titled “The TXT Book; Your Guide to Social Networking” in their freshman seminar class.

Under the guidance of Dr. Kelly Ward, the students of MU Socially Connected created an easy-to-read guide on the issues associated with social technology.

The 70page textbook is a culmination of a semester long course called Social Connectedness in the Age of Technology. The students worked together to create a book that would provide tips and advice on situations we encounter everyday with cell phones and social networks.

Alyssa Stevenson, who was one of the 25 first-year students that contributed to the book, claimed she enjoyed the process.

“We all picked which section of social technology interested us the most, and then split up topics to write about,” she said. “It was really easy to write about because most of these aspects of technology are involved in our everyday lives. It was interesting because I felt so much more knowledgeable about things that are still confusing to older generations.”

The book is divided into three chapters: “The Use of Cell Phones,” “The Convenience of Texting” and “Facebook Etiquette.” Each chapter addresses different issues, like using a cell phone while driving, conveying emotions through texts and Facebook privacy issues.

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Leon Hess Business School Ranked in Nation’s Top 50

default article imageThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited the University’s Leon Hess Business School as one of the best business schools in the nation.

According to the AACSB, “the Accreditation Standards are used as the basis to evaluate a business school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications and contributions, programs, and other critical areas.”

“Only 15 percent of the business schools are accredited by AACSB, about 300 schools, and we’re one of those schools. And we’re pleased and honored to have that mark of approval,” said Dr. Donald Moliver, Dean of the school.

In order to get accredited, the school’s deans and faculty were surveyed during spring 2011. The school had to be a member of AACSB International, offer business management and then be carefully reviewed by the AACSB.

The AACSB states, “Once it is determined that a school has the potential to be accredited, it works with mentors, committees, and AACSB staff to develop a Standards Alignment Plan. Once a school follows through with its alignment plan and meets the AACSB standards, review committees and the AACSB Board of Directors decide whether or not a school should be accredited. In its entirety, the AACSB accreditation process is rigorous and requires a significant amount of work to achieve.”

Students and faculty are excited about the achievement and provided positive feedback about the accreditation.

Raichel Kerr, a sophomore business major, said “Our degrees are worth more in the eyes of business people. I feel that this gives me the edge over someone else.”

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Hawks Help Poverty Stricken Guatemalans

Hawks Help GuatemalansAn Alternative Spring Break had its pilot run last semester which allowed 12 students from different academic backgrounds to travel to Guatemala and volunteer at a local clinic.

The trip was a joint effort between Corey Inzana, Area Coordinator for Residential Life, and Salud Y Paz. According to the organization’s website, Salud Y Paz is a project by International Hands in Service, the Iglesia Metodista Nacional Primitiva de Guatemala and the United Methodist Church in the United States. It was created in early 2001 and currently operates two health and dental clinics that primarily serve the Mayan population in Guatemala. According to their mission statement, Salud Y Paz “provides a ministry of health services, health promotion and education to the people of Guatemala leading into a self-sustaining partnership.” Seventyone percent of the Mayan population lives in extreme poverty with an income of less than one dollar a day.

Inzana was in charge of putting the student group together, planning the hotel accommodations and plane trip, the vaccinations that each student had to take before going on the trip and a pre-trip orientation. “Service is something that is instilled in each class starting with the First Year Service Project, and this trip is one of many service opportunities provided to students,” Inzana said.  

Last semester’s group stayed in Guatemala from March 5 till March 13 in three hotels in Chichicastenago, Panajachel and Antigua. The group stayed mostly in Panajachel, and worked at a clinic in Camanchaj.

The students worked at a clinic which had a preschool attached to it; their main focus was to build an enclosure to provide shelter for patients who travel for days at a time in order to receive free healthcare at the clinic. The group also painted murals to help educate the young Guatemalans.

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Dean Mama to be Honored by Long Branch Concordance

default article imageWest Long Branch, NJ (September 12, 2011) The Long Branch Concordance (LBC) and its Family Success Center will honor Dr. Robin Mama, Dean of the Monmouth University School of Social Work and Dr. Frank Vozos, Executive Director of the Monmouth Medical Center on October 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Monmouth University’s Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC).

LBC Board President Jack Kearns said “The event allows LBC to recognize two extraordinary individuals while at the same time celebrating the longtime relationship between LBC and Monmouth University and the Monmouth Medical Center."

He explained, "Since its inception, LBC has enjoyed strong relationships with Monmouth Medical Center, to which LBC refers many of its clients, and with Monmouth University, which provides us interns every semester.  Our current and former executive directors are graduates of Monmouth's renowned School of Social Work. We invite everyone to share in honoring these individuals who have given so much of themselves to the community, and to enjoy an evening filled with friends, live music, wine tasting, and hors d’oeuvres.”

Dr. Mama’s career has been dedicated to raising awareness to human rights and social justice, covering a broad spectrum of policy issues. She is a professor at Monmouth University, where she teaches in the International and Community Development concentration of the MSW program. Dr. Mama serves as the representative of the International Federation of Social Workers at the United Nations and is on the board of the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Vozos has been a committed member of the Long Branch community since 1975 back when he began his five-year residency at Monmouth Medical Center. His distinguished career includes oversight of Monmouth Medical Center, one of the state’s largest community teaching hospitals.

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