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Model UN & Debate Win Big

Monmouth Competitions 1The University’s Model United Nations (UN) team and Debate Hawks sent a total of 50 students to two respective tournaments, both taking home awards this weekend Friday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 10.

The Model UN team won multiple awards at the National MUN (NMUN) Conference in Washington, D.C., representing the United States, Argentina, and Jordan in the competition. NMUN is the second largest contest in the United States, with 966 students from 69 universities across the U.S. and around the world. 

Monmouth’s U.S. Delegation won Outstanding Delegation (top ten percent at the conference). This delegation included: Nick Boice, Mackenzie Ricca, Payton Collander, Kristen Gomez, Paula Echeverria, Liam Crowley, Katelyn Quino, Fradely Delacruz, Nick Gibson, Alexis Vasquez, Maddy Doe, and Julia Bialy.

The Jordan Delegation won Honorable Mention (top 20 percent at the conference). This delegation was comprised of six first-time delegates: Ari Martinez, Grace Joyce, Stephanie Popper, Ari Moctezuma, Gabriella Griffo, & Yoshua Morales.

Ken Mitchell, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and an Associate Professor of Political Science who serves as one of the team’s advisers, explained that these “Fearless First-Timers” are the first team of first-timers to place at a conference at any level. 

The Argentina Delegation included: Sabria Smith, Catherine Melman-Kenny, Sarah Reutti, Eric Machnicki, Zach Dougherty, Kayla Kennedy, Nina Baltus, Anthony Cendagorta, & Amanda Lopez, many of whom were fist-time MUN competitors.

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Journalist Linda Deutsch '65 Honored

Linda HonoredLinda Deutsch ‘65, a Veteran Associated Press (AP) Reporter and Monmouth Alumna, returned to campus to be honored for her achievements and generosity in Jules Plangere, Jr. Center for Communication, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Deutsch pledged $1 Million to establish an endowed scholarship fund for journalism students at Monmouth.

In recognition of her generosity and career, the university dedicated the office space of the student-run newspaper, The Outlook, as the “Linda Deutsch ’65 Student Journalism Center.” Deutsch was an editor and reporter for the paper from 1961 to 1965.

University President Patrick Leahy, Ed.D., introduced Deutsch at the naming ceremony held on the second floor of Plangere, in front of The Outlook. “At a naming occasion, you take a space on campus that is so important and you link it forever with a person who is so important to our university.”

He continued, “You take a look at The Outlook, published at Monmouth since 1933, and we need to make sure that we have first class space for our budding journalists. When you take that space, you could go through our 53,000 alums and not find a more suitable person to name this space than today’s honoree, Linda Deutsch.”

Deutsch is one of 18 AP reporters designated ‘Special Correspondent’ and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her work covering the OJ Simpson Trial. She has covered other high-profile legal proceedings, including the trials of Charles Manson, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin, and Michael Jackson.

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Kaitlyn Petrillo Honored

Petrillo HonoredFamily, friends, colleagues from Monmouth Medical Center and members of Monmouth University’s Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies came together Oct. 28, in the Great Hall of Wilson Hall to pay tribute to Kaitlyn Elizabeth Petrillo.

Kaitlyn, 29, of Colts Neck, N.J., was an outstanding nursing student, committed to her graduate nursing education.  She was eagerly pursuing her MSN in the Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program when she became ill.  During her final year in the program, she lost her battle and passed away at home on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Kaitlyn was a graduate of Ranney School and Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.  Besides being a fulltime graduate student, she was a registered nurse in the operating room at Monmouth Medical Center.

Those in attendance were welcomed by Dr. Janet Mahoney, Dean of the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, followed by kind words of remembrance from Dr. Rose Knapp, Chair of the Department of Nursing, Dr. Cheryl Leiningen, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Monmouth University Alumni Rebecca Jackewicz, and Dr. Diann Johnston, Chief Nursing Officer at Monmouth Medical Center & Regional Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Region.  Following the remembrance ceremony, kind words were shared by others in attendance.

At the conclusion of the tribute, Dr. Rekha Datta, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, presented Kaitlyn’s MSN Degree posthumously to her mother, Carol Petrillo.

PHOTO COURTESY of Roseanna Roberson

Athletic Director McNeil Speaks to Sports Industry Club

Athletic SpeaksVice President and Director of Monmouth Athletics Marilyn McNeil, Ph.D., spoke with members of the Sports Industry Club for their weekly guest speaker series. The reoccurring program aims to allow students with an interest in sports-related careers to engage with tri-state professionals and alumni.

During her speech, McNeil not only detailed the many difficulties of her career’s progression, but related these moments to the topic of gender inequality.

Originally from Canada, McNeil spent around five years teaching and coaching Women’s Basketball at Montreal’s McGill University before returning to her alma mater, the University of Calgary, to coach their Women’s Basketball program.

After learning of unequal pay between her and the University’s Men’s Basketball coach, McNeil approached the school’s athletic director with an ultimatum: re-consider her contract, or the search for other opportunities would begin.

“I went to our athletic director and said, ‘I know we’re not as important as Men’s Basketball, but I need from you a sense that you care about Women’s Basketball. I need a sense that you see a future about Women’s Basketball, and I’d like a longer term contract and I’d like a raise. You don’t have to put me where he is, but I want at least a forward thinking movement here,’” McNeil recalled.

The athletic director did not budge on raising McNeil’s pay. In search of greener pastures with more balanced contracts, she left. By the suggestion of her husband, McNeil applied for a coaching position at California Polytechnic State University. According to McNeil, only two women applied for the position, and she was eventually given the offer.

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Millenials and Gen Z Quitting Jobs Due to Mental Health

Millenials QuittingA recent survey found that 50 percent of millennials and 75 percent of Generation Z (Gen Z) respondents have quit a job due to mental health reasons, according to Mind Share Partners. 

Mind Share Partners is a nonprofit that works with companies to improve mental health resources and conducted a study to examine the effects of mental health on employees. 

According to the findings, published in Harvard Business Review, 60 percent of people experienced symptoms of mental health. 

Andrew Lee, Psy.D., Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, explained that national data on mental health issues for Gen Z student, such as anxiety and depression, have been increasing for some time. “I wonder if [the survey’s] statistic is more a function of the ever-increasing mental health needs of the Gen Z generation in general, and less a reflection of difficulties working for companies.” 

Furthermore, the stigma regarding mental health issues has decreased, which allows members of the millennial and Gen Z generations greater access to mental health services along with a greater willingness to discuss these types of issues, Lee said. 

Brittany Macaluso, a junior social work student, agreed and said, “People are more comfortable talking about mental health issues because there’s less of a stigma. It’s a positive shift that people are prioritizing their mental well-being.”

Still, Lee explained that certain work environment can play a role in mental health issues. Specifically, that working with more people introduces a greater possibility for misunderstandings and conflict, which could increase one’s experience of mental health issues.

Jefferey Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services, credited the interplay between corporations and millennials with worsening mental health struggles.

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Chemical in Sunscreen Harming Coral Reefs

Chemical CoralBeneath the surface of the oceans, the Florida Keys Reef system is struggling to stay alive due to a chemical used in sunscreens, The New York Times reported. 

According to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the reef is the third largest living coral barrier reef system in the world. 

Oxybenzone, a common chemical found in sunscreen, is toxic to the symbiotic algae of coral reefs. Gregory Moehring, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Chemistry, said, “[It is] a petroleum-derived chemical with an arrangement of electrons within the molecule that allows for it to absorb ultraviolet radiation found in sunlight. Its solubility properties make the molecule effective in topically applied sunscreens.”

Jim Nickels, a Marine Scientist for Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI) said, “Corals have been under threat from a variety of sources, the ingredients in some sunscreens are having a direct affect causing bleaching, damaging their DNA, and causing deformities and death.” 

An ecosystem once vibrant with colors is now going white, in the process Nickels mentioned as “bleaching.” If you are having trouble picturing bleached coral think of the way a tree appears in the winter: without life, barren, and brittle.  

Jason Adolf, Ph.D., Monmouth University’s first endowed Associate Professor of marine science and a member of The Urban Coast Institute, explained what bleaching means for coral reefs. During bleaching, “Corals lose their symbiotic zooxanthellae, which are small algal cells living in the tissue of the coral animal, resulting in a white, 'bleached' appearance. Sometimes corals recover from these events, but sometimes the coral is lost and the ecosystem transitions to something totally different,” said Adolf.  

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Political Science Hosts First Alumni Networking Event

Alumni AdviceThe Political Science Alumni Association hosted its first alumni networking event in the Center for Active Citizenship on the second floor of Bey Hall on Friday, Nov. 1.

Alli Matz (’12), a corporate strategist for McKesson, a $215 billion American healthcare company in London, spearheaded the initiative to bring this event to campus.

 “I wanted to create a forum for students to learn about career paths that alumni have taken from Monmouth's Political Science program,” she said. “I'm hopeful this initiative can help current students bridge the gap between their time at Monmouth and their early careers or ongoing academic pursuits.”

The event brought eight political science alumni under the age of 30 with careers spanning law, international finance, lobbying, technology and academia, to network with and advise current political science students.

Matz explained that the first part of the event was designed to gather feedback and encourage informal discussion. Another exercise included students writing down what they want to do after Monmouth, and what questions they have for alumni so that they could provide feedback. Alumni then broke-out into small group sessions catered to specific interests.

“Monmouth is at its best when it prioritizes students…political science thrives at Monmouth University because our students are so successful,” said Ken Mitchell, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and an Associate Professor of Political Science who worked in tandem with the group of alumni to organize the event.

Esther Wellman, a senior political science student, said that the event was insightful for everyone who attended, especially for senior students who are in the process of considering post-graduation possibilities and potential career paths after Monmouth.

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Lockheed Martin Info Session

LockheedAerospace technology corporation Lockheed Martin showcased available jobs, internships, and co-ops in the global security and aerospace industry to students in Bey Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Opened to only computer science and software engineering students, representatives from Lockheed Martin aimed to present students with information regarding their company, products, and possible available positions, according to an informational press release for the event.

The presentation began with a video titled “Integrated Air & Missile Defense Solutions,” which previewed developing security and defense technology through CGI. Innovations shown in the video are examples of the company’s holistic approach to what they call a “Complex Threat Problem,” the video detailed. This includes new developments in artificial intelligence and autonomous defense units designed for the US Military.

A key point of the presentation was a discussion about internships and career opportunities for up-and-coming computer scientists and software engineers. As Edison Perez, an engineer for 18 years at Lockheed Martin, explained, the company is “a solid, quality-focused company.”

Regarding the application process, Perez continued, “Yes, the resumes are important, but we’re more concerned with the quality of the person.”

Representatives emphasized good leadership and a group mentality as key character traits of their ideal candidate. “We’re looking for leadership experiences; things like athletics or pep band,” said Tom O’Hara, a software engineer at Lockheed Martin.

The information session also included a look at internships and co-ops offered by the corporations for current undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the perks that come with them. These perks include student loan refinancing for undergraduates, Master’s degree reimbursement for graduate students, and comprehensive healthcare benefits from the outset. 

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Monmouth Invests in Flashing Stop Signs

Stop SignsMonmouth University’s operations team arranged the installation of new light up stop signs on and around campus property in the end of August.

 “There is no negative aspect to light- up stop signs other than funding, so the more the merrier,” stated Cesaer Monterroso, a Criminal Justice Graduate Student from Monmouth University.

Due to excessive faculty and students breezing through stop signs on campus, Monmouth University police department decided to investigate purchasing solar stop signs.

The stop signs were placed to increase the safety of pedestrians and emphasize which roads are one way only. There were four stop signs installed with a total cost of $1,140 which was funded out of the universities operating budget.

They were added specifically at areas that are heavily used and where traffic regulations are frequently overlooked, Patricia L. Swannack, Monmouth Universities Vice President of Administrative Services said. 

Not only are the solar stop signs on campus, but they are in the community surrounding campus as well. These solar stop signs are not just affecting the campus community, but the local community as well.

By implementing the solar stop signs throughout campus, the goal is to minimize the number of drivers who disregard the stop signs and roll right through them. 

The new solar stop signs are all over campus however some were strategically placed at busier places on campus. “We definitely need them at certain parts on campus, for example I noticed they are at the campus entrance, and at places where there is a lot of traffic.” Olivia Santos a student stated.

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Model UN Team Brings Back Four Awards from OXford

UN Team OxfordThree students from the University’s Model United Nations team took home four awards at the Oxford University Model UN Contest (OxiMUN) in Oxford, England last weekend Oct. 25 through Oct. 27. 

Kristen Gomez, a senior English student, won an individual speaker award and an award for best delegate in the International Press Corp Committee; Payton Collander, a junior criminal justice student, and junior political science students Mackenzie Ricca and Nick Boice, won three individual speaker awards.

Individual speaker awards are granted to delegates who demonstrate superior speaking skills in the competition, and the best delegate award is granted to a delegate who showcases the best research, speaking, writing, and debating skills in a committee. 

Team captains Ricca and Matt Gruhler, a senior political science student, were joined by the following additionally Monmouth delegates to Oxford: Paula Echeverria, a senior criminal justice student; Alexis Vasquez, a senior political science student; and Dan Gerdon, a junior political science student. 

Committees consist of 20-30 students and are convened around the various colleges of Oxford University. They cover topics ranging from climate change, water rights on the Nile River, economic development, food security, sex trafficking, border disputes, education, refugee crises, post-war reconstruction, female entrepreneurship in Asia, and regulations of space, among others. Three individual speaker awards are given to each committee, including overall Best Delegate.

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Millennial Student Debt on the Rise: Monmouth Analysis

Debt RiseOver the past 30 years, the average tuition and fees for public four-year universities tripled, and more than doubled at private nonprofit four-year institutions, according to College Board. Nationally, student loan debt as a whole has accumulated to $1.52 trillion during the Millennial lifetime.

Millennials are defined as those born between 1981 and 1996, according to The Pew Research Center. With the oldest Millennials around 40 years of age and the youngest around 23, current college-age students are categorized either directly as Millennials or on the cusp of qualification.

LendEDU, an organization which publishes an annual report detailing student loan debt per state, ranked New Jersey within the top 10 for highest student debt post-graduation, last August. The study found that the average student loan debt per borrower for New Jersey was $33,593, and 64 percent of New Jersey college students graduate with student debt.

Although the report goes into detail regarding the average student loan debt per borrower and the percent of graduates with student debt of other New Jersey schools, specific Monmouth University numbers were not listed.

Claire Alasio, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Financial Aid, explained the logistics behind scholarships available to Monmouth undergraduates.

“The University spends roughly $66.1 million in scholarships to 4400 undergraduate students,” Alasio said. “That’s around 17k per student, which is a pretty significant commitment on the University's part. That's a significant way that we’re hoping to reduce student debt.”

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