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Monmouth Debate Team Wins Awards

MU Debate Team AwardThe University’s Debate Team received two awards at the West Point Military Academy Debate Tournament this weekend, over the weekend of Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28.

Nine teams comprised of 18 debaters compete in several divisions of the tournament. The team of Julia Bialy, a junior political science student, and Maddy Doe, a junior political science student; the team of Matt Gruhler, a junior political science student, and JP Suttile, a junior political science student, received awards for making it into the playoff rounds on Sunday after debating in six rounds on Friday and Saturday. The Bialy and Doe team ultimately lost in the playoff rounds to a team from the United States Military Academy, and Gruhler and Suttile narrowly lost to a team from George Mason University.   

“We had a lot of new teams compete at the West Point tournament, which is a very prestigious national tournament. I really admire their grit and work ethic in that many of our teams practiced through eight 2-hour scrimmages in preparation for this tournament,” said Joseph Patten, Ph.D., adviser to the University’s Debate Team and an associate professor of political science. “We also have extraordinary leadership in our experienced debaters and co-captains. I have so much respect and admiration for all of our debaters and feel blessed to be affiliated with them.”

The tournament included approximately 130 debaters from teams from 12 universities including Cornell University, George Mason University, West Point Military Academy, West Virginia University, Liberty University, U of Rochester, NYU, and New School.  

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University Reacts to Pittsburgh Shootings at Chabad Club Event

Pittsburgh Shootings 1Nearly 400 students and faculty participated in an event hosted by the Chabad club called #PittsburghStrong in front of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center on Oct. 30.

This event was held in light of the shooting on Sat. Oct. 27., the holy day of sabbath in the Jewish religion, which claimed the lives of 11 people according to CNN. 

The #PittsburghStrong campaign garnered the attention of members of the Monmouth community stopped by their tables in the Student Center to partake on various activities to show their support to the victims of the shooting and stand up to hate. While at the tables, supporters were given the opportunity to write letters to the Pittsburgh victims and pledge good deeds, or Mitzvahs, in their honor.

“In Judaism we look at bad situations with love so we wanted to do something positive and not negative,” explained Sophie Hans, a senior social work student and president of Chabad. “That is where the board on good deeds came into play.” 

Good deeds were written on bright post-it notes and placed on a giant poster board. University President Grey Dimenna, Esq., did the honors and placed the first good deed on the Mitzvah poster and by the end of the day, the board was overflowing, Greenberg further explained. 

“This affects me on a personal level,” said Rabbi Greenberg, an adjunct professor of religious studies and advisor for Chabad. Rather than be a solemn event, Chabad strived and succeeded at celebrating the lives of those lost and promoting the potential for goodness in the world. “The Jewish people are all one family and 11 people from my family were murdered for being Jewish.”  Greenberg explained that, the shooting itself, was a personal attack because of his status as a leader in the Jewish community, as well as how he has friends in the Pittsburgh community from his time teaching in Squirrel Hill, the neighborhood where the shooting took place.

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Students Win Awards at Oxford Model UN

MU Debate Team AwardThe University’s Model United Nations (UN) Team competed at the University of Oxford, UK, and took home two individual Best Delegate Awards over the weekend of Friday, Oct. 26 – Sunday, Oct. 28. 

The three-day competition drew universities from across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Eight students represented the University as the only American institution competing in the international conference, serving on separate committees. 

“Oxford’s contest is a highlight on the European Model UN Circuit, and it is one of its most competitive,” said Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Political Science and Sociology and an associate professor of political science. He serves as one of the team’s advisers and accompanied them on their trip to Oxford. 

Mitchell noted that the conference was a great opportunity for students to interact with other students from around the world. 

“Each of our eight students worked hard and competed at the three-day event, and two students took home individual speaking awards Mackenzie Ricca (sophomore political science student) and Jackson Pope (senior political science student),” said Mitchell. 

"Competing at the Oxford Model UN competition was such an informative, eye-opening experience for me,” said Ricca, the University’s UN team captain. “Throughout the conference, I was surrounded by other very talented delegates who were students at major universities in Europe and around the world like Oxford University, London School of Economics, and Cambridge.”

Ricca explained that the contest was vigorous, which made her be sure to arrive prepared with binders full of research, elaborate speeches, and competitive policymaking strategy. “I was incredibly honored to receive an award for one of the best delegates in the contest and will be forever grateful for the experiences I had abroad,” she said. 

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Monmouth Hosts Employers at Annual Career Fair

Carrer Day 2018 1The University hosted nearly 400 students and more than 100 employers at the annual Fall Career Day on Oct. 31 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the OceanFirst Bank Center. 

Open to all Monmouth students and alumni, the event was held to provide insight into potential career opportunities. According to William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, government, business, non-profits, small, regional, and national employers were present at the fair.  Employers from organizations such as Hackensack Meridian Health, the United States Secret Service, and the New Jersey State Police were present.

“These job fair style events provide an excellent opportunity for employers and potential employees to connect,” said Jeffrey Mass, Assistant Director of Career Services. “Career Days typically attract hundreds of Monmouth students and alumni, as well as dozens of business, government, and non-profit employers. A career fair is a great chance to meet potential employers and to acquire more about career related options in your field of study,” he continued. 

Mass confirms that along with the 109 employers present at the event, 26 of the employers were present at Monmouth for the first time. “Career Day provides Monmouth University students and graduates the opportunity to obtain that much needed face time with recruiters to network and set themselves apart from the rest of the pack,” he said, emphasizing how unique the venue was.

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Parsons Hired as New Associate Vice President

Parsons New Associate VPWendy Parsons has been hired as the University’s new Associate Vice President for Development in the Division of University Advancement after a stint at Saint Joseph’s University. 

Parsons said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the Monmouth advancement team and look forward to working with our leadership, faculty, alumni, parents and friends to achieve important new milestones in philanthropy for Monmouth.” 

The new Associate Vice President for Development will handle and oversee day-to-day supervisory responsibilities for the University’s major and planned giving programs. In her new role, Parsons will lead the school-based directors of development, the planned giving program, and prospect management and research.

Parsons said, “My goal is to work with faculty, students, and University leaders to build rewarding partnerships with our alumni and to bring more and more alumni back to campus so they can see what the difference their philanthropy makes in the lives of our students today.”

“In the near future, our top fundraising priority is maximizing the dollars we raise for student scholarships. This should make Monmouth more affordable for many of our students,” Parsons added.

“As we create more endowed scholarships and augment those we currently have, we will increase annual earnings earmarked for student support while simultaneously reducing the pressure on our colleagues in Enrollment Management who currently carry the burden of bringing in more than 94 percent,” said Jonathan Meer, Vice President for University Advancement.

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University wins Voter Registration Award

University Voter Registration AwardStudents and faculty were hosted by Rutgers University-New Brunswick for a trophy presentation ceremony after winning the statewide 2018 Ballot Bowl voter registration competition, on Tuesday, Oct. 30. 

The New Jersey Secretary of State’s office informed Joseph Patten, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science and adviser to the Political Science Club, that the University won the statewide 2018 Ballot Bowl voter registration competition last Thursday, Oct. 25 for their registration effort called “Rock the Vote.” He and the Rock the Vote group were invited to attend the ceremony, which was aired by MSGNetworks.

Ten students, and the Rock the Vote campaign’s mascot, accompanied the group to be presented with the award and to give a few public words, to address their accomplishment on the New Brunswick campus on Tuesday evening. 

“The voter registration volunteers were all single minded in focusing on whether students would vote, not how students would vote,” said Patten, commending their successful efforts. “Political science student Landon Myers took the lead in organizing the Rock the Vote events on campus and in organizing nearly 30 students who visited approximately 50 classrooms to encourage students to vote.”

Patten noted that the voter registration group physically mailed in 350 voter registration forms, as well as an equal number of students who mailed the registration forms themselves, surpassing their initial goal to register 400 students. 

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University Announces New Fundraising Campaign

University Fundraising CampaignUniversity President Grey Dimenna, Esq., announced the public launch of a campaign to raise $15 million in private funding to support student scholarships at the University during a meeting of the Board of Trustees on Thursday, Oct. 25.

The goal of the campaign, Together We Can, is to raise $15 million in gifts and pledges by June 30, 2019. The campaign has already made much progress toward reaching its goal. Current development stands at $10.3 million, about 68 percent of the way to reaching the University’s goal.

“Raising money to support student scholarship aid has been one of my top priorities as president of Monmouth, and it will certainly be an area of need for the University in the years to come,” Dimenna writes in an email announcing the campaign.

Dimenna continues, and explains that last year, the University provided more than $66 million in institutional scholarship aid, which is 11 percent more than the previous year, and 99 percent more than a decade ago. “These may seem like daunting numbers, but we have found that even $5,000 in scholarship aid can be the deciding factor in a student’s choice of Monmouth over a peer institution. By way of reference, annual scholarships at Monmouth can be established with a commitment of $1,000 per year over a five-year period,” he writes. 

“Most members of the Monmouth community are well aware of how expensive a private university experience can be for students, so many of our donors are stepping up with support for the Campaign so as to help Monmouth students address as much of their unmet financial need as is possible,” said Jonathan Meer, Vice President for University Advancement.

Efforts by the campaign are to reach and exceed its $15 million goal in order to accelerate the University’s trajectory of academic excellence, in order to enable highly qualified students from economically, geographically, and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply and attend.  

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Fake Job Offer Emailed to Students

Fake Job Offer EmailAn alert message was sent to University students and alumni concerning fraudulent e-mails offering nonexistent paid positions as a virtual personal assistant on Oct. 1.

In a screenshot of the fraudulent e-mail provided by William Hill, Assistant Dean of Career Services, the spammer claims to have gotten the contact’s name from the Monmouth University Career Services offices. The Spammer posed as a Career Services employee and sent an e-mail to students that would offer compensation of $20 an hour, in exchange for tasks that included running errands and paying bills for the spammer.

In February 2018, thousands of fraudulent e-mails were sent out to Monmouth students by an unknown source, telling students to click on an attached link to update their eCampus log-in information. Approximately 50 student accounts were compromised and forced to send out unsolicited e-mails, leading Monmouth’s technical support team to notify other University employees about the incident. This time, no one was affected by the single email blast, according to Hill.

According to Jeffrey Layton, Monmouth University Police Corporal, any student who accepted the nonexistent position would then be instructed to deposit a fraudulent check in their account on behalf of the spammer, and then take the amount of the check as personal compensation to buy gift cards. The spam victim would then be required by the scammer to give them the numbers on the gift card, under the false promise of redemption through a check.

“There is no way to catch the criminals,” Layton said. “Each time we trace the e-mails, we find they are overseas, or they are spoofed e-mail addresses.”

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New Research Vessel Welcomed by UCI

New Research Vessel 1The University’s newest research vessel, originally acquired in June 27 as the R/V Nauvoo, was renamed the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe during a naming ceremony at Bahr’s Landing on Oct 8. 

The 49-foot vessel is Monmouth’s largest and was recently acquired by the University from the National Oceanic and the Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The vessel is an important ambassador for the University to the broader marine research community, our academic colleagues at other universities, and to the public at large,” said Thomas Herrington, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Urban Coast Institute (UCI).

According to the University's official website, the vessel was named in honor of Heidi Lynn, a Monmouth Country shore area resident who loved to surf and spend time at the beach with her family and friends.

Lynn’s father, Robert Sculthorpe, is a graduate of the University and former chair of the University Board of Trustees, and a Trustee Emeritus. 

According to University President Grey Dimenna, Esq., it was Sculthorpe’s generous donation that helped create an endowment to support the vessel. 

“We remember the Sculthorpe’s who have been very helpful to the University,” said Jim Nickels, the Marine Scientist for the Urban Coast Institute. “He (Robert) has been very generous over the years to the school and the work we do. He even sponsored a scholarship in Heidi’s name for the summer research program.”

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University Hopes for New ‘Hawk Walk’ Tradition

New Hawk Walk TraditionThe Football team and other student-athletes participated in the Hawk Walk where the University community walks around campus before the football game on Homecoming.

The walk consisted of sports teams, the Spirit Squad, alums, parents and fans joining the football onto the field before the Homecoming game.

The gathering started at the circle between Rechnitz and Wilson Hall, where there were light refreshments. 

“The idea for the Hawk Walk started with the football program, who have done the actual walk for a few years. They (Athletics Marketing) approached us about adding in the Spirit Squads, Shadow the Hawk and fans/parents of players. From there it expanded to include alums and various on-campus groups,” said Eddy Occhipinti, Associate Athletics Director/Marketing and Sponsorships. “It really has been an organic, Monmouth-made idea that grew from the football team and now includes all areas of the University.” 

The connection is making its way around campus. This past week, the Hawk Walk included various teams, among them Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Field Hockey and Track & Field. “I think it’s a good idea and a step in the right direction and hopefully in years to come all athletes can support each other,” said Madie Gibson, a senior Women’s Soccer player.

Jon Roos, Senior Associate Athletics Director/External Affairs, explained that the Hawk Walk “combined effort from football and athletics marketing.” He then added, “Then we collaborated with Student Life, Residence Life, Admissions, and Alumni Engagement.” The hope for the Hawk Walk is for it to become a tradition throughout the campus. The University hopes to, “continue to build pride on this campus and utilize the new Hawk sculpture as the ‘heart’ of the campus,” said Roos.

“While the idea for the Hawk Walk was born with the football team, the hope is that it becomes a point of pride for every student, alum and fan and the actual path taken by the football team for the Hawk Walk becomes something special for everyone that does it,” said Occhipinti.

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Creator of Puerto Rican Superhero visits Monmouth

Puerto Rican SuperheroThe University community welcomed comic artist and writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Wilson Hall Auditorium to talk about the cultural significance of the Afro-Latina superhero he created, La Borinqueña.

Miranda-Rodriguez created the fictional character to bring the often-overlooked problems facing Puerto Rico to the forefront of popular media. According to him, interest in the character’s stories grew after the recent hurricane that affected residents of the commonwealth, and his stories have now become an avenue to raise awareness and funds for the affected Puerto Ricans using local community outreach programs, through his work to create a grant program that supplies funding for reconstruction efforts.

“[La Borinqueña] is a strong, independent college student born and raised in Brooklyn, who returns to the island to conduct research for her senior thesis,” explained Paul Humphrey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of World Languages and Cultures, who also serves as a member of the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee. “While there, she becomes a superhero, La Borinqueña, whose name is a reference to the indigenous Taíno name for the island, Borinquen or Boriken.”

For Miranda-Rodriguez, this project represents a personal way of giving back to the region of his ancestry. “Although Puerto Rico does not have its own autonomy politically, I strongly felt that, as a puertorriqueño (person of Puerto Rican origin), I had the autonomy…to decide how I wanted to help my people…That is how I continue to do this work (helping with reconstruction), and it started out with one little comic book character I created because I wanted to create a conversation.”

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