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School of Education Dean Redesigns Residency Program

Revised Program Allows for More Student Teaching Experience


Education Dean Redsign Residency ProgramJohn Henning, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education, has been designing a residency program that will give students the skills they need to thrive as teachers, as well as changing the way they are seen in their field.

The pilot program started three years ago, when New Jersey changed its student teaching requirement. As of 2015, student teaching, a major requirement for graduation, was a year-long field experience, rather than lasting only a semester. Henning saw this change as a chance for him to create a more innovative blueprint for the University’s education program.

Henning expanded the idea to start during students’ sophomore year, leading to exposure on a more regular basis. In the program, students will start going out to their respective residency sites one day a week, building up to being in the classroom every day during their senior year.

“The longer [students] are in the field, the more flexible and spontaneous they get,” said Henning, who had been an English teacher for over 20 years before taking on an administrative role. “They’ve seen more, and practice more things so that things come to them automatically.”

According to Henning, students will be able to take on different roles in the classroom, such as working as a tutor, a paraprofessional, a co-teacher, and/or a summer school teacher. These varied roles will give students a taste of teaching in different content areas, as well as working with different grades and learning abilities.

According to Wendy Harriot, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Education, exposure to varied types of students will help future teachers have a better understanding of their students’ needs, and can lead to interest in a specialized field of education.

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Sports Communication Minor Restructured for Fall 2018

Broadcasting Minor To Provide More Opportunity


Sports Comm Minor RestructuredThe University’s sports communication minor is being restructured for the upcoming fall semester, which will allow students to focus their interests in specific areas of sports communication. 

Aaron Furgason, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Communication, said, “The change is subtle. The sports broadcasting minor replaces the current sports communication minor by narrowing down to one element of sports communication, the skills needed for the broadcasting of sporting events and talking about sports via talk radio. There is a potential that future areas of sports communication may also be available for students to minor in the future.”

The rationale behind the change reads as follows on the curriculum proposal chart, the minor is intended to expose students to a variety of communication areas with respect to sports. With sports communication moving towards convergence of skills and disciplines; whether it be journalism, broadcasting, production, public relations, sports studies or a host of other professions, it is a core belief that students pursuing careers in this realm will have to be competent in a wide variety of areas that cut across communication interests." 

Specialist professor of communication Matthew Harmon said, “[There are] big changes as you can see from the curriculum chart. [We] took out the prerequisites of the introduction communication classes to make this way easier for a student that might be interested in sports to add the minor.”

“[A] history of sports class is now repeatable as a class as it will be changing and having a topic listed each semester instead trying to cover everything in one semester. In the past [the class] would do about two weeks on each sport. Now the class will allow a much more in depth look at two to three sports per semester,” said Harmon.

An advanced sports broadcasting course and a second ESPN3 class are also available now.  Some film communication courses might also be sports-specific, according to Harmon.

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Annual Criminal Justice Networking Event to be Held

Annual Networking Event to Include Brookdale Students; Inclusive of all Years, Majors at Monmouth


Criminal Justice Networking EventOver 50 different career fields will be joining the criminal justice department at their sixth annual networking event  in an effort to help students of all majors build mentorships, inform themselves on careers they wish to pursue, and establish professional relationships on March 28 in Wilson Hall from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Of the over 60 different presenters of federal law enforcement, homeland security, local and state law enforcement, victim advocacy, and many others, roughly 60 percent of them are Monmouth University alumni. 

The event will host different types of criminal justice related areas of work such as members representing postal inspection, Secret Service, the Fire Department City of New York (FDNY), and victim witness units from county prosecutor's offices. A new addition to the list of organizations is rehabilitation resources, along with many other dedicated individuals from the area.

Nicholas Sewitch, Internship Coordinator and instructor of the criminal justice and organizer of the networking event, said, “The number and percentage of Monmouth alumni at this event has been a big improvement for us. My goal one day is for all of the presenters to be previous students.”

This networking event has been specifically designed to be unlike an internship or career fair in the way the event will be set up--the layout of the event will be completely interactive with the officials in each category via sessions instead of walking around table to table.

After an opening statement, two breakout sessions will commence on the first floor of Wilson Hall. Each of the 100-level rooms holds a different form of law enforcement, victim advocacy, rehabilitation, security, and similar organizations. Each of the two sessions will be about an hour and 20 minutes long; previously, there were three sessions - the elimination of the third session provided additional time for presenters to fully inform guests.

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Model UN Wins Best Delegation at International Tournament

Model UN Team Takes Home Three Student Awards


Model UN International Tournament 1The University’s Model United Nations (MUN) Team won overall Best Delegation at the London MUN contest during the annual meeting on Feb. 25, competing against over 1,500 students from over 100 universities. The team beat Imperial College London and New York University, which placed second and third, respectively.

Eight University students attended the competition, including team captain and senior Prachi Patel and senior Liz Carmines, juniors Justin Dritschel, Emma O'Rourke, Liam Coffey, and Pablo Catano, and sophomores James Hawk and Mackenzie Ricca, along with faculty advisor Ken Mitchell, Ph.D. The group travelled to the United Kingdom on Feb. 23 to compete in the London-based conference. All competing students except Catano, who is undeclared, are political science students. 

With attendees from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, the London Conference is the largest, most competitive MUN contest held outside of the United States. Other competing schools included Oxford University and the London School of Economics, among many others. 

At the conference, Individual Best Delegate awards were earned by Patel, Hawk, and Ricca for their performance debating, negotiating, and writing policy resolutions.

The conference took place over the duration of three days. Participants represented different countries and competed in policy committees of approximately 70 students. Within their committees, students worked to negotiate and write policy resolutions in order to resolve international challenges—such as economic development, poverty, terrorism, civil wars, refugees, deforestation, human rights, post-conflict reconstruction, and natural disaster responses, among many other topics.  

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University Mourns Jane Plangere

MU Mourns Jane PlangereJane Plangere, University supporter and Director of the Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Family Foundation, passed away at age 94 on Friday, Feb. 23.

According to an obituary published in the Asbury Park Press, Jane Plangere passed away peacefully following a brief illness.

The wife of Jules L. Plangere, who passed away in 2016, Jane Plangere was a generous supporter of the University. She also had strong family ties to the University. Her late son, Jeffrey Conover, who died in 2006, is a University alumnus, and her other son, Jack Conover, is a member of the University Board of Trustees as of 2013. Conover’s wife, Cathy, is a Monmouth alumna as well.

"The Plangere name is synonymous with generosity and support at Monmouth University, but few people know and understand the critical role that Jane Plangere played in cultivating that reputation, since it is so often attributed to her husband," said University President Grey Dimenna, Esq. "As director of the family foundation, Jane helped steward significant support for so many critical initiatives at Monmouth and was instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey S. Conover Memorial Scholarship in memory of her son, a Monmouth alumnus. She had a genuine kindness about her; she opened the door to her home countless times over the years in support of Monmouth, and she had an infectious smile that all who knew her could appreciate. We are so privileged to have had the opportunity to share our mission with her for so long."

Jane Plangere served as the Director of the Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Family Foundation, established in 1997. Jules Plangere was the namesake of the Jules L. Plangere, Jr., Center for Communication and Instructional Technology; the building was named and dedicated in his honor in 2002 due to his generosity. In the same year, he received the President’s Vision Award, the highest award the University bestows.

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Tau Kappa Epsilon Kappa-Kappa Chapter Closed

default article imageTau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity's Kappa-Kappa chapter closed officially on Friday, Feb. 16.

According to an e-mail sent to members of the campus community on Feb. 23 by Michele Kaplan, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, the University has placed the chapter in the status of "non-operating" with the offices of the Grand Chapter, effective immediately.

Kaplan wrote, "This means the chapter is not permitted to hold any activities, events, chapter operations, recruitment, candidate education classes or conduct any business of the Fraternity."

Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, said, "We did not make this decision, but we honored Tau Kappa Epsilon Headquarters' decision to close the chapter."  

Kaplan also addressed in the email that all collegiate members in good standing will be granted inactive status of membership until graduation, at which time they will be granted alumni status.

The email concluded, "The University supports the decision made by Tau Kappa Epsilon's National Headquarters and will no longer recognize the Kappa-Kappa chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon."

The email also explained that chapter members on record with the Office of Student Activities and Student Center Operations have been notified of this closing. John Hoffman, former President of Tau Kappa Epsilon's Kappa Kappa chapter, declined to comment on the chapter's charter being revoked. The chapter has been on campus since its founding in 1966.

University SGA Presents Workshop at Annual Conference

default article imageA delegation from the University’s Student Government Association (SGA) held a workshop for other leadership organizations from across the country at the annual Conference on Student Government Associations (COSGA) on Feb. 24th in Houston, TX.

The event consisted of three days of workshops and guest speakers for student government delegations in attendance, from the 23rd to the 25th. Seven students represented Monmouth: Karla Almanzar, Jabriel Belhadj, Amalia Giraldo, Mehdi Husaini, Jihad Johnson, Leslie Valdez, and Vincent Welch. The students were accompanied by Director of Off-Campus and Commuter Services and Advisor to SGA, Vaughn Clay, Ed.D.

The presentation given by the University’s SGA, entitled “Breaking Through Barriers” was a summary of the obstacles the organization faced this year, with accompanying strategies on how to bring a student leadership organization together to accomplish the year’s goals.

“[The purpose of] our presentation was to allow other universities to see how we function as a Senate, and our structure on how we do things,” said Jihad Johnson, a senior communication student who represented Monmouth. He described that the presentation was created to address the theme of the conference this year, “Beyond All Limits,” by showing how SGA broke through barriers to accomplish tasks for the year.

For Johnson, getting things accomplished this year started with the creation of a cohesive, close-knit team of Senators. “One of the things we identified that we thought was very important was that you can be your own barrier,” he said, “We explained to the other universities that our [annual SGA] retreat, our group bonding, our social events that we do together help us establish a relationship with each other which ultimately transfers over to our work.” The delegation’s presentation showed that that this was apparent in community involvement initiatives, like the Big Event and hurricane relief efforts, which were made possible with strong relationships between members of SGA.

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Annual Kortney Rose Foundation Fundraiser Held by University Students and Former Staff Members

Annual Kortney Rose FundraiserMonmouth students joined efforts to fundraise for pediatric brain cancer research across the tri-state area in collaboration with the Kortney Rose Foundation (KRF) on Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25.

Over the weekend, volunteers partnered with 16 different Turning Point restaurants, including one in Pier Village. The volunteers would raise awareness for the need of funding for pediatric brain tumor/ central nervous system research while offering customers the opportunity to support the cause through donations from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.

This weekend the volunteers successfully raised $74,000, compared to $57,300 last year. The fundraiser is an annual event that has been happening since 2010 and has raised about $325,000 over the years to support research through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) due to efforts by the KRF.

The KRF is a non-profit organization that was founded by Kristen Gillette, a former secretary of the University’s political science and sociology department from 2010-2017 and former assistant to the editor of Monmouth’s magazine. Gillette’s daughter, Kortney, was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, brainstem glioma, in 2005 and had been treated at CHOP herself during her battle with the disease.

The KRF was founded in 2006 after Kortney had passed. It was at this time that Gillette temporarily left Monmouth University, later to return to fill a secretarial position until she left to run the foundation full time in spring of 2017. The organization now has raised nearly $2 million for research on pediatric brain and central nervous system tumors with the intention of discovering better treatments and potential cures.

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“Major Caffeine Buzz” Event Aims to Help Students Choose Between Possible Majors

default article imageUniversity students made their way to Anacon Hall in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center to learn of potential majors in a speed-dating style meeting with faculty on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

This was an open-door event where students were invited to walk in at any time between the hours of 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Major Caffeine Buzz offered an opportunity for undeclared students or those considering a change of major to analyze possible majors and receive career advice from faculty. The event was part of the Transformative 10 series, a set of events that was created based off of student survey data that indicated that University students wanted more career preparation opportunities.

Anthony Urmey, Director of Transfer Services and Undeclared Students at was responsible for organizing the event.

“It was heavy-lifting, which any new event will be because you’re creating everything from scratch,” Urmey said, mentioning that there had been some issues marketing the event to students.  “I feel that many of the marketing challenges were not specific to our program. Between classes and extra-curricular activities, work, and family obligations, most students have busy schedules. It’s difficult to find time to attend events.”

Anacon Hall was filled with tables, each labeled for a separate undergraduate department, including career services. According to Urmey, there was a representative of every undergraduate department, including a representative from career services and two undeclared counselors.

“Faculty are an amazing resource for information and connections in your chosen profession,” Urmey continued. “Additionally, your classmates today will be your colleagues tomorrow. Start networking now; create a LinkedIn page; develop a personal brand. All these actions will pay dividends.”

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Students and Faculty Question Study Abroad Practices

Study Abroad Practices 1Studying abroad is an opportunity that some students agree can be life-changing. Students are able to live in another country and take courses at a foreign university. While grateful for the opportunity, some students and faculty believe that the University’s study abroad programs should be improved.

Currently, the University offers four undergraduate programs for study abroad in Florence, Italy; London, England; Sydney, Australia; and Cadiz, Spain. Programs starting in the near future will also allow students to study in Buenos Aires, Argentina or Heidelberg, Germany.

According to Jon Stauff, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Global Education, 315 students participated in some form of education abroad, through either a semester or summer study abroad program, a faculty-led program, or a service trip last year. Approximately 100 students specifically studied abroad in the same time frame.

The Global Education Office (GEO) is responsible for these programs. According to their website, the GEO’s mission is “to provide curricular and co-curricular opportunity for immersive and transformative experiences for faculty and students to promote interdisciplinary international education, a compassionate understanding of the world, and global engagement toward creating socially responsible citizenship."

While each of these programs are overseen by the GEO, each location is unique in a variety of areas, including living arrangements, University faculty involvement, language requirements, and general program preparation. Students are required to attend a number of pre-departure meetings prior to their time abroad.

Each program is partnered with a university abroad that hosts Monmouth students. Lorenzo de’ Medici is responsible for Florence students, Regents University is responsible for London students, University of Cadiz is responsible for Cadiz students, and Macquarie University is responsible for Sydney students.

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Security of Pier Village Apartments Questioned

Duplicated Key Provided: Unauthorized Access to Student Apartment


Pier Village 1After an unnamed student was given access to a Pier Village apartment via an “unauthorized duplicate” key, some students question the security of University-sponsored apartments.

According to Ashley Chavez, a senior communication student who lived in Apartment 426 during the 2016 – 2017 school year, an anonymous female student who lived in the same apartment lost her key. Rather than Chavez's apartment-mate report her loss to the University and pay a $104.95 fine for a replacement, she convinced a maintenance employee at Pier Village complex to give her a free duplicate key. 

“She asked the maintenance guy to let her in because we Pier Village people always use the concierge, never the resident assistants,” Chavez said, citing a five dollar fee charged by resident assistants to unlock doors. “So, she got let in and she managed to convince them to let her keep one."

Since the Office of Residential Life was unaware of the former student's duplicate key, she still had access to her apartment after graduation. 

According to Megan Jones, Associate Director of Residential Life, this is the first time a situation of this nature has been reported to the University. The University has been leasing apartments in Pier Village since 2005. 

“Pier Village management issues apartment keys to the University and Residential Life staff, in turn, distributes those keys to the individual students assigned to those units,” said Jones. “When students vacate the apartments, they are required to return their keys to the University. If any of the occupants’ keys are not returned, the locks are changed.” 

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Monmouth University
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