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University Student, Alumnus Open for Jon Bon Jovi at Prudential Center

University Alumnus and Current Student from Local Band Open for Jon Bon Jovi

MU Alumnus Bon Jovi 1A band whose members included a current University student Zachary Sandler and University alumnus Jonathan Chang-Soon opened for Jon Bon Jovi at the Prudential Center leg of his “This House is Not for Sale” tour on Sunday, April 8.

The band, called Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, played a twenty-minute set, performing songs such as “.38 Special.”

The band is a New Jersey -based punk/hard-rock band that formed in December 2010. The current lineup includes: creator, guitarist, and vocalist Bobby Mahoney; drummer James McIntosh; guitarist and backing vocalist Andrew Saul; bassist and backing vocalist Chang-Soon, a music industry alumnus and co-founder and CMO of Blue Hawk Records who graduated from in 2014; and saxophonist Sandler, a sophomore music industry student.

“They were looking for a local New Jersey band to open the show,” said Chang-Soon. “We were recommended to the band’s management and someone liked us. We were officially confirmed as the opener at the beginning of the week and just had a couple of days to prepare. The amount of support we’ve received has been unbelievable.”

“I personally didn’t sleep at all since we heard about the show on Tuesday,” said Sandler.

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Thousands of University Students Receive Phishing Scam E-mails; Scammer E-mails Mimicked Student Accounts

Phishing EmailsTwo more waves of phishing scam e-mails were sent to both students’ accounts, and student organization accounts over the span of two days, starting April 5 at approximately 7:07 p.m. and ending April 6, at about 8:54 p.m.

 Robert Carsey, Director of Server Operations confirmed that the emails were in fact a scam. Janine Frederick, a systems administrator at Server Operations, was responsible for taking care of mitigating the most recent round of spam e-mails affecting the students.

Frederick reported that while the exact number of student accounts reached is not known, it was certainly in the thousands.

The e-mails informed recipients of a possible part-time job opening as a personal assistant, and included details such as weekly pay, benefits, requirements for the position, and details regarding what the position entailed. The e-mail concluded by asking recipients to forward a copy of their resume to  The e-mail came from multiple accounts, posing as student email accounts.  

Frederick explained how these e-mails were able to breach student accounts. “In every case where unauthorized access is gained to an MU e-mail account, it is the result of a user providing his/her login information during a phishing scheme.  That login information is later used to access the user’s e-mail account to send spam or scam messages,” she said.

Lauren Niesz, a graduate student of management information studies, explained that the phishing scam used a technique called masking, where e-mails are routed to a different account of the person accountable for the scam, and the actual link to the e-mail address is visible, but often overlooked, especially by students who trust that their e-mail accounts are safe. In some cases, the accounts are realistic but they’re not the real thing. I got it on my club’s e-mail, so student e-mails and club e-mails were definitely affected by it. It is vicious that people do this, but so easy unfortunately,” she said.

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iCIMS Chief Marketing Officer Will Talk to Students About Finding a Career Path at T10 Capstone Dinner

iCMS CMO Susan VitaleThis year, Career Services introduced the Transformative Ten (T10) Series, which culminated interactive events that connect students with networking opportunities and insight into experiences from the professionals in their field.

Anthony Urmey, Director of Transfer and Undeclared Student Services who helped market and build the T10 series said, “The initial statistics from students that we’ve heard from is that 94 percent of those students surveyed said that they felt a growth in their leadership skills and 85 percent said that they felt better prepared for life after college.”

The last installment of the T10 series is a Capstone Dinner with keynote speaker, Susan Vitale, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for iCIMS, Inc.

According to her press kit, “As Chief Marketing Officer at iCIMS, Susan Vitale is ultimately responsible for shaping and sharing the iCIMS story across various audiences, including prospective and existing customers, the media, industry thought leaders, employees and candidates. She is also responsible for iCIMS’ brand strategy across public

relations, events, advertising, product marketing and content marketing.”

Urmey spoke highly about the choice to bring in Vitale as the keynote speaker, “Because of our partnership with iCIMS, we looked at the company, evaluated the members and we took one look at her and her background and thought, ‘This is perfect, she’s successful, she knows how to speak with millennials, it’s what we need.’”

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University Nursing School Will No Longer Use the Caduceus After Improper Symbolism Highlighted

MU Nursing School Symbol ChangeThe University School of Nursing is going to change the symbol that they use for logos and branding due to a misinterpretation of symbology.

Currently, the School of Nursing and most medical organizations use a symbol called the caduceus, which in Greek mythology is known as the staff of Hermes, the messenger god. In the same mythology, the god of medicine was known as Asclepius and used the Rod of Asclepius.

The incorrect symbol usage was spotted by Janna Bogan, a nursing student who learned about the correct symbology in a fall semester literature class.  

 Bogan said, “Having the right symbol is important, and makes health care professionals stand out when they acknowledge the true symbol as the rod of Asclepius. If someone is wearing the wrong symbol, it might make an organization look fraudulent or not credible.” 

Throughout history, the caduceus has been mistaken for the Rod of Asclepius due to their similar appearance, but represent different things.  “In symbolic significance, each symbol represents its ancient Greek deity and that deity’s attributes,” said Stanley Blair, an associate professor of English.

“Hermes is best known as the messenger god, but he was also the god of thievery and moneymaking, while Asclepius was the god of medicine. Both gods were worshiped in ancient Greece and Rome,” Blair continued.

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UCI Encourages Preparation for Eventual Water Rising

UCI Water Rising 1The Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute (UCI) encourages costal community members to prepare for the future of flooding along the New Jersey shoreline.

In 2017, Climate Central, a nonprofit that produces research on sea level change, released photos of different areas of the New Jersey shoreline that research suggests will be submerged in sea water by 2100. 

Tom Herrington, Associate Director of the UCI, said that rising sea levels are of concern to shore communities now, and will be of major concern by the year 2050. 

“People in coastal communities should know that their risk of being impacted by a flood is increasing every year,” said Herrington.

To reduce the detrimental risk of living in the shore communities potentially affected, community members should have flood insurance, live in elevated homes built on pilings, be aware of the impacts of coastal storms in their area, and have the ability to evacuate and live away from their home for a period of time, Herrington recommended. 

Despite current controversy on the causes of global warming, the global rise in temperature itself has been proven across various organizations, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has published climate change indicators across the United States. That data shows an exponential rise in atmospheric temperature.

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Student Scholarship Week to Showcase University Work

Student Scholarship WeekMonmouth University will celebrate its third annual Student Scholarship Week from April 16 to April 22. More than 700 students will present their work in events that are, unless noted otherwise, free of charge. 

Student Scholarship Week is a week long conference that presents more than 40 events showcasing and celebrating students’ academic work both inside and outside of the classroom. The celebration will include faculty-student collaborations, along with poster sessions, panels, and performances. The week long event will highlight student’s scholarly contributions in research, service learning, writing, theater and musical productions, and art exhibits, according to a statement released by Provost Laura Moriarty.

 Featured events include HawkTalks, Interprofessional Exhibitions, Service Learning Showcases, and Summer Scholar’s Poster presentations. 

The HawkTalks, according to the University website, will be held on April 18 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on the first floor of Woodrow Wilson Hall. This event format will showcase student work through poster presentations and five minute TED-talk style presentations. 

Gary Lewandowski, Ph.D., Chair of the Psychology Department, was on the steering committee which helped organize the week overall. He also helped develop the HawkTalk event, which he said allowed students to share their “thought-provoking work in an interdisciplinary format.” 

“Scholarship Week is such an important event because it shows what we do best at Monmouth: foster collaboration between students and faculty,” Lewandowski said. “It highlights the wide array of unique opportunities our students have to immerse themselves in their majors, often in ways that are atypical at the undergraduate level.”   

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"Get Real" Event Focuses on Victim Resource Accessibility

Get Real EventThe Criminal Justice Department sponsored Get Real About Sex, Consent, and Violence with guest speaker Jeffrey Bucholtz at Pollak Theatre for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Friday, April 13. Bucholtz is a professor of oral communication at Southwestern College.  The event was cosponsored by The County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey and New Jersey Association of Victim Coordinators.

Each year, the Office of Victims Services of New Jersey leads the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 8 to 14. For this year’s theme, the University’s Criminal Justice Department capitalized on “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims,” which focuses on how the victim’s field can ensure that all victims can access the proper resources and support and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work together to reach all victims. 

Victim advocates, law enforcement officers, students, and non-profit agencies were all in attendance for the event. Although organized by the Criminal Justice Department, the event was open to students of all majors in order to provide a better understanding of the importance of consent and how we develop a perception of sexual violence. 

The event consisted of information tables from the Prosecutor’s Offices of Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties to provide more information on their individual victim services and to give criminal justice students the opportunity to network with representatives. Other organizations included 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit that focuses on aiding families who have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

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Stunited App Helps Students Connect for Educational Purposes

default article imageStunited, a new app created by Rowan University senior finance student John Rondi, helps students across campuses to connect and help each other with school work.

Rondi came up with the idea one late night his sophomore year when he had to write a paper. “It was like 2:00 a.m. It was too late to contact my professor, I couldn’t call a tutor, I didn’t really want to pay for online help, so I reached out to my friend who lived across the hall who was up with her math assignment,” he said.

As Rondi went on to help his friend with a math assignment, his friend helped him with a paper. “At that moment, a lightbulb went off.”

Rondi went on to research if such an app existed, but was unable to find the kind he was looking for. He went on to try and make his idea into reality. 

“Pretty much, I started an app called Stunited and essentially all it is, is a platform for students to match basically based on what they’re good at in school and what they need help in,” Rondi said. “So think kind of like a dating app for education.”

A student would download the app on their mobile device and then they would create their account based on strengths and weaknesses. From there, students can match with other students based on these strengths and weaknesses.

Once matched, students would then be able to have private conversations to discuss what they can do to help each other. 

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Susan Fowler, Uber Whistleblower, Speaks at Monmouth

Uber Whistleblower Talks About Workplace Sexual Harassment

Whistleblower Susan FowlerSoftware engineer and former Uber employee Susan Fowler came to the University on April 11 to share her story on overcoming sexual harassment and to show students how they can protect themselves upon entering the workforce.

“The Adventures of Susan Fowler at Uber: Sexual Harassment in Silicon Valley” is part of a lecture series hosted by the Leon Hess Business School. Fowler was chosen to give the 2018 H.R. Young Endowed Lecture. Donald Moliver, Ph.D., Dean of the Business School, believed that Fowler was a perfect candidate for the position. 

“This is a topic that sadly involves business and needs to come to the forefront,” explained Moliver, before introducing Fowler.

Before becoming one of “The Silence Breakers” and the 2017 Financial Times Person of the Year, Fowler graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in physics and later worked at two startup companies before joining Uber. 

“Uber was the great disrupter,” said Fowler. “That was something that spoke to me. I came from a very poor background and made it into an Ivy League school. I viewed myself as a disrupter as well.”

Great disrupters not only disrupt businesses, but laws as well, Fowler said. They argue that the laws that are meant to moderate their work are in the past, which sets the tone for their innovative processes. However, Fowler got more than she bargained for. 

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Business Students Win Real Estate Competition

default article imageA team of four Monmouth University juniors recently won a real estate competition sponsored by NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association, competing against schools such as Rutgers University and Villanova and winning $5,000. 

The competition involved performing a complex analysis of a 116-acre redevelopment site in northern New Jersey. The team, consisting of business administration students Jacqueline O’Dor, Lindsey Florio, Sam Perrelli, and Christopher Fitzsimmons, prepared a detailed planning and site evaluation, and a financial analysis of the project. 

Peter Reinhart, Director of Kislak Real Estate Institute and a specialist professor, said, “Monmouth has participated in this NAIOP competition the past three years. This is the first time we finished first. The team members are selected by me as the Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute based upon my evaluation of their academic talents and their availability to participate.”  

“With the project being as large as it was, we all had to work together to accomplish the task at hand,” said Perelli. “We each participated in all aspects of the project and collaborated to decide which idea made the most sense. At times when the entire group count meet, the rest of the group made sure everything got done.”

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Annual Springsteen Symposium Held; University Faculty Members Featured

default article imageBruce Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town: An International Symposium was held at Monmouth University and began on Thursday, April 12th spanning across four days. On Sunday, April 15th, the conference concluded with closing remarks from Kenneth Womack, Ph.D., Dean of the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The University website notes that the conference celebrated the 40th anniversary of Springsteen’s 1978 classic album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”

“The event was a tremendous success, drawing in students, faculty, and fans from across the world!” Womack said. “We are honored that the symposium has found a home at Monmouth University.”

Womack continued, “When I co-founded this event in 2005 with Mark Bernhard and Jerry Zolten, I could never have imagined that it would lead to the conference’s vaunted place in Springsteen studies. Our Monmouth University team has given wonderful life to this superb symposium. The papers and performances were uniformly excellent, establishing an atmosphere at Monmouth that made for an incredible learning community on our campus.”

The activities offered over the four days included Rock & Roll Tour of the Jersey Shore which consisted of two guided walking tours through Asbury Park, and musical events at locations such as the Wonder Bar and the Pompeii Room of Wilson Hall which featured songwriters influenced by Springsteen and bluegrass renditions of songs from the album.

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