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MU Donates to Union Beach in Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Union-BeachUniversity students from Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), the education honors society, and the International Reading Association (IRA) collaborated to raise money and collect school items to donate to the Union Beach Memorial School (UBMS) on February 7. The school, which includes students from pre-school to eighth grade, was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

The University students held a bake sale to raise money for the school and asked University faculty and students for donations this past January. “Over 16 different MU departments donated school supplies,” Mary Brennan, KDP Counselor and Specialist Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership said. “Countless staff, students and faculty of MU contributed supplies. The members of KDP held a bake sale in the front hall of McAllan Hall for seven days and raised over $1000.”

Brennan was the head of the operation. She reached out to the UBMS and she contacted University faculty and students, United Way, the Methodist Church and a Girl Scout troop to ask for assistance. Each organization was able to contribute items for the school.

The UBMS has been improving over the past few months but is still in need of supplies. “Currently, our school is still being cleaned and fixed due to the Hurricane,” said Nicole Conforti, Reading Specialist at the UBMS.

“We lost everything from desks, chairs, computers, books, pencils, etc. We have some issues when it rains or snows because the roof is badly damaged but we do the best we can,” Conforti continued.

The KDP and IRA raised money and collected items throughout January and the first week of February. With the money that the students received from the bake sale, they were able to buy the remaining items from the UBMS wish list that were not donated.

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The University and Antigua Medical School Enter Partnership

AntiguaThe University signed an articulation agreement with the American University of Antigua College of Medicine (AUA) on December 17. The agreement will create a new opportunity for graduating science majors to attend medical school upon graduation.

“This new agreement gives Monmouth University students the ability to attend medical school at AUA if they meet the qualifications of our affiliation agreement (biology or chemistry major with a 3.25 GPA or higher and a 20 or higher total score on the MCAT),” Dr. Dorothy Lobo, the Co-Director of the Pre-Professional Health Advisory Committee (PPHAC) said. “There is no limit on the number of seats available to MU.”

The qualification also lists that the students cannot have a D or F grade in any subjects on their transcript. The students will need to apply during their sophomore year at the University to receive approval in the program. Also, the student must successfully complete an interview with the University and an AUA admission officer and submit a letter of recommendation.

“AUA is a well-respected institution among international medical schools,” Dr. Michael Palladino, Dean of the School of Science said. “This agreement provides an excellent opportunity for eligible biology and chemistry majors to pursue a M.D. degree. We look forward to a long-standing collaboration with AUA,” said Palladino.

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Dr. Neil Graves Hosts Oxford and London Summer Trip

LondonOxfordThis summer, students are welcome to join Dr. Neil Graves abroad to England for ten days while taking a three-credit course called EN398/HS398, Literature of the English Civil War.

The summer trip has been around for the last two years and is based out of London and Oxford. Students will be staying at Oxford University College, according to Graves. The course offered for this trip can be used to fulfill a LIT General Education requirement, an English elective, a history elective, or a free elective, according to Graves.

“This is an unique opportunity as people cannot normally stay within Oxford University College,” Graves said. “This is possible because I am an alumnus of Oxford University College, having studies for my Ph.D. there, as well as having been a professor there.”

The students who spend a semester abroad in London stay at Regent’s College, Graves said. “Being at Oxford University College is a privilege and it is a wonderful part of this study trip that students get to experience this in person by staying there.”

Students do not have to only stay in London and Oxford. “This trip is designed so that the whole group [participates in] activities together in the mornings,” Graves said. “These include some of the wonderfully entertaining places and cultural events of the UK.” Graves added that in the afternoon students were able to organize their own plans, with help if they needed or wanted. During the weekend, he assisted students in traveling to other places.

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Final Presidential Candidate Visits the University

Dr. Stanley Preczewski, Vice President for Academic Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinette College

presidentDr. Stanley Preczewski, presidential candidate, opened up his presentation to faculty and students by introducing himself as ‘Stas’, giving students a sense of who he is, what he has experienced, and what he could offer if ultimately selected as the next President of the University.

Preczewski currently serves as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). He has also served as the Interim President of Georgia College & State University, along with multiple positions with the United States Military Academy at West Point for 11 years.

Questions about athletics, Greek life, extracurricular activities, commuter parking situations and academics buzzed throughout Wilson Auditorium and Preczewski acknowledged each issue while listening to each student’s concerns.

“I get my energy from students and I understand that I have a job because of students. No students, no job,” Preczewski said.

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Relay for Life Planning is Underway

397 Participants Already Registered

Relay for Life spreads awareness and raises much needed funds for research to save lives from cancer. Every year, more than four million people in over 20 countries participate in Relay for Life.

The University, being a part of this global phenomenon, shows its compassion through the students who participate in the event. This year, the students who are bringing Relay for Life to campus are hoping for about 500 participants. There are already 397 participants that have registered with the event two months away, taking place on April 25.

Relay for Life will be held in the Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC). It is an overnight event of games and music starting Friday afternoon going into Saturday morning. Some of the games include dodgeball, Wii games, relay races and scavenger hunts. There will possibly be live music to keep everyone entertained. Along with games, they have ceremonies to remember the true meaning behind the event, which is to raise money to find a cure for cancer. There will be a Luminaria ceremony, which is held to remember those who have lost their battles with cancer and a Fight Back ceremony to rally everyone together to become empowered and inspired to find a cure.

Jenna Tshudy, junior history and secondary education major and Colleges Against Cancer co-chair, said that they hope to raise $60,000 this year. All of the money that Colleges Against Cancer raises goes to the American Cancer Society. It is used for cancer treatment and research. They provide free information, resources and services for cancer patients and their families. Proceeds also go to Look Good… Feel Better, which is an organization that provides women with wigs and teaches them how to apply makeup after they lose hair from chemotherapy.

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Provost Thomas Pearson Hosts Guided Tour of Russia

Trip Will Run for the Fifth Time Since 1986


Provost Thomas Pearson will host a guided tour of Russia and Ukraine for the fifth time that will last from May 25 until June 7. For about $4,500, 19 people can join the tour, usually consisting of three to four students, University alumnus, University faculty, and several friends of the University, making for a diverse group of travelers. Currently, nine spots are open.

According to Pearson, the destinations on the tour cover the whole spectrum of Russia and Ukraine’s history. The trip begins with Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, and the origin of Russian development and Christianity. Next, the group will visit the “Golden Ring” cities, Vladimir and Suzdal, which became the new centers of Russian life following the fall of Kiev in the thirteenth century.

After, the group will visit Moscow, the capital of the country from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Pearson said that Moscow represents the “Hollywood, New York City, and Washington, D.C.” of Russia because it has 14 million residents and it is the city where Russians strive to live based on its wealth. More billionaires live in Moscow than any other city in the world.

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Winter Storm Nemo Finds MU

snowWinter Storm Nemo caused the cancellation of classes last Friday starting at 2:30 pm and all Saturday, while dropping nine inches of snow on the West Long Branch area and accumulations over two feet in parts of Connecticut.

President Paul G. Gaffney II explained that on Thursday at noon when he stood in front of 300 faculty members and said that the storm was supposed to be light, only a couple of inches. He assured everyone that no one was going to go home early and in response received a big sigh from the staff.

However, the University did wind up closing. Gaffney, who once was a meteorologist and oceanographer, stated that he was constantly watching the weather forecast and noticed they were changing as it was getting close to the day of the storm. “That got my attention because they had been saying for two days one to three [inches] and all of a sudden now it’s three to six [inches],” he said.

This was when he called the other Vice Presidents and told them that they all needed to keep an eye on Winter Storm Nemo overnight.

Bill McElrath, Chief of Police, stated that during storms, there is a “Storm Watch” policy that they follow. He said, “The purpose of the policy is to make sure that all major parts of the University (the Provost Office, Student Services, Facilities Management and the police) are all aware of the storm and are working together to prepare for the storm.”

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University Inherits California Home

mucaliforniahomeThe University’s endowment increased by one million dollars after a home in California that was given to the school by two major players in the soap opera “General Hospital” was sold.

The house, located in Rancho Mirage, CA was owned by Gloria and Norma Monty, sisters. Gloria was the executive producer for “General Hospital,” while Norma headed the show’s writing team.

The money that was added to the endowment was invested, according to Vice President Grey Dimenna. “A portion of those investment earnings are used to support numerous University programs, including scholarships for students,” he said.

“The use of each endowment fund is determined by the original source of the funds,” William Craig, Vice President for Finance, said. “Endowments that were donated are expended based on the specifications of the donor. In this case, the proceeds of the investment per the donors’ wishes will go to offset costs for the Communication building and equipment,” he added.

Donna Dolphin, communication professor, said the University courted Gloria and Norma as philanthropists who could possibly donate and develop relationships with the University. Along with the donation of their home, they served on the University’s Communication Advisory council where they provided their insights on the development of Jules Plangere Center’s television studio.

“Usually donors are not that involved, but they were,” Dolphin said. She said she recognized the women through their professional accomplishments when they came to take a tour of the school.

“When television was all live and when the world of work was all men, there was this woman, Gloria, who stood ten feet tall, one of the first woman directors of television,” Dolphin said.

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The Library Unveils New Website

NewLibWebsiteThe University library’s website received a technological makeover during winter break.

Dean of the Library, Dr. Ravindra Sharma, stated that the website was in need of a change that would benefit students and faculty. Sharma insisted that his habit is to keep up with technology, so when he saw other universities were updating their library websites, he knew it was time to do the same.

According to Matthew Doyle, the Interim Systems Librarian as well as the Reference and Instruction Librarian, the last update to the site was back in 2006. Doyle and Sharma both agreed that the new site should provide easier access to library reference materials. “We are trying to service the overall user experience and usability in the site,” Doyle said.

The updated version includes highlighted library news, a newer mobile version and a live chat for reference questions. Chat reference will be available on Monday 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 to 5:00 pm. Tuesday will be 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Wednesday will be 3:00 to 9:00 pm and Thursday will be 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Students and faculty will now be able to direct their questions to a librarian right from their computer.

The library mobile version launched a year and a half ago when Doyle was initially hired at the University. It was a “dumbed, downed mobile version,” Doyle said. The mobile usability now has been enhanced to fit different mobile device screens and provide easier navigation. “Now you have a fully functional mobile site,” he said. Students and faculty can use their smart phones to access the library from any location.

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Dr. Donald H. Sebastian Speaks to Students About Being the Next Potential President

SebastianDr. Donald H. Sebastian, Senior Vice President for Research and Development at The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) attended The University as a presidential candidate on January 29.

“I have never met a group of people that all have great things to say about their school,” stated Sebastian about the University students.

Roksana Rahman, freshman biology major, asked Sebastian what originally attracted him to the University. Sebastian explained that he would love to be a part of a university that is already at a high academic role that has excellent facilities and an even better student body.

The students found that Sebastian has a lot of great ideas to bring to the University such as groups for graduates and a peer group. Sebastian explained that the groups for graduates program would help graduating students find jobs. Another program he’d be interested in bringing to the University is a peer group for students. The group is to assist students that are more than capable of achieving good grades but lack dedication in school work and tend to socially isolate themselves.

Sebastian expressed his interest in attending University campus activities. “I would love to attend on campus activities,” Sebastian said. He explained that not only will attending activities be great for himself, but also for his family.

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Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University Visits Campus

Dr. Paul Richard Brown is One of the Four Potential Presidential Candidates

Dr-BrownDr. Paul Richard Brown, Dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania presented himself in Wilson Auditorium as a potential presidential candidate on Feb. 1 at 5 pm.

Eager to relax the nervous tension in the room, Brown asked the students to introduce themselves by providing their major and year in college. In addressing each student, Brown found ways to make the conversation more personal by relating tidbits of his own life with what students told of themselves.

He reassured students that it was all right to be undecided of what they wanted to major in. He explained that he found himself ‘major-less’ for too long in college. “I got in trouble with the Dean of Students,” Brown said.

Brown graduated from Franklin and Marshall College, which he recalled several times during the visit. He also received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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