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Welcome from the President

Welcome from PresidentDear Students and Monmouth Colleagues:

Again this year, we have had a busy summer.  Yes, construction activity has been furious, but we also set a record in the number of hours students took in summer academic sessions; great decisions in time and workload management as you progress towards graduation.

We have refurbished classrooms on the ground floor at the north end of Edison Hall and are relocating our information technology infrastructure to the second floor of that new addition in the early fall.  We have buried a number of power and information cables; looks better and provides for more reliability.  Roads and walls damaged in snow removal have been redone.  You will notice that the 800 Building is gone.  A new, modern, but classic-looking, art gallery and instruction building will be erected in its place over the academic year.  We are fortunate that exceptional friends have anonymously donated to enable this new art center.  Lights for soccer are in — a gift from the generosity of Mr. Jules Plangere Jr.  Laurel Hall has been refurbished.  A better flowing, safer and more attractive main parking lot awaits you.  We have discussed future plans including upgrading labs in Edison Hall, additional parking near the Library and one more residence hall.

You have shown your interest in environmental responsibility.  To that end, we are more than doubling the size of our solar panel installation.

I hope you will all come out to support our fall sports teams.  They inspire spirit and pride.  You see some great games against top opponents on the Great Lawn and in the Kessler field areas.  You will have a great time seeing your classmates win.

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VP Student Services 9/14/11

default article imageDear Students:

To the newest members of the Monmouth University community - the Class of 2015 - and to our new transfer students, a hearty welcome.  To all our returning students, welcome back.  It’s great to have you with us again.  I hope your summer was productive and fun and you are now ready for an outstanding year here at Monmouth.

As in the past, the University has undertaken a number of projects this summer to improve your experience as a student.  Several enhancements and additions have been made to the campus.  You will see we have renovated and redesigned the main parking lot.  Not only will this beautify the campus, but it will also provide a better flow of parking.  A renovation of Laurel Hall was completed. The 800 Building has been taken down and in its place will be built a new art building and gallery. Lighting has been added to our soccer fields which will allow Monmouth to host evening soccer games.

The University also has a number of exciting performances planned for the MAC this year.  On November 5 the University will be hosting Joel McHale.  Other recent performances at the MAC included a sold out show by Wiz Khalifa as well as a show by All Time Low.

You will also find a wealth of opportunities to get involved in the life of the campus.  New clubs will welcome your participation and the Greek life system is always looking for strong students who want to form a common bond.  Come out and cheer all the student-athletes who represent you and the University so well.  Take advantage of the outstanding performing arts, theatre, and film schedules.  All of this is here for you – but you must choose to take advantage of them.

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VP Administrative Services

default article imageTo our new freshmen, “Welcome!” and to our upperclassmen, “Wel-come Back!”  We’re excited to have you bring your life and vitality to campus as you pursue your academic and research goals.  Facili-ties Management is here to help.  Our staff maintains and operates the physical, environmental and mechanical facilities of our campus so that you can focus on your studies.

Facilities Management is the department that operates the buildings and grounds of the University.  If you need help with routine build-ing maintenance or repair, you may request our services quickly and conveniently with our on-line service order.  Our service order can be accessed at: http://www.monmouth.edu/serviceorder 

To keep you informed about the status of your requested work, our service personnel will attempt to contact the person who requested service at the time that they perform the work.  If they are unable to directly contact you, our service personnel will leave a door hanger on the entrance to the area for which work was requested, informing you of the status of the work.

Our regular office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday.  Emergency services (e.g. leaks) are the only services that should be requested over the telephone.

During regular business hours, call us at extension 3425. For after-hours emergency help, call extension 3472.

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First-Year Honors Student Mourned

First Year Honors Student MournedThe University lost a rare, precious and irreplaceable gem during the summer. Rebecca Dermanjian, a first-year student in the Honors school, died in a car accident on June 16.

A resident in Beechwood Hall and a dedicated student, Dermanjian was excited to return to the University for her sophomore year.

English Professor Frank Fury was cousins with Dermanjian. He explained she was a girl who absolutely loved her family.

“It sounds like an overstatement, but she really cared about each and every person in her family,” Fury said. “She just adored her little cousins, and her parents and brother. She was so modest and unassuming, a great person. She either didn’t know it or didn’t acknowledge it.”

Fury said Dermanjian was very proud to be a student at the University.

“While she was trying to decide where to go to college, she visited Monmouth, loved it and set her sights on it,” he said. “She liked being able to live on her own, but was close enough to come home if she wanted to spend time with her family. She was also very proud to be in the Honors school.”

Dermanjian was a psychology major and was planning to specialize in child psychology.

“She had a strong love for children and connected really well with younger people,” Fury reminisced.

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Graduating Seniors Get Launched into the Future

Class of 2011 Celebrated with Former Astronaut as Commencement Speaker

Graduating Seniors LaunchedThe University celebrated its 78th commencement this past spring on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30pm at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. Despite poor weather, the ceremony was held with the Honorable Charles F. Bolden Jr. addressing the 2011 graduating class.

“I think that this year's May ceremony went extremely well considering that we had very bad weather that day,” said Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student and Community Services. “We made a decision early in the day to preseat students to protect them from heavy rain and thunderstorms instead of having them line up and stand in the rain for the procession. I think people appreciated being dry and that added to the experience.”

The University’s guest speaker, Charles F. Bolden Jr., is a retired U.S. Marine Corps major general and former astronaut.  Bolden became the 12th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on July 17, 2009, and became the first AfricanAmerican to head the agency, after being nominated by President Barack Obama and later confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“Boundaries today are largely political,” said Bolden to the graduating class, “but even those, as witnessed by the recent uprisings in the Middle East so much fueled by the social media, are at best constructs that are rapidly changing.”

Bolden graduated in 1968 with a BS in electrical science from the United States Naval Academy, along with President Paul Gaffney II. Bolden was also the president of his class. He later earned an MS in systems management from the University of California in 1977.

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PRSSA Has a Home to Call Their Own

PRSSA HomeThe Public Relations Student Society of America has finally gotten their own office on the upper floor of the Plangere Center. The snug corner at the far end of the hall that once contained leather couches for the weary and computers for the busy, now houses a grand glass window with a view into the simple work space of the University’s student public relations charter.

“It is important to the entire Monmouth community that PRSSA earned an office in Plangere,” said Melissa Roskowski, the former president of the PRSSA, who played a key role in the acquisition of the new office.

“The benefit to PRSSA members is clear—real life experience and a viable way to grow as an organization. However, with the addition of the office, PRSSA can take in more clients, both on and off campus, which allows Monmouth and its surrounding community to utilize all the skills PRSSA’s members have to offer,” Roskowski said. 

The University’s PRSSA chapter was established in 1997 with the intention of preparing students for success in the field of public relations. The PRSSA is a student run chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. According to Professor McAllister-Spooner, APR Director and Corporate and Public Communication Faculty Advisor, the PRSSA also creates internship and employment opportunities for students all while giving them the proper training as well as networking opportunities.

“The PRSSA has become significantly more active for the PR students to create employment opportunities and to create practical experiences by working and being a member of the chapter,” said McAllister-Spooner. “So they work on real projects, they have real clients, and it’s something more to put on your resume and something to add to your portfolio.”

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Zipcar Provides More Options for Students

default article imageFord will provide up to 1,000 cars to car-sharing network Zipcar at more than 250 colleges throughout the U.S. to reach younger consumers accustomed to driving Toyota Priuses, Nissan Versas and Mini Coopers when they use the rent-when-you-need service.

The partnership will last two years and gives Ford a marketing tool it has lacked as the car-sharing service has grown in college towns and larger cities, especially on the east and west coasts.

"Today's students are thinking differently about driving and transportation than they have in the past," said Bill Ford, the automaker's executive chairman. "This program enables today's new drivers to experience our latest fuel-efficient vehicles, while helping them reduce their cost of living and help relieve congestion on campus. We're looking forward to making Ford a staple of their college experience."

Ford and Zipcar will offer $10 off the $35 annual membership fee for the first 100,000 new university students members who sign up for Zipcar, plus $1 off the hourly rate for the first 1 million hours of use on any of the new Ford vehicles at select colleges and universities.

New Ford vehicles start arriving on campuses this week. The new generation of Ford vehicles will include the 2012 Ford Focus.

Scott Griffith, chairman and CEO of Zipcar, says the alliance will help Ford and Zipcar better understand the preferences of the college-age drivers.

"We've had Zipcars on campuses for more than eight years and as a result we've learned a lot from the next generation of drivers. We're targeting a generation that only knows how to buy music by the song, so paying for a car by the hour is a natural for them," said Griffith.

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Contact Information

The Outlook
Jules L. Plangere Jr. Center for Communication
and Instructional Technology (CCIT)
Room 260, 2nd floor

The Outlook
Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave, West Long Branch, New Jersey

Phone: (732) 571-3481 | Fax: (732) 263-5151
Email: outlook@monmouth.edu