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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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