February 20, 2009

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Debut of HBO Film, Taking Chance, Filmed on Campus

Saturday, February 21 at 8 p.m. This film stars Kevin Bacon as Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, USMC. The movie will be a familiar scene for the Kean University community, as part of the docudrama was shot in the Harwood Arena lobby.

Directed by Ross Katz, Taking Chance is based on the personal journal of Lt. Col. Strobl, a Desert Storm veteran whose job it was to check the casualty lists of soldiers killed in Iraq. Strobl was assigned to accompany the remains of 19 year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps from Dover Airport to his hometown in Dubois, Wyo.

In July 2007, approximately 250 members of the cast, crew and extras transformed the Harwood Arena lobby into a Philadelphia Airport checkpoint where Strobl is asked to remove his uniform jacket by an employee of the Transportation Safety Administration.

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Concert Artist Program Informance: Music en Vogue

Sunday, February 22, at 3 p.m. in Kean Hall. Explore the connections between Parisian fashion and French music of the early 20th Century with Concert Artists and guest speaker Dr. Mary E. Davis, author of Classic Chic: Music, Fashion and Modernism. Performing are Sharon Roffman, violin; Gabriela Martinez, piano; Katherine Harris, soprano; and Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet. Tickets are $15 for the series. Student and other discounts are available. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to reserve tickets early. For further information regarding the Concert Artist Program, please call Dr. Anthony Scelba at 7-4325.

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Premiere Stages Spring Readings Series

Thursday, March 12, to Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Admission is free. Narrowed down from more than 300 submissions, Premiere Stages will offer professional readings of three original scripts, with a new play read each evening. One of the three plays will be selected for a workshop in June and a second will be awarded a full production in September 2009 as part of Premiere's unique developmental process. A Q & A session with the playwright will follow each reading and audience members are encouraged to participate in the evaluation process. Come help us select a new play for its Premiere Opening!

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KFT General-Membership Meeting

Monday, March 2, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 106. For further information, please call Norma Hall at 7-3925.

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Faculty Senate Executive-Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 3, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 308. For further information, please call Gloria Duff 7-4235.

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Choose a Major Day

Tuesday, March 10, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success lobby. All students who are contemplating changing their major are invited to meet with representatives and advisors from different departments. Computer labs will be open for students to take online career assessment inventories and speak with career counselors. This event is mandatory for all undecided/undeclared students, who are encouraged to choose a major during the event and receive early registration for fall 09. For further information, please contact Jean Brown at 7-0311.

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Tourette Syndrome and Associated Disorders in the Classroom

Wednesday, March 11, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. A partnership program of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA), Inc., and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will present this workshop for educators and allied professionals. The information provided in this program was supported by grant/cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children with Tourette syndrome present unique challenges in the classroom. Participants in this workshop will learn more about how the condition is diagnosed and how it can be managed at school. Topics will include criteria for diagnosing Tourette syndrome; disorders often associated with Tourette Syndrome, such as ADHD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Fine Motor Deficits and Sensory Defensiveness; and behaviors associated with TS, ADHD, OCD and LD. This workshop will also address the impact of these disorders in the classroom, classroom strategies and techniques, and the need for positive behavioral accommodations.

Presenters include Dr. Susan Conners, education specialist for the National Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc., and president and founder of TSA of Greater N.Y. State. A teacher for 33 years, Conners has served on the board of directors of TSA, Inc., for 12 years and chaired TSA's education committee. An international workshop presenter, she has won numerous awards for her work. For further information regarding the conference, please contact Jo Hoffman at 7-3758.

Workshop Schedule
5:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sign-in
5:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. Welcome/Introduction
6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Presentation
7:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Questions/Answers/Evaluations

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The Golem
A silent, 1920 German Film with Live, Orchestral Accompaniment

Wednesday, March 11, at 6 p.m. in the Kean Hall Conference Center. This German expressionist film is a vivid, cinematic depiction of an ancient Hebrew legend. Tom Nazziola, who composed the score for this classic film, and his seven-piece orchestra, will bring this story to life. Mark Anderson, professor of German Literature at Columbia University, will provide commentary following the film. Admission is free for all faculty, students and staff; and $15 for the general public. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).

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Special Open Enrollment Period

The Office of Human Resources at Kean University would like to inform all employees that the New Jersey Division of Pensions and Benefits has recently approved the coordination of benefits (COB) between NJ DIRECT10 and NJ DIRECT15. The state has also announced a Special Open Enrollment period to allow members who are affected by this change in benefits to change medical plans.

The Special Open Enrollment period began on February 1, 2009 and will end on February 28, 2009. All plan changes made during this open enrollment will be effective on May 1, 2009. Please Note: The Special Open Enrollment is only for employees who have Family or Member and Spouse/Partner coverage. Members will not be permitted to add dependents or make any changes to dental or prescription drug coverage.

Medical Plans Available

  • Aetna HMO or CIGNA HealthCare HMO

SHBP plan Member Handbooks (NJ DIRECT, Aetna HMO, CIGNA HealthCare HMO), and SHBP Plan Comparison Summary charts are available on the HR Web site under the Benefits section.

Note: The Special Open Enrollment does not affect employees covered by labor contracts that are not yet ratified, for example: NJSOLEA and NJLESA.

Instructions – Health Coverage Changes

To change medical coverage, please complete the SHBP enrollment application and submit it to the Office of Human Resources no later than February 28, 2009. Requests received after this date will not be accepted. For further information, please feel free to contact Yrelys Tapanes, Benefits Manager at Kean University, by calling 908-737-3313 or via email at ytapanes@kean.edu.

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New Pension Requirements and Regulations for ADJUNCTS & PT Instructors, TIME SENSITIVE – ACTION REQUIRED

As a result of recent pension reform legislation, any adjunct faculty member or part-time instructor whose employment contract begins on or after November 1, 2008, is required to participate in the Alternate Benefit Program (ABP), a state-administered retirement plan, immediately upon commencement of employment at Kean University. Employees become eligible to enroll in their first Fall or Spring semester of teaching a minimum of 3 credits.

Enrollment in the ABP retirement plan is mandatory. In order to be enrolled in the Alternate Benefit Program, adjunct faculty members and part-time instructors must follow the instructions that are enclosed in the ABP Enrollment Instructions for Adjuncts. All required forms may be accessed online at the HR Web site. Completed documents must be returned to the Office of Human Resources no later than February 18, 2009. Adjuncts are no longer eligible to enroll in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).

Adjuncts Currently Enrolled in PERS or TPAF

Adjunct faculty members or part-time instructors currently enrolled in the PERS or TPAF must choose to either: A) Irrevocably waive their benefits under the ABP and continue their participation in the PERS (if TPAF, transfer to PERS), or B) Irrevocably waive their benefits under the PERS/TPAF and transfer their accumulated pension service, contributions and any available employer contributions under PERS/TPAF to the ABP.

Each adjunct faculty member or part-time instructor participating in the PERS/TPAF must make this election by completing the Election of Retirement Coverage Form by February 18, 2009. Please note that this form must be signed at the Office of Human Resources and witnessed by a Human Resources Official. The Office of Human Resources is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, in order to assist and witness these forms, the benefits staff will be available until 6 p.m. at the Office of Human Resources by Wednesday, February 18.

Failure to complete this form, and have it witnessed and submitted to the Office of Human Resources February 18, 2009, will cause members to lose the right to have all retirement credit consolidated under one retirement account and also lose those benefits which have not vested. Therefore, in the absence of a signed and witnessed Election of Retirement Coverage Form, adjuncts who currently are members of PERS or TPAF will have these deductions stopped and will be enrolled in the ABP.

Retired Adjuncts (retired from a state-administered pension system)

If you are retired from a state-administered pension system, you must inform us of your status by completing the Inquiry of Pension Membership Form. Please submit this to the Office of Human Resources no later than February 18, 2009.

If you have any questions regarding enrollment in a state-administered retirement plan, please call Tammina Guillaume, Program Assistant-Benefits, at 7- 3314.

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KEANGoogle Training

To support the university's launch of KEANGoogle, in conjunction with the Office of the President and OCIS, the Center for Innovative Education is pleased to announce a special workshop, entitled 21st Century Learning Series: KEANGoogle. This four-part series of workshops focuses on migration of Kean employees' current email and calendar data to KEANGoogle and the integration of Google Apps into the academic environment. In addition, these workshops cover various elements of the Google suite of tools. Although these seminars are free of charge for Kean faculty and staff, registration is required. To reserve a seat, please email the Center for Professional Development at cpd@kean.edu. Please provide the following: Name, Department, Date and Time of Desired Session, and, if possible, Date and Time of Alternate Session.

Workshop #1: Gmail Features

  • Launch your new KeanGoogle gmail account
  • Customize your account
  • Labels are like folders, only better
  • Archiving after labeling vs. Archiving and no labeling
  • Searching for a particular email
  • Sending a file attachment
  • Reading email threads
  • Edit the subject on an email
  • Print only one email
  • Start using your calendar

Workshop #2: Google Apps

  • Introduction to Google App - The Calendar
  • Google calendar - Kept private
  • Google calendar - Sharing as a way of Organizing Department/Committee meetings and events
  • Adding an event - Shortcut and Edit Event Details
  • Add event invitation
  • Sharing your calendar with others
  • A quick intro to Chat

Workshop #3: Google Apps

  • Introduction to Google App - Google Docs, Part 1 Group Collaboration for word files
  • Access you KEANGoogle Docs home page
  • Create/Save a new document
  • Organize your files
  • Upload existing files into KEANGoogle Docs
Friday, February 20 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Workshop #2: Calendar
Monday, February 23 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Workshop #2: Calendar
Wednesday, February 25 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Workshop #3: Google Docs, Pt. 1
Thursday, February 26 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop #1: Gmail features
Friday February 27 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Workshop #3: Google Docs, Pt. 1

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Blackboard Workshops

The Center for Innovative Education and the Office of Computer and Information Services is presenting a series of workshops on the new Blackboard CE8 Online course delivery system. The workshops are part of a series divided in three sessions: Overview of Blackboard System, Communications tools on Blackboard System Overview Assignments, and Assessments. Registration is required. To view a listing of upcoming workshops, click here. Tab to view the events on calendar. Click on the desired workshop on the calendar for more information. Registrants may also visit Blackboard Workshop Registration Site.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own laptops, as well as their own course material files, such as a syllabus, study Materials and PowerPoint presentations, to enjoy a comprehensive hands-on course designing experience. For further information, please call the Center for Innovative Education at 7-3869.

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Second Annual Conference on Human Rights
Slavery in the Twenty-first Century

Image 01 A crowd of nearly 800 people filled Wilkins Theatre for the second annual conference on human rights, Slavery in the Twenty-first Century, on Friday, February 13. The audience included teachers and students from throughout New Jersey, as well as members of the Kean University community and the general public. Sponsored by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, the all-day conference featured eyewitness accounts and perspectives, as well as panel discussions with leading experts on various aspects of modern-slavery.

Dr. Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves and author of Ending Slavery and the critically acclaimed Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy, provided an international perspective on slavery today. As the world’s leading expert on modern-slavery, Bales outlined steps we can take to stop the ongoing human rights violations taking place around the world.

Nan Kennelly, director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons for the U.S. Department of State, gave an overview of the State Department’s efforts in combating human trafficking around the world and here in the United States.

Ishmael Beah, former child soldier and author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, provided a firsthand perspective of a 13-year-old boy forced to kill or be killed as a soldier in the Sierra Leonean government army. He spoke of the difficulties he faced during his transition to life in the U.S., after being rescued by the United Nations Children's Fund.

Kay Chernush, a leading U.S. photographer, kicked off the afternoon session with a visual display, featuring modern-day slavery, forced labor and sexual exploitation. A panel discussion concluded the conference. Panelists included Dr. Susan MacLaury, LSW, associate professor at Kean and the executive producer of the Academy-Award nominated film War Dance; Elizabeth Defeis, professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law; Winston Nagan, FRSA, founding director of the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Beatriz Alaniz, a New Jersey case manager for Polaris Project, Dr. James Conyers, associate professor of Anthropology and director of Africana Studies at Kean, and Dr. Kevin Bales.

The Human Rights Institute at Kean University aims to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide among the general public, teachers and students. The Institute’s goals are to combat genocide and to promote conflict resolution through wide-ranging activities, including conferences, seminars, teacher training and curricula development for New Jersey school children. A new addition to the Nancy Thompson Library will open this year and house the Human Rights Institute. The new home will include a state-of-art gallery to highlight issues, artwork and publications related to human rights violations and victories around the world.

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2/21 Baseball vs. Stevens Institute of Technology in Jim Hynes ’63 Baseball Stadium, 1 p.m.

2/22 Baseball vs. Manhattanville College in Jim Hynes ’63 Baseball Stadium, 1 p.m.

2/24 Baseball vs. vs. DeSales University in Jim Hynes ’63 Baseball Stadium, 2:30 p.m.

2/25 Baseball vs. Fairleigh Dickinson University College at Florham, 2:30 p.m.

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2/23 – Track and Field in NJAC Championship at The Armory in New York, N.Y., TBD

2/25 – Men’s Lacrosse at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., 4 p.m.

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Faculty, Administration & Staff Notes

Dr. Jeffrey Toney, dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, is an invited member of the review panel, Assay Development for High Throughput Molecular Screening, at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Molecular Libraries and Imaging Initiative, held from February 19 to 20, in Bethesda, Md. This review panel ranks applications for funding to the NIH for their potential to develop new probes for biological systems or for future drug development. This is the eighth time that he has served on this expert panel.

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In The News

The Human Rights Institute at Kean University hosted its second annual conference, Slavery in the Twenty-first Century, on Friday, February 13. Pre-event coverage of the conference appeared in a variety of print publications, including the Union County Local Source (2/5), Home News Tribune (2/2) and the Sunday Courier News (2/1). A segment was also featured on the local broadcast station W-MBC.

More than 60 Kean University students, faculty and staff witnessed the swearing-in of the nation’s 44th president, Barack Obama. Jonathan Mercantini, assistant professor of history at Kean, helped organize the trip. Coverage included the Union County Local Source (1/28). Gilbert Kahn, a professor in political science at Kean, also attend the historic inauguration and provided comments in an article featured in the New Jersey Jewish News (1/22).

The department of communication and Liberty Hall Museum collaborated on a new exhibit, The American President, featuring compelling news photos from The Associated Press (AP). The exhibit, on loan from the AP, was on display in the Liberty Hall Carriage House from January 20 to February 20 and was featured in the Franklin Lakes & Oakland Suburban News (1/14 and 1/28), Wyckoff Suburban News (1/14 and1/28), Summit Independent Press (1/14) and Midland Park Suburban News (1/14).

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Small Business Development Center Workshop: Current Marketing Strategies

Friday, February 20, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Business Resource Center, located on the second floor of the Department of Labor Building, at 200 W. Second Street in Plainfield, N.J. There is a fee of $10 per person. For further information, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 7-4220.

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Faculty Advisement Training

Friday, February 20, from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Campus School South, Room 104. The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will also host an additional session on Wednesday, March 25, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, please e-mail RoseAnn McKenney at rmckenne@kean.edu. This e-mail should include the following: Full Name, Department, Campus Extension, and Session Date and Time.

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Victorian Luncheon at Liberty Hall

Saturday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Step back in time and experience the art of Victorian dining with an elegant five-course meal, wine and music. Cost is $80 per person and includes a house tour. Formal attire suggested. Reservations are required. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, New Jersey. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (908) 527-0400, e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu or visit www.kean.edu/libertyhall.

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Evening Mass

Sunday, February 22, at 8 p.m. in the University Center Pre-Function Lobby, located next to the Little Theatre. Mass will be held for all Catholic students. All are invited to attend. For more information, please contact Fr. Thomas Blind, Campus Chaplain, at 7-4835 or via e-mail at tblind@kean.edu.

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SpF Summer Research Program Applications

Submission deadline: Monday, February 23. Applications are now being accepted for the Students Partnering with Faculty (SpF) Summer Research Program awards. Applications are available online on the ORSP Web site.

Please note the following important guidelines for this award:

  • All full-time tenured and untenured faculty are eligible to apply.

  • All students who are enrolled as undergraduate or graduate students during this academic year and will be enrolled at Kean during the next academic year in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program are eligible to apply.

  • A minimum of two students and a maximum of three students per faculty member will be allowed to apply together.

Complete guidelines, review criteria, and the timeline for review of applications and the announcement of awards can be found on the ORSP Web site.

Please do not hesitate to contact the ORSP office with any questions you may have at 75940 or email research@kean.edu.

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Faculty Senate Full-Senate Meeting

Tuesday, February 24, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the University Center, Room 226 A & B. For further information, please call Gloria Duff 7-4235.

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Ash Wednesday Mass

February 25, at noon in the University Center Pre-Function Lobby, located next to the Little Theatre. Mass will be celebrated at noon and Prayer Service will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Ashes will be distributed within the Mass and Prayer Service.

In addition to Ash Wednesday services, Lenten Mass will be celebrated each Wednesday at noon in the University Center Pre-Function Lobby. For further information, please contact Fr. Thomas Blind at 7-4835 or via e-mail at tblind@kean.edu.

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TriZetto Information Session Luncheon for Computer Science Majors

Wednesday February 25, from noon to 2 p.m. at TriZetto, located at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Faculty members should advise their students that TriZetto is holding an Information Session Luncheon for Kean seniors majoring in IT and Computer Science. This information session will offer students an opportunity to learn more about TriZetto’s products, services and Integrated Healthcare Management vision. Registration is required. To register, please sign up with our Career Development & Advancement office, located in the Center for Academic Success, Room 123, or register online through College Central Network by Friday, February 20. For further information, please contact Janice Johnston at 7-0324 or via email at jjohnsto@kean.edu.

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Fit To Be Kean

Every Wednesday, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Harwood Arena Information Desk. Fit to be Kean is back. Staff members are available to provide nutrition counseling, exercise guidance and a voluntary weigh-in to keep track of participants’ progress. This program is sponsored by Health Services, and Athletics and Recreation. For more information, please call Alice Orejuela at 7-4880 or Jay Sgaramella at 7-0611.

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Kean University Research Day

Registration is now open for all faculty members who wish to present their research at Kean University Research Day 2009, to be held on Wednesday, March 25. All full- and part-time Kean faculty members are encouraged to present their research. Faculty presentations will be limited to 20 minutes and will be scheduled on an hour and half-hour basis throughout the day. In addition, faculty members should advise their students that registration is now open for all students who wish to present their research during the poster session of the program. To register or for more information regarding Kean University Research Day 2009, please visit the ORSP Web site.

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Honors Convocation Academic Regalia

All faculty members are invited to participate in the academic processional for the Seniors Honors Convocation, to be held on Thursday, April 23, at 3:15 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in Downs Hall.

Faculty members needing academic attire may order through the Campus Bookstore at 7-5230, no later than Monday, March 2, 2009. Orders received after that date will require a $5 late fee. Rented academic attire for the convocation may be kept for undergraduate commencement, to be held on May 14. For further information, please call Martha Niessen at 7-7030.

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