March 13, 2009

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Past Pop: Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist Graphics

From Thursday, March 26, to May 7, including an opening reception on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Center for Academic Success Gallery. This show will exhibit the combined works of contemporary artists Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist. The exhibition showcases 29 of the artists’ lithograph, intaglio, photo-silkscreen prints, and collage pieces created from 1965 through 1988 from multiple lenders, including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Newark Museum, Montclair Art Museum, O’Hara Gallery, Prudential Insurance Company of America, Robert Rauschenberg Estate, University Limited Art Editions and Kean University.

"Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist are both highly acclaimed contemporary artists associated first and foremost with the Pop Art movement of the 1960s," said Neil Tetkowski, director of the CAS gallery at Kean. "Although the work of both artists has appeared in numerous comprehensive exhibitions at the finest museums in the world, little attention has been paid to their graphic work," said Tetkowski.

The show evolved from a class project conceived by Dr. Lewis Kachur, a professor of art history in Kean’s Department of Fine Arts. Students examined 12 graphic works by Rauschenberg and Rosenquist that were donated to Kean University.

The class visited several museum collections in the region in order to examine other graphic works by the two artists. The students met with print curators regarding the works and the organization of the exhibit.

Hours for the CAS Art Gallery are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to all visitors. For image requests, please contact Tetkowski at (908) 737-0392 or via e-mail at ntetkows@kean.edu.

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Steven Brower Book Signing

Tuesday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Triangle Branch of Barnes & Noble Booksellers, located at 1972 Broadway in New York, N.Y. Brower, who serves as director of the Design Studio at Kean University, will appear for a book signing of his most recent work, Satchmo: The Wonderful World and Art of Louis Armstrong. "When I discovered Armstrong’s visual work, I began to explore his amazing accomplishments in their entirety," said Brower. "Without a doubt, he was one of the most important and influential figures of the 20th century." For further information, please contact Brower at 7-4451 or via e-mail at sbrower@kean.edu.

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MSCHE Steering Committee

Monday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Kean Hall, Room 110. Through spring 2011, the Kean University community will engage in a comprehensive decennial self-study in accordance with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation standards. A steering committee has been formed with Dr. Barbara Lee of the Special Education Department, and Dr. Kenneth Sanders, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, serving as co-chairs. The committee will be assisted by Dr. Linda Best, chair of the Department of English. The steering committee is widely representative of the university community and, as the process continues, working groups will be formed to address the 14 Characteristics of Excellence established by the Middle States Commission. When it emerges in 2011, the final report will present a comprehensive analysis of the progress of the university over the past ten years, with candid assessments of our strengths and challenges aimed at guiding our path over the next decade. Minutes of all steering committee and working group meetings, as well as all committee reports and other essential documents, will be posted on the Kean University website.

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Qualtrics Information and Training Sessions

Thursday, March 19, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 245. This seminar is one of several focusing on Qualtrics offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and The Center for Professional Development. Qualtrics is a new online research tool that allows users to design and implement complex online questionnaires with relative ease. Qualtrics does more than just create questionnaires; with this instrument you have the ability to generate custom reports of data. All reports you set up dynamically update themselves to include newly arrived data.

Additional Qualtrics Seminar Dates

Monday, March 30, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 245.

Additional Qualtrics Seminar Dates

Thursday, April 9, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy Thompson Library, Room 157.

Additional Qualtrics Seminar Dates

Monday, April 20, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy Thompson Library, Room 157.

Additional Qualtrics Seminar Dates

Thursday, April 30, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy Thompson Library, Room 157.

Attendance is strictly on a first come-first served basis. To register, please contact Joseph Cronin at jcronin@exchange.kean.edu 24 hours in advance of the desired session.

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Campus Ministry Scripture Study

Mondays During Lent – March 23 and 30, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in the University Center Pre-Function Lobby. All members of the Kean community are invited to share scripture with others. For more information, please contact the Catholic Chaplain's office at 7-4835 or visit the office, located in Downs Hall, Room 130.

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Faculty Senate Executive-Committee Meeting

Tuesday, March 24, 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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Lenten Mass

Celebrated each Wednesday at noon during Lent 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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The Small Business Development Center Workshop: Buying a Business or Franchise

Wednesday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon at Capital One Bank, located at 1735 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. This seminar, conducted by Jack Armstrong, president of Franchise Network of New Jersey in Metuchen, N.J., will focus on how to get into business by starting from scratch, or buying an existing business or franchise. Admission is free. For further information or to register, please call the Small Business Development Center at 7-4220.

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Four Hearts Changing, An Interactive Program on Dating Violence

Wednesday, March 25, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.., with reception to follow, in Wilkins Theatre. Four Hearts Changing is an interactive theatre program on dating violence. The program follows the lives of two female friends who begin dating two male friends. All seems well in the beginning, but as we watch, one couple's relationship becomes increasingly violent. Audience members will learn about why dating violence occurs, what to do if it happens and how to help a friend in trouble.

Four Hearts Changing will be presented by Equalogy, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding awareness and promoting social change around issues of equality and violence against women. This program is being sponsored by the Kean University Counseling Center and the Office of Student Leadership & Development, as well as the departments of Athletics, Women Studies and Counselor Education. For further information, please contact Robyn Rajs at 7- 4863 or via e-mail at robynrajs@gmail.com.

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Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Homage to the Life and Work of Israeli Composer Paul Ben-Haim

Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Kean Hall Conference Center. The Jewish Studies Program, Kean Concert Artists and the Department of Music will present a music and talk program on the Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984). Ben-Haim composed significant chamber and symphonic music during the turbulent years of the Weimar Republic and, after leaving Germany once Hitler came to power, in Palestine, where he acquired a reputation for fusing European and Mediterranean traditions. Pulitzer Prize-winner Shulamit Ran will perform. Annie Bergen, a popular classical music host on New York City's radio station WQXR-FM, will narrate Ben-Haim's life story. Admission is free for faculty, students and staff, and $15 for all the general public. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 7-SHOW (7469).

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KFT Executive-Council Meeting

Thursday, March 26, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 205. For further information, please call Norma Hall at 7-3925.

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Unity Week Concert Featuring Ludacris and Day 26

Friday, March 27, in Wilkins Theatre. Doors open at 8 p.m. Concert begins at 9 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to Kean Students on Monday, March 9, at the Wilkins Theatre and University Center Box Offices. Students can purchase two tickets per Kean Student ID at $5 each. Tickets will be sold to the public at $20 each, starting March 23, 2009. Limit two tickets per person. For more information, please call the Student Organization of Kean University office at (908) 737-5190.

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Nathan Weiss Graduate College Open Houses

Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29; and Saturday, April 4; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the East Campus. Graduate open houses will be held on Saturday, March 28, for Education, and Arts & Humanities; on Sunday, March 29, for Business, Criminal Justice & Public Administration; and Sunday, April 4, for Science, and Health & Wellness. For further information, please contact Ann-Marie Kay in Graduate Admissions at 7-5922 or via e-mail at akay@kean.edu.

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Sunday Masses

Sundays, March 29; April 5 and 26; and May 3; at 8 p.m. 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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Faculty Senate Full-Senate Meeting

Tuesday, March 31, 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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The Small Business Development Center Workshop, Developing a Winning Business Plan

Wednesday, April 1, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Plainfield Public Library, located at Eighth Street and Park Avenue in Plainfield, N.J. Herb Caesar, president of CED Solutions in Englewood, N.J., will discuss how to develop an effective business plan for planning purposes or for financing. Topics covered will include what investors and lenders look for; the contents of a business plan, including the executive summary, management and personnel, marketing strategy and location; the financial data and supporting documentation. For further information or to register for the workshop, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 7-4220.

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Historical Perspectives and Public Policy: How Old Rules Fare in a New World Order Conference

Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre; and Friday, April 3 , beginning at 8 a.m. in Downs Hall.

Noah Feldman, Harvard professor of Law, will open the Department of History’s and Jewish Studies Program’s two-day conference, speaking on Nation-Building: Breaking the Paradigm in the Middle East, on Thursday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Feldman’s lecture will elaborate on his recent book, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State. Admission for this lecture is free for Kean students, faculty and staff; and $20 for the general public.

The conference will continue on Friday, April 3, in Downs Hall, with a continental breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The day’s events will be highlighted by a luncheon at noon with Dr. Samantha Power, addressing U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Terror: Can Genocide Be Stopped?

Friday’s entire conference schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.

Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory
Dr. Carol Gluck

10 a.m.

The American Revolution and Today: When Lessons Inform
Dr. Mark E. Lender and Terry Golway

11 a.m.

Kean University Historical Society Student Panel
Moderated by Dr. Sue-Ellen Gronewold, chair of the Department of History

Noon

U.S. Foreign Policy in an Age of Terror: Can Genocide Be Stopped?
Luncheon with Dr. Samantha Power. Introduction by President Dawood Farahi

2 p.m.

The Fall of Ancient Rome and Modern U.S. Immigration: Historical Model or Political Football
Dr. Christopher Bellitto and Dr. Frank Argote-Freyre

Students selected from a competitive submission process and a panel of Kean University historians will add to the day-long investigation of policymakers use and abuse of history. Admission for guests for the entire two-day conference is $20 for the Feldman presentation; $30 for the Samantha Power luncheon; $40 for Friday, or $50 for the entire two-day conference. To purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office by Thursday, March 19, at 908-737-SHOW (7469). For further information, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at 7-4256 or via e-mail at dklein@kean.edu.

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Thinking Creatively Design Conference on April 3 and 4

Friday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the university’s main campus. Thinking Creatively is a two-day, world-class conference for creative professionals and students of design. The conference features a broad range of presentations promoting creative thinking and design. It is sponsored by the Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ) and The Design Center at Kean University.

"Thinking Creatively is a vibrant and professionally far-reaching conference," said Rose Gonnella, ADCNJ board member and a professor in the Department of Design at Kean. "We believe it’s important to provide affordable access to a major event for design professionals and students in the New York metropolitan area and plan to deliver an interactive and thought-provoking conference."

Robert Ryan, president of the ADCNJ, as well as CMYK Printing in Saddle Brook, N.J., added that the conference is an excellent opportunity for professional enrichment.

"Now in its sixth year, this event has grown in attendance to become a successful and popular resource, bringing together the best and brightest innovators and thinkers in our industry," said Ryan.

Ron Elowitz, director of In-Store Strategy and Innovation at Johnson & Johnson, as well as an adjunct professor in Kean’s Department of Design, will deliver the keynote address on Friday at 10 a.m.

Ed Leida, design director for I Magazine and a 1988 Kean graduate, will provide the main stage presentation on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday morning, Ken Gruskin, principal of the Gruskin Group, will showcase his work with a main stage presentation at 10 a.m. Film director and designer Benita Raphan will provide the main stage endnote presentation at 2:30 p.m.

A description of the 23 conference sessions and 24 speakers can be found on the Thinking Creatively site at www.thinkingcreatively.org. Admission for the two-day conference is $225 per person. To register, please visit the Thinking Creatively site, the ADCNJ site at www.adcnj.org, or call the ADCNJ at 1-201-997-1212.

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SAVE THE DATE

Participants Sought for Upward Bound’s Annual Beyond School Work Career Day Conference

Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success The Upward Bound Program, under the auspices of the College Of Natural Applied and Health Sciences, will host its annual conference to provide Upward Bound Students with the following networking opportunities: College Admissions, Financial Aid, and Scholarship Opportunities, Research, and Internships College Major Selection Career Information Publishing Entrepreneurship. The conference will consist of panels from Kean University administrators, faculty, staff, students and industry professionals. The Upward Bound program is a national Trio Program at Kean University. The program provides low income, first-generation college-bound high school students with the skills and motivation necessary to pursue a post-secondary education and graduate. The students in this prestigious program attend high school in East Orange, N.J., Elizabeth, N.J., and Plainfield, N.J. Those interested in participating in this event should contact program director Veronica Jackson at 7-3608 or via e-mail at vjackson@kean.edu.

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Submissions Sought for Purple Violet Film Festival
Festival to feature works by emerging student filmmakers

Faculty members should advise their students that the Department of Media & Film is currently seeking student submissions for the Purple Violet Film Festival, an innovative new festival that provides student filmmakers with cash awards and an opportunity to have their work seen and embraced by a large audience. The 2009 festival also features renowned filmmaker, Emily Hubley, who will screen and discuss her film The Toe Tactic. Hubley is best known for her award-winning short films and her animation in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). She is in the first class of Annenberg Fellows named by the Sundance Institute.

"This is our fourth annual Purple Violet Film Festival, and it gets better every year!" said Brian Oakes, festival coordinator. "Emerging filmmakers will be afforded an opportunity to have their work screened and viewed by a large audience that includes leading professionals in the field."

Selected works will be presented at Kean University on April 16. A reception for the filmmakers follows the screening. The four winners will each be awarded a prize of $250.

As part of the Purple Violet Film Festival, the department will also hold a video contest for registered high school students. Interested students can submit a 30-second Public Service Announcement video. Three winners will be chosen and the 30-second videos will be screened at the Purple Violet Film Festival. The three high school winners will each be awarded a cash prize of $100.

To receive more information about the Purple Violet Film Festival and/or to download an application and guidelines, please visit www.kean.edu/premierestages and follow the festival link.

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ID Numbers on Payroll Time Sheets

Effective immediately, all employees who submit a paper time sheet or overtime sheet are to begin using their Kean identification numbers rather than their social security number. Your Kean ID number is located on your Kean ID badge. The number on the badge is nine digits, however, the Office of Payroll only use the last seven. For example: 01234567. For further information, please refer any questions to the Office of Payroll at 7-3170.

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Changes in Income Tax Withholding

New withholding tables may reduce the amount of income tax withheld from wages. The new tables, prescribed by the Department of the Treasury, reflect the Making Work Pay credit and other changes resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Employees do not have to submit a Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, to get the automatic withholding change. Those who do not want to have their withholding reduced (because, for example, you have more than one job or you are married and your combined income places you in a higher tax bracket), you may want to file a new Form W-4 with your employer. You may claim fewer withholding allowances on line 5 or request additional amounts to be withheld on line 6. For additional help, get IRS Publication 919, How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding? Or visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov and use the "Withholding Calculator."

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CPD Office Relocation

Due to construction, the staff of the Center for Professional Development will be relocated for the week of spring break. Until Friday, March 20, the office is located in the Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, in Townsend Hall, Room 117.

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Sports

Home

3/14 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Vassar College in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 1 p.m.

3/16 – Women’s Lacrosse vs. The College of New Jersey in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 4 p.m.

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Away

3/13 – Men’s Baseball at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., 1 p.m.

3/14 – Men’s Baseball at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., 7 p.m.

3/14 – Women’s Lacrosse at Gwynedd-Mercy College in, 1 p.m.

3/15 – Men’s Baseball at University of La Verne in La Verne, Calif., 2 p.m.

3/17 – Men’s Baseball at University of Redlands in Redlands, Calif., 3 p.m.

3/18 – Men’s Baseball at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., 7 p.m.

3/18 – Women’s Lacrosse at Muhlenberg College, 4 p.m.

3/19 – Men’s Baseball at Whittier College in Whittier, Calif., 2:30 p.m.

3/19 – Men’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado College at Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford, Fla., noon

3/20 – Women’s Lacrosse at Fairleigh Dickinson University College at Florham in Florham, N.J., 1 p.m.

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Faculty, Administration & Staff Notes

Sue Kozel, an adjunct professor in the Department of History, will receive a New Jersey Historical Commission (N.J.H.C.) Mini-Grant Award from the New Jersey Historical Commission on March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J. She will use the award to continue her primary research on New Jersey Quaker Abolitionist Richard Waln and his work in Upper Freehold Township, N.J., as well as other parts of the state. A certificate presentation will be made by Secretary of State Nina Wells on behalf of the N.J.H.C., which approved and funded the award for 2009. Kozel will present a detailed lecture on her findings as part of the N.J.H.C. grant requirements.

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Dr. Xiaobo Yu, professor of Biological Sciences, published a joint research paper on March 4, entitled Stem sarcopterygians have primitive polybasal fin articulation, in Biology Letters, a journal of the Royal Society that publishes short, innovative and cutting-edge research articles accessible to scientists from across the biological sciences. The joint paper with Dr. Min Zhu from China changes the textbook view by showing that primitive sarcopterygians have paired fins like those in ray-finned fish and in sharks and rays. Yu’s research in China is supported by a five-year Chinese grant known as the International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams.

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Reminders

Premiere Stages Spring Readings Series

Visiting Ours, by David Caudle
Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. Is there a limit to a parent’s love? After a long and unexplained absence, Paul and his new girlfriend, Shelly, abruptly force their way back into the makeshift home of his estranged parents, Beth and Marian, threatening to destroy what remains of their fragile union.

Any Other Name, by George Brant
Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Little Theatre. In 1860s London, a struggling poet visits his idol in search of inspiration, but instead unleashes a madness that feeds his insatiable hunger for fame. As art and ambition collide, how far will he go to make a name for himself in a world where the truth cannot be trusted? Admission is free for all performances. For further information, please call Premiere Stages at 7-4092 or visit www.kean.edu/premierestages.

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Reggio Emilia Study Tour

The Department of Early Childhood and Family Studies at Kean University is offering a graduate course, EC5275, in conjunction with a study tour to the world-renowned, public infant-toddler centers and preschool-kindergarten programs in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy. To view a flyer, click here. Newsweek has called this program the best early childhood program in the world.

Faculty, staff and students are eligible to sign up for this study tour to Reggio Emilia. Faculty members should also advise graduate students that they are eligible to sign up for EC5275 for 3 credits. There is a group of 300 educators, policy makers etc., who are going on this tour, which is organized by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA). A New Jersey delegation of 50 educators, administrators and policymakers, organized by the New Jersey Educators Exploring the Practices of Reggio Emilia (NJEEPRE) will join this national group. For more information, call Dr. Polly Ashelman at 7-3785 or Dr. Sonja de Groot Kim at 7-3832.

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Shuttle Service

Please pardon our appearance while we begin improvements to Kean Drive and the pedestrian walkway. Shuttle service will operate normally this week. However, the Bus Stop at the Liberty Hall Campus lot will be temporarily re-located in the same vicinity to Elizabethtown Plaza Road. There will be no shuttle service via Kean Drive, which will be closed from Saturday, March 14 to Sunday, March 22. Reduced shuttle service for staff will operate via North Avenue and Morris Avenue during the Spring Break. Full Shuttle service will resume Monday, March 23. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Planning at 7-5840.

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Kean Bookstore

Faculty members should advise their students that those who use the same textbooks in Summer I, Summer II and Fall 2009 semesters, can easily re-order them. Students are asked to fill out the book order form and send it via fax to (908) 737-5235, interoffice mail or email to kean@bkstore.com. They may also visit the bookstore’s website at www.kean.bkstore.com to place the book order. The due date for Summer I, Summer II and Fall 2009 is March 30, 2009. By contacting the bookstore now, we are able to purchase books back from students at the end of this term, and to give them back half the book's price. If you have any questions you may contact the bookstore at 7-5230.

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Thinking Creatively KU Basketball Camp