October 9, 2009

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News & Events

Seasonal and H1N1 Flu

Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Arrangements have been made to reschedule a Seasonal Flu Vaccine Day with Metropolitan Community Medical Care as soon as the vaccine is available. Metropolitan Medical Care accepts UnitedHealthcare and Blue Cross (PPO’s). For those who need vaccination against seasonal influenza sooner, referral to local physicians are available in the Office of Health Services. Most local pharmacies provide vaccines for a nominal fee but usually do not accept insurance policies.

A seasonal flu vaccine will not protect you against 2009 H1N1. People at greatest risk for 2009 H1N1 infection include children, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.

H1N1 Vaccine
There have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 in the Office of Health Services this fall. The inactivated H1N1 vaccine is expected to be available to the Kean community by late October. The vaccine will be provided to the recommended target groups. Information will be made available by e-mail and at the Health Services website.

According to the CDC, inactivated 2009 H1N1 vaccine can be administered at the same visit as any other vaccine, including pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Live 2009 H1N1 vaccine can be administered at the same visit as any other live or inactivated vaccine EXCEPT seasonal live attenuated influenza vaccine.

For more information about the seasonal influenza vaccine, click here. For more information about the H1N1 vaccine, click here.

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Issues 09 Speaker Series Continues

The Issues 09 Speaker Series will continue with the fourth of five installments, as three award-winning journalists will discuss the role of journalism in our culture as part of the Newspapers, Then and Now lecture on Thursday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Kean’s Little Theatre. Dan Barry of The New York Times, Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant, and Fran Wood, formerly of The Star-Ledger, will discuss the ways in which investigation and reporting will never go out of style.

The speaker series will conclude with award-winning poet, writer and educator Naomi Shihab Nye who will examine multiculturalism in a lecture, entitled Variety is the Solution: A Look at How Literature Brings Us All Together in the World, on Monday, November 16, at 11 a.m. in Wilkins Theatre. An advocate for shared humanity, Nye has spent 35 years traveling the world leading writing workshops and inspiring students through her work. She is an expert on multiculturalism and author/editor of more than 25 volumes, including seven prize-winning poetry anthologies for young readers.

Individuals wishing to attend these lectures may contact Hattie Williams in the Office of Media & Publications at 908-737-0580 or via e-mail at hawillia@kean.edu.

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Global Education & Innovation at Kean University presents the 21st Century Learning Series

The School for Global Education & Innovation is pleased to present a workshop program as part of the ongoing “21st Century Learner Series” for Kean University faculty and staff. In these workshops, we examine contemporary tools, issues and techniques that explore 21st century learning. You should note that the School is working with the Office of the President, Office of Computer and Information Services, the Office of Media & Publications, and the Office of Student Affairs in the presentation of some of these workshops. These are BYOL (bring your own laptop) workshops: feel free to bring your own laptop, or we’ll provide one to you.

All workshops are free of charge; however, you must register in advance. You can do so online at http://cie.kean.edu/registration.html. All workshops are held in Kean Hall Room 225, and offered 3:15-4:30 p.m. For further information, call 908-737-3869.

Workshop:
Google Tools: Creating Your “Kean” Google Portal Oct. 20
Kean University has provided faculty and students access to Google tools, including Gmail, to empower their electronic communication. This workshop will demonstrate how you can create a combined personal and professional portal that will allow you to access many Web 2.0 tools, including Gmail. See how you can access your email, read the NY Times, view the latest YouTube, and communicate with colleagues across the world within a single integrated environment.

To view other workshop dates please click here.

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Open Enrollment Benefits Fair

Thursday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the University Center. This fair will include representatives from employee health and dental plans, as well as the following programs, who will be able to provide employees with information and answer questions regarding the open enrollment period and benefits available: NJ Best College Savings Plan, Deferred Compensation, and the ABP Investment Carriers, including: VALIC, AXA Financial (Equitable), The Hartford, ING, Met Life (formerly Travelers/CitiStreet), and TIAA/CREF. For further information, please contact Yrelys Tapanes at 7-3313.

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Darfur Genocide: Remnant or Current Reality?

Friday, October 16, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. The Human Rights Institute at Kean University will host General (Ret.) Scott Gration, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, for Darfur Genocide: Remnant or Current Reality? The daylong conference will explore ideas for achieving peace and reconciliation, and ways to impact the U.S. national agenda in order to end the genocide in Darfur. A panel of refugees from Darfur will examine the current status of the situation in Darfur and South Sudan, and at the refugee camps in Chad. Other topics include the status of international diplomacy, as well as the complex history of Darfur. Drs. Jay Spaulding and Charles Boateng of Kean’s history and political science departments, respectively, will be among the participants. The event is co-sponsored with the NJ Coalition for Darfur. For more details, please visit www.NJDarfur.com. Please send reservations to crc@ujcnj.org or newjersey@ajc.org.

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Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend at Liberty Hall

Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, on the historic grounds of Liberty Hall Museum. Guest will enjoy free museum tours as part of Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend heritage festival. Tours will run on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 18 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Only the first floor of the historic home will be open. The event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. 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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Elmar Oliveira and the Arco Ensemble performing Bach’s complete violin concerti

Saturday, October 17, at 8 p.m. An event of the decade: special guest artists Elmar Oliveira, one of the world's greatest violinists, and Arco Ensemble, a virtuoso string orchestra, will perform the complete violin concerti by J. S. Bach, while recording the performance for Artek Records. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $10 for faculty, staff, seniors and alumni; and $10 for students and children. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).

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Victorian Luncheon at Liberty Hall

Saturday, October 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall Experience at Liberty Hall Museum. Experience the art of Victorian dining and hospitality with a decadent five-course meal, wine and music at Liberty Hall’s elegant Victorian Luncheon. Guests will dine in the Great Hall, where many important family events took place, including the 1774 marriage of Sarah Livingston, daughter of Liberty Hall’s founder and New Jersey’s first elected governor William Livingston, to John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Cost is $80 per person, formal attire suggested. Reservations are required. Seating is limited. Employees may also review the following Tax$ave open enrollment information available at the Division of Pensions and Benefits website.

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Kean Pride. Pink Strides. Breast Cancer Walk

Kean University will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 18, in Jersey City’s Lincoln Park. During the past, Kean has participated by contributing to more than 150 walkers and donating approximately $4,000. This year, we are striving to raise at least $6,000 toward the fight against breast cancer. Please assist us in reaching this desired goal by making a financial contribution.  Each participant must register with the Kean Service Corps in the Center for Leadership and Service and is encouraged to raise and/or donate $25.00 per person. Departments and student groups that participate in the walk will receive a Kean Pride Pink Strides T-shirt. Additional fundraising efforts will take place in the University Center Atrium, October 9, 12, and 15, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

To sign up for the walk, contact the Kean Service Corps in the Center for Leadership and Service at 908-737-5170 or email serve@kean.edu. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided for Kean University participants under the tent in front of Downs Hall on Sunday, October 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Transportation is available for Kean University students, faculty and staff on a limited basis. Buses will leave from Wilkins Theatre at 9 a.m. Boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Participants providing their own transportation will need to register with the Kean Service Corps, complete a transportation waiver, and plan to meet the Kean group in front of the West Side Avenue entrance of Lincoln Park at 9:30 a.m. for a group photograph.

For more information on the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, visit the Kean Service Corps in University Center, Room 219, or call the office at 908-737-5170.

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Ronald E. McNair Program to Host Guest Speaker Donald Asher for Graduate Admissions Seminar

Saturday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Center for Academic Success, Room 106. The Ronald E. McNair Program will host guest speaker Donald Asher to conduct a workshop on the graduate admissions process and financial support. He is the author of 10 books, including Graduate Admissions Essays: Write Your Way into the Graduate School of Your Choice. Click here to view his website and learn more about this dynamic speaker. All members of the Kean community are invited to attend. Lunch will be provided. To register, RSVP to the McNair Program no later than October 13 at (908)737-0270.

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Kean University to Host International Conference on Bangladesh

Sunday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. The Human Rights Institute at Kean University will host its second-annualInternational Conference on Bangladesh 1971,addressing Claims of War Crimes, Genocide and Crimes against Humanity. The daylong event is an interdisciplinary investigation of the critical issues surrounding the atrocities that occurred in Bangladesh in 1971. Highlights include eyewitness accounts from victims, family members and freedom fighters. Special guests include Akramul Qader, ambassador-designate of the People's Republic of Bangladesh to the United States, as well as Mofidul Hoque, trustee and member-secretary of the Bangladesh Liberation War Museum. Click here for detailed information about the conference and other featured guests is available.

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Campus Ministry Lecture: God?

Following Mass on Sunday, October 18. (Mass will be celebrated at 8 p.m. in University Center, Room 226 A. Holly Lawmaster, director of Religious Education at St. Cecilia’s Parish in Kearny, N.J., will speak about and discuss the existence of God. All members of the Kean community are invited to attend. For further information, please contact Father Thomas Blind at (908) 737-4835 or via e-mail at tblind@kean.edu.

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Faculty Senate Executive-Committee Meeting

Tuesday, October 20, 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 at 7-4235.

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Kean University Writing Project to Celebrate National Day on Writing

The Kean University Writing Project will celebrate the National Day on Writing with an event, entitled Mapping the Frontiers of Writing, on Tuesday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Liberty Hall. The event will feature a variety of programs for writers, including educational workshops, open mic sessions and author visits.

From 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Tea Room will be dedicated as a faculty writing space. Light refreshments will be served. Concurrently, the Carriage House will serve as a “jamming" room, inviting all members of the Kean community to read their original works, or recite works that have inspired them, at an open mic. Participants will sign up beforehand for five-minute slots to read. While the topics are generally open, decorum is requested.

The Visitor’s Center will feature a variety of thought-provoking workshops throughout the day. The College of Education will host a workshop on Writing a Beginning Philosophy of Education Statement from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. All College of Education and Allied Professional faculty are invited.

Dr. Susan Polirstok, dean of the College of Education, will present
a Writing for Publication Workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Polirstok will discuss developing ideas for research, following a typical APA research publication template, and seeking appropriate journals for publication.

Sue Gannon, managing assistant director of Graduate Admissions, will moderate a Grant Writing Workshop for Tenure Track Faculty Network members from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. This informative and interactive session will explore strategies for identifying and applying for funding opportunities through external sources. Presenters will include Joseph Cronin, Brenda Dunlop and Lindy Foreman from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Respondents include Dr. Sonia Arora and Dr. William Eaton, new faculty members at Kean University, who review grants for the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Author Jayanti Tamm, an instructor at Ocean County College, will read and discuss her memoir, Cartwheels in a Sari, which has garnered exceptional reviews in Times Book Review, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All are invited to attend.

The Kean University Writing Project is affiliated with the National Writing Project, the largest and most effective professional development network for teachers in America. The university and schools in the region benefit from the extensive resources that the federally funded project provides, including tools, materials, expertise, annual funding, supplemental grants and research initiatives designed to support writing in all subjects and at all learning levels, K-16. Project implementation also enhances Kean's visibility in the community and its reputation for innovation in education.

Invitation to Participate in Mapping the Frontiers of Writing
The Gallery of the Kean University Writing Project

You are invited to participate in the National Day on Writing on October 20, 2009!

In Mapping the Frontiers of Writing, we’re collecting writings of all styles, genres, and subjects– stories, poems, recipes, emails, blogs, even audio, video, and artwork – for an online Gallery. On October 20 National Gallery of Writing, including this gallery, will open to the world.

You can be a part of it! Whether you’re a parent, a business owner, a retiree, a carpenter, we invite you to pick a piece of writing that matters to you and contribute it to the Mapping the Frontiers of Writing Gallery.

 For those having trouble getting started, NCTE has created Tips for Writers. For the curious, some sample writings are available. For those needing inspiration, popular authors and celebrities, such as Sarah McCoy who tells us "a day without writing is like a day without food," talk about writing

Established by NCTE, the National Gallery and the National Day

  • highlight the remarkable variety of writing we engage in today;
  • provide a collection for research on whether writing today has risen to new highs or sunk to new lows; and
  • help us help others to write better.

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The Rescue: Joseph Kony's Child Soldiers

Wednesday, October 21, at 3 p.m. in the University Center Little Theater. The University Center and the Human Rights Institute at Kean University will host a viewing of the short documentary, The Rescue: Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers. According to the United Nations, 90 percent of the Lord’s Resistance Army (L.R.A.) consists of abducted children. The conflict has forced more than 1.6 million Ugandans to flee their homes in order to escape attacks, abductions and killings. With your help we can bring awareness to this dire humanitarian crisis and be one stop closer to ending the suffering of children in Northern Uganda.

Speakers will include Invisible Children's East Coast Roadies, and Dr. Jay Spaulding, professor in the Department of History. This event is sponsored by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University and the University Center Administration. For more information, please contact Henry Kaplowitz at 7-5882 or via e-mail at hkaplowi@kean.edu.

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Liberty Hall Salutes High School Journalists

Wednesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. at Kean University. Liberty Hall Museum will hold a reception for high school journalists. Student journalists and journalism faculty from high schools located in New Jersey are invited to attend. The event is in conjunction with the new exhibit, Headline News: The Life & Transformation of the Great American Newspaper, on display in the university’s Karl and Helen Burger Gallery. The exhibit features newspapers from the Liberty Hall Museum collection, spanning four centuries of American journalism. Guests will receive a personalized tour of the exhibit, followed by a question and answer session with the exhibit’s co-curators. The cost is free and refreshments will be served. High schools wishing to attend the reception must RSVP to Liberty Hall Museum at (908) 527-0400 or e-mail libertyhall@kean.edu by October 16.

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Standing Tall: Insights on Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teens

Wednesday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to noon in the University Center Little Theatre. The Kean Counseling Center will present the documentary premiere of Standing Tall from 10 a.m. to 11a.m., followed by a panel discussion from 11 a.m. to noon.

This film was developed by Brain Nandy of the Youth Enrichment Services Program and a graduate of Kean University. This program will address the myriad of issues confronting gay, lesbian and bisexual teens. The documentary highlights four mental health professionals and four affirming teenagers as they respond to some difficult questions, while shedding light on some longstanding myths about a gifted minority who often suffer in silent shame. A panel discussion will follow. Copies of the documentary will be distributed to attendees. For further information, please contact Robin Rajs at 908-737-4863.

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Recruitment for Ronald E. McNair Program

Thursday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, November 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Townsend Hall, Room 206. The Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program will be hosting open houses on these dates to recruit students for the 2009-2010 school year. The McNair Program is dedicated to providing research related experiences and academic support to talented undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. degree. Program benefits include academic, career and personal counseling; faculty mentorship; preparation for the GRE; GRE and graduate application fee waivers; and paid travel to professional and research conferences. Students also participate in campus visits to graduate schools, as well as summer research internship with a research stipend of up to $2,800 along with free room and board. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, a first generation and low-income student, or a member of a group that is underrepresented in graduate education, such as African-American, Hispanic, Native American or Native Alaskan. A minimum of 56 credits is required by the end of the spring 2010 semester, as well as a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA, and a strong desire to pursue a Ph.D. (Mathematics or Sciences preferred). Those interested should contact Wendy Diaz or Jennifer Beaugris in the McNair office at 908-737-0270 or via e-mail at mcnair@kean.edu.

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SBDC Workshop: Successfully Starting a Small Business

Friday, October 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Union Township Public Library, located at 1980 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. Prospective business owners thinking of starting a part-time or fulltime business are invited to learn what it takes to successfully launch a New Jersey-based business. Representatives from SCORE – Counselors to America’s Small Business  and the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Kean University will explain the key traits and steps needed to start a business. Admission is free. For further information or to register, please contact Mira Kostak at 908-737-4220.

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Pumpkin Patch Day at Liberty Hall

Saturday, October 24 (rain date: October 25), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the historic grounds of Liberty Hall. Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Day celebration. The day features its traditional menu of activities, including pumpkin carving and decorating, Halloween crafts, ghost stories, hayrides, house tours and much more. Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for senior citizens, college students with valid ID and children ages 3-17; and free for Liberty Hall Museum members and children two years and under. Additional charges for pumpkins, food and beverages apply.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. It is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. 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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Bookstore Bulletin

The bookstore needs book requests early for the spring 2010 semester in order to save students money.

Students in your class this term win…
…because, if you are using the same book, we can buy them from your students and pay them up to 50 percent for their current text.

Students in your class next term win…
…because we not only buy books from our current students, but we can also get an early start on sourcing books nationally to get the most used text inventory possible.

Due date for 2010 Book Orders is October 26, 2009

Book requests may be faxed to the bookstore at 908-737-5235, sent to the bookstore’s website at www.kean.bkstore.com, or sent via campus mail or e-mail at kean@bkstore.com. For further information, please contact Dolores or Solomon at 908-737-5230.

Note: The bookstore apologizes for the error that was made with the due date on the form that was sent out with the book orders.

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Upcoming Accreditation Review Visit by NLNAC

The School of Nursing will be hosting an on-site review for continuing accreditation of its Baccalaureate and Masters Nursing programs, on Wednesday, October 28, at 3:15 p.m. in Bruce Hall, Room 109. All members of the Kean community are invited to meet the visit team and share their comments regarding the program.
Written comments are also welcomed and should be submitted directly to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Executive Director via e-mail at stanner@nlnac.org or mailed to:

Dr. Sharon Tanner, Executive Director
The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326

All written comments should arrive at NLNAC by Thursday, October 22.

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Educating the Creative Mind: Developing Capacities for the Future Conference

Thursday to Saturday, March 4 to 6, 2010 at Kean University. Featuring Howard Gardner as the keynote speaker, this conference aims to heighten public awareness of the significance of the arts in children’s lives and education. “We seek to generate conversations about ways to strengthen arts-based education for young children by inviting educators to share their theories, research and practices,” said Lily Chen-Hafteck, associate professor in the Department of Music. Deadline for proposals is November 1, 2009. For further information, click here.

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Photo Gallery

The Transformation of News

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The Issues 09 Speaker Series continued as four veteran journalists discussed The Transformation of News, on October 1 in the University Center Little Theatre. Moderated by Pat Winters Lauro, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, the panel featured Bridget Wentworth and Matt Dowling, online editors for nj.com; Tina Kelley, a reporter and blogger for The New York Times, and political editor Josh Benson of The New York Observer.

The panelists discussed the numerous ways in which the evolving media landscape has changed the nature of journalism. These developments, they said, include a host of new multimedia to gather and report news; a continuous, 24-hour news cycle; and increasing, real-time interaction with readers. In some instances, the news content is even rewritten for the Web to highlight certain facts or key words, in order to improve search engine results.

Benson said that these changes have made it much more demanding on journalists, but nonetheless, it is critical for reporters to adapt. “It is not necessarily a destructive force simply because it changes media,” he said.

Wentworth agreed, recounting a story that captured the needed mindset for journalists to survive in their industry. She recalled that when The Star-Ledger underwent large-scale buyouts, colleagues often e-mailed one other on their last days to say thanks. One particular e-mail from a retiring colleague had invited co-workers to gather one last time to lament the loss of their livelihood. “I thought, how short-sighted,” she said. “Do you really think that because newspapers are going the way of the dinosaur, there won’t be any news or journalists?”

Dowling added that, by embracing these changes, it has created a very exciting time in journalism. Newspaper companies that once focused on print content are now reinventing themselves as multimedia enterprises, offering videos, slideshows, live blogging and reader feedback. “It really has forced us to rethink everything that we are doing,” he said.

Kelley illustrated how The New York Times is evolving by recruiting citizen journalists to cover news in their respective towns. “People know their lives,” Kelley said. “There is something to learn from the general public. With 30 other people contributing content, it is going to be 30 times better than what I could do on my own.”

In spite of the blurring divide between reporter and reader, the panelists stressed that it is imperative for aspiring journalists to learn the time-honored skills of the job. They advised students to serve internships and make connections now, before they graduate. “And don’t rely on technology to do the job for you,” Wentworth said. “A tape recorder is no substitute for a pen, a notepad and asking probing questions.”

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Sports

Triano Selected NJAC Offensive Player of the Week

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Sophomore Olivia Triano has been selected as the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday, October 7.

Triano becomes the second different Cougar to earn NJAC Offensive Player of the Week honors after tallying six points in a 2-0 week of play for Kean.

After not scoring in a 2-1 non-conference overtime road win at SUNY New Paltz, she registered the second hat tick off her career in a 3-1 NJAC victory over Ramapo. In the win over the Roadrunners, she tallied all three goals, including the game-winning second to extend the Cougars' winning streak to five games.

Triano currently ranks tied for second in the NJAC in both points (19) and goals (8).

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Home Schedule

October 10 – Football
vs. Buffalo State College in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 1 p.m.

October 10 – Men’s Soccer
vs. SUNY College at Old Westbury in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 6 p.m.

October 12 – Men’s Soccer
vs. Eastern Connecticut State University in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 6 p.m.

October 13 – Volleyball
vs. Richard Stockton College in Harwood Arena, 7 p.m.   

October 14 – Men’s Soccer
vs. Rowan University in Kean University Alumni Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

October 14 – Women’s Tennis
vs. Hunter College at Alumni Stadium Tennis Courts, 3:30 p.m.

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Away Schedule

October 10 - Volleyball
at College of Staten Island, 4:30 p.m.       

October 10 – Field Hockey
at Haverford College, 1 p.m.

October 10 – Women’s Tennis
at William Paterson University, noon

October 14 – Women’s Soccer
at Rowan University, 7 p.m.

October 15 – Volleyball
at Rutgers-Camden, 7 p.m.

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Faculty, Administration & Staff Notes

Image 01 Dr. Xiaobo Yu, professor of Biological Sciences, was invited by the Chinese Academy of Sciences to attend a conference in Beijing on promoting scientific exchanges between China and other countries, on September 29 and 30. Conference participants hailed from major research institutions in North America, Europe and Japan, and included physicist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Samuel Chao Chung Ting of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yu has played an internationally recognized role in joint research projects funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), such as Project 973 and the International Partnership Program for Creative Research Teams. On September 30, conference participants were received by China’s President Hu Jintao, as well as other top officials.

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Dr. Barbara Lecomte, coordinator of the undergraduate Speech-Language-Hearing Science program at Kean University, will present a poster, Language of Students on the Spectrum: Building Bridges Across the Curriculum, at the 27th Annual Autism New Jersey Conference on Friday, October 9 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. Lecomte will co-present with Annie Moses, M.A., principal for the Connecticut Farms Elementary School, Union, N.J. For more information about the Autism New Jersey Conference, please visit www.autismnj.org or call 1-800-4-AUTISM.

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Dr. Paul Croft, assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Meteorology, recently attended the Cyberlearning Tools for Climate Education meeting, which included colleagues from multi- and interdisciplinary backgrounds, agency heads and funding directorates. The intent was to assess current resources and further needs of the STEM community in providing effective climate education programs and materials, particularly in a technology-driven fashion. The event was hosted by the National Science Digital Library in partnership with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado.

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Reminders

Kean University Farmers Market

Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests are invited to visit the market and choose among a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic products and flowers. For further information, please contact Mary Roman at 7-0673.

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NJCCCC Fall 2009 Meeting

Friday, October 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Hennings Hall, Room 113. Hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Technology, this meeting will bring together faculty representatives from the computer science and information technology departments of New Jersey's Community Colleges, to focus on Promoting the Advancement of Students from 2-year Colleges to 4-year Colleges. Techniques developed by NCWIT will be featured.

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The Mark of Zorro

Saturday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. A silent music and live music performance of this timeless classic. Tickets are $25 for the general public; $10 for faculty, staff, seniors and alumni; and $10 for students and children. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).

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Liberty Hall’s Fun at the Firehouse

Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Hall Firehouse Museum. Children will discover life as a firefighter more than 100 ago at Liberty Hall’s Fun at the Firehouse event. Children will dress up like a firefighter and play special firefighting and fire safety games, including the infamous bucket brigade game. Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for senior citizens, college students with valid ID and children ages 3-17; and free for Liberty Hall Museum members and children two years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays. 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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Faculty Senate Full-Senate Meeting

Tuesday, October 13, 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 at 7-4235.

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Faculty Seminar Talk

Thursday, October 15, at 3:20 p.m. in the Professional Development Conference Room, located in the Nancy Thompson Library, Room 145. Dr. Jay Spaulding, professor in the Department of History, will talk about his important, current consultant work for the Southern People's Liberation Movement in South Sudan and the role of the international community as a witness to an intense and combustible border dispute. Background reading includes signal documents illuminating contested territory in the province of Abyei. For further information, please contact Spaulding at 7-4258.

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Campus Ministry Events

Due to the holiday weekend, there will be no Mass held on Sunday, October 11.

Newman Catholic Club Forming
A Newman Catholic Club will begin meeting this fall. Catholic students interested in joining should contact Father T. Blind no later than Tuesday, October 13.

Sacraments of Initiation
Catholics who have never received the Sacrament of Communion and/or Confirmation who would like to receive these important sacraments, are encouraged to contact Father Thomas Blind, M. Div., Campus Minister, at (908) 737-4835 or via e-mail at tblind@kean.edu.

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Tax$ave 2010 - Open Enrollment Period

The Office of Human Resources would like to remind all Kean employees that the Tax$ave open enrollment period for calendar year 2010 will be conducted from October 1 through October 31.

About Tax$ave

Tax$ave consists of three components:
1. The Premium Option Plan (POP)
2. The Unreimbursed Medical Flexible Spending Account
3. The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account.

Tax$ave offers employees the opportunity to increase their available income by reducing their federal tax liability. Each year, employees should review their personal financial circumstances and decide if they wish to participate.

Premium Option Plan
Enrollment in the Premium Option Plan is automatic. This plan saves an employees money by paying health and dental premiums from pre-tax dollars and reducing their tax liability. Those who do not wish to take advantage of the Premium Option Plan in 2010 (and, therefore, pay more in federal, Social Security, and Medicare taxes) you should file a Declination of Premium Option Plan (POP) form.

Flexible Spending Accounts

The Unreimbursed Medical and/or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) allow you to set aside money to pay for out-of-pocket medical, dental and dependent care expenses while saving on taxes because the money contributed to the account, through payroll deductions, is free from federal income, Social Security and Medicare taxes and remains tax-free when you receive it. Fringe Benefits Management Company (FBMC) administers the Tax$ave Unreimbursed Medical and Dependent Care FSAs.

Unlike the Premium Option Plan or the health plans of the SHBP, prior participation in a Tax$ave FSA in 2009 does not carry over automatically into 2010. Employees must enroll each year to participate in an FSA for calendar year 2010.

To learn the additional benefits of FSA Participation, click here.

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Keannections

In this new section, Keannections, Kean News will feature a series of fun-filled games and trivia that may teach you something new about Kean.

What Am I?

Image 01This building is named for the longest-serving chief administrator of Newark Normal School or any of its subsequent incarnations. The namesake was credited for steering Kean into the 20th century after being appointed president in 1899 at the age of 36. He guided the school during an era of significant change, including the relocation to its most recognizable location in Newark, the stately brick structure at the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway in 1913, as well as the passing of control from the city of Newark to the state of New Jersey that same year.

He navigated the institution through the World War I years and led the struggle with the state for increased support in the aftermath of the city-to-state transition. Inheriting a school of just more than 100 students at the end of the 19th century, he saw enrollment grow 12 times that number during his tenure.

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