February 11, 2011

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News & Events

Message from the N.J. Division of Taxation

New Jersey residents who wish to receive their New Jersey income tax refund faster can use NJ FastFile to file their state return through the web or with a software package. It's easy, it's secure and you can choose direct deposit, which is not available with a paper return. For more information, please call 1.800.323.4400 or visit www.njfastfile.com.

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Kean Technology Use Survey

In an effort to assess and improve various aspects of technology use and investment at Kean University, you have been asked to complete a brief survey.

This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. Surveys must be completed no later then Friday, February 11. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Click here to access the survey.

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Student Organization News

Memorial Scholarships

$500 each award. Due by Friday, February 25, at 2 p.m. Submit applications to: the marked box in the Office of Student Government UC 321.

Freshman Scholarships

$500 each award. Due by Friday, February 18, at 2 p.m. Submit applications to: the marked box in the Office of Student Government UC 321.
Student Organization Elections

Student Organization Elections

Due by Thursday, March 3, at 2 p.m. Submit applications to: the marked box in the Office of Student Government UC 321 or via CougarLink.

For more information, please contact Office of Student Government at 908.737.5190 or visit www.kean.edu/~stuorg. Please see application for criteria and other important information.

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Sunday Mass

Sunday, February 13, at 8 p.m. in the University Center, Room 226 A. Reconciliation (confession) will be available before Mass or by appointment. For more information, please contact Father Thomas Blind at tblind@kean.edu or 908.737.4835.

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NJSBDC at Kean Winter 2011 Small Business Certificate Series

Held through February 18 at the Business Resource Center, this series features weekly workshops for aspiring business owners on a wide range of business topics. Guests are advised to bring business cards and brochures for networking purposes. For further information regarding these workshops, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 908.737.4220. Remaining workshops:

Financing a Small Business

Friday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the New Jersey Department of Labor Business Resource Center, 2nd floor, 200 West Second Street, Plainfield, N.J. Conducted by Nathaniel Sims, assistant director of the Small Business Development Center at Kean University, this workshop will explain how to obtain financing for a small business, whether it is established or a start-up. They will discuss the various loan programs available to small-business owners and their general requirements, as well as how to properly approach a lender for maximum success. Admission is free.

Legal Aspects of Starting and Running a Small Business

Friday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to noon in the New Jersey Department of Labor Business Resource Center, 2nd floor, 200 West Second Street, Plainfield, N.J. Please note that this workshop was rescheduled from January 21 due to inclement weather.

This workshop, conducted by Richard Lampert, Esq., of Dunn and Lampert, LLC, in Paramus, N.J., will cover the numerous laws that affect the formation and operation of a small business. Included in his discussion, Lampert will address the legal liabilities that might otherwise damage a small business.

Topics to be covered include selecting the legal business structure, choosing a name for the business, licenses and permits, employment law matters, and real estate and environmental law concerns. Other topics include financing the business, ongoing corporate record keeping, developing contracts and forms for use with customers, suppliers and consultants. There is a fee of $10 per person.

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University Senate Full-Senate Meeting

Tuesday, February 22, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the University Center, Room 226 A & B. For further information, please contact Gloria Duff at 908.737.4235.

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Halper presents The Composers of Terezín: Music of the Holocaust

Image 01 Wednesday, February 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the YM-YWHA of Union County, located at 501 Green Lane in Union, N.J. Dr. Matthew Halper, professor in the Kean Conservatory of Music, will present a lecture, entitled The Composers of Terezín: Music of the Holocaust, which will introduce several of the prominent composers of Terezín and the music they created at the prison – a modest act of remembrance and bearing witness to their creativity in the face of adversity, and, sadly, their tragic ends in Auschwitz. This lecture is one in a series organized by Dr. Dennis Klein, professor of History and director of Jewish Studies Program at Kean University. For further information, please contact YM-YWHA of Union County at 908.289.8112 or www.uniony.org.

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The St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis

Thursday, February 24, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., in the Kean Hall Conference Center. The M.A. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies program at Kean University will host a lecture, titled The St Louis and the Refugee Crisis. The presentation will be led by Dr. Diane Afoumado, lead researcher at the Survivors Registry of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C. Afoumado will discuss the refugee crisis in general, as well as from the American perspective, and will answer questions from the audience. This special program is a joint initiative between Kean and the USHMM’s Universities Outreach Program. The free lecture is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff and the general public. Space is limited. For more information, please contact Dr. Keith Nunes at knunes@kean.edu.

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Faculty Seminar Talk

Thursday, February 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Nancy Thompson Library, Room 145. Dr. Jeffrey Toney, dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences, will present remarks on Higher Education and the Public: Academics in the New Media. He will look at the media's current transformation favoring online social networking and the blogosphere and the opportunity this presents for communicating the value of higher education to a skeptical public. For further information, please contact Dr. Dennis Klein at 908.737.0256 or dklein@kean.edu.

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Catholic Newman Club Scripture Sharing

Thursday, February 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 244. The Catholic Newman Club invites guests to prayerfully reflect on the Word of God and discuss how best to integrate and live the Word of God in our lives. For more information contact Father Thomas Blind at 908-737-4835 or email tblind@kean.edu.

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Kean Concert Artists Present Spirituals

Sunday, February 27, at 3 p.m. in Kean Hall. The strength and hope inspired by spirituals – the music of mourning, comfort and the celebration of the African Diaspora, presented as a tribute to Black History Month. Performers include Richard Hobson, baritone; Robbin Gordon-Cartier, harp; and Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano. Tickets are $15. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908.737.SHOW (7469).

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John Kean and the Constitution: New Documents from the Liberty Hall Museum Archive

Tuesday, March 1, at 3:15 p.m. in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall. Dr. Jonathan Mercantini, assistant professor in the Department of History, will present a lecture entitled John Kean and the Constitution: New Documents from the Liberty Hall Museum Archive." The talk will explore newly discovered material from the Liberty Hall Collection and what these documents reveal about the creation of the U.S. Constitution. For further information, please contact the Department of History, now located in Townsend Hall, Room 117, at 908.737.0250.

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Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process

This spring, the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is continuing a series of training seminars that will review with faculty and students the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process and how to successfully fill out an IRB application. The ORSP will be conducting these remaining sessions during the spring semester:

Monday, March 7, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 238

Monday, April 4, from 3:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 238

Please note that attending this seminar does not replace the human subjects training, which is still required for all IRB applicants. If you are interested in attending one of these seminars, please contact Dr. Joseph Cronin at extension 7-5943. Attendance is strictly on a first come-first served basis. In order to register, please contact Dr. Cronin 24 hours in advance of the session you wish to attend. For more information about the IRB and the application process, click here


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Capitol Hill Day 2011

Monday, March 21 and Tuesday, March 22. Kean's Office of Fire Safety advises members of the Kean community that this March one can make a difference for campus fire safety by taking the opportunity to meet with members of Congress. Students, parents, fire safety advocates and fire officials will gather on Capitol Hill and meet with congressional staffers to talk about the campus-related fire safety legislation going through congress. It has been incredibly successful in the past and last March the group was able to meet with 50 offices in one day – a tremendous feat. All are welcome to attend, including students, administrators, fire officials, parents and advocates. For further information or to register, please visit www.CapitolHillDay.org.

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Worlds of History Launch Symposium

Thursday and Friday, April 7 and 8. The Department of History will formally launch its new GE history course, HIST 1062, Worlds of History, with a symposium, entitled Where in the World? The symposium is free and open to the entire Kean and local communities. Classes are welcome.

The event will kick off on Thursday, April 7, with a reception from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Carriage House at Liberty Hall, immediately followed by a lecture. Renowned scholar Dr. Jerry Bentley of the University of Hawaii will deliver the lecture, entitled Where and Why is World History? Bentley is the founder of the World History Association and author of many books and textbooks on world history. Following the lecture, a panel comprised of Kean faculty members will lead an open discussion.

The symposium will continue on Friday, April 8, beginning with light international snacks from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., in the Carriage House, to be followed by an exploration of the relationship between local history and the world. A panel of Kean students with international ties will address Where in the World is Kean? from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dr. William Schroh, director of operations for Liberty Hall, will discuss Where in the World was the Kean Family?. He will be accompanied by Susan Garino, coordinator of facilities for Liberty Hall, who will showcase samples from the currently running exhibit, Stitches in Time.

Followed a lunch break of international foods available for purchase, the symposium will continue at 12:30 p.m., as Dr. Paul Mattingly of the Elizabeth Historical Society discusses Where in the World is Elizabeth. Dr. Sue Gronewold, chair of the Department of History, and Dr. Linda Epps of the New Jersey Historical Society will wrap up the day by discussing the world class presence of Elizabeth’s own Singer Sewing Machine factory from the late 19th century through the 1970s. For further information, please contact Gronewold at 908.737.4254.

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Study Abroad In Spain! Summer 2011

May 16 to June 10. Students are invited to study abroad at Jaen University in Spain. Jaen, the capital city of the province and the site of the university, is surrounded by natural beauty and historical sites. Jaen’s landscapes reflect a quiet and simple beauty in a province renowned for the highest number of square kilometers devoted to national parks. Experience the wonders of Spain including the subtropical beaches of Almunecar or Salobre, the breathtaking beauty of Ãsbeda or Baeza (the most magnificent example of Renaissance art in the South of Europe). Study Spanish, and select English and business courses in an enchanting locale that was the border between the Arab and Christian Kingdoms during the Middle Ages. Universidad de Jaen is a medium-sized institution in the northeast of the city and has all the amenities to meet student’s personal and academic needs. All majors qualify for this exciting opportunity. The trip is open to all Kean students in sophomore standing or above. For further information, please contact Timothy Torre in the Center for International Studies at 908.737.7144 or ttorre@kean.edu.

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RecycleMania 2011

Kean University is participating in the nationwide 2011 RecycleMania competition. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. The competition will run from Through Saturday, April 2. During this time, schools will report recycling and trash data. With these data, schools are ranked according to who collects the largest amount of recyclables per capita, largest amount of total recyclables, least trash per capita and highest recycling rate.

More than 500 schools around the nation will compete in RecycleMania 2011. This is the second year that Kean is participating in the 10-year-old competition.

We are excited to continue to build on our performance from last year and as well as to showcase our food waste composting program.

The Kean Community needs to do their part to make this program a success. These simple steps can make a difference:

  • When packing a lunch, use reusable mugs, containers, flatware and bags
  • Bring reusable bags when shopping
  • Use both sides of the paper when printing and only print when necessary
  • Use recycling containers around campus to deposit recyclable materials. Click here to view the recycling guide to see what is recyclable on campus

To learn more about the RecycleMania Competition, go to www.recyclemania.org.

If you have questions about the recycling program on campus, please contact David Fernandez, associate director for Environmental Health and Safety at dfernand@kean.edu.

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Kean University Summer Camps 2011

Kean University Summer Camps 2011 program has something for everyone ages 6 through adult. University departments and community organizations are offering a variety of camp sessions during July and August.

An eclectic course schedule provides options in music, theatre, dance, baseball, volleyball, field hockey, debate, literature, creative writing, mathematics, science, history and creative design. This exceptional line up is offered in collaborations with Premiere Stages, Liberty Hall Museum, Kean University Athletics, The College of Visual and Performing Arts / Robert Busch School of Design at Kean, American String Teachers Association, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Eldridge Overton School of Excellence, working professionals and teaching artists in all these fields. Camp sessions are one or two weeks in duration and campus housing is offered for some areas of study. For a full listing of camps, click here.

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Photo Gallery

Hungry Planet Opens at the Burger Gallery

Image 01 The book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats inspired the exhibition of the same title which opened on February 3 in the Karl and Helen Burger Gallery and runs through through March 10. This thought-provoking display explores through photography what people all over the world eat in any given week. The husband-and-wife team of photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio examined how globalization, migration and rising affluence are affecting the diets of communities around the globe.

Their work reveals the human condition and addresses the challenging world issues of nutrition, famine, drought, poverty, power and globalization. Of the 25 countries represented in the book, the fascinating exhibit at Kean represents: Ecuador, Boznia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Bhutan, Mali, Japan, the United States of America, Italy, Cuba, Greenland and Mexico.

The Karl and Helen Burger Gallery promotes Kean’s multi-cultural initiative by spreading knowledge and encouraging the appreciation of visual arts, design and culture. Admission to all galleries is free to the Kean University community and the general public. For further information, updates and announcements about Kean University Galleries, call 908.737.0392 or visit www.kean.edu/~gallery.

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Please visit www.keanathletics.com for the latest updates.

Home Schedule

February 17 - Men’s Volleyball
vs. New Jersey City University in Harwood Arena, 7:30 p.m.

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Away Schedule

February 12 - Men's Volleyball
at The Sage College, noon

February 12 - Women's Basketball
at Rutgers-Camden, 1 p.m.

February 12 - Men’s Volleyball
vs. Elmira College, 2 p.m.

February 12 - Men’s Basketball
at Rutgers-Camden, 3 p.m.

February 14 - Men’s Volleyball
at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, 7 p.m.

February 16 - Women’s Basketball
at Richard Stockton College, 6 p.m.

February 16 - Men’s Basketball
at Richard Stockton College, 8 p.m.

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Faculty, Administration, Staff & Student Notes

Bala Subramanian, adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, presented a paper, entitled Empowering People and Society through Technologies, as an invited speaker along with six other Nobel Laureates at the 98th Indian Science Congress held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India in early January.

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University Senate Executive-Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 15, from 3 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the Maxine and Jack Lane Center for Academic Success, Room 205. For further information, please contact Gloria Duff at 908.737.4235.

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NJSBDC at Kean Workshop: Buying a Business or Franchise

Tuesday, February 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Westfield Memorial Library, 550 E. Broad Street in Westfield, N.J. Admission is free. 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. It will help prospective business owners determine which is the better path for their needs, how to select a business that provides them with income, how to conduct research on companies before putting any money down, and the key issues in negotiations, dealing with landlords, banks, vendors and employees. It will also cover investment ranges, sources of financing for your investment and the tools to use in finding what business or franchises are for sale. Admission is free. For further information regarding these workshops, please contact the Small Business Development Center at 908.737.4220.

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KFT Annual Scholarship Competition

Once again, the Kean Federation of Teachers holds its annual scholarship competition and the deadline for application submission is February 17, 2011. Up to eight awards will be granted to undergraduate and graduate students in the following categories:

Full-time undergraduate students (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) $1,200
Part-time undergraduate students (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) $600
Full-time graduate students (masters' or post baccalaureate programs) $1,500
Part-time graduate students (masters' or post baccalaureate programs) $750

Please note that this scholarship is separate from and in addition to the KFT scholarship offered through the Kean Foundation Office. Required documents must be submitted to the KFT office (J201G). For office hours students can call 908.737.3925.
Applications for this scholarship are available now at the following locations:

  • KFT Web site www.kft2187.org
  • KFT Office (J201G)
  • Financial Aid Office (administration building first floor)
  • One-Stop Service Center (CAS first floor)

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