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Cougars That Care: The Official Recap!

A day dedicated to helping the communities around Kean

Cougars That Care: serving the communities around Kean University

Marcus Van Diver Staff Writer


he Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) hosted "Cougars That Care Day of Service," a philanthropic, day-long event dedicated to serving the many organizations and communities around Kean University. Students had the opportunity to volunteer at various service events throughout the surrounding community on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Kean's annual Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Marcus Van Diver


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n the sixth floor of the North Avenue Academic Building at Kean University, over 70 students were honored at the Who's Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities event on the evening of Monday, April 24, 2017. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., honorees were gifted plaques, as those awarded were nominated by the faculty and staff of Kean University.

Within the room, round tables coated with navy blue drapes, silky white towels and a pristine miniature vase decorated with white flowers were set for the honorees, their classmates and family. Parents and other friends would greet one another and make connections with other award winners at these tables. In the distance, four dark blue flags on the left and four on the right side of the speaking podium with silver lettering commemorated the schools of study the university has to offer. Two flat screen televisions would add to the fancy

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The Annual Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges honored 77 of Kean Universities' finest students who have excelled in and out of the classroom aesthetic of the event as they continuously displayed the 77 award winners of the night. Attendees would also walk into a room musically encased by the sounds of the talented pianist Shirley Wang, a Kean University student. As the lovely night continued, proud parents and friends continued to await the ceremony while settling in to their seats.

For the Atria Senior Living volunteer program, attendees performed manicures, assisted residents with making beaded bracelets and helped to create blankets that would be donated to a veteran's organization. The day was spent at the facilities in Cranford, N.J. The afternoon of making connections, arts and other recreational activities went from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Within this opening speech, Rivera, widely known as the assistant vice president of the Office of Residential Student Services, also gave the history of the event. The honor program began in 1934


Inside the celebratory event African Heritage Graduation Ceremony

called out to the children of Africa, which included the drummers, dancers, faculty, Concerned Black Personnel (C.B.P.) members, VIP, staff and graduates. The dancers called the audience to join in the dancing and taught them dances. The ceremony was very active with the audience as well. Dr. Conyers, an assistant professor and coordinator of Africana Studies, had a lot of information in regards to the program and what they seek to achieve through it. "Africana Studies actually began before I was at Kean University," Dr. Conyers said. "I've been here 25 years and it began as part of the campus-wide black organization concern black personnel as well with the input of a few faculty members, primarily Vice President of Student Affairs Janice Murray-Laury. Many of whom felt the need that it was necessary for people of African descent to have a graduation where we could celebrate ourselves."

Approximately 100 volunteers registered for the charitable events on this Saturday and, through multiple organizations' efforts to assist the communities surrounding Kean University, students and other volunteers were able to enjoy this experience of giving back.

Organizational groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Atria Senior Living and the Arc of Union County hosted Kean University's volunteers to help assist them in their selfless acts of giving back to their respective communities.

The night began with the first speaker, Maximina Rivera, giving salutations to the students picked to win an award that night.

Africana Studies: How To Celebrate African Heritage

From student groups and athletic teams to fundraising organizations, these charitable groups demonstrated the university's students' commitment to community service. The volunteers that participated in this event included current students, alumni and staff of Kean University.

The volunteers that participated in this event included current students, alumni and staff of Kean University.



77 Kean Students Receive National Award

The award honored juniors, seniors and graduate students who exemplified above-average performance in leadership ability, service to the Kean community and academic ability. These students distinguished themselves through their campus organizational affiliations, community service and personal achievement.

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The start of the 2017 African Heritage Graduation Ceremony

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n Saturday, April 29, 2017, the 31st Annual African Heritage Graduation Ceremony (AHG) was held in Wilkins Theatre. Guests were allowed in the theatre at 3:30 p.m. where the auditorium was adorned with African culture from the clothing to the music. The 2017 AHG included undergraduates, graduates and doctorates from January and candidates who have filed for graduation in May and August. This ceremony is a cultural celebration where family, friends and the Kean community come together to honor students’ personal successes and academic achievements in the spirit and traditions of African culture.

"Many black folks come and they will ask questions like: tell me about the AfricanAmerican graduation? This is not an African-American graduation, this is the African Heritage Graduation," Dr. Conyers said. "It incorporates all people of African descent no matter where they live at. That question often prevents people who are not African-American from coming to sign up, but it is an all-African celebration! All African people are welcome to the ceremony!" The ceremony serves to recognize all students of African descent. "When we talk about African people we are talking about ourselves no matter where we came from. Whether we came from Haiti, Jamaica, the continent itself or South Carolina," said Dr. Conyers. "It represented us as a global African people, it brought about unity and the idea and notion that we are one even if we may have differences in terms of language. We are one as a global people." Latysha Gaines, C.B.P. immediate past president and Kean alumna, greeted the audience and welcomed the families and friends.

The ceremony started with the libation by Dr. Sharon McKenzie and Michele Smalls. A libation is the act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice. Dr. James Conyers

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Hours Upon Hours Of Service The CLS honors standout student volunteers Sara Ridgway

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legant piano music spilled from the banquet room into the hallways of the Kean Hall Building on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The 5th annual Community Service Award Breakfast, hosted by the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) was about to begin. It is 10:30 a.m. and students and faculty invited to the celebration of service were signing in at a table in the hallway and making their way to their seats. The theme color is yellow, as seen by the napkins and flowers decorating each table as well as the attire of the service staff members. The center pieces for each table were triangular photo displays, depicting images of the students being recognized in their volunteer endeavors. Programs were placed at each seat providing a schedule of the awards presentation and photos of each volunteer being honored at the ceremony. As students and faculty entered the space and found their seats, a slideshow was continuously playing of photos from the service events throughout the fall 2016 ad spring 2017 semesters. Photos from the Community FoodBank, Atria Senior Living, Habitat for Humanity, Alternative Spring Break and AdoptA-Park service trips were being displayed. The piano music continued, creating

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a very elegant atmosphere. Students were talking among their peers and watching as their faces made an appearance on the slideshow. By 11 a.m., more tables were filled with guests and Assistant Director of the CLS Sue Figueroa provided a welcome and introduction. She revealed that this event has been held annually since April of 2012, making this the fifth official celebration of service event the CLS hosted. Figueroa also recognized community partners and representatives from nonprofit organizations that were present. She continued to thank the students and professional staff members. "Teamwork makes the dream work," Figueroa said. She then welcomed Director of the CLS Scott Snowden to the podium. "There are lots of reasons why you do what you do, many more than we could possibly explain, but those reasons aren't because you were required to, those reasons aren't because you wanted to be sitting here right now, you do it not for applause, you do it for a cause," Snowden said. "And today I want to make sure we are celebrating you and recognizing you." He then introduced the student performer playing the piano, Mark Celis, who is a music major graduating in May of 2017. Breakfast was then served buffet style and ranged from bagels and pastries to scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes. Once guests had time to enjoy their breakfast, the awards ceremony began. Coordinator for Community Engagement Natalie Siedhof began by talking about the 5th annual Alternative Spring Break trip and introducing those who were involved in it. The trip was five days long and the students collaborated with the non-profit organization A Future With Hope. The five-day service event was especially important to Siedhof as it was her first big trip as a staff member for the CLS. It was very special to her.

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Jailene Burgos, a The Cougar's Byte creative media specialist, who was a guest at the banquet for her participation in Alternative Spring Break, created a recap video of the trip. The video was presented and had the guests smiling and laughing.

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Siedhof then introduced the participant awards to the following students: Shannon Brown, Jailene Burgos, Mark Celis, Dawn Demarco, Kristin Failla, Michelle Fitzula, Keila Flores, Gaelle Gilles, Michael Gonzalez, Jeremy Gusset, Emely Hernandez, Amanda Montealegre, Alysia Nunez, Marius Price and Kiara Ramirez.

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Service Specialist Janelle Shepard described the blood drives that the CLS has hosted. Since those who donate blood have to wait 56 days before donating again, individuals can only donate blood up to six times a year.

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Farheen Abbasi and Alida Abeigon were recognized for having donated blood five times this year.

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Shepard also recognized the Pre-Physicians Assistant Club for co-sponsoring two blood drives this year.

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Senior Service Specialist Sabrina Hamilton spoke about her personal favorite volunteering opportunity, which is Raphael's Life House. Raphael's Life House is a non-profit organization that serves as a transitional space for homeless women who are pregnant or have recently

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Hamilton introduced the students who participated every Monday in taking care of the infants and donating their time to Raphael's Life House: Katherine Cabello, Michelle Fitzula, Maya Hill, Naomi Horowitz, Leanne Manna and Melissa Mercado. Gwen Belotti provided an introduction to the Transition to Kean Program (T2K) and announced Kiara Ramirez as the freshman student honored with the most community service hours. She also announced the General Education Mentor (GEM) with the most service hours, Alyssa Peterson, followed by runner ups Gregory Burke and Kayla Olson. Figueroa then recognized the coordinators and those involved with the community service Federal Work Study and thanked all those who have contributed and helped to make all of their efforts possible and successful. She recognized Carina Grajales, the Volunteer Coordinator for Bernice's Place and Gina Miseo, the Jumpstart Senior Site Manager. She thanked Sally Mathan and Sarah Carrero of the Office of Financial Aid and Ken Kimble and Susan Langan of facilities. Figueroa continued to thank the drivers who make sure students arrive at their volunteer events on time and make sure the transportation process always runs smoothly. She recognized Honorable Mention student Hannah Brown, of Kean Ocean, who is involved in community service. Service Specialist Gabby Lapointe introduced the awards for the students who took part in over 50 hours of community service within the past year: Andrew Alexis, Genesis Algaba, Megan Campesi, Dawn Demarco, Omar Dixon, Angelique Earl, Kristin Failla, Keila Flores, Anna Fransisco, Gaelle Gilles, Brandon Goodwin, Diana Guardia, Lysette Guzman, Emely Hernandez, Leanne Manna, Rahil Ninche, Alysia Nunez, Michael Oro, Amanda Petty and Marius Price. Hamilton introduced the students who have donated over 75 hours to community service. Along with an award, these students also received a $300 scholarship: Kwame Eni, Michelle Fitzula, Victoria Kimberlin, Gabrielle Lapointe and Rosaly Santana Service Specialist Kristin Failla introduced the Presidential Service Award for those students who achieved over 100 hours of community service. This is the third year that Kean students have been presented this award. Along with the award, the two recipients also received a scholarship: Evrim Akman, Kiara Ramirez Figueroa introduced the Volunteer of the Year award, who would also receive a $1,000 scholarship. Michael Gonzalez was the recipient, who also won the honor last year. "I love volunteering, I love giving back to others," Gonzalez said. "I think that it's an incredible experience to help others. I think that spiritually it benefits everybody, because I think that we don't help each other enough in the world. And just giving back a little bit will actually make a big difference in the world." Gonzalez's favorite volunteer trips are the N.J. FoodBank and Habitat for Humanity because he likes how they are very very active. Figueroa then invited Vice President of Student Affairs Janice Murray-Laury to the podium to provide the closing remarks for the ceremony. At 12:15 p.m. the ceremony concluded. Music began playing and award recipients gathered to take photos with their plaques and peers and then slowly began clearing out the space. The event was a celebration of the students who donate their time at their own will to help others and make a difference. Snowden could not have put it any better: "And then there's you -- the people who wake up at seven o'clock in the morning on a Saturday to go to Habitat for Humanity; the people who wait hours, literally hours to donate blood because there's such a long line; the people who give up their Friday mornings or their Saturday mornings or their Sunday mornings to go to the FoodBank or go to Atria; the people who regularly give up their time to volunteer at Raphael's Life House -- that's you. You aren't the people who point out the problem, you're the people that work to fix the problem."

Sara Ridgway, junior marketing and media/film communication double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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Nothing Compares To Hands-On Experience Valuable notes on internships and externships Alexus Campbell


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magine getting hands-on experience at a dream job, such as getting an in-depth view of what it is like to work as an employee or shadow the head of that company? Let's make those dreams reality and possibly get paid to do so! Do not stress over not having all of the necessary information. Here at Kean university, located in Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB) in room 245 is the Office for Internships and Cooperative Education (OICE). OICE's mission is to provide experimental learning through internships, global and practice opportunities. The office seeks to train students in the art and value of creating an authentic professional profile while teaching the important skills of having a 21st century job. It aims to match individual students to real world business opportunities. Internships and externships are temporary jobs that give students short work experience within their chosen career field. For a set period of time, students are given the ability to work in a specific business setting.


It is important not to mistaken one for the other. They each carry important details that deal with different aspects.

On the other hand, externships are usually held towards the beginning or middle of an education. Out of an externship, there is usually no hint of a future position.

Internships are typically longer than externships. When working as an intern, it usually lasts two to three months, a semester or even as long as a year. On the other hand, externships could range from a day to a week, and is usually completed over the winter or spring break. Morgan Cummings, a 2016 graduate who received her Bachelors in Marketing shared, "What started out as a summer internship, has turned into an exciting and fulfilling career. I am now the special projects manager at Bombas, where I lead our college brand ambassador program and athlete ambassador program, and manage our relationships with shelters a n d organizations." At a glance, internships may seem the more reasonable choice, but there are benefits to having an externship. The ability to have more insight in different work environments can be a set up for a potential internship. Working at an externship is basically job shadowing. Externs are overshadowing either the head of the company or an employee. The job includes

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Green Lane Academic Building; where students can build a future observing, exploring and asking questions. Having an externship is not nearly the same amount of workload as having an internship. As an intern, assignments are meaningful as deadlines and expectations are given. Being an intern is doing what would be expected as a regular employee. Internships are usually towards the end of a student's education (junior or senior year in college), but students can be an intern for a company at any time of their college career. Companies typically look for students who are looking for a long-term

Generally internships stand to offer pay, and those that do not are called "cooperative education internships," also known as co-op internships. Co-op internships are course-credited learning programs that provide students with preparation, counseling, academic projects and the opportunity to reflect on what they have learned. To assure that these college credits are being included towards a student's classes, email the Director for OICE Joanne Beiter at jbeiter@kean. edu or the general Internship Department at Now that the distinction between the two has been made, here some tips on how to land the opportunity! 1. Bring A-game to interviews. Research the company that is being applied to prevent feeling unprepared and blind sided by any


Jumpstart Program Reaches Major Milestone 60 new members recruited and no plans on stopping there Sara Ridgway


of the year party for the 180 children Kean's Jumpstart program interacts with on a yearly basis.

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their families, as well has continuing to help organizations within the local community.

ean University's Jumpstart program has been thriving this year under the supervision of Senior Site Manager Gina Miseo.

Jumpstart is a early education organization that serves the population of preschool children in low-income neighborhoods. College students are recruited and trained to participate in the program. The Kean University website says: "Our proven curriculum helps children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for kindergarten, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late." Jumpstart at Kean reached a major milestone through recruiting 60 new members this year alone, making it the first year the program has doubled in size. "We became a 'super site' this year, recruiting 80 AmeriCorps members, who make up about 12 teams, versus other sites who average about 42 members and six to seven teams," Miseo said. Along with recruiting Jumpstart members, 100 additional Kean students served as one-time volunteers participating in the program's many events hosted throughout the year. Jumpstart hosted a variety of events including Read for the Record, which is an annual national campaign to break the world reading record. There was also a Thanksgiving family event.

Some of Kean's Jumpstart members

"Our partner children at Head Start Roselle got to follow recipes with their families and make their very own no-bake pumpkin pie," Miseo said. Jumpstart also partnered with Bernice's Place to collaborate on hosting events. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event involved reading stories about the well-known figure. The event also included supporting children who were working on writing activities based on the iconic figures history. Bernice's Place also partnered with Jumpstart for Read Across America Day, which is held on Dr. Suess's birthday. At the event, children celebrated reading and books while creating their own bookmarks. "We also have frequent materials creation tables/ events on campus for students to create learning materials for our partner children," Miseo added.

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"Children, families and the community in the Elizabeth area benefit from these literacy events, where we usually have learning activities for them to take home and helpful hints for the families to participate in children's learning at home," Miseo said. She added that Kean students also benefit from being involved in these events through volunteering, which gives them the opportunity to become involved and make a difference in the neighboring communities of Kean University.

Photo courtesy of David Paul

Jumpstart Senior Site Manager Gina Miseo and Jumpstart Associate Site Manager Michelle Zuzock standing in between Jumpstart Specialists Stephanie Marola and David Paul

One of these tabling events took place at Kean Dance Marathon. The Jumpstart team provided shapes and color bingo sheets for students to color while taking a break from dancing. The coloring sheets will be used for the end

"During the next school year, I hope to continue building more strong relationships and partnerships with Kean students, faculty and staff and in the community, with educators and organizations," Miseo said.

For those interested in becoming a part of Jumpstart, applications are being accepted now for the fall 2017 semester.

Jumpstart Corps Members serve the program part-time between eight and 10 hours a week during the regular school year. As per the Kean University website, members are involved in the following: ■■ Jumpstart sessions with team and partner children

■■ Team planning meetings, which include planning and reflection ■■ Communicating with partner child's family and sharing strategies for extending learning ■■ Participating in intensive pre-service and on-going training's ■■ Attending periodic service days, often held on weekends For more information about the Jumpstart program, visit the Kean University website and search "Jumpstart." Join a program that is continuing to grow and making an impact on the local community on a yearly basis.

In March Jumpstart had a little fun by hosting a talent show for students to take part in and be entertained by in Cougar's Den.

For the future, the Jumpstart program plans to continue increasing its impact on the community through reaching more children and

Sara Ridgway, junior marketing and media/film communication double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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with a student athlete at the University of Alabama who excelled in the classroom and earned several offers to join honors societies, but could not afford the membership fees. She explained that his monetary struggles motivated him to start a new award, an honors program based on overall achievement and not financial ability. It was only Rivera's first time assisting in the presentation of this annual event, but it was an experience that the assistant vice president of Residential Student Services would always remember. "To honor students who have worked so hard and to hear about all of their accomplishments they have made, it is just amazing. It goes back to the idea that they are helping to contribute to Kean and the university contributes back to them, and it makes everyone just stronger and better. I am so happy for them," Rivera said. Guests were then treated to a fantastic dinner composed of chicken, mashed potatoes and salad, with a dessert of berries, pound cake and whipped cream. Shortly after the delightful meal was enjoyed by the audience, Scott Snowden, the director of the Center for Leadership and Service, began the award presentations. Each student had their name called, and while walking to the podium, they were met with resonant applause from the entire audience. Snowden gave small summaries of the students as they walked up to get their award as well.

Tahjane Whitsett, the recently-elected Senior Class president for the Class of 2018, award recipient and a business management major, commented on her success in winning the gold plaque. "It feels good, just to be recognized...," Whitsett said. "This [award] is...something where [you]...say 'I got honors for an award.'" The 77 honorees included notable names that would be recognized by the Kean community. Asa Dugger was one of these award winners, and is a junior communication major who has served as the executive vice president of Student Organization (the full-time undergraduate student government) and a current member of the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor society. Another winner, Terrence Somesla-McCornell, is a graduating senior who will have a degree in special education who serves as the vice president of public relations and multicultural affairs for Kean University's Greek Senate. One other nominee, Victor Suarez, is a junior majoring in molecular biology and biotechnology who has secured a paid research internship with Brandeis University while being able to present research results to a national convention in Tampa, Florida. These students were nominated by professors, administrators and other faculty members who witnessed these students' growth, academically and professionally. After the last honoree was announced, hugs were exchanged, photographs of friends and families were taken and student winners held their golden plaques with pride, honor and certain distinction. Certainly, the feeling of obtaining the golden plaques with their names engraved in it appeared as gratifying to the students who achieved an award. Award recipient and Residential Assistant Alexis Morales commented on this. "This is on a plaque. I do not have any plaques," Morales said, "I have gotten papers and certificates, but there is nothing like a golden plaque!" Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is member of The Cougar's Byte Staff

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Ready For Change On Campus? Kristen Failla has taken the place of Alternate Student Trustee Amanda Petty

lightly. Failla thought about it, decided she was ready for the added responsibility and put her name on the ballot not once, but twice in as many years.

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“I previously ran for Alternate Student Trustee last year and despite my loss, I was motivated to put my name on the ballot again,” she said. What can the Kean community learn about Failla from this experience? She does not give up. If Failla had to pinpoint when she took her determination to the next level, she would say her freshman year in college. “...[A]s I started my involvement at Kean University with the Bronze level of the Leadership Institute, the director and coordinator, Sandra Espinal, gave me the advice of avoiding heading [straight] back to the residence halls after class,” Failla said. “Instead, she told us to become involved in every way possible and this mentality immediately inspired me.” The Cougar's Byte

Kristen Failla, Alternate Student Trustee


n most recent weeks, the Kean community gained a new student representative, and her name is Kristen Failla. Acting as the new Alternate Student Trustee, Failla is going to be the person to generate growth in the university. Failla is a sophomore who is focusing her studies in sociology while simultaneously pursuing a minor in psychology. Running in an election is a major decision to make, not one to take

“As Kean Alternate Student Trustee, I plan on serving as a voice connecting students to the university board and in doing so, also providing students with an opportunity to speak their minds.”

A common perplexity for college students is how to become more involved while also reserving time for school work. During her coming time as Alternate Student Trustee, she aims to guide students as they figure out all that is made available to them. “I want to help students utilize this advice [given to me] by taking advantage of the various resources, organizations and events Kean University has while also continuously improving on them.” Getting rid of any remnants of disconnect between students and administration, the voices of the Kean community are going to be heard, and it is not going to end there. Failla will take what she hears and take steps in creating the changes the student body asks for.


“As Kean University’s Alternate Student Trustee, I plan on serving as a voice connecting students to the university board and in doing so, also providing students with an opportunity to speak their minds,” she said. “Ultimately, I would like to dedicate the next two years to helping students have their thoughts and concerns not only be heard, but recognized on campus in a professional environment where changes University’s are made.”

Kristin Failla

Failla’s aspirations for this position span across various topics. An avid volunteer, a priority of hers is to advocate community involvement and service. “Another accomplishment I hope to make as Alternate Student Trustee is to encourage and instill a desire to participate in community service in students,” she said. “I believe that all students should love the university they attend and if anything disrupts that, students should have the opportunity to share their opinions, and I plan on giving students an outlet to do exactly that.” In closing comments, Failla shared her gratitude for receiving this two-year moment.

Failla said, “I am honored and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the progressive changes Kean University is constantly making.”

Amanda Petty, senior English writing and communication studies double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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"I am very proud to stand here to wish you welcome. There are people who strive to get an education and we celebrate you today. We make sure the students have two commencements to celebrate the students. Never let anyone make your sky their ceiling," said Gaines. Dr. Morgan Laury, the coordinator of the Department of Public Administration, gave the graduates advice for their future. "The road for success is never traveled alone. You have a responsibility not only for yourself but your community," said Laury. Dr. Conyers gave his remarks to the audience. "We sincerely hope today's ceremony will lift you up and motivate you," said Dr. Conyers. The Black National Anthem was then performed by Lovely Randle, who included the audience in the first verse of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," written by James Weldon Johnson. Next came student group dedications by Emily Cubilete, OluKemi Alade and Jerome Beazer. "We look to make sure that everyone has a voice. No matter what, believe in yourself because in life there are many obstacles but you just have to leap over them," said Beazer, board member of Kean University Alumni Association and co-founder of the Alumni Leadership Initiative. Next the Kean Gospel Choir graced the audience with a performance of "I Shall Wear a Crown." Dr. Conyers then introduced the Keynote Speaker Sonia Sanchez, who is a professor, author, poet and civil rights activist. Sanchez has lectured at over 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway and Canada. Currently, Sanchez is one of 20 African American women featured in “Freedom Sisters,” an interactive exhibition created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. "I come to you with the voice of the praiser and the poet. You my brothers and sisters must finally break into butterflies. You must then question what does it mean to be human? We sing it is time for new visions, for new dreams. This is the truth of our children's eyes as we wash the feet of our earth. Today is your day my brothers and sisters. It will get better because of you my brothers and sisters," said Sanchez. The audience welcomed Sanchez and was moved by her speech. The graduates, families and friends went into a round of applause. Dr. Conyers and the office of Africana Studies awarded Sanchez with the Queen of Mothers Award, with which she smiled and held up with pride.

Fegins was performed in which she sang "Believe in Yourself " the Wiz Rendition. Dr. Sharon Boyd-Jackson, the associate professor of the Psychology Department awarded the undergraduate and graduate valedictorians, Nadine James, College of Business and Public Management student, and Rognial Fleurmont, sociology major. Now was the time for the graduates to receive their certificates. Awards were also given out for Special members of the community to Reverend Alfred Brown, Maria DeCruz, Melodie Toby and AJah Hunter. The African Heritage Ceremony ended with a closing libation. "It is the day when we celebrate the importance of African people. I would like people who participate in the graduation or who witness the graduation to come out with a sense of pride in being an African person, with a sense of accomplishment of being African people," said Dr. Conyers. Walking out of the ceremony, families greeted the graduates and other guests were talking about how powerful the graduation was. Below are the names of graduates to have participated in the ceremony.

College of Business and Public Management:

Taneya Adams, Andrew Alexis, Marlon Anthony, Ganiyat Ayakunbi, Natasha Bloomfield, Sierra Bryant, Adjaratou Cisse, Essence Clyburn, Iesha Cox, Michelle Cruz-Ruiz, Shanice Davy, Kwame Eni, Landerman Evra, Kristle Felder, Monique Fletcher, Asia Garner, Ajuba Gaylord, Rafat Ibrahim, Nadine James, Cresha John, Erica King, Sharonda Legrand, Vineatra Lewis, Shevelle Mosley, Edna Paul, Marie Pierre, Jane Roberts, Shatika Robinson, Cornelius Robinson, Faith Shaw, Alysia Solomon, Keana Staton-Woods, Orlando Taylor, Joshua Watkins, Eugune Williams, Keana Woods.

College of Education:

Natayja Alexander, Cadene Delisser, Imani Johnson, Sharell Lowe, Jarrod Young.

Jones, Kiswah Khan, Nichelle Lane, Shawn Lawson Jr., Brandi Luck, Amber McEachin, Infin McNeill, Karen Millet, Nija Miranda, Eugene Omondi, Rikkii Orange, Judith Osiughwu, Zaiditu Persaud-Alabi, Vicki Plowden, Kassie Prevost, Dynesha Prince, Dennecia Proctor, Bennett Solomon, Claire Telisma, Katina Thompson, Kayla waters, Ashley Weathers, Mary Williams, Ya'Nick Yamba.

College of Natural, Applied and Health Science:

Jory Bell, Shazneka Blue, Celie Cadeau, Taiye Ekundayo, Marie Fajuyi, Angelica Harmon, Cameron Holmes, Omari Kirkland, Collins Lidede, Khadijia Martin-Gilmore, Rikkiyah muslim, Damaris Ochieng, Jane Okali, Brittany Ridges, Nabeehah Salaam. College of Visual and Performing Arts: Peighton Bryant, Sahirah Johnson, Michael Lynch, Chanah McKenzie, Samantha Noelcin, Joseph Wright II.

Nathan Weiss Graduates:

Wonder Amedzo, public administration; Jasmine Cambridge, psychology; Latrice Doctor, special education; Malcolm Evans, communication studies; Rognial Fluermon, sociology; Teshay Gibbons, computer information; Stephanie Hawkins, communication studies; Michael Hutcheson, sociology; Constance Kwarteng, nursing; Deneen Marshall-Mike, communication studies; Danielle Robinson, sociology; Roldy Simeus, computational science; Bryan Spears, public administration; Tarie Taylor, psychology; Herma Thomspon, nursing; Donovan Willis, counseling education; and Tonji Wimberley, communication studies. If any students are interested in being a part of Africana Studies or attending the African Heritage Graduation Ceremony next year, they can email Petruce Jean-Charles, sophomore sociology and writing major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

College of Liberal Arts:

Linda Afriyie, Nakia Albright-Dudley, Jasmine Alonso, Aaliya Alston, Tiara Anderson, Requel Avena, Gifty Boateng, Anita Bonsu, Nicole Brown, Ashley Charles, Shakkie Clark, Christina Collazo, Alaysha Daniels, Theodorine Datlius, Nicole Dias, Nilandes Dorvil, Olivia Felder, Khalonie Forman, Evelyne Fortune, Juliana Gardiner, Jazmin Goepfert, Nasya HammondWatson, Rosalee Howard, Glory Iyke, Valerie Jabouin, Jacqueline Johnson, Asha

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Class Of 2017 Reflects While Gearing Up To Take Final Steps

A Dream To Change People's Lives

Student Karun Singh wants to build innovating products

Once a Kean Cougar, always a Kean Cougar Amanda Petty


Senior Editor

hree years, four years, five or six, everyone experienced college at a different pace. No matter the length of time it took to get to this point, all graduating students have a commonality: this is it. This is the end to a student’s undergraduate, a student’s graduate, years. Aside from the astounding speakers, the glistening black gowns and the multitude of caps decorated reflecting each graduate’s personality, what is commencement? Commencement is… “...[A] celebration for all of the hard work and efforts we have put in along the way to get to this point. It signifies that all of those countless hours spent doing literature reviews, writing research papers and studying were worthwhile in the end,” said Michelle Fitzula. “Commencement is undoubtedly one of the most meaningful ceremonies of your life! The senior class should be proud of this hard earned accomplishment.” Fitzula is a senior happily graduating this May after studying psychology on the pre-occupational therapy track. The ceremony means to publicly applaud graduates’ achievements and recognize all their countless efforts to achieve goals that, at times, seemed unattainable. For a few hours on that specific May day, all the worrisome thoughts of what to do post-graduation are momentarily forgotten. “Commencement means to me that one door is closing and another is opening,” commented Jordyn Bronsky, a psychology major who is graduating next month. “I have been looking forward to this day for four long years...[this] is a day I get to celebrate all of my hard work...Knowing that it is about a month away makes the 19 credit semesters and 8 a.m. classes worth it.” This is one moment in time where a graduate is recognized as an individual in front of thousands. Everyone, applauding for both those they know and those they have yet to meet. “I am also looking forward to sharing graduation day with my fellow classmates, closest friends and parents,” said Fitzula. “I really could not have done this without my parents' support, so I am really excited to be making them proud.” Bronsky’s sentiments of this time in her life mimic Fitzula’s. Bronsky is the first of her siblings to earn a degree.

to have at least two or three products already on the market that have already made a change in the world," he said. "I think it's a huge goal for 10 years...but 10 years is a long time."

“I also get to see my friends and classmates celebrate this milestone as well,” Bronsky said. “I wouldn't have been able to accomplish what I did without the love and support from my family…[commencement] will be a very memorable experience for all of us.”

While at Kean University, Singh started two clubs on campus and was a part of six clubs. He started the photography club called Point and Shoot and the film club, which is called Cougar's in Motion. Singh is the president of both clubs.

The electric spirit taking over everyone in Prudential Center, the ceremony filled with beaming smiles and genuine disbelief that a student’s time here is truly over. The essence of commencement is a potpourri of nearindistinguishable emotions; graduates all around are elated yet wistful.

He got into film and photography towards the start of his college career, and that is around the time the two clubs began.

But the highlight of the ceremony? “Probably just like everyone else, I am most looking forward to hearing my name called and walking across that stage to earn my diploma,” Fitzula said. Fitzula’s educational journey is not quite over just yet. She has the aspiration of being an occupational therapist, which requires her to earn a master’s degree for the field. Beginning in September, Fitzula will take some of her last steps towards this goal and start graduate school. “I would just like to add that being a student at Kean University made for a wonderful undergraduate experience,” Fitzula said. “I had so many great professors who taught me so much in my four short years here.”

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Karun Singh wants to create innovative products in hopes of changing people's lives

Gaelle Gilles


Staff Writer

any people have an idea in mind of what they want to accomplish in life. Some want to find a cure deadly diseases. Others want to travel the world and see what all the fuss is about. Kean University student Karun Singh is one of those lucky people who knows exactly what he wants to do after graduation.

Bronsky is pursuing the social work profession. In the fall, she will switch gears from undergraduate to graduate as she enrolls in Stockton University’s social work graduate program.

"I want to start my own company, where we build innovative products," commented Singh, a senior who will be graduating in May of 2017 with a degree in industrial design.

“I enjoyed my time as a student-athlete at Kean University,” Bronsky said. “I would not trade this experience for the world. It has led me to many life-long friendships and memories I will cherish forever.”

He mentioned that after graduation, he will be going to Parsons School of Design.

As this year’s graduates walk across the stage in Prudential Center this May, surrounded by excitement radiating off co-graduates, do not forget to reserve a few seconds to reflect. Once a Kean Cougar, always a Kean Cougar. “Kean has so many opportunities available and ways to get involved, and I encourage all underclassmen to make the most of their time here,” Fitzula said. “While it may feel like it is taking forever to get through semesters and time is passing so slow in the moment, when you look back on it all, you realize college happened and finished in the blink of an eye.”

Amanda Petty, senior English writing and communication studies double major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

"I am going to be studying strategic design management. That can be implemented in film [as well as] business and design," Singh said. Singh further explained why he wants to start a company that focuses on building innovative products that he wants to change people's lives. He wants to do something along the lines of what Bill Gates and Steve Jobs has done, "but on a down-to-earth-level...I think I just want to focus mainly on building products and then hiring people to do more of [the] engineering and technology part of it." In 10 years, he sees himself having an established business. "10 years is a long time...but maybe I would like

"It turns out a lot of people really do like film, and you don't realize it until you ask people 'do you want to be in a movie,'" Singh said. "Being in a film is just so fun, working together, collaborating with each other -- it teaches you a lot of things that school doesn't." Singh is a self-taught videographer and photographer. "I'm glad I am," he exclaimed, before he continued to say "I think if I went to school for that, my personal style would not be there. And I also think that my drive and motivation wouldn't be there...I learned it all on my own. Photography, film, lighting, everything. I exposed myself because I found it as a hobby, but I turned it into something bigger than that." As a result of his hobby, he made a documentary film on LGBT with a classmate of his and entered the video into an LGBT film festival. Singh also spoke to high school students and those who feel they are struggling with their sexuality. "Before gay marriage was legalized, my friends, who were heavily involved, dragged me and said let’s go to high schools and talk to kids who are struggling with this. And that’s what we did," he said. They went to the high schools and talked with students about gay rights among other things. Not only that, but Singh and one of his friends went to the communities of Newark to talk to students to "let them know that just because you [may] come from a poor area doesn’t necessarily mean that you are going to be here for the rest of your life. Don’t let the world decide who you are." It may seem as if there is no time in any day to do so much, but Singh proves that there is; 24 hours may seem long, but life is short. Every day should count for something. Gaelle Gilles, senior English writing major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff


(continued from page 3) information. 2. Emphasize flexibility. Open availability is always a positive when coming into a company. 3. Ask about future positioning. Knowing that a person is in for the long run is what companies look for. 4. Stay connected and follow up. This does not mean to consistently call every day, but make sure they have not forgotten.

When the position has been obtained, it is important to maintain that success.

■■ Do the homework before actually starting the job. Like said previously, having knowledge of what the company does before stepping into the building is a plus. It is like knowing how the race is going to end before starting. ■■ Show commitment, by showing up a few minutes early to a shift. Be willing to sacrifice overtime. This will definitely stand out to the person in charge. ■■ Treat it as if it is a real job. ■■ Find a mentor. Seek advice from an employee or the head person. Ask questions when in need and do not be afraid to ask for feedback!

If students are having trouble getting started, according to OICE, students can follow these 5 steps:

■■ A student should access their personality, interests and major. ■■ A student should constantly build and update their resume and other application. If one needs help with creating a resume and or a cover letter, check out the office offers the opportunity for students to attend workshops and edit their important documents before submitting them to a particular company. ■■ A student should identify companies and target industries. ■■ A student should visit the Kean internship office. ■■ Apply and follow up!

Kean University likes to showcase students' successes. As for junior Armando Guerra, majoring in global business management states, "As a student who has worked in the luxury sales since the age of 16 as a fashion stylist, during my Spring 2016 semester, I had internship offers on the table from designers Daniel Patrick and Rick Owens." He was given the opportunity to work as an intern at Giorgio Armani, being the youngest candidate and only student who was not in a fashion school to receive this job! He continues, "I realized interning was crucial to not only my


college experience, but especially in the industry I want to have a career in. My internships at Giorgio Armani, Noritex S.A. and overall experience as a student at Kean has helped me develop into the individual and professional I am today...I truly cannot be more thankful and blessed to have been at Kean, a university that granted me opportunities, room for growth, and truly providing me with a world class education." Armando Guerra has already received offers from Giorgio Armani, Noritex S.A. and HQ in NY for Coach before he has even walked across the stage! If students are currently interning at a company, it is simple to be a part of the OICE Intern Hall of Fame on campus. Send a photo, the company's name and a brief description to The OICE acknowledges that having an externship or internship is a great resume builder, but it is also a great way to test out the career a student is working towards. Students will have the ability to gain new skills and network themselves. Students are open to stop by the OICE at any time to view the job posting board for available co-ops and internships, or email the office at or call 908-737-4706.

Alexus Campbell, freshman communication and journalism major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

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Graduating seniors reflect on their time at Kean University Gaelle Gilles


Staff Writer

ay is just around the corner, meaning graduation is pretty nearby. Seniors are getting excited as Thursday, May 18, 2017 gets closer. But what did seniors like most about Kean University? Did they have any favorite memories? Well, a few seniors answered those questions...

Favorite memory while attending Kean University?

Karun Singh is majoring in industrial design and his favorite memory while on campus is something he will never forget. "My favorite memory while attending Kean definitely had to be when the cops were called when my film club [Cougar's in Motion] and I were filming. We were doing a horror movie and apparently locals really [thought] people were dying. Within seconds we were surrounded. Guns drawn, multiple squad cars present and a whole lot of scared college kids on the verge of tears."

Alexis Whitney is an athlete and plays on the women's volleyball team. Some of her favorite memories, she said, was participating in the sport. "Probably one specific [memory] was when we won the quarter finals and were able to play in the semifinals at Ramapo [University]," she commented. Whitney is majoring in English education of students with disabilities grade pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Do anything differently?

Many students would say that they would probably do a few things differently, but others would not change a bit about their college experience. For Whitney, she mentioned that she "would not do anything differently" with her college experience. On the other hand, Singh exclaimed, "I would totally go even crazier than I already am. Being involved with six clubs over the past four years, three being involved as president, I would just overdose on the fun and networking so I could meet

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more people and have many more memories to share."

Top college experience enjoyment?

Everyone has that one stand-out moment they enjoyed about their college experience, whether it be making the Dean's list or being the first in the family to graduate.

social group of similar desires." As many people have said, college is where people will meet their lifelong best friend(s) and that is what happened to Whitney. "What I liked most about my college experience is the people I was able to share it with," Whitney said. "I have made some of my best friends here."

"One thing I enjoyed most about my College can be a great experience for college experience was the ability everyone. College is not only about to turn nothing into something," getting an education, but also about Singh shared. "Everyone came from student involvement. As the students different backgrounds, no one knew above have mentioned, their best each other, but I still managed to bring memories came from being a part of hundreds of people together through an athletic team or a club. extracurricular activities such as film club and photography club. I enjoyed College is more than just hitting the meeting new people and working with books. people who shared the same passion as me to build a great network and Gaelle Gilles, senior English writing major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

Graduating Seniors Leave Kean With Many Memories What will Kean graduates take with them as they leave? Petruce Jean-Charles


Staff Writer

ean University is an institution with amazing people and a lot of opportunities. So much so that this year's graduating seniors have obtained a lot of memories and good laughs.

Ubah: "My first percussion ensemble concert at Wilkins Theatre was an amazing experience. I enjoyed the musical compositions and the styles in which the songs were being played. If I could I would explore Kean to gain more useful information and experience that would benefit me in the long run."

became good friends and some of these people will always have a place in my heart and my circle. While in school you have the chance to see them but once we all graduate it will be difficult to see them as often it used to occur on campus."

Ubah: "The Game Room at the Miron Student Center... Lewis: "I have had many great experiences at Kean. [it] is one of the most important places to be in on campus The best decision I ever because it serves as a huge stress These graduating seniors had a lot to reflect over their made was dorming my reliever for students. I am going years at Kean University: Ladayna Sanchez, a senior freshman and sophomore to miss the atmosphere, energy, studying criminal justice; David Ubah, a senior studying year. Living on campus gave competition and connection computer science with information studies; Anisha "I will miss being and me the fundamental college that I had in the Game Room." Lewis, a senior studying biology; and Carl Olivier Lohier, working around people experience. It gave me the a senior studying general business. Lewis: "I will miss being and chance to venture out, bond of the same age group working around people of the These four graduating seniors had many memories to and meet new people. Some and attending classes same age group and attending share. people I met are my best with my friends." classes with my friends. I will friends still today. I also had the Sanchez: "My favorite experience at Kean University was also miss being around such a opportunity to participate in Anisha Lewis the experience of going on the Alternative Spring Break diverse environment. I had a lot many academic organizations Trip in 2014, my freshman year. I had the most amazing of great experiences working where I learned to try new time and I am still so appreciative until this day for this at the Miron Student Center. things and make friends who five-day trip. Instead of going on vacation or relaxing Working at the heart of the helped shape my college career. at home, a large group of Kean volunteers, myself and university gave me a chance to broaden my social skills But the most major and constructive involvement I have staff headed towards the Atlantic City area to help and become more involved on campus. We all became had on campus was getting the chance to do research with rebuild and fix homes that have been damaged during a family." one of the greatest professors I have met in the biology Hurricane Sandy. We met families, helped families and department, Dr. Pu, and having my research featured and After they graduate from Kean these students talked built relationships with others that I still hold today. The presented at Kean Research Day and having it published about their next steps. entire experience was one I'll always remember. I went on the Kean University website. I was also recognized out of my comfort zone and went away with a group of by the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Sanchez: "I am planning on furthering my education at individuals I didn't even know, and when we came back Participation (LSAMP) program and was inducted into Kean's graduate school. I have recently been accepted to we were all like a family." Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society." the forensic-psychology master's degree program. I am looking forward to obtain my master's and eventually "Outside of the work during the day "If I could do anything differently it work my way into crime scene investigation. I'm so glad we also went out to eat, went to the would have been to network and do "I would say the Kean has given me continuous opportunities to do great, movies, hung out at the hotel in the more internships to gain a lot more fact that I was and as a graduating senior I would say my experience pool, you name it. I met one of my experience in my career field that I here has been very productive and memorable!" best friends on this trip. Without want to pursue. I also wish I would working with Kean I would of never got to cherish have spent less time worrying about the greatest Lohier: "I am looking at a couple internships and experience all that I did on this certain things and enjoy my college down-to-earth opportunities and also looking at moving in with my trip. It's an experience at Kean that journey and take advantage of every soon-to-be wife. I am closing a big chapter in my life on I bring up to many people and opportunity that came my way. I people here May 18th and hopefully greater things come my way. encourage them to go when I hear could have even joined a sorority." at Kean made Only God knows at this point but I will remain patient about it every year." and will still work hard to achieve my goal in finding a it my favorite These graduating seniors explained great job and start my career." Lohier: "I would say the fact that what they would miss about Kean experience." I was working with the greatest University. Ubah: "I plan on taking a cyber-security certification down-to-earth people here at Kean Olivier Lohier course and pursuing a master's degree." made it my favorite experience. Sanchez: "I'm going to miss my Typical bosses do not take time little family at the Miron Student Lewis: "I plan on taking a year off to volunteer and gain to hear about [an] employee's Center. I currently work in the more experience in the field I would like to pursue by story and background. Those people care about you Computer Lab there. I've been working there since my working the medical field and shadowing doctors and and would do whatever they can to help one in need. sophomore year. I formed many relationships there and physician assistants. I will also be doing more outreach During my journey at Kean, I feel that I was not too the staff has always been there to help and guide me. I and community service in my community. My main involved on campus beside working in the Miron would definitely say I'm going to miss working there. I plan is to prepare to go to graduate school to become a Student Center Game Room and being a part of Haitian am also going to miss a few special professors who have physician assistant, but who knows, I also see med school Student Association. I wish I had the chance to play for helped me out so much while in undergrad." in my future." Kean University soccer team and just be more involved Lohier: "I will miss the great friends I had the chance by volunteering in different services offered on campus." Petruce Jean-Charles, sophomore sociology and to work with. We were just coworkers but many of us writing major, is a member of The Cougar’s Byte Staff

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(continued from page 1) Anais Peralta, a member of the Atria Senior Living volunteer group, enjoyed the day of service as she and others spent their time with those who needed it. "I was thrilled to witness our volunteers interacting with the residents while they received manicures in order to pamper them. There was a resident who was 102 years old and was filled with motivating energy to inspire me to live my life to the fullest!" said Peralta. In Dover, N.J., the Habitat for Humanity program, an organization that is known for building and rehabilitating more than 400,000 houses, would also see a positive turnout with their services in collaboration with the volunteers of Kean University. From 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., volunteers were tasked with installing insulation and laying tile flooring in houses in the Dover area. “After the day was over there was a great feeling of accomplishment. Installing insulation and laying tile flooring gave volunteers the opportunity to work as a team and visually see the progress they were making. It was a very rewarding experience,� said Kristen Failla, a service specialist of the CLS and volunteer who assisted the Habitat-for-Humanity-sponsored event. Failla is a sophomore majoring in sociology with a concentration in communication disorders. In another part of the Day of Service, Kean University's volunteers worked with the Arc of Union County program and provided companionship and assistance to members of the weekend respite program. This program was developed to provide families with assistance and support of their ongoing responsibilities related to caring for an individual with a disability, and Kean's volunteers helped these children with making arts and crafts. They would add to the fun by also playing games with them this weekend. Lastly, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey was assisted by the volunteers who participated on this day. Students, volunteers, staff and faculty helped sort and organize food donations. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers helped organize these goods in a warehouse in Hillside, N.J. Gabriella LaPointe, a volunteer who helped organize the goods that would be later donated, got her inspiration to help give back from a volunteer coordinator at the event. "One of the volunteer coordinators shared a few inspirational words with our group before we got started for the day," LaPointe said. "He put it into perspective how quickly life circumstances can change, and the importance of helping out while you can. We started off the service project extremely motivated and were able to get a lot of work done." Throughout the communities surrounding Kean University, much was done to show that the Cougars of Kean University really do care! This annual event saw a great turnout and, for the volunteers involved, the experience of giving back to the supporting organizations and communities around them was something they will never forget.

Marcus Van Diver, junior communications, media major, is member of The Cougar's Byte Staff

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Life In The City

Following the adventures of Kean students at Wenzhou Joanna Kristine Ninal Staff Writer

semester or year there. "Wenzhou was very interesting because it was a mix of the village but it also had a modern touch when you went to certain areas. The school was beautiful -- very modern and a lot of space everywhere. There were a lot of comfortable places for the students to hang out or do homework," said Maddie Gomez, junior graphic design major. "The students usually participated in sports and different types of clubs at school. Sports was a big thing for the guys, almost everyone played something or was in some sort of club. My favorite things [at Wenzhou] were the clubs and just being on the campus in general. The weather isn't like here [in Union]. It was a lot warmer when I was there so it was common to hang outside or [out] on the balcony in our rooms." Wenzhou is surrounded by mountains and most notably, the East China Sea. Most of Wenzhou is mountainous, while the other parts are water and farmland.

Photo courtesy of Fengrui Yang

Create a rainbow of diversity at Wenzhou


tudents who apply to go study abroad in Wenzhou, China may be questioning what they will see or encounter. Sometimes studying abroad can be overwhelming when students do not know what to expect. From the Kean University at Union, N.J. to Wenzhou, there have been many students who took a step on the other side of the world. Students go in groups and they are always assigned a friend when they arrive in Wenzhou, so they do not feel lonely during their

"Wenzhou-Kean is located in the country[side], which is far away from the downtown. The campus is relatively quiet with beautiful landscape around. I often go to the college town to have some delicious food during the weekend, which is convenient because it's about 2 minutes away," said Xinyu Zhang, junior marketing major and student from Wenzhou. "Mountain climbing is a good choice, in my opinion, too." Some say the Wenzhou-Kean campus looks similar to the Union campus, but others say they are completely different. The area is full of nature, so it has always been a great place to take picture, go sightseeing and just have a refreshing view of landscape each time.

and it provides all the courses in English. Our professors are from all over the world, including United States, United Kingdom, Taiwan, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, etc. The variety of faculty provides us the world vision, and it helps us broaden our horizons." Yang informed. "We have accounting, finance, English, computer science, global business, graphic design and marketing major[s] now. All of our students need to complete a few general education courses before major courses, which I think is necessary and reasonable." Yang explains Wenzhou-Kean is located at Li'ao, the suburb area of Wenzhou, so the environment is very good because it is surrounded by many mountains. "The transportation to the downtown Wenzhou and large shopping mall is getting more convenient than the first two years. I like staying at [the] dormitory for weekends or hanging out with my friends [in] the shopping mall or downtown to have some treats. My favorite thing to do at [Wenzhou] is to walk with my friends after dinner," Yang shared. For transportation, there are certain railways to get to other cities so students do not have to feel stuck at the campus. There are four districts, two cities and five counties. There are so many things to do at Wenzhou, and the study abroad program at Kean makes sure that students enjoy all their experiences. Just look at all the fun pictures students who went there took, and think about how joining in on the fun can add to the college experience.

Fengrui Yang, senior English major, is from Wenzhou-Kean and began to study abroad at the Union campus. "Wenzhou Kean is the second Sino-American University in China


Joanna Kristine Ninal, junior English education major, is a member of The Cougar's Byte staff

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