Communication Department Hosts Fourth Annual Career Event

Over 100 students refused to let the snow keep them from joining 64 professionals, most of them alumni, and the Communication Department faculty during the 4th Annual Communication Career Event in Wilson Hall on March 3rd. The fair consisted of eight discussion panels followed by a networking event featuring 21 employers.

Chad Dell, Chair of the Communication Department and organizer of the event, said he was very happy about how the event has grown over the last four years. “When we first started, students didn’t know what to wear to this event, but now students are wearing ties, dresses and even bringing resumes. The students have stepped up their game and impressed the career professionals that come to this event” he said.

Approximately 161 students pre-registered for the Communication Career Fair, as well as 85 alumni professionals and faculty. Students and faculty were also encouraged to participate in the event, regardless of whether or not they were pre-registered.

The event featured two sets of panel discussions to give students an opportunity to engage with career professionals and receive applicable career advice. The first panel was held from 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm and the second from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Discussions were geared towards each of the different communication clusters, including Radio, Television & Film, Comm Studies, Entrepreneurship and Journalism.

A faculty moderator headed the panel discussions, while the panels included University alumni and other career professionals who answered questions and gave advice about their respective field. Dell, as well as other faculty members in the department, reached out to former students as well as personal connections to populate the discussion panels. “It’s important to hear stories of alumni who came before them. Having professionals, or even people a year or two out of college, offering advice to current students is really important,” said Dell.

Brian Morelli, an alumni who currently works for Press Communication as an on-air personality for Thunder 106, said, “This networking event is important for the students. I can’t imagine why someone who is a communication major wouldn’t be at this event, this is where the experts are …. We all started here and we all have advice on how to succeed.”

Immediately following the discussion panels was a networking event where employers from companies such as the Asbury Park Press, MY 9, Press Communications, Fox 5, Townsquare Media and Yashi were present. The networking allowed for students to get one-on-one face time with the professionals on the panels as well as seek out potential internships or job opportunities.

“I came to this event last year and was offered an internship from the MLB Network,” said Gabrielle D’Cunto, a senior majoring in Radio/TV.This year, D’Cunto used the event as a job search and to talk to professionals about resume tips and building her portfolio.

Matt O’Reilly, a representative from Yashi, an on-line video advertising company, was glad to be a part of the event. “I have never been to a networking event like this before and overall it was great. I met good people from the area.” O’Reilly liked the event because he could tell that students were genuinely interested in their futures.

“I would definitely come to an event like this because we need students who are serious about their futures. As a fast growing company, its possible to hire someone from this event, because to be honest, we just need people.”

Joseph DeAngelis, a sophomore, was eager to participate in the fair despite his grade. “Its never too early to attend events where media professionals are talking about the field. Four years in college might seem like a long time,” DeAngelis continued, “but I don’t want to scramble at the last-minute looking for an internship or even a career opportunity.”

Dell said that this event served multiple purposes. “I wanted students to be exposed to people with expertise in their fields. I also wanted students to hear the diversity of jobs they can obtain with a communication degree. The skill sets you learn here can translate to over 100 different occupations.”

D’Cunto felt that the event has been getting better each year. “There are more students here than last year and there are a good amount of [employers] here. I am very satisfied with this event.”
“Last year I was on a panel and it was nerve-wracking, because I was the only ‘young guy’. This year, I feel the event was put together very well. There were more recent grads and the panels were better able to connect with the students,” said Morelli.

DeAngelis thinks it’s helpful that the communication department has its own career fair; separate from the more general career fair hosted each semester by Career Services. “I think its great that the communication department has a specific event tailored for communication majors, because its easier to find out who you want to talk to.”

“It’s helpful to have a career fair where everyone is speaking the language of communication,” said Dell.

“I hope students learn to take full advantage of all of the opportunities Monmouth presents. Whether you write for the paper or have a radio show, its important to take advantage. It is equally important to learn from people who succeeded by taking full advantage,” said Dell. “This networking event allows students to make connections early which leads to good advice and career opportunities.”

Delta Tau Delta: The Newest Triad of Greek Letters on Campus

DeltasDelta Tau Delta is officially the newest fraternity recognized by the University. Currently, there are 35 new members who have been named “founding fathers” of the fraternity.

Lorenzo Russomanno, a senior and President of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC), said, “IFC was looking to expand, as far as fraternities, after the addition and success of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, especially because we have noticed a significant drop of in the amount of guys interested in Greek life.” According to Russomanno, this year there have been over 120 new females who have joined sororities, while there have been only 32 males.

According to Jon Buchalski, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Fraternity and Sorority Life, “There are two ways new fraternities can come to campus. The way Delta Tau Delta came to campus was the Interfraternity Council voted to expand to new organizations and reached out to about ten fraternities that were not currently on campus. Delta Tau Delta entered an application and the Interfraternity Council decided that they would be a good fit. The other way a new fraternity could come to campus would be to have a group of non-affiliated interested students petition for expansion.”

Expansion consultants for Delta Tau Delta Nationals have been in the lower level of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC), since Feb. 10, recording students who are interested in the fraternity and having them fill out interest forms. Once students fill out interest forms, they are scheduled for an interview to see if the students are a good fit for the fraternity.
Anthony Jacobsmeyer, an expansion consultant for Delta Tau Delta, said he is looking for potential candidates who possess the core values of the fraternity. “Delta Tau Delta is focused towards leadership, service and academic excellence. We’re looking for fraternity men, not fraternity boys.” When asked to elaborate, Jacobsmeyer said, “Men are gentlemen who respect the campus and are active in the community whereas fraternity boys are the opposite.”

“I heard nothing but negative things about other fraternities, particularly their inclinations to abuse alcohol,” said Stephen Grzybacz, a freshman. “I joined Delta Tau Delta to get more involved within the University, improve my leadership skills and contribute to the development of a great fraternity.”

Delta Tau Delta’s alumni demonstrated to Charles Lucia, a junior, that Delta Tau Delta is the right fraternity for him. Lucia said that with former members such as Congressman Paul Ryan and Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, is proof that the fraternity has a mission to foster excellence in all aspects of its member’s lives.

“I waited until my junior year to join a fraternity because I am a commuter and my education has always been my number one priority. I did not want the commitment to traditional fraternity practices to negatively impact my academic performance,” said Lucia.

Sororities on campus have also been involved with the recruitment process of new members. According to Jacobsmeyer, there is a competition between the sororities to see who can generate the most referrals. Sororities receive points for each potential new member of Delta Tau Delta that they refer. The organization that generates the most amount of referrals will win a monetary donation from Delta Tau Delta to a charity of the winning organization’s choice.

Currently its Nationals recognize Delta Tau Delta as a “colony.” A colony is a designation given to a new organization that is awaiting official recognition from their national to have a chapter at a campus. Before being recognized as a chapter, new organizations have to prove that they are self-sufficient.

Organizations are able to prove self-sufficiency by hosting philanthropy events, adhering to the academic standard instituted by the University and having a functioning executive board, according to Jacobmeyer. It can take anywhere from 12 – 18 months or longer, to go from colony status to chapter. Jacobmeyer said that there is not much difference between being a colony or a chapter, it is just a designation given by Nationals.

This week, members of nationals will be hosting more interviews and conducting leadership conferences, training, and retreats for new members. The training will teach new members how to run a fraternity, and teach the new members how to work towards its colonization. “I expect to become more of a leader by joining Delta Tau Delta. This fraternity offers many leadership positions, all of which could help me in my future endeavors,” said Grzybacz.

Delta Tau Delta will also be hosting a dinner for the new members on Friday, March at 7 pm. The dinner will serve as a formal meet and greet for new members, and members of nationals. “We will be welcoming those who are interested in building a legacy [at Monmouth] and starting something new. We ask all of those who have not found what they are looking for in other fraternities to show their interest and become members of this fraternity,” said Jacobsmeyer.

Students Learn to Identify Signs of Sexual Assault

 

ImageA sexual assault prevention program called Sex Signals was hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) and Catharsis Productions on Saturday, Feb. 8 to discuss the signs of sexual assault as well the presence of it on college campuses.

Sex Signals used an unconventional approach to tackle the serious issue of rape through the use of humor, improvisation and audience interaction. The event featured two actors from Catharsis Productions, who are trained in sexual violence prevention. Performers Christopher Beier and Amanda Moore started the conversation by engaging the audience and asking them about the factors that contribute to sexual harassment. Beier and Moore initially got the audience involved by asking about male and female stereotypes, but eventually switched gears.

Beier and Moore performed an improvised skit titled “Not My Fault,” which depicted Moore questioning Beier about an alleged rape he committed. Beier answered questions from Moore and the audience to clarify the situation and prove he was not at fault for the rape.

According to the University Guide for a Safe Campus Handbook, in 2013, there were two reported cases of sexual assault and one reported incident of sexual contact; however, there have been no cases reported so far in 2014.

William McElrath, the Chief of University Police (MUPD), said, “Sexual assault is a big issue on college campuses and society in general. I believe it is one of the most underreported crimes taking place. There is a strong culture of silence involving sexual assaults on campus.”

The most prevalent common denominators in sexual assaults on campus are alcohol and date rape drugs, according to McElrath. “Many of these incidents do take place after a party. I do not recall any sexual assaults involving students where an unknown suspect simply attacked a student and fled. All of our sexual assaults involved some sort of socialization process prior to the assault. The victim most often knew, or recently met, the perpetrator.”

“I think a lot of the time, its engrained in people that the way to stop rape is to make sure that you have your rape whistle and your mace, which is completely, completely backwards,” said Beier. “It baffles me sometimes how much our message needs to be heard, because I think it’s a pretty obvious message: to make sure the people you’re having sex with give consent, and, in addition, … to empower people to step in and call sexual assault perpetrators out.”

Because this event was primarily about the prevention of sexual assault, Heather Kelly, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives, said that the assumption might be made that the event would be a male bashing show; however, the event’s intention was not to pick on men, but to talk about stereotypes for both men and women, and to also talk about a lot of things that are not normally discussed.

According to Beier, the most important thing to do when having sex is to ask for consent. Consent is asking for permission for sexual activities to take place. Beier stressed that “you cannot receive consent from someone who has been drinking. They might not be fully conscious or not in their right state of mind, so to avoid being accused of taking advantage, avoid the situation.”

Moore believes that there are several reasons that prevent the victims of sexual assault to come forward, including the fear of becoming re-victimized by the criminal justice system or the media, the inability to recall the events due to drugs or alcohol, and the fear of judgment by friends, family and peers.

“Sexual assault is more of a problem than people think it is. Sexual assault is one of those problems that are hard to talk about…. but the positive thing is that this event allowed the campus to talk about it … making the campus a more friendly place for victims of sexual assault where they are welcomed and not blamed,” said Kelly.

The University has placed a great emphasis on educating students regarding the issue of sexual assaults. “Sex Signals, Take Back the Night, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and Support Denim Day are all programs that the University holds to raise awareness for sexual assaults,” said McElrath. “Education of both male and female students is needed at all institutions. Everyone should be advised of what constitutes sexual assault, the causes of it, prevention of it, and the lifetime consequences for the victim, as well as the perpetrator.”

McElrath also provided preventative advice for women to avoid being a victim of sexual assault. He emphasized the importance of students being aware of self-defense techniques, the effects of alcohol on decision making and avoiding putting yourself in vulnerable situations by going to parties with people you trust and looking out for each other at all times.

Kevin Long, a junior, said he was very happy with the program, although it was not what he expected it to be. “There was a great combination of comedy and information which made the program interesting and exciting…. I do wish that more people came to the event because those who [are perpetrators] of sexual assault aren’t here and that’s unfortunate,” Long said.

Alicia Torello, a freshman SAB member who helped plan this event, said, “As long as this event spoke to at least one person and allows them to stand up against sexual assault, then the event was successful and did its job.”

In the event that you feel you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault on campus, you should report the incident to the MUPD. Police are trained on how to best respond to these situations and will place the interests of the victims first, including getting medical or psychological assistance. Victims are reminded that they ultimately control the direction of the situation. You can also refer to the student handbook to find the process the perpetrator is subject to if accused of sexual assault.