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Mary Bystrycki, a freshman studying exercise science, is also passionate about her goalkeeper position within Kean University's Women's Soccer team. Since she was five years old, she has been immersed in a life of practice and dedication toward this sport. With a mindset to continue on, Bystrycki won't stop playing because she appreciates the game and opportunities she achieves through this sport.
As a crucial member of the field hockey team, Jenna Patrone had a very successful season this fall, ending the season with 28 points, 98 shots, seven saves and 12 goals, which included six game-winning goals. Her exceptional performance during the week of Oct. 29 earned her the title of New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Player of the Week. Moreover, Patrone was accepted into the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III South Atlantic All-Region first team as well as the NHFCA Division III All-American third team.
With over 160 student organizations on campus, there are many students who hold the title of president. However, senior communication studies major Sade Govan-Smith is president of not just one organization, but three. Her presidential titles are for the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). Additionally, Smith also works for Residential Student Services (RSS) as a community assistant in Sozio Hall.
Many students don't realize the importance of having an internship until it is too late. Fortunately, Kean is adapting Career Services to have a more expansive Office of Internships department to better benefit Kean students.
The Latin American Student Organization (LASO), formerly known as the Association of the Latin American Students (ALAS), is making its way through Kean University. Just like many other cultural clubs on campus, LASO seeks to provide awareness and knowledge of the Latin culture to the students willing to learn. Both Latino and non-Latino students can find a home within the organization, as its main goal is to enrich and stimulate conversation throughout campus.
Aiming to help advance the growing demand for a Western-style education in China, Wenzhou-Kean University helps unite Chinese students, Kean students and students from other countries and schools alike. In a modern, state-of-the-art environment, Wenzhou-Kean University fuses elements from both American and Chinese style educational practices.
Asking for academic help can sometimes be intimidating to students. Fortunately, Kean students can find solace in students just like them at Kean Tutor's Club who can help with their specific needs. Since 2014, Kean's Tutor's Club has continued to help students striving for success to meet their academic and professional goals by facilitating relationships between students and professional staff.
For students who are interested in the health and fitness field, a recreational organization like the Exercise Science Club is the way to go. The Exercise Science Club aims to provide multiple possibilities to network with professionals and other students in order to build the necessary knowledge students in that field.
The College of Liberal Arts' second annual Dean for a Day switch-up took place Thursday, Nov. 1. This year’s selection was Catherine Lenahan who took on Acting Dean Jonathan Mercantini’s responsibilities for a day while Mercantini attended her classes as a student.
Habitat for Humanity is an event that works with the non-profit housing organization to help build homes for people who struggle with homelessness. The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) creates service trips to assist in the efforts of the Habitat for Humanity organization whose goal is to have every person have a decent living space.
Filipinos Uniting Nations at Kean (FUNK) is a cultural organization that works to unite the Kean Filipino community, as well as uniting all nationalities and ethnicities on campus. While focusing on the Filipino student community at Kean, FUNK is open to all students regardless of ethnicity.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, Kyle Kreske and Gabriella Lapointe were officially introduced as homecoming king and queen respectively to the Kean community during the homecoming half time show.
Kean University is an institution that allows students to become leaders and to provide help to their fellow peers as well. One of the clubs that does exactly that is the Tutors Club of which Michelle Saavedra is the president. Michelle Saavedra, a senior studying cell and molecular biology is adamant about providing resources for students who want to succeed academically.
Kean University seeks to create an environment conducive to academic learning and personal development. Student Health Services intends to remove the hindrances and worry associated with physical and mental health. The Student Health Services assists students in dealing with physical and mental health concerns with the purpose of enhancing students' academic experience. Located in Downs Hall, Room 126, both residents and commuters can access Student Health Services.
Kean University is an institution that strives to build a community that is accepting and helpful for all students, faculty and community members. In an environment where students are given the opportunity to join clubs and organizations of different creed, Cru serves as an organization that provides an outlet for Christian believers on campus.
Helping Younger Hands is a new organization at Kean University that is centered around raising awareness and educating students on disabilities, disorders and abuse, especially as they pertain to children. This organization believes in helping those who may not have the resources or ability to help themselves.
As the president of the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O), Eddie Rodriquez is able to accomplish their mission. With the mission to spread the Latino culture at Kean University, he is adamant about enriching and stimulating the members on campus. L.A.S.O provides an environment for all Latino and non-Latino students to feel connected to each other. They also aim to build success within their community through many areas.
The Global Markets Trading Center is one of Kean’s lesser known tools, but one of the most immersive experiences offered at the school. Run by certain faculty and staff throughout the School of Accounting and Finance, the GMTC simulates real-time stock trade and allows students to manage their own investment portfolios in order to practice for the real thing.
Kean University prides itself on being a diverse and welcoming community, which can be seen through the organizations that call Kean home. This semester, a few new organizations are joining the mix! Now there are even more ways for students to become more involved on campus.
Involvement on campus is an instrumental factor that can positively influence a student's time here at Kean. Apparent through her constant, committed involvement in multiple organizations, Sarah Fedak is a paragon of how involvement is key to a thriving academic career.