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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.
Last year we raised over $50,000 for the Children Specialized Hospital, and this year we're going to raise even more! They only way we can do that is to help lift others! #KDM #FTK
Firstly, students should be aware that Wednesday, Dec. 12 will follow a Friday class schedule. Wednesday classes will not meet. In turn, Friday, Dec. 14 is Reading Day. The first of its kind at Kean University, Reading Day provides a day of no classes to help students better prepare for the upcoming packed week of finals. Students are encouraged to use Reading Day as a day dedicated to studying, and the university will remain open to allow students to use its facilities.
On Dec. 2, Kean Gospel Choir opened up the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the famed Rockettes. Recommended anonymously, the Kean Gospel Choir was approached by Radio City Music Hall through an email, offering them the opportunity to perform at their holiday celebration featuring the renowned Rockettes.
Kean University is known for a world-class affordable education. The university pushes this goal further with offerings of multiple scholarships. The Kean Foundation scholarship application is open and will close Friday, March 1, 2019 and is available for all Kean student applicants.
December is AIDS Awareness Month, and Kean University is acknowledging this with multiple events that are promoting education concerning sex, disease and communication. AIDS Awareness Month is a month of opportunity to reflect and raise awareness for the disease that affects millions of people all around the world every year.
Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc. will be hosting a human trafficking program Tuesday, Dec. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC) Room 315A in hopes of spreading awareness about this sensitive topic. Chi Upsilon Sigma is a Greek organization that values diversity, leadership and community. With those values in mind, Chi Upsilon Sigma strives to promote a positive image of companionship in communities of color.
Come finals week, students often find themselves swamped with projects, papers and exams. Fortunately, Kean will offer a Reading Day before the start of finals week to give students a whole day to prepare and review their material. This semester's reading day will take place Friday, Dec. 14.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, Kean University students volunteered at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, located in Hillside, to kick-off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Kean University Greek Senate and Love Your Melon Campus Crew hosted the Kean Dance Marathon (KDM) Winter Wonderland Gala. This event celebrated the Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ and recognized the $175,000 raised for the hospital over the past five years due to Kean Dance Marathon.
On Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, Kean University volunteers assisted the Township of Union Recreation Department with their 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration Weekend. Our volunteers assisted by running games and an artificial ice skating rink for members of the community.
Student Government hosted Warm Hands for the Homeless, an event that emphasized the importance of individuals having basic needs met from hygiene to nourishment, Friday, Nov. 16.
Returning from a stellar 28-11 (8-0 NJAC) 2017 campaign, the Cougars ascended to form once again in 2018. They posted a 19-16 (6-2 NJAC) record and recorded back-to-back NJAC Tournament Championships, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Tournament both seasons.
The first annual Kean Dance Marathon (KDM) Winter Wonderland Gala was hosted by the Greek Senate, Thursday, Nov. 29. The event transpired in the STEM building’s Donald R. Conklin Conference Center from 7 to 10:30 p.m., which was adorned with decorations from top to bottom. Guests arrived in their formal attire to enjoy a night of socialization and fun, but most importantly to raise awareness for the important cause that benefits the Children’s Specialized Hospital.
This upcoming Wednesday, Dec. 5, Student Health Services as well as Lambda Sigma Upsilon will be hosting Get Yourself Tested. The intention of this event is to encourage students to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to ensure that the students of Kean University are healthy and safe. This event will transpire in Downs Hall, Room 126 from noon to 3:30 p.m.
The first episode of a new series where Kean University students share some tips on how to succeed and thrive within their specific major.
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.
In a joint-effort with Kean University, the Lesniak Institute for American Leadership hosted the second annual "Let's Clear The Air: A Student-Led Symposium" Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. to help promote environmental advocacy in New Jersey.
For the first time, the Greek Senate will be hosting a Kean Dance Marathon (KDM) Winter Wonderland Gala. This event, taking place Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the STEM building’s Donald R. Conklin Conference Center, is set to provide an extra addition of funds to the annual KDM project while simultaneously allowing students to experience an elegant night of fun.