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The Kean University community honored the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, by holding a remembrance and moment of silence on the Miron Student Center Patio. This remembrance included speeches and readings from members of the Kean community including Susan Figueroa, managing assistant director for Community Service and Civic Engagement, Mariama Roldan, campus minister, Dawood Farahi, Ph.D., Kean University president and a few of Kean's student leaders.
At the beginning of every Fall semester, the Miron Student Center hosts Kean Day, one of the most exciting and informational events throughout the whole semester. On Sept. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., Cougar Walk was lined with a variety of tables representing different aspects of campus life such as clubs, Greek organizations, educational departments, honor societies, off-campus vendors and more. This was a way for new and returning students to really get a look into all of the different ways that it is possible to get involved and truly enhance their college experience here at Kean.
At 5 p.m Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Harwood Arena was abuzz with excitement as the finishing touches were placed around the room for the night's Meet the Greeks event. An affair that takes place once each semester, Meet the Greeks is hosted by the Greek Senate, a governing body over the Greeks on campus that is also made up of members of different Greek organizations. Together they put on this fun night, where all the Greek organizations on campus got a chance to represent themselves, their values and try to bring new people into their ranks.
The Cougar Climb is a new incentive created by Kean University to help students garner the best college experience possible. The Cougar Climb was also built to help students stay on track to graduate within four years. Incoming freshman for this 2019-2020 school year are the first of the Kean student body to have the opportunity to utilize the Cougar Climb.
This past Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m., Wilkins Theatre was filled with all of the liberal arts majors as the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) invited them to their second annual convocation. The purpose of this event was to invite the new freshman and transfer students, as well as the returning CLA majors and get them excited for the upcoming semester. This event also allowed students and professors to get to know each other on a more personal level, as well as ensure that the students are supported by the staff from the CLA.
On Sept. 6, 2019, the first Friday of the Fall 2019 semester, Kean University kicked the school year off with the Friday Night Football Game Kickoff. A prelude to the first football game of the season, the kickoff was not only an opportunity for the Kean community to come out and support their football team, but also a way for students to get pumped for the beggining of the sports season and school year. Starting at 4 p.m. and running until 6:30 p.m. in the Harwood Arena, the event appeared to do it's job well. It was attended by many different members of the Kean community who all appeared to be having a wonderful time.
At the start of each year, one of the academic buildings on campus is filled with Kean University's Greek organizations for the annual Greek Senate Conference. This year on Friday, Sept. 6, in the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB), the Greeks went through multiple workshops designed to get them interacting with one another, to teach them how to continue to be good leaders and how to make the rest of the academic year a great one.
To start the semester off with a bang and celebrate the beginning of a new academic year, an event called Kean Wave transpired on the first day of classes this past Sept. 3. Kean Wave was held on the Miron Student Center (MSC) Patio from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., a great location for students to meet up with their friends they have not seen all summer. There were fun games, activities, food, giveaways and more for students to enjoy.
It's that time of the year again where Kean opens its residence halls to its newest Cougars: the Class of 2023. The Class of 2023 began their college experience by moving onto campus on Sunday, Sept. 1. With the help of the Residential Student Services (RSS) staff, the move-in process and introduction to the residence halls was seamless and full of life.
With the multitude of dining options on campus, students, faculty and visitors alike never have to stress about finding a food option to fit their needs. From quick snacks between classes to full meals, as well as flexible hours and locations, there is sure to be an option here at Kean to fit everyone's needs.
If there is one piece of advice for students attending Kean, it is to get involved on campus as much as one can to enhance their collegiate experience. One way for students to do this, as well as receive financial benefits, is to work on campus. There are many different offices and departments on campus that hire student workers, so there is sure to be a match for everyone.
College is the time to explore different aspects of life to find friends and find oneself. One of the pinnacle programs that really brings this sentiment into fruition is the study abroad program at Kean. This program allows individuals to explore different parts of the world, see things from a new perspective and also help students work toward getting their degrees. While being exposed to other cultures and ways of life for either a full year, single semester or an even shorter amount of time with the Travelearn program, students can become more well rounded and make strides toward their education.
This semester the International Student Association (ISA) teamed up with Asian Studies, Wenzhou-Kean Student Association (WKSA) and the Indian Cultural Club to create the fourth annual Holi Festival. The Holi Festival took place Thursday, April 13 from 3 to 6 p.m. on the basketball courts by the Miron Student Center (MSC).
Hosted by Student Organization, the sophomore class, the junior class and P.U.L.S.E, Kean Karnival took place Monday, April 29 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the Miron Student Center (MSC) Patio. The event was filled with music, carnival games, food and activities for students to enjoy right before the finals season hits.
Biology Club and Pre-Medical Pre-Dental Association (PMPD) partnered up to bring the Fifth Annual Biological and Health Career Conference to Kean students. The conference featured biology and health professionals who spoke on different subjects to expand students' knowledge of their future career prospects.
In the springtime, there is not one place at Kean University that isn't scenically beautiful. Whether it be the abundance of green trees, tulips of every color on the spectrum, or peaceful cherry blossoms, Kean is the perfect campus for spring photo-shoots and relaxation.
Professor Allison Edgley's Small Group Communication class came together to create K2O, an event that raised money to donate to the American Red Cross and collected cases of water to give to Kean's Cougar Pantry.
Every spring semester, the Greek Senate hosts the Greek Olympics, in which the fraternities and sororities on campus get to compete against each other. They compete in various athletic and fun events to reach an overall winner, one for the fraternities and one for the sororities. While the organizations are competing against each other, ultimately the Greek Olympics spreads a sense of unity between the organizations because it gives the members a chance at a friendly competition.
Every year, the Greek Senate hosts the annual Greek Senate banquet for all the fraternities and sororities to attend. It is here that the Greek organizations are recognized for their achievements in areas such as academics, community service, involvement and much more. This year, it was held April 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Galloping Hill Caterers.
With graduation coming up faster than anyone can stop it, it's important for seniors to start thinking about what their futures hold. Some might be going to graduate school, beginning work in their respective fields or doing whatever they can to pay off student loans. Regardless of their position, an undergraduate degree provides opportunities that are limitless, as Kean provides its students with various platforms to launch off.