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As Kean University students anticipate the end of what has been, to say the least, an unconventional Spring semester, final exams remain an intellectual and psychological challenge as much as ever. The shift to remote education requires that, in addition to their usual study practices, and in place of many on-campus options, students adapt to new study skills and remain focused on their mental health, while also maintaining their own schedules, and using digital tools to stay successful.
Undeterred by the move to remote education, Kean Research Days proceeded as scheduled, going live online April 28. In lieu of in-person festivities, a special guest speaker, the faculty research mentor and undergraduate researcher of the year, awards for event design, extensive poster and oral presentations and further information were each honored and detailed through a new page on the Kean University website.
Kean sophomore Kobe Robinson is no stranger to getting involved and making a difference in the community. Already an ambitious member of several student groups and pillar of the student body, Robinson was elected Alternate Student Trustee for the Kean University Board of Trustees on April 16.
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, a team of current and former Kean University students and faculty were nominated for The 63rd Annual New York Emmy Awards. Their innovative short film, "Liberty Hall 360: Revolutionary Wedding," recreates events of colonial Elizabethtown in interactive VR at the Liberty Hall Museum.
As Kean settles into remote learning, the university's classes and student and professional organizations aim to expand their meetings to include not just necessary lectures but events as well. The Kean community's objectives, to immerse students in collaborative events for learning, networking, socializing and promoting culture as well as academic success, are not to be slowed down by the transition online.
As Kean University students continue to adjust to remote learning, a whole new set of challenges await them online. While classes will not meet in person for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, remote assignments and the lack of a physical schedule on campus necessitate that students take charge of their own deadlines and productivity.
Kean University announced on Thursday, March 19, that remote learning would continue through the end of the Spring semester in May. As students encounter a whole new set of stresses in their new, online study setting, students should pay close attention to their mental health.
From Friday, Feb. 21 to Saturday, Feb. 29, the bright and talented Kean Theatre Conservatory unveiled their iteration of "Anna in the Tropics" at Kean University's Wilkins Theatre.
On Sunday, March 1, Kean University will host Canadian singer-songwriter Royal Wood on the Enlow Recital Hall stage. Kean Stage is promoting the concert, which will begin at 3 p.m. Ticket prices for the show range from $35 to $55.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, singer-songwriter, Mandy Harvey, will perform at Kean University's Enlow Recital Hall. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, or at the box office.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, acclaimed multi-genre violinist and composer Regina Carter will perform at Kean University's Enlow Recital Hall. The event is being organized by Kean Stage, and begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced from $45 to $60.
Applications are now open for the first of Kean University's 2020 graduations. The online application deadline for May 2020 graduates is Feb. 7, 2020. The deadline for August 2020 graduates is March 6, 2020. Students should converse with their program coordinators or academic advisers to ensure they have met all the criteria for graduation - that all of their credits and other requirements are accounted for, and so on.
Academic success is celebrated at Kean University in a variety of ways. One noteworthy accomplishment is being appointed to the Dean's List, which recognizes the earning of a high grade point average among matriculated students after each semester.
On Friday, Feb. 7, Kean University students and staff are invited to support the American Heart Association's ongoing battle against women's heart disease by wearing red in solidarity.
On Monday, Dec. 9, the Earth Science Club and the School of Environmental and Sustainability Studies co-hosted the Season of Light Planetarium Show, a holiday-themed presentation using astronomy to explore the holiday traditions that feature lights. The show ran from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. in the Science Building, Room 330 and was the last of five performances of the show.
On Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, Student Organization of Kean University is bringing renowned comedian Trevor Noah, veteran of nine comedy specials and host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, to Wilkins Theatre for an evening of stand-up comedy. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show runs from 9 to 11 p.m.
On Thursday, Nov. 21, political strategist and commentator David Axelrod visited Kean University for the Distinguished Lecture Series, an ongoing effort to host the public sphere's news-making intellectuals. His lecture, and a followup Q&A, were held in the STEM Auditorium at 4:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m., members of the Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) and other student volunteers set up tables in the atrium of the Miron Student Center (MSC) to encourage Kean University students to register to vote - and to provide the necessary information and paperwork for registration.
On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Kean University chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha - the Public Administration Honor Society - joined the Family Advocate Network Political Action Committee (FAN-PAC) to host the Children and Family Empowerment Project: Public Policy in Action; Advocacy in the Real World event. The symposium took place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Miron Student Center (MSC), Room 226, and was highlighted by a panel discussion featuring policy-makers, educators, legal experts and advocates. The event was an opportunity for the Kean student body, as well as other local interested guests, to learn more about public policy making and contributing to the public discussion.
On Sunday, Oct. 27, the American Cancer Society held its Making Strides Against Break Cancer Walk at Johnson Park in Piscataway, NJ. The event also concluded Kean University's month of Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., members of the Kean community and others walked to broaden awareness of the work being done to combat breast cancer and to lend support to those fighting it.