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Javonica Latimore is all smiles since coming to Kean University. With a passion for singing and theatre, Latimore has spearheaded her start as a Kean Cougar by letting her passions and interests lead her toward higher pursuits. Along the way, she has made many friends and is actively overcoming challenges that come her way.
There are many student groups at Kean that raise money and awareness for certain causes, however, one that stands out is Operation Smile. This organization came to Kean in the Fall of 2009, and is dedicated to educating the community on children who have a cleft palate, cleft lip and other cranio-facial abnormalities around the world in developing countries.
Kean University is known to be a very diverse college, especially with the university having a campus located in Wenzhou, China. As a result, many students from China are able to come to the main campus in Union to study abroad all while learning about American culture and experiencing a completely new environment. A new student group on campus, the Chinese Student and Scholars Association of Kean University (KUCSSA) is dedicated to creating a community including American and Chinese students, that is not just limited to the Wenzhou-Kean exchange students.
If there's one thing senior exercise science major, Juan Leon-Torres believes in it is that physical and mental health go hand and hand. He believes this so strongly, that he has begun to implement an Exercise and Wellness Program to help other student veterans like himself as well as to the Kean student body as a whole to come together and exercise more.
Beginning one's freshman year can be extremely overwhelming. With balancing a new environment, new course load and a new social scene, one can feel very overrun while trying to navigate all of this. This is why the Bronze Level of the Leadership Institute is here to help ease these worries, all while building up students to become the best leader they can.
Kean University has established itself as a hub for education and continuous learning. This extends to young children through the Jumpstart program.
One of the most vital departments that Kean has on campus is the Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Kean Campus Police. It is their duty to maintain a safe and secure campus environment for the Kean community. They operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year, as well as provide a full law enforcement and security services to complete this mission.
Kean is always looking to give back, especially to those who are veterans. The Office of Veterans' Student Services (OVSS) is here at Kean to help transition and provide assistance to those who are veterans, service members and dependents as well. They help guide students through the stressors that may appear when applying to college, becoming acclimated on campus and navigating a new environment. It is OVSS' mission that the student always comes first.
Located in the Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB), the Kean University Barnes and Noble Bookstore offers a wide variety of items and services for students to utilize. Everything from textbooks, apparel, study space and a cafe, the bookstore is sure to have what students are looking for.
One of the biggest stressors for college students is what occurs after the completion of their degree: facing the job market. Finding a job or even an internship in one's desired field can leave students feeling overwhelmed, anxious and even hopeless at times. Students should feel relieved to know that Career Services at Kean is here to help through this time and can alleviate some of the doubt.
The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) is a student affairs hub where students can find resources in Greek affairs, campus involvement, community service, the Co-Curricular Transcript (CCT), leadership and campus news. The CLS' mission is to promote and encourage student involvement, participation and organization in campus events and organizations.
Kean University prides itself on the various opportunities and programs that transpire on campus to enrich student life. The Office of Student Government is responsible for many of these opportunities, as it is their goal to aid students to have strong leadership skills as well as help them develop personally and professionally. They want to ensure that the voices of the students are heard through all of their diverse and entertaining programs.
Kean University prides itself not only on its academics, but also on its Department of Athletics and Recreation, which is more commonly known by students as "Kean Athletics." Currently, there are 14 sports teams here at Kean, which are recognized as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, with the exception of Men's Lacrosse which is only part of the Colonial States Athletic Conference and Men's Volleyball which is part of the Continental Volleyball Conference in addition to the NCAA.
Kean students should never have to worry about whether to put their studies or health first. Student Health Services, located in Downs Hall, Room 126, is easily accessible to students here on campus offering various services to ensure that the members of the Kean community can live a healthy lifestyle.
Balancing classes, extracurricular activities and a job are no easy feat, especially all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, but senior Ashley Figueiredo has found the secret. She attributes her success here at Kean to her ability to set prominent goals for herself and keep motivating herself to achieve them.
At Kean University, students are given many opportunities to improve socially, academically or physically. Moreover, Gourmet Dining at Kean hosts the Biggest Loser Competition to allow students to partake on a life changing journey. The competition is not just based at Kean but is hosted across 16 other participating campuses.
In order to assist students in their academic journey, Kean is home to an assortment of tutoring services to provide the community with extra help outside of class.
To recognize the efforts of Kean’s high-achieving students, this school houses a variety of honor societies in which students can seek membership. Because of the diversity in the missions and focuses of each individual society, there is likely at least one organization where each and every student can pursue membership.
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