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Spring Festival – Virginia A. Cory Community Garden

Located on Beechwood Avenue, between Brookwillow and Pinewood Avenues, in West Long Branch, the Garden comprises a group of people working to improve their community. To celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of the 2022 season, we’re hosting a Spring Festival featuring community-based vendors, activities, and live music! Admission for all interested guests is free.

Social Work Career Day

Hosted by the School of Social Work

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2–2:30 p.m.

Kristie Tapolow, LSW
Social Behavioral Support Specialist
Middletown Township Public School District

2:30-3 p.m.

Deidre Stamos Lonza, LCSW, LCADC
Senior Director of Operations
New Hope IBHC

3–3:30 p.m.

Jonelle Rodriquez, LSW
Social Worker
American Friends Service Committee – Immigrant Rights Program

Katie Meola, LSW
Social Worker
American Friends Service Committee – Immigrant Rights Program

3:30–4 p.m.

Virgina Kinneman, MSW, LCSW
Social Work Supervisor
RWJ Barnabas Health Inpatient
Behavioral Health

9th Annual Social Work Alumni Lecture: Intergenerational Partnerships with Universities

Intergenerational Partnerships with Universities: Advancing Age Inclusivity in Higher Education

Presented by Faculty Lecturer:
Jeanne M. Koller, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW
2021 Alumni Award Winner:
Ekta Shah ’13 ’14

All Monmouth BSW and MSW alumni are cordially invited to our 9th Annual Alumni Lecture!

This year’s event celebrates the launch of our new Certificate in Aging, this continuing education certificate is an opportunity to earn CE hours needed for licensure while gaining expertise in the area of gerontological social work. Dr. Jeanne Koller will deliver a lecture on the many options available to institutes of higher education to advance age inclusivity including the development of lifelong learning programs. The CE hours earned during this event will count towards the Certificate in Aging.

Additionally, we will once again be raising funds for the Louis E. Cimaglia ’08 Memorial Scholarship in Social Work. While the event is free, we are suggesting registrants make a $10 donation to Lou’s scholarship in order to keep his memory alive and support current MSW students in their educational efforts.

We hope to see you on Zoom for this year’s lecture! Spread the word and register today!

Seasons in the Soil (Lecture In The Garden Series)

Rich Mohr is a graduate of FIT (Florida Institute of Technology) where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and a Master of Science in Secondary Science Education. He currently works at Sickle’s Market in Little Silver within the agricultural department. Rich has taught courses at Georgian Court University that were focused on environmental sustainability, creating an understanding of the roles people and societies play in sustaining the earth’s resources for future generations. He put stewardship theories into practice by creating, promoting and managing the university’s first community vegetable garden, the Mercy Garden. Rich was instrumental in establishing an experimental improved rain garden design on campus, specifically targeting nitrogen removal from storm water runoff. In the past he’s developed and conducted extension programs with Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Ocean County and developed community garden workshops at Long Branch Covenant Church.

Student Scholarship Week

Monmouth University’s 6th annual Student Scholarship Week: Celebrating the Research, Creative, and Service Accomplishments of MU Students will take place virtually April 19-23, 2021. Student Scholarship Week is a weeklong conference that showcases and celebrates students’ academic work inside and outside of the classroom, as well as highlights faculty-student collaboration, across the University. This includes highlighting students’ scholarly contributions in research, writing, service learning, clinical experiences (i.e. study abroad, internships), musical and theater productions, art exhibits, student development and leadership, student clubs, etc.

This year, Student Scholarship Week will be held virtually for the safety of our students and staff. Each day of the week will feature one theme with a variety of student projects showcased through a mix of live Zoom sessions and asynchronous posters and videos.

Please visit the website for a list of the daily live sessions and to view the students’ posters and videos.

Social Work Career Day

Hosted by the School of Social Work

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Beatris “Betty” Drace, MSW, LSW | 11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Drace is a Supervising Training Technician of Practice for the Department of Children and Families and will be discussing her experience working within the Child Welfare system.

Annmarie DeRosa, LSW | 12:05-12:35 p.m.
DeRosa is a Social Worker at Collier Group Home and will be discussing her work with youth and trauma.

Christina Tello, MSW | 12:40–1:10 p.m.
Tello is a Social Worker at the Affordable Housing Alliance and will be discussing both her mezzo and macro work with the housing and financial industry.

Garyn Nathan, LCSW | 1:15–1:45 p.m.
Nathan is the Assistant Superintendent at NJDOC and will be discussing his work within the criminal justice system.

Malia Segal, MSW, LCSW | 1:50–2:20 p.m.
Segal is a registered play therapist and will explore how this certification impacts her work with children and families.