The View From Here

Music news, polling reports, and other dispatches from West Long Branch.

Springsteen Archives and Freehold to Open Exhibition Space in Bruce’s Hometown

The Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University will collaborate with the Borough of Freehold to create an exhibition space celebrating the life of Freehold’s most famous son, Bruce Springsteen. The partnership was announced at a March press conference that the Boss himself attended. The new exhibition, which is anticipated to open in 2025, will be curated and programmed by the Springsteen Archives and will include artifacts, photographs, multimedia displays (voice, film, concert footage, interviews), and interactive displays.

The current Freehold Fire Department building, located at 49 W. Main St., will be renovated to accommodate the new exhibition space.

This new venture “will allow us to provide not only exciting exhibits that tell the story of Springsteen’s early years, but also dynamic educational and public programs with strong ties to the community and area schools,” Archives Director Eileen Chapman said.

Big Thanks

Monmouth Giving Days, held in March, raised over $195,000 through more than 1,400 gifts in support of the University’s students.

Four Real

Monmouth’s fourth doctoral-degree granting program was approved by the state and will welcome its first class this fall. The Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Human Rights Leadership will prepare students to be agents of change who can design, evaluate, and implement effective human rights programs and policies that will positively impact individuals and communities.

Music that Matters

The founding members of Monmouth Artists for Diversity and Inclusion (MADI) received a joint senatorial and gubernatorial proclamation from the state of New Jersey for their work on MADI Volume I. The album, which features current and former Monmouth students, celebrates diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through music, spoken word, and art. The proclamation cited it as a “significant educational example of how college students can creatively, constructively and effectively use artistic expression to impactfully support themes of diversity, inclusion and belonging in an educational manner in our society.”

Clover Crew

Tiffany Longo ’20, Jesse Bragger ’21, and Summer Shaheed ’19 (l–r) were among the authors credited on a global collaborative study that showed how urbanization affects wildlife—in this instance, white clover.

More than 280 scientists from 26 countries contributed to the multiyear study, the findings from which were published in March in the journal Science. Bragger, Longo, and Shaheed conducted their work while they were undergraduate student researchers in Professor Megan Phifer-Rixey’s lab.

The Monmouth Brag Board

Great for Grad School: U.S. News & World Report unveiled its 2023 rankings of Best Graduate Schools in April, citing Monmouth in its lists of Best Education Schools, Best Nursing Schools: Master’s, Best Schools for Social Work, and Best Speech-Language Pathology Programs.

Best for Business: The Leon Hess Business School was named to The Princeton Review’s list of “Best Business Schools for 2022,” a compilation of the nation’s top on-campus MBA programs.

Leading in the State: The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies was the first school of nursing in New Jersey to join the Nurses Climate Challenge, committing to prepare “all nurses to better care for patients and communities in a world with a changing climate.”