The View From Here

The Boss, His Holiness, and more news from around campus.

A Double Shot of Bruce

“Bruce Springsteen Live!,” an interactive exhibit on display now through March 2022 at the Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, features a treasure trove of exclusive interviews, iconic performances, and artifacts culled from the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.

Can’t get enough of the Boss? Then be sure to check out the new “Artifact of the Month” series at, which showcases some of the nearly 35,000 items from 47 countries that are housed at Monmouth.

Give Inner Peace A Chance

“We should reduce and eliminate weapons and pay more attention to our inner peace, which is based on compassion, altruism. We must live side by side, and in this way, we can truly build a world of peace and happiness.”

The Dalai Lama, speaking with a Monmouth University audience during an exclusive livestream event in September.

Photo: Christopher Michel/Flickr

Throwing Their Weight Behind a Worthy Cause

The brothers of the Delta-Beta Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity at Monmouth University hosted and competed in a lift-a-thon that raised more than $1,300 in support of mental health organizations in the Monmouth County area.

News That Floats Our Boat

Photo courtesy of Karl Vilacoba

Now anyone can track the voyages of the R/V Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe in real time thanks to automatic identification system (AIS) technology.

Like an E-ZPass transponder signals to tollbooths on the highway, an AIS transceiver aboard the Heidi Lynn transmits its position to receivers on land and nearby vessels. Monmouth’s Urban Coast Institute is working with its partners on the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal project to create maps illustrating vessel traffic each year based on data collected from AIS-equipped vessels.

Wondering where the Heidi Lynn is now? See for yourself at

Power Trio

President Patrick F. Leahy and Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray were named to the 2021 NJBIZ Education Power 50 list, while Specialist Professor and Chair of the Department of Accounting Jeffrey Christakos was named to the NJBIZ Accounting Power 50 list.

Good Press

The Outlook, Monmouth’s student-run newspaper, was recognized as “Most Outstanding University Weekly Newspaper for 2020–2021” by the American Scholastic Press Association in its annual national competition.

It’s Affirmative: Debate Hawks Are No. 1

Monmouth’s debate team was named the 2020–21 Novice Point National Champions by the Cross Examination Debate Association. CEDA’s novice division includes teams from approximately 90 universities and is composed of non-scholarship debaters who generally have a year and a half or less of debate experience.

The Monmouth Brag Board

18: Monmouth’s Ranking in the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Universities—North roster. It is the first time the University has ranked in the top 20.

The Name Says It All: In “The greatest thing about every single Jersey Shore town,” cited the Great Hall as the top attraction in West Long Branch, New Jersey, calling it “one of the state’s grandest campus buildings.”

17: Consecutive years that Monmouth has been named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduates to earn their college degrees by The Princeton Review.

Overheard on CNN: What we’re seeing is a correlation between your beliefs about the election and whether or not you’ve been vaccinated…. [W]e’re basically a 50-50 nation at this point, not just with our election but [also] when it comes to conspiracy theories.” —CNN Senior Data Reporter Harry Enten citing a June 2021 Monmouth University Poll on The Lead with Jake Tapper.

5: Monmouth’s ranking among more than 150 schools on the Peace Corps’ 2021 list of top Peace Corps Prep certificate-issuing partners.