After graduating from Ocean County College in the summer of 2004 with an Associate in Liberal Arts, Ryan came to Kean University to pursue a Bachelor degree in Meteorology. Having always enjoyed actively participating in his college experience, Ryan has jumped right in here at Kean by becoming a member of the American Meteorology Society and Epsilon Corps Student Association. He also holds the position of senior class representative for Student Organization. In addition to his involvement in student groups and clubs, Ryan began working for the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development in October 2004. In May 2005, he became the Resident Assistance for Whiteman Hall. Among his many office responsibilities, Ryan holds the position of Circulation Manager for The Cougars Byte and truly enjoys delivering the weekly newsletter all around campus.
Ryan Matthews's Articles
A Night Not Soon To Be Forgotten
Kean And Ocean - First Open House Together
UC Music Fest
THE IMFAMOUS AWAY MESSAGE
ONE GREAT NIGHT
KEAN UNIVERSITY CELEBRATES EARTH DAY
A VISION IN MOTION
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
FIVE KEY AREAS OF GROWTH
SNOW DAY = SNOW FUN AT KEAN!
TIPS FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS
4. A Night Not Soon To Be Forgotten The Senior Formal was one last time to celebrate with the Class of '07 Ryan Matthews Issue date: 6/18/07 Section: Campus Life This year's senior formal, in which the senior class celebrated all their hard work over the past four or five years here at Kean University took place at the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany. The night started off with reminiscing and laughing during the cocktail hour. Afterwards, everyone moved into the beautifully decorated ball room for the main event. Every senior and guest seemed to be having the time of their lives, whether they were dancing or more simply sitting down enjoying a couple laughs with their friends, at this senior formal there was not a sad face to be found. Although not every senior made it to the formal, there were enough of them there to make the night a memorable one for all those in attendance. If you were there you could not help but notice how everyone showed up in their best dresses or suits to start the night off in style. As the night went on, the DJ started to heat things up by playing some of the hottest music from around. To make the night more special, many seniors requested songs and dedicated them to their friends, whom they had worked or had classes with for most of their Kean careers. The senior formal was definitely an event many seniors will remember forever. Most of the memories of that night were captured by digital cameras both on and off the dance floor. Everywhere you looked, there were camera flashes going off and people smiling and laughing. And if you didn't have a digital camera of your own and wanted a photo of you and that special someone, there were professional photos being taken outside the formal. The senior formal was a night many will not forget for some time. It was one last time to say 'see you later', 'Congratulations', and 'it was the best years ever!' This night was also the time to celebrate the accomplishment of graduating from Kean University and one final time to say 'Good Bye'.
5. Kean And Ocean - First Open House Together Issue date: 6/18/07 Section: Campus News Ocean County College and Kean University had there first joint open house on Tuesday April 17, 2007. The open house began at 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean County College (OCC) campus in the Fine Arts Center. Many high school students and their parents filled the Theatre to hear from speakers Don Doran, Vice President of Student Affairs for OCC; Dr. John Larson, President of Ocean County College; Dr. Dawood Farahi, President of Kean University and Ryan Matthews, alumnus of both Ocean County College and Kean University. Dr. Farahi spoke about Kean University being one of the best and most afford four-year universities in New Jersey, and how he is happy to bring Kean University to Ocean County students. Ryan Matthews talked about his college experience at Ocean County College and Kean University. The one thing he wanted everyone in the theatre to remember was, "college is what you make it." The open house then moved in to the gym, where there were both Ocean County College and Kean University faulty and staff waiting to meet eager high school students.
6. UC Music Fest Issue date: 4/23/07 Section: Campus Life You may have noticed on Thursday, April 12th that the University Center looked a little different, when our cougar statue was replaced by a stage, cameras and lights in the atrium. If you were wondering what was for the cause of this transformation, it was for the live show from Mike Peters of the British rock band, The Alarm. The show began at 4:30 p.m. with many faculty, staff and students around the stage in the middle of the atrium anticipating the concert excitement. After a short break at 5:30 p.m. Mike Peters, along with entertainment executive James Chippendale, discussed the formation of their new charitable organization - LOVE, HOPE, STRENGTH FOUNDATION and their partnership with Union County's MUSICFEST '07. Mike talked about how he survived leukemia, and how he was inspired to create the foundation. The foundation is a support network for cancer patients worldwide. They also discussed MUSICFEST '07 which is a free outdoor concert and family event entering its tenth year. The concert will take place at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 15, 2007. The day will feature many activities, such as Kids Kingdom Traveling Jubilee and an entertainment show featuring rides and amusement for children. The event closed with performer Mike Peters playing two last songs. Many of the students, as well as faulty and staff, enjoyed the music and signed up for MUSICFEST '07. If you would still like to sign up for MUSICFEST '07, you may do so online at www.ucmusicfest.com and for more information about the foundation you can visit them online at www.lovehopestrength.com .
7. THE IMFAMOUS AWAY MESSAGE Ryan Matthews Issue date: 9/19/05 Section: Campus Life Instant Messages are one of the most popular ways for college student to communicate on and off campus today. It's the simplest and quickest way to drop a note like, "R u going to class?" or "wanna get some food?" These phrases and many others like them are used all the time back and forth between friends everyday. The most popular abbreviations like "brb", which means "be right back", are used when you don't have the time to explain your absence and "lol" (laugh out loud) is used when you find something funny but feel like a silly typing "hahaha". Another popular feature that many internet savvy students are taking advantage of is the infamous "away message", many of us leave our computers to attend to other things, and find it convenient to have a note posted letting everyone know where they are or what they are up to for the next couple of hours. It can be anything from "In class" or "sleeping" and the away message can be personalized by a little picture or symbol that represents you! An away message can always be as personal or impersonal as you want it to be. You might want to say, "Call me, party in Downs Hall" or "at the Cougar's Den" if you want your friends to meet up with you. The away messages can also be read by all the people on that person's buddy list, and it's a quick way of telling all 100 or more of your friends where you are or what you are doing without having to actually call all of them. When college students get bored, some will run down their buddy list and check everyone's away message to see what is happen on campus or in there hometown, so be careful what you post up there! The best part is that many instant messengers are free of charge, and students love anything that's free. So maybe the next sometime you feel like stepping away from the computer, you might want to leave "In the University Center reading the Cougar's Byte" so all your friends can know exactly where to find you!
8. ONE GREAT NIGHT Issue date: 9/12/05 Section: Campus Life The second annual LollaNObooza was a giant success last Wednesday, Septembe