Edelman CCCA Update
March 9, 2022
Welcome! This is the Edelman CCCA Update, our College's newsletter that highlights faculty, staff, student and alumni accomplishments, upcoming events and other important announcements.  Please send your submissions to Jessica ( for future editions. Happy reading!
Student Congratulations
Student Short Form Documentary - 1st place
Mutation on Chromosome 5 
Gabrielle Connelly

Student On-Air Personality - 1st place
The Early Bird Special with Brandon & Josh
Brandon Searles & Josh Ticcino

Student Educational - 3rd place
Rowan Radio Remembers: The 9/11 Attacks
Sam Whalen
Student Radio Newscast - 3rd place
Rowan Report Election Night 2021
Allison Bruce, Sam Whalen, Nick Earnshaw & Connor Brown

Award of Excellence - Faculty Interactive Multimedia
STEM VRCE Module 1: GIS Career - 360/VR Experience
Sarah Ferguson, Kara Ieva & Christopher J. Winkler

Award of Excellence - Faculty Audio
Kiyoshi Kuromiya: The wonderful fabulous life of a civil rights zelig
Keith Brand
Gene Neglia (Art) brought a group of students to represent the Art Department at the National Art Educators Association conference in New York City last week. Their table included publications from the Art Gallery, a sign-up sheet for virtual classroom visits and lots of Edelman CCCA goodies to promote our program to the NYC metropolitan area. 
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • Heather Lanier (Writing Arts) was featured in a two-part interview on the parenting podcast Mama Marias where she discussed her memoir, "Raising a Rare Girl." Her flash memoir "Our Way of Loving the World Right Now" about the early days of pandemic lockdown was published in The Unmooring. Her poem "Pumping Milk" was published in Literary Mama.
  • Lisa Samalonis (Journalism) served as a 1st round judge for the Human Interest Essay category of the 2022 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Read the winning essays here
  • Amy Woodworth (Writing Arts) and Jude Miller (Writing Arts) were selected as January's PROFessionals of the Month! Click here to read about their nomination. 
Today is the eighth annual Day of Giving at Rowan University! Contributions can be made here. 
We are thrilled to share the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts 2021 Annual Report!  As we celebrate our 25th anniversary as a college, we are pleased to offer you this calendar year retrospective.
It was a pleasure to host the 2022 IACS Summit on Communication and Sport on our campus last weekend. Attendees from across the country and abroad presented compelling research, networked and even took an exclusive trip to Lincoln Financial Field.
The Rowan University First-Year Writing Program has won a 2021-2022 CCCC Writing Program Certificate of Excellence. The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is a constituent organization within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Rowan University’s program is one of eight programs to receive this award for 2021-2022.
For more information on this exhibition and the artist, please click here.
DEI Spotlight
Dr. Wanda Knight is an expert diversity consultant to educational organizations, businesses and a Fortune 500 Company. Her work concerning teacher education, culturally-competent teaching, diversity and inclusion, social justice and educational equity is published widely. She is an Associate Professor of Art Education, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University. 

The symposium will offer morning and afternoon presentations with a focus on DEI and Visual Arts Education. Donna Sweigart (Art) and Andrew Hottle (Communication Studies) will join as presenters. Register here. Contact Jane Graziano, STEAM Education, with questions.

RCHGHR Speaker Series with VinChelle: “Gay Liberation Movement & Activism in Philadelphia

Monday, March 21, 2022 from 2:00-3:15 in James 2094

Join the Rowan Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, Africana Studies and CHSS for this important discussion about VinChelle’s experiences as a performer and activist in the Philadelphia gay community. VinChelle will talk about the challenges and successes of identity politics, language and the fluidity of ‘queerness’ as well as their role in political life, organizations and groups in Philadelphia.

 ALL are Welcome!

Register using the QR codes or these links: Dr. Walker and Dr. Onaiwu
Research Spotlight
Did you know that there are people who believe that drinking a mysterious fruit juice will cure them of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)? In this pseudoscientific belief, the way to rid oneself of the virus is not to take antiretrovirals—drugs that have been proven to effectively treat HIV—but rather to consume a beverage marketed on Facebook.
Such beliefs have serious implications to public health. But intervention is not as simple as “correcting the facts.” Just beyond the surface of a misinformed FaceBook post about HIV is an entire network, spread across the internet, comprised of conspiracy theory websites and misinformed social media accounts. Circulating in these networks are entire worldviews, which shape how facts about HIV are interpreted in the first place. Correcting the facts is necessary. But, in order to do that . . .read more
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