Edelman CCCA Update
September 29, 2021
Welcome back! 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 contact Jessica at with submissions for future Updates. Happy reading!
Student Congratulations
Art students, Taylor Brown and Abigail Leitinger, displayed their work in the recent Rittenhouse Art Show in Philadelphia. This exhibition gives student artists an excellent opportunity to network with artists around the region and to gain exposure. 
(Brown is featured in the first image with the green leaves, and Leitinger is in the second with the blue whale)
The opening of Saxbys Café brought learning and professional development opportunities not only to students within the Rohrer College of Business but also to students within the Edelman CCCA. Two teams of Public Relations students formed PR plans ahead of the launch for their senior capstone course. These plans involved researching branding, media relations, student relations, and how to promote Saxbys as a national leader in experiential learning. The teams presented their plans to Saxbys executives last May. 
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • Lisa Jahn-Clough's (Writing Arts) newest book, "The Kids of Cattywampus Street," was selected as an Amazon Editor's Pick for chapter books, received a #2 Amazon ranking for Children's Short Story Collections and a #8 ranking in Children's Fantasy, and was highly recommended in Parade Magazine by Lemony Snicket author Daniel Handler. 
  • Patricia Coughlan (Communication Studies) was honored by the Society of Military Engineers with the 2021 Notable Achievement Award for running communication workshops for the Society's young professionals during Covid-19. 
  • Pam Marshall (Communication Studies) published "Digital Presentations" with Philadelphia Press
  • Colleen Montgomery's (RTF) article, "From Moana to Vaiana: Voicing the French and Tahitian Dubbed Versions of Disney's Moana," was published in a special issue of American Music that covered sound and music in Disney media.
  • Mary Salvante (Art Gallery Director) received $35,000 from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in support of curatorial projects at the Rowan University Art Gallery. 
  • Skeffington Thomas (Art) will participate in "A Living Legacy: Celebrating 10 Years with Toshiko and Her Apprentices" at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center from October 9-November 13, 2021. 
  • Chris Winkler (RTF) was featured on the game show segment "Who Said That?" as part of NFL Network's Good Morning Football Weekend. Guests read quotes pulled from players and coaches during press conferences that week, and the hosts try to guess who said them. Check out the clip by clicking on the image below, and note the Rowan swag in the background!
Chris Winkler (RTF) in a screengrab of "Who Said That?" from Good Morning Football Weekend.
Update to Website
The Edelman CCCA website's main page now features a Research tab. In addition to the news and spotlights found there, you will also see a "Research Opportunity" section. Check it out periodically for opportunities to submit your papers/projects. 
To honor the '90s theme at Homecoming this year, we'd like our Edelman CCCA faculty and staff to submit photos of themselves from the 1990s to be displayed at our College's table. Search through your photo albums to send us your best looks!
Submit '90s Photo
Townsquare Media Trenton is currently receiving applications for its annual broadcast scholarship award program. The scholarship is in memory of NJ 101.5 employee Erik Van Ness, who lost his battle with cystic fibrosis in 2012. The scholarship amount is $1,000 and is targeted toward broadcast journalism and radio/tv production students.

Here is the link to their website, which contains a PDF of the application and more information. The deadline for all application materials is December 1.
DEI Spotlight
You’re invited to attend a Community Vigil for Covid-19 on October 5th at 5 pm in Memorial Circle. We welcome students, faculty, staff and community members to gather virtually and in-person to remember those we’ve lost, honor our shared struggle, and celebrate the strength of our communities and the human spirit.
Cherita Harrell (Writing Arts) has received a 2021-2022 PIPER (Program for Inclusive Pedagogy and Education Reform) grant from Rowan. The goal of the grant is to develop a course that will offer a deeper exploration of students’ lived experiences, specifically how their personal experiences and intersecting identities impact their academic, social, and professional growth. The course will not only act as a resource for students’ academic, social, and professional needs, but it will also examine how creative work can promote and encourage acts of empowerment and self-care for students.
Grace Fillenwarth (Writing Arts) and Amy Reed (Writing Arts) were awarded a PIPER grant to support more inclusive teaching practices in the Technical and Professional Writing program in the Writing Arts department. This initiative will impact hundreds of students in the near future!
Rowan has an institutional subscription to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, which offers useful support to faculty on research, work/life balance, goal setting, and more. Click here for more information.
Hosted by the Black Student Union
The organization INSIGHT into Diversity has bestowed Rowan with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. Click here to learn more about this great honor.
Congratulations to our Edelman CCCA colleagues who have completed the Inclusive Pedagogies & Practices certificate!
  • Alicia Groatman (Cross-departmental Advisor) “DEI Self-Assessment for Advisors”
  • Cherita Harrell (Writing Arts) “Critical Universal Design: Teaching using Universal Design and Critical Pedagogy”
  • Kristine Lafferty (Writing Arts) “UDL in Canvas”
  • Angela Cirucci (Communication Studies) “Inclusive Virtual Learning”
Research Spotlight

Dr. Emil Steiner (Journalism)

 “Decade of Esports Scholarship: An organizing review of the academic literature on competitive video game play, 2010-2020.” 
This paper was presented at the 2021 International Communication Association Conference. The goal of this project was to provide organizational and heuristic value for those studying eSports within media and communication while elucidating the connections that exist between them and eSports researchers from other fields.

Although video games have been played and studied for over 50 years, eSports—professional, broadcast video game competition—is a relatively new phenomenon that scholars only began studying last decade. The daunting and disparate variety of fields, theories, and methodologies became clear to me while I was attempting to create a literature review for an article about eSports streaming during the Great Lockdown of 2020. With such a diversity of scholars describing related phenomena . . . read more

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