Edelman CCCA Update
November 10, 2021
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 contact Jessica at with submissions for future Updates. Happy reading!
Student and Alumni Congratulations

Stephanie Maksin (RTF '17) received an Emmy Award for her work as Set Decoration PA on HBO's "Mare of Eastown."
Students Kara Guno (Sports CaM), Marcus Nelson (RTF), Joseph Nicolo (Sports CaM), Andrew Jurski (Sports CaM), Laquan Burroughs (RTF), and Aaliyah Pope (Sports CaM) worked on Director and Production Operations Manager Chris Winkler's (RTF Faculty) crew for the five-camera livestream of “An Evening with Brian Dawkins” 
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
Congratulations to the 2021 Celebrating Excellence Award winners from our College:
  • Carl Hausman (Journalism) - Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Cate Romano & Anna Bassiri (Writing Arts) - Excellence in Diversity for Social Activism - Group Project
  • Lisa Toman (Art) - Teamwork
Congratulations to this year’s Denis Mercier Development Fund winners:
  • Robby Gilbert (RTF) is working on a short-form documentary, Mandoline.
  • Elizabeth Shores (Art) is co-curating an art exhibition, titled Migratory, at the University of Texas-El Paso.
The Denis Mercier Endowed Professional Development Fund award increases professional development and benefits the University via funding that might not otherwise be available to faculty.
  • Amanda Almon (BMAV) is one of the principal investigators for a $2.4 million research grant through the Department of Defense to develop advanced armor systems to protect exposed crew members that operate outside of the hatches of armored and tactical vehicles.  Gunner Protection Kits (GPKs) provide enhanced survivability for gunners on various platforms, including the new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).  These GPK turret systems must integrate seamlessly with the vehicles and weapon systems in order to ensure maximum protection and mission effectiveness.  
  • Grace Fillenwarth (Writing Arts) published "Characterizing Disciplinarity and Conventions in Engineering Resume Profiles" in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. 
  • Heather Lanier (Writing Arts) published a long-form essay, "In the Room of Mental Health First Aid," about the unique challenges of teaching writing while caring for students' mental health. The essay appears in Full Grown People. Lanier was also interviewed on the podcast, Once Upon a Gene, about her memoir, Raising a Rare Girl.

  • Jason Luther (Writing Arts) won the October 2021 President's Award for Innovative Instructional Delivery. This honor recognizes faculty who have gone above and beyond to adapt to an ever-changing classroom environment, or who have provided outstanding contributions to online learning. Luther was chosen for his work on “The Phono Project,” a module in the course “Introduction to Writing Arts." “The Phono Project” asks students to conceive, create, and publish a podcast linking archival recordings of musical icons, such as Marian Anderson, Cab Calloway, and Hoagy Carmichael with new media technologies
  • Jonathan Mason (RTF) has been selected by the Tribeca Film Festival to receive training in the use of Epic Games' Unreal Engine platform as a creative foundation.  The goal of this "Writing in Unreal" program, according to a press release, is “to break down barriers to help independent filmmakers gain first-hand knowledge from Unreal Engine experts on how to use the engine’s cutting-edge tools.”
  • Diana Nicolae (RTF) participated in the 2021 Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium.
Edelman CCCA Digital Timeline Project
To celebrate 25 years since the formation of the School of Communication at Rowan College of New Jersey (renamed the College of Communication and Rowan University shortly after), we are excited to share "Edelman CCCA Through The Years,"  a digital timeline. Our team pored over photos, newspaper articles and other records to feature significant markers throughout our College's history, but we need your help to tell the story of the college of storytellers. 

To visit the timeline, click here. Use the bottom scroll bar to slide through time. Click on events to see more information or pictures. This can be viewed on a mobile device but is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. Have something that ought to be added? Use this form to make a submission! 

Book Launch: Binge-Watching and Contemporary Television Studies (Mareike Jenner, Editor)

Friday, November 12, 12:00 p.m. EST

This panel discussion between book contributors (including Dr. Emil Steiner, Journalism) will focus on the role binge-watching plays in contemporary culture.

Register for free here, and attend the event here.

Rowan University Art Gallery Exhibitions: Check it Out!
Through cast rubber sculptures, Silverthorne embraces her studio as a metaphor for abandonment, collapse, and entropy as it relates to the absurdity of social constructs and the misguided perceptions of stability and constancy. Her rubber crates, workshop dollies, lamps and light bulbs are imbued with cast rubber weeds, vines, and insects, becoming humorous, comedic versions of their authentic counterparts . . .read more

Artist's Reception: November 18, 5-7 p.m.
"The Sister Chapel" (permanent display of the Center for Art and Social Engagement. Located in Westby Hall room 110)
Read more about this exhibit in a recent review by The Whit.
The Weight of Paper: Endless Junkmail Scrolls
By Vernita Nemec a.k.a. N’Cognita
October 18 - December 17, 2021, Westby Hall, Room 110
Vernita Nemec, a.k.a. N’Cognita, began the Endless Junkmail Scrolls in 2006 as a form of artistic protest and as an environmental statement about the oppressive quantities of junk mail that fill our mailboxes. She adds fragments of paint, words, drawings, and photographs to the surface of the security bank envelopes that serve as the basic structure for the scrolls, which is over 400 feet in length and continues to grow. . . read more
DEI Spotlight
We’re excited to introduce our new intern Nyds Rivera! Their position focuses on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the College including managing the CCCA DEI blog, creating a new DEI-focused student organization and more. Read more about Nyds here. Have an idea for a blog post? Contact Nyds here.

Rowan Teaching Connection's Fall 2021 Teaching Workshop on Equity and Inclusion will be held Friday, November 12, from 9:00-12:30, in-person in Discovery Hall room 201 or virtually via Zoom. Click here to register.

Speak Up About Social Responsibility Open Mic Night

The Rowan Center for Responsible Leadership is hosting an Open Mic Night on Tuesday, Nov 16th at 6:00 p.m., Business Hall, Room 104. Students, faculty and alumni are encouraged to share their passion through spoken word, poetry, song, or monologue as we shine an informative light on current social responsibility and sustainability issues. Join us for a night of creativity, add your voice to the conversation and raise the vibration. Share your gifts, your wisdom, or simply share your presence to be a part of something bigger and truly make a difference.

Food and refreshments will be served. Free gift for the first 50 attendees. Register for this event at ProfLink. 

To learn more about the event, contact Greg Payton at
Research Spotlight
Colleen Montgomery (RTF)
“From Moana to Vaiana: Voicing the French and Tahitian Dubbed Versions of Disney’s Moana” published in American Music (issue 39;2).

Disney Character Voices International, the dubbing division of Walt Disney Studios, produces upwards of forty dubbed versions of each new animated feature film. This piece examines the cultural, industrial, and institutional pressures that shape the form and function of these dubs within and across disparate national contexts. Taking the French, Québecois, and Tahitian versions of Moana as case studies, the article considers how Disney’s dubs negotiate issues of cultural authenticity and ethnolinguistic identity
Whereas the English language version of Moana features a pan-Polynesian voice cast, the continental French version received significant criticism for failing to include Pacific voices in the translation process and voice cast. The Québecois version, though specifically created for the French-Canadian market, employs a “neutral” dialect that erases the linguistic features . . . read more
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