Edelman CCCA Update
October 28, 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
  • The Monell Center's 2021 Annual Report featured the spring 2021 Smell Art Studio project, a collaboration with the Monell Center. Students Jennifer Araya (Graphic Design; not pictured), ​Victoria Esquilin (Art Education) and Noel Waldron (PR & Art Alumna) designed and implemented an interactive method for creatively engaging and educating the public about their smell experience at the iconic Philadelphia Flower Show.
  • Maggie Leenas (Communication Studies Alumna) interviewed Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez who rose to fame after winning gold in Rio in 2016. New Jersey Monthly Magazine featured the interview in which Hernandez acknowledges that her home state, NJ, is unlike any other place in the world. 
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • Gina Audio, Asadeh Nia-Schoenstein and Louis Rodolico (all PR/ADV) submitted a proposal titled “Reversing History’s Effects: Using Deep Reading to Promote Inclusion” for presentation at Temple University’s 20th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence, which will be held January 6 – 7, 2022.
  • Tara Bennett (RTF) published "The Story of Marvel Studios" with Abrams Books. Bennett and co-author Paul Terry were granted unprecedented access to Marvel Studios, which resulted in this collection of exclusive interviews, photos and stories that detail the development of the Studio's box-office hits. 
  • Nick DiUlio's (Journalism) article about Camden's comeback won first place in Folio's annual Eddie Awards for regional longform journalism.
  • Through the efforts of Andrew D. Hottle (Communication Studies), Rowan University Art Gallery received a donation of $13,000 from the Estate of Jo Ann Goldsmith to support the permanent collection, which features the works of women artists who were active in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Emil Steiner (Journalism) sat down with John Bullinger on "Inside the Box: The TV History Podcast" to speak about sports documentaries, sports fandom and how biography influences scholarship.
  • Mina Zarfsaz's (Art) solo exhibition, GAG ACT, is at Esther Klein Gallery from Oct. 14-Nov. 27. GAG ACT is a sequel to the first phase of the project, Shadowplay, which was recently featured in Issue 8 of NYU's ITP journal, Adjacent.  The artist talk will be at Venture Cafe Philadelphia on November 18 from 6:00-7:00 pm; a book and vinyl record release will be announced later this month.
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! 

DEI Spotlight
Access and Inclusion Week
Theme: Moving Forwardcelebrating Rowan University's ability to come together during a pandemic. Students, faculty and staff shared a common bond demonstrating the importance of access, equity, neurodiversity and universal design in the classroom and across campus. Programming and events this week were dedicated to showcasing the lived experiences of students with disabilities and best practices in supporting the diverse needs of all members of the Rowan community. Click here to view the remaining events. 
Research Spotlight
Dr. Rui Shi (Communication Studies)

 “The dilemma of correcting nicotine misperceptions: Nicotine replacement therapy versus electronic cigarettes” published in Health Communication.

A large proportion of smokers have misperceptions of the health risks associated with nicotine use. Some believe nicotine is harmless while others see it as the main carcinogen in cigarettes and the leading cause of diseases (e.g. lung cancer and heart attack). On the one hand, the belief in nicotine safety may lead electronic cigarette users to ignore the risk associated with their use of e-cigarettes. On the other hand, for smokers who are trying to quit, belief in the exaggerated harm of nicotine could deter them from using nicotine replacement therapy as a quitting aid. This paper reported results from two empirical studies that evaluated the necessity of correcting nicotine misperceptions and explored possible intervention strategies to increase use of nicotine replacement therapy and decrease use of e-cigarettes. In this paper, I demonstrated it was relatively easy to correct misinformation on the knowledge level but difficult to change the corresponding attitudes and behavior. For example, the health message that informed people read more . . . 
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