Edelman CCCA Update
May 26, 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. We will be publishing every couple of weeks throughout the summer, so please send your news here.
(Dean Tweedie pictured with Terry Nguyen)
2022 Commencement: Thank You and Congratulations!

More than 4,300 graduates crossed the stage on Bunce Green during the University's 19 college Commencement ceremonies earlier this month. Congratulations to the next generation of Rowan University (and Edelman CCCA) alumni and thank you to all the faculty and staff who graciously volunteered their time to help these celebrations run smoothly. 

To access a photo gallery and Commencement highlights video, click here. You can also find more photos in the Facebook album. To view recordings of the ceremonies, click here (livestream links lead to Youtube videos). 
Student Congratulations
The Advertising Club won a trophy from the American Advertising Federation for "Best Chemistry" among a team at their 2022 awards. 
This spring, students in Public Art & Social Practice Studio (cross-listed between Art & Geography) initiated conversations with Grounds, Facilities and the Rowan Environmental Action League to collectively and creatively address the global biodiversity crisis in our campus public spaces through reducing synthetic herbicide use and creating more pollinator habitat. Read more about it here.
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM won four Communicator Awards in the organization’s 28th annual competition sanctioned by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.
  • Rowan Radio Remembers: The 9/11 Attacks earned two Award of Excellence honors for news production and programming.
  • The Rowan Report Election Night Special achieved an Award of Excellence in the News Production category. 
  • Masking the Music earned an Award of Excellence in the News Production category. 
The Communicator Awards annually recognize the best in media, communication and advertising in its international contest. Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won 350 regional and national awards since 1993.
  • Katie Amrhein's (Journalism) video on the NJ Plastic Bag Ban was published on South Jersey Climate News. This video was produced in Nick DiUlio's (Journalism) Digital Journalism class last fall. 
  • Amanda Hoehne Smera Britto (MA Writing Arts) published an op-ed about the value of a maternal figure's presence in the South Jersey Times
Check out this feature on Harley Sarmiento, Rowan Sports CaM major, Navy Reservist, Transfer student and Mother. 
Towards the end of each semester, students in Chris Winkler's (RTF) Sports TV Production course participate in livestream coverage of baseball (spring semester) or basketball (fall semester) games at Rowan.  Click here to read about the challenges and victories that Winkler's team experienced from their U-Haul truck production studio this semester.
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • David Bianculli (RTF) serves as guest host and TV Critic for Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which recently received an Institutional Peabody Award for excellence in broadcast radio. Bianculli also ran a class in April for a post-graduate program in Denmark called SeriesKolen, teaching some 30 students about the evolution of quality American TV.  He also served as a consultant and on-air interviewee for a CNN documentary on TV in the 2010s and as an on-air interviewee on Christmas movies and TV shows.  Additionally, he was invited to be the keynote speaker for this fall's international gathering of Mark Twain scholars.
  • Keith Brand (RTF) won an Award of Distinction in the News Program category for his documentary Kiyoshi Kuromiya: The Wonderful Fabulous Life of a Civil Rights Zelig from the 2022 Communicator Awards. 
  • Neil Hartman (Sports CaM) was interviewed by ESPN about his role in the famous Allen Iverson press conference rant about "practice" twenty years ago. Hartman was also interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Julie Haynes (Communication Studies) recently presented research at the Popular Culture Association with a paper titled “Garth Brooks’ Hugs: Celebrity Politics, Civil Religion, and Rhetorical Contradictions in Garth Brooks’ Celebrity Persona.”
  • Jennifer Kitson (Art) presented a paper titled “Autoethnography, public storytelling and cultivating listening space” at the American Association of Geographers' annual conference (March 25 - April 1 2022). This research uses feminist autobiographical methods (autoethnography, oral history, group storytelling) to explore humans’ affective ties with water, or hydrophilia, in New Jersey. 
  • Jon Olshefski (RTF) has signed an agreement with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) for production funding and distribution of his pending documentary Without Arrows.  In addition to this agreement, Olshefski has been awarded additional funding in foundational support for his film.
  • Chris Winkler's (RTF) two 360/VR projects that were produced on an NSF STEM VRCE grant won three 2022 Telly Awards. The project "STEM VRCE Module 2: Surveying & Mapping Career 360/VR Experience" won the silver award in the Immersive & Mixed Reality - "Education & Training" category, and the other project, "STEM VRCE Module 1: GIS Career 360/VR Experience," won the bronze award in both the Immersive & Mixed Reality - "Education & Training" and "Use of 360" categories. 

Edelman CCCA creative media arts summer camp: Storytellers 

 This program gives upper elementary, middle school, and high school students a week of exciting, direct learning experiences in the techniques and creative tools people use to share stories. Learn more here.

On view at 301 High St. Rowan Art Gallery until July 16: Cultivated Space
This group exhibition includes works that resonate with the complexities and divergent perceptions attributed to gardens and cultivated spaces. Co-curated by Syd Carpenter, Marsha Moss, and Mary Salvante and presented in collaboration with Philadelphia Sculptors. Click here for a virtual tour and click here to plan your visit in person. 
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