Edelman CCCA Update
November 24, 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!
Enjoy the long weekend! As we head toward the end of the year, take this time to rest, study, go outside and be with loved ones so that we can all close out this semester on a great note. Only a few more weeks to go!
Student and Alumni Congratulations
Jessica Boyington (RTF '08) visited with students in Professor Keith Brand's Senior Portfolio Seminar to discuss her career path.  Jessica is a traffic reporter for 6ABC in Philadelphia.
RTF students, Niko Ioannou and Kyle Mejlander, worked alongside Casey Holcombe from the Radio, Television & Film Department and representatives from Rowan Music Group, CHSS, and University Events to produce a multi-camera, in-person/virtual hybrid event for the Miss America: The Road to 100 More Panel Discussion & Artifact Display. The team also helped to facilitate a q&a between the in-person and virtual guests and the in-person and virtual panelists.
Mike Jasorka's (Art '07) newest graphic novel, "The Wildwood Days of DooWop," sold out this summer. It features 100 fully illustrated pages that tell the story of the shore town's motel architecture movement and its connections to rock n' roll. Click here for a rave review of the novel by the Wildwood Video Archive.
Rowan's National Art Education Association Student Chapter won this year's Homecoming Banner Competition. For the "Back to the '90s" theme, the team depicted the cartoon "The Rugrats."
Left to right: Victoria Esquilin and Colleen Yeager (front row), Steve Castellano, Joe Fyfe, Emily Scott, Taylor Slade, Lauren Bussott and Molly Moore (back row)
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • Herb Appelson’s (Art) hand-threaded embossment print, “A Message in the Sky,” was awarded one of the Stella Drabkin Memorial Awards by the American Color Print Society. The award is endowed in memory of one of the founding ACPS members.
  • David Bianculli (RTF) was a guest on Marc Maron's podcast, "WTF," where he spoke about censorship and the Smothers Brothers. 
  • Nicole Cesare (Writing Arts) published "Approaches to Teaching Postcolonial Climate Fiction" in the MLA Options for Teaching Volume Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media (December 2021).
  • Taylor Henry (WA/JRN) won Preservation New Jersey's Young Preservationist Award for her work as the youngest president of the Wildwood Historical Society. 
  • Lisa Jahn-Clough (Writing Arts) will be signing copies of her books, including her most recent release, "The Kids of Cattywampus Street," at INKWOOD BOOKS in Haddonfield from 12-1 pm and at Words Matter Bookstore in Pitman from 3-4 pm on Saturday, November 27. This is part of Small Business Saturday when independent bookstores feature book talks and signings by local authors.
  • Alison Novak (PR/ADV) presented a workshop for C-SPAN and Purdue University's Advanced Methods Seminar Series on "Discursive Software for Video Research." 
We are pleased to announce that Ric and Jean Edelman's $10 million gift has awarded its first scholarships to the inaugural 2021-22 class. Funding is expected to increase to more recipients across the College, providing unprecedented support and professional development opportunities for our students. Thank you again to the Edelmans for your incredible generosity. To read the full announcement, click here
Save the Date!

This year’s Edelman CCCA Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 9 from 4-7 pm at Bonesaw Brewing on route 322 near campus. More details to follow.
More than 50 of our Edelman CCCA faculty and students will be presenting their latest work at our first fall research showcase. We hope to see you there as we celebrate their accomplishments! 
DEI Spotlight

The Community for Underrepresented Faculty and Staff (CUFS) is open to all current and interested underrepresented faculty and staff. In line with the goals of Rowan University’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Community of Underrepresented Faculty and Staff is an affinity group that aims to create a supportive community of training, learning, advocacy and self-care for faculty, staff, and educators of color. We use the umbrella term “underrepresented” with the purpose of creating a broad space for all people who identify as members of racially and/or ethnically marginalized groups.

The theme of this semester's CUFS meetings is Music for the Culture. We will explore music that influences culture. Please bring a song, poem, etc., to share and discuss with the group!

Meeting date: December 7, 12 pm

Please email for the Zoom links and more information.

Kwanzaa Celebration

As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. Given the profound significance Kwanzaa has for African Americans and indeed, the world African community, it is imperative that an authoritative source and site be made available to give an accurate and expansive account of its origins, concepts, values, symbols and practice.

During the holiday, families and communities organize activities around the Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles): Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and lmani (Faith). Participants also celebrate with feasts (karamu), music, dance, poetry, narratives and end the holiday with a day dedicated to reflection and recommitment to The Seven Principles and other central cultural values. - Dr. Maulana Karenga 

Join SJICR and Friends to celebrate and learn more about Kwanzaa with light refreshments on December 9th from 4-6 pm in Business 104. Everyone is welcome!

By the spring of 2021, a comprehensive Restorative Practices program will begin to address violations of Title VI, Discrimination, Harassment and Bias, when appropriate. We are seeking students to volunteer to be trained as peer facilitators. Please contact Monise Princilus at to get involved.

Research Spotlight
Dr. Drew Kopp (Writing Arts)
 Speaking Being: Werner Erhard, Martin Heidegger, and a New Possibility of Being Human (a co-authored book) and the article “Schopenhauer’s Telescope: Tracing the Mind of a Clever Animal” (Issue 3 of Intraspection):
In "Schopenhauer's Telescope: Tracing the Mind of a Clever Animal," I attempt a close reading of Arthur Schopenhauer's rhetorical maneuvers as they appear in Friedrich Nietzsche's unpublished essay "On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral sense," which itself serves as both a stylistic homage to the elder philosopher and an effort to escape from the debt Nietzsche owed to his educator. Reading both 19th century philosophers together makes it possible to see the rhetorical role philosophical discourse plays in bringing its addressee into “illumination,” while also permitting subtle rhetorical cues to emerge that spell the impossibility of any such illumination--despite cogently argued declarations to the contrary. 

Written with Bruce Hyde, Speaking Being: Werner Erhard, Martin Heidegger, and a New Possibility of Being Human (August 2019) provides an unprecedented study of the ideas and methodology originally developed by the thinker Werner Erhard, and presented in a course called The Forum, a course that has since evolved further and is offered today by Landmark Worldwide. The book is a comparative analysis that demonstrates how Erhard’s rhetorical project and the philosophical project of Martin Heidegger each illuminate the other read more . . .
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