Edelman CCCA Update
April 6, 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.  Please send your submissions to Jessica ( for future editions. Happy reading!
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2022 Commencement
  • To volunteer at our commencement ceremonies on May 11 at 8am and 11am, contact Gina. Click here to see when your department’s ceremony is that day.
  • To sit on the platform at CCCA’s ceremonies or the University Ceremony on May 7, fill out this form. Please note, if you have already contacted Gina about sitting on the platform, you should also fill this out.
Student Congratulations
  • Ellen Parry Lewis (MA Writing Arts) published Because She Fell Asleep with Metal Lunchbox Publishing. This murder mystery is Lewis' seventh novel
More than two dozen Sports Communication and Media students will be working for the Wilmington Blue Rocks this summer, and one student has accepted a full-time position. 

Rowan also partners with the Delaware Blue Coats, the G-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. Check out this NBC10 feature spotlighting the work our students do with them!
Faculty and Staff Congratulations
  • Kim Akass (RTF) was interviewed on BBC 3 Counties Radio about the Will Smith slap on the Academy Awards telecast. 
  • Heather Lanier's (Writing Arts) poem "The Heartbeat of My Unborn Child" was published this month in The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy, an anthology featuring Joy Harjo, Ross Gay, Ted Kooser, and others. Lanier was also recently featured on The Way of Love podcast where she discussed her writing with Bishop Michael Curry (Bishop Curry is best known for delivering the sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding).
  • Colleen Montgomery (RTF) presented her paper "Frozen in Translation: The Cultural Politics of Dubbing Disney Media” at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference from March 30 - April 3. At the same conference, Paul Monticone (RTF) also presented his research “On the Cutting Room Floor: Hollywood’s Industrial Relations and Overlooked Post-Production Unions."
  • On April 4, RTF faculty Colleen MontgomeryKim Akass, and Nina Isaacson moderated a panel on Women in Entertainment.  The panel included Film Director and Editor Bat-Sheva Guez, Costume Designer Laura Montgomery, and CEO of the Production Guild of Great Britain Lyndsay Duthie.  Nearly 70 students attended this event.
  • Diana Nicolae's (RTF) film Come Find Me has been reviewed by PBS Maryland for broadcast next fall and possible distribution to affiliate stations.
  • Jon Olshefski (RTF) received a $15,000 Momentum Grant from Catapult Film Fund for his film Without Arrows.
  • Skeffington Thomas (Art) will be participating in the 24th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition April 8 – June 26, 2022 at the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.

The Broadcast Education Association, which perennially recognizes Rowan University student achievement in radio, television and film during the organization’s conference in Las Vegas, released its first ranking of schools, naming Rowan #9 internationally overall.

In addition to the overall ranking, the BEA ranked Rowan RTF #3 in audio, #6 for documentary, #9 in film and video, and #18 for news programming . . .read more

The Dean's office is looking to hire new interns in: 
  • Graphic Design
  • Social Media/Digital Communications
  • Events and Outreach
Interested students should send their resume, cover letter and applicable work samples to Gina Di Bartolo ( 
Rowan University Art Gallery was thrilled with the positive press received for the recent exhibition, Earth Offerings: Honoring the Gardeners, curated by Mary Salvante showcasing recent works by Syd Carpenter.

Rowan faculty, staff and students are invited the inaugural Conference on Children & Families Journalism at Rowan on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10:00am-3:00pm. 

Discussion topics include news coverage of: gun violence, social services, autism, health, the Covid-19 pandemic, K-12 education, school shootings, mental health and child welfare, among others. Register here.

Sarah McCarron, writer and Executive Story Editor on HBO Max's 'Station Eleven,' will be speaking with students (via Zoom) in the King Auditorium in Bozorth Hall on Thursday, April 7th at 2:00pm.  All students are invited to attend.
8th Annual RTF Media Fest: April 8 at 6:00 pm and April 9 at 5:00 pm in King Auditorium, Bozorth Hall
DEI Spotlight
Join the Women's Alliance Network on April 21 from 12:00-1:00 pm for a series of brief presentations from some of Rowan's most exceptional women leaders including Dr. Mira Lalovic-Hand, Dr. Sue Lehrman and Yvonne Torruella Ortiz. Click here to register.
Join the Rowan Teaching Connection (RTC)’s spring mini-conference on Friday, April 8 from 9:00 am-12:30pm in Discovery Hall, room 101 to hear ideas on inclusive teaching strategies, social and emotional learning (SEL), Universal Design, critical pedagogy, equitable assessment, active learning, movement, mindfulness, or anything else that puts DEI-focused practices into action! Presentations will also be streamed virtually. Click here to register
During 2021, the country of Haiti and its people both in Haiti and its diaspora experienced a series of shocking events from an assassination to migrants being racially assaulted on the US-Mexico boarder. This has led many international observers to the conclusion that the country and its people are in 'crisis'. In this thought provoking talk, Dr. Jean-Charles will invite the audience to question how the terms "resilience" and "crisis" have been used in the context of Haiti over several decades by looking at the work of Haitian feminists from the 20th and 21st centuries.

To join the above event (Beyond Resilience), click here.

Meeting ID: 819 8138 5065

Passcode: 998415

Land Acknowledgment Workshop with Trinity Norwood
Join the Department of Writing Arts and the Division of DEI on Monday, April 18 at 2:00 pm for a workshop led by Trinity Nordwood, a citizen of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation. To register, click here.
Research Spotlight
Jonathan Olshefski (RTF)

Without Arrows (working title) is a feature-length documentary film shot over the course of twelve years. It is set to premiere in 2023. 

Delwin Fiddler Jr. is a champion powwow dancer and a Lakota man from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe community in South Dakota. The film chronicles his experience moving back home to the reservation to reconnect with his family and tribe after living in Philadelphia for 13 years . . . read more
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