Lines of Communication
t h e n e w s l e t t e r o f t h e r o w a n u n i v e r s i t y c o l l e g e o f c o m m u n i c a t i o n – fall 2009
A Message from
D ear Colleagues, Students, and
Friends of the Rowan College of
Welcome to another exciting academic
year in the College of Communication.
The beautiful summer days, with picnics,
swimming, and trips “down the shore,”
have left us. As the weather changes
and is a little less inviting, we turn our
attention to the life of the mind, and to
our ongoing efforts to build a community
of learning that is intellectually vigorous
Writing Arts Debuts
4 + 1 Degree
and stimulating, while providing a secure
arena in which the diverse abilities and
understandings of the individual can
unfold. by Sanford Tweedie
their senior year while paying undergradu-
We have many exciting things on the
A stereotype of unmotivated students ate tuition and use these credits to fulfill
horizon for this year. All of our programs
has them slogging through their both degrees, saving themselves time
are working on assessment of their cur-
undergraduate degree in five years rather and money. Also known as a 4 + 1 degree,
ricula through various means, including
than the prescribed four. Beginning this the program allows students to complete
self-studies, student portfolio assessment,
fall, the Department of Writing Arts has the Department’s bachelor’s and mas-
and outside evaluation. We hope that
instituted a program that allows highly ter’s degrees in five years rather than the
these assessment processes will allow us
motivated and qualified students the normal six.
to continue to improve our programs to
opportunity not only to complete an Even though the program was not ap-
suit the needs of the students.
undergraduate degree but also to obtain a proved until mid-august, three students
Assessment and curricular growth and
master’s degree during those five years. have already been admitted and have
change are also important activities this
By taking advantage of Rowan’s new begun work toward their M.A.s. Krystle
year. Recently, the Department of Writ-
curricular option to provide dual degree Wright, who is completing her under-
ing Arts had a 4 + 1 B.A./M.A. program
programs, Writing Arts became one graduate requirements while taking Core
approved to begin in 2010. in Pr/adver-
of the first departments on campus to I and Fiction Writing at the M.A. level,
tising, a certificate of graduate studies
in Integrated Marketing and New Media launch an accelerated B.A./M.A. Under Continued on next page.
has been approved and is under way. Our this program, interested and qualified stu-
Continued on next page. dents take four graduate courses during Pictured above: Dr. Sanford Tweedie.
Rowan’s Thursday evening graduation
A Message from the Dean, continued. 4 + 1 Degree, continued.
ceremony and then, during the Friday
Writing Arts Department, Radio/TV/Film says, “I think that the program is a really ceremony, their undergraduate degrees.
Department, and the Art Department are great opportunity. A master’s degree has But this “five-year plan” will be well worth
working together on an M.F.A. in Com- the potential to open a lot of doors for the wait!
munication Arts that promises to be very writers, and it is a perfect program for For more information on the accelerat-
exciting (i’ve already had one excellent people who don’t have the financial or ed B.A./M.A. degree program, visit http://
senior student ask if she can go ahead time resources to go through another two www.rowan.edu/writingarts and click on
and start taking some of the classes next years of schooling after the undergraduate the undergraduate Programs link.
semester). and in undergraduate interdis- degree.” —Dr. Sanford Tweedie teaches in the
ciplinary work, a team of faculty members Mary Chrapliwy, another student undergraduate and graduate programs in the
from the college is collaborating on the admitted to the program, says it fits well Writing Arts Department and is Coordinator
creation of a new/Participatory media with her ambitions: “As an older, working of Undergraduate Writing Programs.
concentration. It will be a big year for new student i have a very clear-cut set of goals
opportunities for our students. and a very definite career plan. the 4 + 1
efforts to increase communication
channels among members of the college
program allows me to attain those goals
much faster—in 2011 instead of 2012.
In this Issue
community continue. We now have a blog I love the program so far and feel very A Message from the Dean . . . . . . . . 1
(http://thedeanblog.wordpress.com/), a fortunate to have been accepted.”
Writing Arts Debuts
facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/ in addition to the time- and cost-saving 4 + 1 Degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
yf2q8e6), a twitter feed (http://twitter. benefits, program participants have the
In Memoriam: Denise Gess . . . . . . . 3
com/RowanCoC), and an upcoming opportunity to interact with a different
googlewave site (tba). additionally, we group of students. Many of Rowan’s mas- Tribute to Denise Gess . . . . . . . . . . . 4
have implemented college colloquia for ter’s students come from other states and
Denise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
the sharing of pedagogical and research countries, from Maine to California and
interests and have revived the college from Taiwan to England. Two New Undergraduate
Writing Arts Offerings . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
newsletter to facilitate sharing of informa- The accelerated B.A./M.A. is not for
tion. every student. A rigorous set of criteria Spotlight on Alumni . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
i could go on (most of you know that must be met before applying, and, in the
Rowan Students Get the Full
about me already), but i won’t because i words of Chrapliwy, “What new students Menu about Diners . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
know that other new and exciting events considering this program need to keep
Notes from the M.A. in PR:
in the college will be covered throughout in mind is that you have to be extremely
Rowan’s Master’s Program
this newsletter. So I’ll conclude by saying motivated to participate. The reading Balances Tradition and Change . . . . 7
that I wish you all a good and productive requirements alone are much heavier,
Notes from the M.A. in Writing:
fall, a happy holiday season, and a wonder- and the grading criteria are at a higher Rowan’s Community of Writers . . . . 8
ful new year. standard.”
New Communication Faculty,
Adds Wright of her experience, “So far
Fall 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Lorin Basden Arnold I really like the graduate classes I’m tak-
Interim Dean ing, and I’m looking forward to learning Communication Student
Accomplishments . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
more about different types of writing and
Harrah’s Emerging Writers Series theories of writing.” RTF’s Talking Pictures Series . . . . . 12
and the Women’s and Gender Studies Because the bachelor’s degree is
A Lines of Communication
Program present spoken word artist not granted until completion of both Podcast: A Conversation with
Sarah Kay programs, Chrapliwy, Wright, and third Dr. Maria Simone on Participatory
Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
nov. 23, 11:30 a.m. participant Sam Dodge will actually
student center Pit receive their graduate degrees during
Our dear colleague, Denise Gess, a consummate
writer and Associate Professor at Rowan,
taught in the Writing Arts Department for
six years before her untimely death in August
2009. An accomplished author of three books,
Denise was extremely popular with both
her students and colleagues, and she will
be greatly missed. Her Creative Writing walking into the room. (smokin’! one professor at Rowan University. A list
colleagues—Professor Julia Chang and rowan grad student declared about her.) of accomplishments too long to list
Professor Ron Block—composed the following Dark brown hair, smart and fierce brown in this small space. Denise considered
tributes to their friend. Julia Chang provides eyes, a generous mouth, a sodium vapor herself a Philadelphia writer, a significant
a prose remembrance, previously published in smile, a low rumbling laugh (a sleek train distinction, Philadelphia, not the city of
Philadelphia stories (Summer 2009), and speeding from a well-lit tunnel) that her birth, but her chosen home, crucial,
Ron Block memorializes Denise in a poem. came easily and often, promised to go on she once told me, to her well being. She
forever. Who couldn’t pay attention? loved it. She could not live elsewhere.
by Julia Chang Denise had silky olive skin, a gift She’d have withered in the ’burbs. She
from her Sicilian ancestors, and she had knew; she’d tried it, she’d gotten out and
I f you were writing Denise Gess as
a character in a story, you would
have to grapple with extremes, wrestle
a gorgeous clavicle, a creamy, unlined
neck and throat. Worried, when the
docs had to surgically insert a titanium
did not go back.
Passionate, wise, intelligent, optimistic,
witty, vivacious—qualities throughout
with contradictions. Such a marvelous, catheter right there at the breast bone Denise’s life that fought to claim
alluring character! You might have for the chemo, that the part of her body dominance, but only succeeded in a rare
trouble maintaining any kind of authorial she liked best, would be forever scarred. synergistic creation, a uniquely engaged
distance. You might have trouble making (though she ended up loving the port, and energetic writer, teacher, woman.
her convincing. which rescued her from the puncture she was self-made, an anomaly in her
First clue to her character, her looks: wounds of multiple IVs, the purple stains close-knit family. she began her work
slender as a ballerina; strong as a python. on her wrists and forearms after her first life as a nurse, maintained until the
even past the half-century mark (such treatments.) end her lifelong fascination with and
a paltry amount of time, it now seems) Denise Gess, novelist, essayist, literary understanding of all things medical.
Denise could slip into her size 2 skinny critic, a skilled and passionate writer in Denise was a voracious reader, a hungry
jeans, pointy-toed high heels, her many genres, an editor of Philadelphia
sunglasses, and demand attention by just Stories magazine, a tenured associate Pictured above: Denise Gess.
learner, an astute identifier of talent, and the fame or glory it might garner, that
a tireless promoter of others’ work when mattered. She revered written language,
she loved it, believed in it—her students and lived to put words down on the
and her writer friends. Though she told page, the sentences stretching out, one
me once, hands down, that she loved after the other, in an endless unbroken
being a mother even more than being chain. Those of us who love her must
a writer; could not have endured the light candles now in hope that her
rejections and frustrations of the literary copious, yet-to-be-published work will
life without the joys and satisfactions of find its way to print or cyberspace, so
motherhood, without her daughter to that we, and others, will be enriched by
come home to. it.
by Ron Block
last september—Denise lived exactly Denise, darling friend and colleague,
one year after her diagnosis of Stage 4 oh, writerly writer, you, you will not be The messages all begin
lung cancer—i was with Denise for her missed, because you are here and will “I don’t know if you heard…”
last radiation treatment at huP. the abide here, the words you spoke, and Last night, I heard
radiation targeted lesions on her brain those you’ve written, woven deeply into tree frogs making a racket,
and for it, she’d been fitted with a custom the fabric of my life and the lives of all trying to find each other
radiation mask, a horrifying thing of countless others you have touched. in the dark. And now
plastic and webbing to protect her face —Prof. Julia Chang teaches Creative the empty sleeves of shirts
and neck from the killer rays pointed on Writing in the undergraduate and graduate tumble in the drier
those lesions. Afterward, she asked if she programs in Writing Arts. with a bit of change
could keep it, and of course she could. It i forgot in the pockets—
wouldn’t do anyone else any good. That while in your apartment,
day, for lunch, she managed to down an Tribute to Denise Gess the sounds of trains,
egg and an english muffin. then we went the brakes and screeching,
upstairs to the lady’s cancer boutique to
buy wigs since she’d soon be bald. Tucked O n october 2, in the rowan uni-
versity Art Gallery, Denise Gess’s
family, friends, students, and colleagues
still rumble past
and keep you from sleeping.
beneath her arm was the odd sculpture,
her radiation mask. Wall art, she told gathered for “An Evening of Readings, The messages all begin
anyone who asked, and one or two who Music, and Memories,” organized by “I don’t know if you heard…”
didn’t. Everybody laughed, most of all Professors Julia chang and ron Block. and I wish I hadn’t,
Denise. The frightening mask was for her Readings and remembrances were because I cannot imagine
a talisman of what she could endure, what offered by Jean Block, Julia chang, Bill not hearing your voice.
she would do for another shot at life. lutz, Joe carlough, ron Block, lisa There can’t be silence
Denise Gess, a woman of hemispheric Zeidner, Betsy Haase, Carla Spataro, in a room where
contradictions—a bone-thin foodie with Lisa Shannon, Ainslie Brown, and Sandy you lived. There cannot
the spirit of a shaman and the sharp, Tweedie. be a lonely echo
shiny, ever-working mind of an engineer, Gabriel MacDonnell Chang provided in our memory of you,
the exotic looks of an actress. A tireless music for the evening. or in any room where
toiler in the fields of literary writing, a The presentations in honor of Denise so many of your friends,
well published, though rarely applauded, coalesced into a portrait of a much- full of talk, full of stories,
writer. Yes, she loved applause, but loved colleague, a brilliant teacher and are gathered in your name.
understood that it didn’t really matter. writer, and a strong and courageous
—Prof. Ron Block teaches Creative Writing
Not to her, anyway. She loved the writing woman.
in the undergraduate and graduate programs in
process, loved writing, and knew that
in the end, it was the writing itself, not Pictured above right: Denise Gess.
Two New Undergraduate Spotlight
writing arts offerings on Alumni
by Sanford Tweedie Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social Sci-
ence, a program in which students focus
A 1997 communication rtf graduate
of Rowan University, Jason Weber
T o serve student interests, the Writ- joined WGLS, the University radio sta-
on two areas of study within humanities
ing Arts Department has launched a tion, in 1993. he was the station’s sports
and social sciences. As one of several
minor in Writing Arts, and a Liberal Stud- director for his final two years at rowan
Sequence B options students can choose
ies: humanities/social science Program radio. a Pitman native, weber had the
from, Writing Arts can be taken in
Sequence B in Writing Arts. opportunity to experience a golden era
combination with others in the Sequence
these 22-credit sequences provide of Rowan University athletics. He was on
a offerings, such as english, history, or
students new opportunities for focus- hand to cover some of the most impor-
Spanish. Because Elementary Education
ing on writing as part of their studies. tant events in Profs’ athletics history,
and Early Childhood Education have
Both the minor and Program sequence B including Rowan football’s multiple runs
adopted the LS:H/SS degree as a dual
introduce theories of writing and provide to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, and the
major option, these students could be
opportunities to write and evaluate writ- men’s basketball national championship
particularly interested in the Program
ing within a text-rich, learning-centered win in 1996.
Sequence B option in Writing Arts.
environment. After his career at WGLS, Weber
Information about the Minor in Writ-
the minor in writing arts fills a gap moved on to a career in television. He
ing arts and the ls:h/ss Program se-
between the first-year writing and writ- spent time with esPn and enjoyed sever-
quence B in Writing Arts can be found at
ing Intensive requirements and the major al years with mlB Productions, where he
in Writing Arts. It gives students the won multiple Emmy awards as a producer.
on the undergraduate Programs link.
opportunity for intensive focus on writing His credits include producing documen-
For complete information on the
studies while still allowing them to major taries on Cal Ripkin, Alex Rodriguez,
Liberal Studies: Humanities/Social
in another field of interest. and the 2002 arizona Diamondbacks.
Science degree, visit http://www.rowan.
the Program sequence B in writing Over the past two years, he produced the
Arts is part of the Bachelor of Arts in critically acclaimed esPn classic series,
in January, weber, along with wgls
alums Jeff hickman and rob ryan, added
to the award-winning tradition of the
WGLS sports department by claiming an
Award of Distinction in the Communica-
tor awards for a documentary on the 10th
anniversary of Rowan men’s basketball
national championship win.
Weber recently joined NFL Films as a
producer. To this day, he says his years at
WGLS stand out as some of his fondest
Pictured left: Jason Weber.
rapidly,” Berkey-gerard said. “i’m trying
Rowan Students Get the to [give students] multimedia skills.”
The students were split into three
Full Menu about Diners teams: editorial, design, and promo-
tion/legal. Students used recorders and
microphones to gather data and cameras
to take photographs. The results of those
by Christina Paciolla Jersey specifically,” Berkey-gerard said.
efforts are audio slideshows about two
The students decided on diners, some-
minutes long and audio interviews about
T he students of Prof. mark Berkey-
Gerard’s online journalism class are
probably the only college kids at Rowan
thing that new Jersey has more of than
any other state in the country—more
than 600. from there, the students
a minute long.
“There are really good reporters and
really good photographers, so we found a
who are sick of diners. But, it’s easy to see turned a late-night hangout into a class
way to incorporate everything, making it
why. They spent all semester designing project, interviewing patrons, profiling
all a cohesive project,” said Emily Kostic,
a new Jersey diner culture web site—a cooks and servers, and tasting fare, all
a junior who helped publicize the project
project that had them interviewing cooks, while shooting photographs and collect-
on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
eating breakfast for dinner, and taking ing audio for the Web site they would
The project focused mostly on South
pictures at the all-night restaurants sev- design. “Without knowing it, they picked
Jersey diners, like glassboro’s own ange-
eral times a week. a really challenging subject,” said Berkey-
lo’s and PB’s. other area diners included
“It was really a great group collabora- Gerard, whose students had to battle
geet’s in williamstown and Philly Diner
tion,” said Alexandra Harcharek, a junior noise, mirrors, and neon lighting while
in Runnemede. Students traveled to other
journalism major at Rowan who helped gathering information.
popular Jersey diners like medport in
with design. “We’ve never done anything The end result is www.nj1134.org, an
marlton and Parkside Diner in Palisades
like this before.” online multimedia magazine examining
Park. Berkey-gerard used The New York
Berkey-gerard [an assistant Professor new Jersey people and culture. the 1134
Times’ “one in 8 million” series as inspira-
in the Journalism Department] presented in the Web address stands for the number
tion. That project is a collection of stories
his spring online Journalism ii class with of new Jerseyans per square mile, mak-
and photos, added weekly, profiling new
a project: to conceptualize, design and ing the Garden State the most densely
Yorkers, who include an urban taxider-
implement a Web site with an emphasis populated state in America. Volume 1 is
mist and an all-night accountant. it is
on news, strategy and production. the diner issue.
Berkey-gerard’s vision to expand www.
“We wanted to make it rooted in South “Obviously the industry is changing
nj1134.org each semester.
Senior journalism student Bobbi Lee
Hitchon knew when she started the
journalism program at Rowan, there’d
be some questions about what students
would do after graduation with the rap-
idly changing industry. Working on the
web site—hitchon produced the audio
slideshows—she said she realized there
are more opportunities now than ever in
the world of media.
—Excerpted from an article previously pub-
lished in The Gloucester County Times,
Wednesday, May 6, 2009.
Pictured left: Prof. Mark Berkey-Girard.
online. one insight: Podcasts focusing
on community aspects of their audi-
ences increase subscriptions and repeat
visits among 18-to-24-year-olds. werner’s
work suggests that the more web content
interacts with audiences, the greater the
probability of funneling audiences to
Joseph staudenmayer investigated the
effectiveness of viral marketing by film
studios to consumers among 18-to-24-
year-olds. his work shows that film critics
and experts feel that viral marketing influ-
ences young people and contributes to
their decisions about seeing feature films.
notes from the m.a. in Pr: “While some students focus their work
on emerging interactive media issues,
rowan’s master’s Program Balances many students in our program pursue
Tradition and Change studies into more established practices,”
One example: Natalie V. Layton
explored the growing importance of rela-
by Suzanne FitzGerald and Ed Moore tradition of focusing on core public rela-
tionship marketing to build longer-lasting
tions practices, but it continues to evolve
relationships between organizations and
T his year saw more than 30 stu- to accommodate the significant changes
consumers in today’s society. Her work,
dents enrolled in Rowan’s M.A. in public relations practitioners face,” added
which focused on the food industry, sup-
public relations program. Members of the Dr. Suzanne FitzGerald, professor and
ports assertions that relationship market-
incoming class include communication department chair.
ing produces longer-lasting benefits than
veterans seeking to expand their public several theses written by 2009 gradu-
transactional marketing alone. Certain
relations knowledge and skills, as well as ates, for example, investigated the in-
relationship marketing techniques also
several recent undergrads moving directly creasing importance of interactive media
can effectively garner a more positive
into graduate study. and online social networks in current
image of an organization among its target
Rowan’s graduate public relations public relations programming.
program, founded more than 30 years ago, Rosie Braude examined social media’s
“While interactive media continue
offers a mix of academic and practical effect on organizational reputation and
to gain influence among practitioners,
approaches designed for students seeking innovation. Testing consumer percep-
they’re clearly supplementing and not
to build or expand careers in public rela- tions through an online survey, content
supplanting more traditional tactics and
tions. analysis, interviews, and focus groups,
techniques,” FitzGerald added.
“We have an active network of about Braude found that a majority of American
To learn more about Rowan’s graduate
500 graduates leading public relations consumers want organizations to interact
program in pubic relations, visit http://
programs for corporations, nonprofits, with them through social media.
and educational organizations throughout Brandon Werner used Twitter, Face-
the U.S.,” explained Edward H. Moore, book, and e-mail—along with a more
associate professor and program coordi- traditional survey and focus group—to
nator. investigate preferences and habits for
Pictured above left: Dr. Suzanne
“Our program maintains its strong listening to music and watching video FitzGerald and Prof. Ed Moore.
Notes from the M.A. in other schools, which is something I know
something about after seven colleges and
Writing: Rowan’s Community universities.”
Jackie cassidy, who earned her B.a.
of Writers in Writing Arts and who is now working
on her thesis, underscores the impor-
tance of the relationships forged in the
by Jennifer Courtney Sabatini, a student focusing on new media program: “What I’ve learned from the
and composition, recently commented, M.A. in Writing hasn’t come from books
F or many students, graduate study
is an isolating endeavor: the end-
less trips to the library, the long hours of
“the flexibility of this program brings
together an eclectic group of highly
or lectures, although such things certainly
have their place in my intellectual life.
motivated and intellectually curious The most cherished stories and the best
writing and revision, the esoteric nature students.… you will have the benefit of lessons have come from the people in the
of specialized research. In Rowan’s M.A. engaging with and learning from students program—professors and fellow students
in Writing program, though, students do of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. I alike. The M.A. fosters a sense of family
not have to journey alone because of the have learned a great deal from my profes- and community. At the end of the day,
strong community of writers supporting sors and from the other students.” after I’ve written the story or poem, it’s
each and every student. The Writing faculty work closely the people who inspire me to write again,
This fall, we welcome 11 talented new with all students in the program, begin- to tell a truth that belongs to all of us.”
graduate students and three new “4 + 1” ning with their very first courses. some The writing community here at Rowan
students to our program. These students students even develop relationships with also extends beyond the classroom.
join our cadre of poets, novelists, teach- faculty before applying for the M.A. Dan The Harrah’s Emerging Writers Series
ers, and journalists. as a small, flexible Marks, a student now working on his brings writers to campus for Master
program, the m.a. in writing offers writ- thesis prospectus, notes that while conve- Classes, lectures, and readings. This year’s
ers of all sorts the opportunity to interact nience was an initial reason he explored Emerging Writers include spoken word
with other writers while specializing in Rowan, he quickly realized that “all of the artist Sarah Kay, who will be on campus
either Creative Writing or Composition faculty would go out of their way to help a november 23 for two workshops and a
Studies. Workshop settings, small semi- student. This is not only true for students performance. In February, Maja Wilson,
nars, the spring thesis symposium, and in his or her class, but also any student author of Rethinking Rubrics, will visit
readings and events throughout the year who asked for help. The accessibility of Rowan to discuss her work on writing
promote community and engagement. Joe the faculty is beyond comparison to many assessment. For writers no longer on
campus, RowanWriters, a listserv open
to all current and former M.A. students,
keeps alumni and friends of the program
up to date on current events. If you would
like to subscribe to the list, please contact
Jennifer courtney, graduate Program
coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org) for
—Dr. Courtney is the Graduate Advisor for
the Master of Arts in Writing. She is an associ-
ate professor in the Writing Arts Department.
Pictured left : Dr. Jennifer Courtney.
T his fall, in addition to many adjunct
professors, the College of Com-
munication welcomes a number of new
full-time and three-quarter-time profes-
sors. Here are the newest members of our
faculty, fall 2009
nity, and culture. Cora has published in a non-profit as a Program Planner for a
Communication Studies popular feminist magazines and scholarly $50-million community action agency,
journals throughout her academic career. helping the organization launch numer-
Gerald A. Lazzaro has a B.A. in she is full-time temporary in the commu- ous projects to eliminate poverty. These
English and an M.A. in Rhetoric and nication Studies Department. included the area’s first licensed mobile
Communication from Temple University. dental unit, an urban farm, expansion of
He is a communications professional Pamela Marshall, Visiting Instruc- community-based educational services,
with over thirty years of experience as a tor, has an M.A. from Temple University. and a collaborative effort to organize anti-
communication teacher and practitioner. She is a communication scholar, with an violence and gang-prevention programs.
He has taught in the Department of emphasis on listening and perception. She she is full-time temporary in the Public
Speech Communication and Theatre at has taught classes such as Public speak- Relations/Advertising Department.
Kutztown University, served as director ing, Group Communication, Family Com-
of public relations and marketing at Dela- munication, Interpersonal Communica- Tracie Babb holds a Ph.D. in rhetoric
ware County Community College, and tion, and Organizational Communication. and Intercultural Communication from
was director of public relations for the Her research includes her Master’s thesis howard university and an m.a. in Public
Fox School of Business and Management on the communication satisfaction of Communication from Fordham. She also
and the School of Tourism and Hospital- off-site workers, as well as various studies earned a B.A. in Communication and Me-
ity Management at Temple University. on the listening capabilities of high-level dia Studies and African American History
He has also served as a communication managers. She is also a consultant in the from Fordham. Babb has taught at How-
and public relations consultant, writer, corporate sector and has conducted both ard University, Bowie State University, and
speaker, executive trainer, and translator research and workshops in telecommu- Kaplan University. She has taught courses
for many organizations in both the public nications, the pharmaceutical industry, in Public relations, advertising, com-
and private sector. He has taught at the publishing industry, and the prison munication conflict, human Dynamics,
temple, Penn state, montgomery county systems in new Jersey. she is 3/4-time and Public speaking. she also worked at
Community College, and Northampton temporary in the Communication Studies Burson-marsteller, a leading Pr firm. she
community college. he is full-time tem- Department. is full-time in the Public relations/adver-
porary in Communication Studies, where tising Department.
he teaches Communication Theory, In- Public Relations/Advertising
terpersonal communication, and Public Marisa Miloszewski has a B.A. in
Speaking. Gina Audio has a B.A. and an M.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Marketing
Public relations from rowan university. from The College of William and Mary.
Corey (“Cora”) Leighton received She also has an M.A. in Adult Education Miloszewski has more than twelve years
her B.A. in Theatre from San Francisco and Distance Learning from the Univer- of multi-channel marketing experience,
State University; her M.A. in Commu- sity of Phoenix, where she is currently including retail, Internet, and direct
nication Studies is from California State A.B.D. She has twenty years’ experience marketing. As Director of Marketing for
university, los angeles; and her Ph.D. in working in communications and public charming shoppes, inc., a $2-billion na-
Communication Studies is from Louisi- relations for both for-profit and not-for- tional retailer, she directed all marketing
ana State University. Her areas of research profit organizations in southern new operations for the Fashion Bug division.
focus on performance, identity, commu- Jersey. most recently, audio worked for Her areas of expertise include brand
strategy, media and promotional plan- Writing Arts Kate Selfridge earned a B.A. at La
ning, database analysis, online marketing, Salle University and an M.A. in English/
and advertising execution. Miloszewski Drew Kopp received his Ph.D in Creative Writing from Temple University,
also managed direct marketing for two Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching and is currently working on her first nov-
product divisions at The Franklin Mint of English from the University of Arizona el. She has been a member of the Rowan
and was responsible for email marketing, in 2009. his research interests include University community for four years and
online promotions, and web content for sophistic approaches to writing instruc- teaches Integrated College Composition
their Internet business. She has taught at tion, such as writing with new media and improving Personal writing skills.
rowan and temple university. she is full- (especially digital video), and using writ- she is 3/4-time temporary in the writing
time temporary in the Public relations/ ing situations to examine and challenge Arts Department.
Advertising Department. everyday practices and values. Kopp is
currently preparing an article for publica- Carla Spataro has a Bachelor of
Radio/Television/Film tion that examines how using digital Applied Arts from Central Michigan
video to help students identify themselves University, a Master of Music from
Television critic David Bianculli as college writers may also serve to ef- Michigan State University, and an M.F.A.
earned his B.s. in Journalism and m.a. fectively represent the work of writing from Rosemont College. She is publisher
in Journalism and communication from programs to the university community. and fiction editor of Philadelphia Stories.
the University of Florida. He has written This extends the argument he developed Spataro’s teaching experience includes
for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York in his published article, “Computer Game courses at rutgers university–camden,
Post, and The New York Daily News. He has Play as grunt and reflection” (Works and West Chester University, and Temple Uni-
published articles, columns, and reviews Days 2004), which discusses how com- versity. She has been a guest lecturer and
in numerous prestigious publications. puter game players undergo a sequence workshop leader at numerous universities.
His work is syndicated in hundreds of of transformations through encountering she is 3/4-time temporary in the writ-
daily newspapers. since 1987, he has been the spatial challenges a computer game ing Arts Department, where she teaches
national Public radio’s tv critic on Fresh arranges. He is full time in the Writing Creative Writing.
Air and substitutes as the show’s host. Arts Department.
He has written two books on television, Christa B. Teston earned a B.A.,
Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992) Sabatino Mangini has a B.A. in m.a., and Ph.D. from Kent state uni-
and Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television’s 500 Advertising and an M.A. in Writing from versity. Her doctorate in Rhetoric and
Biggest Hits, Misses, and Events (1996) and Rowan University and is completing his Composition was in the Literacy, Rheto-
is working on a third book, Dangerously Ph.D. in composition and tesol from ric, and social Practice Program. teston’s
Funny: The Uncensored Story of “The Smoth- indiana university of Pennsylvania. his areas of academic interest include writing
ers Brothers Comedy Hour.” He has taught dissertation explores the home and aca- for the workplace, visual rhetoric, quali-
courses on television history and ap- demic literacies of basic writing students. tative research methods, classical and
preciation at rowan since 1998, lectured Mangini’s research interests include contemporary rhetorical theory, and writ-
on television topics in many venues, and narrative theory, composition pedagogy, ing technologies. Her current research
served as an international juror for many multimodal writing, and technology and interests include deliberative rhetoric,
television festivals. This fall, Bianculli is literacy. he teaches improving Personal visual communication, and technical writ-
teaching Film History and Appreciation Writing Skills and The Writer’s Mind. He ing. She is full time in the Writing Arts
and Television History and Appreciation. is full-time temporary in the writing arts Department.
He is full time in the Radio/TV/Film Department.
Look for Our Next Issue of Lines of Communication in Spring 2010!
organization recognizes individuals and “The Rowan Report,” was honored in
Communication companies whose talent and creativity the radio newscast category. The team of
Student achieve excellence and serve as a standard past/present students involved with that
for the industry. This year’s competition production are Steve Maiorana (rtf),
Accomplishments featured a pool of over 7000 entries. in Jeff O’Connor (rtf), Angela Colligan
the student production category, the (writing arts), John Early (rtf), Ron
by Lorin Basden Arnold Award of Excellence was given to “Fading Patrick (rtf), Mandy Rippert (Pr),
farms & saving grace: Preserving the and Omarey Williams (Pr).
O ur student achievements are a
cornerstone of our college, both
a reflection of the effectiveness of our
garden state,” co-produced by former
wgls-fm Public affairs director Julia
• Emily Kostic, Journalism major,
was selected as one of UWire’s top
Giacoboni, a recently graduated Radio/ 100 student journalists. emily is the
curriculum and the talent of our students. Television/Film major, and Brian Ka- Editor in Chief of The Whit, Rowan’s
Each year, communication students win nady, who earned his bachelor’s degree campus newspaper. This past summer,
numerous awards, their work honored by in journalism, may 2008. this is the she held a BBC internship in New
many professional organizations outside eleventh major award for “Fading Farms.” York. She was also honored for her
the university. Here are just some of our • several communication studies impressive “Journalism 3.0” blog. she
students’ most recent accomplishments: students were accepted into prestigious received a 2nd place award in the “Best
• rowan rtf students in Professor graduate programs with substantial aca- Independent Blog” category in the
Diana Nicolae’s Documentary Filmmak- demic awards. Allison Chellew will be society of Professional Journalists new
ing class won Honorary Awards at this attending Indiana University and has been Jersey chapter’s excellence in Journalism
October’s Downbeach Film Festival at awarded a full graduate assistantship. Awards. To visit Emily’s blog, go to http://
Resorts Atlantic City. The two honored David Penyak and Samantha Gable www.emilykostic.com/
productions are Empty Room, produced have both been accepted into the M.A. • the Bagin-ambacher scholarship
by Tara Acquesta, directed and filmed program in Communication at Villanova Committee announced the names of
by Patrick McKee, and edited by John University. Samantha received a full the scholarship winners for 2009–2010.
Clements; and Life behind Beards, pro- tuition award, and David has been given a The transfer student winner is Rebecca
duced by Stephen Hanulec, directed graduate assistantship. Cicione, who will be majoring in Public
by Dan Ferrara, filmed by Ashley Zaz- • Brittney Horner, an Advertis- Relations.
zarino, and edited by David Monk. ing and Public relations major, was The freshman winner is Matthew
• wgls students and alumni were awarded the top honor in the Philly ad Farrel, who intends to major in Journal-
honored at the National Broadcasting So- club’s 2009 “Philly’s future” scholarship ism.
ciety/alpha epsilon rho 18th annual na- Awards. The Ad Club awards are based on • The Gloucester County Times published
tional Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting academic excellence and professional and an article describing the work of students
and 46th annual audio/video Production personal contributions. in our online journalism class taught by
Awards Competition. Julia Giacoboni • the society of Professional Journal- mark Berkey-gerard. (see the article in
and Brian Kanady received a grand ists announced their Region 1 Mark of this issue, p. 6).
prize award for their audio documentary, excellence winners, and wgls-fm • a crystal award of Distinction was
“fading farms & saving grace: Preserving was honored with two awards. “From given to “Depression: Sad But True,” a
the Garden State.” “Code Blue: Keeping First Snap to Stagg: A History of Rowan documentary that explores the signs,
Our Students Safe,” a campus safety docu- football”—a radio documentary produced symptoms, and causes and effects of de-
mentary, brought an honorable mention by RTF graduate Joe Staudenmayer pression. the documentary was co-pro-
to Cody Chrusciel and Colin Weir. and former sports director and graduate duced by RTF graduates Ashley Smith
• wgls students won two awards Jim Vassallo—received an award in the and Jeff O’Connor. This documentary
in the fifteenth annual communica- documentary radio sports reporting cat- previously won 3rd place in the 2008
tor Awards competition. The national egory. The station’s news magazine show, Best educational Program competition,
conducted by the Broadcast Education • rowan radio’s The Women’s Room,
Association. hosted by Julia Giacoboni, won First
• rowan television network (rtn) Place for Best radio magazine feature Pictures series
received three Bronze Telly Awards for in the Philadelphia Press association’s
the programs All Access with the Profs, annual competition. The winning entry he talking Pictures speaker series,
Game On, and Up All Night. The Telly discusses post-partum depression, with co-sponsored by the charles and
Awards honor local, regional, and cable commentary by expert guests Susan Ellis Lucille King Family and Rowan Founda-
TV programming/advertising, as well as murphy, coordinator of PPD services in tions, brings industry professionals to
online film and video. south Jersey, and connie Bonillas, associ- campus to interact with RTF students.
All Access with the Profs, RTN’s weekly ate Professor at Kean university and a This semester, producers Mike Donovan
show covering Rowan sports, was pro- PPD survivor. and Ken Kaleta will present filmmaker
duced and anchored by Cody Chrusciel • finalists in the 2009 Philadelphia tom Kalin. Kalin—writer/director of
and Corey Scheiner and directed by College Achievement Radio Awards have Swoon, Geoffrey Beene at 30, and Sav-
Megan Patterson. been announced, and eight WGLS stu- age Grace and producer of I Shot Andy
Game On, a video game show, was pro- dents are finalists: Warhol—teaches at columbia university.
duced by Alex Wanschura and edited Best college news/Public affairs host: Kalin inaugurates the 2009 talking Pic-
by Tony Wanschura. Their winning Mandy Rippert, for Community Affair: tures series on Wednesday, November 4.
episode considered the Nintendo Mega Journey Out of Autism: Interview with
Man game. Leanne Whiffen.
Up All Night was produced and directed Best college sports reporting (two A Lines of
by Adam Bradshaw. this late-night finalists): Mandy Rippert, for Interview
talk show stars Kevin McTigue and Joe with Independent Football League Commis-
Penn and earned honors in the student sioner Mike Von Allen; and E.J. Campbell,
category. for Rowan Sports Minute: The Passing of A Conversation with
• writing arts professor Bill wolff and Harry Kalas. Dr. Maria Simone
two writing arts students (Katherin Best college on-air Personality: Doug on Participatory media
Fitzpatrick and Rene Youssef) Cohen, for Doug’s Indy Rock Show.
recently had the honor of publishing their
work in the online journal, Currents. The
article, ”rethinking usability for web 2.0
Best original Psa for the march of
Dimes, written and produced by Doug
Cohen and Jen Grasso.
I n September, Interim Associate Dean
Janice rowan talked with Dr. maria
Simone of the Department of Communi-
and Beyond,” was informed by research Best College Radio Editorial: E.J. cation Studies about the uses and impact
Katie and Rene completed as part of Campbell, for Phillies Post Season Ponder- of social media. Dr. Simone’s focus is on
Bill’s NSFS grant and is about important ing. Media and Democracy and how advanced
issues of website usability and audiences. Best college radio commerical/Pro- technology has facilitated civic engage-
you can find their work online at http:// mo: Doug Cohen, for Oldies to the Future. ment.
currents.cwrl.utexas.edu/2009wolfffitzpa Best college radio Documentary: Pro- The podcast is at http://www.rowan.
trickYoussef. ducers Jessica Ortuso, Steve Maio- edu/InstructionalMedia/winkler/
• rowan radio’s Studio 89.7 was the rana and Beth Burnston, for Solace in f09newsvideo.html.
2009 first Place winner in the enterpris- a Bottle.
ing reporting category of the new Jersey Winners will be announced on Nov. 5. Pictured above: Dr. Maria Simone.
chapter of the society of Professional
Lines of Communication, a publication of Rowan University’s College of Communication, is produced
Journalists annual competition. the win-
and edited by Prof. Janice Rowan, Interim Associate Dean, and Tom Kloskey, Director of Col-
ning episode featured host Paul Per- lege Publications.
thanks to contributors lorin Basden arnold, ron Block, Julia chang, Jennifer courtney, suzanne
rello’s interview of Hill Harper, author of fitzgerald, ed moore, christina Paciolla, maria simone, and sandford tweedie. and to chris
Letters to a Young Sister. winkler, carl frandino, and the students of the rtf Department for creating our podcast. Photos
of Denise gess provided by her family. Photo of Jason weber by Doug cohen. Podcast still of maria
Simone by Chris Winkler. Other photos by TK. Thanks to Eleanor Hansen for proofreading.