Business blooms online with
Incubator grows Rowan-floral shop partnership
hen Colleen Henry needed a virtual presence to complement her new bricks-
and-mortar floral shop in Glassboro, she turned to students at the Rohrer
marketing agency College of Business.
She knows competition is stiff for a new establishment, and the economy is weak. “That’s
probably why it’s so important to have the opportunity with Rowan,” Henry said.
he Rohrer College of Business The College’s project-based learning classes and its related Center for Innovation &
Incubator’s newest tenant, led by Entrepreneurship hone students’ business skills by enabling them to tackle real-world
a recent Rowan graduate, is setting projects with area businesses and organizations.
the bar high for future start-ups. MIS Assistant Professor Dr. Darren Nicholson oversaw 17 undergraduate students who
Since moving into the Samuel H. Jones worked in teams on innovative Web designs for Henry’s store, called Flowers by Design. This
Innovation Center at the South Jersey spring, team leaders from the two groups that produced the designs she favored worked with
Technology Park at Rowan University in Henry to finesse the final product. “They (took) the five prototypes and are building the best
January, NoLimit Interactive Media devel- of breed,” Nicholson said.
oped a year-old, highly successful offshoot The Web site will allow users to customize their own arrangements. It also will allow
and grew its employee base by more than Henry to change her site’s features, from pricing to the overall look.
300 percent. “What they’re doing with that Web site — in this day and age you really need that,” said
The interactive marketing agency began Henry, who estimated it would have cost her $3,500 if she contracted a firm to handle the design.
less than four years ago, the brainchild of Henry witnessed the skills that should take the students far in their careers. “I was really
entrepreneurship major and 2008 graduate impressed and still am by their high level of excellence. It’s a great partnership.”
Stephen Gill. It was in the classroom where “The thing that employers love is that instead of just learning theory from books and lec-
Gill, who resides in Glassboro, learned of tures these students are engaging real customers with real problems and real opportunities,”
the incubator project and sought to take his Nicholson said.
virtual business to the next level. Erin Donegan, an MIS major from Wharton, noted a prospective employer was indeed
Now, with 13 employees — the largest impressed by her project management background from the floral shop collaboration. “The
employee base yet of any incubator en- interviewer could not believe that an undergraduate program was offering a course with such
deavor — Gill predicted his company will a rewarding set of challenges and experiences,” she said. “This is what makes Rowan students
outgrow the facility’s current office space stand out over others.”
within the next few months.
NoLimit Interactive Media, which previ- Dr. Darren Nicholson (left) and MIS majors Erin Donegan (second from
ously specialized in performance-based right) and Marlon Farlow (right) consult with Colleen Henry on updates
to her floral shop’s Web site, which Nicholson’s students designed.
online marketing through pay-per-click
search engine placements, recently expand-
ed its services to the ever-growing social
networking space. Its newest division, called
SocialReach, powers advertising on social
“applications” — anything from games to
causes — that users can subscribe to on
social networking Web sites. The company’s
vision is to become “the” leading social
media advertising network.
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Incubator grows with interactive marketing agency
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As application use has increased, so too has
Gill’s business, which makes his office loca-
tion a prime venue for recruiting locally.
“I’d love to bring in as much talent as pos-
sible from Rowan,” noted Gill. “We’re inter-
ested in software engineers, Web developers
and Web designers for full-time positions.”
NoLimit was ready to grow before the Incu-
bator’s doors opened. Now, with expansion on
the horizon, Gill is working with the College of
Business to streamline the process for bringing
new, growing companies into the Tech Park.
NoLimit Interactive Media’s Stephen
Gill ‘08 (seated, center), surrounded
by staff, manages the largest venture
yet in the Rohrer College of Business
Professor engages classes, one click at a time
r. Shifei Chung has two passions affiliated, many of which focus on fraud and
in teaching: experimenting with identity theft.
hands-on, Web-based educational She also utilizes WileyPlus, a real-time,
tools and maintaining a practically paperless user-friendly online tool to help students get
classroom. Between the two, this professor fast access to and feedback on their work.
of accounting may well be one of Rowan’s Everything from homework to tests can be
greenest and most technologically savvy graded instantly upon submission.
educators. Recently, Chung brought her virtual
This fall, Chung introduced i>clickers® skills to the American Accounting Asso-
in the classroom. These devices, which ciation Editorial Board, where her charges
resemble those one may find on a trivia include developing and recommending
game show, provide instant polling data changes to the association’s social networking
using audience responses. “I offered to pilot Web site.
test using i>clickers® in my class,” she noted. Her motivation for incorporating technol-
The goal, she said, is to have more classes use ogy in the classroom comes from her desire
them in the near future. to make it more interesting and her acknowl-
Chung asks students to “click” to record edgement that students may see the course-
their attendance and answer spontaneous work as dry.
questions during her lectures. “Based on She explained, “With my auditing class,
their responses, I know immediately what to for example, you learn how to verify financial
improve upon, and before I did not have this statements. In the beginning, you have to
information,” she explained. “It also keeps
them on their toes. They have to keep think- “Her motivation for
introduce a theoretical framework. Students
may not see the value in it. I’m trying to
ing. They cannot afford to be passive.” make it more real for them.”
Chung has used WebCT, a widely used in the classroom comes And her use of almost no paper in the
college e-learning system, since the Univer- from her desire to make class? That’s a personal mission for the profes-
sity began offering it. Students electronically sor, who is known around Bunce Hall to
submit homework, research assignments or
it more interesting and collect and reuse tossed-out paper from of-
projects. They also take quizzes and exams her acknowledgement fices and computer labs. She’s been paperless
via WebCT. Chung, in turn, provides lecture that students may see for some time and has several sources for
notes, presentation slides and videos from recycled paper for the occasional worksheet
YouTube or associations with which she’s the coursework as dry.
” or note in class.
Global leader, local Green business practices
neighbor helps guide the focus of CoB event
College of Business
ore than 200 members of the local academic and business
communities attended the Rohrer College of Business’
dward B. Cloues II, CEO of K-Tron International, Inc., said Principles for Responsible Management Education
“Rowan has become the preeminent school in South Jersey.” (PRME) Conference in April.
That’s a testament to Cloues’ work on the Rohrer College The inaugural event fostered a dialog of sustainable business
of Business’ advisory board for the last nine years. And it’s also an practices between researchers and Delaware Valley businesses and
accolade from the head of a flourishing global company that just corporations. Academic panelists from area business schools as well
happens to be headquartered in nearby Pitman. as Rowan’s College of Engineering detailed research on how sustain-
ability is impacting curricula in business and science.
Guest speakers conveyed their organizational challenges pertain-
ing to three aspects of sustainability: economic, environmental and
social. And keynote panelists outlined their companies’ corporate
Robert Draeger, director of environmental, health and safety (EHS)
at Bristol-Myers Squibb, said his company will continue attaining its
sustainability goals despite the current state of the economy.
“Even in an economic downturn, it’s not wise to throw sustainability
out the window, because it’s tied very closely to business,” Draeger noted.
Robert Friedman, senior director of EHS at Siemens, added his
company’s corporate citizenship is tied to the bottom line. “We want
to generate an economic force to say, ‘This is not optional, this is the
Ed Cloues, head of K-Tron International, Inc., in Pitman,
has aided the College of Business in an advisory role new way to do business,’” he said.
for nine years. Dawn Rittenhouse, director of sustainable development at DuPont,
discussed extending the company’s sustainability goals to include
K-Tron International is a NASDAQ-listed company (symbol suppliers and customers. And Beth Rosemond, assistant director of
KTII) and was ranked number 13 on Forbes Magazine’s 2008 list of corporate social responsibility at Ernst & Young, described the global
the 200 Best Small Companies. The company is the worldwide leader internal transformation underway at the Big Four accounting firm.
in providing the plastics, food and pharmaceutical industries with The Rohrer College of Business is one of more than 200 global
material-handling solutions that focus on feeding raw materials into academic institutions to join the PRME initiative, a framework to
a manufacturing process. For example, K-Tron’s equipment combines guide business schools in implementing corporate citizenship and
bran flakes, raisins and vitamin additives into bran and raisin cereal. sustainability into curricula and research.
“K-Tron is a global business, and one of the ways I connect with “It is vital that we establish a forum where companies, non-profits
the South Jersey community, where we are based but do little busi- and academics can exchange ideas, share best practices and collabo-
ness, is by being involved with this advisory board,” Cloues said. rate on achieving goals and implementing strategies as we all move
He defined the group’s role as a sounding board to provide the dean toward sustainable economies and societies,” said Dr. Dilip Mirchan-
with feedback from a regional business perspective on issues affect- dani, professor of management and the event’s faculty coordinator.
ing the College of Business. “Our PRME conference got us off to a terrific start, and we will
He counts helping the College attain AACSB International (As- build this into a significant annual event.”
sociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation
as one of the board’s biggest accomplishments. “It was a huge step Beth Rosemond of Ernst & Young (center) details her
forward for the business school,” he said. company’s plan to reduce each employee’s environmental
Under Dean Niranjan Pati’s leadership, Cloues said the board will footprint at the PRME conference.
expand its review of the college’s curriculum and fundraising strate-
gies. His vision for the board includes its members working with
faculty to “refine and strengthen the curriculum to be relevant to
today’s ever-changing business world and to build a closer relation-
ship with businesses in South Jersey.”
Cloues sees himself bringing a global perspective and a penchant
for working effectively with people of all types to his roles at both
Rowan and K-Tron.
“I try to encourage a certain skill set but more importantly than
that an ability to think, identify a problem and figure out a solution.
Most of your business life will not be about your knowledge of facts,
it will be about how to process and act upon information. It’s how
you think about things, how you communicate and present yourself
and your ideas. That’s what you need in order to succeed,” he said.
major American corporation. ucation), we hosted an inaugural conference
• bout professor Dr. Shifei Chung, who to propagate “sustainability” in academic and
impacts the intellectual lives of our stu- corporate settings. We also held a business
dents every day. plan competition, entrepreneurship lecture
• nd about advisory board member Ed- series, elevator pitch competition and more.
ward B. Cloues, II, chairman and CEO My note would not be complete without
of K-Tron International. a request for your support as we build our
In this issue you’ll also get a more in-depth reputation nationally. As you know, to con-
look at the project-based learning efforts we tinue to educate some of the best business
undertake. Faculty members like Dr. Dar- minds in our region we need to guarantee
Message from ren Nicholson take real projects from area
businesses, engage our students to complete
they have the tools they need to succeed and
a building worthy of their education. I hope
the Dean them in their classes and pass on their rec- you will consider the opportunity to help
ommendations to the businesses. our students and faculty pursue a business
Dear Friends and Alumni: You’ll also learn more about our expanding education of the 21st century.
This marks our fifth year of AACSB (As- work with entrepreneurs. The Rohrer Col- I invite you to enjoy the many important
sociation to Advance Collegiate Schools of lege of Business Incubator at the South Jersey and interesting stories in this Rohrer Review
Business) International accreditation — the Technology Park has been listed by NJBiz as and learn how the William G. Rohrer Col-
gold standard in business education. How- one of the top 13 incubators in New Jersey. lege of Business continues on its progress
ever, we have been in the business of business That is especially significant as the Incubator towards greatness. As always, your support is
education since 1972 and have produced broke onto the list within three months of its critical to our success
more than 8,000 alumni. Throughout those existence. One of the reasons for our success
years, first-class professors have taught our is that our students not only learn from our Cordially,
students. And leaders in business and indus- outstanding faculty about various aspects of
try have donated their time and support to entrepreneurship, but they also get ideas to
help build our College to what it is today. pursue their passion to be entrepreneurs.
You’ll read about some of those people in This newsletter also mentions many events
this issue of the Rohrer Review: the Rohrer College of Business held this Niranjan Pati, Ph.D.
• bout alumnus Brian O’Malley, president
A spring. As a founding member of PRME Dean and Professor of
and CEO of Domino Foods, who heads a (Principles for Responsible Management Ed- Operations Management
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Sugar industry is sweet for Rowan
grad, head of Domino Foods
“ didn’t know I was going to be president “Your customer changes. Our brands
of a company some day,” admitted have been around for more than 100
Brian O’Malley, a 1981 College of years, and during that time period you
Business graduate. have to connect with new consumers,” he
Yet, the president and CEO of Domino explained. “Our latest challenge is how to
Foods, Inc. has fond memories of those connect with Generation Y consumers.
whom he met and learned from during his Fortunately, people are getting back into the
undergraduate years at Rowan who he feels habit of home baking, a renewed interest in
helped shape his successful business career. making their dinners and desserts at home.”
Soon after graduating summa cum laude O’Malley’s days at the College of Busi-
from Rowan, O’Malley began working for ness left him with more than a few indelible
Amstar Corporation, the former parent of impressions that still impact his role in busi-
Domino. He was promoted to president ness today.
and CEO of Domino Foods, Inc. in 2001. “The dean of the business school at the Brian O’Malley ’81 leads the largest
In this role, O’Malley oversees the larg- time, Mr. Leo Beebe, talked about profes- marketer of refined sugar in the U.S.,
est marketer of refined sugar in the U.S., sionalism and handling yourself in a profes- Domino Foods, Inc.
and he recently expanded North American sional way,” he noted. “The little things
operations by adding sugar enterprises in still stick with me, like reading the Wall got to interface with people who were in the
Canada and Mexico in 2007. Street Journal.” ‘real world’ at the time.”
The company sells through five channels: He added, “I also remember the faculty O’Malley, who resides in Middletown,
grocery, industrial, food service, specialty were good, and as I went through the provides an experiential look into running
and export. But O’Malley said the com- program, I felt I was being prepared to be a global brand through summer internships
pany’s well-known brand name among successful. They encouraged taking night at Domino Foods’ corporate home base in
consumers provides one of Domino Foods’ classes because there were students in Iselin and said he would welcome Rowan
greatest challenges. (them) who worked during the day, so we students into his internship program.
Lecture percolates for future entrepreneurs
afé founder and owner Alisa “Best of Delaware” nod for 15 years run- budget three times as much as the intended
Morkides provided a candid ac- ning. The chain also enjoys a passionate, one” to a branch she had to close for poor
count of the successes and missteps caffeinated fan base, which Morkides credit- sales, though it fit all the criteria in her
she has experienced in business at this ed for successful word-of-mouth marketing. business model. Despite the setbacks,
spring’s Rohrer Entrepreneurial Lecture “Being one of the first coffeehouses started a Morkides revealed she is proud to have let
Series, funded by the William G. Rohrer buzz. A lot of it was organic,” she noted. go of her initial fears to achieve her business
Charitable Foundation. Morkides also divulged her business dream. “I now choose to live my life instead
Morkides told the audience of business misfires, from an “underfunded, original of watching it from the sidelines,” she said.
students and faculty about the shift her
Alisa Morkides, M.B.A., founder of the regional coffeehouse chain Brew
career took once she launched Brew Ha
Ha Ha!, was the College’s featured Rohrer Entrepreneurial Lecture Series
Ha!, a regional coffee chain. With a B.A. in speaker this spring.
chemistry and an M.B.A., Morkides spent
more than a decade in science and manage-
ment roles, none of which left her truly
But a fateful trip to Italy in the early
1990s propelled Morkides to build a busi-
ness with “a coffee concept that was differ-
ent from the West Coast coffee chains,” she
explained. The theme? Great espresso and
great service in a warm, inviting atmo-
sphere, according to Morkides, who opened
her first Brew Ha Ha! café in Greenville,
Pa., in 1993.
Today, with 11 locations in Delaware and
Pennsylvania, Brew Ha Ha! has received a
CoB gains IT advantage The Rohrer Review
Volume 4, Issue 2, Spring 2009
through alliance program Dr. Niranjan Pati
Margaret Van Brunt
Dr. Daniel McFarland MBA Director
Patricia Quigley Editor
he Rohrer College of Business has tapped into the information technology-driven power Christina Lynn Writer/
of a global business software leader to bring cutting-edge technology to all areas of study.
The College has partnered with SAP®, the world’s largest business applications software Traci Belli Designer
provider, through its University Alliances Program. As a member institution, the College will Craig Terry Photographer
now have have access to the Germany-based company’s software, faculty training and professional
The Rohrer Review is published twice a
development resources. year by the Rohrer College of Business to
About 75,000 companies worldwide use SAP software, including organizations with ties to highlight the achievements of its faculty,
the greater Philadelphia area. The University Alliances Program’s goal is to work with educators staff, students and alumni. We welcome
comments and suggestions. Send corre-
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used in many of today’s industries. Rohrer College of Business
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Jeremy Smith ’08 captured the top prize at the
College’s Business Plan Competition held this
spring. Smith pitched his product idea for a con-
venient gourmet sauce that helps make it easier to
prepare crab cakes and won $5,000 to support his