The Dean Blog

May 3, 2009

CoC Student Accomplishments for April 2009

The month of April was another exciting month for student accomplishments in the College of Communication. During this month, several students were honored for their work:

* WGLS students and alumni received honors at the National Broadcasting Society/Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS/AERho) 18th Annual National Student Audio/Video Scriptwriting and 46th Annual Audio/Video Production Awards Competition. Alpha Epsilon Rho is the national honorary society of National Broadcasting Society (NBS) chapter members. Julia Giacoboni and Brian Kanady were awarded a grand prize award for their audio documentary Fading Farms & Saving Grace: Preserving the Garden State, about farming in NJ. This is the first time WGLS-FM has won in this competition and brings the station to a total of 10 major documentary awards! Code Blue: Keeping Our Students Safe, a campus safety documentary, brought an honorable mention to Cody Chrusciel and Colin Weir.

* Several of our Communication Studies students were accepted into prestigious graduate programs with substantial academic awards. Allison Chellew will be attending Indiana University and has been awarded a full graduate assistantship in that top-notch communication program. David Penyak and Samantha Gable have both been accepted into the MA program in Communication at Villanova University and been given (highly competitive) awards. Samantha received a full tuition award and David has been given a graduate assistantship in the program.

* The Philly Ad Club announced their 2009 “Philly’s Future” Scholarship Award Winners, and Brittney Horner, a Rowan University student in the Advertising and Public Relations programs, was awarded the top honor. The Ad Club awards went to 13 students, based on academic excellence and professional and personal contributions. The winners were chosen from over 30 nominees, representing 18 local colleges and universities. Brittney, and the other winners, will be featured in the September issue of Ad News .

* The of Professional Journalists (SPJ) announced their Region 1 Mark of Excellence winners and WGLS-FM was honored with two awards. “From First Snap to Stagg: A History of Rowan Football,” radio documentary produced by RTF graduate Joe Staudenmayer and former sports director and graduate Jim Vassallo, received an award in the documentary radio sports reporting category. The station’s news magazine show, “The Rowan Report,” was honored in the radio newscast category. The team of past/present students involved with that production are Steve Maiorana (RTF), Jeff O’Connor (RTF), Angela Colligan (Writing Arts), John Early (RTF), Ron Patrick (RTF), Mandy Rippert (PR), Omarey Williams (PR). As first place winners in the regional competition, “From Snap to Stagg” moves on to the national competition. Winners at the national level will be celebrated at the conference in Indianapolis, IN (Aug 27th-30th).

* Emily Kostic, journalism major and currently the Managing Editor/Web Editor of The Whit campus newspaper, was selected as one of UWire’s top 100 student journalists. UWire is a career networking organization devoted to student journalists. Information about the top 100 selections can be found at Emily’s work with, her Journalism 3.0 blog, and a variety of her articles were cited as highlights by the UWire selection committee. Emily will be taking over as the Editor in Chief for The Whit in AY10. This summer, she will also be working for the BBC at an internship in New York. Congratulations to Julia, Brian, Cody, Colin, Allison, David, Samantha, Brittney, Joe, Jim, Steve, Jeff, Angela, John, Ron, Mandy, Omarey, and Emily.

We are so proud of our students and happy to see their success recognized by others.



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