The Dean Blog

June 2, 2009

May 2009 Student Accomplishments

Several Communication students were honored for their excellence in May 2009.

  • The Bagin-Ambacher Scholarship Committee announced the names of the scholarship winners for 2009-2010. The transfer student winner is Rebecca Cicione who will be majoring in Public Relations at Rowan.  The freshman winner is Matthew Farrel, who intends to major in Journalism.
  • The Gloucester County Times covered the work of student in our online journalism class taught by Mark Berkey-Gerard.  You can check out the article at
  • The radio documentary “From First Snap to Stagg: A History of Rowan Football” has won a first place award in the category of radio sports reporting for the 2008 Mark of Excellence national competition conducted by the Society of Professional Journalists. The Society of Professional Journalists’ annual competition recognizes college radio, television and cable systems, photography and weekly newspapers, magazines and newsletters.  The winning documentary was produced by RTF grad Joe Staudenmayer (now a PR grad student), and 2008 alumnus Jim Vassallo.
  • WGLS students won two awards in the fifteenth annual Communicator Awards competition. The Communicator Awards is a national organization founded by communication professionals to recognize individuals and companies  whose talent and creativity achieves excellence and serves as a standard for the industry.  This year’s competition featured a pool of over 7000 entries. In the student production category,  the Award of Excellence was given to “Fading Farms & Saving Grace: Preserving the Garden State,” a 30-minute documentary on the state of farming in New Jersey. “Fading Farms” was co-produced by former WGLS-FM Public Affairs director Julia Giacoboni, a recently graduated Radio/Television/Film (RTF) major,  and Brian Kanady, who earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism May 2008.  This is the eleventh major award for “Fading Farms.”  A Crystal Award of Distinction was given to “Depression: Sad But True,” a documentary that explores the signs, symptoms,  causes and effects of depression. The documentary was co-produced by RTF graduates Ashley Smith and Jeff O’Connor. This documentary previously won third place in the 2008 Best Educational Program competition conducted by the Broadcast Education Association.

Please join me in sending congratulations to Jeff, Ashley, Brian, Julia, Joe, Jim, Matthew, Rebecca and the Online Journalism students for a job well done!



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