Public Relations & Advertising: News & Events

Public Relations & Advertising: News & Events

 

  • Join PRSSA or PRaction (AY 2020-2021)! Please see the video below for the details 
  • Philly Ad Club Scholarship (September 2020)
    Two Rowan University students that were nominated by professors from the Department of Public Relations and Advertising in May received scholarships from among top local university students. Grace Coulthurst received a $5,000 scholarship and LaTonia Carnegie received a $2,500 scholarship. Both students are advertising and public relations dual-majors.
     
    The Philly Ad Club Educational Foundation and the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association sponsored this year's group of Toyota Philly Ad Club Scholarships. The funds are awarded in varying amounts to deserving advertising students attending colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia area.
  • PR/ADV department welcomes two assistant professors, Dr. Lee and Dr. Richmond! 
  • Congratulations to Rowan University's PR/AD Grads! 

  • Spring Gala Program is also available: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1DPPedY5m1jVJZXOXNJh3emgcQBy11NoZ
  • May 2020 Tony’s and Charlie awards! 

    Outstanding PR Writing – Sean Barnett

    This award recognizes a student who demonstrates outstanding writing skills in public relations courses and for PRSSA.

    Sean Barnett

    Sean Barnett is a senior Public Relations major and Strategic Communications minor. He transferred to Rowan from Rowan College at Gloucester County in the spring of 2019.  Sean is a PRSSA executive board member holding the Community Service Chair position. After graduating in fall 2020, he hopes to work in crisis communications. 

     

    Outstanding Junior Award – Camryn Hadley, David Halbert, Grace Coulthurst, Vanessa Livingstone

    Awarded to a junior who exemplified the characteristics of a dedicated PR professional within the chapter. 

    Camryn Hadley

    Camryn Hadley is a junior majoring in Public Relations and Advertising with minors in Journalism and New Media.  She has been working on Rowan University’s Social Media Team since her freshman year.  She has served as the Director of Marketing/Vice President for the Student University Programmers, AVP of Public Relations and Special Events for the Student Government Association and Communication Director for PRSSA.  In the future, Camryn hopes to use her social media and PR skills to help non-profits like Girl Scouts or anything to do with wild-life conservation.

     

    David Halbert

    David Halbert, an incoming senior, is majoring in Public Relations and Advertising.  Additionally, he is pursuing a minor in creative writing.  This past year, David held the position of Vice President of Professional Development for PRSSA.  Currently, David is an intern in the office of Student Affairs in Strategic Planning and Management Department.  David is excited for his upcoming senior year and making the most of these opportunities.

     

    Grace Coulthurst

    Grace Coulthurst is a junior dual-major in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Communication Studies.  Grace serves as he VP of Special Events and Philanthropy for PRSSA.  She interns in Rowan’s Office of Media & Public Relations and previously interned with Atlantic Health System.  She aims for a career in media relations and crisis communication.

     

    Vanessa Livingstone

    Vanessa Livingstone is a junior Public Relations and Advertising major from Rowan College at Burlington County. She is PRSSA’s President-Elect for the upcoming academic year and a Corporate Affairs Intern with Citizens Bank where she works on the bank's sponsorship of the Philadelphia Phillies. 

     

    Outstanding PRaction Award – Madelyn Kane

    Awarded to a PRaction member who excels in client relations and project completion. 

    Madelyn Kane

    Madelyn Kane is a Rowan University senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations and minoring in Psychology.  She is a dedicated member of the AAF team that has worked tirelessly to develop a comprehensive advertising campaign for the prestigious national AAF competition.  Madelyn is a sales marketing intern at American Biltrite Corporation, and had experience working with clients helping to develop their research, copywriting, research and social media.  She enjoys the creative aspects of her majors and looks forward to applying them in her career after graduation. Her other interests include art, music and skiing.

      

    Anne Klein Professional Advisor Award – Ciara Sikking

    Awarded to the student who best represents the values, education and collegiality of PRSSA. 

    Ciara Sikking

    Ciara Sikking is a double major in Mathematics and Public Relations and an active member of PRSSA, PRaction, and the Student Alumni Association.  Her favorite pastimes include playing piano and working out.  Next year she will return to Rowan as a teaching assistant and graduate student in the mathematics department.

     

    Linda Quattrone Pollock PRaction Award –Alyssa Bauer

    Awarded to a PRaction member who significantly advances the purpose, reputation and excellence of the firm. 

    Alyssa Bauer

    Alyssa Bauer is a public relations major who is actively involved on-campus. She is PRaction’s Firm Director, a Digital Content Contributor for Enrollment Management & Marketing, and a PR Intern for Chemical Engineering. She’s passionate about hands-on experience that will prepare her for life post-grad.

      

    Faculty Advisor Citation – Enzo Ronchi, Kim Herrera

    Awarded to the student who has made significant contributions to the chapter and its mission. 

    Enzo Ronchi

    Enzo Ronchi is 22 years old and a senior Public Relations major with a minor in Strategic Communication.  He is an active member of the Rowan PRSSA chapter e-board acting as Secretary.  Enzo is also a musician that loves playing guitar and loves all kinds of music.

     

    Kim Herrera

    Kim Herrera is a senior, dual majoring in Public Relations and Advertising and minoring in Sociology. She serves at the Fundraising Chair for AJF PRSSA and has previously served as the Vice President of PR and Recruitment for her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha.

     

    Faculty Advisor Commendation – Breyanna Chiles-Gaines, Marissa Brownstein

    Awarded to the student who dedicated the most time to the study and practice of public relations. 

    Breyanna Chiles-Gaines

    Breyanna Chiles is a senior who majors in Public Relations with minors in Strategic Communications, Advertising, and Psychology.  Breyanna currently sits on AJF – PRSSA’s e-board as Treasurer.  Breyanna joined PRSSA to gain valuable work experience and build a network of communication professionals.  After graduation, she will be joining Wells Fargo Advisor’s Digital Product Development Team in Charlotte, North Carolina.

     

    Marissa Brownstein

    Marisa Brownstein is a senior double majoring in both public relations and advertising with a minor in strategic communications. She currently serves as the Director of Recruitment on the AJF PRSSA Executive Board, where she attends classroom visits and other events to recruit new members for the organization. After college, Marissa wants to pursue a career in crisis communication or healthcare communication.

     

    Outstanding Senior Award – Kelly McGarry

    Awarded to a senior who has exemplified the characteristics of a dedicated PR professional within the chapter.

    Kelly McGarry

    Kelly McGarry is a senior public relations major with a minor in strategic communication. She currently serves as the Publications Editor on the AJF-PRSSA Executive Board, where she edits and designs the organization's monthly newsletter, PRomo. After college, Kelly would like to work in crisis communication or news media and continue writing and editing.

      

    Superior Public Relations Student Award – Griffin Gallagher

    Awarded to a student who excelled in leadership and contributions to PRSSA and representation of the society’s values.

    Griffin Gallagher

    Griffin Gallagher is a senior Public Relations and Advertising major and Strategic Communications minor. He currently serves as President if AJF-PRSSA and has held three PR internships in the health care, travel/tourism, and publishing industries. After college, Griffin hopes to pursue a career in travel/tourism public relations.

      

    Charlies 

    Outstanding Junior Award – Nick Kowaleski, Arianne Duenas

    Awarded to a junior who has exemplified the characteristics of a dedicated advertising professional with Ad Club.

    Nick Kowaleski

    Nick Kowaleski is a junior from Middletown, NJ. who is majoring in Public Relations and Advertising. He is involved with the Ad Club on campus and currently serves as the clubs treasurer. In his free time he is interested in sports and movies

     

    Arianne Duenas

    Arianne Duenas is a junior studying Advertising and Public Relations.  She aspires to use her strategic communication skills in the fashion industry.  She is currently the Service Chair for Rowan Ad Club.  This position has helped her introduce Ad Club members in ways to give back to the local community.  As an organization, they were able to sponsor the Thanksgiving meals for two families last year.   Ad Club has also donated canned goods to The Shop at Rowan.  She plans to create more volunteer opportunities for Ad Club members in the future.

      

    Outstanding Ad Dynamics Award – Andrew Smith

    Awarded to an Ad Dynamics member who excels in client relations and project completion.

    Andrew Smith

    Transferring to Rowan taught me more than I could have imagined. Through my internship at Gourmet Dining and participation in the Ad Dynamics club, I was engaged in a whole new world of learning and networking. My first year at Rowan was truly unforgettable.

     

    Professional Advisor Award – Matthew Saalfrank

    Awarded to the student who best represents the values, education and collegiality of Ad Club.

    Matthew Saalfrank

    Matthew Saalfrank is currently a Senior Advertising Major with minors in Marketing and Strategic Communications. He is also the current Senator for the Advertising Club and has been a member since his sophomore year. Marketing is Matthew’s passion and he hopes to one day become a successful Account Executive.

      

    Faculty Advisor Citations – Matthew Magliozzo, Matthew Manley, Sarah Allen, Jude Desinor

    Awarded to the student who has made significant contributions to the club and its mission. 

    Matthew Magliozzo

    Matthew Magliozzo has served as Rowan Ad Club’s Senate Representative this past year.  He is currently a public relations intern at Brownstein Group in Philadelphia.  Matt has a strong interest in advertising and marketing and hopes to make a significant contribution working in the music industry.

     

    Matthew Manley

    Matthew Manley is currently a sophomore Advertising major who is minoring in Strategic Communications.  Besides academics, Matthew is the Student Senate Representative for the Ad Club and serves on their Executive Board.  In his spare time, Matthew enjoys football, baseball, video games, and being with his friends.

     

    Sarah Allen

    Sarah Allen is currently a sophomore with a major in Advertising and a double minor in Sports Communication & Media and Strategic Communications. Sarah is a current member of the Ad Club. Sarah's hobbies outside of academics include baking, cooking, being with her friends, and watching hockey

     

    Jude Desinor

    Jude Desinor is a senior at Rowan University from Hamilton, New Jersey.  He transferred from Mercer County Community College in fall of 2018 with an Associate’s degree in Advertising and Graphic Design.  Since then, Jude has been studying Advertising and working to find his place in his desired field.

      

    Faculty Advisor Commendations – Angelica Petroche, Karly Guevara, Michael Ricciardi

    Awarded to the student who has dedicated the most time to the study and practice of advertising.

    Angelica Petroche

    Angelica Petroche is currently a freshman at Rowan University.  She is majoring in Advertising with a minor in Strategic Communication.  Angelica is involved in PRISM, Ad Club, Volunteer Club, and ULA.  She also works at Pflegger Hall at the performing arts building as an usher a couple days throughout the week.

     

    Karly Guevara

    Karly Guevara is an advertising major and proud to be a part of Rowan University’s student ad agency, Ad Dynamics.  After graduating in 2021, she plans to attain a job in advertising for the fashion or casino industries.

     

    Michael Ricciardi

    Michael is a junior who has been a dedicated member of the Ad Club since his sophomore year.  He has a strong passion for the field of advertising that is evident in the high quality of his projects can be best defined by their creativity, content, and presentation.

      

    Outstanding Senior Award – Caleb Berry

    Awarded to a senior who has exemplified the characteristics of a dedicated advertising professional within the club.

     Caleb Berry

    Caleb Berry is an Advertising Senior with a minor in Strategic Communication and a CUGS in Graphic Design. In addition to his studies, He is the secretary of Ad Club, and a member of Rowan Chi Alpha. 

     

    Superior Advertising Student Award – Chase Campbell

    Awarded to a student who excels in leadership and contributes to Ad Club and the representation of the clubs values. 

    Chase Campbell

    Chase Campbell is currently a junior studying with a major in Advertising and minors in Strategic Communication and Communication Studies.  Aside from his academics, he is the president of Rowan University’s Advertising Club, co- founder/vice president of the Men of Color Alliance and a resident assistant.

  • April 2020 

    Medallion and Scholarship winners!

    Graduate students

    Donald Bagin Graduate Public Relations Medallion

    This medallion, sponsored by the Public Relations/Advertising Department, is in honor of Donald Bagin, founder of the PR graduate program, and given to a graduate student who has earned a superior academic GPA, has shown significant work or internship experience, and shows a potential for substantial contribution to the PR field.

    Erika Solis

    Erika Solis is the graduate assistant for Rowan’s Department of Public Relations and Advertising. She’s graduating this spring with her master’s degree in strategic communication. Erika has accepted an offer to attend Penn State University for Fall 2020 to pursue her Ph.D. in Mass Communication.

     

    Bagin Educational Foundation Memorial Scholarship

    These awards are given by the Bagin Educational Foundation to honor graduate students with superior academics as well as those who add professionalism to the field of strategic communication.

    Molly Rubinstein

    Mollie Rubinstein is graduating from the Master's in Strategic Communication this spring. She also earned Graduate Certificates in School Public Relations and Integrated Marketing and New Media. Her Master's project focuses on the messaging affecting the enrollment and retention of neurodiverse college students. She works as an intern on campus for the PATH program. Mollie intends to open an Adult Day Program for young adults with special needs and pursue further graduate education.


    Bagin Educational Awards

    The student must be graduating in May or have graduated this past summer or past December. This medallion, sponsored by the Public Relations/Advertising Department, is in honor of Donald Bagin, founder of the PR graduate program, and given to a graduate student who has earned a superior academic GPA, has shown significant work or internship experience, and shows a potential for substantial contribution to the PR field.

    Criteria:  Demonstrated scholarship, Significant work or internship experience, Superior academic CPA, Potential for substantial contribution to the field of PR. 

    Kelly Higginbotham

    Kelly Higginbotham is graduating in May 2020 with a master’s degree in strategic communication. Kelly has previously interned with the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, and is currently interning for the Philadelphia Union. After graduating, Kelly hopes to start a career in sports public relations or health care communications.

    Katie Swope

    Katie is currently finishing up her master’s in Strategic Communication. Currently working as a Graduate Coordinator for the Residential Learning and University Housing office, Katie plans on pursuing a career in higher education while becoming involved in her local government. She hopes to run for office in the future.

    Regina Murphy

    Gina Murphy is a student in the MA Strategic Communication program and will graduate this December. For the last nine years, she has been employed at the School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a 2016 graduate of Rowan’s Liberal Studies/PR in the Workplace online BA program.

    Traci Chappell

    Traci Chappell, originally from PA, earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University. She worked for Pfizer pharmaceuticals for six years before moving to Mullica Hill, NJ. Now employed within a school district, she is pursuing her master’s degree as the first step towards obtaining a school business administrator certificate.

     

    NSPRA Scholarship

    Recognizes a student who is pursuing graduate study in School Public Relations at Rowan University, leading to a School Public Relations Graduate Certificate or a degree in Public Relations with a School Public Relations concentration. The applicant should understand and be able to express the importance of communication and public relations in a Public School setting. 

    Marryam Naqvi

    Marryam Naqvi will graduate with her MA in Strategic Communication this May. She currently works at Campbell Library where she assists students and creates graphic design materials. Her thesis focuses on marketing techniques for higher education institutions. Marryam would like to pursue a career in Higher Education communication. 

     

    Undergraduate students

    Medallions

    Anthony J. Fulginiti Award for Excellence in Public Relations 

    This medallion is donated by Anthony J. Fulginiti, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Public Relations & Advertising and founder of Rowan’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The award recognizes a senior who excels in public relations.

    Criteria: Superior academic GPA, leadership position in PRSSA, significant internships, university service, and community service

    Griffin Gallagher

    Griffin Gallagher is a senior Public Relations and Advertising major and Strategic Communications minor. He currently serves as President of AJF-PRSSA and has held three PR internships in the health care, travel/tourism, and publishing industries. He thanks his family, professors, and talented e-board for helping him receive this prestigious honor.

    Basso-FitzGerald Medallion - For Excellence in Strategic Communication    

    Named for two long time Department professors who emphasize the public relations role in Strategic counseling and leadership.  Given to a PR student who shows great promise as a PR counselor and who maintains a superior GPA with university and or community service.

    Sara Todd 

    Sara is a senior Public Relations and Advertising major who serves as the Communications Manager at the Volunteer Center of South Jersey. She is grateful for her experience at Rowan and would like to thank all who had a part in the decision for the Basso-FitzGerald Medallion.


    Anne Sceia Klein Professional Advisor Award  - For Outstanding Professionalism   

    The student must be graduating in May or have graduated this past summer or past December.  Given by Anne Sceia Klein, APR, Fellow PRSA, is president of Anne Kelin & Associates and a member of the Rowan University Public Relations Hall of Fame

    Ciara Sikking  

    Ciara Sikking is a double major in Mathematics and Public Relations and an active member of PRSSA, PRaction, and the Student Alumni Association. She is a proud 3-time winner of Landmark trivia. Next year she will return to Rowan as a teaching assistant and graduate student in the mathematics department.

    Alyssa Bauer

    Alyssa Bauer is a public relations major who is actively involved on-campus. She is PRaction’s Firm Director, a Digital Content Contributor for Enrollment Management & Marketing, and a PR Intern for Chemical Engineering. She’s passionate about hands-on experience that will prepare her for life post-grad.

     

    Hal Vogel Award - Excellence in Advertising  

    The Hal Vogel Award for excellence in Advertising is given to an Advertising major who excels in that field. The student must be graduating in May or have graduated this past summer or past December.

    Chloe I. Smith

    Chloe Smith is an advertising major who transferred to Rowan in 2018. She has completed 3 communications internships with Smith Publicity Inc., the Rowan University International Studies department, and the non-profit, Back on My Feet. After graduation, she hopes to find a copywriting position at an agency or publication. 

    Scholarships

    Laura Bishop Communications Scholarship

    Recognize the academic achievements of a Public Relations Junior with a 3.0 GPA.  

    Camryn Hadley

    Camryn Hadley is a junior majoring in Public Relations and Advertising with minors in Journalism & New Media. She works for Rowan University's Social Media Team. She has served as the Director of Marketing/Vice President for the Student University Programmers, AVP of Public Relations and Special Events for the Student Government Association and Communication Director for PRSSA. Camryn hopes to use her social media and PR skills to help non-profits.

     

    Colette Bleistine Paying it Forward Scholarship

    Funded by the Colette W. Bleistine Paying It Forward Foundation, this scholarship honors the memory of Colette Bleistine. 

    Vanessa Livingstone

    Vanessa Livingstone is a transfer student from Rowan College at Burlington County. She’s currently serving as PRSSA’s President-Elect for the 2020-2021 academic year. Vanessa is working as a Corporate Affairs Intern with Citizens Bank on its sponsorship of the Philadelphia Phillies.

     

    Colette Bleistine Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship honors the memory of Colette Bleistine, an AJF-PRSSA member, who lost a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis in 2012. She dedicated her life to building awareness and raising money to support cystic fibrosis research. This scholarship goes to a student who conducts extensive community service and shows leadership in PRSSA. 

    Grace Coulthurst

    A junior dual-major in public relations and advertising with a minor in communication studies, Grace serves as the Vice President of Special Events and Philanthropy for PRSSA. She interns in Rowan's Office of Media & Public Relations and has previously interned with Atlantic Health System. She aims for a career in media relations and crisis communication. 


    Chris and Melissa Lukach Endowed Scholarship

    Scholarship provides support to a Public Relations major who is currently involved in PRSSA and/or PRaction.

    David Halbert 

    An incoming senior, David, is majoring in Public Relations and Advertising.  Additionally, he is pursuing a minor in Creative Writing. This past year, David held the position of Vice President of Professional Development for PRSSA.  David is an intern in the office of Student Affairs in the Strategic Planning and Management Department. 

     

    Craig Monroe Scholarship

    Scholarship honors the memory of former Dean of the College of Communication, Craig Monroe. Awarded to an advertising junior with a 3.0 GPA and active participating member of AdDynamics. 

    Andrew Smith

    Andrew Smith is a junior transfer student, wrapping up his first year at Rowan University. He’s interned with Gourmet Dining and is an active member in Ad Dynamics. He’s interested in networking and looks forward to his future at Rowan University.

     

    PR for Good Scholarship

    The eligible Public Relations upper-class student possesses a 3.0 GPA. Recipient must hold a leadership position within community service activities and demonstrate a commitment to incorporating social responsibility into public relations strategies. Must be actively involved with the Rowan PRSSA Chapter. 

    Sean Barnett 

    Sean is a transfer student from RCGC. He’s a senior public relations major, minoring in strategic communication. Attending Rowan is one of the best choices he’s ever made.  After he graduates he would like to work at an agency in crisis communications. 

  • Feb 2020





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  • Dec 2019
    • Students had a Research Poster Presentation day from their Intro to Research classes. 
      When: Monday, December 16th
      Where: 3rd floor of 301 high st.
  • Dec 2019
    • Induction Brunch for PRSSA and PRaction newcomers. 
      When: Saturday, December 7th
      Where: Owl's nest.
  • Oct 2019
    • Rowan Ad Club's Perfect Pitch about the issues that communication professionals are facing regarding diversity and inclusion
      When: Monday, October 14th
      Where: Spheen Hall
    • Panelists are:
      • Gary Shepherd, President/CEO and Founder of 3rd Floor Media
      • Melinda Ramos, Director of Talent and Diversity, Brownstein Group
      • Inez Barbario, Diversity and Inclusion Trainer, Founder of Inez Barbario, LLC.
  • May 2019
    • CCCA Commencement Ceremony
      When: 5/13 at 10:00 a.m.
      Where: University Green
    • CCCA Student Awards & Schowcase
      When: 5/4, 11:00 a.m.
      Where: Pfleeger Conner Hall
  • April 2019
    • Dr. Joe Trahan (FEMA) delivers Master's Class
      When: 4/29 at 9:30 a.m.
      Where: Rowan Art Gallery, 301W High St
    • Spring Gala, Public Relations & Advertising Department Awards Ceremony
      When: Sunday, April 28, Noon to 3 p.m.
      Where: Scotland Run Golf Club
  • March 2019
    • #RowanAdvertising team wins Gold Ticket and first place (out of 133 teams) at national competition Marketing EDGE. Kailey Bertelson, Hannah Vendetta, Brittany Eng, Megan Jean, and Timothy Stanford, under guidance of Prof. Charles McLeester, put together the most compelling direct sales campaign for client Boxed. 

  • Jan. 2019
    • Profs. Bokyung Kim and Celine Hong have been awarded a $146,000, two-year grant from Camden Health Research Initiative. Their research project will focus on "Health Communication Campaign and Practice for Camden: Exploring the Variables Associated with Healthy Dietary Behaviors to Overcome Obesity Among Camden Residents Using Hierarchical Linear Model."  
    • Prof. Lou Rodolico presented at the 17th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence (Temple University, Philadelphia). His project focused on "Experiential Learning in Student-Run Advertising and Public Relations Gencies: How Rowan University Supprots Applied Learning to Millennials and Generation Z."
  • Dec. 2018
    • Profs. Bokyung Kim and Celine Hong have been awarded a $1,250 STORI fund grant for their research project When Instagram meets “Brand Community.”
    • 12/13: Socratic Dialogue. Displace or develop? The untold story of gentrification
      5:00 p.m., King Auditorium, Bozorth Hall. Open to current, past, and future students. 
  • Nov. 2018
    • Students Ashley Carter and Anya Mourovannyi completed a prestigious 2-day workshop hosted by The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations (New York City). The Challenge brought together public relations seniors from Monmouth University, Quinnipiac University, Rowan University, Seton Hall University and Syracuse University. Students were selected by their department chairs based on their high-leadership potential, demonstrated academic achievements and diverse backgrounds and experiences. The overall goal is to develop and inspire these emerging leaders and enrich the profession’s future.

 

If you have any questions about the events posted below, please contact Ms. Nancy Dunn, our department secretary.