What I Love About Rowan Boulevard!

Rowan Boulevard at night.

“If you’re an incoming student, then the words Rowan and Boulevard when used together may not mean much to you,” says Rowan Blog contributor Bianca Gray. “However, as a graduating Rowan senior, let me be the first to tell you that some of your best memories will occur on this one street.”

I wake up to the sound of hustle and bustle: Cars moving down the streets, students talking on their way to class, shopkeepers unloading inventory off loud beeping trucks. Even from way up in my residence hall, I can smell the pizza wafting from the ovens of the Pizza Hut and the sweet desserts of Cookie Munchers. Later in the day, I’ll probably go up the street, pick up a book from Barnes and Noble, and have a quick study session at Starbucks before meeting my friends for some late night fun at Exit 4 Escape Rooms. That night, I’ll go to sleep and await the next day with anticipation as I think of all the fun things I can do on Rowan Boulevard again. 

Exterior shot of Barnes and Noble.

So many Profs love Rowan Boulevard because it truly is where many of us call home. The Whitney Center, RoBo, and The Nexus Apartments are all placed right above the boulevard with Holly Pointe Commons not located too far away either. Even those with dorms not located as close to the Boulevard spend much of their time walking the street as it offers so much to do! One of my favorite things to do there is go to the Rowan Bookstore, Barnes and Noble, and study at the Starbucks located inside the store. My drink of choice for an effective study session? A caramel macchiato.

Students studying and enjoying tea at Kung Fu Tea
Kung Fu Tea is another Boulevard favorite for many Profs!

Afterwards, I like to go meet up with some friends at one of the Boulevard’s many restaurants. As someone who is always in the mood for seafood, I suggest going to Chickie’s and Pete’s for the best crab legs in town. Even if seafood is not your thing, the Boulevard has a bunch of amazing restaurants to go to that offer a variety of different foods such as Mexican Mariachi Grill which offers authentic Mexican cuisine. Dawn to Dusk Cafe, the best place to go for breakfast especially after an early morning fire drill.

Exterior sign for Dawn to Dusk Cafe.

And Cookie Munchers, mine and probably everyone else’s favorite dessert spot where the cookies are as big as your head! Not to mention eateries like La Scala’s Fire, Playa Bowls, and the Rowan Alumni Grill which all offer amazing treats! And, if any student is in search of a part-time job, many of these places are known for hiring Profs.

The Boulevard also offers fun things to do if you’re just looking to kickback and have a great time. As I mentioned earlier, I love going to Exit 4 Escape Rooms, a place that offers fun themed rooms that you have to escape in 60 minutes. And, if you’re just looking to unwind, going to Blush Nails and Spa for a mani-pedi is a great way to take the edge off. And, even if you’re not in the mood to do anything in particular, you can take a seat at any of the tables or chairs scattered up and down the street and just hang out with your friends or just take some time for yourself.

One of my favorite things about the Boulevard isn’t something that happens often but makes a big impression on everyone when it does and that’s the street festivals! My personal favorite is the annual Trunk or Treat Festival that occurs during Halloween. I bring my kid sisters there and watch them do about 50 houses worth of trick or treating in five minutes. The best part about all of these amenities that the Boulevard offers is that Rowan students are able to pay for all of them using their Rowan Bucks! It’s all just super convenient! 

PROS welcoming students at the Welcome Center
Come join in the fun!

So what are you waiting for? Come find out why so many Profs love Rowan Boulevard and join in the fun! We can’t wait to see you there! 

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Story By: 
Bianca Gray, English graduate

20 Minute Radius: Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park image from the outfield.

Whether you’re a Phillies fan or not, Citizens Bank Park is an awesome spot 20 minutes from campus to visit. Watch a baseball game, enjoy the concessions and indulge in some great ballpark food. 

Citizens Bank Park is home to the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. This year’s Phillies baseball season has just begun, so there is plenty of time to catch a game or two before the semester ends. 

Phillies game photo provided by Loredonna Fiore

At Citizen Bank Park, visitors can enjoy a wide range of food selections. Chickie’s & Pete’s®, P.J. Whelihan’s, Shake Shack and Boardwalk Eats are some classic restaurants that offer a mix of Philadelphia cheesesteaks, sausage, and peppers sandwiches, crab fries and hot dogs.

If you have any more room for dessert, a classic Citizens Bank Park staple is to get ice cream served in a plastic Phillies baseball cap. 

Thomas Cardona at a Phillies game with an ice cream cup in the foreground.

Rowan University student Thomas Cardona at a Phillies game

Aside from the great food, Citizens Bank Park has shops that carry a ton of Phillies memorabilia and merchandise. Some items available include jerseys, hats, t-shirts and stuffed animals available for purchase to commemorate your day at the ballpark. 

Citizens bank photo provided by Loredonna Fiore

Rowan University’s location allows students to travel to Philadelphia easily. A quick 20-minute drive or train ride away will take you directly into the city and allow you to see all of the great sites it has to offer.

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Story and photos by:
Loredonna Fiore, senior public relations and advertising major

Your Travel Guide to Visiting Glassboro

A drone view of Rowan Boulevard.

Whether you’re coming from up the road, Central Jersey, or out-of-state, find a way to make the most of your visit to the place we call home. Rowan University is in Glassboro (Gloucester County) and is conveniently located just 30 minutes from Philadelphia, 45 minutes from Jersey beaches, and a train ride from New York City.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn what there is to see, do, eat and experience in Glassboro, this is our favorites’ guide for you.

A Glassboro event at the end of Rowan Boulevard.

    Sit Down Meals on Rowan Boulevard

    • La Scala’s: This higher end Italian American restaurant offers wood fired pizza and unique Italian cuisines. It’s a rolling kitchen so you get your food as it’s ready and bring your own bottle.
    • Dusk to Dawn Cafe: Dine in and get a taste of fresh, all day breakfast and La Columbe coffee. On a nice summer day, sit outside and enjoy the Glassboro sunshine. 
    • Oishii: If you’re looking to support a local business owned by a recent Rowan graduate and grab some great ramen, this is your place. This Rowan alumnus’ biggest inspiration for the restaurant was to bring a different culture and cuisine to the Rowan and Gloucester County communities.

    Three Rowan students at Oishii Ramen.

    Favorite Bites

    • Einstein Bagels: Looking to grab a quick bite while touring our campus? This shop in Engineering Hall serves fresh bagels, sandwiches and hot coffee.
    • Kung Fu Tea: The best boba tea in our area, located on Rowan Boulevard. Customize your tea selecting every detail from sweetness to the number of bubbles, and take it on the go.
    • Playa Bowls: If you’re seeking a quick, healthy meal, Playa Bowls is your spot. Located at the beginning of Rowan Boulevard, it offers fresh fruit bowls, smoothies and treats.

    Two happy students eating at playa bowls.

    For the Family

    • Glassboro Heritage Museum: Ever wonder how Glassboro acquired its name?  The Heritage Glass Museum preserves and displays antique glasswork made in Glassboro and surrounding South Jersey towns over the past 200 years. The best part – it’s free admission! 
    • Town Square: Enjoy the day with your family at our Town Square. Located at the end of Rowan Boulevard is a community place with art, adirondack chairs, and a fountain display. Throughout the year, Glassboro hosts many seasonal events in this space, including the annual tree lighting and Summer Fest.
    • Edelman Planetarium: Explore the skies through live stargazing or immersive 360-degree video in our Planetarium, located on campus in Science Hall. All shows are one hour long, with new shows featured every month. 
    A drone view of the town center.
    Glassboro’s Town Square located at the end of Rowan Boulevard.

    For the Parents

    • Axe and Arrow: Located on Rowan Boulevard, this microbrewery and taproom offers a wide variety of craft beer styles. Bring your own food!
    • Chickie’s & Pete’s: A Philadelphia staple is located right on our campus. Come in to watch the game or get a sweet taste of some Crabfries®.

    A mom and her daughter on Rowan Boulevard.

    Around the Corner

    • Uptown Pitman is just a short drive away and is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy quaint shops, historic landmarks and family-owned restaurants.

    Three smiling students by the bookstore.


    • Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Glassboro: Located on Rowan Boulevard, the four-story, 129-room hotel features a heated indoor pool and spa, outdoor courtyard and fire pit, and is just a short walk to our campus. 

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    Volunteering with the Glassboro Food Bank

    Just a stone’s throw away from Rowan University sits the Samaritan Center, a shining pillar of light in the community. Rowan Blog contributor Bianca Gray shares: “As a Rowan student, many of us are volunteering in many different places around the state, but maybe we should take the time to learn more about how we can volunteer our time to the community we all call home.”

    The Samaritan Center, also known as the Glassboro Food Bank, is a nonprofit organization located on 123A East High Street. For years, they have been dedicated to providing food and clothes for the low income residents of Glassboro, and Rowan students are starting to get involved in a major way. The Samaritan Center is happy to accept help and donations from any Rowan student looking to make a difference; here are some ways that you can get involved. 

    Inside the Glassboro Food Bank, shelves stocked with cans and bags stuffed with food
    A look inside the Samaritan Center

    Volunteering is a must for any Rowan student. It’s a great way to get involved around the community and help a good cause at the same time. Students looking to volunteer with the organization could be given a couple of different tasks. They could help with distributing and packaging food, organizing food and clothing within the center, or help to maintain the center’s garden. Senior Writing Arts and Marketing major Melanie Kosick volunteered with the organization during the fall Thanksgiving Turkey Drive. 

    “We mainly just packaged bags with cranberry sauce, stuffing mix and other Thanksgiving foods for families, handing out a turkey and a gallon of milk with each bag,” Melanie tells us. “Honestly, I really enjoyed the entire experience. Not only did I enjoy working with the staff, but it was a nice way to give back for the holidays.” 

    Ingres Simpson stocking the shelves of the Glassboro Food bank
    Ingres restocking the shelves!

    Melanie’s not the only Prof lending a helping hand though. The organization’s president, Ingres Simpson, is an adjunct professor at Rowan in the Elementary Education program. Simpson first joined the organization back into 2014 after retiring from her previous job as a Supervisor of Instruction at a local public school. She works alongside other retirees to help achieve the Samaritan Center’s primary goal: providing food and clothing to Glassboro residents in need. 

    “I am totally committed to our work at the Samaritan Center,” Simpson shares. “It is especially rewarding to be able to help people within my community who struggle to feed themselves and their families.” 

    Along with helping those in need feed their families, the Samaritan Center also provides clothing through their Clothing Closet. The clothing is priced anywhere from 25 cents to $3.00. As stated earlier, volunteers could be asked to help organize the clothing, but for those who don’t have the time to spare and would still like to give back, the organization is always accepting clothing donations. 

    The Samaritan Center's Clothing Closet
    The Clothing Closet

    The Samaritan Center is open from Monday – Thursday from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesdays, volunteers may help with distributing government-issued food to families and individuals who meet the federal guidelines for low income status. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Center provides gently used clothing for men, women, and children, which is especially necessary this time of year.

    Anyone interested in working with the Samaritan Center should visit the Center’s website where they can not only express their interest in volunteering with the organization but donate anything they have to offer. 

    A picture of the Samaritan Center
    The Samaritan Center is located at 123A East High Street in Glassboro.

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    Story By:
    Bianca Gray, senior English major

    Photos By:
    Stephanie Batista, junior music industry major

    Who Would We Be Without Whoo RU?

    Meet Whoo RU! What would Rowan be without him? He is the face, spirit and pride of Rowan University. As we return to campus, let’s take a moment to remind ourselves who we are as a community and what Whoo RU means to us. 

    It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Whoo RU!

    Whoo RU, or “The Prof,” is the official mascot for Rowan University. Standing at 6 feet, the magnificent brown and gold owl has been the face of our institution for over 50 years! He is mighty and strong with a wingspan of 6-foot-5 and an appetite for lions, making him the perfect candidate to intimidate the competition of our school’s different sports teams. But he is also an old and wise owl serving as a source of motivation for our students to continue with their academics and one day walk off Rowan’s campus with their degrees in hand. 

    Whoo RU taking some time to visit the Campbell Library

    Our mascot isn’t something to just be toted out at sporting events like with some other schools. He is the perfect embodiment of our community. Like our beloved owl, the Rowan community is a group of multifaceted individuals who can’t be confined to a single box. We’ve each walked many different paths in life that all have converged on one small corner of Glassboro and expanded to touch all around the world. 

    Whoo RU reminds us of the power that we hold as Profs. Profs are multifaceted and not people who are bound by the age-old saying of “the sky’s the limit.” No, the skies are our stomping (or flying) grounds, and we possess the ability to reach far beyond. We are scholars, athletes, teachers, friends, parents, musicians, business owners, artists, writers, doctors, etc., with one thing that binds us together: Prof Pride. 

    Whoo RU showing off his strength at the gym.

    As we return to campus, let’s keep Whoo RU’s spirit and pride in mind. Adversity is bound to challenge us in these trying times, but, never forget that our Prof Pride is unshakable and will see us through any challenge we may face. 

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    Bianca Gray, senior English major

    Rowan Abroad: Recent Graduate, Chloe Senatore, Talks Acceptance into Trinity College in Dublin

    Chloe holds her decorated cap inside a gazebo on campus.

    English major and Rowan Blog contributor Bianca Gray sat down with fellow English major and recent graduate, Chloe Senatore, to talk about her acceptance into Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Chloe not only discusses the journey that led her to Trinity College but how the English Department at Rowan helped her along the way. 

    Can you tell us a little bit about your graduate program and what you’ll be studying? 

    I’m studying Irish writers. I’ll be focusing on Irish literature and Irish writing at Trinity College in Dublin where many of those writers went to school. It’s a one-year program but it’s going to be really cool and I’m really excited. I definitely feel as though the classes I’ve taken at Rowan and the professors I’ve worked with have prepared me to do something like this. 

    Was it always your intention to study abroad for graduate school? 

    No, actually. I wasn’t even fully planning on going to graduate school. I just wanted to apply to this one singular program to see if I could get in. It’s a difficult program to get into but I knew if I didn’t apply then I would never know and spend the rest of my life sad about it. I didn’t apply to any other programs. If I didn’t get into Trinity then I was just going to enter the workforce but, lo and behold, I actually did get accepted and that’s what I’m doing. 

    Why did you choose Irish Writing to be your field of study?

    That’s very personal to me. I’m Irish. I have a big mane of red hair. You’ve seen me. I have Irish heritage on both sides of my family. Irish literature often gets lumped into British literature but Irish literature is its own separate thing, and I really wanted to dive into it more. I chose Trinity specifically to learn more about this field. I literally have a quote by W.B Yates tattooed on my body.

    I’m very into not only Irish poetry but the Irish experience in general. I dove into the history of Ireland when I was supposed to go abroad through a program Rowan was hosting before everything happened with COVID. The program was a law class called International Terrorism and, though it wasn’t something affiliated with my major, I was going to take it as a free elective. Since COVID shut down the trip, I’ve just been yearning to go and experience the culture and history of the country. 

    Chloe stands in front of the Owl Statue

    Can you tell me any specifics about the program you’re enrolled in at Trinity?

    It’s a small program. It only accepts around 20 students a year. It’s not a traditional English program. There are multiple different paths I could take, and I could choose to study one specific author. The general structure is that the first semester is just studying all of Irish literature in general, and the second semester is going to be spent with me writing a dissertation on whichever path of Irish literature I choose to study. 

    Who are your favorite Irish poets/writers?

    Seamus Heaney and W.B Yates. They’re just the best. 

    What inspired your initial interest in literature? 

    Oh gosh, that takes me back to being a kid and reading Harry Potter. I’ve always been a book nerd. I love to read, and I think it’s something I’ve just always naturally gravitated towards. It’s just been my thing for as long as I can remember. 

    Why did you choose Rowan to pursue your passion? 

    I actually transferred to Rowan. I did my first two years of college at a different university but I didn’t like it there. I ended up transferring to Rowan because it was closer to where I lived and I could easily commute to school. My decision to transfer was one of the best decisions I ever made. Rowan’s English department is just so superior to the English department at my other school. I just think that it’s really awesome that I got to be a part of the Rowan English program. The professors are just so cool and knowledgeable. They push you to improve. 

    Who was your favorite professor to work with overall? 

    I loved so many of the professors, but I’d have to pick Dr. Falck. She’s just amazing and phenomenal. She’s one of the best teachers I ever had. The feedback she gave and the way she taught was just incredible. I learned so much from her. She even wrote one of my recommendation letters to go to Trinity. 

    What was your favorite course? 

    Probably Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. It opened my eyes to see that American literature isn’t just Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman. There’s so many people of different ethnicities that wrote some great works that should be more heavily acknowledged in the canon. 

    Chloe standing in front of city skyline at night.

    How do you feel the Rowan English Department prepared you for graduate school? 

    They couldn’t have prepared me any better to handle my academic career moving forward. The professors at Rowan don’t just give you an A or a B. They genuinely see you and see your writing and they help you to improve. They aren’t just going off a rubric. They’re genuinely interested in helping people improve on an individual level. There was a time or two where I had a professor give me a B on an essay when I knew for a fact that I did better than some people in the class who got the same or better grades than me. I would voice my opinions to the professor and they would just tell me that I got the grade I got because they knew I could do better. 

    What advice would you give to a student thinking about pursuing an English career at Rowan? 

    Whatever you put into it is what you’re going to get out of it. I can admit that I’m a try hard, but what I put into it was what I got out of it. I put a lot of hard work into essays and things like that so I got a lot out of it. My professors gave to me what I gave to them. 

    Where do you see yourself in the future? 

    After this next year of grad school, I’ll have a bit of a beefier resume. My goal is to work for a publishing company or work as an editor. I’m not really sure where I’ll be led but I like the idea of reading and editing books for a living.

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    Story by:
    Bianca Gray, senior English major 

    Photos courtesy of:
    Chloe Senatore 

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    What Is Bunce Green?

    Drone shot of Bunce Green.

    Bunce Green is an iconic spot on campus and the setting for quite a few Rowan activities. Read more about what happens at Bunce Green and why it is a popular Rowan destination.

    A student plays with his dog on Bunce Green.
    A student plays with his dog on Bunce Green.

    What is Bunce Green? 

    In order to answer this question, we must first define what a green is. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a green is defined as “a grassy plain or plot: such as a common or park in the center of a town or village, or a putting green.” Bunce Green is the grassy plot in the center of Rowan’s campus. It is located in front of Rowan’s historic Bunce Hall. 

    Drone shot of Bunce Hall.

    What is Bunce Hall? 

    Bunce Hall is Rowan’s first building, which welcomed students of the “The Glassboro Normal School” when it opened in 1923.

    The structure is named after Glassboro Normal School’s second president, Dr. Edgar Bunce. It is the brick, stately building that we most associate with Rowan University. People often take graduation photos in front of Bunce Hall. 

    A graduate poses with her family in front of Bunce Hall.

    What do people do on Bunce Green?

    Bunce Green is a great outdoor spot to hang out or study. It is a beautiful environment in the fall and spring.

    Students study on Bunce Green.

    Students, faculty and other members of the Rowan/Glassboro community like to run, walk, study, hang out and play games on Bunce Green.

    Students play soccer on Bunce Green.

    Sometimes there are special events at Bunce Green, such as events put on by the Student University Programmers, the President’s Welcome and Commencement!

    One of 2019's commencement ceremonies.
    One of 2019’s commencement ceremonies.

    What’s so special about Bunce Green?

    Bunce Green is where you start and end your Rowan career. Bunce Green is where the President’s Welcome during Welcome Week (a follow-up to Orientation) takes place in your first week of your first year. Bunce Green is also where graduation takes place after your last week of senior year. 

    Two students talk on a bench at Bunce Green.

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    Rachel Rumsby, junior communication studies and public relations double major 

    Photos by:
    Rowan Blog Digital Content Contributors

    Rowan University Office of Publications

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    Alumni Success: Mitch McDaniels on Finding Your “WHY”

    Mitch poses at the Holly Pointe Commons sign.

    Today we speak with Mitch McDaniels, who graduated from the Honors Concentration with a degree in Biochemistry in 2020. Mitch also minored in German Studies throughout his time at Rowan University. He grew up in Hammonton, NJ (Atlantic County) but now lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Mitch was a Resident Assistant (RA) for three years and lived on campus for all four years. He was also actively involved in the Honors College, B.L.A.S.T. Mentoring, the Keck Behavioral Lab at Cooper Medical Schoolthe Academic Associate Program at Cooper University Hospital, Rho Alpha Sigma, and Alpha Epsilon Delta. He was also a volunteer at the Kitchen of Hope Food Bank (Glassboro), and a Chemistry Learning Assistant for four semesters.

    What did being an RA and Assistant Resident Director (ARD) mean to you?

    Res Life [meaning RLUH or working for Residential Learning and University Housing as an RA, ARD, graduate role, or professional role] is such a unique field and it’s such a diverse and unique group of people that come together to do so much more than just run a building. I absolutely loved it throughout my time at Rowan — the opportunity to be a part of flourishing communities of residents in their first year of college, and hopefully being that go-to guy for my residents for the good, bad and everything in between.

    My experience through Res Life has definitely been one of my favorite memories at Rowan because I met so many new, and now lifelong, friends through it. I love when my residents come back and tell me how much fun they had their freshman year or a favorite memory they had from their year in our pod. A few even went on to go into Res Life themselves; it makes me so happy to hear that!

    For me, it was really special to see the ways in which my communities grew together, and the ways they found to make a difference together. 

    Mitch poses under the "Pork Chopper" statue in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
    Mitch poses by the “When Pigs Fly, Pork Chopper” Statue which is part of the Sculpture Walk in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    What advice do you have for current students?

    I think every first year student should take a little bit of time to find what it is they want to do at Rowan, until they really find their “why,” both on campus and off. I’m still learning exactly what that is for me, honestly. No matter what you do, who you hang out with, or the classes you take, I’ve learned that it’s best to keep an open mind because those moments came when I was least expecting them.

    My first year, I was really quite quiet, but I thought that being an RA would be a really unique way to meet people and be part of a community. Lots of people become hyper-focused on the free housing and food, which is pretty sweet, to be honest, but I also wanted to find a place to help in building that welcoming environment I found on campus. I often forget that I had a meal plan and free housing as an RA because I just enjoyed getting to meet everyone and get connected and involved in a way that was different from any other role on campus because their home also becomes yours. 

    No matter what you do at Rowan, you really have to take the time to find your “why” [your purpose] at Rowan. There’s this proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I really believe that Rowan’s spirit comes from that small-campus community, where friends, colleagues, and professors all have your back.

    My best advice would be to enjoy college for the people and experiences you’re surrounded by — go together, not alone. I’ve found that the best way for me to get things done is when I’m passionate about it and that I want to see it through to the end, together. For me, the Res Life community was that “thing.”

    Now stepping into the real world and getting off of the college campus, finding your “why” comes with the territory for everything you do.

    Mitch poses confidently in front of a Sioux Falls sign.

    Where do you work now?

    Now, I work as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Sanford Health, a big hospital system in the Midwest, but mostly in the Dakotas and Minnesota. I’m on a team of four coordinators that are working on a portfolio of COVID studies. We have two different studies that we are mainly working on for the moment. One is for different treatments that focus on outpatient settings, where patients actively have COVID and are sick, but they’re not sick enough to be hospitalized. This study, sponsored by the National Institute of Health, is an Adaptive Platform Study, which means that we are evaluating multiple investigative treatments that can change from time to time, to quickly and safely identify medications that could significantly improve a patient’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

    We’re also doing inpatient work with people who are in the ICU on ventilators, high flow oxygen or other life-saving measures to support them throughout their battle with COVID-19. It’s another adaptive platform study evaluating various medications for people suffering more severe COVID, and who have received advanced life-saving therapeutics or interventions to keep them alive or better support them.

    I was always asking myself “why” because I wanted to pour all that I could into any activity I was doing. I didn’t want anything to be just a checkbox for my resume. It really needed to be something that I cared about and believed in.

    Part of my “why” for medicine is that I want to be a resource for people wherever I go. That’s something I saw in my family with my father being an FBI agent. I want to be able to carry my skills into underserved areas at some point in my career and make a difference within those communities.  

    Mitch wears a light blue shirt and stands in front of a waterfall.
    Mitch loves the famous Falls Park in his new hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

    What do you hope to do in the medical field?

    It really hit when I had the chance to really immerse myself in the Camden community through Cooper, first as a student at MEDacademy at Cooper Medical School, and later as an Academic Associate at Cooper University Hospital. I really began to see that a physician doesn’t work in a bubble, they are someone who’s active and embedded within the community that they are trusted to serve. Ever since, I saw medicine as an opportunity to expand upon the skills, mindset and joy that Res Life has brought me, to help better build a community.

    Of course, Rowan has always supported and nourished my curiosity for science and the human body; it’s also helped me to find my voice in leadership. But what my time at Rowan and Cooper has gifted me with has been the opportunity to think, grow excited and imagine how I wanted to give back to the community at the intersection of science, leadership, education, research and policy. 

    Part of my “why” for medicine is that I want to be a resource for all people wherever I may go. That’s something I saw, and valued, in my family with my father being a Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I hope to be able to carry my skills into communities (especially those underserved) throughout southern New Jersey, our nation, and the world throughout my career and in hopes of making a difference within those communities by empowering the people of those communities through all I learn from them. No matter what field of medicine I pursue, there’s nothing more important to me than to help these communities I hope to serve to thrive and grow.

    A gorgeous blue and orange sunset shines above a majestic waterfall in Minnesota.
    Mitch captured the beauty of Falls Park with just his phone.

    Tell me about your favorite memory from Res Life? 

    My favorite moments were those that were unscripted where I would just hang out with my residents on a random Tuesday night in a hallway or lounge of Holly Pointe. We would have the best conversations! I would always leave my door open because I wanted people to be able to walk in and just sit down. I wanted them to know my room was theirs too, and that it was a safe space where they could unwind, have fun, or talk anything over. The most organic moments were the times when I felt true friendship forming between myself and my residents, and it was not any longer just me “supervising” their freshman experience.

    One of my favorite memories in these communities as an RA and an ARD was bringing my residents to the food pantry. I really loved the idea of getting into the Glassboro Community and all of us volunteering together and seeing the ripple our pod could make in the greater community. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the awesome staffs I worked with throughout my three years in Res Life. I couldn’t think of a better group of people to program with, spend time with, or occasionally deal with those 3 a.m. fire alarms. Those unscripted moments, with my residents and RAs alike, made every moment worth it. I owe it to them for helping me to find my why throughout undergrad. 

    Waterfalls and tower in Sioux Falls, Minnesota
    Another gorgeous sunset by the Queen Bee Mill in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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    Story by: 
    Marian Suganob, public relations and advertising graduate

    Photos courtesy of:
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    20 Minute Radius: Plant-Based Food

    A burger basket at The Gentle Giant.

    You don’t have to go too far to find great plant-based options near Rowan. Whether they’re on campus or a short drive away, all of these restaurants offer at least one plant-based meal option, with one holding an entirely vegan menu. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy these delicious dishes.

    Menu from Burger Barr in Sewell.
    The Burger Barr
    Veggie burger at Burger Barr.
    Veggie burger at Burger Barr
    • Burger Barr | Sewell, NJ

    BurgerBarr carries a plant-based burger that is so good the flavor rivals the animal products on their menu, and they cook it on its own corner of the grill so you can be sure there won’t be cross contamination. To order vegan friendly, get the “Veggie” burger with vegan cheese and vegan sauce on a pretzel bun.

    Cauliflower wings at The Wing Kitchen.
    The Wing Kitchen’s Crispy Fried Cauliflower
    • The Wing Kitchen | Glassboro, NJ

    The Wing Kitchen is known for more than its chicken wings. Order the “crispy fried cauliflower” in a vegan-friendly sauce and you’re in for a crispy, delicious treat. 

    Exterior shot of Monarch Diner.
    Glassboro’s Monarch Diner offers vegan-friendly options all day long.
    • The Monarch Diner | Glassboro, NJ

    Located in the heart of Glassboro on Delsea Drive, the Monarch Diner is serving up all kinds of plant-based meals. With specials located throughout their menu you can stop in at any time and find a vegan dish: from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and even dessert. Fan favorites include their loaded broccoli and seitan potato skins, tofu avocado quesadilla, tofu pasta primavera and eggless veggie omelette.

    • Saladworks | Glassboro, NJ

    Saladworks has been known as the health food chain for quite awhile but really upped their menu last year with plant-based protein options. They now offer tofu and quinoa amongst their long-standing, vegan-friendly toppings such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

    A tabletop at The Gentle Giant.
    A burger basket at The Gentle Giant

    A burger cross section at The Gentle Giant.

    • The Gentle Giant | Pitman, NJ

    Last, but certainly not least, The Gentle Giant is Gloucester County’s only 100% plant-based restaurant, making it a vegan paradise! This restaurant dedicates itself to the memory of William Blease, IV, the original “gentle giant,” by supporting the sale of local vegan products and raising money each month for causes such as animal sanctuaries. Their entire menu is vegan and highlights breakfast and lunch items such as wraps, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches and more.

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    Story and photos by:
    Madison Neumann, Rowan Blog contributor

    Senior Alex Brown Shares Insight on Rowan’s Music Industry Major

    Alex stands in front of Bunce Hall

    Today we speak with Alex Brown, a senior Music Industry major from Glassboro, NJ (Gloucester County). He tells us more about his experiences in the Music Industry program.

    What area of the music industry interests you?

    “Artist management. I’ve always enjoyed helping people, and I’ve taken that aspect of my personality and translated it to music. Music is one of my passions; I used to sing throughout middle school and high school. I kind of just merged the two into this field of managing artists, getting their music out there for fans to discover them and make sure those fans stay to support them. That’s my dream job, but I’m content with anything within the music industry.”

    What music was played in your home? What music did you grow up listening to?

    “I’m from a Caribbean family. Both of my parents and I were born in Jamaica, but since my father had citizenship in the U.S., I’m considered American. They would play all kinds of songs, top 40 pop songs, reggae, old school songs like classical blues. I had a wide range of influences.”

    Alex smiling outside

    Alex mentions that there are two different tracks you can take within the program. The first is the business side of the industry, which focuses on contracts, the structure of labels and organizations, learning about deals, management, marketing, touring, promoting and sponsorships. The second aspect is the technology side that focuses on the production of music, where students gain skills about special effects, recording vocals, using a soundboard and live recording.

    Alex says, “There are many options available for people who want to be an artist and hone their craft or people who want to work more behind the scenes and looking at the business aspect.” 

    Alex enjoys that the program is run by professors who are still actively working in the industry. He mentions one of his professors is currently working at Atlantic Records managing artists like Estelle. Alex adds, “It is good to have that aspect that you’re working with people who are still in the field.”

    Have you had any internships yet?

    “I’ve had two internships, one being with the Philadelphia International Music Festival. They bring in [students] from all over the world for a two-week program where they get to work with professional musicians who are part of the Philly Orchestra. Before the camp started, I worked in their offices where I was mainly contacting universities and schools to see if anyone was interested in registering for any last-minute spots. Once the camp session started, I acted as a residential manager for children who chose to stay on the camp. I’d stay there for the entire two weeks, live in the dorms with them, make sure they were going to lessons, practice their instrument and I helped out with the choir program.

    “My second internship was with the school label, Rowan Music Group, over the summer. We essentially worked on building up our social media, looking for music to put in a compilation, and learning about different aspects of how labels run.

    “Both internships were so fun, I learned different things from the two and I hope to take that experience with me into whatever next position I can get.”

    Alex stands on the steps of Bunce Hall.

    Is there anything you wish you knew beforehand about your major or anything that is better than you expected that you could share with others?

    “I wish I knew more about this option in high school. I never knew there were dedicated programs for the music industry and learning the ins and outs. I wish I was better prepared for all this program has to offer.”

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    Caitlyn Dickinson, senior public relations and advertising double major 

    Photography by: 
    Stephanie Batista, sophomore music industry major

    20 Minute Radius: Glassboro Wildlife Management Area [VIDEO]

    Two students in Rowan gear sit at the nature preserve.

    Join us as two Rowan students visit a nearby nature preserve.

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    Video by:
    Adam Clark, senior Radio/TV/Film major

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    20 Minute Radius: Lucy’s Creamery

    Craving more ice cream? After sourcing 10 local ice cream places for Rowan Blog, contributor Camryn Hadley, a senior double major in Public Relations and Advertising, has discovered a new spot right in Glassboro. 

    It’s no secret that I have a large sweet tooth. When I heard a new ice cream shop opened behind my residence hall, I had to try it out!

    I got the chance to meet with Lucy’s Creamery owner, Nikki, and got the inside “scoop” on Rowan’s newest local business.

    Lucy's Creamery owner.

    Lucy’s recently opened amid the pandemic summer in July and is located on 211 West High St. The location is perfect for a walk around campus and ending on the Glassboro Town Square with some treats.

    The ice cream shop was originally founded by Nikki’s dad in Sewell, NJ in 2002. Nikki met her husband and now co-owner while working there when they were 16. The two recently bought the shop and made the move to Rowan to appeal to college students and offer indoor ice cream dining year-round.

    Menu boards at Lucy's Creamery.

    This family-owned business has some insane sundaes! But the most popular? The Peanut Butter Lover’s and Brownie Sundaes take the cake. If you ask Nikki, her favorite would be a hand-dipped Strawberry Cheesecake with soft serve as a close second.

    As for my favorite? I’d have to go with the Cereal Killer Sundae with Fruity Pebbles and Rice Crispy Treats!

    A sundae at Lucy's Creamery.

    Of course, Lucy’s has some awesome promotions for Rowan students. When picking up your sweet treat, make sure to show your Rowan ID for 10% off your order. And don’t worry, using Rowan Bucks as a form of payment will be coming soon!

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    Story and photos by:
    Camryn Hadley, senior double major in public relations and advertising

    20 Minute Radius: Fun Off-Campus Things New Transfers and Freshmen Should Check Out

    External shot of Angelo's Diner and Main St.

    Today’s story is from Melanie Sbaraglio, a recent Public Relations and Advertising graduate from Nutley, NJ (Essex County). Melanie joined the Rowan Blog team to wrap up her remaining internship hours, after her internship with Ace Screen Printing in Glassboro was cut short due to COVID-19 affecting business. 

    If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student to Rowan University, you might be wondering what there is to do around Glassboro and nearby surrounding areas. Luckily, if you have been asking yourself these questions, you’ve come to the right place.

    When I was a freshman, there weren’t as many things to do on campus like there are now. Walking down Rowan Boulevard is a lot more exciting today than it was four years ago. 

    Since freshmen can’t have cars, getting places can be tricky; but services like Uber and Lyft always come in handy. Splitting the cost between a few friends to get places ends up being very cheap and worth it.

    Without further delay, here are a few fun things to do off campus within a 20-minute radius. 

    Exterior photo of Angelo's Diner taken from Main St.

    Angelo’s Diner, located on North Main St. right next to campus, is a great breakfast or lunch spot in the area. The food is always really good, and the prices are very cheap. 

    Monarch Diner on Delsea Drive opened up last winter. The food is amazing, fairly priced, and it’s even close enough to walk from campus.

    Another great find is the Regal United Arts Theater in Washington Township. This spacious movie theater is clean, easy to get to, and has reclining leather seats making the experience that much more enjoyable. There are also many restaurants in the same area as the theater to grab dinner before or after seeing a movie.

    The Deptford Mall and Gloucester Premium Outlets are great shopping options close by as well. My friends and I used to go all the time freshman year even just to walk around and window shop.

    Maggie Paige Boutique in downtown Pitman.
    Located in downtown Pitman and less than 10 minutes away from campus, Maggie Paige Boutique is another shopping destination worth visiting.

    Finally, Duffield’s Farm is a fun seasonal place to visit. During the fall months, you can pick pumpkins and get yourself a fresh, warm apple cider donut. It’s a great place to take photos and just enjoy being outdoors for the day.

    Discovering new places off campus can be beneficial for getting to know the area as well. Take these suggestions into consideration because even though there are plenty of on-campus things to do and get involved in, exploring off campus is definitely worth your time.  

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    Story by: 
    Melanie Sbaraglio, recent public relations and advertising graduate

    Angelo’s Diner photos by:
    Anthony Raisley

    Maggie Paige Boutique photo by:
    Jenna Fischer

    Rowan Commuters: Kayla Santiago [VIDEO]

    Welcome to our new “Rowan Commuter” series, where we take an inside look at the lives and experiences of Rowan University commuters and how their overall college experience is without living on campus.

    In this video, Edelman College of Communication and Creative Arts double-major Kayla Santiago talks about how she balances a busy schedule with being a commuter student here at Rowan. 

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    Video by:
    Tom Copsetta, radio/TV/film graduate

    Senior Reflects: Biological Sciences Major Brenden Finley on the Outdoors Club, Fossils and His Future

    Photo of Brenden and friends.

    Today we feature Brenden Finley from Glassboro, NJ (Gloucester County) who recently graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences. Here, Brenden shares his favorite Rowan memories and his plans for the future. 

    Could you please tell us about your favorite moment with a faculty member or a favorite experience in one of your classes?

    A favorite moment of mine happened in the course Edelman Fossil Park Experience with Dr. Voegele. Having the opportunity to uncover fossils in the research pit was incredible. I’ll never forget the first fossil I unearthed. It was especially memorable when I was able to record and map my finds in the log book.

    What was your favorite or most meaningful personal moment at Rowan? 

    I couldn’t pick just one moment at Rowan, so I have to say sitting around the campfire on every camping trip with the Rowan Outdoors Club. Serving on the e-board of the outdoors club has been a favorite part of my Rowan experience by far. Giving Rowan students a chance to escape and enjoy nature is incredibly rewarding. The friends I’ve met through the club will surely be lifelong.

    Outdoors Club Franklin Parker Preserve Day Hike

    What are your career aspirations and how did the people or programs at Rowan help to support you with those aspirations?

    I plan on becoming a surgical technician first, then going to physician’s assistant school. Dr. Supplee and Dr. Grinias helped me when I was having second thoughts about my original plan and helped me see that plans can change. This allowed me to rethink and make a new plan about my future. 

    Do you want to give a thank you shout out to your family, friends, advisors or mentors? 

    I want to thank my family and friends for always supporting my decisions and for keeping me grounded, Katie Huber and Kristin Henderson at the Rec Center for always being there to help and listen, and Dr. Grinias and Dr. Jonnalagadda for inspiring me to continue when I felt like giving up.

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    Header photo: Brenden Finley (left) with friends

    Growing up in Glassboro: Why I Chose Rowan

    Today’s story is from Maria Mancini, a senior public relations major self-distancing from her house in Glassboro, NJ (Gloucester County). Maria joined the Rowan Blog team to wrap up her remaining internship hours, after her internship with Nexus Properties was cut short prematurely due to COVID-19 affecting business. 

    For many of you, Glassboro, NJ is just a town where Rowan University is located; but for me, it’s home and has been my entire life. I went through Glassboro’s public schools, played sports here and graduated from Glassboro High School. I lived here as Glassboro transitioned from a small town to a big college destination. So if I have been here my whole life, why would I want to stay here for college, too? 

    Here are three main reasons why I chose Rowan University.  

    1. Family is Here

    Author Maria Mancini (far right) with her siblings

    I grew up in a very big Italian family.  I have two older sisters and a younger brother, 15+ older cousins, many aunts and uncles. Growing up, my Nonna would watch my siblings, my cousins and me while our parents went to work. As we got older, we were only there after school. Being able to grow up with all my cousins and siblings around created a bond with my family that is truly irreplaceable. I do everything with my family. We cook together, play sports together and pretty much everything else together. When the opportunity came to go to college, I honestly didn’t think twice about leaving my family. I knew that I belonged right here in Glassboro where I could stay close to them. 

    2. Financially Smart 

    Piggy bank to represent saving money

    Picking Rowan meant I got to live at home, eat my mom’s food and not pay any bills. I wanted to go to college after high school, but I didn’t want to be in debt. Rowan University is reasonably priced per semester, and not having to live on campus or needing a meal plan made that price go down even more. Choosing Rowan also meant that I would be able to find a job and work part time. Rowan was the choice for me because I was able to save money while also making money.  

    3. Opportunities 

    Drone view of Rowan's Glassboro campus

    Because I grew up in Glassboro, I have seen the progression of Rowan University. I have watched as Rowan started to take over Glassboro. I could see that Rowan was growing and not at a slow pace. I watched as houses in my neighborhood turned into rentals for college students. I watched as buildings started to go up all over Glassboro and on Rowan’s campus. For me, this only meant one thing — opportunities. I could see that Rowan was turning into a highly recognizable university. I would research Rowan and see all of their programs and degrees that they had to offer. I saw all the awards Rowan was getting. I knew that if I went to Rowan, I would succeed, not only academically, but also after college. Rowan University was an opportunity for me to further my education with amazing professors and staff along to help me. 

    I might have lived in Glassboro my entire life, but choosing Rowan University was a no brainer for me. I don’t miss out on any moments with my family, I get to graduate college debt free and I am given endless opportunities. If you live in Glassboro, or even in the surrounding towns, go to Rowan University. You won’t regret it.

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    Story by:
    Maria Mancini, senior public relations major

    Rowan at Home: Glassboro Native Builds Sports Career in Her “Own Backyard”

    Kayla smiles and stands in front of Wackar Stadium

    Welcome to Rowan at Home, our new series to give you a glimpse into Rowan University, our campus culture, and the lives of our students, while we’re practicing social distancing to protect society from the spread of COVID-19. Today’s story features sophomore Kayla Santiago, and was captured by senior Nicole Cier, writing arts, before quarantine. 

    Sophomore Kayla Santiago, of Glassboro, NJ (Gloucester County), had never considered applying to Rowan, though it was just a five-minute drive from home — “it’s practically in my backyard, and I didn’t want to commute.” She feared she would miss out on the typical college experience of living in a dorm, but soon discovered that Rowan was the perfect missing puzzle piece in the search for her future career. 

    Kayla stands in front of the Prof statue by the Rowan University team house.“I originally didn’t even apply until the day of the [application] deadline, and then I found out about the Sports Communication and Media (Sports CAM) major, and realized it was perfect for me,” she reflects. “It brought me back to the passion I’ve had for sports since my childhood, when my dad would take me to the Phillies batting practice and I’d be chanting players’ names at three years old.”

    Taking on the Sports CAM and Journalism majors, with a minor in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Kayla dove into the world of Rowan athletics. She asked her advisor for advice on getting involved in the major as a freshman and found her place with Rowan Television Network right away as a football sideline reporter. 

    “RTN allowed me to get experience right away. I mentioned that I was interested in sideline reporting, and they needed a sideline reporter that weekend for football and asked if I could do it,” she says. “I had never done it in my life, and it was a really great learning experience to just be thrown into it right away and have to figure it all out.”

    Kayla commentates on a Rowan Athletics game.The following year was a whirlwind of experience, as Kayla found more ways to get involved with sports communications and strengthen her resume. She jumped into play-by-play, color commentating and sideline reporting for Rowan Athletics, as a TV broadcaster. She even broadcasted the first football game of the fall 2019 season against Widener by herself! “We usually don’t [broadcast without a partner], but we were first getting into a groove for the season and figuring out our roles. It was definitely difficult, but it was cool to have that pressure and experience to get me started,” Kayla recalls.

    Since her first year as a Prof, Kayla has expanded her athletic commentating experience to include football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, hockey and more! Broadcasting allows her to study team rosters, examine player records and statistics and interview coaches — tasks that allow her to implement the journalism skills she learns from her second major. Kayla even made Rowan Athletics history as the first female play-by-play commentator for football and basketball on TV!

    Kayla holds a microphone up for basketball coach Demetrius Poles during a sideline interview.
    Kayla interviews head coach of the Rowan Women’s Basketball Team, Demetrius Poles.

    “It’s not just about being a sports broadcaster; it’s also about making relationships with the coaches and players. You develop a gain of trust, and they want to give you good answers [to your interview questions] and tell you what’s going on as much as they can,” she says.

    “For me, [Sports CAM] is more than just being a fan. I want to keep growing my knowledge and passion about sports and see where it can take me. Now, my whole course load is sports, and how could I not love that? It’s exactly what I wanted to do.”

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    Story and photography by:
    Nicole Cier, senior writing arts major