Downbeach Film Festival Winners

Prof. Ned Eckhardt (left) and actor Chris Mulkey (center) congratulate Mike Licysin (right) for his Best Director Award

Last weekend, the Downbeach Film Festival was held in Atlantic City.  This three-day festival promotes the work of regional filmmakers and actors, as well as independent films from around the county.  Awards are given in categories such as short drama, short comedy, feature, documentary, and acting.  This year, 3 Rowan alums were honored for their work during the festival.  Mike Licysin (2006 graduate) was awarded Best Director for his feature film, No Footing.  Melissa Nini and Dana Frack (2010) were both honored in the Best Short Documentary category for their respective films, Rattle and Roll and Bucket Fish. The documentaries were produced in Prof. Diana Nicolae’s Documentary Production class.

You can learn more about the Downbeach Film Festival at their website

PRSSA Cleans Up at the National Convention – Again

Once again, Rowan’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America has outdone itself in achievement at the national level.  During the national conference in Washington, DC this past weekend, Rowan’s chapter was awarded Outstanding Firm in the Nation and Best Tactic in the Nation.   These awards further cement Rowan PRSSA’s status as the “winningest” chapter in the nation.  Congratulations to all the members, past and current presidents Kim Ciesla and Jeff Miele, and their advisors Professors Tony Fulginiti,  Tracie Babb, and Suzanne FitzGerald!

At the conference, Rebecca Cicione was also awarded the Lawrence G. Foster Award, recognizing “an undergraduate student who has demonstrated an understanding and commitment to achieving excellence as a future public relations professional.”  Congratulations, Rebecca!

Rowan’s PRSSA chapter not only achieved awards, but also presented them, recognizing four universities with a NODAC award for organ donor awareness campaigns.  You can read more about the NODAC program on the Rowan PRSSA website at

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Public Relations program officially received its CEPR (Certified in Education for Public Relations) re-certification at this event.  This re-certification establishes the department, for the next six years, as one of only a handful of PR programs in the country to be so designated.  Congratulations to all of the faculty and staff of the PR program for their hard work in this achievement.

Please join me in congratulating the students, faculty, and staff of the Rowan Public Relations program for these impressive achievements.

Another Honor for Writing Arts

Dr. Don Stoll has been awarded the Bernard P. Ireland Award from the Middle States Regional Assembly of the College Board.  This award is given to someone who exemplifies the characteristics of serving students in the transition from high school to college, being a change agent in his/her community, providing service to the College Board, showing strong personal characteristics, and having a commitment to education.

Congratulations to Dr. Stoll on this award!