Sal Paolantonio to speak at Rowan

Announcement from Rowan News

Best-selling author Sal Paolantonio, national correspondent for ESPN, will discuss his book, How Football Explains America, and his career covering the National Football League during a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1:45 p.m. in Rowan University’s Pfleeger Concert Hall in Wilson Hall.

A national correspondent for ESPN since 1995, Paolantonio’s How Football Explains America, published in 2008, was the top-selling football book in America for six straight months, according to

During his visit to Rowan, Paolantonio will discuss the book, and, also, take questions from the audience.

Paolantonio primarily covers the NFL for “SportsCenter,” “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “Monday Night Countdown” and “” Since 2004, he has hosted “NFL Matchup,” ESPN’s 30-minute Sunday morning preview show, where he appears alongside analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hodge.

He also contributes frequently to 97.5 The Fanatic, ESPN’s radio affiliate in Philadelphia, where he hosts “The Sal Pal Football Hour” on Thursday evenings during the NFL season.

The recipient of three Sports Emmy Awards, Paolantonio is a former Philadelphia Eagles beat reporter for Philadelphia Inquirer. He also spent eight years covering politics for the Inquirer.

Paolantonio’s other books include 2007’s The Paolantonio Report: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players, Teams, Coaches and Moments in NFL History (written with Reuben Frank) and 1993’s The Last Big Man in Big City America, a biography of the late Philadelphia Mayor Frank Rizzo.

In Memory of Denise Gess

Announcement: A celebration of Denise will be held on October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Westby Art Gallery. Anyone wishing to pay tribute to Denise by relating a special memory or reading from her work or your own can contact Ron Block ( or Julia Chang (

Our college lost a much loved and respected member this week.  Professor Denise Gess died at 6:30 Saturday morning, August 22.  Denise was a faculty member in the Writing Arts program, recently having been granted tenure and promotion at Rowan.  She was an amazing, vivacious, optimistic, intelligent, and talented woman, teacher, author, and colleague.  Her presence at Rowan and in our lives will be sorely missed.

In clear indication of how much she impacted the lives of those around her, several friends and colleagues have published tributes in recent days.  A tribute from her friend and fellow author, Paul Lisicky can be found here.  A wonderful and moving piece writing by Professor Julia Chang can be accessed at this location.  Information regarding a planned tribute reading at City College is also on Paul’s blog spot.

If you would like to read some of Denise’s wonderful work, see “Painting the Personal Essay,” “Not Tony and Tina,” or check out one of her books: Good Deeds, Red Whiskey Blues, and Firestorm at Peshtigo (with Bill Lutz).

Denise has clearly left her mark upon the college, her friends and family, and the literary world.  We can only wish she had longer to do so.