Recent Awards for CCCA Students

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM wins three SPJ Awards

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM won three awards at the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Greater Philadelphia Chapter awards competition. “Your Health Matters” received first place in the competition’s Report/Health Science category. WGLS-FM earned second place recognition in the Radio Documentary category for “Smoking: Unfiltered,” a 30-minute documentary about the impact of nicotine addiction on college students. The segment was produced by Christina Maxwell and Philip Blandino.

Rowan’s Chapter of PRSSA Cleans Up Again at the National Conference

The national Public Relations Student Society of America held their conference this month, and announced the 2012 winners of organization awards and scholarship. Once again, the Rowan University chapter made a strong showing, scoring Outstanding Chapter Firm and Outstanding Community Service. More information about the organization and a full list of winners is available at

RTN Again a Finalist in College Broadcasters, Inc. 2012 Awards

The Rowan Television Network placed as a CBI award finalist in two categories: Best Community Involvement for “RTN’s Fifth Annual Telethon Supporting Make-A-Wish Foundation” and Best Vodcast for sketches from season two of “Socially Awkward.”  The executive producers for the 2012 telethon were Brianna Vander Horn and Dominic Trombino. “Socially Awkward” was produced by Blake Rice

Congratulations to all of our involved students for this fine work!

Public Relations Student and Faculty Member Honored at Pepperpots 2010

On Tuesday, December 7th, 2010, the Philadelphia chapter of the Public Relations Society of America honored outstanding practitioners, educators, and students in the region for their accomplishments in the area of Public Relations.  Pepperpot awards, given since the 1960s, recognize those who give their utmost to the field.

During this year’s ceremony, two members of the Rowan College of Communication were honored.  Dr. Suzanne Fitzgerald, Chair of the Public Relations and Advertising Department, received the Maxine Elkin Award for Distinguished Service.  This award is given to individuals exhibiting a passion for, and dedication to advancement of, the field of Public Relations.  Kimberly M. Ciesla, a Rowan University senior in our Public Relations program, was honored with the Anne Sceia Klein Award for Professional Promise.  This recognition is given to a member of the Public Relations Student Association of America who has demonstrated a strong commitment to success in the profession.

You can read more about the Philadelphia PRSSA chapter at and check out the history of the Pepperpot Awards, as well as videos of ceremonies at

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Fitzgerald and Ms. Ciesla for these honors!


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.