Inverted Normals

Rowan University Art Gallery presents

November 10 – December 20, 2014
Artists’ talk and reception
Thursday, November 13, 5 – 7 pm

Inverted Normals is a group exhibition of artworks that provide access points
to different ways of understanding relationships between digital and physical
spaces. The works have been created with a wide range of digital fabrication
techniques and different forms of interactive mobile applications.

José Carlos Casado
Channel TWo: Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge
Mark Dorf
Christopher Manzione
Alex Myers and Daniel Rourke
Benjamin Phelan
Michael Rees
Jeff Thompson

Guest Curator: Christopher Manzione

Spanish-born artist Casado’s work investigates the blurred line between real
and unreal, and the role technology plays in influencing the images we see
every day. He uses 3D technologies to invent a new reality, creating scenarios
that could not be possible. Channel TWo (CH2), a collaborative effort by
Jessica Westbrook and Adam Trowbridge, is an award-winning new media
art and design studio loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification.
CH2 is focused on mixed up reality, media production, design, development,
and distribution. Dorf explores ways in which we have become dependent on
technology to help navigate through every day and how it affects our perception
of the world through digital photography, collage, 3D rendering, and 3D scanning

Manzione’s work exists in both virtual and physical worlds as he investigates
the conversation that happens between these two spaces. He is founder and
director of the Virtual Public Art Project, which uses mobile augmented reality
to produce original artist works in public space. Myers and Rourke create
artworks that question the conditions of appearance of an image in the context
of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations and ideas
normally function. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way,
he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying
emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different

Phelan produces inverted monuments; fragile sculptures oriented toward a
future of endless personal generation and consumption. Confusing vision with
form, encouraged by digital and thermal tools, Phelan retraces mineral,
vegetable, and optical cycles into the topology of computer modeling and
semisolid functional air (Styrofoam). Michael Rees is an artist working in themes
of figuration, language, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural mélange.
He has endeavored to develop semiotic experiences that stimulate multiple
narratives as users construct the image of the work through their interaction
and use of the sculpture. Thompson’s work is centered on the idea of data as
text and artistic material, which can be read, parsed, and critiqued like a novel
and formed like clay.

Admission to the gallery, lecture and reception is free and open to the public.
Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on
Wednesdays to 7 pm); and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm.

Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ. Directions can be found on the gallery or university websites. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit

This program is made possible in part with funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Rowan University’s 89th Commencement Ceremony

Greetings Rowan University community! As we near the end of yet another successful school year, we are faced with goodbyes to our graduating senior class. This year’s 89th commencement ceremony has brought a lot of big changes for our campus and we want to insure that all of our students, faculty and staff are up-to-date on commencement information.

Please review the following information:

  • Graduate Commencement- Thursday, May 15th, 10 a.m.
  • Undergraduate Commencement- Friday, May 16th, 10 a.m.
  • Main ceremony location- Coach Richard Wackar Stadium*
  • CCCA secondary location- Esbjornson Gymnasium, 12 p.m.

*The main ceremony now requires tickets for entry. 

Ticket Information:

  • Students are allowed to reserve three (3) tickets to the main and secondary ceremonies.
  • Tickets can be reserved at
  • All tickets, for main and secondary ceremonies, must be reserved by Thursday, May 8th.
  • Once you reserve your tickets you will need to print them out. If you are not able to print them out when you reserve them, you will still be able to later (they will be on your account via the ticket reservation website).
  • Special needs tickets count towards ticket total for the main and/or secondary ceremonies.

If you need additional tickets, you may enter the online ticket pool on May 9th (no guarantees). 

Cap and Gown Information:

  • Caps, gowns and honors cords can be purchased on the second floor at Barnes and Noble at Rowan University, located on Rowan Boulevard. They will be available for purchase until May 14th.

You can find additional commencement information. including: locations for other secondary ceremonies, rain ceremonies and footwear requirements at 

Student Spotlight: Waldy Diez

Waldy Diez. This photo is courtesy of Waldy Diez.

Waldy Diez. This photo is courtesy of Waldy Diez.


If you have ever tuned into Rowan Radio-WGLS at 7:00 a.m. for The Early Bird Special, then you’ve heard the energetic yet inviting voice of Waldy Diez.  As the host of the morning show and student station manager, Waldy has her hands full, but you would never know with the smile she keeps on her face. In addition to her leadership position at Rowan Radio, Waldy has a host of other jobs and responsibilities, including writing for The Whit and being the social media coordinator for news outlet, SNJ Today. It’s safe to say that Waldy is a ‘Jill of all Trades’.

Waldy, originally from Hammonton, NJ,  is a December 2013 graduate of Rowan University. She was a journalism major with a double minor in Spanish and international studies. Her decision to go into journalism spawned from her love of writing, particularly research papers and book reports, and her undying curiosity about everything around her. “As I got older, my passion for writing grew with the assignments I received throughout school,” Waldy said. It was that passion, paired with her desire to share her craft with others, that led her to journalism. She wasted little time in shaping her future; Waldy met often with her advisor, journalism professor Mark Berkey-Gerard, about her career aspirations before she even began taking classes at Rowan. “Waldy is ambitious and hardworking,” said professor Berkey-Gerard. “Rarely do I encounter a student who is focused at that early stage in their education.”

As a student, Waldy took advantage of every opportunity she could to improve her journalistic skills. She began writing for The Whit, Rowan University’s student newspaper, as a freshman, reporting on a variety of stories happening on and around Rowan’s campus. As a writer for The Whit, she started a weekly column, “Commuter Crossings”, which offers helpful tips and advice for commuter students at Rowan. As a commuter student herself, Waldy knew her column would be useful for those who share similar experiences. In addition to her work at The Whit, Waldy also had the opportunity to intern at the Courier-Post, where she worked on a range of stories from hard news to features. While working on her journalistic writing skills, Waldy sparked her interest for radio broadcast journalism.

During The Whit‘s summer hiatus, Waldy decided to take her talents to Rowan Radio-WGLS. She began volunteering there during the summer, after completing her freshman year. She started with filling in shows when a host would call out or taking opportunities for small spots on different shows throughout the day. After that summer, Waldy began working regularly at the radio station and quickly made a name for herself. Her hard work during the summer did not go unnoticed; she became the news director at the station that following fall semester. “[Waldy] gained the respect of her peers because of her ability to develop the news department and display an admirable work ethic,” said Derek Jones, Interim Station Manager at Rowan Radio.  She held the position of news director for two years before she was elected student station manager. “I live at the radio station,” said Waldy. “If you ever want to find me, that’s where I am.”

Though she has accomplished many things throughout her college career, Waldy does not allow herself to relish in those accomplishments alone. She began applying for graduate school programs to further her journalism education. She applied to Columbia University and Syracuse University. While some people may shy away from applying to such prestigious universities, Waldy embraced the opportunity. “I thought, ‘If I get in, great and if I don’t, great,'” she says.  “But it never hurts to try.” Waldy was accepted into both schools, to no surprise of those who know her and her work ethic. “She isn’t intimidated,” says professor Berkey-Gerard. “If she doesn’t get an opportunity…she just looks for the next one.”

After her commencement ceremony in May, Waldy plans to continue her education as an instructional associate and full-time student at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She will be working towards her masters degree in broadcast & digital journalism. “I just can’t sit still,” Waldy said. “I have so much to share with the world and I’m just getting started.”

As she moves forward in her journey, Waldy says she will always remember what the faculty, staff and students of the College of Communication & Creative Arts have taught her. “I tell everybody that this was the best decision I have ever made in my life,” Waldy said. “I would not be who I am today without everything I have learned at Rowan and as a student in the College of Communication & Creative Arts.”

All of Waldy’s work can be found on her personal website,