Alumnus Donates $5,000 to Rowan University?s English Department

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Glassboro ? Rowan alumnus and SMS business owner Robert Norton has donated $5,000 to the English department at Rowan University. The grant and possible subsequent grants will allow the English depart

The money will be used to bring two well-known poets to the University in 2002.

Glassboro ? Rowan alumnus and SMS business owner Robert Norton has donated $5,000 to the English department at Rowan University. The grant and possible subsequent grants will allow the English department to invite poets such as New Jersey?s first Poet Laureate Gerald Stern, scheduled to visit the University on February 20, to lecture to students.

A Landisville resident, Norton said he donated the funds to help address the lack of public attention those who work to support the English language receive. <+>Our language is at once the most precise and important tool at work in the world today,<+> he said. <+>Many problems brought about by misunderstandings and poor communications attest to the necessity of using more precise speech, but few, beyond those who teach and write, are doing much to reward efforts to improve the language. As a 1960 graduate of what is now Rowan University, I am pleased to do a part, however small, in helping to enhance the appreciation of the English language at Rowan.<+>

While large gifts from corporate donors garner the most attention, Executive Director of the Rowan University Foundation Philip Tumminia stated that gifts from alumni are equally important. <+>When alumni donate money to their alma mater, they?re basically saying that they value the education they received at that institution,<+> said Tumminia. <+> Bob Norton?s gift reinforces the efforts put forth by the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and, more specifically, the English department.<+>

In addition to Stern?s appearance in February, the University will welcome Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States on November 6, 2002. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

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