Rowan announces faculty, staff award winners

Rowan announces faculty, staff award winners

Dr. George Romeo makes a confession with a smile on his face: “I was a lousy accountant.”

Dr. George Romeo makes a confession with a smile on his face: “I was a lousy accountant.”

That doesn’t bother him, though, because if it were not for his first career in accounting, he would not have discovered his true passion in life: teaching.

At its April 7 Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony, Rowan University honored Romeo, an accounting professor in the Rohrer College of Business, with the highest teaching award given on campus: The Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, funded by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation to recognize outstanding teaching and leadership.

Romeo earned a B.S. in business administration from Rider University, an M.S. in accounting from Loyola University and a Ph.D. in business administration with a specialization in accounting from Drexel University.

Originally, he dreamed of having his own C.P.A .firm, but while working in accounting he began to teach to supplement his income. Once he joined the Rowan faculty in 1979, he quickly found teaching was a better fit for him than the business world.

“You do well what you love,” said Romeo, who has published numerous papers in various business fields.

In accepting his award, Romeo credited his family and his “three teaching heroes” at Rowan:  Prof. Larry Howe, Dr. Tom Osler and Dr. Nathan Carb. Romeo donated his $4,000 Lindback prize to the Nathan Carb Scholarship Fund.

Rowan also presented the following awards:

Joseph Barnes Award

Writing Arts Professor Dr. Don Stoll received the award in recognition of a 35-year career of stellar service to the University. The Barnes Award honors the memory of Joseph Barnes, who served the University for 23 years as a professional staff member and tenured librarian. The award recognizes a faculty member or professional staff member “who has provided consistent, extraordinary, and longstanding contributions” to the University.

During his Rowan career, Stoll has served in the University Senate, co-chaired the Middle-States Self-Study Committee, and was temporary director of General Education and interim coordinator of the Honors Program. For a decade, he served as executive director of the Educational Press Association, a professional association of education editors. He also advised VENUE, the magazine of Rowan student opinions.

“Higher education collects people who want to have an impact,” said Stoll. “It has been a great joy to serve my institution and my peers.”

Gary Hunter Excellence in Mentoring Award
Dr. Janet Moss, an associate professor in the Teacher Education Department, received the award, which acknowledges a member of the Rowan community who “goes to extraordinary lengths to mentor students in the spirit of Gary Hunter.” Hunter was a history professor for 29 years before his death.

A native of Highland Park, Ill., Moss is a former elementary and middle school teacher. At Rowan, she has served as a professional Development School liaison, coordinator of the Collaborative Education Program, and facilitator for Elementary Clinical Practice.

Nominated for the award by fellow Teacher Education Professor Donna Jorgensen, Moss said her approach to mentoring students involves four ideals: caring, modeling, nurturing, and paying it forward.

Faculty Research and Creative Activity Achievement Award

Rowan presented Dr. Hong Ling, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, with the research award that honors a full-time faculty member for outstanding achievement in research activities, either for a specific project or for a body of accumulated work. A native of China, Ling earned his B.S. in Physics at Jiaxin Teacher’s College, China; his M.S. in optics at Xian Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China; and his Ph.D. in physics at Drexel University.

Ling started at Rowan in 1992 after working at schools in China and at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and at Drexel. Broadly published on numerous physics-related topics, Ling has received funding for his research from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office. His research interests include ultra-cold atomic and molecular physics, laser cooling and trapping, quantum optics, nonlinear optics and laser physics.