Emmy winner Chazen to accept 2013 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award
Adam Chazen may just claim his second straight Emmy Award next month.
But first, the 2008 Rowan University alumnus, who splits his home between Los Angeles and Northern Ireland, will swing by his alma mater on Sunday, Sept. 1, to accept the University’s 2013 Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.
The award, which will be presented during the President’s Welcome and Picnic on the University Green, recognizes an alum who has graduated within the past decade and who has earned distinction either by providing outstanding service to Rowan or outstanding contributions to his or her profession or community.
In many ways, Chazen, 27, has achieved distinction on all of those realms.
Last fall, Chazen, visual effects coordinator for the wildly popular HBO series “Game of Thrones,” accepted an Emmy for “Outstanding Special Visual Effects.” The series is nominated in the same category this year for the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which will be presented Sept. 15 in Los Angeles.
Chazen, who earned his bachelor’s degree in radio/television/film (RTF) from the College of Communication and Creative Arts, credits his involvement in extracurricular activities at Rowan with putting him on the path to success. He honed his technical, networking and leadership skills with on-campus organizations such as Rowan Television Network, Student University Programmers (SUP) and Cinema Workshop.
Then, he used a summer internship with The Onion, an online news hub, to land an office job on the set of “Transformers 2.” Technical work on films such as “Yogi Bear,” “2012,” and “Iron Man 2” soon followed.
Chazen, a native of Old Bridge, joined “Game of Thrones” three years ago.
In his address to the Class of 2017, many of whom are, no-doubt, fans of the “Thrones” series, Chazen wants to stress the importance of getting involved on Rowan’s campus.
“I will stress getting involved heavily in my speech,” says Chazen, who left for Los Angeles shortly after his Rowan graduation and slept for a time on a fellow Rowan RTF major’s couch. “I attribute most of my success to the different organizations I was a part of at Rowan. I learned a lot in the classroom, but was able to apply what I learned in real-world situations with campus organizations.”
The success achieved in college can translate to success in the workplace, says Chazen.
“I hope to express how you have to make your time in college count. I know that’s said over and over again, but it’s really true,” he says. “I hope to show them that if you work hard, have passion, and are an overall good person—which is most important, in my opinion—good things will happen.
“Life after college can be scary, but if you work hard enough, the reward at the end of the day is such a great payoff.”
The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award took Chazen by surprise.
“It’s such an incredible honor, especially only five years after leaving Rowan,” Chazen says. “It means a lot to be voted for this honor from my peers, professors and professional staff.”
During the President’s Welcome and Picnic, Rowan President Ali Houshmand will welcome the freshman class, while Kathy Rozanski, director of alumni relations, will present the award to Chazen.
The event will include a ceremonial passing of the University’s Torch of Knowledge from Student Government Association President Surbhi Pathak to De’Asia Davis-Grissom, a biochemistry major and member of the Class of 2017. The ceremony will end with the singing of Rowan’s Alma Mater and fight song, along with a picnic.
The President’s Welcome and Picnic highlights activities during Fall Welcome Weekend and Start Up Smart, the events that mark move-in for 1,330 new Rowan freshmen.
For a rundown of weekend activities, visit http://www.rowan.edu/studentaffairs/main_office/welcome/.