Distinguished Alumni & Young Alumni Award Recipients

Distinguished Alumni & Young Alumni Award Recipients

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Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2013 Shaun T (Thompson) Blokker ’01

Shaun T’s home exercise programs, especially Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs, revolutionized the industry. Shaun T charted the course of his success while still an undergraduate. After gaining 50+ pounds as a freshman, the former multi-sport athlete resumed a focus on health and fitness and was soon teaching classes at Rowan’s Student Recreation Center. The Health & Exercise Science major taught exercise classes on campus and off. After graduating, Thompson found success in the corporate world as fitness specialist and was a dancer and choreographer. After working with other exercise celebrities he created his first program, Hip Hop Abs, in 2007. The runaway hit led to others including Shaun T's Fit Kids Club, Insanity, and Insanity: The Asylum.

 

2011 Brian O’Malley ’81

The President and CEO of Domino Foods, O’Malley earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from then-Glassboro State College in 1981 and started his career with Amstar Corporation, the parent company of Domino Sugar, in 1982. After earning his M.B.A. from Rutgers University in 1991, O’Malley held a series of positions with both Domino and competitor Refined Sugars, Inc. Named president and CEO of Domino Foods, Inc., in 2001, he’s helped lead the company through a number of successful acquisitions. Among his honors, O'Malley was named to the Business 100 by Irish America Magazine from 2009 through 2011. Based in Iselin, Domino Foods, Inc. is a subsidiary of American Sugar Refining, Inc. with operations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

 

2010 Dr. Marque Allen ’91

Board certified in foot and reconstructive surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, Allen is a fellow of both the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. He is president of the Bexar County Podiatric Medical Society and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Orthopedics/Podiatry. Allen is an expert analyst in sports medicine, a consultant to the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, has lectured and instructed numerous surgical courses throughout the United States on foot and ankle surgery and sports medicine, and teaches residents and fellows in the specialties of podiatric medicine and surgery, orthopaedic surgery, family practice, physical medicine and rehabilitation. Allen’s $100,000 gift to Rowan in 2009 started a scholarship for students at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Allen earned his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at then-Glassboro State College and attended podiatry school at Temple University.

 

2007 Alyce P. Parker ’74

Founder of Alyce Parker & Associates, a Vineland-based public relations, community relations, governmental relations and business development firm, Parker from 2005-10 was Vice President of Public Affairs for Harrah’s Entertainment (now Caesar’s Entertainment) one of the world’s largest gaming and entertainment companies. While there, she directed media relations, community relations and governmental relations for Harrah’s, Showboat, Caesar’s and Bally’s casinos as well as for the Atlantic City Country Club. Parker, a political science and communication major at then-Glassboro State College, is past chair of the Rowan University Foundation Board of Directors and has been a board member since 2002. She is active with the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, the Public Relations Council of Atlantic County, and the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association.

 

2005 Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver ’62

Dean Emeritus and professor at the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Florida International University (FIU), Kopenhaver is a nationally-known authority and researcher on the first amendment and the student press. Kopenhaver developed a love of writing as a journalism major at then-Glassboro State College. In 2012 Rowan dedicated the Dr. Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for Alumni Engagement in Shpeen Hall, which the alumna funded in part with a $150,000 contribution. She has been awarded the Wells Key, the highest honor of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Gold Key of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education Award. She has also been recognized with the FIU University Distinguished University Service Medallion for being an “exemplary role model” in the industry.

 

2002 Ken Lacovara ’84

Associate Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science at Drexel University and the Director of the Paleontology and Geology Program in Drexel’s College of Arts and Sciences, Lacovara researches extinct life forms and ancient biomes. Traveling the world to unearth dinosaur and other ancient remains, Lacovara’s research has furthered mankind’s understanding of the history of life on earth. His work has involved the discovery of two new species of dinosaur—one in China and one in Egypt—and he helped discover a new genus and species in Patagonia, the largest dinosaur skeleton ever found. Lacovara’s recent projects have included excavating the remains of a 65 million-year-old New Jersey crocodile and the preserving ancient organic tissues.

 

2001 Pauline Schneider ’65

A special counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Ballard Spahr, Schneider has more than 25 years experience as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, special counsel, and disclosure counsel and has provided legal advice on billions of dollars’ worth of public finance transactions. In 1999 she received the Margaret Brent Women of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association Commission on Women and she was the first African American woman president of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Before entering private practice she served in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs/Secretary to the Cabinet during the Carter administration and as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the District of Columbia. Among many honors, she has been cited in The Best Lawyers in America, 2001-2014, and Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in the United States, 2005-2013.

 

1998 David Tarr ’65

A consultant and former lead economist with the World Bank, Tarr provides trade policy advice on a wide range of issues. The author of more than 60 refereed journal articles, he’s written or edited 14 books or monographs and over 100 other professional papers. His journal articles have appeared in such publications as Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. One of the leading experts in computable general equilibrium economic modeling, Tarr is producing a two-volume set of his publications for World Scientific Publishers. He is also writing the Trade Policy Strategic Action Plan for 2013-2017 for the 10-country Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation. Tarr has ongoing projects on trade and the environment in Russia, regional integration agreements in East and Southern Africa, WTO accession in Belarus, and trade policy options for Ukraine.

 

1994 Ric ’80 and Jean Edelman ’81

Ric and Jean Edelman founded Edelman Financial Services in 1987 and the company, now one of the largest independent investment and financial planning firms in America, has won more than 60 financial, business, community and philanthropic awards. Ric has been ranked the #1 independent financial advisor three times by Barron’s and in 2012 was named one of the 10 most influential figures in the investment advisory field. He is the author of several best-selling personal finance books and hosts The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman, a syndicated weekly radio program. Jean, author of The Other Side of Money, has served on several corporate and non-profit boards, including appointment to the Rowan University Board of Trustees in 2008. The Edelmans are benefactors of The Ric and Jean Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University and, in 2002, donated $1 million to support its success followed by funding for free children’s visits. In 1994 Ric and Jean each received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 1999 Ric received an Honorary Doctorate from Rowan.

 

Distinguished Young Alumni Award Recipients

2011 Anthony Mongeluzo ’02

President and CEO of Pro Computer Service (PCS) and pilotLight studios, Mongeluzo was the 2014 recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work developing PCS, an award-winning consulting and service firm, and pilotLight studios, which creates custom applications to support companies on the web. Mongeluzo established PCS at 22 and the company today generates more than $5 million in annual revenue and has been cited as one of the fastest growing firms in the region. His work placed him as the youngest member of 40 Under 40 winners sponsored by the NJBiz Journal in 2008. His clientele includes medical, manufacturing, legal, accounting, real estate, title, mortgage, engineering, and general service/consulting businesses.

 

2012 Caitlin E. Terry ’05

A former civil engineer for the Power Division at CB&I (formerly the Shaw Group Inc.) in Moorestown, Terry helps bring clean water to impoverished people around the world. Passionate about volunteering in developing countries, her travels have taken her to many nations including Guatemala, Tajikistan, Sudan, Nepal, Haiti, Uganda, and Panama where she has drilled wells, built pumps, constructed latrines and taught locals how to perform these tasks and maintain systems themselves. Terry’s work also involves civil site plan design for nuclear power plants including basin layout, hydrologic analysis and reports, soil erosion and sediment control.

 

2013 Adam Chazen ’08

A visual effects coordinator for the popular HBO series “Game of Thrones,” Chazen has won two Emmy Awards (2012, 2013) for “Outstanding Special Visual Effects.” Chazen, who earned his bachelor’s degree in radio/television/film from the College of Communication and Creative Arts, honed technical, networking and leadership skills with on-campus organizations such as Rowan Television Network, Student University Programmers and Cinema Workshop. Starting with a summer internship with The Onion, a satirical online news hub, Chazen launched his career with an office job on the set of “Transformers 2” and technical work on such films as “Yogi Bear,” “2012,” and “Iron Man 2.”

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