What Happened While You Were Away?

What Happened While You Were Away?

From new colleges to research to accolades on-field and off, lots happened while you were away.

So much happened while you were away!

We launched our long-awaited medical program, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (C.M.S.R.U.), with our partner, Cooper Health System, in Camden, and Rowan received designation as the 2nd comprehensive research university in the state.

If you hadn't heard, Gov. Chris Christie in August signed the historic New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Act, which changed higher education in the state forever. It designated Rowan a research institution and called upon Rowan to forge partnerships with Rutgers-Camden and the School of Osteopathic Medicine (S.O.M.) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stratford.

With Rutgers, Rowan is building a College of Health Sciences to better serve the residents of southern New Jersey and the region. When the S.O.M. partnership is complete, Rowan will be one of just two universities in the nation to offer two medical schools – one a traditional, M.D.-granting program and the other a program in osteopathic medicine.

Building up and out

Even as the final stones were set on C.M.S.R.U., work continued all over Rowan's main Glassboro campus.

Significant projects involved growth along Rowan Boulevard, the repainting of Rowan's original water tower, renovations to the Edgewood Park apartments, and construction of the 9/11 Memorial Monument just north of Bunce Hall.

"During the school year we focus on taking care of people," said Donald Moore, Vice President of Facilities and Operations. "Summer is the time to get the big stuff done."

Moore said ongoing projects in various stages of completion include an expansion of the Team House near Coach Richard Wackar Stadium, continued renovations of the Bank Building/Annex in Camden, land preparation for the new College of Graduate and Continuing Education building and parking garage on Rowan Boulevard, renovations to Hawthorn Hall, and a new red brick sidewalk leading from the Whitney Center to the main campus.

Additionally, we've restructured some of our colleges to maximize educational and career opportunities. The restructured colleges are Communication & Creative Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Science & Mathematics.

A Research University

Official designation as a research university confirms what we've known for a long time: Rowan is committed to meaningful, scholarly work all year, every year.

Shreekanth Mandayam, Rowan's associate provost for research and executive director of the South Jersey Technology Park, said research grants to the University, calculated this summer, exceed $9.1 million for fiscal 2012, an increase of 56 percent over the previous fiscal year.

"I attribute the increase to one thing – the credibility and strength of our faculty," Dr. Mandayam said. "They're gaining national and international renown for their scholarship and Rowan's designation as a comprehensive research institution is a natural outgrowth of that."

He said the majority of research at Rowan is generally focused on four categories: sustainability and community; materials and infrastructure; health sciences and biotechnology; and computation and information technology.

And he noted that the Tech Park on Rowan's West Campus is running near capacity with 18 small businesses in its business incubator program, many of which utilize the 16 research and development laboratories on site.

All Stars, on-field and off

On May 6, Rowan honored nearly 50 student athletes as All-Americans, Academic All-Americans and special award winners at an end-of-year banquet.

Among the honorees, swimmers Max Tyburski and Larry Dow were named to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Individual Scholar All-America Team, an award presented to swimmers and divers that have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or higher and qualified for the national championships. Nationwide, only 87 Division III men received this honor.

Also of great note, midfielder Michelle Lubrano was selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America second team. Lubrano was among 48 student athletes the IWLCA honored at its All-American banquet June 16.

In addition, Rowan had 100 student-athletes named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. To be eligible, students must be at least a sophomore, compete in a conference-sponsored sport, and carry a GPA of 3.2 or better.

Softball catcher Nicolina Veneziano and baseball second baseman Brandon Winkler earned spots on the NJAC All-Academic first team and women’s lacrosse defender Shannon O’Brien and football kicker Tommy Wilczynski were second team selections. All told, 96 student-athletes received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention.

On the field, Rowan's spring teams did well too.

Rowan advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III Baseball Championship Tournament.

Infielder Kevin McMenamin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro Rookie of the Year and second baseman Brandon Winkler was chosen to the ECAC Metro All-Star Team.

In softball, the Profs made it to the final game of the NCAA Union Regional but were edged by Montclair State University, 1-0, May 13. Catcher Nicolina Veneziano was named to the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America Softball Academic All-America third team while Winkler was a member of the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America Baseball Academic All-America third team.

In track & field, the Rowan women won the NJAC Championship and finished seventh at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. As a group, the team received All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) which is awarded to teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or better. The women's track and field team posted an overall GPA of 3.13.

Individually, Jena Peacock took third place in the 3000-meter steeplechase and Melissa Lake finished eighth in the javelin for All-America at the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges in California. Peacock was chosen the Philadelphia Inquirer Track and Field Performer of the Year and to the Academic All-Area Team. She was also a member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

On the men's team, runner Taylor Purdue was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Men’s Track & Field Performer of the Year and to the Academic All-Area Team. He is a two-time national champion on Rowan’s 4x400 meter relay. Purdue was chosen to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. The men's 4x400 meter relay recorded its second straight national championship with Jayce Maxwell, Purdue, Ali Ejaz and Demetrius Rooks. In the individual events, Rooks and Ejaz earned All-America honors with second (400 meter hurdles) and fourth (200 meters) places respectively.

In soccer news, the men’s team traveled to Costa Rica August 6-14 on a trip that included four exhibition games, a walking tour of San Jose, and a visit to an orphanage for a community service project.

“The NCAA allows teams to travel overseas once every three years,” said head coach/athletic director Dan Gilmore. “Visiting Costa Rica allowed our athletes to experience soccer in a country that is passionate about the sport.”