PROFessional of the Month

PROFessional of the Month

PROFessional of the Month

The PROFessional of the Month program has been established by the SPC to recognize, on a monthly basis, exemplary Rowan faculty and staff as nominated by fellow members of the University community.

The program is for faculty and staff at any level across all University campuses. The monthly recipient, chosen by the Strategic Planning Council’s Employee Recognition Committee, will receive a special visit by the committee’s Prof Patrol, a merry band of professionals dedicated to recognizing—and celebrating—outstanding work by Rowan employees. Nominations are solicited each month via Rowan Daily Mail.

 

July 2018: Anna Frisone, Administrative Assistant, College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Congratulations to Anna Frisone, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for July!

In the bustling Department of Law & Justice Studies, Anna Frisone is the anchor, her colleagues say. That’s saying something considering that the department--the largest in CHSS and one of the largest at Rowan--boasts 900 majors, 17 faculty, and three professional advisers.

To better serve students, Anna devised a sophisticated check-in system for advising appointments, one that was replicated by other University departments. She created a similar system to accommodate appointments for students applying for internships, a colleague says.

“Anna’s strategies and assistance have helped us serve students more efficiently,” a colleague says. “She is valued in a way that makes her critical to the department.”

Adds another: “Her warm demeanor and full understanding of the department make her a go-to person. We have experienced significant growth over the last few years. Her work remains exemplary.”

Congratulations, Anna. Thank you for all that you do for Rowan University!

Anna Frisone - July 2018 PROFessional of the Month

 

June 2018: Nadia Rahin, Professional Adviser, College of Education

Congratulations to Nadia Rahin, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for June!

Professional, proactive and positive, Nadia Rahin always keeps students’ needs at the forefront of her work, her colleagues in the College of Education say.

“Nadia continually ensures that students in our education program get the resources they need to be successful,” a colleague says. “She has the largest caseload of advisers in the college and has extensive knowledge of degree requirements and of students’ diverse needs.”

Nadia, the colleague adds, “has taken initiative and has served as a leader in the College during a time of significant transition for our program and students. She does whatever she can to help students when they have an issue. We are fortunate to have her as a colleague.”

Thank you, Nadia, for all that you do. Congratulations!

Nadia Rahin - June 2018 PROFessional of the Month

 

May 2018: Rory Grossman, User Experience Designer, Office of Strategic Planning and Enrollment

Congratulations to Rory Grossman, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for May!

Hard-working, compassionate and exceptionally talented, Rory brings a can-do attitude to his work that’s infectious, his colleagues say.

“He is a significant asset to our organization. He is open to new ideas and encourages innovative approaches,” a colleague says. “Rory is committed to doing what it takes to get the job done right even when confronted with what seems to be impossible deadlines.”

Colleagues add that Rory always is the first to volunteer on a divisional or University-wide project and has contributed exceptionally to the University’s ADA and Media Accessibility Committee. 

Kudos to you, Rory, and thank you for all that you do!

May 2018 PROFessional of the Month - Rory Grossman

 

April 2018  (Individual award): Dawn Green, Receptionist, Rowan Global

Congratulations to Dawn Green, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for April!

Helpful, upbeat and dedicated to serving students, Dawn “goes above and beyond to serve all students and customers she comes in contact with,” says a colleague.

“She is always pleasant, greeting everyone she meets with a smile and a willingness to help,” the colleague adds, noting that Dawn willingly goes the extra mile to provide extraordinary customer service.

Thank you, Dawn, for all that you do!

 Dawn Green April PROFessional of the Month

 

April 2018 (Team award): Christina Simmons, Dan Dantinne and Brenda Harkins, Department of Psychology

Congratulations to Christina Simmons, Dan Dantinne, Brenda Harkins, Rowan University’s PROFessionals of the Month for April!

Christina, Dan and Brenda are exceptionally supportive of students—and student-led initiatives such as club meetings and fund raisers—within the Department of Psychology, their student nominator says. Christina is an assistant professor. Dan is assistant to the department chair and Brenda is secretary to the department. The trio is the first team recognized as PROFessionals of the Month by the selection committee.

“All of them have impacted my life as a student in a positive way and made my University experience a better one,” the student nominator says, praising Christina for being a strong role model, Dan for his support of student club fundraisers, and Brenda for her extraordinary service to students.

You make us #RowanPROUD, Christina, Dan and Brenda. Thank you!

April Team Psychology PROFessional of the Month

 

March 2018: Marianne McCulley, Administrative Assistant, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Congratulations to Marianne McCulley, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for March!

With more than four decades of service to the University, Marianne stands out for her wealth of knowledge, her student-centeredness, her resourcefulness, her problem solving skills, and her cheerful attitude, her colleagues say.

“Marianne exceeds expectations in serving our department and our students,” a colleague says.

As an administrative assistant and office manager, she demonstrates superb communication skills and remains in contact with each and every member of our department. She is constantly dealing with all members to keep us up-to-date on what the department needs to comply with so that everything runs smoothly.”

Thank you, Marianne, for everything you do.

 March 2018 PROF of the Month Marianne McCulley

 

February 2018: Ryan Barrett, Multimedia Specialist, Rowan Athletics

Congratulations to Ryan Barrett, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for February!

With creativity, positive energy and a caring attitude, Ryan promotes Rowan’s athletic teams through video and social media. Through his work, the Profs’ social media accounts are among the best in the nation in Division III. The Rowan Athletics Instagram and Twitter accounts are ranked first in the New Jersey Athletic Conference and also are ranked nationally, as is the Profs’ Facebook presence. Ryan has worked diligently to ensure that every sports team at Rowan has its own engaging—and fun—social media presence, according to his colleagues.

Ryan can be found at practices and games as he works to support the athletic programs in a way that unites students, faculty/staff, alumni and community members, his co-workers say.

“I have no doubt that Ryan’s commitment to his craft and to the student-athletes makes their experience at Rowan that much better,” a colleague says. “He truly cares about Rowan athletics and the University as a whole. He will go above and beyond in everything he does to ensure the institution is seen in a positive light.”

Thank you, Ryan, for all that you do!

 Ryan Barrett PROFessional of the month Feb 2018

 

January 2018: Jim Hassett, Facilities, Rowan University Camden Academic Building

Congratulations to Jim Hassett, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for January!

Every day, Jim works to make sure that the historic Camden Academic Building is in tip top shape. And he does so with a great, can-do attitude and exceptional Rowan pride, his colleagues say.

Jim is responsible for cleaning and maintaining all five floors of the building, which houses Rowan Global, academic classes and pre-college programs that bring middle school and high school students to campus on a regular basis.

“I am always impressed with Jim’s workmanship, his extra care, dedication, responsible and respectful attitude toward all, and his meticulous performance,” a colleague says.

Adds another: “He is a Rowan treasure.”

Thank you, Jim, for all that you do!

Jim Hassett PROFessional of the Month January 2018 

 

December 2017: Betty-Jo Sorbello, Secretary, Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education, College of Education

Congratulations to Betty-Jo Sorbello, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for December!

A Rowan employee for two decades, Betty-Jo performs her work in the College of Education with a helpful attitude and an exceedingly kind demeanor. Organized and thorough, she adeptly assists everyone in her department…from faculty to adjuncts to professional staff to students, a colleague says.

“She can help with just about everything and, if not, she knows who can,” a colleague says. “She is a great asset to the College of Education.”

Thank you, Betty-Jo, for all that you do!

 Betty-Jo Sorbello PROFessional of the Month December 2017

 

November 2017: June Ragone, Operations Research Analyst, IRT-Analytics, Systems & Applications

Congratulations to June Ragone, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for November!

June worked with the Student Hunger on Campus (SHOC) Research Team to design and deliver a survey on food insecurity on campus to the entire population of Rowan undergraduate students. Her diligent work, exceptional attention to detail, advisement, reliability and timeliness resulted in a survey that gave the SHOC team valuable insights into the issue of student hunger on campus.

“June is the consummate professional, always willing to help her fellow colleagues,” a colleague says.

Adds another: “Not only did her expertise and collegiality elevate the quality of our work, it will, most importantly, serve those Rowan University students who need it most. We are extremely grateful for her hard work.”

Thank you, June, for all that you do!

June Ragone PROFessional of the Month November 2017

 

October 2017: Rita Piccioni, Director of Accounting, Accounting Services

Congratulations to Rita Piccioni, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for October!

Even with several key departures in the accounting department, Rita Piccioni and her staff have continued to provide excellent service and support to the University’s external auditors to ensure that Rowan’s annual financial statement audits were completed and delivered on time to the State of New Jersey, a colleague notes. “Through the experience, opportunities to improve the year-end process were identified and implemented.  Rita also continually assists as a team player always willing to lend a helping hand when it is needed,” her colleague says.

Thank you, Rita, for all that you do!

Rita Piccioni PROFessional of the Month October 2017

 

September 2017: Lynne Yarnell, Assistant Manager of Marketing, Rowan SOM

Congratulations to Lynne Yarnell, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for September!

Over the past 18 months, Lynne has been instrumental in a transformation of Rowan SOM Marketing that doubled the department’s productivigy and greatly increased access to marketing opportunities for SOM departments and student organizations. “Lynne’s creativity and experience also has breathed new life into the marketing of Rowan Medicine,” says a colleague. Furthermore, Yarnell oversees “a robust social media outreach” that has more than tripled Rowan Medicine’s Facebook followers this year, her colleague adds.

Thank you, Lynne, for all that you do!

Lynne Yarnell PROFessional of the Month September 2017 

 

August 2017: Amy Barraclough, Director, Edelman Planetarium

Congratulations to Amy Barraclough, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for August!

As director of the Edelman Planetarium, Amy organized, hosted and worked to publicize the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on campus on August 21. More than 10,000 people crowded onto campus to view the eclipse. “Amy did an excellent job ensuring there were activities for all, creating a wonderful community event for the South Jersey region,” a colleague says. “She created a team of volunteers and worked with public safety and Rowan EMS to ensure the event was a safe and successful one.”

Thank you, Amy, for all that you do!

Amy Baraclough PROFessional of the Month August 2017 and members of CSM

 

July 2017: Clarissa Shoemaker, Administrative Assistant, Faculty Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Congratulations to Clarissa Shoemaker, Rowan University’s PROFessional of the Month for July!

In her work with the Faculty Center, Clarissa stands out or her diligence, attention, to detail—and her ever-positive attitude, her colleagues say. “In our quiet office in James Hall, you can find Clarissa always working ahead of schedule for our big projects, while, at the same time, managing the day-to-day tasks with efficiency and ease,” a colleague says. “She also volunteers her time to assist with other events across campus, such as Commencement. And she does all of this with a happy face. She is committed to Rowan and takes pride in her work.”

Thank you, Clarissa, for all that you do!

July 2017 PROFessional of the Month Clarissa Shoemaker with her team