Professionals of the Month

Professionals of the Month

PROFessionals of the Month

The focus of the PROFessionals of the Month program is to recognize, on a monthly basis, exemplary Rowan employees as nominated by fellow members of the University community.

The program is for faculty, staff, or employee groups at any level across all University campuses. The monthly recipient(s), chosen by the Employee Recognition Committee, will receive a special visit by the committee’s Prof Patrol, a group of professionals dedicated to recognizing—and celebrating—outstanding work by Rowan employees.

Nominations can be submitted for individual employees, work groups or project teams. The ideal candidate will have played a major role in a recent, exceptional accomplishment, preferably in the month they have been nominated for (Examples: Completion of a high impact task or project, successful organization of an event, receipt of an award for an outstanding accomplishment, etc.).  

To nominate faculty, staff, or a team of professionals for the PROFessional(s) of the Month, send an email, in 200 words or less, explaining why your nominee(s) should be recognized to profofthemonth@rowan.edu by the end of the month. Feel free to re-submit nominations that were previously submitted!

Which Rowan professional or team of professionals has gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving the University community? Who in the past month exhibited terrific student engagement, customer service, and teamwork, exemplifying all that is terrific about Rowan professionals?  

In short, who should be Rowan’s PROFessional(s) of the Month?

 

  

October 2022

Katherine Roderique, Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine Simulation Center

Congratulations to Kathleen Roderique (center, bottom row) for being selected as the October PROFessional of the Month!

Congratulations to Kathleen Roderique in the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine Simulation Center for being selected as the PROFessional of the Month for October!

One of her Kathleen’s colleagues commented: “I started in my new role in September, and in this short period of time I have been shown so much support from everyone in my team, especially Kathy. She spends hours not only handling her responsibilities, but also going above and beyond when it comes to helping her co-workers. Even when she is home, we can always count on her (although I tell her to enjoy her time off). Kathy deserves to be recognized for her reliable dedication to her tasks and her team, ability to embrace change, demonstrate kindness, and create a welcoming atmosphere for all. All are powerful traits to have!”

Well said! Kathleen, because of your consistent team first attitude, willingness to help your colleagues, and enthusiasm for your work, we honor you as the October PROFessional of the Month. Outstanding work!

September 2022

The Freshmen Recruitment Team, The Office of Admissions

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Congratulations to (from left to right) Milan Ahye, Amanda Marcks, Jasmarie Arce, Charissa Burgos, and Sean Scott for being selected as the September PROFessionals of the Month! (Not pictured: Keith Dickens)

Congratulations to the freshmen recruitment team in the Office of Admissions for being selected as the PROFessionals of the Month for September! The team is made up of six members: Amanda Marcks, Charissa Burgos, Sean Scott, Milan Ahye, Keith Dickens, and Jasmarie Arce. The dedication and passion they brought to the table day in and day out led to the University successfully welcoming the largest freshmen undergraduate class in Rowan’s history. They spent many nights on the road recruiting, speaking with parents/students, providing outstanding customer service, and assisting with on campus recruitment events. They are the lifeblood of Rowan University, working extremely hard to make sure the campus is vibrant and full of students!

Freshmen Recruitment Team, because of your consistent enthusiasm for the students and exceptional efforts for the University as a whole, we honor you as the September PROFessionals of the Month. Outstanding work!

August 2022        

Peter Vignola and Tyler Healy (Fire Safety, Environmental Health and Safety)

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Congratulations to Peter Vignola (left) and Tyler Healy (right) for being selected as the August PROFessionals of the Month!

Congratulations to Peter Vignola and Tyler Healy from the Environmental Health and Safety Department for being selected as the PROFessionals of the Month for August! They have worked tirelessly to ensure the highest level of fire safety at Rowan University. During the past two years while dealing with the pandemic, both were on-site almost every day, maintaining fire safety systems and ensuring compliance with the state fire code. They were reliably responsive to campus concerns after hours, handling emergency situations and ensuring the safety of all of our students, staff and visitors. They do all of this with smiles on their faces and positive attitudes! We are proud to have them on the Fire Safety Team and recognize their ongoing exemplary work. 

Peter and Tyler, because of your consistent dedication to your department and exceptional efforts for the University as a whole, we honor you as the August PROFessionals of the Month. Outstanding work!

July 2022

Ronald Collins and Kyle Truitt (Environmental Services, Rowan SOM, Sewell Campus)

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Congratulations to Ronald Collins (left) and Kyle Truitt (right) for being selected as the July PROFessionals of the Month!

Congratulations to Ronald Collins and Kyle Truitt for being selected as the PROFessionals of the Month for July! Ron and Kyle played an instrumental part in preparing the Sewell campus for the arrival of the 72 medical students on July 12th. The incoming class was the first group of students on this campus, so there was a lot of preparation to be done and Ron and Kyle were key contributors to the efforts! During the weeks leading up to the new medical students’ arrival, their help and commitment to maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for the students did not go unnoticed.

Ron and Kyle never hesitate to assist with any task, no matter how big or small the task is. They take pride in everything that they do and are the true definition of team players. If you see Ron and Kyle around the building you are guaranteed to be greeted with a warm smile and a friendly hello. Many of their colleagues have stated that it is an honor to work with them on a daily basis.

Ronald and Kyle, because of your commitment and extraordinary efforts for the Sewell campus of SOM, we honor you as the July PROFessionals of the Month. Outstanding work!

June 2022

Andrea Baer, Dan Kipnis, and Ashley Lierman (Rowan Library)

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Congratulations to Andrea Baer (left), Dan Kipnis (center), and Ashley Lierman (right) for being selected as the June PROFessionals of the Month!

Rowan librarians Andrea Baer, Dan Kipnis, and Ashley Lierman have been selected as the June 2022 PROFessionals of the Month. Their support of our campus community's advanced learning about research strategies is noteworthy and impactful. Specifically, the tools they have created for students teach us ALL new and necessary information literacy skills for life. Their vision for helping us properly conduct independent research is simultaneously compelling, complex, and refreshing. These three staff members energize the entire Rowan University Libraries system with their thoughtful instructional approaches. After another excellent year of targeted work, the adoption of their learning tools and strategies across departments is worthy of recognition as a sustained, collaborative team effort.

Their work in helping us to recognize bias in the news, to find and use quality sources, and to think clearly and critically about the origins of information reminds us all that we must continually update our skills as communication technologies and the media evolve. Details of their efforts can be seen on the library webpage, in the Library Instruction Resources for Teaching Online section at https://libguides.rowan.edu/online-instruction (which includes  online self-paced research tutorials for faculty, students, and staff) and the Rowan Library Workshops section at https://libguides.rowan.edu/libraryworkshops (which lists both past and upcoming workshops and demonstrations for faculty, students, and staff).

These three experienced educators may be identified as faculty librarians, search experts, or informators, yet their shared specialization is in communicating the nuances of scholarly and public information to the rest of us. This expertise becomes increasingly more valuable each year as our university grows and the world continues to change in unusual ways. We are most grateful that our colleagues from the Rowan University Libraries are continually keeping our campus "up to date" and "in the know."

Andrea, Dan, and Ashley, because of your commitment and extraordinary efforts for so many departments, divisions, employees and students, we honor you as the June PROFessionals of the Month. Outstanding work!

May 2022

University Events

Prof of the Month May 2022

Congratulations to the University Events team for being selected as the May PROFessionals of the Month!

I would like to nominate the University Events Team for their outstanding work with Commencement this year, as well as for their consistent excellence year after year in every event they plan. They faced many obstacles this year, including not being able to host the large Commencement celebration, but have continued to work tirelessly to make the event a success for the Rowan Community. They always represent Rowan very well through their various events but for this month in particular, I think that they should absolutely be highlighted.

The University Events team manages more than 50 events annually and provides guidance and support for hundreds more throughout our institution. In fact, the team manages the review, confirmation and guidance for all events across campus.

Throughout the past two years, the University Events team members have had to frequently pivot from their normal mode of operations to find new ways to keep celebrating the University’s special moments. Each time, they’ve come up big, hosting virtual awards ceremonies for Celebrating Excellence awardees, holding smaller gatherings for the President’s Welcome celebration, leading the annual holiday party (held virtually in 2020 and in person in 2021), and even assisting the Wellness Center by managing the reservation system to book COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

Their work requires: extraordinary teamwork, both among themselves and with departments and divisions across Rowan; a love of our institution and a keen belief in the power of celebrating Rowan pride; flexibility; sense of humor; and extraordinary can-do attitudes. By all measures, University Events is a terrific team that uses its talents to help all of us feel as though we are a vital part of Rowan University.

University Events team, because of your commitment and remarkable efforts for so many departments, divisions, employees and students, we honor you as the May PROFessionals of the Month. Outstanding job!!

 

April 2022        

Brian Monahan and David Ireland (both Academic Technology, IRT, SOM)

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Congratulations to Brian Monahan (left) and David Ireland (right) for being selected as the April PROFessionals of the Month! 

Recently, Rowan SOM began a new pilot project to add transcripts and captions to lecture recordings. This project is important to help us address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, and to enable keyword searching of lecture recordings to assist students in their studying and learning. 

David Ireland and Brian Monahan were instrumental in determining system requirements, developing workflows, creating and implementing training for the individuals who are editing the transcripts, and helping to ensure that all stakeholders in the pilot project were aware of our efforts. Without them, this project would not have been possible, nor would it have been implemented as smoothly as it was. 

While David and Brian are always knowledgeable, helpful, and proactive on projects, their efforts on this initiative exceeded the already high standards we have witnessed from them.

David and Brian, because of your commitment and extraordinary efforts for so many of your colleagues, we honor you as the April PROFessionals of the Month. Outstanding job!!

March 2022

The Office of Career Advancement

Prof of the month March 2022

Congratulations to the Office of Career Advancement for being selected as the March PROFessionals of the Month!

The Office of Career Advancement worked diligently with the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering students to prepare them for the 2022 STEM Career Fair as well as organizing and running this Fair. OCA Counselors reviewed over 600 online resumes and met one-on-one with over 150 College of Engineering students. Associate and Assistant Directors along with OCA staff planned, promoted and executed a very successful and well-received on-campus Career Fair with over 70 employers and approximately 500 engineering students. Overall, employers were impressed with the Fair and even more so, with the caliber of well-prepared engineering students attending the Fair.

Office of Career Advancement, because of your dedication and exceptional efforts for so many students and colleagues, we honor you as the March PROFessionals of the Month. Great job!!

February 2022

Kelsey Hayes, Certified Medical Assistant, Family Medicine, SOM

Prof of the month February 2022

Congratulations to Kelsey Hayes (center, green shirt for St. Patrick’s day!) for being selected as the February PROFessional of the Month!

Kelsey Hayes is a Certified Medical Assistant with Rowan Medicine at the Stratford Office. Kelsey has shown a commitment to excellence and exemplary customer service, even with having to face the challenges to health care posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. On a regular basis, she presents a cheerful, professional demeanor to patients and colleagues even under stressful situations. She consistently goes above and beyond to help the team take care of patients. An example from an online patient review is illustrative: 

“I decided to get the Covid vaccine on August 2. I walked into the office and was greeted by a lovely young woman by the name of Kelsey. I explained my situation and she made an appointment for the following day. She took all of my information and was very professional. I shared with her that I was very uptight. She was not only kind and compassionate, but told me that she was certified to give me the vaccine. I highly recommend the office and the staff. Kelsey is so very compassionate and caring. There should be more people like that working in doctors’ offices.” 

Kelsey goes above and beyond to make sure each patient is comfortable and taken care of in the office. She is consistently willing to help out when needed and she always does so with a smile on her face (even through the mask)! 

Kelsey, because of your dedication and exceptional efforts for so many patients and colleagues, we honor you as the February PROFessional of the Month. Great job!!

January 2022

Amy Woodworth, Asst. Professor, Writing Arts & Jude Miller, Lecturer, Writing Arts

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Congratulations to Amy Woodworth (blue balloon/bag) and Jude Miller (red balloon/bag) for being selected as the January PROFessionals of the Month!

It’s very rewarding and meaningful when a colleague takes the time to express their appreciation for the tremendous work and effort that you have consistently put forth, and that is exactly what we have with the honorees for the January PROFessionals of the Month (see below).

With great enthusiasm, I nominate Amy Woodworth and Jude Miller as PROFs of the month. Amy is the coordinator of the First-Year Writing program at Rowan, and Jude Miller is the assistant coordinator. Amy and Jude oversee approximately 100 instructors and provide exceptional service to about 3,000 students each year. 

They place the needs of the students and instructors first, and diligently work to provide support to every individual. Amy and Jude are the most thorough and thoughtful program managers that most of us have had the pleasure of working with. Amy and Jude place community care, student care, and self-care at the core of their actions, and they both tirelessly work to support the full well-being of those they lead. Moreover, Amy and Jude are committed to increasing the equity and inclusion of the First-Year Writing program. They are leading several important initiatives to determine and implement the best practices of DEI throughout our program.

Above all of this, Amy and Jude have the special and all too rare gift of being able to inspire and celebrate their colleagues' actions and accomplishments. We are each better instructors and co-workers because we work alongside of Amy and Jude. Please seriously consider honoring two of Rowan's finest employees: Amy Woodworth and Jude Miller.

Amy and Jude, because of your dedication and outstanding efforts for so many students and colleagues, we honor you as the January PROFessionals of the Month. Great job!!

December 2021

Dr. Benjamin Carone, Asst. Professor, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences (seated)

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There are few things as rewarding for a faculty member as receiving a nomination like this for PROF of the Month from one of your students (see below).

I would like to nominate Dr. Benjamin R. Carone for Prof of the Month. Dr. Carone is a professor and researcher in the Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Dept., and is hands down the most amazing professor I have ever had. This semester was a challenge for a lot of students, including myself, considering it was the first semester back in-person after an incredibly long tenure of “Zoom-college”. Dr. Carone, however, made the transition back to in-person learning easy, comprehendible, and most importantly, enjoyable. From the first day of the semester to the last, he was upbeat, enthusiastic, and kept a positive mindset no matter what was happening in the world around us. It made going to his class something I looked forward to.

In December, he held a multitude of open office hours to help us study for our finals and responded to email questions promptly if you were unable to attend the office hours. Additionally, he made sure we all knew what was happening in our big lab report that was due at the end of the semester. He even graded exams early to make sure that anyone who was leaving campus had the chance to get them back and ask questions before they left for break.

He went out of his way to make sure he had a positive impact on his students’ mental health, including myself, and there is no amount of thanks I could give him in words for how grateful I am to have been under his instruction. All in all, I think Dr. Carone is a shining light in the sometimes-dark work that is academia, and he deserves to be recognized for his dedication and true love for teaching and inspiring students.

Dr. Carone, because of your dedication and exceptional efforts for so many students and colleagues, we honor you as the December PROFessional of the Month. Great job!!

 

November, 2021

Gabe Aquino, Wellness Ctr.

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Congratulations to Gabe Aquino for being selected as the November PROFessional of the Month!

Gabe not only has the most wonderful personal attributes – kind, empathetic, attentive, to name a few, but he is also such a supportive and hardworking coworker. Gabe is a crisis counselor in the Wellness Center, and works tirelessly for our students. He has done countless consultations with students who walk in while in a crisis during this BUSY, stressful semester without complaint, all the while making every individual feel heard and supported while in their presence. Gabe has astute clinical abilities to top it off, and deserves a gold star for his skillful efforts in managing mental health crises over these past couple of hectic months. Gabe is an all-around awesome human being and I feel so lucky to work alongside him.

Gabe, because of your dedication and exceptional efforts for so many students and employees, we honor you as the November PROFessional of the Month. Great job!!