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 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?




April, 2022        

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

 Professional of the Month April

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

Prof of the month Jan 2022

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)

Prof of the month december 2021

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!!


October, 2021        

The Student Center and Campus Activities team


Congratulations to the Student Center and Campus Activities team for being selected as the October PROFessionals of the Month!

Recently, while attempting to cross busy Route 322 near the Chamberlain Student Center, a student riding a bicycle collided with a car. The student was  thrown from his bicycle. 

A member of the Student Center & Campus Activities team saw the accident from her office window and immediately called for Joe Lizza, Director of the Chamberlain Student Center and Campus Activities. Lizza, a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Hammonton, and Lauren Kuski, Associate Director of SCCA, immediately ran outside and attended to the student, keeping him calm and safe until police and EMTs arrived. Lizza and Kuski had to deal not only with foot traffic but, also, cars on Route 322. They acted with true professionalism, care and kindness while tending to the student’s needs. 

Additionally, this wasn’t the first time this semester Lizza’s lifesaving skills were required to help a student. During a staff training for SCCA student workers, a student began choking on some food. Lizza applied the Heimlich maneuver and helped dislodge the food from the student’s airway. 

Through their work, these SCCA professionals always demonstrate extraordinary commitment to our students. But this month, they kicked that service up a notch, going above and beyond their usual duties to assist a student in genuine distress. 

In addition to the great work by Joe Lizza and Lauren Kuski, the entire SCCA team deserves accolades for its commitment to our students. Their work—and they work exceedingly hard – contributes magnificently to the lifeblood of our institution and has a direct, positive impact on the lives of our students. 

Whether it’s producing extraordinary late-night programming for students, keeping the Chamberlain Student Center (likely the most busy building on campus) humming, managing both student events or high profile university-level events, or hosting vaccination and early voting sites, the team has a true can-do attitude. Their teamwork and professionalism make our university shine at every turn. 

A case in point: Recently, Rowan hosted Homecoming, which was co-chaired by Melissa Ulmer and two of her graduate students. The team produced six straight days of student events (including the very labor intensive Lip Sync Competition) and culminated with the Homecoming tailgate. Ulmer and her graduate students made Homecoming a tremendous week for students and alumni. Their commitment to (and love of) Rowan is just extraordinary.

 The SCCA team includes:

  • Joe Lizza (SCCA Director)
  • Lauren Kuski (Associate Director, Programing and Administrative Operations)
  • Melissa Ulmer (Assistant Director, Marketing and Student Programs)
  • Matt Hird (Assistant Director, Event and Information Services)
  • Jay Patel (Assistant Director, Rowan After Hours and Student Recognition)
  • Dan Hartman (Assistant Director, Building Operations)
  • Susan Chard and Ruth Bappert (Administrative Assistants)
  • Their graduate student team 

Because of your dedication and outstanding efforts for students and the University as a whole, we honor you as the October PROFessionals of the Month. Great job!!


September, 2021

Heather Glenn, Department of Psychiatry, SOM

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Congratulations to Heather Glenn for being selected as the September PROFessional of the Month!

I am thrilled to nominate our department’s Education Coordinator, Heather Glenn, for PROfessional of the Month. In my opinion, there is no one more deserving of this honor. 

Heather is responsible for managing the educational outflow from our department, which includes the first year Brain and Behavior and second-year Human Sexuality blocks, the third-year psychiatry clerkship, which requires coordination with over ten hub sites, and the psychiatry residency, which has a full complement of 16 residents for the first time. 

She is available 24/7, never failing to respond in less than 20 minutes. She provides support, guidance, and reassurance to our students and residents, always making them feel better or rooting their comments in reality. She is looked to as a dependable, responsible, and skilled colleague. She never misses a deadline, of which she has MANY, and she is always prepared. She is tech savvy, smart, flexible, and remains cool under pressure. I look to her every day to reflect and discuss ideas, and her opinions are highly valued and influential on our department’s mission and initiatives.​ 

Because of your dedication and outstanding efforts for your department and the University as a whole, we honor you as the September PROFessional of the Month. Great job!!

August, 2021

The Campus Recreation Team
 POM August 2021

Congratulations to the Campus Recreation Team for being selected as the August PROFessionals of the Month!

The Campus Recreation team was tasked with the challenge of kicking off the Strategic Planning Summit by facilitating some teambuilding/icebreaker activities on August 9th. The Campus Recreation team was able to collaborate with University Events, the Student Center, and the Campus Activities team to successfully plan the program and make it a valuable component to start the summit. The Campus Recreation department staff led multiple activities starting with a Rock, Paper, Scissors competition, then a Cooperative Maze Challenge, and finally, an activity of Object Reconstruction. The facilitators provided guidance for the activities, debriefed on the purpose and outcomes of the exercise, and provided prizes to the fastest teams in the maze or best replicated structure. The staff excelled in leading the Rowan University leadership team with confidence and they appreciated the level of energy and participation of the individual attendees. 

 Here are the facilitating team members:

Kevin George – Director of Campus Recreation

Andrew Havrisko – Assistant Director of Intramural Sports & Special Events

Alexis Gross - Graduate Coordinator of Facilities

Emily Ohlson - Graduate Coordinator of Sport Clubs & Student Development

Julie Mengle - Graduate Coordinator of Fitness/Wellness

I-Yun Lee – Graduate Coordinator of Marketing

Val Russo – Graduate Coordinator of Member Services

Nyindu Kabangu - Graduate Coordinator of Intramural Sports & Special Events 

Because of your dedication and outstanding efforts for your department and the University as a whole, we honor you as the August PROFessionals of the Month. Great job!!

July, 2021

Sahana Varadaraju, Information Resources & Technology

Prof of the month July 2021

Congratulations to Sahana Varadaraju (certificate in hand) for being selected as the July PROFessional of the Month! 

Sahana is an absolute star of Information Resources & Technology (IRT) and Rowan University as a whole! She has helped multiple departments with streamlining their manual processes towards automation, including taking days-long pandemic-related class coding issues and reducing it to a user-submitted job that runs in ten minutes. But not only is she amazingly skilled, she’s also a wonderful colleague – she’s worked WITH us on so many problems, collaborating to make the best outcome. She listens to our needs, our ideas and suggestions, and really works to incorporate them to help make the best overall product. 

As if all that wasn’t enough, she is one of the main reasons behind this recently posted Daily Mail article: 

University Scheduling Automation Success 

The 300 hours of staff time saved? She played a big part in that endeavor! 

I can’t think of someone more deserving to be honored for the PROF of the Month. She is kind, competent, collaborative, effective, efficient, and all around awesome. 

Sahana, because of your dedication and outstanding efforts for so many employees and University departments and divisions, we honor you as the July PROFessional of the Month. Great job!!

June, 2021

Courtney Cifaloglio, The Office of Human Resources

POM June 2021

Congratulations to Courtney Cifaloglio (2nd from left) from the Office of Human Resources for being selected as the June PROFessional of the Month!

Courtney Cifaloglio began her career at Rowan University as a member of the Human Resources team in 2015. Throughout her time here, Courtney has consistently delivered outstanding customer service. She is very knowledgeable about so many topics and, like many, has had to work under tremendous pressure with the impact of COVID. Despite the pressure, Courtney reliably answers questions promptly and never gives you a short answer. Instead, she takes the time to provide specific details as it may impact or apply to your unique situation. 

Knowing that Rowan employees have Courtney as such a dependable resource is a tremendous asset to this University. She is undoubtedly worthy of being honored as a PROFessional of the Month!