March 2022
Vol. VIII Issue 3
Welcome to the Rohrer Review!
Fostering cross-campus creativity, Rowan launches new School of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Continuing a decades-long trend of expanding student opportunities, Rowan University launched the School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship within the Rohrer College of Business, an entity designed to further opportunities for professional startups and a cross-campus entrepreneurial mindset.

The school is the first of its kind in New Jersey and one of just a few university-based schools of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country, RCB leaders said.

Though the new school is housed in the RCB, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tony Lowman, a longtime educator, engineer and entrepreneur, said the school will help students pursue creative career paths to forge their own future, no matter their course of study.

“We created the school to bring an entrepreneurial mindset to all disciplines,” said Lowman, the University’s chief academic officer. “Rowan is building a university of the future, and doing so demands that we encourage students of all majors to think creatively and entrepreneurially.”
Gerry Sweeney '86 (center) hosted six students at Keens Steak House in New York City at a Dining With Profs event (from left): Melissa Hirst, Rocco Evangelista, Maksim Berlenbach, Caroline Adam, Alia Elbanna, and Sarah Moschini.
Dining With Profs: Students profit from priceless advice

Sarah Moschini ’22, a business management and finance major from Southampton, and other RCB students are getting an up-close look at business through a new program, “Dining With Profs.”

RCB alumni such as Gerry Sweeney ’86, president of Rain Carbon Inc.; Joseph Cosgrove ’89, CEO of Pentec Health; and Bob Palmer ’88, chief solutions officer, Wedgewood Pharmacy, have hosted meals at restaurants in New York City and Glassboro, as well as on the Rowan campus with small groups of students, sharing career stories and observations based on their years of experience.

“It was interesting to see the difference in their industries and businesses. But they all had the same basic message: get involved, follow your dreams, aspire to be what you want to be and keep trying to get there,” said Moschini, who attended two events. 

“They were open to any question that we had, whether it was about their time at Rowan or their professional lives,” said Moschini, who is president of the campus chapters of the Society for the Advancement of Management and Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

It’s a winning opportunity for students and alumni. As students connect with high-level executives, alumni enjoy engaging with the College and students.

Moschini, who has already landed a full-time position with Goldman Sachs, liked hearing how alumni climbed the career ladder to success. “Learning what they went through and the experiences they had definitely had the most impact on me,” she said.

If you would like to host a group of RCB students at a Dining With Profs event, please contact Joseph Delgado, senior director of development.
Cornerstone Bank, on behalf of the RCB Dean’s Executive Advisory Council member Gene D’Orazio, is pleased to assist with a $5,000 gift to sponsor an intern in the Rohrer College of Business Center for Professional Development.
Business Etiquette Fairs: New events supercharge students' career-search skills

Students are even more polished and poised for networking opportunities, thanks to new events sponsored by the Rohrer College of Business Center for Professional Development (RCPD) and generous donors.

The Business Etiquette Fairs, presented in the spring and fall in Business Hall, expanded on previous business dinners where students learned about proper business dining. During the Business Etiquette Fair, participants brushed up on a comprehensive range of skills as they rotated through six stations. They included a dress-for-success station, which featured the Office of Career Advancement’s career closet, where students could take home donated suit pieces; professional head shots; networking; resume reviews; 30-second pitch practice; and an interview station, where students rehearsed responses to behavior-based interviewing to showcase their transferable skills.
Dr. Robert Fleming, who has extensive emergency management experience, oversaw the development and launch of the crisis management modules in business core courses. Photo: Craig Terry
RCB pioneers crisis management modules in core courses

As we’ve learned too well, crises such as economic downturns, hurricanes and pandemics can wreak havoc across society, making ever clearer the need for crisis management in all facets of business.

This semester, RCB pioneered an innovative initiative to equip students to shepherd organizations through crisis events and situations during their careers. The College has embedded crisis management modules into 40 sections of core business courses to prepare more than 1,300 students this semester alone.

Each one-hour module consists of an introduction to crisis management, a conversation between subject matter experts that relates crisis management to the course topics, a reflection activity and an evaluation quiz. Each module uses familiar crisis situations to discuss the five essential elements of an effective crisis management process and plan: prevention, preparedness, recognition, resolution and recovery.
RCB students describe their experiences
New Rowan fund supports first-generation, underrepresented aspiring entrepreneurs

Rowan University’s new School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship has established a Startup Opportunity Fund to support first-generation and underrepresented aspiring entrepreneurs.

With financial backing in part from two private donors, the fund will especially benefit students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds with grants ranging from $500 to $2,500. Students may apply for the funding now, but starting this fall additional program resources, including professional development and mentorship, will be added.

“This new fund, launched in partnership with the Rowan Innovation Venture Fund, will provide seed money to make students seeking to start their own business more competitive,” said Dr. Eric Liguori, who heads the SIE within the Rohrer College of Business.
Upcoming Events:
The Rohrer College of Business will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration this fall. Stay tuned for more details.
Join the Rohrer Runners team for the 7th Annual Run for Rowan! You’re invited to return to Rowan University’s Glassboro campus on Saturday, April 9, or join us virtually by completing 3.1 miles in a location of your choice between April 9 and 15.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Rowan University’s First-Generation Task Force program initiative Flying First, supporting academic success for first-generation students.
Join us May 5 in Business Hall as we celebrate the William G. Rohrer College of Business Class of 2022 and welcome them as the newest members of our alumni family!

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