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Rowan’s Economic Impact Continues to Climb

Recent growth at Rowan University – from new academic buildings to increased housing options to added programs and faculty – did more than just impact students and the campuses in Gloucester and Camden counties.

That growth, and the ripple effect from it, is bolstering the economy of Glassboro, South Jersey and the State.

A recent economic impact analysis by private research firm Econsult Solutions to update its 2015 study pegs that impact at $1.53 billion. Rowan directly supports 4,460 jobs at the University and close to 7,000 jobs indirectly in New Jersey each year, making it a major driver of economic development in the region and the State.

Commissioned by the University, the report also indicates:

  • Rowan’s statewide economic impact has increased 24 percent – from $1.23 billion – since 2015.

  • Rowan has undertaken $298 million in capital (construction) investments during the past 4.5 years.

  • Rowan students spend an additional $128 million a year throughout the State, in addition to tuition, fees, and room and board.

  • Alumni living and working in New Jersey earn about an additional $197 million annually due to the education and credentials they received from Rowan.

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Glassboro, New Jersey Teen Earns Spot at Fortnite World Cup with $30,000,000 Prize Pool

A 16-year-old high schooler from New Jersey just earned a spot at the Fortnite World Cup — a video gaming competition that boasts a $30 million prize pool.

Jared Elwood, who plays under the handle "Eclipsae" (pronounced eclipse-ay) is a junior at Glassboro High School in New Jersey. He is one of 200 top performing Fortnite players from around the world that are heading to New York for the World Cup.

The sold-out competition will take place from July 26 to July 28 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, which can seat over 23,000 people.

"I thought he was doing awesome and would make a little a bit of money, but I didn’t expect this to happen,” said Beth Elwood, Jared’s mother. "I was quite shocked.”

Just for participating in the Fortnite World Cup, Jared gets $75,000 to split with his duo partner, "Tetchra," a 16-year-old from Florida.

If the two win the competition, they could earn $3 million. "I would probably invest it,” Jared said about the prize money.

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South Jersey Technology Park hosts guests from three continents, part of BIO International

Guests came to the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University from Italy and Thailand, Germany and China, India and Australia – and more – on June 3.

About 30 people traveled via bus from Philadelphia as part of a South Jersey tour sponsored by BioNJ during the BIO International Convention being held in Philadelphia.

Jeanne Nevelos, executive director of SJTP, and Dr. Beena Sukumaran, vice president for Research, presented an overview of SJTP and of Rowan University. Afterward, the guests cycled through presentations at/by researchers in the Virtual Reality Center, the Orthopedics Research Center and ReGelTec, Inc. to learn more about work that faculty and students are conducting and about the capabilities at the facility.

John Slotman, vice president for Government Affairs for BioNJ, said, “We’re showing off that New Jersey has a vibrant life sciences ecosystem.” He added that a goal of the tour was to demonstrate the opportunities for individuals and companies to “plant roots” in New Jersey.

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Rowan University gifted $3 million to start therapy dog program

South Jersey businessman and animal lover Gerald Shreiber, president and CEO of J&J Snack Foods Corp. of Pennsauken, has committed $3 million to create an animal therapy program on the Gloucester County campus.

Shreiber’s gift, announced this week, will establish an endowment for a self-sustaining program that will make certified therapy dogs regular fixtures in several student-support efforts at the Glassboro-based university.

“It is a pleasure for me to give back to the community," Shreiber said. “I can think of nothing better than [the experience of] our young students striving for education, complemented by therapy dogs.”

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Glassboro rolls in South, Group 1, wins program's first sectional title

The 2019 edition of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 1 baseball final was a tale of two teams.

The first tale was about the Glassboro Bulldogs, and how a 13-0 victory on their home turf allowed them to secure not only their winningest season in the history of the program with 22 wins, but also their first sectional championship in team history.

The second tale was about their opponent, the Schalick Cougars, and how everything that could have possibly gone wrong for a three seed playing in a road championship game did just that.

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Eagles' Corey Clement to run free youth football camp at Rowan University

GLASSBORO - A Super Bowl champion will share his skills with elementary and middle school athletes in a free camp at Rowan University's stadium next month.  Philadelphia Eagles' running back Corey Clement announced on Instagram Friday he's "giving back to the community" where he grew up. 

His first-ever free football camp on June 8 is open to boys and girls in grades 3 to 9. The morning football camp and lunchtime cookout will be held at Rowan University's Richard Wacker Stadium, across the street from Clement's alma mater, Glassboro High School. 

"I want to see everybody out here," Clement said in a video shot on the university football field and released through his Instagram account @yeroc_. 

"Train like a pro, there will be some pro athletes out here ... we'll just have some fun."

Camp registration opens at 8 a.m. June 8 at Richard Wacker Stadium at 651 Carpenter Street in Glassboro. Clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. A cook-out sponsored by Chickie's and Pete's starts at 12:30 p.m.

For more information visit coreyclement.com/keep-up-with-corey-clement.

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Royal court treatment in Glassboro

Glassboro will have a ribbon cutting 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, for the borough’s newly revamped Owens Field basketball courts at 230 Wilmer St.

Mayor John E. Wallace III and fellow Borough Council members will preside over the ceremony for the completely rebuilt courts, spruced up with a tile surface designed to provide safety and durability, as well as “enhance the performance of athletes.” The modular court surface is custom-colored with GHS Bulldogs colors and has a 15-year warranty, compared to traditional outdoor courts which may need to be resurfaced every few years.

In addition, the parks and recreation department has renovated the bathroom facilities.

Local youth will play the inaugural basketball game followed the ribbon cutting.

“I know firsthand just how important it is for our youth to have a neighborhood basketball park where they can play and socialize,” said Mayor John Wallace. “This complete facility makeover is a great way to give basketball players a chance to be active and work on their skills by providing them with a fresh, safe and fun place to play the game.”

For more information on parks and recreation beautification projects and upcoming events, visit glassboro.org/parks.

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Think Like an Entrepreneur: Free summer academy helps high schoolers learn to turn their ideas into businesses

Applications are being accepted through Monday, June 3, for Rowan University’s third annual Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy for high school students.

During the non-residential academy presented by the Rohrer College of Business, rising high school juniors and seniors will spend eight days at Rowan learning how to conceive, develop and prototype their ideas. Students will work alongside faculty and student leaders to learn the basics of transforming an idea into a feasible, viable business.

Students completing the academy will earn three college credits, which can be used at Rowan or transferred to another university.

The academy runs Monday-Thursday, July 8-11 and 15-18 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. each day in Business Hall in Glassboro. It is presented by the Rowan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and sponsored by the TD Bank Charitable Foundation.

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Art-minded Glassboro High seniors invited to vie for scholarship

The Creative Glassboro Arts Advisory Board is offering a $1,000 scholarship to Glassboro High School Seniors who will graduate at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Glassboro High School Seniors proficient in performing arts or visual arts are encouraged to apply. The scholarship submission consists of a completed application form, two examples of the applicant’s artwork, a letter of recommendation and an artist’s statement.

“This scholarship rewards Glassboro High School students who use their art as an impact they hope to have on the world,” said Glassboro Councilman Andrew Halter. “The Glassboro Creative Arts Advisory Board Scholarship will help make paying for college easier for dedicated students who are actively pursuing their artistic career.”

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Glassboro High School Offering New Computer Science Class Funded by Amazon

Glassboro High School (GHS) will offer a new computer science class next fall that will be funded by the world's largest online retailer, Amazon. The course, Amazon Future Engineer, is a four-part "childhood-to-career" program that tries to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults to grow an interest in computer science and coding. Students do not have to be apart of GHS's STEM/BIOMED Academy to sign up for the new course.

Through funding from Amazon, the course curriculum will be provided by Edhesive. All the students in the program will be given free membership to AWS Educate, which gives students access to coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing. GHS is one of 1,000 high schools across the United States signed up for the Amazon Future Engineer program.

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‘Mary Poppins’ pops in at Glassboro High School

“Mary Poppins” will come alive on stage at Glassboro High School for three 7 p.m. shows, Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 2.

The student musical tells the story of the Banks children and their adventurous nanny, Mary, who turns daily chores into fun.

Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors and $7 for ages 7 and younger. Reservations can be made by calling 856-881-8065 or emailing ghsdramatix1@verizon.net.

GHS Drama will host a “Tea Party with Characters” from the production on Saturday, March 2, from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all ages.

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18-mile light rail in South Jersey is coming, but not for another 6 years, at least

The corridor has older, densely-populated communities, like Glassboro, Woodbury and Pitman that developed along the rail line. Colleges, medical centers and other businesses which drive the economy in the area are largely based in Philadelphia and Camden County. A rail link between there and Rowan University in Glassboro is expected to reduce vehicle traffic and spur growth.

“The federal guidelines for attracting federal funds requires several time-consuming steps,” Nash said. “Even if the state is unable to attract federal funds, the open and transparent process and careful study of environmental concerns mandated by federal requirements makes the time well spent. At the end, the line will be constructed and will operate for generations to come.”

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Rowan planetarium to host lunar eclipse viewing party

On Sunday night, guests are invited to Rowan University’s Edelman Planetarium for a viewing party to watch as the moon passes into the Earth’s shadow and turns a deep and eerie red.

Eclipse viewers may arrive no earlier than 9:15 p.m. About 9:30, the penumbral eclipse starts. The total lunar eclipse will not begin until 11:30 p.m., according to the university. Throughout the night, guests will be able to observe the eclipse through telescopes on the grounds around Science Hall. Astronomy faculty and club members will be on hand to operate the telescopes and guide visitors as they view objects in the night sky.

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Pelosi pick for Climate Crisis panel has Jersey ties: the late Joseph L. Bowe

Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Florida) is the granddaughter of the late Joseph L. Bowe, who served as mayor of Glassboro from 1959 until his death in 1967.

Bowe died of cancer at age 50, just hours before President Lyndon Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin met for a summit at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University).

Castor was less than a year old when her grandfather died.

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Glassboro students take their parents to school

Thomas E. Bowe School in Glassboro recently welcomed parents to “Take Your Parents to School Day” during American Education Week and parents returned later in the month for the Bowe PTO’s Fourth Grade Fall Festival and the school’s Title I Fall Family Night.

“This is our opportunity to showcase the programs that we have,” Principal Craig Stephenson told parents, while also pointing out, “It’s all about our kids.”

Parents were treated to breakfast sponsored by the Gloucester County and Glassboro Education Associations and sat in on classroom lessons during “Take Your Parents to School Day.”

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U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that Robins’ Nest, Inc. in Glassboro, New Jersey has been awarded a $2,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

“Every single day, at least one person in my district alone is dying from the disease of addiction, and we need to do everything we can to improve the recovery process and help those who are suffering,” said Congressman Donald Norcross, a Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic. “I’m proud to have supported this grant that will help change lives in South Jersey. With the leadership of organizations like Robins’ Nest, we will continue to work together to provide affordable housing, combat homelessness and help our neighbors, friends and loved ones who are struggling with addiction.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with SAMHSA on the development of our Recovery and Housing Program,” said Dr. Anthony DiFabio, Robins’ Nest Chief Executive Officer. “This is a much-needed care model for those who are not only battling substance abuse, but also the exacerbating life factors which may be inhibiting their recovery journey.”

“We’ve designed the Recovery and Housing Project to support recovery by addressing the many barriers that may exist, including housing, and access to care and supports,” said Melissa Fox, Robin’s Nest Chief Operating Officer. “The program was envisioned to not only support the individual, but also their family by providing a trauma-informed, therapeutic context using a wraparound service modality.”

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