A Goodbye..

Posted December 17, 2009 by val310
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Well, my online journalism class has come to an end, and so must my blog.. for now.. I learned a lot while researching and writing for this blog, and I hope you were able to use some of the information to your benefit.

Remember, everything, no matter how large or small, helps. So step out of your comfort zone or cancel plans for a day and give back to those who may not be as fortunate as you.

I appreciate those who read and kept up with my blog. I hope you learned a lot and have plans to help out in the future! Have a safe and happy holidays!

Thanks again!


Holiday Spirit for one and ALL

Posted December 15, 2009 by val310
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On Friday, December 11th, the Rowan Rec Center hosted a holiday event for children in the HomeFront organization. HomeFront is an non-profit agency serving the poor and homeless in Princeton, Lawrenceville, Ewing, and Trenton. 23 children attended the event, ranging from ages 5-16. The children, along with their leader, Chris, arrived on a bus, full of anticipation. Several activities were set up for the kids, including basketball, swimming, cookie decorating, dancing, ornament making, and pin the nose on Rudolph. Towards the end, Santa made a surprise appearance, allowing each child to sit on his lap as he gave them a small toy. The children were then given their own Christmas gifts. For the volunteers, the looks on the kids’ faces and the sense of holiday spirit filling the room was what made the event worthwhile.

Below is a photo slideshow and sound clips from the event. For privacy reasons, the kids’ names have not been included.

HomeFront Event, December 11, 2009

To hear sound clips, click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser.

Audio Clip 1, Volunteer, Vikki Artache

Audio Clip 2, Volunteer, Jessica Fahy

Audio Clip 3, Child

Audio Clip 4, Child

Audio Clip 5, Child

Audio Clip 6, Child

What does volunteerism mean to you?

Posted December 14, 2009 by val310
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Around the holiday season, people are more inclined to volunteer their time to those less fortunate. So I decided to ask a bunch of people around Rowan‘s campus what they thought volunteerism means, or what volunteering actually means to them. Here’s what they said…

“Taking time out of your life to help someone else.”

-Marisa Schleimer, senior

“Putting the needs of others first, for a cause or something you believe in.”

Nicole Paterno, senior

“Volunteering means the act of giving back and providing help where it is truly needed.”

Steve Rue, junior

“For karma. If I do good things, good things will come back to me.”

-Katie Fitzpatrick, senior

Doing something good for someone else around the community for the benefit of others with no personal gain.”

-Brielle Wilber, senior

“It means putting in time and help without being told to do so. Also, it is helping certain people or a cause by your own motivation.”

Carly Buccino, freshman

“Volunteerism means to give up your time to help people without being forced.”

Kyle Mongelluzzo, senior


Rowan Gets Involved…

Posted December 14, 2009 by val310
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In November, Rowan held an event called the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Cause. The event was co-sponsored by the Health and Exercise Science club and the Rowan Recreation Center. Led by Lauren Blose, a senior Health and Exercise Science major, the event took place at Rowan and all proceeds were donated to “Autism Speaks“. What is Autism Speaks? Here is a blurb from their website… 

“Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.” 

Below is an interview I had with Lauren Blose about the event and her involvement. Enjoy! 


1. Where was the event?

The start and finish line of the course was right outside of the intramural field fence (on the Rec/soccer field side) 

2. What club did you do it through? 

The Health and Exercise Science Club and the Rec Center co-sponsored this event for the 2nd year in a row. Volunteers from the club and Rec Center employees coordinated the event and donated to the cause. 

3. How did you come up with the idea? 

The Rec Center has coordinated a 5K Turkey Trot Run in the past, which raised money for the Rec  Center. Last year we decided to change it to a charity event to raise money to donate to a charity of our choice. Last year all proceeds went to the American Heart Association. This semester, at one of our Health and Exercise Science Club meetings, I asked our members if they had an organization or cause they were passionate about donating to. Someone mentioned Autism as a suggestion, no one opposed so we decided to help the South Jersey Chapter of Autism Speaks this year. 

4. What steps did you take to plan and advertise the event? 

First, I contacted Autism Speaks of South Jersey to inform them of the event we were having to support their organization. They were very pleased and sent out a representative to speak to our club during one of our meetings. Christina Carty was the representative I was in contact with. She spoke to our club about what Autism Speaks does, as well as information about Autism in general so we better understood what a great cause we were raising money for. I sent out emails to everyone in our major while Kevin George had it posted on the Rowan Announcer for a few weeks prior to the event. Flyers were also posted around campus and in the Rec Center.  I also sent out messages on Facebook to request volunteers, donations and runners/walkers. This was the first year we opened up the event to non-students and non-Rec members as well to try to bring in the most runners/walkers and donations. I coordinated volunteers and their duties during one of our club meetings prior to the event. 

5. Will there be another event like this one? 

I will proudly be passing this event on to next year’s H.E.S. Club President to coordinate with the rest of our Executive Board and Rec Center employees.  I’m hoping to come back to Rowan as an Alumnus and participate in next year’s 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Cause. 

6. Can you describe the event? 

This year we had 29 runners/walkers come out to support the cause. The course began outside of the intramural field and looped around campus. A volunteer was at each turn of the course to direct participants where to go. Each participant paid $15 to register prior to the event and received a t-shirt. Donations were also taken the day of the event. Intramural Championship t-shirts were awarded to the winners of the following categories: women’s student, women’s non-student, men’s student and men’s non-student runners for 1st place. 

7. How did you and others feel after the event? 

Upon completion on the event, I was proud to hear “thank you’s” and compliments from some participants before they departed. They seemed to really support the cause and one runner in particular expressed to me that her younger sister has autism, which is why she decided to get involved with the event. The volunteers were very helpful and overall, it was a great success. 

 8. How much money (if any) did the event raise? 

$470 will be donated to Autism Speaks

To contact Lauren about the event or future events you can email her at blosel14@students.rowan.edu.

2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Cause Winners

2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Cause Participants and Volunteers

Want to learn more about Susan G Komen for the Cure?

Posted November 23, 2009 by val310
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Take a look at this video..

The video describes how Susan G Komen for the Cure began and what it means to women and men around the world.. Make sure you have a few tissues next to you.. Or maybe a box!


Susan G Komen for the Cure

Posted November 23, 2009 by val310
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Susan G Komen for the Cure (originally Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) was founded by Komen’s sister, Nancy Brinker. Brinker began the organization as a promise to her sister whose life was cut short due to a three year fight with breast cancer. In the timeline you will find dates and information starting at the birth of Susan Goodman Komen through today.

When Susan G Komen lost her battle with breast cancer, only 30% of women received routine mammograms, only 74% of women who caught the cancer early on survived, and the government issued only $30 million dollars to the research, treatment, and prevention of breast cancer.

Now, in 2009, because of Nancy Brinker and her global breast cancer movement….

 75% of women over 40 now receive regular mammograms, the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer early.

The five-year survival rate for breast cancer, when caught early before it spreads beyond the breast, is 98%.

The Government now devotes more than $900 million each year to breast cancer research, treatment and prevention.

“America’s 2.5 million breast cancers survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S., are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.”

(Numbers according to komen.org)

Click here to view the Susan G Komen for the Cure Timeline

Timeline Time

Posted November 23, 2009 by val310
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Have you ever heard of Susan G. Komen for the Cure? I’m sure you have. But what you might not know is that the foundation was started by a woman named Nancy Brinker. Why the two different names? Check in soon for a timeline detailing the lives of these two strong women..