Noteworthy Students

Noteworthy Students

Noteworthy Students

Student Awards
Student Videos
Noteworthy Students

Our 2018-2019 Academic Year Graduates

Congratulations, World Languages Graduates!  This photo was taken at the World Languages Graduation Celebration dinner on April 25th, 2019.  Pictured left to right are: Joseph Antaki (Modern Languages & Linguistics), Claudia Gonzalez (Liberal Studies), Jessie Guillen (Spanish), Cayla Johnston (Modern Languages & Linguistics), and Giselle Orellana (Spanish). 
*Photo credit to Will Mendez.  

Student Awards

The Medallion Award Winners

  • 2022 - Gonzalo McGuckin
  • 2021 - Ashley Hermansen
  • 2020 - Rachael Van Lare
  • 2019 - Yesenia (Jessie) Guillen
  • 2018 - Thomas D. Pratz Jr.
  • 2017 - Ana Sanchez Hernandez
  • 2016 - Acacia Hutton
  • 2015 - Danielle Martin
  • 2014 - Christa DiStefano
  • 2013 - Ryan Doud
  • 2012 - Melanie Galafa
  • 2011 - Jennie Buoy
  • 2010 - Dana Mayr

CHSS Senior of Distinction Modern Languages & Linguistics Award Winners

  • 2022 - Gonzalo McGuckin
  • 2021 - Erich Maas
  • 2020 - Daniel Librizzi
  • 2019 - Joseph Antaki
  • 2018 - Mariela Capellan 
  • 2017 - Thomas W. Hill III
  • 2016 - Acacia Hutton

CHSS Senior of Distinction Spanish Award Winners

  • 2022 - Michael Foglio
  • 2021 - Ma Guadalupe Ballesteros Jiménez
  • 2020 - Angelica Medina
  • 2019 - Paola Florido
  • 2018 - Frank Mihalic 
  • 2017 - Caileigh Mulligan
  • 2016 - Cindy Rubiano-Gomez
  • 2015 - Raquel Cintron
  • 2014 - Alina Crumb
  • 2013 - Arielle Kulenski
  • 2012 - Stacie Paczkowski
  • 2011 - Ashley Udalovas
  • 2010 - Daniel Lane

Erika Freiberger Scholarship Winners

  • 2022 - Andromahi Karapalides
  • 2021 - Nadine El Maalem
  • 2020 - Emily Brennan
  • 2019 - Jonathan Mota
  • 2018 - Rebecca Boileau
  • 2017 - Cayla Johnston
  • 2016 - Emily Grenier
  • 2015 - Cindy Rubiano-Gomez and Gian D Connor
  • 2013 - Jenna Cooperman
  • 2011 - Ashley Stott

Rosemary Geri Scholarship Winners

  • 2023S - Cindy Guzman
  • 2022F - Julie Foy
  • 2022S - MaryAnne Ortiz-Herrera 
  • 2021F - Sayera Khatun
  • 2021S - Perla J. Perez Cruz
  • 2020F - Arelis Alvarez
  • 2019S - Gonzalo McGuckin
  • 2019F - Alejandra Valencia
  • 2019S - Jennifer Rosario
  • 2018F - Michelle Buzby
  • 2018S - Juan Jose Sanchez Hernandez
  • 2017S - Maria Rosalba Trejo Mendiola
  • 2016F - Caileigh Mulligan
  • 2016S - Ana Sanchez Hernandez
  • 2015F - Thomas Hill

Josefina and Enrique Pujals Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

  • 2022 - Hunter Sprouls
  • 2021 - Bryan Jennings
  • 2020 - Erin DeBiasse
  • 2019 - Julianna Rice
  • 2018 - Tamira Faith Ferrer
  • 2017 - Anna Graciela Samayoa
  • 2016 – Stephanie Berman
  • 2014 – Thomas D. Pratz Jr. 

Raymond Geraci Endowed Scholarship Winners

  • 2022 - Marybeth Baisden

Student Videos

Tom Pratz 
Spanish and Modern Languages & Linguistics Double Major, '17
Thomas Hill
Modern Languages & Linguistics & Spanish Double Major, '16
Tom shares his experience at Rowan, overseas, and where he's headed.

Ana Hernandez
Spanish Major, '17

Ana shares her story as a Spanish major and also where her future is leading her.

Caileigh Mulligan
Spanish Major, '17
Caileigh shares about her love for languages and what's next after Rowan.

Gian Connor
German Major, '17
Gian shares about his German major and how it got him a job right out of college!

Noteworthy Students


Congratulations to Ashley Hermansen on winning the Department of World Languages Medallion Award in Spring 2021 and also on her acceptance to The George Washington University's Master's program in International Development Studies.

Rachael Van Lare

Congratulations to Rachael Van Lare on winning the Department of World Languages Medallion Award in Spring 2020 and also on her acceptance to participate in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in Japan in 2020/2021.

Stephanie Ibe

Stephanie Ibe graduated in Spring 2020 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, a French Minor, and Concentrations in Honors and Pre-Med.  She was accepted by the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) to teach English during the 2020/2021 school year with the Académie de Rouen in the region of Normandy.  Her duties included such activities as designing and teaching English conversation classes, tutoring students, and providing presentations on American culture.  Read all about her experiences here!

Melissa McGlynn, a 2019 Business graduate and a student in Rowan's German program, was recently hired as a Teaching Assistant for 2019-2020 at the prestigious Hermann-Lietz School in the German State of Thuringia. Melissa will work at the 100-year-old school as a tutor and teacher and will help to prepare students for their graduation exams. 

Justine Lorenz pictured with Angela Merkel

Justine Lorenz, a Fall 2017 Rowan University graduate with a German Studies Minor and an Early Childhood Education Major, was awarded a 2018-2019 Fulbright Teacher’s Assistant Scholarship to Germany. She is pictured below, wearing a red scarf and standing to the left of Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, at a January 28 Fulbright event that honored the Chancellor. 

Our students took the internationally-recognized Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in December 2018 at Villanova University and passed with results of N4 and N5.  The exam is jointly organized by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.  Standing from left: Rumaysa Asim, Andrew Kamichoff, Erich Maas, and Amber Halter.  Missing from photo: Stanimir Genov.

Japanese Student Award

Our students took the internationally-recognized Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in December 2017 at Villanova University and passed with a result of N5. The exam is jointly organized by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services. Standing from back row, left: Stanimir Genov, Austin Mabrey, Joshua Coneby, and Samuel Wismer; front row, from left: Taylor Douglas, Maria Minadeo, Zachary Reynolds, and Carmen Chen. 


Our students took the internationally-recognized Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in December 2016 at Villanova University and passed with results of N3, N4 and N5. The exam is jointly organized by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.  Standing from top left: Colin Mazurek, Christopher Hobson, Christopher Vazquez, and Adam Jasper; sitting from bottom left: Daiva Simkunas, Francis Fasola, Marisa Ditkoff, and Abigail Palen.

2015 College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Commencement Speaker, Ashley Abdullah (Spanish Major alumna, class of '06), was honored with a Medal of Excellence in recognition of her professional achievements. Abdullah is Associate Manager for Media Planning Multiplatform Strategy for the Univision Network in Miami.

Two of our students were featured in the Spring 2014 issue of The Compass .