September 16, 2016 |
Rowan University's trustees approved a new contract Wednesday for its president, Ali A. Houshmand, that will last for six years and eventually increase his pay to $600,000. At its meeting Wednesday, the board also approved appointments to various university-related boards, a scaled-back proposal for renovating several campus buildings, the sale of Houshmand's previous university-owned home, and advanced a development project for athletic facilities on its "West Campus" land. Notably absent at the meeting: Any mention of the university's announcement this month that it had found elevated lead levels in its water, prompting it to disconnect fountains, distribute bottled water, and pursue campuswide water quality tests.
September 13, 2016 |
No one knows how long Rowan University's water has been contaminated with lead. When the university announced this month that it had found elevated lead levels in the water of several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, it could not say how many generations of students may have been drinking contaminated water. It simply doesn't know. When lead is present in water, humans can't taste, smell, or see it — it can only be detected by testing the water. And Rowan, as far as administrators can tell, has never conducted any real testing of its water, other than at its child-care facilities.
September 11, 2016 |
Initial campuswide testing of Rowan University's water has found further lead contamination. Last week, university officials said they had found elevated lead levels in several campus buildings tested in response to reports of discolored water. Those results prompted campuswide sampling, distribution of bottled water, and disconnection of water fountains. The first campuswide testing results were announced Friday. "The vast majority of results indicated the lead level in the water in buildings tested since Aug. 31 is well below the EPA Action Level, and in many instances no lead was detected," stated a university website dedicated to the water testing.
September 3, 2016 |
Rowan University has found elevated lead levels in the water in several buildings on its main campus in Glassboro, prompting it to hand out bottled water in dorms, disconnect fountains, and begin a campuswide test of water quality. The university sent an email blast around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday about the water. It also set up a website for updates. "My goal in this thing is to absolutely make sure not a single individual is in harm's way, and I'm going to try and spend whatever it costs to provide safe water," president Ali A. Houshmand said Thursday.
August 30, 2016 |
For eons he rested undisturbed, his once watery tomb long dry. And now, under an oscillating fan, two young men were clearing the earth under his head with a paint brush and dental pick, freeing a fragment of him ever so carefully. "Guys, it's moving," 27-year-old Ian Putnam called out, squeezing a drop of fossil hardener called Paleo Bond onto a two-inch length of bone. "It's ready to come out. " Beneath Putnam on a laboratory floor of Rowan University, wrapped in plaster on a bed of green sand, lay the pale, tan remains of thoracosaurus : a crocodile that 65 million years ago swam the ocean waters that receded to become New Jersey.
July 25, 2016 |
Richard J. Ambacher Jr. met his future wife, Elaine Bonelli, in an algebra class at Wildwood High School in the early 1950s. "He was so good at math," she said, and so she accepted his offer to tutor her at her home. It was on an early visit, she said, that she realized that "he was living alone" in Wildwood. "He had left his family in Philadelphia; they were breaking up. " She never found out where he was living, just that in his Wildwood life, "he had an awful time. " When her father, who owned a supermarket in Wildwood, learned of Mr. Ambacher's problem, "my father said, 'Come eat at our house.' And he did. " Often.
July 9, 2016 |
Pastor Barbara Ross shook her head: "I just don't get it," she said. Ross, who represented Wesley Chapel A.M.E Church in Edwardsville, Ill., was among hundreds marching in Philadelphia Thursday to protest recent police shootings of black men across the country. Most recently, Alton Sterling was killed Tuesday night by police officers in Baton Rouge, La., and Philando Castile was killed Wednesday during a routine traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn . Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said he told the officer he had a licensed gun in the car, and was reaching for his license as requested when the officer shot him. Ross shook her fist.
June 30, 2016 |
New Jersey colleges and universities are receiving more than $180 million from the state for construction and renovation projects, the state announced Tuesday. The state announced 35 projects it will fund at 32 schools across the state. The biggest beneficiary is Stockton University, which is getting $22 million for its planned Atlantic City campus. The list of grants includes $6 million for renovation of buildings at Rowan University in Glassboro and $1 million for Rutgers-Camden to renovate two rowhouses for office space.
June 23, 2016 |
Marvin G. Sills was director of admissions from 1991 to 2006 at a time of profound change for what is now Rowan University. In 1992, Glassboro State College became Rowan College of New Jersey following a $100 million pledge from Henry and Betty Rowan, and in 1997 it became Rowan University. "Marvin was responsible for developing a very aggressive and successful program at Rowan," said Phil Tumminia, former executive vice president for advancement at Rowan, to whom Mr. Sills reported.
June 17, 2016 |
Rowan University's board of trustees on Wednesday approved a 1.92 percent increase in tuition and fees for undergraduates during the 2016-17 academic year. The board, meeting at the Chamberlain Student Center on the Glassboro campus, also approved an average 2.5 percent increase in tuition and fees for students in the School of Osteopathic Medicine, and a 3 percent increase for students at Cooper Medical School of Rowan. This is the fourth year the undergraduate tuition and fees increase at the university has been 2 percent or lower, said president Ali A. Houshmand.