New Summer Sessions available for Rowan students

Summer is often a time for everyone to get some work done, relaxation or sleep. But with the Summer Session at Rowan, it’s also an opportunity to catch up on classes.

With classes ranging from general education to major-requirement and upper-level courses, the Rowan 2014 Summer Session is open and offering choices from over 400 classes that span from three- to eight-week sessions.

Whether Rowan students take summer courses to meet academic needs or are simply trying to save time earning their degrees, the Summer Session offers many classes to choose from.

“I’m taking management information systems as a prerequisite for another class,” Mary Montgomery, a junior accounting and law and justice major, said. “I have to take it so that I can graduate in four years.”

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education offers a wide variety of courses available to choose from including weekday, Saturday and online courses in order to better suit a busy schedule.

“We’ve just been trying to gather a lot of information to find out what the needs of students are, and then we try to meet them,” said Rebecca J. Gollihur, assistant dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education. “I want to make summer something that students, faculty and staff think about as a real option.”

While catching up on courses is one advantage to summer registration, there are also incentives for students who register and pay early.

“My goal is that summer becomes another tool at Rowan that helps students graduate on time having met their educational goals and with as little debt as possible,” Gollihur said.

The first payment deadline on April 24 offers students who pay or sign up for a payment plan the ability to avoid class cancellations due to low enrollment.

“I’m pushing an earlier deadline because we need to know, students and faculty need to know, if a course is running,” Gollihur said. “We really want to cut back on cancellations because that helps no one. A late cancellation hurts a student and hurts a faculty member. If everyone starts committing to the April 24 date, we can better serve everyone.”

According to the CGCE website, another incentive is offered. Those who pay fully before May 5 earn a chance at winning a free summer course or a shot at the “Like and Learn Award,” where students who have paid and who follow the Rowan Summer Session on Facebook are entered to win $1,000.

Additionally, those who participate in the summer session are eligible for free sunglasses and a special summertime discount card for use around Glassboro.

Besides offering perks to those with early registrations, Rowan is boosting student awareness and potential participation in summer courses with a variety of events and contests.

Summer events kick off this year with a Zombie Run, showing the Rowan community that campus is anything but dead in the summer. Other events include Workout Wednesdays, free water ice and a food fair – all of which are free to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

“Last year we had seven free events and this year we have eight,” Gollihur said. “It was so that we could add some life to the campus during the summer and make it a little more of a vibrant place. We’re trying to change the culture in the summer and make it a time where it’s nice out and we can get out of our offices more, get together and get the work done, but still have a few opportunities to have fun.”

The contests, which offer cash prizes of varying amounts to winners, are already underway.

Students can choose to get their pictures taken with the Rowan Summer sun mascot and compete for Facebook likes and a chance at $100, or they can search the campus for one of 30 posters to be entered in a drawing for $100.

“I definitely would try to participate in the contests,” said Montgomery, “I am all in for graduating with less student debt.”

Miranda Pellicciotti, a sophomore secondary mathematics education major, was the first of two winners in the “Show Your Summer School Spirit” photo contest. She entered in the contest after learning about it through her participation as a PROS member.

“I heard about the contest through my on campus job,” Pellicciotti said. “I actually was the winner this year, and last year which is pretty awesome.”

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