August 2021
Vol. VII Issue 5
Welcome to the Rohrer Review!
Saxbys founder and CEO Nick Bayer (left) and Rowan President Ali Houshmand celebrate the opportunities a new student-run café will bring to RCB.
New Saxbys campus cafe counts on student CEO and staff

Saxbys, a Certified B Corporation and coffee company headquartered in Philadelphia, has partnered with Rowan University in an all new student-run café starting this fall.

Located in Business Hall, home to the William G. Rohrer College of Business on the Glassboro campus, the café will run via The Saxbys Experiential Learning Platform in which one undergraduate student each semester will serve as Student Cafe Executive Officer. The SCEO will manage all aspects of the café, including team development, community outreach initiatives and the cafe’s profit & loss statement, receiving a semester of college credit, a competitive salary and a bonus in addition to gaining invaluable management experience. Further, the café will be staffed entirely by Rowan University students.
During Commencement, Ashley Hopkins received her Rowan University diploma cover and her brother Brett’s (at right), who was serving overseas with the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard and also participated in a virtual Commencement.
Continents apart
RCB siblings, one deployed overseas, graduate together

Staff Sergeant Brett Hopkins was set to receive his bachelor’s degree in finance magna cum laude in May, but the U.S. military had other plans. As part of the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard, he was deployed for more than four months in the spring and summer to support U.S. Central Command operations in the Middle East.

But thanks to a creative plan, Brett was able to fulfill his obligation while joining the Rowan ceremony remotely. His sister Ashley, a management and human resources management major, walked during Commencement on the Glassboro campus, accepting both of their Rowan University diploma covers as their family watched from the audience and Brett from the Middle East via his mother’s cell phone.

“Everyone stood up and started cheering,” Ashley said.

After the ceremony, 6ABC's Action News interviewed them both, with Brett joining virtually. “He got to witness a little bit of everything,” Ashley said. Brett also participated in a virtual Commencement.
The RCB Expert Webinar on Cryptocurrency and Blockchains featured a range of panelists and moderators speaking on this popular topic.
Meet the experts
RCB webinars provide career-making information

Using desktops to digital devices, businesspeople can now find advice on trends in their field through free RCB expert webinars.

“We pull together expertise that we can share with students, staff, faculty, alumni, prospective and current students, and industry,” said RCB Assistant Dean Jen Maden.

Recent webinars spanned a wide field of interests, including the implications for cryptocurrencies and blockchain, cannabis business opportunities in New Jersey, the business of sustainability, the business of healthcare and medicine, managing and mitigating cybersecurity risks, finance during economic uncertainty and virtual business model strategies. Topics center on areas offering strong career paths in the region for MBA graduates.
Kaitlyn Anthony applied the work ethic she developed as a dancer to earning her MBA and launching her business career. 
MBA grad Kaitlyn Anthony: From ballerina to businesswoman

Graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA from the Rohrer College of Business’s rigorous MBA program, one can assume Kaitlyn Anthony performed very well in some very tough classes.

But that’s nothing new.

She’s been performing in tough classes since she was four years old.

From age four to 18, Anthony was a committed ballet dancer, studying and performing first in New Jersey and then in New York City with some of the biggest names in dance, including Moscow’s world famous Bolshoi Ballet Academy and at the Gelsey Kirkland Balley Academy, whose namesake famously danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov in a TV production of “The Nutcracker."
Keynote Speaker Michael Carbone (center), moderator Heather Simmons (top left) and the RCB Corporate Innovation Forum panel (clockwise from top right): Gerald Jones, Rachel Wilner, Janet Garraty, Jason Wolf and Korhan Kivanc.
Corporate Innovation Forum envisions the future of work

To help current and future business leaders navigate the changing professional landscape, RCB and TD Bank hosted “The Future of Work in a Post-Pandemic World: What It Means for Your Business” in June, the fifth Corporate Innovation Forum.

This year’s virtual program, featuring keynote speaker Mike Carbone, regional president Pennsylvania/New Jersey for TD Bank, attracted more than 170 attendees. Heather Simmons, director of strategic projects at Rowan and a Gloucester County Commissioner, moderated a panel discussion including Korhan Kivanc, CFO, True Talent Advisory; Jason Wolf, Wolf Commercial Real Estate; Rachel Wilner, SVP and head of communications and knowledge management, TD Bank; Gerald Jones, president and founding partner, Union Core America LLC; and Janet Garraty, director, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce. 
Jon James (JJ) Vogel created The Vogel and Woods Merit Scholarship to help first-generation students build their own dreams.
From building Legos to building dreams
JJ Vogel sets scholarship for first-generation students

Named in honor of “both sides of his roots,” Jon James (JJ) Vogel ’11 has established The Vogel and Woods Merit Scholarship for first-generation students in Rowan University’s William G. Rohrer College of Business.

“Both sides of my family have had such a profound impact on my life,” said Vogel. “Legacy is important to me and I wanted to honor my roots.”

It’s safe to say Vogel’s roots were also part-entrepreneurial and will contribute to his long-lasting legacy at Rowan. The desire to run his own business is one embedded in him from an early age as his father has owned and operated a construction company for more than 35 years.

“There was a time when I wanted to be a sportscaster for ESPN,” said Vogel, “but I grew up in an entrepreneur’s world. I really wanted to be in control of my own fate and destiny.” 

An entrepreneur who likes to help entrepreneurs, Vogel acknowledged that the perception of entrepreneurism tends to get misconstrued. In his experience, those who can persevere are the ones who make it.
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