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ABC's of Car Maintenance 

Presented by Jeff Silvestri, Coordinator, Ford Asset Program

RCSJ's Chapter of the ​AAWCC partnered with Mother's Matter to create this event that occurr​ed on November 18 and November 19 to educate women about basic car maintenance which includes how to add air to tires, checking and changing motor oil, fluids and filters and car safety. 


On November 13, 2019 six new members were inducted into the AAWCC. We look forward to having them grow and becoming involved in this amazing organization.

Pictured above (from left to right): AAWCC President Kristen Wilson with inductees Rebecca Campina, Blessing Ike, Diana DeVault, Beth Beecroft, Teneisha Soriano, Elaine Dean and Vice President Danielle Zimecki-Fennimore, Secretary Sarah Houltze and Treasurer Gayle Hughes

On June 4, 2019 a Summer Potluck was organized by the 3rd Cohort of the Women's Leadership Institute, the Girls Just Want To Have Fun* Committee. This committee’s purpose is for networking, meet and greets and other various events for members of AAWCC and non-members. 

*Name may change 

The 3rd Cohort of the Women’s Leadership Institute​ is an annual event designed to inspire and equip employees at Rowan College of South Jersey to embrace their inner strength and realize their potential as responsible leaders. This program is designed to have personal and professional developmental support they need to serve as the current and future leaders of the institution. 

Picture from left to right: Teneisha Soriano, Maureen Reidenauer, Linda Maher, Bridgette Atkinson, Jennifer Hoxworth, Christina Nase, Gina Galosi, Samantha Van Kooy. 


Dr. Christina Nase, Dean of STEM  
​On April 29 the AAWCC honored Nase, along with 39 of her contemporaries sele​cted from community colleges across the country, with their annual "40 Under 40" award. The association bestows this honor annually to 40 young women who are making a game-changing impact on their community college's campus.

Samantha Van Kooy poses in the Roadrunners Refuel food pantry, a free and confidential opportunity for students to have grab and go food while on campus. 

Samantha Van Kooy, philanthropy chair for the South Jersey chapter of American Association of Women in Community Colleges, highlights the organization’s determination to create equal opportunity for all. 

Roadrunner's Refuel

You may qualify for food assistance at Roadrunner’s Refuel, an on-campus pantry created to fight food insufficiency.​
Click here for more information.

Each year a networking dinner takes place on Friday evening along with a keynote address given by an outstanding female leader. Joanna Flynn was selected her to be seated at a “Reserved VIP” table with donors and distinguished guests.

May 2017
6th Annual Basket Raffle Earns Record Scholarship Donations:

For the 6th year, the AAWCC conducted the Basket Raffle Fundraiser, resulting in $3,235 in donations.  Pictured here (from left to right) are the winners that were present for the drawing on May 9, 2017:

Eileen Doyle, Judy Atkinson, Kathy Windsor, Brenda Hefner, Audreen Pittman, Judy Broomall, Nick Burzichelli, Judy MacKenzie, Alyssa Harris.

November 2016


CupCakes & Canvas Event Group Picture

May 2016

The Rowan College Foundation of South Jersey announced the establishment of a $10,000 endowment by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) to be applied to tuition for a student attending RCSJ. The scholarship is designed to provide a minimum of a $500 scholarship annually to an applicant who meets the qualifications/criteria. ​


April 2016​

​Officer Justin Walker of the Washington Township Police Department offered a demonstration on Self Defense to AAWCC members. ​​​​

TAKE A CHANCE:​ Fourth Annual AAWCC BASKET Raffle To​ Benefit Student Scholarships​


​No.1  Let's Go Camping          Jason Caulley​
No.2  Fantastic Fitness ​         Kathy Windsor​
No.3  Movie Mania                Sue Nikkels
No.4  Spring Time Tea           Dave Coates
No.5   Health/Fitness            Coryndi McFadden
No.6 Family Night Out          Kim Carvallo​
No.7  Who Let the Dog Out   Patty Claghorn
No.8  Pet Reads                      Jane Crocker
No.9   All American                Jamar Isawa
No.10 Beach Barbeque          Patty Claghorn
No.11 Solitary Refinement    Ed Gilbert

February 2016​


Breaking Down theBoundaries ​
Helping students with economic and socio-cultural obstacles succeed in college RCSJ Phi Theta Kappa officers and Washington Township Mayor Barbara Wallace explore the three theories of academic success and failure:  academic and social involvement on campus,  pre-college environmental factors, experiences & knowledge gained during the academic career


December 2015
​Women's Group Gives From the Heart​


November 2015

Sandwich G​eneration - Stuck in the Middle​​

​​Attendees will learn how to manage their own financial, legal, and healthcare issues while also caring for parents, children and relatives. Strategies to keep up with multiple care-giving responsibilities will be discussed as well as emotional wellbeing. Kelly and Coralluzzo will explain solutions to common challenges facing those managing the estates and care of parents and their families.

Cupcakes and Canvas Fundraiser


​October 2015

​Fall induction Ceremony​

29 inductees

RCSJ Student Receives National
Women’s Scholarship for Leadership

​Deptford Twp. – Georgia Maitland likes to be on the move. Whether it is providing campus tours at Open House or helping out during college events, volunteering is definitely in the picture for the Rowan College of South Jersey(RCSJ) student who has an avid interest in photography and is majoring in communications. More...

April 2015


​ The last meeting of the year always includes two things: voting and ice cream! This year scholarship recipients helped members create ice cream sundaes. On the left is Saranda Karpuzi, the Rutgers New Leadership New Jersey Class of 2015 Scholarship ​recipient, and on the right is Georgia Maitland, the winner of the National AAWCC Scholarship Winner, District 2.

​TAKE A CHANCE:​ Third Annual AAWCC BASKET Raffle To​ Benefit Student Scholarships​

This year's raffle raised $3760! A 45% increase over last year's total of $2,593. Thank you to all you donated and participated to this great event that helps provide scholarships for students. The basket that sold the most tickets was the Family Fun Night Baskets donated by Business Studies, STEM & Paralegal departments.​ ​​

Here's who won the Baskets:​

 1 Let's BBQ with You - Kelly Curridan
 2. Family Fun Night - Geraldine Martin 
 3. Lucky Lotto—Take a Chance - Carol Berk​
 4. Fiesta - Antonio Thomas
 5. Fun & Games - Alex Afferbach
 6. Driving Forward with EOF - Chris Henning
 7. The 90s - The GioFano Family
 8. Italian Gio Fano's -Jennifer Yager
 9. Let's Have a Picnic - William Leonard
 10. Let's Get Crockin - Patricia Mostovlyan​

March 2015

Women's Financial Empowerment  ​with Traci Kelly Jane Coralluzzo

Fear, misinformation, frustration, lack of time and bad advice are only some of the hurdles that stand in the way of our potential to make (and keep) money.

Women represent a growing number of corporate leaders, business owners and financial decision makers.  Yet, we are less confident than men with our financial decisions.  The feeling that there is never enough cash, or that there are no good resources to turn to for help leave us frustrated and unsuccessful.  Ease that stress by implementing simple changes that make sense and transform your financial life into one that not only works FOR you, but takes you to the next level of financial evolution.

​December 2014​

AAWCC donates gifts to the Choices of the Heart Organization​


November 2014


Author Julia MacDonnell​ Chang speaks about The Surprise of Success

Just back from a book tour of New England, where her new novel is set, author and Rowan professor Julia MacDonnell Chang will talk about the success of her latest story, "Mimi Malloy, At Last!"  Released this spring by Picador, Chang will discuss both her writing process and how she found inspiration from such fertile ground as elder care, role reversals between parents and children, and the fears and realities of aging in America. 

Chang teaches undergraduate and graduate creative writing course at Rowan University, including Writing the Novel and Writing the Memoir. She holds a master's in journalism from Columbia University and one in English and Creative Writing from Temple University. She is the recipient of two fiction fellowships from the N. J. State Council on the Arts, two Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a Pulitzer Traveling fellowship, an excellence in journalism fellowship from the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation and numerous other awards for her journalism and fiction.​​

October 2014

AAWCC Members at the 2014 Induction Ceremony

View pictures of the ceremony.

March 2014​

Michael Reuter - Women Mentoring Women – A Successful Mentorship Model at Seton Hall University​

The Leadership Women’s Program is an initiative begun by female students in the Stillman School of Business Leadership Development Honors Program.  Its mission is to : “Prepare the women of Seton Hall’s Leadership Development Honors Program for highly successful careers by empowering and educating them about the unique experiences that women face throughout their lives.” One of the key components of the program is the Women Mentoring Women Initiative.  Mentors have been solicited from successful women alumni, as well as from the Program’s Leadership Development Advisory Council comprised of successful executives. Students and executives meet informally three times a semester to discuss the unique challenges women face in the workforce, and what students should know in preparing for their career journey.​

​October 2013
THE KEYS TO SUCCES​S SPEAKER SERIES: Lynn Bardowski - Million Dollar Party Girl​

Lynn shared her inspiring story, and reveal the "secret sauce" to creating
and communicating a million dollar vision. 
Key points:

  • The one thing you need to do before you start making goals and plans.
  • What you can do daily to get more control over your life.
  • How to get over your fear of sounding "pushy."
  • Why detours can be good for you.
  • What failure and success have in common.
  • How to network, and increase your net-worth.
Learn more about Lynn Bardowski.

​AAWCC Members at the 2013 Induction Ceremony

View pictures of the ceremony.

April 2013
Year End Ice Cream Social​
Our first year is coming to a close, and “Oh What a year it was!!” From our exceptional Induction Ceremony with Michelle Hendricks, NJ State Secretary of Higher Education, as our guest speaker to our extremely successful year end AAWCC Basket Raffle fund raiser, RCSJ's chapter of the AAWCC has attained our stated goals of Scholarship, Membership, and Service.

In our first year we ran a series of Professional Development Brown Bag Luncheons with varied and interesting guest speakers which sparked discussions, fellowship, and the desire for more. We morphed our holiday luncheon into a memorable holiday moment by responding to our community needs through a joint effort with People In Transitions. We donated a $500 book scholarship, sponsored GCC’s first Random Act of Kindness Day AND participated in the Mothers Matters Mother’s Day Project. Did I mention the fabulous Basket Raffle?? Over $1600 raised for future AAWCC Scholarship donations!​
​AAWCC Basket Raffle Fundraiser 
The AAWCC members sold tickets for baskets put together by amazing GCC divisions:

  • Allied Health - Wagon chock full of beach items! 
  • STEM & Business Division - Your family never had so much fun! 
  • Tutoring - Your brain will go crazy with this basket!
  • Student Services - Mama Mia Pasta Basket! 
  • CAP Center - Lady Golfers Look Out!
  • Payroll/Human Resources/Diversity and Equity — Take me out to the movies! 
  • EOF - Midterm/Finals Survival Basket!
  • Safety & Security - Take care of yourself!
  • Student Life/PIT - Pamper Yourself with this one! 
  • Grants Office - Spring has sprung! Garden Delight
Thanks to everyone who contributed, this event raised a total of $1622.05!

February 2013​
The RCSJ Chapter of the AAWCC is proud to announce Debra P. Dilorenzo as February's Professional Development speaker. As the President/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey she has a range of responsibilities that include program of work, organizational structure and procedures, motivation of volunteers, income and expenditures, maintenance of membership, supervision of staff, setting policy and long range planning. Learn more about Debra Dilorenzo.

RCSJ Press Release - S.J. Chamber of Commerce CEO Debra DiLorenzo Shares Tips to Achieving Work-Life Balance
  D. Dilorenzo

November  2013​
RCSJ's strategic plan is based on the collaborative research and vision of more than 92 members of the college community. Guided by the Strategic Plan​ning Steering Committee these stakeholders worked together and independently to identify the most important issues facing the institution. The Strategic Plan is designed to: improve effectiveness, maximize efficiencies, and position the College to be competitive. Learn more about Jennifer Young

  J. Young 
​October 2013
Hi! Tea — Meet & Mingle

September  2013​​
RCSJ's AAWCC Chapter Induction Ceremony 

​​​August  2013​​​
NJ Secretary of Higher Education Rochelle Hendricks to Speak at RCSJ Induction Ceremony
Rowan College of South Jersey has started a new chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and will hold a special ceremony to induct charter members on Sept. 4. Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey Rochelle Hendricks will be the keynote speaker. Hendricks, New Jersey's first secretary of higher education, was appointed to the cabinet-level post by Governor Chris Christie in May. She previously served as acting commission of New Jersey's Department of Education. Also participating in the ceremony will be Dr. Patricia Donahue, president of Mercer County College.​

​​​May  2013​​​​
Senior Corps Director Receives Distinguished Donohue Leadership Award
Helen Antonucci, director of Senior Corps at Rowan College of South Jersey​, has been selected as a 2012 recipient of the Patricia C. Donohue Leadership Award given by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges. 
President Keating, Helen Antonucci, P. Claghorn  ​​​​​​