The Program Pod

Choosing a major can be difficult. That's why we're bringing you The Program Pod -- a podcast that takes you on a deep dive into RCBC's programs from three different perspectives -- faculty, student and employer!

Join us each month to gain firsthand perspective from those in the thick of a particular major or field. Each episode contains insights to help you narrow your focus, learn about potential careers and see what RCBC has to offer. Bonus: We’ll unpack some great student stories along the way!

Episode 7: Making a Career by Making a Difference

Interested in a career with helping others? 2022 RCBC President's Award winner, Gia Carosiello, shares her story of transforming her battles with substance abuse into a remarkable student success story of helping others through a RCBC Human Services degree. 

We're also joined by RCBC Instructor and Department Chair of Social and Behavioral Science, Dr. Brandon Chapman who's currently abroad in the country of Georgia and adding to his already extensive anthropology background.   

Episode 6: Nursing Your Health Sciences Degree to Better Health

What's it like to be a nurse on the frontline of a pandemic? How about medical care in the pediatric world? Join us on this episode as we take you inside getting a nursing degree at RCBC. We'll hear from RCBC nursing student and nurse assistant for Weisman Children's, Brianna Watson, and RCBC Assistant Professor of Nursing, Elizabeth Brendle as they take us inside the classroom and out in the field.

Episode 5: Igniting Your Glow Moment with an Inclusive Education Degree

Wonder what it's like to go from student to teacher? Why is inclusive education and diversity in the classroom so important? What exactly is a glow moment?

Get the answers to these questions and more as we take you on a roller coaster of a conversation with a current 3+1 Inclusive Education major Bert Jordan, RCBC Education Program Chair and full-time faculty member Professor Corvena Francis-Denton, and Willingboro Superintendent of Schools Dr. Neely Hackett. 

Episode 4: Weighing the Scales of a Law and Justice Degree at RCBC

Join Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Amber Ciccanti, 3+1 Law and Justice alum Helen Hull and Manager of the NJ State Parole Board’s Community Programs Division Sherry Sandler for an in-depth discussion about what it means to pursue a career in criminal justice.

Episode 3: Overpower your Anxiety with Public Speaking and Communications

Interested in learning more about how to be an effective communicator? What it takes to land a job in the communications field? Or, simply, how you can overcome public speaking anxiety? 

This episode of “The Program Pod” features RCBC students Michael Chulsky-Lopez and Scott Kubic, RCBC Associate Professor of Speech & Communication Arts and Vice President of the New Jersey Communication Association Dr. Erica Osmond; and RCBC Executive Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications Greg Volpe. 

They’ll discuss:

  • How communications courses can apply to any job

  • Tactics you can use to overcome public speaking anxiety

  • What it’s like to balance college life with mental health 

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Episode 2: Securing a Cyber Career with Information Technology

Do you have to be a techie to join the IT field? Will you get real-world experience in an RCBC classroom? Do the professors really make themselves available to students? 

Get the answers to these questions and more in this episode! 

We’ve invited Information Technology Instructor Paul Warner, Deborah Chief Information Officer Rich Temple and RCBC Information Technology alum Alassane Togola to speak about all things IT and cybersecurity.

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Episode 1: Re-engineering Addiction Through Education

Hear an amazing story from RCBC engineering student Justin Schoopachevich who overcame addiction and landed a career with Lockheed Martin. We also hear from RCBC Engineering and Technology programs Professor Dave Wilson and CEO of Denton Vacuum and a member of RCBC's advisory board Frank Cumbo.

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The Baroness Podcast

If you want to hear from women who lead and inspire, this podcast is for you!

This monthly series highlights women in leadership while encouraging listeners to build their skills, connect with the community and visualize the opportunities available to women in various professions. Tune in for a female perspective into the Burlington County community.

Episode 7: Be Present Every Single Day

This month on the Baroness Podcast, we welcome our Women’s Advisory Group Committee members back on campus. Lisa Steinberg, Fashion Design and Merchandising Program Coordinator, and Michelle Martin, Workforce Development Institute Senior Analyst, discuss the importance of women, connectivity, support, embracing technology, and what inspires them. Visit our DEI: WAG website at rcbc.edu/diversity. From Dr. Ruocco and Dr. Mailhiot, thank you to all our committee members for supporting women on campus and in our community.

Episode 6: Cooking Up Change

Are you ready to mix things up? Audrey Wiggins, the owner of On the Town Food Tours, and Robin Winzinger, owner of the Robin's Nest Mount Holly, talk about food, flavors, and being diverse in business. Get ready to learn how to stay creative and change with the times in the food industry.

Episode 5: I Didn't Come This Far To Only Come This Far

Dr. June DePonte Sernak, Center for Family Services Statewide Diversity Consultant, shares with Dr. Mailhiot her inspirational upbringing and the culture that shines within her life's work. Meet the Commander, Communicator, Executive; Dr. Sernak's road to being a Diversity Consultant. 

Episode 4: The Power of Mentors

Join Dr. Mailhiot with Dr. Donna Vandergrift, RCBC Dean of Liberal Arts and Psychology Adjunct Emily Graham, as we discuss and discover the power of mentors, The Last Lecture, life lessons, and pursuing your passion at any age.

Episode 3: Unapologetically Me

Dr. Brooke Mailhiot dives in deep with Certified Life Coach and Mom, Stacy Jankiewicz shares the trials and tribulations of women who are stuck trying to be perfect and apologizing for it. @unapologeticallyme_stacy shares our innermost feelings, our need for approval, not needing to fit the “mold” and bring balance to your life.  It’s ok to just be you.

Episode 2: Imperfect vs. I'm Perfect

Children’s Author, Lisa Graham, and RCBC Alum/Illustrator and multidisciplinary artist, Ashley Monteil discuss their journey of searching for the expectation to be perfect and the perception of perfect. Our mistakes become part of our story. Learning not to give up on embracing your own uniqueness.

Episode 1: It Takes A Village

This episode features nationally-acclaimed artist and RCBC alum, Lavett Ballard, whose work was featured on a cover of TIME’s 100 Women of the Year series. Ballard will be joined by Co-Chair of RCBC's President's Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Tiffany Ruocco and the show's host RCBC Entertainment Technologies Program Coordinator Brooke Mailhiot.

Dr. Ruocco has taught graphic design and photography classes at RCBC for the past 16 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art & Design from Centenary University, a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Seton Hall University and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Rowan University. She has served three governors as their Director of Photography and is the recipient of a National Council for Marketing and Public Relations medal. She is passionate about amplifying female voices and connecting women across disciplines and cultures in order to create a stronger community.

Dr. Mailhiot, an Assistant Professor and Program Chair of the Entertainment Technologies program at RCBC, has been a TedTalk presenter and an E-Learning Technology Specialist, providing over 20 years of a unique combination of creativity, innovation and industry experience in the higher education cinematic arts classroom. She encompasses award-winning real-world experiences that will engage students in developing their creative voices and acquiring a theoretical, historical, conceptual and critical understanding of producing quality cinematic work. Dr. Mailhiot holds a BS in Film and Video Production, an MS in Creativity and Innovation and an Ed.D in Higher Educational Leadership with a specialization in e-Learning Technology from Drexel University. She prides herself on being an instructional and curriculum designer, blending technologies into distance learning, synchronous, asynchronous and integrating learning environments to enhance student academic programs and success. 

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