Rowan Service Honor Awarded to Nicholas YovnelloSeptember 19, 2005
Rowan University honored Nicholas Yovnello, of Elk Township, with the fourth annual Joseph A. Barnes Award for Outstanding Service to Rowan University at convocation on Monday, September 19, at 11 a.m., in Pfleeger Concert Hall, Wilson Hall.
Sponsored by The University Senate, American Federation of Teachers union, Campbell Library and Friends of the Campbell Library, the Barnes Award honors a member of the Rowan community who has made exceptional service contributions to the University.
Yovnello has been a member of the library staff at Rowan for 36 years, today serving as professor/assistant director of Library Services. The Barnes Award recognizes Yovnello for unbroken and unprecedented service to the senate (25 years) and the AFT (33 years). He earned a B.A. in education and M.A. in library science from Rowan.
Yovnello chaired the senate?s ethics committee for seven years and also chaired the sabbatical leave, tenure and recontracting and budget committees as well as the committee on committees, among many other responsibilities. He served as senate president for three years while also serving as union vice president. He went on to become union president, making him the only person at Rowan to serve as both senate and union president.
For the last six years, Yovnello has served as the president of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, and he recently was elected for a fourth term to the umbrella organization of New Jersey state colleges and universities. He had served as the secretary of the State Council for several years prior to his presidency. He also has been a member of the AFT?s national Higher Education Program and Policy Council for six years, a distinguished position that has afforded him four meetings with the President of the United States.
Outside of Rowan and higher education, Yovnello has volunteered for the New Jersey Council on Adult Literacy, chairs the Elk Township Planning and Zoning Board, served as a Gloucester County Democratic Committeeman from Elk Township?s 2nd district and was one of the founding members of the Lindenwold public library.
?In his many capacities, Nick has rendered invaluable service to Rowan,? said Karen T. Siefring, assistant to the dean for student advisement in the College of Business. ?In addition to helping the institution function professionally and effectively, he has brought resources and publicity to Rowan University as well as to all the state colleges of New Jersey. Through this distinguished service, he has contributed to the institution?s national profile.?
She added, ?As member of the Rowan community, I have been particularly impressed by Nick?s remarkable sensitivity to the needs of all his constituents. He is a great champion of the teaching and scholarship missions of the University while keeping mindful of the contribution that the rest of the staff performs outside the classroom.?
About Joseph A. Barnes:
During his 23 years at Rowan University, Joseph A. Barnes served as a professional staff member and a tenured librarian, and he regularly taught courses in the College of Communication. Throughout his career, Mr. Barnes set a standard for dedication and service to the University that seldom has been matched. At the time of his unexpected death during the summer of 2001, Mr. Barnes was the secretary of the Senate; the newly elected vice president of F.O.R.C.E., Rowan's Local 2373 of the American Federation of Teachers union; and the chair of the Campus Hearing Board. To commemorate his dedication to the University, the University Senate, American Federation of Teachers, Campbell Library and Friends of Campbell Library established and funded the Joseph A. Barnes Award for Outstanding Service to Rowan University. A committee of faculty and professional staff chooses the recipient. This award recognizes the ?consistent, extraordinary, and longstanding? contributions of a current member of the faculty or professional staff.