Rowan to screen “One Mother’s Fire: The Gail Minger Story”

An award-winning film about a tragedy that turned into activism

Press release issued by Rowan University

The College of Communication and Creative Arts at Rowan University will host a film and panel discussion starting at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 9, in Bozorth Hall’s King Auditorium.

The evening will begin with a screening of One Mother’s Fire: The Gail Minger Story, a documentary directed by Radio, TV and Film Associate Professor Diana Nicolae. The award-winning film follows the journey of Gail Minger, a mother whose son was killed in a dormitory fire in 1998. Following Michael’s death, Gail became a leading campus safety activist who continues to successfully campaign for laws to better protect students living in college dormitories. Because of her work, universities in seven states have implemented fire safety legislation.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring Gail Minger; Alison Kiss from the Clery Center; Rowan’s Assistant Vice President for Residential Learning and Inclusion, Travis Douglas; and members of the Glassboro Fire Department. Additionally, Lou Kilmer, the acting director of the New Jersey Bureau of Fire Code Enforcement will be in attendance, and several of the Gloucester County Freeholders as well as a representative from Senator Menendez’s office have been invited.

This is a free event.