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SAS Students and Alumni Outside the Classroom

The following articles chronicle achievements of current students and alumni from the School of Arts and Sciences. Most of the articles below are from Rutgers' publications, while some are from other news outlets. We find that it is useful for students to think about majors and other academic experiences that are possible, and to examine the blending of academic and co-curricular work with post-graduation plans.

 

December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
  • Rutgers Students and Alumni Receive Record-Breaking 26 Fulbright Grants
    A three-way tie for third place among research universities ranks Rutgers with prestigious Big Ten and Ivy League schools.  … The Rutgers recipients… are involved in fields as diverse as art history, geography and public policy….  While most … are seniors about to graduate, alumni and graduate students are eligible as well. … [for example:]  Alumnus Kevin Apodaca first applied for a Fulbright English teaching grant in 2010 when he was doing undergraduate work in biological sciences and classical humanities….

     

  • Bringing Hope to Young Men Behind Bars
    …a stint in Rutgers’ Africana House launched a Rutgers alumna’s mission to rehabilitate South African prisoners through art and poetry.  In the same maximum security facility that once held Nelson Mandela, …Chinwe Oriji (SAS 2013, Africana Studies and Public Health) has had some of her most eye-opening life experiences.

     

  • Creating a More Successful College Experience for Students of Color
    As a first-year student at Douglass, Cheryl Wilson fought to turn a failure into a triumph. Her popular seminar draws on those experiences to prepare students for the rigors of higher education.

     

  • Rutgers Alumna Shattering Myths About Muslim-Americans
    Read about Suzy Ismail [DC, 1998 - English, Communication and Middle Eastern Studies], whose mission is to chip away at misconceptions about her religion through her children’s books and work at the Center for Muslim Life.

     

  • Tyler Clementi Center Examines Life and Death of Matthew Shepard 15 Years Later
    Two Rutgers alumnae – one an author [Beth Loffreda] the other a film producer [Arleen McGlade] – explore the impact of the murder that raised public awareness of homophobic violence.
September 2013
  • Hitting Life's Reset Button
    What if you could scrap your existing life and start from scratch? It’s a scenario more than a few of us have fantasized about – and two Rutgers graduates are examining in the film, I Was Never Here, based loosely on their lives.  [Henry LeBlanc, MGSA 1991 and "Paul" Bojack (born Roman Paul Boychuk) RC 1985]

     

  • Afghan Native Brings Knowledge of Global Realities to Rutgers
    Meet alumna Zarin Hamid [DC 2005], who returns to campus after working in Afghanistan in support of human rights. Joining the Rutgers Center for Global Leadership, she will advocate for the elimination of gender-based violence, an outgrowth of the work she did in Kabul.
August 2013
  • Rutgers Graduate Presses Fight Against Human Trafficking
    As a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Elie Honig [RC 1997 - Political Science] went after high-profile organized crime figures ….  Later, as deputy director of the New Jersey’s Division of Criminal Justice, the Rutgers graduate trained his eye on a newly emerging criminal trend:  human trafficking, which Honig says is prevalent, growing and much closer to home than most Garden State residents realize.
June 2013
Rutgers Magazine, Spring 2013
  • Stellar Scholars:  Top students land prestigious academic prizes—once again
    Students Devinn Lambert [SEBS, Biotechnology] and Kelvin Mei [SAS, Physics & Astronomy] were awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge. They were two of only 39 students chosen nationwide, with Rutgers being the only state university represented.

     

  • A Star-Studded Cast
    Rutgers honors the new members of the Hall of Distinguished Alumni: Carli Lloyd [RC’06], Mark Angelson [RC’72, NLAW’75], Randal Pinkett [ENG’94], Judith Viorst [NCAS’52], and Joseph Rigby [SBC’79].

     

  • A Soldier's Story
    Time recently published its most indelible images of the Iraq War, one featuring alumnus and veteran James Dobis [LC’05], who relives the moment.

     

  • How Sweet It Is
    For 25 years, alumni Michael [RC’87] and Jennifer [UCNB’87] Schnur have made Thomas Sweet Ice Cream & Chocolate in New Brunswick a place to bring smiles.

     

  • Requiem for a Mentor, by Philip Roth
    Robert Lowenstein, a 1928 graduate of Rutgers College who recently died at the age of 105, was a teacher at the legendary Weequahic High School in Newark, a sage of uncompromising principles, and a fount of love and inspiration for one of America's preeminent novelists, Philip Roth.
  • The Deal Maker
    As president of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, the nonprofit organization largely associated with the physical renaissance of the Hub City, alumnus Christopher J. Paladino [RC’82, CLAW’85] brings an effective repertoire of leadership, vision, bureaucratic finesse, and passion in facilitating the redevelopment of one of Rutgers’ host cities.
    • Related article: Rutgers and the Renaissance of New Brunswick
      Read how other alumni, including Jeffrey Vega [CC’90], President of New Brunswick Tomorrow, play key roles in providing services for the people of the Hub City.

       

  • Dresses for Success
    Raised in Nigeria and New Jersey by parents with lofty expectations, Latifat [SAS’12] and Moriamo [LC’03] Obajinmi ditched postcollege plans to become fashion designers.
May 2013
  • Former Police Officer who Became Legally Blind Graduates with Honors
    James J. Oswald Jr. is 55 and legally blind. In January, he graduated cum laude from Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences with a 3.6 grade-point and bachelor’s degree in history. Now he is on his way to teach in a needy area of New York City after being accepted into Teach for America, which provides teachers to urban and rural areas.
April 2013
  • Rutgers Debate Union Trumps Harvard
    In just four years the team has transitioned from underdog to ranking third nationally.  …When Chris Bergman [SAS 2013, economics]  joined the Rutgers Debate Union in the fall of ’09 it was barely limping along with about a dozen students….

     

  • Rutgers Student Club Develops Apps for the University Community
    Through RuMAD, young entrepreneurs gain programming knowledge and experience they can market.   [includes David Zafrani, “a School of Arts and Sciences computer science major and the president of RuMAD”]

     

  • Video: Drink to your Heart Health
    A Rutgers alumnus created one of the first drinks aimed at improving heart health. See how a Rutgers competition helped launch his company.  … The idea came to Ray Li, a 2011 Rutgers alum from the School of Arts and Sciences, after one of his professors at Rutgers University had a heart attack.

     

  • Two Rutgers Students Win Goldwater Scholarships
    The research accomplishments and stellar academic records of two Rutgers students have earned them prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, awarded for excellence in mathematics, science and engineering. Juniors Josh Yarmush [biomedical engineering]… and David Kolchmeyer [physics] perform research in liver transplantation and particle physics.

     

  • Overcoming Addiction to Become Truman Scholar
    Ben Chin [a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences] helped found a nationally celebrated nonprofit.

     

  • Showcasing Undergraduate Research
    More than 450 undergraduates will display the results of their research at the Aresty Research Center's annual symposium on April 19. Meet three SAS majors who will be among those presenting their research at this symposium:
    • Julia Xia Studies Science Behind Appetite
      When Julia Xia started her academic career in cell biology and neuroscience at Rutgers last year, she spent time shadowing a surgeon at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in hopes of getting a head start on her dream of becoming a doctor.
    • Ariane Singh Studies What Helps Children of Divorce Overcome Anxiety and Depression
      With divorce affecting the lives of 40 percent of children in the United States, Ariane Singh, a Rutgers junior [majoring in psychology and women’s and gender studies] working as an Aresty researcher, is trying to understand the impact of marital status on how well a family – particularly the children – functions.
    • Dhrumit Joshi Probes the Motivations of Whistleblowers
      … “It’s not very clear what the motivations of whistleblowers are. It could be seen by a lot of people as a positive thing; an altruistic motive,” said Joshi, a resident of Edison and a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences…with majors in economics and philosophy…

       

  • Rutgers Students Give Back in Their Backyards
    In March, 50 Rutgers students assisted with demolition and clean up in Keansburg… on the Raritan Bay, during a “Serve the Shore” service trip…. “… there are so many areas that aren’t seeing any help,” said Stephanie Buco, a senior psychology and linguistics double major in the School of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Student Volunteer Council….

     

  • Rutgers Junior Vies for Seat on New Brunswick School Board
    Stephanie Rivera [a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences]  found her voice through advocating educational equity and urban school reform.

     

  • Making the Perfect Pretzel [Video]
    See how the Philly Pretzel Factory in Piscataway in action:  multiple members of the owner’s family are Rutgers alumni.
    March 2013
    February 2013
    • Rutgers Graduate Becomes University’s First Luce Scholar
      Matthew Cortland [2011 - SAS, plans to head to Asia to further his education career.  […]While at Rutgers, the Marlton native combined an individualized interdisciplinary major with a second major in art history and a minor in Italian studies. He also earned a certificate in cultural heritage and preservation studies.

       

    • Two Rutgers Seniors Awarded Gates Scholarships for Graduate Study at the University of Cambridge
      Rutgers is the only state university in the nation to have two scholars this year.. Devinn Lambert of Howell, N.J., majoring in biotechnology in the university’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Kelvin Mei of Flemington, N.J., majoring in physics in the School of Arts and Sciences.

       

    • Rutgers Student Sparks University Spirit – in Bangladesh
      With lanyards, shoelaces and other RU memorabilia, Atif Ahmad shares his pride at a high school back home.

       

    • Twenty-Eight Earn BIG EAST Academic Honors
      Twenty-eight student-athletes from the Rutgers football team were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Football Team, the conference office announced. …up two from last season. SAS majors on the list:
      • Joe Behnke - Cell Biology and Neuroscience
      • Robert Jones - Exercise Science and Sport Studies
      • Matt McBride - Criminal Justice
      • Quron Pratt - Sociology
      • J.T. Tartacoff - Economics
      • Scott Vallone - Economics
      • Lorenzo Waters - Political Science
      • Timothy Wright - Criminal Justice
    January 2013
    Alumni Magazine, Winter 2013
    • The Trailblazers
      Forty years ago, Rutgers College began matriculating its first women, 600 intrepid students who encountered a measure of resistance, some confusion, lots of fun, and, ultimately, an affirmation of their place at the school.

       

    • After the Storm
      …Rutgers alumni were central to relief efforts: Mathieu Nelessen RC’99  the youngest regional CEO for the American Red Cross, led the North Jersey Red Cross in organizing volunteers and providing everything from food to mental-health counseling.
    • Rx for Medicine
      Alumna LeAnne Roberts [CC’07] advocates on behalf of medical students and for a more effective health care system.

       

    • Serving Those Who Served U.S.
      Five years ago, student veterans initiated the effort to establish services to provide a smooth transition for returning military personnel enrolled at Rutgers. Today, veterans' services at the university have become a national model.  [includes Thomas Krause, "a former U.S. Marine sergeant now enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences"]

       

    • A Talented Trio
      On the air and behind the scenes, three alumnae have made Elvis Duran and the Morning Show the nation’s most popular Top 40 morning radio program.  …Carla Marie Monica [SAS'10, SC&I'10], phone producer and on-air talent; "Web Girl" Kathleen Heaney [RC’08], digital director for elvisduran.com and the show’s social media guru; and Elizabeth Fazio [SAS’11, SC&I’11], host Duran’s assistant.

       

    • No Mountain High Enough
      In their quest for ever-greater heights of physical challenge and psychic bliss, Miriam Diaz-Gilbert [RC’81, GSE’84] and Chris Marino put their bodies, and minds, to the test.

       

    • Rare Air
      Long-jumper Asha Ruth [senior in SAS] intends to go where she has never gone before.
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    • Top Guns
      Rutgers alumni who are running Fortune 500 corporations - including:
      • Stephen I. Chazen [RC'68] - Occidental Petroleum
      • Gary M. Rodkin [RC'74] - ConAgra Foods
      • Greg Brown [LC'82] -  Motorola Solutions
      • Steven H. Temares [RC'80] - Bed Bath & Beyond

         

    • Endurance Test
      Surviving a gauntlet that would have felled most others, Terek Pierce [SAS’12 – English, Journalism and Media Studies] graduates on a high note.

       

    • How Do You Get to Sesame Street?
      With math and science, according to Carol-lynn Parente [CC’86, executive producer] and Rosemarie T. Truglio [DC’83, SVP for education and research], who are reengineering programming at the children’s show to emphasize them.

       

    • James Pierre-Louis, M.D., an ODASIS Success Story
      Dr. James Pierre-Louis {RC, 1996], who was born in Haiti, knew from an early age that he wanted to become a physician. … ODASIS programs …put him on track to gain early admission to medical school. …Today Dr. Pierre-Louis is a board-certified Anesthesiologist practicing at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Edison Surgical Center, and the Metropolitan Surgical Center in South Amboy.
    • ODASIS Students Going On To Graduate or Professional Programs, and Alumni Completing Such Programs In 2012
      The goal of the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) is to increase the recruitment and academic success of underrepresented students, …as well as economically disadvantaged students, …interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.  Meet some ODASIS graduates going on to graduate, doctoral or professional programs, and ODASIS alumni graduating from such programs in 2012.
    September 2012
    • Rutgers Students Advocate for Women on U.N.’s Global Stage
      For Nadia Khan [“a public health major in …School of Arts and Sciences] attending the 56th annual session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women last spring served not only as the culmination of six months’ intensive training, but also as an unfiltered look at the issues the world’s women grapple with on a daily basis.

       

    • Student Filmmaker Reenacts Rutgers-Princeton Rivalry
      A dispute between Rutgers and Princeton over a Revolutionary War era cannon is the inspiration for “Knights, Tigers and Cannons. Oh My!,” by Rutgers junior Zack Morrison  [“an individualized film major … combining [the School of Arts and Sciences] cinema studies program with classes in the new Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking….”
    • Strong Comeback
      Felled by an aneurysm, student Wislande Guillaume [senior majoring in in Political Science & Women's And Gender Studies] more than recovered, she excelled.
    August 2012
    • Family Man
      Alumnus Steven Temares [RC ’80, Economics & Philosophy] honors his loved ones through the endowment of an academic chair.
    July 2012
    • Goldwater Scholars
      Their hard work and love of research earn students Devinn Lambert [biotechnology, SEBS] and Kelvin Mei [physics, SAS] national recognition.

       

    • The Life Saver
      Alumnus and oncologist David Schuller [RC ‘66] is a pioneer in treating cancers of the head and neck.

       

    • Ford Driven
      The Ford sisters—Janine [SAS’11], Laura [SAS ’13], and Stephanie [SAS ’14]—pull their weight on the Scarlet Knights women’s crew team.
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    Winter 2012
    • The Restaurant Guys
      Soon after graduating from Rutgers, Mark Pascal and Francis Schott [both RC 1988] tossed aside career plans to chase their real love. Today, close to 25 years later, they are the proprietors of the sublime Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi restaurants in New Brunswick—their venues for sharing their undiminished devotion to fine food.

       

    • Cabbin' It
      Alumna Bhairavi Desai [RC’94] is the cofounder and executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing roughly one-third of New York City’s 49,000 taxi drivers.

       

    • Love at First Rewrite
      They met at a Rutgers literary magazine years ago. Today, Chris Gavaler [RC’88] and Lesley Wheeler [RC ‘89] remain each other’s biggest literary fan.
    December 2011
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    October 2011
    • At Rutgers, Breaking the Barriers that Divide
      Shalom/Salaam invites Jews and Muslims – and other constituencies – to break bread together, literally and figuratively.

       

    • RutgersZone Gearing Students Toward Success
      Livingston’s event venue provides a space to de-stress and a launch pad for post-graduation jobs. [Alexandria Intravatola “graduated last year from Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences with a major in public health through the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a minor in art history.” & Matthew Ferguson, general manager of the Zone,  is “2005 graduate of University College who received his master’s in city and regional planning from the Bloustein School in 2008…”] 
    September 2011
    • From Internship to Paying Job? It Happens
      Rutgers' Internship & Co-Op Program provides students valuable work experience for their resumes and, for some, full-time employment. The program, sponsored by Career Services and the School of Arts and Sciences, was rolled out in fall 2008.

       

    • At Rutgers, Everything Including the Kitchen Sink
      Byrne seminar program, in its fifth year, offers first-year students a close-up look at faculty research.

       

    • The Expos Five
      A rite of passage, the required English composition courses for first-year students at Rutgers are an introduction to the caliber of academic performance expected of this university's students.  …an inside look at the approaches …students take to pass the challenging "Expository Writing" class.

       

    • A Memorial 10 Years Later for Flight 93
      Although memorials have been funded for 9/11 victims in Arlington and New York, the passengers of Flight 93 are still waiting for their tribute. Four Rutgers alumni were on the flight.  
      • Colleen Fraser, LC '74
      • Richard Guadagno, CC '84
      • Patrick Joseph Driscoll, GSNB '75
      • Don Peterson, GSM '67

         

    • All the Photos Fit to Print
      Alumna Kathy Ryan {DC, '78], photography editor of the New York Times Magazine, is at the peak of her career.
    Fall 2011
    • Growing Up in the Shadow of 9/11
      Students at Rutgers today were just children when America was attacked 10 years ago, an event that informed their upbringing in untold ways. Recently, students taking part in a journalism class [6 SAS/SCI majors] interviewed young adults their own age who lost a parent that day, an experience that served as a catharsis for everyone involved.

       

    • Witnesses to a Tragedy
      Thirty years have passed since alumnus Michael Gottlieb [RC ‘69] first identified AIDS. Now, biochemist Eddy Arnold has devised an effective medicine to fight it.

       

    • Yes We Can
      Alumna Santina Muha [DC ‘06] —winner of the Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey pageant and star in a new documentary—is an ardent advocate for casting people with “disabilities” in the light of what is possible, not what can’t be done.

       

    • The Angel of Death Row
      Alumna Andrea Lyon [LC’73] has successfully argued against a death sentence for 19 indigent clients convicted of capital murder.

       

    • Positive Vibration
      Alumnus Frederick Morton Jr. [RC ‘89] is the founder and CEO of Tempo Networks, a broadcasting company based in Newark devoted to bringing the culture of the Caribbean to its residents.

       

    • Good Fortune at Hard Knocks
      Alumnus Ken Rodgers [RC ‘96] garners Emmys for his work at NFL Films as its lead creative producer.

       

    • Great Expectations
      The remaining players from recruited class of 2008, one of the most heralded in Scarlet Knights women’s basketball history, aim to end their careers on a high note.

       

    • A Bicycle Built for RU
      Alumnus Jay Zand [LC ‘82] refurbishes a 100-year-old bicycle, featuring a Rutgers head badge.

       

    • ODASIS Students Going On To Graduate or Professional Programs, and Alumni Completing Such Programs In 2011
      The goal of the Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS) is to increase the recruitment and academic success of underrepresented students, …as well as economically disadvantaged students, …interested in pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professions.  Meet some ODASIS graduates going on to graduate, doctoral or professional programs, and ODASIS alumni graduating from such programs in 2011.
    August 2011
    • Renaissance Man
      A jack of many trades and master of them all, alumnus James Cusumano [RC’64, GSNB’68] has led a life rich in experience.

       

    • Built Ford Tough
      A key player in Ford’s rebound, alumnus Mark Fields [RC ‘83] credits his ability to listen to customers.

       

    • One Good Photo = 1,000 Words
      Alumna Kathy Ryan [DC ‘78] knows how to pick them. She’s photography director for the New York Times Magazine.

       

    • Eric LeGrand Joins Rutgers' Radio Broadcast Team
      Rutgers head football coach Greg Schiano announced Tuesday that senior Eric LeGrand has joined the Rutgers Football Radio Network as an analyst. LeGrand will be on the broadcast for a segment during the pre-game show, at halftime and on the post-game show for every game this season.
    July 2011
    • Former Wall Street Journal Reporter Endows Rutgers Scholarship for Journalism Students
      A former Wall Street Journal reporter [Barry Kramer, RC 1962] endows Rutgers scholarship for journalism students.

       

    • Ex-Rutgers Star Carli Lloyd Key to U.S. World Cup Run
      Link to The Record, July 13, 2011:  Carli Lloyd [RC ‘06] took a chance on Rutgers. A transcendent high school soccer player with a bevy of scholarship offers across the nation, the Jersey girl decided she wanted to stay home. … A ferocious attacking midfielder on the U.S. women's national team, Lloyd is at the heart of the thrilling run through World Cup 2011…

       

    • Rutgers Graduate Courts Distinction
      Esther Salas is the first Hispanic woman to serve on the U.S. District Court in New Jersey. Her positive experience as a minority student at RU helped her succeed, she says. ...As an undergraduate, Salas also participated in Rutgers’ Educational Opportunities Fund program, ....She received her B.A. in 1991 from Rutgers in New Brunswick, where she was a political science major with a double minor in philosophy and Puerto Rican and Caribbean Studies.

       

    • A Life Revealed through Art
      Alumna Joan Snyder  [DC’62, MGSA’66] transforms her life experiences into creative inspiration.

       

    • The Building Blocks of Art
      Some of Sean Kenny's [RC’98, Computer Sci] stunning Lego creations will be on view this summer at the Bronx Zoo.

       

    • The Young and the Restless
      Some alumni wait years before donating to Rutgers. These recent grads [below] aim to give what they can right now. 
      • Katty Rivera LC’04, GSE’09 – donation to the Center for Latino Arts and Culture
      • Alex Mahgoub RC’06 (double major, English & theater arts)

         

    • Scarlet Knights Football Player Stands Up in Therapy
      Eric LeGrand continues to defy the odds. Watch a video interview with ESPN, in which he discusses his recovery progress.
    June 2011
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    • Advantage, Zhang
      Tennis star Amy Zhang receives a coveted Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge.

       

    • 60 Seconds
      Pamela Schaller [DC’91], a senior aquatic biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, is a friend of the African penguin.

       

    • Gone but Never Forgotten
      Alumna Kerry Glass [RC’95] saves the memories of the terminally ill through personalized videos that preserve their legacy for family.

       

    • A Lasting Impression
      A former student [John Adams, RC’65] gives $2 million in honor of a mentor in the history department to benefit students in the School of Arts and Sciences.

       

    • A Real Pro
      Alumnus Jim Mrva [RC’72] is named the Professional Golfers’ Association of America 2010 Golf Professional of the Year.

       

    • Blind and at Bat
      Alumnus John Sanfratello [RC’90] coaches the New Jersey Lightning, the state’s first baseball squad of visually impaired players.
    May 2011
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