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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.

march 2017
  • Students and Alumni Receive 14 Fulbright Grants
    For the ninth consecutive year, Rutgers ranks among the top producers of Fulbright scholarship winners at research institutions nationwide, with 14 Fulbright grants this year (2016-17) going to Rutgers students and alumni - half of whom were majors in the School of Arts and Sciences:
    Raul Aguilar (German, Russian)
    Gabriel Cummings (Environmental Policy & Economics)
    Kristin Licciardello (Political Science & Middle Eastern Studies)
    Sarah Neiheiser (Political Science)
    Shaheena Shahid (African Language and Literature & Middle Eastern Studies)
    Ireh Michelle Shin (Anthropology & Women’s and Gender Studies)
    Jeremy Yeaton, (SAS – Linguistics & French)

  • Remembering Norman Reitman
    Norman Reitman, one of Rutgers’ oldest alumni, who helped more than 200 financially struggling premed students attend college and dedicated decades of service to the university, died recently. He was 105. Reitman, Rutgers Class of ’32, was remembered as a mentor and role model who left a mark on Rutgers that reached far deeper than the financial assistance he provided through multiple scholarship programs he established with his wife and college sweetheart, Syril. The students he helped were touched by the interest he took in their lives and by Reitman’s own personal story of struggling while attending Rutgers during the Depression.

  • Michael Dweck Wants to Overhaul Your Underwear Drawer
    Dweck launched his company Basic Outfitters after a frustrating experience trying to replenish his basics attire. Now the 2009 Rutgers graduate [Major in American Studies] is making his mark, having recently been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list and appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank.
february 2017
  • A Freshman English Major, at Age 79
    Meet Bob Mostello. With a doctorate in chemical engineering and 20 patents to his name, he never had the time to study literature. He’s making up for it now.
  • The Power of Place
    Alumnus Paul Gardullo [1990, English and American Studies], a curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, helps tell the story of a people’s journey. Read the article in Rutgers Magazine and watch the video to learn more about Gardullo’s work at the museum, where objects as large as a house or as small as remnants of shattered glass from a bombed church tell a more truthful story of our nation’s history.
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  • Senior at Arts and Sciences Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
    Chelsie Riche, majoring in Africana studies and history with a minor in women's and gender studies, is one of 36 students nationwide awarded the prestigious scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Read about her research on access to education for marginalized communities.
  • Joining the Conversation: Matthew Johnson [RC, 1990] is named the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission.
    Matthew Johnson remembers being pulled over, handcuffed, and searched on the New Jersey Turnpike, supposedly for driving too close to the speed limit. He recalls being stopped by the Highland Park police many times merely for walking in his central New Jersey hometown. Today, Johnson RC’90 is an entertainment lawyer representing glamorous clients, from Oprah Winfrey to LeBron James. But in his newest assignment—president of the five- person Los Angeles Police Commission— he must balance the interests of a city’s competing constituencies.
  • Science Student Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places
    Meet Soo Jeong Hwang, a molecular biology and biochemistry student who says her experience in Arts and Sciences has transformed her in ways she could never have predicted. ... learn how she has added French and a Japanese martial art to a demanding undergraduate mix that includes working in the lab of biologist Monica Driscoll.
December 2016
  • Pursuit of NPR Career Pays Off for Rutgers Alumnus
    If you are one of the millions of people who listen to National Public Radio for news about the world economy, then you have probably heard Rutgers [2001] alumnus Alex Goldmark, producer of the show Planet Money. Read how his path to radio started at Rutgers University-New Brunswick [with an individualized major in Economics, Political Science, & History].

  • Rutgers Winners of College Fed Challenge Featured on Bloomberg TV
    The team bested competitors from universities including Dartmouth and Princeton in the 13th annual competition that encourages learning about the U.S. economy and monetary policy. Watch team members share their strategy:

  • The Story That Inspired ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
    The idea for a short story called ''The Greatest Gift'' came to Philip Van Dorsen Stern, Rutgers Class of 1924, while shaving one morning but took five years to write. Find out how the self-published story sent to 200 people as a 1943 Christmas card caught Frank Capra’s eye.

  • Rutgers Students Win Prestigious Fed College Challenge
    Undergraduates from Rutgers University-New Brunswick bested peers from several elite universities, demonstrating a grasp of economics that propelled them to the top of a tough national competition in Washington, D.C. Read more about the challenge that helps students learn about the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking and the role of the Federal Reserve System.
November 2016
  • A Rutgers Graduate Helps Apple Make History with iTunes
    Robert Kondrk helped introduce the world to iTunes, Apple Music, and other digital media breakthroughs that have become staples of our day-to-day lives. Read the story on the Arts and Sciences website and learn why this Rutgers graduate says that a strong liberal arts education was integral to his success.

  • A Rutgers Senior Pursues Equal Access to Education for Others
    Chelsie Richie is dedicated to helping children throughout the world achieve literacy and receive quality educations. Read her story in this latest profile in Rutgers Today’s RU Remarkable series, which highlights extraordinary students making their mark at Rutgers and beyond.

  • Rutgers Memorializes 1995 Alumna with Lecture Series Addressing Women’s Global Health
    Anita Ashok Datar [1995, Psychology], a public health policy expert who worked around the globe to champion the health and human rights of those most vulnerable, was one of 21 killed in last year’s Mali terrorist attack. Read about how the life of the 41-year-old mother of a young son will be honored through... an annual lecture series established by The Institute for Women’s Leadership that bears her name. The lectures will address a cause Datar crusaded tirelessly for – women’s global health – with the inaugural event slated for spring.
  • One of Nation’s Youngest Physicians Enters Medical Residency at Rutgers
    Ola Hadaya [SAS 2012, major in Middle Eastern Studies, minor in Biology] is accustomed to being the youngest.... She started high school at 11, graduated at 15, and got her undergraduate degree from Rutgers before she turned 18. So when Hadaya graduated from medical school and became a physician at 21, entering the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School before turning 22 was not a big deal.

  • Female Action Figures That Inspire Empowerment
    Rutgers alumna Veenita Bleznak [1991, Political Science and English] is COO of IAmElemental, a fast-growing company whose products have taken the toy industry by storm. Read about her journey from practicing attorney to creating series of female action figures – superheroes who encourage children to envision themselves as the strong and powerful centerpieces of their own narratives.

  • Rutgers Experience Readies Alumni for Disney Opportunity
    Working with people of diverse languages and cultures at the Rutgers Inn and Conference Center led two Rutgers grads to Disney’s competitive internship program: one of them, Ramon Lucas [2013, Mathematics], is two years into his career at The Walt Disney Company after the participating in the internship.

  • At Age 23, Rutgers Grad Is Youngest Elected City Council Member in His Hometown
    Andrew Rodriguez won his first campaign in Walnut City, California, a year after graduating from Rutgers-New Brunswick’s School of Arts and Sciences [2015, Political Science]. Find out why he pursued his goal since childhood earlier than he planned....
July 2016
  • James Dale: The Rutgers Alumnus Who Sued the Boy Scouts of America
    While a Rutgers University student in 1990, James Dale, an Eagle Scout, was ousted from membership in the Boy Scouts of America because he was gay. Dale sued the Boy Scouts in a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and helped change public opinion about discrimination by the century-old organization. Dale’s landmark case, the first to challenge the Boy Scouts' ban on gay members, led the organization to accept gay youths as members in 2013 and a year ago lift a ban on gay leaders.
June 2016
May 2016
  • Saluting Rutgers’ Highest-Achieving Undergraduates: 2016 Matthew Leydt Society inductees
    An elite group of undergraduate students... were inducted into the Matthew Leydt Society [which]... spotlights top graduates at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the university’s medical division, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. 178 students handpicked by the university for achievement in the classroom, in laboratories and in the arts – ranked in the top 2 percent academically – were selected from among nearly 8,000 undergraduates earning degrees this academic year.

    Three were SAS graduates who last year received prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, awarded to students pursuing research careers in science, mathematics and engineering:

    • Maggie Morash, a Genetics major and Computer Science minor... starred on the nationally ranked women’s soccer team.
    • Alina Afinogenova majored in Genetics and Economics
    • Aditya Parikh, majored in Physics and Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics.


  • Computer Scientist, Photographer or Both?
    Shirley Yu [2016] shot the cover of ‘Time’ magazine while preparing to graduate. The Computer Science major , who... has no formal training in the visual arts... worked as a professional photographer throughout her undergraduate years.... Yu’s images have racked up half a dozen awards and appeared in multiple publications... on March 7, her bird’s-eye shot of passengers traveling in driverless convertible was commissioned for the cover of Time.

  • SAS alumni honored with the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards
    The Rutgers University Alumni Association announce the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni honorees, who through their professional and civic achievements have brought honor to themselves and the university community – and three of the five alumni honored this year are Arts & Science graduates. Visit the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni website to read about their accomplishments.
    • Stephen I. Chazen [1968, major in Geology], is the CEO of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and production company... with operations in the U.S., Middle East, and Latin America.
    • Phuti Mahanyele [1983, major in Economics] is the executive chair of Sigma Capital, an investment holding company launched in 2015 in South Africa. Sigma Capital, a majority black-owned business, focuses on enabling sustainable partnerships in such fields as power and infrastructure, real estate, consumer goods, technology, media, and financial services.
    • Devin McCourty [2010, major in Sociology] and Jason McCourty [2009, major in Information Technology] are twin brothers and both starting defensive backs in the NFL. Former Rutgers defensive back Devin has won a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots; ...Jason has become a team captain for the Tennessee Titans. In addition to their on-field achievements, 2013, the twins launched the Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign in partnership with Embrace Kids Foundation, a nonprofit organization that offers programs and support services to children and families facing cancer, sickle cell disease, and other serious disorders. Read more at
  • A Hard-won Degree
    Shortly after graduating from Rahway High School, Letitia Jones left home. “By 18, I had my own apartment and was working three jobs,” she said. She worked at a day care center, a beauty supply store and as a toll taker on the Garden State Parkway. But Jones always knew that someday she would get a college degree – no matter how long it took. And now, at the age of 30, she is a Rutgers graduate after receiving her bachelor’s degree in geology from the School of Arts and Sciences.
April 2016
  • Rutgers Physics Major Named Goldwater Scholar
    Junior Jenny Coulter is one of 252 scholars in the nation to receive the prestigious undergraduate award for top students in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Find out why she changed her mind about studying art to pursue physics.

  • Rutgers Graduate Named 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow
    Nathan Gwira has lived in America, Ghana and China, speaks multiple languages and wants to one day become a U.S. ambassador. Read about how the $95,000 award toward pursuit of a master’s degree in international affairs and a five-year stint as a U.S. Foreign Service officer will help him achieve his goal.

    "Gwira excelled, graduating [in 2012] with a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies, with a minor in economics, from the School of Arts and Sciences, where he was recognized as one of the top 10 students in his major with the Paul Robeson Africana Prize."

  • Rutgers Alumna Creates Her Own Journalism Path
    Amanda Alcantara is part of a team that has created an online magazine for Dominican-born Americans to explore their dual identities, history and future. Learn more about La Galería and read Alcantara’s story, part of First Years Out, Rutgers Today’s latest series that follows young graduates making their way in work and life.
January 2016
  • Pam Fessler’s Journalism Journey
    The National Public Radio correspondent and Rutgers alumna [DC, 1075 – American Studies] pursued reporting when real-life role models were hard to find. Learn how her impressive career started at Rutgers.
November 2015
October 2015
  • Her Mission: Confronting Dangerous Viruses
    … now working on the front lines of public health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jessica Belser credits her undergraduate research experience at Rutgers with preparing her to battle the likes of influenza and Ebola.

  • The Star Maker and the Modern NFL
    When alumnus David A. Werblin (RC 1991), a renowned entertainment executive, signed Joe Namath to play quarterback for his New York Jets 50 years ago, pro football would never be the same.

  • Recovering Cheerleader Climbs a New Pyramid
    Rutgers sophomore [SAS, Psychology] Skye Cotler is charting her new normal after returning to school following a stroke. Learn how support from her Rutgers friends and teammates is making it possible.
September 2015
June 2015
  • Middle School Girls Get Head Start in Computer Science with Help of Rutgers Students
    Women computer science majors at Rutgers University are doing their part to inspire young girls to follow them into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.  The Rutgers students worked one-on-one with girls at Theodore Schor Middle School in Piscataway this past school year to coach them in programming, game design, robotics and fundamentals of computing such as binary numbers.… Brittany Perry, the Schor teacher and Rutgers alumna [SAS 2012, Mathematics]… leads the after-school tutoring program….

  • Just the Facts, Ma’am
    Mary Norris [Dc 10974, English], a senior member of the editorial team at the New Yorker, shares her life at the magazine and other points of interest in her book, Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.
May 2015
April 2015
  • Rutgers Alumnus John Michael Vazquez Receives Presidential Nomination for the U. S. District Court
    President Obama has nominated John Michael Vazquez [Rutgers 1992, Political Science & History] for the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.  Mr. Vazquez has been a partner at Critchley, Kinum & Vazquez, LLC since 2008, where he practices both civil and criminal litigation. Read more.

  • Classics Students Foray into Filmmaking with "Rome Stories"
    A collaboration between Classics and the Center for Digital Filmmaking has led to the making of four highly-creative films by SAS undergraduates, each with a story connected to Rome.  The movies, two short format documentaries and trailers for two feature films, explore a Papal family's efforts to preserve their villa; a princess whose father invented radio; the reflections of a legendary producer; and a Baltimore hair stylist who unlocks a secret of the ancient Romans.

  • Rodkin Scholars Program Helps Women in Sciences at Rutgers
    Aspiring female scientists are getting the chance to do research full time during the summer before their sophomore years at Rutgers as part of the Rodkin Scholars program. The project is funded by alumni Barbara and Gary Rodkin through the Our Rutgers, Our Future campaign. Watch our video to see the students at work.

  • Rutgers alumnus discusses experience developing education policy at The White House
    Although he has moved on from his days working for Teach for America, Zaid Abuhouran keeps photos of his former students at his desk as a reminder of the children his job aims to help.  Abuhouran, a Rutgers class of 2012 alumnus, has a slightly wider vantage point with his current position — he develops and implements educational policy at the United States Department of Education as a Presidential Management Fellow.

  • Clinton Global Initiative University
    Learn about the projects that earned Rutgers students – including two SAS students - a seat at the invitation-only conference in March.  …French and art history double major Olympia Christofinis …wants to provide medical supplies to 91 Syrian clinics that have been razed by civil war.   And SAS student Kevin Chen is investing in STEM education to promote prosperous communities through his commitment, “E-Create.”  His project will employ locals by establishing a local recycling program in Asian landfills.
March 2015
  • Rutgers student creates software company iChemLabs
    Rutgers University Chemistry undergraduate student, Kevin Theisen launched iChemLabs in 2008 with seed money from a generous donor who specifically wanted to help entrepreneurs start new companies.  Theisen, a former Henry Rutgers Scholar and president of the Rutgers Chemistry Society, has stayed active at the university, funding an annual computation award for students and providing iChemLabs web components for an important chemistry e-learning initiative. He hopes to use his experience to help foster interest in chemical programming and encourage students to engage with chemistry in new ways.

  • Douglass Students Pitch in to Help Poorest Communities in the Dominican Republic
    Residents of the Africana House, part of the Global Village at Douglass Residential College, recently spent an intense 10 days on a service-learning trip, …Douglass partnered with Rustic Pathways, an organization that facilitates student service projects around the world, to help set the agenda for the Dominican Republic visit.
February 2015
  • Luce Scholars Program Taps Third Rutgers Grad in Three Years
    Diana Won learned early on during her undergraduate years at Rutgers University that she wants to be where the private sector and public policy meet to make good things happen.  A Fulbright student when she graduated from Rutgers' School of Arts and Sciences in 2011, the Closter, N.J. native is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the Gerald Ford School at the University of Michigan.

  • Rutgers Students and Alumni Receive 19 Fulbright Grants to Teach and Study in 15 Countries
    Rutgers University students and alumni received 19 Fulbright Grants this year, again putting the university in the top 10 among research institutions for this prestigious award. Among the featured recipients is Jimmy Goodrich [SAS 2014, Philosophy], who is spending this academic year studying philosophy at Stockholm University.

  • Trading Statistics for Style
    John Koblin, a [2005] Rutgers alumnus and former sports columnist at The Daily Targum, now covers fashion for The New York Times. …A history and English major, Koblin took his first Victorian poetry class and made the English department his academic home. He worked at WRSU, the radio station at Rutgers, covering sports.

  • Death in the Workplace
    Each year, 800 employees are murdered in the American workplace. A book by [1973 Rutgers graduate and Henry Rutgers Scholar] Ronald D. Brown – believed to be the first written on workplace murder – examines what drives individuals to take such horrific action.

  • Student with Knack for Languages Finds Fertile Ground in Arts and Sciences
    Jeremy Yeaton [Class of 2016, double major in French and linguistics, minor in Chinese] arrived at Rutgers as a first-year student with a talent for learning languages. Read… how Yeaton developed his skills through courses as well as by engaging with others on our diverse campus.
January 2015
  • Celebrity Writer Pens Her Way to Success
    Among entertainment writers, Aliya S. King is a rock star. Find out how the Rutgers graduate [1994, Africana Studies] went from teaching high school at her alma mater to become the new entertainment editor at Ebony magazine.

  • Rescuing Languages in Peril
    Read about how SAS students in a new course… explore the complex factors that contribute to the death of languages, while taking steps to preserve them online.
December 2014
  • Rutgers Alumna Among Ebola Fighters Named Time Magazine Person of the Year
    Ella Watson-Stryker [RC'02, majors in Geography and Religion] honored for work with Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ emergency team in West Africa

  • Police Officer-Law Student Following in his Mother’s Footsteps
    Michael Arroyo [SAS'10 – major in Criminal Justice] was only 3 when he watched his mother sworn in as the first Hispanic alderwoman in the Morris County town of Dover – one of the many moments that inspired him to pursue a life in public service.

  • A Guiding Hand
    Meet James H. Whitney [RC'02, major in Africana Studies], who escaped a challenging childhood through the Educational Opportunity Fund and is now helping others like him at Rutgers’ new Office of Student Access and Educational Equity. Learn more.
November 2014
  • Making the ‘First-Gen' Label a Point of Pride
    Rosanna Reyes grew up in an immigrant household with parents who had only a middle school and high school education. At the age of 7, she spoke little English. Find out how the three-time Rutgers graduate [RC 2003, majors in Spanish and Sociology; MSW, Ed.D.] … is working to help other students like her achieve.
September 2014
August 2014
April 2014
  • Profiles of Outstanding Grads – Class of 2014
    Read about Chelsie Güner, a globe-trotting SAS honors student eyeing a teaching position in Asia, and Steve Milord, whose longing for straight teeth ignited his career in dentistry. Stay tuned for more!
  • Goldwater Scholars
    The research accomplishments and stellar academic records of three Rutgers students have earned them prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, awarded for excellence in mathematics, science and engineering.

    Juniors Kaiser Loell… [SAS major in molecular biology and biochemistry, with minors in mathematics and chemistry], Alina Rashid… [SAS genetics] and Asher Wasserman… [double-majoring in astrophysics and mathematics] are among 283 undergraduates selected by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to receive awards this year.

  • Two Graduates Win Soros Fellowships
    Two Rutgers alumni, each with personal commitments to addressing critical social needs, will advance their causes through graduate study supported by the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans:  Natalie Jesionka [DC’07, journalism] and Mike Alvarez [RC'07, psychology], a former a Henry Rutgers Scholar, who employs communications to raise awareness about mental illness.

  • Showcasing Undergraduate Research
    For the past decade Rutgers’ Aresty Center has been at the forefront of promoting undergraduate research. On Friday, more than 500 students who teamed up with some of the university’s top researchers will showcase their work. Read about their investigations into Alzheimer’s and A-T disease, video recordings of the Nazi Klaus Barbie trial and who William Penn really was – and come meet the presenters April 25 in the Livingston Student Center.

  • Once Bullied, Senior Embraces Muslim Roots and Political Activism
    Growing up in the years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, Sherif Ibrahim and his family were targets of bullying and discrimination. Read Ibrahim's story and find out how his time at Rutgers transformed his perception of his identity.
March 2014
  • Mission to Mars
    Meet Rutgers senior Brian Robles, an aspiring astronaut. When he heard that a Dutch group was looking for volunteers to be part of the first colony on Mars, he applied immediately, undeterred by the fact that he would never be able to return to Earth.

  • Rutgers Senior Awarded Luce Scholarship to Work in Asia
    Benjamin Chin is Rutgers' second Luce Scholar; plans to work in a drug treatment facility to learn how other countries deliver recovery services.  The linguistics major and public health minor in the School of Arts and Sciences will examine how recovery services are delivered to young people in other countries. Last year, Chin received a Truman Scholarship to fund graduate study for students committed to careers in public service. And this year, he has been named a Luce Scholar.

  • Rutgers Undergraduates Receive Funding to Attend Clinton Global Initiative
    Undergraduates Bonnie Wong, a social work major, and Stephanie Enriquez, a history and political science major, are among nine Rutgers students chosen to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting at Arizona State University, March 21-23.  Wong and Enriquez, working on a literacy project to help migrant children in China, were chosen from among thousands of youth globally.

  • Everyone Has A Story: Law student to compete for Rutgers
    ..Raquel DeStefano… doesn’t back down from arguments.   She graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick as a philosophy and political science major and is now a third-year law student at Rutgers School of Law-Camden.  She and team partner Elizabeth Carbone… will represent Rutgers-Camden … in the regionals of the American Bar Association Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition….

  • A Crisis Manager Reveals the Secret to his Success
    Lawrence P. English is a corporate executive who credits his undergraduate history professor at Rutgers with helping him develop the skills he needed to succeed. Read the story and learn why this business leader is quick to affirm the value of a liberal arts education.   

  • Dogs R Us
    Alumnae Regina Benjamin [DC'80] and Jane Nagy [DC'81] are trainers for Canine Companions for Independence, an organization that grooms dogs to assist people with disabilities. Read about that humbling moment when they turn over the leash and change a life.
February 2014
  • A Night at the Oscars
    …. Rutgers senior Jean Paul Isaacs will be schmoozing with filmmakers on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Find out how he earned the honor with a film submission of his own.
  • Compassion for Homeless Fueled by Childhood Memories of Isolation
    Read about A-Nam Nguyen, a fifth-year Rutgers senior majoring in cell biology and neuroscience with a minor in women’s and gender studies, whose experiences as a Vietnamese immigrant inspired her film about a woman living on the New Brunswick’s streets.

  • Rutgers Announces Hall of Distinguished Alumni 2014 Honorees
    Find out about the five notable graduates being inducted at the 27th annual awards gala in May. Among them are a Tony award-winning playwright and lyricist and a NASA-recognized mechanical engineer… and three are SAS alumni:
    • Joseph G. DiPietro, RC’84 is a two-time Tony award-winning playwright and lyricist. His work has appeared on Broadway and across the world and includes Memphis; Nice Work if You Can Get It; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. His most recent play, Clever Little Lies, debuted this fall at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.
    • Harvey M. Schwartz, LC’87 is chief financial officer of Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking, securities, and investment management firm. A leader in the finance industry for more than 25 years, he also volunteers for the Rutgers on Wall Street Initiative, which helps connect Rutgers students with alumni executives.
    • Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., DC’83 is the senior vice president of curriculum and content at Sesame Workshop and worked extensively on educational research for Sesame Street. She is a leader in the child and developmental psychology field and hosts an externship program to provide mentorship and career opportunities to current Rutgers students.
  • A Powerful Voice for Women’s Health
    Meet three-time Rutgers alumna and former Planned Parenthood executive Michele Jaker, whose agenda includes fighting for contraceptive coverage and emergency services for sexual assault survivors.
January 2014
  • Digging Deep in New Brunswick
    Two Rutgers graduates are doing local news in New Brunswick by going full throttle on investigative reporting.

    New Brunswick Today is run by Sean Monahan [LC'03 - Sociology], its 32-year-old publisher, and Charlie Kratovil [2009, Journalism and Media Studies], its 28-year-old editor. The two are determined to make this venture work both on the journalistic level and as a business proposition.

    “We have a product that people really want,” Kratovil said during a recent interview. “People want the news. It helps that we are young and interested in our city and feeling positive. ”
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 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.
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
Fall 2012
  • 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.
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
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
November 2011
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
Spring 2011
  • 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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