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.

2015

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.

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