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.

2014

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. ”
 

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