Giving freely of their time, energy, and resources, alumni leaders light the path to a stronger Rutgers. Presented in October 2016, the eighth annual Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards honored the inspiring contributions of several individuals and groups.

Individual honorees basked in the scarlet spotlight.

Young Alumni Service Award: Matthew Aquino LC’08, RBS’08, for his role in the TeamUP mentoring program.

Volunteer of the Year Award: Thomas Struble CC’81, for his service to Alexander Library and for a wide range of contributions to Rutgers’ yearlong 250th anniversary celebration.

Honorary Alumna/us Award: Barbara Jacoby, for leadership of the Rutgers Club of Sarasota/Manatee with and in honor of her husband, Arthur Jacoby RC’49.

Scarlet Forever Award: Robert Eichert RC’78, for his lifelong support of Rutgers and its students.

Alumni groups exhibited their unique brands of leadership excellence.

Collaboration: The Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers School of Law–Camden alumni associations, for a joint event series to promote the law schools’ recent merger.

Student Engagement: The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Alumni Association, for its first-year student mentoring program.

Professional Development: The Rutgers Alumnae Women’s Professional Network, for its networking and career-building forums.

Community Service: The Rutgers Club of Raleigh-Durham, for volunteer work with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Philanthropy: The Queens Guard Alumni Association, for its pledge drive to create the Veterans Scholarship Endowment at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Communications: The Honors College Alumni Association of Rutgers University–Camden, for its strategic outreach campaign promoting Alumni Weekend activities.