Fall 2014 Stories

Rutgers University–Camden, chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon

Access to an Ideal

Phoebe A. Haddon takes over as chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, with the goal of adding to its community outreach and research strengths.

Pulling a RABIT Out of His Hat

Nenad Gucunski, of the School of Engineering, helped design a revolutionary device to inspect bridges to safeguard the state’s and nation’s distressed spans.

Playing the Percentages

How a greater percentage of alumni who give donations each year will help Rutgers rise in the rankings and lend more prestige to a degree.

The Pearl of New Jersey

Oysters are thriving in the state, thanks to the work of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, a network of research and education facilities statewide.

Rutgers on His Mind

In his new memoir, Raised at Rutgers, Richard L. McCormick relives his lifelong relationship with the university—and his 10-year presidency of it.

Dina Long, the mayor of Sea Bright, New Jersey
On the Banks 

Damage Control

Two years after Hurricane Sandy ravaged her community, Dina Long, the mayor of Sea Bright, New Jersey, has overseen a return to normalcy.


Rutgers continues to climb in important rankings.

Fundraising Campaign Launched for Chair in Gloria Steinem’s Name

The chair will be a collaboration among the Institute for Women’s Leadership, School of Communication and Information, and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

With All the Pageantry

Cierra Kaler-Jones, named Miss New Jersey for 2014, competes for Miss America.

Board of Governors Has a New Leader

Alumnus Greg Brown succeeds Gerald C. Harvey to oversee the important governing body.

The Painting Preacher

Scarlet red brightens a New Brunswick church.

Leadership of the Garden Variety

Ari Novy is the new director of the United States Botanic Garden.

Bucket List?

The leaders of Rutgers gladly submit to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

A Citadel of Learning

The new Honors College in New Brunswick gets set to open next fall, with an inaugural class of top students.

When Fashion Gets Political

Apparel retailer Eileen Fisher benefits two programs at the Center for American Women and Politics to encourage women to run for office.

Samples of Big ten sports
Scarlet Sports 

Big Time in the B1G

Several coaches explain what entry into the conference means and how they are preparing their teams, mentally and physically, for the Big Ten.

Chemical Reaction

How a professional baseball team’s likelihood of making the playoffs this fall hinged on “team chemistry,” which a Rutgers University–Camden professor has investigated.

First Year's a Charm

Casey Murphy, the star first-year goalie for the Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team, shuts out top-ranked Penn State in a dramatic Big Ten upset.

Scarlet Sports Shorts

All-star alumni reach new heights of achievement; new members of prestigious halls of fame; classroom competition; and baseball diamond dynamos.

Marshall Jones III RC’85 , pictured left, Ricardo Khan RC’73, MGSA’77, pictured right
The Arts 

At a Crossroads

Crossroads Theatre Company, founded by a couple of alumni back in 1978 to dramatize the African-American experience, lives on under the direction of another alumnus to provide top regional theater.

The Art Sleuth

Alumna Elizabeth Lane, the associate librarian for public services at the Frick Collection, helps scholars discern the provenance of rare art.

RU Reading

Noteworthy titles from Rutgers faculty and alumni.

A Long-Running Production

The George Street Playhouse, another regional theater founded by an alumnus, celebrates its 40th year of operation.

A Book Party for Papa

Rutgers University–Camden again hosts the Big Read, a series of events  to promote reading.

from the left: Shridar Ganesan, Andrew Brooks, Robert DiPaola, Jay Tischfield, and Linda Brzustowicz, photographed at RUCDR
Health Matters 

A Game-Changer in Fighting Cancer

Thanks to a $10 million anonymous pledge to the Rutgers University Foundation, two prominent institutes at Rutgers will collaborate to develop "precision" therapies for curing cancer.

Stress Tests

Researchers at Rutgers are helping two vulnerable age groups—children and an aging population—cope with the debilitating effects of an all-too-common malady.

Fighting the Resistance

The overuse and misuse of antibiotics have led to antibiotic-resistant infections—and rising fatalities. The federal government has turned to Rutgers to help.


New clinical and research collaborations.

Drama Center

Doctors at New Jersey Medical School star in a TV series about life in the emergency room.

The Role of a Lifetime

Twenty years ago, pediatric surgeon Steven Stylianos oversaw an operation to separate conjoined twin girls. One of them recently gave birth in a rare delivery.


Advances in the biomedical and health sciences.


New initiatives in the health sciences.

Illustration of drone carrying a pizza box

Look! Up in the Sky!

Rutgers leads a consortium to research the commercial viability of drones.


New collaborations between Rutgers and funding agencies.


Recent breakthroughs and findings in faculty research.


New positions for key faculty and staff.


Faculty honored for research and teaching achievements.

Students enjoy a crab feast in Pasadena, Maryland.
Alumni Notes 

A Spirited Welcome

Rutgers alumni gather to answer questions and wish members of the new class good luck before move-in day.

A Friend, Indeed

When Meredith Vieira decided to have a new TV show, she knew her old buddy, alumnus Jon Harris, would be the perfect sidekick.

The Garden City

In an urban trend taking root nationwide, alumnus Mike Devlin has championed the cultivation of vegetable gardens in Camden.

Remembering Floyd H. Bragg

A member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni and a Loyal Son of Rutgers, he received an honorary doctor of law degree, the Rutgers Medal, the Douglass Medal, and the first Walter H. Seward Rutgers for Life Award.

Sound Advice

Andrew and Todd Perry, recognized as a top financial advisory team, were good buddies growing up before excelling at Rutgers, and they remain close brothers.

The GPS of Learning

Walter MacDonald presides over Educational Testing Service, which has new ways to assess people to help them in their education and career.

At Home While Abroad

After initially having a miserable time studying in Paris, Andrea Bouchaud learned how to enjoy herself. Now, she is sharing her know-how with others.

Robert Barchi

From the President

Engaging Our Cities: The vital roles of Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden.


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