Fall 2015 Stories

Students in courtyard of Honors College

An Honors Education for the 21st Century

The Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick is home for 530 of the highest-achieving first-year students.

Grand Design

Rutgers 2030, a blueprint for transforming the university, will enhance the physical attributes of Rutgers.

All Rise

The new Rutgers Law School—the result of merging the School of  Law–Newark and the School of Law–Camden to become one of the largest law schools in the nation—promises a robust and relevant legal education.  

The Intrepid Explorer

Evelyn M. Witkin,  a bacterial geneticist at Rutgers for two decades, receives the prestigious Lasker Award.

Victoria’s Secrets

Alumna Victoria D. Schmidt—94 years young—reveals how to lead a long, fulfilling life.

Kenneth Iuso, the executive university registrar at Rutgers
On the Banks 

Student Aid

Kenneth Iuso relives his long career as the executive university registrar at Rutgers.

Earning Their Ears

Rutgers–Camden business majors reap the benefits of a Disney internship.

A Passion and a Calling

As a political aspirant working for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives,  alumnus Wes Brooks knows the tumultuous world of southern Florida politics.

Newark as the Next Silicon Valley

A new partnership formed to underwrite high-tech startups will share the building that houses Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick.

Civic Minded

Rutgers University–Camden gets top Carnegie Foundation honor  for its community engagement

For the Record

During the university’s 250th anniversary in 2016, alumni are invited to participate in an online course about Rutgers’ storied history—providing their own recollections for the benefit of students.

A Shield of Commemoration

To mark its 250th anniversary in 2016, Rutgers updates the university shield.

Famous, but Nameless

Two popular hybrid species of dogwood, created by Elwin R. Orton,  are formally—and finally—named after their breeder and Rutgers.

$187.9 Million

The Rutgers University Foundation reports another record year for fundraising.

Answering the Call

Bipartisan support saves crucial program for veterans.

Money Well Spent

The value of a Rutgers education gets high rankings.

Keeping the Ripest Fruit in the Garden State

What it will take to retain the top college-bound students growing up in New Jersey.

Alumnus David A. (Sonny) Werblin is all smiles as he poses with New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath.
Scarlet Sports 

The Star Maker

When alumnus David A. Werblin, 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.

So Defensive

The Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team had a strong debut in the Big Ten last fall, thanks to players like Casey Murphy and Brianne Reed. Now, they want more.

The Alchemy of Copper

With a rare mix of athletic skills, Kahleah Copper led last year’s Scarlet Knights women’s basketball team in its promising first year in the Big Ten.

Hope Springs Eternal

Proposed upgrades at Rutgers University–New Brunswick sports facilities, and a crop of athletes to watch, have fans optimistic about Big Ten competition.

Moritz von Stuelpnagel, an alumnus of the Mason Gross School of the Arts
The Arts 

The God’s Honest Truth

Alumnus Moritz von Stuelpnagel is the director of Hand to God, the Tony-nominated play appearing on Broadway. 

Jazzin’ It Up

The Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark turns to Wayne Winborne and Vincent Pelote to further burnish jazz’s place in American culture.

Another Day That Will Live in Infamy

The photographs of alumnus Jonathan C. Hyman recount the spontaneous memorials for the victims of 9/11.

Making Moves

Jersey (New) Moves! a dance showcase  at NJPAC, debuts the choreography of Mason Gross School of the Arts alumni.

The Ties That Bind

The Rutgers University Glee Club visits Utrecht University, a pivotal influence in Rutger’s founding as Queen’s College 250 years ago.   

A Literary Device

Alumna Marta McDowell writes biographies of famous writers inspired by their private gardens, one being Beatrix Potter. 

 Alice Lazzarini
Health Matters 

Life From Both Sides

Alice Lazzarini, a key Rutgers researcher in diagnosing a cause of Parkinson's, later develops the disease herself.  

Stress Tests

Alumnus Philip Scarpa has made a career understanding the physical and mental demands on pilots and astronauts. 

A Matter of Heart and Mind

A new therapy to help substance abusers—moderating the heart rate by means of breathing techniques to quiet the mind—holds out the promise of reducing relapses.

Lifting the Fog

Patients undergoing chemotherapy often report feeling mentally compromised. A new study looks to minimize the condition known as “chemo brain.”

Support Group

The faculty and alumni of the New Jersey Medical School rally to augment  the effort to create two endowed chairs in surgery, named after esteemed colleagues.


Advances in the biomedical and health sciences.

Sally Goldfarb, a professor of law at Rutgers Law School

Shelter From the Storm

Sally Goldfarb, a professor at Rutgers Law School and an architect of the Violence Against Women Act, explains the ongoing value of the legislation.


New positions for key faculty members.

A Model for Fighting Sexual Violence

A White House task force turns to Rutgers to help curb a persistent problem on college campuses nationwide.


Recent breakthroughs and findings in faculty research.

Old cars in Cuba
Alumni Notes 

Cuba Confidential

Rutgers invites alumni to experience the mystique of the island of Cuba.

Weaving Your Own Safety Net

Alumna Suzanne Garber writes a novel, which incorporates tips from executives, to help people find rewarding jobs.

Have Scarlet Flag, Will Travel

To honor Rutgers, John Lenkey has made a hobby of climbing the world’s highest peak.

Periodontics and Politics

Kendal Major serves his fellow Bahamians  as a dentist—but also as a member of parliament.

Net Positive

SY Lau, an executive of a Chinese internet company, receives the Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year Award.  

Surveyor of the Environment

Remembering Paul J. Lioy, an expert in exposure science, particularly the effects of toxic 9/11 dust.

Robert Barchi

From the President

Dreaming Big: A Vision for Transforming Rutgers

From the Editor

Research Excellence—Yesterday and Tomorrow