Fall 2019 Stories

Rutgers President Robert Barchi standing in sitting area

The Man With a Plan

President Robert Barchi relives the high points of his tenure in preparing Rutgers for the 21st century.

In Good Company

The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni inducts a new class of graduates for the impact of their careers.

A Passion for Policy

A groundbreaking fellowship program prepares Rutgers students to grapple with major issues.

It Happened Here First

Rutgers is the Birthplace of College Football. It’s also the place of other memorable football firsts.

A Mom’s Greatest Nightmare—and Gift

Marlene Brandt gives a gift to Rutgers to create mental health services for young people.

Salamishah Tillet
On the Banks 

Agents of Change

The impact of professors Naomi Klein and Salamishah Tillet on our public discourse.

Remembering Joachim Messing

The director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology was a pioneer of DNA sequencing.

The Roots of Rutgers’ Diversity

Three events from 50 years ago that shaped the makeup of the student body.​

Causes for Celebration

Alumna Kimberly Dickstein Hughes is named New Jersey’s Teacher of the Year. ​

A Promise Kept

Scarlet Promise Grants, an effort to raise a $3 million endowment, will help students with aid. 

Letters Home

Upcoming exhibition will feature Rutgers veterans and their correspondence with loved ones while serving.​

The Cannabis Consultant

Alumna Ellie Siegel, consultant and lawyer, helps businesses navigate the evolving cannabis industry.

From the left, alumni John Herma, Jim Smith, and Tom Ulan
Scarlet Sports 

The Track Pack

Remembering the 1970 Scarlet Knights relay team that won AAU Indoor National Track Championships.


The Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team has a big season behind goalie Meagan McClelland.

Peak Performance

The RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center provides the best in practice facilities.​

Home Field Advantage

Tuckahoe Turf, found in NFL stadiums, was engineered at Rutgers' Center for Turfgrass Science.

Runners' High

The 1981 Scarlet Knights men’s track-and-field relay team enters the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame. ​

Setup Man

First-year point guard Paul Mulcahy, known for his passing, will be dishing the ball to victory.

Southern Ways

Three star players from Alabama boost the Scarlet Knights women's basketball team's prospects.

The Graduates

Scarlet Knights athletes set a school record for graduation rates, continuing a 10-year trend.

Louis Masur, a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at the School of Arts and Sciences
The Arts 

A Scholarly Look at Springsteen

Why professor Louis Masur believes Bruce Springsteen personifies the American Dream.

The Einstein Effect

A Zimmerli Art Museum exhibition investigates how scientific advances influenced modern art.

Living History

Alumnus Spencer Crew takes over at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.​

The Best of Broadway 24/7

Former WRSU deejay Stuart Brown turns his love of musicals into an online radio station.

Painting With the Material World

Vaughn Spann, a Rutgers–Newark graduate, is getting lots of national attention for his art. 

Public Exposure

Alumna Brooke Kamin Rapaport promotes more exposure for sculpture in urban settings.

It’s Showtime!

The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, new home for Mason Gross and other arts organizations, opens.

Leading a Rare Society

Alumna Carolyn Waters, head librarian at the New York Society Library, nurtures a new generation of patrons.

Donna Nickitas and Kevin Emmons
Health Matters 

Vets Caring for Vets

Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden unveils a program to train veterans to be nurses to serve vets.

Just Doing His Job

During World War II, alumnus Robert Walton made his contribution by helping to mass-produce penicillin.

Painless Biopsies

A virtual biopsy device can now quickly determine the potential malignancy of skin lesions.

Impossibly Good

Rutgers Food Innovation Center helped create the meatless Impossible Burger, now in growing demand.

Treating TB

New test for patients in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia would reveal impact of drugs to combat TB.

Good Health Starts at Home

Empowering people to be stewards of their own health through healthy lifestyle choices.

A Growing Concern

How Rutgers addresses the behavioral health needs of young people with new treatments and services.

Avoiding Pain—Avoiding Opioids

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine gets big grant to study drug alternatives for pain management.

The Baby Scientist

As both a child development expert and mom, Vanessa LoBue knows what she's talking about.

A Matter of Life and Death

Community problems should be seen as public health and social issues, not criminal behavior.

Colds and Young Children

Old-fashioned remedies for kids feeling under the weather that avoid cough medicines.

Alumni Ava Majlesi and Elie Honig

A Unique Community Service

Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities is emerging as a leader in criminal justice and national security.

The recently renovated Rutgers University–Newark Alumni Center
Alumni Notes 

A Home for Community

Introducing the newly renovated Rutgers University–Newark Alumni Center.

Leaders and Luminaries

At its 16th gala, Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance inducts new members into its Hall of Fame.

If These Walls Could Talk

Meredith Arms Bzdak brings historical perspective to renovating the Alumni Center at Rutgers–Newark.

A New Voice for Alumni

Greg Bedard takes over as chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Association Board of Directors.

A Helping Hand

Center on Addiction, led by Creighton Drury, addresses substance use disorder in novel ways.

The Face of Public Health

Oxiris Barbot is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Job Well Done

Letter From the Editor: The numerous improvements at Rutgers under president Robert Barchi.

Trial by Fire, Trenton Style

The State We're In: Fulfilling the lofty goals set forth by the New Jersey Legislature.