Spring 2016 Stories

The 2016 Inductees into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Hall of Fame

Distinguished Company, Indeed

The 2016 inductees into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni stand out for their rare professional achievements. But the most important career legacy for each of them? Helping others.

Staking Their Claim at Rutgers

The symposium “Exclusion to Inclusion: 250 Years of Women at Rutgers” reveals the long road toward achieving educational and scholarly equality. 

Doing the Right Thing

Two alumni—Camden mayor Dana Redd and police chief J. Scott Thomson—are presiding over the most optimistic era in the city's recent history. 

Asking for a Little Respect

“Procedural justice,” a fresh approach to criminal justice reform, asks that defendants  and the court show mutual respect.  

Rutgers president Robert Barchi presents President Obama with an honorary doctor of laws degree.
On the Banks 

“I Came Here Because You Asked”

After a three-year courtship, President Obama comes to Rutgers to deliver the 250th Anniversary Commencement Address.

Commencement 2016: Rutgers University–Newark

Journalist Soledad O’Brien highlights a day of celebration as the commencement speaker.

There’s Something About Barry

Barry V. Qualls, the beloved English professor who charmed, amused, and counseled his students, retires.

250 Years—and Counting

Spring events to mark Rutgers’ commemoration of its 250th anniversary.

The Rutgers Tomato by Any Other Name

The coveted tomato is reintroduced during the university’s sestercentennial as the Rutgers 250.

“We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”

How the operational staff at Rutgers prepared for President Obama's historic visit at the 250th Anniversary Commencement. 

Commencement 2016: Rutgers University–Camden

Lisa Kaplan is the keynote speaker for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences.

On the Merits

Rutgers University–Newark is redefining how honors students are chosen.

We Don't Do This Alone

Advocating for Rutgers with our government representatives has paid dividends.

 Shawn Tucker RC’07, EJB’12
Scarlet Sports 

From College to a Career

How the Rutgers Leadership Academy prepares student-athletes with the skills to achieve success after college. 

Hurdling Along

Alumna Ashley Higginson attempts one last hurdle: competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

All In

The Newcomb family supports Rutgers Big Ten teams and helps underwrite facilities upgrades.

Hoop Dreams

Steve Pikiell takes over as the head coach of the Scarlet Knights men’s basketball team.


Net Gain

Former Scarlet Knights women’s basketball players have long been a source of pro talent for the WNBA.

A Sprint to the Finish

Senior Jermaine Griffith earns a spot on the 2016 Guyana Olympic team.

A Big Vision—and a Big Effort

The R Big Ten Build campaign is halfway to raising $100 million for athletics facilities.

Scarlet Sports Shorts

A round-up of student-athlete achievements.

Candace Straight
The Arts 

Revealing the Real Story of Wall Street Women

Women associated with Rutgers help produce the new feature film Equity.

Bringing Nature Indoors

The architecture of "vertical landscapes," using nature as our inspiration.

Writing of the Heroic Kind

Alumnus Christopher Markus is the screenwriter behind some of the most popular movies today.

Inner Visions

A learning abroad experience in Iceland, supported by donors, helped Laura Cain refine her art.

Parks and Recreation

Landscape architect Denise M. Mattes helps revive parks in underserved neighborhoods in New York City.

Books—in Brief

Previews of new titles written by members of the Rutgers community.

Illustration of Rutgers Health Care
Health Matters 

Team-Based Health Care

Rutgers Health aims to reshape patient care in New Jersey and beyond. 

Fresh Bounty

Kathleen Jackson, of the School of Nursing–Camden, facilitates the effort to bring good food to city residents.

Reason to Smile

The Eric B. Chandler Health Center provides essential dental care, thanks in part to J&J.

Making a Woman Feel Whole Again

Jonathan Keith,  a professor of surgery, performs  a new breast reconstruction  procedure—to pleasing aesthetic and psychological effect.

Illustration of embedded worker at his desk

Stuck in Job Security

Why people stay in a job they dislike.

A Rare Distinction

Accolades for professors Joachim Messing and Richard H. Ebright.

Seeing the Future

The many sage investments of Omar Boraie.

Stacy Remiszewski
Alumni Notes 

Solution Oriented

Medical chemist Stacy Remiszewski is honored for a drug he created that prolongs the lives of certain cancer patients.

Powerful Connections

Sharon Rose Powell’s peer-mentoring program helps high school students confront peer pressure and become effective leaders.

Sweating the Small Stuff

U.S. Masters Swimming coach Edward H. Nessel uses unique training methods for his Olympic hopefuls.

Ordinary People

As a political and corporate strategist, Steve Ayscue knows what it takes to design messages that appeal to the electorate.

Filling in the Blanks

Eric Luper, a chiropractor by day, writes for Mad Libs and authors books for young readers.

Class Notes and Alumni Events

Find out what's going on with the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

Robert Barchi

First Class

From the President: Celebrating our 250th Anniversary graduates.

The Obama-Rutgers Connection

From the Editor: President Obama praises initiatives under way at Rutgers.