Spring 2017 Stories

All four Rutgers Alumni Hall of Distinguished Award Winners 2017

Star Presence

Introducing the 2017 members of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

All Aboard for Art

Express Newark, the new arts collaborative, provides a vital outlet for artistic expression.

Rutgers Grows the Garden State

The university's significant impact on the economy of New Jersey.

Tending to the Land

Two alumni work together to provide a model for the stewardship of the state’s forests.

It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Lenny Kaye relives his life as chronicler of rock 'n' roll and role with the Patti Smith Group.

Two seeing-eye puppies
On the Banks 

The Puppy Maestro

Alumna Peggy Gibbon and her long career with The Seeing Eye guide-dog school.

The Facts About Science

Rutgers takes part in the first March for Science event.

Taking Care of Business

Rutgers Business School cleans up in 2016–2017 competitions.

No Room for Debate

The Rutgers University–Newark Debate Team wins two big national tournaments.

Pulling Rank

U.S. News & World Report singles out Rutgers.

Newark: A City of Learning

A network of urban partners steps up education efforts.

Rutgers: Veteran Friendly

Rutgers University–New Brunswick ranks high in accommodating service personnel seeking a degree.

New Leader in New Brunswick

Debasish Dutta becomes chancellor of Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Computer Driven

Rutgers University–Camden computer science major wins a 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award.

Head of the Class

Chelsie Riche receives the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Sock Hop

Getting the essentials at Basic/Outfitters.

One for All

Rutgers celebrates its diversity during spring events.

Commencement 2017

New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden celebrate another year of achievement.

Jim Valvano R'67
Scarlet Sports 

Bigger Than Life

College Avenue Gymnasium basketball court is named after former star Jimmy Valvano.

A Winning Combination

The Scarlet Knights don "the three stripes."

Springboard for Success

How a top Rutgers University–New Brunswick gymnast benefits from the Andrew and Susan Reale Endowed Scholarship.

Oldie but Goodie

Reliving a key women's basketball championship game from 1982.

Great Expectations

The Scarlet Knights wrestling team has a stellar 2016–17 season.

A Name That's Game

Budding Rutgers University–Newark track star has success written into her name—literally.

The Links to Victory

Rutgers University–Camden men’s golf team wins its fifth straight North Eastern Athletic Conference title. 

Lacrosse Scores Again

Scarlet Knights lacrosse teams again have promising seasons.


The alumnus who directs security for the Washington Nationals.

Sue Kaufmann is a docent with Save Ellis Island,
The Arts 

With Open Arms

Alumna Sue Kaufmann is a tour guide at the Ellis Island Museum. View a video of her explaining her role.

Hi-Tech Art Appreciation

How a computer can evaluate paintings like an art scholar. View a video of how its done.

The Sound of Angels

Jake Schlaerth has mastered the rarest of instruments, the glass armonica. View a video of him playing it.

Smart Filmmaking With a Smartphone

How to make a great movie, in the palm of your hand.

Double Vision

The videos of student Alyssa Lopez.

Bull Session

Out of the shoot with Bull in a China Shop.

A Sense of Identity

Three generations of Cuban Americans discuss the island nation in new documentary.


Remembering the First Lady of Song at Rutgers University–Newark.

Double Take

The photography of Terrence A. Reese at the Zimmerli.

No-Fly Zone

Dramatizing drone warfare.

Underground Movement

Hyperrealistic video portraits of New York City subway commuters.

The Joy of Onions

New cookbook celebrates this vegetable as well as scallions, garlic, leeks, and shallots.

Thomas Conte traveling in northern Mongolia
Health Matters 

The Kindness of Strangers

The Human Generosity Project goes far and wide to document human cooperation.

The Silent Killer

How hepatitis could be wiped out with better communication.

Cosmetic Considerations

Plastic surgeon Arthur Perry and his twin perspectives for understanding human skin.

Brain Drain

Defective brain cells with toxic proteins may affect healthy cells, promoting Alzheimer's and more.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Exotic Pepper Project at Rutgers is growing a range of peppers that thrive in New Jersey.

Today's Specials

Rutgers University–New Brunswick introduces healthier fare in its dining halls.

A Classic Condition

Rutgers University–Newark combines a car show with a fair to raise awareness of men’s brain health.

Fighting Cancer in High Gear

How the Century for the Cure bike ride funds vital cancer research.

A Proper Burial

Forensic scientists and students at Rutgers University–Camden identify human remains from the 18th century.

Alumna Gloria Bonilla-Santiago with students

A Big Step Forward

The LEAP Academy University Charter School fetes 20 years of educating Camden children. 

Illustration of Alumni opening doors for graduates
Alumni Notes 

A Powerful Network

How 500,000 Rutgers alumni, a vast resource, helps open career doors for graduates, young and old. 

The RUAA: Good for School Ties

The association’s 100-plus chartered organizations amount to an extensive professional network.

Forward Thinking

Why world-renowned reconstructive surgeon and alumnus Sherman Leis mentors.

Alumni News and Events

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

Footsteps to Follow

Student contest-winners explain the inspiration of this year’s Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni inductees.

Raising the Bar

Alumnus Marvin Adames, a Newark municipal judge, counsels students at Rutgers University–Newark.

Seeing the Whole Picture

The unique techniques of dentist Lauren Lapinski to use check-ups to evaluate overall health. 

President Barchi with students

Engaging With the World

From the President: The importance of students stepping up, helping out, and making a difference. 

Making the State’s Investment Count

The State We're In: Rutgers' significant economic impact on New Jersey.

All-Star Students

From the Editor: 2017 was a banner year for scholarly accolades for students.