Alumni who steadfastly support Rutgers, especially those who direct and organize alumni groups, can learn a lot about leadership from each other. The annual Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Conference brings together group leaders and volunteers for a day of learning, networking, and strategy sharing.

Held October 20 at the Eva and Arie Halpern Hillel House in New Brunswick, this year’s conference featured inspiring guest speakers, thought-provoking workshops, and plenty of opportunities for leaders to compare notes.

Following the conference, the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards honored alumni who have made volunteerism—on their own or in chartered alumni groups—a focal point of their lives after graduation.

Inspiring Individuals
Three awards went to volunteers who have supported Rutgers in unique ways.

Young Alumni Service
Joshua Hanson CCAS’08—for his service on the board of the Honors College Alumni Association at Camden.

Volunteer of the Year
James Savage AG’71—for his fundraising leadership in support of Paul Robeson Plaza.

Scarlet Forever
Ruth Ann Burns DC’67, GSNB’75 and Carl Burns RC’64, GSNB’73—for their lifelong and wide-ranging service to Rutgers.

Outstanding Organizations
Six awards were given to alumni groups for exemplary  volunteerism and teamwork.

The Latino Alumni Association of Rutgers University—for its mentorship program focusing on Latinx students and alumni.

Student Engagement
The Rutgers University–Camden Alumni Association—for its Alumni Night at the Theater program.

Professional Development
The Rutgers Engineering Society—for its Seventh Annual Alternate Energy Symposium.

Community Service
The Rutgers Club of Sarasota/Manatee—for its community holiday program.

The Rutgers School of Nursing Alumni Association—for its awards and scholarship gala.

The Rutgers Club of New York City—for its strategic social media blitz.

To learn more, or to view photos from this year’s Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Conference and Awards, visit