Spring 2019 Stories

alumnus John Herma

The Catalyst

Whether as a Rutgers track star, Kohl’s executive, or philanthropist, alumnus John Herma is an inspiration.

An American Epidemic

New Jersey’s Center on Gun Violence Research at Rutgers is created to address a public health issue.

A Pioneer Like No Other

Remembering the remarkable life of Paul Robeson, who graduated from Rutgers 100 years ago. 

Generation Ag

A prominent philanthropy enlists Rutgers in big push to train the youth of Greece for agricultural careers.

Alumna Cynthia H. Augustine NLAW’82 at Foote, Cone, and Belding
On the Banks 

Career Moves

As a top human resources leader, alumna Cynthia H. Augustine knows what it takes to get that dream job.

Setting Precedent

The trail-blazing careers of two leaders at Rutgers–Camden who are indispensable role models.

Growing Through Adversity

Alumni Devin and Jason McCourty give the Rutgers–New Brunswick commencement address.

Toward a More Just Society

Dorothy Roberts delivers the keynote address at the Rutgers–Newark Commencement.

Students Extraordinaire

Students at Rutgers–New Brunswick are awarded prestigious national scholarships.

A Promising Partnership

Rutgers and Botswana sign an agreement for the Botswana-Rutgers Knowledge Collaborative.

Engineering Success

Alumnus Richard N. Weeks commits $10 million for scholarships to educate a generation of engineers.

The Power of Resilience

Patrick Harker gives the keynote address for the Camden College of Arts and Sciences Commencement.

An Early Advocate for Sex Ed

Susie Wilson pledges $1.3 million to Rutgers to support two important causes. 

Supporting New Leaders

Prudential establishes scholarship program at Rutgers–Newark with $10 million gift.

Nick Suriano
Scarlet Sports 

We Are the Champions

Wrestlers Nick Suriano and Anthony Ashnault win national titles.

A Golden Dome Moment

Rutgers–Newark women’s basketball team wins its first title in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.

Hallowed Ground

Rutgers–Newark renames Alumni Field the Frederick Douglass Field to honor the abolitionist. 

Coaches With the Most

Honoring the unmatched winning records of women's basketball's C. Vivian Stringer and baseball's Fred Hill. 

$100+ Million

The R Big Ten Build fundraising campaign for Scarlet Knights student-athletes tops its goal. 


Five alumnae who epitomized excellence in academics and athletics.

Donald Holder at the Marquis Theatre
The Arts 

Let There Be Lights

Lighting designer Donald Holder discusses his role with the hit musical comedy Tootsie. 

From Eye Sore to Art

Bloomberg Philanthropies gives Camden $1 million for a public art project. 

A Bird’s-Eye View

The stunning aerial photography of alumnus Dinesh Boaz, who leans from helicopters for the shot.

With Passion and Purpose

Artistic Passion and Purpose is the newest addition to Express Newark, a hotbed of creativity.

Portraits of Paul Robeson

The Zimmerli Art Museum features six artists and their interpretations of alumnus Paul Robeson.

New Books

Women and slavery ... How dorms shape students ... The good life for men over 50 ... Women and WW II spycraft. 

Martin J. Blaser and Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello
Health Matters 

Gut Check Time

Why the microbiome—the vast constellation of bodily bacteria—may hold the key to human health.

Hypertension and African Americans

Rutgers study reveals the prevalence of this life-threatening condition—and what can be done.

Tick, Tick, Tick

Rutgers researchers publish the first scientific list of tick species confirmed in New Jersey.

Drinking and DNA

Excessive alcohol consumption may alter DNA and lead to stronger cravings.

Out of the Dark

Eye2Eye, a new Rutgers hotline, will provide advice and hope for the legally blind.

Health Care in Hard Times

Parents in single-parent homes spend more on children than themselves amid money woes.

Sleepless in New Jersey

Rutgers study reveals that nearly one-third of the state's adults have trouble sleeping.

A Big Seal of Approval

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey gets a big grant and a prestigious redesignation. 

Coffee Fix

Caffeine and another coffee compound may combat Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. 

CSI: Rutgers

New Jersey Medical School gets the job of leading the Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office.

A Healed Heart

Rutgers scientists engineer heart stem cells, raising the prospect of a self-healing heart.

Match Madness

Medical students learn of the residency programs where they will receive their medical training.

Facilitating Care for Patients

Rutgers gets grant to lead a team that will hasten clinical trials and help introduce new therapies.

Kimberlee Moran, a forensics expert at Rutgers–Camden holding a human skull

Digging for the Truth

Kimberlee Moran develops a forensic science degree program at Rutgers–Camden.

The April dedication of the Paul Robeson Plaza at Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Alumni Notes 

Celebrating Paul Robeson

The Class of 1971 leads the effort to honor one of Rutgers’ most pioneering graduates.

Rutgers Globe-Trotters

A married alumni couple travel the world for vacations, thanks to their vocations in the airline industry.

In Defense of Coal Country

Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia's attorney general, brings his conservatism to his job.

Walking With Wonder

Meet the alumna who is completing a three-year trek across two continents.

Reconnecting in the Big Apple

The Rutgers Club of New York City is an invitation for alumni in the metropolitan area to get together.

Laws in Space

Rebecca Bresnik is the lead attorney for NASA's International Space Station. 

Autism Advocacy in Africa

Quesia Raqib co-directs ABA Senegal, which provides therapy in Africa for children with autism.

Alumni News and Events

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


For Good, Measure

Message From the President: Rutgers is using metrics to ensure it stays on mission.

Curbing Gun Violence

The State We're In: New Jersey's Center on Gun Violence Research tackles an American epidemic.

To Serve Social Ends

Letter From the Editor: Commencement 1919 and 2019—the differences and similarities.