SAS Students and Alumni Outside the Classroom
The following articles chronicle achievements of current students and alumni from the School of Arts and Sciences. Most of the articles below are from Rutgers' publications, while some are from other news outlets. We find that it is useful for students to think about majors and other academic experiences that are possible, and to examine the blending of academic and co-curricular work with post-graduation plans.
- Students and Alumni Receive 14 Fulbright Grants
For the ninth consecutive year, Rutgers ranks among the top producers of Fulbright scholarship winners at research institutions nationwide, with 14 Fulbright grants this year (2016-17) going to Rutgers students and alumni - half of whom were majors in the School of Arts and Sciences:
Raul Aguilar (German, Russian)
Gabriel Cummings (Environmental Policy & Economics)
Kristin Licciardello (Political Science & Middle Eastern Studies)
Sarah Neiheiser (Political Science)
Shaheena Shahid (African Language and Literature & Middle Eastern Studies)
Ireh Michelle Shin (Anthropology & Women’s and Gender Studies)
Jeremy Yeaton, (SAS – Linguistics & French)
- Remembering Norman Reitman
Norman Reitman, one of Rutgers’ oldest alumni, who helped more than 200 financially struggling premed students attend college and dedicated decades of service to the university, died recently. He was 105. Reitman, Rutgers Class of ’32, was remembered as a mentor and role model who left a mark on Rutgers that reached far deeper than the financial assistance he provided through multiple scholarship programs he established with his wife and college sweetheart, Syril. The students he helped were touched by the interest he took in their lives and by Reitman’s own personal story of struggling while attending Rutgers during the Depression.
- Michael Dweck Wants to Overhaul Your Underwear Drawer
Dweck launched his company Basic Outfitters after a frustrating experience trying to replenish his basics attire. Now the 2009 Rutgers graduate [Major in American Studies] is making his mark, having recently been named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list and appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank.
- A Freshman English Major, at Age 79
Meet Bob Mostello. With a doctorate in chemical engineering and 20 patents to his name, he never had the time to study literature. He’s making up for it now.
- The Power of Place
Alumnus Paul Gardullo [1990, English and American Studies], a curator at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, helps tell the story of a people’s journey. Read the article in Rutgers Magazine and watch the video to learn more about Gardullo’s work at the museum, where objects as large as a house or as small as remnants of shattered glass from a bombed church tell a more truthful story of our nation’s history.
Rutgers Magazine article: http://magazine.rutgers.edu/features/the-power-of-place
- Senior at Arts and Sciences Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Chelsie Riche, majoring in Africana studies and history with a minor in women's and gender studies, is one of 36 students nationwide awarded the prestigious scholarship to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Read about her research on access to education for marginalized communities.
- Joining the Conversation: Matthew Johnson [RC, 1990] is named the president of the Los Angeles Police Commission.
Matthew Johnson remembers being pulled over, handcuffed, and searched on the New Jersey Turnpike, supposedly for driving too close to the speed limit. He recalls being stopped by the Highland Park police many times merely for walking in his central New Jersey hometown. Today, Johnson RC’90 is an entertainment lawyer representing glamorous clients, from Oprah Winfrey to LeBron James. But in his newest assignment—president of the five- person Los Angeles Police Commission— he must balance the interests of a city’s competing constituencies.
- Science Student Finding Inspiration in Unexpected Places
Meet Soo Jeong Hwang, a molecular biology and biochemistry student who says her experience in Arts and Sciences has transformed her in ways she could never have predicted. ... learn how she has added French and a Japanese martial art to a demanding undergraduate mix that includes working in the lab of biologist Monica Driscoll.