Student Highlights



Berger Group Funds New Fellowship, Internship Program

The Bloustein School formally announced the creation of a new five-year, $464,000 graduate fellowship and internship program sponsored by The Louis Berger Group of Morristown.


Berger Group
Bach, Nardi, Hess and Greenberg

Associate Dean Michael Greenberg joined with the Berger Group’s COO James G. Bach, Senior VP Robert J. Nardi and General Manager Kenneth Hess in November to announce the new fellowship program which will underwrite full tuition and fees for five graduate students annually for the next five years. Fellowship winners will use the awards to complete their graduate studies and undertake research, teaching and internships in areas such as community development and planning, housing and public transportation, public health and public infrastructure policy.


Following their first year of studies, the five MCRP and MPP students will conclude their fellowships with a paid, full-time summer internship assigned to one of Berger Group Holdings 17 subsidiaries which operate in 140 countries. The fellowship will cover full tuition and fees for the second year of study, and include a 10- to 15-hour per week internship with the Berger Group within the region.


Masters, PhDs, Undergrads Honored at 11th Annual Scholars Luncheon

Chavooshian award
Dewey-Mattia, Chavooshian and Simmons

Awards were presented to 20 Bloustein School graduate and undergraduate students at the 11th Annual Scholars Luncheon held in November at the Cook Campus Center.


The B. Budd Chavooshian Endowed Memorial Award was presented to second-year MCRP students Lisa Dewey-Mattia and Jason Simmons by Marge Chavooshian. The merit-based fellowship was created in Chavooshian’s memory by his family, friends and colleagues.  


Kirk Award
Cox and Woods

Elizabeth Cox was presented the Susan B. Kirk Foundation Endowed Scholarship by Pippa Woods of NJ TRANSIT’s Capital Program. The scholarship was created to recognize Susan Kirk’s contribution to public transit and transportation in New Jersey and is presented to a student with demonstrated ability in transportation planning.


MCRP student Oren Solon was presented the Jennifer S. Lightner Memorial Scholarship by Assistant Dean Steve Weston. The scholarship was created to honor Jennifer Lightner, a part-time MCRP student, for her enthusiasm and pursuit of excellence.


Michael and Helen Poli presented the Brandon M. Poli Memorial Scholarship award to Steven Simone, a second-year MCRP student. Brandon Poli was a member of the Bloustein School Class of 1997.


Daniel Poster was announced as the 2009 winner of the Wayne J. Soojian Planning Scholarship. Soojian, a planning program alumnus, is the Twin Cities division president of Ryland Homes.

Fellowships 2009
Walker, Bausch, Drescher, Chao, Kravitz and Crowley

Associate Professor Jocelyn Crowley presented the Bloustein Fellowships in Public Policy to (left to right) Hannah Walker, Daniel Bausch, David Drescher, Jessica Chao and Daniel Kravitz. Created with the support of the family of former Rutgers President Edward J. Bloustein, the fellowships are awarded to full-time students in the public policy program.


Crowley also presented the Dr. Robert A. Catlin Memorial Scholarship, the Harold H. and Reba Martin Endowed Fellowship and the Hon. Patricia Juliano Memorial Award to three second-year MPP students. Nakeefa Bernard joined with Catlin’s daughter, Janell, in receiving her award. William Gayle was presented the Martin Fellowship, which was created by former New Jersey Assemblyman Harold Martin and his wife Reba. Carole George received her award with Dr. Joseph Juliano who established the award to honor his late mother, who served on the Orange council, to provide financial support for a female student interested in state or local government.

Catlin award
Bernard, Catlin and Crowley

The 2009 Dr. Donald A. Krueckeberg Memorial Scholarship was awarded to PhD student Nicholas Tulach by Professor Robert Lake, who directs the PhD program, and Krueckeberg’s widow, Nancy Brannegan.


Professor Greenberg presented Sarah Geigert, a May 2009 BA graduate in planning and public policy, with the Miriam Barker Award, which he created in honor of his mother-in-law, and Christopher Redmond, a 2009 BS graduate, with an award he created in honor his parents, Sydney and Mildred Greenberg. Undergraduate student Victoria Gilbert appeared on behalf of the first four recipients of the Ralph W. Voorhees Fellowships in Public Service. The award was presented by Professor Briavel Holcomb to Gilbert and for the other recipients, Drew Hart, Ashley Sawyer and Michael Lamm. 


Barker Award
Geiger and Greenberg