Don Sutton, Rachel Swanson, Weis Baher,
Diana Won, Briavel Holcomb
In May the school announced the selection of the second group of Rutgers undergraduates to be awarded the Ralph W. Voorhees Fellowships in Public Service. Established at the Bloustein School in 2009 through a $500,000 endowment from Scott Voorhees and Susan Voorhees Hunt to honor their uncle, Ralph Voorhees, for his long-standing commitment to community public service, the fellowships are designed to help Rutgers undergraduates with financial needs to take advantage of the university’s service-learning opportunities, engage with Rutgers’ community partners, and to connect their education with the experience of participating in local community life.
Graduate Berger Fellows Selected
Through a special graduate internship/fellowship program created in cooperation with The Louis Berger Group, Inc., Bloustein School Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) and/or Master of Public Policy (MPP) students are considered for a comprehensive fellowship award and earn internship credit while taking on a professional experience internship at an international or national site of one of the leading planning and engineering consulting organizations in the country.
Graduate Studio Recipient of NJPO Award
The Fall 2009 Graduate Studio “West Cape May Sustainability,” was chosen to receive a 2010 New Jersey Planning Officials “Achievement in Planning” award. The award was presented at the annual NJPO Achievement in Planning Awards Banquet on Friday, April 23. The faculty advisors for the studio were Susan Gruel, Fred Heyer and Lyna Wiggins. The students in the studio were Sarah Colins, Christa Dilalo, Kate Lawrence, Katherine Otto, Nicole Perez, Christopher Plasencia, Deborah Schulze, Matt Seckler, and Matt Ward. The studio was featured in an article in the Cape May Herald in December 2009.
Donnelly Authors New Book
MPAP student Chris Donnelly has authored the book Baseball's Greatest Series: Yankees, Mariners, and the 1995 Matchup That Changed History, published by Rutgers University Press. Book copies can be ordered through the Rutgers University Press website and through many other sources, including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, or Borders.
Nsababera Highlighted on Rutgers Today
Recent public health undergraduate Judyth Nsababera was highlighted earlier this year on the Rutgers Today website. In 2005, Judyth founded the nonprofit organization Project Hope for Africa to help young Africans affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and began to recruit volunteers and contributions of money and clothing.
MPP Yellin Wins Democratic Primary for Town Council in Berkeley Heights, NJ
MPP candidate Stephen Yellin, a lifelong resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ and a graduate of Governor Livingston High School and Drew University, recently won the Democratic primary for Town Council in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Yellin has been active in local politics since age 13; in 2007 he was elected to the Union County Democratic Committee to represen the local Berkeley Heights district and presently serves as the secretary of the Berkeley Heights Democratic Municipal Committee. The local election will be held in November.
Kwan Hui Chosen to Participate in 2010 Eno Leadership Development Conference
Kwan Hui, MCRP/MPA candidate, was recently chosen to participate in the Eno Leadership Development Conference, sponsored by the Eno Transportation Foundation. The Leadership Development Conference provides participants with a first-hand look at how transportation policy is developed and implemented. Fellows are given the opportunity to meet government officials, leaders of associations, and members of Congress and their staff and see how the nation's transportation policies are debated, shaped, formed, and ultimately adopted and applied.
DeRose Assists with Princeton University TDM Plan; Presented NJ Smart Workplace Award
Princeton University's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program was recently presented a NJ Smart Workplace Award by the State of New Jersey. TheNJ Smart Workplaces designation is presented to employers who have worked to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality with work-site based employee commuting options. MCRP candidate Andrea DeRose, Princeton's TDM manager, was instrumental in the creation of the University's TDM program. The goals and strategies for implementation of the program can be found on Princeton's website.
Final Report of Policy Practicum Published by NJ Commission on Higher Education
The final report of a Bloustein School policy practicum, The Assessment of the Disengaged Adults Returning to College Program (will open a PDF) has been published by the NJ Commission on Higher Education and can now be found their website. Participants in the project included recent Master in Public Policy graduates Jason Toedter, Laura Montas, Shannon O’Hare, and William Gayle. The group was advised by Professor Carl Van Horn.