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Sam L. Agron Dr. Sam Agron served on the Rutgers-Newark faculty in the Geology Department for over thirty years.
Jerome Aumente Jerome Aumente was born on September 23, 1937 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He earned his undergraduate degree at Rutgers-Newark in 1959 and graduate degrees at the Columbia University School of Journalism and at Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow.  Dr. Aumente has spent his career in journalism, writing for newspapers, serving as a professor at Rutgers-New Brunswick, working with the State Department overseas, and writing and publishing papers and books.  Dr. Aumente became a faculty member at Livingston College in 1969 and has been instrumental in the establishment of journalism as a discipline at Rutgers.  He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers. 
William H. Bauer Dr. William H. Bauer graduated from Rutgers with a degree in Ceramics in 1942.  After the war, Dr. Bauer became a Professor of Ceramics at Rutgers. 
Rudolph Bell After coming to Rutgers College as a history instructor in 1968, Dr. Rudy Bell became an assistant professor in 1969.  Over the past fifty years, Dr. Bell has enjoyed a distinguished career as a member of the history faculty at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  From 1988 to 1993, he served as the chair of the History Department, during which time he oversaw the founding of the Rutgers Oral History Archives.  Dr. Bell headed the RU American Association of University Professors (AAUP) from 2002 to 2004.   
Melbourne R. Carriker Dr. Carriker graduated from Rutgers University in 1939 with a degree in Agriculture and a minor in Zoology.  After World War II, he became an instructor at Rutgers.
Cheryl Clarke

Cheryl Clarke was born on May 16, 1947 in Washington, D.C. From 1965 to 1969, Cheryl attended Howard University. In 1969, Cheryl came to Rutgers-New Brunswick as a graduate student in English and earned her M.A. in 1974. Cheryl taught courses in the Urban University Program. A life-long activist, Cheryl discusses her many experiences participating in social movements, including the anti-war and Black Power movements at Howard University, anti-apartheid activism at Rutgers, LGBT activism, feminism and lesbian-feminism, and activism surrounding the defense of Assata Shakur. From 1974 to 1978, Cheryl worked in Middlesex County in the Comprehensive Employment and Training Program. In 1978, she returned to Rutgers to study social work, obtaining her M.S.W. in 1980. In 1980, Cheryl began working in Student Affairs at Rutgers. In 1992, she served as the founding director of the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities. From 2009 to 2013, Cheryl served as the Dean of Students for Livingston Campus. At Rutgers, Cheryl coordinated the university-wide Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes and the New Brunswick-wide Bias Prevention Education Committee, in addition to establishing the university-wide network of "Liaisons" and teaching numerous courses. Cheryl is a poet and author. She and her partner Barbara Balliet co-own Blenheim Hill Books in Hobart, New York and organize the annual Hobart Festival of Women Writers.

Steven J. Diner 

Steven J. Diner is a Rutgers University Professor and former Chancellor of Rutgers-Newark. He came to Rutgers-Newark in 1998. He served as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at Rutgers-Newark from 1998 to 2002. From 2002 to 2011, he held the post of Chancellor (formerly Provost) of Rutgers-Newark. After earning his Ph.D. in history at the University of Chicago in 1972, Diner began his career at the University of the District of Columbia, where he chaired the Department of Urban Studies and served as the director of the Center for Applied Research and Urban Policy. Then, at George Mason University, he served as a history professor, Associate Senior Vice President and Director of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, and Vice Provost for Academic Programs. 

John Dowling, Jr. Professor Dowling went to Rutgers, graduating in 1942 with a degree in agriculture.  After World War II, he became a Poultry Instructor and worked at Cook College until his retirement in 1984.
Elmer C. Easton Dr. Elmer Easton attended Lehigh University during his undergraduate years and graduated in 1931.  He then earned his doctoral degree at Harvard University for Electrical Engineering.  He served as the Dean of the Rutgers College of Engineering from 1948 until his retirement in 1974.  During the Second World War, Easton taught RADAR to officers in the US Armed Forces studying at Harvard University.
Hans Fisher Professor Hans Fisher and his family emigrated from Germany in the late 1930s to escape the Nazi regime's persecution of Jews.  He was among the refugees aboard the St. Louis in 1939 when the ship was turned away from the United States and Cuba.  He later settled in New Jersey, attended Rutgers College of Agriculture and became a professor and administrator at the University.
Lloyd Gardner Lloyd C. Gardner was born in Delaware, Ohio on November 9, 1934.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1963.  In 1963, he came to Rutgers University and taught as a Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History.
Richard D. Heffner

Richard D. Heffner was born on August 5, 1925 in New York City. He studied history at Columbia University, earning his B.A. and membership in Phi Beta Kappa in 1946 and M.A. in 1947. Heffner went on to a career as a historian, educator and broadcaster. In 1964, Rutgers University President Mason Gross appointed Heffner as University Professor of Communications and Public Policy, a position he then held for almost fifty years. In the mid-1950s, he went into broadcasting full time with programs such as History in the News, Man of the Year and Princeton '56, but he made his mark as the founder and host of The Open Mind, a nationally-broadcast public affairs interview program. Beginning in 1956, Heffner hosted The Open Mind for fifty-six years until his death. He took part in the creation of New York City's first public broadcasting station, Channel 13, and served as the vice president/general manager of the Educational Broadcasting Corporation. For two decades, he chaired the Motion Picture Association of America Classification and Ratings Administration. He died in 2013 at the age of eighty-eight.

Allen Howard

Allen Howard taught African history at the University of Sierra Leone from 1963 to 1965. Afterwards, he returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to complete his Ph.D. Dr. Howard became a professor of African history at Livingston College in 1969, the college's inaugural year. He worked to develop curriculum in Africana studies and taught courses in African history. In the interviews, Dr. Howard explores the early years of Livingston College, the interdisciplinary nature of the curriculum, the student body and the faculty. In his forty-plus years as a history professor at Rutgers, he specialized in African and Atlantic history, taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and published numerous works. He served on the executive committee of the Center for Africa Studies and chaired the center from 1999 to 2004. Dr. Howard is a Professor Emeritus of History.

Marge Howes

Marge Howes was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 30, 1976. She attended the University of Cincinnati, during which time she became part of the Chi Omega sorority, majored in physical education, and minored in health and biology. She graduated in 1958 and won the C-Ring for Women’s Leadership Award. In 1958, Howes began working at Douglass College in the Department of Physical and Health Education. She started the varsity sports program and became basketball chair for the Division of Girls and Women's Sports (DGWS). She then became the state’s basketball chair. She later became the basketball chair for the State of Connecticut. Howes was inducted in the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.

Arnold Hyndman Dr. Arnold Hyndman first came to Rutgers University in 1981 as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. After serving as the founding director of what was originally called the Minority Advancement Program, he became associate provost (1990-1993). From 1993 until 2007, Dr. Hyndman served as Dean of Livingston College.  He has directed the Organizational Leadership Program and the Criminal Justice Program. Dr. Hyndman is a professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience.
Peter Klein

Peter D. Klein's career at Rutgers spanned 1970 to 2016, during which time he served as a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and as an administrator. After beginning his career as a professor at Colgate University, he came to Livingston College in 1970. Klein helped shape the philosophy curriculum at Livingston College in its early years, and then once the faculties of the undergraduate colleges merged into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), he served as the Chair of the Department of Philosophy three times. In 1987, Klein became the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Associate Provost for Humanities/Fine Arts, a post he held until 1992. He served as the Acting Associate Dean of the FAS from 1999 to 2000 and then as the Executive Vice Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2006 to 2009.

Ruth Anne Koenick From 1991 to 2016, Ruth Anne Koenick served as the director of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (formerly Sexual Assault Services and Crime Victim Assistance) at Rutgers University.  During her time as director, she worked as a member of the ACPA Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence in Higher Education in 2014, as well as developing a statewide Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights in New Jersey.  She has published numerous works and has taught classes at Rutgers in the Graduate School of Education, School of Social Work and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.
Paul Leath Paul Leath joined the Rutgers faculty in 1967 as an assistant professor and advanced to Professor II in the Physics Department.  During his time at Rutgers, he served in many administrative capacities, including as Associate Provost and Provost for New Brunswick and Chair of the Physics Department. 
George Levine  George Levine began his career at Indiana University and later conducted research in England on Victorian-era essays and novels. Levine was hired by Rutgers University in 1968 to chair the English Department at Livingston College, which opened to students in 1969. In 1981, Levine became the first chair of the Rutgers Department of English in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In 1986, Levine became the director of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture (currently known as the Center for Cultural Analysis). Levine has authored several books and essays on Victorian literature and culture and continues to study literature’s connection with the sciences.
Peter Lindenfeld

Peter Lindenfeld is a Professor Emeritus of Physics at Rutgers University. He served as a physics professor at Rutgers University from 1953 until his retirement in 1999. In the mid-1960s, Lindenfeld participated in the planning committee for Livingston College. In the interview, Lindenfeld discusses the founding principles of Livingston College and the early years of the college. He was active in the AAUP in the Executive Council and in the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Lindenfeld won the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence, given by Rutgers University, and the Robert A Millikan Medal, awarded by the American Association of Physics Teachers.

Rebecca Lubetkin Rebecca Lubetkin received her B.A. at Barnard College in 1960 and master's degree in political science at Rutgers in 1961, after which she worked as a political science instructor at the Eagleton Institute of Politics until 1964. In 1975, Lubetkin returned to Rutgers, where she founded and directed the Training Institute for Sex Desegregation of the Public Schools, which later became known as the Consortium for Educational Equity. Lubetkin and her staff developed training programs to assist schools in implementing gender equity in accordance with Title IX and New Jersey statutes. From 1993 to 2000, she also served as the associate director of equity of the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education. Lubetkin is a Professor Emerita at Rutgers University. She has been active in the National Organization for Women (NOW) and is a board member of the Veteran Feminists of America. She is featured in Feminists Who Changed America, edited by Barbara Love.
Edna Newby Edna Newby graduated from NJC in 1931, served on the home front during World War II running USO centers, and spent a thirty-seven-year career at Douglass College as an administrator and associate dean.
Arlene Nora After growing up in Highland Park, Arlene Nora spent her career working at Rutgers University, in the offices of the Football Hall of Fame, Graduate Admissions, and the Institute for Research on Women (IRW).
Ferris Olin Ferris Olin earned her undergraduate degree at Douglass College and graduate degrees at Rutgers University.  In 1976, Dr. Olin became a faculty member at the Art Library at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  From 1985 to 1994, she held the position of Executive Officer of both the Blanche, Edith and Irving Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studies and the Institute for Research on Women (IRW).  In the mid-1990s, Dr. Olin returned to Rutgers University Libraries as an associate professor at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.  From 1994 to 2014, she served as the co-curator of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series.  She founded the Margery Somers Foster Center at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library.  Along with Judy Brodsky, Dr. Olin founded and directed the Institute for Women and Art (IWA), which is now called the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities and is part of the IWL consortium.  Dr. Olin is a Distinguished Professor Emerita at Rutgers University.
Gerald Pomper Since 1962, Dr. Gerald Pomper has been a professor of political science at Rutgers-New Brunswick, first at Rutgers College, then at Livingston College, where he was the founding chair of political science, and then in the united Political Science Department after the formation of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1981.  Dr. Pomper serves as the Board of Governors Professor of Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Madai Poole

Madai Cruz Poole was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on September 12, 1974. Her mother was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, and her father was born in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Her parents immigrated to the United States when they were young and lived in the New Jersey-New York area, eventually settling in New Brunswick. Her father worked for Suburban Transit, and her mother worked in the Public Defender's Office. Growing up in New Brunswick, Poole attended the parochial schools Sacred Heart and St. Peter's Elementary School. For high school, she went to Rutgers Prep. Poole went to Rutgers College and double majored in Administration of Justice and Puerto Rican and Hispanic Caribbean Studies. She participated in Rutgers Unión Estudiantil Puertorriqueña and spent time in Latin Images Living-Learning Community. After working for many years in the pharmaceutical industry in marketing, she became the department administrator for Latino and Caribbean Studies in the Rutgers School of Arts and Science. In the interview, Poole discusses being an EOF student at Rutgers and then working as an EOF counselor, organizing support for her extended family in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, being a cancer survivor, and returning to Rutgers to work in the department from which she graduated.

Donald N. Riemer Professor Riemer entered the College of Agriculture in 1952 as a wildlife conservation and soils and crops major.  He graduated in 1956 and went on active duty through the ROTC program.  He served as a Nike air defense missile site officer and base wildlife conservation officer in the US Army in the 1950s.  After leaving the military he got a job as an associate professor at Rutgers and then a Fisheries Biologist at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Game.
Joseph J. Seneca Dr. Joseph Seneca came to Rutgers in 1967 as a junior faculty member in the Economics Department at Rutgers College.  Over the years, he has taught at all levels of instruction, chaired the Economics Department, and published over 150 articles, reports and books on economics, finance, environmental economics and state economic development.  He served on the New Jersey Council of Economic Advisors, holding the position of chair for many years.  From 1991 to 2003, Dr. Seneca served as Rutgers University's Vice President for Academic Affairs.  He is now a University Professor Emeritus. 
 Robert Snyder Robert Snyder attended Livingston College and graduated in 1977.  Over the course of his career, Dr. Snyder has studied New York City history and journalism.  Dr. Snyder authored The Voice of the City: Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York and Subway Workers Tell their Stories.  He wrote, produced and directed the award-winning documentary short City Kids Meet Ashcan Art.  Dr. Snyder is an Associate Professor of Journalism and American Studies at Rutgers-Newark. 

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