Aspiring Clinical Psychologist Maria Alba (SAS’17) Honored with Pride Award

Happy mid-summer from the Livingston Alumni Association (LAA)! It’s not too late to nominate a distinguished alumnus/a or favorite professor or faculty or staff member from your Livingston days for the LAA's award celebration this fall. See details below.

In this issue:


  • Maria Alba (SAS’17), an Aspiring Clinical Psychologist, Honored with Pride Award
  • Alumna of the Month: Riki Jacobs (LC'80)
  • Call for Nominations for Alumni and Faculty/Staff Awards
  • Officers and Board Members Elected to LAA, RUAA
  • From the Archives: Honorary Alumnus John C. Leggett
  • Your Role in Preserving Livingston's History
  • Unity Bank Partnership Supports Pride Award Fund



Maria Alba (SAS’17), 2017 Pride Award Recipient: ‘Be a Positive, Active Bystander’


Since 1990 the LAA has honored a Rutgers-New Brunswick student each year who most embodies the spirit of Livingston College and its attributes of leadership and social action. This year’s honoree, Maria Alba, is a shining example. As an undergraduate activist, Alba promoted violence prevention and bystander intervention. She also conducted research on health issues, especially among minorities and women who identify as lesbian or bisexual. She will begin studies toward a Doctor of Psychology degree at Rutgers’ Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology in fall 2017. Read more about some of Alba's remarkable accomplishments.


Alumna of the Month: Riki Jacobs (LC’80) was a tireless advocate serving the HIV/AIDS community and other vulnerable populations for more than 25 years.

Jacobs ran the Hyacinth Foundation in New Brunswick for 16 years before her death in 2009. In 2000 the LAA honored Jacobs in the first cohort of Livingston College Distinguished Alumni, and in 2010 the LAA renamed its Pride Award for Jacobs.


Call for Nominations for Livingston College Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards


The LAA is seeking nominations for our biennial awards ceremony scheduled for October 17, 2017, honoring Livingston College Distinguished Alumni. Do you know of a an alumnus/a who is an active leader in his or her community or changing lives in some way?


Since 2000 the LAA has honored 32 men and women who have distinguished themselves by contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities.


The event also honors inspiring faculty and staff who played a key role in the establishment and growth of Livingston College and its mission, and who have contributed to the overall Rutgers and global communities, with the Livingston Legacy Award.


See the details and nominate a deserving honoree.


Officers and Board Members Elected to LAA, RUAA


July 1 is the beginning of the fiscal year for both the LAA and the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA).


The 15 members of the LAA’s Executive Board and Council have been re-elected for another year.


Two LAA board members are also serving on the RUAA Board of Directors: Martin A. Siederer, LC’77 has been elected to a three-year term. Debra A. H. O’Neal, LC’87, has been re-elected to a two-year term on the RUAA board, and serves as the RUAA's Vice Chair.



From the Archives: Honorary Alumnus John C. Leggett


On September 26, 1987, the Livingston College Association of Graduates (predecessor of the LAA) held its second annual reunion, which included naming Sociology Professor John C. Leggett as an Honorary Alumnus.


Pictured: In deference to his Scottish heritage, Leggett was surprised with a traditional bagpipe serenade. (From the LCAG’s Spring 1988 newsletter, News from the Rock.)



Preserve the History and Advance the Legacy


You can help us preserve the history and advance the legacy of Livingston College. We particularly need people interesting in interpreting a rich archive of yearbooks and other materials we have scanned and archived, including the LCAG/LAA’s News from the Rock newsletters from the 1980s and 1990s. For details, please email us (



LAA Partners with Unity Bank to Benefit the Riki Jacobs Livingston Pride Award


LAA's Riki Jacobs Livingston Pride Award has been given each year since 1990 to a Rutgers-New Brunswick student who most embodies the spirit of Livingston College's leadership and social action. The award winner receives a minimum $500 grant from the LAA.


Current and new customers of Unity Bank can help fund this award confidentially and at no cost to the customer through the UCare Charitable Giving Program. Find out how.




In Rutgers Spirit,

Eric Schwarz LC'92, SCILS'92,'07

President, Livingston Alumni Association

This News-Events "story" on the website will be revised frequently with upcoming news and events. This page was first created on March 19, 2016. Archived versions can be found on the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Check out the archive of LAA newsletters.

Revised July 20, 2017