College History


Livingston College was founded in 1965, and opened in 1969, at Rutgers University’s Kilmer Campus (renamed as Livingston Campus in 1991) in Piscataway, New Jersey. It had a mission to bring together a diverse group of students, faculty and staff in a shared-learning community committed to the pursuit of academic innovation and excellence.

Livingston College had the distinction of being Rutgers-New Brunswick’s first coeducational undergraduate residential college for the liberal arts.

The college’s mission eventually was embraced by the entire university, honoring the college’s distinction of community building through leadership and understanding.

Dedicated to expanding opportunities for its students, the college fulfilled its mission through its core curriculum, its minor in organizational leadership, its internship programs, and its student life activities. Livingston offered students the personal attention of a small college community within a major research institution.

Strength Through Diversity logoIts original motto, “Strength through Diversity,” came to life in the college’s signature lecture series, the Global Futures Symposia. Livingston College offered an undergraduate education that prepared students to think critically and to act responsibly in the contemporary world. The college offered the broadest possible choice at the university of more than 60 majors, with an academic program designed to give students an excellent foundation in the liberal arts and an in-depth understanding of their chosen fields of interest. Courses in fulfillment of distribution requirements gave students experience in the humanities, natural and social sciences, and quantitative and analytical studies. Livingston College students were also introduced to the diversity of world cultures as they developed insight into the origins and character of contemporary national and global issues.

Livingston offered a unique minor in organizational leadership. Unifying the theoretical and practical elements of organizational dynamics, the minor ensured that the student’s academic background included a component immediately recognizable as valuable by potential employers. The program complemented instruction offered in Rutgers’ professional schools and offered important curricular options to students pursuing degrees in arts and sciences. The college was committed to providing an open forum where ideas and values were examined and restructured in the light of knowledge acquired within and beyond the classroom.

Rutgers’ new School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) enrolled its first students for the fall 2007 semester, replacing the New Brunswick-area liberal arts undergraduate colleges, including Livingston College. Livingston’s final commencement as a separate college was held in 2010. SAS is now the largest school at Rutgers.

Read more about the vibrant current Livingston Campus.

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Alumni-Student Career Speed Networking


As alumni, we feel a special connection with Livingston, Rutgers and its students, which makes the Alumni-Student Speed Networking Night such a successful event. This event provides current students with support and networks to help them with their transition into becoming our future alumni.

At Speed Networking, alumni will have the opportunity to mingle over a light dinner.

Students participating in the program meet with a series of alumni in three-minute intervals, stressing the importance of networking and that every alumnus or alumna is an important resource.

Students can network with alumni throughout the evening to get advice and networking tips toward their career and post-graduation paths. Alumni from all job fields, including business, finance, marketing, human resources, nonprofit, government, education, entertainment and legal, join us each year.

The most recent Speed Networking event was held Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the College Avenue Student Center.

Pictured: LAA board members who participated at the 2013 Speed Networking event, from left: Jason Goldstein, Jeffrey Armus, Eric Schwarz, and Debra O’Neal.

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Awards Celebrations


Livingston College Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards

Approximately every two years, the Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) presents the Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Awards and Livingston Legacy Award (for faculty and staff).

See below information on the awards celebrations from 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015. See the separate page for information from 2018.

See the award descriptions and bios for all of the distinguished alumni.


LAA’s first Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented at a brunch on Saturday, September 9, 2000, honoring: Riki Jacobs, LC’80; Clifton R. Lacy, LC’75; John S. Lipori, LC’77; and Alfred E. Ramey, Jr., LC’73. Source: Livingston College newsletter, Winter 2002 (page 7).

Photo: From left, Distinguished Alumni John S. Lipori, Clifton R. Lacy, Riki Jacobs and Alfred E. Ramey, Jr.

The 2002 awards were presented Saturday, October 12 at a luncheon in the Livingston Student Center. The four Distinguished Alumni were: Thomas F. Daley, LC’75; Susan Kille, LC’74; David A. Laskow, LC’77; and Steven D. Plofker, LC’78. Source: Livingston College newsletter, Winter 2003 (page 4).

Photo: From left, Distinguished Alumni Steven D. Plofker, David A. Laskow, Susan Kille and Thomas F. Daley.

The 2004 awards were presented Saturday, November 6 at the Livingston Student Center. The honorees were Frank T. Carvill, LC’75, posthumous; Gina Collins Cummings, LC’84; Edward E. Johnson, Jr., LC’79; Michael C. Laracy, LC’74; and Harry V. Swayne III, LC’90.

The Livingston Alumni Association also presented the first Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award, named after Lt. Seth Dvorin, a 2002 graduate of Livingston who was killed in February 2004 in the Iraq conflict while attempting to defuse a roadside bomb. Karen Rogers Lee, LC’92, an honors graduate of Livingston College and a news reporter with 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia, was the first recipient of this award. Source: Livingston Alumni News, Winter/Spring 2005 (page 1).

Photo: From left, Karen Rogers Lee, named as the Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumna; and Distinguished Alumni Gina Collins Cummings, Edward E. Johnson, Jr., Michael C. Laracy and Harry V. Swayne III.

2006 award winnersThe 2006 awards were presented Saturday, October 14, at the Livingston Student Center. The Distinguished Alumni recipients were Avery Brooks, LC’73; Colleen Fraser, LC’74, posthumous; Mark Helias, LC’74; Liza Kirschenbaum, LC’87; and Andrea D. Lyon, LC’73. The Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award was presented to Gregg Spiridellis, LC’93.

Photo: Front, from left, Distinguished Alumnus Mark Helias; Gregg Spiridellis, Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumnus; and Christine Fraser, who accepted the Distinguished Alumna Award on behalf of her sister, the late Colleen Fraser. Rear, from left, Marty Siederer, LAA President; Distinguished Alumni Liza Kirschenbaum, Avery Brooks and Andrea D. Lyon; and Livingston College Dean Arnold G. Hyndman.

See the photo album, courtesy of Steve Goodman.

The 2009 awards were presented on Saturday, May 15, at the Douglass Campus Center. The Distinguished Alumni recipients were Marla Diamond, LC’92; Francoise Jacobsohn, LC’78; and Martha Nell Smith, LC’85. Kevin Apuzzio (LC’06) posthumously was honored with the Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award. The recipients of the first Livingston Legacy Awards were Professors Maria Canino, Edward Ortiz and Gordon Schochet.

Photo: Front, from left, Livingston Legacy honorees Edward Ortiz, Maria Canino and Gordon Schochet. Rear, from left, Livingston College Dean Arnold G. Hyndman; Distinguished Alumnae Franciose Jacobsohn, Martha Nell Smith and Marla Diamond; Joseph Apuzzio, father of the late Kevin Apuzzio, who had been honored as a Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumnus; Leila Apuzzio, sister of Kevin Apuzzio; and Marty Siederer, LAA President.

See the photo album, courtesy of Matt Kleinschmidt. 

Watch the video tributes to the honorees.

2011 award winnersThe 2011 awards were presented on Saturday, May 14 at the Livingston Student Center.  Gregory Q. Brown, LC ’82; and Eddie Jordan, SMLR’15. one of the stars of the Rutgers basketball Cinderella 1976-77 basketball season, were honored as Distinguished Alumni. Livingston Legacy Awards were presented to Jerome Aumente, Leroy Haines, Gerald Pomper and Larry Ridley.  The 2011 Riki Jacobs Livingston Pride Award was presented to Matthew Cortland, SAS ’11. (Brown accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award in a presentation held on December 14, 2011, at Winants Hall on Rutgers’ College Avenue campus.) 

Photo: (Front) Livingston Legacy honorees Jerome Aumente, Gerald Pomper and Larry Ridley. (Rear) Livingston Legacy honoree Leroy Haines; Distinguished Alumnus Eddie Jordan; and Matthew Cortland, winner of the Riki Jacobs Livingston Pride Award.

See the photo album, courtesy of Rebecca Berkowitz.

2013 Distinguished AlumniThe 2013 awards were presented Wednesday, October 9, at the Rutgers Club.  LAA honored three distinguished alumni: Ndidi N. Amutah, LC’03; Nicholas Ferroni, LC’03; and Jessie J. Hanna, LC’07. The Livingston Legacy Award went to Roger Cohen, a professor emeritus of Livingston’s and Rutgers’ journalism program. 

Photo, from left: Distinguished Alumni Jessie Hanna, Ndidi Amutah and Nicholas Ferroni.

See the photo album, courtesy of George Jones.

Watch the video tributes to the honorees.


The 2015 awards were presented Tuesday, November 10, at the Rutgers Club, to Distinguished Alumni Robert P. Bertrand, LC’01; Kenneth B. Cop, LC’95; and Deborah L. Stokes, LC’74.

LAA also posthumously honored Wilson Carey McWilliams with the Livingston Legacy Award. McWilliams was a distinguished political science professor at Livingston College and a prolific author who died in 2005.

Photo: Distinguished Alumni Robert Bertrand (left), Deborah Stokes (second left), and Kenneth Cop (right). Nancy Riley McWilliams (second right) accepted the Livingston Legacy Award on behalf of her spouse, the late political science professor Wilson Carey McWilliams.

See the photo album, courtesy of George Jones and Jeffrey Armus. 

Watch the video tributes to the honorees.


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Reunion (Alumni Weekend)

  • In 2020, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Homecoming and Alumni Weekend were combined in several online events held Oct. 16-17. Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway spoke with Rutgers alumni online on Oct. 14.

From 2015-2019 Alumni Weekend was held in conjunction with Rutgers Day:

  • The 2019 Alumni Weekend was April 26-27.
  • The 2018 Alumni Weekend was April 27-28.
  • The 2017 Alumni Weekend was held April 28-29.
  • The 2016 Alumni Weekend was held April 29-30.
  • The 2015 Alumni Weekend was held April 24-25.
  • Joe Capo, Debra O'Neal and Jason Goldstein. Rutgers University Alumni Weekend (Reunion) 2014. Livingston CollegeThe 2014 Alumni Weekend, held May 15-18, included the annual meeting of the Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) and a tour of the Livingston campus. Pictured: LAA board members Joe Capo, Debra O’Neal and Jason Goldstein at the All-Alumni Parade, May 17, 2014. More photos.
  • Reunion 2013, held May 16-19, featured the return of the Knights on Broadway cabaret act and LAA’s annual meeting, as well as a campus tour and an interactive Jeopardy game.
  • The 2012 Reunion, held May 11-13, included the Livingston Theater Company’s Knights On Broadway cabaret and dessert program, a tour of the Livingston campus and the LAA’s annual meeting.
  • The 2011 Reunion, held May 13-15, included the Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner.

Larry Friends and Family. Rutgers University Reunion/Alumni Weekend 2010. Livingston CollegeReunion 2010, held May 14-16, featured exciting events, including socials, family events and class dinners, and a special Livingston-only cocktail reception with a reunion performance by Larry Friends and Family, a light-rock band which consists of members of Livingston’s graduating class of 1972.

According to Rosemary Eads, a band member who was a dorm advisor in House 19, “Some of the band members were also Livingston students, and we often played in the commuter lounge, not to mention many nights in the hallways of House 19. The band broke up after a few years, but recently reunited after a 30-year hiatus.

“We play light rock with great harmonies, and we’re actually still pretty good! We recently performed at the Strand Theater in Lakewood, opening for the Strawbs, in addition to a variety of coffeehouses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”

An archived version of the band’s MySpace page lists 10 songs from the group’s album Cycles.

Photo credit: Dave Hutchison. More photos.

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Rutgers Homecoming 2007Join us for Homecoming each year and enjoy a pregame celebration that has something for the entire family, with plenty of fun, games, and giveaways. Complete the perfect outing by joining a stadium of fans to cheer the Scarlet Knights to victory! 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no official Rutgers Homecoming football game in 2020. The Homecoming celebration was held online and combined with Alumni Weekend on Oct. 16-17, 2020.

Photo: Livingston College alumni Marty Siederer, Bill Bauer, Iris Martinez-Campbell and Jason Goldstein celebrate at Homecoming 2007. Additional photos from Homecoming 2007.

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Join Us


2006 Livingston Awards DinnerRutgers alumni interested in supporting the LAA’s goals of preserving the history and advancing the legacy of Livingston College are invited to join the LAA Executive Board and Council.

The board meets several times per year in person and by phone. So the board is not limited to Livingston College graduates or those who live in Central New Jersey.

Alumni may also be interested in serving on LAA committees without joining the board. These committees work on multiple projects throughout the year. Some examples are:

Interested in helping?  Please email LAA President Jeff Armus ( for more information.

Pictured: LAA volunteers, friends and family honor Avery Brooks at the 2006 Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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Livingston Legacy Lectures (2009-2010)


Those of us who were members of the Livingston College family, whether as a student, faculty or staff member, or friend, know of the vital and eternal legacy Livingston has to this day on the overall programs of Rutgers University and on a global scale. 

Livingston graduates and staff play key roles in the national and international communities, and Livingston’s programs and unique attributes live on in a variety of Rutgers University programs. 

To celebrate Livingston’s contributions to the overall Rutgers and global communities, the Livingston Alumni Association hosted two Livingston Legacy Lecture programs in 2009 and 2010.  

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Preserving the History. Advancing the Legacy.