Parents Association Award

The Livingston College Parents Association honored 36 of the college’s students from 1976 to 2007. In most years, one student was honored, though in some years the association honored multiple students. No awards are listed for 1985 and 1986.

A plaque which formerly was showcased at the Livingston Student Center included the following text:

The Parents Association of Livingston College do [sic] hereby acknowledge the outstanding achievements of the following students whose efforts resulted in national recognition to Livingston College, Rutgers University.

Cy Rubin, President
Donated by Livingston College Parents Association
May 6, 1976

The honorees were:

1976: Paul Sellers, Basketball
1977: Martha N. Smith-Higginbotham, English
1977: John Alexander, Football
1977: Nate Toran, Football
1978: Deborah O’Donnell, Psychology
1979: James Bailey, Basketball
1979: Scott A. Pearce, Chinese Studies
1980: Elizabeth Thompson, Psychology
1980: Angel Melendez, Sociology
1981: Mark M. Karelson, Political Science
1981: Susan J. Kozel, Labor Studies
1982: Gita Sargrad, Psychology
1983: Barbara M. Hagin, Journalism
1984: Robert A. Stewart, Political Science
1987: Liza Kirschenbaum, English/Political Science
1988: Christopher B. Wilkinson, English
1989: Maritza D. Berdote, Political Science/English
1989: Mark B. Wilson, Journalism & Mass Media/History
1990: Paul F. Nyfenger, Marketing
1991: Julie Ann Traxler, English/Journalism
1992: Daniel Matthew Perez, Political Science/English
1993: Robert Louis Callahan, English
1994: Jonathan F. Weiss, Political Science/Journalism & Mass Media
1995: Jennifer Georgette McNulty, Psychology
1996: Alexis A. Higgins, Psychology
1997: Grisel Senande, Political Science
1998: Kayon Williams, Psychology
1999: Megan Chance, Psychology
2000: Bethany Strong, Social Work
2001: Nicole Lieb, Communication
2002: Julie Lynn Ciemnolonski, Biology
2003: Mighty Fine, Urban Studies
2004: Alissa Strong, Communications
2005: Vicky Chen, Finance
2006: Brian Matthew Offin, Psychology
2007: Lauren Dudzak, History/Labor Studies

Originally posted August 12, 2018
Revised January 3, 2021

Lynne M. Kellermann Memorial (Honors Program) Award

Twenty-five Livingston College students were honored from 1987 to 2010 with the Lynne M. Kellermann Memorial Award, “presented annually to an outstanding senior in the four-year college honors program of Livingston College, Rutgers University,” as listed below.
There were two honorees each in 1991, 1992, and 1997. No honorees were listed for 1990 or 1994.

Kellermann held three degrees from Rutgers: a bachelor’s degree (University College-New Brunswick, 1975), and master’s and doctorate degrees from the Graduate School of Education (1978 and 1985). From the 2007 Livingston College Commencement Convocation program: Lynne M. Kellermann began her career at Livingston College as a secretary and earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University while working in various capacities. She taught in the writing program at Livingston and eventually became director of the college’s Honors program, a position she held until her untimely death in 1986. Lynne was intensely interested in students and had a wonderful sense of humor; everywhere she went on campus, students followed. This award is presented to the Honors Program senior who best exemplifies her warmth, indomitable spirit, and exceptional dedication to the program. 

The years in the list below link to the Livingston College yearbook page where each student is pictured. / * Photo not available.

1987: Liza M. Kirschenbaum
1988: Naila W. Mahmood *
1989: Maritza D. Berdote *
1991: Nilofer Ahmed Khalak
1991: Julie Ann Traxler
1992: John J. Kottler
1992: Jill C. Morrison
1993: Tanya M. Manning *
1995: Lisa Renee Brockenbrough *

1996: Gary P. Katz *
1997: Connie Angela Liauw
1997: Ian Ross Fried
1998: David G. Gribben
1999: Beth Anne Williams
2000: Gregory Joseph Michael Godfrey 
2001: Cheryll Ann Abuedo
2002: Rhonda A. Elhosseiny

2003: Jaclyn A. Barnes
2004: Valentine Ortiz-Meyer
2005: Caroline Grace Livingston
2006: Jenna Sabatini
2007: Charla Bullock
2008: Ata A. Akiner *
2009: Ha Kyung Kim *
2010: Joshua E. Slavin *

Liza M. Kirschenbaum,
Nilofer Ahmed
Khalak, LC’91
Julie Ann Traxler,
John J. Kottler,
Liza M. Kirschenbaum Nilofer Ahmed Khalak Julie Ann Traxler John J. Kottler

Jill C. Morrison,
Connie Angela Liauw,
Ian Ross Fried,
David G. Gribben,
Jill C. Morrison Connie Angela Liauw  Ian Ross Fried David G. Gribben

Beth Anne
Williams, LC’99
Gregory J.M.
Godfrey, LC’
Cheryll Ann Abuedo,
Rhonda A. Elhosseiny,
Beth Anne Williams Gregory Joseph Michael Godfrey  Cheryll Ann Abuedo Rhonda A. Elhosseiny

Jaclyn A. Barnes
Ortiz-Meyer, LC’04
Caroline Grace
Livingston, LC’05
Jaclyn A. Barnes  Valentine Ortiz-Meyer Caroline Grace Livingston

Jenna Sabatini,
Charla Bullock,
Jenna Sabatini  Charla Bullock

Awards to Livingston College Students

On the following pages, we chronicle some of the awards presented to students by the Livingston College administration and the Livingston College Parents Association. These include:

On the following pages, we chronicle some of the awards presented to students by the Livingston College administration and the Livingston College Parents Association. These include:

  • Academic Achievement Award
  • Contributions and Service Award (Dean’s Award)
  • Kellermann (Honors Program) Award
  • Parents Association Award

Originally posted August 6, 2016
Revised August 12, 2018

Academic Achievement Award

From 1986 to 2008 the Livingston College administration recognized students “for outstanding academic achievement by a graduating student of Livingston College – Rutgers University.” In 2009 and 2010 the Livingston College Dean’s Award honored the graduating student with the highest grade-point average of any student who had attended Livingston College for his or her complete four years.

The years in the list below link to the Livingston College yearbook page where each student is pictured.

1986: Migdalia Baerga
1986: Patrick J. Deneen *
1987: Victoria Chapman
1987: Liza M. Kirschenbaum
1988: Frank T. Skwar *
1989: Raymond N. Gonzales *
1990: Belinda C. Borrelli *
1991: Bianca G. Nebab
1992: Christos A. Christou *
1993: Allison Paige Marks *
1994: Garrett T. Caples *

1995: Irena N. Rakoczy *
1996: Michael Carlin Hora
1997: Silvia Oloveira Andrade
1998: David G. Gribben
1999: Matthew Lawrence Bell
2000: Richard A. Ferrara
2001: Joseph Paul Mersinger
2002: Julie Lynn Ciemnolonski
2003: Jaclyn A. Barnes
2003: Sarah M. Lilley *
2004: Stacy E. Blackwell †

2004: Christopher Giglio
2005: Nicole M. Lewis
2006: Jenna Sabatini
2007: Annie Agrawal
2007: Emily Perry † *
2007: Laura Louise Wootton
2008: Christianne M. Cain *
2008: Dunxu Hu † *
2009: Michael D. Offin ^ *
2010: Kumaol Mengesha ^ *

† Outstanding Transfer Student, Academic Achievement Award / ^ Livingston College Dean’s Award / * Photo not available

Migdalia Baerga,
Victoria Chapman,
Liza M.
Kirschenbaum, LC’87
Bianca G. Nebab,
Migdalia Baerga Victoria Chapman  Liza M. Kirschenbaum Bianca G. Nebab

Michael Carlin Hora,
Silvia Oloveira
Andrade, LC’97
David G. Gribben,
Matthew Lawrence
Bell, LC’99
Michael Carlin Hora Silvia Oloveira Andrade  David G. Gribben Matthew Lawrence Bell

Richard A. Ferrara,
Joseph Paul
Mersinger, LC’
Julie Lynn
Ciemnolonski, LC
Jaclyn A. Barnes,
Richard A. Ferrara Joseph Paul Mersinger Julie Lynn Ciemnolonski Jaclyn A. Barnes

Stacy E. Blackwell,
Christopher Giglio,
Nicole M. Lewis,
Stacy E. Blackwell  Christopher Giglio Nicole M. Lewis

Jenna Sabatini,
Annie Agrawal,
Laura Louise Wootton,
Jenna Sabatini Annie Agrawal Laura Louise Wootton

Contributions and Service Award (Dean’s Award)

From 1986 to 2008 the Livingston College administration honored students “for outstanding contributions and service to Livingston College-Rutgers University.” This recognition was also called the Dean’s Award and the Special Service Award. (In 2009 and 2010 the Dean’s Award was recharacterized to focus on academic achievement.)

The years in the list below link to the Livingston College yearbook page where each student is pictured. / * Photo not available.

1986: William S. Bauer, Jr.

1986: Risa P. Phillips *

1987: Michelle D. Perry

1988: Christopher B. Wilkinson *

1989: Mark B. Wilson *

1990: Anike A. Ajagunna *

1990: Brian P. Pollack *

1991: Nilofer Ahmed Khalak

1991: Julie Ann Traxler
1992: Yash V. Dalal

1993: Erik Robert Olbeter

1994: Thomas Patrick Floersch

1994: Kristi-Victoria Petrides

1995: Brandon Allen Atkinson

1995: Kristine Lisa Villano

1996: Karen L. Miller
1997: Ian Ross Fried

1998: Tamika Monique Young

1999: Beth Anne Williams

2000: Yamalis Diaz
2001: Francisca A. Abanyie

2002: Jason E. Goldstein

2003: Kathleen Meghan Perry

2004: Robert Pawle

2005: Michael Frederic Batlogg *

2006: Dianela (Anny) Fernandez

2007: Ben A. Salazar

2008: Anthony Patrick Noto *


William S. Bauer, Jr., 
Michelle D. Perry,
Nilofer Ahmed
Khalak, LC’91
Julie Ann Traxler,
William S. Bauer, Jr. Michelle D. Perry Nilofer Ahmed Khalak Julie Ann Traxler

Yash V. Dalal,
Erik Robert Olbeter,
Thomas Patrick
Petrides, LC
Yash V. Dalal Erik Robert Olbeter  Thomas Patrick Floersch Kristi-Victoria Petrides

Brandon Allen
Atkinson, LC’95
Kristine Lisa
Villano, LC’95
Karen L. Miller,
Ian Ross Fried,
Brandon Allen Atkinson Kristine Lisa Villano Karen L. Miller  Ian Ross Fried

Tamika Monique
Young, LC’98
Beth Anne
Williams, LC’99
Yamalis Diaz,
Francisca A.
Abanyie, LC’01
Tamika Monique Young Beth Anne Williams Yamalis Diaz  Francisca A. Abanyie

Jason E. Goldstein,
LC’02, RBS’05
Kathleen Meghan
Perry, LC’03
Robert Pawle,
 Jason E. Goldstein Kathleen Meghan Perry Robert Pawle

Dianela (Anny)
Fernandez, LC’06
Ben A. Salazar,
Dianela (Anny) Fernandez Ben A. Salazar