Recognizing LAA

The Rutgers University Alumni Federation (RUAF) (predecessor to the current Rutgers University Alumni Association, or RUAA) and Rutgers’ Alumni Relations Department have honored the Livingston Alumni Association with these awards:

  • 2000, 2002, 2007: William P. Garrison RC 1910 Award for the Alumni Association with the Greatest Increase in Annual Membership.
  • 2003: Ernest E. McMahon RC’30 Award for Program Excellence.

Scarlet Oak Meritorious Service Award

The Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Meritorious Service Award (also known as the Scarlet Oak Award) recognizes an alumnus/a who has exceeded expectations in his or her role as a volunteer and who has served as a model for all volunteers in the Rutgers community. This award was previously given by the Rutgers University Alumni Federation. 

The following Livingston College alumni have been recognized with the Meritorious Service Award:

1986 Awardee
Amos Danube,
LC’72, GSNB’75
(died in 2001)
1990 Awardee
Christopher Berzinski,
LC’80, GSNB’82
2002 Awardee
Jeffrey M. Isaacs,
2007 Awardee
Michael T. Beachem,
LC’73, GSED ’78, ’84
Amos Danube Christopher Berzinski Jeffrey M. Isaacs Michael T. Beachem

2007 Awardee
Jason Goldstein,
LC’02, RBS’05
2011 Awardee
Saskia Agustin,
LC’04, SPAA’10
2011 Awardee
Marty Siederer,
2013 Awardee
Katty Rivera,
LC’04, GSE’09
Jason Goldstein Saskia 
Agustin Marty Siederer Katty Rivera

Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni

2004 Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni: Yash Dalal, Edward (Eddie) Jordan, Richard L. McCormick, Arnold Hyndman, Clifton LacyIn 1987, the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni (HDA) was created to recognize alumni who, through their remarkable achievements in professional and civic life, have brought honor to themselves and the university. The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) honors their achievements at the annual Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards. Browse through the complete online directory of past honorees.

Pictured at right, at the Rutgers University HDA dinner, May 1, 2004: Livingston Alumni Association President Yash V. Dalal (LC’92), inductee Edward M. Jordan, Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick, Livingston College Dean Arnold G. Hyndman and inductee Clifton R. Lacy.

The following Livingston College alumni have been named to the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni: 

1993 Inductee
(LC’73, MGSA’76)
2004 Inductee
2004 Inductee
(LC’75, RWJMS’79)
Avery F. Brooks Edward M. Jordan Clifton R. Lacy
Actor; Director; Singer;
Professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts
Rutgers Men’s Basketball Head Coach (2013-2016) and Player (1973-1977)
(Originally scheduled to graduate from LC in 1977)
Medical Leader;
New Jersey State Health Commissioner

2010 Inductee
2014 Inductee
Gregory Q. Brown Harvey M. Schwartz
Rutgers Board of Governors Chair;
Business Leader
(Hosted the 2013 HDA celebration)
Rutgers Board of Governors Member; Business Leader

Loyal Sons and Loyal Daughters

The Loyal Sons and Loyal Daughters of Rutgers, honored by the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA), are individuals who have made a meaningful and long-standing commitment to the betterment of Rutgers University by exemplifying extraordinary alumni service or by making a significant impact on University life and culture.

Nominations are made by existing Loyal Sons and Daughters, and the finalists named by a special selection committee. Founded in 1831, the RAA is the nation’s fourth-oldest alumni association, serving 200,000 alumni at Rutgers’ New Brunswick/Piscataway campus. 

The following Livingston College alumni have been named as Loyal Sons and Loyal Daughters:

  • Year unknown: William R. Fernekes, LC’74, GSED’85
  • Year unknown: Margaret S. Cox, LC’87, RBSG’00
  • Year unknown: Patrick Morris, LC’82
  • 2000: Brian Crockett, LC’82
  • 2009: Marty Siederer, LC’77
  • 2012: Iris Martinez-Campbell, LC’75, SSW’81
  • 2013: Michael Beachem, LC’73, GSED’78,’84
  • 2014: Jason E. Goldstein, LC’02, RBS’05
  • 2015: Debra A. Holston O’Neal, LC’87
  • 2016:  Greg Brown, LC’82
  • 2017: Eric Clark, LC’98
  • 2018: Jeffrey M. Armus, LC’77, School of Business’82

Photo: Livingston College alumni celebrate the induction of Michael T. Beachem (rear center) as a Rutgers Loyal Son on April 13, 2013. Front (l-r): Michele Ostrowski, Rosemary Agrista, Iris Martinez-Campbell and Langston Campbell, Jr. Rear (l-r): Marty Siederer, Eric Schwarz, Michael Beachem and Jason Goldstein.

Distinguished Alumnus and Loyal Son Greg Brown, LC’82, Is a Leader on Rutgers’ Board of Governors

Gregory Brown and Michael BeachemGregory Q. Brown, LC’82, named as a Distinguished Alumnus of both Livingston College and Rutgers University, is a member of Rutgers’ Board of Governors as of 2021, and previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors.

In 2011, the Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) of Rutgers University named Brown as a Distinguished Alumnus. He had been inducted into Rutgers’ Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2010.

Additionally, in 2016 Brown was honored by the Rutgers Alumni Association as a Loyal Son of Rutgers.

Brown is chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Brown joined Motorola in 2003 and was elected to the company’s board of directors in 2007. He became president and CEO of Motorola in January 2008. 

He has been a loyal supporter of Rutgers University in many ways. In addition to his service on the Board of Governors, his contributions to the university include:

  • Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, which ended with the appointment of Robert L. Barchi as Rutgers’ 20th president, effective September 1, 2012.
  • Serving as keynote speaker at the University’s 2012 Commencement, at which he was named the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
  • Hosting the 2013 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala.
  • Donating $2.5 million toward construction of the Brown Football Recruiting Lounge and Welcome Center at SHI Stadium (formerly Rutgers Stadium) in Piscataway.
  • Serving as a former member of Rutgers’ Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers.
  • He and his wife, Anna, in 2020 committed $1 million in support of Rutgers’ Scarlet Promise Grants.

At Livingston College, Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1982. Brown is an active member of the civic and business communities. He is a member of the Business Council, Business Roundtable, Technology CEO Council, Commercial Club of Chicago and the Northwestern Memorial Hospital board. He is also on the executive committee of the US-China Business Council (USCBC) and is a member of the CEO Forum.

Before becoming CEO of Motorola, he headed four different businesses at the company, including the government and public safety, networks, enterprise and automotive businesses. Brown also led the $3.9 billion acquisition of Symbol Technologies, the second-largest transaction in Motorola’s history and an important strategic move to strengthen Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility business. 

Prior to joining Motorola, he was chairman and CEO of Micromuse Inc., a publicly traded network management software company. Before that, he was president of Ameritech Custom Business Services and Ameritech New Media Inc. Prior to joining Ameritech in 1987, Brown held a variety of sales and marketing positions with AT&T.

Photo and video: Livingston Alumni Association President Michael Beachem (at right in photo) presents the Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Award to Gregory Q. Brown on Dec. 14, 2011, at Winants Hall, on Rutgers’ College Avenue campus in New Brunswick. (Or open the video in a new window.)

Leroy Haines Honored at 2012 Rutgers Human Dignity Awards; Residence Life Award Named in His Honor

Leroy C. Haines

Leroy C. Haines, assistant director residence life, Livingston Campus, worked for 43 years at Livingston, dedicating his life to reducing prejudice, promoting respect for diversity, creating inclusive communities and mentoring hundreds of undergraduates. He retired in 2012.

Haines is a member of Livingston College’s first graduating class (1971), and a 2011 recipient of the Livingston Alumni Association’s Livingston Legacy Award.

Haines was one of six members of the university community recognized at the 2012 Rutgers Human Dignity Awards, presented April 26. The awards, presented by the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, honored the work of faculty, staff and students who strive to promote social justice and diversity.

Read more about the 2012 Human Dignity Award recipients from Rutgers Focus and The Daily Targum.

The Leroy Haines Award is given each year by Rutgers Residence Life to honor an undergraduate Resident Assistant or Apartment Assistant “who best exemplifies the character and persona of Leroy Haines.”

According to the Residence Life website: “Haines reduced prejudice, promoted respect for diversity, created inclusive communities, and forged intercultural collaboration among groups that had not traditionally worked together … As a student, a student employee, Resident Assistant, an alumnus, Resident Coordinator, Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life for Livingston College and finally Livingston Campus Director, he has come to embody Livingston’s original motto of ‘Strength through Diversity.’ He always challenged the members of his residential communities to live together in order to learn together.”

Rutgers Honors Livingston Alumni

The Rutgers University Alumni Association and other organizations at Rutgers have presented numerous awards to Livingston College alumni for their service to alumni, to Rutgers and to the greater community. See the subpages in this section for details on the awards and honorees:

  • Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. Hall of Fame
  • Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Edward J. Bloustein Award for Community Service
  • Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni
  • Loyal Sons and Loyal Daughters
  • Scarlet Oak Meritorious Service Award
  • Recognizing LAA
  • Special Awards to Alumni

Distinguished Alumnus and Physician Jessie J. Hanna, LC’07, Provides Support in the Battle Against Cancer, in Memory of His Brother

Jessie J. HannaPhysician and pediatric cancer researcher Jessie J. Hanna, LC’07, was honored as a Livingston College Distinguished Alumnus in 2013.

In 2007 Hanna founded the Sean Hanna Foundation in honor of his brother. Sean died on April 28, 2007, at age 20, after fighting cancer for most of his life. The nonprofit foundation provides assistance to families and organizations battling cancer and is a lifeline of support for various institutions, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

In 2014 Hanna earned a doctor of medicine degree from Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City as of December 2017.

Research for pediatric cancer is drastically underfunded, making it a “second-class disease,” Hanna wrote in a co-authored 2011 commentary in The Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine. In addition to his other medical research interests, Hanna is working with the Rwandan ambassador to the United Nations to create a hospital in Rwanda focusing on pediatric cancer.

Hanna has also been active with Jessie’s Wish, The Blood Center of New Jersey, Sigma Phi Epsilon and church groups. Among Hanna’s many awards, he has received scholarships from the dean’s office of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and from the National Arab American Medical Association.

As an undergraduate student, he received Rutgers’ Spirit of Service Award in 2006, and in 2010 was honored with the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Edward J. Bloustein Award, recognizing community service outside the university.

In 2007, he represented New Jersey as the recipient of the Jefferson Award, the highest national honor for public service, according to a 2014 profile from Rutgers Today.

Video (2 minutes): Hanna discusses his career and his brother’s legacy. Open the video in a new window.