Category Archives: Special Awards to Alumni


Special Awards to Alumni

Rutgers University-related organizations have presented multiple special awards honoring Livingston College alumni for their service to alumni and the greater Rutgers community. These include:

Eric Clark
Leroy C. Haines
Iris Martinez-Campbell
LC’75, SSW’81 
Jason Goldstein
LC’02, RBS’05
Eric Clark Leroy C. Haines Iris Martinez-Campbell  Jason Goldstein
Eric Schwarz
LC’92, SCILS’92,’07
Matthew Aquino
LC’08, RBS’08
Staci Berger
LC’94, EJB/GSNB’04
Eric Schwarz Matthew Aquino Staci Berger

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Eric Clark, LC’98, Named as Loyal Son of Rutgers; Revitalized Chicago Alumni Club

Eric Clark, 1998 graduate of Livingston College at Rutgers University
Eric Clark (2014)

Eric O. Clark, a 1998 graduate of Livingston College at Rutgers University, was honored on April 8, 2017, as one of seven Loyal Sons and Loyal Daughters of Rutgers for 2017.

Clark, an Illinois native, has been the President of the Rutgers Club of Chicago for more than 12 years. A member of the Rutgers men’s basketball team during his years on the Banks, he was inspired to take on the task of revitalizing the Rutgers Club of Chicago upon his return to his home state. The position included the challenge of reaching out to the 2,500-plus alumni living in and around the Windy City.

Clark became and continues to be the Rutgers “go-to” guy for any BIG Ten event in Chicago, and was named the B1G10K Rutgers Representative in 2014. In 2006 Clark received the William of Orange Award for Dedicated Volunteerism from the Rutgers University Alumni Federation.

The Loyal Sons and Loyal Daughters of Rutgers are individuals who have made a meaningful and long-standing commitment to the betterment of Rutgers, the State 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 of the RAA. The RAA is the nation’s fourth-oldest alumni association, serving alumni in multiple colleges and schools on Rutgers’ New Brunswick/Piscataway campus. 

Eric Clark, 1998 graduate of Livingston College at Rutgers University
Eric Clark (1998)

The awardees were formally recognized during the 59th Annual Loyal Sons and Daughters Dinner, a “scarlet” tie event held at Neilson Dining Hall on the Douglass Campus. Bios for all of the 2017 honorees are online. In addition to Clark, they are:

  • Joan A. DeBoer, CC’84
  • Luis Largo, GSE’07
  • Melissa Lieberman-Elimanco, DC’05, GSE’06,’14
  • Alyssa Gentile Salvesen, RC’09, GSE’10
  • Dorothy M. Stanaitis, UCC’82
  • Roy H. Tanzman, RC’73, CLAW’76

Photos: Eric Clark in 2014 (top), and in the 1998 Livingston College yearbook, Diversity: Memorable Reflections, Volume VIII.

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Matthew Aquino (LC’08,RBS’08) Honored by Rutgers for Business Mentorship and Reunion Campaign Efforts; Receives 2016 Young Alumni Service Award

Donna Thornton, Matthew Aquino, Timothy Farrow - 2016 Rutgers REAL AwardsMatthew Aquino, a volunteer mentor for students at Rutgers Business School, was honored in 2016 with the Young Alumni Service Award, presented by the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA).

Aquino, a 2008 graduate of both Rutgers’ Livingston College and Rutgers Business School (RBS), has volunteered with RBS’ TeamUP mentoring program since 2013. He has mentored five Rutgers students, and contributed to both their personal and professional development. Aquino spends numerous hours on the phone with his mentees, arranges in-person meetings, and invites them to visit his office. All his mentees have successfully completed their internship programs and earned full-time offers upon graduation. In addition to being involved in the Rutgers University TeamUP, Aquino has also volunteered for his five-year class reunion campaign. Aquino and three other classmates helped raised more than $20,000 for Rutgers through fundraising efforts.

Aquino has been a director of change management at Apollo Global Management LLC in New York City since March 2014. He previously was an assistant vice president at Barclays Investment Bank.

Photo: Matthew Aquino, center, accepts the RUAA’s Young Alumni Service Award from Donna K. Thornton, Rutgers’ Vice President for Alumni Relations, and Timothy S. Farrow, Chairman of the RUAA Board. The award was presented as part of the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership (REAL) Conference and Awards on October 14, 2016.

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Center for Latino Arts and Culture Honors Alumni, Faculty Including LAA’s Iris Martinez-Campbell

The Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture honored the achievements of Rutgers alumni and faculty in art and community leadership, at its

The Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture honored the achievements of Rutgers alumni and faculty in art and community leadership, at its 20th anniversary celebration held January 26, 2013.

The program theme was “Our Stories,” with video and verbal presentations celebrating the honorees, including Iris Martinez-Campbell (LC’75, SSW’81), who at the time was serving as an executive board member of the Livingston Alumni Association and a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees.

Special tribute was paid to the memory of the late Edward G. Ortiz, one of the pioneering professors in the beginnings and development of Livingston College.

Other honorees were Héctor Bonilla, Sandra Rocío Castro, MaryCarmen Daza, Elpidio Laguna-Díaz, Brenda López, Isabel Nazario, Vilma Pérez and Mario Vargas.

The event, held at the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue, featured a tropical rainforest decor and a silent auction of works by local Latino artists to benefit CLAC programs. The event had been postponed from Nov. 3, 2012.

Originally posted February 18, 2013

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