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LAA Members Volunteer at Community FoodBank as Part of 2014 Rutgers Alumni Day of Service

Members and friends of the Livingston Alumni Association of Rutgers University (LAA) volunteered at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey on Saturday, November 8, 2014, as part of the fourth annual Rutgers Alumni Day of Service.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey began operations in 1975, where President and CEO Kathleen DiChiara began distributing groceries out of the trunk of her car. Within months she created a food bank as part of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Today, the Community FoodBank distributes 40 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,000 non-profit programs, as well as more than 400 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Through their combined efforts, they feed 900,000 hungry people in 18 New Jersey counties.

The LAA volunteers, along with volunteers from other community groups, helped package bags of various pastas, which were boxed and loaded onto pallets for distribution to food pantries throughout the state.

The Day of Service, organized by the Rutgers University Alumni Association, brings together hundreds of alumni volunteers to make an impact in their own local communities, all in the name of Rutgers, all on one day. Rutgers University’s commitment to service dates back to its founding fathers on Rutgers’ Charter Day, November 10, 1766. Thus, this program is inspired by the actions of Rutgers alumni and their long tradition of service.

Shown in photo at top of page: LAA volunteers hold the bags of pasta that they helped to package at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey on November 8, 2014. From left: Derek Young, Bernie Parkhurst, Jeff Isaacs, Brenda Isaacs, Jeff Armus, Eric Schwarz, Debra O’Neal and Olivia O’Neal.

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LAA, RAA Collect More Than 200 Coats at November 2011 Football Game

The Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) teamed up with the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA) to help collect more than 200 new or gently used coats at the November 19, 2011, Rutgers-Cincinnati football game. The coats were donated for distribution by Jersey Cares, a nonprofit community organization. This event was a part of the Rutgers University Alumni Association’s Alumni Day of Service.

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All-Alumni Theater Events

Legally Blonde cast, Livingston Theatre Company, 2018The Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) is a proud sponsor of All-Alumni Theater Events, with a reception and entertainment provided by The Livingston Theatre Company (LTC), followed by a performance of LTC’s latest musical play.

Join us at 2 p.m. May 2, 2021, for a live virtual All Alumni Theater Afternoon as we go “Behind The Curtain” with the LTC.  Students from Rutgers’ premier musical theater organization will perform songs from your favorite musicals in this exciting showcase.  The event will also include interviews with cast members about their performances.

Register here; a link will be emailed prior to the show.

Jason Goldstein and Julia MendesPast Theater Nights/Afternoons include the LTC’s productions of: Godspell (April 2000), The Will Rogers Follies (April 2003), Kiss Me Kate (November 2003), Damn Yankees (April 2004), A Chorus Line (November 2004), Camelot (April 2005), Little Shop of Horrors (October 2005), Ragtime (April 2006), Urinetown (October 2006 and April 2016), Cabaret (April 2007), The Full Monty (October 2007), Seussical (April 2008), Sweeney Todd (February 2010), The Producers (April 2013), Hair (February 2014), In the Heights (April 2015), Oklahoma! (April 2017), Legally Blonde (April 2018), and Violet (February 2019). A Theater Afternoon had been planned for the April 2020 production of Mamma Mia, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Top photo: The cast of LTC’s Legally Blonde, April 15, 2018. Additional photos from the 2018 event, by Qiumei Wang, Rutgers Business School Alumni Association.

Bottom photo: Jason Goldstein, founder of LTC and a former president of LAA, talks with Julia Mendes, MGSA’17, LTC’s managing director, at Theater Night on April 22, 2017. They spoke about the LTC’s presentation of Oklahoma! and the world of musical theater. Additional photos of the 2017 performers and attendees, courtesy of Fran Siederer.

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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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