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Livingston College Yearbooks

[Also see Alumni Memories; Deans’ Reflections; Documentation of Livingston College History.] 

Livingston College opened its doors in 1969. No yearbooks were produced for the graduating classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972, which included transfer students from other colleges.

Livingston in the Retrospect, 1969-1973, was published as a memento for the first full four-year graduating class in 1973. It included photos of students and organizations, plus letters from officials, though not photos of the graduating seniors.

The first traditional Livingston College yearbook was published in 1974.

In 2006, Livingston College admitted its final four-year cohort, the Class of 2010. The final Livingston College yearbook was published in 2007.

Several Livingston College yearbooks, as well as older yearbooks from other Rutgers colleges and schools [* see note near bottom of page], are online and fully searchable through the Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) site.

Five Livingston College yearbooks are available through RUL:

  • 1974, We the People
  • 1977, The Rock, Volume II (includes photos of 1976 graduates)
  • 1978, The Rock, Volume III 
  • 1980, The Rock, Volume IV (includes photos of 1979 graduates) 
  • 1981, The Last

All of those yearbooks, plus many additional yearbooks, are available online through the Internet Archive as listed below. This project is made possible through financial support received from the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

There are no extra yearbooks available for purchase through Livingston Alumni Association or Rutgers University. 

The following Livingston College yearbooks are available as listed below. The volume numbers are as listed in each publication, even though the volume numbers are inconsistent (with some numbers skipped, repeated, or going backward). Note that the yearbook title was not always printed on the cover. This page will be updated as information is received.

Quick table of available yearbooks (more detail below images):

Year (link to info) 1973 1974 1977 1978
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Year (link to info) 1980 1981 1982 1983
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via Internet Archive)
Year (link to info) 1984 1985 1986 1987
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via Internet Archive)
Year (link to info) 1988 1991 1992 1993
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via Internet Archive)
Year (link to info) 1994 1995 1996 1997
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via Internet Archive)
Year (link to info) 1998 1999 2000 2001
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via Internet Archive)
Year (link to info) 2002 2003 2004 2005
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via Internet Archive)
Year (link to info) 2006 2007
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via Internet Archive)
Year Title Available at Carr (Kilmer) Library
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* see note below]
Online links / Notes
(All listed yearbooks have been scanned by the Internet Archive. Several early yearbooks have also been scanned by Rutgers University Libraries.)
1970
1971
1972
Yearbook not published N/A N/A
1973 Livingston in the Retrospect, 1969-1973 no Internet Archive: 
1974 We the People yes Rutgers University Libraries: :
Internet Archive:
1975 Yearbook not published no N/A
1976 Yearbook not published. no Photos of the Class of 1976 are included in the 1977 yearbook. See note below.
1977 The Rock, Volume II yes Rutgers University Libraries: :
Internet Archive:
Note: 1976 graduates are pictured on pages 22-31, and 1977 graduates are pictured on pages 204-244. (These page numbers correspond with the printed editions. The paging in the digital editions listed above is slightly different since the scanned files count every page, such as the cover, blank pages and index pages.)
1978 The Rock, Volume III yes Rutgers University Libraries: :
Internet Archive:
1979 Yearbook not published. no Photos of the Class of 1979 are included in the 1980 yearbook. See note below.
1980 The Rock, Volume IV [lists “1979” on spine] yes

Rutgers University Libraries: :
Internet Archive:

Note: 1979 graduates are pictured on pages 42-85, and 1980 graduates are pictured on pages 88-119. (These page numbers correspond with the printed editions. The paging in the digital editions listed above is slightly different since the scanned files count every page, such as the cover, blank pages and index pages.)

1981 The Last yes Rutgers University Libraries: :
Internet Archive:
1982 The Rock: A Plateau for a New Beginning  yes Internet Archive: 
1983 Strength Through Diversity  yes Internet Archive
1984 Strength Through Diversity  yes Internet Archive: 
1985 Senior Record  no Internet Archive: 
1986 The Experience  yes Internet Archive: 
1987 In Quest of Excellence  yes Internet Archive: 
1988 1988 [Livingston College yearbook]  yes Internet Archive: 
1989
1990
Yearbook not published no N/A
1991 Diversity: Not Just a Generic College, Volume 1  yes Internet Archive: 
1992 Diversity: A Style of Our Own, Volume Two  yes Internet Archive: 
1993 Diversity: A Higher Form of Education, Volume Three  yes Internet Archive: 
1994 Diversity: So Much More to See, Volume IV  yes Internet Archive: 
1995 Diversity: Out to Change the World – 25th Anniversary  yes Internet Archive: 
1996 Diversity: All But a Memory  yes Internet Archive: 
1997 Diversity: With the Passage of Time, Volume VII  yes Internet Archive: 
1998 Diversity: Memorable Reflections, Volume VIII  yes Internet Archive: 
1999 Diversity: Livingston College Common Ground, Volume IX yes Internet Archive: 
2000 Diversity: Livingston in the Millennium  yes Internet Archive: 
2001 Diversity: Making Connections, Volume XI  yes Internet Archive: 
2002 Diversity: A College Tale, Volume XI  yes Internet Archive: 
2003 Diversity: Roots of Knowledge, Volume XIII yes Internet Archive: 
2004 Diversity: Eyes of the World, Volume 12  yes Internet Archive: 
2005 Reflections: Reflect  yes Internet Archive: 
2006 Reflections: Changing Faces, Changing Places, Volume 14  yes Internet Archive: 
2007 Reflections: Here Today yes Internet Archive: 
2008
2009
2010
Yearbook not published N/A N/A

* RUL has also scanned yearbooks from other current and former colleges and schools of the university, specifically (listed from oldest to newest):

  • Rutgers College (1871-1872, 1874-1875, 1877, 1888-1913)
  • New Jersey State College of Agriculture (1913-1916, 1921)
  • Douglass College (1922-1926)
  • College of Pharmacy (1926, 1928-1929)
  • Newark College of Arts and Sciences (1937-1940)
  • Rutgers-Camden (1952-1956)
(Livingston Alumni Association is not involved in the archiving or scanning of the yearbooks from other colleges and schools. Please contact Erika Gorder with any questions or suggestions about any non-Livingston College yearbooks.)
 
** Most yearbooks are available in the second-floor reference area of the Carr (Kilmer) Library, on Rutgers’ Livingston campus in Piscataway, for in-person use only, under call number REFERENCE .



Timeline of Livingston College and Livingston Campus

Livingston College history (overview)

  • 1964    Rutgers acquires 540 acres of the former Camp Kilmer base from the federal government. The base was named for Joyce Kilmer, a New Brunswick poet who was killed in action while serving in the New York National Guard during World War I.
  • 1965    The Rutgers Board of Governors (BOG) names the first of three colleges planned on the Kilmer property, for William Livingston, who served as New Jersey’s first governor from 1766 to 1790.
  • 1965-1973       Ernest A. Lynton is the first Dean of Livingston College. Lynton led a number of curriculum innovations, including the establishment of majors in computer science, African-American studies, urban studies and comparative literature. He also started programs in city and regional planning, and anthropology at Livingston.
  • 1969    Livingston College opens in September, with about 700 students. Nearly one in three students was a minority, and students were included as voting members of the college assembly. Students in the new Organization for Black Unity (OBU), with the college’s permission, designated House 25 in the Quad II dormitory as the “Malcolm X house.” Quads I and III were built but not yet open.
  • 1970-1971       The college establishes intercollegiate men’s baseball and football teams, as well as a cheerleading squad and a co-ed intramural baseball program.
  • 1970    Tillett Hall opens in the spring as the college’s main academic building, including a campus center and a dining hall. A student newspaper, The Medium, debuts in October. Previous campus newspapers were titled Mudslide, Fango, and General Motors.
  • 1971    Livingston College students begin AM radio station. Kilmer Area Library opens.
  • 1972    North and South Towers dorms open. New Academic Building (later named Lucy Stone Hall) opens.
  • 1973    Livingston College graduates its first full four-year class of 500 students. The graduates are approximately 80% white, 15% black, 3% Puerto Rican, and 2% Asian.
  • 1973-1974       George Warren Carey serves as Acting Dean of Livingston College. On Nov. 5, 1973, a group of black students takes over Carey’s office. The students demanded the resignation of the dean of student affairs and a reconstitution of student services on campus. Four days later, 350 black, white and Puerto Rican Rutgers University students pack the BOG meeting to support the demands of Livingston’s black students.
  • 1974-1977       Emmanuel George Mesthene serves as Dean of Livingston College.
  • 1975-1976       Livingston College Association of Graduates (LCAG) is formed. Renamed as Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) in 1988.
  • 1977    Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC) opens with a men’s basketball victory over rival Seton Hall. Today it is home to the Rutgers men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling, and gymnastics programs, as well as hosting other events. Renamed as Louis Brown Athletic Center in 1986.
  • 1977-1990       W. Robert Jenkins serves as Dean of Livingston College.
  • 1980    The BOG merges the faculties of the liberal arts schools in New Brunswick into two main groups — the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Professional Studies. The reorganization largely mutes Livingston’s academic autonomy.
  • 1986    Livingston Student Center (LSC) opens.
  • 1990-1993       Walton R. Johnson serves as Dean of Livingston College.
  • 1990    BOG renames Towers dorms for Lynton. The LAA honors its first Livingston Pride Award winner. The award continues to honor a graduating senior from Rutgers-New Brunswick colleges each year.
  • 1991    BOG votes to rename campus from “Kilmer” to “Livingston,” ending a yearlong struggle by Livingston College students to strengthen their school’s identity.
  • 1993-2007       Arnold G. Hyndman serves as the final Dean of Livingston College.
  • 1999    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first production of the Livingston Theatre Company, opens.
  • 2000    Livingston’s radio station, RLC-WVPH (The Core), in partnership with Piscataway High School, begins broadcasting at 90.3 FM. The LAA honors its first four Livingston College Distinguished Alumni.
  • 2007    Rutgers merges Livingston, Rutgers, Douglass, and University colleges in New Brunswick into the School of Arts and Sciences, and Livingston College officially ends. Currently enrolled students are permitted to complete their degrees as Livingston graduates until 2010.
  • 2009    The LAA gives its first Livingston Legacy Awards to three faculty members.
  • 2010    A renovated and expanded LSC has a grand reopening. Livingston College holds its final commencement.
  • 2011    Livingston Dining Commons opens.
  • 2012    The Livingston Apartments open.
  • 2013    The Plaza, a retail center that includes a movie theater and several eateries, opens. The Rutgers Business School-New Brunswick building opens.
  • 2017    Kilmer Area Library renamed for James Dickson Carr, the first African-American graduate of Rutgers College. 
  • 2019    RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center opens.

Originally posted October 8, 2019




Felice C. Ronca, Assistant Dean for Curriculum at Livingston College, Remembered

Felice C. Ronca, who was assistant dean for curriculum at Rutgers University’s Livingston College, died March 23, 1996, after a long illness. Ronca lived in Highland Park, New Jersey, at the time of her death. She had previously served as coordinator of the Livingston College Honors Program and the Paul Robeson Scholars Project. She also taught comparative literature at Douglass and Livingston colleges. A memorial service for Ronca was held at Rutgers’ Kirkpatrick Chapel.

The following text appeared in the 1996 Livingston College Commencement program:

This Twenty-Seventh Commencement Convocation is dedicated to the memory of

Dean Felice C. Ronca

Dr. Felice C. Ronca served as Assistant Dean for Curriculum at Livingston College from 1994 to 1996, and from 1987 to 1994 she was the Coordinator of the Livingston College Honors Program and the Paul Robeson Scholars Project. During her tenure at Rutgers University, she also taught in the English and Comparative Literature departments, and was well known as a dynamic teacher who instilled in her students a passion for learning and intellectual exploration. She guided countless students through the College Honors Program, and assisted many more with her compassionate nature, keen wit, and brilliant ability to advocate for them. Dr. Ronca earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, and was the author of numerous articles on literary subjects, including the works of Virginia Woolf, Baudelaire, Ezra Pound, and Jacob Tonson. She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming book, entitled The Scholar’s Art: A Festschrift for John O. McCormick. A memorial scholarship has been established in Dr. Ronca’s name.


Originally posted January 6, 2019
Revised January 6, 2019




Seth Dvorin, LC’02, Was Killed in Battle in Iraq; Distinguished Young Alumni Award Named for Him

Seth Jeremy DvorinU.S. Army Lt. Seth Jeremy Dvorin, a 2002 graduate of Livingston College at Rutgers University, was killed in battle near Iskandariyah, Iraq, on Feb. 3, 2004.

An improvised explosive device (IED) killed Dvorin, age 24, while he was conducting counter-IED operations.

In 2004, Rutgers’ Livingston Alumni Association created the Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award in his honor.

Dvorin had been assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 62nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum, New York.

Seth Dvorin and Sue NiedererDvorin’s sister, Rebekah, told The Associated Press that the Army informed her that “Seth’s unit had been ordered to clear the area of the homemade mines and bombs that have killed dozens of troops. … They were in a convoy and saw something in the road. My brother, the hero, told his driver to stop. That’s when the bomb detonated, when they were trying to dismantle it.”

Dvorin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Livingston College in 2002. Born in Freehold, New Jersey, he grew up in East Brunswick and South Brunswick, New Jersey. He graduated from South Brunswick High School, where he played football and baseball.

Dvorin traveled extensively, including to Europe and Israel. He loved animals and cars, especially Mustangs, and was an excellent cook. He had lived in Evans Mills, New York, at the time of his death.

Seth and Kelly DvorinDvorin was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He was buried in Marlboro Memorial Cemetery, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Surviving Dvorin were his wife, Kelly Harris Dvorin, whom he married on August 26, 2003, five days before leaving for Iraq; his mother, Sue Niederer, and her husband Greg; his father, Richard Dvorin, and his companion Ellen Sutton; his sister, Rebekah Dvorin, and her then-fiance, Walter Gruszka; his stepbrother, Joshua Dvorin; his paternal grandmother, Ruth Dvorin; his maternal grandfather, Jacob Sapir; and his uncles Gary Sapir and Howard Dvorin. 

Dvorin’s mother, Sue Niederer, has protested the Bush Administration for the US involvement in Iraq, and criticized Donald J. Trump for his insensitivity to Gold Star families who have lost family members in battle.

As of 2018 she continues to speak on behalf of the GI Go Fund, a national nonprofit organization that helps veterans find employment and secure education and health care benefits, and provides assistance to low-income and homeless veterans, according to a May 26, 2018, article from My Central Jersey. Friends of Dvorin founded the GI Go Fund in 2006.

Seth Dvorin’s father, Richard Dvorin, a U.S. Air Force veteran, worked through his grief by volunteering for a phone hotline for veterans and their families.

Richard Dvorin also served as Past Commander for the Lt. Seth Dvorin Jewish War Veterans Post #972 in Marlboro, New Jersey, renamed for his son in 2004. Richard Dvorin died in 2013.

Photos: Seth Dvorin; Dvorin with his mother, Sue Niederer; Dvorin with his wife, Kelly Dvorin.




Recording Livingston College’s Oral History

The Livingston Alumni Association (LAA) has partnered with the Rutgers Oral History Archives (ROHA) to record the narratives of alumni and others associated with the history of Livingston College. ROHA staff have recorded and transcribed interviews with the people listed below, chronicling their lives including their Livingston College experiences.

Note that interviews may have been conducted over multiple sessions, in which case there will be a transcript for each session.

The interviewees’ contributions to the Alumni Memories section of the LAA website are also listed below.

  • Rosemary Agrista, LC’76
  • Ndidi Amutah-Onukagha, LC’03 / (Livingston College Distinguished Alumna)
  • Jerome Aumente, inaugural Director of Livingston College’s Department of Journalism and Urban Communications / (2011 Livingston Legacy recipient)
  • Joseph Birish, LC’75 / Music, Risk, Three-Eyed Frogs and Other Experiments: Life in Livingston College’s House 15, Circa 1972-1975
  • Saskia Leo Cipriani, LC ’04
  • Nicholas Ferroni, LC ’02 / (Livingston College Distinguished Alumnus)
  • Patricia Graham, LC’72 (two sessions) Joyful Memories of Livingston College from a 1972 Alumna
  • Allen M. Howard, a professor of African history at Livingston College (two sessions)
  • Arnold Hyndman, Dean of Livingston College (two sessions)
  • Peter Klein, Livingston College philosophy professor (four sessions)
  • Harry R. Knabe, LC’93
  • George Levine, inaugural Chairman of the English Department at Livingston College (three sessions)
  • Peter Lindenfeld, Physics Faculty
  • Gerald Pomper, inaugural Chairman of the Political Science Department at Livingston College (two sessions) / (2011 Livingston Legacy recipient)
  • Eric Schwarz, LC’92 (two sessions) /  Livingston College’s Challenges at Age 21  
  • Marty Siederer, LC’77
  • James Simon, LC’74
  • Robert W. Snyder, LC’77 (three sessions) / Long Live Livingston / (Livingston College Distinguished Alumnus)
  • Mercedes Valle, LC ’73
  • Steven Walker, LC’86 / Towering Memories: Livingston College Students Move In to Dorms on North Side of Campus
  • Steven Zurier, LC’76

This project is made possible through financial support received from the Rutgers University Alumni Association.




Jayceryll de Chavez, LC’99, Was Driven to Leave His Mark; Remembered with Dedication at Rutgers Business School Building

Jaceryll Malabuyoc de Chavez South Tower at Rutgers Business SchoolOn October 20, 2017, Rutgers Business School dedicated the South Tower of its building on the Livingston Campus to Jayceryll Malabuyoc de Chavez, an alumnus who died during the 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.

More than 100 guests assembled in the tower’s foyer in front of a new plaque inscribed with details of de Chavez’s life, a photo taken at his graduation and a portion of a steel beam from the ruins of the World Trade Center.

As a Livingston College student, de Chavez studied finance and economics. He was working as a portfolio analyst at Franklin Templeton’s offices on the 95th floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower on September 11, 2001.

Jaceryll Malabuyoc de ChavezHe had graduated in 1999 from Rutgers’ Livingston College and the Rutgers School of Business-New Brunswick.

De Chavez was a distinguished scholar who started two fraternities, Delta Chi and Alpha Kappa Psi, while he was at Rutgers.

Friends said that de Chavez, an immigrant from the Philippines, appreciated everything and was driven to succeed and to leave his mark.

A conference room and four reading rooms at the Carr Library, also on Livingston Campus, are named after de Chavez, and his family has created a $1 million endowed scholarship and endowed excellence fund in his memory.

The professional business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi also awards a scholarship in his name.

Read more about de Chavez in a Rutgers Business School article on the 2017 South Tower dedication, by Susan Todd.

Top photo by Lauren Guiliano, courtesy of Rutgers Business School. 

Jaceryll Malabuyoc de Chavez - Tributes at Carr LibraryPhoto collage (clockwise from bottom left): Sign outside the conference room at Carr Library’s ground (basement) level; de Chavez’s portrait, plaque (see below), and furnishings inside the conference room; one of the four study rooms in his honor on the library’s second floor.

Top plaque: Every man believes in certain ideologies and life philosophies, it should be marked that Jayceryll M. de Chavez stood believing: “Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken-threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.” (Sir Henry James).

Bottom plaque: Alpha Kappa Psi Study Room 4 Donated in Loving Memory of Jacy M. De Chavez and Victims of 9/11.