Rutgers Excellence in Alumni
The Rutgers University Alumni Association presents the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards annually to recognize those alumni and other members of the university community who devote their time and talents to further the mission of the alumni association and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Walter H. Seward Rutgers for Life Award
Crandon Clark RC’44
In 1994, for the Class of 1944’s 50th reunion, Crandon Clark, a World War II veteran, chronicled his classmates’ military experiences in Rutgers Class of 1944 Military History Book. The book presents the personal stories of 234 class members who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Crandon has been interviewed by the Rutgers Oral History Archives, a group he also supports financially. He has been a member of every one of his class’s Reunion Campaign Committees, and recently co-chaired his 70th Reunion Campaign. He was instrumental in pushing the Class of 1944 Scholarship over $1 million, enabling the fund to support eight students each year. He has also generously supported the Richard Hale Football Scholarship Fund, the IMCS Building Fund, and Athletes Glen. In 1994, he established his own scholarship, the Crandon F. Clark Scholarship. He was named a Loyal Son of Rutgers in 1996 in honor of his long service to the Rutgers Alumni Association as a class officer and class agent.
Richard P. McCormick Award
Richard De Lisi
As dean of the Graduate School of Education for more than 10 years, Richard De Lisi has shown countless times how much he values the input and energy of his school’s alumni. As a strong partner to the Graduate School of Education Alumni Association (GSEAA), Dr. De Lisi frequently attended meetings and events, and co-sponsored a number of initiatives that strengthened the connection between students and alumni, including a new graduate dinner and a student/alumni information exchange. Dr. De Lisi was the honoree at the 2004 GSEAA Distinguished Faculty Lecture, and in 2006, he and GSEAA partnered to form the GSEAA Endowed Scholarship at the school.
Scarlet Oak Meritorious Service Award
Anthony J. Goralski RC’77
As president of the undergraduate supply chain advisory board at Rutgers Business School, Anthony Goralski has rapidly built the school’s Meet and Greet Supply Chain Career and Internship Fair into one of the largest career fairs of its kind. Attendance by students and employers has more than quadrupled in three years, with countless students securing jobs and internships as a result of the event. Tony also mentors students and takes them on as interns at Kuehne+Nagel, where he is director of business development. Tony serves as a guest lecturer at the school and is a guest speaker at undergraduate career boot camp events.
Frank M. Lario Jr. CLAW’62
The inaugural recipient of the Rutgers School of Law-Camden Distinguished Service Award in 2003, Frank Lario Jr. has been a constant presence for the school and its community for more than 50 years. He has distinguished himself as a lawyer and as a municipal court, superior court, and appellate division judge, frequently hiring CLAW students as his clerks. He was twice honored with the Camden County Bar Association’s Peter J. Devine Jr. Award as the outstanding lawyer of the year. He is a former chancellor of the CLAW Alumni Association and a member of its scholarship committee, and he currently serves on its Board of Trustees. Frank attends reunion and law school events every year, and is a loyal son of Rutgers-Camden. In 1930, his father, Frank M. Lario Sr., was a member of the first graduating class of the South Jersey College of Law, the School of Law–Camden’s predecessor.
James P. McCarthy CCAS’86, SBC’86
James is a member of the School of Business–Camden’s Dean’s Leadership Council and helped create the school’s Finance Lab and Center for Investment Management. He is working with faculty to implement a new finance curriculum to utilize the training lab’s capabilities. As an advocate for SBC grads in the industry, James hosts students and alumni at his firm, Goldman Sachs. He has been a guest lecturer at the school since 2002, and played an instrumental role in the Renewing (Y)Our Vows event in 2012 and the school’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2013. James served as SBC's commencement speaker in 2014.
Larry Radican SPH’94, ’05
For more than 20 years, the School of Public Health has benefited from the enthusiasm and commitment of Larry Radican. An assistant adjunct professor in the school’s Department of Epidemiology since 2006, Larry has inspired students with his graduate-level lectures on outcomes research and pharmacoeconomics. He has been a member of the school’s External Advisory Committee since 2000 and participates in the Dean’s Review of Fieldwork presentations each year. At the request of Career Services and the Student Government Association, Larry participated on an all-alumni panel on career trends in public health. He has helped numerous students get their start in the industry by facilitating internship and fellowship opportunities at Merck, where he is executive director of the Global Health Outcomes division. In 2014 the School of Public Health honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award.
Block R Award
Joseph A. Carlani III RC’84
A passion for the acclaimed Rutgers Queens Guard inspired Joseph Carlani to create the Queens Guard Alumni Association (QGAA) in 2005. As QGAA president, Joseph contributed to the success of the chartered organization by partnering with Rutgers’ Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services on initiatives such as the veteran-mentor program for student-veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan; fundraising for a student-veterans emergency scholarship fund; and an annual holiday care package drive for overseas troops during RUAA’s Community Service Day. Joseph also led efforts to facilitate alumni interviews with the Rutgers Oral History Archive Project; to digitally archive the guard’s textual, photographic, and film history; and to launch QGAA's website.
William J. Spych Jr. UCC’96, GSC’11
A veteran of the Vietnam War, Bill Spych is dedicated to helping student-veterans at Rutgers–Camden make confident and careful life choices. As a mentor to a number of current students and a frequent volunteer and participant at events hosted by Rutgers’ Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services, Bill responds to calls to help student-veterans whenever asked. For the last five years, he has given generously in support of the Jeremy Kane Memorial Run, a fundraiser that honors a former Rutgers–Camden student who perished in the line of duty.
John F. Stephenson Jr. AG’52
The Rev. Dr. John Stephenson is a retired minister serving churches in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) who has supported Rutgers for more than 34 years. He has loyally championed his class’s efforts for its 50th, 55th, and 60th reunions to raise campaign funds and to encourage attendance at activities. His commitment to the New Brunswick reunion extends beyond his class: John is a leader of the Reunion Interfaith Chapel Service that is held each year, and was instrumental in encouraging a more diverse, inclusive service that is meaningful to generations of alumni. As a student at Rutgers, John was a member of Theta Chi. In addition to his Rutgers volunteerism, John serves as president of SWIM, Inc. (Specialized Water Interest Movement), an organization that provides free recreational therapy for adults with muscular impairments.
Rutgers Spirit Award
Danielle M. Burkhardt RBS’10
Danielle Burkhardt started making her impact on the Rutgers Business School Alumni Association (RBSAA) when she was still a student. In 2010, the association honored her with its RBSAA Prize, which is presented to a student with high academics and extracurricular involvement. Danielle has been a trustee of RBSAA since 2011, and is currently vice president and RUAA liaison for the association. She also serves on the association’s student outreach committee. She volunteers to speak and work at events, to generate attendance and publicity for RBSAA activities, and to cultivate the next generation of student and alumni leaders at new student orientations.
Edward J. Bloustein Award
Quinten A. Clarke RC’91, CLAW’94
A history teacher and basketball coach at Blair Academy, Quint Clarke is the founder of Blair in Kenya (BIK), a thriving nonprofit that builds and operates two elementary schools in rural Kenya, runs an annual medical clinic in remote villages there, and finances a micro-credit lender to encourage local entrepreneurs. Over the past seven years, BIK has delivered more than 14,000 pounds of clothes, shoes, computers, and medical supplies, supported more than 100 small business loans, raised $150,000 toward educational programs, brought professional medical care to more than 2,000 people, and sponsored nearly 100 children in their educational pursuits.
Ernest E. McMahon Award
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Alumni Association
The Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Alumni Association (RSCJAA) is focused on fostering a community where faculty, alumni, and students come together and share their knowledge and experiences through networking opportunities, professional development sessions, and outreach programs. RSCJAA works to promote its events and programs—including the Monster Lecture and Career Fair, a series of targeted professional development sessions, and intimate lectures—to current students to help enrich their experiences and create long-term ties with the association, thus laying a foundation for participation in RSCJAA after graduation.
The Schnur Family
The Schnur family’s legacy at Rutgers began 90 years ago when J. Charles Schnur graduated from Rutgers–Newark School of Law in 1924. Nearly 40 years later, in 1962, his daughter-in-law, Hedda Vogel Schnur, graduated from the Rutgers–Newark College of Arts and Sciences. Her son, Michael Schnur RC’87, enrolled at Rutgers–New Brunswick in the 1980s, where he met his future wife, Jennifer Meyer UCNB’87, while working at Thomas Sweet on Easton Avenue. Now the owners of that College Avenue Campus institution, Michael and Jennifer are looking forward to next year, when their son, Andrew MGSA’15, will graduate from Mason Gross School of the Arts.
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