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Rutgers ClubTucked down at the end of College Avenue in New Brunswick, just past Alexander Library, is The Rutgers Club, a private, collegiate restaurant and lounge open to all alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends of Rutgers University.

Upon opening the scarlet door, the Scarlet Knight stands at attention to greet patrons, and the dark red carpeting and curtains remind you of the deeply rooted Rutgers legacy and history that lie within. The house was built in 1915 and privately owned until 1956, when it was sold and became The Rutgers Club the next year.

The Rutgers Club is much more than a place for a meal when visiting campus. One of the club’s biggest attractions is its upscale cuisine at an affordable price. Three of the club’s chefs previously worked at the Frog and the Peach, one of New Brunswick’s most celebrated gourmet restaurants. And the club’s award-winning chef Peter Imranyi came in second place in the National Association of College and University Food Services National Cooking Competition, following a first-place win at the regional level.

“It’s such a nice and different dining option,” says Rutgers Club manager Ray Martin. “There are linen table clothes, it’s very Rutgers-esque, and it is the best place for an upscale meal at Rutgers.”

What many Rutgers alumni don’t realize is that the membership at The Rutgers Club allows them access to many other university clubs as well. The Association of College and University Clubs (ACUC) is a reciprocal organization, to which The Rutgers Club belongs, thus allowing members to reap the benefits at associated clubs throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Visit the ACUC website to see the full list of participating university clubs.

The Rutgers Club yearly membership fee is $25. Membership runs from September to August, and individuals can sign up at While anyone is welcome to dine at the club without joining, members enjoy a host of exclusive benefits that include bar service, room rentals (the club boasts seven private rooms available for parties and functions of various sizes), and affiliations.

The Rutgers Club also hosts special events and theme nights throughout the year for its members. Coming up is a holiday party and sing-along on Friday, December 9, and buffet lunches on Monday, December 12, through Thursday, December 15. Members who are interested are urged to make reservations in advance at 732-932-7139.

View the club’s menus, hours, and events calendar at to discover one of the university’s hidden treasures!
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Newark Faculty Accomplishments

Friday, April 15 2011 09:31:38 AM

Rutgers faculty have dedicated decades to the continuing education of students. In this video, faculty members celebrate their memories from 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years, of which they’ve been a part of the university. Watch a video about our faculty.
But the knowledge that students gain from the Rutgers–Newark faculty doesn’t just stop after graduation. Countless students have gone on to become successful leaders throughout the world and in every discipline, including these four:
Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren NLAW ‘76
Named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people, Elizabeth Warren serves as Assistant to President Barack Obama and Special advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Additionally, she is the author of 9 books, including best-sellers. On May 27, 2011, she will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from Rutgers University.
William Rasmussen William Rasmussen RBS ‘60
In the early 1970s, William Rasmussen and his son wanted to create a local cable channel to broadcast regional sports. They learned, however, that it would be cheaper to broadcast 24 hours a day via satellite than by renting air space from another network. With careful planning, Rasmussen and his son set their sites on a nationwide network to broadcast sports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The result: ESPN.
Ronald Jones Ronald Jones NCAS ‘81
Ronald Jones began wrestling in high school to better condition himself for football. But by the time he entered Rutgers-Newark, it was clear he had a natural talent for the sport. Jones wrestled at 118 lbs. and was captain of the wrestling team for 3 out of the 5 years he competed. He was a two-time All-American champion, two-time NCAA Northeastern Regional champion, and two-time Metropolitan Tournament champion. In addition, he placed 3rd regionally and 6th nationally in the 1980 Olympic Trials.
Judith Viorst Judith Viorst NCAS ‘52
Just 18 years after walking across a stage for her NCAS graduation, Judith Viorst walked across another stage, but to accept an Emmy Award for her poetry. Viorst is a celebrated columnist and contributing editor to Redbook Magazine. She is also widely known for writing creative children’s literature, including: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Newark Alumni - The Class of 2001 Login to comment

Friday, April 15 2011 09:09:36 AM

Diversity is not always synonymous with unity, and it can be challenging to foster a deep sense of togetherness amongst the many ethnicities and cultures that exist throughout the world. By hosting and participating in the many cultural events on campus, however, the class of 2001 helped to educate students on the importance of cultural diversity and embracing differences. Without a doubt, these learned qualities would later prove to be priceless in the wake of 9/11.

Latin Night Bash

Latin night bash

African Family Night

African Family Night

Seasonal Celebrations

Cultural Celebrations

Cultural Celebrations

Cultural Celebrations

Pictured above (clockwise from top left): Black History Month, Jewish Seder, Puerto Rican Association Salsa Dancing, and Culture Haitienne.

Rebuilding a Nation

Although most of the members of the graduating class of 2001 had left campus by the fall, students returning to school could not have imagined the tragedy that soon would rock them and the nation. As the horrific events of 9/11unfolded, students, faculty, staff, and the university administration came together as a community to help out in every possible way. In an e-mail to students, Andrew Rothman Esq., Assistant Dean for the School of Law, recalled:

“Many of us were here nine years ago, and remember not just the horror as we saw first hand the smoke rise over lower Manhattan, but also the subsequent coalescence of this community. As just one example, transportation into and out of Newark and New York was impossible that day, and almost all communications grids were stalled for hours, and yet by 1:30 that afternoon, every single law student and employee of the law school had secured either a means to reach home, or a place to spend the night. And across the campus, temporary housing arrangements were made for those students and staff in other units that were not lucky enough to be able to get home. And the generosity of spirit on this campus lasted for weeks thereafter. Rutgers-Newark became a staging ground for rescue workers in the days that followed, with the Golden Dome Gymnasium being converted into a center for housing workers in their down shifts, and amassing and distributing needed goods for the workers and survivors. The entire Rutgers Newark community became important contributors to the workforce at the Golden Dome, with student volunteers putting aside their studies a little to serve a bigger purpose, working side by side with their faculty and staff comrades in an enterprise that was (for once) not school related.”

In addition to campus-wide efforts to aid those affected by 9/11, the Rutgers–Newark law school organized the September 11th Blood Drive, which has since become a semi-annual event.

Remembering Those Lost

In 2002, the men and women of Rutgers–Newark who tragically lost their lives on 9/11 are memorialized on this plaque, which is located in the Norman Samuels Plaza.


Newark Alumni - The Class of 1991 Login to comment

Friday, April 15 2011 08:25:43 AM

Over the decades, Rutgers–Newark students have dedicated countless hours of community service and involvement to various worldwide causes. As the class of 1991 began their freshman year in 1988, HIV/AIDs was rapidly spreading throughout the nation, including Newark (by 1998, Newark would report a staggering 5,006 confirmed cases of HIV). As a result, students focused their efforts on educating one another and the community about this deadly disease.

AIDS Memorial Quilt

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was an idea started in 1987 by a group of AIDS activists in San Francisco in an effort to memorialize friends, relatives, and colleagues who suffered, or died, from HIV/AIDs. In 1989, students decided to join the effort by creating a quilt of their own:
AIDS quilts

HIV Essay Contest
In 1989, the Rutgers–Newark English Department held an essay writing contest to help educate students and encourage involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDs. The winner was Malgorzata Wandycz, NCAS ’92, who offered up ideas on how to spread the facts about the disease:

Malgorzata Wandycz NCAS ’92Just last week I was witness to a conversation about AIDS. AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a disease caused by a virus, which interferes with the human immune system. While searching for a book in the Rutgers University Library, I overheard two students talking about how the AIDS disease could be transmitted. One of the students was trying to convince the other that AIDS could be transmitted by shaking hands with an infected person, by using the public toilet, by coughing, and sneezing. The second student said that according to what she had read in an AIDS pamphlet she picked up in Hill Hall, it was impossible to contract AIDS in that way. After the students departed, I pondered the conversation and thought how many other college students were so misinformed about AIDS as the first student had been. With all the media coverage and readily available information, there is absolutely no excuse for this naivety among college students.

According to a report published by the Department of Health on the subject of AIDS in New Jersey, the educational efforts have been quite extensive. With the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, the Health Department has established many educational systems in order to inform the American public about this disease. In 1984, an AIDS HOTLINE was established, which has since received thousands of calls a year. While the AIDS HOTLINE is such a great success, other projects have not been as successful.

Since 1985, a variety of print and audio-visual materials have been developed for distribution by the Health Department. These materials have been developed for certain target audiences in which high risk behavior is common. The target audiences are intravenous drug users, prostitutes, and homosexual men. Because of the great difficulty in reaching these people, the Health Department has developed several educational programs specific for these people. Yet, for all the information available about AIDS, many college students continue to harbor fears, uncertainties, and misconceptions about the AIDS disease. This could be because the Health Department has not found a way to reach college students.

Some of the educational programs developed by the Health Department should be adapted by college campuses all over the country. A weekly educational seminar should be incorporated into the required curriculum on every college campus. Students should be required to attend AIDS seminars for college credit and to learn about the AIDS disease. These seminars should be hosted by medical physicians, medical technicians, medical researchers, social workers, and AIDS victims themselves. These speakers would inform the students about AIDS.

Another idea which could be adapted to the college campus is the use of a mobile education system. This mobile system, staffed by physicians, nurses and social workers has been developed by the Health Department as another means of providing information about AIDS. This system consisting of 2 vans could be stationed on college campuses during the first two weeks of classes.

Newark Alumni - The Class of 1981 Login to comment

Friday, April 15 2011 08:06:24 AM

For the class of 1981, it was a time to wave goodbye to the history created in the ‘70s and say hello to the future that they would help create. Rutgers–Newark students have always had big dreams but, as the need for new and advanced technology rose, the doors of opportunity were opening even wider for students–especially females.

Looking at The Future, Now Past

Four female NCAS ‘81 seniors take a moment from their busy school schedules to share future plans:

Opening Doors

To help prepare for their chosen careers, Rutgers–Newark students utilized campus resources to give themselves a competitive advantage. In an Observer article written by NCAS ’81 graduate Debbie Carini, former Presidential counselor John Dean spoke of his involvement with Watergate:

The name John Dean is synonymous with the word Watergate. “It is a subject on which I have far more expertise than I wish I did,” said the former Nixon staff aid as he addressed approximately 300 students and faculty last Monday in an event sponsored by the Program Board.

Discussing the impact of Watergate on the Presidency today, Dean was quick to point out that there is a distinct difference between the abuses that ocurred in past presidencies and what happened during the Nixon administration.

“Before, it (abuse of the executive office) was the exception to the rule,” said Dean, “when Nixon was president, it was the rule.”

The presidency, Dean went on to say, is a peculiar office. When it was set up by the founding fathers, there was very little definition as to the powers of the executive branch.

Since the Watergate affir, there have been no changes made in the powers of the president, said Dean, but Watergate has produced some changes most notably in the Congress where the power to oversee the authority invoked by the President is much more exercised.

“I don’t think Watergate washed the political landscape with morality,” said Dean, “just caution.”

Dean does believe that the tremendous amount of media coverage devoted to Watergate has had a lasting effect on the American people and their view of the presidency.

Noting the upsurge of investigative journalism during the early 70s, Dean believes that Presidents today are under far more pressure from reporters than their predecessors.

“There’s a desire to create something that might turn out to be another Watergate,” said Dean, pointing out such cases as Lance-Gate and the more recent Billy-gate.

"Stories such as these diversify the President’s attention", said Dean.

“The President is now guilty until proven innocent,” he added, “and that makes the job darn tough. A President’s time is very limited. It is not easy to operate the government in a fishbowl.”

When asked if he thought watergate could ever happen again, Dean replied, “As long as there is any curiosity to find out what happened during Watergate, I don’t think it will happen again.

One of the most interesting topics that Dean touched on had to do with “Deep Throat,” the unknown source who helped lead Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and bob Woodward to most of the information included in their Pulitzer Prize winning book.

“At first I thought it (Deep Throat) was a literary fiction of several sources,” said Dean. That theory was quelled by Bernstein, who assured Dean that a real person actually existed. Over the past few years, Dean has done some research and now cbelieves he knows who the man behind the well-kept secret is.
“There are very real reasons, serious reasons, why he (Deep Throat) has not surfaced,” was all Dean would tell the curious group.

He also suggested that when Deep Throat finally does expose himself, it may surprise many people.
“A leak isn’t always the noblest person,” he said. “Most leaks I’ve known have had very ulterior motives.”
Dean was extremely candid about his involvement in the Watergate incident and his decision to testify.
“It came down to a desire to save my own neck when I saw that nobody else was going to and to my own disgust with what I had become a part of.”

Asked if he still communicated with any of the other people indicted in the Watergate cover-up, Dean said that he hadn’t had much in common with them to begin with.

“Hadelman and Ehrlichman used to sit home and watch home movies of Nixon,” he said. Dean discussed the Nixon tapes and said that he was sure that Nixon had something to do with the missing 18 minutes.

“I think initially Nixon thought he could use the tapes to his advantage,” explained Dean, “but they got out of his control.

“If the tapes had never surfaced, I probably would have been indicted on 192 counts of perjury.”
Dean claims that he is sensitive to cashing in on Watergate, pointing out that he has refused to narrate the Watergate tapes for a major record company for a phenomenal amount of money.

He also spoke of the time he spent in prison describing his roommates as mostly “Mafia types.”
“My neighbor was a hit man named Joey with 31 notches in his belt.”

Dean related the humorous side of Watergate by telling anecdotes and sharing unusual experiences, but he captured the seriousness of the incident and its lasting legacy on American politics when the question of Watergate being a “trial of democracy” was raised.

“Watergate,” said Dean, “was a tragedy that corrected itself through a system that worked.”

Newark Alumni - The Class of 1971 Login to comment

Thursday, April 14 2011 04:27:53 PM

With the election of Richard Nixon to the presidency in 1968, political tension was on the rise and the newly-admitted class of 1971 found themselves thrust in the midst of national growing pains. As a result, students came together to explore the unknown, speak their minds, and make a difference.

Today, Rutgers–Newark boasts 14 years of being the nation’s most diverse campus. This achievement would not be possible without the class of 1971.

A Step Toward Diversity

Liberation HallUntil early 1969, white students comprised more than 95% of Rutgers–Newark’s student body, even though the city of Newark was predominantly a black community. On February 24, 1969, the Black Organization of Students (BOS) marched into Conklin Hall, which they renamed Liberation Hall, refusing to leave until Rutgers–Newark agreed to adopt policies to enroll and hire a greater number of minorities. Negotiations lasted for 72 hours, but the BOS emerged victorious and helped shape a more diverse campus.

Read a more detailed history of the BOS’ efforts.

The BOS continues to be an active student group within the Rutgers–Newark community and, in 2009, the BOS Alumni Association became a chartered alumni group of the University. You can find BOS Alumni Association on Facebook.

A Commitment to Peace

When military forces invaded Cambodia on April 30, 1970, Rutgers–Newark students joined students from other universities in rallying peacefully against President Nixon’s decision. On May 4, 1970, however, nationwide protests turned deadly when the Ohio National Guard opened fire at a Kent State event, killing 4 KSU students. Rutgers–Newark president Mason Gross, along with many other university leaders, encouraged a national student strike in response to the shootings. Not long afterwards, Rutgers–Newark students filled the streets of the city of Newark to continue their protests against Nixon.
Nixon protests

The Newark Pledge

On June 3, 1970, Rutgers–Newark graduates wore white bands around their arms to memorialize the Kent State shootings. 83 of those graduates endorsed “The Newark Pledge,” which reads:

I will oppose
Any unjust war
My country may
I consider it my
Right and
Duty to judge
The morality of my
Government’s actions.
I commit
My personal energy
To the creation of
A peaceful and
Humane society.

Campus Paint-In Protest

On March 10, 1971, a large group of Rutgers–Newark students, known as The Free People, gathered to paint the various “stumbling” blocks in the campus plaza. Shortly after their event began, two plain-clothed police offers arrested a student for painting outside of the designated area. Upset at the presence of the police within campus grounds, The Free People demanded that the student be let go. After gathering student support at a rally outside of Ackerson Hall, the “paint-in” continued and students extended their efforts to the entire Norman Samuels plaza.
Paint-in protest

Newark Alumni - The Class of 1961 2 comments

Thursday, April 14 2011 03:33:52 PM

Rutgers–Newark has a long history of supporting public debate on controversial topics, including the recent debate between Gary Francione, Rutgers–Newark professor of law, and Dr. Dario Ringach, UCLA, on the use of non-human animals in biomedical research. In1961, Rutgers–Newark hosted a debate between Malcolm X, a powerful force within the Nation of Islam, and Dr. William Neal Brown, a distinguished professor of Social Work at Rutgers–Newark, on the topic of racial segregation vs. integration.

Malcolm X vs. William Neal Brown

In 1961, Malcolm X made plans to build a mosque in Newark. To help rally support for this project, Malcolm contacted Rutgers–Newark School of Law professor Clyde Ferguson and the two made plans to debate integration vs. segregation. Shortly after Ferguson accepted, however, a White House official called Ferguson and warned him that participating in the debate would jeopardize his career.
Ferguson reached out to Dr. William Neal Brown to take his place in the debate. Brown accepted the challenge with only days to prepare an argument in support of integration. On November 3, 1961, Brown and Malcolm met at the gymnasium of the Rutgers–Newark School of Pharmacy and created history.

Photo courtesy Rayon Richards

The gymnasium was packed with supporters for both sides and the debate lasted for over two hours. After closing remarks were made, it was believed that Malcolm had won the debate and Newark’s first mosque was established shortly thereafter. However, Malcolm’s thoughts on integration would shift closer toward Brown’s in the years following the debate.

Brown taught at Rutgers–Newark from 1956 until his retirement in 1989. He passed away at the age of 90 on April 17, 2009, but his spirit and dedication to education lives on in the memories of those fortunate enough to have known him. Learn more about Brown’s life history, including his service as a Tuskegee Airman.

Read more about the debate and an excerpt of the opening remarks.

Those Were the Days

Prior to becoming the large and diverse campus that exists today, Rutgers–Newark was known as the University of Newark. Students attended classes in the old Ballantine Brewery at 40 Rector Street.
Ballantine Brewery
In a 1961 issue of the Observer, two Rutgers–Newark alumni shared their college experience:

Joseph Mellillo, NCAS ‘39 and NLAW ‘41, recalled:
“There was a great deal of interest in student activities…when I was running for Student Council, we had very hotly contested elections. At times, the candidates even presented slates. We had the Mummers, then, too, a pretty-good basketball team (the bombers), and, of course, the Glee Club. Our debating team was known as the cavaliers and in 1938, under the direction of Professor Stevens, we won a Silver Cup in an inter-mural contest. The Chronicle was the name of our newspaper at first. Later it was changed to the Observer. There were always columns concerning current events and opinions of the day. We often had interesting and diverse points of view on the same subject.”

Orville E. Beal, NCAS ’37 and RBSG ’54,
shared a slightly different perspective: “[My] happy memories center principally around people – especially faculty members. There is one in particular whose friendship I valued very highly and whose memory I shall always cherish. This is Dean Madison C. Bates… As an English major, I came to know Dean Bates intimately, and gained tremendous respect for him as a gentleman, a scholar and a teacher. His love for English literature, his thorough, patient method of teaching, and his unceasing enthusiasm for 19th century poetry, opened the doors of understanding and appreciation of his field for countless students, including myself. I feel that my life was enriched by the privilege of knowing and studying under this devoted and dedicated teacher. My recollections of the inconveniences and discomforts of attending classes in the old brewery building on Rector Street have dimmed year by year, but my memory of good teachers, such as Dean Bates, has remained sharp and clear.”

Building Futures

In 1961, a record 3,466 students graduated from Rutgers–Newark. As enrollment continued to increase rapidly, university officials initiated plans for a massive campus expansion. By 1973, the campus built several new buildings, including Boyden Hall, Conklin Hall, Ackerson Hall, and Dana Library. The goal was to build a campus in which the buildings were easily accessible and connected by a central plaza.

Newark campus shots
Pictured above: The Rutgers–Newark Campus in 1965, a work in progress
New Improved Newark, 1973
Pictured above: A new and improved campus in 1973
By Vanessa Salazar, Rutgers senior

When spring arrives, the leaves revisit, the grass is yet again green, birds are chirping, Frisbees are flying, and all earth summons new life—which of course might make it hard for anyone to concentrate. As an '80s baby and a senior at Rutgers, I am enjoying my last semester before becoming an alumna and trying to capture these special moments by taking mental pictures of what the campus is like. In doing so, I can’t help but wonder what other generations of students were like during their own spring semesters, when they, too, were about to graduate from Rutgers.

With a bit of research, I found out that things haven’t changed much (apart from some of the threads they donned), and the scenes you’d see on a sunny spring day during the decade in which I was born aren’t so different from what my friends and I are doing on campus today.

College Avenue street sign

Those who stroll down College Avenue on a warm spring day will find themselves surrounded by students who leave their dorms and swarm Voorhees Mall to study—or to take a study break. Source: Scarlet Letter 1987.

Student reading under a tree

A shady spot becomes a personal study space. Source: Scarlet Letter 1981.

Student reads under a tree

Maybe this scholar is taking advantage of the short break between classes to finish last-minute homework assignments. Source: Scarlet Letter 1982.

Student reading in the grass

A tranquil grassy area in the heart of the College Avenue Campus becomes a popular spot to walk, talk, sit and read, sleep, stare, and dream. Source: Scarlet Letter 1982.

Student with typewriter

It seems this undergraduate is inspired by the beautiful weather and sits outside to write his term paper. Source: Scarlet Letter 1983.

Students with frisbees

Frisbee frenzy breaks out on campus. Source: Scarlet Letter 1986.

Rainy day

April showers are here. That means May flowers are on their way! Source: Scarlet Letter 1987.

Students relaxing in the grass

Spring has a way of making people look happy, youthful, and...studious? Source: Scarlet Letter 1989.

Although many would agree that the spring semester at Rutgers has always meant many enjoyable days on the lawn, it also symbolizes the end of yet another school year. Sure, no more pencils, no more books. But the late-night gab sessions with your roommates and the easy-going dining hall gatherings come to an end as well.

I'm sad to say goodbye to Rutgers, but I'm comforted by the fact that the memories of my college days will be with me for the rest of my life. Share your own springtime memories with us on Facebook!

The Evolution of Our Halls: Then and Now Login to comment

Thursday, March 03 2011 12:20:36 PM

Residence halls at Rutgers have changed dramatically since 1890, the year that students got their first dormitory, Winants Hall. Today, students can choose from more than 40 residence halls on the New Brunswick Campus alone. Winants Hall has been renovated to serve as an administrative building, housing the Rutgers University Alumni Association, Rutgers University Foundation, and the Office of University Counsel.

Dorm life is an evolutionary life, where students can learn from one another and grow in a supportive community. Residence life is changing with the world around us, now saturated with newer technologies, amenities, and resources that are revolutionizing the way we learn and interact.  And starting this fall, Rutgers' New Brunswick and Newark campuses will launch a pilot program that will allow male and female students to live together in the same dormitory room. 

But even in change, there is a heart at Rutgers that remains; that same sense of belonging and pride that was present more than a century ago will continue to resonate in the halls of RU for generations to come.

1950s dorm room

Students proudly displayed their college pride and adorned their walls with personality in this 1950s dorm room.

Students in dorm

Throw a computer on each desk and this scene isn’t much different than one you might find today in Rutgers’ dorms—a place for students to study and relax with a community of peers.

Student in dorm room

As one of the largest organizations on campus, Rutgers University Student Life is a liaison between undergraduates and the administration. Their “Get Involved” tagline encourages students to step outside their dorm room and pursue opportunity.

Student in dorm room

Personality overflows off the walls of Rutgers’ dorms.

Modern dorm room

Residence halls are not merely a name and a location for students, but rather a community in which they actively participate. These co-ed dorms are where men and women not only develop lifelong friendships but also enhance each other’s education. They are a way of life—student life.

Feeling nostalgic? Share your dorm memories on our Facebook page!

by Vanessa Salazar, Rutgers Senior

Rutgers Lore: A Blast from the Past 2 comments

Wednesday, January 05 2011 01:13:34 PM

Rutgers Lore: A Blast from the Past
Back issues of Rutgers Magazine
remind us that the university has always been a leader in the advancement of knowledge.

Rutgers Magazine is the university’s flagship publication, delivered three times a year to more than 350,000 alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. It began in 1914 as Rutgers Alumni Quarterly then became Rutgers Monthly in 1921 and Rutgers Alumni Magazine in 1969. In 1987, the Department of University Relations began publishing Rutgers Magazine, which today is jointly published by the departments of University Relations and Alumni Relations.

A hallmark of Rutgers Magazine is its coverage of cutting-edge research at the university. This includes feature stories on discoveries in medicine and technology, thoughtful articles about groundbreaking theories in education and philosophy, progressive commentary on the origins and the future of the universe, and much more.

Rutgers Magazine and its predecessor publications are a wonderful historical record of the pursuit and advancement of knowledge—at Rutgers and in the world around us. An example of this lies within the pages of the magazine's Winter 1991 edition, published 20 years ago—when cordless telephones and personal pagers were just hitting mainstream America, and today’s omnipresent “smart phones” were still figments of researchers’ imaginations. Read on for a reminder of what was on the research horizon a mere two decades ago, and remember that Rutgers helped to make it a reality. And, be on the lookout for the Winter 2011 edition of Rutgers Magazine, arriving in your mailbox this month! All alumni receive every issue of the magazine, so be sure we have your correct contact information: You can also read Rutgers Magazine online at

From Rutgers Magazine, Winter 1991:

Creating the Superphone

By Pam Orel

Today’s consumers can equip their homes with cordless telephones, their cars with cellular phones, their businesses with cordless communications networks, and their bodies with beeper systems for locations in between. But they haven’t seen anything yet, says David J. Goodman, head of Rutgers’ electrical and computer engineering department.

In the 21st century, he predicts, the telephone will be transformed into a personal communications device that can be carried at all times and will give the user instant access to a range of information services. Picture a handheld personal computer that would allow the consumer to check appointments, reach out for emergency assistance, consult local area maps, find a nearby hotel or a good Italian restaurant, and tap into dozens of business or personal services—anytime, anywhere. And because people would have a single telephone number given them at birth, consumers could be reached instantly, whether they were working, driving, or relaxing.

“This will really change our lives,” says Goodman, who is the founder and director of Rutgers’ Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB). “People want the information technology to be part of themselves.”

But to achieve that goal, advances must be made in wireless technology. Today’s cellular telephones send messages that are picked up by a network of radio towers. As the user moves, the message moves from one area, or cell, to another, somewhat like a stone skipping along the surface of a pond. The problem is, the signal must reach its destination without getting lost or being confused with other signals while the sender or recipient moves within the network.

The Rutgers laboratory is a world pioneer in a new approach to solve this problem. A recent five-year, $250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund joint research by Rutgers and industry into wireless communications networks. WINLAB is looking at computers that can store information before sending it to ensure that messages won’t be lost if they don’t make the switch among radio transmission facilities on the first try.

“This grant shows that the NSF regards the wireless communications industry as strategically important to the U.S.,” Goodman says, pointing out that WINLAB’s research may one day permanently liberate the telephone from its cord. “Everyone realizes that this is the way to go, but we’re the first with the concrete technology.”
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