Awards Dinner

Livingston College Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards

Approximately every two years, the Livingston Alumni Association presents the Livingston College Distinguished Alumni Awards and Livingston Legacy Award (for faculty and staff). See the award descriptions and a list of previous honorees.

The 2015 LAA Distinguished Alumni and Livingston Legacy Awards were presented Tuesday, November 10, at the Rutgers Club. 

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni join 29 others who have been honored since 2000 for contributions they have made in their chosen fields of endeavor, by the leadership they have exhibited, and by the general benefits to the larger society resulting from their activities:

  • Robert Bertrand, Chief Engineer for CBS Radio in the New York City market.
  • Kenneth Cop, Rutgers University Executive Director of Police Services / Chief of Police.
  • Deborah Stokes, Curator for Education and Head of K-12 Programming at the Smithsonian Institution - Museums.

We also posthumously honored Wilson Carey McWilliams with the Livingston Legacy Award. McWilliams was a distinguished political science professor at Livingston College and a prolific author who died in 2005.

In photo above: From left, 2015 Distinguished Alumni Rob Bertrand, Deborah Stokes (second left), and Kenneth Cop (right). Nancy Riley McWilliams (second right) accepted the Livingston Legacy Award on behalf of her spouse, the late political science professor Wilson Carey McWilliams.

The 2013 awards were presented Wednesday, October 9, at the Rutgers Club.  LAA honored three distinguished alumni: Ndidi N. Amutah, LC'03; Nicholas Ferroni, LC'03; and Jessie J. Hanna, LC'07. The Livingston Legend Award went to Roger Cohen, a professor emeritus of Livingston's and Rutgers' journalism program. See the photo slideshow, courtesy of George Jones.

The 2011 awards were presented on Saturday, May 14 at the Livingston Student Center.  Gregory Q. Brown, LC '82; and Eddie Jordan, one of the stars of the Rutgers basketball Cinderella 1976-77 basketball season; received the Distinguished Alumni Award, with Livingston Legacy Awards presented to Jerome Aumente, Leroy Haines, Gerald Pomper and Larry Ridley.  The 2011 Riki Jacobs Livingston Pride Award was presented to Matthew Cortland SAS '11.   View photos from the May 14, 2011 event.   (Brown received the LAA Distinguished Alumni Award in a presentation held on December 14, 2011, at Winants Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.) 

The 2009 awards were presented on Saturday, May 15, at the Douglass Campus Center. The Distinguished Alumni recipients were Marla Diamond, LC'92; Francoise Jacobsohn, LC'78; and Martha Nell Smith, LC'85. Kevin Apuzzio (LC'06) posthumously was honored with the Seth Dvorin Young Alumni Award. The recipients of the first Livingston Legacy Awards were Professors Maria Canino, Edward Ortiz, and Gordon Schochet.

The 2006 awards were presented Saturday, October 14. The Distinguished Alumni recipients were Avery Brooks, LC’73; Colleen Fraser, LC’74, posthumous; Mark Helias, LC’74; Liza Kirschenbaum, LC’87; and Andrea D. Lyon, LC'73. The Seth Dvorin Distinguished Young Alumni Award was presented to Gregg Spiridellis, LC'93.

Revised November 21, 2015