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The media is welcome to cover this event. For additional information contact Willis Richie, 973/353-5242.
(NEWARK) -- Rutgers-Newark will honor its own at the 2003 Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards Dinner.
Event: 2003 Distinguished Alumni and Faculty Awards Dinner
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2003
Location: Rutgers Newark Campus, Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark,
Time: 6:00 p.m. - Reception; 7:00 p.m. - Dinner
Cost: $30/ Alumni Association Members $40/others
Sponsors:Rutgers Newark Alumni Association &
University College-Newark Alumni Association
Awardees and Awards:
(Brief biographies follow this release)
Peter James DaPuzzo, UCN 66 (resident of Greenwich, Conn.)The University College-Newark Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna of University College-Newark whose outstanding achievements in the professional world bring prestige to the campus.
Alex J. Plinio, NCAS 60 (resident of Colts Neck, NJ)
The Newark College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to alumnus/alumna of Newark College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding achievements in the professional world.
Debra Taeschler, NCAS 75 (resident of Chester, NJ)
The Newark College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumna Award is presented to an alumnus/alumna of University College-Newark whose outstanding achievements in the professional world bring prestige to the campus.
Dr. William Keigher, Comp Sci./Math Dept. (resident of Rahway, NJ)
The Henry J. Browne Teaching Excellence Award is named for Dr. Henry J. Browne who joined the faculty of Rutgers University College-Newark in 1970. During his tenure at the university, he provided leadership and inspiration to his colleagues and students, serving as an associate professor of Sociology and chairperson of the University College-Newark Division of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. After his death in 1980, the University College-Newark Alumni Association established this award in his memory.
Dr. Douglass Morrison, Biology Dept.(resident of Mountain Lakes, NJ)
The Charles Pine Outstanding Teacher Award was established in 1960 as the Outstanding Teacher Award and renamed in 1991 in honor of Charles Pine. Dr. Pine himself was a two-time winner of the award during his 39 years as a member of the Physics Department. In 1984, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education cited him as its National Professor of the Year. He was a 1947 graduate of NCAS and received an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from New York University. He was also one of the first recipients of the NCAS Distinguished Alumni Award, in 1991, the first year it was established. The award is presented to honor a teacher for his/her teaching ability, concern for students, community service, and campus involvement.
Dr. Elizabeth Hull, Henry J. Browne Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Pheroze Wadia, Charles Pine Outstanding Teacher Award
Barbara Bell Coleman, NCAS 74, Newark College of Arts & Sciences, Distinguished Alumna Award
Jerry Izenberg, NCAS 52,Newark College of Arts & Sciences,Distinguished Alumnus Award
Mason Carter, UCN 74,University College-Newark, Distinguished Alumnus Award
Dr. Beryl Satter, Henry J. Browne Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Asela Laguna-Diaz,Charles Pine Outstanding Teacher Award
Raymond J. Brienza, NCAS 57,Newark College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award
Gerald H. Lipkin, NCAS63, Newark College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award
The Honorable John E. Rooney, UCN 74,University College-Newark Distinguished Alumnus Award
Dr. Barbara Foley, Henry J. Browne Teaching Excellence Award
Dr. Anne-Marie Cantwell,Charles Pine Outstanding Teacher Award Michael
Michael Norman, NCAS '72,Newark College of Arts & Sciences
Distinguished Alumnus Award
Martin J. Talty, UC-N 71,University College-Newark Distinguished Alumnus Award
Invitees for 2003: All Members of Rutgers Newark Alumni Association, University College Newark Alumni Association; Faculty/Staff of the Computer Science/Mathematics Dept. & the Biology Dept; Newark Provost Office and Faculty of Arts and Sciences- Newark Deans Office. Also included are class members of the same year as alumni awardees: i.e., classes of NCAS 60&75, UC-N 66.
The Alumni Leaders of the Rutgers Newark and University College-Newark Alumni Associations and the members of the FAS-N Advancement Team select the awardees each year.
Peter J. DaPuzzo
Peter J. DaPuzzo was President of Cantor Fitzgerald & Companys Equity Institutional Sales and Trading Division from 1996 through 2000. He is now a Senior Managing Director of the firm.
Mr. DaPuzzo has been in the security industry for 45 years, beginning as a runner in 1958. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University Cum Laude while working full time and is a life member of Delta Sigma Pi business Fraternity. Without changing firms, Peters original employer, Carl M. Loeb, Rhoades & Co. became Shear son Lehman Brothers after approximately nine mergers and takeovers. He helped to create one of the largest and strongest NASDQ departments throughout the 1980s, and he became one of the industrys leading spokesmen. Mr. DaPuzzo went on to be co-head of Worldwide Equities at Shearson Lehman Brothers from 1988 to 1992. After a short time with Michael Steinhardt Partners, a money management firm, Peter joined Cantor Fitzgerald in January of 1993.
Mr. DaPuzzo has been a member of many NASD, NYSE, and SIA committees. Presently he is serving as a member of the SIA Institutional Brokerage Committee, and also has served on the SIAs Trading Committee. He has served on the Board of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and been President of the Security Traders Association of New York and Chairman of its parent, The Security Traders Association (STA). He serves on the STAs Presidential Advisory Board and is a founding member and President of the National Organization of Investment Professionals (NOIP). He is a member of the Board of Directors on Info-Crossing, a publicly traded company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. In addition, he is a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation Investment Committee. He is active with several charities such as St. Michaels Church and Kids in Crisis, both in Greenwich, Connecticut and the Glaucoma Foundation in New York. He recently established the DaPuzzo Family Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to contributing to organizations whose focus is on children in need nation wide.
Mr. DaPuzzo has often been quoted in the financial news in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has also been featured on WCBS Radio, CNBC, CNN, and Bloomberg Television. He has been a guest on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, and participated in an NBC Wall Street special with Tom Brokaw.
Cantor Fitzgeralds Institutional Equities Division is one of the largest third market equity broker-dealers in the United States. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of the Cantor Fitzgerald Group of Companies, which provides a broad spectrum of institutional brokerage and financial services through its various operating divisions. The firm is the worlds largest inter-dealer broker of U.S. Government securities and sovereign debt of continental European governments, as well as a major participant in Japanese Government securities and Eurobonds. The Cantor Fitzgerald Group of Companies employs over 1800 people and is positioned globally with officers in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Darien, San Francisco, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, and Toronto.
Peter lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with his wife of 41 years, Mary Jane Hughes DaPuzzo. They have three sons and five grandchildren.
Alex J. Plinio
President and CEO AFS-USA
Alex J. Plinio was appointed president and CEO of AFS-USA by its board of directors in
December 1997. He was charged with expanding participation in all its international student exchange programs, raising the profile of the organization in the public consciousness, establishing more effective financial control while increasing development revenue, and positioning AFS as a leader in intercultural education in the United States. Today, AFS is the largest, oldest, most diverse and widely known organization in its field, both in the US and abroad.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Plinio held senior executive posts at Prudential Financial, a leading corporation in insurance, investments and financial services. He led the start up of the corporations foundation and served as its president. He was also responsible for a quarter-billion-dollar social investment fund with a focus on economic development, job creation, housing and healthcare. Spanning more that twenty years with Prudential, Mr. Plinios posts included vice presidencies for Operations and Systems, the Individual Insurance Group, the Public Affairs Department, Preferred Financial Services, Prudential Annuity Services and Prudentials Asset Management Company. He was a key executive in the start up and development of three of Prudentials businesses.
Mr. Plinio has served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations whose missions focused on addressing community and economic development, youth, education and the arts. He chaired the creation of the Newark Collaboration Group, a public/private partnership, whose strategic vision and infrastructure plan led to $2 billion in downtown investment, housing development, education and arts development in that city. Mr. Plinio has also served as chair of the Foundation Committee at Rutgers University and chaired both the Strategic Planning and Development Committees of the Board of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In Addition, he was a founding board member and participated in the creation of several non-profits, including Independent Sector, the Governors Schools of New Jersey, the Council for Advancement and Support of Private Higher Education, the Brookdale College Trust, Gifts in Kind, Inc. and the Business Arts Foundation, among others.
He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange and a board member of the Association for International Practical Training. Mr. Plinio has written many articles in the field of non-profit management and philanthropy. He is the author or Resource Raising: The Role of Non-Cash Contributions in Corporate Philanthropy.
Mr. Plinio is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a special award by the President of the United States in 1987 for community service. Mr. Plinio holds a BA in History and Economics from Rutgers University and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Thomas Edison State College. He has two sons and lives with his wife, Rose Marie in Colts Neck, New Jersey.
Debra Taeschler, President and Founder
Since founding Grfica from her home basement in 1986, Debra Taeschler has been the driving force behind the companys remarkable growth as one of the metro areas leading integrated marketing, advertising, graphic design, public relations, and interactive agencies. Twice Grafica has been honored as a New Jerseys Finest Company by NJ BIZ magazine, acknowledging the top 25 independent companies in the state.
As President and Founder of the GrficaGroup companies, Taeschler is responsible for the overarching strategic direction of the agency and the day-to-day management of client relations. Under Taeschlers leadership, GrficaGroup has become an agency of choice among many Fortune 500 companies and New Jerseys leading corporations and associations, including AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Cathedral Healthcare System, Hasbro, PSE&G, AlliedSignal, Beneficial Management, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Novartis, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Omnipoint, Rutgers University, Summit Bank, the New Jersey Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, and the New Jersey Lottery.
In 1986, Taeschler recognized the potential in using emerging digital technologies in marketing communications and advertising. Her foresight led to the evolution of Grficas traditional graphic design capabilities into what is now GrficaInter.active Ltd., ranked among Adweek, Advertising Age, and Media magazines top 60 interactive agencies. GrficaInter.active is a leading provider of cutting-edge technology solutions, ranging from Web site design, engineering, and hosting to CD-ROM and interactive kiosk production and original software development. A strict adherent to the principles of customer relationship management (CRM), Taeschler continues to push the marketing communications technology envelope by ensuring that the one-to-one, CRM marketing programs developed by Grfica.eCRM Corp. are integrated with the latest Internet and database tools provided by GrficaInter.active.
Debra has consistently published articles and white papers on the subject of integrated marketing communication; campaign management and measurement; and CRM. Her most recent effort showing how integrated marketing was applied to the New Jersey Lottery was developed into a marketing case study titled Grafica, Inc. Winning the New Jersey Lottery for MBA students by Harvard Business School. Other publications include Marketing Leadership in the Planning and Implementation of CRM, published by Accenture in Defying the Limits, a collection of CRM essays and case studies; and Metrical Approaches to Customer Equity Through CRM, which ran in Internet syndication on dozens of interactive marketing Web sites including Information Week and DestinationCRM.
Prior to founding Grfica, Taeschler was Vice President of Account Management with Landmark Associates and an Advertising Coordinator with McCaffrey & McCall. She began her career in advertising on the creative side as a Mechanical Artist after graduating Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, from Rutgers University-Newark. Taeschler also did post-graduate work in the Graphic Arts Management program at New York University.
WILLIAM F. KEIGHER
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Newark, New Jersey 07102
(973) 353-5156 ext. 29
B.A., 1967, Montclair State College
A.M., 1969, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Ph.D., 1973, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Major Area: Algebra
Research Areas: Differential algebra, category theory, Baxter algebra
Research Interests: Commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, number theory
1967 - 1973 Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1973 - 1974 Lecturer, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
1974 - 1978 Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1978 - 1983 Assistant Professor, Rutgers University - Newark
1983 - present Associate Professor, Rutgers University - Newark
Fall 1985 Visiting Associate Professor, Columbia University
1989 - present Associate Member of Graduate Faculty, Graduate School-New Brunswick
1990 - 1996 Adjunct Instructor, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Spring 1995 Visiting Associate Professor, City College of the City University of New York
Spring 1997 Research Assistant, City College of the City University of New York
1997 - present Member of Graduate Faculty, Graduate School - Newark
Spring 1999 Visiting Associate Professor, City College of the City University of New York
PUBLICATIONS available upon request
DOUGLAS W. MORRISON, PH.D.
973) 353-1268 email@example.com
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, since 1975
Ph.D. (1975) Cornell University in Neurobiology and Behavior
Dr. Morrison has been teaching General Biology at Rutgers-Newark since earning his Ph.D. at Cornell in 1975. Each year his goal is to find new ways to excite and engage the 500-750 biology majors and non-majors in his course ways that include multimedia lectures, hands-on labs, computer simulations, and small group discussions. As part of that course, he developed readings and videotapes as catalysts for discussion of current topics in biology from AIDS and cloning to creationism. A few years ago he expanded his what is science lectures into a course called "Science and Religion" in which Honors College freshmen examine the interrelationships of evolution, astronomy, neurobiology, and comparative religion.
As Director of General Biology, Dr. Morrison has motivated hundreds of graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate peer tutors to be the best lab instructors and discussion leaders they can be. Finally, as the undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences, Dr. Morrison knows how the campus works and uses this experience to help biology majors get through the maze of academic, bureaucratic, and personal problems. His office door is always open