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Faces & Voices of Rutgers

Faces & Voices tells the Rutgers story through its greatest asset – the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who make it a dynamic place of discovery. Join President Jonathan Holloway as he learns about each individual through conversations illustrating the university's diversity, scope, and impact. On the heels of our return to campus, this series engages members of our beloved community and reminds us that this is what excellence looks like.

After a year of virtual meetings and isolation, I thought about the best way for me to discover Rutgers University. I knew it had to start with meeting its family.

- President Jonathan Holloway 

Episode 1:
Eric LeGrand

Eric LeGrand is one of the university’s most prominent and impactful alumni and is the only Rutgers football player to have his number (52) retired. Since sustaining a spinal cord injury in October 2010, he has harnessed the national spotlight to give back to the community and inspire others to bELieve.

Rutgers alumnus Eric LeGrand smiles in the stands at SHI Stadium in Piscataway.

Episode 2:
Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio  

Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio immigrated with her family from Honduras to realize the American dream. In its pursuit, she attended Rutgers-Camden with her mother and sister and earned the undergraduate and law degrees that have helped her to both grow and give back as president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos.

Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio standing in front of the Rutgers Law School building at Rutgers-Camden

Episode 3:
Karoline Gonzalez Sanchez

A native of the Dominican Republic who was raised in Newark, Karoline Gonzalez Sanchez is a journalism, media studies, and social justice major in the Rutgers–Newark Honors Living-Learning Community, a transformational access program that is broadening pathways to college for promising talent and re-imagining academia. 

Karoline Gonzalez Sanchez at the Rutgers-Newark Honors Living Learning Community

Episode 4:
Nicole Bates

Nicole Bates has been engaging with students for over 31 years with Rutgers Dining, where her impact has not only been felt through the essential services of meal production and distribution, but through the kindness and care, she has delivered daily to the university community in the process.

Rutgers Dining Services worker Nicole Bates standing in the Busch Dining Hall

Episode 5:
Rebecca Potosky

Rebecca Potosky grew up around animals and brought her love for them to Rutgers, where she earned a degree in animal science and has remained as a senior research animal care technician to provide and teach their care in support of the university’s function as a land- grant institution. 

Rebecca Potosky

Episode 6:
Robert L. Johnson

Being identified as “the first” or “the only” has been common practice for Robert L. Johnson during a distinguished career that now recognizes him as the only dean in the history of the United States to oversee two medical schools at once.

Robert L. Johnson, dean of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and interim dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Episode 7:
Wai Kin Chan

Nursing student Wai Kin Chan was pursuing his third undergraduate degree from Rutgers–Camden when the Hong Kong native and world traveler helped The State University of New Jersey battle the COVID-19 pandemic by volunteering at vaccination sites and community health clinics near campus.

Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden student Wai Kin Chan

Episode 8:
Rudy Peralta

Rudy Peralta earned his M.B.A. and bachelor’s degree from Rutgers after joining the university as a staff custodian. Now an assistant athletic director, he hopes to inspire other New Brunswick natives to pursue the higher education that’s often viewed as far away despite its physical proximity.

Rudy Peralta, Assistant Athletic Director, Support Services

Episode 9:
Kristin Dana

Professor Kristin Dana, who has driven innovation at Rutgers University for more than 20 years, has assembled an interdisciplinary team working to improve human life through advanced technology. “Socially cognizant robotics for technology-enhanced society,” is her latest project that highlights the School of Engineering’s transformative approach to education.

Rutgers School of Engineering professor Kristin Dana smiles at camera while standing in a robotics lab flanked by her students.

Episode 10:
Vincent Pelote

Vincent “Vinny” Pelote, senior archivist and digital preservation strategist at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers–Newark, has an encyclopedic knowledge of jazz. He began his Rutgers journey as a student in 1972, eventually spanning into a 40-year career acquiring and preserving jazz music and materials for the world to discover and enjoy.

Archivist Vincent Pelote stands in the racks at the Institute of Jazz Studies holding a clarinet.