Holiday Book Drive Seeks to Delight Young Readers

The Rutgers University Bookstore (Barnes and Noble at Rutgers University) has an ongoing commitment to supporting both the New Brunswick campus and surrounding communities. The have donated thousands of books to the community over time and this year we are excited to partner with them for a holiday book drive.

The GOYA Project, working with the support of the non-profit Global Literacy Project, Inc., has an ongoing commitment to encouraging and supporting literacy locally and globally. We donated over 600 books to young people from New Brunswick and Piscataway participating in this years Monster Mash in November,  as well as several hundred in our “Walk for Literacy and Health” through New Brunswick in October. We want to delight hundreds more young people for the December holidays. Please consider visiting the Barnes and Noble at 100 Somerset Street as part of your holiday shopping and purchasing a children’s book for donation!


Rutgers Black Alumni Return to the Banks for Day of Celebration

Black alumni from around the world will gather at Rutgers University, New Brunswick on Saturday, October 25 at the Hyatt Hotel to celebrate the induction of the 2014 Hall of Fame members.

The daylong event includes campus tours, a reception for the inaugural 2014 Black RU Arts Showcase of Alumni and Students that will take place at the Hyatt in New Brunswick from 3 p.m.–6:30 p.m., all culminating in the Hall of Fame (HOF) dinner banquet at the Hyatt. The 2014 HOF dinner marks the 11th anniversary of the event and this year’s celebration is themed is “Shoulder to Shoulder” in recognition of the respective roles for alumni and current students in forging the way for generations to come.

2014 Hall of Fame: Mr. Emmet Dennis Jr., Dean James I. Plummer, Dr. Eve Remsen Sachs, Dr. Frederick Tyson, Dean Deborah Walker McCall

This year’s Hall of Fame class spans the spectrum of origins and achievements.

Emmett_Dennis_JrEmmet Dennis Jr., bringing success as a business executive and a long legacy between African America and continental African history with his Liberian ancestry. With a degree in Economics with special concentration in Philosophy and African-American Studies from Rutgers College (Class of 1986) Emmet served as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs at Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group. It was during his tenure at Bad Boy that Emmet emerged as an urban marketing mastermind. While overseeing the strategic business development and brand entertainment initiatives at Bad Boy, Emmet leveraged their unique access, understanding and proximity to urban, African-American and youth culture to create highly successful campaigns. He is currently Chief Marketing Officer and partner of Sundial Brands and remains actively committed to mentoring future executives in the entertainment and marketing field and serving on a number of advisory boards for community organizations.

Dean_James_PlummerJames I. Plummer entered Rutgers College in the late 1960’s, a turbulent time in America as a member of the first large class of black students (121) at Rutgers College. After graduating from the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work (Administration, Policy, and Planning) he became one of most important faces on campus for all students at Rutgers University during his nearly thirty year career, culminating as Dean of Students, University College-Newark.

Dr. Eve Remsen SachsEve Remsen Sachs, another long-time figure in the Rutgers community, who served as EOF Director, Associate Dean of Rutgers College for over twenty-five years before retiring. Most recently, she was recruited to return to Rutgers in October 2007 to coordinate the launching of the Rutgers Future Scholars Program now supporting 1400 bright and deserving Scholars in grades seven to sophomore year of college who, though successful participation in rigorous RFS college preparation have earned guaranteed Rutgers tuition scholarships.

Dr. Frederick TysonFrederick L. Tyson exemplifies the legacy of Paul Robeson as a scholar-athlete. In 1972 he was recognized by the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame as one of the top high school scholar-athletes in New Jersey. He is an active member of the Rutgers University Football Letter Winners Association, having participated on both the Rutgers Lightweight and Varsity Football teams and  graduated Cook College in 1977 with a BS in General Biology. He obtained his PhD in Zoology (Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics) under the mentoring of Dr. Francine B. Essien from The Rutgers University Graduate School in 1983. While at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Caroline, Dr. Tyson established landmark research programs addressing public health, environmental justice and health disparities in underserved populations in the US, leading a trans- NIH effort in establishing eight Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities at universities across the nation.

Dean Deborah WalkerDeborah Walker McCall is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Academic Foundations Center (AFC) and the Director of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program at Rutgers University-Newark campus. She is the past Assistant Dean/Director for the College of Nursing EOF (CN-EOF) program and the past Di- rector for the Rutgers College of Nursing Minority Nurse Leadership Institute.

The Rutgers African American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is an association of African-American, Afro-Caribbean and African Alumni encompassing all of Rutgers University’s undergraduate and graduate schools. RAAA, Inc., an all volunteer organization, operates independently of the University to support educational programming, cultural awareness and is primarily dependent upon membership dues, corporate and private donations to fund all programs and events.

2014 Black RU Arts Showcase of Alumni and Students

The Black alumni community of Rutgers, as the intellectual progeny of Paul Robeson, is replete with his legacy of great artist-scholars committed to social justice and community uplift. Many commentators on the present day Rutgers University community have suggested that his legacy is sometimes unheralded.

The Rutgers African American Alumni alliance, the organized body of Black Rutgers alumni, is therefore instituting an inaugural series of arts-centered weekends honoring and building on the legacy of  the many artists that have bee produced in the past and today still abound within the Rutgers community. The initiative seeks to unite alumni artists in mentoring service to the current Black Rutgers artistic community and will feature the entire aesthetic spectrum, from writers, poets, singers, musicians, emcees, deejays, filmmakers, actors, dancers, painters and beyond.

According to RAAA President, Kendall Hall, underlying all of the weekends’ activities is a Sankofa principle:

We discover our best present and future in our best past– specifically, the premise that our students will achieve their optimal scholarship in the same integrated intellectual social arts legacy of their greatest forbears.

The inaugural 2014 Black RU Arts Showcase of Alumni and Students is a FREE event that will take place at the Hyatt in New Brunswick on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 3 p.m.–6:30 p.m.  Students are urged to RSVP on their Facebook or Eventbrite page to ensure entry:

The organizers are seeking the following:

  1. Student artists of all stripes: especially short-film filmmakers, musicians, singers and other musical artists, but also including, poets, writers, painters, and other artists–should send me name, art form, brief bio and any web sites to promote.
  2. Panelists (2) who are student leaders to join our alumni-student plenary panel on:  The State of Black Rutgers—Pathways to helping our students succeed & restoring our organizational and cultural legacies on campus.
  3. Organizational leaders and members to join alumni organizational leaders and members in networking reception salons, discussing their organizational and career goals.

Contact: C. Regan Almonor, JD, MLA, <>


Walkers brave weather to support literacy and education in Ebola intervention strategies

GOYA-Walk_for_Literacy-Health-Oct_2014_672x372A coalition of Rutgers students, faculty, alumni and New Brunswick community members braved the inclement weather on Saturday, October 11th to make the G.O.Y.A Project’s 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health” a success by drawing attention to several key policy issues: from the need for early intervention to expose children to literacy materials to the role of education in rebuilding societies after natural disasters (such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti) and how literacy and health go hand in hand (as per the struggle to control the Ebola epidemic in West Africa).

Full story at the G.O.Y.A Project…

Register for the 2014 “Walk for Literacy and Health”

G.O.Y.A. Project-Galvanizing and Organizing Youth Activism

& Global Literacy Project, Inc.


This year the walkathon continues to focus on the goal of assisting communities locally and globally.:

  • Locally: We plan to provide books and other literacy materials for children participating in our “Take Reading Home” pilot in nursery and kindergarten classrooms throughout New Brunswick, New Jersey and our poetry reading programs at the New Brunswick Public Library.
  • Globally: Supporting Global Literacy Project programs for displaced children in Haiti.
  • Globally: Humanitarian supplies for West African regions impacted by the Ebola Epidemic

Find full details HERE

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