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From Microsoft HQ to the armed forces, TCNJ’s newest grads are off and running.

From Microsoft HQ to the armed forces, TCNJ’s newest grads are off and running.

Despite a year and a half of remote learning and quarantine, members of TCNJ’s Class of 2021 finished out their college careers and turned their tassels at in-person ceremonies May 19–21. That’s #LionStrong.

Here’s what’s next for some of #TCNJ2021’s remarkably resilient grads: 

Victoria Giardina, journalism and professional writing
She’s joining the New York Post’s newsroom in June as a commerce journalist on the features team.

Javier Morales, physics major
Will head to Princeton University, where he’ll work on a PhD in physics.

Rupak Doctor, marketing
He’ll work as a sourcing excellence analyst at L’Oréal.

Alexis Marta, communication studies
She’s on her way to grad school at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Steven Pae, technology education
Steven will open young minds to STEM as a technology education teacher in Hamilton Township School District.

Alejandra Cruz, mechanical engineering
She’ll start a position as a mechanical engineer at Robert Derector Associates in Morristown, New Jersey.

Simran Kaur, physics
Simran will attend the PhD program in astronomy at the University of Virginia.

Katherine Vicente, accounting
Katherine will start a position as an audit staff accountant at Crowe LLP in New York City.

Nery Fajardo, criminology
Cadet Fajardo will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army National Guard as a military police officer.

Dana Finkelstein, nursing
Dana will begin her professional career as a mother-baby nurse at Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, Maryland.

Kevin Marin, chemistry
Kevin heads to Emory University to work on a PhD in chemistry.

Sarah Armstrong, marketing
She took a position with Beiersdorf USA, as an assistant brand manager for Coppertone Sunscreen.

Julia D’Arienzo, speech language pathology
She’s pursuing a master’s degree in speech pathology at Seton Hall University.

Griff Morgan, mechanical engineering
Griff will attend the University of California, Berkeley next year to begin his master’s in mechanical engineering with a concentration in advanced energy technology.

Asianna Hall, women’s, gender and sexuality studies + African American studies
She’ll take a position with HISPA, Inc. (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement), a New Jersey-based non-profit organization that mobilizes Hispanic professionals to serve as role models to encourage student success.

Emma Web, chemistry
Emma will head to Vanderbilt University to pursue a PhD in biomedical sciences.

Dylan Lembo, communication studies
Dylan’s on his way to Seton Hall University School of Law.

Caroline Rubin, health and exercise science
Caroline heads to Monmouth University to study in a physician assistant program.

 Mary Addie Patterson, finance
She’s heading to Manhattan to work as a financial advisor and analyst at Merrill Bank of America. 

Joely Torres, urban secondary education
Joely will continue at TCNJ, pursuing a master’s degree in urban secondary education.

Antonio Gamboa, finance
He’ll start a position as an associate at Mercadien, an advisory, tax, accounting and wealth management group in Princeton and Philadelphia.

Nina Navazio, interactive multimedia and English
Nina secured a full-time position as a content publisher at Microsoft HQ in Redmond, Washington.

Nathalie Torres, public health
Nathalie will attend Boston University’s MPH program, concentrating in human rights and social justice.

Calvin Kim, computer science
Cadet Calvin Kim is commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army as an active-duty cyber officer.

Darcy McLaughlin, biology
Darcy’s off to Ireland to complete a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at University College Dublin.


— Emily W. Dodd ’03

NJ Summer Tutoring Corps Program names Katherine Bassett inaugural director

NJ Summer Tutoring Corps Program names Katherine Bassett inaugural director

The NJ Summer Tutoring Corps Program, an eight-week high-dosage tutoring program funded by the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and Overdeck Family Foundation, has named Katherine Bassett as its inaugural director. She began this role on May 24, taking the lead on implementing a tutoring program which is expected to reach thousands of K–5 New…

SELL & iSTEM Summer 2021 Courses – There’s Still Time to Register!

SELL & iSTEM Summer 2021 Courses – There’s Still Time to Register!

  There’s still time to register for Summer 2021 courses! Check out the current offerings in Special Education, Literacy, and iSTEM below. Please see the Summer Programs website for a full list of Summer 2021 course offerings. IDS 252: Society, Ethics, & Technology Instructor: Dr. Tanner Huffman 05/24/2021 – 06/11/2021 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, &…

TCNJ partners with NJPRF and Overdeck Family Foundation to launch Summer Tutoring Corps Program to tackle COVID-related learning loss.

TCNJ partners with NJPRF and Overdeck Family Foundation to launch Summer Tutoring Corps Program to tackle COVID-related learning loss.

To accelerate student learning and address COVID-related learning loss, TCNJ’s School of Education announced today it will partner with the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, in conjunction with Overdeck Family Foundation, to launch the NJ Summer Tutoring Corps Program in late June. The program will provide tutoring this summer for thousands of K–5 students who have experienced pandemic-related learning loss.   TCNJ designed the NJ Summer Tutoring Corps Program based on best practices from other statewide initiatives and research that…

TCNJ junior Gabriella Son leads #StopAsianHate march in hometown

TCNJ junior Gabriella Son leads #StopAsianHate march in hometown

On Saturday, March 27 over 750 people took to the streets of Fort Lee, New Jersey for a peaceful march to protest the March 16 murders of eight people, including six Asian women, in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. The march, which included remarks from Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, was organized by TCNJ…

Freedom reader: Alumnus Larry Abrams wins MLK award for getting books into kids’ hands.

Freedom reader: Alumnus Larry Abrams wins MLK award for getting books into kids’ hands.

“Why shouldn’t every kid in America have books?” That question tugged at Larry Abrams MAT ’95 as a young teacher in Lindenwold, New Jersey, when he learned that many students in his economically disadvantaged district didn’t have access to books at home. And that question became his motivation with BookSmiles, a labor of love —…

Center for Future Educators names Jeanne DelColle director

Center for Future Educators names Jeanne DelColle director

The Center for Future Educators at TCNJ announced today that Jeanne DelColle has been appointed as its director. DelColle is an award-winning social studies teacher who has collected numerous accolades during her 25-year career including NJ Council for the Humanities Teacher of the Year, NJ History Teacher of the Year, and 2012 NJ State Teacher of the Year. “Working…

Students still MUSE despite coronavirus challenges

Students still MUSE despite coronavirus challenges

For more than a decade, TCNJ’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) has given students an invaluable opportunity to conduct research alongside members of the faculty. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic and limited on-campus engagement this year, the program was a success with 70 students collaborating with 40 faculty members on 46 projects. The…

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