A group of 59 faculty and staff retirees and their guests met on Thursday, December 9 at the Rectangle Room at Neilson Dining Hall for a celebratory lunch.
Reuniting with friends and former colleagues over a delicious meal, surrounded by beautiful varieties of Rutgers greenhouse-grown poinsettia, the group was joined by deans, directors, and some current students, who provided updates about the school and the experiment station.
Master of ceremonies, Brian McGonigle, Manager of Alumni and Community Engagement, kicked off the event by welcoming guests and opening the luncheon.
SEBS Student Ambassadors—Natalia Binkowski SEBS’22, Aidan Dannenfelser SEBS’23, Katie Jung SEBS’22, Kristeen Piloto SEBS’22—introduced themselves, their majors and class year, and spoke about their activities and future plans.
The following deans and directors provided the guests with school and experiment station updates. They included: Interim Executive Dean Laura Lawson; Tom Leustek NCAS’81, GSNB’83, ’87, Dean of Academic Programs; Wendie Cohick, Director of Research; and Brian Schilling CC’92, GSNB’94, ’09, Director of Cooperative Extension.
The event closed with coffee, dessert and a presentation of colorful pointsettias to all retired faculty and staff in attendance.