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Hill Hall

Hill Hall (360 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) houses classes, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office, Career Services, and computer labs.

For a NetID, email account and other technology needs, Newark Computing Services, Hill Hall, Room 109  is the place. NCS also offers free or discounted software and computers.

Hill Hall was named in honor of Bessie Nelms Hill, a civil rights activist and the first African American to serve on the Rutgers Board of Governors. Hill graduated from Howard University and received a masters degree in personnel and guidance from Columbia University's Teachers College, as well a masters degree in human relations from New York University. She was a teacher and guidance counselor for over 40 years in Trenton. After her retirement, she was named to the Rutgers Board of Governors by Governor Richard J. Hughes in 1965. The Hall was rededicated in her honor in October 2004. (See Press Release for more details.)

Hill was also active in the community, founding the Montgomery Street YMCA, The Carver School YMCA (both in Trenton), and the Trenton Visiting Nurses Association. In 1950, she was named Woman of the Year of the National Business and Professional Women's Club of New Jersey, and member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Essex County.

In addition, Hill served as state secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).