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Rhoda Scott Sampognaro, Graduate School-Newark
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Rhoda Scott Sampognaro is a master of arts student in jazz history and research. The East Orange resident is an accomplished musician who has performed and recorded internationally http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhoda_Scott, as well as an active grandmother. She reflects on her years at Rutgers University-Newark and life after her May 2014 graduation.
Aspirations: I hope to spend some quality time with my grandchildren and to continue to play my music as long as possible.
Activities & interests: I enjoy working with my church choir, and trying to walk 10,000 steps per day.
Favorite class or professor at RU-N: My favorite professor is Lewis Porter, who created this unique program of Jazz History and Research.
Biggest challenge at RU-N: The challenge for me was adapting to the computer age. When I got my first master’s degree, there was no question of computers, and now computer savvy is essential.
Reflections on RU-N experience: RU-N is exceptional because of its location and also because of the diversity in its students. One feels like a part of a vast community of many nationalities come together for a common cause: education.
“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen (140 characters or less): Make the most of it: study hard and plan to succeed.
Expressions of gratitude: I am grateful to everyone for the support I have received: my family, my church, my professors, my fellow students, my medical advisors, thank you to all.
Joined Rutgers: 1946
Campus Size: 38 acres, 33 buildings
Chancellor: Nancy Cantor
Provost: Todd Clear
Undergraduate Majors: 40+
Graduate Programs: 50+ (JD, MA, MBA, MFA, MPA, MS, Ph.D.)
Athletics: 14 NCAA Division III women and men's teams
Enrollment (fall 2013)
Full-time Faculty: 585
Faculty with Terminal Degrees: 99%
Full-time Staff: 770
Male/Female Ratio: 50:50
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Nations Represented: 100+
On-campus Residents: 1,280
Basic Type: Research Universities (high research activity)
Special Classification: Community Engagement