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An accomplished musician who has performed internationally
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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, 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.


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