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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 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.


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