TCNJ Magazine - Winter 2020

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17 WINTER 2020 Top of class TCNJ grabbed first in the North region for best colleges for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Colleges. The college also remains the top-ranked public college in the region. Oprah this Chris Hindley '04, co-founder of Luvsy, designs crib sheets to make babies look like they are in scenes such as a bird's nest, surfing, or on the beach. They are so popular they made it on Oprah's O list. 4 ANSWER: SpongeBob SquarePants Yusef Salaam, one of the five falsely imprisoned teenagers in the 1989 Central Park Jogger case, spoke in Kendall Hall in November. "If I could be in one of the most damned places and then make something of myself, we can do anything," he says. Rock the house On a whim last fall, physics professor Shannon Graham packed her portable seismograph and headed to Lions Stadium for the NJAC Championship field hockey game to record crowd response. The result: Big plays shaking the stadium registered 25 times greater than a recorded 2.8 magnitude earthquake 125 miles away. 8 6 Science pays Bio professors Jeffery Erickson and Nina Peel each won National Institutes of Health grants to support their research programs, which will deeply engage undergraduates. Peel's research focuses on the genetics of cell division, while Erickson will study cardiorespiratory control. "Go out there, work hard and, most importantly, enjoy the moment. I'm rooting for you guys." —Carli Lloyd, U.S. Women's Soccer team member, in a video message to the women's club soccer team before their national tournament She says … 7 5 Number of individual donors, a TCNJ record, for the 5th annual Day of Giving. 2,635 9 Runway Season Couture designer Nancy Volpe- Beringer '88, who stole the 2019 Grammys with her gown coat ensemble for rapper Tierra Whack, is on season 18 of Project Runway. At 64, Volpe-Beringer is the show's oldest contestant. Must be an advantage — E! named Whack's threads "one of the night's most outrageous outfits." Kelly Rouba-Boyd '02 made her runway debut as a model for the pop-culture clothing brand Tumbler and Tipsy during 2019's New York Fashion Week. Rouba- Boyd, who uses a wheelchair because she has rheumatoid arthritis, saw her presence as a way to break down barriers. "So many people cheered," she says. "It really made me feel proud." ILLUSTRATIONS BY PETER ARKLE 10 Q U I Z Caitlyn Connelly '20 produced a video during her internship at Nickelodeon that received more than 600,000 total views on this superstar's official Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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