Alum-Notes

By Damon Grant

1940

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren (Photo provided by family of Adelaide Marcus Zagoren)

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren
(Photo provided by family of Adelaide
Marcus Zagoren)

It is with sadness that we announce the death of one of the J/MS department’s oldest graduates, Adelaide Marcus Zagoren of Highland Park. Zagoren died Jan. 31 at the age of 94.

Zagoren arrived at New Jersey College for Women (later Douglass College) in 1936 and became one of a few female journalism majors. After getting her degree, Zagoren worked as a reporter for the New Brunswick Home News, moving on to be an executive at United Way of New Jersey and the Raritan Valley Girl Scouts Council.

In 1968 she became executive director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College, where she helped create the Douglass Women’s Center, the Black Alumnae Network, and the externship program. She left that position in 1994 to become president and trustee of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

She was a Loyal Daughter of Rutgers, won the Rutgers Medal and had a place in the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. In honor of her service, the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College conducts the annual Zagoren Lecture on campus.

Zagoren is survived by a son, Dr. Robert Zagoren of Boca Raton, Florida, and a daughter, Laura Zagoren Baron of Hackettstown; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her twin sister, Ruth Marcus Patt of Princeton, who also graduated from Rutgers, survives her as well.

1982

Tracey Nicholson

Tracey Nicholson (Photo provided by Tracey Nicholson)

Tracey
Nicholson
(Photo provided by Tracey Nicholson)

She retired in 2012 as a U.S. Army colonel stationed in the Pentagon in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. She now has a business as a consultant. She and her family live in Delaware.

Col. Nicholson joined the Army after graduation. Her command assignments include Fort McClellan’s Chemical and

Military Police Center; the 516th Personnel Services Company in South Korea; and in Baghdad, Iraq in an administrative position as the secretary of the Combined and Joint Staff under former Gen. David Petraeus.

She has also served as commandant of Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

Herb Jackson stands on the South Lawn of the White House while serving in the press pool. (Photo provided by Herb Jackson)

Herb Jackson stands on the South Lawn of the White House while serving in the press pool.
(Photo provided by Herb Jackson)

1983

Herb Jackson

Jackson is the Washington, DC correspondent for The Record of Hackensack. He covers Congress, the White House and federal agencies with a focus on New Jersey’s elected officials and issues that affect the state, including transportation, taxes, homeland security and appropriations. Jackson also covers congressional cam­paigns on cycle and Gov. Chris Christie when he comes to Washington or is part of a national story.

Jackson has been part of a team that is covering the unfolding scandal surrounding Christie’s administration and the order to close lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. He also writes a weekly NJ/DC column that appears on Mondays and contributes to a blog. Go to blog.northjersey.com/ThePoliticalState.

Since 1998 Jackson has been working for The Record, where he started in the Trenton Bureau and was assigned to Washington in 2005. Before that, he worked for the Asbury Park Press, The Associated Press and the Home News of New Brunswick.

Photo provided by Mike Emanuel

1990

Photo above: Mike Emanuel, J/MS 1990, and his wife were guests of President Barack Obama and the first lady at the most recent White House Christmas party. Emanuel is the Fox News Channel Congressional correspondent and former White House correspondent.

Photo provided by Mike Emanuel

1992

Eric Schwarz

Quality analyst for Dow Jones & Co. Inc., Princeton. He creates customized reports for clients that comply with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulatory requirements. Schwarz is also a librarian and taught library science at SC&I for several years. He is also active in the Livingston Alumni Association.

1993

Sean P. Carr

Carr is an Arlington, VA, journalist covering business, money, and politics as senior reporter at SNL Financial, a news and information service covering business around the globe. There Carr leads regulatory, legislative and political coverage of the insurance industry. “The interesting thing about insurance — yes, there is one — is that it is a part of everything,” says Carr. “My beat takes me through health care reform, climate change, financial regulation and political campaigns across the country.”

He is the founder of Life/Times, a blog about life insurance, culture and politics.

Carr started his career at Worrall Community Newspapers in Union and worked for the Ocean County Observer and the Home News Tribune before
switching to cover the insurance business.

1998

Amy Garofalo DeAngelo

She is a sales partner for PRIME Real Estate Group in Hoboken, and she also designs jewelry — her firm is called Mya Lucia, L.L.C.

2002

Katie Dippold

Wrote “The Heat,” a movie out last summer about two mismatched female FBI agents, that won Best Comedy at People’s Choice Awards for 2014. She is writing a sequel to “The Heat” as well as another script while she continues to write for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”

2004

Danielle Hawkes Donnelly and her husband Michael Donnelly. (Photo provided by Hawkes Donnelly)

Danielle Hawkes Donnelly and her husband Michael Donnelly. (Photo provided by Hawkes Donnelly)

Danielle Hawkes Donnelly

She is a beauty publicist for Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics, an international business run by a Hollywood-based makeup artist who has been transforming the faces of women for over 20 years. Donnelly has been with the company for two and a half years.

In devising public relations stra­tegy for the brand, she partners with sales, marketing, product development, and global public relations teams and retailers. She creates and edits press releases, writes blogs and newsletters, and Twitters (@beautynthebeats) quite cleverly. Last October she married financial executive Michael Donnelly in a sunset ceremony on the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront. They reside in Forest Hills, Queens.

2005

Carmen Cusido (Photo provided by Carmen Cusido)

Carmen Cusido (Photo provided by Carmen Cusido)

Carmen Cusido

She is an associate writer for the Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo in NY. Some of her responsibilities at WCS include translating messaging from English to Spanish, writing narratives for annual reports and other printed materials, and developing op-eds and letters-to-the-editor with senior conservationists.

Cusido, the daughter of Cuban exiles, recently traveled to Cuba on a cultural and educational mission. She is also taking a course at Columbia University on the ecology of coral reefs, and in March she snorkeled, learned about corals and fish, and visited some beautiful beaches in Bermuda. She is active in the New York chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Follow her on Twitter (@carmencusido).

2006

Brent Johnson

An online news producer/reporter for the Star-Ledger Statehouse Bureau, Johnson was just named one of the best capitol reporters in America by The Washington Post. Johnson has made a tremendous impact after only a year and a half on the job. Since 2009 when he came to the Ledger from The Times of Trenton, he has been a reporter covering Middlesex County and an online sports producer and reporter before moving up to the capitol beat. There he writes a daily politics roundup, a daily poll, and also covers all kinds of news and features — including coverage of Gov. Chris Christie’s office.

2008

Elizabeth Bohnsack

She lives in Los Angeles, where she works for Conan O’Brien’s Conaco Productions. She is talent researcher for his late night talk show, “Conan,” on TBS. Her position as a talent researcher is to find and cultivate “off beat” talent for guest interviews. She generally books guests who are authors, chefs, artists, world record holders; in other words, people with special talents. According to Bohnsack, there are “no limits” to the weird and unusual types of interviews she books for the program.

Mike Fox and a friend's cat (Photo provided by Mike Fox)

Mike Fox and a friend’s cat (Photo provided by Mike Fox)

Michael Fox

Fox works as the associate producer for the Howard Stern Channels on Sirius XM Radio. Fox has been with Stern since January 2008, when he interned for the show and was assistant to Stern’s assistant. He would later work his way up to being Stern’s personal media manager and was promoted in 2013 to his present position. Since his time at Sirius, Fox has gotten the opportunity to attend writing meetings for the show, contribute to shows and specials, and collaborate with a wide number of different people on creative ideas like bits, songs and social media outreach.

2011

Chris Zwistowski

This Spotswood native is a broadcast associate at “CBS This Morning.” Previously he was a reporter for Greater Media Newspapers covering Middlesex County.

2013

Elizabeth Herlihy

Herlihy works as an associate producer for News 12 New Jersey and is currently looking for freelance work as a digital journalist. Herlihy lives in Avon by the Sea.

2014

Jeanpaul Isaacs

If you were watching the Oscars in March, perhaps you saw tall, tuxedo-clad Isaacs handing out statuettes to the stars presenting them on stage. Isaacs, an aspiring filmmaker, was a member of Team Oscar, six young filmmakers from colleges across the country who were selected to participate in the Oscar ceremonies.

“Just to be a part of this environment is awesome,” Isaacs said.

Isaacs, who is from South Brunswick, was selected for Team Oscar on the basis of a short video he made. The contest had more than 2,000 submissions.

He has already competed internationally when he won a contest last year to show his short film, “The Youth,” at the Cannes Film Festival. This summer he heads to Zambia with Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking to work on a documentary about women seeking economic independence through agriculture.