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Drew’s Top 15 Stories of 2018-19

Star students, a championship and a passion project.

May 2019 – During the school year, Drew University celebrated the real-world accomplishments of exceptional students and earned high marks in value, inclusiveness, theatre and campus beauty. Here are the top 15 stories of 2018-19.

15. Student-Teaching Stars

The N.J. Department of Education recognizes Michelle Taliento and Heather Pollak for their exceptional teaching of public school students while pursuing master’s degrees at Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.

14. Inclusive and Dramatic

Drew ranks top 10 nationally in its degree of interaction between races and classes and the quality of its theatre productions, according to The Princeton Review.

13. Award Worthy

A student performance of Heathers: The Musical earns a nomination for Best College Student Production from BroadwayWorld.

12. Champions

Just two years after launching, women’s golf wins the Landmark Conference Championship, with Lucy Lamb C’21 claiming Player of the Year honors.

11. Seminary Calling

Some 120 new students sign in at Drew Theological School as Associate Professor Kenneth Ngwa urges them to “step up and change the equation.”

10. Among the Best

Drew remains on The Princeton Review’s list of The Best 384 Colleges in the U.S., based on its ready access to internships, dedicated professors, strong science and theatre programs and N.Y.C. semesters, including the Semester on Wall Street.

9. Path to Social Justice

The Theological School’s new Doctor of Ministry in Public Theology offers a path to social justice and features mentors such as Jacqueline Lewis, senior minister at Middle Church in New York City.

8. Public Service and Politics

John Kasich, the former governor, congressman and presidential candidate, is among the headliners this semester in the Drew Forum speaker series, which also welcomes former CIA Director John Brennan and GOP strategist Ana Navarro.

7. Value Added

Drew makes The Princeton Review’s list of The Best Value Colleges, which also includes Cornell, Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth.

6. Data Smart

Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies launches a master of science in data analytics led by Professor Sarah Abramowitz—its third new program in a year.

5. Warm Welcome

The Class of 2022 settles into The Forest.

4. Love in the Forest

Alumni, including Jason Kenworthy C’06 and Nina Dziopa C’06, celebrate six romances that began on campus.

3. Campus Beauty

College Consensus ranks the university among the 30 most beautiful campuses in the fall.

2. Top 20%

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings place Drew in the top 20 percent of schools in the U.S., based on student surveys, outcomes, resources, engagement and campus environment.

1. Cracking the Code

Computer science student Bahara Mohammadi C’20 launches a program to help women in her native Afghanistan learn how to code, explaining, “Whatever your love and passion is, you can pass it onto others.”