Bloustein School recognizes donations by faculty, alumni with room namings

November 13, 2015

The Bloustein School is honored to announce the naming of several rooms in the Civic Square Building following generous donations by distinguished faculty and alumni.

Rose-Room-1The school honored long-time faculty member Jerome G. Rose, who passed away in April 2013, with the Jerome G. Rose Reading Room. Dr. Rose, who retired from the urban planning program in 1996, provided the school with a $100,000 gift to enhance the endowment that supports the Jerome G. Rose Distinguished Teaching Award and enabled the school to renovate and rename a new student reading room on the first floor as the Rose room. This designated “quiet space” offers students a relaxing, library-like space complete with comfortable seating areas and a laptop bar.

burrows-roomThe conference room in the third floor Dean’s Suite was named the Lawrence B. and Dawne D. Burrows Room. Following the establishment of the three-year term Dawne and Lawrence Burrows Scholarship in Planning in 2011, the Burrows also endowed the Dawne D. and Lawrence B. Burrows Graduate Fellowship in Planning and Public Policy with a gift of $100,000 to us.

A 1974 graduate from Livingston College with a B.A. in Urban Studies, Mr. Burrows also completed a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated from the Wharton School of Business Advanced Management Program. He was President and CEO of the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company – a top 20 national homebuilder, and Senior Vice President of Weyerhaeuser Wood Products – the second largest global wood products company. Currently he is a Senior Planning Fellow at the Bloustein School, and is teaching a real estate development studio.

Candidates for the Burrows Fellowship will be full-time graduate students, active either professionally or academically in the fields of real estate development, property sales, public infrastructure or environmental and sustainable property development, with plans to pursue a career in consulting, planning, real estate development, or environmental management and have a demonstrated interest in commercial application of “smart” growth and property development principles.

Evans-RoomFollowing a $250,000 pledge in January 2014 to establish the Walter Cope Evans Endowed Fellowship in Planning and Public Policy, the student lounge on the second floor has been named the Walter Cope Evans Room. This annual fellowship program supports a graduate student in the Bloustein School’s Masters in City and Regional Planning program demonstrating a significant personal commitment and/or outstanding academic potential in the fields of planning or public policy.

Evans, AICP (Urban Planning, MCRP; ’74), was a community planning consultant, serving private and public sector clients in southeast Pennsylvania for over 22 years (1985–2007). He credits the school with significantly contributing to his successful 33-year career as a community planning consultant and as a leader in the professional field. Through this gift, Evans hopes to convey his appreciation for the opportunities afforded him by the University as a student, and offer outstanding student candidates the opportunity to undertake and pursue their profession with minimal personal debt.

AllardRoomIn December 2012, Steven (MCRP 1979) and Mary Ann Allard entered into a pledge agreement of $100,000 to establish the Mary Ann and Steven Allard Fellowship in Planning and Public Health. Both are Rutgers alumni who were admitted as nontraditional students, having returned to school following several years of previous study and employment. Steven was a returning veteran and Mary Ann, a returning student with nine years experience as a registered nurse. The third floor conference room has been named the Mary Ann and Steven Allard Room in their honor.

The Allard’s credit Rutgers with allowing them to pursue studies with scholarship support, Mary Ann in Environmental Health and Steven in Urban Planning and Policy Development, and which led them to full and rewarding careers and to the resources sufficient to establish this fellowship.

Upon graduation, Steve worked at the New York City Legislative Budget Office, the New Jersey Department of Energy, and the Financial Guarantee Insurance Company. His last position before retiring was with Societe Generale, a global financial company where he was Managing Director, Credit Assessment, and was responsible for the credit risk assessment function in the Americas.

Through their gift, they hope to convey their appreciation of the opportunities afforded them by Rutgers as non-traditional students and to offer opportunity to outstanding student candidates who are similarly situated.

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