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Shelley Merhav

Shelley Merhav DRC’23 is a biomedical engineering major, volunteer EMT, and active Douglass community member. This month, she will serve as a student moderator on the Post-Graduation Education Opportunities panel at the Christiana Foglio DC’84 Douglass Career Conference. In this role, she will help facilitate conversation between panelists and students as they discuss how to navigate graduate school opportunities and pathways.

Veronica Bido DRC'21

On October 23, 2021, Douglass College hosted the classes of 2020 and 2021 for an in-person celebration of their graduations. While the classes each had a virtual ceremony to honor their achievements, this in-person event allowed staff, graduates, and loved ones to meet face to face to celebrate Douglass excellence. Dean Jacquelyn Litt, Alexandra Anderson DRC’20, and Veronica Bido DRC’21 all gave remarks to congratulate the graduates and reflect on their unique journeys.

Tasmiah Choudhury

Tasmiah Choudhury DRC’11, a senior clinical scientist for Merck, knows the value of passing down her expertise to current Douglass students to help them achieve their goals. For the past several years, Choudhury has been deeply involved in Douglass programs. From her work as an externship site mentor to her role as a Douglass Career Conference speaker, Choudhury has made a transformative impact in the lives of Douglass students.


Meryle Mahrer Kaplan was in my first class on the first day of my first week at Douglass College. English 101 with Robert Crozier. I got a C—Meryle probably got an A. We were friends for 57 years. It is hard to find the words to describe a lifelong friendship. They are indistinguishable from getting up in the morning and looking at yourself in the mirror. No matter where, when, or who you are with or what you are doing, a lifelong friend is beside you. She knows your parents and the backstory that made you who you are and for me, Meryle accepted every mistake in judgment, every talent unsung, every effort failed and every milestone no matter how forgettable.

Barbara Rodkin

The College is thrilled to announce that Barbara Rodkin DC'76, will be inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, one of the University’s highest honors. Rodkin is a philanthropist, education advocate, and visionary for Douglass and Rutgers programs.