Rutgers Television Spot: “People”

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About the Spot

Rutgers people. They work, study, and teach here. Whether they are on our campuses, in the state, or around the globe, they make this institution great. This 30-second TV spot salutes a few of the many Rutgers people who have made names for themselves beyond the Garden State. They’ve all given us something to take pride in. In turn, they are proud to have been at Rutgers before reaching the pinnacle of success.

Learn more about the people and places featured in this spot:
Avery Brooks Avery Brooks ’73, ’76
Actor
“People” Voiceover

You may not see Avery Brooks, but you can certainly hear his resonant voice at the open and close of our TV spot. This multitalented actor, director, and singer is the first African-American to graduate with an MFA in acting and directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Today, he stays connected to Rutgers as an associate professor of theater.
Mary Baglivo Mary Baglivo '79
CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Americas
Filmed in College Hall

One of the advertising industry's highest-ranking women, Mary Baglivo is responsible for the largest agency within the Saatchi & Saatchi global network. There, she works with some of the world's top brands, including P&G, Novartis, and JCPenney.
Shaun O&#039;Hara Shaun O'Hara '05
Super Bowl XLII, New York Giants
Filmed in the Ruth Adams Building

First he was a Scarlet Knights walk-on. Then, he served as team captain. In February 2008, as captain for the New York Giants, Shaun O'Hara LC'05 became the fifth Scarlet Knight to earn a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLII.
Julianne Baird Julianne Baird
Distinguished Professor of Music, Rutgers–Camden
Filmed in Nicholas Music Center

As a performer, Julianne Baird is one of today's most recorded opera singers. As a soprano and musicologist, she's a top authority on the music she brings to stages around the world. And in the classroom, she's a professor who gives her students center stage.
Junot Díaz Junot Díaz '92
Author
Filmed at the College Hall Bus Stop

Junot Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times best-selling novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Díaz, a professor of writing at MIT, is a Dominican immigrant who grew up in New Jersey. Rutgers and the surrounding New Brunswick community play central roles in his novel.
Randal Pinkett Randal Pinkett '94
Chair and CEO, BCT Partners and Winner of NBC's The Apprentice
Filmed in the Ruth Adams Building

This Rhodes Scholar and NCAA Academic All-American catapulted to fame when he won season four of NBC's The Apprentice, but he was known in business circles long before then. Having founded five business ventures over the years, he currently leads a multimillion-dollar consulting firm.
College Hall
 
College Hall
Originally constructed as a private residence, this building was owned by John N. Carpender, a trustee and graduate of Rutgers. The university leased the building in 1918 for the newly established New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass Residential College). Shortly thereafter, the university acquired the property.
Ruth Adams Building
 
Ruth Adams Building
In addition to classrooms and lecture halls, Ruth Adams Building is home to Rutgers' nationally ranked anthropology department. Other departments housed in the building include American studies, French, and classics.

 

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College Hall Bus Stop
 
College Hall Bus Stop
More than 4,000 passengers board the popular EE, F, REXB, and REXL buses daily at this major stop on George Street to make their way around Rutgers' five campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

 

Nicholas Music Center
 
Nicholas Music Center
Nicholas Music Center, located on the Douglass Campus, houses the largest concert hall at Rutgers. The 740-seat venue hosts dance as well as classical, jazz, and world music shows, and its Bayreuth-style orchestra pit provides great support for opera productions.

 

Extras

We couldn't fit everything we wanted in our 30-second spot, so we've included footage of more people who are important to Rutgers. Also, you can read the "People" script, and view last year's TV spot.
 

 
Shital Shah Shital Shah '11
Majors: Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Religion 

When Shital Shah arrived at Rutgers as a first-year student, she'd already racked up 31 college credits in high school AP courses. At the same time, she managed to hold an internship for a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations and serve as president of the Premedical Club. At Rutgers, she still keeps a busy schedule. She launched The Examiner, a Rutgers medical newsletter, is a Scarlet Ambassador, conducts research in the McKim lab at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, serves as the advocacy chair of the Student Society of Stem Cell Research, and takes part in many other leadership activities as she prepares for a career in medicine.
 
Terry Stewart Terry Stewart '69
President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 

Terry Stewart has spent nearly a decade heading up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, where more than seven million people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have visited since its 1995 opening. Prior to that, he worked for nine years at another pop-culture powerhouse, Marvel Entertainment Group, where he served as president, COO, and as vice chair. He also is on the board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Philadelphia, and the City Parks Foundation in New York City, where he is an adviser for the annual Central Park SummerStage performing arts festival.
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“People” Script

Avery Brooks (Voiceover): Before there was a United States, a college was founded in the heart of New Jersey.

Mary Baglivo: Before I became a CEO in the global marketplace,

Shaun O'Hara: Before I earned my Super Bowl ring,

Julianne Baird: Before.

Junot Díaz: Before.

Randal Pinkett: Before I was hired as "The Apprentice",

Julianne Baird: Before I wow my audiences on stage,

Junot Díaz: Before I won the Pulitzer Prize,

Mary Baglivo: I learned about the world.

Shaun O'Hara: I earned my degree.

Randal Pinkett: I was a Rhodes scholar.

Junot Díaz: I studied writing.

Julianne Baird: I motivate my students.

Mary Baglivo: At Rutgers.

Shaun O'Hara: At Rutgers.

Randal Pinkett: At Rutgers.

Avery Brooks (Voiceover): Jersey Roots, Global Reach
 

 

Learn more about the people and places featured in this spot:

Avery Brooks ’73, ’76
Avery Brooks
Actor
“People” Voiceover

You may not see Avery Brooks, but you can certainly hear his resonant voice at the open and close of our TV spot. This multitalented actor, director, and singer is the first African-American to graduate with an MFA in acting and directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts. Today, he stays connected to Rutgers as an associate professor of theater.
Mary Baglivo '79
Mary Baglivo
CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Americas
Filmed in College Hall

One of the advertising industry's highest-ranking women, Mary Baglivo is responsible for the largest agency within the Saatchi & Saatchi global network. There, she works with some of the world's top brands, including P&G, Novartis, and JCPenney.
Shaun O'Hara '05
Shaun O&#039;Hara
Super Bowl XLII, New York Giants
Filmed in the Ruth Adams Building

First he was a Scarlet Knights walk-on. Then, he served as team captain. In February 2008, as captain for the New York Giants, Shaun O'Hara LC'05 became the fifth Scarlet Knight to earn a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLII.
Julianne Baird
Julianne Baird
Distinguished Professor of Music, Rutgers–Camden
Filmed in Nicholas Music Center

As a performer, Julianne Baird is one of today's most recorded opera singers. As a soprano and musicologist, she's a top authority on the music she brings to stages around the world. And in the classroom, she's a professor who gives her students center stage.
Junot Díaz '92
Junot Díaz
Author
Filmed at the College Hall Bus Stop

Junot Díaz won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times best-selling novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Díaz, a professor of writing at MIT, is a Dominican immigrant who grew up in New Jersey. Rutgers and the surrounding New Brunswick community play central roles in his novel.
Randal Pinkett '94
Randal Pinkett
Chair and CEO, BCT Partners and Winner of NBC's The Apprentice
Filmed in the Ruth Adams Building

This Rhodes Scholar and NCAA Academic All-American catapulted to fame when he won season four of NBC's The Apprentice, but he was known in business circles long before then. Having founded five business ventures over the years, he currently leads a multimillion-dollar consulting firm.
College Hall
College Hall
Originally constructed as a private residence, this building was owned by John N. Carpender, a trustee and graduate of Rutgers. The university leased the building in 1918 for the newly established New Jersey College for Women (now Douglass Residential College). Shortly thereafter, the university acquired the property.
Ruth Adams Building
Ruth Adams Building
In addition to classrooms and lecture halls, Ruth Adams Building is home to Rutgers' nationally ranked anthropology department. Other departments housed in the building include American studies, French, and classics.
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College Hall Bus Stop
College Hall Bus Stop
More than 4,000 passengers board the popular EE, F, REXB, and REXL buses daily at this major stop on George Street to make their way around Rutgers' five campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway.
Nicholas Music Center
Nicholas Music Center
Nicholas Music Center, located on the Douglass Campus, houses the largest concert hall at Rutgers. The 740-seat venue hosts dance as well as classical, jazz, and world music shows, and its Bayreuth-style orchestra pit provides great support for opera productions.
Extras

We couldn't fit everything we wanted in our 30-second spot, so we've included footage of more people who are important to Rutgers. Also, you can read the "People" script, and view last year's TV spot.
 

 
Shital Shah '11
Shital Shah
Majors: Cell Biology, Neuroscience, and Religion 

When Shital Shah arrived at Rutgers as a first-year student, she'd already racked up 31 college credits in high school AP courses. At the same time, she managed to hold an internship for a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations and serve as president of the Premedical Club. At Rutgers, she still keeps a busy schedule. She launched The Examiner, a Rutgers medical newsletter, is a Scarlet Ambassador, conducts research in the McKim lab at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, serves as the advocacy chair of the Student Society of Stem Cell Research, and takes part in many other leadership activities as she prepares for a career in medicine.
 
Terry Stewart '69
Terry Stewart
President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum 

Terry Stewart has spent nearly a decade heading up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, where more than seven million people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries have visited since its 1995 opening. Prior to that, he worked for nine years at another pop-culture powerhouse, Marvel Entertainment Group, where he served as president, COO, and as vice chair. He also is on the board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in Philadelphia, and the City Parks Foundation in New York City, where he is an adviser for the annual Central Park SummerStage performing arts festival.
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“People” Script

Avery Brooks (Voiceover): Before there was a United States, a college was founded in the heart of New Jersey.

Mary Baglivo: Before I became a CEO in the global marketplace,

Shaun O'Hara: Before I earned my Super Bowl ring,

Julianne Baird: Before.

Junot Díaz: Before.

Randal Pinkett: Before I was hired as "The Apprentice",

Julianne Baird: Before I wow my audiences on stage,

Junot Díaz: Before I won the Pulitzer Prize,

Mary Baglivo: I learned about the world.

Shaun O'Hara: I earned my degree.

Randal Pinkett: I was a Rhodes scholar.

Junot Díaz: I studied writing.

Julianne Baird: I motivate my students.

Mary Baglivo: At Rutgers.

Shaun O'Hara: At Rutgers.

Randal Pinkett: At Rutgers.

Avery Brooks (Voiceover): Jersey Roots, Global Reach