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Jay and Barbara Belding remember their roots with scholarship gift

Jay and Barbara Belding remember their roots with scholarship gift

Jay ’72 and Barbara ’72 Belding were at a worship service when their pastor offered words of advice that made them both pause.

“Our pastor said, ‘Do your giving while you’re living, so you’re knowing where it’s going.’ Both of us looked at each other and said, ‘That’s for us.’ That pierced our hearts,” says Jay.

Together, the couple has established The Jonathan J. & Barbara Belding Engineering Scholarship, awarded annually to a currently enrolled School of Engineering student. Though the scholarship has provided opportunities for students since 2015, the Beldings wanted to significantly increase its impact.

“We wanted to give the funds that would provide three students with a scholarship for half of their tuition, guaranteed for four years,” he says.

To do so, the Beldings took advantage of their retirement account, including withdrawing funds from their IRA, to make their wishes for the scholarship a reality. “We wanted to do something and we wanted to do it now,” he says.

The pair met at Trenton State — Jay was in the industrial arts and technology program while Barbara was an education major — and have continued to grow together personally and professionally. They are co-founders of Associated Production Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit vocational training facility for developmentally disabled adults, where they employ about 600 individuals throughout eastern Pennsylvania.

But their time at the college was more than just academics. Their respective programs taught them about building character, learning good work habits, and the importance of community.

“It was a tremendous experience for both of us in the relationships that we were able to engage in, not only with fellow students but also with the staff and professors,” Jay says. “Many of those relationships continue to this day.”

And even though it’s been nearly 50 years since they were undergraduate students on campus, the college has always been on their minds.

“We both were very blessed by our time at The College of New Jersey,” Barbara says. “We are very strong believers that education is the keystone for the ultimate improvement of our free society and for maintaining our shared goal of ensuring opportunity for all. We felt compelled to share the blessings that we have in our effort to look back in gratitude and forward with hope.”

— David Pavlak

Ian Ruderman named president of TCNJ Alumni Association

Ian Ruderman named president of TCNJ Alumni Association

The TCNJ Alumni Association welcomed Ian Ruderman ’89 as its new president on July 1. Ruderman took the reins from Peter Simons ’98, who completed a very successful three-year term. Ruderman is currently the managing director for Creative Financial Group, with 25 years of experience in the financial services management field. He is a 1989… Continue Reading

TCNJ Link connects Lions with Lions

TCNJ Link connects Lions with Lions

TCNJ is asking all its Lions to come together. The Office of Development and Alumni Engagement and the Office of Career and Leadership Development launched TCNJ Link, a dynamic new social platform that connects all members of the TCNJ community. Whatever your role in our community—faculty, staff, alumnus, or student. Wherever you are in your… Continue Reading

Winterhalter gift allows college to “close the loop”

Winterhalter gift allows college to “close the loop”

Students, faculty, staff, and the local community will soon be able to close the loop — around Metzger Drive, that is. Thanks to a generous unrestricted estate gift from Harold ’40 and Lois Winterhalter, the college will begin the process to complete and update “the loop” — a popular 1.8 mile walking/jogging path — around campus.… Continue Reading

Alumni Association welcomes three new alumni chapters

Alumni Association welcomes three new alumni chapters

TCNJ alumni across the globe have a new way to connect with each other, and their alma mater, thanks to the creation of three new alumni chapters. The Alumni Association Board announced the approval of a career and community studies chapter, a theatre chapter, and a New York City regional chapter.  These groups provide TCNJ… Continue Reading

TCNJ and Ewing work together to promote public health this spring

TCNJ and Ewing work together to promote public health this spring

This spring, when local residents line up for their COVID-19 shots, students in the School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science will be there to administer the vaccines. The partnership between TCNJ and the Ewing Public Health Department is one of the ways the college and the township are working together to protect community health… Continue Reading

Alumni Association helps college fight food insecurity, promote inclusivity

Alumni Association helps college fight food insecurity, promote inclusivity

Food insecurity and campus inclusivity are two prominent issues on the forefront of TCNJ’s 2021 agenda; and the Alumni Association Board of Directors is here to help the cause. On November 12, the board fully funded a $12,500 proposal for the campus food pantry, The Shop@TCNJ. It also provided partial funding to the Division of… Continue Reading

School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science celebrates 50th anniversary

School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science celebrates 50th anniversary

The School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science celebrated its milestone 50th anniversary during a virtual gala on November 13. The school honored its past while rallying support for future generations of health professionals. The night also raised crucial funds to assist TCNJ students who continue to face unforeseen financial hardships to continue their education… Continue Reading

Students still MUSE despite coronavirus challenges

Students still MUSE despite coronavirus challenges

For more than a decade, TCNJ’s Mentored Undergraduate Summer Experience (MUSE) has given students an invaluable opportunity to conduct research alongside members of the faculty. Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic and limited on-campus engagement this year, the program was a success with 70 students collaborating with 40 faculty members on 46 projects. The… Continue Reading

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