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Metzger Drive walking/jogging path to be completed, updated thanks to generous gift

Metzger Drive walking/jogging path to be completed, updated thanks to generous gift

Students, faculty, staff, and the local community will soon be able to close the loop — around Metzger Drive, that is.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Winterhalter estate, the college will begin the process to complete and update “the loop” — a popular 1.8 mile walking/jogging path — around campus.

The project is budgeted at $750,000 and construction is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.

In this phase, new surfaces will be installed near the campus’s lakes, as well as across from the community garden near the softball field. Future phases will update the existing paths, eventually creating a pathway of uniform width and material around Metzger Drive.

“As an alumnus of the college, Ewing resident, and a frequent campus walker, I’m excited that the college is taking the necessary steps to install and update the walking path around Metzger Drive,” says Philip Sanders ’82. “One of the most scenic areas on campus is near the lakes, especially in the spring and fall season. I’m looking forward to my walks around that area thanks to this project.”

The new walkway will be constructed using a porous paving material, made up of a non-slip surface conducive to runners, pedestrians, strollers, wheelchairs, and bicycles.

“It is also a pervious material, which means it allows stormwater to go through it and does not require an expensive stormwater management system,” says Lynda Rothermel, interim senior director of planning and project delivery.

Metzger Drive was named after Charles Metzger ’28, a member of the Alumni Executive Board from 1928–72 and President of the Alumni Association from 1929–30. The road, affectionately known as “the loop,” encircles campus with entrances at Pennington Road and Green Lane. It was named in Metzger’s honor in 1974.

The renovations were made possible thanks to an unrestricted estate gift from Harold ’40 and Lois Winterhalter to the TCNJ Foundation. As careful stewards of the college’s resources, the TCNJ Foundation carefully vets each project to ensure it aligns with the college’s mission.

“The Foundation and the college are incredibly thankful to the Winterhalter’s for the generous gift that made this renovation possible,” says Kim Brandley, chair of the TCNJ Foundation. “These types of gifts allow the college to take on projects that have an immediate meaningful impact and add to the experience for everyone on campus.”

— David Pavlak

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

Lars Wendt ’87 makes some noise with Princeton Symphony Orchestra — PrincetonInfo

Lars Wendt ’87 makes some noise with Princeton Symphony Orchestra — PrincetonInfo

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra is using a small presentation to make a big statement on Thursday, September 24, when the PSO Brass Quintet performs at Morven Museum & Garden. The quintet featuring Jerry Bryant, trumpet; Tom Cook, trumpet; Jonathan Clark, horn; Lars Wendt ’87, trombone; and Jonathan Fowler, tuba, will perform music styles ranging from Renaissance to Broadway. Continue Reading

Geoff Baker ’17 throws Thailand’s plastic problem to his students, and they deliver

Geoff Baker ’17 throws Thailand’s plastic problem to his students, and they deliver

On April 4, 2018, student activists with Grin Green International, a social enterprise founded by Geoff Baker ’17, marched through Bangkok’s busiest streets accompanied by a bag monster. Composed of 750 plastic bags, roughly the amount an average Thai uses every three months, the marchers used their creation to raise awareness about Thailand’s growing single-use… Continue Reading

Industry Insiders webinar series a hit with TCNJ community

Industry Insiders webinar series a hit with TCNJ community

Exploring different ways to connect with the TCNJ community during the height of a global health pandemic, the Office of Alumni Engagement is launching the sequel to the immensely successful spring Industry Insiders webinar series on September 16. “The Industry Insiders webinars have been a great example of how the TCNJ community comes together to… Continue Reading

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