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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

Freedom reader: Alumnus Larry Abrams wins MLK award for getting books into kids’ hands.

Freedom reader: Alumnus Larry Abrams wins MLK award for getting books into kids’ hands.

“Why shouldn’t every kid in America have books?” That question tugged at Larry Abrams MAT ’01 as a young teacher in Lindenwold, New Jersey, when he learned that many students in his economically disadvantaged district didn’t have access to books at home. And that question became his motivation with BookSmiles, a labor of love —… 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

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

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

Trenton’s Puerto Rican history captured with a collaborative research project

Trenton’s Puerto Rican history captured with a collaborative research project

Despite a less than hospitable welcome and tasked with overcoming racism in the 1950s, Trenton’s first Latinx members established successful business, education, and public service opportunities in the city that still stand today. The stories of these pioneering residents were recently captured in a cross-disciplinary research project involving students and faculty from the School of… Continue Reading

Alyssa Silva ’20 gets a commencement surprise while serving her country during COVID-19

Alyssa Silva ’20 gets a commencement surprise while serving her country during COVID-19

When Alyssa Silva enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard in March 2018, she took an oath to protect and serve her country above all else. That promise came with the understanding that there would be personal sacrifices — including potentially missing her college graduation. But this is a happy story. Silva ’20, a specialist… Continue Reading

Now and then: TCNJ’s response to global health emergencies

Now and then: TCNJ’s response to global health emergencies

The March shutdown of campus as a result of COVID-19 wasn’t the first time a public health crisis forced the college to send students, faculty, and staff home. In 1918, when TCNJ was known as the New Jersey State Normal School at Trenton, a pandemic — commonly referred to as the Spanish flu — spread infection… Continue Reading

Mechanical engineering alumnus helps make face shields for NY hospitals

Mechanical engineering alumnus helps make face shields for NY hospitals

Andrew Ziemer ’19 is helping the doctors and nurses who are facing supply shortages of personal protective equipment. Working around state orders to remain indoors during the health crisis, Ziemer is part of a team that is 3D printing face shields that are being donated to local New York hospitals — all from the safety… Continue Reading

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