2022 in Review: The Year of the Driver in News

The men’s swim and dive team’s reign continued with their 10th straight win at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championship. Field hockey has won its eighth Northeast Conference (NEC) championship in program history. The men’s basketball team also shocked top-seeded Iona in the quarterfinals of the MAAC championship, winning 71-70.

Rider announced women’s lacrosse as his 21st Division I team with Evan Mager as the team’s first head coach.

Two well-known pros made their way back to Lawrenceville. Stella Johnson ’20 celebrated the retirement of her No. 4 in November. Her number is the first to be retired by the women’s basketball team. Jason Thompson joined the staff of the Broncs men’s basketball team as special assistant to the head coach in ’08.

New programs

In January, Rider became only the second New Jersey institution to join the GRAMMY Museum® University Affiliates program. This new partnership gave students and faculty access to the GRAMMY Museum®’s historically rich archives and opportunities for guest lectures from music historians and educational programs.

The Class of 2026, which joined the Rider community this fall, was the first to participate in the university’s new First Year Experience program. The robust program is designed to provide new students with a personalized team of faculty, staff and student leaders, programs, events and activities to help them make the most of their college experience.

A new cannabis undergraduate certificate, a graduate certificate in cybersecurity, a bridge program to Rider’s master’s program in cybersecurity, and social media strategies have significantly expanded Rider’s academic repertoire.

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reorganizations

Rider introduced the new College of Arts and Sciences after merging the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with Westminster College of the Arts. The new single college consists of four schools, three of which are new: Westminster Choir College, School of Media and Performing Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Science, Technology and Mathematics. dr Kelly Bidle became ’03, ’09 along with two associate deans, Dr. Brooke Hunter and Dr. Jason Vodicka, appointed Dean.

The new Department of Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was created to include the Department of Public Safety, student access and support services, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and compliance with Title IX. Barbara J. Lawrence, Rider’s first-ever vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, leads the division.

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