LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Homecoming Weekend, which is taking place from Oct. 10 - Oct. 12, the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF), which raises funds to support innovation in teaching and advocates for a rich, safe learning environment, will be presenting a variety of events including: honoring the newest members of the LHS Hall of Fame and Leadership in Educational Achievement and Dedication (LEAD), and of course the annual Homecoming Football Game.
Hall of Fame and LEAD Award recipients will visit students in the morning and then be honored at a Reception from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Wilshire Grand Caterers in West Orange. The event is open to the public, and reservations are required.
The Homecoming Football Game will follow on the LHS home turf at 7:00 p.m.
At this time, and throughout the year, LEF is reaching out to individuals, alumni, businesses and corporations interested in joining the Foundation’s efforts to provide funds for facility improvements as well as to enrich the programs and activities in the Livingston Public Schools. According to the website, people can make a difference and set the standard for excellence. Every donation makes a difference. Residents are asked to join LEF’s efforts to deliver a quality education to LHS public school children and help maintain a strong community. This initiative can only exist with the help and support of concerned individuals. To make a donation to the LEF, click HERE.
LHS HALL OF FAME AWARD RECIPIENTS:
DR. SHIVA AYYADURAI (Class of 1981): The inventor of email is a scientist, technologist, entrepreneur, and educator. In 1978, while a 14-year-old high school student, he invented email, the full-scale electronic emulation of the interoffice paper-based mail system, for which he was awarded the first US Copyright for “email,” “computer program for electronic mail system” in 1982, at a time when Copyright was the only way to protect software inventions.
He is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist, the First Outstanding/Scientist Technologist of Indian Origin, and recipient of the Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award. He was also recently named to receive the President’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation for 2014.
Born in Bombay, India, Dr. Ayyadurai moved to America in 1970 at the age of seven. He completed his secondary school education at Livingston High School, and went on to MIT, where he received four degrees, bachelors, dual masters, and doctoral degrees, spanning the fields of electrical engineering and computer science, media arts and sciences, applied mechanics, and systems biology. His research in pattern recognition and large-scale systems development resulted in multiple patents, numerous industry awards, various startup ventures, and large-scale computational platforms such as CytoSolve for development of multi-combination therapeutics, and EchoMail for enterprise email management. He has published scientific papers and presented at major academic and industry conferences worldwide.
Medicine intrigued Dr. Ayyadurai since the age of five when he would observe his grandmother, a farmer and healer, apply Siddha, one of India’s most ancient forms of medicine, to heal and support local villagers near the small village of Muhavur in South India. Those early experiences inspired him to pursue modern Western science and technology, and Eastern medicine with the aim of becoming a scientist and healer. Over the last three decades, his formal Western research and study focused on developing new systems for pattern analysis across multiple disciplines. At the same time, he trained in many Eastern practices including various forms of yoga, meditation, and nutritional and herbal medicines, which he learned from esteemed sages and masters through the oral tradition. These experiences led him to develop Systems Health™, a revolutionary educational curriculum that integrates traditional medicines and systems biology, which is now being offered to major medical colleges and holistic healthcare centers.
As Chairman and CEO of CytoSolve, Inc., his team is deploying a revolutionary paradigm that will likely obviate the need for animal testing, through a new technology that can model complex molecular pathways in silico, on the computer.
As founder of the International Center for Integrative Systems, a non-profit foundation, located in Cambridge, MA, he supports initiatives for innovation and health based on systems science. He has merged his love of systems theory and scientific visualization into a pioneering new course, at MIT, called Systems Visualization.
As an entrepreneur, he has started and successfully grown several start-up companies. In 1992, he created a program for the White House to automatically analyze and sort incoming email from US citizens to President Bill Clinton, which was the foundation for his company EchoMail Inc. EchoMail achieved a market valuation of nearly $200 million.
Dr. Ayyadurai continues his passion for entrepreneurialism as managing director of General Interactive, a venture incubator that cultivates, mentors, and funds new start-ups in various areas including rural healthcare, media, biotechnology, and information technology, among others.
In 2009, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of India’s Office to be the first Outstanding Scientist/Technologist of Indian Origin to launch CSIR-Tech, a new initiative to unleash innovation across the nearly 40 scientific laboratories of CSIR.
To support innovation among youth, he has launched Innovation Corps. He serves as a consultant to CEOs and executive managers at Fortune 1000 companies, as well as government organizations such as the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.
He has appeared in prominent publications including MIT Technology Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC News, and USA Today, as well as other major media platforms. The Improper Bostonian named Shiva, among their Top 40 Under 40. He has authored some of the earliest books on the Internet and early social media, Arts and the Internet and The Internet Publicity Guide, respectively. In 2013 he authored: The Email Revolution, following the publication he went on a country-wide book talk throughout India speaking at Universities. In 2014, Systems Health will be released. Forthcoming books include: The Connection and Systems Visualization.
Dr. Ayyadurai is a member of Sigma-Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi. He supports the Shanthi Foundation, which raises money to provide scholarships for the education of orphaned girls. He is also a supporter of various arts and nonprofit organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, Very Special Arts, National Public Radio, and the National Geographic Society.
He enjoys yoga, travel, tennis, animals, art, and architecture.
Dr. Ayyadurai lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
CHARLES R. BENDIT (Class of 1971): Prior to founding Taconic Investment Partners as a Co-Chief Executive Officer with Paul Pariser in 1997, Bendit formed CBC Properties, where he acquired, repositioned, and managed more than one million square feet of office properties in New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as several hundred apartment units in the New York metropolitan area. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director at Jones Lang Wootton (JLW), where he was responsible for property acquisitions, sales, and financing for the firm’s international clientele, with a focus on New York, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. In these latter two cities, he established JLW’s regional offices and business platforms.
A graduate of George Washington University, Bendit is actively involved in the educational community serving as a Regent of the New York State Board of Education, a board member of PENCIL, and a participant in PENCIL’s annual Principal for a Day program. In addition, Bendit is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business, and the Advisory Board of the University’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.
LAURENCE FIEBER (Class of 1968): Larry Fieber is widely recognized as a highly-accomplished visionary New Jersey educational leader who embraces change and challenge. He is a 1968 graduate of LHS and attended schools in Livingston from grades K-12.
Fieber began his career in as a social studies teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He then served for several years as assistant principal at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South before being named principal of Parkway School in Ewing, Township in 1994. Larry’s leadership vastly contributed to improved student academic and behavioral performance that earned Parkway School both local and state recognitions for excellence.
Since his retirement from Parkway School in 2004, Fieber has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey, and as State Director of the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA). He remains dedicated to recruiting and encouraging New Jersey high school and middle school students who are considering careers in teaching, particularly in high shortage subjects and in high poverty, hard-to-staff schools.
As part of his work with the Center for Future Educators, Fieber is credited with developing the summer Urban Teacher Academy that is offered to high school juniors at The College of New Jersey, Rider University, Rowan University, Kean University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has additionally introduced the Tomorrow’s Teachers course elective for hundreds of high school juniors and seniors, student leadership programs, and state-wide conferences for future teachers. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Future Educators and State Director of the NJFEA, Fieber serves as a professional coach for urban principals as part of Lehigh University’s Allentown Principal Leadership Initiative.
He holds a certificate from The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Alfred University. He has also studied educational leadership at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, The College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Rutgers University.
Fieber was featured as “Envisioner Exemplar” in the book Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals, by E.K. McEwan (Corwin Press, 2003). He was recognized as the 2001 National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year, and the 2001 the New Jersey Principal of the Year. His other recognitions include The College of New Jersey Professional Development Award for School Leadership, the New Jersey PTA President’s Award for Outstanding School Leadership, the New Jersey School Boards Association School Leader Award, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Hall of Honor, and New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Golden Lamp Award.
Fieber is a resident of Solebury, Pennsylvania, and was elected twice to the school board where he served terms as president and vice president.
DR. SUZANNE STEINBAUM (Class of 1986): Dr. Steinbaum is an attending cardiologist and the Director of Women’s Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital of the Northshore-LIJ Healthcare System in New York City. She has done fellowship training in both Preventive Cardiology and Cardiology. She recently released her book Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life, teaching all women how to lead the healthiest lives by living from the heart. She is the host of Focus onHealth, a weekly magazine news show spotlighting health topics, seen on WLNYTV.
She has also been awarded a New York Times Super Doctor, and a Castle and Connelly Top Doctor for Cardiovascular Disease. She is also a National Spokesperson for the Go Red for Women campaign and chairperson of the Go Red for Women in New York City.
Dr. Steinbaum is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is the past Medical Director for the Young Professionals division of the American Heart Association. She is the recipient of the 2010 recipient of the American Heart Association: Young Heart Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, and also the 2012 Women of Heart Honoree in recognition of leadership in Women’s Heart Health for Go Red in Westchester and Fairfield counties in New York and Connecticut. Dr. Steinbaum also recently made New York Magazine’s Top Doctor List 2014 for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Steinbaum has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education, and prevention. She has lectured nationally on topics of coronary artery disease, Women and Heart Disease, natural and alternative ways of treating heart disease and the prevention of heart disease. She is often cited in magazines and newspapers and is regularly seen on network news health segments for ABC, NBC and CBS, CNN, WPIX and FOX including Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and The Dr. Steve Show, as a leading consultant in the field of women and heart disease, preventive cardiology and topics of lifestyle management. She is regularly interviewed for breaking news in U.S. News and World Report, Healthday and WebMD. She has written on topics of cardiac prevention and nutrition has been quoted in many publications and magazines, such as: Self, Glamour, More, Fitness, The Wall Street Journal and Family Circle. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Dr. Oz, Bottomline Health, and Sharecare.
Her unique perspectives on health, wellness and overall vitality by living a heart-centered life can be found at www.srsheart.com, on Facebook at Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and Twitter at @DrSteinbaum.
LEAD AWARD RECIPIENTS: For each of LHS’ graduates, there have been talented educators who have served to guide them to achieve. This year the LEF will continue a tradition of recognizing individuals who have created, through a lifetime of service, successful educational opportunities for the students of the Livingston Public Schools.
JIM RANSEGNOLA: Mr. Ransegnola was an educator in the Livingston Public Schools (LPS) for 40 years. He served as a Social Studies teacher from 1956-1986 and Social Studies Department chair from 1986 to 1993 at Livingston High School. From 1993 – 1996, he served as the Social Studies K-12 Supervisor. From 1969–1971 was the Livingston Education Association (LEA) President. Read Jim Ransegnola’s My Livingston Life
DON SCHWARTZ: Mr. Schwartz’s Livingston Public School career in Industrial Arts/Technology Education spanned 31 years, 1966-1999. He served as a class supervisor for 12 years and boasts 2 Conference Championships as Golf Coach from 1986-1999. He is widely known as the “Voice of the Lancers” having served as broadcaster on TV-34 and LTV as well as for the Livingston Memorial Day, Essex County Athletic Director’s Association (ECADA), National Football Foundation (NFF) and Parade. He has photographed over 3,500 Livingston High School and community events since 1980 until the present. He continues to work with both the LANCERS and the Township as a broadcaster and a photographer. Mr. Schwartz was named Citizen of the Year by both the Township of Livingston and UNICO, has been inducted into the Big “L” Athletic Hall of Fame and has been honored by ECADA, NFF, College Hall of Fame (CHOF), the VFW and the ELKS. Read Don Schwartz’s My Livingston Life