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Outgoing WRSU GM Sontupe honored with “Spirit of Rutgers” award

Outgoing WRSU General Manager Justin Sontupe (’20) on the field before broadcasting a Rutgers football game vs. Wisconsin at Camp-Randall Stadium in Madison, WI on November 3, 2018.

At Wednesday night’s 5th annual Chancellor’s Student Leadership Gala, outgoing WRSU General Manager and Justin Sontupe (SAS ’20) was honored with the Spirit of Rutgers Award.

The first WRSU Staff member to be honored at the leadership Gala, Sontupe was nominated by Broadcast Administrator Mike Pavlichko (RC ’00).

The Spirit of Rutgers Award “recognizes an individual or student organization that represents the values, traditions, and mission of Rutgers through their outstanding engagement, enthusiasm, spirit, and commitment to the campus community.”

That person demonstrates “evidence in having made significant contributions to the community as a positive ambassador to the university while working to increase pride among their peers.”

Sontupe is a three-year member of WRSU, serving as Sports Director for the 2018-19 school year, and General Manager for the school year about to come to a close.

As one of the top members of the sports department, Sontupe called Scarlet Knights football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, lacrosse and baseball. He covered home and road games, and was instrumental in bringing the Sports department to new heights.

What earned him the award, however, was his infectious enthusiasm for everything Rutgers. To know Justin is to know he bleeds Scarlet, and makes everyone around him feel the same way.

Sontupe also was highlighted by “Rutgers Today” in a feature on outstanding grads in the class of 2020. You can read the story here.