Announcements

July 29, 2015

Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon alumni. Past recipients include U.S. women's World Cup soccer champion Carli Lloyd (RC'06), chef and restaurateur Mario Batali (RC'82), the late actor James Gandolfini (RC'83), author Janet Evanovich (DC'65), and actor and humanitarian Paul Robeson (RC'19). Learn more and nominate a deserving alumnus here.

New Jersey’s First MFA Degree in Dance Program
Applications will be accepted this fall for a new MFA degree in dance, New Jersey's first dance MFA program. The 26-month program is set to launch in January 2017. Jeff Friedman, associate professor, dancer, and choreographer at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will serve as MFA program director. Applicants must submit a formal application and fee online through Graduate and Professional Admissions by October 1, 2015, and the Mason Gross Supplemental application by December 1, 2015. Supporting materials include a personal statement, writing and video samples, a résumé, and an audition. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road Again for R Game Day
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG again this year. Meet alumni and Rutgers fans during R Game Day, a series of tailgate events before every away football game this season. The first event takes place at Penn State on September 19. Learn more, view all dates, and register here.

Protection of Minors Policy
In its continued commitment to ensure the well-being and safety of minors who participate in programs or activities run by or associated with Rutgers, the university last year implemented the Protection of Minors Policy [PDF]. The policy includes requirements for reporting suspected abuse or neglect of minors, completing the "Working with Minors" online training course, and undergoing background checks for authorized adults and people in direct contact positions as defined by the policy. To assist program directors with management of their programs and compliance with the policy requirements, a new Protection of Minors (POM) database has been created. Learn more here.  

July 15, 2015

Inaugural Class of Rutgers Leadership Academy Fellows
Congratulations to the inaugural class of fellows of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), selected from more than 90 nominations. The fellows begin a four-semester RLA curriculum in September 2015. The academy, part of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick strategic plan, is led by Brent Ruben, director, and Richard De Lisi, co-director, and will focus on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance professional capabilities. View a complete listing of the RLA fellows, including the Rutgers leaders who nominated them, here [PDF].

Department of Transportation Services Joins University Facilities and Capital Planning
Effective July 1, the university’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS)—responsible for transportation and parking services in New Brunswick and Newark—became part of University Facilities and Capital Planning, a step taken to reflect the strategic vision unveiled in the recently approved physical master plan. DOTS operates 45 buses, transporting approximately 70,000 passengers daily, and oversees approximately 30,000 parking stalls located in surface lots and 11 parking structures. In addition, DOTS manages bike registrations, rentals, and lockers; a paratransit service that provides specially equipped buses for those who are physically impaired; parking permits and special event, visitor, and seasonal parking; and parking rules, regulations, and penalties.

iPad 102: Appy Hour at Kite+Key: July 27, Piscataway
Learn how to use an iPad in an intermediate class July 27 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Feel free to bring your iPad. Attendees receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Space is limited. RSVP to kiteandkey@rutgers.edu. Learn more here [PDF].

July 1, 2015

Enroll Now for Sakai Introductory Training: New Brunswick
Through August, the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers introduction to the Sakai course management system training sessions. This includes a mix of in-person sessions and online webinars. In-person sessions take place in Davidson Hall on the Busch Campus, Piscataway. Check dates, register, and learn more here.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for 2016
University Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars, for 2016. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Learn more here or email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Charles Heckscher Explores "Community" in New Book, Trust in a Complex World
Charles Heckscher, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Collaboration in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of a new book, Trust in a Complex World. Heckscher says that to tackle such problems as inequality, racism, and climate change, new ways are needed to create engaged communities and writes that social media may be the new path to creating strong communities to address such vexing problems. Read more here.

June 24, 2015

Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Rutgers Inn and Conference Center: June 25
Visit the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick, for a free open house celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. The first 50 attendees receive a goody bag. Reserve your spot today. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments, make connections. Learn more here.

MacBook Sale at Kite+Key, the Rutgers Tech Store
Now through June 26, receive $50 off select MacBook computers at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website, kiteandkey.rutgers.edu. Learn more about this event here (PDF) or call 848-445-1127. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

Apply Now for OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for 2015–2016
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, an OASIS program will be hosted both in Newark and New Brunswick. The workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are July 15 for Newark and September 1 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Registration Open for Mason Gross Extension Division Courses for Fall 2015
Registration is open for private lessons, classes, and ensembles for the Fall 2015 semester of the Mason Gross Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Discounts are available to faculty and staff. The Extension Division offers instruction for all ages and stages of students, including private music instruction, childhood music offerings, American Ballet Theater Certified School of Ballet (ages 4-18), Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy (ages 14-18), Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy (ages 11-18), and ART-haus Academy (Visual Arts partnership with the Zimmerli Art Museum, ages 7-18), plus adult and pre-college chamber music programs and more. Learn more and register here.

June 10, 2015

Summer Schedule for Faculty & Staff Bulletin
Following the issue of July 1, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on alternating Wednesdays through August. Those publication dates are July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26. Please keep this schedule in mind as you plan submissions to the Bulletin, particularly those involving time-sensitive information.

Mark Doty Reads from New Collection of Poems: June 18, New Brunswick
Mark Doty, professor in the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, and acting director of Writers House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry. He will read from Deep Lane, his new collection of poems, on June 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Save $20 on Purchase of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait
Did you know that Rutgers University—the nation’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning—predates the Revolutionary War by a decade, making Rutgers 250 years old in 2016? To document this historic milestone, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait will be released in late August to kick off the anniversary year. Order by August 1 to take advantage of an extended pre-order sale, saving $20 off the retail price. This limited edition, coffee-table book beautifully illustrates the history and growth of the university. Learn more and order your piece of Rutgers history here

June 3, 2015

Apply Now for OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for 2015–2016
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, an OASIS program will be hosted both in Newark and New Brunswick. The workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are July 15 for Newark and September 1 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

May 27, 2015

2015 Federal Work Study Program Supervisor Information Session: June 3, New Brunswick
Supervisors of Rutgers-legacy Federal Work Study Program (FWSP) undergraduate student employees, please join the Student Employment Office in the Office of Financial Aid at the 2015 Supervisor Information Session: The Labor Theory of Value. The following topics will be covered: value of student labor, transferable skills for FWSP student employees, and how to manage FWSP student workers. The Information Session will be held on June 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the College Avenue Student Center. Contact Tammy Boslet at tammy.boslet@ofa.rutgers.edu by May 29 to register. 

Global Urbanism Biennial Theme Funding Announced
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs’ 2015–2017 biennial theme, Global Urbanism, supports faculty, staff, and students engaging the Rutgers community in activities that significantly expand the university’s international agenda by exploring the condition of global urbanism. Four special event awards of up to $5,000 and 30 programming awards of up to $1,000 for events during the 2015–2016 academic year will be given. Deadline is June 12, 2015. Learn more here.

The Plaza at Livingston Campus Is Open for the Summer
The Plaza is a pedestrian-friendly area with outdoor seating featuring 33,000 square feet of retail space situated beneath student housing. The Plaza is home to nine retail establishments: 16 Handles, Etoile Nail and Spa, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Hoja Asian Fusion, Starbucks, Henry’s Diner, Kilmer’s Market, Rutgers Cinema, and kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Henry’s Diner offers half-price salads, toppings not included. Kilmer’s Market offers 10 percent off purchases with a faculty or staff ID. Its $7.50 Summer Combo includes a sandwich or salad, chips or fruit, and a 20-ounce beverage. Learn more about dining options here. View the summer hours here.

Zimmerli Art Museum Summer Art Camp
Budding young artists between the ages of 7 and 14 are invited to enroll in the Zimmerli Art Museum’s summer art camp program, held from June 29 to July 24 in New Brunswick. Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge, and delight participants. Children also find inspiration in the museum’s collection as they explore the galleries. Learn more and register here.

May 20, 2015

Support Group for Caregivers of People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: Every first and third Monday, Edison
University Behavioral Health Care’s Care2Caregivers program offers a bimonthly support group for anyone who is caring for a spouse with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Attendees learn about the disease, discuss caregiving issues, offer each other support, and find out about available resources on the first and third Monday of every month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 37, Suite 200, COPSA Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, 100 Metroplex Drive, Edison. The next meeting is June 1. Learn more here

On Campus This Summer? So Is the Zimmerli Art Museum
The Zimmerli Art Museum remains open with normal hours throughout May, June, and July. Catch this season's special exhibitions before they close in July. Also, visit with “Walking Man,” a permanent outdoor installation by internationally renowned sculptor—and longtime South Brunswick resident—George Segal. The single bronze figure in stride is located at the refurbished northwest corner of George and Hamilton streets, “walking” toward the museum’s entrance.

May 13, 2015

For Furniture and Other Bulk Waste Disposal, Project Move Out in New Brunswick: Register Now
Students living off campus in New Brunswick apartments can register until May 20 for Project Move Out for the recovery of discarded furniture, appliances, electronics, and textiles—keeping them out of landfills. Take advantage of free bulk waste disposal options to help reduce our carbon footprint and avoid municipal fines up to $2,000 for improper disposal. Free curbside pickup available on May 21, 22, 26, or 27. Registration is open until noon on May 20. Free drop-off is available to Rutgers students with student ID from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 21, 22, 26 or 27 (no registration required) at Parking Lot 30 behind the College Avenue Gym. Register and learn more here or call the Project Move Out hotline at 848-445-2297.

Register for Alumni Leaders Council Annual Meeting: June 4, Piscataway
All alumni are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Alumni Leaders Council, hosted by the Rutgers University Alumni Association, on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Business School on Livingston Campus. Celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments of the alumni body over the past fiscal year, meet the association’s incoming board members, and look ahead to the exciting opportunities in the coming year. Register and learn more here.

May 6, 2015

Call for Nominations for Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award
What would your department be without the support of passionate volunteers? The Rutgers University Alumni Association helps you recognize them for their outstanding service. Nominate a volunteer for a Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award to say thank you to the volunteers who help your programs and activities succeed. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Alumni Leaders Conference in the fall. Nominate and learn more here.

Free Adult Swim Instruction: May 6, Piscataway
Join us on May 6 at 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., or 5 to 7 p.m. at the Werblin Recreation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for free swim instruction. Overcome your fears or improve your skills. All ability levels welcome. Register or just show up. Register and learn more here.

Appy Half-Hour: iPad 101 Part 3: May 8, Piscataway
Faculty and staff: learn how to use an iPad, starting with the basics, at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, located in the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, on May 8 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Light lunch provided. One lucky person will receive an iPad mini at the end of the series. Feel free to bring your iPad. Space is limited. RSVP to kiteandkey@rutgers.edu. Learn more here (PDF).

Tech Store Kite+Key Hosts Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day: May 13, Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, hosts its Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on May 13 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its retail plaza location on the Livingston Campus. Faculty and staff always qualify for Apple education pricing. But on May 13 kite+key offers additional discounts. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of its new website, kiteandkey.rutgers.edu. Learn more about the event here (PDF) or call 848-445-1127. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

10th International Symposium on Bilingualism: May 20–24, New Brunswick
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, which presents the latest research on cognitive, social, and educational aspects of knowing more than language: May 20 through May 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick. Register and learn more here