Announcements

September 24, 2014

Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait
In honor of Rutgers 250th Anniversary, the university is publishing a commemorative coffee-table book. Pre-order the book by March 1 to have your name published in the commemorative book. The book is $50 for pre-order and $70 after March 1. Learn more here.

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations for University Commencement
All members of the university community and the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration for an honorary degree. Nominations for the May 2015 ceremonies will be accepted until October 6. Learn more here.

Observe Free Music Master Classes
Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA) invites the public to observe a lineup of master classes this fall, which includes international teaching artists and MGSA music students. Master classes are free and open to the public, no tickets are required. Learn more here.

September 17, 2014

Free Flu Vaccine for Faculty and Staff
The Department of Occupational Health offers free flu vaccines for all Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more and view clinic schedules here.

The My Waste App by New Brunswick Public Works
New Brunswick Public Works launches the My Waste app, which allows New Brunswick residents to download garbage and recycling schedules, set reminders, schedule changes, and more. The app is available for free download from an app store. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for "Introduction to Sakai" Training Sessions
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers "Introduction to Sakai" course management system training sessions through the fall semester. Training is open to new faculty, part-time lecturers, or veterans of the university who have either never used Sakai or are in need of a refresher. In addition to introductory sessions, there are also advanced sessions and one-on-one consultations available. Check the calendar for dates, and learn more here.

September 10, 2014

Rutgers Department of Transportation Services Now Offers Free Bicycle Repair Stations in New Brunswick
The Rutgers Department of Transportation Services now offers free and convenient bicycle repair stations that allow bicyclists to make basic repairs and adjustments on the go. The stations are located on the Busch, College Avenue, Douglass, and Livingston Campuses. Learn more here.

New Helpline for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, has launched Care2Caregivers, a peer counseling helpline for New Jersey residents who are taking care of someone with dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Care2Caregivers give callers peer support, information, and education as well as access to the many benefit programs and resources available for caregivers and their families. In addition to personal experience, peer counselors have professional experience working at the COPSA Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease at UBHC. Call 1-800-424-2494 to learn more.

Citrix GoToMeeting Products Are Now Available
The Office of Information Technology announces the availability of CitrixGoMeeting, GoToTraining, and GoToWebinar for sale at reduced prices. With these products, meetings can be easily scheduled between multiple locations. Learn more here (NetID login required).

Register Now for Rutgers Recreation Teachers' Convention Camp
Rutgers Recreation offers a day camp for children ages 5 to 11 during the Teachers' Convention on November 6–November 7 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center, on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Pre- and post-care are available and the camp is limited to 60 participants. Learn more and register early here.

September 3, 2014

Bicycle Locker Rental Program
The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services announces the launch of the Bicycle Locker Rental Program. Bicycle lockers provide a covered and locked bicycle parking option for members of the university community, signifying the university’s continued commitment to bicycling accommodation at Rutgers. Learn how to register and rent a locker here, or contact the BikeRU program at BikeRU@aps.rutgers.edu with any questions.

Mason Gross Extension Division Open House
The Extension Division at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an open house on September 6 and 13. September 6 features American Ballet certified school ballet classes. September 13 features classes in music, dance, visual arts, and musical theater. All are invited to attend a free concert on September 13 at 2 p.m. featuring members of the Young Artist Program faculty. Learn more and RSVP for the open house here.

Try Dance, Fitness, Yoga, and Wellness Classes for Free from September 8 through 14
Rutgers Recreation offers over 200 classes, trips, and workshops in dance, yoga, swimming, scuba diving, sports, group fitness, wellness, rock climbing, and techniques for taming stress. Explore what the IgKnight program has to offer and try classes for free from September 8 through 14. Search for classes and register here.

Swim for Life: Free Adult Swim Instruction
Rutgers Recreation offers Swim for Life, a day of free adult swim instruction, on September 12 at Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Sessions are offered from 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. This event is open to members of the Rutgers community of all swimming abilities. Spots are limited and registration is required. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for Middlesex County Master Gardener Classes
A new season of Master Gardener classes begins at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in South Brunswick. Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. These lecture classes meet once per week for three hours each from mid-September through mid-April. The 60 to 70 hours of classroom instruction include practical field experience. Optional orientation sessions are scheduled for September 11 at 6:30 p.m. for the Thursday evening class and September 12 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. Classes begin September 18 or 19 and are open to all New Jersey residents. Learn more here.

August 27, 2014

RU-tv Has Switched to Digital Channels
The RU-tv Network has transitioned to more than 100 channels all in digital format. Faculty and staff in New Brunswick should view the new channel lineup here.

Sakai Upgrade
On August 21, Sakai was upgraded to the latest version. Learn about the new and enhanced features included in the latest release of Sakai here. Please email sakai@rutgers.edu or call 848-445-8721 with any questions.

Registration Is Open for UHR's Learning and Development Program
The University Human Resources (UHR) Learning and Development program offers more than 36 different open registration workshops and learning opportunities for the fall semester on a broad range of topics including management and supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, and performance management. These sessions are open to all Rutgers full-time faculty and staff. All workshops combine structured experiences, small and large group discussions, and additional resources that complement course learning. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for the New Faculty Welcome Breakfast and Resource Expo on September 5
Academic Affairs and University Human Resources host a New Faculty Welcome Breakfast and Resource Expo for new Rutgers faculty in New Brunswick on September 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Busch Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The expo focuses on the many services and resources available for new faculty. The expo allows faculty to speak to representatives from a wide range of university departments that support them and their activities. A light breakfast is available. Learn more, register, and view a list of participating departments here.

August 20, 2014

Sakai Downtime and Upgrade
Sakai is inaccessible due to a scheduled upgrade on August 21 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn about new and enhanced features included in the latest version of Sakai here. Please email sakai@rutgers.edu or call 848-445-8721 with any questions.

New Issue of Pulse Is Now Available
New Jersey Medical School is pleased to announce that the Summer 2014 issue of their award-winning Pulse magazine is now available. The new issue may be viewed here.

RU Hiring Students?
Interested in hiring Rutgers students for part-time and seasonal employment? Faculty and staff may post part-time jobs for free through the Rutgers University Student Employment Office Job Location and Development Program (JLDP) here. The JLDP is a federally funded employment program and is open only to all currently enrolled Rutgers students. Please call 848-932-2648 or email jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu for more information.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for Faculty and Staff
University Facilities and Capital Planning offers short-term apartment rentals to all faculty and staff, including international scholars, who are in need of temporary housing. Inventory consists of 30 studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments with locations in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (on the Busch Campus). All apartments are fully furnished and include utilities, cable, and internet. Leases can be as short as one month with a maximum of one year. Please contact April Leavy at 848-445-6722 or april.leavy@rutgers.edu for more information.

August 13, 2014

ODASIS High School Programs
The Office for Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences (ODASIS), a part of the Division of Life Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, strives to promote the recruitment and academic success of underrepresented students who are interested in pursuing careers in the STEM professions. ODASIS offers a wide variety of academic support programs to college students attending Rutgers, as well as high school programs such as the Saturday Scholars SAT Prep Academy, 12th Grade College English Program, AVID Program, and Bridge to Employment Program. Learn more about ODASIS programs and download application forms here.

Registration Is Open for the Fall 2014 Recreation IgKnight Program
Rutgers Recreation offers classes, workshops, and trips with over 250 choices in dance, group fitness, yoga/holistic health, aquatics, scuba, outdoor recreation, self-defense and safety, and sports. Many free trial classes are available from September 8 through September 14. Registration may be done online at any time, and classes begin on or after September 8. Please contact igknight@rutgers.edu or call 848-932-8204 with questions. View a full schedule of classes here.

NJMS Is Accepting Artwork for the Fall Arts Festival
New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) hosts its Fall Arts Festival from September 4 through January 8. Artists may submit original display-ready works of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, quilts, needlepoint, and more. Please contact gomeznm@njms.rutgers.edu or 973-972-4795 with any questions. August 25 is the deadline for submission forms. Learn more here.

July 30, 2014

NJMS Is Accepting Artwork for the Fall Arts Festival
New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) hosts its Fall Arts Festival from September 4 through January 8. Artists may submit original display-ready works of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, jewelry, quilts, needlepoint, and more. Please contact gomeznm@njms.rutgers.edu or 973-972-4795 with any questions. Learn more here.

July 23, 2014

Pre-K and Kindergarten Openings Available for September Enrollment
The RutgersLivingston Day Care Center, New Jersey's first nationally accredited early childhood program, has several spaces available in a pre-K and kindergarten classroom for September enrollment. Children born between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2010, are eligible. The center supports families as they pursue education and career goals and provides an exemplary early care and education program where children are safe, nurtured, and challenged. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate and is designed to foster social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Please contact 732-445-4747 or info@rldcc.org for more information.

Connect with Precollege Programs at Rutgers
Research and Enrollment Information Services at the Office of Enrollment Management has developed a searchable directory of precollege programs affiliated with Rutgers. K–12 students and families can browse opportunities and request information regarding programs offered throughout the year. Over 100 programs are listed, including academic enrichment, for-credit courses, sports and arts programs, and more. Program administrators interested in adding programs to the directory should contact Lauren Olsen at lauren.olsen@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

July 16, 2014

A Few Spots Remain Open for Summer Art Camp
A limited number of spaces remain for the Summer Art Camp sessions for young artists 11–14 years of age at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Weeklong classes begin July 21 and July 28, featuring topics such as Japanese Anime, comic book creations, portraits, and puppetry. View the full schedule and register here.

Low-Cost Lung Cancer Screenings Now Available
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in collaboration with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and University Radiology, now offers low-cost and low-dose CT scans as part of its Lung Cancer Screening Program. Individuals who are age 50 or older, are a current or former smoker, and have a history of 30 “pack years” of smoking (smoked a pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years) may be eligible for the $99 screening. Learn more here.

The HomeStyles Project for Parents of Preschoolers
The HomeStyles Project, a collaboration between Rutgers, the University of Arizona, and Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, helps parents of preschoolers shape their homes and lifestyles to raise happy, healthy, and safe kids. HomeStyles includes a series of program guides that give quick tips and fun ideas from experts and other parents to help make small changes and simple choices at home. Parents choose from 12 guides over the next 12 months and choose which changes to make and how. These free tips can help any family, even those with busy lives and tight budgets. It takes about 15 minutes to review each guide. Parents may try simple changes and do surveys along the way and earn more than $125 and keep gifts that are sent to help. Interested parents may sign up here

Laptop and Tablet Sale for Faculty and Staff
For a limited time, kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, offers discounted pricing on select laptops and tablets for faculty and staff only. Kite+key is located at The Plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Quantities are limited and while supplies last. Stay up-to-date on specials and promotions by following kite+key on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, or subscribe to the mailing list. View pricing here.