Announcements

September 28, 2016

Apply for McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Applications are being accepted through November 30, 2016, for the next cohort of scholars for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which provides a supportive environment and a multitude of resources to assist and prepare students interested in pursuing a doctorate. The program provides support, research funding, and graduate school preparation. Low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. The McNair program is also seeking faculty mentors to work with undergraduate students on research projects. Learn more here or contact senior program coordinator Jhanna Jean Louis at jhannaj@echo.rutgers.edu.

“Haiti’s Gifts to U.S. History and Culture": October 6, Lincroft
Angus Gillespie, professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Crocker Memorial Lecture, “Haiti’s Gifts to United States History and Culture,” on October 6 at 6 p.m. at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Learn more here.  

Donna Brazile, DNC Interim Chair: October 10, New Brunswick
Undergraduate Academic Affairs presents a lecture by Donna Brazile, interim chair, Democratic National Committee (DNC), and former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute, on October 10 at 7 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Brazile worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African American to manage a presidential campaign. Admission is free. RSVP is required. The event is cosponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics and its Center for American Women and Politics. Learn more here.

Seeking a Guinness Record: October 11, Piscataway
In celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary, Rutgers Recreation, in partnership with Rutgers Athletics, will lead the effort to attempt to earn the Guinness World Records™ title for the most people holding the abdominal plank position on October 11 at 6 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium, West Gate A. Held during homecoming week at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate. A goal of 2,500 participants has been set. The current record is 1,323, achieved in Fuzhou, Fujian, China. Check-in is from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The first 2,500 participants to check in will receive a special commemorative T-shirt. Though this is a free event, registration is required. Learn more and register here

GSE Information Session for Rutgers Employees: October 19, New Brunswick 
Attend an information session at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on October 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to learn more about doctoral and master’s programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education, including Ph.D.’s in higher education; doctorates in education with concentrations in design of learning environments; education, culture, and society; and educational leadership; and master’s programs in adult and continuing education; college student affairs; counseling psychology; educational leadership; learning, cognition, and development; and social and philosophical foundations of education. RSVP by October 14. RSVP and learn more here

Homecoming for LGBTQ Veterans of War: Part 1: October 20, Newark
“Homecoming for LGBTQ Veterans of War: Part 1” is presented to encourage LGBTQ veterans to share their experiences with the Rutgers and Newark communities, focusing on how representing our nation during war has shaped their intersecting identities, on October 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., Ackerson Hall, Dean’s Lounge, Rutgers University–Newark. An intergenerational and multimilitary service panel of LGBTQ veterans and active duty individuals scheduled to participate includes James Credle, Andrew Germek, Omar Jean, Grace Perez, Kevin J. Stevens, and Ann Treadaway. Event cosponsors are Rutgers Veteran Services, Newark Pride Alliance, Rutgers University–Newark Student Affairs, LGBTQ and Intercultural Resources, Queer Newark Oral History Project, Tyler Clementi Center, and Dean of Students, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

An Evening of "Culinary Health and Wellness": October 27, New Brunswick
Faculty and staff are invited to attend an evening of “Culinary Health and Wellness” on October 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The evening will include a cooking demonstration and three-course meal paired with New Jersey wines. Attendees will learn about techniques used in healthy cuisines and nutritional benefits of the foods served and hear about the latest research in diet and health. Learn more and register here.

The Wright Cut
The Wright Cut Barber Shop, owned and operated by Tim Wright, former Rutgers wide receiver and Patriots’ Super Bowl champion and current Detroit Lions receiver, recently opened at the Plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Wright Cut provides professional and high quality haircuts. Learn more here.

September 21, 2016

Save the Date: Celebrating Alison Bernstein: October 19, New Brunswick
A memorial service honoring the memory of Alison R. Bernstein, innovative educator, visionary philanthropist, feminist leader, advocate for human rights, and community builder, will be held on October 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Winants Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Bernstein served as director of the Institute for Women's Leadership, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and professor of history in women's and gender studies from 2011 until her passing on June 30, 2016. The service will celebrate her contributions to women's education here and throughout the world. RSVP here.

Tech Accessory Sale at Kite+Key
Receive 25 percent off with the purchase of two or more Rutgers tech accessories at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Shop in-store or online. Products include Rutgers keyboard cover for select MacBooks, headphones, chargers, flash drives, and more. Kite+key is located near the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu and 848-445-1127. Learn more here.

"Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016": September 26, New Brunswick
Former Congressman Bob Inglis, recipient of the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his work in climate change, presents "Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016" on September 26 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Energy Institute, G.H. Cook Campus Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and SEBS 250, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Learn more and register here.

When Newark Had a Chinatown: September 26, Newark
Yoland Skeete-Laessig, artist, documentarian, arts instructor, and author, discusses her book, When Newark Had a Chinatown: My Personal Journey, on September 26 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the John Cotton Dana Library, Dana Room, fourth floor, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Enhanced Performance and Fitness Programs at Center for Health and Human Performance

Starting September 26, the Rutgers Center for Health and Human Performance in the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and HealthRutgers University–New Brunswick, will offer testing and conditioning programs using a science-driven approach. The Performance Program is geared toward developing young athletes, professional athletes, and the weekend warrior. The Health and Fitness Program is designed for those seeking to lose weight, add muscle, enhance function, and improve health. For more information, contact Michelle Arent at michelle.arent@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

 

"Policing and Its Reform in the 21st Century": September 28, New Brunswick
The Youth Political Participation Program, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Darien Fund for the United States Constitution, Citizenship, and Civic Engagement present "Policing and Its Reform in the 21st Century: Creating a New Narrative of Public Security," a lecture by Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School, on September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here

 

GSE Information Session: October 19, New Brunswick
Attend an information session at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on October 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to learn about doctoral and master’s degree programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education, including Ph.D.’s in higher education (doctorates in education with concentration in design of learning environments; concentration in education, culture, and society; and concentration in educational leadership) and master’s programs with concentrations in adult and continuing education; college student affairs; counseling psychology; educational leadership; learning, cognition, and development; and social and philosophical foundations of education. RSVP by October 14. RSVP and learn more here.

 

September 14, 2016

Policy on Endorsements, Sponsorships, and Advertising
The university’s policy on endorsements, sponsorships, and advertising balances the responsibility to preserve Rutgers’ globally recognized reputation and brand with desires to generate additional resources. This requires that the university’s name, which carries considerable value, be protected, and that activities and organizations associated with Rutgers be consistent with the university’s mission and commitment to integrity. Activities that may be affected by this policy include: being asked to comment on the university’s use of a vendor, product, or service; accepting financial support from external entities to cover expenses for scholarly meetings and colloquia; accepting funding from advertisers selling goods or services; and allowing vendors to sell food at an event. The policy allows sponsorships and advertisements subject to certain conditions and in accordance with established guidelines, but direct or implied endorsements are not permitted except with prior approval by Rutgers’ Board of Governors. Learn more here. For additional guidance, contact Beth DeMauro at bdemauro@ucm.rutgers.edu.

ORED Pilot Program Provides $50,000 Grant
The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is sponsoring a universitywide pilot program to stimulate the creation of interdisciplinary research groups around any topic that is likely to be supported by significant future federal and private funding. Existing interdisciplinary research groups may also apply. ORED will provide a $50,000 grant, which must be matched, to the team submitting the strongest proposal. The funds must be used to fund competitive awards that support collaborative interdisciplinary research projects that are designed to generate preliminary data for subsequent applications for substantial federal or private funding. Learn more and apply here.

Online Learning: Canvas Is Here 
A new era in online learning has begun with the introduction of Canvas, an innovative online learning management system that will revolutionize the online learning experience at Rutgers for faculty and students. Watch this informative video about the transition. The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) is the Rutgers home of Canvas. A team of instructional designers eases the migration of your online course content. Regardless of the learning management system you are using currently—Blackboard, eCollege/Pearson Learning Studio, Moodle, or Sakai—the team will move your content and help you get started on Canvas. Support for faculty and students is available 24/7/365 and COHLIT is also offering Canvas training, both face-to-face and online. Call COHLIT at 877-361-1134 to begin your transition. 

Volunteer to Host International Students on Thanksgiving
The university’s Center for Global Services’ International Friendship Program is seeking volunteers from the Rutgers and New Brunswick-area communities for its Holiday Dinner Program. The program provides an opportunity for international students and scholars to experience Thanksgiving and for Rutgers and local community members to invite international guests into their homes. The program’s goal is for participants to share in friendship and cross-cultural learning. Hosts can request any number of international guests to join their Thanksgiving celebration. Host applications will be accepted until October 21. Information regarding the international guest(s) assigned to your family will be provided on or around November 11. To sign up as host, complete this form. Learn more here.

Apply for McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Applications are being accepted through November 30, 2016, for the next cohort of scholars for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which provides a supportive environment and a multitude of resources to assist and prepare students interested in pursuing a doctorate. The program provides support, research funding, and graduate school preparation. Low-income, first-generation, or underrepresented students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. The McNair program is also seeking faculty mentors to work with undergraduate students on research projects. Learn more here or contact senior program coordinator Jhanna Jean Louis at jhannaj@echo.rutgers.edu.

"Data Driven Discoveries in Science: The Fourth Paradigm": September 19, Piscataway
In a Distinguished Speaker Seminar, the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "Data Driven Discoveries in Science: The Fourth Paradigm," featuring Alex Szalay, on September 19 at 2 p.m. in the first floor auditorium, CoRE building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Szalay, professor at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Institute for Data Intensive Science, will describe how science is changing as a result of the vast amounts of data being collected. Learn more and register here.

"Can the U.S. and China Expect to Form a More Collaborative Relationship?": September 22, New Brunswick
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "Can the United States and China Expect to Form a More Collaborative Relationship?" on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library, featuring Orville Schell, director of the Center on U.S.–China Relations at the Asia Society. The lecture will explore the areas where the United States and China find themselves in potential disagreement (e.g., the South China Sea, human rights, Taiwan) and areas that offer potential for collaboration (e.g., climate change, pandemics) before assessing how these national interests of the United States and China actually have more in common than they diverge from each other. Learn more here.

Screening: The Destruction of Memory: September 22, New Brunswick
Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a screening of The Destruction of Memory, based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A Q&A with director Tim Slade follows. Learn more here.

IRW Distinguished Lecture: “Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity”: September 22, New Brunswick
As the initial event in its 2016–17 Distinguished Lecture Series Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis, the Institute for Research on Women presents Martin F. Manalansan IV (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) to discuss “Queer Domesticity in the Time of Insecurity” on September 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The presentation will be preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Learn more here.

“Uncovering American Jewish Life: 1766, 1866, and 1966”: September 25, New Brunswick
Three leading scholars explore the state of Jewish life in America on key dates tied to the founding of Rutgers in a panel discussion, "Uncovering American Jewish Life: 1766, 1866, and 1966," on September 25 at 3 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented as part of the Rutgers 250 commemoration. Learn more and RSVP here.

"Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016": September 26, New Brunswick
Former Congressman Bob Inglis, recipient of the 2015 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his work in climate change, presents "Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016" on September 26 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Energy Institute, G.H. Cook Campus Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and SEBS 250, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Learn more and register here.

September 7, 2016

Bulletin Resumes Weekly Schedule 
With today's issue, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin returns to a weekly publication schedule.

Free Flu Vaccine 
Beginning October 3, faculty and staff can receive a free flu vaccine at various university locations by presenting a valid Rutgers ID. Visit the Occupational Health Department’s website for dates, locations, and other related information. Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the consent form and bring it to the clinic. Legacy UMDNJ staff will be given their form at the clinics.

“Zika during Pregnancy” Town Hall: September 21, Newark
Everyone is invited to attend “Zika during Pregnancy,” a town hall meeting on September 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. at New Jersey Medical School, Room 552, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Titilope Oduyebo, an obstetrician-gynecologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s pregnancy and birth defects team, is among the panel of presenters.

Back-to-School Sale at Kite+Key
While supplies last, take advantage of the back-to-school sale at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Take an additional 10 percent off previous-generation Macbook 12" and iPad Air (128 GB); receive 25 percent off when you purchase two or more Rutgers Tech accessories; and take 25 percent off select move-in essentials, including cables, batteries, surge protectors, and more. Kite+key is located at the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu and 848-445-1127. Learn more here.

Online Learning: Canvas is Here
A new era in online learning has begun with the introduction of Canvas, an innovative online learning management system that will revolutionize the online learning experience at Rutgers for faculty and students. Watch this informative video about the transition. The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT) is the Rutgers home of Canvas. A team of instructional designers eases the migration of your online course content. Regardless of the learning management system you are using currently—Blackboard, eCollege/Pearson Learning Studio, Moodle, or Sakai—the team will move your content and help you get started on Canvas. Support for faculty and students is available 24/7/365 and COHLIT is also offering Canvas training, both face-to-face and online. Call COHLIT at 877-361-1134 to begin your transition. 

Laura Anderson Barbata: 2016–17 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announced that Laura Anderson Barbata is the 2016–17 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist. Born in Mexico City and based in New York, Barbata has focused her work on participatory art initiatives that document communities and traditions, using storied art forms as platforms for social change, contemporary performance, group participation, and protest. Her solo exhibition will be on view in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, through December 16, 2016. A reception honoring her and an artist lecture will be held on November 1, followed by a special event on November 2 entitled La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana, a performance work in progress. Event details will follow. Learn more here.

Author Discusses The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial: September 14, New Brunswick
War crimes expert, legal scholar, novelist, and Amherst College professor Lawrence Douglas discusses his recent book, The Right Wrong Man: John Demjanjuk and the Last Great Nazi War Crimes Trial (a New York Times editor’s choice), on September 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This event, presented by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. RSVP here.

Training in Microsoft Office Access Levels 1 and 2: September 20, New Brunswick
The NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education offers Microsoft Office Access Levels 1 and 2 training on September 20 at the site of the former Agriculture Museum on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Level 1 workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for students seeking to learn the fundamentals of creating, using, and manipulating a database. Level 2 training, 12:30 to 4 p.m., builds on the Level 1 workshop. For each class, the fee is $90 for employees, payable via internal purchase order, personal check, or credit card. Learn more and register for Level 1 training here and Level 2 training here. For internal purchase orders, call the registration department at 848-932-9271, option 2. For more information, contact Suzanne Hills at 848-932-7234. Bookmark this page for future reference and join the mailing list here.

Save 20 Percent with Early Enrollment in Mini-Master in Public Administration
University employees receive a 20 percent discount if they enroll by September 30 in the Rutgers Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) program, a partnership between the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick. The Mini-MPA™ is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class October 13. Learn more and register here.

Hire Students for Part-Time or Seasonal Work
Departments interested in hiring Rutgers students for part-time and seasonal employment are invited to participate in the Hot Jobs of the Season Program hosted by the university’s Student Employment Office (SEO) in the Office of Financial Aid. The SEO will host four Hot Jobs of the Season Pop-Up Recruitment Events on each of the New Brunswick campuses during the first week of October to promote available part-time and seasonal jobs. Participating employers also will be featured on the SEO website as well as in the 2016 Hot Jobs of the Season Social Media Campaign. Departments are welcome to participate in this program free of charge. Area employers may participate for a fee. Registration information is available here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at 848-932-2648 or jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu.

Register Now for Fall UHR Learning and Development Programs
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers full-time faculty and staff more than 50 free open-registration programs and online learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for programs from September to December. All programs combine structured experiences, small- and large-group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here or call 732-235-9500.

PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library X Room: through September, New Brunswick
PEEP SHOW: Books from the Art Library X Room is on display now through the end of September in the Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This case exhibit features a selection of materials from the Art Library’s rare-book room, known as the “X Room” from its listing in the library catalog. Learn more here.

Global Village Learning Center Available for Events
The Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Living Learning Center is the hub for global education at Douglass Residential College, providing space for Global Village and other Douglass classes, conferences such as the Douglass Women’s Career Day and the Global Summit, Global Village plenary sessions, and other special events and lectures. This state-of-the-art facility is available for rent to both Rutgers and nonuniversity organizations. Learn more here.

PEP: "Communicating With Policymakers: How Research Can Forge Social Change": September 16, New Brunswick
The next panel of the Public Engagement Project (PEP), which provides skills training for university social science and humanities graduate students and faculty who wish to write for broader audiences, will take place on September 16 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Teleconference Lecture Hall in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The topic is “Communicating With Policymakers: How Research Can Forge Social Change.” Learn more and register here.

August 24, 2016

Bulletin Resumes Weekly Schedule 
With its next issue on September 7, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin returns to a weekly publication schedule.

NJMS Introduces Bleeding Control Training to First-Years
The entire entering class at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received basic bleeding control training that included information on tourniquet use. This new initiative supports the national Stop the Bleed campaign, developed to educate the public in hemorrhage control. With the unfortunate rise in active shooter and other mass casualty events, basic hemorrhage control has been recognized as a way to help save lives. Recognizing this, a short course in these techniques was created.

Computer Repairs Now at Kite+Key
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store owned and operated by the university, and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) announce the transition of computer repair services from OIT to kite+key to allow for a more comprehensive suite of services bundled with equipment purchases. Kite+key, which has already begun onsite repairs, offers in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs for institutional and personally owned technology, including Apple, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, HP, and Microsoft products. Contact kite+key computer repair at 848-445-5000 or kkrepair@rutgers.edu, or stop at kite+key, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here. In addition to providing repair services, kite+key carries a full line of brand name technology at exclusive educational pricing and also offers the following services: trade-in, appy hours, iPhone/iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, Apple Care, Apple Care +, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. And through September 5, receive a set of wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro, and save on a Mac or an iPad with Apple education pricing during the Summer Beats Sale. Shop in-store or online

Blood Drive: September 16, New Brunswick
University Human Resources (UHR) is partnering with the Rutgers University Blood Drive Committee and New Jersey Blood Services to host a blood drive on September 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UHR offices, U.S. Highway 1, New Brunswick. The blood drive is open to all employees. Help spread the word and ask your coworkers to donate. Learn more here.

Online Noncredit Communication Courses at SC&I
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is offering any of three online four-week courses for $599 (normally $795) to faculty and staff. “Professional Presence and Presentations” (beginning on August 29); “Interpersonal Communication” (October 3); and “Business and Organizational Writing” (December 5) provide practical hands-on workplace strategies to enhance current skills or address gaps. These courses are noncredit, instructor-led, and self-paced. Learn more here.

Sakai’s New Look
On August 23, Sakai was updated to version 11 to provide a more stable and consistent system that is more intuitive and easier to use. The biggest change with Sakai 11 is the fresh user interface. In addition to the new look, some tools have been consolidated while functionality has been added to others. The Gradebook tool now includes spreadsheet-style grade input and grading by letter. The Lessons tool now supports columns and sections. Learn more here. View training and learning opportunities here.

Fall 2016 Financial Literacy Workshops
University Human Resources Benefits Administration announced its fall 2016 Financial Literacy Workshop schedule, created in partnership with the university's third-party investment carriers and workplace banking providers. Workshops are designed to increase financial literacy, educate you about the various tax savings and retirement benefits available to Rutgers employees, and impart savings strategies to help strengthen your financial footing. Learn more, including workshop schedules, here.

Register for Continuing Studies’ Training Workshops
Rutgers Continuing Studies’ fall 2016 schedule of training workshops for the Canvas learning management system, eCollege, and online learning tools is now available. Faculty and staff can reserve a spot in any workshop, including the new universal design and accessibility workshops, by using the new scheduling calendar. Learn more and register here.

Register for Zimmerli Drawing Classes for Youngsters and Adults
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites registration now for the Drawing Club for Young People, Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., beginning on September 28, and the Zimmerli Drawing Society for Adults, Saturdays, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., beginning on September 24. The Drawing Club for Young People is led by practicing artists who are also graduate students at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Classes are available for youngsters 7 to 10 and 11 to 14; each class is limited to 16 participants. The Zimmerli Drawing Society for Adults is for artists 18 and older and is limited to 16 participants. Registered participants receive a class schedule and supply list early in September. Learn more about both programs and register here.

CCLC Hosts Parents: September 13, Piscataway and Newark
Children's Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) invites parents to its “All About Me” community social on September 13 from 4 to 6 p.m., either in Piscataway or Newark, to learn how a day at the center embraces a child's curiosity and sparks the joy of learning, through participation in hands-on activities led by the teacher. Meet your child’s future teachers and friends; participate in an activity designed to teach your child what makes people unique, while also highlighting their similarities with fellow classmates; and learn free take-home activities to keep those busy minds buzzing on weekends. Learn more about CCLC in Piscataway here and CCLC in Newark here.

Five-Minute Survey Earns You a Chance for a $600 Prize
Take five minutes to share your insights about New Brunswick and earn a chance to win a prize valued at more than $600. The New Brunswick City Market organization needs your help as it examines how to convey the downtown’s true character—the unique aspects that set New Brunswick apart from hundreds of other communities. Your input will help to develop a new dynamic brand and website for downtown New Brunswick. If you take the New Brunswick Survey and provide your name and email address by September 15, you will be entered for a chance to win “A Night on the Town” package worth more than $600.

Sign Up for R Game Day
Fall and football are just around the corner, and the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) is once again hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights on the gridiron, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers tailgate events before every away game this season. Tickets are $25; kids 6 and under are free. Tickets include unlimited buffet, Rutgers Athletics entertainment and special guest appearances, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Cash bar with drink specials also will be available. Learn more and sign up here

August 10, 2016

New Brunswick Campus Advisory Board Meets August 18
The next meeting of the New Brunswick Campus Advisory Board will take place on August 18 at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Apply Now for BHI 2016 Pilot Grants in Neuroscience
The Brain Health Institute (BHI), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, announces its 2016 pilot grants program in neuroscience. The program is intended to foster new collaborative interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences across the university and including NJIT, Kessler Foundation Research Center, and East Orange VA Medical Center, and to support pilot experiments designed to lead to sustained funding from an external agency, such as the National Institutes of Health. Pilot grants are available as translational neuroscience or basic neuroscience awards. Each award is limited to $40,000 in direct costs; no indirect costs or overhead is allowed. Collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are encouraged for all awards. The application deadline is September 6 at 5 p.m. Learn more, including how to submit applications, here.

Human Cell Authentication Technology Available at Rutgers
How do you ensure identity of the cell lines with which you do research? NIH and AHRQ now require cell line authentication for new and competing research grant applications, and it is now a requirement for publication in many leading journals. RUCDR Infinite Biologics™, part of the Rutgers Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, has developed the industry-leading human cell authentication technology, known as SNPtrace™, marketed worldwide by Fluidigm™. This technology is available at low cost to the Rutgers community. This method interrogates a 96-SNP panel of ethnicity, gender, and other markers—providing a unique identifier for each individual or cell line. Initially, RUCDR requires a reference sample for comparison. Once the SNP profile of the reference is established, future samples can be compared to the stored data. The cost is $40 per cell pellet or $25 per submitted DNA. For inquiries concerning this service, contact Vrunda Bhatt at Bhatt@dls.rutgers.edu or 848 445-8141.

Boggs Center 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
Register now for the fall 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series presented by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: September 23 and 30 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, and October 14 and 21 at the Doubletree Suites, Mount Laurel, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is free but required and space is limited. View session descriptions and register here

Save during Kite+Key's Summer Beats Sale: through September 5
Receive a set of wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro, and save on a Mac or an iPad with Apple education pricing during the Summer Beats Sale, through September 5, at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1127. Learn more here [PDF].

Mason Gross Extension Division Registration for 2016
Registration is open for precollege students and adults for all fall 2016 classes, lessons, and ensembles at the Extension Division of the Mason School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Sample classes, take trial lessons, and attend drop-in days. Financing is available. Learn more and register here.

July 27, 2016

Sign Up for R Game Day
Fall and football are just around the corner, and the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) is once again hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights on the gridiron, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers tailgate events before every away game this season. Tickets are $25; kids 6 and under are free. Tickets include unlimited buffet, Rutgers Athletics entertainment and special guest appearances, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Cash bar with drink specials also will be available. Learn more and sign up here

Take Anonymous Communicator Certificate Program Survey
All faculty and staff are invited to complete a brief 10-question survey about the Rutgers Communicator Certificate Program as part of its ongoing evaluation. The goal of the certificate program is to provide information about communication resources available at Rutgers and to share experiences, best practices, and issues encountered in communicating information about the university's programs and services. Survey responses help improve the program and lead to a better understanding of its impact on the workplace. The survey is anonymous and your responses cannot be linked to you as an individual. Take the survey here.

Book Presentation: Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien: July 27, New Brunswick
Janet Brennan Croft, library faculty, Department of Research and Instructional Services, Rutgers University Libraries, and coeditor of Perilous and Fair: Women in the Works and Life of J.R.R. Tolkien, speaks about the book on July 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Croft also will answer questions and sign copies of the book. Rutgers’ Office of Summer and Winter Sessions will sponsor a drawing for 10 free copies and additional books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

July 13, 2016

Ethics Armor Launches
The Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance has launched Ethics Armor, a program designed to take a proactive approach to protecting the integrity and reputation of the university, faculty, and staff. Ethics Armor provides a centralized automated system for conflicts of interest disclosures for faculty and staff, reinforcing the university's existing policies in a simple straightforward process. For more information or for training, contact the Rutgers Ethics Office at ethics@ca.rutgers.edu.

Spouse, Alumni Recreation Memberships to Offer Free Group Fitness Classes
Effective September 6, 2016, recreation memberships at Rutgers University–New Brunswick will include free and unlimited group fitness classes. Spouses of faculty, staff, and students; alumni and alumni spouses; and legacy students can purchase 2016–2017 recreation memberships at any open recreation center. For information, including membership pricing, class offerings, and hours of operation, contact the administrative office at 848-445-0462.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

Screening of The Kind Words: July 19, Piscataway
The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of the Israeli film The Kind Words, a quirky wry dramedy from director Shemi Zarhin, on July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. Lital Levy, associate professor, comparative literature, Princeton University, will discuss the film. Tickets are available for purchase only through BildnerCenter.rutgers.edu. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

June 29, 2016

Half Off All Books and Free Shipping through July 4 at Rutgers University Press
All books from Rutgers University Press are now on sale at a 50 percent discount through July 4. Order online and use discount code "02FLASH50." Shipping is free. Check out regional books and a wide selection of books in many different subject areas. Sign up to receive email; Rutgers Readers receive special discounts and offers. Learn more and purchase books here.

David Greenberg Discusses His Book, Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency: July 6, New Brunswick
David Greenberg, professor, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, discusses his book, Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, on July 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Following his presentation, Greenberg will take questions and sign books. Rutgers’ Office of Summer and Winter Sessions will sponsor a drawing for 10 free copies, and books also will be available for purchase, courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Learn more here.

Excel Levels 1 and 2 Training: July 12, New Brunswick
The NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education offers beginner and intermediate training in Microsoft Excel 2013 on July 12 at the former Agricultural Museum building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Excel Level 1 workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon, teaches the basic essential features of Microsoft Office Excel 2013 worksheets. The Excel Level 2 training, 12:30 to 4 p.m., teaches more challenging skills. For each class, the fee is $80, payable via internal purchase order, personal check, or credit card. Faculty and staff receive priority seating. Learn more and register for Excel Level 1 training here and for Excel Level 2 training here. For internal purchase orders, call the registration department at 848-932-9271, option 2. For more information, contact Suzanne Hills at 848-932-7234. Bookmark this page for future reference and join the mailing list here.

Save 20 Percent with Early Enrollment in Mini-Master in Public Administration
University employees receive a 20 percent discount if they enroll by September 30 in the Rutgers Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) program, a partnership between the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick. The Mini-MPA™ is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class October 13. Learn more and register here.

Save During Kite+Key's Summer Beats Sale: through September 5
Get a set of wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro, and save on a Mac or an iPad with Apple education pricing during the Summer Beats Sale, now through September 5, at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1127. Learn more here [PDF].

June 15, 2016

Alexander Library Closed June 16 until 1 p.m.
Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be closed on June 16 until 1 p.m. for a public safety exercise. Until it reopens at 1 p.m., shuttle bus service to other Rutgers–New Brunswick libraries will be available from Alexander Library.

Apply by June 30 for RCN Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the New Brunswick Provost, and the SciWomen Office invite faculty to apply for the Rutgers Connection Network Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program, which provides infrastructure and training for effective and collaborative mentoring beyond the departmental level. Apply by June 30 to participate in a traditional hierarchical partnership or in a peer-to-peer co-mentoring partnership. The yearlong program starts in September 2016. Learn more and apply here

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals for September 2016
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals to faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. 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. Reservations are now being accepted for the summer as well as the new semester. Email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Register Now for Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Audition on June 25 
Register now for June 25 auditions at Shindell Choral Hall, Robert E. Mortensen Hall, New Brunswick, for the 2016–17 year at Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Students who have a schedule conflict on that date should explore a digital audition as an alternative. Stephen Agosto is the new director of the Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, which provides musical theater training for students in grades 9 to 12 preparing for collegiate study. Learn more and register here

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.