Announcements

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

April 29, 2015

SIDS Center of New Jersey Launches Keep It Up Campaign
The incidence rate for all sudden unexpected infant deaths in New Jersey is one of the lowest in the nation, based on the latest information from the CDC, and the lowest ever in New Jersey. A significant factor in the low incidence rate is the participation of birthing hospitals across New Jersey in the Safe-to-Sleep education campaign and the Nurses Lead the Way program of the SIDS Center of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. According to a recent survey by the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 85 percent of New Jersey families report having been given safe sleep information. While the low rates demonstrate that good outcomes can be achieved, the goal now is to sustain them. Therefore, the SIDS Center of New Jersey is launching the Keep It Up campaign to ensure that safe sleep education, consistent with the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is provided during an infant’s first year of pediatric visits. For more information about safe sleep education programs, contact Barbara Ostfeld, program director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, at 732-249-2160, or click here

The Puzzle Challenge
The nearly 8,000 individuals who are both Rutgers graduates and university employees have an impact on the Rutgers community every day. Together, alumni employees can also make a big difference through the Rutgers University Foundation’s Puzzle Challenge: Get as many alumni employees as possible to give back by May 6. Submit your piece of the puzzle today by making a gift of any size to support the area of your choice. Learn more here.

Aiding Student Entrepreneurs
Many students chart their own career paths after college. To aid students in these efforts, the Office of New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Rutgers' Office of Research Commercialization is leading a crowd-funding campaign to help provide student entrepreneurs with the resources they need to create the leading companies of tomorrow. Money raised will fund supplies for the C.A.S.T.L.E. co-working space, programming, and seed grants. You can help students pursue their entrepreneurial passions by donating here and by sharing the page with friends and family though word-of-mouth, email, and social media.

TAG Day in Camden: April 30
After successful TAG (Teaching Annual Giving) Days in Newark and New Brunswick, the Department of Annual Giving within the Rutgers University Foundation launches TAG Day in Camden on April 30. See how donors make a difference in the lives of students and faculty members on the physical tags indicating donor-supported resources all over campus. Learn more here.

Positives and Negatives in Contemporary Herbal Medicine: May 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries hosts a presentation by Lena Struwe, director of the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, that highlights the positives and negatives in contemporary herbal medicine and suggests best practices for ensuring the botanical accuracy of herbal products on May 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Pane Room, first floor, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Feel free to bring your lunch.

April 22, 2015

April Is Autism Awareness Month
Rutgers University–New Brunswick continues to celebrate Autism Awareness Month by encouraging students, faculty, and staff to ask questions about autism. The College Support Program (CSP) offers individualized support for students on the autism spectrum. The CSP works collaboratively with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Disability Services, Academic Deans, Learning Centers, Counseling Center, Career Services, Student Employment, Residence Life, Student Life, Deans of Students, and, as necessary, program advisers and faculty. Click here for more information about autism or support when working with students on the autism spectrum or contact Pam Lubbers, CSP coordinator, at plubbers@echo.rutgers.edu or 848-932-9558.

TAG Days Coming from Rutgers University Foundation’s Annual Giving Department
To help demonstrate how donors make a difference in the lives of students and faculty members, the Department of Annual Giving within the Rutgers University Foundation will launch TAG Days (Teaching Annual Giving) on April 23 (New Brunswick) and April 30 (Camden). Tags indicating donor-supported resources will appear on those days. Giveaways and trivia games are among the activities supporting this initiative. Learn more here.

The Positive Case for Negative Campaigning: A Book Talk with David Redlawsk: April 22, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts David P. Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science, who discusses his new book on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Eagleton. Reception at 5 p.m. Register and learn more here

Appy Half-Hour: iPad 101 Part 2: April 24, 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 April 24 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.

REI Energy Policy Seminar Series: April 24, New Brunswick
Tim Lenton, professor and chair of Climate Change/Earth Systems Science at the University of Exeter, speaks about "Anticipating and Avoiding Climate Tipping Points," on April 24 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Auditorium, Marine Sciences Building, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

CeCe McDonald on Prison and Transadvocacy: April 28, Piscataway
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents CeCe McDonald on April 28 from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center. After defending herself against racist and transphobic attacks, McDonald was imprisoned in a men's jail, though she identifies as a transwoman. Hear McDonald speak about prison abolition and transadvocacy. Learn more here

#politics: Redefining Engagement via Digital Media: April 28, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exchange about the opportunities and challenges involved in using digital media to connect people and politics on April 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Teleconference/Lecture Hall SCC 403, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Networking reception at 4 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Book Sale Sponsored by Raritan: April 29, New Brunswick
Jackson Lears and the editors of Raritan: A Quarterly Review, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invite you to a book sale at their offices on the College Avenue Campus on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse among new and used works of literature, literary criticism, cultural history, biography, philosophy, fiction, poetry, art, and politics, along with back issues of Raritan and other literary and scholarly journals. Low prices are guaranteed and light refreshments will be served.