Announcements

March 16, 2016

Online Survey to Help RUPD Address Concerns
In accordance with its continued focus on meeting the needs of the university community, the Rutgers University Police Department is conducting an online survey through April 1. As a law enforcement agency accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the RUPD provides effective policing and security services to the university community by establishing active community partnerships to prevent crime and enhance the quality of life for all students, employees, and visitors. The results of the survey—designed to measure public opinion of the agency’s overall performance and employees’ competency; perceptions of officers’ attitudes and behavior; concerns over safety and security within the university community; and recommendations for improvement—will be used as a platform for organizational learning and to better address the university community's concerns. Learn more and take the survey 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 4 hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

The Elusiveness of Progress: Voting Rights in America: Piscataway
The Elusiveness of Progress: Voting Rights in America will be on display at Kilmer Library, Piscataway, now through August. After the Voting Rights Act became law in 1965, instances of voter discrimination drastically declined and minority voter turnout and registration both rose steadily. In recent years, however, the act has been undermined to suppress the votes of citizens all across the country. This display at Kilmer Library traces the legacy of the act and details its effectiveness from inception to the present. Learn more here.

Mason Gross Presents "Music at the Museum": March 20, New Brunswick
The second season of the Mason Gross recital series, “Music at the Museum,” continues on March 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, featuring chamber woodwind music performed by faculty and students of Mason Gross School of the Arts' Music Department and Extension Division, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A preconcert forum presented by Daniel Choi and Allison Brewster-Franzetti begins at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by a concert featuring Michelle Grondin (flute), Daniel Choi (clarinet), and Allison Brewster-Franzetti (piano). “Music at the Museum” performances are free and open to the public but seating is limited. Learn more here.

Reception to Celebrate Students’ New E-publication: March 24, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum and Department of Art History, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invite the university community to a reception at the museum on March 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to celebrate The Public Image: Social Documentary Photography from the Collection of the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Zimmerli’s second publication available in ebook format only. It is a key component of an ambitious collaboration between the Zimmerli and the Department of Art History made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more here. RSVP to bjarvis@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Sound and Image: A Performance by French Musicians to Chinese Silent Cinema: April 2, New Brunswick
In celebration of the university’s 250th anniversary year, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Sound and Image: A Performance by French Musicians to Chinese Silent Cinema on April 2 at 7 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Invited from Paris, the Prima Vista Quartet will perform an original score to accompany a Chinese silent movie, Two Stars in the Milky Way, the quartet's first U.S. ciné concert performance of the score. Admission and parking are free. Learn more here.

March 9, 2016

Rescheduled: Universitywide Compliance Training Session for Credit: March 31
The Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance invites faculty, staff, and students to its rescheduled inaugural “Compliance Grand Rounds” for a universitywide compliance training session on March 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., presented live in Newark and streamed to New Brunswick and Camden. If you have registered for the event, which was postponed from January 20, your registration information has been retained and you do not have to register again. The first 75 attendees at each location receive a special gift. Attend the training at New Jersey Medical School’s Medical Science Building, Room B-552; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302; or the Camden Campus Center, Paul Robeson Library Room Penn 401. Paul Fishman, New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney, will address fraud, waste, and abuse. This training is offered as an opportunity to earn 1 mandatory compliance training credit in lieu of a single mandatory web-based training module. Preregistration is preferred. If you have not yet registered, register here. Contact Juakena Johnson at 973-972-1334 or johnsojl@ca.rutgers.edu with questions.

Call for Women Artists’ Submissions
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites self-identified women artists to submit artwork for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition on view from January through April 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Submit artwork here.

Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series: March 10, New Brunswick
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Michael G. Chang (George Mason University) to present “Extravagance and Grandeur in 18th Century China: The Qianlong Emperor’s Southern Tours in Painting, Poetry, and Logistical Practice,” on March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

International Workshop on the History of Colloquial Chinese: March 11 and 12, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, School of Arts and Sciences, presents a workshop on March 11 and March 12 at Rutgers–New Brunswick that seeks to work toward a more comprehensive and integrated understanding of the evolution of colloquial language-based written and spoken forms of Chinese. The presentations and discussions will strive to develop a cohesive narrative of their history and evolution from a comparative perspective over deep time periods and broad regions. The workshop will also explore the interrelationships of various areal forms of Chinese and work to integrate all of the components and particulars into a larger picture. This event is open to the Rutgers community as well as to interested specialists from other universities and institutes. RSVP to rv.simmons@rutgers.edu is required by March 9. View locations and learn more here.

Jazz Fest and American Ballet Theatre Day: March 12 and 13, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross Extension Division invites the university community to its presentations of Rutgers Jazz Fest on March 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and American Ballet Theatre Day (ABT) on March 13 from 1 to 8 p.m. at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Jazz Fest, at Nicholas Music Center and Marryott Music Building, features workshops and master classes for precollege students and high school jazz bands. Mason Gross’s renowned collegiate jazz faculty also will be highlighted teaching artists and performers throughout the day. The event concludes with a performance featuring Mason Gross faculty and visiting bands. Individuals are invited to register here to audit the event. The annual ABT Day, at Nicholas Music Center and Loree Dance Theater, consists of workshops and master classes for students 4 to 18, with faculty members and dancers from the American Ballet Theatre. The event concludes with a performance for event participants by ABT's renowned Studio Company. Register for ABT Day here

Zimmerli Opening: Dreamworlds and Catastophes: March 12, New Brunswick
Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection opens at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on March 12. This exhibition examines the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design on Soviet nonconformist art. Produced between the 1960s and 1980s, the works on view address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improved American–Soviet relations. Attend a public program and reception to celebrate Dreamworlds and Catastrophes on April 14 at 4 p.m. with a curator-led tour followed by two guest lectures on American and Soviet Cold War art and politics by John J. Curley of Wake Forest University and David Foglesong of Rutgers. The evening concludes with a cocktail reception. Learn more here.

Leslie Jamison: Writers at Rutgers: March 23, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Series, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts acclaimed writer Leslie Jamison, author and New York Times book review columnist, on March 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Jamison’s works include The Empathy Exams, a Times best-selling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. A reading will be followed by a dessert reception. Learn more here.

Retirement Strategies: March 23, Camden
To share knowledge that might help in your retirement planning, the Office of Gift Planning presents “Retirement Planning Strategies” on March 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room, Rutgers University–Camden Campus Center. Topics to be covered include planning with retirement assets, how the definition of risk changes with age, tax minimization strategies, and charitable planning. Learn more here.

GSE Information Session for Employees: April 5, New Brunswick
Attend an information session at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to learn more about doctoral and master’s level programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education. The doctoral session will begin at 5:30, the master’s session at 6:30. RSVP and learn more here.

March 2, 2016

2016 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Honorees 
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is excited to announce the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni honorees, who are recognized nationally and internationally in the areas of oil and gas exploration and production, investments, professional sports, and cancer research. This year’s honorees: Stephen Chazen RC’69, Phuti Mahanyele DC’93, Devin McCourty UCNB’10 and Jason McCourty UCNB’09, and Sung Poblete NUR’89,’92,’00. Visit the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni website to read about their accomplishments.

Save the Date: "Holistic Care and Empowerment of Youth and Adults with Lupus": April 19
The South Asian Total Health Initiative presents “Holistic Care and Empowerment of Youth and Adults with Lupus: Lupus in Asian and Minority Communities,” on April 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Conference Room 1302, Clinical Academic Building, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. The event is free and open to public. More information to follow.

Rutgers-Eagleton Grants for Washington Interns
Rutgers undergraduates from all campuses and all majors are encouraged to apply by March 15 for the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Awards. The program provides one-time $5,000 grants to outstanding undergraduates for summer internships in the government/public service/nonprofit sectors in Washington, D.C. The grant is intended to assist with living expenses to ease the financial burden associated with working in Washington. Six awards will be distributed for summer 2016. Learn more here

Six AFROTC Cadets Selected for Air Force Flying Training
Six cadets of the Rutgers Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) have been selected for the Air Force’s undergraduate flying training program. Congratulations to William Glaser, Mark Kwietniak, William McCauley, Paul Oh, Nicholas Pollio, and Graham Ritchie, who are among the 694 cadets selected from 965 candidates nationwide based on AFROTC performance, pilot candidate selection method test score, and officer qualification test score. 

Shop Kite+Key for Technology Purchases and Repairs: Piscataway
Owned and operated by Rutgers University, kite+key sells a full line of Apple, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft, and HP computers, tablets, and accessories at competitive and discounted prices. Kite+key offers warranties, repairs, trade-ins, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Kite+key, conveniently located on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at the Plaza bus stop, provides a friendly and supportive hands-on environment where students, faculty, staff, and alumni can learn about and purchase the latest tech products. Shop kite+key for personal or institutional purchases, in-store or online, at https://kiteandkey.rutgers.edu. Contact kite+key at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu and 848-445-1127.

Save the Date: Master Educators' Guild: May 11, New Brunswick
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences holds its spring symposium, "The Baylor Scott and White Health STEEEP Quality Journey,” on May 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Medical Education Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. David Ballard, president of STEEEP Global Institute, will be the keynote speaker. More information will follow.

IRW's Final "Poverty" Lecture: March 3, New Brunswick
The final lecture in the 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, “Poverty,” offered by the Institute for Research on Women, will be presented on March 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Aimee Meredith Cox (Fordham University) will discuss “Black Girls and Ethnography Beyond Love and Struggle.” The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Musical Performances at Nicholas Music Center: New Brunswick
Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the following performances: A musical tribute to Bob Belden, Grammy Award-winning instrumentalist, producer, arranger, bandleader, label executive, historian, and writer, on March 4 at 7:30 p.m., led by Conrad Herwig, professor and area coordinator of jazz studies, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick; the music of bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus, featuring selections from Blues and Roots and New Tijuana Moods, on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. with tenor saxophonist and alumnus Abe Burton leading the ensemble; and “Music of Many Lands,” featuring the Grammy-nominated contemporary woodwind quintet Imani Winds, with the Rutgers Symphonic Winds and Symphony Band, on March 10 at 7:30 p.m., including Reed's Armenian Dances, Kabalevsky's Overture to Colas Breugnon, Scott's Baile Si Quiere!, and Sousa's The Stars and Stripes Forever. For all performances, tickets for alumni, employees, and seniors are $10; students, $5; general public, $15. 

Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers: Info Session, March 15
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for youngsters 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. Register here for an online information session on March 15 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more and apply here.

Center for Women’s Global Leadership 25th Anniversary Celebration: March 18, Manhattan
The Center for Women’s Global Leadership, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates 25 years of feminist global advocacy advancing human rights of women with a reception and dinner on March 18 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Vermilion, 480 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan. The host committee includes Radhika Balakrishnan, Alison Bernstein, Charlotte Bunch, Abena Busia, Patti Chang, Abigail Disney, Leila Hessini, Musimbi Kanyoro, Kavita Ramdas, Anthony Romero, Gloria Steinem, and Vincent Warren. Register here.

Focus on Unaccompanied Child Migrants: New Brunswick and Newark: March 29 and 30
The Rutgers Center on Violence Against Women and Children, in partnership with Rutgers Law School, the Center for Migration and the Global City, and the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, will host two events focusing on unaccompanied child migrants: March 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., Room 402, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and March 30, 4 to 6 p.m., Room 125, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers–Newark. Both will feature photographs from award-winning photographers Ed Kashi and Katie Orlinsky, who have documented the migrant crisis extensively in Europe and Central America. Additionally, Ely Lopez, a leader from Colectivo Vida Digna, a Guatemalan nonprofit organization that works with children who are repatriated from the United States, will speak about his work with migrant children. Learn more and register for the New Brunswick event here and the Newark event here.

February 24, 2016

April and May Boggs Center’s Lecture Series: Iselin and Mount Laurel
Register now for The Boggs Center’s Spring 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series, April 8 and 15 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, and May 6 and 13 at the Doubletree Suites, Mount Laurel, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free but registration is required and space is limited. View the session descriptions and register here

National Engineers Week Events: February 24, Piscataway
Join the following National Engineers Week events on February 24 in Piscataway: from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., become an engineer for a day at the N.E.R.D. Olympics, competing for fun in athletic and intellectual activities in the multipurpose room of the Busch Student Center; at 3 p.m. in the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, attend the keynote address as the School of Engineering welcomes its first female to the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series, Reates Curry, who received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1994 from Rutgers; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m., attend  the Verizon industry panel, also at the Fiber Optics Materials Research Building, to learn about life at a leading telecommunications company. Learn more here.

From Pill to Patient: Rutgers Pharmacists’ Interprofessional Showcase: February 25, Piscataway
Rutgers Industry Pharmacists Organization hosts an interprofessional event on February 25 from 6:40 to 9 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, Room 120, Piscataway, to showcase different roles in the pharmaceutical industry for the benefit of students and faculty from any school and major. A panel including speakers with medical, pharmacy, nursing, and MBA degrees will address their education and various roles in pharma. Food and drinks will be provided. Learn more and RSVP here.

Department of Geography: “Rethinking Techno-Politics: Material Mediations of Life After Apartheid”: February 26, Piscataway
As part of its Speaker Series Seminar, the Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents “Rethinking Techno-Politics: Material Mediations of Life After Apartheid,” delivered by Antina von Schnitzler, Graduate Program of International Affairs, The New School, on February 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Tillett Hall 246, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Cheryl Wall, Inaugural New Brunswick Chancellor’s Professor in Arts and Humanities: March 1, New Brunswick
Cheryl A. Wall, Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, holds the first Chancellor’s Professorship in the Arts and Humanities, an initiative created by the Rutgers University–New Brunswick strategic plan. The professorship is awarded annually to a preeminent faculty member from an arts and humanities discipline. Wall will offer a lecture, "City of Dreams: Harlem in the 1920s," on March 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. 

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Jazz @Rutgers 250: Music, Art, and the Written Word: March 2, Newark
Enjoy performances by the Leo Johnson Quartet and the NJPAC Teens Jazz Quartet; an art exhibition by the Brodsky Center, featuring the works on jazz by Faith Ringgold; an exhibition of the works of Walter Dean Myers; and other presentations by the New Jersey Center for the Book on March 2 at 4:30 p.m. in the Essex Room of the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. The event is hosted by the Rutgers Retired Faculty and Staff Advisory Council and cosponsored by the Jazz Institute, Brodsky Center, New Jersey Center for the Book, and Rutgers University Libraries. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so RSVP early.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: March 2
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on March 2 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai and learn how to set up their Gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories; enter grades; set extra-credit items; and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

Julia Alvarez: Writers at Rutgers: March 3, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, welcomes author Julia Alvarez, whose titles include In the Time of the Butterflies, Homecoming, and Return to Sender, on March 3 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Alvarez is a recipient of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award and the National Medal of Arts. A book signing and a dessert reception follow the reading. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Next PEP Panel: Appealing to a Broader Audience: March 4, New Brunswick
Academic journals and conferences are venues for specialist works by and for experts, engaging scholars in the ongoing quest to produce knowledge. But many of those works, if framed more broadly and written more engagingly, can appeal to a broader audience. The installment of the Public Engagement Project on March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, considers how a “crossover” academic book can engage general readers and offers general tips on writing and publishing such books. Learn more and register here

“Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody”: March 8, Camden
The Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts its fourth annual lecture when Susan Terrio, author and professor of anthropology and French studies at Georgetown University, presents “Dispelling the Myths: Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody,” on March 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. Learn more here or contact Joann Schroeder at joann.schroeder@rutgers.edu.

Register Now and Save: 40th Annual Home Gardeners School: March 19, New Brunswick
Learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from landscape and horticulture experts when the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its 40th annual Home Gardeners School on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Choose from 35 workshops (including 23 new ones) covering everything from composting, irrigation, and roses to paver projects, fruit production, and beekeeping. Save $15 by registering on or before March 10. Learn more and register here.

February 17, 2016

New RUPD Text Service for Nonemergency Messages
On February 5, the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) launched a new service—a Text to RUPD pilot program—as part of the university's mission to improve safety on campus. The service offers faculty, staff, and students an alternative mode to communicate nonemergency concerns or requests for help to RUPD. To use it, send a text in this format: RUNB (followed by a space) and your message to 69050. If your message is successfully delivered, you will receive an auto-reply. If you do not receive a response, be sure that your phone's auto-correct did not change any of the required information and that you included a space after RUNB.

RUPD partnered with the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) to launch this pilot. Campaigning was led by RUSA, with funding provided by RUSA, the Rutgers Business Governing Association, Engineering Governing Council, Interfraternity Council, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council, Residence Hall Association, and Off-Campus Student Association. The system, at this time serving New Brunswick and Piscataway, is monitored 24/7 by the RUPD Dispatch and Communications Center, has the ability to receive text and picture messages, and will display the cellphone number of the individual sending the text message so that Public Safety personnel can interact directly via text. This service is not intended for emergency situations. For all emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Learn more here

Zika Virus: Information from CDC and New Jersey Health Department
Given what is known about the Zika virus in the Caribbean and in Central and South America, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences urges anyone considering traveling to those areas to take precautions. As it relates to New Jersey, health officials do not anticipate such outbreaks here, but this is an evolving situation to be taken very seriously. If you are considering traveling to these locations, take a few minutes to become familiar with the facts surrounding the Zika virus by reviewing information posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here and by the New Jersey State Department of Health here

Take Rutgers Libraries Survey, Earn Chance to Win $500 Gift Card
Rutgers University Libraries invite all faculty and students to participate in a brief survey to help improve the quality of library service to the university community. It should take about five minutes to complete; participants who provide an email address will be entered to win one of seven $500 Visa gift cards. Take the survey here.

Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers: Info Session, February 23
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for youngsters 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. Register here for an online information session on February 23 from 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. Learn more and apply here.

Online Sakai Workshop: February 23
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. An online workshop on February 23 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s tests and quizzes tool, teaching them how to create an online assessment from scratch or by mark-up text, create question pools, review scores, and manage settings. Learn more and register here.

Judge Advocate General Flora Darpino Featured at Alumni Association Event: March 5, Holmdel
Join the Rutgers University Alumni Association at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel, for an afternoon of history and military insight on March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Lt. Gen. Flora Darpino, a 1986 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Camden and the first woman to hold the U.S. Army’s highest legal post of Judge Advocate General, will discuss her office’s work in times of war to re-establish the Rule of Law in Iraq. Darpino is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Learn more here

SHRP Open House for New Dental Hygiene Program: March 5, Scotch Plains
The School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts an open house to promote its new B.S. Dental Hygiene Program on March 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its Scotch Plains location. The event will feature networking opportunities and admission review. A continental breakfast will be served. Register here. For enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at 973-972-5454.

Information Session for Pre-College Summer Scholars: March 8, New Brunswick 
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held March 8 at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

TFAP@TEN Exhibition: through April 8, New Brunswick
The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries, has announced a group exhibition in honor of The Feminist Art Project’s (TFAP) 10th anniversary. TFAP@TEN features the works of six artists in the TFAP Regional New Jersey Chapter—Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler—and can be viewed at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick, through April 8. On March 3 at 5 p.m., an artists’ discussion will be moderated by Midori Yoshimoto. RSVP for the March 3 event to womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Hire Students: 2016 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair: April 27, New Brunswick
The 2016 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair takes place April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. University departments and their affiliates interested in hiring students for nonfederal, work-study program part-time and/or summer jobs, as well as non-Rutgers affiliates such as area businesses, are encouraged to participate. Register here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu.

February 10, 2016

Mason Gross Filmmaking Academy for Youngsters and Teens
The Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy for students 11 to 18 at the Extension Division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, introduces participants to industry standards of filmmaking and provides a solid foundation in its core concepts and principles, giving students lessons they can apply in today’s industry and continue to apply as technology is upgraded. A comprehensive curriculum, allowing students the opportunity to focus on various areas of interest, encompasses film studies from preproduction through postproduction, including writing, directing, shooting, editing, and hands-on exercises geared toward industry production standards. All materials, equipment, and software are included. Learn more here.

“Like” Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute
A Facebook page for the Rutgers community provides the latest news and updates from Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute or RDI2, which uses advanced computation to address today’s computer- and data-intensive grand challenges in science, engineering, and industry. The page includes research updates, new projects, funding announcements, calls for posters, and event details. “Like” the page and have all the latest from RDI2 at your fingertips.

Take the Ciclovia Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card
The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting a study to evaluate the annual New Brunswick Ciclovía, which closes streets to automobiles and opens them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and various recreational activities. The study team requests the university community’s participation in the survey to assess attendance, perceptions, and awareness of past Ciclovías. Participants earn a chance to win a $50 gift card. Faculty and staff may launch the survey here. Contact Charles Brown at 848-932-2846 or charles.brown@ejb.rutgers.edu with questions.

IRW's "Poverty" Series Lecture: February 11, New Brunswick
The sixth lecture in the 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, "Poverty," offered by the Institute for Research on Women, will be presented on February 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, will discuss “The Miracle on Cooper Street: A Case Study of Community Transformation and Engaged Scholarship.” Learn more here

Annual Darwin Day Lecture: February 12, Piscataway
Join the Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate School Association’s annual Darwin Day lecture by Laura F. Landweber, Princeton University, entitled “Beyond Darwin: RNA-Mediated Inheritance and Radical Genome Organization in the Ciliate Oxytricha” on February 12 at noon in Room V10, RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway.

Online Sakai Workshop: February 15
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on February 15 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the discussion forum tool in Sakai and learn how to set up forums, set permissions, reply to posts, and grade posts. Learn more and register here.

Author Kathleen Cushman Delivers Access Week Keynote: February 17, New Brunswick
To mark the 3rd Annual Access Week, author and researcher Kathleen Cushman will deliver the keynote address on February 17 at 10 a.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Access Week focuses primarily on providing opportunities to connect students with activities and events that promote the values of access, partnership, inclusivity, and progressive thinking. Cushman is the author of First in the Family, a two-book series for high school and college students, in which first-generation college students offer guidance to those who follow in their footsteps. Learn more here.

Celebrate Mason Gross's 40th with The Soldier's Tale: February 20, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates its 40th anniversary year with a presentation of The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The fully staged production, a schoolwide collaboration of the dance, digital filmmaking, music, theater, and visual arts programs, includes a score composed by Igor Stravinsky and text by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for alumni, employees, and seniors; and $5 for students with valid ID. Learn more here.

Sustainable Solutions: Racing Towards Equality: February 20
Douglass Residential College hosts the daylong “Sustainable Solutions: Racing Towards Equality,” an event to inspire future global leaders to improve people’s lives globally through the promotion of human rights and dignity and advancing gender equality, on February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall in the Douglass Student Center. Ejim Duke, executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, will deliver the keynote address. Learn more and register here.

Confucius Institute Presents Free Chinese Movie Nights
In collaboration with Rutgers Film Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is cosponsoring two free Chinese movie nights at Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The Sacrifice, based on the classic play Orphan of Zhao and written and directed by Chen Kaige, will be presented on February 26 at 7 p.m. Three Times, a rapturous love story set in three eras—1911, 1966, and the present day—will be presented on March 4 at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Artists' Discussion and Celebration of Feminist Art Project's 10th Anniversary: March 3, New Brunswick
Join the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series and the Feminist Art Project on March 3 at 5 p.m. for a discussion at Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with artists from the group exhibition TFAP@TEN, on view through April 8 in the library’s Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries. Artists include Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler. The moderator is Midori Yoshimoto, associate professor of art history and director of the Visual Arts Gallery at New Jersey City University. The Feminist Art Project's 10th anniversary celebration follows at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Annual Mark Leadership Conference: March 5, Piscataway
The Department of Leadership and Experiential Learning, Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the annual daylong Mark Leadership Conference on March 5 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The conference provides a unique professional experience, exposing attendees to influential speakers and fellow students who have taken initiative and made a mark on the world. Speakers include Rutgers alumna Ella Watson Stryker RC’02, Time’s 2014 Person of the Year; Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy and best-selling author; and Wise Young, the Rutgers Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience and recognized as one of the world’s leading neuroscientists. Learn more here [PDF].

Submission Deadline: Living in the Shadows: April 8
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites all self-identified women artists to submit artwork by April 8 for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition on view now through April 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Campus Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Register for Rutgers Mini-MPA: First Class April 15
The Rutgers Mini-MPA™ program from the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration in partnership with the Center for Executive Leadership in Government at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick, offers university employees the Mini-Master in Public Administration certificate program at a 20 percent discount. The program is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Fridays, with the first class April 15. Learn more and register here.

February 3, 2016

Cancer Institute Leaders Participate in White House "Moonshot" Meeting
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s precision medicine director, Lorna Rodriguez, and associate director for translational science, Shridar Ganesan, along with other cancer center leaders from the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, met recently with Vice President Joseph Biden’s staff at the White House to discuss cancer research. The effort is part of the "moonshot" initiative President Barack Obama referenced in his State of the Union address last month.

Earn $85 to $175 Per Day as Data Collectors
The National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is hiring data collectors at rates from $85 to $175 per day to train to administer child and classroom assessment instruments in pre-K classrooms from April to June. Graduate students with a bachelor’s degree and undergraduate upperclassmen with a focus on child development, early childhood, psychology, or a related field, and at least a 3.0 GPA are preferred. To apply, send a letter of interest, curriculum vita/résume, transcript (if currently a student), and two references by April 4 to Carol Contreras at ccontreras@nieer.org. Include "Data Collector" in the subject line. Learn more here or contact Carol Contreras at 848-932-4350.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals
Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff only 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. Email fshousing@rutgers.edu or click here for more information.

“Like” Information Technology on Facebook
A Facebook page for the Rutgers community provides the latest news and updates from the Office of Information Technology, including service announcements, outage descriptions, and instructions when applicable. “Like” the page and access the technology news you will want to have.

Launching Toward a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators: February 9, New Brunswick
Join the launch and discussion of the book Toward a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators, which features the stories of educators who have made commitments to human rights, February 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Bill Fernekes, instructor of the GSE course “Human Rights and Education” and contributor to the volume, will lead a discussion of the book’s genesis, international contributors, and importance for the field. Learn more here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Assignments Tool: February 10
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on February 10 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. Learn more and register here.

Mason Gross Hosts Hush Dance Theater: February 10–13, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the San Francisco-based Joe Goode Performance Group in Hush, a critically acclaimed dance-theater production about six characters troubled by their secrets, starting at 7:30 p.m. February 10 through February 13 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, New Brunswick. Hush features an original score and sound effects by a Foley artist. Learn more here.

Eagleton Presents Former U.S. Ambassador Phil Murphy: February 11, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, part of the “2017 Leaders to Watch Series," on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 100, Milledoler Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Murphy is the founder of New Start New Jersey, aimed at creating a vibrant, secure, and growing middle class in New Jersey. Register and learn more here.

January 27, 2016

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Rutgers Trivia: How Much Do You Know?
The Star-Ledger recently published a Rutgers trivia quiz in connection with the university’s 250th anniversary celebration. Take the quiz and see how you do.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Due by February 19
The Student Employment Office invites supervisors to nominate exceptional student workers for the 2016 Student Employee of the Year Award. The top three students receive monetary awards and the winner has the opportunity to compete at the state, regional, and national levels as sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. The winning student is announced on April 14 at the annual Student Employee of the Year award ceremony, when all nominees are recognized. Additional information and nomination forms are available here. Nominations are due no later than February 19. Contact Amy Creteau at seo_info@ofa.rutgers.edu with questions.

Survey for Writers' Conference Interests
Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Office of Summer and Winter Sessions is exploring the possibility of launching a writers' conference in summer 2017. It has prepared a short online survey to learn what kind of programming might be of greatest interest to writers in the region. Complete the survey here and share this link—https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/writersconfer—with other writers who may be interested. To thank survey respondents, drawings will be held for one $300 gift card and two $100 gift cards, with the winners announced in April. For more information, contact the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions at 848-932-7565 or writersconference@docs.rutgers.edu.

New Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers
Rutgers University–New Brunswick will host a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for youngsters 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. An online information session will be held on January 29 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Learn more and register for the information session here.

Pre-College Students Can Apply to Take College Courses as Summer Scholars 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held February 16 at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Real Talk: Expression in the Workplace: January 31, Piscataway
Each year, the Leadership and Experiential Learning office at Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, addresses a contemporary issue that students may face in a daylong discussion workshop entitled, Real Talk Series. This year, Real Talk Series will focus on the issue of identity and expression in a professional work setting on January 31 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Encourage students to join this free event. Lunch will be provided. Learn more here

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: February 2
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on February 2 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai, learning how to create a Lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize the benefits of these pages. Learn more and register here.

PEP Panel on Communicating with the Media: February 5, New Brunswick
Rutgers faculty and students are doing fascinating work, with many of their studies capturing national interest. What are the most effective ways to convey research ideas to the media? What are the biggest mistakes that academics make when sharing their research with the public? What’s the first thing to do when the media calls? Find out by attending the Rutgers Public Engagement Project panel on February 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Alexander Library's Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, featuring Rutgers faculty with expertise in communicating with the media, as well as seasoned journalists who can share tips about the missteps academics may make when sharing their work with broad audiences. Learn more and register here

Behavior and Training of Horses: February 14: New Brunswick
“Why Do They Do That? Behavior and Training of Horses” is the dominant theme of a horse management seminar, featuring presentations by several equine industry experts, hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension on February 14 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. For a discounted registration, checks must be postmarked by January 29. Learn more and register here.

Author Kathleen Cushman Delivers Access Week Keynote: February 17, New Brunswick
To mark the 3rd Annual Access Week, author and researcher Kathleen Cushman will deliver the keynote address on February 17 at 10 a.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Access Week focuses primarily on providing opportunities to connect students with activities and events that promote the values of access, partnership, inclusivity, and progressive thinking. Cushman is the author of First in the Family, a two-book series for high school and college students, in which first-generation college students offer guidance to those who follow in their footsteps. Learn more here.

Register Now and Save: 40th Annual Home Gardeners School: March 19, New Brunswick
Learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from landscape and horticulture experts when the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its 40th annual Home Gardeners School on March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Choose from 35 workshops (including 23 new ones) covering everything from composting, irrigation, and roses to paver projects, fruit production, and beekeeping. Save $15 by registering on or before March 10. Learn more and register here.

January 20, 2016

Rutgers–Newark Chancellor Cantor Appoints Commission on Diversity and Transformation
In a move to "leverage our diversity," Rutgers University–Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor has appointed a Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Transformation to focus on institutional change. The commission will aim to generate knowledge and suggest actions to create curricula, scholarship, initiatives, places, and spaces for both intragroup solidarity and intercultural engagement. Read about the commission’s tasks and its members here.

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Planning for Rutgers Day 2016: April 30
As part of the university’s yearlong 250th anniversary celebration, Rutgers Day, along with Alumni Weekend, will have a statewide presence in 2016 with programming at Rutgers–Camden, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and Rutgers–Newark on April 30. The entire Rutgers community is invited to use this event to engage alumni, prospective students, and New Jersey residents of all ages. Learn more here about Rutgers Day and about how to submit your program before February 15. For assistance in creating a novel program, register to attend an informational webinar or contact your designated Rutgers Day representative:

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Contribute to the Rutgers 250 Mosaic Project
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hosting the Rutgers 250 Mosaic Project during the yearlong celebration of the university's milestone anniversary. Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are asked to share photos showcasing their Rutgers pride. Photos will be compiled into a large digital mosaic that will be revealed on Charter Day 2016. Upload photos here or share pictures on Twitter or Instagram using #RU250Mosaic and your images will be uploaded to the digital mosaic.

Register Now for Learning and Development Workshops
The University Human Resources Learning and Development program offers all full-time faculty and staff more than 50 different free, open-registration workshops and learning opportunities for the 2016 spring semester on a broad range of topics, including management and supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, and performance management. Register now for January through March classes; registration for April through June classes opens on March 1. All workshops combine structured experiences, small and large group discussions, and additional resources that complement course learning. Learn more and register here.

In-Person "Introduction to Sakai" Workshop: January 20, Piscataway
Space is limited for this hands-on comprehensive introduction to the Sakai collaborative learning environment for instructional, research, and administrative uses on January 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at Davidson Hall, Piscataway. Learn how to create and manage a site, add site participants, and use some of the more common Sakai tools. This workshop is best suited for those who have not yet created a Sakai site. Register here.

Online Sakai Trainings: January 25 and 26
Register now for the following webinars for training in Sakai: "Creating a Course Site in Sakai" on January 25 from 2 to 3 p.m., which teaches participants how to create a new course site, add/delete tools, add rosters, and manage a site; and "Introduction to Sakai" on January 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, when participants learn how to create and manage a site, add site participants, and use some of the more common Sakai tools. Register here.

1st PEP Panel: "Attracting Coverage of Your Research": January 28, New Brunswick
Faculty and graduate students who wish to write for broader audiences (blogs, op-eds, magazine articles, general interest books), share their work on TV and radio, or communicate directly with policymakers can receive skills training during a series of five panels through the Public Engagement Project, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from January through May. Teams of professional media trainers and experts from the university community provide hands-on training and address such issues as attracting media coverage of research, communicating with the mass media and policymakers, writing books for general audiences, and developing an online presence. The first panel, "Attracting Media Coverage of Your Research," is January 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. View the panels schedule, register, and learn more here

IRW's "Poverty" Series Lecture: January 28, New Brunswick
The fifth lecture in the 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, offered by the Institute for Research on Women, will be presented on January 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Radhika Balakrishnan, faculty director, Center for Women's Global Leadership, and professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents "The Radical Potential of Human Rights." Learn more here.

Noted Gay Rights Advocate Delivers "Equality and the Impossible: State Constitutions and Marriage": February 2, Camden
Mary Bonauto, who successfully argued for marriage equality before the United States Supreme Court in the historic case of Obergefell v. Hodges, presents "Equality and the Impossible: State Constitutions and Marriage" as Rutgers Law School’s 27th annual state constitutional law lecture on February 2 at noon in the multipurpose room of the Camden Campus Center. The event, sponsored the Rutgers University Law Review and the Rutgers University–Camden Center for State Constitutional Studies, is free and open to the public but online registration is required. For more information, contact the center at 856-225-6625.

Children’s Learning Centers Discounts in Piscataway and Newark
Children’s Creative Learning Centers, a nationally recognized provider of child care services, offers discounted tuition to university employees at its Piscataway and Newark locations. For more information or to schedule a tour, click here for Piscataway and here for Newark. 

RBHS Contributions to Academic Record and Transcript Guide
The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) recently published the 2016 edition of the Academic Record and Transcript Guide, long an industry resource for higher education records professionals for developing, interpreting, and upholding record-keeping standards and regulations. Susan E. Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), chaired the guide’s editorial committee and Julie Ferguson, assistant dean for student affairs and director of the registrar's office at RBHS’s New Jersey Medical School, was a contributing editor. They have collaborated on five AACRAO publications over the past six years and will offer a presentation about the guide at AACRAO’s annual meeting in March.

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically either online, with a PDF fill-in form, or with a software package. Plus, filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or by calling 1-800-323-4400.

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Next F&S Bulletin: January 20
The next issue of the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on January 20, when it resumes its weekly schedule. Items to be considered for inclusion in that issue should be submitted by January 14. Happy holidays.

Universitywide Compliance Training Session for Credit: January 20
The Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance invites faculty, staff, and students to its first annual “Compliance Grand Rounds” for a universitywide compliance training session on January 20, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., presented live in Newark and streamed to New Brunswick and Camden. Attend the session at New Jersey Medical School’s Medical Science Building, Room B-556; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, Medical Education Building, Room 102; or the Camden Campus Center, South ABC Conference Room. Paul Fishman, New Jersey’s U.S. attorney, will address fraud, waste, and abuse. This training is offered as an opportunity to earn one mandatory compliance training credit in lieu of a single mandatory web-based training module. Pre-registration is preferred. Register here. Contact Juakena Johnson at 973-972-1334 or johnsojl@ca.rutgers.edu with questions.

Online W-2 Statements: The Green Initiative
The university is providing all employees the option to receive W-2 online statements only. All W-2 statements will be available online in easily printable PDF format in mid- to late January. Employees who wish to eliminate paper statements sent through the U.S. Postal Service must consent by January 12, 2016. If consent was given in the past, it remains in effect until you withdraw it. If you do not consent, a W-2 paper statement will be mailed to your home address. Verify and, if necessary, update your address information. This can be done through employee self-service.

To discontinue W-2 paper statements, proceed as follows: Employees using the Banner system may log in here and select Employee Services>Tax and Payroll Forms>Electronic W-2 Consent. Employees using the RIAS system may log in here and select the W-2 Online Consent link. Once you have given consent, you will receive one email notification confirming your consent and another when the W-2 statement is available. For assistance, call the Banner help desk at 732-235-9207 or RIAS at 848-445-3007. 

Project L/EARN Summer Research Training Accepting Applications
The Project L/EARN summer research training program returns for its 25th year at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. It offers a valuable opportunity for an undergraduate student interested in learning how to conduct research on health disparities while earning a stipend and academic credit. The program is designed to host students from groups that have been under-represented in graduate education and health careers and receives funding from the National Science Foundation. Applications for summer 2016 will be accepted through February 8. Learn more about applying here

Requesting Information about Raritan River Projects
Fourth-year student Lillian Mullock of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking assistance from those conducting work in and around the Raritan River Watershed. For a summary of Rutgers’ involvement with the Raritan that Mullock is preparing as an intern for the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative (SRRI), she is requesting that those involved with the Raritan take just a few moments to complete a brief survey. Contact Sara Malone, SRRI, with any questions or concerns at sjmalone@ejb.rutgers.edu or 848-932-2720.

Free Activities at Werblin Center and Recreation Membership Incentive: January 7
Rutgers Recreation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers free classes, chair massage, raffles, and giveaways from 5 to 8 p.m. on January 7 at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway. Guests are free and, if they purchase a recreation membership that day, they pay the February rate and receive free membership benefits for the rest of January. No sign-ups are necessary. Contact Heather.Hommel@rutgers.edu with any questions.

Spring Involvement Fair: January 18, New Brunswick
The Spring Involvement Fair, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, brings together more than 300 student organizations, university departments, and community partners at the College Avenue Student Center on January 18, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to speak with their representatives, gather information, and sign up to learn more. Notify your respective student communities about this opportunity to learn how to get involved on campus. Learn more here

Mid-Year Auditions for Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers: January 20 and 21, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting mid-year auditions for the Rutgers Children’s Choir on January 20 and the Scarlet Singers on January 21, both at Shindell Choral Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The Rutgers Children’s Choir is a treble-voice choir providing age-appropriate vocal training for third- through eighth-grade youngsters with unchanged voices. The Scarlet Singers is an ensemble for ninth- through 12th-grade students (and eighth-grade boys whose voices have already changed). Now entering its 23rd year, the Rutgers Children’s Choir provides an opportunity for young singers from central New Jersey to perform with peers. Learn more here. For questions, call 848-932-8618 or email rccandss@gmail.com.

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