Announcements

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.

December 9, 2015

F&S Bulletin Holiday Schedule
The last Faculty & Staff Bulletin of the semester will be published on December 16. The first Bulletin of next semester will be published on January 20. Happy holidays.

New Scholarship Model for MFA in Visual Arts
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has announced that beginning next fall, all incoming visual arts graduate students will receive scholarships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition for the first year of the Master of Fine Arts program and full in-state tuition for the second year. The full-time, 60-credit MFA degree program offers seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media, and printmaking. Applications for fall 2016 admission are being accepted through February 1, 2016. Learn more here.

Sports Authority Sales Weekend Supports Big Chill
Rutgers Recreation in the Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces that the 2015 Big Chill charity race resulted in a collection of more than 8,500 toys for needy youngsters and extends its thanks to Rutgers Federal Credit Union, Athletics, Facilities and Capital Planning, the Campus Deans, and Legal Services for their support. For another opportunity to contribute, New Jersey Sports Authority stores are hosting a special sales weekend December 12 and December 13, when 5 percent of sales will go to support the Big Chill. Present the 20 percent coupon found here.

December 2, 2015

Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education
The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces the opening of its hybrid Ed.M. program in adult and continuing education with specializations in human resources development, educational technology, adult and ESL literacy education, and higher education. Admission is open for spring 2016, with online courses available for admitted and nonmatriculated students. Learn more here or contact program coordinator Alisa Belzer at alisa.belzer@gse.rutgers.edu.

University Glee Club and Kirkpatrick Choir: December 5 and December 6: New Brunswick
Purchase remaining tickets to hear the university glee club and Kirkpatrick choir, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present Christmas classics and the debut of original music at Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, on December 5 at 9 p.m. and December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Earlier performances on those days are sold out. Student tickets, $10; alumni, employees, and senior citizens, $15; others, $20. To purchase tickets, call 848-932-7511. Learn more here.

98th Yule Log Ceremony: December 6, New Brunswick 
Join Douglass Residential College for the 98th Yule Log ceremony, “Sparks of Unity Illuminating the World,” on December 6 at 4:45 p.m. in Voorhees Chapel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, featuring candles, singing, and the reading of passages that highlight the Douglass community and the advent of the winter season. A dessert reception follows in the NJC Lounge of the Douglass Student Center with live music and giveaways. Learn more here.

Online Sakai Workshop: December 7
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. An online workshop on December 7 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s gradebook tool, teaching them how to set up their gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories, and how to enter grades, set extra credit items, and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

November 25, 2015

Rutgers–Camden Chancellor's New Faculty Research Symposium: December 2, Camden
Learn about current research underway at Rutgers University–Camden, home to a number of innovative and productive emerging scholars, during the chancellor's new faculty research symposium on December 2 from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. The following faculty members will offer brief overviews of their work and answer questions from faculty and students, and lunch will be provided: Melanie Bowers, assistant professor, political science and public policy and administration; Cindy Dell Clark, associate professor, anthropology; David Dwertmann, assistant professor, management; Angélica Gonzalez, assistant professor, biology; Margo Kaplan, associate professor, law; and Sheila Linz, assistant professor, nursing. 

Kite+key Annual Holiday Sale: December 4, Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, hosts its annual holiday sale on December 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kite+key, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Piscataway, 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. Learn more about the event here [PDF].

Teaching and Learning with Technology: December 4, Piscataway
Every year, the Teaching and Learning with Technology Showcase from the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, joins faculty and staff from across the university to share novel uses of technology in academia. This year’s showcase is December 4 beginning at 10 a.m. in fifth-floor lounge of Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. The theme is “Cultivating Interactive Learning.” Activities include hands-on demonstrations, faculty panel discussions, and workshops. Attend the event if you are curious about how to incorporate technology into your courses or have experience to share with others. Learn more here.

December 11 Application Deadline: 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications through December 11 for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program for female faculty from all disciplines. The workshops will be held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Partial financial sponsorship may be available. Learn more and apply here.

November 18, 2015

Young Adults Summer Camp at Mason Gross
Register now for the 2016 summer camp for young adults at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Offerings include programs in music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Kids Create! is offered for youngsters ages 5–12. Early-bird registration is available. Learn more and register here.

Online Noncredit Courses at SC&I Professional Development Studies
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers faculty and staff the opportunity to enroll in any of its online business communication, leadership communication, or public relations certificate programs at a special discounted rate of $699 per course (normally $795). Enroll in one or more online, noncredit, self-paced classes led by industry experts and begin on January 4, 2016. Learn more and enroll here.

Trans Awareness Week: Trans Identities, Myths, Facts, Q&A: November 18, Piscataway
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an open education forum around transgender and gender nonconforming identities on November 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Tillett Hall, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Cultural Center Collaborative: November 19, Piscataway 
The Cultural Center Collaborative hosts an exploration of the intersectionality of the Native-American two-spirit identity, queerness and indigeneity, and what homophobia looks like in the community on November 19 from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Starbucks on Livingston Campus (near Livingston Apartments B), Piscataway.

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Celebration of Paul G.E. Clemens's Rutgers since 1945: December 3, New Brunswick
In Rutgers since 1945, historian and Rutgers professor Paul G.E. Clemens chronicles Rutgers’ remarkable transition from the Cold War, to the student protests of the 1960s and 1970s, to the growth of political identity on campus, and the increasing commitment to big-time athletics. Join the celebration of the book’s publication for an insider’s look at the history of this storied institution on December 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Rutgers professor Ben Justice, co-author of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, will provide an introduction, followed by a brief reading by Clemens, and concluding with a signing and reception with light refreshments courtesy of the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

GSE Networking and Socializing Event: December 9, New Brunswick
The Graduate School of Education (GSE) Alumni Association invites GSE alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests for socializing, networking, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, beverages, good music, and more on December 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rutgers Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is free for GSE students who RSVP with a refundable $10 deposit (returned at the event) and $15 for GSE alumni, faculty, staff, and guests. RSVP to Deirdre Dougherty during coffee socials on Tuesdays (3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the GSE lobby) or via email or Randi Zimmerman before and after Wednesday brown bags or via email. Learn more here.

2015 Student Affairs Conference: December 10, Piscataway
Registration is now open for the 2015 student affairs conference on December 10 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway—free for students and staff on all campuses who register with a valid netID and $25 for others. The conference theme is Resilience: Rising to the Challenge. The keynote speaker is Daniel Jean, executive director of the Educational Opportunity Fund Program and Academic Development at Montclair State University. Conference activities include more than 20 workshops. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Register and learn more here.

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