Announcements

November 11, 2015

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Exhibit Opening: Rutgers through the Centuries: November 12, New Brunswick 
Join Richard L. Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Krisellen Maloney, vice president for information services and university librarian; and Richard L. McCormick, university president emeritus and professor, for the opening of the exhibit Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives on November 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center of Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The opening includes a viewing of the Rutgers 250 film Our Revolutionary Spirit. The exhibit, on display in the library in Gallery ’50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery through November 2016, features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the collections of Rutgers University Archives. Reservations are encouraged. Learn more here.

IRW's Poverty Lecture Series: November 12, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the fourth event in its Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, on November 12 at 4:30 p.m., with a reception at 4 p.m., at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The topic is “Disparate Outcomes by Design: How America Built High Poverty Neighborhoods through Redlining.” Learn more here [PDF].

Dropin at Mason Gross on November 14 and Waive Registration Fees
Learn about the spring semester courses at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, during its November 14 drop-in day from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Spring semester registration opens November 30, with courses in music, dance, visual arts, digital filmmaking, and AVID media composer certification. Registration fees for a class, ensemble, or private lesson will be waived for those who drop in on November 14, when prospective students and their families can observe classes, certain private lessons, and ensembles, and become acquainted with individual instructors or programs before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Learn more and RSVP here

"Climate Change Education and Communication": November 16, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute presents Martin Storksdieck, director, Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, Oregon State University, on November 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He will address "Climate Change Education and Communication: Moving Beyond Ideological Divides." Learn more here.

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Rutgers–Newark’s 250 Launch and Building Dedication: November 17
On November 17 from 3 to 6 p.m., join the Rutgers 250 launch activities at Rutgers University–Newark at 15 Washington Street as that recently renovated building is dedicated. An icon on the Newark skyline and the former home of the School of Law–Newark, 15 Washington Street is now a residence for more than 300 graduate and undergraduate students and also includes common areas for student and academic use and spaces that support events, arts performances, and exhibitions produced by faculty, staff, and students in collaboration with members of the local community. Learn more here.

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RutgersCamden’s 250 Launch and Building Dedication: November 17
Join the Rutgers 250 kickoff events at Rutgers University–Camden on November 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 305 Cooper Street, when that building, home to the MFA Program, Department of English, and guest writers, is dedicated. Historically known as the Henry Genet Taylor House, 305 Cooper Street, originally built in 1885, was designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre Jr. in the style of American Queen Anne Revival and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first floor serves as programming space for the Writers in Camden Series, student readings, community workshops, and special events, while the second floor houses faculty and administrative offices, including the offices of StoryQuarterly, the literary journal of Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Confucius Institute Presents "China’s Futures": November 17, New Brunswick
As part of its Distinguished Lecture Series, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents professor Daniel Lynch of the University of Southern California to discuss “China's Futures: Current Debates about China's Economic and Political Trajectory” on November 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Brower Commons A, B, and C, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Online Sakai Workshops: November 18 and November 23
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on November 18 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the assignments tools in Sakai and learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. An online workshop on November 23 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.

Author Maggie Nelson: November 18, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series in the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts acclaimed writer Maggie Nelson, author of nine books of poetry and prose, for a free reading, book-signing, and reception on November 18 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

At Eagleton: "Can They Build a Wall High Enough? Immigration and the 2016 Elections," November 19, New Brunswick  
The Eagleton Program on Immigration and Democracy (EPID) presents a lecture by Sayu Bhojwani, “Can They Build a Wall High Enough? Immigration and the 2016 Elections,” on November 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Bhojwani, an EPID visiting scholar, is the founder and president of the New American Leaders Project and served as New York City’s first commissioner of immigrant affairs under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Register and learn more here.

Adobe Day: December 2, Piscataway
The Office of Information Technology hosts "Adobe Day" at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on December 2 at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Attend a free presentation at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. focused on how the Adobe Creative Cloud for Education’s suite of applications can benefit teaching and learning. Registration is recommended.   

November 4, 2015

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Nominate Alumni Now for "A Day of Revolutionary Thinking"
Nominations are being accepted through November 13 for alumni presenters to showcase their success and scholarship during “A Day of Revolutionary Thinking” on November 10, 2016, Charter Day and Rutgers' 250th Anniversary. The alumni nominees, who may present talks, classes, seminars, or demonstrations as part of a concluding activity of the university’s yearlong anniversary celebration, must be hosted by an academic department, school, program, or center that agrees to serve as a sponsor. Successful proposals may be eligible for stipends to cover expenses directly incurred in providing travel, food, and lodging for honorees. Learn more and nominate alumni here

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Two New Books Mark Rutgers’ 250th
On the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary, two new commemorative books present insider perspectives and previously unpublished photography related to the university's history: Rutgers: A 250 Anniversary Portrait and Rutgers Since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey. Learn some of the background in the development of the books here and purchase them here.

Crowdfunding Campaign for Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair
The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) has launched its first crowdfunding campaign for the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies. Through a partnership with IWL, the School of Communication and Information, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair will be an enduring resource to prepare students for leadership and decision-making roles now and throughout their professional lives. Learn how to participate in this opportunity here.

Updated Faculty/Staff Technology Guide
The Office of Information Technology has published an updated universitywide Faculty/Staff Technology Guide that provides a comprehensive list of IT services with brief descriptions and links to additional details. The guide covers netID, help desk information, instructional technology support, high performance and research computing, eduroam, email services including the new Rutgers Connect, and more. View the guide here.

Participants Wanted to Discuss TV Commercials
Interested in getting paid to discuss your reactions to TV commercials depicting interracial families? If you are at least 18 years old, contact graduate student Crystal Bedley in the Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at cbedley@sociology.rutgers.edu. Weeknight and weekend sessions are available. Participants receive a $10 gift card.

The Morning After: The Calm Before the Storms of 2016 and 2017: November 4, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a panel discussion analyzing the 2015 state elections, 2016 presidential race, and 2017 gubernatorial election on November 4 at 9:30 a.m. with Matt Friedman, Politico reporter; Gail Gordon, attorney and Republican fundraiser; Julie Roginsky, Democratic political consultant; and Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media Washington correspondent. The event is free but registration is required. Register and learn more here

Off-Broadway Award Winner: They Call Me Q: November 4, Piscataway
The Asian American Cultural Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents They Call Me Q, the story of a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx who seeks balance between cultural pressure and wanting acceptance into American culture, on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Along the journey, Qurrat Ann Kadwani transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates, and Indian and African-American friends. Laden with heart and abundant humor, They Call Me Q speaks to the universal search for identity experienced by immigrants of all nationalities. Kadwani is the first South Asian female to have a solo play produced Off-Broadway. It ran for seven months in 2014 and received best play and best actress awards. Learn more here.

MIT Report: "The Future of Solar Energy": November 6, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute and the Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present Richard Schmalensee, Howard W. Johnson Professor of Economics and Management Emeritus at MIT Sloan School of Management, and Francis O'Sullivan, director of research and analysis, MIT Energy Initiative, to discuss the MIT report "The Future of Solar Energy" on November 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Civic Square Building, New Brunswick. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road for R Game Day: November 7
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG again this year. Meet alumni and Rutgers fans during R Game Day, a series of tailgate events before every away football game. The next event takes place at the University of Michigan on November 7. Learn more, view dates, and register here.

Online Sakai Workshop: November 10
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on November 10 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Sakai lessons tool and learn how to create a lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize use. Learn more and register here.

Discussion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Autobiography: November 12, Camden
Attend a discussion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's autobiography, My Beloved World, on November 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University–Camden. Elisabeth Bass, an English professor at Camden County College, will facilitate. Learn more here.

October 28, 2015

Join the Rutgers 250 Kickoff Celebration: November 10, New Brunswick
Let’s get revolutionary! Join the Rutgers 250 Kickoff Celebration on November 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Old Queens lawn, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where it all began. Ring in the anniversary year at a festival with food, photo booths, fife-and-drum corps, giveaways, a bell choir, kettle fires, and the Scarlet Knight on horseback. Catch the film premiere of Our Revolutionary Spirit. Test your knowledge of all things Rutgers at Ye Olde Quiz Bowl. Sign the commemorative scroll. Unwrap the giant birthday gift. Festivities conclude with a community bell ringing. And join in the excitement on social media using #Rutgers250. Learn more here.

Apply Now for McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Applications are being accepted through November 13 for the next cohort of scholars for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which provides a supportive environment and a multitude of resources to assist and prepare students interested in pursuing a doctorate education. The program provides support, research funding, and graduate school preparation. Low-income, first generation, or underrepresented students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. The McNair program is also seeking faculty mentors to work with undergraduate students on research projects. Learn more here or contact senior program coordinator Jhanna Jean Louis at jhannaj@echo.rutgers.edu.

“Small Game Hunting: Insights into the Future of Microbial Surveillance and Discovery” by W. Ian Lipkin: October 29, New Brunswick
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents the Kenneth S. and Audrey S. Gould Lecture in Molecular and Cellular Medicine on October 29 at noon in Conference Room 3101, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. W. Ian Lipkin, John Snow Professor and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, and professor of pathology and neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, presents “Small Game Hunting: Insights into the Future of Microbial Surveillance and Discovery.” Learn more here.

Open House for Graduate and Professional Degree Programs: October 31, New Brunswick
Representatives from Rutgers graduate and professional degree programs host a free open house to discuss areas of study and the admissions process on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room and main lounge at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Parking is available behind the student center and gymnasium. Learn more here.

October 21, 2015

Online Teaching Certification Program for Instructors
Fall enrollment has begun for the Online Teaching Certification Program, which prepares instructors for online teaching. Each of the four courses in the curriculum (offered online) runs four to six weeks, with a commitment of about five hours per week. Learn more and register here.

Eagleton Enhances Telephone Surveying
The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, is now inviting government, academic, and nonprofit agencies, as well as public policy organizations, to add their own questions to a new multiclient telephone survey. ECPIP, established in 1971, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected university-based survey research centers. The new opportunity continues the tradition of integrity, quality, and objectivity by providing a cost-efficient way in which to draw on Eagleton’s expertise and high standards for data collection and analysis. To get started, contact eagleton.poll@rutgers.edu or call 848-932-8940. Learn more here.

Instructional Design Expertise Available Universitywide
Faculty on all campuses: Enhance face-to-face, hybrid, or online teaching with the expertise of the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT), a unit of the Division of Continuing Studies. COHLIT can help prepare courses on any learning system, including LearningStudio, Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard, and noncredit systems. Instructional designers can assist with course development and ensure goals are aligned with digital instructional materials, activities, and assessments. Services are available for credit and noncredit courses. Learn more here.

Fair Use in the Visual Arts: Peter Jaszi Explains Best Practices Code: October 21, New Brunswick
When is an artist free to use a photo taken in a museum for teaching? Can a museum reproduce an image from an exhibition in a related brochure without licensing it? How can “fair use” simplify the permissions process in publications? The newly created Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, produced by the College Art Association, makes it easier to employ fair use in visual arts scholarship, art practice, teaching, exhibitions, digital displays, and more. Peter Jaszi, professor at American University's Washington College of Law and one of the code’s lead facilitators, explains how the code works, how it was created, and why it's reliable on October 21 at 1 p.m. at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Room 110, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A Q&A follows. Learn more here.

Former Senator George Mitchell Presents “What Are Our Choices in a Complex, Changing World?": October 29, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by former U.S. senator George Mitchell, “What Are Our Choices in a Complex, Changing World?,” on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Mitchell served as Senate majority leader from 1989 to 1995 and is known for his later efforts to bring peace to Ireland and the Middle East, as well as his role leading Major League Baseball’s investigation into performance-enhancing drugs. Register and learn more here.

Program to Mark Launch of Digital Humanities Lab: October 29, New Brunswick
To mark the official launch of the Digital Humanities Lab in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University Libraries and the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative host a reception, project demonstrations, and a series of short talks there on October 29 at 4 p.m. Presentations on the theme of community building in the digital humanities will feature faculty and graduate students from the Departments of American Studies, Childhood Studies, Classics, English, History, Women's and Gender Studies, and the libraries. Learn more here.

Online Sakai Workshops: October 30 and November 2
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 30 from 2 to 2:30 p.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. An online workshop on November 2 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.

Ryan Haygood Presents Second Annual Ron Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy: November 2, Newark 
Ryan P. Haygood, the new executive director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, delivers the second annual Ron Rice Lecture on Criminal Justice and Public Policy on November 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Baker Trial Moot Courtroom at the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark. Register and learn more here. Haygood also will be honored at a welcoming reception on November 19 at 6 p.m. at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark.

Inaugural Presidential Lecture on Higher Education: November 2, New Brunswick
The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the inaugural Presidential Lecture on Higher Education, “Public or Private Good? The Role of Public Higher Education in Modern Society," by Jonathan R. Alger, president of James Madison University, on November 2 at 1:15 p.m. followed by a reception at Alexander Library, Scholarly Communication Center Room 403, New Brunswick. Space is limited. RSVP by October 26. Learn more here.

October 14, 2015

Asian American Cultural Center Open House: October 16, Piscataway
Attend the Asian American Cultural Center's 16th annual Open House in Piscataway on October 16 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Delve into the center’s art and exhibits presenting current social issues and enjoy Asian cuisine catered by local restaurants. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road for R Game Day: October 17
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG again this year. Meet alumni and Rutgers fans during R Game Day, a series of tailgate events before every away football game this season. The next event takes place at Indiana University on October 17. Learn more, view all dates, and register here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: October 20
The Office of Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 20 from 10 to 10:30 a.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.

GAIA Presents Global Urban Lecture: October 21, New Brunswick
Kicking off its 2015–2016 global urbanism biennial theme, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a lecture on October 21 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. by Elliott Sclar, professor of urban planning at Columbia University and director of the Center for Sustainable Urban Development within the Columbia Earth Institute. Sclar will discuss the challenges of contemporary urbanization and the ways in which they differ from those of the last century at the Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Third Event in Poverty Lecture Series: October 22, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the third event in its 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, on October 22. Hung Cam Thai (Pomona College) discusses “The Making of a Transnational Expenditure Cascade: What Happens When Poor Immigrants Return Home to Spend and Give Money,” at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, New Brunswick, at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Celebrating the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive: October 22, New Brunswick
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, and the School of Communication and Information Doctoral Student Association, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, host a free panel discussion to celebrate the establishment of the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive on October 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alexander Library, New Brunswick. The panel features Ronen Kauffman, author of New Brunswick, New Jersey, Goodbye; Marissa Paternoster of the Screaming Females band; Joe Steinhardt, founder of Don Giovanni Records; and Jim Testa, founder and publisher of Jersey Beat magazine. Learn more here.

REI Presents: "Are Policy Incentives for Solar Power Effective?": October 23, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Christine L. Crago, assistant professor, Department of Resource Economics, University of Massachusetts, for "Are Policy Incentives for Solar Power Effective? Evidence from Residential Installations in the Northeast," on October 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Register Now: Artist and Historian Nell Irvin Painter: October 27, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum and the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present artist and historian Nell Irvin Painter to discuss the work of artist Melvin Edwards in “Three Words: Conceptual, Formal, and Abstract,” on October 27 at 5 p.m. in Voorhees Hall. During a reception following, she will sign copies of her most recent book, The History of White People. The lecture, reception, and book signing are free and open to the public, but seating is limited and registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Youth Basketball Clinic at Rutgers–Newark: November 5–6
Rutgers University–Newark will conduct a basketball clinic for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 on November 5 and November 6 at the Golden Dome Athletic Center. To learn more, click here, email loughran@rutgers.edu, or call 973-353-1483.

October 7, 2015

Free, Secure Education Roaming Wireless Service through Eduroam®
Eduroam® (education roaming) is the secure, worldwide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows faculty, staff, and students to take advantage of free and secure wireless service when visiting an eduroam member university, and allows visitors from member universities wireless access when visiting Rutgers. Learn more here.

Faculty Training in Online and Hybrid Learning Technologies
The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers online and in-person faculty training on tools including Learning Studio (eCollege learning management system), Kaltura MediaSpace (online video platform), and VoiceThread (multimedia collaboration). The center also offers special training to address department and faculty needs. Contact the center at OID@docs.Rutgers.edu. Learn more and register for training here.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals
University Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. 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.

Attend Mason Gross Drop-In Days
Drop-in days at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, provide opportunities for prospective students to observe classes, private lessons, or ensembles and to become acquainted with individual instructors or programs before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Classes, select private lessons, and ensemble rehearsals are open to visits by prospective students and their families. As a special offer, registration fees for a class, ensemble, or private lesson will be waived for those who first attend the October 10 Drop-In Day. Learn more and RSVP here

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Claudia Rankine: October 7, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Department of English, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a free reading with Claudia Rankine, author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen and Don't Let Me Be Lonely; playwright; and coeditor of American Women Poets in the Twenty-First Century, today (October 7) from 8 to 11 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Rankine was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2013. A book-signing and dessert reception follow the reading. Learn more here.

Between Morocco and Israel: Jewish Memory and Heritage: October 11, New Brunswick
An expert panel explores the interplay between Morocco and Israel in the life and memory of the Moroccan Jewish community in Israel on October 11 at 3 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Weeklong Computer Repair Event: October 12 to October 16: New Brunswick and Piscataway
Kite+key and the Office of Information Technology host the annual, weeklong computer repair event, October 12 through October 16, at the Rutgers University–New Brunswick student centers. Technicians are certified to repair most computers, both in and out of warranty. No diagnosis fee will be charged if you bring a computer or iPad for service during the student center demonstrations: October 12: College Avenue Student Center, 10 a.m. to noon; October 13: Busch Student Center, 2 to 4 p.m.; October 14: Cook Student Center, noon to 2 p.m.; October 15: Douglass Student Center, 1 to 3 p.m.; and October 16: Livingston Student Center, 3 to 5 p.m. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus. Learn more here [PDF].

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Assignments Tool: October 14
The Office of Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 14 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.

September 30, 2015

Fall Open Houses at Mason Gross
Visit Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for its fall open houses for digital filmmaking, music, theater, and visual arts, or schedule a tour of dance classes and the facilities. Learn about programs, meet faculty and current students, or watch a rehearsal. Registration is required. Learn more here.

Eagleton Enhances Telephone Surveying
The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, is now inviting government, academic, and nonprofit agencies, as well as public policy organizations, to add their own questions to a new multi-client telephone survey. ECPIP, established in 1971, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected university-based survey research centers. The new opportunity continues the tradition of integrity, quality, and objectivity by providing a cost-efficient way in which to draw on Eagleton’s expertise and high standards for data collection and analysis. Learn more here.

Rutgers Digital Filmmaking for Ages 1118
The Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, features a comprehensive curriculum for ages 11–18. No prior experience is required, and all materials, equipment, and software are included. Students may take multiple classes or one class during a semester. Multiple-enrollment discounts are available. Learn more and register here.

Institute for Research on Women Presents Second Event in Poverty Lecture Series: October 1, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the second event in its 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, Poverty, on October 1. Alicia Schmidt Camacho (Yale University) discusses “Defending Human Mobility: The Gendered Face of Poverty and Immigration Law Enforcement in North America” at Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, New Brunswick, at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Talk about Distinguishing Thoughts of Death from Suicidality: October 2, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a talk on features that distinguish thoughts of death from suicidality among older community residents by Gary Kennedy, director of the geriatric psychiatry program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, on October 2 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Science Building, Room B-610, Newark. Attendance is advised for anyone interested in end of life care or geriatric health. 

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: October 6
The Office of Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on October 6 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.

Exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence: through December 10, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has announced Chitra Ganesh as the 2015–16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist-in-Residence. An exhibition by Ganesh is on view now through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. A reception in her honor will be held on November 3 at 5 p.m., with a public lecture by Ganesh at 5:30. Ganesh’s works draw imagery from a broad range of references spanning from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, to 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, to contemporary cultural references such as Bollywood, anime, and comic books. Learn more here.

September 23, 2015

Pre-College and Adult Programs at Mason Gross Extension Division: New Brunswick
Through the extension division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the pre-college program seeks to nurture innate artistic abilities of children through high school. Adult course offerings facilitate lifelong learning and meet the needs of students ranging from amateur through professional levels. Classroom, ensemble, and private instruction with the school’s distinguished faculty are available. Classes and lessons are offered weekday afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays. On- and off-campus student performance opportunities are available throughout the year. Learn more about the fall offerings and register here

October Flu Vaccination Schedules
The Occupational Health Department offers free flu shots to faculty and staff beginning in October. View the campus vaccination schedules here and download the consent form here. RBHS/legacy UMDNJ employees who have received flu shots through the New Jersey Medical School Occupational Medicine Service in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Employee Health in New Brunswick, or Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Employee Health in Stratford should continue to receive flu shots at those clinics. The NJMS Occupational Medicine Service will announce its vaccination schedule and post it on the Rutgers Occupational Health website in the next few weeks. Schedules for the remaining RBHS/legacy UMDNJ employee health clinics will be announced for RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway and Stratford employees in the coming weeks.

Master Educators’ Guild: Save the Date: November 17, Piscataway
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences invites you to attend the fall Academic Grand Rounds, entitled Health Equity: A Medical and Ethical Imperative, on November 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Piscataway. The School of Public Health dean Jasjit S. Ahluwalia is the keynote speaker, preceded by the induction of 2015 master educators and followed by a brief reception.

"The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?" at Eagleton: September 24, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts “The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?” a conversation with Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize, and New York Times national correspondent Kate Zernike, on September 24 at 5 p.m. Register and learn more here.

On Viewing the Lunar Eclipse: September 27 to September 28
Weather permitting, says Martin Schaden, associate professor of physics, Rutgers University–Newark, the total lunar eclipse from 8 p.m. on September 27 to 1:30 a.m. on September 28 could be quite a spectacle for New Jersey and New York gazers. The moon is near its perigee and thus appears larger than usual. He says binoculars or telelens cameras should provide strong viewing/photo opportunities but that selfies might not reveal much of the moon. As most of the partial and total phases of the eclipse will be more than 15 degrees above the horizon (40–45 degrees at total eclipse), Schaden advises to avoid observation posts near tall buildings or lamp posts. Learn more about the eclipse here.

Eagleton Presents "State Legislatures Today and the Legacy of Alan Rosenthal": September 28, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture, “State Legislatures Today and the Legacy of Alan Rosenthal,” by Gary Moncrief, distinguished professor of political science emeritus at Boise State University and author of State Legislatures Today: Politics Under the Domes, on September 28 at 6 p.m. A reception follows. Register and learn more here.

"Staging Public Memory" from WWI to the National 9/11 Memorial: September 30, New Brunswick
On September 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, James E. Young, a renowned expert on memorials and Holocaust museums from the University of Massachusetts, presents “Staging Public Memory,” tracing what he calls an arc of memorial vernacular, from World War I and the Holocaust to the Vietnam Memorial, the National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero, and others. The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is sponsoring the free, public event. Free parking is available. RSVP to csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or 848-932-2033. Learn more here.

September 16, 2015

Rutgers–Camden Earns Kudos from Washington Monthly
Rutgers University–Camden was recognized by Washington Monthly magazine as a strong value and earned high overall rankings among U.S. master’s-level universities. Among northeastern schools, Rutgers–Camden ranked second in the Best Bang for the Buck category and is the only university in New Jersey or Pennsylvania named among the top five. In 2014, the magazine ranked Rutgers–Camden 11th in the same category. In overall rankings for master’s-level universities, which emphasize such factors as enrolling and graduating low-income students, supporting research, and encouraging student public service, Rutgers–Camden ranked 85. For providing opportunities for social mobility for its students, Rutgers–Camden ranked 40.

Governor’s Proclamation Cites University Behavioral Health Care
The leadership role of University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, in suicide prevention is recognized in Gov. Chris Christie’s proclamation of September 2015 as Suicide Prevention Month. The proclamation specifically notes the services of UBHC’s NJ Hopeline, Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program, and Vet2Vet. Read the proclamation here.

SC&I Course Earns Quality Matters Seal of Excellence in Course Design
A new course in the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the university's first to receive an official Quality Matters (QM) seal of excellence in course design. Mary Chayko, teaching professor of communication and information and director of undergraduate interdisciplinary studies, and Denise Kreiger, instructional design and technology specialist, designed and developed a new hybrid course titled "Digital Technologies and Disruptive Change" for the digital communication, information, and media minor. Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer-review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. Learn more here.

Drop-in Day at Mason Gross Extension Division: September 19, New Brunswick
Before registering, prospective students and their families are invited to attend Drop-in Day at the extension division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, September 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to observe ongoing classes, ensembles, or selected private lessons. Music Together, Young Maestros, American Ballet Theater Certified School of Ballet classes, ART-haus Visual Arts Academy, Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy, AVID Media Certification, Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, Young Artist Program, and Adult Chamber Music Program will be open to visitors at several New Brunswick locations. Visitors are encouraged to RSVP. View times and locations and RSVP here.

Reading by Novelist Marlon James: September 23, New Brunswick
Writers House, along with the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a reading by Marlon James on September 23 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. James is a Jamaican novelist, whose most recent novel explores, through multiple genres, the assassination attempt of Bob Marley. Learn more here.

Honors College Open House: September 25, New Brunswick
Built on a legacy of honors education at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the new Honors College expands honors education and redefines interdisciplinary learning by inviting students from across the liberal arts and professional schools to live and work together to tackle global issues. Visit the Honors College during its open house on September 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. A key component of the university's strategic plan, the Honors College was realized as part of the College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative in cooperation with the New Brunswick Development Corporation. Learn more about the Honors College here.

Confucius Institute Art and Culture Day: September 25, Piscataway
The Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts its Second Annual Art and Culture Day on September 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway, showcasing a variety of Chinese arts and crafts, as well as a performance by the Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. Try your hand at dough figurines, paper-cutting, knotting, and calligraphy or just enjoy the music. Learn more here [PDF].

RWJMS Health Lectures on Women’s Issues Start in October: New Brunswick
Tackling subjects that include weight, family planning, the “female Viagra,” and more, a free health lecture series targeted at women’s issues begins next month, hosted by the Women’s Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Lectures will be presented Tuesdays and Fridays at noon in October in the Clinical Academic Building, Room 2144, New Brunswick. The series culminates in a November 5 special event at the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital: Break Free from Pelvic Disorders. View the full event schedule here.

Save the Dates: Black on the Banks Conference: November 6–7, New Brunswick
Save the dates for Black on the Banks: African-American Students at Rutgers in the 1960s, November 6–7, at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The conference is a public conversation on the struggle for equity and access in higher education featuring African-American alumni from the Rutgers College and Douglass College Classes of 1964 through 1973 on the occasion of the university’s 250th anniversary. Learn more and register here.

September 9, 2015

October Flu Vaccination Schedules
The Occupational Health Department offers free flu shots to faculty and staff beginning in October. View the campus vaccination schedules here and download the consent form here. RBHS/legacy UMDNJ employees who have received flu shots through the New Jersey Medical School Occupational Medicine Service in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Employee Health in New Brunswick, or Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine Employee Health in Stratford should continue to receive flu shots at those clinics. The NJMS Occupational Medicine Service will announce its vaccination schedule and post it on the Rutgers Occupational Health website in the next few weeks. Schedules for the remaining RBHS/legacy UMDNJ employee health clinics will be announced for RBHS New Brunswick/Piscataway and Stratford employees in the coming weeks.

School of Nursing Gains FQHC Status
The School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will dramatically expand its health care services to Newark neighborhoods as a result of its successful application for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) status for its community health programs. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the designation and 22 months of funding: $299,784 for 10 months and $359,741 for the following year. With the continuing financial support and other resources provided to FQHCs, the School of Nursing will expand clinic hours and add to services provided through its FOCUS Wellness Center, Jordan and Harris Community Health Center, and Mobile Healthcare Program. The patient base is expected to grow from 900 to 1,600 in two years. Susan Salmond, executive vice dean, is project director for the HRSA grant and Janet Bowne, director of contracts and grants, is overseeing the FQHC application and implementation of the grant in partnership with the school’s clinical practice and community programs leadership. 

Master Educators’ Guild: Save the Date: November 17, Piscataway
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences invites you to attend the fall Academic Grand Rounds, entitled Health Equity: A Medical and Ethical Imperative, on November 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Piscataway. The School of Public Health dean Jasjit S. Ahluwalia is the keynote speaker, preceded by the induction of 2015 master educators and followed by a brief reception. More details to come. 

Exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence: through December 10, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has announced Chitra Ganesh as the 2015–16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist-in-Residence. An exhibition by Ganesh is on view now through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. A reception in her honor will be held on November 3 at 5 p.m., with a public lecture by Ganesh at 5:30. Ganesh’s works draw imagery from a broad range of references spanning from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, to 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, to contemporary cultural references such as Bollywood, anime, and comic books. Learn more here.

Jewish High Holiday Services
Hillel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, runs inclusive, egalitarian services for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Students who prefer to attend a local congregation can email Rabbi Esther Reed at RabbiReed@RutgersHillel.org or Rabbi Adam Frieberg at rabbiadam@rutgershillel.org for home hospitality arrangements. Admission to Hillel services is free for students with identification, $125 for others. For faculty and staff, the ticket price is a suggested donation. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Contact Laurie Zinberg at 732-545-2407 or laurie@rutgershillel.org. View services schedule here.

School of Nursing Presents Humor and Storytelling: September 15, Newark
The Advanced Practice HIV Specialization Program at the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, invites you to attend Humor and Storytelling: Revolutionary Gestures in Primary Care, September 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Stanley Bergen Building, second floor auditorium, Newark. In this hilarious and informative interactive, free presentation, Kelli Dunham, a genderqueer nurse, an award-winning stand-up comic, and the author of five books of humorous nonfiction, weaves concrete research-based tips on the uses of humor with mutual story-sharing in community health practice to revitalize both the patient and the provider. Light refreshments will be provided. Make reservations here.

Rutgers–Newark Homecoming 2015: September 15–25
Share and celebrate your Scarlet pride with fellow Rutgers University–Newark alumni during Homecoming 2015 activities September 15 through September 25. Catch up with classmates, cheer on alumni athletes, explore arts and culture, and enjoy family-friendly fun. View the events schedule and register here.

Confucius Institute Hosts China and the Rise of the West: September 22, New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, School of Arts and Sciences, hosts the lecture China and the Rise of the West: A Military Historical Perspective on September 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall 403, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This lecture investigates the comparative military history of China and Europe, discussing, among other issues, gunpowder warfare. Learn more here.

Comedic Inspirational Speaker Joe Cardone at Rutgers Club: September 25, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Joe Cardone, a comedic inspirational speaker who combines his one-liners, jokes, and anecdotes into messages to uplift and improve the overall quality of life. A buffet dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. The performance begins promptly at 7 p.m. Priority is given to Rutgers Club members. Learn more here. Click here to join the club.

Join the Mason Gross Adult Chamber Music Program
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join the Adult Chamber Music Program (ACMP) at the extension division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A 10 percent faculty/staff discount is available. All levels of musicians are accepted. The program is designed for nonprofessional adult musicians who are passionate about chamber music. Participants rehearse with fellow enthusiasts and coach with members of the extension division's world-class faculty. Those new to this program should complete the self-evaluation form prior to registering. An informal audition may be scheduled for placement purposes. Learn more and register here. For additional information, contact Allison Brewster-Franzetti, ACMP director, at extdiv.adultchambermusic@gmail.com, or the extension division at 848-932-8618 or extdiv.office@masongross.rutgers.edu.

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