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 or Rabbi Adam Frieberg at 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 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, or the extension division at 848-932-8618 or

September 2, 2015

RutgersCamden Schedule Changes during Pope's Philadelphia Visit
The city of Camden is significantly involved in preparations for the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, serving as an area where tour buses may park and from which passengers may make their way into Philadelphia. As a result, all classes on the Rutgers University–Camden campus are canceled from 4 p.m. on September 24 until 12:20 p.m. on September 28, when on-campus classes are scheduled to resume. Rutgers–Camden will be closed from 5 a.m. on September 25 through 8 a.m. on September 28, when normal administrative operations will resume. Some staff will be required to work during this closure to continue to serve residential students and maintain basic campus operations. Rutgers–Camden off-campus classes will continue as scheduled, unless notice is given. If an institution hosting an off-campus Rutgers program elects to close, then all Rutgers activities at that location are canceled as well. Learn more here.

Cultural Center Collaborative Welcome Week Block Party: September 4, New Brunswick
On September 4 from 1 to 4 p.m., join students and staff from the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, Center for Latino Arts and Culture, and Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities hosting the first-ever Cultural Center Collaborative Welcome Week Block Party on Morrell Street, behind the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Enjoy the multicultural interactions, an art mural installation, free Italian ices, and music. In case of rain, the event will move to the multipurpose room in the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway.

Annual Celebration at Livingston Campus Plaza: September 8
The Plaza on Livingston Campus hosts its annual celebration extravaganza on September 8. All are welcome to attend starting at noon until 7 p.m. Festivities include lunch specials, Rutgers University Programming Association’s back-to-school block party, and poster sales, and culminate with movie specials beginning at approximately 7 p.m. Taste the cotton candy and popcorn, experience vendor food samples, snap pictures in a photo booth, take a ride in a hot air balloon, and look for the man on stilts. Rain date: September 9.

Online Sakai Training: September 9
Register now for the following webinars for training in Sakai, the collaborative learning environment for instructional, research, and administrative uses: "Creating a Course Site in Sakai" on September 9 from 2 to 3 p.m., and "Introduction to Sakai" on September 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. Register here.

In-Person "Introduction to Sakai" Workshop: September 11, Piscataway
Space is limited, so register now for this hands-on comprehensive introduction to the Sakai collaborative learning environment for instructional, research, and administrative uses on September 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. 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.

Nicolás Pereda Film Set for New York City Screening: October 3
Nicolás Pereda, director of Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, premieres his latest film, Minotaur, at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, and screens it at Lincoln Center during the New York Film Festival on October 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the Francesca Beale Theater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The 53-minute film by the Mexican-Canadian filmmaker is a surreal portrait of three 30-somethings as they interact in their Mexico City apartment. Learn more here.

Lecture Celebrates Ted Baker as First Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship: October 7, Newark
All are welcome to attend a one-hour public lecture to celebrate Ted Baker as the inaugural George F. Farris Chair in Entrepreneurship at Rutgers Business School on October 7 at 2:30 p.m., at One Washington Park, Bove Auditorium, Room 220, Rutgers University–Newark. Baker, professor of management and global business and director of the Rutgers Advanced Institute for the Study of Entrepreneurship and Development, will discuss "Entrepreneurship and Inequality of Opportunity." Public reception to follow. To RSVP or for more information, call 973-353-2582 or email

August 26, 2015

Gloria Steinem, Hillary Clinton Headline Participants at Gender Equality Conference
The Rutgers Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and Policy, the Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Office of the Chancellor of Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers Law School host a day-long conference about gender equality on September 25 at Rutgers Law School in Newark, as part of the official United Nations Women Beijing+20 Calendar of Events (PDF). Gloria Steinem is the keynote speaker and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who led the U.S. delegation to the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, will appear by video at the event, which brings together various leaders, policy makers, and advocates to discuss continued challenges in achieving gender equality since the groundbreaking Beijing conference. Attendance is free but registration is required. Learn more here. For additional information, contact Suzanne Kim, professor, Rutgers Law School, at

Register Now for Fall Communicator Certificate Workshops
Registration is open for the fall workshops in the communicator certificate program. All full-time faculty and staff are encouraged to attend any or all of the workshops to learn how to tell the Rutgers story more effectively. Register and learn more here

Auditions for Mason Gross Pre-College Programs
Register now for auditions for the following extension division pre-college programs at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick: Young Artist Program and Honors Program for instrumentalists and vocalists (ages 9–18), Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy (ages 13–18), Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble (ages 11–18), Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble (ages 13–18), and Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers (grades K–12).

August 12, 2015

Rutgers Hosts Big Ten Emergency Managers
Bruce Fehn, senior vice president, administration; Greg Trevor, senior director, University News and Media Relations; and Steve Gutkin, associate director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, were featured speakers as Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosted last week's annual Big Ten emergency managers meeting, an opportunity for conference members to benefit from sharing experiences and research. Rutgers emergency management leaders focused on technology in public safety planning. Les Kennedy, director, Rutgers Center on Public Security, focused on spatial risk analysis in public safety planning. New Jersey experts also examined crowd behavior dynamics and the management of Super Bowl XLVIII crowds. Ohio State University reviewed the challenge of managing the celebration that occurred across Columbus, Ohio, after OSU won the college football championship. University of Michigan presented high-consumption alcohol risk reduction strategies. 

Health Fair at Eric B. Chandler Health Center: August 13, New Brunswick
The Eric B. Chandler Health Center hosts a free Good Health and Wellness Fair at its New Brunswick location on August 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Health Center Week, a campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers. For adults, the fair offers blood pressure, blood sugar, lead and skin cancer screenings, body mass index and body fat calculations, and confidential HIV testing. Lead screenings, fingerprinting, and child safety information are available for children and teenagers. The center is operated jointly with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Eric B. Chandler Community Board, Inc. Learn more here [PDF].

New Faculty Expo: August 26, Piscataway
All new faculty universitywide are invited to attend the New Faculty Expo on August 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Busch Campus, Piscataway, in the International Lounge and Room 174. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the many services and resources offered by more than 35 university departments, make useful contacts, and network with peers.

New Catalog at Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers University Libraries have implemented a new catalog powered by VuFind, an open-source discovery interface developed at Villanova University. It offers an enhanced user experience with features including better relevance ranking, customizable filters, and enriched content such as cover images, Google preview, and tables of contents. A virtual book bag allows users to save selections and print, text, email, or export them as citations. Feedback using the embedded form found at the right corner of the catalog menu bar is encouraged. Learn more here.

Back-to-School Sale at Kite+Key, the Rutgers Tech Store: Through September 11
Now through September 11 at kite+key, buy a Mac computer and receive a $100 kite+key gift card and Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. Also, buy an iPad and receive a $50 kite+key gift card. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website, Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus.

Fall Registration at Mason Gross Extension Division
Fall semester registration is open at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Offerings include music instruction (all ages, stages of development, and styles), adult and precollege chamber music programs, American Ballet Theater (ages 4–18), Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, Rutgers High School Digital Filmmaking Academy, ART-haus Academy, Rutgers Children's Choir, Scarlet Singers, Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble, Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Foundations, and more. Learn more and register here.

July 29, 2015

Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2016 Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni Awards, the highest honor the university bestows upon alumni. Past recipients include U.S. women's World Cup soccer champion Carli Lloyd (RC'06), chef and restaurateur Mario Batali (RC'82), the late actor James Gandolfini (RC'83), author Janet Evanovich (DC'65), and actor and humanitarian Paul Robeson (RC'19). Learn more and nominate a deserving alumnus here.

New Jersey’s First MFA Degree in Dance Program
Applications will be accepted this fall for a new MFA degree in dance, New Jersey's first dance MFA program. The 26-month program is set to launch in January 2017. Jeff Friedman, associate professor, dancer, and choreographer at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will serve as MFA program director. Applicants must submit a formal application and fee online through Graduate and Professional Admissions by October 1, 2015, and the Mason Gross Supplemental application by December 1, 2015. Supporting materials include a personal statement, writing and video samples, a résumé, and an audition. Learn more here.

Join Us on the Road Again for R Game Day
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 first event takes place at Penn State on September 19. Learn more, view all dates, and register here.

Protection of Minors Policy
In its continued commitment to ensure the well-being and safety of minors who participate in programs or activities run by or associated with Rutgers, the university last year implemented the Protection of Minors Policy [PDF]. The policy includes requirements for reporting suspected abuse or neglect of minors, completing the "Working with Minors" online training course, and undergoing background checks for authorized adults and people in direct contact positions as defined by the policy. To assist program directors with management of their programs and compliance with the policy requirements, a new Protection of Minors (POM) database has been created. Learn more here.  

July 15, 2015

Inaugural Class of Rutgers Leadership Academy Fellows
Congratulations to the inaugural class of fellows of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA), selected from more than 90 nominations. The fellows begin a four-semester RLA curriculum in September 2015. The academy, part of the Rutgers University–New Brunswick strategic plan, is led by Brent Ruben, director, and Richard De Lisi, co-director, and will focus on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance professional capabilities. View a complete listing of the RLA fellows, including the Rutgers leaders who nominated them, here [PDF].

Department of Transportation Services Joins University Facilities and Capital Planning
Effective July 1, the university’s Department of Transportation Services (DOTS)—responsible for transportation and parking services in New Brunswick and Newark—became part of University Facilities and Capital Planning, a step taken to reflect the strategic vision unveiled in the recently approved physical master plan. DOTS operates 45 buses, transporting approximately 70,000 passengers daily, and oversees approximately 30,000 parking stalls located in surface lots and 11 parking structures. In addition, DOTS manages bike registrations, rentals, and lockers; a paratransit service that provides specially equipped buses for those who are physically impaired; parking permits and special event, visitor, and seasonal parking; and parking rules, regulations, and penalties.

iPad 102: Appy Hour at Kite+Key: July 27, Piscataway
Learn how to use an iPad in an intermediate class July 27 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Feel free to bring your iPad. Attendees receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Space is limited. RSVP to Learn more here [PDF].

July 1, 2015

Enroll Now for Sakai Introductory Training: New Brunswick
Through August, the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers introduction to the Sakai course management system training sessions. This includes a mix of in-person sessions and online webinars. In-person sessions take place in Davidson Hall on the Busch Campus, Piscataway. Check dates, register, and learn more here.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for 2016
University Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars, for 2016. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Learn more here or email for more information.

Charles Heckscher Explores "Community" in New Book, Trust in a Complex World
Charles Heckscher, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Collaboration in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of a new book, Trust in a Complex World. Heckscher says that to tackle such problems as inequality, racism, and climate change, new ways are needed to create engaged communities and writes that social media may be the new path to creating strong communities to address such vexing problems. Read more here.

June 24, 2015

Join the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Rutgers Inn and Conference Center: June 25
Visit the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick, for a free open house celebrating its 50th anniversary on June 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. The first 50 attendees receive a goody bag. Reserve your spot today. Take a tour, enjoy refreshments, make connections. Learn more here.

MacBook Sale at Kite+Key, the Rutgers Tech Store
Now through June 26, receive $50 off select MacBook computers at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website, Learn more about this event here (PDF) or call 848-445-1127. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus. Stay current on specials and promotions by following kite+key on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or subscribe to its mailing list.

Apply Now for OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for 2015–2016
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, an OASIS program will be hosted both in Newark and New Brunswick. The workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are July 15 for Newark and September 1 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Registration Open for Mason Gross Extension Division Courses for Fall 2015
Registration is open for private lessons, classes, and ensembles for the Fall 2015 semester of the Mason Gross Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Discounts are available to faculty and staff. The Extension Division offers instruction for all ages and stages of students, including private music instruction, childhood music offerings, American Ballet Theater Certified School of Ballet (ages 4-18), Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy (ages 14-18), Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy (ages 11-18), and ART-haus Academy (Visual Arts partnership with the Zimmerli Art Museum, ages 7-18), plus adult and pre-college chamber music programs and more. Learn more and register here.

June 10, 2015

Summer Schedule for Faculty & Staff Bulletin
Following the issue of July 1, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on alternating Wednesdays through August. Those publication dates are July 15, July 29, August 12, and August 26. Please keep this schedule in mind as you plan submissions to the Bulletin, particularly those involving time-sensitive information.

Mark Doty Reads from New Collection of Poems: June 18, New Brunswick
Mark Doty, professor in the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, and acting director of Writers House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry. He will read from Deep Lane, his new collection of poems, on June 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Save $20 on Purchase of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait
Did you know that Rutgers University—the nation’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning—predates the Revolutionary War by a decade, making Rutgers 250 years old in 2016? To document this historic milestone, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait will be released in late August to kick off the anniversary year. Order by August 1 to take advantage of an extended pre-order sale, saving $20 off the retail price. This limited edition, coffee-table book beautifully illustrates the history and growth of the university. Learn more and order your piece of Rutgers history here

June 3, 2015

Apply Now for OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for 2015–2016
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, an OASIS program will be hosted both in Newark and New Brunswick. The workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are July 15 for Newark and September 1 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.