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February 8, 2017

“Step It Up”: Take the 10K Steps-a-Day Challenge, Earn Chance at Prizes
As February is American Heart Month, Rutgers Recreation is encouraging the university community to "Step It Up" by committing to take 10,000 steps daily for a week. A total of 10,000 steps equals about 5 miles (400–500 calories), the daily recommended exercise by the American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control. Rutgers Recreation will provide rewards for committing to a healthier lifestyle. First, pledge to take 10,000 steps daily, then log your steps each day from February 13 through February 19. Rutgers Recreation will present three daily rewards (21 in total) for logging steps. In addition, for every 10,000 steps you track, you earn one entry for a grand prize drawing on February 20. Winners must show proof of steps taken via a tracker of their choice (phone, fitness apps, Fitbit app, etc.). As a bonus, early pledgers are entered for a chance to win a prize. Learn more and pledge here.

Date Change: Kite+Key Free Appy Hour Lunch: February 8, Piscataway
Kite+key's free Appy Hour lunch has been changed to February 8 from noon to 1 p.m., instead of February 9. Receive a $10 kite+key gift card and a free light lunch while learning about the MacBook Touch Bar and Apple's latest software update. RSVP at 848-445-1127, kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or click here. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Piscataway. 

Rutgers Cinema Gift Certificates
Rutgers Cinema is offering $20 “Valentine” gift certificates, redeemable for two movie tickets, two large fountain drinks, and one jumbo popcorn. Gift certificates are available to purchase online only and will be shipped free. This limited-time offer is available through February 9. Certificates can be redeemed after February 9. Place orders here.

CCLC Real-Time Communication
Stay in touch with the on-site Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) in Newark and Piscataway with the easy-to-use Tadpoles app, which offers real-time communication with teachers and staff by checking in or reporting an absence, and transmitting uploaded photos, videos, and other updates. Tadpoles can give parents peace of mind by keeping them connected. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more about the CCLC childcare center in Newark here and Piscataway here.

February 1, 2017

Rutgers Cinema Gift Certificates
Rutgers Cinema is offering $20 “Valentine” gift certificates, redeemable for two movie tickets, two large fountain drinks, and one jumbo popcorn. Gift certificates are available to purchase online only and will be shipped free. This limited-time offer is available now through February 9. Certificates can be redeemed after February 9. Place orders here.

Kite+Key Free Appy Hour Lunch: February 9, Piscataway
Kite+key hosts an Appy Hour luncheon on February 9 from noon to 1 p.m. with Apple campus ambassador Mitesh Rathod. Receive a $10 kite+key gift card and a free light lunch while learning about the MacBook Touch Bar and Apple's latest software update. RSVP at 848-445-1127, kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or click here. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Piscataway. 

Frozen Yogurt Happy Hours
16 Handles, located in the Plaza, Piscataway, offers Frozen Yogurt Happy Hours Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. through March. Receive 50 percent off one Fro-yo cup purchase of $5 or more. Learn more here.

Healthy Foods at CCLC
Serving children healthy meals and snacks is a top priority at Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) at Newark and Piscataway. CCLC’s nutritionist gives children the opportunity to explore a variety of foods, textures, and flavors while meeting or exceeding nutritional guidelines. CCLC also removes fried foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, and desserts from the menu and provides children with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, all included in the cost of tuition. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more about the onsite child care centers in Newark and Piscataway

January 25, 2017

Rutgers Cinema Gift Certificates
Rutgers Cinema is offering $20 “Valentine” gift certificates, redeemable for two movie tickets, two large fountain drinks, and one jumbo popcorn. Gift certificates are available to purchase online only and will be shipped free. This limited-time offer is available now through February 9. Certificates can be redeemed after February 9. Place orders here.

Art and Architecture: January 25, Piscataway
The Art and Architecture film series, providing a look inside, and the history behind, some of the world's most beautiful works of art, begins January 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway, and continues on alternating Wednesdays. The series debuts with Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse. Additional films include Renoir, Revered and Reviled; The Hermitage Revealed; and The Tempest. Tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for all others. Purchase tickets here.

Strong CCLC Test Scores
According to a study of 1,600 kindergarteners attending Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC), such as those in Newark and Piscataway, CCLC attendees are testing at first-grade levels in both reading and math by the seventh month of kindergarten. In addition, children who have attended CCLC for more than a year test 17 percent higher, on average, than their peers across the board. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Click the links to learn more about quality early-childhood education provided at the centers in Newark and Piscataway.

January 18, 2017

Janis Ian Performs prior to Inaugural Writers’ Conference
Participants in the inaugural Rutgers Writers' Conference: As a prelude to the conference on June 3 and June 4, attend a performance by legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and purchase tickets here. The conference brings together aspiring and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers at Rutgers Continuing Education Center, Somerset. Award-winning novelist Dennis Lehane delivers the keynote presentation. Attendees can choose from concurrent sessions across six tracks, including creative nonfiction, fiction, the genre fiction, writing for performance, poetry, and the business of writing; meet individually with agents, editors, and publishers; join a panel discussion on publishing options; and attend a reading event featuring famous authors. Rutgers faculty and staff can attend for the $199 discounted price. Learn more and register here now. 

Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers Auditions: January 18, Highland Park
Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers will hold auditions on January 18 for students in grades 3 to 12 at Bartle Elementary School, Highland Park. Qualifications for choirs are a pleasant voice, a good sense of pitch, and a commitment to regular attendance and performances. The audition is a simple vocal assessment of a child’s readiness for a choral experience and ability to match pitch. It is friendly, interactive, and nonthreatening. Children should prepare to sing a simple song, such as America or Happy Birthday to You. For details, including audition schedules, contact the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618 or check here.

New Brunswick Music Scene Archive Anniversary Exhibit
An exhibit commemorating the one-year anniversary of the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive is on display through the end of February at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Reflecting the history of the city’s independent music since the 1980s, the display features a wide variety of objects—from records and tapes to zines, flyers, and other ephemera—that were donated from the personal collections of those involved in the scene over the years. Learn more here.

New R Game Day “Tailgate” Event: January 28, New York
The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) announces a new R Game Day “tailgate” experience for alumni and friends to show off their scarlet pride. Join the fun on January 28 at Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Manhattan, before Rutgers takes on Wisconsin in a Big Ten® Super Saturday men’s basketball game at noon at Madison Square Garden. Admission is free and includes light appetizers, a cash bar with drink specials, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Learn more and register for this event here

Chinese New Year Celebration: January 31, New Brunswick
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University on January 31 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event will feature a variety of Chinese arts and crafts, including some that highlight Chinese New Year traditions, and is free and open to the public. Learn more here

December 14, 2016

Donations for Needy Families
Drop off new or gently used coats or toys in the lobby of CCLC, Newark, or CCLC, Piscataway, through December 16. All items will be donated to a local organization helping families in need within those school communities. For the Newark location, contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or adimitratos@cclc.com. For Piscataway, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com.

December 7, 2016

Donations for Needy Families
Drop off new or gently used coats or toys in the lobby of CCLC, Newark, or CCLC, Piscataway, through December 16. All items will be donated to a local organization helping families in need within those school communities. For the Newark location, contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or adimitratos@cclc.com. For Piscataway, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com.

Request to NJMS to Help Homeless Family
The Alumni Association–New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) is participating in the Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) Adopt-A-Family program this year. The association was matched to a homeless family with two parents and two children and is reaching out to the NJMS community for much-needed items, including most non-perishable food products and household items. For a complete list of needed items, contact the alumni office at 973-972-6864. All donations must be delivered to the alumni office (NJMS, Newark, Medical Science Building, B-504) by December 13. 

Zimmerli Study After Hours: December 15–16
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will remain open for 24 consecutive hours, beginning on December 15 at 10 a.m., providing a unique location for exam preparation. In addition to quiet gallery spaces with free WiFi and electrical outlets, the museum offers complimentary snacks, beverages, and study-break activities. Rutgers ID is required for entry after 4:30 p.m.

November 30, 2016

CCLC Accepting Donations for Needy Families
Before the holidays, drop off new or gently-used coats or toys in the lobby of CCLC, Newark, or CCLC, Piscataway, between December 5 and December 16. All items will be donated to a local organization helping families in need within the school communities. For the Newark location, contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or adimitratos@cclc.com. For Piscataway, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Rutgers Cinema
Tickets for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Rutgers Cinema, Piscataway, are now available to purchase onlline. Rogue One opens there on December 15 at 7 p.m., one day earlier than originally planned. Matinee showings begin on December 16. Matinee tickets (for shows before 6 p.m.) are $5 with RU ID and $7 for others. Evening tickets are $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for others. View show times and purchase tickets here.

November 23, 2016

CCLC Piscataway Event
CCLC families and friends at Rutgers University–New Brunswick are invited to a Friends Giving party on November 23 at 4 p.m. at CCLC, Piscataway. For more information, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com

November 16, 2016

CCLC Family Events
CCLC families and the university community in Newark are invited to a Potluck Thanksgiving meal at CCLC, Newark, on November 17 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or adimitratos@cclc.com with questions. On November 23, join children and friends at the CCLC, Piscataway, location for a Friends Giving party at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com.

Wright Celebration Charity Event: November 19, Piscataway
The Wright Way Academy Foundation presents the Wright Celebration Charity Event on November 19 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the Livingston Plaza lawn, Piscataway, preceding the Penn State vs. Rutgers football game. The $50 admission fee includes a gourmet buffet, spirits, music, and entertainment. Purchase tickets here under “Events.” For more information, contact The Wright Cut Barber Shop at 732-463-1634.

Show Your Creative Side, Compete for Cash Prizes
University employees and their families are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program for Rutgers at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, taking place from January 23 through April 19, 2017. All entries are submitted free of charge and must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years. Kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, and random snapshots are not accepted. All work must be properly framed and wired. Art work will be received on January 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NJMS’s Medical Science Building, Room B515, Newark. The registration deadline is January 13. Register and learn more here. For additional information, contact Noreen Gomez at 973-972-4795.

November 9, 2016

Donate to CCLC Food Drive
Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC) will hold a food drive from November 7 through November 18. Donations of nonperishable food are welcome and will be delivered to a local food pantry for the Thanksgiving season. Donations can be dropped off at either CCLC in Newark or CCLC in Piscataway. Donations in Piscataway will be sent to FISH Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides services to families in need in that area. For more information, contact Andreas Dimitratos in Newark at 973-623-0182 or adimitratos@cclc.com or Michelle Hoffman in Piscataway at 732-699-1017 or mhoffman@cclc.com.

Show Your Creative Side, Compete for Cash Prizes
Don’t hide your talent. All university employees and their families are invited to participate in the 6th Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program for Rutgers at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, taking place from January 23 through April 19, 2017. The National Arts Program is designed to give artists at all skill levels an uninhibited opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes. All entries are submitted free of charge and must be the original work of the applicant completed within the last three years. Kits, paint-by-number pieces, photocopies or photographs of artwork, magazine or book illustrations, and random snapshots are not accepted. All work must be properly framed and wired. Art work will be received on January 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NJMS’s Medical Science Building, Room B515, Newark. The registration deadline is January 13. Register and learn more here. For additional information, contact Noreen Gomez at 973-972-4795.

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