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June 29, 2016

Join the Swimming Association's Outdoor Pool for Summer 2016
It’s not too late to join the University Swimming Association, Inc.’s (USAI) outdoor pool for the 2016 season. The pool is located on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, near the visitor center and the football stadium. USAI is a private-membership swim club in continuous operation since 1962. The grounds include a shaded picnic area with barbecues and a play field for children. The club also fields a competitive swim team for children and teens. Learn more, including contact information and how to join, here.

June 15, 2016

Participate in Newark Photo Contest
The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, invites students, alumni, faculty, and staff of an Essex County school, university, or other educational institution to submit images of Essex County public servants who exemplify public service in action. Selected photos will be featured in a special fall 2016 exhibit, Public Service for the Public Good, part of the City of Newark’s 350th Anniversary celebration. The contest runs from June 1 to August 31. Check here for more information, including how to enter, rules, and FAQs.

June 1, 2016

Hosting Mandela Fellows on July 4 
This summer, Rutgers will host 50 African fellows participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. The fellows are young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa who have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities. As they will be here during the July 4 holiday weekend, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs is calling on the Rutgers community to help share our national tradition by hosting the fellows for an at-home barbecue or by inviting them to join you for a fun Independence Day experience, such as fireworks. You decide whether to make it an afternoon or a daylong activity. If interested in hosting, apply here.

May 18, 2016

Share Your Experiences with HereNow: Rutgers 250 by May 30
Remember to share your Rutgers experiences from 2015 and 2016—including commencement ceremonies and celebrations—in HereNow: Rutgers 250, the Zimmerli Art Museum’s first crowd-sourced exhibition. To be considered for the HereNow: Rutgers 250 companion book that will be published in the fall, upload images by the new deadline, May 30. Learn more here.

May 4, 2016

Free Swim and Instruction: May 4, Piscataway
Enjoy a free swim event with instruction, giveaways, and prizes on May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m., or 7 to 9 p.m. at the Werblin Recreation Center pool, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Learn more and register here.

April 27, 2016

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at or 848-445-2272.

Bhakti Club’s Annual Sacred Sounds Concert: April 28, New Brunswick
The Bhakti Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its annual Sacred Sounds, a free musical meditation concert with a variety of cultural vegan foods, on April 28 at 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Join world-renowned yogi and spiritual leader Radhanath Swami alongside kirtan bands Gaura Vani and the Mayapuris for an electrifying evening of musical meditations, exotic drumming, entrancing dance, and free cultural food. Learn more here.

Rutgers Day Performances from Mason Gross Extension Division: New Brunswick
On Rutgers Day, April 30, the Extension Division of Mason Gross School of the Arts will offer three performances between 10:30 a.m. and noon at Rutgers University–New Brunswick: the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, Hill Center Courtyard, Busch Campus, 11 a.m. to noon; the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, Big R Stage, Douglass Campus, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; and the Rutgers Children's Choir, Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, 11 a.m. to noon

"Art After Hours" and "Study After Hours": May 3 and May 4: New Brunswick
Enjoy a break at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, during “Art After Hours” on May 3 from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring tours of Raging through Time: The Art of David Wojnarowicz and Abstraction Squared; Slide Jam with artists Spencer Merolla and Ben Suga; and local pop/blues/hip-hop duo Kay and Ray. “Study After Hours” begins at 10 a.m. on May 4 and lasts 24 hours to accommodate students preparing for exams. Quiet gallery spaces are equipped with free WiFi, electrical outlets, and added seating. Study breaks include yoga and meditation sessions. Both events are free and offer complimentary refreshments. Learn more here.

"Becoming an Outdoor Family": May 20–22, Stokes State Forest, Branchville
All are welcome on May 20–22 for a weekend of family fun and learning in the heart of beautiful Stokes State Forest at Lindley G. Cook, a residential 4-H Camp in Branchville, New Jersey, and a program of Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. "Becoming an Outdoor Family" is a weekend for families who want to get away, make connections, and learn outdoor skills such as fishing, survival, shooting sports, and natural history. Traditional camp activities such as campfire, hiking, and making s’mores round out the weekend. An $80 per person cost covers housing, meals, and program. Learn more and register here [PDF].

April 13, 2016

Register for “Appy Hour,” Receive Kite+Key Gift Card
Join kite+key, the Rutgers Tech store, for "Appy Hour" on April 20 at noon as store manager Vito Vacca shares his expertise with tips and tricks about the iPad. Kite+key, located at the plaza on Livingston Campus, Piscataway, carries a full line of technology-related products at competitive pricing. Registered attendees receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Email or call 848-445-1127 to register. Learn more here.

See If You Qualify for Paid Consumer Study
The Sensory Evaluation/Nutrition Laboratory, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking participants for a paid consumer study. A brief survey will determine if you qualify. Complete the survey here. You will be contacted soon if you qualify. Contact the Sensory Evaluation Lab at or 848-932-5419 with questions.

Provide Feedback at Institutional Planning and Operations Forums
This month Institutional Planning and Operations will conduct public forums to outline planning initiatives, including those involving transportation and the libraries. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback. Locations, dates, and times:

Rutgers UniversityNewark, April 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room;

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, April 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Delta Dental Educational Conference Center, Room B-965;

RutgersNew Brunswick, April 20, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall B; 

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway, April 25, 1 to 3 p.m., Research Tower, Main Auditorium, Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories;

RutgersNew Brunswick, April 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Room 201 AB.


Experience New Brunswick Ciclovia 2016: April 24
On April 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., run, stroll, bike, skate, or dance across three miles of car-free New Brunswick streets open for recreation—including College Avenue, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. No beginning, no end; join in anywhere. Visit activity stations. The event is free and no preregistration is required. New Brunswick Ciclovia is a community collaborative among the City of New Brunswick, Rutgers, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and more than 24 community organizations. Join the worldwide movement. How will you ciclovia? Learn more here.

Run to Support the Fight Against Sexual Assault
Join the Rutgers Team (Rutgers-VPVA) for the Sixth Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K on May 7 in Asbury Park. The event is the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s largest annual community engagement and fundraising event. A bus to the event departs from the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at 7 a.m. Learn more and register here.

April 6, 2016

Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum
April is National Autism Awareness Month. You can help make a difference for Rutgers students on the autism spectrum by making a gift to the College Support Program (CSP). CSP provides a range of essential individualized and group services to students. The fee-based program is supported by a small professional team and undergraduate volunteer mentors. Donations go toward expanding services, purchasing training materials, developing outreach and education campaigns, and creating scholarships to help ease the financial burden of, or make the program accessible to, students who are accepted into it. You can support the CSP crowdfunding campaign by making a donation here and spreading the message to your personal networks. View sample emails and social media posts here. Demonstrate support for students on the autism spectrum and promote a supportive and inclusive environment within the Rutgers community.

Habitat for Humanity On-Campus Build: Saturdays through April 23, New Brunswick
On Saturdays (April 9 to April 23) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rutgers Habitat for Humanity will build a garage on campus in Lot 98B, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offering a glimpse of Habitat for Humanity's mission and raising awareness of affordable housing. The garage is an essential component to the home being built for Nikeisa Johnson and her family, including her 2-year-old son, who requires 24-hour medical attention and has never been able to live at home with his family because of accessibility needs. Donations to the Rutgers chapter for this project are being matched dollar for dollar by a State Farm grant up to $10,000 through April 30. This month, show your support and come view the build on campus, or consider making a donation to this life-changing project.


March 30, 2016

Volunteers Requested for Rutgers University Commencement 2016
The Office of the Secretary is seeking volunteers for Rutgers University 250th Anniversary Commencement on May 15. Volunteer to be a commencement ambassador and encourage your coworkers, friends, neighbors, and family members to volunteer, too. All ambassadors will receive event training, a commencement T-shirt, and a thank-you gift. In addition, they attend a breakfast reception before commencement, are entered into a volunteers raffle, and gain the satisfaction of helping our newest alumni enjoy a great event. A few hours of your help will make a big difference. Register to volunteer and learn more here.

Recreation Guest Passes: Buy One, Get One Free
April is "Buy One, Get One Free" guest pass month to use recreation facilities at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Between April 1 and April 30, purchase a single-day guest pass or a six-pack punch card and receive a second one free. Guest passes have no expiration date. Guests must be at least 18 years old, present ID, and be accompanied by a member of the university community while using the facilities. Students can purchase a single-day guest pass for $5 and a six-pack punch card for $25. Faculty, staff, and recreation members can purchase a single-day guest pass for $10 and a six-pack punch card for $50. For more information, contact the recreation administration office at 848-445-0462.

March 23, 2016

Sign Up: RBHS Golf League
The annual Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Golf League begins its season on April 14 and is seeking new members and substitutes. The league plays nine holes at Rutgers Golf Course, Piscataway, on Thursdays, with tee times starting just after 4 p.m. and playoffs running through September. Registration must be submitted by April 1. Those who are unable to play every week can join as substitutes and play when they are available. Register here or send registration requests to Scot Stenroos at

Seeking Volunteers Now for New Brunswick Summer Conference
Rutgers University–New Brunswick has been chosen to host the International Association for College Admission Counseling Conference from July 8 through July 15. The Department of Undergraduate Admissions is honored to have this opportunity to showcase the university to hundreds of counselors from around the world as it celebrates 250 years of being revolutionary. To help ensure the university’s best effort is made as conference host, Undergraduate Admissions is seeking student, faculty, and alumni volunteers to assist with registration, various events throughout the conference, the help desk, and other conference-related activities. Training is required in April to work as a volunteer. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt. Those interested in volunteering should register and choose preferred training times here.

Self-Defense Class: March 31 or April 1, New Brunswick
Violent crimes are often crimes of opportunity. Remove the element of opportunity, reduce the risk of attack. Participate in a personal safety/crime prevention awareness class at the College Avenue Gym Dance Studio, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on either March 31 at 6:30 p.m. or April 1 at 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Rutgers Recreation. The class focuses on mental and physical preparedness techniques to incorporate into everyday life. Sign up for the class here to begin taking control of your personal safety. Participants are reminded to wear comfortable/loose clothing and sneakers.