February 15, 2017

Feb. 15 spotlight

Mason Gross Extension Division Summer Programs

This summer, let your children explore, create, and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory. The Mason Gross School of the Art’s Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers a vibrant and innovative arts summer program, starting at age 5.

Registration continues through June 5 for summer camps, institutes, and intensives; receive a 10 percent discount for registering by March 1. Financing options are available. Opportunities include: Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Group, Summer Dance Conservatory, Drawing and Painting Intensive, Digital Filmmaking Camp, American String Teachers Association/New Jersey Chamber Music Institute, Media Art Intensive, Acting Conservatory, Design Intensive, Summer Jazz Institute, and Kids Create Camp. Some programs require auditions or portfolios. Learn more here

February 8, 2017

Feb. 8 spotlight

Rutgers–Newark Debaters Continue to Excel

The debate team at Rutgers University–Newark continued its outstanding level of performance as the new year began. The team recently won the Alan Nichols Debate Tournament at the University of Southern California, as top-seeded debate partners Devane Murphy and Nicole Nave scored 10 consecutive debate wins, including victories over top-ranked Harvard in the semifinals and University of California-Berkeley in the championship round.

Rutgers–Newark defeated Harvard, the University of Vermont, and Indiana University to reach the quarterfinals of the Kathryn Klassic Winter Tournament at California State-Fullerton before it was defeated by No. 2-ranked Georgetown. In each tournament, Murphy received the first-place speaker award. Alumnus Chris Kozak is the debate team director. Learn more about the debate team here.

February 1, 2017

Feb. 1 2017 Spotlight

Pre-College Summer Academies Registration 

Registration is open now through May 31 for Rutgers Pre-College Summer Academies in New Brunswick offered by Rutgers Continuing Studies. The academies, designed for high school students ages 16 to 18 who have a 3.0 minimum GPA and are proficient in English, can help prepare students for the academic challenges of college and provide a competitive advantage for college admissions.

Three intensive one-week certificate programs are offered: Pre-Engineering Summer Academy (July 9–15), consisting of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours, and field trips; iSTEM Summer Academy (July 16–22), exploring a global environmental challenge through STEM lectures, individual research, hands-on group projects, faculty coaching, field trips, and guest speakers; and Leadership Summer Academy (July 23–29), focusing on the practices and ethics of leaders through lectures, interviews, field trips, and in-class activities. Learn more here

January 25, 2017

Jan. 25, 2017 spotlight

New Jersey Film Festival Starts January 28

More than 30 films from seven countries will be screened at the 2017 New Jersey Film Festival from January 28 to March 3. Most films will be shown in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Q&A sessions with 15 film directors are scheduled. 

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and School of Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary Cinema Studies program, showcases the best in new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. 

Screenings include Yuri Muraoka’s Schizophrenia (pictured), an experimental film delving into the filmmaker’s obsession with odd numbers; Royston Scott’s The Sara Spencer Washington Story, documenting a young black woman who succeeded selling her hair products door-to-door in 1920's Atlantic City; and Daniel Natale’s Bad Tidings, exploring Sea Bright and rising sea levels. Learn more here.

January 18, 2017

Caregiver spotlight
Help for Caregivers of People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Care2Caregivers—a peer-support helpline for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease operated by University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC)—has provided mental health assistance and resources to thousands of state residents since 2014.

Funded by New Jersey’s Department of Human Services through the Comprehensive Services on Aging Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at UBHC, the helpline is staffed by skilled peer counselors who assist callers (who can remain anonymous) for all stages—from prediagnosis and caregiving to hospice and bereavement. They advise on managing difficult behavior, strengthening daily routines, and navigating the maze of community resources. Sometimes they just provide an empathetic ear.

Care2Caregivers, which also offers support groups, including for people caring for spouses, operates daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more about Care2Caregivers (800-424-2494) here.

December 14, 2016

Marie O'Toole

O'Toole Receives Fulbright Specialist Grant

Marie O’Toole, senior associate dean of academics and faculty affairs and professor, School of Nursing–Camden, has received a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant to explore a joint doctoral program with faculty at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. She says that the Fulbright is as much a reflection of the school’s increasing involvement in global initiatives as is her significant global experience. As an example, a delegation from Semmelweis University recently spent a week at Rutgers University–Camden implementing student and faculty exchanges for the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme for Higher Education.

O’Toole was associate dean at the Stratford campus for the then University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Nursing from 2010 to 2014. As another indicator of her professional leadership, she’s served as editor of Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions—the definitive health professions dictionary—for the past 20 years. Learn more about O’Toole here.

December 7, 2016

Dec. 7 spotlight National Arts Program

Thelonius,” by Denise Agnew (Division of Surgical Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey), First Place, Amateur, 2016

Universitywide Call for Artists of All Levels

Are you or a family member a professional or amateur artist? Rutgers employees and their immediate families are invited to showcase their artwork at the 2017 Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program, January 23–April 19, at New Jersey Medical School, Newark. Artists at all levels can exhibit for no fee and compete for cash prizes. Professionals will judge in amateur, intermediate, professional, and youth classifications.

Submissions must be properly framed and wired and be original work of the entrant completed within the last three years. Kits, paint-by-numbers, photocopies or photographs, magazine or book illustrations, and snapshots are excluded. Works will be received on January 19 (8 a.m.–4 p.m.) in Room B515, Medical Science Building, Newark. Register by January 13. For more information, contact Noreen Gomez at 973-972-4795 or

November 30, 2016


Camden Professors Honored

Julie and Kenneth Kendall, married management faculty members at Rutgers School of Business–Camden, were recently inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame. The Kendalls are two of only 21 members in the Hall of Fame, established by the PhD Project in 2011 “to recognize a select few who have inspired many.”

The PhD Project was founded in 1994 as a way to increase workplace diversity by encouraging minority professionals to become academics who, in turn, would encourage, mentor, support, and enhance the preparation of tomorrow’s business leaders. The Kendalls agree that it is the doctoral students who make the PhD Project a success. They were overjoyed to learn that a student nominated them for the Hall of Fame. Learn more about the Kendalls and the PhD Project here.

November 23, 2016

Jessica Joines

Genetic Counseling Master's Program Gains Accreditation

The university’s Genetic Counseling Master’s Program recently received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, becoming one of only 35 such accredited programs in the country and the only one in New Jersey. Students will study with genetic counselors and geneticists across the state—within and outside the university.

The 22-month program is now accepting students for its first class next fall. In-state tuition is expected to make it particularly attractive to New Jersey residents. The leadership team consists of faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Jessica Joines (at left) is the program director. Contact her at or 848-445-9637. Learn more here.

November 16, 2016

Amariliz Rivera

Researcher Studying the Immune System Wins Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award

Amariliz Rivera (at left), assistant professor in the Center for Immunity and Inflammation at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is one of 10 recent recipients—the first from Rutgers—of a $500,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award.

As a University of Puerto Rico undergraduate, Rivera spent a summer in a research lab with MIT students. She's since been focused on research, spending many of the past 20 years advancing her research into fungal infections and immunology. The significant loss of human life associated with fungal infections keeps her motivated to comprehend fully how the human immune system responds and protects the body against fungal infections. Learn more about Rivera here.