Spotlights

September 4, 2013

RU-tv Has Switched to Digital Channels
RU-tv has now moved into the digital world after the activation of new equipment last week, and over 90 channels were transitioned in this process. The switch to digital is the biggest change to the network since it was launched in 2000.

Because of this transition, some channels may appear to be out of order in the channel lineup. For up-to-date channel listings, please tune to channels 41.1– 41.9 or visit the channel guide webpage for a printable PDF version of the new channel guide.

Televisions must be reprogrammed for the RU-tv channels when connecting a television for the first time or if the unit is already connected to the RU-tv cable system. Users can find this function in the menu of their televisions. Learn more and watch the instructional video here.

August 28, 2013

RON Greets New Students at Rutgers
This summer’s incoming class was met by a new friend in RON—the Rutgers Orientation kNight. New students and parents first met RON in his starring role in a video highlighting Rutgers pride and history. RON continued to come to life sharing the stage with members of the New Student Orientation staff via Skype, interrupting director Brian MacDonald to say hello to new students. RON has been answering questions via his @RutgersRON twitter account and is preparing to welcome new students back to campus at New Student Convocation on August 31 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Watch RON's introduction video here.

RON was conceived by Brian MacDonald from Rutgers University Student Life, and Zach Voss, founder of Retroscope Media LLC in Boise, Idaho, with the help of Sets & Effects LLC in Brooklyn, New York.

August 21, 2013

New Jersey DataBank
The comprehensive Rutgers–Newark New Jersey DataBank run by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) serves as a focal point for easy access to government information essential to elected officials, legislative staff, academics, and the public in order to facilitate informed decision making. It is designed for ease of use, readability, and navigation, and functions as a web-based interactive database through which users can obtain a wealth of information. New Jersey DataBank provides data on current issues from the municipal to state levels that can be easily compared and presented in tables, graphs, and maps. Its easy-to-use format makes a wealth of data available to all citizens of New Jersey–community advocates, nonprofits, schools, urban and suburban planners, political officials, and the media. Please contact Marc Holzer, dean of SPAA, with questions at mholzer@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

 

August 14, 2013

Business Scholars Advise Doctoral Students at South Africa Consortium
This summer, faculty members from the Rutgers School of Business–Camden were on hand to help doctoral students from around the world advance their understanding of issues that arise in those markets during a meeting of the Emerging Markets Conference Board in South Africa. The annual conference, held June 17–20 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, began with a doctoral consortium for about 20 fellows from Africa, China, England, and India, among other countries. Twelve business professors served as faculty members during the doctoral consortium. While there, they provided the fellows with insight on doctoral research and served as expert sources on a wide range of research topics. Read the complete article here.

 

August 7, 2013

State Office of Homeland Security Recognizes Rutgers for Sandy Response
On July 31, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness director Ed Dickson lauded Rutgers University for its response to–and recovery from–Superstorm Sandy. Dickson presented President Robert L. Barchi with a plaque in recognition of the university’s service to the state during an appreciation event organized by the Office of Emergency Management at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium Recruiting Pavilion. More than 800 people evacuated from Atlantic County were housed in emergency shelters set up at Rutgers’ Busch and Livingston campuses in Piscataway after the devastating October storm. The university also served thousands of meals in the weeks after the storm to those without power, and hundreds of staff and student volunteers pitched in where needed. Learn more here.

July 31, 2013

All Aboard!: Railroads and New Jersey, 1812–1930
The All Aboard digital exhibition presented by Rutgers University Libraries tells the story of New Jersey railroads from the early experiments by John Stevens on his estate in Hoboken to the heyday of passenger rail and freight transport of the early 20th century. The digital exhibition features images of rare broadsides, manuscripts, pamphlets, and photographs documenting the history of railroads in the Garden State from Rutgers University Libraries' collections. This digital exhibition is a version of the physical exhibition, All Aboard! Railroads and New Jersey, 1812–1930, which was on display in the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in fall 2011. The digital exhibition is curated by David J. Fowler and Fernanda Perrone from Special Collections and University Archives. View the digital exhibition here.

July 24, 2013

Rutgers EcoComplex
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station has many off-campus research centers. Some are located in remote parts of the state, providing limited opportunity for state residents to know the scope of their work. The EcoComplex performs research and develops new technologies to address the pressing alternative energy, environmental, solid waste, and resource-recovery issues faced in New Jersey, and also functions as a hub of education and outreach for the entire alternative energy and environmental community. Serpil Guran, director of the Rutgers EcoComplex, provides an up-close look at what goes on at the EcoComplex Alternative Energy Innovation Center in Bordentown, New Jersey. Read the story at the SEBS & NJAES Newsroom here.

July 17, 2013

New Signs of the Times

New Signs of the Times
Newly installed exterior signage at Rutgers locations across the state may be the most visible indication of the new era at Rutgers that began on July 1. The changes to more than 1,000 signs are the first phase in a long-term universitywide comprehensive environmental graphic design strategy that revisits the way in which Rutgers moves people between, around, and through campuses and incorporates growth and environmental consciousness–for example, promoting pedestrian and bicycle-friendly initiatives. The new signage system also extends the institutional brand and reinforces the concept of creating a unified Rutgers. The second phase of the project–directional and interior signage–should be completed by mid-September. Rutgers has hired ex;it, a research and design strategy firm in Philadelphia, to assist with the creation of a new university sign standard that will be available as part of the Rutgers Visual Identity System.

 

July 10, 2013

The War After: From Combat to Campus
The Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking at the Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA), in partnership with Rutgers Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services and the Office for Student Affairs, is currently producing a one-hour documentary featuring 10 United States veterans transitioning from active duty to the unexpected challenges of civilian life. The film is told through the voices of dynamic young men and women from diverse economic and racial backgrounds and varied branches of military service.

The War After is directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker and MGSA professor Dena Seidel and made in collaboration with her Rutgers Film Bureau production staff and "Advanced Documentary" students. Learn more here.

 

July 3, 2013

Welcome to the Newly Integrated Rutgers University
On July 1, 2013, the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Education Restructuring Act went into effect, integrating Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with all units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), except University Hospital in Newark and the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. The establishment of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences has made Rutgers one of America’s largest, most comprehensive university-based centers for studying and improving human health and health care.

Resources are available for faculty and staff members as integration activities continue through the 2013–2014 academic year. View the Quick Guide here (PDF), and view the online Working Together Faculty and Staff Guide here (ebook).

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