February 24, 2016

Paul Moré

Rutgers–Camden's Paul Moré Gives Back

After a successful 35-year career as a civilian engineer for the Department of Defense, Paul Moré made a notable return to Rutgers University–Camden—where he, his wife, and one of their two children earned their undergraduate degrees—hoping to give back to the university community that had supported him.

He became a mathematics instructor in 2002 and eventually started the Moré Family Scholarship there, trying to help worthy students minimize the financial struggles he faced as an undergraduate. He became active in charitable work to help orphans and also within the university community, serving as a vice president of the Camden chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a member of the Rutgers-Camden Faculty Council. Read Moré’s story here. (Pictured at left, Moré with youngsters from the Honduran orphanage he supports.)

February 17, 2016

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops

Do you want to learn how to reduce stress, be calmer, improve focus, and work more productively by avoiding distractions? Practicing mindfulness—the art of being a compassionate observer of your own experience—can help.

The office of Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, and Psychiatric Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers weekly mindfulness meditation workshops featuring a variety of techniques to all faculty, staff, and students. Beginners and those with meditation experience are invited to these free, drop-in workshops; no registration is required. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick now through May: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Learn more here.

February 10, 2016

Corlisse Thomas

Redefining Student Life

As the inaugural vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University–Newark, Corlisse Thomas is focused on helping to prepare students for life and leadership roles beyond graduation. She oversees Student Life, the Paul Robeson Campus Center, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Health Services, the Counseling Center, the Career Development Center, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

“When people think about leadership development, they think very classically about student organizations, and many students who are older, who are parents, who are employed, are not necessarily heavily involved in student organizations,” says Thomas. “How do we develop our students’ leadership skills in other ways?” Learn more about how Thomas views her new responsibilities here

February 3, 2016

Rutgers Dig Out

The Rutgers Dig Out

Despite 27.5 inches of snow in New Brunswick and Piscataway, 27.1 in Newark and 20.7 in Camden, the university’s facilities statewide were ready to go on the Monday (January 25) following the recent weekend storm. Year-round planning and a dedicated response team were key.  

Statewide, the Rutgers dig out consumed: 17,009 man hours, 314 tons of road salt, and 2,990 bags of ice melt and used 645 pieces of motorized equipment requiring 11,512 gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline. “We work the entire year on protocols, priorities, and aligning equipment, so that we were able to tackle it when it came,” said Antonio Calcado, senior vice president, institutional planning and operations. But, he added, "I regret that some parking areas were unavailable because of where crews had to pile snow.”

January 27, 2016

Helping Residents with the Environment

Helping Residents with the Environment

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, helps local farmers, government officials, and public school systems resolve a variety of environmental, land management, and habitat conservation issues. Perhaps less visible is its environmental stewards program, which helps central New Jersey residents through education.

Now through early June, the program offers approximately 60 hours of classes on Wednesday evenings in South Brunswick to help prepare residents to deal with climate change, soil health, invasive species, protecting local rivers and streams, and a host of other issues. The program features presentations by leading academicians and government figures and exposes participants to a network of experts and organizations who can assist with environmental problems. Register here. Contact Michele Bakacs at 732-398-5274 or for more information.

January 20, 2016

Deborah M. Spitalnik

Boggs Center Grows Under Deborah Spitalnik's Leadership

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. Named for Elizabeth Boggs, a founder of the National Association for Retarded Children (known as The Arc), the center educates students through interdisciplinary programs, provides community training and technical assistance, conducts research, and promotes the health, well-being, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities.

As founding executive director, Deborah M. Spitalnik (left) has greatly expanded the center’s role and impact. Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics, is a President Obama appointee to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. She spoke at the White House celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guaranteeing a free public education to each child with a disability. 

December 16, 2015

Wood Lawn

Happy 200th Poll, Eagleton!

The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll (originally, the New Jersey Poll), was the nation’s first university-based state survey research center when it was established in 1971. Currently, it is publicly releasing results from its milestone 200th poll.

ECPIP’s dedication to reporting objective, scientifically sound information about public opinion on politics and policy in the Garden State is widely recognized. Equally important is the center’s legacy of student involvement; its extensive internship program utilizes students’ interests and talents to create survey questionnaires, conduct interviews, and analyze data for public release under faculty supervision. With a nod toward history, the center, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been revisiting questions put to New Jerseyans from its early days of polling. View more than four decades of news releases here.

December 9, 2015

Physical Therapy

Free Physical Therapy Clinic

Every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m., the Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic (CPPTC) offers free physical therapy services and education on wellness and health to the university and local Newark communities. The walk-in clinic, located in Newark’s Stanley S. Bergen Building, is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and student volunteers from the entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

CPPTC is a model for students for creating a patient-centered physical therapy practice. It serves people with underlying diagnoses such as chronic stroke, osteoarthritic complications, diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. After a visit, patients are given home exercise programs and a referral to other health care professionals for continued follow-up care. Synergy, a group-exercise program for stroke survivors, is offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact Sue Paparella-Pitzel at 973-972-8511 or to learn more.

December 2, 2015

Zimmerli’s HereNow

Contribute Photographs to Zimmerli’s HereNow: Rutgers 250

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors to contribute photographs to HereNow: Rutgers 250 through July 10, 2016. The project commemorates the university’s milestone with a dynamic digital gallery, exhibition, and book documenting the daily lives of individuals within the global Rutgers community.   

Contributed photos must have been taken during 2015 and 2016 and can represent Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers–Newark, as well as university-related activities at locations across New Jersey and globally. 

All images in the digital gallery will be printed and hung in the Zimmerli’s major exhibition gallery, with the 250 most compelling images included in a book to be published by November 10, 2016, the university’s 250th anniversary. Learn more here.

November 25, 2015

Rutgers Giving Day

#GivingTuesday: December 1

December 1, 2015, marks the first-ever Rutgers Giving Day, an online fundraising event that joins an international movement, #GivingTuesday, started a few years ago to raise awareness about the importance of giving back. For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends are encouraged to make an impact with tax deductible contributions to schools, units, and programs of their choice across Rutgers.

Contributions can help your school or unit win some of the $100,000 in available challenge funds. Schools and units will compete for percentages of one of the four pools in challenge funds totaling $80,000—an allocation of $20,000 each to Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. An additional $20,000 will be available through social media challenges. Learn more at