May 17, 2017


Rutgers Grows the Garden State Economy

Rutgers plays a crucial role as The State University of New Jersey, teaching 69,000 students, producing research that improves the quality of life, and delivering health care to tens of thousands of New Jerseyans. As a new report demonstrates, Rutgers—the state’s third-largest nongovernmental employer—is also a job creator and economic engine, fueling the New Jersey economy, supporting jobs, and generating billions of dollars in annual economic activity for the state.

Learn about Rutgers’ economic impact in Rutgers Grows the Garden State, now available as an ebook and PDF download. Content in the report is based on research and analysis provided by R/ECON, the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. To request printed copies of the report, please contact Glynis Sanders,, 848-445-1903, in University Communications and Marketing.

May 10, 2017

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Rutgers University–Camden Professor Is a “Person of the Crowd”

The provocative, “graphical interventions” of Allan Espiritu, associate professor of fine arts, Rutgers University–Camden, are currently featured in the critically acclaimed exhibition Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie, on display through May 22 in the Barnes Foundation’s Roberts Gallery in Philadelphia.

The Rutgers–Camden educator and graphic artist is one of about 50 international artists invited to hit the streets to address diverse issues through a variety of mediums. Espiritu has three pieces showcased in the exhibition that are part of his ongoing Over and Over Project. The series of works—titled using pop lyrics—explore ideas of psychological control, the aesthetics of desire, consumption, and saturation. The works avoid traditional pictorial representation, choosing language and typography as the mode of expression, while visually referencing the oversaturated, repetitively abundant American pop culture landscape that bombards people every day. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

May 3, 2017

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Pictured: Marcellus Hill, Athena Torres, Himang Patel, and Harvey Mills are among the Rutgers University Future Scholars graduating class of 2017.

Rutgers Future Scholars Graduates Its First Class

During the 2017 commencement, approximately 55 graduates will walk with special distinction as the first Rutgers Future Scholars to earn university degrees.

Since 2008, the pioneering program has inspired and prepared 1,800 low-income, first-generation students to attend college. Each year, Future Scholars, which is funded primarily through private and corporate contributions, accepts 215 seventh-grade students—50 each from New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, and Camden, plus 15 from Rahway—who remain in the program through their high school graduation. The students receive mentoring, tutoring, and college prep courses, including required summer sessions. Upon graduation, if the student applies and is accepted to Rutgers, the university covers the cost of tuition.

Learn more about the Future Scholars program here.

April 26, 2017

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Rutgers Day: April 29

Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages, will take place April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event offers more than 600 free performances, demonstrations, and interactive activities. Last year, a record crowd of more than 100,000 visitors learned firsthand about the university’s research, teaching, and service. This year’s celebration includes programming at all three of the university’s locations in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark.

Rutgers Day coincides with Alumni Weekend. Alumni may connect with old friends and classmates and enjoy refreshments in alumni tents at all three locations. In addition, the New Jersey Folk Festival, which is on Cook/Douglass campus in New Brunswick, celebrates the theme “Turkish Traditions.”

Parking is free in Rutgers lots in Camden, New Brunswick, and Piscataway. In Newark, guests can park for free in University Deck I (200 University Avenue), Washington Deck II (166 Washington Street), or Washington Deck III (180 Washington Street). New Brunswick also will offer shuttle buses connecting the College Avenue, Busch, and Cook/Douglass campuses. Learn more here.

April 19, 2017

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Great Things to Know about Rutgers Now Available

The newly revised Great Things to Know about Rutgers brochure is available in print and as a PDF and ebook. An engaging, at-a-glance view of the university, it features facts, figures, and the accomplishments of a number of Rutgers individuals and programs—a powerful addition for marketing and communications.

Main sections focus on the university’s reputation, students, and faculty as well as its health care division, research, impact, alumni, historic achievements, and Rutgers in general. PDF downloads, an ebook, and printed copies are available from the Department of University Communications and Marketing. Printed copies can be ordered in increments of 100 by using this form (login required).

April 12, 2017

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Center for Exercise and Aging Celebrates 15 Years

The Center for Exercise and Aging is marking its 15th year providing intergenerational programs that bring together senior citizens from communities surrounding New Brunswick and Rutgers students in “Exercise and Aging” classes. Since faculty member Susan Kaplowitz (pictured left), in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, began the program, an estimated 1,000 people from senior centers, assisted living residences, and active retirement senior communities have participated.

Students receive firsthand experience and an understanding of the senior population and many have moved to careers in the geriatric/gerontology fields. Kaplowitz’s two “Exercise and Aging” classes and students from the School of Health Professions' aging track, coordinated by Tracy Davis, assisted in planning an event, which included presentations from fitness experts, interactive fitness activities, and games and prizes. Learn more here.

April 5, 2017

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Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Providers

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Open House

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates will host an open house to showcase its new offices near New Brunswick’s College Avenue Campus on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 135 Somerset Street on the ground level of the Aspire building, Rutgers Health University Dental Associates welcomes Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and alumni, in addition to local residents.

Providers are faculty at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who treat patients directly. They offer a full range of expert care, from family dentistry to complex, specialty needs. The New Brunswick office joins the Rutgers Health University Dental Associates practice in Newark. For more information, click here.

March 29, 2017

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Rutgers Launches Early Psychosis Intervention Clinic for Young Adults

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) recently opened a first-episode psychosis outpatient clinic in its Edison Metroplex location for Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer County residents 18 to 35, funded by a grant from the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Psychotic illness affects approximately 100,000 young people nationwide. Early adulthood provides the best window for intervention, as this population is at a crucial point in developing career goals and relationships. Psychosis—characterized by an impaired sense of reality—typically occurs between the ages of 18 and 28. However, most treatments for psychotic disorders are designed for those who have been living with this chronic mental illness, which can be a deterrent to teens or 20-somethings in need of care. A clinic, such as UBHC’s, dedicated to young adults staffed by professionals with specialized knowledge, is key to long-term success. Contact the clinic at 732-235-2868 and learn more here

March 22, 2017

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NIEER Studies Philadelphia Pre-School

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, recently received a $1.8 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to conduct a three-year evaluation of Philadelphia’s preschool program to study the program’s design, implementation, and impacts on children’s learning and development. The multisite study will assess the program for potential improvements that hopefully will make the program a nationwide model.

The evaluation, designed as part of a continuous improvement process to strengthen pre-K classroom practices and systems and improve kindergarten readiness, will also review the economic impacts and the cost-effectiveness of Philadelphia’s pre-K program in comparison with other interventions for young children. Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor and director of NIEER, and Milagros Nores, NIEER co-director for research, are the principal investigators (pictured). Learn more here.

March 15, 2017

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NJMS Annual Exhibit and Awards of National Arts Program

Yonatan Kaplan, a second-year student at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, won the Best of Show Award and a $400 cash prize for his oil pastels painting District Donut (at left), in NJMS’s Sixth Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program, a recently held competition for members of the Rutgers community universitywide and their families.

The judging panel, consisting of three local artists/teachers, evaluated 219 works submitted by 124 participants. All works will remain on display in NJMS hallways through April 19. Award winners and honorable mentions by category may be viewed here.