March 8, 2017

March 8 spotlight
State Senator Loretta Weinberg (right) presented the senate resolution to Jacquelyn Litt, dean, DRC (center); Richard Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Karen Stubaus, VP, Academic Affairs and Administration.

Douglass Honored by New Jersey State Senate
Douglass Residential College was honored recently with a resolution from the New Jersey State Senate celebrating 100 years of women’s education. The State Senate acknowledged Douglass’s focus on the success and advancement of undergraduate women and its ability to cater to a variety of student backgrounds and interests through specialized programs, leadership development opportunities, living learning communities, and its concentration on advancing women in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines.

Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women, the coordinate college to Rutgers College, the school was renamed Douglass College in 1955 to honor its founding dean, Mabel Smith Douglass. It became Douglass Residential College (DRC) in 2007 and will commemorate its 100th anniversary with a yearlong series of activities starting on September 18, 2017, culminating in a centennial celebration on September 18, 2018.

March 1, 2017

March 1 spotlight

NJPIES More Than Poison Information

The New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), a division of New Jersey Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine, serves as a public information service for poison emergencies through its 24/7 hotline staffed by individuals with medical, nursing, and pharmaceutical degrees. NJPIES annually manages over 50,000 cases of poison exposure.

Under the leadership of Diane Calello (left), executive director and medical director, NJPIES recently demonstrated its skills in nonpoison health-related emergencies. At the request of the New Jersey Department of Health, NJPIES executed one hotline to address concerns regarding thousands of Ocean County children who may have received improperly refrigerated vaccine, and another soon after when unsafe lead levels were found in water at Englewood Hospital. Both hotlines were operational within one hour of each request. Calello is pursuing other ways NJPIES can help in emergencies. Learn more here.

February 22, 2017

Feb. 22 spotlight

Appreciative Inquiry to Effect Organizational Change

Appreciative inquiry may be defined as the practice of asking questions to strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and increase potential. At Rutgers University–Newark, the Center for Applied Appreciative Inquiry at the School of Public Affairs and Administration teaches how to apply appreciative inquiry and the SOAR methodology (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) to effect positive organizational change and strategic planning. 

Starting in June, faculty and staff can participate—at a $200 discount—in the noncredit certificate course "Appreciative Inquiry for Strengths-based Leadership and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors." The course includes a workshop (June 1–2), an individual appreciative inquiry project, monthly coaching calls, and a concluding workshop (January 11–12). Learn more here or contact center director James M. Davy (left) at or 732-754-8969.

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