September 3, 2014

Historical Yearbooks Now Available Online
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the university, which will be celebrated in 2016, Rutgers University Libraries are working to digitize the yearbooks of all Rutgers' schools and campuses. This massive project honors the university's unique history and its distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

An initial selection is on view here. The sophisticated website allows users to browse through the digitized yearbooks using a computer or mobile device, turning "pages" as they go through the book. Users can search for names and terms across and inside the yearbooks and leave comments using the website's "Share Your Memories" feature.

Pictured: Scarlet Letter annual covers (clockwise from left): 1871, 1889, 1891, 1895

August 27, 2014

Rutgers Against Hunger
Over one million New Jersey residents, including 1 in 5 children, face hunger challenges on a regular basis. Each day, Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) takes action to come to their aid. RAH appreciates the university community’s ongoing support and thanks everyone who donated during RAH’s successful summer food drive where 2,500 pounds of food were collected and distributed to four local food pantries during the challenging month of August. Since 2008, RAH has collected approximately 190,000 pounds of food and raised more than $216,000 for hunger-fighting agencies across the state. Please support RAH by donating nonperishable food items at RAH collection bins in New Brunswick or by volunteering at one of several partner agencies. 

Find out how you and your school, department, or organization can help those in need across the state here.

August 20, 2014

How to Submit Your Video to the RU-tv Network
Rutgers University Television Network (RU-tv) is the eyes and the ears of Rutgers University–New Brunswick and is always looking for creative programming from the Rutgers community to air on the network. RU-tv considers all types of programming including lectures, events, or even sketch comedy. The award-winning campus network serves more than 37,000 students, of which 15,000 live on campus.

Faculty and staff members who have produced, or plan to produce a video project and would like to make a video submission inquiry, should review a list of guidelines and frequently asked questions here. A video outlining how to submit a video may be viewed here.

August 13, 2014

World Cup Superstar Tim Howard Inspires Tourette Syndrome Program Making Debut at Rutgers
When America’s soccer superstar Tim Howard was 10 years old and diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, he coped as many kids do—by trying to hide the embarrassing tics and twitches that make this disorder so visible.

Now the 35-year-old goalkeeper—who stunned the world with a record 16 saves in the World Cup game between the U.S. and Belgium—wants to show young people how they can succeed in spite of the challenges Tourette Syndrome throws their way. A leadership academy he helped create debuted August 1 at Rutgers, providing 23 teenagers from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with skills to help manage daily challenges. Read the entire article here.

Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons

August 6, 2014

Newark's Official Historian Visits His Favorite Landmarks
Clement Price, Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and 2006 inductee into the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, has been named the City of Newark’s official historian. Price GSNB’75, who has taught at Rutgers University–Newark for 45 years, will also chair the committee responsible for orga­nizing observances of the 350th anniversary of the city’s founding in May 2016.

To begin cultivating an appreciation of the rich history of Newark, Price, a longtime resident of the city, recommends visiting landmarks such as the Newark Museum, Newark Public Library, and Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Read the entire article here.

Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

July 30, 2014

Teach a Girl to Lead
If a girl can’t imagine a woman president, how can she become one? If a boy sees only men in public leadership roles, what will convince him to support aspiring women leaders? The Center for American Women and Politics, part of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, created Teach a Girl to Lead™ (TAG) to inspire girls and young women to follow in the footsteps of women leaders, past and present. Making women’s political leadership visible will inspire girls and boys with fully inclusive ideas about who can lead. TAG provides tools and resources for educators, leaders of youth-serving groups, media outlets, and parents to help young people rethink public leadership with women in the picture. Learn more here.

July 23, 2014

Big Ten Libraries: Borrowing from the Best
UBorrow is one of several new services being introduced at the Rutgers libraries through membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a group of top research universities–most of them also members of the Big Ten®.

Through UBorrow, students and faculty have access to at least 10 million titles that are not on the shelves at Rutgers. It opens up notable collections, including the stacks at the University of Chicago that focus on the ancient Near East, while building Rutgers’ access to titles in Arabic and other foreign languages. Learn about other new services and read the entire article at Rutgers Today here.

Pictured: Shakiela Morton, a Rutgers senior, found books she needed through UBorrow. Photo: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

July 16, 2014

SHRP Supports a Health Promotions Event at the 2014 Special Olympics
More than 200 students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and family members from the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), as well as members from New Jersey Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, clinical affiliates, and the New Jersey Dietetic Association provided health screenings and education to athletes and coaches participating in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games as part of the Health Promotions event held in Ewing, New Jersey, on June 16–19. In addition, SHRP physical therapists participated in Fit Feet screenings, and students from the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine coordinated a Special Smiles venue for oral screenings.

Approximately 400 athletes participated in the screenings and were presented with a Personal Health Card indicating individual screening results for blood pressure, bone density, and Body Mass Index.

July 9, 2014

Rutgers’ Big Ten Membership to Promote Biotechnology Collaboration with Ohio State
Rutgers’ joining the Big Ten® is prompting plant biotechnologists at Rutgers and Ohio State to pursue new ways to work together on harnessing energy from agricultural crops, a renewable resource that could help our country in its quest for energy independence and environmental sustainability.

“The Ohio State and Rutgers researchers have been in close contact for 16 years now,” said Eric Lam, distinguished professor of plant biology and pathology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “Now is a good time, with our transition into the Big Ten, to leverage each other’s research in the broad biotechnology field.” Read the entire article at Rutgers Today here.

Illustration: Ohio State University Arts and Sciences Communications Services

July 2, 2014

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rutgers UniversityNewark Celebrates Historic Achievement
Alexander Gates led 100 people to revel in a moment of glory for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. At the first alumni reunion held on May 31, the group celebrated the department’s historical achievement of ranking 49th in earth sciences by U.S. News & World Report for its graduate program.

“My goal was always to become nationally ranked, and so after 27 years of being here, this is a big deal for me,” says Gates, professor and undergraduate adviser in the department. Read the entire article here.

Pictured: Alexander Gates gives a miniature tsunami demonstration. Photo credit: Arthur Paxton