September 21, 2016

Zimmerli Exhibit

Thinking Pictures Exhibition Launches Zimmerli Season

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, kicks off its fall season with Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection, an exhibition that draws on the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary at the museum.

The show, on view through December 31, focuses on 100 works by more than 50 artists who lived and worked in Moscow in the 1970s and 1980s. Defying an institutional framework that privileged painting, they were concerned with the essential task of creating an audience in an environment that lacked galleries, critics, and a viable market for conceptual art. The museum hosts an artists’ roundtable and reception on September 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Its October 4 “Art After Hours: First Tuesdays” event from 5 to 9 p.m. features a curator-led tour of the exhibition. Learn more here

September 14, 2016

Film Festival

New Jersey Film Festival Starts September 17

Thirty-five films will have New Jersey or area premieres during the 35th Annual New Jersey Film Festival, September 17 to October 28, in Voorhees Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the Cinema Studies program, School of Arts and Sciences, showcases new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival features Q&A sessions with 22 film directors, producers, and actors. 

Screenings include Five Minutes of Fun (pictured), a short film of assembled clips meant to be enjoyed without context or plot; Nilay Dave’s engrossing dramatic film Gandhiji My Mentor; Marcie Begleiter’s documentary Eva Hesse; Stephen Elliot’s autobiographical feature After Adderall; Sevé Schelenz’s dark comedy Peelers; and Tamara and Thomas Balsamides’ A Ticking Time Bomb about Lyme Disease. Learn more about the festival here.

September 7, 2016

Honors College

   Photo credit: Frank Villafane, Urban Industrial Imaging for DEVCO

Honors College: Year Two

After an extraordinary first year, the Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick welcomed its second cohort of 500 first-year students from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and Rutgers Business School. First-year students live in the college’s residential space as sophomores move into honors communities across campus.

Through the college mission course, the inaugural class created more than 100 social innovation projects, six of which will move toward implementation in the new Innovation Lab. Among other achievements, members of the first class independently developed a tutoring program at New Brunswick elementary schools that earned a $60,000 supporting grant and an invitation to the Clinton Global Initiative University this past spring. As ambassadors and peer mentors, second-year Honors College students will engage with first-year students as they make their own mark on life at the Honors College. Learn more here.

August 24, 2016

Diane Calello

   Diane Calello

Diane Calello Takes Helm at NJPIES

Diane Calello was recently installed as the executive director and medical director of the New Jersey Poison and Information System (NJPIES), the state's only poison control center, serving residents through an emergency and information hotline (800-222-1222) at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Calello, an NJMS graduate, succeeds Steven Marcus, who recently retired.

A pediatric toxicologist who frequently consulted with Marcus, Calello was most recently director of medical toxicology and a pediatric emergency medicine attending physician at Morristown Medical Center. A member of the board of directors of the American College of Medical Toxicology and pediatric section chair of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, Calello envisions Rutgers playing a significant role in strengthening the field of toxicology. She hopes to enhance the collaborative statewide network of toxicologists and the delivery of advice and consultation to medical centers. Learn more about NJPIES here

August 10, 2016

Research Administration and Proposal Submission System

ORED Launches Expanded Online System for Research-Related Processes

Phase II of the state-of-the-art Research Administration and Proposal Submission System (RAPSS) is now live. RAPSS is now mandatory for submission, review, approval, and tracking of all new funding proposals for sponsored research at Rutgers, including subawards and certain modifications. RAPSS also will support all clinical-trial agreements, contracts for industry-sponsored research, and research-related agreements, such as material transfer agreements and nondisclosure agreements. 

The integrated user-friendly RAPSS will streamline and bring transparency to the submission of proposals, contracts, and associated items; eliminate paper documents and tasks associated with creating, conveying, and storing hard copies; and replace the paper-based endorsement process with electronic routing and approvals. The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is offering training universitywide. View quick reference and video guides here.


July 27, 2016


New Course Accessibility Guidelines Help Faculty Design Online Courses

A Universal Design Committee, led by Rutgers’ Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies (COHLIT), has created a list of best practices to make online courses more accessible to anyone with a disability and to improve accessibility for all. The committee includes faculty, staff, and administrators active in online education universitywide.

These Course Accessibility Guidelines, which help faculty improve the design of accessible online courses, are being rolled out to faculty this summer on all major learning management systems. They cover everything from using the most legible fonts to applying heading styles. All faculty will be invited to a series of fall workshops on accessibility and course design. For more information, contact COHLIT at or 848-932-4702, or the Office of Instructional and Research Technology at or 848-445-8721.


July 13, 2016

High Schoolers’ Achievement in Health Sciences

Celebrating High Schoolers’ Achievement in Health Sciences

The School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, recently held its 23rd annual student recognition ceremony for New Jersey high school participants in the Health Sciences Careers program. This academic year, 821 seniors from 52 high schools throughout the state earned up to 31 college credits during their school day in preparation for careers in a health field. Next year, 59 high schools are participating in the program, which provides school-to-college or school-to-career preparation for multiple health careers through a core curriculum emphasizing science, the human and organizational sides of health care, and the opportunity to earn college credit and clinical experience.

Approximately 400 students attended the recognition event. Two outstanding achievers from each participating high school were awarded Certificates for Academic Excellence. Learn more here

June 29, 2016

International Association for College Admission Counseling Conference 2016 - July 11-14

Rutgers Making Final Preparations to Host International School Counselors

From July 11 to July 14, Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts the 2016 conference of the International Association for College Admission Counseling (ACAC), an opportunity to showcase the university to international school counselors from approximately 90 countries and their admission counterparts from U.S. universities and colleges. More than 100 Rutgers volunteers are engaged in every aspect of the conference preparations and management.

This is the largest event of its kind. Approximately 1,300 association members have already registered, many of whom will stay on the Livingston Campus. The International ACAC is particularly focused on assisting international students as it brings together professionals engaged in guiding students through the secondary-to-higher education transition process. Learn more here

June 15, 2016

Great Things to Know about Rutgers Brochure

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 communications strategies.

A new section about Rutgers' legacy highlights some of the most enduring and significant accomplishments in its 250-year history. Other main sections focus on the university’s reputation, students, and faculty as well as its health care division, research, impact, alumni, 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 the form requiring a login.

June 1, 2016


Introducing Cornerstone: Transforming the Way We Work at Rutgers

Modernizing our finance, human resources and payroll, and procurement systems, and the processes and organizational structures that support them, will dramatically improve how we work together as one Rutgers.

We recently launched Cornerstone—the website for our multiyear strategic project to transform our administrative information systems. How we operationalize these changes will become the cornerstone of our performance and sustainability well into the future.

We all have an important role in ensuring Cornerstone is successful. Browse the Cornerstone website and share the updates and resources with colleagues in your school, department, or unit. Stay connected through the website, email communications, and information sessions.