May 25, 2016

L.G. Cook 4-H Camp

Summer Camp

Still thinking of sleepaway camp for your children this summer? L.G. Cook 4-H Camp, located in northwestern New Jersey’s Stokes Forest and operated by Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has availabilities for campers, and university employees enjoy a discount.

The camp offers seven one-week sessions throughout July and August for youngsters ages 8 to 16. Campers can attend for one week or more. With a return rate of more than 70 percent, many campers have come back several times and half of the counselors were L.G. Cook campers themselves. L.G. Cook is proud to say that it is an experience that helps campers become the best versions of themselves by trying new things, building self-confidence, gaining independence, and making lifelong friendships.

Contact the camp for additional information. 


May 18, 2016

Hungry Heart

MFA Student Art Exhibition in Brooklyn

Twenty visual arts students from the Mason Gross Master of Fine Arts Class of 2016 showcase their thesis works in Rutgers in New York: Hungry Heart, a group exhibition at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, New York, through May 22. The title was inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name.

The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Learn more about the free exhibition here and learn about the artists by viewing their websites. 

Pictured: “NJ Books clearance, facing Southeast down Easton Ave., 2016,” digital photograph, pigment print by participating artist Burleigh Morton.

May 11, 2016

President Obama

Attending Commencement: Do’s and Don’ts

Everyone attending Commencement is asked to follow several do’s and don’ts because of the special nature of the day.

Bring your ticket and photo ID. You must have a ticket.
Display Commencement hangtag for campus parking or use mass transit/shuttle bus.
Leave extra time to get through security; share tweets and photos with #RU250Grad.

Don't bring purses, coolers, bags (including clear bags and camera bags), umbrellas, or balloons.
Don't carry any liquids, including water or alcohol.
Don't drop off guests at the stadium.

Note the list of viewing options if you are not attending.

May 4, 2016

RU Shield

Administrative Information Systems Transformation Under Way

University Finance and Administration, under the leadership of Executive Vice President Michael Gower, is coordinating an effort to consolidate Rutgers’ financial and administrative systems by implementing new processes, organizational structures, and systems for all essential administrative functions. 

As President Barchi stated in his April 28 message to the community, Rutgers will fundamentally change how we conduct business in order to strengthen our long-term performance and sustainability.

Read more here about the work under way and look for related messages in the coming weeks.

April 27, 2016


New Classes Help Au Pairs Earn Academic Credit Toward J-1 Visa Requirements

The Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) is offering two new summer weekend programs for au pairs interested in fulfilling their J-1 visa academic requirements: "American Food—Then and Now" (July 30–31), which explores the technological and societal factors that have changed what and how Americans eat over the past 250 years, and "The Children in Your Care—Make Them the Best They Can Be" (August 6–7), which offers tips, tools, and techniques for encouraging healthy, positive lifestyles for children.

Each course, given on the Cook campus at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was developed by OCPE in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and provides three of the six hours of academic credit au pairs are required to earn under the J-1 visa. Program participants can use the university’s shuttle bus service between the campus and the New Brunswick train station. Register and learn more here or call OCPE at 848-932-9271.

April 20, 2016

C Kroesen-Frederick

Army ROTC Centennial: April 2530, New Brunswick

Highlighting the 100th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Army ROTC at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, April 25–30, the Scarlet Knight Battalion welcomes Rutgers’ only four-star general, retired Gen. Frederick Kroesen (Rutgers College, ’44), left, and his family, and Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Jack Jacobs (Rutgers College, ‘66), to dedicate the Army ROTC building in their honor on April 27 at 10 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Gen. Kroesen and Col. Jacobs, members of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rutgers World War II and Vietnam memorials on Voorhees Mall.

Other notable events include daily (except April 28 and 29) Army ROTC open houses, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Army ROTC building; a battalion 5K run beginning there on April 25 at 7:30 a.m.; dedication of the Class of ’54 Cadet Lounge in the building on April 26 at 10 a.m.; and the Army ROTC golf tournament (8:30 a.m.) and barbecue (12:30 p.m.) on April 28, Rutgers Golf Course, Piscataway. For information, contact Gail Lawrence at

April 13, 2016


Multi-Institutional Pilot Funding Fosters Collaborations for Neuroscientists

Under a new pilot grant program offered by the Brain Health Institute at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) designed to drive new collaborations, neuroscientists from various campuses and units at Rutgers and NJIT were recently awarded nine, one-year research grants totaling $360,000.

The projects are expected to generate preliminary data that can then be used in applying for federal, state, and private grants. Each project is directed by at least two principal investigators from different schools. Collaborative teams submitted 27 applications for review by an external scientific review committee and an internal programmatic review committee. Nine $40,000 awards were made. Seven of the nine funded teams have already taken their pilot grant proposal and submitted new applications to external funding agencies. Learn more about the projects here

April 6, 2016

Dreamworlds and Catastrophes

Where Art Meets Science

“Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection” at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through July 31, examines a major concern of unofficial Soviet artists during the Cold War: the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Produced by artists whose work was not sanctioned by the Soviet regime, the nearly 60 works on view address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improving American-Soviet relations.

The exhibition, curated by Ksenia Nouril, a Zimmerli Dodge fellow, draws from the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. The museum hosts lectures on American and Soviet Cold War art and politics by David Foglesong, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and John J. Curley, Wake Forest University Department of Art, on April 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

March 30, 2016

Best Grad Schools | US News

Two School of Nursing Programs Gain Top 20 Rankings

In U.S. News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of doctor of nursing practice programs, the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), is ranked no. 17. The School of Nursing ranks no. 19 for its master’s of science programs, improving from no. 25 last year. The school has locations in Newark, New Brunswick, and Blackwood. The rankings reflect data for doctor of nursing practice programs at 149 schools and for master’s programs at 259 schools.

Also ranked among the top 20 in its category is the physician assistant program at RBHS’ School of Health Related Professions, which ranks no. 16. Rankings are based on expert opinions and statistical indicators measuring the quality of a school’s faculty, research, and students. Learn more about U.S. News’ 2017 Best Grad Schools rankings here.

March 23, 2016

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250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education

Rutgers faculty, staff, and students and the general public are invited to the 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education, a series of conferences that will focus broadly on the changing roles of the research university in the 21st century and the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. These events are designed to encourage deep reflection and lively dialogue about the future of our shared endeavor.

The Inaugural Symposium will take place on April 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rutgers Business School, Piscataway, when distinguished scholars and academic leaders explore “The Future of the Research University.” A reception will follow. RSVP to Learn more here

Note the upcoming conferences: September 28, “Transformational Science in the 21st Century,” and October 26, "Are the Liberal Arts Useful in the 21st Century?"