March 16, 2016

Girls of Color

At Camden, Focusing on Girls of Color

While girls are graduating from high school at higher rates than boys nationwide, data examining race and gender shows that girls of color are graduating at far lower rates than their white female and male counterparts—a disparity with pervasive, educational, and economic consequences that will resonate for the rest of their lives.

Seeking to address the economic and educational trajectory for girls of color, Rutgers University–Camden and Educational Testing Service are partnering to host a symposium, "Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color," on April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Camden Campus Center.

“Participants are encouraged to attend the event with teams and their key partners,” says Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers–Camden. “Following the symposium, they can hit the ground running by applying the best practices and ideas raised at the event in an effort to mitigate the challenges that this population faces.” Learn more and register here.


March 9, 2016

Mandela Washington Fellowship program

Rutgers Again to Train Mandela Washington Fellows

For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State has selected Rutgers as the only New Jersey university to offer the six-week Mandela Washington Fellowship program—part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative to provide 1,000 Mandela fellows with summer training at U.S. institutions to help them improve community and economic affairs across Africa.

Fifty fellows from sub-Saharan African government organizations, nonprofits, and private industry will come to Rutgers in June. They will study at the civic leadership institute, developed by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), the School of Social Work, and the Center for African Studies; and at the sustainable business institute, developed by GAIA Centers, Rutgers Business School, the Department of Chemistry, the Energy Institute, the Eco Complex, and private partners. Learn more here. (At left, 2015 Mandela fellows at Rutgers.)

March 2, 2016

World’s Largest Jazz Archive

Home to the World’s Largest Jazz Archive

With 150,000 recordings, 6,000 books, assorted research files, and memorabilia, the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark stands as the world’s largest jazz archive. It is a special collections unit of Rutgers University Libraries that a team associated with noted TV producer Ken Burns spent a year exploring for his 10-part “Jazz” miniseries.

The most serious jazz enthusiasts know of the institute, but Wayne Winborne, who became its executive director several months ago, is focused on activities to “preserve and promote” the institute for the benefit of jazz fans and researchers who have not experienced it. One major undertaking is a 2016 concert series planned with NJPAC. Winborne (left) encourages members of the university community to explore the institute in the Dana Library where they can listen to and learn about their favorite artists. Arrange tours by contacting the institute at 973-353-5595.

February 24, 2016

Paul Moré

Rutgers–Camden's Paul Moré Gives Back

After a successful 35-year career as a civilian engineer for the Department of Defense, Paul Moré made a notable return to Rutgers University–Camden—where he, his wife, and one of their two children earned their undergraduate degrees—hoping to give back to the university community that had supported him.

He became a mathematics instructor in 2002 and eventually started the Moré Family Scholarship there, trying to help worthy students minimize the financial struggles he faced as an undergraduate. He became active in charitable work to help orphans and also within the university community, serving as a vice president of the Camden chapter of the American Association of University Professors and a member of the Rutgers-Camden Faculty Council. Read Moré’s story here. (Pictured at left, Moré with youngsters from the Honduran orphanage he supports.)

February 17, 2016

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops

Do you want to learn how to reduce stress, be calmer, improve focus, and work more productively by avoiding distractions? Practicing mindfulness—the art of being a compassionate observer of your own experience—can help.

The office of Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, and Psychiatric Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers weekly mindfulness meditation workshops featuring a variety of techniques to all faculty, staff, and students. Beginners and those with meditation experience are invited to these free, drop-in workshops; no registration is required. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick now through May: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Learn more here.

February 10, 2016

Corlisse Thomas

Redefining Student Life

As the inaugural vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University–Newark, Corlisse Thomas is focused on helping to prepare students for life and leadership roles beyond graduation. She oversees Student Life, the Paul Robeson Campus Center, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Health Services, the Counseling Center, the Career Development Center, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

“When people think about leadership development, they think very classically about student organizations, and many students who are older, who are parents, who are employed, are not necessarily heavily involved in student organizations,” says Thomas. “How do we develop our students’ leadership skills in other ways?” Learn more about how Thomas views her new responsibilities here

February 3, 2016

Rutgers Dig Out

The Rutgers Dig Out

Despite 27.5 inches of snow in New Brunswick and Piscataway, 27.1 in Newark and 20.7 in Camden, the university’s facilities statewide were ready to go on the Monday (January 25) following the recent weekend storm. Year-round planning and a dedicated response team were key.  

Statewide, the Rutgers dig out consumed: 17,009 man hours, 314 tons of road salt, and 2,990 bags of ice melt and used 645 pieces of motorized equipment requiring 11,512 gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline. “We work the entire year on protocols, priorities, and aligning equipment, so that we were able to tackle it when it came,” said Antonio Calcado, senior vice president, institutional planning and operations. But, he added, "I regret that some parking areas were unavailable because of where crews had to pile snow.”

January 27, 2016

Helping Residents with the Environment

Helping Residents with the Environment

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, helps local farmers, government officials, and public school systems resolve a variety of environmental, land management, and habitat conservation issues. Perhaps less visible is its environmental stewards program, which helps central New Jersey residents through education.

Now through early June, the program offers approximately 60 hours of classes on Wednesday evenings in South Brunswick to help prepare residents to deal with climate change, soil health, invasive species, protecting local rivers and streams, and a host of other issues. The program features presentations by leading academicians and government figures and exposes participants to a network of experts and organizations who can assist with environmental problems. Register here. Contact Michele Bakacs at 732-398-5274 or for more information.

January 20, 2016

Deborah M. Spitalnik

Boggs Center Grows Under Deborah Spitalnik's Leadership

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. Named for Elizabeth Boggs, a founder of the National Association for Retarded Children (known as The Arc), the center educates students through interdisciplinary programs, provides community training and technical assistance, conducts research, and promotes the health, well-being, and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities.

As founding executive director, Deborah M. Spitalnik (left) has greatly expanded the center’s role and impact. Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics, is a President Obama appointee to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and a past president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. She spoke at the White House celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act guaranteeing a free public education to each child with a disability. 

December 16, 2015

Wood Lawn

Happy 200th Poll, Eagleton!

The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll (originally, the New Jersey Poll), was the nation’s first university-based state survey research center when it was established in 1971. Currently, it is publicly releasing results from its milestone 200th poll.

ECPIP’s dedication to reporting objective, scientifically sound information about public opinion on politics and policy in the Garden State is widely recognized. Equally important is the center’s legacy of student involvement; its extensive internship program utilizes students’ interests and talents to create survey questionnaires, conduct interviews, and analyze data for public release under faculty supervision. With a nod toward history, the center, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been revisiting questions put to New Jerseyans from its early days of polling. View more than four decades of news releases here.