September 30, 2015

Black on the Banks

Register Now for Black on the Banks: November 6–7

Register now for “Black on the Banks: African-American Students at Rutgers in the 1960s,” a free, public conversation on the struggle for equity and access in higher education, featuring African-American alumni from the Rutgers College and Douglass College Classes of 1964 through 1973, on the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary.

The conference takes place November 6–7, 2015, at the Neilson Dining Hall on the Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics to be explored include: African Americans in a White University: Black Student Life at Rutgers College and Douglass College, 1961–1971; Intercollegiate Athletics and Black Students at Rutgers College in the 1960s, and African-American Students and Academic Life at Rutgers and Douglass in the 1960s.

Conference sponsors include Rutgers 250 Office; chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; School of Arts and Sciences; vice chancellor, Undergraduate Academic Affairs; vice chancellor, Student Affairs; Institute for Women’s Leadership; Office of the Dean, Douglass Residential College; Center for Race and Ethnicity; Center for Cultural Analysis; and Departments of African Studies, American Studies, English, and History. View the conference program and register here.

Pictured: Members of the 1970 Douglass College Afro-American House 


September 23, 2015

Roland Anglin

Brightening Newark’s Future through Higher Education

Since its founding, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University–Newark has conducted relevant research and hosted numerous learning opportunities to improve the cultural, social, and economic development of Newark and its environs. Now in its 15th year, the center is taking on a new challenge to fulfill what Chancellor Nancy Cantor calls “a strategic anchor opportunity role,” according to director Roland Anglin (left). The center, with Anglin as principal investigator, recently received a $1.5 million award from the Foundation for Newark’s Future for the project New City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC).

The collaborative is focused on building an education pipeline for Newark students K–12. In 2000, the city achieved only 13 percent postsecondary attainment. NCLC’s goal is to boost the attainment of an associate degree or other high-quality credential to 25 percent by 2025.

The Cornwall Center is serving as a convening agent for Rutgers–Newark’s higher education partners including Bloomfield College, Essex County College, NJIT, and Pillar College, as well as select pre-college programs, to help break the city’s cycle of poverty through education. Learn more about the Cornwall Center here.

September 16, 2015

Melvin Edwards

Renowned Sculptor’s Rutgers Homecoming

For more than 40 years, sculptor Melvin Edwards—a professor at Livingston College and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from 1972 to 2002—has produced an iconic body of work that has redefined the modernist tradition of welded sculpture. Now through January 10, the Zimmerli Art Museum is hosting Melvin Edwards: Five Decades, the artist’s first retrospective in 20 years, organized by the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Edwards’s work addresses African and American identity, as well as universal ideals such as freedom and individualism. His career spans crucial periods of upheaval and change in American culture and society, and his socially charged sculptures synthesize a diversity of artistic approaches, ranging from abstraction to collage to minimalism. At Rutgers, he taught sculpture, drawing, and an introduction to third-world artists. His sculpture Education Is an Open Book (1987), located on the Livingston Campus, is part of the university’s public sculpture collection.

Meet Edwards on September 24 at the Zimmerli’s artist reception, free and open to the public, from 5 to 7 p.m. He also will present a free public lecture on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Room 110, the Civic Square Building in New Brunswick.

September 9, 2015

New Jersey Film Festival

New Jersey Film Festival Starts September 11

Twenty-five films will have their New Jersey or area premiere screenings during the 34th Annual New Jersey Film Festival, September 11 to October 18, in Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the interdisciplinary Cinema Studies program at the School of Arts and Sciences, showcases the best in new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. The festival will also host Q&A sessions with more than 20 film directors, producers, and actors. 

This year’s screenings include Foster Dog (pictured), a short film about a young, disabled dog; Rosehill, an intimate feature film that delves into the lives of two women; Däwit, a brilliant animated short about a boy who is rescued from his violent father and grows up among wolves; Right Footed, a documentary chronicling the extraordinary story of Jessica Cox, the world's first licensed armless pilot and the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association; The Moment: Bonnaroo, a documentary about the famous music festival in Tennessee; and Archie’s Betty, compelling new documentary about Archie comics.  

Learn more about the festival and other screenings here.

September 2, 2015

Mason Gross School of the Arts 40th Anniversary

Mason Gross School of the Arts Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Events Season

The 2015–2016 events season at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick—marking the school’s 40th anniversary year—launched September 1 at the Mason Gross Galleries with the Visual Arts Department’s Welcome Back Show, featuring the work of faculty, staff, and returning MFA students. This exhibition runs through September 16, with a free reception at the galleries on September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Other September events include the Alumni Dance Concert (September 11 and 12) at Loree Dance Theater and several music events, including Rutgers Symphony Orchestra (September 12) at Nicholas Music Center; the Experimental Music in Practice: Perspectives from Latin America symposium on September 24 and 25 at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall; and an Afro-Latino Performing Traditions concert (September 25) at Nicholas Music Center.

View the fall calendar and ticket price information here.

August 26, 2015

Health Profession Internships

Health Profession Internships Focus on Underserved Populations

Since 2007, health profession graduate students between their first and second years of study have participated in seven-week summer internships designed to improve health in underserved populations. The Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship—a Philadelphia-based program planned and coordinated in New Jersey by the School of Public Health associate dean Bernadette West—links students from the School of Public Health, New Jersey Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the School of Health Related Professions, all at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and from Rowan University with community initiatives throughout the state.

The internships are quite varied. This summer, they included students (at left) teaching violence prevention and health to Newark youth attending the Jordan and Harris Community Health Center Summer Camp; working with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to recruit youth from local high schools for its Camden Healthy Youth Council, and creating a map showing bus routes to faith-based organizations, parks, and fitness centers.

In addition, students worked to expand an initiative to reduce hospital readmission rates. They created and presented health education seminars, questionnaires, and group discussions for individuals living in transitional housing at Making It Possible To End Homelessness at Imani Park and Amandla’s Crossing in Edison. They also designed and managed groups focused on health education and technology integration at Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services in Elizabeth, and developed an oral health workshop that was presented at Hyacinth AIDS Foundation offices in Newark, Paterson, Trenton, and New Brunswick. Learn more about Bridging the Gaps here

August 12, 2015

Incoming Students

Incoming Students Help to Feed New Brunswick’s Children

This summer, Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and Rutgers University New Student Orientation teamed up with New Brunswick’s Play S.A.F.E. summer program to help feed 1,700 children through a new Snack Pack Service Project.

At each of the university’s 14 summer orientation sessions for incoming students, attendees packed bags of healthy, kid-friendly snacks donated by ShopRite, Embrace Kids Foundation, Johanna Foods, and Affinity Federal Credit Union.

The 1,700 youngsters (ages 612) are considered food-insecure. They receive free breakfast and/or lunch while they attend school, but during the summer months those opportunities do not exist. The Snack Pack Service Project provides additional food the youngsters’ families may be unable to provide. As the six-week Play S.A.F. E. program concludes this week, more than 24,000 snack packs with more than 96,000 food items will have been delivered. Learn more here.


July 29, 2015

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough

Carol Kaufman-Scarborough Honored by American Marketing Association

Although businesses have made certain changes to accommodate disabled consumers, Carol Kaufman-Scarborough, a professor of marketing at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden, says much remains to be done, 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law.

Store entrances and aisles that are blocked by merchandise or are very narrow, fast food restaurants with sandwich-making counters difficult to see from a wheelchair, and movie theaters limiting wheelchairs to the first few rows are among the types of major issues Kaufman-Scarborough (left) says should be addressed.

Kaufman-Scarborough’s soon-to-be published paper, Forces for Change in Consumer Access: A Retrospective Analysis of the Hollister Case, was recently recognized as the best paper presented at this year’s American Marketing Association’s Marketing and Public Policy Conference. A federal court ruled that the Hollister clothing store chain’s entrances violated the ADA, but the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that decision. Learn more about Kaufman-Scarborough here.

July 15, 2015

Jenny Lockard, Jessica Ware

Jenny Lockard, Jessica Ware Win NSF CAREER Awards

Rutgers University–Newark scientists Jenny Lockard and Jessica Ware each recently received a prestigious Early CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), worth a combined $1.5 million over the next five years, to pursue advanced research projects and mentor Newark high school teachers and students.

Lockard, a chemistry professor, was awarded more than $600,000 to study a new class of porous materials called metal-organic frameworks, which eventually may help reduce global warming by filtering carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from industrial emissions.

Ware, a biology professor, was awarded more than $800,000 to examine how the social structure of lower-termite colonies might have arisen 140 million years ago, testing whether ecology and dietary shifts led to changes in diversification and morphology.

The Early CAREER awards honor junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellence in teaching, and successful integration of the two. NSF selects nominees for its Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers from CAREER-award winners. Learn more here

Pictured: Jenny Lockard (left) and Jessica Ware

July 1, 2015

Help for Caregivers

Help for Caregivers to People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Since 2014, Care2Caregivers – a peer-support helpline for caregivers to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) – has provided mental health assistance and resources to thousands of state residents.

Funded by New Jersey’s Department of Human Services through the Comprehensive Services on Aging Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (COPSA) at UBHC, the helpline is staffed by peer counselors who have been caregivers to loved ones and have worked professionally with dementia patients. Their unique skill set allows them to understand callers’ concerns and be familiar with services that can help. They assist callers, who can remain anonymous, in all stages – from pre-diagnosis and caregiving to hospice and bereavement when a loved one passes away. Peer counselors advise on issues such as how to manage difficult behavior, develop smoother daily routines, and navigate the maze of community resources. Sometimes they just provide an empathetic ear.

Care2Caregivers also offers support groups through COPSA, including Just for the Fellas for male caregivers and Young Wives for women in their 40s to 60s who are caring for spouses. The helpline operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with plans in the works to expand those hours. Beyond 4:30 p.m., caregivers can send emails via the website that counselors will answer the following day. Learn more about Care2Caregivers (800-424-2494) here.