October 22, 2021: Open Enrollment Period, Academic Master Plan Town Hall, Podcasts, and more!


Benefits Enrollment

Open Enrollment: October 1, 2021-October 31, 2021

As a reminder to all employees, the deadline to take part in 2022 Open Enrollment Period for the State Health Benefits Program and New Jersey Tax$ave Program is Sunday, October 31, according to the announcement from Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernández. Now through the end of the month, you can make changes to your medical, prescription, and dental benefits, including flexible spending accounts allocations covering you and your dependents, and tax-favored voluntary retirement saving plans. All changes will be effective January 1, 2022. Log on to OneSource portal to learn more about making changes to current benefits plans and/or enrolling in supplemental savings plans for the next calendar year.

From the Desk of...

Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway

Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway

Dear Colleagues,

This week, we have the great pleasure of holding on-campus celebrations for those graduates whose 2020 and 2021 commencement ceremonies were held remotely due to the pandemic.

The opportunity to honor these newest alumni is deeply humbling. Even during the best of times, earning a university degree is defined by intensities that are truly understood only by one’s peers, faculty advisors, and closest loved ones.

These recent graduates, however, like our current students, did not experience the best of times. They and you, the faculty and staff who sustain their academic success, have accomplished what would have seemed unimaginable before we were faced with a world-changing pandemic.

But they, and you, have proven more than capable of meeting the challenges of the past year and a half. We have made history together. Let us all continue to draw strength and confidence from the knowledge of what we have achieved.

The joy of these in-person events carries forth the excitement that has suffused our campus since the end of August, when our new students moved into their residence halls, and that has continued through our recent Homecoming events. 


Academic Master Plan Town Hall

Join Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor-Provost Conway and members of the Academic Master Plan Steering Committee at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, for a virtual town hall to learn more about the Academic Master Plan initiative, information gathered to date, and how you can ensure your voice is heard as part of this important work. Visit the Academic Master Plan webpage to access the virtual meeting link and submit questions by Oct. 26.

Holding Space Podcast

Earlier this month, University Equity and Inclusion launched Holding Space, a new podcast series embracing conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and topics. In its inaugural episode, "Defining the Work," Senior Vice President for Equity Enobong (Anna) Branch joins series host Senior Director of Institutional Equity and Strategic Initiatives Joan Collier to discuss the roles of diversity, inclusion, and equity in academia, their inextricable connections to academic excellence, and what it means to be a "beloved community." Listen and dive deeper into topics, and join the conversation today!

Cybersecurity Month

As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Rutgers' first associate vice president and chief information security officer, Guy J. Albertini encourages all to do their part to avoid and prevent cyber threats, from phishing scams to ransomware attacks. This year’s theme is “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” In support of this theme, IT is offering a collection of informational and promotional resources to stay secure online and safely spread the word about best practices.

More to Know

Policy Updates

The Office of the Secretary of the University announces recent updates to the University Policy Library:

View other recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions, please email the Office of the Secretary of the University.

Presidential Inauguration

Celebrate the inauguration of Jonathan Scott Holloway as the 21st President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, with two days of events showcasing Rutgers’ excellence. Attend Excellence Fest on November 4, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. at Bishop House on College Avenue, view an academic panel moderated by President Holloway, "In Service to the Common Good" on November 5, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m., and watch the inauguration ceremony via livestream or at an "Inauguration Station" Watch Party on November 5, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m. Visit the inauguration website for details.

Domestic Violence Awareness

Throughout October, as part of their shared missions to provide prevention programming, crisis intervention, counseling, and support to survivors of interpersonal violence, RBHS Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the Office for VPVA in Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers–New Brunswick continue to facilitate activities and coordinate community support in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). On Wednesday, October 27, voice your support online by registering for the End Sexual Violence Virtual Townhall at 7 p.m. and learn what the Rutgers community is doing to address domestic violence and support survivors. Continue showing your support by downloading DVAM-themed email signatures and Zoom backgrounds or signing up to participate in other local, in-person events. Also, subscribe and check out the latest issue of the RBHS VPVA Newsletter online. Check out more community participation on social media @RBHS_VPVA and ruvpva or @ru_vpva.

Back in the Game!

On the Pandemic podcast aired its latest episode focusing on the future of sports yesterday with host Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration Mary O’Dowd and special guest Director of Athletics Pat Hobbs. October’s episode reflects on the impact of the pandemic on college athletes and athletics more broadly as well as preparation efforts that went into reopening SHI Stadium for the Fall 2021 football season and what’s anticipated for the coming basketball season. Listen to “Back in the Game” and stay tuned for the next monthly episode, airing on Thursday, November 18!

Faces & Voices

Faces & Voices of Rutgers debuted earlier this month spotlighting alum Eric LeGrand, one of Rutgers’ most prominent and impactful alumni, in the first episode of the new weekly video series featuring conversations between President Jonathan Holloway and students, faculty, staff, and alumni. After suffering a debilitating spinal cord injury in October 2010, LeGrand went on to not only graduate in 2014 from the School of Management and Labor Relations, but become a national inspiration of communal giving and what we all can accomplish through determination and effort. Check out this motivational interview and discover the power of positive thinking and what we all can achieve when we bELieve.

Ask Us Anything

Is there a way to find, share, and donate supplies/equipment for free on campus?

To increase ease of access, cost efficiency, and sustainability through reduction of waste relative to equipment and supplies universitywide, the Office for Research invites members of the Rutgers community to join Rheaply Asset Exchange Manager (AxM), Rutgers’ new reuse marketplace. Rheaply AxM provides an online platform for students and staff to connect and explore listings of surplus products, rental equipment to borrow, and even make requests for desired supplies to find and place free equipment across campuses. Moreover, by using your AxM account to create a listing between now and the end of October, Rheaply pledges to donate one tree for every item reused on the platform through the 1 Trillion Tree initiative as part of Campus Sustainability Month. Learn about creating your profile, FAQ's, and more to start the sharing today!

What's Happening

Giving Day Info Sessions

Girl with Glasses Smiling While Adhering Rutgers Giving Day Sticker to Poster

On Tuesday, October 26 at 10 a.m., the University Foundation will host the first of four 30-minute information sessions through November 4 in preparation for this year's Rutgers Giving Day campaign page application deadline in December. Rutgers Giving Day is an annual 24-hour event to raise funds for students, schools, and programs. These sessions will provide details for why your program should participate. View session schedule and get Zoom details to join today!

Financial Wellness

On Tuesday, October 26, at 4 p.m., you’re invited to join the next financial wellness webinar Job Update? What to Do with Your Retirement Savings hosted by Voya. Part of the resources and support provided by University Human Resources to employees, Rutgers Employees First initiative’s new series features a variety of free webinars available for registration via the Learning and Development Course Registration System through early December 2021, focusing on topics ranging from social security basics, deferred compensation, and savings planning and retirement. Read original announcement from SVP for Human Resources Vivian Fernández for specific webinar details.

Forgotten Migration

On Thursday, October 28, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m., the Graduate School of Education's Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity, & Justice invites you to join The Forgotten Migration: The Black Struggle for Graduate Education in the Age of Jim Crow, the latest in a series of lectures from prominent leaders in higher education. Based on her forthcoming book, this talk will be led by Crystal Sanders, associate professor of history at Pennsylvania State University, and will examine the experiences of Black southerners compelled to leave their home states and families in pursuit of grad training. Register for details on how to join this virtual event.


Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, BIG DATA is a virtual event from Critical AI at School of Arts and Sciences, focusing on two recent publications of importance to data curation and its discontents: Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein's Data Feminism and Emily Denton, Alex Hanna, et al.'s "On the Genealogy of Machine Learning Datasets." Jointly facilitated by Ella Barclay, contemporary artist and lecturer at Australian National University and Britt Paris, assistant professor of library and information science at School of Communication and Information, this event starts with a 30-minute webinar and is followed by a workshop discussion. This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

Awards & Honors

David Livingston

David Livingston, Wesley J. Howe Professor and chief of the division of trauma and surgical critical care at New Jersey Medical School, is the recipient of the 2021 Charles W. Putnam Distinguished Mentor Award from the Association of Women Surgeons Foundation, in recognition of his "sustained record of mentoring women surgeons and (serving as) a true agent of change to create an environment in which women surgeons can achieve their personal and professional goals."

On The Move

Theresa Kirby

Theresa Kirby has been promoted to the position of associate dean of administration at Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, after having served as Bloustein's director of business administration and human resources since 2017.