May 20, 2020


Help Celebrate the Class of #RU2020

2020 A Virtual Celebration

Send words of encouragement to the Class of 2020 on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram as we look forward to Rutgers University Commencement on May 31. Help celebrate our graduates' achievements and mark this milestone in their journeys by including #RU2020 in your post so it can be shared on a special message board for seniors, hosted by the Rutgers University Alumni Association. Join us in congratulating Rutgers University's graduating class!


Join the Campaign to Show Your Rutgers Spirit

For the rest of May, give Rutgers some extra love by becoming a part of the Rutgers Spirit campaign. Led by Student Affairs, this campaign encourages members of the Rutgers community to demonstrate their school pride on social media in a variety of ways. Each Friday, you are invited to post photos of yourself in your Rutgers gear, using the hashtags #weRunited and #RCommunity, or tagging @RutgersSA. This week's themes include photographing your kids, pets, or stuffed animals wearing Rutgers paraphernalia; revealing the first thing that you plan to do when we return to campus; giving a shout-out to your favorite department or organization; and telling us the ways you are staying connected to Rutgers. Let's see your Rutgers Spirit!

Deadline Extended: RBHS Chancellor Awards Nominations Due June 1

Nominations for the RBHS Chancellor Awards are now due June 1. Acknowledge the extraordinary work of your RBHS colleagues by nominating them for this inaugural award. Winners will be announced in July. Read the guidelines and submit your nomination today.

Registration Open for Online Pre-College Academies

Registration for the online, two-week Pre-College Summer Academies is now open. High School students have the opportunity to practice the skills and abilities required for success in their fields of interest and see how real-world practitioners utilize their skills and competencies in their work. College credits are available for participation. Learn more about program offerings and application deadlines.

Update to University Policy Library

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

View recent policy updates online. 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.

What's Happening

Enjoy Live Online Performance with MGSA's House Music on May 21

House Music Rutgers from Home Performance By Ilan D. Eisenzweig

On May 21 at 12 p.m., tune in for the next installment of House Music-Rutgers from Home, a series of live musical performances on Facebook Premiere presented by Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA). This musical event will feature MGSA junior Ilan Eisenzweig, a New Jersey-based guitarist who frequently performs at venues here and in New York City. Eisenzweig's setlist will include "My Shining Hour" (c. Harold Arlen), "My One and Only Love" (c. Guy Wood), and "United" (c. Wayne Shorter).

A Celebration Honoring the Life of Ruth B. Mandel

The Eagleton Institute of Politics invites you to join a virtual celebration in honor and memory of Ruth B. Mandel’s life and distinguished leadership. This commemoration will take place Wednesday, May 20, at 3 p.m. Memorial gifts in her honor may be given online and directed to the Eagleton Institute of Politics and its Center for American Women and Politics. Get more information about this memorial and register.

Join Information Session for July's I-Corps@Rutgers Program

Are you working on an idea or innovation with a friend, coworker, colleague, or research team? Do you have time this summer to help take that innovation to the next level? If your answer is "yes," then I-Corps@Rutgers encourages you to join them this week for one of two information sessions on May 20 and May 21. The I-Corps@Rutgers Program is an immersive learning experience developed by the National Science Foundation for researchers, faculty, students, staff, and others to determine if there is a potential market for their innovations currently in development. Accepted participants develop skills, learn business concepts, receive advice, become part of the I-Corps alumni network, and receive small NSF grants for approved expenses. The next program starts in July and will be conducted virtually. Register to attend one of the short information sessions today!

Scarlet Speakers in the Heart of Your Home: Constitutional Powers of the President in Times of Emergency

You're invited to join the next installment of the Scarlet Speaker series, Constitutional Powers of the President in Times of Emergency, led by Elie Honig, executive director of the Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities, on May 21 at 12 p.m. Drawing from his experience as a CNN legal analyst and 14 years as a federal and state prosecutor, Honig will share his insights regarding the political impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q&A with online participants. Register to attend.

Join the Earth Day at Home Webinar Series

Take part in the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) webinar series, Earth Day at Home. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in April, RCE launched this free series focusing on steps that everyone can take to protect the environment and make our homes more sustainable, from environmentally friendly lawn care to composting to reducing plastic waste. Join RCE's expert facilitators for one of the live, one-hour interactive sessions offered each Monday at 6:30 p.m., or revisit past session recordings. Register today.

Rutgers Online Learning Conference: Register Before June 1

The 2020 Rutgers Online Learning Conference has been changed to a completely virtual format for attendees' safety and is now rescheduled for June 1. #RUOnlineCon is open to all and is the premier Mid-Atlantic region conference focused on improving learning with technology. Registration includes a choice between two great rewards: one of our four Online Teaching Certificate courses for free ($100 value for Rutgers members, $300 for non-Rutgers members) or a $50 discount for the 2021 Rutgers Online Learning Conference, currently scheduled for March 15, 2021, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.

Awards & Honors

Enver Cagri Izgu

Enver Cagri Izgu, professor of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, has received the Trailblazer Award from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIH/NIBIB). The NIH/NIBIB is designed to provide early-stage investigators with opportunities to pursue high-impact research programs of high interest at the interface of the life sciences and physical sciences.

Get Involved

Call for Volunteers for New Brunswick Crisis Response Advocates

The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance is recruiting volunteers for the New Brunswick Crisis Response Advocates program. Advocates provide support, information, and referrals at the time of domestic violence or sexual assault crisis. Application for this program is open to Rutgers–New Brunswick students (undergraduate and graduate), staff, and faculty, and there is no deadline to apply at this time. An intensive weekend training will be held in fall 2020 for those accepted. For application materials and additional information, please email Lisa Smith.

Support Our Community in the COVID-19 Fight

Rutgers has been fortunate to receive monetary and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations to help our community. If you know someone who would like to donate money, medical supplies, or essential supplies, please direct him/her to visit our donation information page to learn more.

HERE4U Honorees and Stories

The Office of RBHS Diversity and Inclusion continues to recognize colleagues who have had positive impacts in their communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. View this week's HERE4U honorees and stories. Help recognize those members of the RBHS community who are making a difference by submitting your nomination and submit your empowering stories to be celebrated and shared on HERE4U.