November 19, 2021: Sharing Thanks toward the Holidays

Are there any free communications resources that I can access to promote my unit's work and events?

Find help sharing the story of your department, unit, or school with Brand Aid Tips and Tools from University Communications and Marketing (UCM), accessible for free online and via the quarterly email newsletter to faculty and staff universitywide for use in communications and marketing. The resources available for download and use include the online photo gallery with beautiful images from across the university, social media strategy toolkits, department-specific signature packages and templates, various guidelines and policies for websites, and much more! Increase the visibility of your Rutgers projects and programming and amplify engagement by seeking UCM’s Brand Aid today!

November 5, 2021: Inauguration Festivities, Feedback Surveys, and more

Are there any special tech purchasing offers for faculty and staff on campus?

Faculty and staff universitywide can now save up to $300 on previous generation iPad Pros at kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store. In addition to offering payroll-deduction plans as low as $30 per paycheck, kite+key has also partnered with Rutgers Federal Credit Union to provide technology loans to students, faculty, and staff. Visit kite+key at any of its campus locations including the Piscataway location in The Plaza at Livingston Campus or online to take advantage of this and additional deals while supplies last!

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

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!

October 8, 2021: Fight the Flu, Go Pink, & Climate Action

Are there any resources available to help employees with the return to campus?

UHR's LinkedIn-Learning-powered Returning to Rutgers Learning Series helps support individual and team well-being and growth as we continue to transition back to campus. Employees may complete a short, four-question survey to subscribe to regular emails spotlighting courses tailored to your return to the workplace. The My Wellness App has also been updated and continues to provide easy-to-use support that’s accessible via mobile devices.

September 24, 2021: Progress Is Earned!

How do I submit a question or ask for help regarding procurement or suppliers?

On September 1, University Procurement Services (UPS) replaced its old HDRT ticketing system with a new ServiceNow helpdesk ticketing system, which anyone can use to submit requests or questions about purchasing, accounts payable, travel and expense, suppliers, and more by completing a new UPS Helpdesk Intake Form. This new, user-friendly ticketing system is intended to improve response and resolution times through transparent communications and streamlining efforts among UPS teams and contacts. Please note that the procure@finance.rutgers.edu email will no longer be monitored.

September 10, 2021: We R Back!

Where can I direct students looking for support resources and services this semester?

The Student Success Steering Committee has developed the Resources for Student Success website (Success.Rutgers.edu) to help students find resources and services to succeed. The site is easily searchable and includes “How To” instructional videos and guides related to course scheduling, add/drop period and process, technology systems and terms, and more!

May 21, 2021: WhyIVaxRU

Where can I find safety and pandemic-related supplies for the office as plans progress for returning to campus?

Institutional Planning and Operations (IP&O) has made key supplies for safety, awareness, and cleaning available in IP&O’s punch-out catalog in the Rutgers Marketplace. Buyers can easily view available items—ranging from hand sanitizer to floor decals and signage—by logging in, clicking on carts icon on left toolbar, selecting "View Favorites" under "Shopping," and then finding "2021 COVID-1 IP&O Warehouse."

May 7, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination at Rutgers

What fiscal year deadlines are coming up?

As the end of the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) approaches, University Procurement Services has posted FY21 year-end guidance and scheduling on its website. Upcoming deadlines include Friday, June 4 for all requisitions over $50,000 to be approved and Friday, June 11 for all expenses and travel to be submitted and approved. Also, remember that all requests for closing or canceling a PO in Marketplace must be submitted via a PO Line Close/Cancel form to be processed.

April 23, 2021: Virtual Rutgers Day Starts Tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Where can I find distribution and submission deadlines for this newsletter?

The Current is a biweekly newsletter distributed via email to Rutgers–New Brunswick and RBHS faculty and staff. Submissions for consideration must be received by noon on Thursday the week before the issue is distributed. Review updated list of distribution dates and corresponding submission deadlines, including the upcoming summer hiatus, on The Current webpage, and remember to submit your news and events for consideration in a future issue of the newsletter.

April 9, 2021: Toward a Healthier and More Inclusive Campus

How can my unit place an advertisement for inclusion in Rutgers Magazine?

Through Friday, April 30 members of the Rutgers community have the opportunity to submit advertising content for goods, programs, and services to Rutgers Magazine for consideration for inclusion in the upcoming spring/summer issue. Published twice a year and showcasing developments, news, and stories universitywide, Rutgers Magazine promotes university activities, efforts, and programs throughout its readership of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Rutgers. For more information about space reservation, specifications, and cost of placing an ad, interested departments and units should email April Coage, senior project administrator of university branding and marketing in the Department of University Communications and Marketing.

March 26, 2021: Women's History Month

How can I get the software my unit needs while supporting cost-saving efforts universitywide?

To optimize efficiencies the Office of Information Technology’s Software Licensing Committee maintains an inventory of software used throughout the university. For questions about, or to evaluate the feasibility of specific enterprise software offerings at Rutgers, contact OIT’s software team or complete this Software Licensing Funding Request Form to request a new or renewal of a University site license.

March 12, 2021: Recognizing a Year of Tragedy and Perseverance

How can I ensure unwanted guests can't bomb my virtual meeting?

Take advantage of OIT's webconferencing security resources, tips, and tutorials. Also, some additional security features limit access to "authenticated users," so remember to activate your Rutgers Zoom account to ensure your access to events and meetings universitywide.

February 26, 2021: Working Toward Carbon Neutrality and Climate Resilience

Is Rutgers offering any COVID-19 vaccine for employees?

Rutgers does not currently have vaccines nor are we authorized to vaccinate our community. However, as the federal and state programs evolve, we will continue to work with the state in the hopes of implementing our own inoculation program, and we anticipate being able to provide details over the coming weeks. Keep updated on the university’s COVID-19 vaccine information by visiting rutgers.edu/covidvaccines.

February 12, 2021: Celebrating Black History

How can I purchase health and safety-related items for the office?

The January 2021 issue of University Procurement Services (UPS) News & Updates contains a list of essential supplies available to purchase using RU Marketplace IP&O punch-out catalog, including masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. To ensure that all purchases abide by pricing and safety standards, please contact your Emergency Operations Center Procurement liaison (XLS) for assistance. Also, remember to refer to UPS discretionary spending guidance and resources for any anticipated expenditures.

January 29, 2021: Supporting a Strong Community in 2021

Where can I find the latest information about future plans/steps for safely repopulating Rutgers?

Rutgers continues to evolve plans for repopulating our campuses safely in accordance with state and federal guidelines. Check out the Universitywide COVID-19 Information page to stay abreast of the most recent universitywide developments and updates, such as last week's President’s Monthly Update: Returning to Campus This Fall, and Vaccine’s Critical Role. Answers to popular questions regarding the Spring 2021 semester, travel, testing, future plans, and additional universitywide updates, can be found on the site's FAQ page.

December 18, 2020: Faculty Honors, 2020 Reflections, and more

How can I increase my email security and avoid phishing scams?

To avoid cyber threats and phishing scams remain, the Office of Information Technology encourages members of the Rutgers community to stay vigilant and to report any suspected attempts to the appropriate authorities, including either Rutgers University Computing Incident Response Team (RU CIRT) and/or the OIT Helpdesk, depending on the type of cyber threat encountered. Below are some more quick tips from OIT’s Phish Bowl to help you avoid phishing scams and don’t forget to watch out for these telltale signs of phishing emails!

  • Never open emails or click on links in emails that come from unknown sources.
  • Hover over links in emails with your mouse to see if you are being re-directed outside of the university domain.
  • Never provide your network credentials (NetID or password) to any source via email.
  • Verify requests to purchase gift cards, products, or services with your personal funds in exchange for reimbursement.
  • Always verify changes to wire transfer and vendor payment instructions.

December 4, 2020: Clinical Trial, Year in Review, and more

Are there resources for both students and instructors to help with online platforms this semester?

Resources for Student Success was created as a collection of how-to videos and guides to help navigate the various online platforms. Although designed specifically to help new students using these systems for the first time, these resources can be accessed and used by the whole Rutgers community. Resources include instruction videos and guides for WebReg, Degree Navigator, Canvas, Microsoft Teams, Webex, Zoom, and more!

November 20, 2020: Two-Step Login, RBHS Research Is Up, and More

How can I receive university emergency text messages on my phone?

Rutgers community members can sign up to receive text and email alerts during emergencies from the Office of Emergency Management's Emergency Notification System (ENS). Review the University’s Emergency Action Plans for additional information and follow RUPD on Facebook and Twitter for additional updates.

November 6, 2020: Adopt-A-Family; First-Generation Students; & Town Halls

How can I do more to help fight COVID-19 in New Jersey while still protecting my health and privacy?

All state residents are encouraged to join the local fight against the pandemic by downloading the COVID Alert NJ app on their phones. Designed to assist in the contact tracing process, this free mobile app, securely and anonymously alerts users if they have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and provides users access to a user-friendly symptom checking tool and up-to-date information. Read the COVID Alert NJ app FAQ and download the app today!

October 23, 2020: Revised FY21 Budget Information

How can I get supplies related to the pandemic for my office?

Institutional Planning and Operations (IP&O) has made key supplies for safety, awareness, and cleaning available in the Rutgers Marketplace. Buyers can easily view available items by logging in, navigating to their carts, and finding "2020 COVID-1 IP&O Warehouse" under "View Favorites."

September 9, 2020

Where can I access high-quality, stock photography for free?

University Communications and Marketing (UCM) has launched the new Rutgers Digital Asset Library, a new resource to provide thousands of high-quality university images and a growing number of video assets. Developed using UCM's rich collection of photography, most of the library's assets are available for direct download with some images available by request. Faculty and staff universitywide have secure access through direct login using their NetID. Explore this free, self-service system's deep photography collection as well as additional resources and tools, including a Quick Start User Guide (PDF) and Webex tutorial recording.

August 26, 2020 - New Student Convocation

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