November 19, 2021: Sharing Thanks toward the Holidays

Policy Update

The Office of the Secretary of the University announces a recent update 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.

AMP Town Hall #2

Join Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor-Provost Francine Conway, members of the Academic Master Plan Steering Committee, and a faculty panel at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, for a second virtual town hall to hear an update on the project, including emerging themes, introduction of the plan’s goals, and a moderated panel of faculty who will share their perspectives and help answer your questions. Visit the Academic Master Plan webpage to access the virtual meeting link and submit questions by November 26.

Rutgers Holiday Shop

Returning for its second year, University Communications and Marketing’s 2021 Rutgers Holiday Shop is a fun, seasonal way for all members and friends of the university community to show their Rutgers pride while satisfying their gift-shopping needs. Choose from a variety of Rutgers-themed apparel and specialty items, from holiday sweaters to Yeti tumblers, priced for all budgets and perfect for family, friends, and even pets. Supplies are limited, so order now!

Student RAs

Residence Life in the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers–New Brunswick is recruiting undergraduate students to apply as Resident Assistants (RAs) for 2022-2023 and is seeking recommendations from faculty and staff. If you know any students who would make great RAs next year, please encourage them to review eligibility requirements, job expectations, and apply by noon on Tuesday, November 30.

Lifetime Achievement

Designed to recognize the “extraordinary, transformative, and significant lifetime contributions of (Rutgers) faculty to their academic profession and (the university),” the inaugural RBHS Chancellor Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed posthumously to Joseph R. Bertino, for his roles as professor of medicine and pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and former chief scientific officer at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ). In honor of his legacy and his “unmatched fundamental contributions to cancer research as a renowned scientist, inspirational mentor, cherished colleague,” Bertino’s family will be presented with an award plaque, and CINJ created a new lectureship in his name.

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

Maternal & Child Health

This fall, the Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease (CEED) in collaboration with parents, nonprofit leaders, advocates, policymakers, academics, health professionals, and researchers, are hosting CEED’s 4th Annual Environmental Summit: Maternal and Child Environmental Health and Justice, a webinar series that explores the impact of environmental factors on maternal and child health in a context of justice and society today. These virtual, interactive sessions are open to all and take place on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m., through February 2022, with the next session on November 10. Register today to learn about the latest research, hear from thought leaders, and discover steps you can take personally to protect your health and promote the health of your family and community.

RU Urban Sketching

Through the end of November, the Department of Landscape Architecture at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and University Libraries invite anyone and everyone to participate in the RU Urban Sketching Project–Fall 2021. Connecting the shared components of both Urban sketching and scholarly research, including observation, analysis, and storytelling this imaginative and community-engaging project invites members of the university and surrounding communities to think and reflect on their surroundings through documenting, sharing, and building collections of drawings from their everyday lives. All are invited to create sketches throughout the month based on various specified themes and share on Instagram using #rutgersurbansketching or #ruusk2021 or by sending sketches—and any questions—to Megan Lotts, art librarian and Urban Sketch Drawing Exhibit curator. Check out the current and upcoming themes today!

COVID-19 Vaccines Required

In an announcement last month, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio Calcado informed all faculty and staff universitywide that they must be fully vaccinated. Developed in compliance with President Joe Biden’s Executive Order 14042 requiring vaccination for certain employees of federal contractors like Rutgers as well as the subsequent guidance of the Federal Worker Safety Task Force, this new vaccination mandate requires all employees to upload proof of vaccination to the Rutgers portal before the deadline to further augment protection efforts for the health and safety of all university community members. If you have not yet been vaccinated, vaccines are widely and readily available at most health care providers, clinics, or local pharmacies as well as at Rutgers clinic locations in Camden, Newark, and Piscataway to eligible individuals for free and without insurance.

Winter Session

Are you a New Jersey resident whose child is attending an out-of-state college? The 2022 Rutgers–New Brunswick Winter Session is an opportunity for you to save money by paying in-state college tuition as a NJ resident. Take advantage of remote/online delivery options that now allow students to take courses from anywhere and still ensure degree progress by earning up to four degree credits in just a few weeks. The last day to register for the 2022 Winter Session at Rutgers–New Brunswick without a late fee is December 7, so don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity!

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

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.

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

Top Nursing Program

In its September report, U.S. News & World Report ranked RBHS’s School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program as among the top five percent in the country for 2022, with a ranking of No. 31 out of 694 undergraduate nursing programs evaluated. Moreover, by virtue of this national ranking relative to New Jersey, the program is also the highest-ranked undergraduate nursing program in the state. Read full press release for more details.

NJ Women's Health Journal

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Women’s Health Institute (WHI) published its 3rd NJ Women's Health Symposium Journal: Driving Change at the end of August. This online journal showcases the state- and worldwide work of WHI members, including research, initiatives, and programs advancing health care for women, their family’s health, and community wellness.

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

Additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or boosters are now available at Rutgers to those who are eligible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommends that some people who have received an initial series of the Pfizer vaccine should or may receive a booster shot of Pfizer’s vaccine. The CDC also recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose. Concurrent administration with the flu vaccine is not contraindicated, so no elapsed time is needed between the two vaccinations. Recommendations continue to be updated as the situation evolves, so check out the CDC’s latest applicable guidance and find out more about scheduling vaccination appointments at a Rutgers Vaccination Clinic when eligible.

Memorial Award Lecture

Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Mark Gregory Robson will present “Rutgers – A Public University in the Land Grant Tradition that Provides Opportunities: How We Can Teach Our Students to Address Critical Global Issues” as the latest recipient of the Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award on Tuesday, October 19. Presented via zoom, this is the twenty-eighth lecture in a series that honors the late Daniel Gorenstein, a Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers. Please register in advance for this free zoom event.

September 24, 2021: Progress Is Earned!

On the Pandemic

Listen to "Back on Campus/Back in the Classroom," the first episode of the On the Pandemic podcast's second season, with host Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration Mary O’Dowd and special guest Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio Calcado. Also, check out recordings of previous episodes and stay tuned for the next monthly episode, debuting on Thursday, October 21!

Juvenile Justice

Rutgers Program in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development (JJYD), part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s Office of Continuing Professional Education within the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, announces the launch of its JJYD Certificate Program, a 60-hour collection of live, instructor-led, online-learning courses with industry-leading faculty and experts as facilitators. This certificate program incorporates elements and philosophies from psychology, social work, criminal justice, law, and education to prepare participants from related fields to address the demands of juvenile justice and work with youth impacted by the system. With a flexible schedule of online courses starting in the beginning of October, participants can sign up and pay for courses separately or the entire program to receive a discounted rate. Learn more and register for the JJYD Certificate Program today!

One Stop Now Open

Now open and available to support your Rutgers–New Brunswick students, the One Stop Student Services Center (One Stop) represents an integrated and coordinated cross-functional service in the areas of financial aid, student accounts, and registration. The One Stop acts as a single point of service across these areas to promote a progressive, simplified, and consistent student experience and a culture that supports student satisfaction and success. Students, parents, and families can submit questions using the contact form or by visiting the One Stop at Dr. Samuel Dewitt Proctor Hall, 65 Davidson Road, Busch Campus. No appointments are necessary for walk-ins and the center is open Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and Fridays, 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Women Artists Series

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series (DWAS), a program founded in 1971 by Douglass College alumna artist Joan Snyder, and continued today by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities (CWAH) under the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and in collaboration with Rutgers University Libraries. On display as a welcoming part of the Mabel Smith Douglass Library’s front lobby’s exhibition space, DWAS is the oldest continuous running exhibition space in the country that’s dedicated to making visible the work of emerging and established contemporary women artists. Read CWAH’s announcement and accompanying resources to learn more about the history of DWAS.

September 10, 2021: We R Back!

Streamlined Support

Preceding the start of the fall semester, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michele Norin announced that technical support for Canvas and Sakai will be provided by the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Help Desk to streamline support. Moving forward, faculty and staff universitywide can call 833-OIT-HELP for help with everything from Canvas and Sakai to Zoom, Rutgers Connect, and NetIDs. Hours to reach OIT’s dedicated team experienced with answering questions about learning management systems (LMS) include: Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.–9 p.m.

Instructional design support for faculty and staff, however, will continue to be provided by the respective campus-specific groups below:

Campus-Return Resources

To assist the transition back to in-person campus activities and classes with the health and safety of the Rutgers community at the forefront, a collection of informative guidelines and resources have been made available online:

Stay tuned for and check in on the Universitywide COVID-19 Information website additional announcements and resources from university and campus leaders as we continue to responsibly navigate the return to campus together throughout Fall 2021.

Apply for Gun Violence Research Funding

Faculty are invited to submit funding applications for projects addressing gun violence for consideration by the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center. Special consideration will be given to projects focusing on interpersonal gun violence in New Jersey cities that also emphasize equity, diversity, and inclusion elements and involve active partnership with community organizations. Also, completion or near completion of work outlined in proposals should be attainable before the close of this fiscal year (June 30, 2022). Access additional details, templates, and how to submit applications by the September 15 deadline.

May 21, 2021: WhyIVaxRU

Policy Update

The Office of the Secretary of the University announces a recent update to Policy 40.2.11: Research Financial Services (PDF), formerly referred to as, "Grant and Contract Accounting." 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.

Events/Travel Updates

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio Calcado shared updates regarding summer events, camps, and vaccinations, including that in-person events and activities may resume in a limited manner starting June 1 as long as they have been approved via the Event and Activity Certification System (EACS). Additionally, updated travel guidance for university purposes was also recently shared, so be sure to review the latest travel announcement from Prabhas Moghe, executive vice president of academic affairs.

New COVID Resources

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School developed a number of COVID-19 resources, including a webinar for vaccination sites about accommodations for individuals with disabilities and a fact sheet and social story—available in both English and Spanish—to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect at vaccination appointments.

NASEM Report

Shawna Hudson, professor and research division chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, joined fellow expert members of the authoring committee for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's consensus study report, Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care, to discuss the role of high-quality primary care as the cornerstone to health care and overall health. The consensus study report released on May 4 works to augment and update previous recommendations intended to address key challenges and issues in access and health to bolster primary care services nationally, especially among underserved populations.

Community Survey

If your school, department, or unit provides outreach programming for the public, complete the Programs for the Community survey, with a separate submission for each program, by June 1. The information collected will be included in an online directory, which will be promoted as a community resource. The Office of Community Affairs is looking for ongoing programs, services, and events—not one-time events, such as lectures or blood drives. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Selesky in the Office of Community Affairs at selesky@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1961.

The Schrift Podcast

The Schrift-Ancient Teachings for Modern Times podcast analyzes the weekly reading of the Torah through the lens of the German literary canon and the teachings of meditation. Created by Steven Weinberg, a German PhD student, this mixture of German literature, Jewish studies, and meditation brings ancient wisdom into the modern world.

May 7, 2021: COVID-19 Vaccination at Rutgers

Policy Update

The Office of the Secretary of the University announces a recent update to Policy 70.1.7: Rutgers Provisioning/Deprovisioning Policy (PDF). 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.

Chancellor Awards

The 2021 RBHS Chancellor Awards recognize and spotlight the extraordinary work of RBHS faculty and staff. This year’s awards also include several new categories for staff. Check out the celebration of last year’s awardees in the 2020 RBHS Chancellor Awards Ceremony video and learn more about the nomination process for these prestigious awards before the May 17th deadline.

Pfizer-BioNTech Clinical Trial

As the only NJ-based, clinical trial site for the global Pfizer-BioNTech research study, Rutgers is currently recruiting participants—up to 200 children, ages six months to 11 years—to help evaluate COVID-19 vaccine efficacy. Parents and pediatricians interested in having their children considered for inclusion in this clinical trial being conducted through the Pediatric Clinical Research Center at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School should complete the trial’s referral survey today.

State Policy Lab

In April, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education announced an award of $1 million to Rutgers to fund the development of an innovative, cutting-edge policy lab that will be located Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The lab will serve as an innovation hub that will help inform public policy and encourage evidence-based decisions to address challenges facing residents and communities throughout the state. Read more in last month’s Rutgers Today article.

The Schrift Podcast

The Schrift-Ancient Teachings for Modern Times podcast analyzes the weekly reading of the Torah through the lens of the German literary canon and the teachings of meditation. Created by Steven Weinberg, a German PhD student, this mixture of German literature, Jewish studies, and meditation brings ancient wisdom into the modern world.

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

Policy Updates

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

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are 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.

RBHS Golf League

Members of the RBHS community are invited to register for the RBHS Golf League by Friday, April 30. Celebrating its 46th year, this co-ed league’s season begins Thursday, May 5 and will have tee times for nine holes starting at 4 p.m. on subsequent Thursdays through September at the Rutgers Golf Course. All skill levels as well as new and returning players alike are welcome and encouraged to find out more about signing up today!

Football Season Tix

Get ready for the 2021 season by taking advantage of discounted football season tickets now available to all Rutgers faculty and staff and receive more than 25% off football season tickets. Packages start as low as $225 per ticket, so learn more about the benefits of becoming a season-ticket holder today!

Extra Credit Podcast

The Office of Summer and Winter Sessions invites the Rutgers community to tune in to Extra Credit, a podcast featuring short talks with students about their journeys to Rutgers, experiences while going to school here, and what they have been up to since graduating. This series also spotlights interviews with faculty, focusing on questions such as how they got into their fields, what makes the courses they teach special, and how students can benefit by taking their courses. Check out the latest interview with Martin Smith, an instructor at the Language Institute at School of Arts and Sciences as he shares what makes his course "Dual Language Immersion" and academic story unique. Stay tuned!

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

Policy Updates

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

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated polices, are 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.

Rutgers Vaccination Portal Launched

The university announced Tuesday that the State of New Jersey has approved its application to be a dispensing site for COVID-19 vaccines for the university’s faculty, staff and students. Once the university’s vaccine allotment has been determined and supplied by the state, vaccines will be offered to Rutgers faculty, staff and students on the Camden, Newark and New Brunswick campuses.

To prepare for vaccine distribution, Rutgers has developed a vaccine portal website to allow its faculty, staff and students to complete a questionnaire and register their interest in receiving a vaccine via the university’s sites. Those who indicate their interest will be notified via email regarding eligibility and appointment availability. Learn more on Rutgers Today

Human Resource Updates

In a pair of administrative announcements to faculty and staff distributed in late March and early April, Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernández shared updates regarding the use of sick time and telecommuting through the end of May 2021. In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state guidelines, as part of continued efforts to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of university employees and their families, the relaxation of the telecommuting policy as well as the temporary expansion of permissible use of accrued paid sick time for COVID-19 related self-quarantine or childcare-related issues, have both been extended through May 31, 2021. Direct any additional questions to OneSource Rutgers Faculty and Staff Service Center at 732-745-7378 (SERV).

Scarlet KIDS 2021

Registration for Scarlet KIDS 2021 summer camp is now open. Taking place June 28 through August 20, 8 a.m.–6 p.m., on Cook/Douglass, Scarlet KIDS is a full-day, co-ed recreational camp for children going into first through sixth grades this fall, thanks to the Rutgers Psychology Child Development Center at School of Arts and Sciences. Rates are all-inclusive, with special Rutgers rates and sibling discounts available, so learn more and register now!

March 26, 2021: Women's History Month

Rutgers Day Deadline

Submit your Virtual Rutgers Day program today! Schools, departments, and units can still sign up to participate in Virtual Rutgers Day by submitting a program, such as a live or pre-recorded demonstration, experiment, performance, guest participation activity, or game. The Office of Community Affairs will create a master schedule of Rutgers Day content that will be posted to Facebook and Twitter on Saturday, April 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Program submissions are due today, March 26, so submit online now!

Call for Nominations

Now through Wednesday, April 7, faculty and staff are invited to nominate students for the sixth annual New Brunswick Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards, which recognize and reward their remarkable contributions to the university and community. Award recipients will be announced mid-April and honored during a special virtual gala celebration on Tuesday, May 4. Find out more information on nomination criteria and how to submit student nomination form.

Video Showcases IFH

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IFH) invites you to learn more about its legacy, mission, and vision for the future of population health research through a new video available online. Featuring perspectives shared by several of IFH’s interdisciplinary faculty, staff, and community partners, this video brings much-needed attention to the health disparities and inequities in our communities and highlights IFH’s work to combat and inspire community engagement to address them through a beautifully produced synergy of script, visuals, and message.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Symposium

Save the date and register to join the RBHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium on Wednesday, April 21, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., via Zoom. Designed as part of the university’s Building an Inclusive Academy Initiative, this event will be moderated by Sangeeta Lamba, RBHS vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion, and feature Enobong (Anna) Branch, senior vice president for equity, and Marie A. Bernard, acting chief officer for scientific workforce diversity at the National Institutes for Health, as two nationally recognized keynote speakers. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about the work being done by the recipients of the 2019-20 RBHS Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Innovation Grants. Goals of the symposium include understanding diversity and its challenges, learning about the symbiotic relationship between diversity and excellence, and how to catalyze the normalization of equity and inclusion to ultimately push for academic transformation. Registration is required, so mark your calendars and sign up today!

Extra Credit Podcast

The Office of Summer & Winter Sessions invites the Rutgers community to tune in to Extra Credit, a podcast featuring short talks with students about their journeys to Rutgers, experiences while going to school here, and what they have been up to since graduating. Launched in March, this series also spotlights interviews with faculty, focusing on questions such as how they got into their fields, what makes the courses they teach special, and how students can benefit by taking their courses.  The latest episode features Joel Plummer, part-time lecturer in the Department of Africana Studies at School of Arts and Sciences, as he shares his experiences growing up as a Black student and how it influenced his decision to become an educator as well as inspired his book, Sumo Wrestlers & Supermodels. Check out all the episodes and stay tuned!

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

Rutgers Day Submissions Due 3/22

There’s still time for your school, department, or unit to submit a virtual Rutgers Day program, such as a live or pre-recorded demonstration, experiment, performance, guest participation activity, or game. The Office of Community Affairs will create a master schedule of Rutgers Day content that will be posted throughout the day on April 24. Contact rutgersday@rutgers.edu if you need assistance. Program submissions are due by March 22.

Servers Down on 3/20

Data center work is necessary to reduce future risk of outages and to enable new maintenance without major interruption. Beginning 7 am on March 20, a number of Rutgers–New Brunswick IT services may be unavailable for up to 36 hours as maintenance, improvements, and repairs are made at the Hill Data Center. See full list of IT services that may be impacted during this time.

Hotline Supports NJ

Shortly after the one-year anniversary of establishing the COVID-19 Hotline at the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES) at New Jersey Medical School in January 2021, “Colleagues in a Dark Time,” a poem by Diane Calello, executive and medical director of NJPIES, was published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology in February 2021, reflecting on the unique experience. Also known as the NJ Poison Control Center, NJPIES has operated the State’s COVID-19 Hotline since the beginning of the pandemic and its staff and volunteers have helped assist over 80,000 callers.

Leadership Academy

Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership encourages the nomination of mid-career faculty and staff universitywide to the Rutgers Leadership Academy, an annual, yearlong, leadership development certificate program focused within the context of higher education. The program strives to create an expanded cadre of skilled leaders within individual Rutgers units and the broader university. Nominations must be submitted by a VP, dean, director, chair, or other senior leaders and will be accepted from March 1 through March 25.

WHI Journal Online

Women’s Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has published its inaugural volume of Writing Heals & Inspires (WHI) Journal. In collaboration with Rutgers Health/RWJBarnabas Health, this online journal provides an outlet to share and derive healing and inspiration from current relevant topics to enhance global wellness and to inspire visionary paths on making a difference. Check out the first volume online today!

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

Research Resources

RBHS's Office of Vice Chancellor Research has launched the 2021 Research Resources Workshop Wednesday (R2W2) series. Taking place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Wednesday each month, these webinars will feature shared researcher resource core facilities, discussions with experts, and a panelist Q&A regarding research support services. Check out the complete schedule for specific topics and mark your calendars to join through July!

Online Learning Conference

Rutgers faculty, staff, and students are invited to register for this year’s virtual Rutgers Online Learning Conference on March 15-16. This two-day program features some of the best minds in online and hybrid education and focuses on improving learning with technology. The event boasts more than 70 sessions, informative exhibitors, and unique networking opportunities. #RUOnlineCon is free, but registration is required by Monday, March 1.

The Schrift Podcast

The Schrift-Ancient Teachings for Modern Times podcast analyzes the weekly reading of the Torah through the lens of the German literary canon and the teachings of meditation. Created by Steven Weinberg, a German doctoral student, this mixture of German literature, Jewish studies, and meditation brings ancient wisdom into the modern world.

Financial Webinars

The Rutgers Employees First Financial Webinars are part of an ongoing initiative to support and cultivate financial wellness for faculty and staff. Hosted by TIAA and Prudential and focusing on financial wellness, this free virtual series provides information and tools to introduce and encourage best practices in financial planning, management, decision making, and planning for the future. View complete schedule of webinars offered now through May 2021 and register today! As a reminder, employees are also encouraged to take advantage of additional wellness resources on the Discover UHR Wellness website.

February 12, 2021: Celebrating Black History

Access Week 2021

All next week members of the Rutgers community are invited to take part in the 8th annual Access Week, a week-long series of programming that aims to create campus awareness for first-generation, low-income, and historically underserved students. Running February 15-19, Access Week includes a collection of public lectures, student workshops and programming, and alumni engagement opportunities. Check out schedule of upcoming events for more details and registration information, where applicable. Also, follow @RUDiversity on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to like and share Access Week posts.

WHI Journal Online

Women’s Health Institute (WHI) at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has virtually published its inaugural volume of Writing Heals & Inspires (WHI Journal). In collaboration with Rutgers Health/RWJBarnabas Health, this online journal publication is intended as a platform providing an outlet to share and derive healing and inspiration from current relevant topics to “enhance global wellness and to inspire visionary paths on making a difference.” Check out the first volume online today!

Finance Town Hall

The University Finance and Administration (UFA) will host a Finance Town Hall for the Rutgers community on Thursday, February 25, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Facilitated by Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer as well as University Treasurer J. Michael Gower and joined by other university leadership as guest speakers, this virtual meeting will address topics including a mid-year financial update, Institutional Planning and Operations update, and Cornerstone. No registration required. Also, access recordings of past events on UFA’s YouTube channel.

Film Festival Online

Before it’s too late, the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the School of Arts and Sciences Cinema Studies program invite the community to check out 39th annual New Jersey Film Festival Spring 2021 online, an annual public showcase of new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. Now through February 21, this year’s online festival features special virtual guest appearances by film directors, producers, and actors as well as special filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions for many of the films. All films will be available via Video On Demand for 24 hours on their show dates, so check out the upcoming film lineup and buy your tickets today!

Call for Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees is now accepting nominations to fill a Student Charter Trustee open seat for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2021. Faculty and staff are encouraged to spread the word and nominate undergraduate or graduate students who may be interested. Student Charter Trustees are expected to serve the full six-year term (including after graduation), attend board meetings, serve on board committees, and become actively involved in the life of the university. Consideration will be given to personal, academic, and leadership skills. The nominee must be registered as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, who will have completed a minimum of two full years of undergraduate study or one full year of graduate study at Rutgers University at the time of election (June 22, 2021). The nomination form may be accessed on the Board of Trustees website, from the drop-down down menu under “Board of Trustees” or via the sidebar. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, February 26, 2021.

January 29, 2021: Supporting a Strong Community in 2021

Policy Library Updates

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

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated polices, are 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.

Trainer Prep Course

Register by Friday, February 5 for one of the remaining spots in Rutgers Recreation’s 10-week course that will prepare you for a career as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT). This premier evidence-based certified personal training program includes all of the required components of the NASM-CPT exam and is taught in a learning-friendly virtual environment that meets weekly in synchronous online lectures on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Learn more, including Rutgers affiliate pricing, and register by February deadline.

Rutgers Day 2021

Rutgers Day is going virtual for 2021, and we want your school, department, or center/institute to join us as a program provider with a live or pre-recorded demonstration, experiment, home-participation activity, or performance. New, original programming for Rutgers Day is preferred, but if you have an activity or performance recorded, it can be included as well.

Submit your program proposal via Qualtrics form by March 1. Final content/links are due by April 1.

Contact the Office of Community Affairs if you have any questions at rutgersday@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1921.

Call for Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees is now accepting nominations to fill a Student Charter Trustee open seat for a six-year term beginning July 1, 2021. Faculty and staff are encouraged to spread the word and nominate undergraduate or graduate students who may be interested. Student Charter Trustees are expected to serve the full six-year term (including after graduation), attend board meetings, serve on board committees, and become actively involved in the life of the university. Consideration will be given to personal, academic, and leadership skills. The nominee must be registered as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, who will have completed a minimum of two full years of undergraduate study or one full year of graduate study at Rutgers University at the time of election (June 22, 2021). The nomination form may be accessed on the Board of Trustees website, from the drop-down down menu under “Board of Trustees” or via the sidebar. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, February 26, 2021.

SOAR Opens Access

Rutgers University Libraries has launched the new SOAR repository to improve worldwide discovery and access to Rutgers scholarship by providing free and open access to research and creative work university wide. This new platform features a wizard for easy asset deposit and searches as well as analytics for tracking research impact. See more about how SOAR showcases scholarship!

Closed Fridays

The OneSource Faculty and Staff Service Center will be closed Fridays through March 12, 2021, due to the furlough program. Please contact OneSource Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., at 732-745-SERV (7378) or visit the OneSource Portal available 24/7 to access resources and/or submit an inquiry or self-service request.

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

Policy Library Updates

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

Recent policy updates, including previous version of updated policies, are 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.

Updated Quarantine and Travel Guidance

In a joint announcement on December 4, Brian L. Strom, chancellor of RBHS and executive vice president for health affairs, and Vicente Gracias, senior vice chancellor for clinical affairs at RBHS and vice president of health affairs at Rutgers, provided updated quarantine and travel recommendations for all Rutgers employees. These recommendations align with the New Jersey Department of Health’s updated travel guidance and the CDC’s recent quarantine guidance and include discouraging all out-of-state non-essential travel and modifications to quarantine duration. Some exceptions will be in effect, such as with travel health care workers’ traveling to restricted areas as they are considered, “critical infrastructure workers.” The pair reemphasized the importance of not coming to campus if you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms. Be sure to read the announcement and adhere to all of the updated recommendations, procedures, and preventive guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining distancing, and frequent handwashing.

Rutgers University Inn Phased Reopening

As a first step to reopening for guests, Rutgers employees are invited to once again enjoy a stay at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center (RUICC). In concert with the Return to Rutgers Plan, RUICC is now accepting overnight accommodations from verified faculty, staff, and departments. Please note that due to the pandemic, all ordinary operations and services that you may have been familiar with in the past will not be available at this time. Visit RUICC’s COVID-19 response page for updates and check out the Guest Safety Measures Highlight Video to see what else RUICC is doing to keep their guests and the community safe.

Save the Date for DICE's Faculty "Soul-Saving" Socials in Spring 2021

In support of faculty, the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) at Rutgers–New Brunswick will continue to host Faculty “Soul-Saving” Socials twice a month, resuming in February 2021. The goal of these informal, discussion-based events is to provide a relaxed environment to engage with faculty peers in a conversation about the academy and shaping sustaining spaces within it. The first session will take place on February 4 at 5 p.m., and will be held on the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. and third Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please contact DICE.

Personal Meeting Rooms Available at Rutgers Student Centers

As an integral part of Rutgers’ educational mission, the Division of Student Affairs’ Student Centers and Activities has personal meeting room reservations available for academic engagement. Room reservations are limited to one per day for three hours, with a maximum of two people. Reservations require a current RUID and can be made online by faculty or staff.

Check Out the Rutgers Holiday Shop Before It’s Too Late!

This year, University Communications and Marketing launched the new Rutgers Holiday Shop as a fun, seasonal way for faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and fans to show their Rutgers pride. Shop the Rutgers holiday store for all your gifts this year and choose from a variety of apparel and specialty items that are perfect for family, friends, and even pets. All of the store’s Rutgers-themed gift items are priced for all budgets and shipped directly to your door, but it’s only open for a limited time, so start shopping online today!

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

Download COVID Alert NJ App and Help Keep Our Communities Safe

In a universitywide announcement in November, Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernández shared information on behalf of Rutgers and the Coalition of Rutgers Unions about the COVID Alert NJ app, a key resource supporting contact tracing. 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 user-friendly access to a symptom checking tool and up-to-date information. Read more and download it today to join in this shared responsibility to help keep our communities and families safe.

Rutgers Holiday Shop Open for Limited Time!

University Communications and Marketing launched the new Rutgers Holiday Shop in November as a fun, seasonal way for faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, and fans to show their Rutgers pride. Shop the Rutgers holiday store for all your gifts this year and choose from a variety of apparel and specialty items that are perfect for family, friends, and even pets. All of the store’s Rutgers-themed gift items are priced for all budgets and shipped directly to your door, but it’s only open for a limited time, so start shopping online today!

COVID-19 Telecommuting Policy Extended through March 31, 2021

In late November, Senior Vice President for Human Resources Vivian Fernández announced the extension of telecommuting policy through March 31, 2021. This extended timeline will continue to support social distancing and does not require a new or revised telecommuting request unless there has been a change in work schedule. As a reminder, while telecommuting all employees are still obligated to comply with all university rules, policies, and procedures. Read original announcement and additional telecommuting reminders.

Applications and Nominations for DICE’s Department Faculty Diversity Advocates

The Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) seeks one faculty member from each department for a twelve-month term as a Department Faculty Diversity Advocate, whose role is to partner, inform, and support broader institutional efforts to advance an inclusive campus culture. Diversity Advocates will provide feedback on programs and resource development initiatives for faculty and promote engagement by sharing upcoming initiatives in DICE and around the campus community. Apply or nominate someone to be a Diversity Advocate today!

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

"Slackwater" Music Video Featuring Rutgers Marine Field Station Supports Environmental Advocacy Efforts

While stationed at the Rutgers University Marine Field Station (RUMFS) along the southern coast of New Jersey, Kentucky-native cellist and composer Ben Sollee wrote his "Slackwater" single, drawing inspiration from Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge and watching the push-and-pull of the tides during a week spent perched where the Mullica River empties at the Great Bay’s edge. Accompanied by a video comprised of shots of the Great Bay/Mullica River ecosystem of New Jersey taken by Emmy Award-winning videographer, Mallory Cunningham, this unique music video is available to view online or purchase as part of the Songscape project from Sustain, a non-profit organization partnering the music industry and environmental organizations to promote environmental responsibility and awareness. Sollee's "Slackwater" joins similar songscapes composed around the nation to serve as novel sources of advocacy for public land conservation through increased public engagement created by the cultural influence and emotional hook of music. Check "Slackwater" out!

Project ECHO Launches NJ Training Center for AHRQ Nursing Home Program

Rutgers Project ECHO launches National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network (CAN), which is administered by Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as the official training center for quality, safety, and resiliency training. Learn more about what this collaborative effort entails and how Rutgers Project Echo Nursing Home CAN make a difference in communities.

Access Newsletter Now Online and Spotlights SAS Response to Crisis

The School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) proudly debuts the new online version of its award-winning newsletter, Access, with its Fall 2020 edition. This special digital issue highlights the school's response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the sciences, mathematics, humanities, and social sciences, from life-saving research to inspiring and insightful teaching, proving that the Rutgers liberal arts tradition is active and engaged even during these challenging times. Read the current issue of SAS Access online and find out more about how SAS is contributing to the common good and aiding in the recovery of the world.

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

Ballad of An American Uniquely Illustrates the Life of Paul Robeson

A novel retelling of the narrative of Paul Robeson’s life and lasting legacy, Ballad of an American: A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson, has been published and is available to members of the Rutgers community at a 30% discount through Rutgers University Press. Edited by Paul Buhl and Lawrence Ware, this new and unique graphic novel features illustrations by artist Sharon Rudahl and was published in conjunction with Rutgers University's Paul Robeson Centennial Celebration in commemoration of Robeson’s 1919 graduation from the university. For bulk orders, please contact a University Press sales representative directly.

Personal Training Available with Rutgers Recreation

Members of the Rutgers community are encouraged to meet all their personal training needs with Rutgers Recreation! Choose from in-person training, online live training, or written workout plans. Visit recreation.rutgers.edu for more information.

October 23, 2020: Revised FY21 Budget Information

Check Out New RBHS Events Calendar!

Check out the new RBHS events calendar for events across RBHS! Now you your unit can submit an event for inclusion in the calendar by clicking "submit event" at the bottom of the page. You can also export calendar of events, navigate events in calendar view or even narrow your search using fields like event category, organizers, and audience.

Expanded State Benefits for Child Care

The New Jersey Department of Human Services announced that families with an income up to $150,000 are now eligible for the new COVID-19 School-Age Tuition Assistance Program. Families with children in remote schooling may be eligible for up to $1,900 in full-time child care assistance, assistance is also available part-time. View the online application.

Explore Resources and Opportunities for Rutgers Alumni

Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) offers a variety of free resources, events, and networking opportunities to Rutgers alumni. Be sure to check RUAA's website to sign up to receive their newsletters directly in your inbox, check out past editions of Think Scarlet, update your contact information for Scarlet Together to start receiving RUAA’s digest of upcoming events to your preferred email, or even check out the benefits you are eligible for as alumni with For Your Benefit.

October 9, 2020

Register Today for Free, Virtual Fitness Classes in October

Join Rutgers Recreation for free, virtual fitness classes ranging from resistance and weight training to mindfulness and yoga. Classes will run through the end of October, but space is limited, so check out the complete course list and register to join your choice of free, virtual fitness classes today!

NJ ACTS Current Events, Deadlines, and Announcements

NJ ACTS is a partnership between Rutgers, NJIT, and Princeton University, whose work will advance clinical and translational science to develop new therapies and treatments and improve population health. NJ ACTS disseminates information on funding opportunities to its members and partner institutions directly through its website. Check the NJ ACTS calendar for grants, career opportunities, and more.

Winter Session Registration

Are you a New Jersey resident whose child is attending an out-of-state college? The 2021 Rutgers–New Brunswick Winter Session is an opportunity for you to save money by paying in-state college tuition as a NJ resident. Take advantage of remote/online delivery options that now allow students to take courses from anywhere and still ensure degree progress by earning up to four degree credits in just a few weeks. The last day to register for the 2021 Winter Session at Rutgers–New Brunswick without a late fee is December 7, so don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity!

September 25, 2020

Free Access to LinkedIn Learning for All Faculty, Staff, and Students

Free access to LinkedIn Learning is available for all active Rutgers faculty, staff, and students, featuring thousands of video tutorials and online training resources about business, technology, and creative skills. LinkedIn Learning, an upgraded platform of Lynda.com, offers content and courses from expert instructors that range from beginner to advanced. Additional benefits include help for new users, tailored course recommendations, certification exam prep, and even CEU-earning opportunities. Log in with your NetID and start taking advantage of your free, on-demand instruction with LinkedIn Learning anytime, anywhere with desktop and mobile apps!

RU ID Card Replacements

Rutgers University Public Safety reminds members of the Rutgers community that we are now required to carry our RU ID card with us at all times on-campus for both building entry and identification purposes, due to face-covering mandates, as noted in the Return to Rutgers Guide (PDF). If an RU ID card is lost or damaged, Rutgers faculty, staff, and students can visit the Identity and Access Management website for more information about obtaining a replacement RU ID card.

School of Social Work Announces New Five-Year Strategic Plan Toward a More Just Future

In September, the School of Social Work (SSW) proudly released its new strategic plan, Toward a More Just Future: A Five-Year Strategic Plan. Peruse the pages of either the online e-book or your own downloaded copy and join SSW for a guided tour of how it envisions its own as well as our national and international future: one grounded in justice and focused on innovation, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and community. Check it out today!

September 9, 2020

Accessing Physical Library Resources and Services

Rutgers University Libraries are currently providing curbside pickup, home delivery, and interlibrary loan services for Rutgers students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, they are fulfilling digitization requests from their print collections and have begun accepting returns as well. Learn more about the resources and services available from University Libraries.

Zimmerli Art Museum Accepting Applications for Thomas Sokolowski Digital Outreach and Engagement Internship

Now through September 15, the Zimmerli Art Museum is accepting applications for the Thomas Sokolowski Digital Outreach and Engagement Internship, which plays a key role in helping the Zimmerli Art Museum stay connected to its audiences, especially during this extended period of virtual-only access. Applicants for this paid internship position must be current Rutger–New Brunswick undergraduate or graduate students and do not need any previous museum or arts experience. Find out more about this position, the application process, and share with others before the September 15 application deadline.

Zimmerli at Home Launches Virtual Museum Hub

The Zimmerli Art Museum invites you to experience the museum in new ways by visiting its newly expanded online presence, Zimmerli at Home. This interactive, virtual hub allows you to search the museum's collection, expand your playlist, explore behind the scenes videos, get creative, add some flair to your online background, and much more, from wherever you are!

August 26, 2020 - New Student Convocation

Did you know you can call RU-info with your questions?

RU-info's staff members know Rutgers inside out, and they can direct you to resources for everything from course registration to student health services. You can call, chat, email, or text. Learn more about RU-info.