November 1, 2019 Edition
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 Greetings Rutgers Parents & Families!

This newsletter aims to be your source for everything a proud Rutgers University parent or family member needs to know! The newsletter will hit your inbox twice a month during the academic year and once a month during the summer.  Manage your subscription preferences at any time at the bottom of the newsletter. Help us to expand our list by forwarding this message to other Rutgers family members that you know! Contact us and send suggestions for topics to us here.
Thanksgiving Break Important Reminders


Happy November! Although Thanksgiving may still seem light years away, it is fast approaching! Below are some important dates and reminders for you and your student to prepare for Thanksgiving Recess.
University Closure:

  • Rutgers University — New Brunswick will be closed for Thanksgiving from Thursday, November 28th through Sunday, December 1st. Offices will not be open and there will be no classes during this time.
Residence Life:
  • ALL halls will remain open during Thanksgiving Recess. If your student plans on leaving campus, please click here to review important checklist items for vacating residence halls. 
Changes in Class Days:
  • Please note that Tuesday, November 26th will follow a THURSDAY class schedule, and Wednesday, November 27th will follow a FRIDAY class schedule. Please be sure to check in with your student to see how this will impact their travel plans if they are coming home for break.
Dining Hall Closures:
  • Dining halls will be closed on Wednesday, November 27th at 6pm and will not reopen until Sunday, December 1st at 4pm. If your student plans to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break, please be sure they make meal arrangements during this time. Outside vendors affiliated with RU Express will still accept RU Express as a form of payment.

November Parent & Family Association Meeting

Join us for the November Parent and Family Association meeting on Monday, November 11 at 7:15pm.  The speaker will be Career Exploration and Success (formerly known as Career Services) and the meeting will take place at the College Ave location for Career Exploration and Success at 106 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ (next to Barnes and Noble, 4th floor).

If you plan on attending the meeting, please RSVP using this link by Friday, November 8 at noon. Refreshments will be provided.

Guests who do not have a parking permit that is Rutgers affiliated may park in
Lots 1,11 and 16.  You can register for parking using this link


Can't make the meeting? We will be streaming via Livestream on our Facebook pagePlease be sure to tune in shortly after 7:30pm to view the broadcast.  Past meetings are archived so you can view at the time that is most convenient for you.

Upstream! Red Team! Join the O-Team!


New Student Orientation & Family Programs is currently recruiting Orientation Leaders for summer 2020! Being an Orientation Leader is a tremendous opportunity for hard-working, positive students who wish to share their Rutgers pride with our incoming students and their families. Students who have any interest in learning more about the OL position should attend an information session! Students MUST attend an information session to receive the application.

Fall Information Sessions

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5 PM
Cook Student Center MPR A

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
5 PM
Livingston Student Center Coffeehouse

Friday, November 15, 2019
12:30 PM
College Ave Student Center Room 411 ABC

Saturday, November 16, 2019
4 PM
Livingston Student Center Room 201 AB

Other Important Dates*:
Group Interviews: February 13 – February 18, 2020
Individual Interviews: February 24 – March 4, 2020
New Hire Meeting: March 29, 2020

*All dates subject to change.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or visit our website.

Flu Vaccination Clinics

Student Health has two flu vaccination clinics on November 6th at Douglass and Busch Student Centers from 1 – 8 pm. Bring your student ID and insurance card. Save time by bringing your completed forms with you. Forms can be found at The first 200 students at each clinic get a FREE t-shirt!

Resident/Apartment Assistant Recruitment

Do you know a student who would make a great Resident Assistant at Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick? All candidates must attend an information session in order to apply. Resident Assistants form the face and the voice of Residence Life at Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick. As such, all RA/AAs must be committed to our mission, which is to foster and inspire strong, inclusive communities; encourage and support students in their academic, social and personal growth; help students develop skills to succeed in a diverse, global society; and promote the appreciation of diversity. Share this link with your students who want to learn more!

RU Voting?

Election day is Tuesday, November 5th! Students were given the opportunity in the beginning of the semester to register to vote on campus to be eligible to vote on Election Day. Can't get to the polls this Tuesday? Any student can apply to receive their ballot at the address of their choosing! 
This is particularly important for students who are out-of-state or registered with their home address and may find it difficult to get home to vote on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  This can also be helpful for students who registered to vote with their current/local address, but may have an off-campus internship or work schedule that prevents them from getting to the polls. 

  • Voters may apply in person at their County Clerk's office until 3:00pm on November 4, 2019
  • Once you receive your ballot, complete and submit it by November 5, 2019. All ballots must be postmarked by November 5, 2019 in order to be accepted
**The deadline to apply by mail was Tuesday, October 29th**
Helpful Links to Prepare for Election Day:

Questions about voting at Rutgers? Visit the Center for Youth Political Participation’s website.

Senior Graduation Trip

Congratulations on your student’s upcoming graduation! Have you thought about a once-in-a-lifetime graduation gift for your Rutgers University senior? The Rutgers University Alumni Association is pleased to announce a celebratory summer tour of Europe designed for new graduates. This tour includes the cosmopolitan cities of London, Paris, Rome and the French Riviera. Let your student experience amazing theater, see great works of art, walk through centuries-old landmarks and have the time of their life with fellow graduates. 

Click here for further information and pricing.
Save up to $200 with the Early Bird Discount by booking today and paying in full by December 3, 2019

Click here to register and participate in a FREE webinar and learn more about the trip!

Spring 2020 Course Registration

Students will soon be able to start registering for Spring 2020 courses online using WEBREG. The registration period starts on November 3rd and goes until November 19th; a student's registration date is based on the number of credit hours earned.  You can view a list of registration dates here.

Students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to ensure that they are on track with degree requirements.  Students should call NOW to set up an advising appointment - giving themselves time to review the schedule and make a list of ideas/questions for their advisor before their first day to register. Be sure to pass this contact information on to your student.

2020-2021 FAFSA Now Available

If your student needs financial aid for the 2020-2021 academic year, they will need to submit a FAFSA. The 2020-21 FAFSA is now open for submissions. Priority filing deadlines for returning Rutgers students is January 15, 2020. The priority filing deadline for incoming Rutgers students is December 1, 2019.  The Rutgers Federal School Code is 002629.

For more information about filing the FAFSA, please
visit the Financial Aid website.
Alternate Resources for Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Medications
If your student previously filled their prescription through the Rutgers Student Health Pharmacy, it has been transferred to the Walgreens at 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place (located in RWJ/Barnabas Medical Center atrium) in New Brunswick. You may also transfer the prescription to another pharmacy of your choice. To do so, contact Walgreens at 732-246-1745.
Information about alternate resources for prescriptions and over-the-counter-medications can be found at

Safety Matters Report

The latest version of Safety Matters, the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report for Rutgers University, is now available online for your review.  This comprehensive report provides an overview of our Public Safety services and includes statistical crime and fire related information as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act 20 U.S.C. §1092(f), or the Clery Act as it is commonly known.
Safety Matters includes:

  • Three years on/off campus crime statistics
  • Fire log and other related fire safety information
  • Procedures for the reporting of criminal activities and emergencies on campus
  • Policies regarding security of and access to campus facilities
  • Information on law enforcement on campus
  • Emergency response and notification procedures
  • Descriptions of campus security, crime prevention, and alcohol/drug educational programs
  • Policies regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages, and illegal drugs
  • Information on campus sexual assault prevention programs and procedures to follow in the event of a sexual assault
  • Procedures on missing student notification
  • Where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained
Safety Matters is available online at:
An animated version of Safety Matters can be viewed at:
A paper copy can be obtained at each RUPD headquarters or by emailing the Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Communication Melissa Marrero at clery@ipo.rutgers.eduThe locations of the RUPD headquarters are listed below:
  • Rutgers University-Camden: 409 North 4th Street
  • Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences at Newark: 5 Bruce Street
  • Rutgers University-Newark: 200 University Avenue
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick: 55 Paul Robeson Boulevard Avenue

For more information about Rutgers’ commitment to safety and compliance with the Clery Act, please visit

Late Knight

Late Knight is a consistent late-night programming initiative out of Student Involvement within the Department of Student Centers & Activities. We aim to provide fun, safe, and engaging opportunities for students every Friday night in one of our Student Centers. Events are completely FREE to our Rutgers – New Brunswick students and occur every Friday from 9PM – 1AM while classes are in session. Events range from movie nights, comedy shows, trivia, bingo, student center “takeovers” with novelties and inflatables, themed nights, open mics, and so much more.
RCSA 2019-2020 Board Applications

Deadline: Friday, November 15 I 11:59 PM
Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of commuters like yourself? Are you interested in gaining leadership experience? If yes, then apply to the Rutgers Commuter Student Association Board. Chair positions are available in Events, Public Relations, and Initiatives. 

Find the application on our website 

Goosebumps: An Evening with R. L. Stine

Attend an evening with R.L. Stine, the author behind the bestselling Goosebumps series. The event, which takes place on January 11, 2020, 7:00 pm at the College Avenue Student Center, will include a talk, audience Q & A, and signing. General admission is only $20.

For more information, visit our event website.

Zimmerli Museum Updates

Engage with Art

3 de noviembre: Acompáñenos en una visita guiada por Dimensionismo: El arte moderno en la era de Einstein, conducido en español. Gratis.
November 3: Join us for a guided tour of Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, led in Spanish. Free.
Art After Hours: First Tuesdays features curator-led exhibition tours and live music on November 5. The program spotlights Intimate Details: Prints by James Tissot, which celebrates the museum’s recent acquisition of etchings by this noted chronicler of both Belle-Epoque Paris and Victorian London. Throughout the evening, the Dave Mosko Quartet performs, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Jazz Project. Mosko is a trombonist, currently studying at Mason Gross. Free admission and complimentary refreshments.
Registration is open for two new Saturday afternoon
adult workshops! Inspired by the exhibition Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein, Light Fantastic with Wes Sherman on November 16 looks at how artists responded to dramatic scientific advances of the early 20th century, including discoveries about the nature of light and how it can be used in making art. On December 7, Winter Watercolors with Tom Rutledge offers the opportunity to improve skills and learn new techniques by creating a winter landscape. Workshops are open to all, regardless of artistic experience, and all supplies are provided. $45 general public / $40 Zimmerli members. (Plus, special offers if you sign up for both sessions or attend with a friend!)
Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street on the College Avenue Campus. Admission to the museum, as well as the programs listed, are free and open to the public. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates!

James Tissot
Ces dames des chars (The Chariot Women), 1885
Etching and drypoint 
Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Museum Purchase with funds donated by Anthony and Marlene Volpe
Photo: Peter Jacobs


Rutgers Community Arts

Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, for high school students in grades 9-12, begins its session on Saturday, November 16 and runs through May 2. Rehearsals are held on the Douglass campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 1-3 p.m. 

The ensemble offers a fun experience by programming challenging music that allows students to discover a new repertoire and connect with others from across the state.  RYPE has access to high-quality instruments and practice/performance spaces that truly inspire a young percussionist. It also hosts a masterclass with a professional percussionist each semester.

A 10 percent discount is available for Rutgers faculty, staff or alum!

For more information, contact Rutgers Community Arts at 848-932-1500 or write 

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