Parent and Family Newsletter - September 18th
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Rutgers University- New Brunswick
Parent & Family Newsletter
University Updates
Fall 2020 Updates

Please be sure to follow the official website for live updates as the situation progresses:
Parent and Family Programs Info
Our office is here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.  We serve as a dedicated resource year-round providing guidance to our parents and family members, events and programs catered specifically toward our family population and important updates about your student's experience.

Please feel free to reach out to us and we are happy to help.  If you are unsure of where to start when navigating this large university, start with us and we are happy to get you where you need to be! You can email us, as well as like us/follow us on Facebook for timely updates.
Parent and Family Association Meeting Recap

Did you miss the September PFA Meeting? For our September meeting, we were joined by Rutgers Professors and Instructional Support Specialists to provide some perspective on navigating a virtual academic setting.

You can view the meeting here.  

You can view the agenda, as well as websites and resources mentioned during the meeting here.

Parent and Family Community Groups

Although we are not able to offer in-person meetings this semester, we still want to ensure that you can connect with other parents and family members.  If you are interested, you can sign up for our Parent and Family Community Groups to meet others who may also be out of state, a parent of the same major, or another empty nester!
Virtual Parent and Family Weekend 2020

Join us for Parent & Family Weekend on October 23-25! Compete against other families during Family Feud, paint your own masterpiece during Paint Knight with your student (we ship you all of the supplies!), take a virtual campus tour, learn about Study Abroad, and more! Visit for a full list of event details. Exclusive "R Family" long sleeve shirts are also available for purchase here. Events sell out fast, so don't miss out!
2020-2021 Parent and Family Guide

The 2020-2021 Parent and Family Guide is now available!  This comprehensive resource contains information including a Parent/Family Checklist, an academic calendar, campus resource directory, helpful tips, FAQs, and more!  You can view the Parent and Family Guide here.

Student Guide: We also have checklists and helpful resources for our newest Scarlet Knights. You can access the What Every Scarlet Knight Should Know guide here.
Upcoming Events
RCSA Commuter Connection Hours!

Welcome back everyone! The Commuter lounges may be closed but our sense of community over at the Rutgers Student Commuter Student Association is still open to all. Join us on discord in our virtual lounge. Log on any time to chat with friends and meet new people in between online classes. From Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, a RCSA member will be logged on to assist you and answer any questions. 

Click the link
 here to join the discord!

Rutgers Business School Invites you to: "Developing a Change-Oriented Culture"

September 24, 12 – 1 PM ET- Register here

Speaker: Len DeCandia, Chief Procurement Officer at Johnson & Johnson

Featuring live virtual discussions with thought leaders and business leaders from across the industry spectrum, this complimentary biweekly series will give you the opportunity to hear and learn from leadership experts. Join the conversation to get a glimpse into their everyday, real-life challenges and learn from their leadership playbooks.

First-Year Fellowship

The First-Year Fellowship Certificate Program features a curriculum designed for emerging leaders to cultivate their skills and abilities to become the next generation of leaders. Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in an 8-week, 1.5-credit leadership course, in addition to being exposed to involvement opportunities. Previous leadership experience is NOT required to participate. Learn more by visiting Student Centers and Activities' website at

You can access the application here. Deadline is September 20
Campus Resources
Student Centers

As the hub for the Rutgers Community, Student Centers and Activities provides students with much-needed resources, services, and virtual engagement opportunities. Hours for the Busch Student Center, College Ave Student Center, and Livingston Student Center beginning September 8 will be: Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 10pm, Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday. The Centers have been set up to ensure social distancing and protocols to protect the health and safety of our guests. Student Centers will provide students with reliable WiFi, study spaces, meditation and prayer rooms, and much more. In addition, select food vendors within the Busch and College Ave Student Centers will open beginning September 8. Visit at for a complete list of Student Center hours and services, as well as upcoming virtual events. You can also follow @RutgersuSCA on social media for the latest events, news and updates.
Student Center Study Space

Student Centers and Activities has opened up personal meeting room reservations for academic engagement (i.e., online classes, academic sessions, exams and meetings with professors and other Rutgers staff). Rooms are limited to one per day for three hours, with a maximum of two people. Students can reserve space online at the Busch, College Ave or Living Student Centers. For more information, visit

University Libraries

Building Access
  • Study areas at Alexander (College Ave), Library of Science and Medicine (Busch), and Carr (Livingston) will be open to Rutgers faculty/staff/students beginning September 8th. All others will be closed.
  • You'll need to show Rutgers ID and register with security; visits are limited to 2 hours
  • Occupancy is limited, mandated by state guidelines, and will be enforced by security personnel
  • You must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. No eating or drinking is permitted.
  • The first hour of opening is reserved for at-risk individuals. Thank you for showing courtesy to others.
While library building access is restricted, you can request items from most of our circulating collections via Click and CollectILL, E-ZBorrow, UBorrow, and Article Delivery are available, and several locations are accepting returns.

For the latest building hours of operation, click here.

Most of our services are available online. We’re here to support your remote teaching and research and remote learning.

For the most up to date information about Rutgers libraries, visit our website
Dining Services Updates
Dining Services will be open and operating for the Fall 2020 semester when students return to campus.  The following locations will be open: Busch Dining Hall and Kilmer’s Market.  Dining Services has modified the style of services being offered per the CDC Guidelines. 

Meal Plans are now available for all on-campus residential students, off-campus students and commuter students.  Dining plan options are also available for faculty and staff. 

For additional information and details regarding which Dining Services locations will be open for the 2020, fall semester,
please visit our website.
Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships Updates

Greetings Off-Campus Students,

For those who’ve moved into the off-campus community, we welcome you back to New Brunswick.  During these uncertain times, we want to make certain you are aware of critical information about how you can prepare for living in the off-campus community while protecting your own health and safety and that of others.  We have
updated our website with FAQs to assist you as we move forward.

If you are a student renting in the local community, please
register your local address and emergency contact information with our office so we can keep you updated on municipal information, programming emergency alerts and other helpful information related to living off-campus. .
Registration for parking permits is done online with The New Brunswick Parking Authority. You will need a scanned copy of your current signed lease, vehicle registration and driver’s license.   
If you lived in off-campus housing last academic year (in an apartment or house, alone or with others) you should respond to the 2020 Census using the college address where you would have been on April 1. This is vitally important to the community where you were living. (If you lived in on-campus housing last year this was already taken care of for you!).  Here is what you need to do:
  • Visit  and click the green “RESPOND” button.
  • Select the link that says, "If you do not have a Census ID, click here." (It is located below the Census ID login field.)
  • Follow the prompts to enter your off-campus college address (where you would have been living on April 1) and then answer the questions. 
Do you ever…
  • Worry you will not have enough money for food?
  • Cut or skip a meal because you didn’t have enough money to buy food? 
  • Find yourself unable to eat balanced or nutritious meals because of a lack of money? 
  • Go hungry because of a lack of money?
The Rutgers Student Food Pantry (RSFP) is here to help. All you need is your Rutgers ID card and an appointment. Services are confidential.  Visit our website for up-to-date information about Rutgers Food Pantry including hours and locations. 
Around Campus

Zimmerli Museum Updates

Join Us for Virtual Programs in October

Although the exhibition Angela Davis—Seize the Time is postponed due to the pandemic, the exhibition catalogue is now available and the Zimmerli invites the public to a virtual book launch on October 1, beginning at 5:30pm (ET). Museum interim director Donna Gustafson, who co-curated the exhibition, is joined for an online conversation by co-curator Gerry Beegan, an associate professor in Design at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, as well as catalogue contributors Nicole Fleetwood, professor of American studies and art history at Rutgers, and Lisbet Tellefsen, who compiled the private archive that inspired the exhibition. The book launch is free and open to the public, but requires advance online registration via Zoom. Attendees also receive a 30% discount code to purchase the book through The University of Chicago Press.


Meet up with old friends and make new ones as the Zimmerli teams up with Rutgers Global for two social events. On October 6, one of the museum’s most popular programs transforms into Art Before/After Hours, featuring two live streams, as well as recorded content, from 9 to 10am or 7 to 8pm (ET). Explore the Zimmerli exhibition “It makes me think of that awful day…” The Natural World in the Anthropocene, with a virtual tour, a reflection by Rutgers Human Ecology professor Mary Nucci, and a live Q&A with the curators. No preregistration required; log on here at either time. Get creative at Friendship Fridays on October 9, from 9 to 11am or 4 to 6pm (ET), as the Zimmerli joins the Rutgers Global weekly pop-up lounge. Find the Zoom links here.


The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers remains closed to the public until further notice. Visit our home page for all updates, as well as to reach staff by email. We also post a variety of content on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Thank you, for your understanding and support!



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