March 4, 2016 Edition: March RPFA Meeting, Grad Fair Volunteers, Ciclovia, Important Dates & More!
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March Parent & Family Association Meeting- Topic: Recreation Centers
Monday, March 21 at 7:15pm -                College Avenue Gym

Our March PFA meeting will take place at the College Avenue Gym on the College Ave campus (130 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901).  Did you know that Rutgers students can sponsor up to 3 family members  for membership at Recreation Centers?  Campus Experts from Rutgers Recreation will conduct a tour of the gym facilities for our attendees.  After the tour, guests will learn more about the services that the Rec Center offers including fitness classes, a spa and personal training.  

If you plan to attend this meeting, please
RSVP  to Ashlea Coulter by Friday, March 17.

Free food and refreshments will be provided.  All attendees are encouraged to park in Lots 26, 30 or the College Ave Deck; no permit is needed in these locations. 

General Information: Come when you can, as you are and for as long as is convenient! There is no specific dress code for Rutgers Parent & Family Association meetings.  First times are always welcome!

The April Parent & Family Association meeting will take place on Monday, April 11 at 7:15pm.  More details to come soon!

March Important Dates

  • Saturday,  March 12 - Sunday, March 20: Spring Break (classes not in session)
  • Tuesday, March 15: Rutgers University Priority Date for 2016-2017 FAFSA
  • Friday, March 11@ 7:00pm: Residence Halls Close for Spring Break
  • Sunday, March 20 @ 9:00am: Residence Halls Reopen
  • Sunday, April 3: Fall 2016 Course Registration (actual registration date depends on classification)

Leadership Development Opportunity: Scarlet Success Series

The Department of Student Involvement is responsible for programming the “Scarlet Success Series.” These workshops are designed to address student organization needs over the course of the year.

This semester we have already conducted our Fundraising 101 workshop, and have 6 more workshops scheduled, including student organization transitions, community service, and conflict resolution.

More details on workshops can be found on CollegiateLink under the Department of Student Involvement page! Encourage your student to find one that will help them reach their goals!

Your Help Needed: Volunteer at Grad Fair Event!

Students who are expected to graduate in May can begin purchasing their academia regalia on April 11th at the Barnes and Noble bookstore.  Barnes and Noble will be hosting a Grad Fair event on Wednesday, April 13th from 5-8PM to promote the kickoff of cap and gown season! The event will feature vendors, live music, Class of 2016 giveaways, and raffles with many prizes including the chance to win a diploma frame or a cap and gown set!

We are looking for family members who would like to volunteer at this event.  Volunteers would be on hand to pass out giveaways and give much needed encouragement and congratulations to our future graduates.  Volunteers are needed for one of 2 shifts on April 13th:

  • 4:30-6PM
  • 6-7:30PM
If you are available for any of these shifts, please RSVP to Ashlea Coulter.  Please provide your full name, name of any additional volunteers, your email address and a contact phone number.  Once you have RSVPd, I will follow up with more details including parking, shift duties, etc.  Thank you in advance for your help with this effort!

Graduation Announcement: Online Diploma Application

Any undergraduate students anticipating completion of degree requirements for May 2016 must apply for graduation by completing an Online Diploma Application.

Please contact The Undergraduate Registrar's Office at New Brunswick at 848-445-2757 and ask for Monica Licourt or KerriAnn Mattaliano with any questions concerning completing the diploma application, or email us
. Complete the diploma application here.

Send Your Pics: Rutgers 250 Mosaic

Showcase your Rutgers pride and share your memories by adding your Rutgers photos to a large digital mosaic that will be revealed on Charter Day, November 10, 2016. Tag pictures on Instagram or Twitter with #RU250Mosaic or upload a photo to the 250 Mosaic.

Upcoming Event: Ciclovia

Once again, New Brunswick residents are encouraged to come out on Sunday, April 24th for the first Ciclovia of the year. The free, citywide event will close the streets to cars, and open them to residents to promote healthy active living, with numerous activity stations on a three-mile route.
Designed to encourage enjoyment of Downtown New Brunswick, the Ciclovia route exposes participants to many of the city’s attractions, parks and local businesses. As part of the event, residents can walk, run, bike or skateboard in the streets.  It also encourages people to engage with one another through a variety of activities, including dance, yoga and Zumba classes.
Ciclovia is a Spanish word that means “bike way” and is described as a designated bike route or an event that opens the streets for use by pedestrians and cyclists. Ciclovia began in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, as a way to promote community engagement in public spaces that are free of vehicles.
The first New Brunswick Ciclovia was held in October 2013. Last year, more than 10,000 residents and visitors participated in Ciclovia. The free event is a community collaboration and partnership of the City of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Tomorrow, Johnson & Johnson, Rutgers University and the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-New Brunswick.

Additional Ciclovia events are scheduled for Saturday, June 25th and Saturday, August 6th. For more information, click here
. Click here to view a promotional video of Ciclovia.

Summer Camp Opportunity: Cook 4-H Camp

L.G. Cook 4-H Camp is located in beautiful Stokes Forest in North-West NJ, and is the state 4-H Camp of New Jersey. We offer six-day sleep away summer camp sessions through all of July and most of August for all youth ages 8-16. The Camp was founded in 1951, and the Summer Camp program aims for that same 1951 experience with an unplugged tech-free setting where campers interact socially the old fashioned way: making friends face to face by sharing jokes, telling stories, and discovering what we all have in common.

Our campers reside in rustic cabins around our own Lake Shawanni, and throughout their week here will get to enjoy all our 108 acre facility has to offer. Campers arrive on Monday morning, and depart on Saturday. In between, Camp days are a flurry of canoeing, archery, creative arts, and capture the flag, while the evenings are spent on campfires, counselor hunts, talent shows and enjoying our unique camp community. Many campers come just one session, while others attend multiple weeks throughout the summer.

Camp is meant to be campers’ home away from home, a place where they can become the best versions of themselves. Being a tech free camp allows us to focus on positive social interaction.

Camp strives to be a supportive environment where campers try new things, build self-confidence, gain independence and make friendships that last a lifetime. Following our core principles of respect and kindness, our campers learn a special type of responsibility they extend toward themselves, their fellow campers, and the environment around them.

The staff work tirelessly to ensure that camp is a caring, nurturing environment where everyone belongs, where differences are celebrated as strengths, and every camper realizes that they’re an integral and unique part of the Camp Family.
We are very proud of our high retention rate, which means that once a camper comes to camp, most continue to return summer after summer, all throughout their youth.  In fact, a huge percentage of our counselors were campers here, and are looking to help recreate their fantastic camp experience for a whole new generation of our Camp Family.
We also endeavor to keep our program as affordable as possible, so that every child can have the opportunity to come spend a week with us in the woods at Summer Camp. Rutgers employees also enjoy a summer camp discount!

In addition, this May we have our Spring Family Weekend May 20th-22nd open to families of all ages who can register online through the University website. Click
here to register!

Please explore our website
to learn all the details about Camp, or give us a call at the Camp Office (973)-948-3550. We never get tired of talking about Summer Camp, and would love to tell you more about what we do here. If you’d like to do one better and visit us, we offer tours upon request.

High School Student Oppportunity: Pre-Engineering Summer Academy

Rutgers University–New Brunswick will launch a one-week (July 31 – August 6, 2016) summer academy for high school students ages 16-18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a possible career. Students will live on campus and have an opportunity to talk with RU professors, analyze case studies, take campus tours, and attend lectures and demonstrations.

Attend an online information session to learn more.


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Academic Update: Summer Session Registration Is Open

Registration for the 2016 Summer Session at Rutgers University–New Brunswick has begun. The Summer Session is an opportunity for students to make progress toward graduation, improve their GPA, fulfill a prerequisite, or take a course that’s not offered in fall or spring.

Summer Session offers thousands of courses at several locations throughout the state, including the New Jersey shore. Students can take a course close to home or online, complete an internship, conduct research with award-winning faculty, or study abroad.
Click here to learn more about the Summer Session.

Stay Informed: Zika Vira Updates

The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the Zika Virus a 'public health emergency of international concern'.

We urge students who are traveling outside the continental US, to view more information regarding the Zika Virus at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

Spread the Word: No More Campaign

Rutgers NO MORE campaign is a campus-wide movement raising awareness on the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence, breaking down the barriers of stigma, silence and shame that prevent others from talking about these issues and taking preventative actions.  The campaign exists to spread awareness by presenting at organizations, educating members on the statistics and harsh reality assault on campus.

To help spread awareness, members of the No More campaign takes pictures of students, staff, and faculty with our “NO MORE” signs to show a sense of unity throughout Rutgers, with the hash tag #RUSaysNoMore. A significant part of the organization is “Cover the Campus Week,” where the aforementioned pictures will be posted throughout campus, in student centers, dining halls, residence halls, recreation centers and more. While there is a huge social media platform, members want this movement to include a physical component so students can realize the impact they are having.

Further information about the national campaign as well as the Rutgers campaign can be found on their respective websites.

Finance Corner: FAFSA Priority Date & Electronic Refunds

Please note that Rutgers University has a priority deadline  of 2016-2017 FAFSA academic year is March 15, 2016.
Further details about applying for financial aid and the FAFSA can be found here.
All StudentsElectronic Direct Deposit
Students must register to have their Spring 2016 financial aid refunds electronically deposited into bank checking or savings accounts. For faster availability and added convenience, they can enroll by logging into their online accounts with NetID and password here.
*Students who have questions about Financial Aid or Student Accounting are encouraged to reach out to out.  It is recommended that students facilitate these inquiries, as many aspects of students' records are protected by FERPA.

RU Hot Spot: Rutgers Libraries

The libraries are some of the greatest study spaces on campus and there is at least one on every campus here at Rutgers-New Brunswick. The libraries have become a second home to many students, especially during midterm and finals week.  There are a variety of free services at the library for Rutgers students, all with a swipe of their student ID!

There are many designated quiet areas where students can study and if they choose to, students can reserve a room ahead of time for an informal study group with their classmates! Each of the larger libraries are equipped with many computer labs which any Rutgers student can access for class assignments; for an additional fee students can also print, scan and copy documents.  Students are able to check out laptops and other items for short-term use. 

The Rutgers library provides a number of resources to aid students as they conduct research.  Their online database provides access to thousands of academic articles across all fields and students can even chat with librarians online if they have any more questions regarding their research.  At each library, there is always a staff member at the circulation desk who can assist with inquiries students may have in person.  

Be sure to visit here the online site for Rutgers Libraries that is especially geared towards students and highlights hours of operation, locations, services, resource guides and more.

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