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Thu
05
Dec

How to Lay a Concrete Paver Patio or Walkway: A Lifetime of Expert Tips & Shortcuts Shared in 2 Short Days

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So you just installed a paver patio.  Stand back and admire your work.  It probably looks pretty decent right now.

But wait a few months. Or a year.  Let one good winter pass.  Now how does it look?

What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

“A lot of pavers look good when they first go in,” said Alex Burke, instructor in Rutgers’ Concrete Pavers class.  But when an installer doesn’t really know what he is doing, the ill effects will show within a year.  

“After you’ve gone through the winter and had time for settling, that’s when you start to see problems,” explained Burke.  “It might be frost heaving, settling or problems caused by difficult site conditions, like clay soil.”

Tue
25
Jun

A Home for Innovation

Rutgers Innovation Education class taking place

Need a place that fosters innovation and invention? The Rutgers Makerspace, located at the Center for Innovation Education on the Rutgers Livingston Campus, provides students, educators, and entrepreneurs with a hands-on learning environment that is part classroom, part workshop, and part think tank. Also known as ‘hackerspaces’, ‘fab labs’, and ‘makelabs’, makerspaces are creative laboratories where members with common interests such as engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, and others gather to share resources and knowledge, network, and build innovative creations.

Mon
28
Jan

An Evening with Environmentalist Bill McKibben, February 4

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Bill McKibben, one of the country’s foremost environmental writers and a globally prominent climate change activist, will present a public lecture, "Do the Math - Why Climate Change Matters and What You Can Do About It," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, at the Rutgers Student Center, 126 College Ave., New Brunswick.

The program is part of a series of events sponsored by the Rutgers Initiative on Climate and Society and other co-sponsors.

Sat
01
Sep

Rutgers Inn Puts out Welcome Mat for Scarlet Knights Fans

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Newly renamed and refurbished, the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center is putting out the welcome mat for Scarlet Knights fans traveling to High Point Stadium to cheer on their favorite team this fall.

The inn is offering a $79 per night football package the weekends of September 8 and October 27. The package includes a room with two double beds, complimentary continental breakfast, free parking and access to campus buses that travel to the stadium. All rooms also have free wi-fi.

Set in a verdant corner of the Douglass Campus across from Woodlawn, the historic university inn occupies the former Sydney B. Carpender estate, known as Lindenwood, built in 1911 for one of New Brunswick’s distinguished families. The original house and its landscaped grounds remain part of the facility.

Mon
13
Aug

Stay Current, Stay Fresh, Stay Effective: Share Your Knowledge with Others

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Be a part of a high-quality professional education program by serving as a workshop facilitator by submitting a program proposal for a workshop The Office of Continuing Education at the School of Social Work is accepting proposals for workshops that are relevant to social work practice.

For information, contact the Institute for Families at 732-932-8758 or visit their website.

Thu
21
Jun

Free Online Courses Offered in Jewish Studies

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers offers free online mini-courses for anyone interested in learning about the Bible, Israel, or Jewish history and culture.

The courses can be accessed through the Bildner Center’s website. They are taught by Jewish studies faculty and are accessible over the internet from any location. The courses include video streams, slide shows, charts, maps, links to websites, and a discussion board.

The courses appeal to learners of all ages, from high school students to retirees. To date, these courses have been taken by people in more than 47 countries and 41 states across the U.S., who are interested in expanding their knowledge of Jewish history and culture. 

Thu
21
Jun

It's Now the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center

Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center

The Continuing Studies Conference Center is now the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center, reflecting its return to its original mission of providing both conference space and lodging for the Rutgers community and public. 

Located on 21 wooded and landscaped acres on the Douglass Campus, the facility offers meeting and conference services as well as 26 comfortable guest rooms. The guest rooms recently were redecorated and refurnished to create a contemporary, warm and inviting ambiance with enhanced comfort and functionality for guests.

The inn and conference center includes the historic Carpender House, located on the estate once known as Lindenwood.  The 20-room manor house was built in 1911 for Sidney Bleecker Carpender and his wife, the former Louise Johnson, daughter of the founder of Johnson & Johnson.

Wed
02
May

Rutgers EPH Program Boosts a Soldier’s Military Career

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In her second deployment to Iraq in 2011, Lyndhurst native Aysu Cesmebasi ran a dining hall that fed 12,000 Army and Air Force personnel twice a day, as the U.S. prepared to shut Joint Base Balad, its largest in that war-torn country.

The local contractor handling meals at the base had been let go, so Cesmebasi, a food advisor, oversaw a staff of 75 soldiers and airmen, ensuring they adhered to sanitary regulations.

“My biggest concern was safety,” recalled Cesmebasi, a 2008 graduate of the Environment and Public Health (EPH) course run by Rutgers' Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE). “I could not have a food-borne illness outbreak since it could impair our mission at a critical time.”

Wed
29
Feb

Makerspaces Bring Together Creativity and Innovation

Three students standing and sitting next to a 3D printer

What’s a “makerspace?” While the term may not yet have filtered down to everyday use, in the age of innovation the concept behind it is quickly gaining momentum. Also known as hackerspaces, fab labs, and makelabs, makerspaces are creative laboratories where members with common interests—such as engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, and others—gather to share resources and knowledge, network, and build things.

As makerspaces begin to pop up across the country and around the world, Rutgers University has jumped into the mix with vigor.

Wed
04
Jan

Ernest Reock Jr. Still Hard at Work—20 Years Post-Retirement

Ernest Reock

One would be hard pressed to find a local government official in New Jersey whose career has not been touched by the work of Ernest Reock Jr. 

Tax assessors, borough clerks, township engineers, business administrators, zoning officials, code inspectors, public safety directors—pretty much all significant officials needed to run a city or town—obtain their professional imprimaturs through coursework developed, taught, or overseen by Reock during his six-decade affiliation with Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

Officially, Reock retired as CGS Director in 1992. Unofficially, he is still working nearly 20 years later. While he may have traded his suits and ties for flannel shirts and khakis, he is no less devoted to his projects. At 87, Reock puts in 25 hours a week in his New Brunswick office doing research and teaching part time.  

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