Personal Enrichment

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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.”

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30
Jul

Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Degree in Just 5 Days at Rutgers This August

An instructor teaches students about food products in the Introduction to Food Science five-day short course at Rutgers.

Kimberly Smith had been working for only two weeks as a process engineer when she found herself struggling with an entirely new language – the lingo of food chemistry and microbiology.

“It was like a foreign language,” said Smith, who helps manufacture soups and other foods at Campbell’s Soup.

Last summer, she radically improved her fluency with an intensive five-day Introduction to Food Science class, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) at Rutgers University.

“The course helped me understand the basic language of food product development,” she said.  Now she can better talk the multi-disciplinary talk that all good food scientists must master.

Mon
15
Apr

Rutgers Gardens Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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The Rutgers Gardens, a self-sustaining botanical garden on the New Brunswick campus, has won the 2012 New Jersey Turfgrass Association Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of its “ongoing environmental preservation and conservation commitments through the act of education.” The association, whose mission is to promote the turfgrass industry in the state, honors “a person or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation.” Read more.

Fri
05
Apr

VIDEO: 37th Annual Home Gardeners School Cultivates New Green Thumbs

The 37th Annual Home Gardeners School brought scores of seasoned and emerging “green thumbs” to the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick for a full day of workshops covering a variety of gardening and landscaping topics on March 23.

Sponsored by the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) the popular event attracts garden enthusiasts from throughout the state for expert instruction on horticulture skills.

Speakers come from OCPE’s commercial horticulture and landscape design programs, along with faculty from Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The 35 workshops covered such topics as composting, irrigation, lawn care, tree care, beekeeping and pruning techniques.

Learn more about OCPE’s continuing education programs.

 

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Wed
13
Feb

OLLI-RU’s Spring Session Enrolling Learners Over 50

Jane Austen fans, nature lovers and war history buffs can fuel their passions in several new courses offered for learners over 50 by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) during its spring session, March 4 through May 14.

Registration is underway for more than 200 courses in art, music, language and other interests for adults over 50. Classes are taught in five- and 10-week sessions at three Central New Jersey locations: The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold, and Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater facility at 14 Vogt Drive. Some classes meet at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick.

Fri
18
Jan

Rutgers’ Home Gardeners School to Help Green Thumbs Cultivate Lush Landscapes, March 23

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The 37th Annual One-Day Educational Program to be held on Douglass Campus

If you’re a gardener, it’s never too soon to think spring.

For anyone with a passion for making things grow and bloom, the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will offer its 37th Annual Home Gardeners School, Saturday, March 23, at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick. Coffee/tea and registration begin at 8 a.m. and workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Featuring 35 workshops covering a variety of topics related to gardening and landscaping, the program gives both novice and experienced home gardeners  an opportunity to receive expert instruction, learn new horticulture skills, and connect with others who share their interests.

Mon
07
Jan

Registration Underway for Nondegree Study at Rutgers during Spring 2013

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Registration is underway for individuals interested in nondegree study at Rutgers during the Spring 2013 semester. Online registrations are being accepted through January 23, and in-person registration is possible through January 25. Complete details are available at http://visiting.rutgers.edu.

Working adults looking to jump-start their careers or gain new skills and knowledge, students attending other institutions, and qualified high school students can take Rutgers courses in New Brunswick on a nondegree basis during the fall and spring semesters through the Division of Continuing Studies.

The division offers the opportunity for nondegree graduate and undergraduate study during the fall and spring semesters. Students attend classes and complete coursework alongside matriculated Rutgers students. Tuition and fees are billed per credit hour.

Thu
20
Dec

Gifted Teens Invited to HEROES Conference at Rutgers, January 19-20

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Rutgers’ Division of Continuing Studies is sponsoring the Fifth Annual HEROES Conference for profoundly gifted students in grades 6 to 10, January 19 and 20, at the Engineering Resource Center on the Busch Campus in Piscataway.

The two-day event, open to qualifying students, includes labs, workshops and classes taught by more than 50 volunteer Rutgers faculty, staff, alumni and students.  Participants may select from more than 50 programs covering such diverse topics as computer programming, robotics, literature, math, logic, philosophy, leadership, genetics and more.

To qualify to attend the conference as non-members of HEROES, middle school students must submit qualifying SAT, ACT, SCAT or EXPLORE scores. Students under the age of 16, who have not yet taken any of these tests but have scored in advanced proficient on at least one section of last year's NJASK, may register for either the Academic Talent Search or Writing Talent Search in order to attend the conference as applicants.

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