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Tue
21
Feb

30 years later the Alternate Route Certification Program for Teachers is still a New Jersey Success Story

Governor Kean working with students

Thirty years ago, with little idea of what career path to choose, Mike Harris felt his life resembled a scene from the movie, The Graduate.

“I was Dustin Hoffman floating in the pool,” he said, referring to the iconic scene that is so relatable to many recent college graduates. After graduating from Kenyon College as a religion major, Harris considered applying to law school but only because he had no clear idea of what he wanted to do. He was working in the insurance industry, but was miserable there.  “I was thinking every day ‘if I stay in this job for too much longer, I’m going to die,” he recalls.

Mon
28
Nov

Women Help Women Move into High-Tech Careers

Women from the social networking group

By Padraig Ryan

They may vary in age and have different personal and professional backgrounds but a team of women who recently completed an intensive six-month computer coding program at Rutgers believes that women need to stick together to move forward in the high-tech industry. 

“Women represent more than half of our population,” said Nancy Lukas, a former teacher who graduated from Rutgers Coding Bootcamp after working for more than 20 years as a teacher. “We use technology as much as men and it is crucial for women to be part of the design and implementation of this technology.”

That’s why Nancy and four other women who met at Rutgers Coding Bootcamp decided to create a social networking application called The Loop that they say will offer help and support women in the high-tech industry who want to break into what has traditionally been a male-dominated field.

Fri
16
Sep

Youngest Summer Scholar Ever, 9-Year-Old Ennyn Chiu, Finds a Perfect Fit at Rutgers

Enna Chiu and Ennyn Chiu at Rutgers Summer Scholars Program 2016

Of the 145 students in Rutgers’ summer scholar classes in New Brunswick, the majority are high school juniors and seniors. Ennyn Chiu, along with her 11-year-old sister Enna, are both enrolled in the same class, making them youthful standouts among the teenagers in the room.

Read the Rutgers Today article here

Mon
27
Jun

Rutgers' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Taps into a Thirst for Learning that Knows No Age Limit

A senior adult making a mosaic

Social connection among the 50+ community is as important as the intellectual stimulation

For Lynette Birkins, taking a class for older adults was a lifeline out of a depression that settled in after she retired from a 36-year career in education. A friend who knew about her love of writing encouraged her to take a creative writing class offered for the 50+ community. Now, 105 classes later, Birkins actually taught a class of her own last semester.  She credits the friends she made and the nurturing hand of the teachers with her recovery.

Mon
27
Jun

Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Tile image Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Rutgers students create educational game designed to help girls 11-14 learn programming and technology skills in Rutgers Makerspace

The president’s daughter has been kidnapped. “This is where you come in,” read the typewritten, terse instructions. “You are the chosen one. The fate of Sasha’s life is in your hands. If you choose to accept this, open the enclosed briefcase.”

The story is fiction, thankfully – but the briefcase is real. The small metal box unlatches to reveal a miniature computer, display and cables, along with instructions to create a spy camera to help solve the kidnapping.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
05
Oct

Gifted Education’s Future Will Be Explored Nov. 19 At Rutgers Conference For Educators, Parents

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Keynote speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska to describe challenges facing field in an ‘age of standards and accountability’

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers will explore the unique challenges of educating the most gifted students in a classroom at the second annual Gifted Education conference for education professionals and parents on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Conference keynote luncheon speaker Joyce VanTassel-Baska, professor emerita and founding director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William & Mary, will describe “Challenges Facing Gifted Education in this Age of Standards and Accountability.”    

Mon
05
Oct

Where Were You At 62? Court Reporter Finds Her Own Words Through Rutgers Degree Earned Off Campus

Patricia Florio of the Rutgers Class of 2005

Patricia Florio spent an entire career as a court reporter writing other people’s statements.

But all along, the writer inside of her wanted to put her own words down on paper.

And at age 62, when many contemporaries were calculating Social Security payouts, Florio earned her bachelor’s degree through Rutgers Off Campus Programs to help launch her second career as a writer.

When she worked in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., Florio had to painstakingly assure that every word was recorded correctly, for legal purposes. “On the job, and through someone who proofed my work, I learned how to become a perfectionist,” said Florio. “And that is very much required when you're a court reporter.”

Florio also had experience as a freelance newspaper reporter, giving her the background to launch her writing career. But she felt she needed the confidence that a college degree would provide.

Wed
05
Aug

With a Head Start at Age 9, Summer Scholar Georgette Burrell Taking the Fast Track to Rutgers

Image of Georgette Burrell, her mother, Michele Burrell, and her grandmother, Eunice Burrell

Georgette Burrell took her first college biochemistry course at age 9. Now 13, the Asbury Park youth is already eyeing her dream school: Rutgers University, where she wants to study oceanography with a minor in journalism.

When she hits campus for her summer courses, Georgette often arrives with an entourage: her mother, Michele Burrell, and her grandmother, Eunice Burrell.

“We usually come as a trio, and it’s funny because it’s three generations,” said Michele Burrell.“I was not going to just leave my 9-year-old!”

Read more at Rutgers Today

Thu
16
Jul

Rutgers Leadership Coach Finds His Hip-Hop Beat

Rutgers Leadership Coach Finds His Hip-Hop Beat

As a pharmaceutical industry leadership development professional, Bejoy Philip draws insights from a novel source – his alter ego, the rap artist named Wize.

After earning his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, Philip lived the hip-hop dream, performing on weekends as Wize and producing five albums from 2006 to 2011. By day, he was a project manager and process engineer in the banking industry, but he found his avocation as a musician “almost was an alter ego.”

Philip lived in two worlds – until a move into leadership development enabled him to combine his two passions: inspiring others with words and music, and developing people and organizations in the business world.

Read more at leadershipcoach.rutgers.edu

Wed
29
Apr

Student Chooses University Inn Path Less Traveled, And It Makes All the Difference

Picture of Linden woods

Unearthing a Buried Treasure, Part II: Student’s Vision for Trail Renovation Enabled by Fellow Students

The Arbor Trail is located behind the University Inn and Conference Center on the Douglass Campus. Rutgers purchased the property in 1965. The Inn is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the trail will have its grand re-opening on Rutgers Day 2015 on April 25, as part of the Inn’s anniversary celebration. Student volunteers will give tours of the trail and there will be giveaways of wildflower seed mix.

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