Professional Development

Tue
06
Nov

Rutgers Class Helps Grow Better Pumpkins

Little girl touching pumpkins

This year, Rich Norz has more than enough pumpkins growing on his 45-acre pumpkin patch to supply all the consumers who come to pick and purchase pumpkins at Norz Hill Farm and Market in Hillsborough.

He can give some of the credit for his good crop to Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and to its Mid-Atlantic Pumpkin School, a one-day workshop that teaches farmers how to grow better pumpkins. Read the entire story

 

Sun
28
Oct

County Government Professionals Earn Certificates in New Rutgers Program

Thirty-three county government administrators and managers from 12 New Jersey counties comprised the first cohort to earn certificates this month in a new professional development program launched by Rutgers’ Center for Government Services (CGS).

The program is offered in partnership with the New Jersey Association of Counties (NJAC), and consists of two days of classes caught by experienced government professionals. Sessions focus on public procurement, labor relations, county fiscal affairs and ethics.

The certificates were presented by Alan Zalkind, director of CGS, and John Donnadio, executive director of NJAC, at CGS’ headquarters in New Brunswick.

Participants in the first cohort represented a variety of administrative areas in county governments throughout New Jersey, and included county administrators and deputy administrators, treasurers, purchasing agents, comptrollers, business administrators and human resources administrators, as well as individuals in public works, and public health and safety.

Fri
26
Oct

Rutgers Institute Helps Teachers Incorporate Writing in Curriculum

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Educators across the state of New Jersey can now access training and ongoing support in implementing the newly developed Common Core State Standards through The Writing Program Institute (WPI), a project of the nationally recognized Rutgers Writing Program.

Drawing on the experience of the Rutgers Writing Program, which provides instruction to more than 11,000 undergraduates annually, WPI faculty have developed a full slate of modules designed to assist high school and middle school teachers in incorporating the non-fiction based analytical writing required by the new standards. Topics offered include Reading Non-Fiction Prose, Creating Expository Assignments, Grading and Commenting, Teaching with Technology, and Developing Classroom Practices.

Thu
25
Oct

Finishing What He Started: Cancer Can't Stop Golf Turf Management Student

Skip Douglass and Rosemary Mahoney

Keith ‘Skip’ Douglass gave up a coveted job as a golf course superintendent in Texas to enroll at The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School last fall. Douglass and his wife had decided to relocate to Scottsdale, Ariz., and he wanted the prestige of having a Rutgers certificate to help him succeed in that golf mecca. So, he headed to New Brunswick in October 2011 to enter the first 10-week session of the program.

Douglass knew the Rutgers course would be intense, so when he felt exhausted after class each day, he chalked it up the stress of being in school after a more than 30-year hiatus. But as the weeks passed, he developed other symptoms – severe nosebleeds, bruising and night sweats. He blamed them on the moister climate.

It wasn’t until he completed the first 10-week session and headed back west and went to the doctor that he discovered why he was feeling so lousy. A bone marrow biopsy showed he had an unusual form of leukemia.

Thu
25
Oct

Environment & Public Health Program Puts Rutgers Grad on Track to Dream Job

Ruchi Pancholy

Even as an undergraduate, Ruchi Pancholy hit the ground running in her chosen field of public health, originally taking aim at the Big Apple.

From college intern on New York City’s trans-fat awareness campaign to post-graduation work on the city’s West Nile virus control program and a mental health services reimbursement program for 9/11 first responders, the 2005 Douglass College graduate has seen her fair share of public health initiatives.

Pancholy even tried an accelerated nursing program, but realized it wasn’t for her: Her interests lay in epidemiology, not direct patient care. 

The hard-working Burlington Township native contemplated her priorities and career options, and realized that her dream was to live in a tropical place and work on emerging infectious diseases in a global setting.

Wed
24
Oct

Mini-MBA on Social Media for Non-Profit Leaders Begins Nov. 12

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Rutgers’ Center for Management Development (CMD) is offering a new Mini-MBA program on “Social Media for Non-Profit Leaders and Public Officials,” Nov. 12-16. Registration is still open, but space is limited.

The nine-module program will present a new citizen-centric communication model that will engage, serve and connect constituents through social media channels. Both Johnson & Johnson and AT&T will present real-world case studies on the first day of the program during the module on "Community Impact Strategies and Engagement: Doing Well by Doing Good; How Corporations and NPOs are Aligning for Social Impact."

Wed
24
Oct

Rutgers Center for Management Development Changes Leadership

After helping Rutgers Center for Management Development (CMD) reach numerous milestones, Bill Bigoness has stepped down from his role as the center’s executive director. Bill Castellano, professor in Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), director of the Human Resource Management undergraduate programs, and director of the Strategic HR Leadership Council, will serve as interim director.

Castellano brings tremendous experience as an executive as well as a member of SMLR’s faculty to his position as interim CMD director. His research, teaching, and consulting activities are focused on the effective management of contract human capital and strategic alliances, employee engagement, and aligning business and human resource strategies to enhance organizational effectiveness.

Fri
05
Oct

Zimmerli Art Museum Offers Teacher Workshop for Non-art Classroom

Butterfly on a typed page

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers offers a variety of workshops throughout the year to equip educators with the professional development opportunities needed to integrate art and aspects of the museum into the curriculum. This fall, the museum welcomes artist and educator Brian Bomeisler to lead the teacher workshop “Two Ways of Knowing: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” on Friday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop is based on the legendary 1979 book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” by Betty Edwards, which used the terms L-Mode and R-Mode to designate two ways of knowing and seeing: the verbal, analytic mode and the visual, perceptual mode, respectively.

Thu
04
Oct

Rutgers School of Business-Camden Earns Prestigious Award for Executive Education Program

Joseph Amabile, power systems sales and rental manager for Foley, Inc., the Piscataway-based Caterpillar dealership, participated in the management training program developed by Rutgers-School of Business-Camden Executive Education in partnership with Caterpillar. The school has been recognized by Chief Learning Officer Magazine for its work with Caterpillar.

The Rutgers School of Business-Camden has been recognized by Chief Learning Officer Magazine for its work with equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Inc. in building a global learning solution through its Executive Education Program.
 

Mon
17
Sep

Is that a Beekeeper in Your Backyard?

A hand holding a little box

What do a public defender, a maintenance man, a flavor scientist, a corrections officer, a playwright, a nurse and an interior designer have in common? They’re all budding beekeepers in New Jersey.

The practice of beekeeping goes back thousands of years, and at least in the Garden State, interest still seems strong. Residents from towns all over the state and from nearly as many professions have caught the buzz in recent years.

Initially I just wanted to have a greener yard, a greener lifestyle,” said Seth Belson, a Cherry Hill resident and attorney with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender. But, he said, “As you get into beekeeping, there are more and more aspects that fascinate you.

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