Professional Development

Wed
21
Nov

Conference to Address State's Obesity Epidemic, December 11

Obesity Conference at Rutgers

Obesity prevention experts from around the country will gather for an all-day conference on Tuesday, December 11, to present the latest research and innovative techniques used in the battle against obesity.

The conference, which is open to professionals in education, public health and related fields, and to parents, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton in East Brunswick.

Fri
16
Nov

Teacher Workshop for Non-art Classroom Rescheduled for December 7

Zimmerli Art Museum

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University welcomes artist and educator Brian Bomeisler to lead the workshop “Two Ways of Knowing: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” on Friday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The fee is $50 per participant, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, and supplies. The workshop is open to all adults; teachers receive six professional development credit hours. For more information, contact the Education Department at education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu or visit www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu. This workshop is offered in collaboration with the Zimmerli’s special exhibition “Art=Text=Art.”

Mon
12
Nov

One-on-One Coaching at Rutgers Gives Professional Writers an Edge

Hands typing on a keyboard

“Every writer I know has trouble writing,” Joseph Heller, the best-selling author of Catch 22, once observed.

Most professional writers would probably agree. Writing for a living can be both exhilarating and exasperating, particularly when deadlines loom and fussy clients must be satisfied.

Rutgers WPx – the Writing Extension Program at the School of Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick – offers a menu of one-on-one personal coaching options, both online and in person that can help writers defeat the demons that often plague them. Coaching can assist writers with focusing their thoughts, identifying problem areas, building critical skills, and even managing relationships with their clients.  

Dan Spink, WPX director, said that individual coaching courses were added to WPx’s course selections about five years ago “when we realized the need for specific, real-world workplace training in our market.”

Fri
09
Nov

Tree Care Training More Important Than Ever After Hurricane Sandy

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With the recent storms that have devastated the region and toppled trees too numerous to count, it is vital to have knowledgeable tree care professionals on the ground during and after clean-up to ensure public safety.

Later this month, Rutgers’ Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) will bring the state’s top tree experts in to give hands-on training in tree care.

The first of several tree care courses, Hazardous Tree Identification, will be held in New Brunswick from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27. 

The class is geared toward shade tree managers, arborists, landscape contractors, public parks/public works managers and other professionals who need to know how to assess a hazardous tree and when to call in the experts for removal.

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."

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