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Thu
03
Dec

The Language of Learning: International Law Scholar Taps Instructional Design, Part 2

Dilafruz Nazarova sees reflection of herself in her computer screen

Part 2: Collaborating with a Specialist on Learning & Tools

The online course environment is an attractive instructional option for graduate-level programs. In fields as diverse as business and social work, online courses draw people who work full-time, have family responsibilities, and live some distance from campus.

Dilafruz Nazarova knew that the students coming to her Rutgers political science course shared these characteristics. She also knew that online learning could offer a rigorous learning environment.

But she didn’t know how to get there.

While she had taught in face-to-face classrooms, Nazarova wanted professional guidance in transitioning to an online teaching environment. At first she was unsure about what instructional technology could offer her and her students.

Wed
15
Apr

Rutgers University Inn And Conference Center Hits 50th Anniversary With All-Time High In Occupancy

Picture of Rutgers University Inn

On-campus lodging venue unveils special offers for 2015 celebration

            NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers’ only on-campus lodging and conference facility in New Brunswick/Piscataway – which hit an all-time high in guest room occupancy in 2014 – turns 50 this year and is celebrating with special offers and events.

            The Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center is offering monthly specials throughout its anniversary year while also hosting two open houses and an overnight stay giveaway during Rutgers Day on Saturday, April 25. For example, the inn is offering:

Wed
06
Nov

Learn about Rutgers-Camden Executive MPA Program, Now Offered in West Windsor

Earn Your Rutgers EMPA

Nov. 14 Open House at Mercer County Community College

WEST WINDSOR – Experienced public managers interested in obtaining a graduate degree to advance their leadership skills and enhance their potential in the public sector are invited to meet with representatives of the Rutgers-Camden Executive Master’s in Public Administration (EMPA) program at an open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 14.

The community open house will take place in The Conference Center at Mercer on the Mercer County Community College campus, where the EMPA program will offer classes beginning with the next cohort of admitted students in January 2014. The deadline for applications is December 14.

Designed for working professionals, the Rutgers-Camden EMPA program is taught in hybrid format with both classroom-based and online instruction. All face-to-face classes will meet on Saturday mornings on the West Windsor campus.

Dr. Angie McGuire, EMPA program director will be present to answer questions.

Unpublished
Mon
20
Aug

Nothing ‘Mini’ About Topics in Rutgers’ Mini-MPA™ Program

Michael Theokas

Former Scarlet Knights’ offensive tackle Michael Theokas, RC’95, has owned restaurants and had a budding political career as a borough councilman in Hightstown. But the lure of public service led him to leave the restaurant business to become the borough’s fulltime business administrator last year.

Despite his wide-ranging experience as a businessman and public official, Theokas felt he could use some additional coaching for his new role.

“When I got the job in Hightstown, I immediately looked to learn more about this field and improve my job performance,” he said.

The “mini” master’s in public administration – Mini-MPA™ – a noncredit certificate program offered by Rutgers’ Center for Executive Leadership in Government at its headquarters in downtown New Brunswick, fit the bill.

Theokas completed the program last spring and says he learned “a great deal” from it.

Mon
13
Aug

U.S. Veteran Trains for Fulfilling Sports Turf Management Career at Rutgers

Picture of Eric Harshman watering turf field

The seeds of Eric Harshman’s second career took root during his 12-year enlistment in the Indiana Air National Guard. That’s when he began helping out at his in-laws’ golf course, and discovered a passion for turf.

“I fell in love with it, working outdoors with my hands,” recalled the former aircraft armament technician.

He did three tours of duty in the Middle East, loading aircraft with 5,000-pound bombs and fixing fighter jet weapon systems. Standing on a roof at his base in Qatar, he could see for miles – and there was no green.

When Harshman’s tours ended, his commanding officers granted him time to attend Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School in the fall of 2007.

Read more at Continuing Editorial, the DoCS Alumni Newsletter.

Mon
25
Jun

Rutgers Students Hit the Road to Chase Gathering Storms

Credit: Matt Drews

‘Severe Weather Field Trip’ took budding meteorologists to Tornado Alley

Photo credit: Matt Drews

A few days into their adventure, students who signed up for the new 3-credit course “Severe Weather Field Trip” spotted the Holy Grail for storm chasers. Just north of Cheyenne, Wyoming, 15 Rutgers students watched a swirling tornado.

The sighting was a highlight of the two-week storm-chasing caravan that crisscrossed the highways and back roads of Tornado Alley.

“From a safe distance of 10 miles, we saw [the tornado] quite clearly, not as a big funnel but as swirling dust,” said Steven Decker, an assistant professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “Even if we hadn’t seen a tornado, every team of students managed to see severe thunderstorms, their structure. It was exciting, dramatic and fun to see.”

Unpublished
Wed
02
May

From Unemployment to “Next Chapter” Careers, Professionals Benefit from CMD Programs

What do an intern with the New York Jets, a newly established marketing consultant, and an analytical product manager for a journal publishing company have in common? For one thing, they all were recently unemployed. Second, they credit their participation in Rutgers' Center for Management Development (CMD) certificate programs – paid for by New Jersey workforce development funding – for helping them augment their skills sets and successfully launch the next chapters in their careers.

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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