Personal Enrichment


Join Us for Rutgers Day, Saturday, April 27

Join Us for Rutgers Day

Play a prize wheel, experience 3-D printing, enter to win a $500 scholarship. These opportunities and more await visitors to the Division of Continuing Studies’ (DoCS) programs at Rutgers Day, this Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Rutgers’ New Brunswick Campuses.

Virtual Rutgers: Past Present, Future, and Making Reality in the Busch Campus Center will give visitors the opportunity to experience 3-D printing and game technology for a virtual experience. Meet Rutgers students who are engaged in exciting makerspace projects.

In the Bishop House area on the College Avenue Campus, visit the Summer Session booth to enter a raffle to win a $500 scholarship toward a Summer Session course.

On Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus:


Zimmerli Art Museum to Celebrate Storytelling in PNC-funded Events for Children, Educators

Len Cabral acting out a story to preschoolers

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral will conduct the Zimmerli Art Museum’s seventh annual Celebration of Storytelling for preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21. On March 19, Cabral also will conduct a Preschool Educators Workshop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Space is limited at both events and registration is required by calling (848) 932-6766 or emailing

The Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool-age classes, as well as individuals. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

The Preschool Educators Workshop is limited to 35 educators. Each participant will receive three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments will be served.



Rutgers University-New Brunswick Office of Summer and Winter Sessions director, Liz Beasley, chats with a student

More than 750 students, parents, and school representatives showed up to learn more about pre-college opportunities at Rutgers


New Brunswick, New Jersey, January 25, 2018—Rutgers University–New Brunswick Office of Enrollment Management, in partnership with the Rutgers–New Brunswick Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, held the first K-12 Pre-College Opportunities Fair on January 20, 2018 at the Rutgers Student Center in New Brunswick, NJ. More than 750 participants from throughout the state attended the free event.


The fair provided an opportunity for individuals to engage with staff from a wide range of Rutgers pre-college programs, and learn about university-wide options available to K-12 students throughout the calendar year. Representatives from close to twenty different programs converged at the event.



Q&A with Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), Bestselling Novelist and Upcoming Speaker at Rutgers University

Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket)

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–Better known by his pen name, Lemony Snicket, Daniel Handler has sold more than 70 million books which have been translated into 40 languages. His popular volumes of children’s books, A Series of Unfortunate Events, has been adapted as both a film and Netflix original series. Mr. Handler has continued to publish novels for adults under his real name.


Fans will get the chance to interact with the author at a special Rutgers–New Brunswick author talk, An Evening with Daniel Handler. The public event will be held at the Rutgers University–New Brunswick College Avenue Student Center on January 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Mr. Handler will speak on “Lemony Snicket’s Bewildering Circumstances” and respond to audience questions. There will also be a book signing and reception. Current Rutgers students with Rutgers IDs will receive a free book with the ticket. To purchase tickets, visit



Video: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU)

OLLI-RU students kayaking in estuary

At Rutgers, we truly believe in lifelong learning, which is why we offer programs and courses for individuals throughout their lifespan. After reaching 50, you may want to explore interests and topics you didn’t have the opportunity for earlier in your life. We invite you to participate in our programs and expand your interests, make new connections, and perhaps even find a second career!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University (OLLI-RU) is for individual sover 50 who are looking for an opportunity to expand their horizons, learn in an engaging environment, and meet new friends. OLLI-RU offers noncredit education that is stimulating, friendly, and informal - there are no tests and no grades! You will be part of a learning community that is full of diversity, insight, wisdom, intellectual and cultural stimulation, and friendship.


Janis Ian Interview & Performance

Janis Ian interview and performance

Janis Ian, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and author, sat down with David Bianculli (TV Critic, Fresh Air) for a special interview an performance ahead of the 2017 Rutgers Writers' Conference. 

Presented by the Rutgers–New Brunswick Office of Summer and Winter Sessions, a unit of the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies.

Learn more about the Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference at



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.


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


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.


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