Personal Enrichment

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.

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.

Thu
05
Dec

How to Lay a Concrete Paver Patio or Walkway: A Lifetime of Expert Tips & Shortcuts Shared in 2 Short Days

Tile image Students adding mortar to decorative paver wall

So you just installed a paver patio.  Stand back and admire your work.  It probably looks pretty decent right now.

But wait a few months. Or a year.  Let one good winter pass.  Now how does it look?

What Can Go Wrong When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

“A lot of pavers look good when they first go in,” said Alex Burke, instructor in Rutgers’ Concrete Pavers class.  But when an installer doesn’t really know what he is doing, the ill effects will show within a year.  

“After you’ve gone through the winter and had time for settling, that’s when you start to see problems,” explained Burke.  “It might be frost heaving, settling or problems caused by difficult site conditions, like clay soil.”

Tue
30
Jul

Get the Best of a 4-Year Food Science Degree in Just 5 Days at Rutgers This August

An instructor teaches students about food products in the Introduction to Food Science five-day short course at Rutgers.

Kimberly Smith had been working for only two weeks as a process engineer when she found herself struggling with an entirely new language – the lingo of food chemistry and microbiology.

“It was like a foreign language,” said Smith, who helps manufacture soups and other foods at Campbell’s Soup.

Last summer, she radically improved her fluency with an intensive five-day Introduction to Food Science class, offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) at Rutgers University.

“The course helped me understand the basic language of food product development,” she said.  Now she can better talk the multi-disciplinary talk that all good food scientists must master.

Mon
15
Apr

Rutgers Gardens Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

Image of Rutgers Garden flowers

The Rutgers Gardens, a self-sustaining botanical garden on the New Brunswick campus, has won the 2012 New Jersey Turfgrass Association Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of its “ongoing environmental preservation and conservation commitments through the act of education.” The association, whose mission is to promote the turfgrass industry in the state, honors “a person or organization in recognition of a continuing commitment to environmental preservation and conservation.” Read more.

Fri
05
Apr

VIDEO: 37th Annual Home Gardeners School Cultivates New Green Thumbs

The 37th Annual Home Gardeners School brought scores of seasoned and emerging “green thumbs” to the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick for a full day of workshops covering a variety of gardening and landscaping topics on March 23.

Sponsored by the Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) the popular event attracts garden enthusiasts from throughout the state for expert instruction on horticulture skills.

Speakers come from OCPE’s commercial horticulture and landscape design programs, along with faculty from Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. The 35 workshops covered such topics as composting, irrigation, lawn care, tree care, beekeeping and pruning techniques.

Learn more about OCPE’s continuing education programs.

 

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Wed
13
Feb

OLLI-RU’s Spring Session Enrolling Learners Over 50

Jane Austen fans, nature lovers and war history buffs can fuel their passions in several new courses offered for learners over 50 by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers (OLLI-RU) during its spring session, March 4 through May 14.

Registration is underway for more than 200 courses in art, music, language and other interests for adults over 50. Classes are taught in five- and 10-week sessions at three Central New Jersey locations: The Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 S. 2nd Ave.; Western Monmouth Higher Education Center, 3680 Route 9 South, Freehold, and Raritan Valley Community College’s Bridgewater facility at 14 Vogt Drive. Some classes meet at the Rutgers Public Safety Building, 55 Commercial Ave., New Brunswick.

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