Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Holidays from Rutgers Newark!

Campus is closed from December 24, 2010 until January 3, 2011. If you are taking Winter Session classes, please visit their website for more info

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mauricio Delgado on receiving the Presidential Early Career Award

Only 85 researchers nationwide are chosen each year to receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and this year Rutgers Assistant Professor Mauricio Delgado is one of the select few.  Delgado is on faculty in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, Newark.

Mauricio writes:
On December 13, 2010, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of meeting President Obama. There were 85 recipients of the Presidential Award and we were all eagerly awaiting the President's arrival. It had been a full day of ceremonies with our families and nominating scientific agencies, but at the auditorium at the White House that afternoon everyone was quite excited about the main event. The President arrived to rousing applause by the award recipients and gave a brief, yet passionate speech about science and society. He posed for the group shot and then took the time to shake everyone's hand. It was an unforgettable experience. I am very thankful for having shared it with my family as well as for all the support I have received at Rutgers.
President Barack Obama poses for a group photo with the 2009 Recipients for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in the South Court Auditorium of the White House Dec. 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

(Where's Mauricio? Right behind the president, slightly to the right. Click on the photo for a larger version)
Read the full press release on Delgado's award at the Rutgers-Newark Newscenter

Monday, December 6, 2010

Branch Brook Park in Winter

Branch Brook Park, with a view of Sacred Heart Basilica in Newark, NJ

Photo by Helen Paxton

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mayhem visits Rutgers Newark

You know those "Mayhem" commercials from AllState Insurance? Well, keep an eye out for a new ad in the series, filmed on our own streets of Newark, NJ. Brad Armstrong took some photos of the shoot for us to preview.

Mayhem's damage:

A couple of photos of the film crew working

No real humans were harmed in the making of this commercial. The dummy below looks like it's seen better days though.
Mayhem driving through Halsey St. the wrong way (note: Halsey is a one-way street). In the commercial, the GPS told the driver to make a turn onto the street, even though it's a one-way in the other direction. Anyone with GPS ever had something similar happen?
Ever wonder how they get the close up video while driving? Check out the camera set up below:

This isn't the first time Halsey St. was filmed. Check out photos from the filming of Cadillac Records where Halsey doubled as 1950s Chicago.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fall at Rutgers Newark

Getting brisk out there and the leaves are turning! Ryan Lagansoa, who is studying Information Systems and plans to graduate in 2011, sent some wonderful photos of foliage around campus.

Aren't the colors on these gorgeous?

Thanks Ryan!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Why do so many students in urban areas drop out of high school?

Taimer Singleton, Program Coordinator for the Abbott Leadership Institute sent me this video.

It's a teaser to the documentary called Dropped created by the Youth Media Symposium under the Abbott Leadership Institute, which is under the leadership of Junius Williams. The documentary explores why students in urban areas drop out of high school in such disproportionate rates, compared to their suburban peers. In addition to documenting these causes, the students have pinpointed more effective ways to improve urban schools and keep students engaged to ensure a higher graduation rate.

The teaser below is about four minutes long, but you can also view the full 15 minute documentary at

The mission of the Abbott Leadership Institute, located on the first floor of Bradley Hall and directed by Junius Williams, is to empower parents, students, educators and community advocates of Newark Public Schools and surrounding urban communities with information and knowledge of effective methods for education advocacy and family engagement in schools. You can learn more by visiting

Thursday, October 7, 2010

GlassRoots 10 Year Annniversary

As the only non-profit “hot shop” for young people in the greater New York metropolitan area, GlassRoots provides a nurturing environment in which otherwise underserved children can achieve self-esteem and creative expression while also learning basic business skills and valuable life lessons through the exploration of the unique art forms of glass making.
Working in the hotshop. Photo by Arthur Paxton
The program's founder, Patricia Kettenring, was honored Oct. 6, 2010 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary celebration for GlassRoots, which began at Rutgers, and which provides multiple opportunities for at-risk youth, ages 10-18, to realize their potential through the creation of glass art.

Kettenring is a long-time member of the Rutgers-Newark community, former director of Rutgers Business Schools' Business and the Arts program and currently teaching at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.

For more info. on GlassRoots, visit

For a full gallery of photos from GlassRoots go to

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Great Night Photo!

Student Ryan Vance sent this photo with the message, "Bridge Street was made for moments like this."


Great thing you were there to catch it on camera! I love night photos.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Farrukh Salikhov, a Program Coordinator for the Writing Program, sent in a batch of photos from all around campus. Here's a sampling:

Photo below; top row l-r: signage, Engelhard Hall. Bottom row l-r: FedEx pickup on New Street Plaza, the Center for Urban and Public Service (formerly the Management Education Center, which is what is says on the photo)

Below, top row l-r: Dana Library, The Rutgers Arch. Bottom row, l-r: The arch from a different angle, the Norman Samuels Plaza outside the library.

Keep the great photos coming! Look forward to seeing more of them.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Rutgers Newark Student in Australia

Check out these great photos from Down Under!

Natalie Cacace writes,

I'm a Senior with a degree in Marketing, graduating Fall 2010. I studied abroad for a semester during Fall 2008 to Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University. Thanks to Rutgers, I had the most memorable time of my life, meeting amazing people from all over the world, and meeting my boyfriend Jethro (who recently this semester transferred to Rutgers Newark to be with me and will be finishing his degree here!).

This first photo (above left) was in Canberra, Australia, which is the capital of Australia. I went on a Global Leadership Symposium and it took us on a tour of the capital for 4 days. At this trip, I met many international students, and 2 were from Rutgers New Brunswick!

Thanks for sharing your amazing trip with us! Love that you got to feed a kangaroo while you were there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

1 Washington Park

Foong Soon Cheong, an assistant professor in the Rutgers Business School, sent me some photos of the new(ish) digs at 1 Washington Park, which officially opened last Fall. This one showing the Newark light rail in the foreground is my favorite:
Right next door to the Business School is the Newark Public Library. Did you know that library cards are not just for residents of Newark? If you're a students faculty or employee in Newark you're also eligible! I've gotten tons of great books here, and it's a beautiful building to visit.
Foong Soon Cheong has many more photos, not just of Rutgers, but also Jersey City and other locations, at

More on 1 Washington Park at  and on the Rutgers Business School at

The Newark Public Library's website and full catalog available at

Friday, September 10, 2010

Law School Blood Drive in Honor of 9/11

WHAT: Blood Drive
WHEN: Tuesday September 14, noon to 5:30pm
WHERE: Center for Law & Justice (map & directions)

I don't usually publish such long entries, but Dean Andy Rothman of the Law School sent this to my inbox earlier today and I thought it was worth reading. He wrote the following:

Photo by Stephanie Lazzaro
As you are all probably aware, Saturday will mark the 9th anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon, and the attempted bombing of a third landmark, using commercial jets as weapons, and using the horrific deaths of the innocent men, women and children they carried and that were on site at the targets to deliver a message of hatred and terror.

As I look around me today, I find our headlines filed with the news of our own, domestic brand of hatred, fear and intolerance, purportedly in reaction to those who brought such destruction to lower Manhattan, and I am saddened by what seems to me to be the worst in human nature. At the same time, as the anniversary of the attack approaches, I am reminded of what I personally observed here in the days that followed, and I am heartened by what I remember as the very best.

Many of us were here nine years ago, and remember not just the horror as we saw first hand the smoke rise over lower Manhattan, but also the subsequent coalescence of this community. As just one example, transportation into and out of Newark and New York was impossible that day, and almost all communications grids were stalled for hours, and yet by 1:30 that afternoon, every single law student and employee of the law school had secured either a means to reach home, or a place to spend the night. And across the campus, temporary housing arrangements were made for those students and staff in other units that were not lucky enough to be able to get home. And the generosity of spirit on this campus lasted for weeks thereafter.
Plaque in the Norman Samuels Plaza in memory of the men and women of Rutgers lost in 9/11
Rutgers-Newark became a staging ground for rescue workers in the days that followed, with the Golden Dome Gymnasium being converted into a center for housing workers in their down shifts, and amassing and distributing needed goods for the workers and survivors. The entire Rutgers Newark community became important contributors to the workforce at the Golden Dome, with student volunteers putting aside their studies a little to serve a bigger purpose, working side by side with their faculty and staff comrades in an enterprise that was (for once) not school related.

At that time, I was besieged with inquiries as to whether the Law School could organize an on-site blood drive, on the assumption that the survivors were tapping out blood supplies, and that we could help.

Thus began what has become an annual tradition at Rutgers Law School: the September 11th Blood Drive. (Actually, semi-annual: we do it again on or around Valentine’s Day.) Each year, our contribution has grown.

The victims and their families deserve our continued remembrance. And so I ask that you all observe a moment of silence at 9:45 on Saturday, wherever you are. But I also ask that you experience the positive energy this institution generated in the wake of the bombing, and come together in the Atrium on Tuesday afternoon between noon and 5:30pm, with your sleeves rolled up, ready to give a little of yourself. I hope to see you there.

Andrew J. Rothman, Esq., Sr. Assistant Dean
Rutgers School of Law - Newark

P.S. The process for giving blood is a bit more complicated than just taking your place on a cot and rolling up a sleeve. You must first fill out a one-page questionnaire, intended to establish whether giving
blood would pose a health risk to you, and whether your experiences may risk contaminating the blood supply and endangering recipients of your donation. There are many who have argued that the questionnaire, which is mandated by federal law, is itself discriminatory, as it precludes blood donations from, among other groups, sexually active gay and bisexual men, and from people who have recently traveled to certain countries.

I nevertheless encourage you all to welcome the Blood Bank on Tuesday, and to fill out the questionnaire, even if you are certain that you will be turned away. The Blood Bank is not the author of the regulations that require it to ask these questions, and I can think of no better means of protesting than to arm the Blood Bank with the stack of potential donors it had to turn away, as it lobbies for changes in the regulations. And blood supplies are once again low – for instance, right now, 0- blood is at a one day supply and b- blood is at a two day supply.

More Move in Day Photos

Wow, (some) people actually do read those emails that get sent out. Thanks for all the great recent photos!  If you haven't heard back from me yet, rest assured I've seen your submissions and am slowly getting to them all.

Recently I posted a photo of Mayor Cory Booker visiting the campus for move-in day (here)

Angie Bonilla sent me a link to the official Woodward Hall Facebook page with lots more photos like these:

No need for the gym after lifting these weights!

Friends and family:

The residence life crew:

Thanks Angie! You can see the full gallery here (you'll need a Facebook account).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Move in Day; Request for Submissions!

Welcome back to school! Hope everyone had a fabulous and relaxing summer.

Just got this photo in from Angie Bonilla in Housing and Residence Life. Guess who stopped in to say hi on move-in day? Newark's very own Mayor Cory Booker!
What did you do this summer? If you took any great photos or (short!) video and would like to share your experience with the Rutgers community, send them over to along with your name and a short description.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Blacklight Project: Art and Social Justice

Thanks to the folks at Rutgers Today for creating this video!

The Blacklight Project brings together young people to express themselves through dance and other forms of art in the name of building community in Newark. Aimee Cox, who teaches African-American and African Studies at Rutgers-Newark, spearheads the project.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Global History of Soccer

If you've been reading the blog, you'll know that this summer a class on the Global History of Soccer is being offered for the first time at Rutgers Newark. (And what great timing! Students get to watch the World Cup while studying about it)

This class was featured yesterday on the front page of the MLS (Major League Soccer) website. Check out the article: Class is in for soccer-centric students at Rutgers-Newark

In the article the professor and creator of the class, Dr. Thomas McCabe is quoted as saying, “I get to teach the class I was never able to take.” and that  “Going to the Scots-American Club and discussing religion and the Old Firm and getting to hear someone who grew up in Glasgow address the class on how the religious divide gets played out in Celtic Park or Ibrox or Kearny, N.J. ... It’s a real scratch-and-sniff history that you wouldn’t get sitting in an ordinary class.”

In case you missed the great video Rutgers Today created a couple of weeks ago, take a look at my previous post - Learning from the World Cup

On an unrelated note, just because it's summer doesn't mean I'm not still looking for great photos/videos. You may have noticed we recently rebranded the blog as "Rutgers-Newark on - and off - the plaza", so let the world know what Rutgers is up to for summer vacation!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Learning from the World Cup

Here's a summer class I wouldn't mind going to!

Students in the Professor McCabe's Global History of Soccer course are learning how the most popular game in the world has been part of global history.

The World Cup runs until July 11 - Come join them as they watch a World Cup game at the Sport Club Portugues social club in the heart of Newark's Portuguese community.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Match Made at Rutgers

The photo at left may well be my favorite photo submission since I started the blog and not just because of the cute smiling faces.

School of Criminal Justice masters' grad Brian O'Hara sent me this adorable photo taken at last Friday's ceremony along with this caption:

Adriana Garcia & Brian O'Hara, classmates in SCJ MA 2010, will be married October 2, 2010.

Congratulations to both of you on your academic achievements and your upcoming wedding!

Below, some fellow graduates pose with the happy couple:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Executive MPA and SPAA/Graduate School Commencement

Terri Buccarelli sent these photos from last week's Graduate School and School of Public Affairs ceremony in the Golden Dome, and the Pi Alpha Alpha induction.

It was a very rainy, wet day, but that didn't stop some 400 or so Masters and PhDs from being conferred, as well as the first 2 Bachelors in Public Service. 

At left, Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration Marc Holzer with two Pi Alpha Alpha inductees. Below, he's pictured again with another inductee (far left) and Associate Dean Judith Kirchhoff (center).

Getting ready for the ceremony:
The eMPA grads pose for a group photo before the ceremony:
Thanks for the great photos! Anyone nostalgic or curious on what the guest speaker, our very own Dr. Glenn Shafer, had to say to the new grads and their guests, the transcript is on our commencement website

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Submit your Graduation Photos

Congratulations to the class of 2010! Graduation ceremonies have been
underway since yesterday and will continue until the Law School ceremony
on May 28. If you took or plan to take great photos or video of any of the
ceremonies, send them over and I'll post a selection throughout the next
couple of weeks. Send photos to

For more photos, speaker and student bios and information on Commencement
2010, go to

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

2010 Open House

On Saturday, April 17, 2010, Rutgers-Newark hosted the spring campus-wide Open House. We had a large turnout of enthusiastic potential students and their families, along with many student, faculty and staff volunteers from around the campus.

One of our admissions officers, Carrie Alesiani, sent these great photos and writes:
The Office of Graduate & Undergraduate Admissions would like to extend our sincerest thanks to everyone who came out in support. This event would not be possible without the countless volunteer hours our campus-community donates.

While the weather was a little chilly and dreary, we still hosted 731 students and 1,605 total guests at Open House! Combined with Alumni Relation's Reunion (view photos on Flickr), the campus was certainly bustling.

WE THANK YOU! This event is truly a team effort. We sincerely appreciate your participation and enthusiasm. The Admissions Office is busy planning a whole new season of recruitment events and already looking forward to future Open Houses.

For more photos of this and other events, please visit the Rutgers-Newark Photo Gallery.