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.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Education in Times of Emergency

DGA Director Simon Reich with Meryl Streep
Wednesday, April 21, 2010- Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser of Qatar’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations hosted a book launch for Even Chaos: Education in Times of Emergency (Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation and Fordham University Press). Simon Reich, Director of the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers Newark, was one of 18 panelists who were welcomed by over 65 guests.

"Even in Chaos," by Dr. Kevin Cahill (Fordham University) emphasizes the need for education in refugee camps, as well as the importance of safety from militia attacks. Reich’s chapter, ‘Establishing Safe Learning Environments,’ addresses the need for the protection and education of African children living in refugee camps due to conflict.

Actress Meryl Streep and panel discussant emphasized that, "young lives can be saved by the order and safety of school, It lets children know: here you are safe. Here there’s understanding. Here there is care. Here there’s a future and here’s how you’re going to get there.” 

Other contributors to the volume included, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, wife of the Qatari Emir and legendary poet Maya Angelou, who contributed a closing poem to the volume. The issue of continuing education in crises, such as in conflict and in natural disasters, has become a central issue for UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, UNESCO and within policy circles over last several years. This edited volume, the 8th of its kind, is an important resource for the international community to draw from with respect to employing greater advocacy and in effectively implementing best practices.

Meryl Streep listens attentively to DGA Director Simon Reich