Today marks Rutgers University 1st official day into the big 10 football elite. The Big Ten Conference (B1G), is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States. The conference competes in the NCAA’s Division I; the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. Big Ten member institutions are predominantly major flagship research universities that have large financial endowments and are well-regarded academically, so this is a big move for Rutgers. Large student enrollment is also a hallmark of Big Ten universities, as thirteen of the fourteen members feature enrollments of 30,000 or more students. Big Ten universities engage in $9.3 billion in funded research each year. This means national exposure with respect to the athletic and educational programs. Equally worth noting, are the recent announcements at the Rutgers Newark campus, with respect to new faculty and summer youth programming.
At the Rutgers University Board of Governors meeting, it was announced that award-winning poet A. Van Jordan will be the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor. Acclaimed for his sweeping breadth of vision and depth of insight, Jordan will join the Rutgers University–Newark Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. The recruitment of A. Van Jordan, whose broad body of poetry has garnered national and international accolades, directly addresses the plan’s integrating theme that targets the arts and human experience. This is an auspicious and exemplary opening appointment for Rutgers’ new signature faculty recruitment program.”
Joining Rutgers University–Newark from the University of Michigan, where he has been a full professor since 2009, Jordan has earned high praise from many of the nation’s most accomplished writers, reflected in a long list of noteworthy awards and honors. Reviewers often remark on his facility in shedding light on human relations while employing a broad range of subject matter, from quantum physics to classic and contemporary film.
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (Rutgers College ’62) has lauded Jordan’s work, saying it “demonstrates poetry’s power to be at once intimate and wide-ranging,” an indication of what has inspired juries of eminent peers such as Joyce Carol Oates, former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Simon Schama to bestow upon him the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His other honors include the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Times (of London) Literary Supplement Best Book of the Year award, and selection for the anthology Best American Poetry 2013. He also has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Williams Fellowship. Earlier this year, he was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award, and he currently is on the PEN/Open Book Award Long List for his latest collection, The Cineaste (2013), as well as a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for the same collection. His previous collections of poetry include Rise (2001), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), and Quantum Lyrics (2007).
Rutgers University–Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor sees Jordan’s work as encapsulating the kind of boundary-crossing scholarship that is the university’s greatest intellectual strength. “The highest impact, most enduring work of our faculty and students at Rutgers University–Newark tends to occur when we challenge conventional boundaries, whether between disciplines, between social groups, or between the ‘ivory tower’ and the public we serve. Van’s extraordinary body of work at the intersection where the eternal questions meet the great challenges of our time exemplifies that strength, whether he is leading us through meditations on our understanding of the physical essence of the universe and its gravitational pull in our daily lives, or helping us re-examine race relations by adjusting the focus of traditional lenses on films by D.W. Griffith and Mel Brooks. We are ecstatic that Van will be joining us and we can’t wait to work with him on forging new connections across RU-N and with our partners in greater Newark.”
Additionally, programs for local youth, Rutgers has embarked on several programs and initiative to give young people exposure to growing industries. These programs include,New Ark Freedom School, information management the biomedical filed, entrepreneurship, journalism, writing on sports,Healthcare Service, and business camp
New Ark Freedom School program is an educational and cultural program that provides summer options for children in grades 3-5. This four week summer experience integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action in an activity-based curriculum to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness.
Write on Sports is to inspire middle school students, rising 7th to 8th graders, to improve their writing skills by tapping into their passion for sports. This program is designed to improve students’ critical thinking skills, to help them graduate high school, and to prepare them for success in college. Highlighted program activities include interview-ing special media guests (e.g., sports journalists, athletes, managers, and broadcasters), critically analyzing news stories, blogging, and video editing. Half of each day is devoted to print journalism, and the other half is covering broadcast and news media.
Healthcare Service institute is a special career immersion track of the RU Ready for Work Summer Program that aims to better prepare students for a career in the fields of public service or healthcare services. The six week program immerses students in a curriculum and development process that exposes them to career professionals and mentors while engaging them in work internships, career discovery and career/college readiness, community services and online research.
Future Business Computer Institute is designed to expose students to an extensive two-week integrated curriculum in business and advanced computer technology. The program targets students from the Newark area in grades 8th -10th. Career Orientation Seminars are provided to expose students to various professional careers. Students will take two college tours.
Bioethics Institute introduces high school students to some of the most important issues in bioethics that confront contemporary society. The Institute has examined ethical issues in nanotechnology, neuroscience, epidemiology, synthetic biology, the human genome project and genetic enhancements. The program gives students an on-campus experience and provides information regarding career opportunities in law, medicine, scientific research, public policy analysis, and teaching.
Center for Information Management, Integration, and Connectivity Summer Academy provides an opportunity for middle and high school students (grades 7-12) to explore science and technology disciplines based on challenging and real-world problem solving. Each summer the program examines a different topic that is designed to introduce students to technology-based problem-solving techniques through hands-on computer laboratory experience, lectures, field visits and group presentations.
BizCamp is an intensive two week camp for students, who are interested in entrepreneurship. Students come up with a business idea and then work to complete a business plan. Camp activities include: classroom lessons, field trips, and guest speakers who are entrepreneurs and business professionals.
For more information, contact Rutgers University – Newark Office of University – Community Partnerships Paul Robeson Campus Center 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd. Suite 203 Newark, NJ 07102 (973)353-1630