News for 2013-2014 Academic Year

Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2014

The “11th Annual National Groundhog Job Shadow Day” was held at Rutgers University-Newark on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a national campaign that provides young people with a new perspective regarding their academic and career aspirations through a hands-on, one-day mentoring experience. Job shadowing motivates students to think about their career aspirations and the preparation required to be successful in those careers.

Coordinated by the Office of University-Community Partnerships (OUCP), the event engages faculty, staff, and students to cultivate educational opportunities for Newark youth.  It is part of the Newark School Initiative (NSI), a partnership between the Newark Public Schools and Rutgers University–Newark.

Job Shadow is a collaborative effort to introduce local youth to the world of employment at a major research university.  Rutgers faculty and staff act asworkplace mentors for the highschool students. Students are paired with a mentor who they “shadow” during the day to experience how the skills they learn in the classroom can be applied in professional settings. This shadow experience, coupled with a candid conversation with the mentor, provides the student with a realistic view of careers within the field of higher education and beyond. In addition, the mentors share their personal career paths with the students and talk about the skills and expertise required to succeed in their respective professions.

This year, over fifty students from six Newark Public High Schools were mentored by Rutgers faculty and staff. School counselors who accompanied the students also were engaged in a meaningful round-table discussion about the important role that Rutgers University-Newark plays in engaging youth in the community.

The Rutgers community made a significant contribution to the lives of the youth who attended the program.  Faculty and staff expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to inspire Newark youth to discover their career interests.



Rutgers University-Newark Celebrates Read Across America

The Office of University-Community Partnerships (OUCP) at Rutgers University-Newark celebrated the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day. This annual reading celebration is observed on or around March 2nd, which is the birthday of Dr. Theodor Geisel, the legendary children’s book author who is better known as Dr. Seuss.

The Read Across America literacy initiative is the largest reading event in the United States.  It typically has been celebrated with read-aloud, read-along, and reading marathon activities at elementary and pre-schools across the United States; hence the name, Read Across America.

This year’s Read Across America celebration was conducted by a group of students from the Newark School Initiative (NSI), a project sponsored by OUCP aimed at increasing the number of Newark residents who matriculate at Rutgers University-Newark.

The Rutgers NSI students were eager to read Dr. Seuss classics to the pre-school children at the nearby Newark Pre-School Council Center located at 177 Central Avenue.   Some selected their own favorite Dr. Seuss book from their childhood to read to the children while others let the pre-school children choose which Dr. Seuss classic to read. The volunteers received a commemorative red and white Dr. Seuss top-hat and were presented with personalized, hand- made Dr. Seuss storybooks that the children prepared.

Walking back to campus, several of the volunteers commented on how reading to the children was an enriching engagement experience.  One volunteer reminisced about fond childhood memories of Dr. Seuss stories being read aloud to her.  “I experienced the joy that my elementary school teachers must have felt when they read aloud to me as a child,” said the NSI volunteer.  “I could see in the children’s eyes how much the stories meant to them!”

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Honors Dr. Diane Hill as a Hall of Fame Inductee

The Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA) have inducted five distinguished individuals into the RAAA Hall of Fame. The Class of 2013 Hall of Fame inductees includes Justice Cheri Beasley, Dr. Diane Hill, Jennifer Jones Austin Esq, Mr. Wayne Abbott, and Judge Michael Shipp.