Thursday, September 29, 2005

Rowan Plans for Tech Park

Plans laid for Tech Park and West Campus - The Whit - News: "Welcome to the South Jersey Technology Park (SJTP), the future inhabitant of Rowan University's West Campus.

The SJTP is a development tool for the high-tech industry, allowing Rowan science, engineering and business students and professors to work with new businesses in each step of the entrepreneurial process.

On Sept. 20, the Mantua Township Planning Board granted their approval to begin construction of the SJTP. The master plan for the site reveals the enormity of the project."

Rave Wireless Announces Launch of New Service that Increases Usefulness of Mobile Phones in Our Lives

Rave Wireless Announces Launch of New Service that Increases Usefulness of Mobile Phones in Our Lives: "New Jersey-based Montclair State University is currently conducting the first school-wide rollout of the service... . Some of the first university-focused channels on Rave include: tracking the exact location of Montclair State's campus transportation vehicles; in-class and remote interactive polling; daily information from community establishments about local restaurant specials and events; instant access to real-time library and school resource availability; and more."

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Codey puts his stamp on UMDNJ trustees

Codey puts his stamp on UMDNJ trustees: "Acting Gov. Richard Codey yesterday nominated two new trustees to the governing board of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in a move to take greater control of the troubled state university."

Monday, September 26, 2005

APP.COM - New Jersey earns a "B" for technology

APP.COM - New Jersey earns a "B" for technology: "New Jersey's drawbacks were fewer new businesses being created, declining numbers of patents, slow growth in research and development, declining productivity in high-tech firms, and the failure to secure federal funding.

Stoup's report also cited a 'low number of science, engineering and business-management degrees awarded by New Jersey's higher-education institutions.'"

BethAnn Zambella Named Director of Elizabethown College Library


a former Wall resident, has been named director of Elizabethtown College's High Library, Elizabethtown, Pa. Zambella previously served as research and instruction librarian and group manager at Wellesley College in Massachusetts."

Prior to her position at Wellesley, she was the reference librarian for the Lamont Library at Harvard University, bibliographic instruction coordinator/reference librarian at Rutgers University and head of public services at New Jersey’s Fairleigh Dickinson University. Zambella also served as an instructor at Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson universities.

University Library Keeps John McPhee In Princeton

You travel a great deal for your writing, but you live in Princeton, New Jersey, maybe ten minutes from where you were born. What’s kept you there?

My daughters think it’s funny. I grew up here, but I lived in New York City for five years when my kids were born. When we moved, I came here not because I was born here, not because I went to college here; I came here because of the university library. I thought if I ever did the kind of work I wanted to do . . . and that’s proven to be the case.

The New Yorker

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Learning center planned for BCC

Learning center planned for BCC: "A regional learning center that would introduce students in grades five through 12 to math, engineering, science and technology concepts through a simulated space mission is scheduled to open at Burlington County College's Mount Laurel Campus as early as 2007."

Friday, September 23, 2005

New Jersey Med School Board Faces Ethics Charges - New York Times

New Jersey Med School Board Faces Ethics Charges - New York Times: "New Jersey's ethics commission received a formal complaint Thursday charging that five members of the governing board of the state's embattled medical school work for companies that do business with the school and are violating the state's conflict of interest law."

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Drew: SATs don't matter

"Effective immediately, Drew is making SAT and ACT scores optional, citing research findings that a high school grade point average is a better predictor of a student's success in college.

Drew joins a group of small, selective liberal arts colleges, such as Bowdoin, Bates and Hamilton, that have made the move to de-emphasize the importance of standardized tests and take a more holistic look at applicants. Drew is the first four-year private liberal arts college in New Jersey to drop the requirement."

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Rivals outline higher education plans

Rivals outline higher education plans: "With state college tuition increasing but student capacity restricted, the two major gubernatorial candidates yesterday vowed to make college affordable and suggested asking voters to approve borrowing billions of dollars to pay for expansion."

Trustee urges UMDNJ to cut pay bonuses

Trustee urges UMDNJ to cut pay bonuses: "Faced with relentless allegations of mismanagement and an ongoing federal corruption probe at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the head of the school's board of trustees is calling for the immediate suspension of $3.2 million in performance bonuses for top administrators."

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Lower grades please Princeton

Lower grades please Princeton: "The easy 'A' at Princeton University, which was harder to come by in the last school year than in the recent past, may become even more elusive this year."

Yovnello honored at Rowan convocation

Professors honored at Rowan convocation: "Nicholas Yovnello, of Elk Township, a professor/assistant director of Library Services, was honored with the fourth annual Joseph A. Barnes Award for Outstanding Service to Rowan University."

Corzine, Forrester Present Education Plans

1010 WINS - ALL NEWS. ALL THE TIME.: Corzine, Forrester Present Education Plans: "the two candidates each pledged to make a greater investment in the state's public colleges and universities and enlist businesses to help cover the costs."

Monday, September 19, 2005

Volunteers meld town, gown

Volunteers meld town, gown: "'The perception is the classic one that most of the students never cross Nassau Street, and that just isn't true any longer,' said borough Mayor Joe O'Neill. 'There's a real ethos of volunteerism on the campus.'"

McCormick Calls RU "Weirdest Academic Set-Up In America"

McCormick outlines plans amid protest - The Daily Targum - Page One: "'We have degree-granting colleges without faculties and an arts-and-sciences faculty without students,' McCormick said. 'This has got to be the weirdest academic set-up in America.'"

NJ Colleges Can't Keep Up With Demand

More college applicants, less room at home: "The state's four-year colleges and universities report 3,000 more first-time, full-time applications than a year ago. High school graduating classes, meanwhile, are continuing to grow in New Jersey at a pace the public colleges and universities can't keep up with, said Paul Shelly, spokesman for the association."

Friday, September 16, 2005

Gay Friendly and Unfriendly in NJ

Rutgers gets a mention as gay friendly, while Catholic Seton Hall lands on the unfriendly list.

Washington Blade Online: "UNLIKE HOLY CROSS, Seton Hall University’s administration refused to recognize its gay student club, TRUTH, sparking a lawsuit that is still weaving through the New Jersey courts. The group continued to unofficially meet though.

Seton Hall ,in South Orange, N.J., ranked 11th on the “gay community is not accepted list.”"

UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF the schools that are the most accepting can also be the toughest to gain admission to and carry a hefty price tag.

For gay students on a budget, he suggested Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. ...

Rutgers’ gender studies program offers two classes in sexuality, one specifically on lesbians, as well as several classes about gender, race and class. The university also has many active and visible gay student advocacy and social groups; a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender special interest section in a dormitory; and a university office for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender concerns.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Retired New Jersey City University professor donates $2.5 million

AP Wire | 09/14/2005 | Retired New Jersey City University professor donates $2.5 million: "New Jersey City University has received a $2.5 million gift from a former professor and alumnus.

The gift from retired philosophy professor George Karnoutsos, is the largest single donation from an individual in the organization's 76-year history, the university said Wednesday." Mice infected with plague missing from lab; health risk called small Mice infected with plague missing from lab; health risk called small: "Three mice infected with the bacteria responsible for bubonic plague apparently disappeared from a laboratory about two weeks ago, and authorities launched a search though health experts said there was scant public risk.

The mice were unaccounted-for at the Public Health Research Institute, which is on the campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and conducts bioterrorism research for the federal government."

Fitch Rates New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority $91.4MM Rfdg Bonds 'A '

Fitch Rates New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority $91.4MM Rfdg Bonds 'A ': "Fitch Ratings assigns an 'A ' rating to the $91,355,000 New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority (the authority) Higher Education Facilities Trust Fund refunding bonds, series 2005A."

Seton Hall Library to go 24/7

Library to go 24/7: "The Walsh Library will be open 24/7 starting in November, according to university administration. "

Corzine proposes stem cell initiative

Corzine proposes stem cell initiative: "Touting it as a means to boost the state's science and research industry, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine yesterday vowed to make New Jersey a leader in stem cell research."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Knowledge Initiative

Short article on the Knowledge Initiative.

CourierPostOnline - South Jersey's Web Site: "Richard Stein, who is part of a small-business incubator at the Rutgers Camden Technology Campus in Camden, is a new user of the system, but already an avid fan."

Rutgers pursues a professional image makeover

Rutgers pursues a professional image makeover: "Campus officials decided to overhaul Rutgers' communications last year after a poll found the university had a good, but not great, reputation in New Jersey. That survey, conducted by an outside consultant, found people are confused by Rutgers' jumble of schools, campuses and programs."

Legal, financial hurdles block college for aliens

Some of the links to articles on this blog go dead if you don't read them in a few days. This article orginally appeared in the Record a few weeks ago, but here it is again. Scroll down to find a summary of policies at NJ Colleges.

Legal, financial hurdles block college for aliens: "But even though he's lived in the city six years, Juarez learned from his guidance counselor that because he's an illegal immigrant, Rutgers would charge him out-of-state tuition."

"The 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act forbade states from granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants based on residency because those students would be paying less than out-of-state U.S. citizens."

Students Want Better Food, Cafes in Libraries

This article focuses on the trend of catering to student tastes in food (mainly at Rutgers), which is part of the larger trend to offer more amenities such as updated gyms, swanky dorms, and, yes, new libraries. Since group study is now a "trend," the author seems to invent the idea of the lone sophomore in a darkened library. (Old libraries were dark?) And couldn't they find an example of a college library cafe in New Jersey?

College dining takes a giant leap into the present: "There is more communal studying now than ever before, with the era of the lone sophomore poring over John Donne late at night in a darkened library long gone.

'Students these days tend to study in groups, and in some cases, there is a cafe in the library -- like at the University of Pennsylvania -- where they can get a range of things to have while they study, from coffee and tea to Danishes, salads and sandwiches.'"

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New President of Drew Starts Diary In Chronicle

The Chronicle: 9/16/2005: Taking Office: (subscription required) "I fell in institutional love with Drew University and have had the heady luck to be chosen as its new president. During my 25 years at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, I was a professor and an administrator rising through the ranks, but I left in 1997 to lead the foundation. Drew will be my first stint as a university president, and I will be chronicling my experiences in these pages.

Drew is a great place; in the words of many, 'the hidden gem of American higher education.' "

Monday, September 12, 2005

Douglass College Resists Consolidation

North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classifieds for Northern New Jersey!: "The events portend a semester of heated debate on the Rutgers New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses as the university community grapples with a proposal to consolidate four of its five liberal arts undergraduate colleges, including Douglass, the nation's largest public women's college."

Bergen Community Begins Construction

North Jersey Media Group providing local news, sports & classifieds for Northern New Jersey!: "With more than 14,000 students, Bergen Community College has begun construction on a $16 million building designed to avoid a 'capacity crunch.' The enrollment numbers are big - the biggest in the school's history. But they tell just part of the story."

South Jersey Provides Wireless Access

Libraries speed up Internet access: "The new service was part of the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative and the New Jersey State Library's project to provide wireless access to South Jersey's 60 public libraries."

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Faculty, GCC agree on contract

Faculty, GCC agree on contract: "After nearly two years of tense negotiating and bitter relations, Gloucester County College's administration and faculty union leadership have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, officials on both sides of the bargaining table confirmed Friday."

Friday, September 09, 2005

Lawyer Points To 9/11-College Link | September 9, 2005�15:00:06

CBS News | Lawyer Points To 9/11-College Link: "Two of the Sept. 11 hijackers used a public-access computer at a New Jersey college library to buy tickets for the plane they seized and crashed into the Pentagon, a federal prosecutor said."

UMDNJ burglarized again amid federal graft probe

UMDNJ burglarized again amid federal graft probe: "The latest break-ins come less than six weeks after a thief stole personnel and financial files from the same offices during a burglary the weekend of July 30-31. School officials said that break-in appeared to be an 'inside job' linked to a federal investigation into UMDNJ's financial practices."

High Schools To Require Community Service Newslogs: "High school juniors in 30 districts will be required to perform 15 hours of community service starting this school year under a bill signed this morning by acting Gov. Richard J. Codey."

Sunday, September 04, 2005

NJ Focus on Rising Textbook Prices

North Jersey Media Group : "Textbooks and supplies cost the average first-time, full-time student between $886 and $898, the study said. In fact, students at two-year public universities pay 72 percent of what they shell out for tuition and fees on books. At four-year public universities, students spend 26 percent of what they pay in tuition."

Friday, September 02, 2005

State colleges accommodating students in limbo

State colleges accommodating students in limbo: "Rutgers was joined yesterday by the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Montclair State University, Rowan University and Raritan Valley Community College, all of which said they would give displaced students a place to take classes.

The College of New Jersey, in Ewing, has enrolled about 15 state residents who were starting or continuing their collegiate careers at southern institutions affected by the hurricane and flood. Some will take classes at TCNJ until their schools reopen, while others have decided to transfer to TCNJ, a college spokesman said."