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A current graduate student in the Rutgers Business School in Newark, Timothy Sorrentino, and his wife, Kristen, launched their first franchise of the national Mosquito Joe corporation yesterday.Mosquito Joe, a national corporation based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, provides mosquito and other bug control solutions for residential and commercial properties in 28 states, according to the company website.The focus of Sorrentino’s franchise will be in South Jersey, servicing Washington Township, Sicklerville, Gloucester Township, Pitman, Deptford, West Deptford and Wenonah.“It has been a rollercoaster,” Sorrentino said of kickstarting the franchise.Sorrentino, who is enrolled in the master’s program for supply chain management, said that he previously attended Villanova University before coming to the Business School at Rutgers—Newark.“Someone I met (at Villanova) who was also in the army with me, was looking into investing and opening a franchise for Mosquito Joe,” he said.Interested, Sorrentino contacted the company and began the vetting process to open his own franchise in New Jersey.“So my wife and I decided to take the plunge and give this a shot," he said. As part of the process, Sorrentino and his wife attended a week of training at the company headquarters in Virginia Beach, which included the financial aspect of running a small business, as well as learning about the technical services of spraying for mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, Sorrentino said.“I also started setting my targets in place for a customer base, obtaining all the equipment—the truck, the sprayers, getting a good financial plan and a good marketing plan,” he said. He started implementing the marketing plan about six weeks ago in anticipation of opening day, he said.Sorrentino’s franchise will be one of five franchises in New Jersey, according to the company website.
A team of Rutgers University—Newark graduate students took first place at this year's Trading Challenge. The Trading Challenge is held by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and accepts teams of undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. This year there were about 600 teams from schools in various locations including Australia and China.The members of the Rutgers team were Zhihao Zhou, Jiachen Chu, Cheng Xu, Wanyu Zhang and Chengran Su, all international students from China, enrolled as graduate students.The Trading Challenge is a simulation of a futures market where each team is given an account with a mock sum of $100,000 to invest.
The first collegiate chapter of the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Foundation at Rutgers has been tirelessly working to raise awareness and funds for congenital heart disease.Congenital heart disease is the number one birth defect-related killer, and each year more children die from congenital heart defects than all forms of pediatric cancer combined, according to the Big Hearts to Little Hearts Website.The main goal of the organization is to spread awareness for the disease as well as accumulate donations for hospitals conducting research.
Tim Sorrentino, a graduate student at Rutgers University — Newark launched the first branch of the Mosquito Joe corporation. Sorrentino is enrolled in the master's program for Supply Chain Management.
The Rutgers Chapter of the national organization Big Hearts to Little Hearts helps to raise awareness of congenital heart disorders through a combination of community outreach and fundraising.
The Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) brought students together on Wednesday night for Campus MovieFest, where the top 16 films were selected to compete in Atlanta at a national competition.
A team of students from Rutgers University — Newark were awarded first place at this year's Trading Challenge, which included participants from an estimated 600 teams.
The Rutgers Univesity Department of Transportation (RUDOTS) will construct a bus shoulder and bike lanes along College Avenue as part of the Transportation Master Plan. The project was originally expected to be completed before the end of the spring semester.
Following the success of last year’s program, the Rutgers Business School Executive Education (RBSEE) will once again offer its mini-MBA in Strategic Healthcare Management for Practices.Beginning May 10, this program is designed to provide health care providers and administrators with the knowledge needed to effectively practice management in the workplace.
Within the various choral organizations present on campus, some informal and some formal, is Kirkpatrick Choir, one of the most advanced choral groups at Rutgers.The choir, along with the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble, has an upcoming concert at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass campus on April 21, and then again on April 23 at New York City’s Trinity Church.The Kirkpatrick Choir was formed after World War II and shortly after became one of the most prestigious ensembles at Rutgers. The choir, which currently stands at 69 members, consists of music majors and many non-music majors and is directed by Dr. Patrick Gardner, director of choral activities at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.Gardner has been teaching at Rutgers and directing the Kirkpatrick Choir for the past 24 years.
At last night’s weekly Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) meeting, the body passed a resolution to foster a culture of active bystanders on campus.The resolution, which will go into effect September 2018, will require student organizations that receive $1,000 or more in funding from RUSA Allocations to have at least two of their officers complete bystander intervention training.The training will be carried out by the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), and the logistics of the resolution’s implementation will be tasked to the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, an entity of RUSA that addresses sexual violence.Viktor Krapivin, an off-campus senator for RUSA, played a key role in the formulating this new legislation, which he said was modeled after a similar bystander intervention program implemented at the University of Michigan.“It’s important to create a culture on campus that supports intervening in precarious situations,” said the School of Arts and Sciences junior.
Representatives from the Human Rights Campaign visited the College Avenue campus on Thursday afternoon to garner signatures for their lobbying efforts.Members of the Campaign’s Manhattan office came to Rutgers to sign people up for the national organization’s efforts to lobby against certain state-level legislation, which targets members of the LGBT community, said Field Manager Benjamin Marchiony.“The main focus of the Human Rights Campaign at the moment is combating state-level LGBT legislation,” the junior from George Washington University said.
TAG Day, or Teaching Annual Giving Day, is back at Rutgers to teach students about philanthropy and encourage them to support the University.TAG Day is centered around educating the community about alumni donor support at Rutgers, said Karen Smith, the senior director of University News and Media Relations in an email.“The Department of Annual Giving and TAG Team, the Department of Annual Giving’s student group, plans TAG Day and other events throughout the year to help build a culture of philanthropy at Rutgers,” she said.Seniors who donate $15 or more to a program or area of Rutgers by May 11 will receive a donor cord to wear on Commencement Day, an invitation to a reception with Athletic Director Pat Hobbs at the Honors College and will be recognized as a Scarlet Senior.“The purpose of placing the (tag) signs around campus is to help education students about philanthropy and the ways in which alumni gifts and private support shape the Rutgers experience every day,” Smith said.Last year, 73 percent of the incoming class received a financial aid offer, and gifts from graduates made 2,164 scholarships possible for Rutgers—New Brunswick students, according to the Rutgers University Foundation website.State support covers less than one-third of the cost of a Rutgers education, making alumni generosity essential for students, according to the website.
Walking into Nicholas Hall to a standing ovation of more than 500 students, staff and community members, Georgia Congressman John Lewis (D-5) along with his two collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell sat down to talk about their graphic novel trilogy, “March."The series recounts Lewis’ life during the Civil Rights Movement and gives examples of some activities and events Lewis participated in and attended.
More than 500 people gathered to hear Congressman John Lewis (D-5) speak about his history and experience as a Civil Rights Activist.
Every year, Rutgers encourages students to donate to the University through Teaching Annual Giving (TAG) day. In preparation for the event, informational tags have been placed all around campus with facts and statistics.
On Tuesday night, when the temperature reached over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Rutgers students cooled off by playing "Canoe Battleship" at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center.Associate Director of Sports Paul Fischbach said that the event was organized by Outdoor Recreation and Intramural Sports."Canoe Battleship" is played in a pool, where teams of four compete to remain afloat in their canoes longer than the competing teams, Fischbach said.
The Rutgers Board of Governors approved of a $74.5 million upgrade to the University’s cogeneration plants in New Brunswick and Newark at their last meeting on April 6.The New Brunswick Cogeneration Plant was built in 1995, and uses three dual-fuel five-megawatt turbines to power the Busch and Livingston campuses, according to a previous article by The Daily Targum.The Newark plant was built in 1987 and does not operate at peak performance due to its age, according to TAPinto New Brunswick. At present, it operates at about 60 percent of full capacity.According to the 2015 Targum article, the Busch plant operates somewhere between 60 and 80 percent capacity.Upgrading the facilities will allow them to generate more electricity while producing fewer emissions and acting more efficiently, according to a pair of Rutgers resolutions.All three of the turbines on Busch and three in Newark will be replaced during this process.