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Students can call the CAPS main number at 848-932-7884 when CAPS is closed, and a voice message will prompt students to connect to the new Protocol service.

Community counseling sessions help Rutgers CAPS expand its reach

The Center for Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its “meso practice” model, a program created to expand discussions of mental health across campus.  Also referred to as “community-based counseling,” the meso practice is a marriage between individual and community health at large, said Annmarie Wacha-Montes, assistant director for Community Based Services at CAPS. The program is a more inclusive, more diversified approach to mental health and wellness. 

Unplugged, the University's board game club, offers team-based, cooperative and individual games for students. Of these, Secret Hitler and Codenames are club favorites, both requiring teams to collaborate and reach a goal before their opponent.

Rutgers club de-stigmatizes board games

There are more than 500 student-run clubs and organizations offered on campus, and among these, Unplugged, the University board game club, is one dedicated solely to bringing students together to relax and play popular board games. 

For 96th consecutive year, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey met at Alexander Library to discuss the ever-expanding practice of tracing ancestry through genetics. The society was formed in 1921 and has since adopted a more interactive model.

Genealogists convene for 96th annual meeting at Alexander Library

Advancements in technology in the past few years have fostered numerous tools and concepts to aid in individuals’ searches for their ancestry.  Ancestry.com, a website founded in 1983, has more than 2.7 million paying subscribers, making it the world’s most expansive DNA database. In efforts similar to these websites, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey (GSNJ) aims to preserve family history, particularly for those with New Jersey roots.  The society convened on Nov.

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Rutgers launches new University-wide inclusion campaign

A new campaign, the #RUIDProject was introduced to the Rutgers community this past summer to promote a more inclusive environment on campus.  According to the Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives page on the Rutgers Student Affairs website, the campaign seeks to reinforce a “learning environment that serves as a melting pot of ideas and cultures ... to enhance cross-cultural understanding, break down stereotypes, improve self awareness and prepare our students to be stronger, richer and more dynamic citizens.” Much of the initiative is focused on emphasizing each individual’s right to be a member of the University.

A new device created by Rutgers researchers has revolutionized the field of nanotechnology. Weighing only 1.6 milligrams, the device can lift nearly 200 times its weight.

Rutgers scientists create device capable of lifting 150 times its weight

Miniscule devices carrying matter nearly hundreds of times their own weight was once practical only in theory, but a recent Rutgers discovery has introduced a device capable of supporting over 150 times its own weight. This device, called an actuator, is classified as nanotechnology — the science of manipulating atoms and matter less than 100 nanometers in size.

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (RUBHC) recently opened up four new programs in Newark, Edison and New Brunswick that focus on mental health, substance abuse, women's health and anxiety disorders.

Pharmacy school releases opioid toolkit to counter rising addiction rates

The Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy has released an opioid toolkit designed to address the increasing rate of opioid abuse and addiction throughout the United States. Opioids are most commonly seen as prescription pain medications in the form of morphine and oxycodone, although heroin, one of the most dangerously addictive substances, is also classified as an opioid.  A 2015 American Society of Addiction Medicine study found that over 63 percent of total overdose deaths were related to opioid abuse. With New Jersey rated as having one of the highest opioid abuse rates, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy partnered with a local organization to combat the growing trend. Community in Crisis, an organization located in Somerset County, aims to destigmatize the topic of addiction and educate the public on proper treatment and prevention of overdose deaths, according to the website. The group expressed interest in creating a toolkit to better equip them.

The Kirkpatrick Choir will be performing alongside the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble at the Nicholas Music Center on Douglass Campus on April 21. The group currently consists of 69 members.

Kirkpatrick Choir to collaborate with Rutgers Percussion Ensemble at upcoming concert

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.

The name 'OrphanSporks' was originally the name of a founder's band in high school. The organization was founded in the late 90's and continues to act as a place of musical exploration and growth for students passionate about a capella.

Students in OrphanSporks compose, perform a capella music

Rutgers’ diverse student population continues to give rise to new and creative organizations. OrphanSporks, an a capella group, has found its niche in the realm of performing arts at Rutgers. OrphanSporks is one of many a capella groups on campus, but is one of only a few with no cultural affiliation.

This year, Olympic gold medal gymnast Laurie Hernandez spoke at the 5th annual Mark Leadership Conference at Rutgers. More than 500 attendees gathered in the Livingston Student Center to participate in the nine-hour event.

Rutgers students 'make their mark' at annual leadership conference

The Mark Leadership Conference, hosted by the Department of Leadership and Experiential Learning, had its fifth annual gathering on March 4 at the Livingston Student Center.  The goal of the conference is to “inspire action among students and encourage them to think critically about the 'mark' they will leave on the world around them,” according to the Mark Conference website.

Laura Fabris, a researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is conducting research that could lead to new methods of combatting viruses. Her team is primarily studying the mechanisms that viruses use to mutate.

Rutgers professor's research works to prevent spread of viruses by targeting their genetic makeup

A Rutgers professor is conducting research on the influenza virus and has recently been experimenting with alternative ways to track viruses and prevent their spread. Laura Fabris, an associate professor and researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is leading a team of undergraduate and postdoctoral students to study how viruses mutate.

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