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Courtesy of the BOLD Center | A recent initiative by the Douglass Residential College aims to help students with professional development by offering mentoring programs, resume critiques and other facilities.
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New Douglass Campus initiative assists Rutgers students with academic careers

Douglass students now have help to get ahead in both their personal and professional life, with a new enterprise called the The Building Opportunities for Leadership and Development (BOLD) Center on Douglass Campus. The idea for the center was conceived after many students spoke about their desire for professional development, said Leslie Danehy, assistant dean and executive director of the BOLD Center. “The initiatives we are offering through BOLD already existed but now it is streamlined and repackaged,” she said. Mentoring, resume critiquing, externships, weekly sessions and workshops are only some of the programs that BOLD offers.

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Rutgers graduate students create online resource for biology students

Introductory science classes can often be difficult, especially ones with a lot of material such as general biology. BIALIGY is an online free website created by Haider Ali Bhatti, a Rutgers graduate student, to help students who are taking General Biology I and General Biology II at the University. Inspired by Salman Khan of Khan Academy, Bhatti, the lead biology instructor for the ODASIS program, came up with the idea of creating this website during his junior year at Rutgers. “BIALIGY was made to help and has helped and will continue to help students pursuing life sciences ... all for free, all the time,” Bhatti said, who believes that courses like General Biology should not demotivate students from pursuing life sciences. Bhatti said he faced some resistance from the Department of Biology at Rutgers when the site was first launched.  “Students began using the site at a really high rate and began asking their professors if it was okay to use,” he said.

Photo Illustration | Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP) and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers therapy groups at Rutgers to help students deal with a wide variety of issues like anxiety, stress, eating disorders, grief and loss.
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Therapy groups help Rutgers students cope with issues

Facing one's demons may seem impossible, but there is little reason to do it alone. Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drugs Assistance Program (ADAP)  and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers therapy groups at Rutgers are to help students deal with a wide variety of issues like anxiety, stress, eating disorders, grief and loss.

Cathy Bao-Bean, a popular author, spoke at last year's Mark Conference. This year's conference will take place on March 5.
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Mark Conference speakers set for March

Students and other members of the University community will soon listen to a neuroscientist, a poet and the founder of a non-profit organization, along with more than a dozen other speakers at the Mark Leadership Conference.

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Rutgers offers new courses for spring semester

Students hoping for classes unlike the usual core requirements and major electives will soon get their wish. Rutgers is offering several new and signature courses for the Spring 2016 semester. The signature courses offered are "foundational courses covering engaging topics of grand intellectual sweep and enduring importance," according to the School of Arts and Science Signature website. These courses have been specifically designed for the SAS Core Curriculum and fulfill at least two goals out of the three 21st century challenges, areas of inquiry and cognitive skills and processes. "Our Signature Courses prompt students to examine both what they want to be, and who they want to be by discovering their values, talents and passions," according to the brochure.  "The Coming Apocalypse" and "Normality and Abnormality" are two such signature courses available for the spring semester. Richard Miller, instructor of "The Coming Apocalypse" and a professor in the Department of English, said his class is a course about confronting the unknown.  “The goal, in sum, is for the students to leave the class seeing narrative as a cognitive strategy for making sense of the world," he said. Caitlin Chasmar, a School of Arts and Science first-year student, decided to take "The Coming Apocalypse" because it fulfilled multiple SAS core requirements. “I am expecting to have a lot discussions about topics I have never considered before, and to consider varying perspectives on the world,” Chasmar said. Miller said he is going to run the course as a mixture of lectures and class discussions. “There is now support for teaching assistant-led discussion sections, which allows the course to run as a four credit enterprise," he said. Chasmar said she would love for Rutgers to offer more out of the box classes to learn about subjects she will not have the opportunity to study after graduation.  Miller said the signature courses lead students into discussing life’s biggest questions.

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Native American Cultural Center revived after 9 years

Rutgers took another step toward the integration of diversity in its student population by restarting the Native American Cultural Center after nine years. Keith Ross, director of the Native American Welcome Center, restarted the association last January, after it was terminated in 2006. The club has several big plans up its sleeve and hopes to make a difference for Native American students, who are statistically underrepresented at the University.

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Rutgers awarded $618,000 to develop drone

The United States Office of Naval Research awarded the University with a $618,000 grant to develop a drone that is able to travel through air and water. The drone, which is under construction at the School of Engineering, is the brainchild of Francisco Diez, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Marco Maia, a PhD student in the School of Engineering.

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Jameson student petitions against courtyard construction

Construction in the Jameson dorm courtyard on the Douglass campus has become a topic of discussion for many Rutgers students. It is causing discontent to many Jameson’s residents and has urged a student to petition against the same. Mary Margaret Mumich, a School of Arts and Sciences junior, started this petition because she regrets the loss of Jameson’s courtyard.

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