Update on Summer Activity at Rutgers University–Camden

Sent Tuesday, July 10, 2018

To the Campus Community:

Summer is well underway. The activity here at Rutgers University–Camden is energizing for our campus and families across the region.

This summer, we are providing hundreds of future Scarlet Raptors with opportunities to broaden their experiences, build their knowledge, and hone their skills. Here are some examples:

  • Two hundred Rutgers Future Scholars in grades 8-12 are participating in a rigorous four-week summer program to boost their academic skills. We are introducing them to careers and college majors in STEM as well as the liberal and performing arts. We also are offering rising 12th graders the experience of living on campus. Scholars will go on weekly field trips to expose them to different cultures, new ideas, and career possibilities. Their trips will include visits to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and El Museo del Barrio in New York City. They also will interact with prominent organizations like the 76ers, Comcast, and Cathedral Kitchen.
  • Our Camden Ignite program has welcomed 100 Camden students in grades 4-8 as part of Ignite’s yearlong mission to help these children successfully transition from middle school to high school. Students in this program engage in project-based learning clubs across such areas as STEM, arts, literacy, dance, and athletics. These students enjoy swimming and weekly field trips, and are provided breakfast and lunch daily.
  • Later this month, high school students from across southern New Jersey will participate in BizEd, a “business boot camp” offered annually by our School of Business. This six-day program provides participants with insight into the theory and practice of accounting, finance, management, marketing, and technology. They will have the opportunity to meet executives, visit local companies, and participate in team-building and problem-solving activities.
  • South Jersey high school students will be at the cutting edge of scientific innovation as they participate in a U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program that is placing these young scholars in the research laboratories of Rutgers University–Camden chemistry faculty.

Rutgers University–Camden’s reputation as a research center that provides undergraduates with exceptional opportunities to forge new discoveries is attracting 10 undergraduates from across the nation to work in our labs as part of the REU: Computational Biology Summer Program funded by the National Science Foundation.

When we consider the many activities also being offered by the Center for the Arts and other campus units, as well as events sponsored by external groups (such as the Symphony in C Youth Orchestra Summer Camp), along with our increased enrollment of more than 6,000 students for Summer Session courses, I am sure you agree that Rutgers University–Camden remains as busy as ever.

I applaud all of these initiatives, including many not listed here, and thank the faculty and staff who are engaged in these outreach efforts.

Several important construction projects also are underway:

  • Artis Building (327-29 Cooper): Significant renovations will be completed this summer, providing a new home to the Department of Childhood Studies.
  • Science Building: Two biology labs that relocated to the Nursing and Science Building are being converted into a large chemistry laboratory to accommodate our increased enrollment.
  • Paul Robeson Library: The front steps are being replaced with granite steps and new lighting.
  • Campus Center: The Multi-Purpose Room and the main lounge are receiving substantial upgrades, as are restrooms on the main level of the Campus Center (including the addition of a gender-neutral restroom).
  • Armitage Hall: On the main level, a One-Stop Shop is being created to offer streamlined service to students in the areas of financial aid, registrar, student accounts, and payments.

Most of these projects are slated for completion as our campus prepares to welcome our largest-ever incoming undergraduate class and a record enrollment for our overall student body.

I will continue to keep you apprised of our progress. As you see guests and new students on campus, please take a moment to welcome them to Rutgers University–Camden.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our institution. Your work and enthusiasm are driving our success. I could not be prouder of our amazing campus team.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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