Live Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)
Orientation to The Bloustein School
and the Office of Student and Academic Services
Welcome and overview of student support services, advising, registration, term bills, financial aid, career development, activities and student organizations, and the on-campus experience.
AUGUST 16th – 10:00am – 11:00am
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As reviewed and referenced at our morning orientation session on August 16th, please be sure to access the Fall Graduate Orientation Information Portal to review items of student support, academic program information and policy and process that will help orient you in your transition to Rutgers Bloustein School.
Piyushimita (Vonu) Thakuriah, Dean and Distinguished Professor
Steve Weston, Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Services
Courtney Culler, Assistant Director for Graduate Student Services
Emilio Del Valle, Graduate Student Services Counselor
Andrea Garrido, Career Management Specialist (Public Policy, Urban Planning, Informatics master’s programs)
Cheryl Egan, Career Management Specialist (Health Administration master’s programs)
Individual Advising Sessions (Optional – sign-up required)
*Join Us for the MANDATORY Orientation to Information Technology Services on August 24th at 10am for any student who plans to use the Bloustein Computer Labs (additional information below)*
Orientation to Academic Programs
Health Administration Program
Public Policy Program
Public Informatics Program
AUGUST 19th – 10:00am to 11:00am
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Anyone who missed this session can contact Professor Andrews for a one- on- one session
Urban Planning and Policy Development Program
AUGUST 30th – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Orientation to Centers and Institutes – Research Fair
During the Center and Institute fair each center will have an opportunity to speak to students in, back to back, breakout sessions. This will provide the centers with the opportunity to speak at greater length about the work they do, current ongoing projects and opportunities they have available for our new grad students to get involved with. Students will also be able to ask questions directly to the center during these individual sessions. The agenda for the event is below and you are encouraged to attend the sessions of the specific centers they are most keen on working with. You will have the ability to log in and out of the individual center sessions as you would like, but I encourage you to attend the Welcome.
2:15 – 2:45pm – Center for Energy Economic and Environmental Policy
Representative: Clinton Andrews, Associate Dean for Research,
3:45 – 4:15pm – Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC)
Representative: Jeanne Herb, Executive Director,
4:30 – 5:00pm – Voorhees Transportation Center
Stephanie DiPetrillo, Senior Research Specialist (email@example.com)
Andrea Lubin, Senior Research Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sean Meehan, Research Project Coordinator (email@example.com)
Additional Centers not available for the Center and Institute Fair:
Bloustein Center for Survey Research
Center for Energy Economic and Environmental Policy
Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
John. J. Heldrich Center
Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
Bloustein Local Government Research Center
Additional Orientation Events
Orientation to Information Technology Services
Mandatory for any students planning to use the Bloustein School Computer Labs. Overview of information technology systems at the school, including labs, computing, accounts, virtual options, printing, and more.
AUGUST 24th – 10:00am to 11:00am
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International Student Career & Internship Resource Information Session
Join your Bloustein student and academic services support staff- Andrea Garrido, Cheryl Egan and Courtney Culler – as well as our partners from RU Global – Jinling Quan, Bloustein Liaison and Senior International Student Advisor – and RU CES (Career Exploration and Success) – Paola Puerta Dominguez, Career Development Specialist for International Students – to learn about the career and internship resources and services available at Bloustein and Rutgers University to support our international students.
September 28th – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Introduction to Library Services at Rutgers
Introduction and meet Rutgers Library staff that supports Bloustein School students, learn what is available to you online through library services portal
September 29th 4:30PM
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Orientation to RU Global for International Students
Program that provides introduction to RU Global staff, supporting Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Optional Practical Training (OPT) and all visa/status documents and issues for international student support.
RU Global International Orientation Information
Orientation to Student Organizations
Provides incoming students with an overview of all Bloustein School and Rutgers student organizations, leadership and honor societies.
AUGUST 26th – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
Rutgers Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHLRU)
International Development Interest Group (IDIG)
Placement Exams – Online Sessions (all Eastern Standard Time)
Basic Quantitative Methods Placement Exam
Live Webex: Exam session for placement purposes for the course Basic Quantitative Methods 970:515 and 833:521. Read Flyer here,
Online Exam date: August 27th 10am- 1pm (EST)
To register: email firstname.lastname@example.org before August 25th at 5pm (EST) You’ll need: Non-graphing calculator and pen or pencil.
GIS Placement Exam
Online exam is a two‐hour placement exam and you do not need access to an ArcGIS license to complete. You may find it useful to access online ArcMap help resources.
To take the exam, first you need permission and send note and a valid email address to Professor Payne ( email@example.com ) by 5:00pm on August 26th You will receive in return an email with details on the exam. A grade of 80 percent is a passing grade and you will be notified via email of the result