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Parent & Family Newsletter

February 2016

Welcome! 

Spring is almost here! We are excited to bring you another edition of the Parent & Family Newsletter. Below, you will hear from faculty and staff about some of the academic happenings here at TCNJ, find tips on staying healthy in these late winter months, learn about resources for student success both in and out of the classroom, and more! We have also included a number of important dates and deadlines for your reference.

Enjoy!

 
Susie Orecchio, MA, NCC
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs
Coordinator of Parent & Family Programs

Highlights from the Vice President
for Student Affairs 

Dear Parents & Family Members,

The Spring Semester has gotten off to a strong start here at TCNJ, from our TCNJam dance marathon event that raised over $60,000 for pediatric cancer to our well attended Activities Fair. 

Exciting changes are coming to campus as we continue to enhance our community experience. I am reminded of this every day as I walk through the Student Center, where our new restaurant, Traditions, is set to open at the end of the month. Construction is moving along on our new STEM building as well, as is the expansion of Campus Town.

As we look to the future, now is a great time to talk with your student about their plans for the summer. Deadlines are approaching for many summer opportunities both on and off campus.  Encourage your student to explore the College’s resources available to support their goals, whether it is an internship or taking a summer course. Our goal in Student Affairs, like yours, is to help your student be successful. We hope this newsletter serves as a great resource for you and your student.

I am eager to see what the rest of the semester brings to TCNJ!

Best Wishes,

Dr. Amy Hecht
Vice President for Student Affairs
Table of Contents
 
Student Benefits of an On-Campus Bank
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TCNJ Parent & Family Resources
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Parent and Family Webpage
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TCNJ Student Affairs
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SAVE THE DATE!
2016 TCNJ Parent & Family Day


Saturday, September 24th, 2016


Mark your calendar! We are already looking forward to a day of fun on campus with our TCNJ families.
Are you a New College Parent or Family Member? 

We have additional articles on transitioning to college for parents and families on our website. Check them out here!

Sign Up to Receive Text Alerts!

 
Stay in the know with TCNJ text alerts, and receive notifications straight to your mobile device regarding weather-related closings, safety warnings, and emergency situations.
 
To sign up, have your student input your phone number in their PAWS account (and make sure they are receiving the texts as well!). For more information on the text alert messaging system and detailed sign-up instructions, click here.
 

Healthy Eating in the Winter

By Aliz Holzmann, RD, CDE, CSSD
Campus Nutrition Manager

 

The groundhog may have predicted an early spring, but that doesn’t mean an early end to cold and flu season. During the winter and early spring, avoiding colds and flus remains a top priority. While there is no magic food to keep you safe from these annoying ailments, there are foods you can eat to strengthen your immune system so that you can fight off these bothersome bugs.

Just like grandma said, you need to eat your fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are an excellent source of vitamin C. Our bodies need vitamin C daily to keep our immune system strong, so having a glass of OJ once you have some sniffles just won’t cut it. Citrus fruits aren’t the only vitamin C shining stars. Green leafy vegetables, Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, strawberries, and papaya are great sources as well. Eating your fruits and veggies will also provide your body with vitamin A, which acts as an antioxidant in the body to protect your immune system. Excellent sources include carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and squash. (Orange you glad you know that now?)

Do you really want to stay healthy? Then go bananas! Bananas are high in vitamin B6, which allows your immune system to function properly. Other options include chicken breast, cold-water fish such as tuna, potatoes and chickpeas. If you opt for tuna, you will also get some vitamin D. Vitamin D can be obtained from fatty fish, milk, and fortified orange juice and cereals. Since vitamin D is not plentiful in our diets and most of us get less sun exposure in the winter, you may want to speak with your doctor to see if a supplement is appropriate for you.

Besides these important vitamins, minerals also play a vital role in maintaining a strong immune system. Selenium is an important mineral that is naturally found in Brazil nuts, garlic, broccoli, sardines, tuna, and barley. Another is zinc, which helps to reduce inflammation. Zinc can be found in oysters, crab, lean meats and poultry, beans, yogurt and chickpeas.

While we don’t usually associate this time of the year with bountiful harvests, many of these immune boosting foods are currently in season. A few include citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, and squash. For produce that is not in season, frozen varieties can offer the same benefits. Frozen produce is picked and packaged at its peak, so the nutritional quality of the nutrients is maintained. Frozen vegetables are a wonderful addition to comforting soups and stews, and frozen fruits are perfect for a smoothie.

So what does a day of eating immune boosting foods look like? As part of breakfast, try a smoothie made with strawberry, banana, yogurt or milk, and orange juice. Pack yourself a lunch of tuna salad on whole grain bread, kale chips, and a grapefruit. Mid-day, energize yourself with bell peppers and hummus. Finally, enjoy a dinner of roasted chicken with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Your immune system and your tummy will thank you for these delicious and nutritious meals!

For more tips on staying healthy during the winter, check out this article from TCNJ Magazine.

Faculty Corner
By Amanda Norvell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology, Faculty Senate President


We are lucky to have many incredible faculty members at TCNJ. In order to give families some insight to the academic experiences we offer, we asked faculty members to describe a particularly interesting course that they teach. Here, Dr. Deborah Hutton, Professor of Asian and Islamic Art History, from the Department of Art and Art History, talks about one of the courses she is most passionate about: Arts of the Islamic World.


 
I offer one to two sections of Arts of the Islamic World every spring, and it is one of my favorite courses to teach, both because of the subject matter and the variety of students who take it. This semester, for example, my two very full sections have students representing every academic school on campus. Together we will spend the semester learning about Islamic art and culture from the founding of Islam in seventh century to the contemporary period, from Spain to Indonesia and beyond. We will explore famous monuments, such as the Taj Mahal, the Dome of the Rock, and the Alhambra; we also will look at delicately detailed manuscript paintings, Persian carpets, inlaid metalwork, ceramics, and gardens.

In addition to in-class lectures and conversations, students will watch documentary films, read translations of Persian and Turkish love poems, try their hand at creating geometric designs, visit museums and a mosque, and hear contemporary artists speak about their work. Some students, if they choose, will even have the opportunity to teach Muslim children aged 6-10 about aspects of Islamic art by doing art projects with them at the local Ewing Islamic Center (in conjunction with the Bonner Center on campus).
 
This course is interdisciplinary in its approach, meaning that we don’t just talk about artistic styles and techniques. Students also learn about geography (in fact the very first thing the students have to do is memorize a map of 30 countries making up what we might call “the Islamic world” for lack of a better term; as I say to the students, “how can you learn about art from Uzbekistan if you don’t first know where the country is on a map?”). They also will learn about religion, history, and literature. Our class discussions will touch on everything from mathematics to gender studies to global trade. The idea is for students to grasp how visual culture interacts with almost every aspect of our lives and how learning about art can open up the world to us in new ways.
 
One of TCNJ’s goals is to prepare our graduates to be effective, thoughtful citizens of the world. To that end, the course is one of the options to fulfill the Global Civic Responsibility requirement that every student must meet to graduate. Current global and national events mean that Islam and various Muslim countries are frequently in the media, but with little-to-no context and often heaps of misinformation. This course provides one way for students to gain context and to see how education can complicate, in the best possible way, the sometimes-simplistic narratives we have about the world around us. And they get to gain this broader, deeper, sometimes problematic, sometimes fascinating context while looking at beautiful objects. What could be better?
Career Center Corner
By Deb K. Kelly
Director, TCNJ Career Center

 
Did you know that most TCNJ students have held at least two internships by graduation? The Career Center partners with TCNJ’s academic schools in providing a variety of resources to connect students with internship opportunities.
 
One of those resources is LionsLink, an online recruitment system accessed through the
Career Center website.  With the click of a button, students can house their resumes online, view available positions, and submit resumes and cover letters to a variety of internships and full-time jobs. Employers are then able to access candidates’ application materials via a direct email link.
 
Since August 2015:
  • there have been 241 internships posted on LionsLink;
  • over 1,000 students submitted their resumes;
  • 371 students received on campus interviews; and
  • students have been placed at Bloomberg, CBS, TCNJ College Enhancement Internships, Creative Group, Church & Dwight, Enterprise, Google, Government & Congressional offices (Governor’s Office, FBI, Commerce), iCIMS, Isles, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Merck, Prudential, PVH, Princeton Partners, Target, Terracycle, study abroad internships, and a wide range of accounting firms.
 
Before using LionsLink, students are expected to participate in an internship workshop and have their resumes reviewed by staff members of the Career Center. Staff is also available to assist students in receiving academic credit for internships by liaising with their academic department advisors.

To further support employer, alumni, and student connections, the Career Center hosts a number of externships, networking events, site visits, and career fairs each semester. This spring, encourage your student to attend the Humanities & Social Sciences Networking event on March 30th, site visits at Sparta, Bloomberg, and Johnson & Johnson, and/or one of our many LionsLink workshop sessions. We also encourage students to go beyond connecting with academic and Career Center personnel, and utilize additional online resources such as 
Internships-USA, Career Insider, and Going Global.

The Career Center is located in Roscoe West 102, and can be reached by phone at 609-771-2161.  We always welcome the opportunity to partner with you and your student in gaining internships and experiential opportunities. If you or your student has a question or an opportunity to post, feel free to reach out!

 
School Spotlight

Spotlight on the School of the Arts and Communication
By Dr. John Laughton
Dean, School of the Arts and Communication


In the School of the Arts and Communication, we pride ourselves on educating students for the highly diverse employment opportunities of the 21st century. To ensure that our students have the best foundation for their futures, we continuously seek to strengthen and expand the opportunities we offer our students.
 
Across all departments and majors, our students continue to impress and inspire us. Students in the School of the Arts and Communication have created exceptional art gallery exhibitions, found new approaches to solving problems in the community, worked closely with faculty to research and publish scholarly articles, and secured outstanding internships – including at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Amazon, TerraCycle, Susan G. Komen, WNYC, and Marvel Entertainment.
 
Here are some exciting recent happenings in the school:

  • Launching a new major: Public Health. Starting in the Fall 2016 Semester, students will be able to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health as part of a partnership between the Department of Communication Studies and the School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science. This new major will allow us to better align current health communication courses with the growing health needs in our communities.
  • Creating community partnerships. Students in the Department of Interactive Multimedia have been working with curators at the New Jersey State Museum to create interactive exhibits. Some of the exhibit prototypes that students have developed include a digital scavenger hunt through the New Jersey State Museum, and an interactive map that tells the stories of immigrants who traveled through Ellis Island. 
  • Getting recognized. This fall, the Department of Art and Art History received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)—a preeminent accrediting body for creative professions in art and design. This impressive accomplishment will give art graduates an extra edge as they pursue careers in art-related fields.  

As we continue to foster innovation and creativity in our students, I want to thank parents and families for your support. We know that without your love and encouragement, our students would not be able to so impressively pursue their goals and achieve their ambitions.

Spotlight on the School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science
By Carole Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science

It is well known that participation in physical activity in the context of family, school, and community programs is essential for normal growth and development. In addition to improving aerobic fitness and muscle strength, physical activity has the potential to enhance a child’s emotional, social, and cognitive well-being. Global health recommendations now suggest that children and adolescents should accumulate at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily as part of play, sports, transportation, physical education or planned exercise.

Here at TCNJ, Professor Avery Faigenbaum and students in the Department of Health and Exercise Science are exploring the effects of age-related exercise programs on health and fitness measures in children. Based on the success of their school-based interventions, they are now investigating the efficacy of different types of exercise on children in the TCNJ Human Performance Laboratory. Their current investigation is examining the metabolic cost of fitness rope exercise in boys and girls.

With qualified instruction and
supervision, fitness rope training has the potential to offer observable health and fitness value to school age youth. Although many parents perceive their kids to be physically active, levels of physical inactivity are increasing. Most youth are not meeting current recommendations for physical activity, and trends in obesity are on the rise.

Concerted efforts by parents, teachers, coaches, health care providers and researchers are needed to raise awareness related to the benefits of physical activity in order to promote healthy behaviors during the formative years of life. It is important to provide all children with an opportunity to participate in a variety of physical activities that are worthwhile and enjoyable. In the long run, boys and girls who gain confidence and competence in their physical abilities are more likely to experience the physical, psychosocial, and cognitive benefits of an active lifestyle. The School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science is proud of its work in this area, and its dedication to training the next generation of health professionals.

 

Spring Break Closing Information

 
As your student prepares to return home for Spring Break, TCNJ Residential Education & Housing offers a few things to keep in mind while packing up to head home and relax:
  • All blinds should be left open unless you live in a ground floor room. Please close the blinds if you live on the ground floor.
  • Close and lock all windows.
  • Remove all trash from your room and dispose of properly in the trash room or designated dumpster. Don't forget to recycle!
  • All valuables such as jewelry, money, game systems, etc. should be taken home.
  • Approved pets should be taken home as Residential Education staff will not be responsible for the care of any pets.
  • Turn off all lights and lock your room door.
  • Review, complete, and sign the check-out slip that will be placed on your door by the staff.
Residence Halls will close at 8pm on Friday, March 11th for Spring Break, and reopen at 2pm on Sunday, March 20th.
 

Significant Dates and Deadlines

  • Room selection timeslots for 2016-2017 on-campus housing: 2/29 - 3/1
  • Last day to submit Change of Major forms for Fall 2016 registration: 3/4
  • Residence Halls close for Spring Break: 3/11, 8pm
  • Spring Break: 3/14 - 3/18
  • Residence Halls reopen: 3/20, 2pm
  • Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 registration window: 4/5 - 4/15
  • Last day of Spring classes: 5/6
  • Reading days: 5/7 - 5/10, 5/14 - 5/15
  • Exam period: 5/10, 5pm - 5/13, 5/16 - 5/17
  • Residence halls close for end of academic year: 5/17, 8pm
  • Spring Commencement: 5/19 - 5/20. Additional details here.
  • Find more important dates here.
TCNJ Business Institute for Non-Business Majors

Back by popular demand, TCNJ is offering a business program that brings student scientists, writers, artists, engineers and all non-business majors a new perspective on their future careers. TCNJ Business Institute is a 6-week academic and professional development curriculum designed exclusively for non-business majors.

For additional information on this program, please visit the website at: http://businessinstitute.tcnj.edu/ 
Are You a TCNJ Legacy Family? Let us Know!

A Legacy at The College of New Jersey is an alumna/alumnus or current student who is the grandchild, child, or sibling of another TCNJ alumna/alumnus or current student.  The Office of Alumni Affairs hosts special events for Legacy families throughout the year.  Please let us know if you are a TCNJ Legacy family by clicking here to fill out our survey.
News & Notes
  • Class of 2016 families, be sure to visit tcnj.edu/commencement for detailed information on Commencement festivities. The site will continue to be updated as additional details become finalized. Also, watch your mailbox for a commencement planning guide to get you and your student ready for the big day.
     
  • TCNJ has been featured in Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition”! The Review cites TCNJ's strong academic reputation and affordable pricetag as factors in the return on investment students see upon graduation. Check out the full article here.
Campus Town Update
By Curt Heuring
Vice President for Administration

 
The College of New Jersey’s innovative mixed use project, Campus Town, is now seven months old and by most reports, a resounding success. Campus Town continues to operate at 100% occupancy.
 
Following the completion of the initial residential portions of the complex, focus has shifted to opening retail establishments to serve TCNJ’s students and broader community. The Barnes & Noble College and Community bookstore opened in the summer of 2015. The student Fitness Center opened in September 2015. RedBerry Frozen Yogurt and Spencer Savings Bank opened later in the fall, with RedBerry becoming a popular late night student hang out. Piccolo Pronto (Italian food) opened in late January.

 
 
More retail establishments are scheduled to open on a staggered schedule over the next seven months. Panera Bread will open at the end of this month. Mexican Mariachi Grill and Yummy Sushi are expected to open in mid-March, followed by a nail salon in early spring. Brickwall Tavern pub is set to open over the summer. Anticipated future occupancies include a hair salon, a bicycle shop, and more.
 
In addition to the final leasing of the original main complex of seven buildings, construction progress on Campus Town Phase 2 is proceeding quickly. This phase will offer an additional 166 beds to upper class students for August 2016 occupancy, as well as an increased number of resident parking spaces on the site. The final part of the Campus Town project will be a redesign and rebuilding of the main entrance to TCNJ that will include new signage, landscaping, walkways, lighting, and banners that will create a more exciting arrival experience for the TCNJ community.
 
Questions about Campus Town can be directed to the developer, PRC Group, by phone at 609-273-7925, via email at campustown@capstoneoncampus.com, or at the project
website.
TCNJ Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Student Advantages of an On-Campus Bank
By Janel Bazih
Vice President and Marketing Manager, Spencer Savings Bank
 
In 2015, Spencer Savings Bank opened its new Financial Center in TCNJ’s Campus Town. It is the bank’s first branch office in Mercer County, and both Spencer and TCNJ are extremely excited about bringing a trusted community bank right to the door of TCNJ’s 6,400+ students.
 
Not all colleges have a bank on-campus, and we hope students will take full advantage of the many benefits the new Financial Center brings, such as:
 
Extra Time in the Day
Between studying, running errands, enjoying time with friends, and perhaps even working a part-time job, any chunk of time your student can take back is always a bonus. Instead of having to drive to and from a bank off campus, TCNJ students now have a full-service Financial Center near everything else in their daily routine.
 
No ATM Fees
ATM fees are a total waste of money – especially when you consider that many times, the fee is actually double what you see on the ATM screen since both the bank and the vendor charge a fee. Spencer customers benefit from having a no-fee, 24-hour ATM nearby if they ever need cash in a hurry.
 
Convenient Services
Banking technology has come a long, long way in recent years. Students today have a world of resources and tools to take advantage of, such as:
 
Mobile deposit: Skip the bank altogether and deposit a check via a smartphone.
 
Teller Interactive Machines (TIMs): Connect to a live teller directly from an ATM-based kiosk.
 
Bill Pay: Schedule automatic bill payments and never incur a late fee again.
 
Overdraft Protection: Gain peace of mind in knowing the world won’t collapse over an overdraft.
 
Student Accounts
Spencer’s TCNJ branch specializes in helping students find the right products and services for their needs. The
StudentEdge checking account, for example, offers all of the basics, without any monthly service charges, a low $25 minimum opening deposit, ATM rebates (up to $8 monthly), a free ATM/VISA Check card, and much more.
 
Great Customer Service
Most of all, Spencer’s staff at TCNJ is particularly passionate about serving students and educating them for long-term financial success. To learn more and make the switch to Spencer Savings Bank, stop by and visit the Financial Center in Campus Town, visit spencersavings.com or call 1-800-363-8115.

 
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