Archive for August, 2010

Welcome to the 2010/2011 Academic Year!

We at the Library extend best wishes and felicitations to both new and returning students. Please remember that we are here to help you, no matter what your information needs. The regular hours for the Library look like this:

Monday-Thursday  7:30am – 10pm; Friday 7:30am – 5pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5pm                                                                                                                                   The Library will be closed from Saturday, 9/4 through Monday 9/6, and    Thursday, 11/25 through Sunday, 11/28; we’ll have extended hours for exams on Wednesday  12/15 through Tuesday 12/21 staying open until 11pm.  A more detailed calendar is here.

Here are some handy NJCU sites for you. When you need to contact a department or faculty member, use the university’s online campus directories. To purchase textbooks for your courses and to see if there are used cheaper copies, access the bookstore. If you need to consult master course lists or catalogs, you may come to the Library or peruse the latest versions here. And let us not forget the Office of Campus Life. All students should read the NJCU Student Handbook – the Gothic Guide(2010 draft)  – and be familiar with NJCU’s Academic Integrity Policy, Copyright Policy and Related Guidelines, and its Responsible Use of Computing Resources; other student policies should also be consulted. Also, please peruse the award-winning Gothic Magazine, read The Gothic Times (your student newspaper) and keep up with the Gothic Knights sports teams at this official and informative site. And read about the history of NJCU and visit the accolade-laden Jersey City Past and Present. Make the most of your time here.

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Rochelle Hendricks – Acting Education Commissioner

After Governor Christie fired Education Commissioner Bret Schundler over New Jersey’s loss in the latest Race to the Top application process, he promptly named Rochelle Hendricks as acting Commissioner. Prior to this appointment, she headed up the Division of District and School Improvement; previous to that position,  she had worked in New Jersey’s education sector for over 20 years. Biographical information can be found at newjerseynewsroom.

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Jersey City High Schools Prominently Featured in “Top High Schools” List

The New Jersey Monthly’s  “Top High Schools” list has McNair Academy as #2 in the state, while Liberty has jumped up 82 places to rank as the second most improved high school in the state, right behind Bergenfield. Rankings are available by county, alphabetically, and by district factor group.

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More News/Reactions to NJ’s Loss of RTTP Funds

Both the NJEA and the NJSBA have issued comments as has Commissioner Bret Schundler. Other analysis can be found at: NJ Spotlight, The Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, Education Week, The Press ofAtlantic City, and Bergen Record.

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New Jersey Loses “Race to the Top” Bid

Don’t shoot the messenger, but the winners of the second go-round of RTTP were announced at noon today and New Jersey was not among them. The Star-Ledger has a series of articles on this disappointing announcement and Governor Christie’s hand in it. A previous blog entry has more information.

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Brand Names of Recalled Eggs

Here is a listing of all the brand names of eggs being recalled; it will be updated as warranted. This FDA site provides additional information. And do not forget to visit these pages:  CDC, foodsafety.gov, and this informative article: “A Supplier in Egg Recall Has a History of Violations.”

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New Jersey is the First State Charged by the SEC with Securities Fraud

The SEC yesterday charged the state with not informing investors of the fact that two pension funds – TPAF and PERS -were underfunded, and “As a result, investors were not provided adequate information to evaluate the state’s ability to fund the pensions or assess their impact on the state’s financial condition.” The SEC press release is here; the actual order in also available. For more information, look at: Bloomberg NewsThe Washington Post, The Financial Times,  and The Wall Street Journal. However, this should come as no surprise, please read this New York Times article from April 4, 2007:  “N.J. Pension Fund Endangered by Diverted Billions.”

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