Our goal with the Recording Rutgers Podcast is to share what sets Rutgers Graduate School-Camden apart: our people. We are going to promote the engaging stories that reveal the heart of our campus, the lively community that animates it, the groundbreaking research that shapes our future, the diverse range of everyday experiences, inspiring alumni tales, and the strategies for overcoming challenges. Guiding these conversations is our host, Ojobo Agbo Eje, a first-year Data Science student from Nigeria. We warmly invite you to join us on this enlightening journey through Rutgers University-Camden.
December 5, 2023
In this episode of our podcast, we’re joined by Mary Beth Daisey, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Rutgers–Camden. Holding this position since 2003, Mary Beth provides valuable insights into the support systems the campus offers to graduate students. Her responsibilities encompass a broad range of student services, from residence life and the career center to student wellness, campus involvement, athletics, and more. She also focuses on special programs for international students, veterans, and Title IX initiatives. By collaborating with various offices, Mary Beth’s team creates innovative learning opportunities, programs, and services. These initiatives are designed to foster academic success, health and wellness, and career development, equipping students to lead, serve, and actively participate in a global society.
November 28, 2023
The Rutgers-Camden campus is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the heart of Philadelphia. Our close proximity means that a short walk or a quick train ride is all it takes to experience the city’s lively urban culture. This week, our guides come to us from Campus Philly, an organization that encourages regional college students to explore beyond their campuses, engage with the Philadelphia region, and establish valuable connections with potential employers. Dr. Jennifer Kebea, President of Campus Philly, and Callista Condo, Senior Director of Student Engagement and Programming, share insights on events that have shaped student experiences in the Greater Philadelphia area, from College Fest to various Career Events. Learn how students can network with peers from different universities, discover the city’s unique attractions, enjoy its finest cuisine, and find their ideal jobs or internships.
November 21, 2023
For the Graduate School, Camden is more than a place; it’s a source of our pride. Learn more about the community in a discussion with Nathaniel Echeveria, the Executive Director, and Michelle Williams, the Community Outreach Manager, of the Camden Special Services District (CSSD). Since 2005, CSSD has been a key provider of ‘Clean and Safe’ services in Camden. Their services now include landscaping, event services, and leadership of the Camden Business Improvement District. With the holiday season now here, CSSD also plays a pivotal role in the festive downtown lighting and decorations, adding a distinct charm to Camden. This episode will cover a range of topics, including CSSD’s support for local businesses, their dedication to community improvement, and their efforts to connect the university with the local community.
November 14, 2023
Over the past five years, the Graduate School at Camden has witnessed an exciting surge in its international graduate student population. In this episode, we speak with two figures instrumental in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for these students and scholars: Associate Dean Elizabeth Atkins and Assistant Director Marissa Amos, who lead the Office of International Students & Global Programs (OIS). Along with discussing the variety of services and resources the campus offers, they share their personal stories and reveal what motivates them in their work. Also highlighted are their exciting plans for International Students Week.
November 07, 2023
Every year, hundreds of writers from around the world submit their applications to the Creative Writing M.F.A. program at Rutgers-Camden. This episode gives us a peek into the program, discussing admission criteria, teaching methods, and the encouragement of interdisciplinary exploration.
We hear success stories and learn about the program’s unique educational journey. Sienna Zeilinger, an alumna and current Program Coordinator, and Amber Joseph, a current second-year student, join us to share how the M.F.A. program has profoundly influenced artists and writers, shaping their creative processes and fostering collaboration.
October 31, 2023
Join us on an engaging journey where the phrase “It’s a small world” comes to life at Rutgers-Camden. Featuring Anitha Varghese and Taniya Robin, international students whose paths serendipitously crossed a decade after their first meeting in Dubai, their reunion at Rutgers-Camden is more than coincidence, it showcases the campus’ capacity to bring together diverse lives from across the globe.
Anitha, a Psychological Sciences student from South Africa, and Taniya, a Forensic Science student from Qatar, recount their surprise at this surreal reconnection, likening it to a scene from a movie. Their journey sheds light on the diverse community fostered at Rutgers-Camden and the personal ambitions that led them here. Embark with us as we uncover their unique experiences, revealing how Rutgers-Camden stands as a pivotal junction for students crafting their narratives far from home.
October 26, 2023
In this episode, as Halloween nears, we explore the Stedman Gallery‘s installation, “Death Under Glass.” Step into a realm where human cells are vividly brought to life. The exhibition is a collaboration between forensic pathologist Marianne Hamel, MD, PhD, and the accomplished forensic photographer Nikki Johnson, MFA. Since its premiere at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum in 2014, “Death Under Glass” has toured internationally and will be on display on campus until December 9, 2023.
Guiding us through this episode is Jake Foster, the Gallery and Collection Manager at the Stedman Gallery, who highlights the unique aspects of their exhibit presentation. Additionally, Kimberlee Moran, the Graduate Director of the Forensic Science Program, gives us an insight into an upcoming lecture series tied to the exhibit, showcasing esteemed faculty experts from various departments on campus. Join us for an episode that beautifully marries art, science, and the profound wonders of life.
October 23, 2023
In this episode, we discuss the very important issue of domestic violence awareness. Laura Luciano, the Associate Director of Rutgers University-Camden Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), gives us insight into the services and initiatives the campus has established for students. Rosemarie Anderson, a second-year Criminal Justice M.A. student, presents her research on the essential resources for those impacted by domestic violence. To contribute to Rosemarie’s study, please visit the link to participate in the survey. Together, their knowledge offers a comprehensive perspective on the ongoing challenges and highlights the ways we can further advocate for awareness and support.
October 8, 2023
In this episode, we sat down with the Computer Science Graduate Program Director, Dr. Sunil Shende. Dr. Shende was joined by two students in the program, Akash Babu Pedapaga and Vivek Modi. Dr. Shende discussed the evolution and growth of the program, while Akash and Vivek offered a glimpse into their day-to-day experiences as international students from India. They talked about their academic workload and provided essential advice for potential graduate students considering the Computer Science program at Rutgers University-Camden.
October 1, 2023
In this episode, we had the privilege of hearing from two remarkable first-year international graduate students. Basirat Rufai from Nigeria and Dhairya Chauhan from India, embarked on a journey around the world to pursue their studies here in Camden, NJ. They shared insights into their academic pursuits, their experiences thus far, and their aspirations for the year ahead. Basirat Rufai, a Ph.D. candidate in the Computational and Integrative Biology program, is already settling into the atmosphere of Rutgers-Camden University, while Dhairya Chauhan, a student in the Data Science program, has ventured beyond Camden, exploring Philadelphia and New York during his time in the U.S.
September 30, 2023
In the first episode of the Recording Rutgers podcast, we met our host Ojobo Agbo Eje, who hails from Nigeria and is pursuing a degree in our Data Science program. Ojobo led a conversation with three remarkable guests. They shared their academic journeys, their research interests, and their expectations for the upcoming academic year. Our guests included Kyra Miller, a Forensic Science student from Pennsylvania. Julia Dodd, also a Forensic Science student from New Jersey, is part of the accelerated degree program. Additionally, we were joined by Tristan Stinchcomb, a student from Florida who was admitted to the Psychological Sciences program. Together, they provided valuable insights into the diverse and dynamic academic community here at Rutgers University-Camden.