International Scholar Speaker Series: A Conversation with Claudia Gil Arroyo and Ming-Yi Chou

Friday, April 19th
Rutgers Global presented the latest in its International Scholar Speaker Series on April 17, a conversation with Dr. Claudia Gil Arroyo and Dr. Ming-Yi Chou, two faculty members from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). The event was moderated by Ruth Carll, State Program Leader in Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Programs, also from SEBS. The International Scholar Speaker Series is led by the International Student and Scholar Services team at Rutgers Global and aims to highlight the work being done in and around Rutgers by our esteemed international scholars. Previous events in the series have included conversations with Joachim Sackey, originally from Ghana, who is an internationally renowned nutritional epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Preventive Nutrition Sciences at Rutgers, and Selin Bengi Gümrükçü, originally from Türkiye, who is a lecturer at the Rutgers University Department of Political Science. At this latest event in the series, the audience learned more about the work of Gil Arroyo, who was born and raised in Peru, and is currently an Agriculture & Natural Resources County Agent for the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County. She discussed her work, which is focused on educational programming, outreach, and research related to the commercial agricultural industries in Cape May County and throughout the southern region of New Jersey.  Gil Arroyo specializes in “destination ag,” agritourism and retail marketing, wineries and craft beverages, and risk and financial management.   Ming-Yi Chou, originally from Taiwan, is currently an Assistant Extension Specialist in the Department of Plant Biology at SEBS and specializes in Turfgrass Pathology. The audience learned about his extension program, which focuses on evaluating and developing efficient cool-season turfgrass disease management measures. Chou currently directs the largest turfgrass disease control product evaluation program of its kind in the U.S. His research efforts center on plant-soil-microbiome interactions in turfgrass and how to alleviate disease pressure by cultivating the beneficial microbiome.   Ruth Carll, who moderated the conversation, kept the discussion lively. Questions included whether Rutgers would be involved in the upcoming FIFA football/soccer games in the coming year due to its prominence in turfgrass science, as well as questions about female farmers, the importance of 4-H clubs, and the role of practical application research. Carll, who started at Rutgers in January 2024, provides statewide leadership and collaboration across working groups, stakeholders, and Extension Departments and Specialists in support of improving and expanding consumer horticulture outreach, education, and engagement, including the Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) program.  Karl Baumle, Assistant Director for International Faculty and Scholar Services, who helped organize the event, noted: “We are grateful to Dr. Gil Arroyo and Dr. Ming-yi Chou, as well as Ruth Carll, for sharing their knowledge and expertise at this event. We all learned many new things about the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and their work within the local communities around New Jersey and beyond.” To view and listen to the event, please visit this link (via Box). 

Rutgers Engages in Ghana and Nigeria

Thursday, February 29th
Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis traveled to Ghana and Nigeria in January to explore ways for the university to engage more deeply in the region through student and faculty exchanges and collaborative partnerships. He was accompanied by Senior Vice Chancellor Jimmy Jung on the visit and, in Nigeria, joined by Rutgers Global Associate Director Shakirat Bola Ibraheem. In Ghana, Tillis and Jung met with the University of Ghana, the Ambassador at the US Embassy in Ghana, the EducationUSA team, and the American Chamber of Commerce. They also had meetings with Chancellor Mary Chinery-Heese of the University of Ghana, and the Minister of Education in Ghana. The delegation visited area high schools to share about the opportunities available at Rutgers University.  In Nigeria, the delegation met with the US Consulate in Lagos, the team at EducationUSA, and the Director of Public Affairs. In addition, they had meetings with a group at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), including Vice Chancellor Professor Folasade T. Ogunsola, as well as Deputy Vice Chancellors in the areas of development services, management services, and academics and research. Chancellor Tillis was especially interested in pursuing collaboration and exchange in languages study at UNILAG, which hosts a large number of international students.  The team from Rutgers also met with the Minister of Education Dr. Yusuf Sununu and the Director of University Education Rakiya Gambo Ilyasu in Abuja. They then visited the University of Ibadan (UI) and met with Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics Aderonke Baiyeroju and Deputy Vice President for Administrative Services Professor Peter Olapegba, as well as with the Director of Research Management.  Chancellor Tillis expressed his interest in collaborating with UI on both student and faculty exchanges and plans to make use of the university-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that Rutgers and UI are in the process of renewing.  Finally, the Rutgers team reconnected with His Royal Majesty Saka Adelola Matemilola, king of the Owu Kingdom, with whom they met last May when he visited Rutgers University with former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and a delegation of education leaders from Nigeria. Read about this visit to Rutgers in this article.  As a result of the meetings, there are new opportunities for study abroad programs in the region, and Executive Director of Study Abroad Dan Waite is looking forward to setting up new programs at the University of Ghana. In the next few weeks, Rutgers University–Camden professor Keith Green will be taking a group of students to University of Ghana. “We were so glad to have the opportunity to deepen our relationships with our colleagues and peers in Ghana and Nigeria, particularly our partners at the University of Ghana and University of Ibadan,” said Eric Garfunkel, Vice President for Global Affairs. “There are so many ways we look forward to further engaging in this region.” Remarking on the trip, Chancellor Tillis noted, “The Rutgers–Camden campus hosts numerous global partnerships and a thriving population of diverse international students. It was a privilege to meet with educational leaders in Ghana and Nigeria in order to better serve students from these countries—a population that will grow in the years ahead as we expand partnerships abroad. The visit also presented the opportunity for further collaboration through Rutgers Global. We are honored to join Rutgers Global in collaboration with a few of the finest educational institutions in Ghana and Nigeria to provide students from these two countries a world-class education, and to foster international opportunities for faculty.” For more photos from the trip taken by the team at UI, visit this page.


Spring 2024 Wellness Events for International Students (April)

Friday, April 26th
1:00 pm
  Check out the last Wellness Workshop for International Students by CAPS and Rutgers Global-ISSS this spring! Fri, 4/26, 1:00-3:00 pm- Cultural Fusion, Wellness, Snack & FUN Buccleuch Park, 321 Easton Ave, New Brunswick This outdoor picnic-style workshop covers wellness challenges and achievements and offer games and snacks. REGISTER HERE  

Friendship Fridays: Ice Cream Social

Friday, April 26th
4:00 pm
  Friendship Fridays are open to all Rutgers students, both domestic and international, from 4:00-5:00pm.  Each week there will be a different theme where attendees can enjoy games, activities, and conversation - all while making new friends from around the world.   Celebrate the end of the semester and warmer weather with some ice cream.  Location: Rutgers Global Courtyard, 30 College Avenue