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  • Princeton Township Launches First Curbside Organic Waste Recycling Program | Learn About the Work of Recycling Coordinator Janet Pellichero
    would not have the confidence and knowledge to do what I am doing Pellichero said Pellichero 46 is among the hundreds of public employees who enroll each year in the university s continuing professional education training programs to help them help their municipalities whittle expenses save taxpayer dollars and improve services By mid January every municipality in New Jersey will be required to have its recycling related reports reviewed signed and certified by an individual who holds the title of certified recycling professional or CRP A CRP has expertise in many facets of solid waste management including the economics of recycling promoting and improving local recycling programs and the most cost effective ways to pick up and haul away recyclables Food waste makes up about 55 percent of the waste stream in New Jersey When these items are recycled or composted instead of dumped in a landfill homeowners costs are reduced Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education provides that knowledge by way of a nine class 21 day certification training program for local county and state employees and private sector workers with no prior recycling experience There is a four day alternate certification program for those more experienced and trained employees Once certified recycling professionals have to complete 20 hours of solid waste and recycling training every two years to keep their CRP title More information is available at http www cpe rutgers edu programs recycling solid waste html Without Rutgers I certainly would not have the confidence and knowledge to do what I am doing Princeton Township Recycling Coordinator Janet Pellichero Carol Broccoli the Rutgers recycling program s coordinator said Pellichero has taken her recycling program to a new level and that will benefit local homeowners This a great idea Food waste is about 55 percent of the waste

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Princeton-Recycling-Coordinator-Launches-Curbside-Organic-Waste-Recycling-Program.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Being a Hero is in His Blood | Meet Hero and Environment & Public Health Student, Nickolas DeStefano
    stay with you His reassuring words helped The woman relaxed a bit Nick tried again and it worked He heard her clear her throat and catch her breath now I want to help people at the local level When the woman he later learned her name was Georgette sat back down Nick checked to make sure she was okay Georgette seemed embarrassed by the situation but Nick was relieved He returned to work but could barely serve drinks his hands were shaking so badly As the lunch rush ended Georgette sought Nick out to thank and hug him Thank God you were here she told him Later she wrote a letter of thanks to the hotel s General Manager Nick was touched by her gratitude Fast forward to June three years after graduating Nick weighed his options and made the necessary plans to return to Rutgers to enroll in the Office of Continuing Professional Education s Environment and Public Health program The 7 week class is held every summer and is accompanied by a 200 hour internship at a health department Successful graduates are eligible to take an exam to become licensed health inspectors It was the third week of class and Nick was getting into a groove with the intense schedule and content So when his manager at the Hilton Sonia Inacio insisted that he attend a meeting in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon he was a bit annoyed He stayed as long as he could to learn about pesticide safety before he rushed out into the hot June day He hurriedly changed his clothes in his car from summer casual to professional and raced to the Woodbridge Hilton Nick DeStefano and 3 EPH students enjoy some down time together during a lunch break l r Tracey Mullery Nick DeStefano Amanda Marrero Analisa Magnus Photo Rebecca Rathmill When he arrived for the meeting Inacio thrust a phone into his hand On the other end were Hilton s Recognition Awards Coordinator Stacy Biggs and Vice President of Brand Culture Internal Communications Bob Brooks They presented Nick with the Spirit of the Hilton award for his heroic act earlier this year Each month hundreds of employees are nominated from around the globe for the award and only 10 employees win It s a big honor because you are competing against employees worldwide said Hilton s Director of Recognition Awards Pam Meiners It s a way we can recognize our top performers The nominator was none other than Georgette the patron whose life Nick saved Stunned and grateful Nick accepted a plaque a 350 check and enjoyed a party not a meeting with Inacio and his co workers Nick learned the Heimlich maneuver as a boy scout and also took first aid courses while a student at Rutgers but he never had to use it in a real situation until this year He was amazed how many people came up to him after and asked him how to do it Only

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Rutgers-EPH-Student-Hero-Nickolas-DeStefano.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Rutgers Firmly Planted on Central Park Turf | Building a Collective Expertise in Turf Management & Horticulture | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    Rutgers Cook College now the School of Environmental Biological Sciences The New York State registered landscape architect oversaw many of Central Park s notable restorations including that of the famed Great Lawn and he established the park s zone management system creating 49 zones with one gardener in charge of each to ensure accountability Strawberry Fields with funding from John Lennon and Yoko Ono was the first area managed that way Under Blonsky s leadership park use has tripled to more than 40 million visitors a year My education at Cook College gave me the tools to play a crucial role in the decades long transformation of Central Park said Blonsky whom New York City appointed Central Park administrator When faced with a turf or horticulture quandary Fredericks doesn t hesitate to call a Rutgers scientist for guidance Such was the case three years ago when the soccer fields in the park s North Meadow were worn thin by constant intense use The Conservancy turned to Rutgers Extension Specialist Dr James Murphy whose research showed the effectiveness of more frequent high concentration seeding CPC began seeding fields twice a week instead of just once at the end of the fall season using 15 pounds of seed per 1 000 square feet double the normal amount The following year CPC implemented another of Murphy s recommendations taking one of the six soccer fields out of service each fall and restoring it on a rotating basis Rutgers University consistently provides us with interns who are passionate about the environmental sciences and eager to apply what they ve learned at Rutgers to one of the most extraordinary urban parks in the world Douglas Blonsky It definitely made an overall difference in the quality of the turf said Fredericks who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Planning and Design with a minor in plant science from Rutgers in 1991 The relationship is a two way street CPC s standing as a world renowned park manager has also proven to be a tremendous resource for Rutgers and its students Murphy who has been on the Plant Biology and Pathology Department faculty for 21 years said he takes classes on field trips to Central Park because it has one of the most advanced management systems I ve ever seen For me it s a field lab and there s a lot to be learned there Rutgers and CPC run internship programs that give students hands on experience in Central Park Last summer Dev Saha a Rutgers senior double majoring in agriculture science and environmental business worked alongside Central Park staffers and interacted with the public visiting the park an experience he d not had at other gardens Being park ambassadors was a big part of it said Saha noting visitors inquired about projects the staff and interns were working on For us to have that experience was really awesome A plant lover the 22 year old Hillsborough resident plans to start his own nursery

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Rutgers-and-Central-Park-Conservancy-Build-Collective-Expertise-in-Horticulture-and-Turf-Care.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Extending Rutgers' Global Reach Through Turf Grass Management | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    to move up the career ladder In recent years the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School has seen an increase in attendance from international students like Thupran With 20 years of experience in various industries from desert landscaping to ornamental horticulture and in countries from Canada to Oman Thupran was looking for a way to boost his skills Rutgers international reputation in turf and golf education is the first thing that I was primarily impressed with Thupran said of his decision to come to Rutgers Also a three week program fit exactly with my work and vacation schedules so that I didn t need to compromise my current employment and job responsibilities This group of international students from the 2013 Three Week Preparatory Short Course will be leaving New Jersey with an abundance of turfgrass management knowledge and many new friends The well regarded school has attracted students from all over the world with eight international students taking part in this year s three week course and six in the longer two year certificate program in golf turf grass management Throughout the Turf School s history we ve always had international students attend said OCPE s Director Ned Lipman but this year we definitely saw a jump in interest from around the world These students tell us they ve heard great things about our Rutgers turf management programs The increased international student presence dovetails nicely with the international research being engaged in by faculty throughout the program Faculty like Professor William Meyer travel around the world to collect samples of hardy wild turf specimens Their goal is to research these specimens back at Rutgers and try to develop new similarly hardy cultivars a plant or groups of plants selected for their desirable characteristics that will grow successfully in the United

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/International-Students-Choose-Rutgers-for-Turf-Management-Training.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Environment and Public Health (EPH) Graduate Finds a Career He Can Be Proud Of | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    After the birth of his first child Yook realized the job s long unpredictable hours weren t good for family life A friend who worked as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist REHS suggested a career in health inspection along with a way to get there the Environment and Public Health EPH course run by Rutgers University s Office of Continuing Professional Education Yook enrolled in the summer of 2011 My biggest fear was going back to school but I found myself more motivated because I was putting myself through it with a purpose the 30 year old Cliffside Park resident said The course which prepares students to take the state s REHS licensing exam consists of seven weeks of classroom instruction taught by 30 plus experts practicing in their field followed by a five week internship that gives students hands on experience working for a public health department Yook expected to find work in the public sector after completing EPH but that changed when the EPH Program Coordinator emailed a job posting for the New York City based Fairway Market In need of an in house inspector Fairway Chief Compliance Officer Peter Rojek tapped the program knowing he would find a highly qualified professional The Rutgers EPH program has an excellent track record for preparing individuals with the fundamental knowledge that we are looking for in the business community Rojek said He should know he went through the program in the 1970s There are lucrative career opportunities in the private sector for EPH graduates who have the regulatory background plus business experience Rojek said The industry is looking for creative resourceful problem solvers who understand the pressures businesses are under Yook began working in January as a Fairway compliance manager Each day Yook goes to one or more of the

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Environment-and-Public-Health-Graduate-Finds-Career-Niche-in-Private-Sector.html (2014-06-13)
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  • Rutgers Golf Turf Management School Student Continues Studies While Fighting Cancer | Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
    Douglass in Scottsdale in September when Douglass got the results of his latest bone marrow test the leukemia had returned Douglass and his wife faced a formidable decision stay in Arizona for his next round of treatment or return to New Jersey for the second 10 week session of the golf turf school and undergo treatment there For Douglass the decision was clear I wanted to finish what I started Nobody in my family ever had college of any kind he said I decided one way or another I was going to earn a college certificate Before becoming a golf superintendent in Amarillo Texas Douglass had held a hodgepodge of jobs from licensed barber and cabinet maker to prison guard the kind who sits atop a horse with a shotgun and oversees crop picking But he had discovered a love of golf while in high school and while a guard worked part time in a golf pro shop Skip Douglass and his New Jersey angel Rosemary Mahony In 1990 when a national PGA tour played at the Amarillo Country Club Douglass caddied for one of the players which led to a three year gig on the road When that ended a friend suggested Douglass get in the dirt Starting as a laborer he worked his way up to golf course superintendent a position he held for seven years When Douglass called to inform the Rutgers program about his situation he reached Rosemary Mahony administrative assistant to Director Ned Lipman Mahony who had undergone treatment for lymphoma in 2011 immediately took Douglass under her wing She referred Douglass to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick and the day before his first appointment Mahony gave him a tour of the hospital to put him at ease It s a

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Cancer-Cant-Stop-Golf-Turf-Management-School-Student.html (2014-06-13)
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  • U.S. Veteran Uses GI Bill Benefits to Train for Sports Turf Management Career at Rutgers
    Eric used his GI Bill education benefits to attend the non credit job training program The turf school is among more than 300 programs offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education OCPE that help U S veterans take the next step We appreciate the sacrifices our military men and women make for us and we are proud to be able to give back to veterans by providing them the education they need to advance their second careers said Edward V Lipman Jr former director of the OCPE In its 52nd year the Rutgers Turf Management School has more than 2 300 alumni including 550 who keep in touch through the Rutgers Turf Alumni page on Facebook Koppell said Though stationed at an Air Force base in Fort Wayne IN Harshman chose Rutgers program because of its reputation In this industry networking is huge and Rutgers attracts people from all across the country he said When I have a question I have a huge list of people I can reach out to The veteran did his internship at the Cincinnati Reds Triple A baseball stadium in Louisville KY and was hired as assistant sports turf manager when he graduated in 2008 In June 2011 the same month his military service ended Harshman became the assistant sports turf manager at Louisiana State University where he managed 5 6 student employees and multiple fields Thanks to contacts he made back in Louisville Harshman landed an assistant sports turf manager position at the University of Kentucky in July 2013 Along with his personal connections he credits his knowledge of the South Eastern Conference and collegiate sports procedures for helping him secure his current job But his education at the Rutgers Golf Turf School was a major factor in preparing him since the

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Veteran-Turned-Sports-Turf-Manager-Uses-GI-Bill-Benefits-to-Get-Career-Training-at-Rutgers.html (2014-06-13)
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  • GI Bill Benefits + Rutgers Public Health Job Training = Career Boost for One Soldier
    said Growing up Cesmebasi considered herself too girly for the military but after running into financial problems during her freshman year away at college she enlisted with the New Jersey Army National Guard It was August 2001 Using her tuition benefit Cesmebasi enrolled at Rutgers University two years later to become a cancer researcher But a public health introductory course changed her plans After interviewing a municipal health officer and attending a board of health meeting as part of the class she realized this could be her calling During her junior year Cesmebasi was called up to duty and served 16 months in Iraq I was nervous The worst part is the anticipation of what to expect when you get over there she said Cesmebasi went into villages with her platoon and with the help of an interpreter spoke to women and children about what assistance the U S Army could provide them Back home she spent one weekend a month in training at Teaneck Armory where as her job she prepared food She graduated from Rutgers with a bachelor s degree in biology in May 2008 and used the Montgomery GI bill to put herself through the EPH program The summer course includes seven weeks of classroom instruction taught by 30 plus experts and a five week internship that gives students hands on experience at a public health department Students are prepared to take the state s licensing exam to become Registered Environmental Health Specialist The program is just one option to help U S veterans take the next step of their career all 300 plus courses offered by Rutgers OCPE are approved for training tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill Whether a student is transitioning to civilian life or planning to extend their military career in a new

    Original URL path: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/stories/Soldier-Gets-Career-Boost-at-Rutgers.html (2014-06-13)
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