Rutgers’ Three Hundred Years of Expansion and Excellence

 

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Steven M. Darien heads the team at the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, a strategy-focused human resources consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in succession planning, executive development, communications, and other vital activities. An honors graduate of the economics program at Rutgers University, Steven M. Darien has built up three decades of experience in his field. He serves as member of the Rutgers board of trustees.

As the state university for New Jersey, Rutgers continues to hold a place among the leading institutions of higher learning in the country. One of only nine colleges to be established in pre-Revolutionary America, the school was founded by the Dutch Reformed Church and originally named Queen’s College. In 1825, it honored Colonel Henry Rutgers for his charitable gifts by bestowing his name on its campus.

During the time of the Civil War, Rutgers was designated New Jersey’s land-grant college, meaning that it would thenceforth be able to offer higher education to a wider range of students. After the First World War, the school opened its doors to women as well.

By the middle of the 20th century, Rutgers’ configurations had become largely what they are today, with the main college absorbing the College of South Jersey and Newark University and taking on the mantle of a state university.

Today, Rutgers’ total student body stands at about 50,000. Its campuses continue to offer innovative programs in fields as diverse as liberal arts and engineering, business and pharmacy.

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Notable Alumni of Rutgers University

 

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George McLaughlin, DMD
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A leader in human resources and performance enhancement, Steven M. Darien serves as the chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group. Steven M. Darien earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University and has remained active with his alma mater ever since. Among other endeavors, he has chaired the Rutgers University Foundation’s Corporate Development Committee since 2009.

Founded in 1766, Rutgers University recently celebrated its 250th anniversary. Over the course of its history, the university has produced graduates who have made a difference in their communities and the world. A few notable alumni include the following:

1. George McLaughlin. A graduate of the School of Dental Medicine, George McLaughlin was one of the students who participated in the lunch counter sit-ins in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1960. McLaughlin showed up to support the famous Greensboro Four, a group of African Americans who refused to leave a segregated lunch counter at a Woolworths store.

2. Bill Rasmussen. After earning an MBA from Rutgers, Bill Rasmussen created ESPN, the first 24-hour sports television network in 1979. Thanks to Rasmussen, millions of viewers enjoy coverage of sporting events such as March Madness and the College World Series.

3. Michael Gottlieb. Michael Gottlieb studied biological sciences at Rutgers and went on to investigate a rare form of pneumonia he noticed in a group of men in the Los Angeles gay community. Suspecting that the cause was a virus, he submitted a report of his discovery to the Centers for Disease Control, which confirmed two years later that the virus was what we now know as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Three Tips for Warming Up Before You Swim

 

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With over 30 years of experience helping companies to manage human resources and organizational design, Steven M. Darien works as the chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC. Outside of his professional life, Steven M. Darien enjoys swimming.

Whether you are swimming competitively or just having fun, properly warming up will help ensure your safety, while also helping you get the most from your swim. Follow these three tips to help you prepare for your swim.

1. Use Swimming Fin s– Fins do a lot more of the work than your bare feet could, helping your arms slowly acclimate to swimming. According to the Somerset Valley YMCA’s director of swimming, Matthew Donovan, using flippers while you warm up can help prevent shoulder injury. Donovan claims he has not seen a single major shoulder injury in 13 years at the YMCA, attributing this statistic to swimmers warming up with flippers.

2. Start on Land – Before you even dip your toes in the water, consider stretching and warming up on land. Stretches and light cardio exercises such as jumping jacks or jogging help increase your blood flow, enabling you to swim more effectively and with less risk of injury.

3. Warm Up Mentally – Your body is not the only thing that benefits from a warm up. Preparing your mind for your swim helps ensure you retain any new information you learn. Mental preparation allows you to keep your head in the game, staying focused on your swim. Before you start your swim, take a moment to collect your thoughts. Breathe deeply and relax, letting go of or setting aside anything that might be distracting you.

American Management Association Announces New Certificate Programs

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As the principal in the Cabot Advisory Group, Steven M. Darien deals with trends in organizational structures, succession planning, and other domains. Steven M. Darien maintains several professional affiliations, including service on the human resources advisory board of the American Management Association. The association offers a series of certifications for leaders wishing to improve their acumen.

The Business Essentials Certification enhances leadership qualities, builds project management skills, and increases analytic ability. It is packaged in three parts.

7 Habits of Highly Effective People’s new version 4.0 updates the original by providing 30 new videos and other tools that amplify author Steven Covey’s principles. The course promotes successfully leading one’s self and others in a collaborative spirit.

Essentials of Project Management for Nonproject Managers underscores the importance of teams using a common language and having realistic expectations. Participants will learn how to use project management techniques in collaborative environments.

Improve Your Analytical Skills helps managers learn to effectively process information. It is designed to help them make sense of seemingly overwhelming amounts of data and use it to their greatest advantage.

Fall 2015 Shows at the George Street Playhouse

 

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The chairman and CEO of the Cabot Advisory Group, LLC, Steven M. Darien draws on over three decades of executive experience. Alongside his career, Steven M. Darien serves as the chairman of the board for the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The fall 2015 season at the George Street Playhouse consists of two shows. The first, titled Murder for Two, will open on October 6 and run through October 25. A humorous musical murder mystery, Murder for Two tells the story of Arthur Whitney, a novelist killed during a party held for his birthday. Two performers play the piano and bring the cast of 11 characters to life.

The playhouse’s second fall show, The Second Mrs. Wilson, will begin on November 10 and run through November 29. The Second Mrs. Wilson takes place in 1915 when a woman essentially became the first president of the United States, a woman named Edith Galt. When President Woodrow Wilson fell in love with Edith Galt, she became a significant figure in his life and in ruling the nation.

For more information about these shows and the George Street Playhouse, visit www.georgestreetplayhouse.org. The site also includes a link to the online box office for tickets.