The Future of the Friends of Rutgers English
We're extremely grateful
for all the support we've received from alumni and friends
over the years, support that has allowed our Department to
do everything from building the new Plangere Writing Center
to awarding the best undergraduate essay each year with the
Irving D. Blum Prize. But we want to be able to do more.
We want to keep you informed about exciting developments
within the Department, about our successes, and about the
challenges we face. We want to invite you to participate in
Department-sponsored events, to stay in touch with us and
each other through a Friends network, to share your experience
and your advice with a young English major wondering what
And because our Department's primary mission is to read and
think about and write about texts, we want to continue to
share that excitement with you. We imagine literary events,
a "Poem-of-the-Month" club, online discussion forums,
special seminars for Friends, a vast bibliography and book
club celebrating the work of Rutgers English alumni.
Like many book-readers, our imagination gets ahead of us.
What we need for now is to build, person by person, the roster
of interested Friends, and to hear more about what you
imagine for our future. So please sign up on our Website:
Rutgers University receives approximately one-third of its
budget from New Jersey state appropriations, and 23 percent
from student tuition and fees. Only generous gifts from individuals,
foundations, and corporations can maintain the status of Rutgers
as one of the top public universities in the nation.
If you've been following the news about Rutgers, you know
that for the last several years, budget cuts have been severe.
Because the English Department serves so many students and
runs so many different programs, we make good use of every
last dollar. Ironically, the operating efficiency of humanities
disciplines makes them particularly vulnerable to budget cuts,
and small amounts of money can make a big difference.
The English Department needs and appreciates your support.
Gifts made to the Department help us to:
Develop new curricular programs and research opportunities
Fund fellowships, TAs, and RAs in our highly ranked Graduate
Support faculty research projects
Host literature-related events like the Writers at Rutgers
Create endowments for ongoing centers, projects, or Chaired
Make improvements to Murray Hall, including upgrading
computers, refurbishing classrooms, and renovating seminar
You can make a tax-deductible gift to the Department of English
in two ways:
If you'd like more information about ways to support the
Friends of Rutgers English, or would like to set up a designated
use for your gift, give us a call at 732-932-7612, or write
us at FOR.English@rutgers.edu.