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Posted by on Oct 13, 2020 in News and Events

October 2020 MG Newsletter

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Communications Meeting, Wednesday, October 28th @ 7pm

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020 in News and Events

Our next Communications Meeting of all Committee Chairs and the Executive Board will be held Virtually via Webex,  Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm.

Madeline Flahive-DiNardo will be sending out an invitation with a link and instructions on how to join the meeting.

Please  plan to join us. This is an ideal opportunity for all Committee chairs to connect with each other and learn what has been taking place behind the scenes.  Also get important Rutgers updates on how the COVID 19 restrictions continues to affect the Master Gardener program and its future activities.

I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.

Stay Safe and Be Well!

Althea Llewellyn

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Candidates sought for the Master Gardeners Executive Board

Posted by on Oct 12, 2020 in News and Events

Seeking Candidates for the Master Gardeners Executive Board

At the end of this year (2020), the terms of Althea Llewellyn, President, John Evangelista, 1st VicePresident; Cecile Coronato, Recording Secretary; and Carol Walczuk, Historian will end.

Therefore, candidates are being sought for:

President (two-year term) 1st Vice President (two-year term) Recording Secretary (two-year term) Historian (two-year term)

It should be noted that Althea Llewellyn, John Evangelista and Cecile Coronato have all agreed to run again for their positions. Carol Walczuk will not run again because this is her 2nd consecutive term as Historian.

If you are a Certified, Active Master Gardener, in good standing, who would like to submit your name or another CAMG’s name for consideration for any of the positions mentioned, please contact a member of the Nominating Committee.

Nominating Committee:

Jayne Graepel, telephone 908-720-0007; email:jaynegraepel@gmail.com

Robert Platt, telephone 908-400-7274; email: robplatt1126@yahoo.com

NOTE:  There will be two opportunities for eligible master gardeners to cast a vote. One will be to place their vote by mail. Second, by voting online through our internal website.  No votes will be accepted by phone. Qualifications and responsibilities for these positions are in the Bylaws. Our bylaws can be found under the Forms and FAQS page online at http://news.mastergardeners-uc.org .

Criteria includes:

Any candidate for office must be a Certified Active Master Gardener (CAMG) in good standing. She or He:

  1. Supports the mission of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the RMGUC.
  2. Displays, supports and encourages positive attitudes in volunteering.
  3. Attends required RMGUC meetings.
  4. Maintains annual certification requirements (required hours and CEU’s)

The deadline for submitting names (applying for consideration for these positions) is October 30, 2020.

Please note that during the COVID 19 crisis, Rutgers has temporarily suspended the following recertification requirement (the 25 volunteer hours needed to maintain the status as a certified active master gardener- CAMG)

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Poinsettia Production – September Monthly Meeting Sept 16 at 7:30 Invite

Posted by on Sep 15, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here is the link for our September Monthly Meeting on Wednesday September 16 at 7:30 pm.  Please log on a few minutes before.  Our topic is greenhouse poinsettia production with guest speaker Greg Carofine , grower for Great Swamp Greenhouses.

Madeline Flahive Di Nardo invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:
Topic: Master Gardener Monthly Meeting
Host: Madeline Flahive Di Nardo
Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 120 970 2453
Session password: 3PbSEMN44zY

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To join the training session
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1. Go to https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t325a72050d681f78acea487b7a4313d1
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: 3PbSEMN44zY
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link
https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t1911bc563b9e7cc2a85242c812889b00

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To join the session by phone only
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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.
USA Toll:+1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers: https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/globalcallin.php?MTID=tf3f30a2527ec8e2995c4f45d2a05f848
Access code: 120 970 2453

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Can’t join the training session?
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To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:
https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t67a2fe5b1060099dc2665cefe543bb4d

https://www.webex.com

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This Webex service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

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September Newsletter and Monthly Meeting Sept 16

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

Hello Master Gardeners,

Hope you have been enjoying this September weather as we wind down summer and greet the fall.  While we gardeners are planting our fall ornamentals like panies and mums , commerical growers are growing a popular holiday plant – poinsettias.

We will be having a September monthly meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:30 featuring Great Swamp Greenhouse Grower Greg Carifone. Greg will give us a behind the scenes look at what goes into producing a poinsettia crop.  Details on how to join the meeting via WebEx can be found in the September Newsletter below:

September 20 MG Newsletter MFD (1)

If you are new to joining a class using WebEx or need a refresher from this spring, here are some tips:

Tips for Phoning In

Web Ex Training Screens

WebEx Instructions from iPhone

Thanks to our Newsletter team led by editor Stephanie Bourk and Continuing Ed Chair Tina Helmstetter for an interesting September newsletter and monthly meeting.  Please note that the Pin Party, usually held in September, has been postponed until the new year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care and be well,

Madeline

 

 

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Seeking Individuals to Serve as State Representative + Alternates

Posted by on Sep 2, 2020 in News and Events

The MG Executive Board is seeking individuals to serve as State Representative and Alternates.

Representatives serve as liaisons between the State Master Gardeners Association and the Union County Master Gardeners, reporting the State activities and business to the Executive Board at its meetings.

Appointed for a two-year term, representatives need to be Certified Active Master Gardeners (CAMG) and be willing to attend Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) monthly meetings,(except January and February), usually held on the 2nd Thursdays of the month @ 10 am , at Rutgers Cook Campus in New Brunswick. Because of Covid-19, meetings are currently being held virtually.

This is a unique opportunity, and if interested, please contact RMGUC President, Althea Llewellyn, by email – AltheaL746@gmail.com, or by text – 908 720 4330.

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Two Virtual Events – The Great Tomato Tasting and Tick Identification

Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

There are two upcoming virtual events you may be interested in attending.

This year the annual Great Tomato Tasting at Rutgers Snyder Farm is going virtual.  Please join us for the Great Tomato Tasting at Home event on Wednesday, August 26. There will be educational webinars, a virtual tour of the research projects, cooking demonstrations and a chance to get your tomato growing questions answered by Rutgers experts. All events are free but you do need to register for the webinars.

https://snyderfarm.rutgers.edu/great-tomato-tasting-at-home/

Our fellow Master Gardeners in Ocean County are offering a virtual Tick Safety on Tuesday Sept 8 from  6:30 – 7:30 pm.  Please refer to the link below for more information and to register.

Ticks of NJ – September 8

Hope you will enjoy participating in these programs!

Madeline

 

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August Newsletter

Posted by on Aug 17, 2020 in News and Events, Newsletters and Bulletins

August 2020 MG Newsletter

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Update on Rutgers Cooperative Extension MG Program

Posted by on Aug 7, 2020 in News and Events

Dear Master Gardeners,

I am sad to let you know that all in-person Rutgers Cooperative Extension programs and activities continue to be suspended through the fall Rutgers University Semester. Your health and safety is our top priority.

We received the following message from our State Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Brian Shilling:

“Since April 3, 2020, Rutgers Cooperative Extension has been operating under the directive that all in-person events, classes, programs, club meetings, camps, and other group activities organized by or under the auspices of Rutgers Cooperative Extension are suspended through at least August 14, 2020.

While reported daily increases in new COVID-19 cases in our state are tracking lower today than several months ago, community transmission of the virus continues. In order to protect the health of the university community, Rutgers University will continue offering its academic instruction predominantly in remote formats through the fall 2020 semester. In-person activities at the university will also remain suspended through the fall semester.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is governed by university policy and direction. Therefore, we are not able to resume normal operations as of August 15, nor would it be prudent to do so amid the ongoing uncertainties presented by COVID-19. Extension programs will continue to be offered in remote formats through the fall.”

The restriction on in person activities includes working in the demonstration garden, community gardens and beautification projects and the Garden Helpline.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension will be offering on-line programs in the fall and our county Master Gardener activities such as our Monthly Meetings will be held virtually. The Master Gardener Executive Board will continue to meet virtually.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we face these challenges.

All the best,
Madeline

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Invasive Insect Pest Webinar Thursday Evening Aug 6

Posted by on Aug 5, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

The RU Ready to Garden program this Thursday will discuss four Invasive pests that have generated many questions this summer.

Live on WebEx.  Register for the FREE program at https://go.rutgers.edu/ruready2garden15

RU Ready 2 Garden Webcast

Session 15   August 6, 6:30 pm

Invasive Pests Discussion and Q & A-

Giant Murder Hornets, Asian Jumping Worms,

Spotted Lanternfly and Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Advice for All Gardeners: Beginners to Advanced. Connecting gardeners with Rutgers NJAES, SEBS and AES scientists and experienced growers from our farm community.  

Time: Thursday, August 6, 2020  6:30 to 8 pm  

Live on WebEx.  Register for the FREE program at https://go.rutgers.edu/ruready2garden15

Invasive Pests Update

 Identification and Control featuring Giant Murder Hornets, Asian Jumping Worms, Spotted Lanternfly, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

Dr. George Hamilton from Rutgers University and Dr. Kyle Wickings from Cornell University will join our Team to discuss four invasive pests that are raising many questions this season. The team will share their research and some interesting stories.

Instructors and Hosts:

George Hamilton is a Rutgers University Extension Specialist in Pest Management

Dr. George Hamilton’s research interests are in the area of implementing integrated pest management programs and the examination of pesticide usage patterns in New Jersey. These interests led to the implementation of an IPM program in eggplant. Current research interests include conservation biological control as it pertains to ornamental insect pests and studying the biology, ecology and management of the recently introduced brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Ståhl).

Kyle Wickings is an Associate Professor of Soil Arthropod Ecology and Turfgrass Entomology at Cornell University who is interested in improving basic knowledge of soil invertebrates to help minimize damage by root-feeding pests while simultaneously preserving the biodiversity and function of beneficial soil organisms.

 

Bill Hlubik is an Agricultural Agent and Professor with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, NJAES, Rutgers, the State University. Bill has 30 years of experience in the production, research and marketing of specialty crops. He teaches Sustainable Agriculture and Starting a Small Farm classes for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and has been farming with his family for over 35 years. william.hlubik@rutgers.edu

Ray Samulis is an Agricultural Agent and Professor Emeritus with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Professor Samulis has over 42 years of experience working with vegetable growers and has taught agricultural production classes at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Ray has a passion for brewing homemade beers and producing his own award-winning wines. Ray is an avid gardener and has a wealth of knowledge in horticulture and food production systems.    

Bill Errickson is the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Monmouth County with a focus on nursery, turfgrass, and agricultural innovation. He has worked in various aspects of the agricultural sector for the past 15 years, including operating his own diversified farm in coastal Maine and consulting on edible landscapes for residential clients.

Information sheets from past sessions and upcoming program

descriptions can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/middlesexcountygrows 

Past episodes of the webcast can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/rcevids

Many more Rutgers Cooperative Extension resources on your home, lawn and garden can be found at: https://njaes.rutgers.edu/home-lawn-garden/

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NJ Department of Agriculture – Unsolicited Seeds

Posted by on Jul 28, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Rutgers has received this information from the NJ Department of Agriculture & the USDA about unsolicited seeds being sent to consumers.

Madeline

Alert from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has been receiving reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order. Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the contents are jewelry. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

Here’s what to do if you receive unsolicited seeds from another country:

1)DO NOT plant them and if they are in sealed packaging don’t open the sealed package.

2)Take a photo of the package and seeds and send the photos to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture Joseph.zoltowski@ag.nj.gov and USDA SITC at SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov

 

If you still have the seed packets and shipping/packaging materials, please do the following:

* Do NOT open the seed packets;

* Do NOT plant the seed packets;

* Do NOT compost the seeds;

* Do NOT throw the seeds in the trash, flush them down the drain, or expose them to the environment in any way; and

* Put all packaging materials and seeds into a Ziploc bag.”

This is known as agricultural smuggling. Report it to the USDA! Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins.

If individuals are aware of the potential smuggling of prohibited exotic fruits, vegetables, or meat products into or through the USA, they can help APHIS by contacting the confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline number at 800-877-3835 or by sending an Email to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. USDA will make every attempt to protect the confidentiality of any information sources during an investigation within the extent of the law.

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July Newsletter

Posted by on Jul 17, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Hope you are all doing well.  Here is our July newsletter:

July 2020 MG Newsletter

Stay cool and enjoy!

Madeline

 

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Tree Survey in Berkeley Heights Continuing Education Opportunity

Posted by on Jun 24, 2020 in News and Events

The Berkeley Heights Tree Survey program is offering a  training class will be via Zoom on July 2 at 7 PM.  It will last about an hour and a half. Certified Tree Expert Richard Wolowicz will conduct the training on basic identification and tree hazard evaluation.  The township has already inventoried and evaluated  many of the street trees (those along the right of way), and now the goal is to follow up section by section, especially with trees that have been noted for follow up.  1.5 Continuing Education units have been assigned for the program.

To sign up for the workshop, please contact Richard Leister at Leisterr8@verizon.net by June 30   Please note that  participating in the survey is not a Master Gardener volunteer project until the Rutgers In-person volunteer activity restrictions have been lifted, which may not be until at least  after August 14.  The date is subject to change.

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Union County Plant Swap Thursday Evening July 25

Posted by on Jun 11, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Need an incentive to remove those invasive species on your property?? Here’s a good one…..

Union County is having their Annual Invasive Species Plant Swap on Thursday evening June 25 in the Boy Scout Camping Area at Trailside.  It will be a drive in – drop off & pick up your pre-ordered plant event.

Here’s a flyer with details about the event:

Plant swap 2 (1) (1)

Madeline

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June Newsletter

Posted by on Jun 4, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Hope everyone’s home gardens are looking good.   Here is our June Newsletter.

June 2020 MG Newsletter (4)

Please note the article on page 2 with an  update on Master Gardener in-person volunteer activities.  As a of June 1, the Rutgers August 14 date for suspension of all  in-person activities including the demonstration garden, community beautification projects and community gardens still stands.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at mflahive@ucnj.org.

Thanks to our writers – we have some great articles , including fun activities for children.

Madeline

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Community Gardening Series

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Rutgers Cooperative Extension is having a Community Gardening Lunch and Learn Series on Wednesdays May 27 – July 1 from noon to 1 pm.

Here is a flyer about the event with registration information:

Lunch and Learn Series Flyer

Hope you can join us!

Madeline

 

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Up Coming On-Line Continuing Education Opportunities

Posted by on May 22, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners:

Here are some webinars you might be interested in virtually attending.   They can count for continuing ed units. Rutgers has waived the volunteer hour/continuing ed requirements for 2020, but you are more then welcome to attend.

If you have trouble with a link, please copy and paste it into your browser.

Rutgers Home Gardens School @ Home Edition

http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/HGSatHome/

Herbs for a Butterfly Garden

Date and Time: May 27, 2020; 1:00PM – 2:00PM

Instructor: Caren White

Registration Fee: $25.00 per person

Sustainable Beekeeping

Date and Time: June 9, 2020; 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Instructor: Mike Haberland

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

 

Small Scale Queen Rearing

Date and Time: June 16, 2020; 6:30PM – 7:30PM

Instructor: Mike Haberland

Registration Fee: $35.00 per person

 

Earth Day at Home free webinar series is every Monday at 6:30pm. https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/EarthDayatHome2020.html

Upcoming Schedule:

5/26/20 (Tuesday)- Reducing Plastic Waste- Casey Lippincott

6/1/20- Plant This Not That – Avoiding Invasives in Your Yard. Michele Bakacs

6/8/20- Exploring Your Watershed from Home- Sal Mangiafico

6/15/20- Backyard Composting 101 Michele Bakacs

6/22/20- Ticks and Lyme Disease Amy Rowe

6/29/20- Understanding the 2019 Harmful Algae Blooms in NJ Michael Haberland

 

RU Ready 2 Garden

Free events are listed at RCE of Middlesex County

http://www.middlesexcountynj.gov and on the NJAES Calendar

https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/

 

RCE of Ocean County’s In the Know To Grow free series- Tuesdays evenings

Events are listed at https://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu and on the NJAES Calendar https://events.rutgers.edu/njaes/

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 @ 6:00pm – 7:00pm -“Growing Vegetables in Containers”- Gene Cranmer, RMG

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3775cf683a2e3af806449cecbe7963c5

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm- “The Best Deer Resistant Plants for Your Garden”- Irene Wanat, RMG

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee14cdeb903e138afbb9da394fd8358c4

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm-“So, You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild animal, What to Do Next”- Amelia Valente- 4-H Program Associate.

Click here to register:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee0d1c68426a759cd1b940fdc18a09688

Enjoy!

Madeline

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Better Impact

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in News and Events

Hi Master Gardeners,

Just an additional note about the Better Impact sign up process, once you submit your application you will receive an email saying it was submitted. Once I approve your application you will be able to log in your volunteer hours.

Thanks!

Madeline

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Better Impact

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

The topic of our May Monthly meeting was “How to Use Better Impact” the volunteer management software Master Gardeners through-out the state are using to record their hours and sign up for volunteer activities.

We are asking all of our volunteers to sign up for the Better Impact program and complete an updated application form.  I have attached a PDF copy of  the presentation from our meeting. I will be offering additional training opportunities.

Better Impact Training Union

Please take some time to complete the  application for active Master Gardeners (not the new class application)  and you can input any volunteer hours you have not submitted to Tamisha.  Once we return to our regular office hours, Tamisha will be able to help you and will also be adding your historic hours once you complete the application.   If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at mflahive@ucnj.org.

The class of 2019 and 2020 are already existing users in Better Impact.  You can click on “forgot user name or password” if you need that information.  Tamisha has inputted the class of 2019 hours as of September 2019.

Ready to go?

Please COPY  this short URL address into your browser:  http://bttr.im/ropbw

When we are permitted to gradually return to our in person volunteer opportunities, the scheduling activities options will be added.  We will let you know by our internal MG website announcements.

Thanks for all you do as Master Gardeners!

Madeline

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May Monthly Meeting “How to Use Better Impact” Wed May 20 7:30 pm

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Continuing Education, News and Events

Hello Master Gardeners,

Our May monthly meeting will be about “How to Use Better Impact” a program that Master Gardeners through-out the state have been using to record their volunteer hours and schedule signing up for volunteer activities.   The meeting will be held via WebEx Training.  You will not need to pre-register – please follow the instructions below to join us via your computer or phone.

Madeline Flahive Di Nardo invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:

Topic: Master Gardener Monthly Meeting

Host: Madeline Flahive Di Nardo

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Time: 7:30 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

Session number: 191 314 276

Session password: 3PbSEMN44zY

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To join the training session

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  1. Go to https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=tda4029cda29696a6b87cb37a5546ffcf
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the session password: 3PbSEMN44zY
  4. Click “Join Now”.
  5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=t255fc99bb8f5951832a687f73e841a1a

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To join the session by phone only

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To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the training session, or call the number below and enter the access code.

USA Toll:+1-650-429-3300

Global call-in numbers: https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/globalcallin.php?MTID=t09bc8be4f884b02d808a900894193e9f

Access code: 191 314 276

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For assistance

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Can’t join the training session?

https://collaborationhelp.cisco.com/article/qg8vzfb

To add this session to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

https://rutgers.webex.com/rutgers/k2/j.php?MTID=ta122fc85057e98749904c4b161c5bc1e

https://www.webex.com

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