A Message from the Executive Vice President & COO
We are now coming to an end of what has been an extraordinarily difficult year at every level. As we came back after the holiday break in January, would anyone have ever imagined where we would be and what we have gone through as we approach Thanksgiving and the coming Holiday Season? Would any one of us have thought that the world as we knew it, personally and professionally, would be turned upside down? Even with a crystal ball, none of us would ever have imagined how 2020 would unfold.
The university has continued to plan and prepare for what the future may hold for us. Many of you continue to be here every day, making sure our spaces are ready and prepared, assuring that our safety and security are in place, and responding to emergencies, both physical and personal. I know firsthand the efforts that you all have put forth, and the pride and dedication you have shown. I can see it on the campuses, I can see it in the interactions I witness, and I can see it in the attitude all of you display every day. I want you to know that I am proud of the work we do, and I am especially proud of all of you.
It is particularly important to me that you remain safe. The reality is that this virus will be here and among us for some time to come. We may soon have a vaccine, we may have some better drugs and treatments, but that will all evolve over time. What we need to do now is to protect ourselves with simple solutions. Practice the three W’s: Wear a face covering, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands, and before you come to work, check your symptoms by using the My Campus Pass. Remember that face coverings are mandatory and we lead by example! It’s important to your families and your friends!
It's up to us!
Navigating a Pandemic
Upon completing his residency in 1985, he had become used to wearing gloves and started wearing gloves every time he saw a patient in his own practice. “It was in my own practice that I started to use universal protections when seeing patients. In addition to the gloves, we eventually started wearing masks, and most recently disposable gowns. State board requirements were changing and disposable gowns became a better solution,” he said.
With the COVID pandemic, the safety and personal protection has entered a new phase for this Rutgers alumnus and most dental and medical offices. “When a patient arrives, we take his/her temperature and take the patient to the treatment room. No one sits in the waiting room anymore. Before we begin treatment, we have our patients rinse with peroxyl which has anti-virus and anti-bacterial properties. We always wiped down the treatment room after each visit, and now we use a different wipe.”
Air purifiers in the corner of each treatment room are equipped with a UV light to help kill germs. “We are trying to be as careful as possible,” Dr. Galiano explained. “We schedule more time between patients, and we ask patients from out of state to postpone appointments for a couple of weeks. We even sent one patient home due to fever.”
Changes are afoot for the field of dentistry and Dr. Galiano has some advice for Rutgers dental students. A lot of dentists are retiring and large conglomerates and hedge funds are buying their practices. “This is happening more so in general dentistry and not so much in the specialized areas like mine. Many of these companies own hundreds of practices. You used to create your own practice and make your own hours. Ultimately our students will be working for someone else; they will be employees. It’s happening very rapidly in dentistry.”
Despite that, Dr. Galiano feel strongly that there will always be a place for the dentist who does right by the patient. “You should never base your decisions about patient care on what the insurance company wants you to do. It should be based on what you see and what you would do for yourself. Young dentists should think about this. The ones who put the patient first will get the reputation as the go-to person. I’ve never been one to let the insurance companies dictate. That’s how I have always run my practice. It has to be best for the patient.”
Hear Dr. Galiano in his own words.
Navigating a Pandemic
Despite Hurdles, ROTC Completes Commissioning
100 Reasons to Celebrate!
On August 11th, The Rutgers University Golf Course celebrated the 100th birthday of Agnes Olsson. Olsson is one of the seven charter members Rutgers Women’s Golf Association (RWGA) 18-hole ladies league, as well as the last surviving member. Accompanied by her son and two daughters, Olsson rode the course in a golf cart decorated with ribbons and streamers, practiced some putting in the short game area, and cheered on her kids as they played the course.
Future Operators Kudos
Kudos from Gloria Tillery, RBHS Manager of Engineering who oversees the Apprentice Program for future operators, who are hired as assistants to the existing licensed operators for the RBHS cogeneration plant and Stanley S. Bergen building boiler room.
Congratulations to these staff members who passed the state exam and those who have moved on to the next level:
Ayotunde Ale – started 12/4/17 – started our Apprentice Program and is currently holding Red Seal 2nd Class Stationary.
Jose Fuentes – 10/9/17 – started our Apprentice Program and is currently holding Blue Seal 3rd Class Stationary & Third Class Refrigeration.
Michael Muniz – 4/22/19 – started our Apprentice Program and was notified by the Training Center he passed his exam scoring 86.
Multris Brown – 11/11/19 – started our Apprentice Program and is currently awaiting to be tested. Let’s all cheer him on!