Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 25, 2015

Rutgers Day 2015 Attracts Record Crowd

Students and visitors walking about on campus for Rutgers Day.Despite cool morning temperatures, sunny skies brought out a record crowd of 91,000 to the seventh annual Rutgers Day where visitors had the opportunity to learn about the research, service and education taking place at New Jersey’s only Big Ten research university.

The popular spring event – which also coincided for the first time with Alumni Weekend – kicked off in the morning with the Rutgers Day and Alumni Parade. Alumni hailing from the Class of 1945 through the present marched from College Avenue to Voorhees Mall to the joyful beat of the Rutgers Marching Band.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knight mascot led a trio of costumed characters key to Rutgers’ history – Paul Robeson, Mabel Smith Douglass and Colonel Henry Rutgers – enlivened by the Rutgers dance team and cheerleaders.

With nearly 500 programs, Rutgers Day has become a spring tradition and a show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages.  This year, those who attended the daylong event had a bevy of activities — science, sports, crafts and animals to history, English, theology, theater arts and politics – from which to choose.

“It’s always a good time, I like to see what RU is up to,” said Christine Dobnarksy, a Deptford resident who received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Rutgers in 2012 and hopes to return for graduate school.

For the Rees family, Rutgers Day is an annual must. Karen and Jim Rees, who graduated in 1988 from Rutgers as an English major, come every year from their Middlesex home. This year, they got to see their daughter, Jackie, a criminal justice major, play her piccolo and march with the Rutgers Marching Band. She “lives and breathes Rutgers,” her mom said.

Nearby, at the School of Arts and Sciences Tent of Big Ideas on College Avenue, festival goers learned how to conquer stress, why antibiotics shouldn’t be overused, how pollsters know what you think before you open your mouth, and why New Jersey’s favorite son, Bruce Springstein, is so beloved.

At the Rutgers University-Camden booth, visitors created their own Rutgers shields using stamps, markers and crayons for decorations while kids got to watch and participate in Lego demonstrations conducted by a team from Rutgers University-Newark.

Rebecca Leventhal-Pearlstein and her sister, Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, who came to celebrate her 15th reunion, stopped with their families at the Rutgers Athletics mini-combine and face painting booth.  As Leventhal-Pearlstein’s son, Jack, got a rainbow painted on his face, the sisters, both Rutgers grads, said it was the first time in several years they had been back.

“It’s a gorgeous day, and everything looks great. The campus looks so different,” said Pearlstein-Weiner, who lives in West Hartford, Connecticut. “There is a lot that’s new, but there’s a lot that’s old, too.”

Healthy food demonstrations at the Cook/Douglass Campus and the art of making liquid nitrogen ice cream at a science demonstration on the Busch Campus were popular with the crowds.

“It tastes better than regular ice cream,” said 10-year-old Cristian Perry of Piscataway, who was there with his mother and sister and thought the long line was well worth the wait.

Outside the observatory on Busch, others lined up for a look through a telescope with a Mylar filter for a glimpse at sun spots.  In the mechanical and aerospace engineering tent, members of the Rutgers chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics told kids and adults how they built several planes and flying machines on display.

The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station used Rutgers Day to unveil the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry, which went on sale to the public for the first time at the master gardener plant sale Saturday morning. The Scarlet Strawberry, in development for the last 10 years, is bred to thrive in the New Jersey climate.

“One farmer told me he would plant as many as I could get him because he loved it,’’ said Bill Hlubik, a department head for the Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County. “He liked the flavor and he liked the production quality.”

Meanwhile, at the start of the 4H State Dog Show on Cook Campus, a band of about 20 deer ran around the perimeter of the show grounds.  “It felt like we were on the Serengeti!” said Jean Scalea Bjugstad, who was attending the show with her son, Julian, and his Collie/Newfoundland dog, Bear. “All the dogs sat up and took notice and there was lots of barking.”

As always, the 41st annual New Jersey Folk Festival was a big hit with festival goers who helped celebrate maritime folk culture with performances offered throughout the day featuring musicians, dance and vocal workshops and circus arts. There was a pie-eating contest for kids and basket weaving, surf board and boat-building demonstrations for adults.

— Robin Lally

Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 21, 2015

How To Make the Most of Your Rutgers Day

This post comes from guest blogger Jill Herb, a Rutgers Day 2015 intern.

Here are six easy ways to get ready for Rutgers Day 2015.

Students and visitors walking about on campus for Rutgers Day.1. Get social. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to find updates on activities and programming. You can also ask questions and see behind-the-scenes photos before and during the event. Stay mobile by downloading the Rutgers Day app for free on iPhone and Android. The interactive maps allow you to create your own itinerary right in the palm of your hands.

2. Choose a campus. Rutgers Day is celebrated in three locations in New Brunswick and Piscataway: Busch Campus, College Ave Campus, and Cook/Douglass Campus. We recommend you explore all the activities on one or two campuses, and come back next year to explore another campus. You can see the unique programs on each campus by visiting our website and downloading the mobile app.

3. Arrive Here Early. Getting to Rutgers early will guarantee a full day of fun. If you drive to New Brunswick or Piscataway, you can park your car in any Rutgers lot for free. (This includes Livingston Campus. From there, you can use our shuttles to get to other campuses.) However, be aware of some street closures: Hamilton Street on the College Ave. Campus and Lipman Drive and College Farm Road on the Cook/Douglass Campus. You can also hop on the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor. The New Brunswick stop will leave you just steps away from College Avenue activities.

Once you make it here, navigate like a student by using our free Rutgers Day Bus Shuttle to travel between campuses all day.

4. Explore. Rutgers Day 2015 has dozens of new, exciting activities for you to experience, including the addition of Alumni Weekend activities. Our traditional programming is back too. The annual Rutgers Day and Alumni Parade on College Ave. will feature our alumni friends, the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights and Alumni Band, Rutgers cheerleaders, and the Scarlet Knight. Discover your inner scientist on Busch campus, or visit our furry friends on the Cook/Douglass farm.

5. Grab some grub. When you need a break from all the activities, there will be plenty of food vendors to satisfy any craving. From the Rutgers Knight Wagon to classic carnival treats, Rutgers Day will have options for everyone in the family, even the picky eaters.

6. Share your day. Take lots of photos and post them to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to tag #RutgersDay so we can share the experience with you too.

Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 21, 2015

A Rutgers Day Guide to Please the Palate

Share your Rutgers pride at the 'R' cupcake displays.

Share your Rutgers pride at the ‘R’ cupcake displays.

Satisfy your sweet tooth, experience French culture the way they do in France, or stop by The Knight Wagon on College Farm Road to find out what the food truck craze is all about.

No matter what pleases your palate, there will be plenty to choose from when your stomach starts to growl at Rutgers Day.

Are you a lover of cheese or French culture? Drop by the Fromage Frenzy on the Voorhees Mall to try to identify an assortment of French cheeses. Visit with the French Department to celebrate French culture as they do in France – with food – and mark the culmination of “French at Rutgers” week.

If you are concerned about how your food choices affect the environment and are searching for ideas about healthy eating, then drop by the Slow Food Rutgers table on the Cook/Douglass Campus and talk to students who are part of an international movement. Sample some lightly grilled local produce and take home organic vegetable seeds planted in reused egg cartons for your home garden.

When your feet get tired from walking around to take in all the activities, visit any of the campus dining halls for a $10 all-you-can-eat lunch. Grab a seat and recharge

After lunch comes the most important time of the day: dessert! And there will be plenty of options on Rutgers Day. The Rutgers Student Bakers, a community service organization that holds bake sales to combat childhood hunger, will be selling all kinds of sweet treats. Try their Pink Lemonade Cake Shooters, Strawberries and Cream Muffins, Smore’s Brownie Bars, Strawberry Cupcakes with a Pink Champagne Frosting, and Mocha Chocolate Truffles.

If your ideal dessert is held in the palm of your hand and topped with a generous amount of frosting, take heart that the cupcake craze still rages on Rutgers Day. The Rutgers Dining Services bakeshop has been busy this week preparing 12,000 cupcakes. Share your Rutgers pride and grab a treat at the ‘R’ cupcake displays on the Voorhees Mall and Cook/Douglass Campus. Or try your hand at decorating with one of the 6,000 cupcakes on display at the engineering quad on Busch Campus.

While on Busch Campus , you also can see how the principles of science can be applied to the joy of ice cream. Watch what happens when Rutgers engineers add liquid nitrogen to a few simple ingredients.

No matter what you are in the mood for on Rutgers Day, there will be plenty to satisfy your appetite.

Posted by: Dory Devlin | April 17, 2015

On Stage at Rutgers Day

Livingston theater group performs  on the R stage on CAC

Livingston theater group performs on the R stage on CAC

Look to the Big R stages on Rutgers Day for song, dance and memorable theatrical performances.

Gospel, country, Disney, a capella – for whatever moves you most, find the Big R Stage on the College Avenue, Busch and Cook/Douglass campuses and enjoy some music in between booth-hopping, noshing and trying your hand at fun science experiments and athletic fun.

Stop by the College Avenue stage and hear the Rutgers Liberated Gospel Choir, followed by the a-ca-awesome ShockWave A cappella group, and The Mason Gross Mingus Band. Step it up with the Rutgers Irish Dance Club in early afternoon, and sing along at the end of the day with the well-known cover band, Chris Daniels and the Proof.

On Busch, start the morning with a Rutgers Taekwondo Demo Performance and HARU, the Rutgers K-pop Cover Dance Club, which shares its fun fusion of music and dance originating in South Korea. In the afternoon, check out the Rutgers University Musician’s Guild Artist Showcase, followed by the Rutgers Chinese Dance Troop. Love magic? The Extreme Magic of Eric Wilzig will delight the Rutgers Day crowds with the final performance of the day.

The Big R Stage on the Cook/Douglass campus will be featuring acts starting at 10:30 a.m. with Capoeira YEAH!, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. Taking turns on the stage throughout the day will be The Rutgers Swing Club, the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, the Rutgers University Queens Chorale, the New Age Retro Hippies Band, and the Rutgers Belly Dance Troupe.

Check out the full list of Big R Stage performances here.

Posted by: Dory Devlin | April 16, 2015

Kids’ Activities at Rutgers Day

Bubbles of all sizes will fill the air on Rutgers Day.

Bubbles of all sizes will fill the air on Rutgers Day.

Here’s a fun family challenge: Try to take in all of the hands-on (and free) kids’ activities at Rutgers Day. A parade, a petting zoo, an archaeological dig, shark-tracking, a Lego tent, and all kinds of arts and crafts are among the many kids’ activities offered across the College Avenue, Busch, and Cook/Douglass campuses.

From art to science to animals, there will be tons to explore and experience for children of all ages. Here’s a sampling from this year’s cross-campus festival:

 

Parade

The Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights and Alumni Band will lead a parade at 11 a.m. down College Avenue toward Old Queens. Rutgers trinkets will be tossed along the route, and historical figures will come to life as Paul Robeson, Mabel Smith Douglass, and Colonel Henry Rutgers. The best viewing spots: anywhere along College Avenue and Voorhees Mall.

Science fun

Know how to track a shark? Members of the Oceanography Graduate Student Association will teach kids how to find sharks and fish using scientific equipment. If kids are more interested in digging to discover, the Department of Anthropology is holding a mock archaeological dig, where you can learn how excavation works and how to interpret what it unearths.

Kids (and adults) can also play video games made by 2015 game production students and learn about the new ITI (Information Technology and Informatics) major at Rutgers. Or learn what kinds of questions a pediatric doctor asks at a St. Peter’s Healthcare System’s Teddy Bear Clinic.

There will be more opportunities for hands-on fun, including making DNA and riding in a solar-powered car, and experiencing all kinds of physics phenomena.

Get crafty

Face painting, bubble making, Lego building, bracelet making — those are just a few of the arts-and-crafts activities scattered throughout the Busch, College Avenue and Cook/Douglass campuses. Kids can create their own puppet characters with the Department of English on College Avenue, and make lava lamps with the Douglass Residential College STEM Ambassadors.

Animal friends

Pet a pig on Rutgers Day!

Pet a pig on Rutgers Day!

The Cook/Douglass campus will be animal central. Meet the Rutgers University Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club’s puppies, visit a petting zoo with baby farm animals, including lambs and piglets, and learn why there is a horse running on a high-speed treadmill.

Sports

The annual Rutgers spring Scarlet-White scrimmage will be played on Friday, April 24, at High Point Solutions Stadium, but there are plenty of Rutgers Day sports activities, too.

Start with the Rutgers Athletics Mini Combine and throw and jump just like Rutgers’ student-athletes do. Test your snitch-catching skills with the Rutgers Quidditch Team on the Busch campus. Or do your best Jordan Spieth putting impersonation on a mini-golf putting course with real bentgrass just like the pros play on, courtesy of the Rutgers Turf Club. Meanwhile, Rutgers Longboarding Club members will be offering skateboarding and longboarding lessons all day in the Red Oak Lane area of Cook/Douglass.

Check out the full list of kid-friendly activities and plan an action-packed Rutgers Day.

Download the Rutgers Day mobile app to your iOS or Android mobile device: http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu/mobileapp.php

Ag Field Day/ Folfest Rutgers Day 09Thanks to guest blogger Francesca Cipriani, Public Relations Coordinator for the New Jersey Folk Festival, for this post:

Join us for the 41st Annual New Jersey Folk Festival on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine to celebrate New Jersey’s Maritime history. The festival features an array of activities on the Eagleton lawn of Douglass Campus including live music, a craft and folk marketplace, a variety of food vendors, and a children’s area with maritime crafts and pony rides. Bring the entire family and spend the day as there is surely something to please everyone.

The festival will feature four musical stages with performances of revival sea shanties (songs traditionally sung on merchant sailing vessels) and other maritime music. The stages will also feature folk and Irish songs, jam sessions, performances by the winners of our singer songwriter competition, and more.

This year’s festival highlights how New Jersey has been shaped by its 127 miles of coastline from Sandy Hook to Cape May. New Jersey is also home to one of the busiest seaports on the East Coast, Port Newark/Elizabeth. At our Heritage Area, we will have exhibitions and special guests doing craft demonstrations including a fourth generation retired commercial fisherman who is an expert on pound nets traditionally used in New Jersey waters. Among other featured demonstrations is a master basket maker, a crafter of hollow wooden surfboards, and a boat builder specializing in traditional sneakboxes (small boats of Barnegat Bay) and garvey boats.

The festival is red-wagon and pet-friendly.

For the most updated information please visit our website, njfolkfest.org. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NJFolkFest. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 10, 2015

Rutgers Day 2015 Coming Saturday, April 25

Students and visitors walking about on campus for Rutgers Day.Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages, will be Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rutgers Day offers nearly 500 performances, tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Last year, a record crowd of 84,000 visitors learned firsthand about the university’s research, teaching and service on campuses in New Brunswick and Piscataway.

This year’s highlights include:

Tent of Big Ideas – The School of Arts and Sciences tent on the Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus will be the destination for lovers of the arts and humanities. Distinguished faculty will present short, thought-provoking talks on a wide range of topics, from the theologies of Bruce Springsteen to autism.

Rutgers Athletics Mini Combine – See how accurately and far you can throw and jump during the mini combine on the College Avenue Campus hosted by student-athletes. Take a commemorative photo with your favorite Rutgers Athletics gear after your trial.

Alumni Weekend – For the first time ever, Alumni Weekend will coincide with Rutgers Day. Alumni may connect with old friends and classmates, trade swag, and enjoy refreshments in the Scarlet Headquarters located on each campus. At 11 a.m., the Rutgers Day and Alumni Parade, featuring the Marching Scarlet Knights, student organizations and floats, will march down College Avenue.

Where Science Happens – Visit the Engineering science fair on the Busch Campus to experience the Faraday lecture and witness how ice cream is made with liquid nitrogen. Stuffed animals will receive checkups in the Life Sciences area while sea creatures will be at arm’s length at the Marine Sciences Building. Guests may also excavate in an archaeological dig and handle 1.5 million-years-old artifacts on the Cook/Douglass Campus.

Parking is free and shuttle buses will connect the College Avenue, Busch, Cook/Douglass campuses.

Rutgers Day is sponsored in part by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Barnes & Noble, Greater Media NJ, NJ Advance Media and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

For more information, visit http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu.

Download the Rutgers Day mobile app to your iOS or Android mobile device: http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu/mobileapp.php.

This post was compiled by Robin Lally, Senior Public Relations Specialist

Sunny skies and seasonal temperatures brought a record crowd of 84,000 to the sixth annual Rutgers Day where visitors learned what the state university – with its expanded mission of medical education and transition into the prestigious Big Ten Conference – has to offer.

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Klass Klowne performs circus arts during Rutgers Day 2014.

The popular spring event kicked off in the morning on College Avenue with brightly decorated floats and members of the Rutgers Marching Band, the ROTC Color Guard, dance team, cheerleaders and costumed figures from Rutgers’ history making their way from Brower Commons to the Voorhees Mall. Three sharp staccato blasts of a whistle and they were off, pompoms waving, tubas glinting in the crisp, clear light.

“I’m very proud to wear this uniform, and show people what we do,” said Ryan McCarver a sophomore from Glassboro and a representative of Rutgers Air Force ROTC, carrying a red and white welcoming banner.

With nearly 500 programs, the university’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages had something to please every member of the family. This year, those who attended the daylong event were able to navigate and plan where to find parking, exhibits, performances and food with a new Rutgers Day mobile app that allowed them to see every program relative to where they were on campus.

By early afternoon, the “Big Time Academics, Big Ten Athletics” white tent was a hub of activity on the Voorhees Mall as students, alums and their families came to learn what Rutgers’ July 1 debut in the Big Ten conference means to the university at which football began 145 years ago.

“I can see Rutgers getting much more recognition nationwide,” said Rutgers senior David Sisto, of Clinton, a finance major.

This was the first Rutgers Day since the creation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) last July. For the medical and health science buffs spending the day at the university, neurosurgeons from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offered Brain Surgery for/on Dummies.Using highly sophisticated computer simulators visitors to the College Avenue campus were able to see just how brain and spine surgery are done.

On the Busch Campus visitors were able to take a closer look at the mysteries of the brain with a team from the Neurological Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School who asked participants to perform surgery by playing a game and not harming the patient.

“Getting out into the community to give patients more insight into what we do is invaluable,” said Barry Levin, professor and interim chair of the school’s Department of Neurology and Neurosciences.

Meanwhile at Rutgers School of Engineering – where the Federal Aviation Administration has authorized engineers to test unmanned drones –  those who stopped by were able to see a reconnaissance and photography drone on display at the Busch Campus and use a flight simulator to try and keep a plane from crashing.

Rutgers Day also celebrated the New Jersey Folk Festival which marked its 40th anniversary.  Students from East Asian, Spanish, African, Middle East and French special-interest houses in the Global Village Learning Community on the Douglass Campus shared their language and cultural experiences. And as part of the anniversary celebration, Bulgaa Altangerel, the Mongolian ambassador to the United States, attended as a special guest.

Joanna Regulska, vice president for international and global affairs at Rutgers, said she hopes the ambassador’s visit will provide an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the country. She was one of several dignitaries from Rutgers who met with Altangerel during his visit.

Meanwhile, Marissa Letinski, president of the Rutgers Undergraduate Food Science Club, spent the day at the Food Science building on the Cook/Douglass campus explaining the connection between food and science to those who dropped by for the homemade Tahitian Vanilla, Blueberries and Cream and Cappuccino Ice Cream.

“Everything you eat from the supermarket, a food scientist has developed, reformulated and made healthy.” Letinksi told the crowd.

The day ended with more than 11,500 fans at High Point Solutions Stadium for the Scarlet and White spring football game where Special Olympics New Jersey sent two teams of Olympians to play the final five minutes with a game of flag football. The Big Ten Network handed out free T-shirts following the game and fans had the opportunity to get autographs from their favorite Scarlet Knights and receive the 2014 Rutgers football team poster.

Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 26, 2014

Welcoming the Mongolian Ambassador

Bulgaa Altangerel, Mongolian Ambassador to the United States

The Mongolian Ambassador to the United States, Bulgaa Altangerel, said he was honored by the warm welcome he received during the 40th anniversary of the New Jersey Folk Festival.

The festival celebrated Mongolian culture with a display of yurts – or tents – which represent the country’s traditional architecture. The ambassador was recognized as the honorary grand marshal of the folk festival, one of the many events at Rutgers Day.

Joanna Regulska, vice president for international and global affairs at Rutgers, said she hopes the ambassador’s visit will provide an opportunity to build a stronger relationship with the country. She was one of several dignitaries from Rutgers who met with Altangerel during his visit.

The ambassador also spoke with Olaf Jensen, an assistant professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Science, whose research focuses on climate change in Mongolia.

“The air temperature in Mongolia over the last 40 years has risen at three times the global average,’’ Jensen said. “If you want to understand what climate change is likely to do here, we can go over there and see what is happening already.’’

Jensen said he also believed the ambassador’s visit would provide an opportunity to strengthen ties.

“Hopefully it will give me a chance to develop better collaborations with Mongolian universities at the official level,’’ Jensen said. “It always helps to have stronger official ties.’’

Posted by: robertforman2014 | April 26, 2014

Cupcake Heaven on the Busch Campus

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You can take a cupcake expertly iced by Rutgers Dining Services …

You can’t keep people away from this table at Rutgers Day! Rows and rows of delicious cupcakes attract visitors enjoying the day on the Busch Campus.

Do you like your cupcakes ready made? Staffers from Rutgers Dining Services have shown magnificent technique squeezing dollops of colorful icing onto cupcakes by the dozen.

... or custom decorate your own!

… or custom decorate your own!

Do you have a touch of the artist in you? Then go for a masterpiece.  Bring strong hands to squeeze out your own icing, and then put on some additional toppings. Eating should always be this much fun.

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