Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 30, 2016

Rutgers Day 2016 Attracts Record Crowd


Members of this year’s graduating class march in the parade at the start of Rutgers Day.

The eighth annual Rutgers Day drew a record crowd of more than 100,000 at the university’s three locations – providing visitors the opportunity to learn about New Jersey’s oldest public university as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.

The popular spring event, which began at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2009, was held this year for the first time at Rutgers University-Newark and Rutgers University-Camden. All three institutions of higher learning gave visitors a peek at the research, service and education taking place throughout Rutgers.

“This is a great way to see Rutgers,” said Renee Junez, a high school junior from Clifton who considers Rutgers high on his list of potential universities to attend. “I really like what I see.”

With more than 500 programs, Rutgers Day has become a spring tradition and a show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages. The event, which coincided with Alumni Weekend, kicked off in the morning in New Brunswick on College Avenue with a parade led by alumni from the Class of 1966 who were followed by alumni ranging from the Class of 1943 to this year’s graduating seniors. The Immaculata High School Marching Band of Somerville joined in the festivities, while the Rutgers Marching Band guided the parade through Voorhees Mall playing the “Rutgers Fight Song.”

At Rutgers-Newark, 3,500 visitors took advantage of the afternoon sunny skies to take part in family-fun activities, such as recreating the campus with Lego building blocks; drilling for “oil” and separating “iron ore” with magnets in a mineral exploration game devised by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; and sowing the seeds of personal gardens, which they could take home with them.


Madison Patalano, 4, made her own Rutgers Day diploma and posed with “President” Marco Dinovelli, a 2003 alumnus.

Others visiting the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience booth at Rutgers-Newark tested their brain skills in a maze game typically used with mechanical toy rats for brain research. The center also provided sessions on brain development and tips for brain-healthy lifestyles.

Pearl Smith of Newark first learned of Rutgers Day from a flyer her 7-year-old daughter brought home from school. “There are a lot of activities for kids – and it’s educational, too,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, Rutgers Day activities in Camden got started with a World Tai Chi Day demonstration led by Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon and Camden Mayor Dana Redd. The 2,900 visitors of all ages walked the 40-acre campus near the historic Camden waterfront to explore science, technology, the arts, world cultures, health, business and more through interactive and immersive activities throughout the day. Activities included a campuswide Rutgers-Camden history scavenger hunt; Rutgers Law School moot courtroom exploration; an art history photo booth; games with resident assistants; Rutgers-themed art projects; live musical and theater performances; and more.

The day also included a performance by the Camden Sophisticated Sisters Drill and Dance Team in front of the Paul Robeson Library. The talented and spirited team motivates, educates and empowers Camden youth through dance and the performing arts. Discovery tours of Johnson Park and the Cooper Street Historic District allowed visitors to explore the vibrant city, and participants even got to meet a couple of celebrities as Abe Lincoln and R2D2 made their way around campus.

On Busch Campus in Piscataway, red and white balloons bobbed across the Circle of Allied Health, where 18 tables represented the many programs in the School of Health Related Professions. Physical therapists challenged people of all ages to test their physical fitness with sit-ups on the lawn.

Alumni Jeff Armbruster of Mays Landing, who graduated in 1987, brought his 17-year-old son, Mark, a prospective student. Mark, who had been considering smaller schools, looked around at a campus buzzing with energy and activity.

“The other schools weren’t like this,” Mark Armbruster said. “I just like the feel of everything here.”


Children from the 4-H Clover Ensemble performed excerpts from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Voorhees Mall.

To help commemorate the 250th anniversary, visitors were treated to a history lesson at the entrance to Old Queens lawn in New Brunswick. Actors portraying Paul Robeson, Mabel Smith Douglass and Colonel Henry Rutgers held court, telling those passing by about their pivotal roles in Rutgers history.

At the Rutgers 250 big tent, Rutgers Day attendees completed a scavenger hunt to learn facts about Rutgers’ 250-year history and earn Rutgers 250 T-shirts. Madison Patalano, age 4, donned pint-sized commencement regalia after making her own Rutgers Day diploma at the Rutgers Undergraduate Admissions booth and then posed with “President” Marco Dinovelli, a Class of 2003 graduate and admissions employee, for a graduation photo.

“We’ve been coming to Rutgers Day since she was born,” said Christine Patalano, a Rutgers alumna who teaches in Edison schools.

Musical performances are always a big part of Rutgers Day. In Camden, event goers listened to “The Symphony in C Quartet,” a professional training orchestra as well as a series of short concerts by music and theater students at the Black Box Studio and Gordon Theater. The Newark performance stage featured SASS Fusion Dance, Brick City Bhangra, Rutgers Hip Hop Operation and The Ubuntu Theory. NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens also played and musicians affiliated with Rutgers’ Institute of Jazz Studies gave Rutgers Day visitors lessons to play a short tune.

In New Brunswick – which drew a record-breaking 94,000 – the Rutgers Children’s Choir and the Scarlet Singers performed on College Avenue and at the 42nd annual New Jersey Folk Festival musician and New Jersey native and Rutgers alumnus Barry Mitterhoff, who plays the mandolin, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award before performing with banjo master Tony Trischhka and his group Skyline.

“This is such an amazing atmosphere and a chance for so many performers to get an opportunity to present themselves,” said Karen Stroczyviski of Rockaway, who graduated from Rutgers-New Brunswick in 1981 and was at Rutgers Day with her husband, Henry, a 1979 Rutgers-New Brunswick graduate.

Posted by: Karen Smith | April 27, 2016

Check out New Plants at Rutgers Day

Find out where you can get the Rutgers strawberry and RU250 tomato at Rutgers Day.


Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 27, 2016

On Stage at Rutgers Day 2016

Livingston Theater company performs on the R Stage

Livingston Theater Company performs on the R Stage during Rutgers Day.

Music, dance and theater enthusiasts will find entertainment wherever they turn during Rutgers Day.

The Black Box Studio and Gordon Theater in Camden will host a series of short, 10- to 15-minute concerts by music and theater students – perfect for those with short attention spans. Symphony in C String Quartet, a professional training orchestra, will perform and fraternities and sororities will also entertain guests with traditional stepping and strolling. And don’t miss Richard Demirjian’s “interview” with Abraham Lincoln.

Enjoy performances on Voorhees Mall in New Brunswick by the Rutgers Children’s Choir and the Scarlet Singers at 11 a.m. and noon, respectively. Rutgers’ belly dance, ballroom and swing dance troupes will perform and teach guests some of their favorite choreography. The 42nd New Jersey Folk Festival will highlight Bluegrass music and feature Dark City Strings, Tony Trischka & Skyline, Dan O’Dea & Eagle Ridge among others.

The Newark performance stage will feature SASS Fusion Dance, Brick City Bhangra, Rutgers Hip Hop Operation, and The Ubuntu Theory. NJPAC’s Jazz for Teens will also play and musicians affiliated with the Institute of Jazz Studies will teach you to play a short tune. Celebrate two anniversaries – Rutgers’ 250th and Newark’s 350th – with historians dressed in colonial attire as they recount tales from the city’s Revolutionary War era.

Share all your fun using #RutgersDay on social media. You can also upload your photos using the Donate a Photo app; Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to Rutgers to support need-based scholarships for students in health care-related fields.

Posted by: Karen Smith | April 26, 2016

8 Tips for Having an Awesome Rutgers Day

Thanks to guest blogger Mollie Applegate for this blog post.

So much has changed and grown about Rutgers Day in the past eight years. Here are eight tips to help you get the most out of Rutgers Day 2016.

Crowds fill Voorhees Mall  on Rutgers Day

Like our event page on Facebook & visit our Rutgers Day website.

Stay connected with us. Our event page will count down to April 30th and the Rutgers Day website will help plan your visit with a complete list of featured programs.

Pick a location/campus to explore.

This year, Rutgers Day welcomes Newark and Camden to join our New Brunswick location in the 250th anniversary celebration! Each location will offer unique and exciting programs so check out our Rutgers Day website to pick which location you would like to visit. If you decide to visit us in New Brunswick, Rutgers Day activities will be held on the College Avenue, Cook/Douglass, and Busch campuses. All New Brunswick campuses can all be accessed by free Rutgers Day shuttles once you arrive and park.

Plan ahead for driving and parking.

In New Brunswick, all university parking lots, including those on the Livingston campus, are open and free on Rutgers Day. There will be some road closures worth noting. On the Cook/Douglass campus, College Farm Road and Lipman Drive will be closed starting at 8:00 am. On the College Avenue Campus, Hamilton Street will be closed from George Street to College Ave from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. Seminary Place will be one way from George Street to College Ave, and there will be a rolling road closure for the Rutgers Day Parade, which begins at 10:30 am from Senior Street to Seminary Place. In Newark, Rutgers lots designated on the maps on the Rutgers Day website are open and free. Bleeker Street in Newark will be closed from MLK Blvd to University Place. In Camden, Rutgers lots designated on the maps which can be found on the Rutgers Day website, are open and free, as is the Camden Technology Center Parking Garage located at 601 Cooper Street.

Randy Pugasa  and Chaoyu Cheng tests wind power during Rutgers Day

Ask for help.

We hope you get the opportunity to see all Rutgers Day has to offer, but Rutgers is a big place. Don’t hesitate to ask anyone in a Rutgers Day t-shirt for some assistance. Whether it is directions, or campus information, they will be more than happy to assist. In addition, there will be information tents located on every campus so keep an eye out for them as you explore; tent locations will be noted on Rutgers Day maps.

Wear your walking shoes.

Rutgers Day has so much to see, and we want to make sure you get to all of it. Wear comfortable shoes so your feet can keep going. Rutgers Day buses are wheelchair accessible. Most buildings—other than historic buildings—are also accessible by wheelchair. Passenger golf carts will be available in some areas for visitors with mobility issues, and there will be various locations to take a seat throughout the day.

Come ready to eat.

Each location offers different food vendors, dining halls, and student center food courts. From waffles and ice cream, to empanadas, there will be something for everyone to savor this Rutgers Day.

Cheerleaders march in Rutgers Day/Alumni Weekend parade on College Ave

Don’t miss out on programming.

While many of the Rutgers Day programs are continuous and will be going on all day, there are some that you’ll want to make sure you see before they are over. Each location will have live stage performances throughout the day. You can check out scheduled performances at each location on our website so you don’t miss anything. Also, on the College Avenue campus, there will be a parade beginning at 10:30am featuring Rutgers alumni, members from the graduating class of 2016, the Rutgers marching band, Immaculata High School band, and as grand marshals, the coaches for Rutgers football and basketball.

Share how you spent Rutgers Day with us.

Save the memories you’ll make from Rutgers Day 2016, and share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #RutgersDay and #Rutgers250. We can’t wait to see them!

Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 22, 2016

All You Can Eat for Rutgers Day 2016


Kieran Rogers enjoys the Undergraduate Food Science Club’s ice cream during Rutgers Day.

Foodies rejoice! Rutgers Day will have many delicious options for all tastes.

Challenge your palate during “Fromage Frenzy,” a French cheese tasting test presented by the Department of French on Voorhees Mall.

Once you’ve seen Rutgers engineers make liquid nitrogen ice cream on Busch Campus (yes, they’ll give you a taste!), indulge in made-to-order funnel cake to support Beta Gamma Sigma’s partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation on Busch Campus.

The Harvest Restaurant will offer samples of its delicious, nutritious fare while the Undergraduate Food Science Club serves their popular homemade ice cream near Passion Puddle on Cook/Douglass Campus.

If you’re a foodie with a green thumb, stop by the plant sales hosted by the Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County and the Cook Researchers of Plant Science for vegetables, fruits, and herbs. The #Rutgers250 tomato and the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry will be on hand. You may even win a hazelnut seedling from the Woody Plant Breeding Program.

Cupcakes provided by dining services on the Cook Campus

R cupcakes are provided by Rutgers Dining Services during Rutgers Day.

Of course, R cupcakes will be available at “sweet stops” hosted by Rutgers Dining Services in New Brunswick, Camden and Newark.

Share all your fun using #RutgersDay on social media. You can also upload your photos using the Donate a Photo app; Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to Rutgers to support need-based scholarships for students in health care-related fields.

Posted by: Karen Smith | April 22, 2016

New Jersey Folk Festival Celebrates Bluegrass Music

Thanks to guest blogger Kathleen Mariquit for this post.

NJ FolK Festival

NJ FolK Festival

Join us for the 42nd Annual New Jersey Folk Festival on Saturday, April 30 from 10am to 6pm. The event is rain or shine and will be celebrated on the Eagleton Institute lawn of Douglass Campus. This year’s theme is Bluegrass music with live performances on our various stages. Along with folk festival tradition, the event will feature a craft marketplace, a variety of food vendors, and a bluegrass-themed, children’s activities area.

The New Jersey Folk Festival has free admission and parking. The festival’s Heritage Area features our artist in residence, Armando Sosa, a Guatemalan master weaver, in addition to embroiderers, model shipbuilders, and more.

New to the festival this year is our Seminar Tent. The Seminar Tent will commemorate Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary with two panels. Be sure to schedule your day using our Stage Schedule located on our website under the Visitors Information tab. You won’t want to miss your favorite bluegrass bands, the singer-songwriter competition, or pie eating contest.

For more information about the festival, please visit our website. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. We look forward to seeing new and returning faces!

Posted by: Karen Smith | April 20, 2016

Rutgers University – Newark: Engaging the Community

Thanks to guest blogger Prof. Quintus Jett for this post.

11159962_775403149241720_5579338588666006514_nThis will be our first Rutgers Day at the Newark campus. I’m excited because it’s my third Rutgers Day in a row organizing students to engage all kinds of people visiting from the Rutgers community and the broader community-at-large.

I’m a faculty member in Newark who specializes in Organization and Innovation. Rutgers Day is a great opportunity for students to live and demonstrate what we cover in class: entrepreneurial skills, community engagement, and collaborating under uncertainty with others for public service.

The prior two Rutgers Days (2014 & 2015) were in New Brunswick, and the students and I were Newark based. So working out the logistics together to design and run an exhibit at a site over 30 miles away was our biggest challenge! It was worth it to see and talk with all of you who visited. While our purpose was to show you a taste of life and learning at the university, we also gained a lot hearing what brought you to campus. From returning alumni, to parents bringing their children to help them imagine going to college in the future, to guests from neighboring communities enjoying the festive atmosphere.

In 2014, our creation of an exhibit was part of the course Volunteerism & Philanthropy. It included a hands-on urban planting exhibit, a banner welcoming visitors in many languages, and contests where visitors shared the most charitable thing they’ve ever seen.

In 2015, the exhibit was all volunteer. It wasn’t part of a course. A student from the previous year suggested Autism Awareness as our theme, and we received many ideas and small prizes from RU-Newark staff and students with family members on the autistic spectrum.

12888533_941781239270576_8497328706602838163_oThis year, students in my course are serving as The Spirit Team for the Rutgers Day – Newark exhibits. Teams of my students soliciting proposals for Rutgers Day earlier in the semester, and now they are engaging the 75+ exhibits in preparation for a great time on April 30.

We’ve had an inside view and preview of exhibits planned for Newark, and it’s going to be a great day for all of you visit. The spirit of Rutgers Day will be very much evident. A huge variety of exhibits, games, and hands-on activity – to provide a taste of life and learning is like on campus.

And there will be a lot of RU-Newark flavor. Our student population is very diverse, and we have many students from a variety of ages and life experiences.

Community engagement happens here every day in many forms, whether as part of the academic curriculum or through co-curricular programs and public service. We look forward to seeing you at RU-Newark on the 30th!

Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 20, 2016

Rutgers University-New Brunswick Offers Wide Variety of Rutgers Day Activities

Class of 2000-2008 march in Rutgers Day/Alumni Weekend parade on College Ave

Alumni march in the Rutgers Day and Alumni Weekend parade on College Avenue.

Rutgers’ New Brunswick location is the place to be to learn about the university’s 250-year history on Rutgers Day. Start your day by cheering on alumni, the marching band, cheerleaders, and The Scarlet Knight as they make their way down College Avenue during the Rutgers Day and Alumni Weekend Parade at 11 a.m.

Rutgers theater students and professional actors will portray figures from the university’s history in the Old Queens area. Explore exhibits documenting Rutgers and New Jersey history with historians on Voorhees Mall. Test your knowledge of The Daily Targum, Rutgers’ student-run newspaper, and visit the R Garden, an interactive art installation made of large block R sculptures decorated by various departments.

John Tamanas (SAS '16) waits as Peter Chu (SAS '15) checks out solar observations using telescope

John Tamanas and Peter Chu make solar observations during Rutgers Day on Busch Campus.

The Equine Science Center’s horses will be working out on their high-speed treadmills in the farm area on Cook/Douglass. The Center for Exercise and Aging will be nearby to teach you about the benefits of active aging and key exercises for your own balance and dexterity. Try on “drunk goggles” at the Center of Alcohol Studies’ “Know Your Limits” booth near Passion Puddle to simulate the effects of alcohol intoxication. Don’t forget to take in performances and shopping at the New Jersey Folk Festival.

The sciences reign on Busch Campus. Get a wellness screening from Rutgers’ School of Nursing before boarding the Science Bus or looking for evidence with CSI: Rutgers in the Life Sciences area. Discover the future of computer science, including cutting edge research, robots and network security, in the Engineering area. Formula, electric and low-carbon car engineers and enthusiasts will also be available to discuss their vehicles. And be certain to make time for the popular Phenomenal Faraday Physics lecture at 2 p.m.

Patrick Choi and Jinny Cha stand in front of personalized R's hanging in R Garden on Rutgers Day

Patrick Choi and Jinny Cha in the R Garden on Voorhees Mall during Rutgers Day.

Refreshments, a photo booth, class buttons and more await you at Scarlet Headquarters on College Avenue, Cook/Douglass and Busch campuses. If you love Big Ten athletics, secure your tickets now for the women’s lacrosse team’s final home game of the season against the University of Michigan or the baseball team’s game against the University of Nebraska on Busch Campus.

Share all your fun using #RutgersDay on social media. You can also upload your photos using the Donate a Photo app; Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to Rutgers to support need-based scholarships for students in health care-related fields.


Posted by: Karen Smith | April 19, 2016

Rutgers University-Camden Ready for First Rutgers Day

CamdenRDThanks to guest blogger Edward J. Moorhouse for this post.

At Rutgers University–Camden, we’re proud to be Rutgers in South Jersey, and that Scarlet Pride will shine brightly during our Rutgers Day experience!

On Saturday, April 30, we invite you to experience Rutgers in a uniquely South Jersey way as you stroll around our beautiful 40-acre campus in Camden’s University District near the historic Camden Waterfront. Kids of all ages will be invited to explore science, technology, the arts, world cultures, health, business, and more during interactive and immersive activities throughout the day.

At Rutgers Day in Camden, you’ll be able to:

  • Be a part of art history. Have your photo taken and inserted in classic works of art such as the famous expressionist painting “The Scream!” After that, visit the Rutgers–Camden photo booth and take a selfie with poet Walt Whitman, pretend you’re on an African safari, or even hang out with the Scarlet Raptor.
  • Wear judicial robes, hop on the judge’s bench, and hold court. Children will be able to explore the moot courtroom at the Rutgers Law School. Court is now in session!
  • Explore Rutgers throughout time. Learn about the 250 year history of Rutgers University by participating in a campus-wide scavenger hunt. Our Rutgers Day guests will also have the opportunity to make their mark on a Rutgers 250 mural using wood blocks and ink.
  • Take to the fields. Join Rutgers–Camden resident assistants for volleyball, football, wiffleball, Frisbee, and more!
  • Make Rutgers your own. Decorate your own graduation cap, get a Rutgers “Spirit R” temporary tattoo, and create your own Rutgers shield!

In addition to those activities, be sure to take in one of the 10-minute concerts and theater program performances in the Black Box Studio and the Gordon Theater; learn about how Rutgers–Camden students help the Camden community through civic engagement; explore the Stedman Gallery; and see how Rutgers–Camden students take learning beyond the classroom.

Rutgers–Camden is a supportive and energetic community that comes alive with school spirit. Visit here for information about all of Rutgers–Camden’s Rutgers Day activities. We hope to see you there!

Posted by: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins | April 13, 2016

Kids Activities Planned Throughout Rutgers Day 2016

Alum Michael Gellis and children pose outside the Big Ten tent

Rutgers alumnus Michael Gellis and his children pose near the Big Ten tent during Rutgers Day.

Rutgers Day is the perfect outing for families with children of all ages.

Not only will the Department of English host a marathon reading of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Voorhees Mall at the Rutgers University-New Brunswick location, but there will also be puppet shows at 10:30 a.m., noon, and 1:30 p.m. Your kids can also become a living work of art courtesy of face painters from the Center for Latino Arts and Culture and Zimmerli Art Museum.

Over on Cook/Douglass, your children can build their own bugs with Rutgers microbiologists and use recycled materials for craft projects with 4-H Youth Development near Passion Puddle. Don’t forget the entomologists and their ever-popular cockroach races on Red Oak Lane.

The Office of Information Technology invites you to create a comic strip near the Loree Building before you visit the petting zoo in the farm area of Cook/Douglass campus to spend time with piglets and lambs. The Companion Animal Club will also have service dogs-in-training on site.

Physicians assistant Danielle Morris demonstrates brain surgery

Physician’s Assistant Danielle Morris coaches a young visitor through “brain surgery” during Rutgers Day.

Your family can fly a quadcopter drone, create your own ooey-gooey slime, or “gak” as the Society of Women Engineers calls it, or get a health exam for your favorite (stuffed) furry friend from Rutgers medical students on Busch. You can also have your photo taken at the New Jersey Medical School Doctor for a Day booth.

Up in Newark, you and your children can recreate the Rutgers University-Newark location with Lego building blocks, drill for “oil” or separate “iron ore” with magnets in a mineral exploration game devised by the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. You may also start a personal garden, take your plant home and watch it grow.

In Camden, Rutgers Law School will have a judge’s bench, robes, and a gavel for little, future legal minds. Jumpstart will encourage younger children’s alphabet knowledge skills with literacy development games.

Share all your fun using #RutgersDay on social media. You can also upload your photos using the Donate a Photo app; Johnson & Johnson will give $1 to Rutgers to support need-based scholarships for students in health care-related fields.

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