Posted by: Justine Ruddy | April 21, 2011

Good Eats at Rutgers Day

While you’re exploring the more than 500 programs offered at Rutgers Day, don’t ignore your rumbling tummy because there will be plenty of options to satisfy whatever your craving.

At Rutgers Day, you can decorate cupcakes in a program that will benefit Rutgers Against Hunger.

For those of you with a sweet tooth (like me), there’s plenty for you to check out. On Cook/Douglass, you can get baked goods and root beer floats at the “Good Eats and Sweets” table. Grab an Italian Ice and pretzels while you learn about the Collegiate 4-H Club at Passion Puddle.

On Busch Campus, you can decorate a cupcake at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center with the Rutgers Student Bakers. The proceeds will go to Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale and Rutgers Against Hunger.

Then there are the barbecues:  Students will be grilling up hamburgers, chicken, hot dogs, and veggie burgers at the Engineering BBQ on Busch Campus. If you’re on the Cook/Douglass campus, check out the Food Science BBQ or the Animal Science BBQ where you can grab a bite while you explore the Cook College Farm. Or pass by Passion Puddle for a hot dog prepared by C.O.S.I.N.E.

While you’re on Cook/Douglass, don’t forget to stop by the Folk Festival where there will be more types of food than you can count, including Lebanese, South American, Japanese, Italian, Iberian, vegetarian, and traditional American festival food.

After ingesting all those calories, pay a visit to one of the Scarlet Chef’s tables on each campus where you can learn to create healthy meals like they do. Or whip up a healthy fruit and veggie smoothie with the Rutgers University Nutrition Club or Prospective Health Care Club.

And don’t forget to stop at the New Jersey Authors book signing on College Avenue. From noon until 1 p.m., meet Aaron McCargo, winner of ‘The Next Food Network Star,” and host of the show “Big Daddy’s House.” He will be signing copies of his new cookbook, “Simply Done, Well Done.”

Posted by: Ken Branson | April 21, 2011

Latino Arts and Cultural Events Planned for Rutgers Day


You can learn how to build and make kites like these Mexican papalotes at Rutgers Day. Credit:

Have you ever heard of papalotes? What about chichiguas?

You’ll certainly spot some of them in the sky on Rutgers Day.  The Center for Latino Arts and Culture will show you how to make the kites — from Mexico and the Spanish Caribbean, respectively — and let you fly one and take it home.

You can also get your face painted at the CLAC booth on College Avenue and then have a chance to delve a bit deeper into Latin American culture.

The center will host an exhibit of photographs from Celestino Martinez-Lindin (1933-2005), whose work captures the old, colonial part of San Juan.

You can also visit tables hosted by Latino student, professional, and alumni organizations to learn more about what they do.  Make sure to get your activity “passport” stamped at each table and get a raffle ticket for your chance to win books and CDs.

Posted by: Melissa Kvidahl | April 20, 2011

It’s All Politics at Rutgers Day

Rutgers Day is packing a political punch this year on the College Avenue Campus.

Students from Rutgers University Democrats and College Republicans are collaborating across the aisle to read excerpts from important social and political speeches and historical documents in the Brower Commons area.

The students will present parts of the Declaration of Independence, as well as speeches from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama.  They will also be on hand to discuss the significance of these speeches.

Once you’re in a political mood, toss a bean bag into a one of a series of rings representing different elective offices, from city council to the presidency, at an event sponsored by the Eagleton Institute of Politics. Or take the chance to pose with life-sized cardboard cutouts of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, and Abraham Lincoln.

Kathy Kleeman, Eagleton’s communications director, says she doesn’t expect any actual, flesh-and-blood politicians to show up, but she hopes some will. “After all, it’s an election year in New Jersey,” she said. “It would be a great photo op.”

If you’re a New Jersey resident and U.S. citizen 18 years of age or over, you can also register to vote at Eagleton’s booth in the Voorhees Mall area.

Posted by: Justine Ruddy | April 20, 2011

Make Your TV Debut at Rutgers Day

Want your 15 minutes of fame? You have two chances to make that happen at Rutgers Day this year.

Get your 15 minutes of fame this year at Rutgers Day with these two programs.

While you’re on Busch Campus, stop by “So, You Want to be on TV?” where you can face off to answer questions about television trivia in a Jeopardy-style game, run by the iTV studio.

Participants will be chosen at the Visitor Center at the top of every hour for this 10 minute mini-game show, which will be broadcast on monitors for all to see. You better start studying now because they’ll be giving away an iPod to the finalist!
While you’re there, sign up for summer session television production courses.

If game shows aren’t your thing, you can try your hand at being a meteorologist at  Perry Residence Hall on the Cook/Douglass Campus. “Meteorologist for a Day,” run by RU-tv allows you to stand in front of a green screen and give your own Rutgers Day weather forecast. Participants will receive their own free DVDs of their television debuts.

Posted by: Ken Branson | April 19, 2011

Tell Your Story at Rutgers Day


This photo, taken about 1890, preserves the memory of a day at the beach. What is your story? Whatever it is, Garden State Speaks and MyJerseyRoots want you to share it for posterity on Rutgers Day.

If you have a story to tell, there are plenty of opportunities to tell it — and preserve it — at Rutgers Day.

The Rutgers Oral History Archives, which has recorded and preserved the oral histories of nearly 600 people who lived through the most momentous events of the 20th century, wants to hear your New Jersey story as part of Garden State Speaks.

When you stop by the Garden State Speaks booth near Van Dyke Hall on the College Avenue Campus, you can pop inside and record a specific memory — an enjoyable summer at the Shore or perhaps an unforgettable tie-up on the Turnpike.  You can also make an appointment to sit down for a complete oral history at a later date.

“We want to showcase material dealing with New Jersey, with people who grew up here, developed businesses here, built communities here,” says Shaun Illingworth, the assistant director of ROHA. Shorter interviews will be sent to the Special Collections of the Rutgers University Libraries.

MyJerseyRoots wants more than your memories; They want your pictures — at least, long enough to scan and digitize them to make them part of the New Jersey Digital Highway, the one-stop online source for New Jersey history and culture.  Then, they’ll give them right back to you.

If your family, business, or organization has photos or other images that help capture the story of New Jersey, bring up to five of them with you to MyJerseyRoots at Alexander Library on Rutgers Day. Your everyday life pictures could constitute part of the permanent record of our state’s history.

Posted by: Karen Smith | April 18, 2011

Be Amazed by a Phenomenal Faraday Physics Lecture

If you’re a science buff or your child is an aspiring scientist, don’t miss a chance to be amazed by physics in action on Rutgers Day.

The Faraday Children’s Physics Lecture is entertaining for everyone, whether you’re 5 or 105. Flowers shatter like glass. Hydrogen balloons explode. A fire extinguisher rockets a person across the room. And that bed of nails—well, come see for yourself.

The lectures, which are given every year around the holiday season, are based on the popular children’s lectures of 19th-century physicist Michael Faraday.

An exciting 90-minute show is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on April 30 at the Physics Lecture Hall Auditorium on Busch Campus.  Be sure to arrive early as this popular event fills up fast.

Check out the video from this year’s Christmas show to get in the physics mood:

Posted by: Karen Smith | April 17, 2011

Help Assemble 30,000 Meals for the Hungry on Rutgers Day

Update: Representatives will be at the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue recruiting volunteers, accepting donations, and showing a packaged meal from 7 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday night this week. Donate to the cause here.

On April 30, members of the university community and the public are invited to join an assembly line of volunteers who will be packing meals for thousands of needy people around the world.

The event, sponsored by the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), with support from Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus.

Anyone age 5 or older can participate.

“Two of our school’s main goals are to educate people about the world of work and to make a positive impact on the world,” said SMLR Dean David Finegold. “This event on Rutgers Day is a chance to do both, and have some fun at the same time.”

Prior to the event, a bulk shipment of dehydrated rice/soy meals will be delivered to the Werblin Center by the Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization. Then Rutgers volunteers get to work, packaging as many as 5,000 meals per hour. Each meal feeds a family of four. The packaged meals are placed in bags which are vacuum sealed, and Stop Hunger Now ships them to needy communities worldwide.

Check out this video for more information on Stop Hunger Now and its activities on college campuses:

Posted by: Christie DeBernardis | April 15, 2011

Bus Stop for Dance

The bus stop dancers are back at Rutgers Day this year.

Pairs of dancers will be rotating through the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center bus stop on Busch Campus, surprising visitors with impromptu dance performances all day.

The dancers, dressed in plain clothes, will be joined by a guitarist who will play and sing Carole King’s song, “Where You Lead.” Although the dancers will all use the same song, each couple will perform its own unique choreographed dance lasting four minutes.

The dancers are members of the Meagan Woods Dance Company and many of them are Rutgers alumni from the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Check out this video from last year’s performance to get a look at “Bus Stop for Dance.”

Posted by: Melissa Kvidahl | April 14, 2011

From Rutgers Day to Broadway

Visitors to the College Avenue Campus can "meet" characters from Rutgers history.

Whether you’re a Broadway baby or a seasoned theatergoer, you’re sure to find no shortage of musical and theatrical entertainment on Rutgers Day.

On the Cook/Douglass Campus, members of Cabaret Theatre will perform numbers from their final show of the year—The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee—at 11:10 a.m. on the Big R Stage. Then head over to their table where the staff will host theater games for all ages.

The Livingston Theatre Company has a great show in store for those visiting the Busch Campus, where cast members will bring their three mainstage productions from the 2010-2011 season back for one last hoorah. Check out their performances from Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Into the Woods, and Hairspray on the Big R Stage at 11:20 a.m.

On the College Avenue Campus, you’ll find impromptu performances by Mason Gross graduates who are taking on the roles of notable figures from Rutgers history, such as Henry Rutgers, Mabel Smith Douglass, and Paul Robeson in the Old Queens area.

The Department of Theater Arts will also host an exhibit of theater props and costume crafts nearby on Voorhees Mall. They’ll reveal inside information about how actors achieve fights and follies onstage through demonstrations of clowning and combat. Don’t try these tricks at home!

Posted by: John Chadwick | April 13, 2011

Living Below the Poverty Line in New Jersey

Alternative Break participants taking a break from building a home in New Orleans

In addition to the all the food, fun, and frolic, Rutgers Day is also about good citizenship. Participants can learn about an array of issues, from the environment to bioethics. This year, they can also learn about what it’s like to live below the poverty line in New Jersey.

The Rutgers Alternative Breaks program, a student club, will be providing statistical information about poverty in New Jersey, as well as interactive exercises aimed at putting participants in the shoes of some of the state’s poorest residents.

“You will be put into a situation where you have limited resources, and will have to decide how to spend the available money,” said Joanna Cirillo, a senior, and club president. “For most people, it’s not a position they have ever been in, and it can be a very powerful learning experience.”

The Alternative Breaks program provides undergraduates with an opportunity to travel to a community within the United States to perform community service and explore the local culture. Recent trips have covered Mississippi, Tennessee, and New Orleans.

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