[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

November 30, 2015 | Vol. 19 | No. 14

In This Issue

  1. Happening This Week
  2. Important Announcements
  3. Upcoming Events Calendar

I. Happening This Week

12/1/15 - NJPIRG Solar Summit 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Trayes Hall A, Douglass Student Center.

12/2/15 - Speed Networking, 6:00 pm, College Avenue Student Center Multipurpose Room.

12/4/15 - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour, Cook Student Center. 4-7 PM Free food, great music.

Want your club/organization events listed here? Anyone can submit information for publication through the online submission form located at: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~acampbel/ccwn.htm or by submitting items directly with an email to studentmail@aesop.rutgers.edu.

Looking for More Events on Campus and at Rutgers?
SEBS Calendar | G. H. Cook Campus Calendar | Rutgers Calendar


II. Announcements

  1. Follow the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences on Facebook  http://facebook.com/RutgersSEBS and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RutgersSEBS

  2. Harvest Cafe @ IFNH (61 Dudley Road)

    Smoothie Happy Hour!  Half price every day 1:30 to 2:30pm

    Harvest Cafe gift cards available

    Are you passionate about your major and interested in teaching first-year students?  Do you enjoy mentoring?  Are you looking for a leadership experience that will allow you to build new skills and will stand out as a unique and prestigious experience to future employers and graduate school selection committees? 
    If you answered yes, then we invite you to apply to become a FIGS Peer Instructor! 
    Peer Instructors (PIs) are instructors and mentors for First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS).  FIGS are topical-based, one-credit seminar courses that meet for 10 weeks in the fall semester.  PIs receive training that prepares them to plan, develop, and implement their curriculum.  The Peer Instructor position is open to all eligible Rutgers undergraduates who will be Juniors or Seniors in Fall 2016 with a 3.0 GPA and are interested in encouraging the success of first-year students.  The Rutgers University FIGS Program is one of the few in the nation that allow undergraduates to teach their own course and only 1 in 200 upper-class students at Rutgers have this opportunity.  
    For a detailed overview of the position and selection process, please visit https://figs.rutgers.edu/peer-instructors/teach-a-figs.  The online application is available at the same link and due by Thursday, January 28, 2016.    
    Learn more by attending one of our information sessions (these are not mandatory):
    Friday, December 4, 1:30 PM (Murray Hall, Room 114)
    Monday, December 14, 3:00 PM (Tillett Hall, Room 252)
    Friday, January 22, 4:00 PM (Hickman Hall, Room 216)
    We hope you consider applying for this unique and rewarding leadership opportunity!  Feel free to contact us at figs@echo.rutgers.edu or 848-932-7442 with questions.

  4. Climate Change Survey
    Help us improve classes and programs at Rutgers on climate change and sustainability!
    Participate in the Rutgers Student’s Climate Change Survey from November 30-December 22, 2015!
    Your voice is important!
    Participants will be entered in a drawing to win one of 15 gift cards valued from $50—$300.
    Look for a November 30 email asking you to participate in the Rutgers Students’ Climate Change Survey and follow the link to the survey or just go to http://tinyurl.com/RUClimateChange
    All Rutgers-New Brunswick undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate
    Support for this survey is provided by the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Busch Campus Dean, College Avenue Campus Dean, Cook Campus Dean, Douglass Campus Dean, Livingston Campus Dean, Rutgers Climate Institute and Rutgers Department of Human Ecology.
    Any questions?  Contact Mary Nucci at 848 932-9242 or mnucci@rutgers.edu

  5. Rutgers University Nutrition Club:

    Hot Chocolate Sale- December 1st: 11:00- 3:00 location TBA. Look out for sign ups on Facebook!

    General meeting- December 2nd: 7:30-9:00 in room 216A Davison Hall

    Alternative bake night- December 7th: 7:30 in the Foods Lab Davison Hall.. Look for sign ups on Facebook!

    Bake Sale- December 8th: 11-3 in DSC - look for sign ups on Facebook! 

  6. Mindfulness Meditation

    Mindfulness is the art of becoming a compassionate observer of your own experience. Meditation practice helps us to achieve mindfulness and reduce stress. All are welcome, whether you are a beginner or have been practicing meditation for years.  Several techniques introduced. Participants are encouraged to find their preferred method. No previous experience required. Sponsored by CAPS  (Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatry Services).

    Free. No registration necessary
    OPEN to students, staff and faculty.
    Every Thurs 12.00-1.00
    Douglass Campus Center Room C.

  7. RESUME CRITIQUE DROP-IN HOURS - Tuesdays, 2pm – 4pm, Martin Hall, Room 210, Cook Campus, Larry Jacobs, Career Specialist

  8. Rutgers Yoga and Reiki Club - themed yoga classes every Tuesday at 6:00-7:30 pm on Cook/Douglass in Cooper Dinning Hall.

  9. GREEN PRINTMake sure you keep up with THE GREEN PRINT, your SEBS student-run newsletter. Available at : *www.rugreenprint.com* Interested in writing? email: sebsgreenprint@gmail.com

  10. Looking for SEBS gear? SEBS sweatshirts, T-shirts etc. are available for purchase through the Student Governing Council.  Contact Ankita at Council@sgc.rutgers.edu

  11. Call for Submissions: Energy Innovation Contest
    The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) announces an Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce the energy consumption at Rutgers to make the university carbon neutral by 2030. Three prizes ($2,500, $1,500, $1,000) will be awarded. REI asks faculty to identify students who may be interested in this opportunity. Open to all New Brunswick Undergraduates. Register by sending an email indicating intent to submit an entry to Beatrice Birrer at bea@marine.rutgers.edu no later than Feb. 26, 2016, subject line: "Energy Innovation Contest." Details, application form and full rules, are available on the REI website (http://www.rei.rutgers.edu/). Proposals due March 25, 2016.

    Date: Register by sending an email of intent by Feb. 26th.  Proposals should be submitted on or before March 25, 2016
    Location: Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus
    Email Contact: bea@marine.rutgers.edu

  12. Come join Students for Environmental Awareness! If you're interested, our meetings are every Monday in the Merle V. Adams room of the Cook Student Center split between general meetings starting at 9PM (12/7) and campaign meetings starting at 9:15PM (11/30). We do a variety of activities promoting environmentalism and sustainability on campus through various campaigns, film screening, and community service. We do some fun activities such as hiking trips as well. Feel free to join at any time and contact us through email at rusea@eden.rutgers.edu or on Facebook.

  13. Applications are now being accepted for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Challenge Program, an innovative new program designed to give undergraduates an early start on the scientific process and solving real world science problems. The program is a 10-week summer internship that awards winning candidates a competitive weekly stipend, furnished housing, and travel assistance to and from ORNL. Participants will be able to conduct hands-on research under the direction of a scientist or engineer at ORNL.

    Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate junior or senior in good standing at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Participants are selected based on their ability to derive a solution to a research Challenge Question. The two challenges are “Simulation and Design of Artificial Model Magnets Challenge” and “The ORNL Distributed Energy Research Challenge.”

    For an in-depth technical description of each Challenge project, and to learn how to apply, visit the ORNL Challenge Program website at www.orau.org/ornlchallenge. The application window closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 15, 2016. For any questions about this program, please contact Nicie Murphy, nicie.murphy@orau.org or at (865) 241-6958.

  14. The Rutgers University Environmental Education students are conducting a brief survey to assess the students' opinion of CO2 emissions on campus. We need to hear from you! Your responses will be kept confidential and only group data will be shared.

    To take the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8DF7WPR.

    Thank you so much for your help!

III. Upcoming Events Calendar

12/7/15 - Rutgers Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor: Universities as Anchor Institutions: Understanding our “place.”  4 PM Talk is followed by a pizza reception.  All are welcome.  Institute for Food Nutrition & Health (61 Dudley Rd). Co-sponsors: SEBS Executive Dean, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Rutgers Student Chapter of the Am. Soc. for Landscape Architecture, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Cook Campus Dean

12/7/15 - Student Debate: Rutgers University Student Debate Unions from New Brunswick vs Newark campuses 7 – 9 pm Alampi Room (Marine Science Bldg) “Resolution: New Jersey environmental policies should prioritize mitigation actions to reduce the impact of climate change on its residents. “ Co-sponsors: SEBS Executive Dean, Rutgers Climate Institute, Cook Campus Dean

1/31/15 - Life After College 12:00 pm, Cook Student Center Multipurpose Rooms B&C. The Cook Community Alumni Association will be hosting its Third Annual "Life After College" mentoring event. It will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 12-4 pm in the Cook Student Center Multipurpose Rooms B&C. Food and beverage will be served with a brief discussion for students on personal needs after college. We will cover finance and investing, taxes and creating credit history, and mortgages vs renting. This will be followed by Alumni Mentor Round Table discussions for individual majors and their industry trends and opportunities. This event was very much appreciated by the students in past years! If you can spare some time on January 31st, can you please join us? Please tell us your major and career area (even if they differ!), and if there is another "General Life" area you'd like to assist with. Please register and provide this information at:2016 Alumni Mentor Registration. Or...are you a recent alum who would like to another chance to chat with older alumni about career and general life issues?  We'd be happy for you to join us!  Please register at   2016 Student/Young Alumni Registration