[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

January 23, 2017 | Vol. 20 | No. 17

In This Issue

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


I. Happening This Week

1/24/17 - Tuesday - Rutgers Emergency Shortage Blood Drive - Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall, 11:30am-4:00pm. January is National Blood Donor Month! Currently The New York Blood Center has declared an emergency blood shortage and we need YOU to donate to help replenish the community's blood supply! For an appointment, please visit tinyurl.com/RUBloodDrives or call 1-800-933-2566. Walk-ins welcome! Every donor will receive FREE snacks & a $10 Houlihan's coupon!

1/29/17 - Sunday - Noon - Life After College.  The Cook Community Alumni Association invites all SEBS students to participate in the 4th Life After College Mentoring and Networking Event on Sunday, January 29th at 12 noon in the Cook Student Center. Food will be provided and raffle prizes given out. This is a great opportunity to network with Cook/SEBS alumni in your field and related fields. Please register here: goo.gl/KzxJ5Q

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. Other Upcoming Events

2/1/17 - Wednesday - NJPIRG - The largest student-run non-profit in the state is launching its campaigns for the spring semester! From environment to public health to democracy, NJPIRG empowers students to change their world from the bottom up. Now more than ever, students need to take action on the issues we care about. If you are interested in grassroots action, building your leadership skills, or becoming a volunteer or intern (for course credit) with NJPIRG Students, come to our spring Kickoff meeting! Event is 9:30 PM on Wed, 2/1 in Voorhees Hall room 105 on College Avenue. Register at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/kDPEm2D4bTyJzmoT2. For more information, contact arn54@scarletmail.rutgers.edu. Visit our website: njpirgstudents.org

2/3/17 - Friday - Responsible Drinking Happy Hour - 4:00 - 7:00 p. m.  Cook Student Center
Join us for our first Responsible Drinking Happy Hour for the spring semester.  RDHH is held on the first Friday of each month. It’s an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to interact in a relaxing atmosphere. Come and enjoy an evening of great food, music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer/wine. Please bring friends, faculty and/or staff, along with your IDs. Under 21 also welcome!  Co-sponsored by the Cook Campus Dean and Cook Associate Dean of Students Offices, and RU SURE.  Prof Judy Storch (Campus Dean/Nutr Sci) and Dean Megan Francis (International Programs), bartenders. Hope to see you there!

2/21/17 - Tuesday - 5:30 - 7:30 p. m. Undergraduate Research Mixer
The Spring Undergraduate Research Mixer provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to be introduced to research programs by SEBS Faculty and staff.  Undergraduates can be recruited for independent research projects or senior honors program for the spring or fall semesters.  RESEARCH ON OUR CAMPUS INCLUDES LAB-BASED, DATA-BASED, AND SOCIAL SCIENCE PROJECTS.  At the Mixer, faculty and department staff provide information about their projects and then meet individually with students.  The Research Mixer also welcomes groups outside Cook Campus that are interested in recruiting research assistants.  Pizza will be served.  Please RSVP to joan.bjones@rutgers.edu so that we can plan the refreshments.  Cook Student Center multipurpose room.

III. Announcements


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


Interested in Food Systems and Agriculture?  Explore a new minor and revised major. It all starts with the Introduction to Agriculture and Food Systems (11:020:210), enrolling now for the Spring.  More information is available at http://agricultureandfoodsystems.rutgers.edu/,  or contact the Undergraduate program director Dr. Xenia Morin (xmorin@sebs.rutgers.edu).


Study Abroad

The Center for Global Education (CGE) at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) is currently accepting study abroad applications for summer, fall, and academic year 2017.

We have more than a few study abroad programs with a specific academic focus. Listed below is a sampling of our credit-bearing opportunities designed with SEBS students in mind. This list isn’t comprehensive, so please reach out to CGE to discuss these and other programs. Before applying for a study abroad program, students should speak to their major or minor advisers to discuss course equivalencies and our study abroad advisers to help identify scholarship and financing options. Students should also take a look at the SEBS scholarship page. SEBS scholarships are for programs specific to the SEBS majors/sciences. Please contact Megan Francis at sebsglobal@aesop.rutgers.edu for more information or questions.

Semester Program Options
Australia/New Zealand Various Universities
Barbados University of West Indies
Hong Kong UHK
Hong Kong HKUST
Ireland University College Cork
Ireland University College Dublin
Italy Palazzo Rucellai
Israel Ben-Gurion
Norway Oslo
Sweden KTH
United Kingdom Bristol
United Kingdom Cardiff
United Kingdom Exeter
United Kingdom Manchester
United Kingdom Reading

Rutgers Programs Offering Coursework in French and Spanish
Spain Valencia

Summer Programs
Belize CELA
Cayman Islands Coral Reef Internship
France Microbiology of Cheese & Wine
France PURPAN Food Sciences and Agriculture
Kenya Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation in Kenya
Mexico Culture & Community Health in Mexico
Thailand Human Health and the Metropolis



Center for Global Education
Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers)



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.



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 2017 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.

Peer Instructors receive a stipend of $850 and 3 credits for the Peer Instructor Education course they enroll in during the fall they are teaching their FIGS course. 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 26, 2017.

Learn more by attending our final information session (info sessions are not mandatory):
Tuesday, January 24, 5:00pm (Douglass Student Center, Meeting Room B)

We hope you consider applying for this unique and rewarding leadership opportunity! Feel free to contact us at figs@echo.rutgers.edu with questions.


Aresty Center Peer Instructors

The Aresty Center is now welcoming applications for Peer Instructors for our Research Assistant Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Aresty Peer Instructors lead two 1-hour discussion groups each month focused on scholarly communication and professional development. Peer instructors also attend one 1-hour meeting each month to plan upcoming meetings, troubleshoot student issues, and discuss strategic initiatives related to the Aresty Center. Peer Instructors receive $1000 for the year. Applications are due February 6, 2017. The link to the application is here: https://aresty.rutgers.edu/peer-instructor-application-page


ENERGY INNOVATION CONTEST!  The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) announces the Energy Innovation Contest inviting undergraduates to help reduce energy consumption at Rutgers.  Awards will go to students who develop the best innovative plans to make our campus more carbon neutral, reduce energy consumption and promote eco-friendly practices throughout the New Brunswick Campus. Three prizes ($2,500, $1,500, $1,000) will be awarded.  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. 24, 2017, 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 27, 2017.


Rutgers Student Food Pantry supports students in need by providing emergency relief of non-perishable items and toiletries for any Rutgers University-New Brunswick student (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, etc.). LOCATION: Rutgers Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, 39 Union Street (College Ave Campus) HOURS: 9am-4pm Monday- Friday.  848-932-5500
ruoffcampus@echo.rutgers.edu (Note:  Donations are accepted M-F between the hours of 8:30AM-5:00PM. Donation pick-up can be arranged as well. For more information contact (848) 932–5500 or ruoffcampus@echo.rutgers.edu)


Green Print

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Volunteer with Shore Bowl!  Saturday Feb 4, 2017 at the Cook Student Center. 
Shore Bowl is one of the 25 regional competitions of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Local high school teams compete on topics from marine biology to history of our oceans. The winning team advances to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl finals to compete against HS teams from around the country. Sponsored by the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences with support from the Cook Campus Dean and SEBS.  Volunteer for the event, and , gives Rutgers University faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and local Shore Bowl supporters the opportunity to come together and advance the goal of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl: to promote the understanding and awareness of the oceans and to enhance public understanding and stewardship of the oceans. Students interested in volunteering should send an email requesting information to Jaclyn Specht at jspecht@marine.rutgers.edu.


Rutgers Recreation Spa Services

Did you know that Rutgers Recreation offers SPA SERVICES at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center? Come and relax in our aromatherapy filled spa room. Our licensed massage therapists will help you unwind and rebalance from your busy week.

Threading is available every Wednesday from 3-8PM/cost $5.00. No appointment necessary.

Massages are scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

30 minute massage $25. students rate / 60 minutes $45 student rate.

SPA TREATS ARE OFFERED EVERY FRIDAY - 30 MINUTE MASSAGES ARE ONLY $20.00 (cannot be combined for 60 minutes)

Please call to schedule your appointment!

Cook/Douglass Recreation Center 848-932-8600

Check our website at: rec.rutgers.edu