[George H. Cook Campus]

Cook Community Weekly News

September 15, 2014 | Vol. 18 | No. 3
http://ccwn.rutgers.edu/
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In This Issue

  1. Upcoming Events
  2. Announcements
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I. Upcoming Events

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..

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

SEBS has launched many a successful career in offices, labs and in the field, but one alumna soared on the basketball court. Women’s basketball superstar Sue Wicks (Cook ’88) began her career here, with a little help along the way. Read more about SEBS alumni, and see what else your fellow students are up to at the SEBS & NJAES Newsroom.

Cook campus parking lots are “extreme, urban treasure troves of thriving and flowering plants?” Says who? So says SEBS professor and global botanist Lena Struwe and graduate student Lauren Frazee, who were joined by Aresty undergraduate scholar Alisha Sharma to look at the biodiversity of weeds in Rutgers parking lots over the summer. Read more about their project, and see what else your fellow SEBS students are up to at the SEBS & NJAES Newsroom.

Fresh Produce on Cook Campus - 11 am to 3 pm Thursdays in September and October on Nichol Ave near Suydam (behind our now closed bookstore)  Please walk (no parking).  Be green - bring a bag. The New Brunswick Community Farmer's Market is moving to Cook Campus on Sept. 4.  Support the SEBS Governing Council and their collaboration with the NJAES to bring fresh produce to campus. Sponsored by New Brunswick Community Farmer's Market, SEBS Governing Council, Rutgers Against Hunger, Slow Food Rutgers and the Cook Campus Dean.

9/16, 9/17 & 9/18/14 - Navigate Your Path To Success
The Campus Deans, professors, and student leaders will share insider secrets on how to become a successful college student.  Accessing academic resources, getting involved, connecting to research, classroom etiquette...get tips on these topics and more! Free pizza and drinks will be provided. Students who attend will be entered into a gift card raffle. Program time: 7:30-8:30pm (choose a location to attend): Tuesday, Sept 16 - Busch Campus Center, Multipurpose Room or Cook Campus Center, Multipurpose Room. Wednesday, Sept 17 - College Avenue Campus, Graduate Student Lounge (behind ABP). Thursday, Sept 18 - Douglass Campus Center, Trayes Hall or Livingston Student Center, Livingston Hall Multipurpose Room. Sponsored by: The Campus Deans & the Office of Academic Engagement and Programming.  For more information, call (848)932-7442.

9/17/14 – Cook/Douglass Campus Community Day - 4:00 – 7:00 p. m.   (Rain date: Sept. 18)
Faculty, Staff and Students on Cook and Douglass Campuses are invited to a barbecue at Passion Puddle.  Celebrate the new academic year, learn about clubs and activities on campus and reconnect.  Co-sponsored by School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Mason Gross School of the Arts. For more information please visit: http://ghcookcampus.rutgers.edu/communityday/

9/21/14 - Rutgers Goes to the People's Climate March.
Join Rutgers student groups in what will be the largest Climate Rally in history!  Sunday September 21st in New York City,
For information about the climate march and subsidized train tickets visit the RU goes to the PCM facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/events/271880446351674/permalink/283918101814575/
For more information email contact@rutgersfossilfree.org
Sponsors include Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divest, Students for Environmental Action, Office of the Cook Campus Dean

9/23/14 - George Marshall Lecture:  "Are Our Brains Wired to Ignore Climate Change?"  -  7 pm Tuesday September 23 (RSVP at website below). Cook Student Center MPR. A lecture and book signing by George Marshall, founder of the Oxford-based Climate Outreach and Information Network and one of the leading European experts in climate change communications. Over the past 25 years Marshall has worked at all levels of the environmental movement, including as a senior campaigner for Greenpeace US and the Rainforest Foundation.   This event is open to the entire Rutgers community and the public.  Parking for visitors to Rutgers will be in Lots 76, 99C or 99D on the Cook Campus.  Faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.   This event is co-sponsored by Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Department of Human Ecology and Office of the Cook Campus Dean. RSVP:  climatechange.rutgers.eduDirect lint to register:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9px6ytye9fa2da3&llr=h9zg7diab

9/25/14 - Energy Café – a conversation with the Rutgers Energy Institute(REI) on What’s New in Solar in New Jersey. PSE&G Solar Portfolio (including landfill solar) by Andrew Chad Watson - RU Alumni, Paul Morrison, and Paul Drake. Solar+Battery Storm Resilient Systems by Prof. Dunbar Birnie (MSE). The REI is pleased to be sponsoring a morning Café Hour for conversation on a broad range of energy related topics. Students, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines will be attending and are welcome to join in. No reservation is required…just come to learn and share ideas. Date: Sept. 25, Time: 8:45AM to 9:45AM (breakfast meet & greet starts 8:30), Location:, The COVE at the Busch Campus Center, Email contact:  bea@marine.rutgers.edu, More information: http://rei.rutgers.edu/

10/2/14 - Academic Forum Meeting - 9 AM, Cook Student Center. The Academic Forum is where all academic issues are addressed that affects the character, availability, and the quality of undergraduate programs at SEBS. In addition to the business of the Academic Forum special Guest speaker Dr. Mary Emenike, Director of STEM Support, will describe training and course support opportunities at the Rutgers Learning Assistant Program.

10/3/14 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
You’re invited to join us!  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour creates opportunities for faculty and staff to interact in a relaxing atmosphere. Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community.   It also seeks to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. You’re welcome to join us and enjoy an evening of delicious food, assorted beverages, good music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and/or make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer. Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff member along and your IDs.  Hope to see U there!

10/14/14 - Undergraduate Research Mixer
The Spring Research Mixer will be held on Tuesday, October 14, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm in the Cook Campus Center multipurpose room. The Undergraduate Research Mixer provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to be introduced to research programs by Cook Faculty and staff.  Some of these programs require research assistants and are sometimes paid positions. Undergraduates can be recruited for independent research projects or senior honors program for the spring or fall semesters.  During this event, faculty and department staff is invited to provide information about their projects and meet individually with students.  The Research Mixer also welcomes groups outside Cook Campus that express a willingness to work as research assistants.  Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to joan.bjones@rutgers.edu so that we can include you in the refreshments.

11/7/14 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
Please join us!  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour creates opportunities for faculty and staff to interact in a relaxing atmosphere. Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community.   It also seeks to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. You’re welcome to join us and enjoy an evening of delicious food, assorted beverages, good music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and/or make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer. Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff member along and your IDs.  Hope to see U there!

12/5/14 – Responsible Drinking Happy Hour
It’s the last one for the semester! Care to join us? Hope you had the opportunity to interact in a relaxing atmosphere with faculty and staff during the semester.  Responsible Drinking Happy Hour seeks to build and strengthen the faculty, staff and student relationship outside the classroom as well as build a foundation for the learning community.   It also seeks to increase student involvement in an innovative activity in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere. Hope it did that for you. Feel free to join us and enjoy an evening of delicious food, assorted beverages, good music, fun and company.  Come meet old friends and/or make new ones.  Everything is free except the beer. Please bring a friend(s), faculty and/or staff member along and your IDs.  Hope to see U there!

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

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II. Announcements


  1. Intramural Signups start now! All skill levels are welcome to play intramurals so whether you are a competitive sports junkie or just looking to get out and play we have something for you.  There are no practices and games teams generally have one game per week.  Leagues are offered on all campuses and include Flag Football, Outdoor Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball. This year, we are offering new Friday only leagues! Leagues are popular and can fill fast so get your teams together quick! League meetings will be held for each sport at the location the league is offered. Check the full list on imleagues.com/rutgers for the different divisions we will be offering including Men's, Open, Co-Rec, 1st Yr Only, Under 6' etc! Any questions, I am always happy to answer. Really love sports and want to work as a paid official- check out our website recreation.rutgers.edu/intramurals and click on employment opportunities. Good luck!

  2. 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 will be introduced. Participants are encouraged to find their preferred method. No previous experience required. Sponsored by CAPS  (Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatry Services).

    No registration necessary
    OPEN to students, staff and faculty.
    Every Thurs 12.00-1.00
    Douglass Campus Center Room C.
    Start Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

  3. Climate Change interest you?   To stay informed about events, internships, job opportunities,resources, and much more, subscribe to the Rutgers Climate Institute email list here and follow us on Facebook

  4. The City of New Brunswick has a free app, MyWaste, to keep residents up to date on garbage and recycling schedules, set reminders, get alerts on schedule changes, etc.: http://ow.ly/BfMkQ 

  5. Become an Aresty Fellow this year—apply now for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship! Applications due October 1. We invite undergraduate students from all schools who are conducting independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor to apply for an Undergraduate Research Fellowship to help defray the costs of their research project. Learn more: http://aresty.rutgers.edu/funding

  6. Rutgers Learning Centers will be offering a variety of FREE academic workshops during Welcome Week, Sept. 8-11.  At each of our learning centers, we also offer FREE academic services (Tutoring, Study Groups, Academic and Writing Coaching).  Please help us reach students by forwarding the email below or posting the attached flyer to let students know about Welcome Week and the FREE academic services at the Rutgers Learning Centers.

  7. Study Events and Opportunities Winter and Spring 2015

    The Center for Global Education is now accepting Winter and Spring 2015 study abroad applications. The deadline to apply online is October 1, 2014.   To learn more about the study abroad program offerings please attend a study abroad info session or visit our website http://globaleducation.rutgers.edu/.  Please see the full schedule below and remember to Save the Date for the Study Abroad Fair on Monday, September 22nd  from 3:30-6:30 at the Rutgers Student Center.

    Info sessions will cover the general application process, from selecting the right study abroad program for a student’s major to securing scholarship/funding for the program. We encourage interested students to start planning early by attending one of our events.   

    *Info sessions will be held every week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, on a different campus, from 8-9pm*
    Sept 16 & 17: Cook/Douglass Ruth Adams Building Rm 104
    Sept 23 & 24: Livingston Beck Hall Rm 253
    Sept 30 & Oct 1: College Ave Frelinghuysen B4

    Study Abroad Scholarship Writing Workshops
    Sept 17 and 24: Kreeger Learning Center, College Ave

    *Free food, giveaways, and a $500 scholarship raffle prize*
    Study Abroad Fair
    Monday, Sept 22: College Ave Rutgers Student Center
    3:30-6:30pm

    For more detailed information please visit our News & Events page or email Loan Nguyen loanng@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu

    For more information about Center for Global Education program offerings:
    Spring study abroad programs - http://goo.gl/kpEMIM
    Winter study abroad programs - http://goo.gl/jtCAUR

  8. SEA aims to raise awareness about the environment in a way that is enjoyable and fun for our members and the students we reach out to. With strong support from faculty, students, and Rutgers departments, SEA is a student-run, activist organization that motivates and inspires individuals to help protect, conserve, and clean up the environment. We are committed to creating environmental change in both the Rutgers and New Jersey communities by developing awareness campaigns and going above and beyond for the public and the environment.

    Our meetings will always take place at the Cook Campus Center in the Merle V. Adams room at 9:15pm every other Monday, the dates are: 9/22/14, 10/6/14, 10/20/14,11/3/14, 11/17/14, and 12/1/14

  9. USA Pavilion Student Ambassador Program at Next World's Fair, Expo Milano 2015: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life - Deadline Oct. 15
    May 1 - October 31, 2015
    Students with excellent language skills, apply now.
    Details and application:  http://students.usapavilion2015.net/

  10. The mission of the Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is to provide all members of the Rutgers community with the best possible solutions for getting around campus safely and easily.

    This Fall, RUDOTS will be rolling out a number of initiatives to promote and encourage transportation options Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff.

    Pop-Up DOTS
    Come to our Fall Pop-Up DOTS events! We will be popping-up across the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses to answer your transportation-related questions.

    • Tuesday September 30th, Rutgers Student Center, 1-3pm
    • Thursday October 9th, Douglas Campus Center, 1-3pm
    • Thursday October 16th, Livingston Plaza Bus Stop, 1-3pm


      Bicycle Locker Rental, Bicycle Repair Stations, and Bicycle Rental Program

      • What is the bicycle locker rental program? New to Rutgers this year, bicycle lockers offer a covered and protected storage space for a bicycle and bicycle-related gear. Rentals include a padlock and key.
      • What are the bicycle repair stations? New to Rutgers this year, the stations provide the necessary tools for making basic repairs or adjustments on the go. The stations are free to use and can be found at four convenient locations on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.
      • What is the bicycle rental program? Bicycles are available for users to rent by the month or semester at various locations throughout the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus.
      • For more details, such as locations and registration information, visit bikes.rutgers.edu.


        Bicycle Safety Education Courses

        Sign-up for a course on how to be a safer cyclist and feel more comfortable travelling with traffic. RSVP to reserve your spot at BikeRU@aps.rutgers.edu

        • Tuesday October 14th, Rutgers Student Center Room 411C, 4:30-5:30pm
        • Monday October 20th, Busch Campus Center Room 117, 4:30-5:30pm


          Be Social!

        • Follow RUDOTS or BikeRU on Facebook
        • Find us on twitter @RUDOTS and @JustBikeRU
        • For more info on RUDOTS, please visit rudots.rutgers.edu or e-mail us at BikeRU@aps.rutgers.edu