RCE Hosts Pit Stop on Cross County Personal Finance Education Road Trip on June 4

Barbara O'Neill.

Barbara O’Neill.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) will host a stop on a 10,000 mile road trip, The Road to Financial Wellness, a local grassroots and social media campaign designed to turn local discussions about money into a national conversation on financial wellbeing. The Rutgers stop will be Thurs., June 4, from 2 to 3 p.m., in the Cook Office Building on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick.

According to Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management Barbara O’Neill, the Rutgers stop will feature the seminar “Money & Mindset: The Road to Financial Wellness” as well as the recorded financial stories “from the road.” RCE welcomes participants to this important conversation but are encouraging those interested in attending to send an email to O’Neill at oneill@aesop.rutgers.edu.

“We’re pleased to be able to welcome Phroogal and to be a part of this very relevant conversation about money on its cross county road trip to promote financial wellness during the entire month of June,” says O’Neill.

Initiated by the financial education startup Phroogal, this unprecedented journey across the U.S. is the brainchild of Jason Vitug, a New Jersey resident and former senior executive with a Silicon Valley credit union. Vitug is a 2007 graduate of the Rutgers Business School. [Read more…]

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99-204-01 Snyder trial May 31 2013_-9It’s been ten years in the making, but the team that has launched the Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry (RSS) knows they have a winner. Coming from retired plant biology professor Gojko Jelenkovic’s 20 years of testing hundreds of varieties to develop a better tasting strawberry, the RSS is the first of several new varieties that are coming to market after several years of field trials on New Jersey farms conducted by Agricultural Agents Pete Nitzsche and Bill Hlubik. Read more at Rutgers Today.

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Five SEBS Faculty Honored by Rutgers for Teaching, Research, Service and Diversity Initiatives

Siobain Duffy was awarded for scholarly and teaching excellence.

Siobain Duffy received Rutgers awards for both scholarly and teaching excellence.

Members of the university community who have made outstanding contributions in the classroom, to their disciplines, or for the benefit of the community or world were honored during a May 5 reception at the Rutgers Visitor Center. Five faculty members of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences received awards at the event.  They include Siobain Duffy, Ecology Evolution and Natural Resources; Ning Zhang, Plant Biology and Pathology; Tamar Barkay, Biochemistry and Microbiology; Mark Robson, Plant Biology and Pathology and Tom Rudel, Human Ecology. Those receiving awards span the range of faculty from pre-tenure to distinguished professor. Read more at Rutgers Today.

Planning Your Summer? Here’s the Best Guess at the Weather N.J. Can Expect

As Memorial Day heralds in the unofficial start to the summer season in New Jersey, the outlook for beach season is, well, hazy at best. But the best guess for what’s going to happen lies in the Pacific… Unlike winter, which delivered on its promise of cold and snow, an analysis of long-term forecast data shows that there isn’t a clear signal of what the summer weather will bring to the Garden State… "There’s nothing screaming for a continuation of warm, dry conditions, but there isn’t really anything to the contrary either," said David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University.

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