Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

A day of fun for everyone! The 11th annual Monster Mash took place on October 24 at the Cook/Douglass Recreation Center Gymnasium. The Halloween Monster Mash is a collaborative community service event sponsored by Rutgers University Residence Life on the Cook/Douglass Campus and provides an alternative trick-or-treat experience for elementary school children in New Brunswick and Piscataway. Various student organizations at Rutgers set up activity tables for the young visitors and reward their efforts with treats. While intended as entertainment for the kids, the Rutgers student volunteers always have a spook-tacular time.

Monster Mash Brings Children to Rutgers for Halloween Fun

Robson Receives New Jersey Public Health Award

Robson receiving the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Mr. Peter Tabbot, health officer and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA president.

Mark Robson poses with the Dennis Sullivan Award, with (left) nominator Peter Tabbot, health officer, and (right) Dr. Oliver Lontok, NJPHA President.

Mark Robson, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, received the Sullivan Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA). The highest award by NJPHA, the Sullivan award is presented  to an individual for dedicated and outstanding public service and contributing to the cause of public health in New It was established in 1976 and named after Dennis J. Sullivan, a health officer who dedicated his life to improving the public health of New Jersey. Robson received the award at the annual New Jersey Public Health Association meeting held on October 17 on the Rutgers Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ.

From the Ground Up: SEBS Staff Get Lesson in Organic Land Care

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members on Oct. 21.

Amy Rowe introduced Organic Land Care to SEBS staff members.

As part of the SEBS Administrative Staff Community Initiative, which offers staff the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the school community and campus and get to know other staff members through a variety of activities during lunch hour sessions, an intro to Organic Land Care (OLC) was offered on October 21. Environmental and Resource Management Agent for Essex and Passaic Counties Amy Rowe (GSNB 2006) conducted the session, based on an extensive course that she and fellow Rutgers Cooperative Extension agricultural and environmental resource management agents Michele Bakacs, Jan Zientek, Bill Hlubik and extension specialists Joe Heckman and Jim Murphy have developed for professional landscapers as well as workshops for homeowners. [Read more...]

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 2014 Annual Conference Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Smith-Lever Act

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 2014. Photo: Jeff Heckman

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 2014. Photo: Jeff Heckman

The 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Annual Conference convened on October 20 in the Cook Student Center. With 223 in attendance, this has been one of the largest RCE conferences to date, growing in recent years with SNAP-Ed/EFNEP members in attendance and the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) joining the fold.

For 2014, the conference incorporated special activities to mark the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which officially created the national Cooperative Extension System. Rachel Lyons, interim chair of the Department of 4-H Youth Development, served as presenter for the conference. [Read more...]

New Brunswick Community Farmers Market Hosts Día de los Muertos Marigold Sales, Oct. 25 – 27

A monarch butterfly makes a stop on the marigolds growing in the Jones Avenue hoop house.

A monarch butterfly makes a stop on the marigolds growing in the Jones Avenue hoop house.

The Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed. It’s also a time when bright orange marigolds, or cempzuchilt, an Aztec term, are in high demand for the annual holiday. New Brunswick has a growing community of migrants from the Mexican state of Oaxaca, a largely indigenous state in southern Mexico. Although Día de los Muertos is recognized all over Mexico, Oaxaca is known for its colorful celebrations honoring the return of deceased loved ones on November 1st and 2nd. [Read more...]