Rutgers Cooperative Extension Welcomes Back Retirees to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Former and current Rutgers Cooperative Extension directors, John Gerwig (left) and Larry Katz cut the cake commemorating the 100th anniversary of Extension.

Former and current Rutgers Cooperative Extension directors John Gerwig (left) and Larry Katz cut the cake at the retiree event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Extension.

This year, as Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 that created the Cooperative Extension Service, what better way to commemorate its history than to invite back those who were part of its past? To this end, a luncheon for RCE retirees was held at Neilson Dining Hall on the Cook/Douglass campus on June 20. Fifty retirees and their guests attended the event, reuniting with former and current RCE colleagues.

The retirees were former faculty and staff that represented all facets of RCE administration, its extension specialists and the ARMA, FCHS and 4-H departments. Current RCE department heads were on hand to provide updates on institutional activities while Executive Dean Bob Goodman and RCE Director Larry Katz discussed extension’s anniversary and the current state of affairs.

While the retirees appeared to enjoy active and fulfilling retirements, a few never strayed far from Rutgers, continuing work in their respective fields. Retired Extension Specialist in Vegetable Crops Mel Henninger coordinates the educational program for the annual New Jersey Vegetable Meeting (Atlantic Coast Ag Convention and Trade Show) in Atlantic City and is also working with Agricultural Agent Dave Lee on corn and soybean trials at Rutgers Snyder Farm. Recently retired Agricultural Agent Rich Obal teaches courses for the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education and continues his involvement with the Rutgers Master Gardener program. [Read more...]

Nature Next Door: Mothing is the new birding

Early in 2012, two naturalists in Central Jersey announced an ambitious plan: to create an annual July event called National Moth Week (NMW) to raise awareness of these little-known creatures of the night. The N.J. Meadowlands Commission and Bergen County Audubon Society jumped at the chance to hold a moth event…What started as a series of local public moth nights that Liti Haramaty (Lab Researcher, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences in the School of Environemntal and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University) and David Moskowitz (Entomology graduate student at SEBS) began in East Brunswick in 2005 has gone international. This month, events take place in every state of the union and more than 30 nations.

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Another Side of Summer: Plovers Struggle to Survive Amid People and Predators

The challenge continues: Can endangered piping plovers thrive nesting in one of the busiest state parks in New Jersey? The tiny family giving it a go south of Barnegat Lighthouse this summer is surely determined…"The eggs just hatched the day before Father’s Day; that was really exciting," said Karen Leu, a research technician with Rutgers University. "As far as nests, though, we only have the one piping plover nest out there. In previous years we’ve had two to four pairs. This year numbers have been going down for all the sites, actually. That’s a little depressing."

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Shore communities altered forever by Sandy

Glenn Wilson needed a favor on Saturday, and he knew he didn’t have to ask. He wanted to take his son surf fishing, so he drove from his house by the bay in Point Pleasant and parked in his mother-in-law’s driveway in Ocean Beach, two blocks from the sea…Steve Szulecki (director of the Rutgers University Air Pollution Training Program) owns a house on a hill in Highlands, a town on the northern Shore that attracts few summer tourists. While his own house is safe from future floods, Szulecki worries about the next storm, and the storm after that, and whether this town with fewer than 5,000 people can afford to take the blows.

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2014 Celebration of Excellence Awards Recognize Outstanding SEBS and NJAES Contributions

Photo by Jeff Heckman

Photo by Jeff Heckman

Now in its 21st year, the annual “Celebration of Excellence Awards” honors the individuals and teams who have advanced the mission and vision of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES). This year’s event was a luncheon held on April 24 at the Neilson Dining Hall on the Cook/Douglass campus. Master of Ceremonies of the event was Rick Ludescher, dean of academic programs at the school. [Read more...]