Rutgers Gardens Celebrates its Centennial Anniversary

Installation of permanent benches.

Installation of permanent benches.

During Rutgers Historic 250th Year its ‘Secret Garden’ turns 100!

Rutgers Gardens celebrated its Centennial on May 17th with an outdoor reception under a large tent in the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Gardens. Despite the rain, the tent was packed with faculty, staff, and many supporters and volunteers. This historic moment in the Gardens’ history was commemorated with the installation of two permanent benches, a plaque, and the naming of a new commemorative bearded iris hybrid ‘Centennial Charm.’  Bob Lyons, chairman of the Advisory Board proudly announced the Horticulture Landmark Designation Award from the American Society for Horticulture Science and Bruce Crawford, director Rutgers Gardens was also honored with the Rutgers Gardens Centennial Award of Distinction.

Dean Bob Goodman.

Dean Bob Goodman.

Dean Bob Goodman kicked off the gala with some remarks regarding his introduction to the Gardens.  He said that during the interview process for the position of Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Studies and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, he was given a tour of the Gardens and then was told that the Gardens would be under his supervision as Dean. “You mean they’ll be mine?” He was clearly delighted!

Bruce Crawford, Rutgers Gardens director, gave a brief history of the Gardens, which began in 1916, when 35.7 acres of land—known as Wolpert Farm—was purchased on May 17, 1916 from Jacob and Celia Lipman. The Gardens  were intended as a functional learning space for local farmers to teach them about the new trend at the turn of the century—ornamental horticulture—and were never meant to be public, leading some to call them Rutgers’ ‘Secret Garden.’ They were never denied to the public, however, and the love for and dedication to the gardens by students, faculty and the public blossomed along with the gardens!

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A Celebration of Excellence 2016

2016 Excellence Award winners. Back row, l-r: Rick Ludescher, Weilin Huang, Christopher Obropta, Marci Meixler, Jennifer Francis. Front row: Dalynn Knigge, Jennifer Todd, Meredith Melendez, Wesley Kline, and Jenice Sabb.

2016 Excellence Award winners. Back row, l-r: Rick Ludescher, Weilin Huang, Christopher Obropta, Marci Meixler, Jennifer Francis. Front row: Dalynn Knigge, Jennifer Todd, Meredith Melendez, Wesley Kline, and Jenice Sabb. Photo by Jeff Heckman.

On April 21, faculty, staff, and students attended the 23rd annual Celebration of Excellence for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station held at Neilson Dining Hall.

According to executive dean Bob Goodman, this signature event acknowledges contributions that meet carefully-considered criteria, including creativity, original work and ideas, innovation, effectiveness, integrity, leadership, impact, community engagement, and excellence.

The awards were presented by dean of academic programs, Rick Ludescher. SEBS students Sarah Waxman and Nicole Tallman also presented the Alpha Zeta Honor Society Awards at the event. [Read more…]

Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers Hosts Rutgers Research Tour

Jim Simon (far left) gave the Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers and guests a tour of his greenhouse research.

Prof. Jim Simon (far left) gave the Rutgers NJAES Board of Managers and guests a tour of his campus greenhouse.

The Board of Managers (BOM), an advisory group to the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), is made up of representatives from New Jersey’s county boards of agriculture. The BOM also serves as advocate for the experiment station and provides input to NJAES’ directors on matters concerning the state’s agricultural enterprise. In addition to quarterly board meetings where members listen to faculty talk about their programs, the BOM hosts an annual tour of NJAES research facilities to get an in-depth perspective of the agricultural research conducted by Rutgers faculty. The BOM representatives invite fellow county board of ag members as well as county legislators and state ag officials to attend the tour. The 2016 tour took place on March 24 and encompassed research conducted on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick and at the Snyder Research Farm in Pittstown, NJ. The county representatives were joined by Al Murray, assistant secretary of agriculture, New Jersey Department of Agriculture, and Peter Furey, executive director, New Jersey Farm Bureau. [Read more…]

State 4-H Agent Jeanette Rea Keywood Honored With RCE Award for Excellence

RCE Director Larry Katz congratulates Jeanette Rea Keywood.

RCE Director Larry Katz congratulates Jeanette Rea Keywood.

Jeannette Rea Keywood, State 4-H agent in the Department of 4-H Youth Development, was awarded the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Award for Excellence–Extension Faculty at a year-end ceremony by Larry Katz, director of RCE and senior associate director of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

According to Katz, dedication to and passion for the youth development profession has been a distinguishing characteristic of Keywood’s career. Her commitment to excellence and strong impact in teaching, extension practice, and service to Cooperative Extension and to the university has spanned more than a quarter century. This includes significant accomplishments as the Cumberland County 4-H Agent for 22 years and as a NJ State 4-H Agent for the past three years. Jeannette’s work as a county 4-H agent reached more than 1,400 youth in club programming and more than 5,000 through enrichment, special interest and after-school programming focused on developing community partnerships, 21st Century grants, youth-at-risk audiences as well as experiential and inquiry-based science, technology and environmental education. [Read more…]

Rutgers Cooperative Extension FCHS Members Awarded at National Conference

Rutgers Cooperative Extension NEAFCS NJ Affiliate 2015 award winners at the NEAFCS Annual Session in West Virginia: (l-r) Michelle Brill, Barbara O’Neill, Karen Ensle, Alexandra Grenci, Sherri Cirignano, Daryl Minch, and Kathleen Morgan. (Not pictured: Joanne Kinsey)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension NEAFCS NJ Affiliate 2015 award winners at the NEAFCS Annual Session in West Virginia: (l-r) Michelle Brill, Barbara O’Neill, Karen Ensle, Alexandra Grenci, Sherri Cirignano, Daryl Minch, and Kathleen Morgan. (Not pictured: Joanne Kinsey)

Rutgers Cooperative Extension Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) Department members, along with other team members, won national and regional recognition at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session in West Virginia in November. (FCHS department members are listed in bold)

  • Karen Ensle, Michelle Brill, Alexandra Grenci & Kathleen Morgan. 1st Place National. Newsletter for Visions
  • Daryl Minch, Michelle Brill, Sherri Cirignano, Alexandra Grenci, Luanne Hughes, Kathleen Morgan, Karen Ensle, Carly Fisher-Maltese, Melissa Helfrich, Joanne Kinsey, Sharese Porter, Lynn Reid, Marilou Rochford, LeeAnne Savoca, Jennifer Shukaitis, Rachel Tansey & Corey Wu-Jung . 1st Place Eastern Region. School Wellness for Grow Healthy – Team Nutrition
  • Daryl Minch & Kristen Mullane – 2nd Place Eastern Region. Educational Publication for the RCE fact sheet Let’s Eat! Healthier Snacks and Parties: A Guide for Families, Schools and Organizations

All of the above were also NEAFCS NJ Affiliate winners. In addition, the following team won at the Affiliate level:

  • Michelle Brill, Sherri Cirignano, Daryl Minch, Alexandra Grenci, Luanne Hughes & Kathleen Morgan. Early Childhood Child Care Training Award for Grow Healthy Team Nutrition Early Care Training Program: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Reach Busy Professionals

 

Monster Mash 2015 [PHOTO GALLERY]

More than 80 Rutgers student groups participated in this year’s Monster Mash – an alternative Halloween event at Rutgers, and welcomed more than 2,500 local elementary school children and their families on the Cook/Douglass campus on Oct. 30

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Jacques Cousteau Research Reserve Watershed Coordinator Lisa Auermuller Receives Floodplain Management Leadership Award

(L-R) Jim Galantino, Floodplain Manager, City of Margate; Laura Tessieri P.E., CFM – NJAFM Awards and Scholarship Chair; Lisa Auermuller; Craig Wenger, NJAFM Chair; John Miller, Princeton Hydro

(L-R) Jim Galantino, Floodplain Manager, City of Margate; Laura Tessieri, NJAFM Awards and Scholarship Chair; Lisa Auermuller; Craig Wenger, NJAFM Chair; and John Miller of Princeton Hydro.

Lisa Auermuller, watershed coordinator for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JCNERR), was presented the Floodplain Management Leadership Award at the New Jersey Association for Floodplain Management (NJAFM) annual conference on October 22 in Atlantic City. The award recognizes individuals who have achieved success in a significant aspect of floodplain management, including efforts in education, government, policy, research, litigation, outreach, or implementation, which demonstrate the advancement of flood loss reduction.

Auermuller has been the watershed coordinator for JCNERR in Tuckerton, NJ, since 2002. Her role includes assessing the needs of coastal decision makers and assembling training opportunities through JCNERR’s Coastal Training Program. These efforts are designed to better inform decision makers through the use of science-based applied research, visualization tools and best practices. [Read more…]

New Jersey Educator Donates Historic U.S. Soils Collection to National Agriculture Library

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service formally transfers the 1916 U.S. soil collection and publication, “Important Soils of the United States” to the USDA National Agricultural Library for safekeeping and archival purposes in Beltsville, MD on Aug. 19, 2015. USDA photo by Anson Eaglin.

On Aug. 19, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service formally transferred the 1916 U.S. soil collection and publication, “Important Soils of the United States,” to the USDA National Agricultural Library for safekeeping and archival purposes in Beltsville, MD.

On Aug. 19, fifty people including staff from the University of Maryland, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Agriculture Library (NAL), members of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists, Rutgers University, and the Firman E. Bear Soil and Water Conservation Society gathered at the NAL for a ceremony to convey a historic 1916 U.S. soils collection. The donor, Jill Guenther, a Vineland, NJ educator, donated a historic collection of U.S. soils to the Library where the collection will be archived for safekeeping, included in Library exhibits, and available upon request for onsite inspection. [Read more…]

Spiders in N.J.: Entomological Consultant at Rutgers Explains Arachnids

Curious about those eight-legged, eight-eyed wonders quietly living in nooks and crannies of your home or weaving expansive webs outdoors?… The Daily Record met with Eugene Fuzy, entomological consultant for Rutgers University in New Brunswick, to learn more about the spiders most prevalent in New Jersey, the ones considered most dangerous based on their venomous bite, and superstitions and misperceptions about these magical and beneficial creatures… "I’ve been fascinated with spiders since I was three years old. I was asthmatic as a kid and couldn’t have furry pets, so a Colorado potato beetle was my first pet and then I moved on to spiders. As a naturalist, I love spiders because they’re so unique, visually active and create such amazing webs," said Fuzy.

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Local Moth Night to Kick Off National Moth Week July 18 in Jamesburg Park

A sphinx moth. The Sphingidae family of moths are found throughout the world. Photo by David Moskowitz.

A sphinx moth. The Sphingidae family of moths are found throughout the world. Photo by David Moskowitz.

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to grab their cameras and head over to Port Street alongside Jamesburg Park in East Brunswick, NJ at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18, for the kickoff of National Moth Week, sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission. National Moth Week, celebrated this year from July 18 to 26, shines a spotlight on moths, calling attention to their beauty, biodiversity and ecological importance. It was started in 2012 by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and quickly became an international event attracting citizen scientists in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and over 40 countries.

A Mercury vapor light and white sheet will be set up and a long sugar bait trail will be created to attract moths after dark. The Jamesburg Park Conservation Area is part of the Middlesex County Parks system. It lies within the Spotswood Outlier—the northernmost area of New Jersey Pine Barrens habitat separated from the main area of the Pine Barrens to the south by about 15 miles. This protected area is situated in East Brunswick, Helmetta, Spotswood and Monroe Township. It is rich in vegetation diversity and should be an interesting place to look for moths. [Read more…]