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…]