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February 2011

The "Discovery Initiative" of the Office of Community Engagement invites you to join fellow alumni, current and retired faculty and staff, students, and the public for any or all of the "Discovery" events and programs offered by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.  Click on the links below to read more about our upcoming events.  Please check our

website often for updates to our event calendar.

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If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming events, please take a moment to complete our interest survey, which will place you on our master invitation list.  See upcoming events below.
RU Healthy
February 15, 2011, 6 p.m.
Leslie Sansone
Leslie Sansone
Do you have trouble finding the time to fit in exercise and healthy eating? Would you like to learn how to cook nutritious and delicious meals in less than 30 minutes? Spend an evening with a panel of experts and learn firsthand how to incorporate health and nutrition into your everyday lifestyle.

The evening will begin with a presentation on health and fitness by our specialist in community nutrition, Dr. Debra Palmer. Dr. Palmer will lead us all in a 20-minute exercise routine that can be done anytime, anywhere. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. After the workout you will receive a healthy cooking demonstration and tasting by Sebastian Nieto, Rutgers Dining Services head chef, and Peggy Policastro, M.S., R.D., instructor and director of the Healthy Dining Team at Rutgers. The tasting will feature an appetizer, entree, and a healthy dessert. After dessert, stick around for our "Jeopardy" round held by Kathleen Morgan, chair of the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences, where you can win Rutgers prizes and finish up with time to talk to our experts one on one. This is one event that you don't want to miss. 

Cost is $35 per person and includes program, a three-course dinner, and a copy of the Leslie Sansone exercise DVD.

Register here

For more information, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at 732-932-2000, ext. 4205, or
Discovery Tour: Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens
March 16, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rain Barrel

Rain barrels and rain gardens are great tools for promoting water conservation, reducing stormwater runoff, and minimizing mosquito breeding conditions. The Water Resources staff at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office in Monmouth County will conduct a training session on how to build rain barrels and rain gardens.  


If you choose to build your own rain barrel, rest assured that the finished product fits on the backseat of most passenger cars.

Decorated Rain Barrell
Decorated Rain

The cost to attend the event is $15, which includes lunch and snacks. For those participants who want to build a rain barrel, there is an additional cost of $45 for materials.


Register here


For more information, visit our website, or contact the Office of Community Engagement at 732-932-2000, ext. 4205, or  

Discovery Tour:
Grapevines and Fine Wines
May 25, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GrapevineDon your gardening gloves and learn the art of vertical shoot positioning at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension Farm in Bridgeton, NJ.  Vertical shoot positioning allows for uniform sun exposure to the grape cluster, which leads to superior flavor development. Each participant will get hands-on experience pruning and positioning vines for the best results. Your farm experience will also include an educational wagon tour of the farm. During lunch, a representative from Bellview Winery will join us for a tasting of four varieties of his finest wines and an introduction to the New Jersey wine industry.  Each participant will receive a souvenir wine glass.

The registration fee, which includes lunch, wine tasting, and a souvenir glass, is $30 per person.

Register here

For more information, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at 732-932-2000, ext. 4205, or
What's Happening...

Retired Faculty Luncheon
Retired Faculty Luncheon

Nearly 100 retired faculty and their guests joined current faculty, staff, alumni, and students for the Retired Faculty Luncheon on December 6, 2010, at the Continuing Studies Conference Center.  This annual event was hosted by Executive Dean Bob Goodman and the George H. Cook Community Alumni Association and was organized by the Office of Community Engagement.

Read more about this wonderful community event and view the photo gallery here.

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Hot Topic...
How Much Vitamin D is Enough?

Sue Shapses
Sue Shapses
Vitamin D is certainly a hot topic these days. We all have heard reports in the media about the various health benefits of this super vitamin, including weight loss, maintenance of healthy bones, and improved brain function among many others.  With all of this hype, how do we know what to believe? In an attempt to verify some of these claims, the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit organization connected to the National Academy of Sciences, reviewed nearly 1,000 published studies to determine the answer.  Sue Shapses, professor of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, served on that review committee and shares some surprising results in an interview with Rutgers Today.  Read the entire interview here.
Other events in the works for 2011...
March 7, 2011 - Back to the Future: How George H. Cook Influenced My Life - featuring Luke Visconti, Cook College Class of 1982

April 27, 2011
- Celebration of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception

April 30, 2011 - Ag Field Day at Rutgers Day

May 14, 2011 - Rutgers Rising Memorial Service

May 14, 2011 - Rutgers Alumni Reunion Dean's Tour and Reception
Office of Community Engagement
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