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July 2014 
It's Official: Rutgers Is Now B1G
Display at DC Reception
Display of Rutgers Football Heritage Collection at the 2014 Ag Alumni Reception in DC drew considerable attention.

The University has been abuzz about the Big Ten for more than two years, but as of July 1, we officially take our place in the league. To celebrate the occasion, President Robert Barchi has invited the Rutgers community to gather on the field at High Point Solutions Stadium at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, for "R B1G Party." The event will include music by the Rutgers Marching Band; performances by the cheer and dance squads; comments by President Barchi, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney and Athletic Director Julie Hermann; activities on the field; and - at about 9 p.m. - a closing fireworks display. Admission is free. Read the details here.

Alumni and friends will be pleased to know that the Big Ten ag schools have included the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in their annual Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception in Washington, DC, for the past two years, welcoming our School and Experiment Station even before we were "official." Their enthusiasm and camaraderie have made this new relationship even more exciting for the School's alumni, students, faculty, staff and administration, and we are grateful to our peer institutions for their inclusivity.
Big Ten Entry Shines Spotlight on Land-Grant Tradition

100th Anniversary Logo
Did you know? Most of our Big Ten brethren are land-grant universities. The School's community is pretty well versed in the values of being part of a land-grant institution, with an emphasis on teaching, research and outreach. Exactly 150 years ago, when Rutgers won the land-grant designation for the state of New Jersey, teaching was opened up to students pursuing "agriculture and the mechanic arts." Rutgers purchased a 100-acre farm on the outskirts of New Brunswick to accommodate this new school. It became known as the George H. Cook Campus, named after the faculty member who successfully persuaded the New Jersey Legislature to grant us the designation.

Then in 1887, Congress passed legislation, creating state experimental farms to do agricultural research and establish "a prosperous agriculture and rural life." And 100 years ago, the Smith-Lever Act in Congress created cooperative extension services in each state to transfer learning and research to the public to improve their lives. Today, Rutgers Cooperative Extension is the outreach arm of the School and University and serves each county in New Jersey. Read more about Rutgers Cooperative Extension and its 100th anniversary celebration.
Like Taking Quizzes? Try This One on Health and Wealth  

Ever wonder how good you are with healthy eating and money management? A quick
Barbara O'Neill
Barbara O'Neill
quiz developed by Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers Extension specialist in financial resource management, can help you find out. The "Personal Health and Finance Quiz" is sixth in a series of online self-assessment tools that provide individuals with personalized feedback in such areas as financial fitness, identity theft risk assessment, credit management and more. (Read more about the program.)

This newest quiz asks several questions about health-related and personal finance practices, allowing quiz-takers to earn points by responding "never," "sometimes," "usually" and "always."  At the end of the quiz, they receive their score (80 points is a perfect score) and what it means. I got 70. What did you get? TAKE THE QUIZ

Celebration of Excellence Certificates
Celebration of Excellence certificates
'Celebration of Excellence'
Honors Outstanding Work

The 21st annual "Celebration of Excellence" brought together members of the Rutgers community to recognize the work of their peers in the areas of teaching, research, outreach, international programs, staff endeavors and teamwork. Thirteen faculty and staff of the School were honored at a special presentation, along with 26 members of other organizations and institutions who collaborated on the Asian Tiger Mosquito Project, which won the Team Excellence award. A complete list of winners and photos from the event appears in the Newsroom.
Upcoming Events

July 2014
- Enjoy a 4-H Fair in your county or nearby (read more)

July 1, 2014 - Big Ten celebration at 7 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium (see above)

July 9, 2014 - And selected Wednesdays in July and August: SEBS Tour and Information Session for prospective students and their parents (read more)

July 7-11, 2014 - Children's Summer Exploration Camp at Rutgers Gardens

July 26, 2014 - Annual Open House and Wine-Tasting Festival at Rutgers Gardens

August 23, 2014 - Cook Community Alumni Association Fish Fry (register)

Quick Links

This Newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, a unit of the Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. New events and programs are posted frequently on our Discovery website at www.discovery.rutgers.edu. Contact the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement at 848-932-4215 or [email protected].

Diana M. Orban Brown, Director

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