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January-February 2017   
Washington-Area Alumni are Invited to March 6 Reception 

B1G Reception Invitation
If you live or work near Washington, DC -- or just plan to be visiting the nation's capital on Monday, March 6 -- please join your fellow alumni and those of the Big Ten land-grant universities at a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the National Press Club.

This popular annual event features food, drink, and fellowship and has become a great networking opportunity across institutions. Executive Dean Bob Goodman will host the Rutgers contingent, and the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement will have Rutgers 250 tomato seeds, School-embossed flash drives, and more as gifts for alumni. The cost is $20. Please register online at

Alumni Association Supports "Cook's Marketplace"

Check presentation Kudos and thanks to the Executive Board of the Cook Community Alumni Association for its gift to Rutgers Gardens for a new permanent pavilion to house the popular Rutgers Gardens Farm Market. The structure, to be known as Cook's Marketplace, is scheduled to open in late summer 2017. An open air design, the pavilion will shelter vendors and visitors and still provide an airy, bright experience. The alumni group's donation helped meet the anonymous donor's match to build Cook's Marketplace. In addition to enhancing the farm market, the structure and its programming will connect with the various Rutgers Gardens student internship opportunities. 

Pictured here at the check presentation for the gift are, from the left, Executive Dean Bob Goodman, Cook Community Alumni Association president Marc Kollar, and Rutgers Gardens director Bruce Crawford.

Rutgers' New Dogwood - "Scarlet Fire" - Makes the News

Readers who opened up the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper, on a Scarlet Fire recent Sunday morning were treated to a nearly full-page photo of Scarlet Fire, Rutgers' newest dogwood, a hardy pink tree that will bring color once again to landscapes everywhere.

Developed by the School's plant biologist Tom Molnar, the new ornamental tree is based on an Asian dogwood that is resistant to blight. Molnar developed Scarlet Fire over a ten-year period, taking over from professor emeritus Elwin Orton whose breeding program is widely acknowledged and admired. As a special tribute to Rutgers and the program, a specimen was planted on the Old Queens lawn at the close of the Rutgers 250 anniversary celebration this past November. To learn more about Scarlet Fire, please see the story written for Rutgers Today.

Big Ten TV Spotlights Turfgrass Breeding Program

Bill Meyer Rutgers turfgrass can be found in football stadiums, ballparks, golf courses -- and even in homeowners' yards. The turfgrass program is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its influence on groundskeepers and landscapers keeps growing, as does its reputation. Recently the Big Ten Network program LiveB1G took notice and posted a video that extolled the virtues of Rutgers turfgrass as exceptionally evironmentally-friendly. Pictured here is William Meyer, plant biology professor with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and director of the turfgrass breeding program. Here is a link to the video so you can see for yourself. 
Upcoming Events

February 18, 2017 -- Two demonstrations -- "An Introduction to Beekeeping" and the "Great Backyard Bird Count" -- from 10 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., respectively, at the EARTH Center in Middlesex County. Call the Middlesex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 732-398-5260.

March 6, 2017-- The Big Ten Ag Alumni Reception, 6 to 8 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC (see story above)

March 18/19, 2017-- "Horses 2017: The Best of the Best," a two-day conference sponsored by the Rutgers Equine Science Center (see the conference website and brochure for details)

April 29, 2017 -- Save the date for "Let's Do Lunch with the Executive Dean" at Ag Field Day @ Rutgers Day

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