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April 2017   
Alumni: See You at "Let's Do Lunch" on April 29 

Please join Executive Dean Bob Goodman from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2016 lunch festivities 29, 2017, for the annual "Let's Do Lunch with the Executive Dean" event during Ag Field Day at Rutgers Day!  The lunch and festivities will be held at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health Building across from Skelley Field in the heart of the Ag Field Day action.

Ag, CAES, Cook, and SEBS alumni, their spouses/partners, and children -- as well as all retired faculty from the colleges and school -- are welcome. And the kids will love trying out the IFNH playground. The event is free, but space is limited. Register early to reserve your place.


A Taste of Spring at a "Taste of Harvest"

Welcoming Spring 2017 (at last!) is a "Taste of Harvest" dinner and wine-tasting beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Harvest Café in the Institute for Event flyer Food, Nutrition, and Health building at 61 Dudley Road on the G.H. Cook Campus.

Tapping the delicacies available only in the spring in New Jersey and nearby, the dinner will feature a spring-themed "forager menu" paired with New Jersey wines presented by a guest sommelier who will guide a wine-tasting for guests. Chef Ian Keith and Dr. Peggy Policastro will discuss the culinary aspects and health benefits of the menu items, and IFNH student ambassadors will be available at each culinary station to answer nutrition questions. Tickets are $65 and seating is limited.

More "Great Things to Know about Rutgers"

A new edition of "Great Things to Know about Rutgers," a handy publication for alumni who wish to stay current with Rutgers' innovations and successes, is now available Great Things brochure from University Communications and Marketing. The brochure conveys what makes Rutgers a distinctive and highly respected institution in New Jersey, the nation, and worldwide.

Main sections focus on Our Reputation, Our Students, Our Faculty, Our Health Care, Our Research, Our Impact, Our Alumni, Our Legacy, and Our Rutgers in general. The publication is available online in both PDF and Ebook formats. Go to the PDF version here and boost your alumni bragging rights!
Rutgers Commencement and Our School Convocation

It's not too early to start thinking about the Class of 2017 Commencement, which will Commencement be held starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at High Point Solutions Stadium. The graduation speaker is Steven Van Zandt, a world-renowned New Jersey musician, actor, and human rights activist.

Alumni and friends also are invited to the Class of 2017 convocation of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 15, at Passion Puddle. 
Upcoming Events

April 20, 2017 -- "A Taste of Harvest" spring menu and wine-tasting, Harvest Café, 61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick (see story above)

April 21, 2017 -- Last day for Rutgers Gardens Winter Farmers Market (Summer Market starts May 5)

April 28 and 29, 2017 -- Rutgers Alumni Reunion Weekend, various activities on all campuses (further information)

April 29, 2017 -- "Let's Do Lunch with the Executive Dean" at Ag Field Day @ Rutgers Day, noon to 1:30 p.m., IFNH building on the G.H. Cook Campus (see story above); the Cook Community Alumni Association annual meeting will take place at the close of Ag Field Day at Bartlett Hall.

May 6, 2017 -- Hall of Distinguished Alumni gala, starting at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick (see details)

May 14, 2017 -- Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Commencement, 10 a.m., High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway

May 15, 2017 -- School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Convocation, 10 a.m., Passion Puddle

Every Friday through November 17, 2017 - Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rutgers Gardens

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Diana M. Orban Brown, Director

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