Rutgers Day 2013 Coming Saturday, April 27

Rutgers Day 2013 Coming Saturday, April 27

Annual gathering offers nearly 500 free performances, exhibitions, sporting events and children's activities



WHAT: Rutgers Day, Rutgers
University’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for the citizens of New Jersey 

WHEN: Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

WHERE: Rutgers’ Busch, College Avenue, Douglass and George H. Cook campuses
in New Brunswick and Piscataway

HIGHLIGHTS
FOR COVERAGE:

  • Witness the
    start of a new tradition with the Rutgers Day parade at 11 a.m.
    on the College Avenue
    Campus
    . The parade, which will
    feature a variety of Rutgers clubs and student organizations, will start
    on College Avenue by Brower Commons, make its way down College Avenue through
    the Voorhees Mall and finish on Hamilton Street in front of the historic
    Old Queens building.
 
  • Busch Campus is home to
    the annual Engineering Open House and boasts dozens of interactive events
    all day long. Don’t miss the thrilling chemistry
    demonstrations
    at the Wright-Rieman Laboratories at 11 a.m., 1:00
    p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    Fly high with a flight simulation program to get a
    sense of how planes work. Or if you’d rather stay closer to the ground,
    check out the Rutgers Navigator, a robot designed and programmed by
    students.
 
  • As part of a nationwide campaign to discourage texting while driving, AT&T's special, in-vehicle texting simulator will make a stop during Rutgers Day at High Point Solutions Stadium.  The "It Can Wait" public service campaign was launched to address the dangerous practice that puts millions of Americans at risk. The software is able to recreate real-life driving scenarios including pedestrians crossing the street, red lights and cars changing lanes on the road. 
 
  • Visit the Rutgers Oral History Archive to record your Hurricane Sandy story for the statewide
    “Stories from the Storm” initiative. The ROHA team will be stationed just
    outside Van Dyck Hall on Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus.
 
  • Ever wonder
    how a life-sized Barbie would look? Rutgers Project Heal, a student group that
    focuses on eating disorders and body image, will unveil a 5’ 4” Barbie
    constructed using a wooden frame, chicken wire and paper maché. It will
    be on display on the College Avenue Campus near Bishop House.
 
  • Ambassador Camillo
    Gonsalves
    , permanent representative to
    the United Nations for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), will visit
    the annual New Jersey Folk
    Festival
    and speak from the Skylands Stage on Douglass Campus at 12:20 p.m. This year’s festival will feature the music and
    culture of the Garifuna people of Central America. The Garifuna, who are descendants
    of Carib, Arawak and West African people, were exiled by the British from
    SVG to Central America. They now live in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and
    Honduras. UNESCO proclaimed Garifuna culture a masterpiece of oral and
    intangible heritage in 2001.
 
 
  • Twenty-two
    children who were affected by Hurricane Sandy will be chosen to play the
    final five minutes of the Scarlet-White game at High Point Solutions
    Stadium
    . Kickoff is at 3 p.m. Fans may make a $5 donation
    to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund upon entering the gates. The
    Scarlet Knights will wear special “R Strong” logo helmets and jerseys
    featuring the names of towns that were affected by the storm.


GETTING
AROUND:  
Parking is free and
shuttles will be available between the College Avenue, Busch, Douglass and
George H. Cook campuses. 

BACKGROUND:  Last
year, 75,000 visitors of all ages attended Rutgers Day to learn firsthand about
the university’s range of research and service and to enjoy perennial
favorites, including Ag Field Day, the Engineering Open House, the New Jersey Folk Festival and Zimmerli Family Day

In its fifth year,
Rutgers Day is sponsored in part by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Barnes
& Noble College Booksellers and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
For more information, please visit http://rutgersday.rutgers.edu and check out the Countdown to Rutgers Day blog for updates.  

Media Contact: Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins
(732) 932-7084, ext. 601
E-mail: aehopkinsjenkins@ur.rutgers.edu