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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On Saturday, April 30 from 10am-4pm, Rutgers University invites New Jersey residents of all ages to join in the annual Rutgers Day celebration.
As part of the yearlong celebration for the university’s 250th anniversary, all three campuses–Camden, New Brunswick and Newark–will host interactive programming and activities for those who attend.
This annual event acts as a welcoming show-and-tell, where New Jersey residents can see the valuable contributions that Rutgers University makes to the community, and includes hands-on activities, science demonstrations, free performances.
Free parking will be available for visitors on all three campuses, no registration is required.
This year, Rutgers Day also coincides with Alumni Weekend. Programs on both Friday and Saturday will allow former students and staff to meet up and reconnect.
Activities available specifically for alumni will include class dinners, campus ours, alumni brunch, beer tasting and more. Former students can enjoy refreshments at alumni tents located on all three campuses. These series of events are presented by the Rutgers University Alumni Association.
Rutgers Day kicks off the celebration on College Ave Campus, where a Rutgers Day Parade will begin at approximately 10:30 A.M featuring historical, costumed characters from the past and a performance by the Rutgers Marching Band at the conclusion of the parade.
For the remainder of the day visitors are encouraged to participate in creative activities such as I Am Art: Face Painting which will take place at the Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.
Educational programming will also be available on College Avenue Campus, including “Politics on the Banks,” where information on how to register and vote in the 2016 presidential election will be provided, as well as Brain Surgery for/on Dummies located in the Department of Neurosurgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Here, those of all ages will be given the chance to practice neurosurgery on Jello brains, taught personally by Rutgers brain surgeons.
Down the road Rutgers Day continues on Cook/Douglass Campus. Located at the Round Barn, a Petting Zoo presented by the Veterinary Science Club will gives visitors the opportunity to spend some quality time with their baby farm animals, including kids, lambs and piglets.
If sweets and treats pique your interest, stop by Dairy Barn to purchase baked goods and root beer floats to support travel awards for graduate students.
Rutgers Day will also be featuring the New Jersey Folk Festival, located on the lawn of Woodlawn Mansion.
More than two dozen food vendors will be on-site, providing visitors with flavors of Italy, Greece, Egypt, and Lebanon.
At the festival music will include traditional bluegrass, alongside tunes played on acoustic stringed instruments by masters of the fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar and several others.
On Busch campus in Piscataway, visitors are encouraged to participate in activities centered around business and careers. These include Career Corner, located at the School of Management and Labor Relations, where current Rutgers students will be speaking about careers in human resources and labor and employment relations.
Quizzes, a photo booth, and prizes will be available as well. Also located on Busch Campus is the Engineering BBQ, where students will be grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken and more for all to enjoy!
Rutgers Day and Rutgers 250 are sponsored in part by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, Johnson & Johnson, DCH Academy Honda/Brunswick Toyota, PSE&G Foundation, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Plymouth Rock Assurance and media partners including NJ.com, The Star-Ledger, 1450 WCTC and Magic 98.3.