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Discovery Newsletter
June 2017   

Sunny Day Greets Graduates at the SEBS Convocation

Executive Dean Goodman
Executive Dean Goodman addresses graduates.
The lawn in front of Martin Hall was filled with graduates, their families, and friends on Monday, May 15, as more than 560 seniors crossed the platform in front of Passion Puddle when each of their names was called at the convocation of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
This event remains a treasured tradition even though, technically, our students graduate the day before at the university commencement in High Point Solutions Stadium. The cheers as each graduate is presented at the SEBS convocation make the day forever memorable.
Among the speakers at convocation was Executive Dean Bob Goodman, who addressed the global need for civility, inclusivity, and confidence in learning and knowledge. He said, "I urge you to be true to what you know and to your convictions about the power of knowledge, the importance of expertise, the necessity of inclusivity and civility - all of those elements on which the functioning of modern societies are completely dependent." Read his address and more about the 2017 Convocation in the School's Newsroom.
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Come to the Alumni Fish Fry; Class of 1977 to be Honored

Pasta buffet The Cook Community Alumni Association will hold its annual Fish Fry and made-to-order pasta buffet from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Rutgers Gardens Log Cabin Pavilion. The Fish Fry is one of the longest-running traditions of the school. Each year, "fryers" from among the alumni tend the cauldrons of oil to produce mounds of fresh, batter-fried fish, along with steamed mussels and shrimp. The menu also features an elaborate spread of made-to-order pastas, Italian meat favorites and breads, salads, and homemade desserts, as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks.

This year, the CCAA plans to recognize the Class of 1977, the first graduating class that experienced four full years as Cook College students.  All alumni from the 1970s are encouraged to join their classmates. Advance registration is strongly recommended. Please visit the registration website for details.
Fourth of July Marks the Start of the County Fair Season

Get ready to enjoy an annual rite of summer -- the 4-H and county fairs that dot the 4-H Fair map all over the state of New Jersey. Starting with Cumberland County July 4-8, the fairs offer something for everyone, including agricultural displays and competitions, foods to sample, petting zoos, arts and crafts, fireworks, and much more. Many of the larger fairs feature carnival midways with rides, food vendors, commercial exhibits, contests to enter, and, of course, campaigning politicians. The fairs run through the end of September. Pick your date and place by visiting the 4-H website
Upcoming Events
June 21, 2017 -- Rutgers Gardens Summer Solstice Jazz and Wine, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick (see details)

July 4 through September 30, 2017 -- New Jersey 4-H and County Fairs (see details above)

July 22, 2017 -- Cook Community Alumni Association annual Fish Fry, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Log Cabin Pavilion in Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick (see details above)

Every Friday through November 17, 2017 - Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rutgers Gardens
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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 Contact the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement at 848-932-4215 or [email protected].
Diana M. Orban Brown, Director