Education

What's New at Rutgers This Year? For Starters, College Avenue

9c684116f081a2869531_LM17CollegeAveBusses0001.jpg
College Avenue Credits: Larry McAllister/Rutgers University
9c684116f081a2869531_LM17CollegeAveBusses0001.jpg

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — If you've recently walked College Avenue, you know just how different it looks.

But Rutgers University's upgrades didn't end there. In fact, from a renovated football practice complex to revamped food options, quite a bit has changed on the banks since the spring semester finished.

“This past year has been especially rewarding because we've made such a significant difference in the student experience at the university,” Antonio Calcado, Rutgers' head of strategic planning and operations and the chief operating officer, told a school official. “All the projects are meaningful additions to everyday student life. As professionals, we strive for this type of impact, and I believe we've achieved it.”

Sign Up for E-News

While change has gripped university campuses across the state, this story focuses on what's new in and near New Brunswick. Here's the rundown on what you can expect to find this semester.

College Avenue

The overhaul of this iconic road excited many in the Hub City, who've discussed it plenty over the past few weeks.

Rutgers and City Hall worked together to cap the redevelopment initiative, according to the university. In doing so, they replaced 50 metered parking spots between Hamilton and Huntington streets with two-way bike lanes and a bus lane. The colorful improvements—the bike lanes are green and the bus lane red—have altered the look of College Avenue.

“I think the roadwork makes for safer conditions and aesthetically enhances College Avenue to make it look like part of our campus,” Calcado said. “Every student in New Brunswick goes through there at least once a week.”

Although those parking spots were removed, others were added to nearby Rutgers lots, according to the school.

What's more, workers installed permanent fencing between Scott and Ford halls, with breaks at crosswalks, according to Rutgers. That includes a “high-intensity” signaled path near The Yard, an area that has proven dangerous at times in the past.

“The project solves a number of problems,” Calcado said, noting that the smaller driving lanes could slow the speed of traffic. “It keeps students from running out between cars into traffic.”

Rutgers and New Brunswick also replaced “worn road surface and infrastructure,” including underground sewer lines, according to the school.

Marco Battaglia Practice Complex

Here's one for the football fans.

The Scarlet Knights' practice football facility on the Busch Campus has undergone an $8.5 million face lift, as previously reported by TAPinto New Brunswick. The practice fields, which sit next to High Point Solutions Stadium, also support the men's and women's lacrosse teams, according to the school.

The 364,000 square feet of practice space hide behind a brick entryway, complete with a memorial to Marco Battaglia, the former Rutgers football star whose name graces the project. Inside, visitors will find natural grass fields, a new video screen, permanent restrooms, a film tower, better irrigation and drainage systems and more. It replaces two 20-year-old turf fields.

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Building

Rutgers touts this addition as a “world-class” facility “designed to serve and train the next generation of globally engaged scientists” and boost New Jersey's chemical industry.

The $115 million building is set to open late fall, according to the university. When it does, its 141,000 square feet on Busch Campus will support teachers, classrooms and collaborative and administrative space through “flexible research laboratory areas,” according to Rutgers.

William Levine Hall Building Addition

While construction continues at this Piscataway building, the 57,000-square-foot addition is slated for completion this semester. The $37.5 million space stands to house two auditoriums, four 60-seat classrooms, laboratories, group-study rooms and more. It will serve Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Dining Halls

For one, meal swipe values at Rutgers Dining Services' retail spots have climbed from $6 to $7 for breakfast and $8 to $9 for lunch and dinner, according to the Daily Targum.

But Rutgers' food gurus have also begun accepting swipes at the Cook Campus's Harvest at the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, according to the university. The dining venue offers a variety of healthy, innovative foods—all at your fingertips.

Beyond that, Rutgers' head of dining services told the Targum that he plans to introduce “the Menus of Change principle” to every eatery in the school. That means vegetables will take center stage in each dish, and meats will play second fiddle. It also focuses on less-processed foods and whole grains, moving away from bad fats and sugar, according to the student newspaper.

Football Games

TAPinto New Brunswick has already detailed a number of changes to the gameday experience—from new grub and activities to transportation and even a mobile app. Click here to learn more.

And More?

This university is sprawling. Please let us know what we missed. We're happy to update this road map to Rutgers.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

East Hanover/Florham Park

Hanover Park Wrestlers Place First at Districts

February 18, 2018

EAST HANOVER, N.J.- Congratulations to Hanover Park Wrestlers for taking first place in the districts. Eight hornets took first place;

Joey Olivieri 
Jake Bursese 
Dom Merola
Dom DiFrancescantonio 
Nicky Raimo
Mike rubin
Sean Conley
Matt Liberato 

Dan Jiminez placed second, Nick Zarra  and Sebastian Bassolino both placed third. Next up for ...

EarthCam Shares Live Webcam Views of Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge

February 23, 2018

TAPintoTravels - If you saw our article, you know about the Polar Bear Plunge this Saturday to support the Special Olympics.  If you cannot be there, but want to see the festivities, this press release tells you how you can.

WHAT: Tomorrow, February 24 from 9am-1pm ET, thousands of people will make a mad dash into the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean just off the ...

Travel Spotlight - Another Holiday, Another Encounter with Marine Life along Jersey Shore

SPRING LAKE, NJ — In neighboring Spring Lake, a baby seal made its way onto the beach near the north end pavilion early this afternoon.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski discovered the harbor seal pup near the jetty situated just south of the pavilion on Ocean Avenue at Ludlow Avenue.

The seal’s Presidents Day appearance on February 19 comes one day after a whale was spotted off the ...

Decades Rewind Returns to the Jersey Shore

Decades Rewind transports their audience to the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s!!

RED BANK, N.J.- Returning to the Count Basie Theatre, Friday, March 9th, 2018 Decades Rewind, the national touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster, high energy show, celebrates the hits of the 60’s, 70’s and ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

Travel to Belmar for Chance Glimpse of an Adorable Baby Seal

TAPintoTravels — All eyes will be on everyone’s favorite groundhog today, but it was a baby seal that stole the spotlight yesterday at the Belmar marina.

During the morning of February 1, borough public works employees were working at the marina’s boat ramp when they noticed the gray pup sitting on the jet-ski dock, said Ed Markey, who works in the department and also ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, February 26, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Monday at the Movies: WILD OATS

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, February 28, 7:00 PM

Pinot's Palette, Morristown

Paint & Sip Fundraiser

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, February 28, 7:00 PM

Pinot's Palette, Morristown

Paint & Sip Fundraiser

Arts & Entertainment

Hanover Park's Willa Roberts Named One of Mayo Performing Arts Center Students of the Month

February 22, 2018

MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Students from Randolph, Morristown, Kinnelon, Madison, East Hanover and Chatham were honored as Mayo Performing Arts Center's Music Students of the Month - Outstanding Orchestra Members -- prior to the Thursday, February 15 performance of by the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.

The students were recognized for their achievements on stage prior to the concert and had the ...

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

February 23, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac ...