Rutgers Day Comes to New Brunswick: A Parade, Climate Q&A and Road Closures

Rutgers Day is set to take over New Brunswick tomorrow. Credits: Rutgers University

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Rutgers Day 2017 is set to draw 100,000 attendees tomorrow to New Brunswick, Newark and Camden. So what, exactly, can visitors and Hub City residents expect?

Since 2009, Rutgers Day has served as the university’s annual “welcome and show-and-tell.” It showcases work and people from throughout the Rutgers universe. and includes activities for kids and adults. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. 

“This event gives residents of the state and beyond a peek at the research, service and education taking place throughout all three institutions of higher [learning],” Patti Verbanas, a Rutgers spokesperson, told TAPinto.

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This year, Rutgers Day takes place during the university’s alumni weekend. What’s more, the New Jersey Folk Festival is scheduled for tomorrow on the Cook-Douglass campus in New Brunswick.

Parking is free in all Rutgers lots in New Brunswick and Piscataway. The university also provides shuttle buses between the three campuses in this municipalities.

Here are some of the can’t-miss events tomorrow in the Hub City, as compiled by Rutgers University.

Rutgers Day and All Alumni Parade: At 10:30 a.m., alumni join the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights, Rutgers cheerleaders and, of course, the Scarlet Knight mascot to march down College Avenue. Rutgers history comes to life with the appearance of characters from our revolutionary past. College Ave campus

Tent of Big Ideas: The School of Arts and Sciences tents on College Avenue and Busch campuses will be destinations for lovers of the arts and humanities. Distinguished faculty will present short, thought-provoking talks on a wide range of topics, including astronomy, politics, energy and more. Continuous. College Ave Campus, Voorhees Mall

The CIRC Challenge: Find puzzle cards at booths throughout the campus, then use the CyberLearning Innovation and Research Center’s augmented reality app to “trigger” actions on the cards, solve the puzzle, receive a prize upon completion and be entered into a grand prize drawing at the end of the day. Continuous. People download the app Rutgers Day AP and they can use it at the History Tent on College Ave campus or throughout Busch Campus 

Ask the State Climatologist: Visit with New Jersey climate experts and find out why we have seen such extremes of late. Continuous. College Ave campus, Old Queens area. 

Phenomenal Faraday Physics: This popular show features an exploding hydrogen balloon, a fire extinguisher rocket and a man on a bed of nails. 2:30 but people should get there early to get a seat. Busch Campus, Physics Lecture Hall

School of Health Professions Big Tent: The School of Health Professions is celebrating its 40th anniversary with games, giveaways, and great advice for a healthier, happier you. Continuous. Busch Campus, Life Sciences Area 

Marathon Reading of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Visitors are encouraged to listen or join in to this continuous reading of Roald Dahl’s iconic work. Continuous. College Ave Campus, Voorhees Mall Area

Performances: Rutgers Day features many performances, including choral concerts, bands, belly dancing, hip-hop dance and martial arts demonstrations, as well as shows by the Cabaret Theater and Livingston Theatre Company.

Animals: Learn more about animals and insects though events such as the Farm Animal Showcase (Animal Barns, 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30, noon), cockroach races (Continuous, Red Oak Lane Area) and visits with the Mounted Patrol (Continuous. Red Barn.) and a horse on a treadmill (Red Barn 1 and 2 pm). All Cook/Douglass Campus

Gardening: Take greenhouse tours and explore the offerings of vegetables, herbs and flowers, including the Rutgers 250 Tomato plants, Rutgers Scarlet Strawberry and the new Pumpkin Habanero Pepper, all developed by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Continuous. Cook/Douglass

Of course, all of this excitement means a few shakeups regarding traffic and parking in New Brunswick.

Beginning 11 p.m. tonight, April 28, drivers won’t be allowed to park between George Street and College Avenue on Hamilton Street and Seminary Place, according to an alert from the Rutgers University Police Department. Lipman Drive will also be closed to parking.

Hamilton Street will be closed between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow between George Street and College Avenue.

College Farm Road will be shuttered at Route 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The portion of Lipman Drive that runs from the entrance to the Douglass Parking Deck to Nichol Avenue. will be shut down from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The stretch of Senior Street between College Avenue and Sicard Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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