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Rutgers Campus & Community Newsletter – November 2021

Inauguration of Jonathan Scott Holloway 21st President of Rutgers University


Join the Rutgers community in celebrating the inauguration of Jonathan Scott Holloway with events showcasing Rutgers excellence:


November 4:

Excellence Fest

Bishop House, College Avenue

3 p.m. – 6 p.m., food, games, performances and fun

November 5:

“In Service to the Common Good” webinar hosted by President Holloway

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., registration required


Inauguration Watch Party at The Yard on College Avenue

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Watch the ceremony online (link will be available on the inauguration website.)

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Events, Classes & Performances


Alpha Art Gallery presents “Mirror to the World,” a watercolor and mixed media exhibition, as part of the New Brunswick Art Salon, opening virtually on November 4 and in-person on November 12.


Enjoy award-winning international films and engaging discussions with filmmakers and special guests at the Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, November 7-21, a hybrid event with films available online and in person.


Bring the family for fun at the Hub City Food Truck Festival November 7 at Boyd Park in New Brunswick. Entrance to the festival is free, and the first 300 attendees will receive free gifts. There will also be games and music from DJ Runthefade.


The Zimmerli is open and ready to greet you with SparkNight November 11 and December 2, a new monthly series featuring an always-changing, always-engaging set of activities inspired by the art on view in the galleries.


The Eagleton Institute presents A Conversation with Rutgers Alum Andrew Peng,

who will virtually discuss his story of civic engagement and political empowerment through journalism as founder and editor of The Yappie, November 15. Free.


On November 16, join the Eagleton Institute’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) for a virtual conversation about why men out-give women in state elections and why women should give more.


Discuss prison abolitions around the themes and questions in Angela Davis’s influential book “Are Prisons Obsolete?” as part of the Seize The Time Reading Group, November 19 at the Zimmerli Art Museum.


George Street Playhouse is back at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center with “Dear Jack, Dear Louise” a romantic comedy about young lovers Jack Ludwig and Louise Rabiner, who are trying to mend their broken hearts, bridge thousands of miles of distance, and survive a raging war, through November 21.


Join the Rutgers Urban Sketch Project by documenting, sharing, and building a collection of drawings from life as we know it, throughout the month of November. The project encourages individuals to think about life in new ways by providing an opportunity to create, share, and connect. 


Join a three-session mini-course, “Women in Yiddish Literature,” beginning November 29, and explore how Yiddish literature written by women reflects on a range of questions about class, sexuality, family relations, immigration, politics, economics, and more. Presented by Rutgers’ Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life.


For Kids


Looking for a fun family outing? Get creative at the Zimmerli Art Museum’s Art Together, a free drop-in family art workshop on November 14. No registration is required.


The State Theatre New Jersey’s Milk & Cookies Series is now online. This lively storytelling and music series for families is recommended for children ages 3-10.


On November 3, take a trip to the poles, the Earth’s coldest places, with the Rutgers Geology Museum. This virtual, online event will include do-at-home educational activities, a trivia game, and a presentation about the Arctic Tundra. On November 18, join a virtual presentation about ocean turbulence“Ask A Geologist” events are primarily aimed at elementary and middle school-aged children, but all ages are welcome to join. Free.


Sports and Recreation


Rutgers Women’s Soccer advance to their third straight Big Ten semifinal. Top-seed Rutgers will match up with fifth-seed Iowa on November 4 in a home semifinal contest at Yurcak Field.


Rutgers Football has two November Big Ten showdowns, November 6 vs. Wisconsin and November 27 vs. Maryland. Check out the full schedule and upcoming promotional events.


Rutgers Scarlet Knights football travels to Indiana, November 13, and Penn State, November 20, and you can watch those games on big-screen TV trucks at the Rutgers Football City-Wide Game Watch Party on George Street in New Brunswick while you enjoy food and drink specials with fellow fans outside! The TV trucks will return to George Street for each away game near Harvest Moon Brewery, George Street Ale House, Social Room, and Tavern on George!


Science and Nature


Learn how to start, maintain, and care for a honey bee colony with Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture. Complete the online and self-paced class by November 15.


There may be a chill in the air, but Cook’s Farm Market at Rutgers Gardens remains open Fridays through November 22, with local agricultural and specialty items. Visit the Gardens year-round, Tuesday through Sunday


COVID-19 Resources


Listen to Season 2, Episode 2 of Rutgers’ On the Pandemic podcast with guest Pat Hobbs, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, who discusses the reopening of college athletics after COVID-19.


Rutgers University is offering free COVID-19 vaccines to eligible individuals at clinics in Camden, Newark, and Piscataway. No insurance card is required. To make an appointment or to get help scheduling an appointment, call Rutgers’ Vaccine Scheduling Assistance Program at 848-445-3033.


Middlesex County has a variety of vaccination and testing sites. Vaccines are available to all county residents regardless of immigration or insurance status. It is FREE, no I.D. is required, and it’s strictly confidential. Eligibility information for the vaccine can be found here.

Stay in the know on COVID-19 with updates from our local communities:

·         Middlesex County COVID-19 website

·         Somerset County COVID-19 website

·         Piscataway Township website

·         City of New Brunswick municipal website

·         State of New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

·         Rutgers Testing Program Dashboard


Around Town


TRAFFIC ALERT – Landing Lane Bridge will be closed for construction through mid-November. The pedestrian path remains open.


Celebrate New Brunswick’s Small Business Week, November 15-21, encouraging consumers to shop local and celebrate indie retailers, creating more sustainable cities, towns, and communities. Participating merchants will offer special deals and promotions for shoppers to enjoy.


Enjoy pop-up musical performances and visual arts activities on the first Friday of each month at Monument Square in New Brunswick. First Fridays will end on December 3 in conjunction and partnership with New Brunswick City Center celebrating New Brunswick’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.


The Rutgers Inn and Conference Center on the Douglass Campus is fully open for in-person meetings and holiday gatherings. Check out the free meeting planner guide.


Support a good cause as you Drink & Destress with Kittens, a fundraiser for a Pitty Party Rescue, kitten rescue/adoption organization, November 20 at the Ale N Wich Pub.


Holiday bell ringers for the Salvation Army are an essential part of the New Brunswick Corps program. Sign up now and make life-changing music in your community.


The Rutgers bookstore is a convenient, welcoming venue for events–whether you’re attending or planning your own. Events are free to attend. If you’re interested in hosting a book signing or other event, contact Don Royal at


Rutgers Cinema on the Livingston Campus is open to the public. Movies coming this month include Eternals and Ghostbusters: Afterlife.


Are you a New Jersey resident with a child attending an out-of-state college? The 2022 Rutgers Winter Session is an opportunity for your child to reduce their course load and take classes with in-state tuition. Register now.


New in Town


Sakana Sushi & Japanese Cuisine338 George St., New Brunswick


Dates to Know


Rutgers Home Football Games – November 6 & 27

Thanksgiving – November 25,

consider supporting local food banks and

soup kitchens like Elijah’s Promise if you are able.

New Brunswick Holiday Tree Lighting – December 3

New Brunswick Holiday Carriage Rides – December 3, 17-19

Rutgers Winter Recess begins – December 23

Rutgers Spring Semester begins – January 18, 2022


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