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2018 Schedule of Events

Welcome to Parent and Family Weekend 2018 at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. We are very excited that you and your family will be spending time on campus with us! Please be sure to check this page often for updates and additions to events advertised.

You will also have to register your vehicle each day if you are parking on campus. More information regarding registering your vehicle can be found under “Parking & Hotels” below.

Many events offered do not require a reservation or the purchase of tickets, but please note that space is limited for some events. Events that require tickets (including Tailgate, Football Game, Family Feud) are marked appropriately throughout the schedule.

Share your experiences and memories using the hashtag #RUPFW throughout the weekend.

If you have any questions related to advertised events, please contact ruparents@echo.rutgers.edu. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Stay connected with Parent & Family Program events by signing up for our email newsletter and liking us on Facebook.

Music on the Lawn

Hosted by the Plaza at Livingston
3-5PM
the Plaza at Livingston.  55 Rockefeller Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.
Free Admission
Kick off the fun weekend by enjoying free, live music at the Plaza at Livingston Campus on the lawn Friday, October 5th from 3-5pm. Located at 55 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, The Plaza at Livingston Campus is home to nine retailers: Henry’s Diner; Kilmer’s Market; Hoja Asian Fusion; kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store and TeKCheK, Rutgers Computer Repair; The Wright Cut; Qdoba; Starbucks; 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt; and Rutgers Cinema.
Parking: Lots 105, Yellow, Green (You must register your vehicle here)

Escape the Room

Hosted by Leadership & Experiential Learning
5-8PM
199 College Ave (former Rutgers Club), New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tickets: $15/team. Sold Out.
Please note- up to 9 people can participate in a team. Only 1 ticket is needed for a team of up to 9.
Parking: Lots 26, 30, College Ave Parking Deck (You must register your vehicle here)

Test the teamwork of your family by racing the clock in this interactive and collaborative  challenge. Families/teams of up to 9 people can choose their level of difficulty as they try to solve the clues to Escape the Room (smaller groups may be combined).

48.6 Miles for a Cure Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Hosted by Dean Broggi, Associate Dean of Students
5-8PM
Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue Piscataway, NJ 08854) – Livingston Hall
Tickets: $10 per person – cash only at the door
Parking: Lots 105, Yellow, Green (You must register your vehicle here)

Those of you who know me, realize my passion for helping. I started running three years ago because I thought it would be good for ME. It’s become much more than that:

In my work as Dean of Students at Rutgers University, I see wonderful students who have tremendous financial challenges. Students who are kicked out of their homes, students whose parents are laid off, students who experience fires where all their belongings are destroyed, and so many other tragic circumstances. These challenges should not be the cause that they can no longer attend school.

Rutgers is assisting me in putting together this spaghetti dinner. All funds raised will be split 50/50 – half will go directly to the Student Emergency Fund to support students who have a tremendous need due to an emergency circumstance and the other half will go to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy to fund research for a Duchene’s cure.

If you cannot attend and would like to make an individual donation to either cause please visit the following websites:

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy: tinyurl.com/2018BroggiTeamDanny

Rutgers Student Emergency Fund: tinyurl.com/RUemergency

Thank you for your support!

Jeff

Family Feud

Hosted by Rutgers Recreation
8-10PM
Location: Cook Student Center Multipurpose Room. 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tickets: Sold Out.
Please note- up to 4 people can participate in a team. Only 1 ticket is needed for a team of up to 4.
Parking: Lots 76, 70, Douglass Parking Deck (You must register your vehicle here)

As you and your family celebrate Rutgers Parent & Family Weekend, come join us for the Rutgers Family Feud! Teams of up to 4 people will compete for prizes, socialize with other families and have fun! Free food including pizza, snacks and drinks will be provided. Does your family have what it takes to win the Feud? Cost is $10 per family.

Open House: Rutgers Alumni House at Van Nest Hall

Hosted by The Rutgers University Alumni Association
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Van Nest Hall
Free Admission but pre-registration is requested here.
Parking: Lots 1, 16 (Please register your vehicle here)

As you and your family enjoy Parent and Family Weekend come check out our new space! A place for Rutgers future and current alumni to relax and socialize when they visit the New Brunswick campus… a place that celebrates Rutgers history… a place that helps you connect with all things scarlet… Come see for yourself how this space can help you stay connected with the past, present, and future of Rutgers!

Light refreshments and food will be served and all of those who attend will receive a free clear game day stadium bag!


Rutgers Football Tailgate Party

Hosted by New Student Orientation and Family Programs
Time: 10am-12pm
Location: Werblin Recreation Center Lawn
Tickets: $15/per person. $5/Children 10 and under.  Online registration is closed; tickets can be purchased in person at the event. (A ticket must be purchased for Rutgers students wanting to participate)
Parking: Livingston/RAC or College Ave Parking Deck- $20 cash lot per vehicle; free shuttles are provided from Livingston RAC/College Ave Deck to the stadium every 20 minutes. Please use this link for more detailed information about gameday parking and to access maps.

Come join our tailgate surrounded by your Rutgers friends and family members. Admission includes brunch, non-alcoholic beverages, music and giveaways. All guests will receive a clear stadium bag.  There will be contests and games for fans of all ages! (Please Note: This ticket does not include admission to High Point Solutions Stadium to view the Rutgers vs. Illinois Football Game.  To purchase your game ticket, please see details under Rutgers Football Game event).

Rutgers Football Game

Hosted by Rutgers Athletics
Time: Kickoff Time 12pm
Location: Highpoint Solutions Stadium (1 Scarlet Knight Way, Piscataway, NJ 08854)

Tickets: Football game tickets can be purchased here. Tickets are $30 or $45 (depending on the section chosen). Please note: student tickets only allow access for students to sit in the student seating section. If you would like your student to sit with your family during the game, please be sure to purchase an extra ticket.

Parking: Livingston/RAC- $20 a vehicle; free shuttles are provided from Livingston RAC to the stadium every 20 minutes. Please use this link for more detailed information about gameday parking and to access maps

On Saturday, October 6, Rutgers Athletics invites students, their families and friends to enjoy a football game at High Point Solutions Stadium when the Scarlet Knights take on the Illinois Fighting Illini during Rutgers Parent/Family Weekend. There is a limited number of tickets available through this promotion, so don’t wait!

Stargazing at the Observatory (weather permitting)- *Cancelled due to weather*

Hosted by Rutgers Physics Department
Time: 8:00PM & 8:45PM
Location: Robert A Schommer Observatory, Busch Campus (126 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: Sold Out.
Parking: Lot 57 (Please register your vehicle here)

Please check our website by 6:30PM for any weather related announcements. Observe the skies through the 8-inch telescopes of the Rutgers Astronomical Society from the roof of the Physics and Astronomy building on the Busch Campus.  (Our 20-inch telescope may also be available, schedule permitting). This event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy.

 Sibling Climb

Hosted by Recreation
10AM-2PM
College Ave Gym Rock Wall (130 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Free Admission
Parking: Lots 26, 30, College Ave Parking Deck (Please register your vehicle here)

It’s fun for the whole family! Join us at the Rutgers Rock Wall for some vertical adventures during our siblings climbing day.  We’ll provide all of the equipment you need, no experience necessary. Participants must be 18 years old and older!

Off-Campus Housing Fair

Hosted by Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships
10AM-2PM
Livingston Student Center Multipurpose Room (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Free Admission
Parking: Lots 105, Yellow, Green (Please register your vehicle here)

Is your student interested in moving off campus next year but is not sure where to begin? Stop by the Off-Campus Housing Fair in the Livingston Student Center MPR as your one-stop shop to research off-campus living options, meet landlords, and learn more about some campus resources!

FREE FOOD AND PRIZES!

Brunch Fundraiser to Support Rutgers University Dance Marathon

Hosted by New Student Orientation and Family Programs and RUPA (Rutgers University Programming Association)
11AM-1PM
Trayes Hall- Douglass Student Center
Tickets: $5 per person. Online registration is closed; we will have a limited amount of tickets for sale at the door.
Parking: Lots 70, 76, Douglass Parking Deck (Please register your vehicle here)

Join Rutgers students and staff for a delicious brunch, prizes and photo booth and decorate a picture frame, in support of the largest student-run philanthropy in the state of New Jersey, our own Rutgers University Dance Marathon. Learn about this annual event that raised over $1,000,000 for the Embrace Kids Foundation in 2017 supporting the non-medical needs of children and families struggling with cancer and blood disorders in our area. A brief presentation about Dance Marathon and the Embrace Kids Foundation will occur to educate guests about this great cause at noon.

Family Fun Day – Get In The Zone

Hosted by Rutgers Student Centers and New Student Orientation and Family Programs
1-5PM
Rutgers Zone- Livingston Student Center (84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854)
Tickets: Free Admission
Parking: Lots 105, Yellow, Green (Please register your vehicle here)

It’s Family Fun Day at the Rutgers Zone! Guests can enjoy free unlimited game play at the Zone including pool, air hockey, skeeball, racing games, basketball and more! There will also be free beverages and ice cream!

Art Together

Hosted by Zimmerli Art Museum
1PM-3PM
Zimmerli Art Museum (71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free Admission
Parking: Lots 26, 30, College Ave Parking Deck (Please register your vehicle here)

Take a family trip to the Zimmerli Art Museum on Sunday, October 7th from 1-3pm and participate in Art Together! This free, drop-in program enables children and parents, grandparents, or guardians to work side by side while exploring their artistic talent. Families have a brief, instructor-led experience through one of our galleries and then create a related art project. Art Together is led by Mason Gross MFA students and teaching artists who enjoy interacting with artists of all ages and skill level.

Scavenger Hunt

Hosted by Zimmerli Art Museum
2PM-4PM
Zimmerli Art Museum (71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Tickets: Free Admission
Parking: Lots 26, 30, College Ave Parking Deck (Please register your vehicle here)

Discover some of the Zimmerli’s Art Museum’s most popular works as you use a scavenger hunt to guide you through the galleries, allowing you to explore all the museum has to offer at your own pace. When you have finished the scavenger hunt, be sure to return it so you can claim your prize!

 

 

Deals

Dining Services

All campuses
Please enjoy a special $10 all-you-care-to-eat pricing per meal at Rutgers dining halls during Parent and Family Weekend. All four dining halls will be open as follows:
Friday, October 5 – 7:00am to 9:00pm for Busch Dining Hall, Livingston Dining Commons, and Brower Commons, 9:30am to 8pm for Neilson Dining Hall; Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7 all dining halls are open from 9:30-8pm. (Please Note: these are the regular hours of operation).

Recreation Services

All campuses
All weekend long (Friday – Sunday) we will offer use of our recreation centers and fitness & wellness classes to parents and siblings (18 and over). Guests will need to be signed in and provide a photo ID and be accompanied by their student when checking in. You can view more details about the rec centers and fitness centers here.

kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store

Livingston Campus
Get a great deal on your favorite tech accessories during Parent and Family Weekend. kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store and TeKCheK, Rutgers Computer Repair will offer a 15% off discount on in-store tech accessories (excluding Apple, Safeware, and Beats). Rutgers Tech Store and Computer Repair is located at the Plaza at Livingston Campus at 55 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway. To view a complete list of store hours, please visit our website.

 

Friday                                                                                                  

Rutgers Gardens Farm Market
Rutgers Gardens
11am – 5pm
124 Ryders Lane Cook Campus New Brunswick, NJ
Free Admission

The mission of the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market is to provide the local community, including residents, students, university faculty and staff, University Dining, and restaurants the opportunity to experience and purchase fresh, locally grown and/or prepared food products.

 

New Jersey Film Festival
Rutgers Film Festival/ The Rutgers Film Co-op
7:00 PM
Voorhees Hall #105, 71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Tickets: $12 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors, $9 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends. Tickets are available on a “first-come-first-served” basis and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time. Advance Purchase recommended for groups 2 or more (fee applies).

Let Mercy Come; PATIRI in the promised land; JFK-The Last Speech. For more information about film descriptions and ticket sales click here or call 848-932-8482.


Rutgers Volleyball vs. Ohio State
Rutgers Intercollegiate Athletics
7:00 PM
College Avenue Gym
Admission is Free

Come out and support the Scarlet Knights volleyball team in their first home Big Ten match vs. the Ohio State Buckeyes!

 

co-create shows
Mason Gross Galleries
10 am – 4pm
33 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Admission is Free

Representing a hybrid of collaboration, curating, and creation, these mini-exhibitions are organized by teams of BFA and MFA students.  Each team conceptualizes a show and recruits peers to exhibit, showcasing art in a variety of disciplines including painting, sculpture, media, print, and performance.

 

Rutgers Theatre Company Presents: Vinegar Tom
Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries
Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater
7:30 PM
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Douglass Campus -behind Hickman Hall)
Tickets: Public/$25; Seniors, Rutgers Alumni and Employees/ $20; Students/$15

An episodic story with songs chronicling two 17th-century rural women accused of witchcraft when they dare to reject a man’s sexual advances. This timely exploration of a systemic cultural and political issue is a brilliant complement to the discussion generated by the #Metoo movement.

 

Saturday                                                                                                             

Rutgers Volleyball vs. Maryland
Rutgers Intercollegiate Athletics
7:00 PM
College Avenue Gym
Admission is Free

Come out and support the Scarlet Knights volleyball team when they take on Big Ten opponent Maryland – free t-shirt to the first 100 fans in attendance!

 

Rutgers Theatre Company Presents: Vinegar Tom
Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries
Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater
7:30 PM
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Douglass Campus -behind Hickman Hall)
Tickets: Public/$25; Seniors, Rutgers Alumni and Employees/ $20; Students/$15

An episodic story with songs chronicling two 17th-century rural women accused of witchcraft when they dare to reject a man’s sexual advances. This timely exploration of a systemic cultural and political issue is a brilliant complement to the discussion generated by the #Metoo movement.

 

Sunday                                                                                                

Rutgers Women’s Soccer vs. Illinois

Rutgers Intercollegiate Athletics
1:00 PM
Yurcak Field – Busch Campus
Free Admission

Come out and support the Scarlet Knights women’s soccer team when they host Illinois!

 

Rutgers Field Hockey vs. Georgetown
Rutgers Intercollegiate Athletics
1:00 PM
Bauer Track & Field Hockey Complex, Livingston Campus
Free Admission

Come out and support the Scarlet Knights field hockey team when they host Georgetown!

 

New Jersey Film Festival
Rutgers Film Festival/ The Rutgers Film Co-op
Voorhees Hall #105, 71 Hamilton Street/College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
7:00 PM
Tickets: $12 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors, $9 Rutgers Film Co-op/NJMAC Friends.   Tickets are available on a “first-come-first-served” basis and can be purchased at the door beginning a half-hour before the start time. Advance Purchase recommended for groups 2 or more (fee applies).

Eli; Baba Babee Skazala: Grandmother Told Grandmother. For more information about films and ticket sales click here or or call 848-932-8482.

 

Rutgers Theatre Company Presents: Vinegar Tom
Mason Gross Performing Arts Center and Galleries
Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater
2PM
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (Douglass Campus -behind Hickman Hall)
Tickets: Public/$25; Seniors, Rutgers Alumni and Employees/ $20; Students/$15

An episodic story with songs chronicling two 17th-century rural women accused of witchcraft when they dare to reject a man’s sexual advances. This timely exploration of a systemic cultural and political issue is a brilliant complement to the discussion generated by the #Metoo movement.

Parking Information

Please note that guests will have to register their vehicle each day they are coming to campus. Links to register are provided next to each date below.  These links are reserved free of charge. 

If you are attending the football game or parking on Livingston or College Ave campus, you will be subject to $20 cash lots for game day; advance registration is not required for the football game.

A map of all of the parking lots can be found here.

 

Friday, October 5th: Register here

Parking will be available in the lots below:

Livingston: 105, Yellow, Green

Busch: 51, 59, 60B, 67

College Ave: 26, 30, College Ave Parking Deck

Cook/Douglass: 70, 76, Douglass Parking Deck

 

Saturday, October 6th: Register here

Parking will be available in the lots below:

Livingston: 103

College Ave: 1, 16

Cook/Douglass: 70, 76, Douglass Parking Deck

 

Sunday, October 7th: Register here

Parking will be available in the lots below:

Livingston: 105, Yellow, Green

Busch: 51, 59, 60B, 67

College Ave: 26, 30, College Ave Parking Deck

Cook/Douglass: 70, 76, Douglass Parking Deck

 

 

Hotel Information

The following hotels have confirmed discounts for Parent & Family Weekend for Friday, October 5 – Sunday, October 7:

University Inn & Conference Center On Campus Hotel
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
732-932-9144

Rates: Single or Double – $79.50; Triple or Quad – Additional $10 per person
Reservation website: must be made onlinewww.stay.rutgers.edu
Promotion Code: RU1727

A welcome bag will be included in your stay.


Radisson

21 Kingsbridge Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 732-980-0400
4.8m
Rates: $111/night (single person room)

Notes: When you call to make a reservation, please mention that you are booking for Rutgers Parent and Family Weekend and ask for the Rutgers rate.

 

Hyatt Regency
2 Albany St
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 867-2257
3.0m
Reservation Website:

Use this link for Rutgers discount.  Guests are encouraged to book early – rooms are almost full!

 

Holiday Inn South Plainfield-  Piscataway

4701 Stelton Rd.
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
908-753-5500

Rutgers Rate: $109/night

Notes:

Reservations should go directly to Rob Golembiewski by email Robert.Golembiewski@Friendwell.com or phone (908) 753-5500 Ext 634


Rob is available Mon-Friday 8:30 am – 5pm.

 

Embassy Suites
121 Centennial Ave.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-980-0500

Book your reservation with this link for Rutgers discount.  Reservations must be booked 3 weeks in advance.  Book fast as rooms are almost sold out!

 

Candlewood Suites-Somerset
41 Worlds Fair Dr
Somerset, NJ 08873
732.748.1400

1-7 nights- $90.99 for Rutgers discount.  To book, call and mention the Rutgers rate!

 

Fairfield Inn & Suites Somerset
315 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, NJ 08873
Marriott.com/SOSFI
732-627-8483

$117.00 plus tax – Must call and mention Rutgers Rate.  Complimentary hot/cold breakfast buffet, complimentary parking, complimentary wi-fi.  All rooms are suites with microwave, refrigerators, coffee makers, iron and ironing board

 

SpringHill Suites Somerset
16 Cedar Grove Lane
Somerset, NJ 08873
Marriott.com/SOSFK
732-595-5100

Hotel includes a large fitness center, indoor salt water pool, fire pit and lobby bar

Rate: $137.00 plus tax – Must call and mention Rutgers Rate

Complimentary hot/cold breakfast buffet, complimentary parking, complimentary wifi.  All rooms are suites with microwave, refrigerators, coffee makers, iron & ironing board.

BOOK SOON AS ROOM ARE FILLING UP FAST!

 

Quality Inn
21 Cortland St. Edison, NJ 08832
732-548-7000

Rate: $80 + tax, max. 4 people per double.
Call 732-548-7000 and mention Rutgers Parent & Family Weekend to get the discounted rate

Friday                                                                  

Jumu’ah Prayer
Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University
1:20 PM
Cooper Dining Hall (Douglass Campus), 18 Jones Ave. New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Join Imam Kaiser for Friday prayer at Cooper Dining Hall on the Douglass Campus at the Cooper Dining Hall (Douglass Campus)

http://www.cilru.org     https://www.facebook.com/RUJumuah/

 

Rutgers Hillel Parent and Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner
Rutgers Hillel
6:30pm – 9:30pm
70 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Rutgers Hillel will be hosting its very first Parent and Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner at the brand new Rutgers Hillel building! The dinner is for all families and parents of students from our Rutgers Jewish student community. We welcome all to join us for a special evening in our dining hall for a delicious dinner with Rutgers Hillel. Please register using this link.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please contact Michael Zimmerman, Director of Development at Rutgers Hillel if you may have any questions:

michael@rutgershillel.org   732-545-2407 ext. 27

 

Saturday                                                                             

Rutgers Community Meal
United Methodist Churches in the area and Wesley Foundation at Rutgers University
9 am – 1pm
New Brunswick Community Farmers Market (NBCFM) 178 Jones Ave., New Brunswick 08901

Join us for free food and activities from 9am – 1pm on Saturday, October 6 at the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market located at 178 Jones Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Sponsored by the Wesley Foundation and the local United Methodist Churches surrounding the Rutgers community. Click the link below for more information about the farmers market: http://nbcfarmersmarket.com

 

Sunday

Sunday Mass and Fellowship
Catholic Center
11:00 AM
St Peter’s University Parish, 94 Somerset St. New Brunswick NJ 08901

We want to welcome students and parents to the 11 am Sunday Mass. After Mass, we will have a light reception and fellowship in our parish hall downstairs. It is handicapped accessible. We are very much looking forward to meeting the parents of the students who worship at St. Peter’s University Parish!

 

 

Sunday Brunch & Church Service 
Oasis Church/ROC
11:00AM
100 College Ave New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Join us for a free Family Brunch beginning at 11am, to be followed by our ROC church service. All folks from are welcome!

https://rutgers.church  https://www.facebook.com/theROCoasis/