Rutgers–Newark Homecoming 2013

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Registration for Newark Homecoming 2013 is now closed. If you have any questions please contact the Alumni Relations office at 973-353-5242, or email

Get a running start on New Jersey’s Super Bowl excitement during Super Scarlet Homecoming week from Monday, September 23 through Saturday, September 28! Join alumni, family, friends, and students on the Newark Campus at events featuring everything from athletics, arts and culture, and family-friendly fun, to socializing and networking.

Receive a FREE Homecoming t-shirt and giveaway when you attend an event (one per person while supplies last). Most events are free; some require advance registration. See the schedule below for details.

Event Schedule
Parking Information

Event Schedule 

Monday, September 23 

Scarlet Spirit Day
11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Norman Samuels Plaza
Kick-off Homecoming with a celebration on the Plaza during free period with cool snacks, music, t-shirts, giveaways, and more! Rain location: Paul Robeson Campus Center, Student Street

Tuesday, September 24 

MFA in Creative Writing Program
Alumni Readings, Book Signings, and Reception

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Paul Robeson Gallery, Paul Robeson Campus Center
350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Alumni from Rutgers–Newark’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing --Phedra Deonarine GSN '12, Sara Grossman GSN '11, and Jaime Karnes GSN'10-- will read from their original works. This group of talented and entertaining writers will have you wondering about Pulitzer Prize possibilities! Copies of their books will be available for purchase and signing. Mingle with the writers, other alumni, students, and MFA faculty at a reception featuring light fare.
Online registration is now closed for this event. Walk-ins are welcome.

Wednesday, September 25   

Homecoming Speaker: Wade Davis Jr.
“GLBT Life in Sports and College Athletics”
2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Boyden Hall, Room 100
195 University Avenue
Wade Davis Jr. is an activist, educator, writer, and former NFL player working for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which seeks to empower, educate, and advocate for LGBTQ youth. In 2012, Mr. Davis spoke openly for the first time about being a closeted gay male in the NFL. Mr. Davis has served as an LGBT surrogate for President Obama, attending and speaking at events on his behalf. He will share with the Rutgers-Newark community his personal story and thoughts on gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender attitudes and policies in sports and college athletics.

Commuter Appreciation Day
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Norman Samuels Plaza

Student commuters will receive recognition from the campus with special giveaways, snacks, music, and fun!

Friday, September 27 

Rutgers Business School Tour **Please Note: 

This event has been cancelled.

5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Rutgers Business School
One Washington Park, Newark
Take a thirty minute guided tour of the Business School and see what’s changed since you were a student! You’ll visit the trading room, a “smart” classroom, see the environmentally-friendly green roof, and more! Following the tour, guests will walk across Broad Street to the upscale restaurant and lounge Martini 494 for the Alumni Happy Hour. Free attended parking is available in the parking lot at Essex and Orange Streets. Please register for both the Tour and Happy Hour.
This event has been cancelled.

Alumni Happy Hour
6:00 to 8:30 p.m. 
Martini 494
494 Broad Street
$10 young alumni (graduation year 2003-2013); $15 all others
It’s our third annual alumni networking social at Martini 494—a great time at a great venue all for a great price! The registration fee includes one drink of your choice, unlimited soft drinks, a selection of appetizers, light fare, and a gorgeous Rutgers martini glass as your special gift for attending. Happy hour pricing will be in effect all night. Free parking is available in the attending parking lot at the corner of Essex and Orange Streets. Enter on Orange Street. You must be 21 or older to consume alcohol; I.D. required. Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

Alumni Baseball Game
Contact Coach Mark Rizzi at or (973) 353-1473 for more information.

Saturday, September 28 

Honors College Alumni
Meet and Mentor Reception

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Engelhard Hall, 2nd Floor, Esterly Lounge
190 University Avenue
Honors College alumni are invited to a reception and information session celebrating the kick-off of its mentoring program. Meet current Honors College students, faculty, and staff, and find out how you can get involved in this exciting new program. Senior Honors College students will present information on their senior thesis and chat with alumni about their research. For more information, please contact Dr. Kinna Perry at
Online registration is now closed for this event. Walk-ins are welcome.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Newark Club
One Newark Center, 22nd Floor
$40 per person
Celebrate the achievements of some of Rutgers–Newark’s finest athletes at the Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon and induction ceremony. Enjoy a delicious luncheon in the company of fellow alumni, friends, and athletic department staff. Individual seats or tables of 10 may be reserved. Learn more about this year’s inductees here
Reservations must be made online. For general questions about this event, please contact Rosa Zamora at or via phone at 973-353-1471.
View the Newark–Athletics Hall of Fame inductees here.  **Please Note: Online registration for the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Luncheon is closed. Please contact Rosa Zamora in the Newark athletics office for more information at (973) 353-1471 or

Super Fall Fest Street Fair
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bleeker Street (between Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard and University Avenue)
Start your Super Bowl celebration early! Bring your friends and family for a day of free carnival games, music, food, contests, face painting, crafts, giveaways, prizes, photo booth, and much more! Music will be provided by WRNU, your campus radio station. Stop by the red alumni tent with the big “R” to get cool giveaways, sign-up for the tournament, play the trivia game, and meet school and alumni group representatives. Purchase your Rutgers gear at the Barnes & Noble or Scarlet Raiders athletics table. The pay-as-you-go barbeque will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and costs $9.50 per person.

All Fall Fest activities and snacks are FREE! You won’t want to miss these special events:
  • Super Animal Adaptations
    12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
    Woodward Lawn, 91 Bleeker Street
    See reptiles, amphibians, insects, and birds up close at this fun and educational program! Find out how wild creatures have adapted to diverse and sometimes hostile environments, and learn about conservation efforts to protect them. Experts from Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo will conduct the presentation and answer your questions! 

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
    Register at the alumni tent by 1:15 p.m.
    Tournament starts at 1:30 p.m.
    Woodward Lawn, 91 Bleeker Street
    It’s child’s play at the second annual Homecoming tournament! Win or lose, all tournament participants will receive a fun giveaway. The winners from the Newark, Camden, and New Brunswick campuses will receive a special prize and face off against each other at New Brunswick’s Homecoming on October 26, where they’ll compete for the grand prize and the tournament title! The tournament is open to all ages. Visit the red alumni tent at Super Fall Fest by 1:15 p.m. and register in-person to play!

  • Trivia Game
    So, you think you know a lot? Meet representatives from some of our chartered alumni organizations and receive a special fun giveaway when you correctly answer a trivia question about Rutgers, New Jersey, or the Super Bowl. Participants’ names will be entered in a drawing to receive pairs of tickets to a Rutgers home football game. Come to the red alumni tent with the big “R” and get playing! 
Alumni Athlete Games

Come out and cheer at the alumni athlete games! All Games are FREE! Alumni athletes who wish to play may contact the Athletics office at 973-353-3712 or the coaches for more information: men’s basketball:; women’s basketball:; softball:; baseball: (see Friday, September 27).
  • Alumni vs. Student Softball Game:
    1:30 p.m., Alumni Field, Warren Street
  • Alumni Basketball Games:
    Women's: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Men's: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Golden Dome Athletic Center, 42 Warren Street
  • Baseball: See event under Friday, September 27
McGovern’s Social
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
McGovern's Tavern, 58 New Street
Cap off Homecoming week with a visit to your favorite college hangout. Stop by after the alumni games or Super Fall Fest and enjoy free appetizers (while supplies last). Drink specials include $2 domestic pints and $4 well drinks. Walk-ins welcome. Must be 21 or older to be served alcohol; I.D. required. Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Parking information 
On-campus, Deck I, 200 University Ave. or Deck II, 166 Washington St.; request free parking coupon from staff at events. Visit for directions to campus and parking information.

Alumni Social at Martini 494: free parking at the Essex and Orange Street parking lot; enter from Orange Street. 

Athletic Hall of Fame at the Newark Club: self-pay parking at garage at 42 Mulberry St.; valet parking at 1085 Raymond Blvd.
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