PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 17, 2014) – Rutgers University will celebrate its entrance into the prestigious Big Ten Conference with a “Big Ten Academic Advantage Panel” on May 2 and “R B1G Party” on July 1. The events are in addition to “R B1G Tour,” which was previously announced by the university’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
The “Big Ten Academic Advantage Panel” will take place at the Rutgers University Visitor Center in Piscataway 10 a.m. Friday, May 2. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Rutgers President Robert Barchi and University of Nebraska’s Faculty Athletics Representative Josephine Potuto, a Rutgers alumna, will address the academic advantages of Big Ten Conference membership. The event is open to the Rutgers community and will be moderated by Richard Edwards, Rutgers executive vice president for academic affairs and interim chancellor-New Brunswick. Various topics will be discussed, and the audience will have the opportunity to submit questions.
“R B1G Party” will take place at High Point Solutions Stadium the evening of Tuesday, July 1, the date when Rutgers officially takes its place in the Big Ten. Commissioner Delany will be present at the event, which is free and open to the public. The celebration will take place on the field, with fans welcome to bring blankets to watch video board presentations and a fireworks display.
“R B1G Tour,” announced on April 4, features head coaches and officials traveling the region in the coming months. They will make 145 stops, including six premier stops, to showcase Rutgers as the birthplace of college football and commemorate Rutgers’ 145th season of play. Online registration for the premier events, as well as additional information on the officials who will attend, is available via the Rutgers University Alumni Association web siteat Ralumni.com/RBigTour14.
The Big Ten Conference is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes’ lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness. Beginning July 1, the broad-based athletic programs of the 14 Big Ten institutions will feature almost 9,500 student-athletes on 350 teams in 43 different sports. The Big Ten will sponsor 28 official conference sports, 14 for men and 14 for women, including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse as official sports for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information, visit www.bigten.org.
Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of NewJersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities, serving more than 65,000 students in locations throughout the state.
"R Big Tour" Announced
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 4, 2014) – The Rutgers University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics today announced “R Big Tour,” an initiative featuring head coaches and officials that will travel the region to celebrate Rutgers’ entrance into the Big Ten Conference. “R Big Tour” will make a total of 145 appearances in the coming months, commemorating the 145thyear of Scarlet Knight football and including six premier stops.
The six premier stops on “R Big Tour” will take place in New York City, N.Y. (The Public House; Fri., May 2), Atlantic City, N.J. (Landshark Bar at Margaritaville; Thurs., May 15), Cherry Hill, N.J. (P.J. Whelihans; Thurs., May 29), Washington, D.C. (Grand Slam Sports Bar; Wed., June 11), Hoboken, N.J. (Cadillac Cantina; Thurs., June 19) and Lake Como, N.J. (Bar Anticipation; Sat., July 12, part of the annual Rutgers University Alumni Association Young Alumni Beach Party).
The premier stops will feature an informal, meet-and-greet format where guests will hear from head football coach Kyle Flood, head men’s basketball coach Eddie Jordan, head women’s basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer, director of intercollegiate athletics Julie Hermann andmany Olympic sport head coaches. Big Ten Conference commissioner Jim Delanywill be a special guest in the Big Apple on May 2.
Online registration for the premier events, as well as additional information on attending officials, is available via the Rutgers University Alumni Association web site at Ralumni.com/RBigTour14. Registration is $15.00 for the events in New York City and Lake Como and $10.00 for the other four premier stops. Walk-up registration will be available for an additional $5.00 at all locations. Attendees of legal age will receive a free drink voucher, as well as a commemorative gift, with their registration. New Big Ten merchandise will also be available for purchase at the events.
Stay tuned to www.ScarletKnights.com in the coming weeks for a listing of all 145 stops on “R Big Tour” as they become available. All events are open to the general public.
Rutgers officially becomes a member of the Big Ten Conference on July 1. The Big Ten is an association of world-class universities whose member institutions share a common mission of research, graduate, professional and undergraduate teaching and public service. Founded in 1896, the Big Ten has sustained a comprehensive set of shared practices and policies that enforce the priority of academics in student-athletes' lives and emphasize the values of integrity, fairness and competitiveness.