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By Penny Carlson winter

May 30, 2020


Dear Graduates,


Congratulations! On behalf of the Young Alumni of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the entire Cook Community Alumni Association, we welcome you to the next major experience of your life: life as a graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and SEBS.

What a way to end your time on the banks! As if graduating didn't already come with its own batch of unknowns, you have graduated into a time of global uncertainty. Already we are seeing leaders from Rutgers and SEBS step forward to help combat this virus and the tolls it has taken on our communities and economy. From agriculture to public health, ecology to virology, there are alumni that have found a way to help during this time. Now it's your turn, and the alumni association is here to help you as you find your way.

Rutgers and SEBS have a great tradition of helping students succeed through our faculty, student organizations, and many extra-curricular activities. It is the members of those organizations that help the School to thrive. For some the transition away from these activities is rough. Know that as an alumnus, you are now welcome to a host of alumni benefits and events. You can continue to have fun with friends at events, give back with community service, and be a part of a greater something - the Young Alumni of SEBS and Rutgers University. We welcome you and hope you will be an active member of our group!

Don't be a stranger! The Cook Community Alumni Association meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, usually in the Merle V. Adams Room of the Cook Campus Center, but for now our meetings will be virtual. In between those meetings, keep an eye out for emails from us about upcoming events, programs, and webinars. We would love to have you as an active member as your time permits.We also partner with alumni organizations throughout Rutgers University and alumni student organizations from various majors for networking and support.


Where you can find us:




Amanda Dougherty, Ed.M. President;  Class of 2007


Daniel Clark -Vice President / Young Alumni Chair  Class of 2010


All Alumni meetings will now be online until further notice.  See posted emails for any updates.

We look forward to your attendance and participation in growing the success of the Cook Community Alumni Association and it's numerous programs.

If you know of Alumni that may be interested in participating in any Alumni events, please have them update ​their information at:

Alumni Info Update Link

Thank you,
Cook Community Alumni Association

 Important Alumni Happenings





Cook Community Alumni
Calendar of Events

  Upcoming Alumni Association
Executive Board Meetings

Click Here for Complete List of Meetings     and Special Events

  All alumni and friends are invited to attend
these business meetings


Support Our Endowed Merit Scholarship

The Cook Community Alumni Association is proud to announce that we have endowed a merit scholarship for the benefit of incoming School of Environmental and Biological Science freshmen, and to help that student along in their studies at SEBS  
Read about it and donate here

Do you know an award-worthy graduate?

Information about the George H. Cook Distinguished Alumni Award, Dennis M. Fenton Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award, Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni Award, Honorary Degrees and Commencement Speakers nomination process is now available. Some honors are college-specific and some are open to any Rutgers graduate.

Click here to make a Nomination or for more information


Introducing the 2019 Cook Alumni Award Recipients! Look for your roommates, classmates, and friends among this year’s recipients.

Click here
to read about the 2019 winners

Read about the George Hammill Cook & Dennis Fenton Awards and view the former winners

Visit George H Cook's Facebook Page

Join your Class Year

Visit the Cook Community Young Alumni page