May 1 Meeting

Hello to all MSUEA Members

This is an invitation to join with your MSU Emeriti colleagues to take part in our Sixth Annual Spring Program/Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Rod's Steak House and Grill in the Madison Hotel, Route 124 (Madison Avenue) Convent Station, NJ.  The attached flyer describes--in detail--the events of the day staring at 1:30 pm and ending following an optional Prix Fixe Dinner at Rod's.  

In response to our first mailing of this invitation, I would like to say THANK YOU to many of you have already reserved your place at this event.  Whether you are "first-timer" at our events or a "regular," we would look forward to having you join us!  There's still ample time to make your reservation!  

Please take a look at the attached flyer and plan to join us!  To make your reservation, simply e-mail me--by April 19th--with the number of people attending and letting me know whether or not you will be staying for the dinner.  Thank you!

Rosemarie McCauley
MSUEA Corresponding Secretary



We hope you will plan to join us for the MSU EMERITI ASSOCIATION’S

Sixth Spring Event on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Program for the Day 

 "We are spending the day on the outskirts of Jockey Hollow where in 1779-80, the Continental Army experienced the coldest winter ever recorded. They survived this and major challenges." Peter Macaluso

1:30 p.m.     Socializing and renewing acquaintances with MSUEA colleagues, guests and friends at the landmark Rod’s Steak House and Grille, located at The Madison

                       Hotel, Route 124 (Madison Avenue), Convent Station, NJ.  Easily accessible from Route 287 with lots of parking.  See for directions. Note: The

                       entire day’s program will be held on the second floor of the restaurant and there is no elevator.


2:00 p.m.     Attend MSUEA’s General Meeting.  David Kelly, MSUEA President, will conduct the meeting.  New Emeriti will be introduced and there will be time for the election of officers

                        and your input into our association’s activities.


3:00 p.m.      Our location for this meeting is fitting for today’s presentation by one of our colleagues:


Peter Macaluso, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of History

Topic:  “The Miracle of Our Nation’s Birth.”  (An Illustrated Talk)

On March 4, 1783 in Princeton, NJ, George Washington who often spoke of “the providential hand of God” and of a “caring of God,” said our nation’s independence from Great Britain,

the mightiest empire on earth, “for the space of eight long years was little short of a miracle.” Through this PowerPoint presentation, we examine why the Revolutionary War and the Peace

Treaty were “miracles” and why is the United States a unique and singular achievement?  


4:00 p.m.     (OPTIONAL)  Stay and enjoy a delectable three-course early evening Prix Fixe Dinner at Rod’s!   Cost $32 per person—includes gratuity and state tax.

                        Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide says:  Excellent eating experience, this ‘classy’Convent Station ‘landmark’ in the Madison Hotel ‘has been around long enough to

                        know what people want,’ people still seem to want ‘great steaks,’ ‘fresh seafood’ and other ‘quality’ fare offered in a ‘beautiful’ ‘Victorian’ accented, club like setting.”

                        Please see the Early Evening Prix Fixe Menu on the following page.



Advance Registration is a must!  By Friday, April 19, please…as we must make commitments ahead of time with the restaurant.  Simply…E-mail Rosemarie McCauley at or call her at (973) 993-5959.  Please give the names of those who will attend and specify whether or not Dinner Reservations are desired.  Your reservation will be confirmed via a return e-mail.  Thank you!





Early Evening Prix Fixe Menu $25*


Served Daily 4:00 p.m. till  5:30 p.m.,

Saturday until 5:00 p.m.

 Promotional discounts do not apply to this menu

not available on holidays


First Course

French Onion Soup  gratinee 

Oysters Rockefeller spinach, parmesan, pernot

Baby Mesclun Greens  champagne mustard vinaigrette

Calamari  hot & sweet peppers, pomodoro sauce

Escargot  garlic butter

Soup du Jour

Mini Crab Cakes remoulade


 Second Course


Salmon ginger, braised leeks, potato puree, beet coulis

Roast Chicken  smashed potato and vegetables, natural jus

Rod’s Meatloaf worchestershire glazed, smashed potatoes, vegetables, gravy

Steamed 1lb Lobster smashed potatoes, vegetable medley, drawn butter

6oz Rods Tenderloin sliced beef tenderloin, demi glace, smashed potatoes

  Open Faced Roasted Turkey white bread, smashed potatoes, vegetables, turkey gravy

Imported Penne Pasta and Shrimp local tomatoes, basil, light cream, shrimp

Chicken Cacciatore slow cooked natural chicken, tomatoes, asparagus, linguine, white wine sauce

Roast of the Day natural jus, smashed potatoes, vegetables

Crispy Seared Scallops truffle risotto, shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, parmesan


Crème Brulee

Chocolate Mousse

NY Cheesecake 


*Taxes and Gratuities are not included in this price.  $32 will cover our MSUEA cost per person.