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Cheickna Sylla Receives Honor at NJIT Convocation

Cheickna Sylla, of Morris Plains, a professor in the NJIT School of Management (SOM) has been selected to receive the “Excellence in Service Award” at NJIT’s University Convocation, an annual celebration to be held Sept. 14, 2011. Convocation at NJIT traditionally honors select faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period. 

(ATTENTION EDITORS:  Hi-res photos of the researcher will be taken at the event.  To receive a copy and/or set up an interview, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)

Broadcaster, author and motivational speaker Steve Adubato will speak at the event.  A university lecturer, Emmy Award-winning television anchor, and Star-Ledger columnist, Adubato also served in the mid-1980s as New Jersey's youngest state legislator at age 26.  Previously, Adubato anchored three PBS broadcasts including Caucus: New Jersey, an Emmy Award-winning public affairs television series.

For the past two decades, Sylla has demonstrated a sustained record of service to NJIT and the School of Management communities in multiple roles with endless, productive energy. Not only has he made extraordinary contributions in his role as an associate professor in SOM, but he has always shared his talents and expertise.

His involvement in many university committees, including Faculty Council, Sabbatical Committee, Provost and School of Management Dean Search Committees, as well as his contributions on both Middle States and AACSB accreditation teams, has been outstanding. It is commendable that Sylla served simultaneously on the Faculty Council and as chair of the Provost Search Committee. His dedication has been proven often among his peers and co-workers.

Campus-wide, Sylla has earned a reputation for integrity, respect, generosity, and patience. Of significant note is his single-handed effort to save and revitalize the pre-college Financial Literacy Program. The unqualified success of this program and the service he gave to the young urban participants of the program is to be applauded. His leadership style, expertise, and never-ending passion have resulted in his recommendation for this award.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.