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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

MEDIA ADVISORY: NJIT Convocation Tomorrow Promises Bright New Start: New President Speaks

WHAT:  NJIT marks the start of the new school tomorrow at University Convocation, an annual celebration and awards ceremony.  Convocation traditionally honors select NJIT faculty and staff members who have demonstrated the highest level of excellence over a sustained period.  Two notable awards will be announced.  The Overseers Excellence in Research Prize and Medal will be announced.  Recipient Reginald Farrow, PhD, of Somerset, a research professor in the department of physics in the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA), will receive the honor at an upcoming Oct. 4 ceremony.  The Overseers Excellence in Service Award will be awarded to Norbert Elliot, PhD, Little Egg Harbor, a long-time professor in the department of humanities, also in CSLA.     

WHO: Speakers will include NJIT President Joel S. Bloom and NJIT alum Sean Duffy, who will deliver the keynote address.  Duffy, who grew up in Parlin, was in the first Albert Dorman Honors College class and has kept a long personal relationship with the new NJIT President Bloom, who was the founder and long-time dean of the Honors College.   

WHEN: 3 p.m., Sept. 12, 2012

WHERE: Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility on the NJIT campus

BACKGROUND:  Convocation is the first of a trio of important university events leading to the inauguration of Bloom as NJIT’s eighth president this coming Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Naimoli Center.  Bloom was appointed president of NJIT president this past January.  Almost two dozen NJIT faculty and staff members from the following NJ towns will be honored at the ceremony:  Bernardsville; Bridgewater; Clifton; Dayton; Franklin Park; Jersey City; Little Egg Harbor: Morris Plains; Scotch Plains; Short Hills; Somerset; Summit; Union; Warren; West Orange.

HOW:  To attend tomorrow’s event, interview by phone or email or receive (after Sept. 19, 2012) professional hi-res photos of faculty and staff awardees, please contact Tanya M. Klein, 973-596-3433; klein@njit.edu or Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436; Sheryl.m.weinstein@njit.edu.

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.