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NJIT Celebration Set for Jan. 25, 2013; NJIT NEXT Funding Campaign Unveiled

NJIT will hold its annual black-tie benefit dinner, Celebration on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at The Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange.  Originally this event was scheduled for Nov. 2, 2012, but due to Hurricane Sandy, it was postponed.  NJIT NEXT, NJIT’s comprehensive funding campaign for support, will be unveiled at the dinner.  The campaign has raised in less than five years, more than $100 million towards its $150 million goal.  Entertainment at Celebration will be provided by the legendary pop rock singer, songwriter and composer Neil Sedaka.

“Dinner proceeds will endow scholarships for students at NJIT,” said Jacquelynn Rhodes, associate vice president for development.  “Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and they rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.”  A festive evening of dinner and entertainment, Celebration honors individuals for achievements beneficial to the state and nation.  Organizations exceptional for their commitment to NJIT’s mission are applauded.  Since 1995, many of NJIT’s most generous supporters have gathered annually for this event, which has raised over $4.3 million in scholarship endowment funds. 

For more information about Celebration or NJIT NEXT, please call 973-596-3403.

Dennis M. Bone, President of Verizon’s New Jersey area since 2000, who retired from the company this past July, will receive the President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement.  One of New Jersey’s top business leaders for many years, Bone was co-chair of Governor Chris Christie's Economic Development Transition Team, which led to the formation of Choose New Jersey, where Bone was the founding chairman.  He has been active in strengthening the state’s workforce system where he currently serves as chairman of New Jersey’s State Employment and Training Commission.  Bone is a member of the NJIT Board of Trustees, the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce where he is the immediate past chairman.

NJIT alumnus Steven B. Saperstein, chief operating officer of Prudential Fixed Income, will receive the NJIT Edward F. Weston Medal for Professional Achievement.  Saperstein is the chief operating officer of Prudential Fixed Income, a position he has held since 2000.  Prudential Fixed Income is a global investment management firm which, as of March 31, 2012, has $332 billion in assets under management, over 180 investment professionals in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and more than 285 institutional clients in 20 countries.  As a key member of the management team, Saperstein manages the Operations and Systems, Securities Lending, Finance, and Business Management functions.  Prior to his current assignment, Saperstein was controller of Prudential Individual Insurance and Prudential Real Estate Investors.  He also spent several years in Corporate Tax and other Finance functions at Prudential Financial.

Renard Communications, Inc. will be named Outstanding Corporate Partner of the Year.  Publishing executive Roberta Renard founded Renard Communications in 1993 to fill the need for a publication focused on technical careers for groups traditionally underrepresented in technology.  Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine was launched in September of that year.  Renard Communications has become a small company with an international reach.

The student speaker will be Kathleen Uske, of Staten Island, a junior biomedical engineering major specializing in the biomaterials/tissue engineering track.  Uske is an Albert Dorman Honors College scholar.  She graduated from Saint Joseph Hill Academy High School, a small, private Catholic institution, in 2010. 

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.