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Architects at New Jersey Institute of Technology Receive Honors For Inspiration, Good Work

The annual awards ceremony for the School of Architecture (SOA) at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently honored students for outstanding contributions to the school and for student efforts.

SOA is one of the largest degree accredited architecture schools in the United States granting both bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture. It's also the only architecture school in New Jersey offering the bachelor's degree in architecture and a national leader in the integration into the studio curriculum of computer-aided design (CAD). Architecture students must take a full year of CAD studio courses. The result is computer-savvy students frequently hired by area architectural firms.

The following individuals received awards.

Ryan Day, Atco, received two awards. The undergraduate NJIT School of Architecture Medal and the NJIT Alumni Recognition Award. The alumni award is given to a fourth or fifth year undergraduate student for an outstanding individual project. The NJSOA Medal, the highest honor presented to a graduating student and sponsored by Ronald Schmidt & Associates, P.A, is awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students for academic achievement and design excellence throughout their career at NJIT. Receiving the medal for a graduate student was Jay Mason, Newark.

The AIA Henry Adams Certificate was awarded to undergraduate student Alexandra Shull, Blairstown, and graduate student Carrie Ann Zegarski, Warren. The American Institute of Architects awards graduating students who have achieved the highest scholastic records in the Bachelor or Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs.

The recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi award was Benjamin Bakas, Berkeley Heights. Each year this honor is given to the graduating Bachelor of Architecture student who has demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership and service within the School of Architecture community. Mark Barone, North Bergen, received the Herman C. Litwack Traveling Fellowship. The fellowship is given to an outstanding student enrolled in the graduate program to further enhance the educational experience through travel.

The Studio Architects Study Abroad Scholarship was awarded to Tara Siegel, New York City. This scholarship is granted to a woman graduate student of high academic accomplishment for summer study abroad.

Christiano Pereira, Belleville, received the Herman C. Litwack Annual Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a fourth or fifth year undergraduate student whose studio design work best exemplifies the integration of the construction and engineering disciplines into the creation of architectural form.

Awarded the Herman C. Litwack Endowed Scholarship was John Campanaro, Hyde Park, NY. The scholarship is given to a full time upper level architecture student, who has demonstrated talent and skill.

Matthew Ruggiero, Wantage, and David Asfour, Hazlet, received the Masonry Contractors of New Jersey Award. The Masonry Contractors award is given to two second year undergraduate students who graduated from New Jersey High schools and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The students have also expressed an interest in the use of masonry in construction.

The Christopher W. Monsees Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Lorianne Jones, Edison. This scholarship is given to a student who exhibits design talent in the creation of public spaces, landscaping, and urban planning and who demonstrates leadership qualities.

Victor Keto, Voorhees, was granted the Hillier Group Architectural Scholarship. The Hillier scholarship of $1,000, in addition to the promise of employment, is given to the top student at the end of their third year.

The J. Frank Perantoni Endowed Scholarship was awarded to Santo Carter, Englishtown. The scholarship is given to an undergraduate student who demonstrates design talent and sensitivity to creating public space that will enhance and benefit community life.

Curtis Schmitt, Hoboken, received the Travisano Scholarship in Design. The Travisano award is given to a first year undergraduate student whose studio work demonstrates excellence in the art of architecture and who has financial need.

The recipient of the 2003 Female Architecture Student Award was Caroline Stover, Dayton. The award is given by the Murray Center for Women in Technology at NJIT.

This year’s Housing Scholars were Antonietta F. Alberto, Morris Plains; Benjamin Bakas, Berkeley Heights; Anthony Ceseri, Staten Island, NY; Nadia Janjua, Cumberland, MD; Rosemarie Maxwell, East Orange, and Amr. O. Mohamed and Rei Torres, both of Newark. This honor is awarded each year by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to a qualified group of service-oriented students. The students will receive salaries, training and complete internships in public sector jobs related to affordable housing.

Kelli Miller, Brooklyn, NY, and Laura Scriba, New York City, received the Littman Family Fellowship. The fellowship is granted to two women who are either first or second year graduate students returning to school to establish a second career as an architect. They must be outstanding overall student with GPA’s of 3.25 or higher.

The Ecoplan Scholarship for Design was given to Elliot Glassman, Springfield, and Catherine Large, Middletown. The Ecoplan scholarship is presented to a third or fourth year student who has outstanding architectural design talent, is committed to a career in architecture, is a top scholar, a New Jersey resident and has financial need. The recipient will be offered the opportunity to work with Ecoplan during the summer.

Jason Lucas, Peckville, PA, received the ARCNET Architect Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a fourth year student in the top 10 percent of the class, who exhibits strong skills in structures, computing and math, and architectural construction. The student is offered an internship with ARCNET.

The recipient of the York Hunter Construction Management Award was David Goyne, Hamilton. The award is presented to an architecture student pursuing a dual degree in architecture and construction management. The recipient is creative, a leader, and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit.

Chris Booth, Glen Ridge, was awarded the Rothe Johnson Fantacone Scholarship. This honor is presented to a third year Bachelor of Architecture student for excellence in computer-aided design. The criteria requires outstanding design talent utilizing imaging technology as a graphic tool.

Krystal Harriman, Danbury, CT, received the Jarmel Kizel Architects and Engineers Scholarship. This honor is awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed his or her third or fourth year and has demonstrated academic achievement, design skill, and leadership ability. The recipient will also have the opportunity to work for one summer with Jarmel Kizel.

The Rosen Group Architecture/Design Endowed Scholarship was awarded to John Murphey, Newton. The scholarship is given to a third or fourth year student who has achieved excellence in design, leadership skills, and academics, is active in community services, and has an interest in residential architecture.

Eunondo Kim, Fairfax, VA, received the NJ Carpenter Contractor Trust Scholarship. The award is given to a student interested in developing communication and the exchange of information between the architecture profession and the trades associated with fine carpentry and interior finishes.

Anthony Ceseri, Staten Island, and Lauri DaForno, Boonton, were awarded the International Masonry Institute Masonry Camp Scholarship.

Receiving the Executive Woman of New Jersey Graduate Merit Award was Rachel Ehrlich, Berkeley Heights. This award is given to New Jersey women gradate students who participate in a statewide competition.

The recipients of an American Institute of Architecture (AIA) scholarship were Kelli Glasgo, Clark, Benjamin Bauman, Bloomfield, Kimberly Light, Morristown, and Mark Barone. This AIA scholarship is awarded to students in their final two years of a three or five year professional program, based upon academic achievement, recommendations, financial need, and a persona statement outlining career and professional goals.

Victor Keto, Lawnside, received the AIA New Jersey Award for Excellence. It is given to the fourth year undergraduate student who has exhibited the highest overall achievement in academics, design, history, theory, technology, and courses in the arts and sciences.

More winners for design awards among students enrolled in a degree program to receive a bachelor’s degree in architecture were Melissa Crisostomo, Bergenfield; Phil Kuehne, Hillsborough, Carlos Navia, West Orange; Christian Howell, Jeffersonville, Indiana; John Anderson, Staten Island, NY; Chris Boothe, Glen Ridge, Kurt Babson, Cinnaminson; Wai Lung Choi, Newark.

Students enrolled in a degree program for their master of architecture were Masumi Nagano, Hawaii; Laurie DaForno, Boonton; Simeon Maleh, Millburn; Mark Barone, North Bergen; Tara Siegel, New York City; Hyunsuk Kim, Maywood; Lars Debber, Harrison; Travis Tyson, Bloomfield; Jessica Latherow, Rahway.

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 more than 10,000 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 cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.