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Flipping Flapjacks with NJIT President Altenkirch Ushers in New Year

Back-to-school events don’t usually focus on something as flipping as flapjacks. But as students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) return to campus, one of the first and always most welcome events of the year is to join NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch for handshakes, flapjacks and good wishes for a successful new year.

The event, a campus happening since 2003, will take place Sept. 5, 2006 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. on the main campus. Altenkirch, deans and others will personally welcome new and returning students.

NOTE:  Media is invited for breakfast and to flip a few flapjacks and/or chat with students.  For more information, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436 for a reservation.

“The idea is to demonstrate to students that we value them and that we are happy to literally serve them,” said Jack Gentul, dean of students.  “Not only does the president serve flapjacks, but so, too, do all of our deans and high-level administrators.  Here’s our thinking: We want students to see that we are human, that we have a sense of humor and that we care about them.”

The annual event also aims to let students know that NJIT is not a typical engineering and technology school.  “Yes, we offer many rigorous courses of study in science, engineering and technology.  But we are also an intimate place that values people and people getting to know each other,” said Gentul.  “We think such an event reflects that relative intimacy.”

“The image is real,” Gentul added. “NJIT does offer many small classes and an increasingly developing sense of community. Engaging our students is a critical element of our strategic plan, and this event is one small part of that effort.”

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.