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

NJIT Women’s Center Holds Annual Breakfast Applauding Females at NJIT

NEWARK, Sept. 29, 2006

More than 70 women faculty and staff members at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) gathered yesterday for breakfast to mingle and greet new faculty and staff plus commend others for recent outstanding accomplishments. Event sponsors included NJIT’s Murray Women’s Center, NJIT’s Committee on Women's Issues and the ACE-Network chapter at NJIT. The breakfast was held in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, an open two-story, glass-enclosed space.

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Judy Valyo, of Fort Lee, retired dean of freshman studies, now dean emeritus, returned to see friends. Edith Frank, of Bronx, New York City, director of the counseling center at NJIT was thanked for her years of service and contributions towards the advancement of women at NJIT. Sharon Morgan, of Ewing, new associate dean of the Center for First-year Students at NJIT, received applause. NJIT Associate Professor Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, of Rockaway Township, director of the Murray Center who received NJIT’s Constance A. Murray Diversity Award, received commendations.  And, Talina Knox, of Hillside, who last June received the president’s award from the Denver-based Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network, was thanked.

Graduate student, Shweta Dhadiwal, of Kearny, a master’s degree candidate in electrical engineering, and Theresa Benony, of Union, a junior in the biomedical engineering program offered at NJIT, were also recognized. Both young women are this year’s winners of scholarships sponsored by the Murray Center.

The Murray Women’s Center womenscenter@njit.edu  is a comfortable place to relax, meet new friends, or check e-mail.  The big sister and alumnae-student mentoring programs give female students warm personal support and practical networking experience which is crucial to success in a technological environment.  The center is a hub for the Society of Women Engineers and dozens of other student clubs. During Women's History Month and yearlong, the center brings women leaders from business and industry to discuss how they shaped their careers. Dress-for-success, resume-writing, and other workshops give students a head start in shaping their own careers.

The center is located on the second floor of the NJIT Campus Student Center.  Hours are 10 a.m-6 p.m. weekdays. For more information call Knox at 973-642-4885.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.