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Celebration, NJIT’s Black-Tie Benefit Dinner, Set for Nov. 10, 2006

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will hold its annual black-tie benefit dinner, called Celebration, on Nov. 10, 2006, at the Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange.

“Dinner proceeds will endow scholarships for students enrolled in NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA),” said Jacquelynn Rhodes, associate vice president for development at NJIT.  “Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and most of them rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.”

Frank Cassidy, of Little Silver, president and chief operating officer of PSEG Power, a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group and affiliate of Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), will receive NJIT’s highest honor--the President’s Medal. Cassidy graduated from NJIT in 1969 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.

Dick Sweeney, of Winchester, MA, who co-founded Keurig in 1993, will  receive NJIT’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.  Sweeney graduated from NJIT in 1982 with a B.S. in industrial administration.

Norma Clayton, of Wildwood, MO, the Boeing Vice President leading the company’s global sourcing initiative to increase growth and productivity, will be given NJIT’s Outstanding Alumnus Award. Clayton graduated from NJIT in 1981 with a B.S. in industrial engineering.

Turner Corporation, Somerville, will be named the outstanding corporate partner of the year.  Turner Corporation is a leading general U.S. builder ranking first or second in major segments of the building construction field. The company works on more than 1,500 projects annually. In September 1999, HOCHTIEF, Germany’s largest construction firm and a leading international construction company, acquired Turner.

Tamara Vivens, of Silver Spring, MD, a student in the Albert Dorman Honors College will be the guest speaker. Vivens is majoring in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science.

Albert Dorman Honors College, founded in 1995, enrolls more than 500 students who are offered special classes, seminars and colloquia by distinguished professors. Dorman’s mission is to transform its students into leaders in their respective fields.

CSLA was formed in 1982.  Today the college consists of six academic departments encompassing chemistry and environmental science, biological sciences, history, humanities, mathematical sciences, and physics.

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.