Tamara Vivens, of Silver Spring, Maryland, a student in the Albert Dorman Honors College at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), spoke during NJIT’s annual black-tie benefit dinner, called Celebration, held 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 the College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA). Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and most of them rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.
Vivens, a junior, is majoring in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial science. She is a 2004 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring. While there, she was named to the National Honors Society. Tamara has established an impressive academic career as an honors student. She maintains a GPA of 3.7, and has made the dean’s list for all semesters in college.
Vivens has made significant contributions to NJIT, Dorman Honors College, and the Newark community. In addition to serving as a resident assistant and admissions ambassador, she was the music manager for WJTB, NJIT’s radio station. Vivens is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society and voluntarily tutors NJIT students in calculus. She also has tutored Newark elementary and high school students in math and earth science. Her other community service activities include working as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, fund-raising for breast cancer research by participating in a walk and cleaning a Newark women’s shelter.
Dorman Honors College, founded in 1995, now enrolls more than 600 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.