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

Flipping Flapjacks with NJIT President Altenkirch Ushers in New Year

For the fifth consecutive year, NJIT students return to campus next Tuesday, Sept 2, 2008, to enjoy a campus tradition—fresh pancakes flipped by their professors and deans for the annual breakfast. Set for 8-10 a.m. on the campus green, the event signifies the start of the new school year plus welcomes all back to campus with smiles, handshakes and fresh flapjacks.

NOTE:  Media is invited for photo opp, to flip a few flapjacks and/or chat with students about college life today.  For more information, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.

“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.”

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.