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West Orange Resident Lynnette Randall Receives Deanís Service Award at NJIT

Lynnette Randall, of West Orange, received the Dean’s Service Award from the NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence on March 25, 2010 at NJIT.

Randall has worked at NJIT since 1990. During that time, she’s held jobs in various departments and colleges, including the NJIT Division of Continuing and Professional Education, the Counseling Center, the College of Science and Liberal Arts and the Office of Graduate Studies. She works now as an administrative assistant for student financial aid services. She’s in charge of allocating awards given to graduate students who work as teaching assistants. She does that for all six NJIT colleges.

Most teaching assistants are doctoral students, but some are master’s students. She also processes graduate awards given to some research and graduate assistants.

It’s not an easy job, since NJIT uses about 300 teacher assistants, all of whom must be nominated by their colleges and departments. She checks the students’ eligibility for aid and keeps track of all their financial data in a computer database. She also monitors the overall budget for these awards. To do her job well, she needs to work with many offices throughout the university such as the NJIT Provost Office, the budget office, graduate studies and student employment.

She advises students about the status and eligibility of their graduate award applications. She also acts as the liaison to college deans, keeping them apprised of the status of their teaching assistants. For her exemplary service, Randall received the award.

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.