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

"Live in Concert" from Original “Jersey Boys” To Highlight Annual NJIT Dinner

NJIT will hold its annual black-tie benefit dinner, Celebration 2010, on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, at The Pleasantdale Chateau, West Orange

Live in Concert, four singers who once performed in the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” will provide the entertainment.

“Dinner proceeds will endow scholarships for students at NJIT,” said Jacquelynn Rhodes, associate vice president for development. “Many NJIT students are the first in their families to attend college, and they rely upon merit and need-based scholarships.” A festive evening of dinner and dancing, Celebration honors individuals for achievements beneficial to the state and nation. Organizations exceptional for their commitment to NJIT’s mission are also applauded. Since 1995, many of NJIT’s most generous supporters have gathered annually for this event, which has raised nearly $3.5 million in scholarship funds.

James J. Coleman, Jr., Esq., chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals, Bayonne, will receive the prestigious President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement. International Matex Tank Terminals is a family-run company engaged in the handling, storing and transshipping of bulk liquid commodities with tank terminals and related facilities in North America. The company has major facilities on the East Cost, West Coast, Gulf Coast, Midwest, Quebec and Newfoundland with over 50 million barrels of storage. Coleman serves as managing partner of the law firm Coleman, Johnson & Artigues in New Orleans. He also is president of the Coleman Development Company, Inc., where his projects as managing partner include: the New Orleans Hilton, the Windsor Court Hotel, the Superdome Holiday Inn, and the Exxon, Freeport McMoran and Chevron Buildings in New Orleans. Coleman serves as chairman of the East Jersey Railroad and Terminal Co., Bayonne-Industries, Inc., and of IMTT Pipeline in Bayonne. He is a trustee of the Owen-Coleman Foundation.

Clifford M. Samuel, vice president of international access operations for Gilead Sciences Inc. will receive NJIT’s Edward F. Weston Medal for Professional Achievement. Samuel received a BS in mechanical engineering from NJIT in 1988. Under Samuel’s leadership, the program is pioneering the development of innovative manufacturing, distribution, and support infrastructure models to accelerate treatment access across the developing world.

Consulting engineers Hatch Mott MacDonald, Millburn, will be named the Outstanding Corporate Partner of the year. With a lineage stretching back over a century, involvement in the design and construction of the most ambitious infrastructure projects, and a multi-disciplined staff with comprehensive engineering skills, Hatch Mott MacDonald’s practical knowledge and experience meets the technical challenges of any given project.  Their approach is strictly client-focused—with a corporate commitment to engineering excellence. Through their international family of affiliates, Hatch Mott MacDonald’s clients have access to the technical resources and experience of a staff of 20,000.

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.