Students, faculty, alumni and staff at NJIT are anticipating three gala days of ceremony, thought-provoking lectures and more, starting Sept. 12, 2012 during a three-day inaugural swirl surrounding the installation of NJIT’s eighth president, Dr. Joel S. Bloom.Reporters and editors are invited to all events.
The main attraction will be Bloom’s installation as president, set for Sept. 14, 2012, from 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility. The gala event begins with a colorful processional featuring 100-plus international students bearing flags representing their nationals. NJIT, reflecting New Jersey’s demographics, is one of the nation’s most diverse universities. Following the formal ceremony, the party will move onto the campus green for an international feast, to which the entire campus is invited, featuring international foods, dancing, music and more.
Other Inaugural events that week will include the annual University Convocation, a celebration and awards ceremony, recognizing the accomplishments of students, faculty and staff set for Sept. 12, 2012 at 3 p.m., also in the Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Facility. A symposium featuring three new faculty stars will be held Sept. 13, 2012, at 4 p.m. Three short lectures will examine sustainability from the viewpoint of three different disciplines.
Under Bloom’s watch, student enrollment increased from 7600 to over 9500 students, including increases in female and minority students. NJIT’s average SAT math score is now in the top quarter nationally; Dorman Honors College enrollment increased 70 percent totaling 685 with combined average SAT scores over 1335 for fall 2011; articulation agreements are currently signed with the state's high-tech high schools and 19 county colleges; and accelerated joint admission agreements exist with UMDNJ Medical and Dental Schools, St. George’s Medical School, SUNY College of Optometry and more.
In his role as dean of the Dorman Honors College and vice president for student and academic services, Bloom has been integral in shaping NJIT’s academic plan. Further, he is leading the development of a Dorman Residential Honors College and the planning for a residential Greek Village in collaboration with Greek alumni and currently enrolled students.
Bloom expanded the Center for Pre-College Programs to prepare students for the rigors of science, mathematics, engineering and technology education; with the college deans and faculty, he expanded honors courses and undergraduate research, established the university's medical and health committee of faculty to advise and assist undergraduate students entry into graduate and professional schools and to coordinate the health-related NJIT disciplines; he increased retention and graduation rates, plus more.