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

Media Advisory: NJIT Students Clean Up Beach at Asbury Park

WHAT:   Every day this week some 35 NJIT students wearing bright yellow t-shirts, who call themselves the “bucket brigade” take a 90-minute bus ride down and back from the NJIT campus to rebuild fencing and plant scrub-brushes on dunes in Asbury Park.  Come Friday as the fruits of their labors become more visible a hearty party is planned featuring a rock band. 

WHEN: March 22, 2013, from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE:   Bucket Brigade: On the beach at Asbury Park near the Convention Center.  Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.

WHO:   Bucket Brigade:  Jessica Saniewski, a graduate student in NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design is in charge along with Cathy Murphy (703-501-0867).   Surflight: Tim Gilligan (tmg4359@njit.edu, 760-712-5260); Cory Higgins (cory@jettylife.com, 609-290-6305).

HOW:  Call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, to set up interviews or request hi-resolution photos.  

BACKGROUND: Not long after Sandy struck, NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break was conceived to help municipal, social service, community and/or faith-based groups recover from the devastating hurricane.  Targeted clean-up was to include beachfronts, parks, buildings and more.   Assignments include cleaning up beaches and/or parks; deconstructing homes (i.e., pulling out wall boards, shoveling mud out of basements); building new structures; finishing work such as painting or simple carpentry; and survey work such as collecting data and information.  To date, some 600 volunteers have signed up.  For more information, call 973-642-7831. 

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.