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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. 

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.