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

Media Advisory: NJIT Students Help Surflight Theater in Beach Haven

WHAT: The NJIT bus deposits daily some two dozen NJIT students adorned in bright yellow t-shirts at Long Beach Island’s long-standing and beloved Surflight Theater, ravaged unfortunately by Sandy.  The students are performing not Shakespeare, but light construction work plus cleaning up and tending to small repairs.  For over 60 years, Surflight has been home to local actors and actresses as well as students getting their feet wet in the world of community theatre.  

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

WHERE:  Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.

WHO:  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.

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.