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

Media Advisory: Hundreds of NJIT Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break: Rebuild Communities Devastated by Sandy

WHAT:  During Alternative Spring Break, over 500 NJIT students, faculty, staff and alumni will do volunteer work from Newark to the Jersey shore, cleaning up devastated areas and helping towns rebuild in a resilient manner.  Students will work on removing debris from beaches and parks, removing floors and wallboard, replacing floors and walls, painting and carpentry, stocking and distributing food and clothing, and compiling information on areas affected by Sandy.  

WHO: NJIT students, faculty, staff and alumni will contribute over 1,000 person days of effort.  Joining NJIT will be students from 22 other colleges and universities in the state.  NJIT students have majors that will help them in the effort.  Among them will be architecture and design students, civil and mechanical engineers, as well as construction management and environmental science majors. Architecture students have been developing resilient designs and this rebuilding effort will help them refine their plans and designs.  The Center and the Alternative Spring Break 2013 is made possible by a generous grant from the Provident Bank Foundation. 

CONTACT: Tom Dallessio, adjunct instructor of NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design, and Resilient Design Project Manager: 973.596.5872 or 609 647-1538 (c).

WHEN: Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, March 24.  During Alternative Spring Break, students will be working throughout the week from morning till evening; hours and times will vary according to projects.

WHY: In the wake of Sandy, NJIT formed the Center for Resilient Design.  As part of the center, more than 1,000 architecture students are working with local towns to produce new designs and models for resilient housing and buildings that can be built efficiently and inexpensively.  The Alternative Spring Break builds upon this effort.  NJIT students are the state’s future architects, designers and engineers.  They are also civic minded, most of them live in the state, and wanted to use their skills and their idealism to help the state recover from Sandy.

WHERE:  Aberdeen Township, Asbury Park, Beach Haven, Bradley Beach, Brick, Elizabeth, Hazlet, Island Beach, Long Beach Island, Long Branch, Manasquan, Middletown, Neptune, Newark, Ortley Beach, Perth Amboy, Point Pleasant, Red Bank, Toms River, Tuckerton and Union Beach.

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.