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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.

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.