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

Hundreds of NJIT Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break: Rebuilding Communities Devastated by Sandy

WHAT:  During NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break, more than 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will do volunteer work from Newark to the Jersey shore, cleaning up devastated areas and helping towns rebuild resiliently. 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, compiling information on areas affected by Sandy and doing other work to help communities recover and rebuild.

WHO:  NJIT students, faculty, staff and alumni will contribute approximately 1,000 “person days” of effort. Joining NJIT will be students from other colleges and universities in the state. NJIT students have majors and skills they’ll call upon to accomplish their work. 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 in their studio classes and this rebuilding effort will help them refine those designs.

CONTACT:  Tom Dallessio, Director, Center for Resilient Design at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design: (973) 596-5872 or (609) 647-1538 (cell phone).

WHEN:  The week of Saturday, March 15 through Saturday, March 22, 2014. The Kick-Off event is Friday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. in the NJIT Campus Center Ballroom A. During Alternative Spring Break, students will be working throughout the week from morning until 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, faculty and staff have been working with local towns to produce new designs and models for resilient housing, buildings and infrastructure 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:  From Bergen to Atlantic counties, including: Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Island Beach State Park, Liberty State Park and Harsimus Cemetery in Jersey City, Livingston, Little Ferry, Middletown, Newark, Point Pleasant, Sea Bright, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Sea Girt and Wall. A team will also be in neighborhoods in Staten Island, rebuilding homes along the shore.

HOW: With a generous grant from the Provident Bank Foundation and support from the NJIT University Senate, Campus Center, Career Development Services, College of Architecture and Design and the Center for Resilient Design, NJIT has organized some dozen organizations and will provide transportation, food and opportunities for lodging for the week.

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.