WHAT: Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will visit NJIT on Wednesday, April 16, to thank the hundreds of NJIT students and other volunteers who participated in Alternative Spring Break (March 15-22, 2014).
WHY: NJIT will recognize the success of its Alternative Spring Break, when more than 340 students, faculty, staff and alumni helped communities in Bergen County, Newark, Jersey City and across the Jersey shore to rebuild and become more resilient. During that week, students and others planted dune grass on beaches; renovated homes by removing floors and wallboard; replaced floors and walls; and painted interiors as well as distributed food and clothing. They also surveyed and compiled information on areas affected by Sandy and performed other tasks to help communities recover. NJIT will recognize these volunteers, organizations and sponsors for helping communities hit by Hurricane Sandy. Lieutenant Governor Guadagno will also thank the volunteers and organizations in a program that will celebrate the success of the week-long effort.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 3:00–4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Weston Hall Gallery, second floor, on the NJIT Campus.
WHO: About one hundred NJIT students will attend the event. Also speaking will be NJIT President Joel Bloom; Urs Gauchat, dean of The College of Architecture and Design; and Chris Martin, president and CEO of The Provident Bank, which supplied volunteers for the program, and president of The Provident Bank Foundation, which provided grant funding.
CONTACT: Tom Dallessio, director, Center for Resilient Design at NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design: 973 596 5872 or 609 647-1538 (cell).
BACKGROUND: In the wake of Hurricane 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. The Alternative Spring Break builds upon this effort. NJIT students are the state’s future architects, designers, engineers, scientists and business leaders. They are also civic-minded, most of them live in the state, and they enjoy using their skills and their idealism to help the state recover from Sandy.
AREAS COVERED: Alternative Spring Break 2014 projects covered areas from Bergen to Ocean counties, including: Little Ferry, Island Beach State Park, Newark, Jersey City, Point Pleasant Beach, Seaside Heights, and Wall.
HOW: With a generous grant from the Provident Bank Foundation and support from the NJIT Senate, Campus Center, Career Development Services, College of Architecture and Design, and the Center for Resilient Design, NJIT organized approximately a dozen organizations and provided transportation and food for the week.