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

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Will Visit NJIT on Wednesday, April 16

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.

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.