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Legislation that would place a $350 million bond proposal for stem-cell research on the ballot in November was approved by a New Jersey Senate panel yesterday positioning the bill for a vote by the full house during the lame-duck legislative session. The bill would boost the state's funding for labs for stem-cell and other biomedical research and allow for $50 million for a biomedical center to be established at NJIT. Donald H. Sebastian, PhD, senior vice president of research and development, and Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, president, spoke yesterday on behalf of the expenditure. >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch will discuss the recent stem cell research initiative on NJN News tonight. The interview will air at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. >>
Some 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni and others gathered at dusk Oct. 21, 2005, in the lobby of the newest building at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).  The assemblage heard Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, president of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Kathleen Wielkopolski, NJIT Board of Trustees Chair, dedicate the six-story modernist structure to the work of Saul K. Fenster, PhD, president emeritus of NJIT.    >>
NJIT, which boasts one of the nation's most diverse student bodies, hosted the Second Annual Boricua Agenda Summit this past weekend, which celebrated the Puerto Rican community in New Jersey and the nation. NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch provided opening remarks. “It is a privilege to host the Boricua Agenda Summit at NJIT, a university whose exceptionally diverse student body exemplifies the richness and strength of a society rooted in many different cultures,” said Altenkirch. >>
An executive coach, a general contractor and the owner and the founder of a small environmental agency can be interviewed on Oct. 11 about how the Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Center (DPTAC) at NJIT has helped them navigate the procurement process. “Obtaining this kind of work is not easy, especially for minorities, women and veterans, categories which fit most of our clients,” said Dolcey Chaplin, an attorney who has directed DPTAC since 1997. At the event, NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch will sign an annual contract with the Department of Defense. >>
Just days after Hurricane Katrina deluged the Gulf Coast, NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch invited students whose colleges were damaged by the hurricane to enroll at NJIT. Now, NJIT has its first student from New Orleans: Sean Kirkland, who would have been a senior at Tulane University, is enrolled at NJIT's New Jersey School of Architecture. “Everyone at NJIT has been extremely kind and welcoming and I'm really grateful to be studying here,” Kirkland said. >>
An engineer, a student and a technician from NJIT who helped middle and high school students from Newark compete in New Jersey FIRST competitions will discuss their experiences with a delegation of Senegalese educators on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., West Side High School, Newark. NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch, engineer Levelle Burr-Alexander, project manager for instruction at NJIT's Center for Pre-College Programs, and Frank Johansson, a technician at NJIT, will attend. >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch welcomed the second-largest freshman class in the history of the university yesterday at the sixth annual Freshman Convocation in the Campus Center Ballroom. Following the ceremony, the students inscribed their names into the class books of their respective colleges. Read Dr. Altenkirch's remarks.  >>
What's better than a pancake breakfast, served outside, on a beautiful September morning? Easy: A free breakfast, served up by smiling faculty, deans, and other staff volunteers. NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch was there at the start of the 8 a.m. pancake breakfast, and he was still greeting students when the last stack was devoured at 10 a.m. “It's always nice to get out and welcome the students and see what they think about the onset of the semester,” said Altenkirch. >>
NJIT will offer “visiting student” status this fall semester to students attending colleges and universities in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. Such status means that students will have the option of attending classes at NJIT and then transfer credits to their home institutions. “We understand that it may be some time before the universities are back in full swing,” said Robert A. Altenkirch, PhD, president of NJIT and former vice president for research at Mississippi State University. "I lived and worked in Mississippi for many years and my heart goes out to the people who are suffering as a result of the devastation this storm has delivered." >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch provided opening remarks at the annual Service/Retiree Awards Ceremony and reception on June 1, 2005 in the Campus Center Ballroom. A total of 139 employees and retirees were recognized for their years of service to the university. >>
NJIT bestowed 1,821 degrees during the 2005 commencement ceremony yesterday, held for the first time at the Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford. The university gave an honorary degree to Arthur F. Ryan, chairman and chief executive officer of Prudential Financial, Inc., who delivered the keynote address.  “Achieving your life dreams does not happen overnight,” said Ryan. “But making it to graduation didn't happen overnight either. It took hard work, preparation and always having the end goal in mind." Read NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch's remarks. >>
U.S. Rep. Donald Young, of Alaska (at right) met early today with NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch, Congressional leaders from New Jersey, and senior transportation officials to discuss renewal of a major transportation funding package that could benefit New Jersey. The legislation is known as the Federal TEA-LU transportation bill. With the U.S. Senate's recent approval of a $295 billion spending bill, the package moves to a conference committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Young, who is chairman of the transportation committee in the House, has also been named chairman of this key committee. Following the meeting at NJIT, a special luncheon honoring Young was held in Newark. In 2003, Altenkirch was named to a Blue Ribbon Transportation Commission to benefit New Jersey. In 2004, the Commission made recommendations to federal legislators regarding transportation funding and priorities.  >>
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NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch provided testimony before the New Jersey State Assembly Education Committee on May 5, 2005. “It is a fact of reality that an excellent product requires a substantial commitment of resources, and our educational system is no exception,” he said. “Let us collaborate and commit to making the investments required for New Jersey's vitality and future economic prospects.” >>
NJIT faculty, staff and their families watched the Newark Bears play against the Camden Riversharks at the annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on May 6, 2005 at Riverfront Stadium in Newark. NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch threw out the first ball and the 2005 employee service award recipients were recognized. >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch addressed the more than 200 students, faculty and guests who attended the 33rd Annual Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Awards Ceremony on April 28, 2005. Maria F. Karim, who will receive a bachelor of science in computer engineering next month, cited the program's commitment to helping disadvantaged students achieve their goals. EOP is a state and university-funded program that offers academic, financial, career and counseling support to under-represented students. >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch presented an award to Randy Schaeffer, FIRST regional director for New York City and New Jersey, at a volunteer awards ceremony on April 27, 2005. Nine high-school teams from Newark, all coached by students and technicians from NJIT, competed in the New Jersey FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Competition in March. FIRST is a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing young people to the excitement of science, math, engineering and technology. >>
Will New Jersey's public higher education network be able to sustain the necessary workforce for the state to remain economically competitive and provide the educational opportunity and services residents have come to enjoy? Robert A. Altenkirch posed this question in an op-ed article that was published in the Star-Ledger on April 11, 2005. An investment in higher education has quantifiable impact, said Altenkirch, but unfortunately, for the state and its public institutions, higher education has not been able to position itself to be a priority, as witnessed by the steady decline in real state funding over the past decade. “We are reaching the point at which higher education must either become a state funding priority, or the cost of state universities may exceed the reach of many students and the quality of the programs will suffer, driving students to programs in other states at great cost to New Jersey's economic prospects,” he said. >>
NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch has asked the university community to consider responding to the epic devastation caused by the tsunami disaster through support of a fund that has been created for rescue and recovery efforts. Those who choose to contribute should send or bring funds to the Dean of Students Office. Checks should be made out to “NJIT Tsunami Relief Fund.”  These funds will be sent to the American Red Cross, which is assisting with the rescue and recovery efforts. >>