To: NJIT Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Robert A. Altenkirch
Date: Monday, September 3, 2007
Subject: Welcome to a new academic year
Our vision is to be recognized as a preeminent technological research university known for innovation, entrepreneurship, and engagement at “The Edge in Knowledge.” This vision is implemented through the exciting work ongoing at NJIT, from our capstone courses in a number of academic areas, to operation of the soon-to-be-completed largest land-based solar telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory in California, to our first-in-the-nation project to store all student work in Architecture electronically, to our operation of one of the largest business incubators in which we assist small technology-based companies grow to be economically viable businesses on their own. You can keep up with campus projects and activities by visiting the NJIT Newsroom, which can be reached via the News link at http://www.njit.edu.
Many campus improvements have occurred over the past few years in an effort to improve the quality of life for the campus community. This summer, renovations were completed in the Campus Center in order to introduce new dining concepts, including continuous, unlimited dining, expanded ala carte options, and a convenience store.
The transformation of our host city continues. The downtown Newark Arena, named the Prudential Center, will open in October and will be home to the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League and the Ironmen of the Major Indoor Soccer League as well as offering a number of concerts and events, all within a quick subway ride.
We continue as well to be in discussion with the City of Newark and neighborhood stakeholders concerning implementation of a redevelopment plan, the NJIT Campus Gateway Plan, in the neighborhood north of the campus, which also includes a Greek Village component on the south edge of campus (see http://gateway.njit.edu). This past spring, we engaged a Master Developer and Master Planner to plan the redevelopment project, which includes enhanced residential options as well as retail amenities. The Gateway plan is in the final stage of development at this point, and we anticipate being able to move toward the first phase of implementation in the months ahead. A public, “Town Hall” meeting presentation on the status of the plan will be held September 17 at 7:00 pm in the Campus Center Atrium.
There is a lot to look forward to this academic year. While we are never without out challenges, NJIT, again this year ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top-tier, national research universities, is a great university of which we can all be proud to be a part.