Six New Jersey Institute of Technology Students
Win Technical Communications Kudos

NEWARK, June 22- The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in conjunction with the Society for Technical Communication (STC), Arlington, VA, the largest society for technical communicators in the US, recognized six NJIT students with Bernard Goodman Awards for outstanding technical communication projects.

"I'd like to thank STC for its participation and continued support," says Nancy Walters Coppola, Ph.D, associate professor of English at NJIT, who helped the students enter the competition. "Financial support from this professional organization enables us to recognize and encourage outstanding students." Student winners received awards ranging from $300 to $400 per project.

Alicia James, New York, NY, a graduate student in the College of Science and Liberal Arts, was awarded the best graduate project for technical communication. Her work, "Why We Fight: A Hypertext Archive." examined the "Why We Fight" series of World War II propaganda films and sought to explain the effectiveness of these films as propaganda tools. James is completing a master's degree in technical communication at NJIT.

The only award given for the best use of multimedia technology was presented to graduate student Christine Sokoloski-Yanicek, Somerville, for the website she created featuring an anti-epileptic drug called Topomax. The site demonstrated how the effective use of multimedia can enhance a static, print sales ad. James and Sokoloski-Yanicek developed their projects for an NJIT graduate course about hypertext presentations taught by Susan Schreibman, Ph.D., assistant professor of literature.

A team of NJIT undergraduate students who collaborated in a distance learning course was recognized for creating the best project in technical communication. Robert Price, Manalapan; Nidia Jimenez, Dunellen; Vishnupriya Durairaj, Edison; and Mae Moy, North Caldwell, received the award for their collaborative design. The project featured a children's user guide for the Microsoft Excel software application. Price, Jiminez, Durairaj and Moy were enrolled in NJIT's undergraduate course, "Technical Writing," instructed by Coppola.

The Society for Technical Communication is the primary professional organization for technical writers and technical editors. Each year, STC co-sponsors technical writing awards with colleges in the area that have degree programs in the field. The awards recognize the late Bernard Goodman, an STC member, who left a sum of money to the organization to honor students who follow in his footsteps. NJIT matches the STC contribution.

NJIT is a public research university enrolling over 8,200 bachelor's, master's and doctoral students in 80 degree programs through its five colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, the School of Management and the Albert Dorman Honors College. Research initiatives include manufacturing, microelectronics, multimedia, transportation, computer science, solar astrophysics, environmental engineering and science, and architecture and building science. According to Yahoo! Internet Life magazine rankings, NJIT has been America's most wired public university for three consecutive years.

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