New Jersey Institute of Technology Honor Students Raise Money for Children with AIDS

NEWARK, Dec. 11--Honor students at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) raised $1,200 during a date auction, funds they will donate to help children with AIDS. The students will give a $1,200 check to the infectious disease unit at St. Michael's Medical Center, Newark.

The date auction was held December 5 in the student center.

It was the school's second annual date auction. During last year's auction, students donated $1,000 to St. Michael's, which Michel Graham Anderson, director of the infectious disease clinic, called "the best donation our clinic ever received."

During the auction, students bid on dates with each other. The highest bid this year was a stunner: a male student bid $340 for a date with an NJIT woman.

The auction is done in a spirit of good-natured frivolity, and most of the bidders know the students they bid on. The students casually congregate in couples after the auction, during a celebration at the Student Center.

The students who organized the auction attend the Albert Dorman Honors College; the college houses some of the state's brightest students. In 2001, the average SAT score for honors freshman was above 1315; two thirds of the students also ranked in the top of their high school classes. Honors students are offered special honors classes and seminars taught by distinguished professors. All honors students also receive merit-based scholarships. The college, founded in 1985, now has 525 students.


NJIT is a public, scientific and technological research university enrolling more than 8,800 students. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to students in 80 degree programs throughout its six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, New Jersey School of Architecture, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, Albert Dorman Honors College and College of Computing Sciences. The division of continuing professional education offers adults eLearning, off campus degrees and short courses. Expertise and research initiatives include architecture and building science, applied mathematics, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and science, information technology, manufacturing, materials, microelectronics, multimedia, telecommunications, transportation and solar astrophysics. Yahoo! Internet Life magazine cites NJIT as a "perennially most wired" university.

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