Speeches by Emil Herkert, of Whippany, Barbara Littman, of Highland Park, and Josh Weston, of Montclair, all friends who have given generously to the university, left few dry eyes in the place. The trio explained in heartfelt speeches why they spend their time giving to higher education not only with their wallets, but also with their energy, hearts and time.
More than 200 supporters attended the event. Funds will be used to recruit women to NJIT through the Albert Dorman Honors College and the five other colleges.
(Attention editors: More information is available about these remarkable individuals briefly described both above and below. Each of them, alone, would make a terrific holiday feature story, about the act of giving and why their cause has been higher education. For individual interviews, call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)A highlight of the affair was the presentation of awards recognizing exceptional support for NJIT. Emil C. Herkert was recognized as a Special Friend of the University. For more than 20 years, Herkert, has been a member of the NJIT Board of Overseers and is now chairman of the Board. Herkert is president and chief executive officer of the infrastructure and environment division of Hatch Mott MacDonald, a global civil engineering firm. This division is based in Millburn. Herkert and his company have been generous donors to the university, with major pledges being made during the university’s recently completed multi-million dollar fund-raising campaign.
“My company, which is close to Newark and NJIT, has hired NJIT graduates for years because they make great workers, ” says Herkert. Currently of the 700 employees in Herkert’s company, 70 of them are NJIT graduates and quite a few among those 70 are the top people in the company.
“NJIT has played a big role in our company,” Herkert continues. “How could we not give back to NJIT?”
Architect Barbara Littman, who received her master’s degree in 1994 from the New Jersey School of Architecture (NJSOA) received the NJIT Outstanding Alumna Award. Littman was honored for her philanthropic spirit as well as her personal determination.
After establishing a successful design business, Littman made a mid-life decision to pursue a master’s degree in architecture and professional licensing. She now works for the Hillier Health, Wellness and Lifecare Practice Group, of Princeton, and continues to take courses to prepare for a professional licensing exam.
Littman often comments on the difficulties facing older learners returning to school and credits her fellow students as well as the administrators, staff and faculty at NJSOA for helping her achieve her personal goals. Littman and her husband presented NJSOA two years ago with a major gift, and in their honor the library was renamed the Barbara and Leonard Littman Library.
The President’s Medal for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Josh S. Weston, former chairman and chief executive officer of Automatic Data Processing, Inc., of Roseland. Although Weston retired from ADP in 1996, he has embarked on a second full-time career leading various non-profit boards, providing generous support to many institutions in the arts and education, and participating in extensive humanitarian efforts.
United Parcel Service Information Services, Mahwah, was honored as NJIT’s Outstanding Corporate Sponsor. John Nallin, of Morris Township, vice president of UPS Information Services, accepted the award. The commitment of UPS Information Services to NJIT has manifested itself in numerous ways. The company’s dedication to the promotion of diversity formed the basis of its partnership with NJIT over a decade ago. UPS Information Services has contributed very generously to scholarships for women and minorities, as well as to academic and program initiatives.
Master of ceremonies for the evening was Raman Kapur, of Princeton, who is president of Warrick Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., a unit of Schering-Plough Corporation, last year’s NJIT Outstanding Corporate Sponsor. Other speakers included NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch who introduced Lisa Kardos, of Cranford, a scholarship recipient enrolled in the Albert Dorman Honors College majoring in chemical engineering.
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