For Immediate Release
March 31, 2003

Contact:  Robert Florida
                Public Relations
                (973) 596-5203


NJIT Hosts Arab Awareness Week: Co-sponsored By Christian, Muslim and Jewish Students

WHAT:At a time when America is at war in the Middle East, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) hosts Arab Awareness Week a celebration of Arabic culture, religion, history and science. The week, sponsored by the Arab Students Association, the Jewish Student Organization, the Christian Fellowship and the Muslim Students Association, bespeaks the civil diversity of the NJIT student body. Each day during the week of March 31 April 4, students will set up tables that showcase aspects of Arab life.

WHO: NJIT students from the above groups will be available to talk to reporters.

WHERE:The events are held on the campus green or in the Hazell Student Center.


  • Tuesday, April 1. Arab Religions Day: Christian, Jewish and Muslim students from NJIT will discuss how their religions express themselves in Arab countries: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., on the campus green.

  • Wednesday, April 2. Arab History and Science Day: a celebration of Arab history, including the Ottoman Empire, as well as Arab contributions to math, astronomy and medicine: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., on the campus green.

  • Thursday, April 3. Arab Jeopardy Contest and Bake Sale: The jeopardy questions will all be based on Arab culture. The bake sale will include Arab dessert classics such as baklava: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., at the Hazell Student Lounge.

  • Friday, April 4. Arab Barbeque: A barbeque with an Arab-twist: shish kebob, hummus, pita bread and other staples of Arab cuisine will be served: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Hazell Student Lounge.


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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