President's Report 2003-2004: Outreach

                                  OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

More than 800 students participated in Career Development Services’ Civic Engagement Program, contributing more than 40 hours of service for community organizations in Newark and other New Jersey cities.


Marisa Fountainhas, a 2003 graduate of the honors college, was chosen to meet with President George W. Bush for her community service work. A Nets/Devils scholarship recipient, she was invited by Scott Stevens (photo, right) to meet the president when he came to congratulate the team for their Stanley Cup victory. She was invited because of her extensive community service work with organizations like St. Rocco’s, a center for homeless women and children, and St. John’s Soup Kitchen.


Fadi P. Deek, PhD, acting dean of the College of Science and Liberal Arts and director of the Information Technology program, is heading a new initiative in computer-related curriculum and professional development for secondary school teachers. Funded by the Martinson Family Foundation, the Computing and Information Technology Education Initiative has two main components: the Conference of Computing and Information Technology Education in the Secondary Schools and a Summer Institute in Computing and Information Technology Education for secondary school educators. NJIT is also partnering with Saint Vincent Academy, a high school for women located a few blocks away from the university, focusing on computing and information technology in the curriculum.


The Pre-Engineering Instructional and Outreach Program (PrE-IOP), funded by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and directed by Joel Bloom, interim provost and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College; Howard Kimmel, assistant vice-president, pre-college; and Ronald Rockland, associate dean of NCE,  aims to enlarge the future pool of engineers in New Jersey by the implementation of pre-engineering curricula in middle and high schools and informing students, teachers, parents, and school counselors about the rewards of engineering careers.

The program has developed and implemented a teleconference series for teachers, “Building an Engineer.” The first teleconference focused on preparing for engineering college, the second teleconference on women in engineering.  Expanded DVD versions of both conferences will be available to educators across the state and nationally.


Physicists from NJIT’s Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research helped put together “Solar Fireworks,” an easy-to-understand new science exhibit about the sun and solar system, on view at the Newark Museum through 2005.

Haimin Wang, distinguished professor, and Carsten Denker, assistant professor of physics, designed the display that includes installations, computer animations and even a touch-and-tell plasma globe.  Wang obtained the show’s funding -- a $30,000 grant from NASA’s Office of Space Science Education/Public Outreach Program.  The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon-5 p.m., in the Prudential Foundation Gallery of the Victoria Hall of Science at the museum.


Students enrolled in the New Jersey Youth Corps Brownfields Job Training Program this past summer were instructed on how to put on the protective gear, or moonsuits, that are worn by technicians to clean up Brownfields as part of the health and safety component of the curriculum taught at NJIT through its Division of Continuing Professional Education. This intensive training program prepares disadvantaged young adults for careers as environmental technicians.


High school juniors and seniors participating in NJSOA’s Summer Architecture Career Exploration Program had an opportunity to work on a hands-on project in which they built a learning center using United Parcel Service boxes. The boxes were donated by Overseer John J. Nallin, vice president of UPS. View student projects.